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04-17-21, 04:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 271
Posted By zen_

35-40c is more than adequate for limestone...

35-40c is more than adequate for limestone rail-trails, but I'll be the first to admit that my opinion on tire width for gravel has evolved from 35c, to 40c, and now I'm looking at 43-45c tires....
04-02-21, 07:34 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,376
Posted By zen_

You really shouldn't need to run out and change...

You really shouldn't need to run out and change anything on the Breed, as it comes very nicely equipped. I actually have a take-off Felt carbon seatpost (same as Salsa Guide) and a Prologo Dimension...
03-22-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 690
Posted By zen_

I haven't used the Whoop device (the science...

I haven't used the Whoop device (the science would have to be very compelling, and it's not), but the free metrics you get from a Garmin watch are useful if you don't religiously follow the numbers....
03-21-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 722
Posted By zen_

+1 for the Zipp CX tape. It does have a slight...

+1 for the Zipp CX tape. It does have a slight tack to it, but I can't image the tapes that have more will have a lasting effect. The Zipp tape has a really nice texture, padding, durability, wraps...
03-17-21, 06:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 690
Posted By zen_

Just get a Garmin watch /w body battery if you...

Just get a Garmin watch /w body battery if you want some metrics on HRV / stress and recovery, but don't religiously follow the numbers.
03-16-21, 08:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 876
Posted By zen_

The second layer (or thicker) tape absolutely...

The second layer (or thicker) tape absolutely helps the tire seal up better if you're having difficultly.

You can fight and struggle, watch all the youtube videos there are on the subject, and get...
03-15-21, 09:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 876
Posted By zen_

The lazy way to get a tire that is too "loose" to...

The lazy way to get a tire that is too "loose" to properly seat to the rim is to add another layer of rim tape, which is even easier with gorilla tape.

I know this methodology won't fly with some,...
03-14-21, 02:55 PM
Replies: 477
Views: 195,576
Posted By zen_

You may get more advice for this in the mechanic...

You may get more advice for this in the mechanic section, but the OE wheels use Formula or Joytech hubs, which are just ok, and the spokes / rims are not nice enough to really warrant rebuilding the...
03-13-21, 09:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 712
Posted By zen_

The glycemic index of maltodextrin is higher than...

The glycemic index of maltodextrin is higher than any other carb (110), but that's good because you want the maximum absorption rate of carbs (which is ~ 2:1 maltrodextrin to fructose) for long, hard...
03-12-21, 09:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 712
Posted By zen_

https://www.amazon.com/Gunters-Pure-Clover-Honey-B...

https://www.amazon.com/Gunters-Pure-Clover-Honey-Bears/dp/B00LXF0X12/ref=sr_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=honey+bear&qid=1615606150&sr=8-8

Also comes with two free flask.
03-12-21, 07:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,400
Posted By zen_

A carbon seatpost does take quite a bit of the...

A carbon seatpost does take quite a bit of the buzz out of the seat, even if you don't have a ton of seatpost sticking out. I was honestly pretty shocked how noticeable it was compared to an alloy...
03-11-21, 04:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,400
Posted By zen_

You'll really like it, and it will be every more...

You'll really like it, and it will be every more comfortable after spending a few bucks on a carbon seatpost and better ~40-43c tires that are setup tubeless. Something like a 700x42c Specialized...
03-08-21, 03:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,400
Posted By zen_

If you can find one, the Jamis Renegade S3 would...

If you can find one, the Jamis Renegade S3 would be ideal for what you described with light backpacking. Lots of mounts, lots of tire clearance, strong frame / OE wheels for carrying a load, and easy...
03-02-21, 09:19 PM
Replies: 4,972
Views: 3,490,519
Posted By zen_

That's a really sharp looking bike. How well do...

That's a really sharp looking bike. How well do the mini v-brakes work with STI levers?
03-02-21, 08:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 547
Posted By zen_

These...

These...
03-02-21, 07:10 PM
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Views: 3,490,519
Posted By zen_

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1200x768/img_20210302_174752740_hdr_1__d1aababa5987bd58cbdc3b7124d034e5ac8cb1ab.jpg

A brutal midwest winter is finally letting go!
02-28-21, 12:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,081
Posted By zen_

The Bikes Direct Gravel X looks pretty nice for...

The Bikes Direct Gravel X looks pretty nice for $1K, but as per usual with their bikes, there are some questionable choices with the geometry. Notice in the stock photo they have a 17 degree stem...
02-23-21, 09:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,005
Posted By zen_

This has been my experience with gravel bars so...

This has been my experience with gravel bars so far:

Ritchey Venturemax - Used on my first gravel bike because it looked the part, and I didn't know any better. The flare was way over the top, and...
02-15-21, 10:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,608
Posted By zen_

I don't know why I always forget that the current...

I don't know why I always forget that the current Tiagra / RX400 uses the same pull ratio as 11 speed stuff.
02-15-21, 08:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,608
Posted By zen_

If you're happy with the bike (other than the...

If you're happy with the bike (other than the drivetrain), may as well just spend the money on a 10 speed GRX setup to use with your Dura-Ace shifters.

FC-RX600-10 46/30t crank
FD-RX400 front...
02-11-21, 09:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,124
Posted By zen_

I wouldn't bother with the Dura-Ace rotors. The...

I wouldn't bother with the Dura-Ace rotors. The ice tech rotors look cool, but are totally unnecessary for gravel unless you do very long, technical descents that warrant the cooling. The slotted TRP...
02-10-21, 08:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,049
Posted By zen_

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBgAr7kLsZY ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBgAr7kLsZY

Good video on the subject, and a channel worth following if you care about training somewhat properly. The Cliff's Notes is that there is not a lot of...
02-09-21, 07:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 771
Posted By zen_

The Tiagra calipers are compatible with pretty...

The Tiagra calipers are compatible with pretty much any current gen Shimano road lever, GRX included. The Tiagra FD is compatible with any crank that has a "normal" q-factor, i.e. not the GRX cranks...
02-08-21, 08:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 666
Posted By zen_

I just weighed my setup because bored. Same GX...

I just weighed my setup because bored. Same GX wheelset, 40c Pirelli Gravel H, 2oz sealant per tire, 11-34 Ultegra cassette, and 160mm TRP rotors @ 3,255g. If you got some better / slightly lighter...
02-08-21, 11:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 666
Posted By zen_

I just built a bike with GX's, but haven't got to...

I just built a bike with GX's, but haven't got to ride them much since it conveniently dumped endless snow as soon as said bike was finished. IIRC they were right at the advertised weight out of the...
02-07-21, 10:22 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,097
Posted By zen_

Does a threaded BB really solve the problem of...

Does a threaded BB really solve the problem of poor manufacturing techniques and tolerances on (some) CF frames? Since the BB is built around around the shell on CF frames, rather than the shell...
01-30-21, 07:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,326
Posted By zen_

https://zwofactory.com/ To build your own...

https://zwofactory.com/

To build your own erg workouts.
01-25-21, 10:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,747
Posted By zen_

The issues I ran into when trying to use my...

The issues I ran into when trying to use my gravel bike as a combo bike with a second wheelset:

1. What you just described with mismatched hubs / rotors not fitting perfectly. I had a 6 bolt...
01-23-21, 10:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,444
Posted By zen_

FSA also has a wide selection of 48/32 and 46/30...

FSA also has a wide selection of 48/32 and 46/30 cranks, although which ones are better than the 46/30 GRX crank is debatable. They also have powerbox crank options, which (correct me if I'm wrong),...
01-17-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 891
Posted By zen_

The 700x38 Specialized Pathfinder Pro is another...

The 700x38 Specialized Pathfinder Pro is another tire you should definitely be considering for the type of riding described. Rolls as fast as a road tire on the road, while still being a very capable...
01-12-21, 01:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,444
Posted By zen_

I wasn't aware of that EThirteen 9-42 XD...

I wasn't aware of that EThirteen 9-42 XD cassette, so I stand corrected.

Gearing is in the same boat as saddles though; at the end of the day, what you need is very personal. If you plug in that...
01-12-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,444
Posted By zen_

The only cassette with a 9t cog is the new...

The only cassette with a 9t cog is the new Campangolo Ekar, which is in no way compatible with 11 speed GRX (Ekar is 13 speed, and uses a totally different hub / body).

If the hub on your wheels...
01-11-21, 09:12 PM
Replies: 477
Views: 195,576
Posted By zen_

It did include the plugs for using a Di2 front...

It did include the plugs for using a Di2 front mech, so I guess they assume that anyone bothering with a 2x build from a frameset will be using Di2. Not really an issue though for a $10 part when it...
01-09-21, 09:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,599
Posted By zen_

The $15 Magene cadence (or speed) sensors from...

The $15 Magene cadence (or speed) sensors from AliExpress work just as well as Garmin sensors, and the full rubber cases on there for $3 work well too.
01-08-21, 06:37 PM
Replies: 477
Views: 195,576
Posted By zen_

They are still fully enclosed (agreed that's much...

They are still fully enclosed (agreed that's much better for gravel), although my one ding on the frameset is that they didn't include a cable stop to use with a front mech. I found some pictures of...
01-07-21, 07:45 PM
Replies: 477
Views: 195,576
Posted By zen_

Just picked up the 2021 Renegade S1 frameset from...

Just picked up the 2021 Renegade S1 frameset from the LBS today. I think it was the right choice to change to standard cable routing. The T47 BB and tapered head tube are also nice touches, and it...
01-03-21, 10:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,081
Posted By zen_

Without knowing anything about how you intend to...

Without knowing anything about how you intend to use it, I would say the State All-Road /w the 650b wheelset is easily the best budget bike for someone new to gravel that will take them anywhere....
01-02-21, 02:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,847
Posted By zen_

Are you using a wheel speed sensor? Again, I...

Are you using a wheel speed sensor?

Again, I don't know how the Wahoo app calculates (virtual) speed. The three ways it can be calculated on an indoor trainer are wheel speed (usually used when...
01-01-21, 07:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,847
Posted By zen_

I have not used the Wahoo app, but the virtual...

I have not used the Wahoo app, but the virtual speed on most apps is based on your power, or power to weight ratio (w/kg).

The only things that actually changes when shifting gears in ERG mode...
12-29-20, 10:09 PM
Replies: 477
Views: 195,576
Posted By zen_

If it's in your budget, and you can find the...

If it's in your budget, and you can find the parts, swapping out the front derailleur, rear derailleur, and crank (46/30) with 10 speed GRX, a Shimano BB, and an 11-34 or 11-36 cassette would make a...
12-28-20, 08:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,223
Posted By zen_

I used to use Cliff Bars for part of my...

I used to use Cliff Bars for part of my nutrition. Usually towards the end of long rides where it's not so bad to take in some protein to start recovery. I got sick of them too though; the taste, and...
12-27-20, 09:54 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,090
Posted By zen_

I use the pancake compressor from HF that's $40...

I use the pancake compressor from HF that's $40 with a coupon, and the $10 starter kit that comes with a hose, air duster, and various fittings. Compressor -> hose -> air duster -> barb -> hose...
12-25-20, 05:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,417
Posted By zen_

My cheap ready made items are Gatorade powder,...

My cheap ready made items are Gatorade powder, dried apricots or a banana, and Nature Valley crunchy granola bars from Sam's Club. For general training and riding, the name of the game is carbs that...
12-21-20, 06:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,376
Posted By zen_

Bummed to report firsthand that the GRX hoods are...

Bummed to report firsthand that the GRX hoods are not compatible with the 105 R7020 levers at least. The outer shape is identical, but the Trek dealer was right about the inner moldings being...
12-20-20, 11:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 515
Posted By zen_

As you can see from the design, those lightweight...

As you can see from the design, those lightweight Chinese MTB cassettes are just a 7 or 8 speed steel road cassette with a cogset machined from aluminum slapped on the end to fill out the climbing...
12-19-20, 02:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,172
Posted By zen_

I waited a few months last year hoping to get a...

I waited a few months last year hoping to get a good deal on a Tamland (the green one, and the last one made), but ended up getting a previous year model from Erik's on closeout because they had a...
12-18-20, 06:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,142
Posted By zen_

I'll try to give you some advice that's a bit...

I'll try to give you some advice that's a bit more on point w/o being condescending, or digressing too much...

Parts worth "upgrading"

Saddle - Unless you really love the stock one, start the...
12-13-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 24,336
Posted By zen_

I saw a couple bikes setup that way last year...

I saw a couple bikes setup that way last year with the Ultegra RX805 Di2 derailleur (listed capacity 39t). The 50-40 gear may not work, or be extremely marginal, so I guess it depends if a person is...
12-12-20, 10:34 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 24,336
Posted By zen_

Just echoing what was already said; there is not...

Just echoing what was already said; there is not a GRX cassette. The 2x GRX systems are most commonly built with a 105 or Ultegra 11-34 cassette, while the 1x system usually comes with an 11-42 Deore...
12-10-20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,223
Posted By zen_

TrainerRoad is an extremely compelling option for...

TrainerRoad is an extremely compelling option for those that cannot afford TP + a qualified coach, and you can do the workouts outside /w a power meter.
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