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07-17-19, 12:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 67
Posted By HTupolev

Loads of road bikes can fit 32mm tires. Before...

Loads of road bikes can fit 32mm tires. Before the narrow tire fad kicked in hard during the 1980s, it was typical for road bikes to clear 32s. And over the last few years, the road market has been...
07-17-19, 12:31 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,491
Posted By HTupolev

The only reason that guys in the distant past...

The only reason that guys in the distant past rode such low cadences on climbs was because sensibly long derailleur cages were unfashionable among racers. On a tailwinded shallow descent with someone...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-19, 02:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 373
Posted By HTupolev

Totally realistic, if you can spare the time....

Totally realistic, if you can spare the time. Check out the Touring subforum (https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/).

The easiest approach would be if someone was road-tripping with you and carried...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-19, 12:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 611
Posted By HTupolev

You don't "get used to it." You embrace...

You don't "get used to it."

You embrace it.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-19, 08:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 599
Posted By HTupolev

It technically is a new PR, but Strava doesn't...

It technically is a new PR, but Strava doesn't give PR medals because you're not really beating a previous time.

Strava does give cups and crowns on segments that you've never done before.
07-11-19, 11:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 553
Posted By HTupolev

Gearing wasn't mentioned in the OP's text, but...

Gearing wasn't mentioned in the OP's text, but it's relevant to their example image.

While the gearing does suck whether it's paved or not, gearing bottom-out is more of a problem on gravel than...
07-11-19, 11:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 553
Posted By HTupolev

The uphills sucked too. While derailleurs were...

The uphills sucked too. While derailleurs were permitted in road racing by 1939, "racing" derailleurs of the day had very little chain wrap, usually less than 10 teeth. So in order to also have...
07-10-19, 06:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 949
Posted By HTupolev

Tilt and position the saddle so that your butt...

Tilt and position the saddle so that your butt sits on the part you want it to sit on without it pushing you around.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-19, 05:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 869
Posted By HTupolev

Color has everything top do with a bike's...

Color has everything top do with a bike's performance.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-19, 09:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,256
Posted By HTupolev

It makes sense when you consider that he said...

It makes sense when you consider that he said that sub-10-minute efforts don't require pacing strategies, and that his approach to the climb is to "just blow up."
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-19, 05:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,399
Posted By HTupolev

They use a 42.5kg load when setting the wheel in...

They use a 42.5kg load when setting the wheel in place, but I don't think it's a floating weight during the test. Even if it is, it's obvious from the measured data that it's not picking up...
07-08-19, 02:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 618
Posted By HTupolev

Topeak RaceRocket HP. 80g and tiny, uses a...

Topeak RaceRocket HP. 80g and tiny, uses a flexible hose so you don't need to brace the chuck carefully while pumping. It takes a lot of strokes to pump the tire, but it has a narrow cylinder that...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,256
Posted By HTupolev

Why? Unless you're going extremely fast, even on...

Why? Unless you're going extremely fast, even on the 5% gradients you're mostly fighting gravity. Time-versus-effort tradeoffs don't look much different there than on a 12% gradient. It theoretically...
07-08-19, 10:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,337
Posted By HTupolev

I ride gravel because I ride road and there are...

I ride gravel because I ride road and there are some great roads out there that happen to be gravel.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-19, 10:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 621
Posted By HTupolev

Not to a degree that's very significant compared...

Not to a degree that's very significant compared with the huge inaccuracy of guessing CdA based on height, weight, and rough bicycle type.

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Differences in power transfer between frames...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-19, 10:05 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,399
Posted By HTupolev

BicycleRollingResistance holds the tire rigidly...

BicycleRollingResistance holds the tire rigidly against a drum, the data isn't accounting for the tire's behavior as suspension. Pumping a tire stiffer will always make it deform less against a...
07-08-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 1,071
Views: 141,695
Posted By HTupolev

I described it here...

I described it here (https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/1163340-2019-your-short-tours.html) starting with post #25 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=25) .
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-19, 01:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,399
Posted By HTupolev

Wider tires tend to be taller, so they have more...

Wider tires tend to be taller, so they have more "travel" as a suspension mechanism, allowing you to pump them squishier without increasing the risk of bottom-outs. They also tend to give a...
Forum: Touring
07-05-19, 04:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,968
Posted By HTupolev

Day 5 Leavenworth is a "Bavarian...

Day 5

Leavenworth is a "Bavarian Village"-themed tourism town, so I woke up to an excellent and also fairly ridiculous breakfast with a dude playing an alphorn.

https://i.imgur.com/MCPdaAO.jpg...
Forum: Touring
07-05-19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,968
Posted By HTupolev

Day 4 - Part 2 After resolving the wrong...

Day 4 - Part 2

After resolving the wrong turn, I descended the opposite side of the ridge. Sheep Canyon Road turned into a tiny low-use gravel farm road... this came as quite a bit of surprise...
Forum: Touring
07-05-19, 04:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,968
Posted By HTupolev

Day 4 My right achilles felt pretty bad...

Day 4

My right achilles felt pretty bad walking in the morning, but if I positioned my foot a bit more forward on the platorm side of the pedal, it didn't hurt to ride. So I rode. Which was...
Forum: Touring
07-05-19, 03:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,968
Posted By HTupolev

Day 3 Part 2 I was done riding for the day,...

Day 3 Part 2

I was done riding for the day, but I couldn't help climbing Steamboat Rock. There's a hiking trail to the top, a mile long and 700 feet up.

https://i.imgur.com/1Ogs0XD.jpg

As...
Forum: Touring
07-05-19, 03:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,968
Posted By HTupolev

Day 3 The plan for day 3 was much shorter,...

Day 3

The plan for day 3 was much shorter, and required much less climbing, than the previous day. But I eventually learned that I underestimated Eastern Washington.

In the morning, I hopped on...
Forum: Touring
07-05-19, 02:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,968
Posted By HTupolev

Alright, so that happened. ...

Alright, so that happened.

https://i.imgur.com/psagW6p.jpg

Tour started on Friday afternoon last week. I was more or less retracing my steps from a 2016 tour. I headed northeast to the Skagit...
07-04-19, 11:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 431
Posted By HTupolev

Actual size of Rat Trap Pass is about 2.1" on...

Actual size of Rat Trap Pass is about 2.1" on most rims, though.
07-04-19, 12:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,989
Posted By HTupolev

3.5mph, though? I drop into that range all the...

3.5mph, though? I drop into that range all the time without severe problems with tires or geometry, even though my gravel bike runs slicks and uses an aggressive road posture and has absurdly long...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-19, 11:47 PM
Replies: 2,284
Views: 276,161
Posted By HTupolev

https://i.imgur.com/sgonJRT.jpg ...

https://i.imgur.com/sgonJRT.jpg

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07-03-19, 09:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 965
Posted By HTupolev

If you can achieve the desired fit on both, it...

If you can achieve the desired fit on both, it really won't matter much. The smaller frame will make it easier to err in more aggressive postures later, the bigger frame will make it easier to go...
07-03-19, 08:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,106
Posted By HTupolev

Use a top pull derailleur, throw a friction...

Use a top pull derailleur, throw a friction shifter at it.
07-03-19, 05:07 PM
Replies: 1,071
Views: 141,695
Posted By HTupolev

So I thought the road was going to be a...

So I thought the road was going to be a significant paved arterial, and then I was wrong. The approach and descent into Moses Coulee.

https://i.imgur.com/zhMuO43.jpg
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07-01-19, 08:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,989
Posted By HTupolev

If you've got the gears, pedaling is nearly...

If you've got the gears, pedaling is nearly always easier and more efficient than walking. Even at 3.5mph. A hill that slows you down that much isn't going to be a joy to push a bike up; 3.5mph is a...
06-28-19, 09:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,395
Posted By HTupolev

Dropping weight isn't how you improve the...

Dropping weight isn't how you improve the flat-ground cruising speed of a bike.

I rode my touring bike to work this morning, very heavily loaded for camping, it weighs about 70lbs right now....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-19, 02:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 877
Posted By HTupolev

If the suspension is low-travel and tuned for...

If the suspension is low-travel and tuned for high-frequency low-amplitude stuff, it's usually designed to avoid bottom-out by being very stiff and/or progressive. Bottom-out is sometimes inevitable,...
Forum: Framebuilders
06-26-19, 01:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,873
Posted By HTupolev

Could you explain this? Usually upright positions...

Could you explain this? Usually upright positions use a more rearward saddle position.
06-25-19, 12:12 PM
Replies: 5,828
Views: 379,133
Posted By HTupolev

If power transfer differences between pedal...

If power transfer differences between pedal systems weren't incredibly tiny, there would likely be published measurements of some kind, either from hobbyists or as part of marketing strategies.
06-25-19, 04:19 AM
Replies: 1,071
Views: 141,695
Posted By HTupolev

This road is running a little behind on...

This road is running a little behind on maintenance, but it's still smooth and very rideable!

https://i.imgur.com/gNRT79t.jpg
06-24-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 418
Posted By HTupolev

I'd prefer those rubber bands over Velox. I...

I'd prefer those rubber bands over Velox. I haven't been impressed by cotton cloth rim tapes; they wear through faster than other strips under pressure, they're prone to slipping on the rim bed, they...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-19, 02:32 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,469
Posted By HTupolev

No, I would say that it makes a real difference...

No, I would say that it makes a real difference to cadence for non-psychology reasons, but that this difference is extremely tiny for the crank length differences that we're discussing.

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Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-19, 12:45 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,469
Posted By HTupolev

Torque and force are proportional, for a given...

Torque and force are proportional, for a given crank length. Shorter cranks mean more force to produce a given torque.

How torque and force relate to each other with crank length is analogous to...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-19, 10:57 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,469
Posted By HTupolev

Controlling the balance between force and the...

Controlling the balance between force and the amount of leg movement is why gearing exists at all. Force is never a "red herring" in a discussion of how people self-select gears on their bicycle.

...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-19, 03:08 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,469
Posted By HTupolev

Cadence can be affected by crank length. Shorter...

Cadence can be affected by crank length. Shorter cranks mean less leg movement for each revolution, and also increase the amount of force required to turn a given cadence and a given power output, so...
06-20-19, 09:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,377
Posted By HTupolev

The pedal was fine, it was the cleat that was...

The pedal was fine, it was the cleat that was gunked up. I did stop to clear it out, it was hard to get it properly de-gunked and it also got chewed up from the ordeal. I ended up just replacing it...
06-20-19, 07:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 615
Posted By HTupolev

What specific tires are you running?

What specific tires are you running?
06-20-19, 01:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,377
Posted By HTupolev

That's what I was thinking when I first put my...

That's what I was thinking when I first put my gravel bike together in 2017, especially since the regional gravel riding doesn't tend to get muddy. On the very first gravel ride with SPD-SL, I spent...
06-20-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 965
Posted By HTupolev

In terms of what's actually getting used on the...

In terms of what's actually getting used on the road, I think they have. I see tons of people on road bikes with 32T and 34T big cogs on 11-speed drivetrains these days. A 46-30 11-36 would be 500%,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-19, 12:22 PM
Replies: 698
Views: 45,088
Posted By HTupolev

If you're building for aero, no. To help airflow...

If you're building for aero, no. To help airflow from the tire get recaptured by the rim in as many conditions as possible, it's beneficial for the rim to be wider than the tire.
06-19-19, 12:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 965
Posted By HTupolev

An average step size of 15.7%. Not a problem on...

An average step size of 15.7%. Not a problem on technical stuff, massively annoying for a lot of people on non-technical stuff.


The alternative 2x setup at that point will also have 14 gears in...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-19, 08:36 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,349
Posted By HTupolev

then you'd be wrong. While aero gains are...

then you'd be wrong.

While aero gains are generally made less significant by draft, they still exist. And the benefits of "aero" equipment are often biggest under significant crosswinds, which is...
06-17-19, 05:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,617
Posted By HTupolev

Width and knobs are two completely unrelated...

Width and knobs are two completely unrelated considerations that have little to do with each other. A skinny knobby is not a substitute for a fat slick or vise versa.

Wide tires can afford lower...
06-17-19, 04:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,579
Posted By HTupolev

There's a lot of variability in rim brakes. For...

There's a lot of variability in rim brakes. For dry road riding, I haven't found discs to offer any tangible braking advantage over my best rim brakes.

If the rim braking is a bit spongey, make...
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