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Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-19, 08:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 588
Posted By FlashBazbo

If you read this forum much, you know that it's a...

If you read this forum much, you know that it's a common problem across several brands, even when set up perfectly. And as you say, even with my current so-far-properly-functioning wedge seatpost...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 588
Posted By FlashBazbo

Allied looked hopeful until I saw that they, too,...

Allied looked hopeful until I saw that they, too, have jumped on the hidden wedge seat post clamp bandwagon. Please make it stop! Don't fix what isn't broken and has no need for improvement!!
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Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 588
Posted By FlashBazbo

I'm using Enduro / Wheels Mfg. bottom brackets. ...

I'm using Enduro / Wheels Mfg. bottom brackets. Much better than a straight up glue-in PF30. They last longer than a conventional press-fit without creaking, but are still not as trouble free as a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 588
Posted By FlashBazbo

It's not possible. Oh, you can glue an adapter in...

It's not possible. Oh, you can glue an adapter in there that has threads, but it's still a press-fit glued interface. The creaky part remains long after the adapter is glued in.

And an S-Works...
07-15-19, 09:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 724
Posted By FlashBazbo

There was originally a LOT more gravel on that...

There was originally a LOT more gravel on that climb. They decided to chipseal a lot of it at the last minute. The off-the-scale steep climb at the end? It was supposedly pretty amazing before they...
07-15-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,083
Posted By FlashBazbo

They'll fit more conventionally on the less...

They'll fit more conventionally on the less extreme Salsa Cowchipper . . . but they will fit on the Woodchipper.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-19, 09:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 588
Posted By FlashBazbo

Does this bike exist?

First, I have to acknowledge that this post is, in part, a rant and, in part, a desire to find a bike I can have a long-term loving relationship with. I will also acknowledge that I'm an early...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-19, 10:38 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,275
Posted By FlashBazbo

It pains me to say this because I loved the bike....

It pains me to say this because I loved the bike. It was my first "racing" bike -- my first 10-speed (when 10-speed meant 10 TOTAL speeds -- 2 in front, 5 in back). It was probably a '72...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-19, 11:49 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,567
Posted By FlashBazbo

If this helps . . . or even if it doesn't . . ....

If this helps . . . or even if it doesn't . . . when Di2 went from 10-speed to 11-speed it only required a new rear derailleur and a reprogram of the system. Shifters, fd, and everything else could...
07-08-19, 09:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,300
Posted By FlashBazbo

Every 1x setup is a compromise. Works GREAT for...

Every 1x setup is a compromise. Works GREAT for MTB because the range of speed isn't that much. On a road / gravel bike, you've got to give up either top end on the descents or bottom end on the...
07-08-19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,626
Posted By FlashBazbo

Six years ago, for a span of four months, I lived...

Six years ago, for a span of four months, I lived in a county that had exactly TWO (2) paved roads. Both were highways -- one north/south, one east/west. I started riding gravel because I was a...
06-27-19, 03:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,379
Posted By FlashBazbo

Yes, they are. If you want comparable quality...

Yes, they are. If you want comparable quality and performance and include the whole system. First, most companies' tubeless and tubed of the same model aren't really comparable. They do one or the...
06-27-19, 02:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,379
Posted By FlashBazbo

I would add that there's a trade-off between tire...

I would add that there's a trade-off between tire performance and ease of maintenance. (This is also true between butyl- and latex-tubed tires.)

If you want set-it-and-forget-it pressures with...
Forum: Triathlon
06-27-19, 12:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,010
Posted By FlashBazbo

I have ridden neither of the disk versions. But...

I have ridden neither of the disk versions. But since you've been a week without any replies . . .

Last year, I owned and rode a BMC TimeMachine 02 with Ultegra Di2 and the old Dura Ace...
06-26-19, 07:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,194
Posted By FlashBazbo

At some point, my 36mm Strada Biancas were...

At some point, my 36mm Strada Biancas were perfect . . . but no more. Now, they measure 38.49mm. Too wide.
06-26-19, 07:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,379
Posted By FlashBazbo

If you're talking to me . . . I weigh 175 to 180....

If you're talking to me . . . I weigh 175 to 180. At Dirty Kanza, you can add 15 pounds of water, food, spares and gear. Never any pinch flats, but I run about 50 psi in tubed 38mm wide tires.
06-26-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,379
Posted By FlashBazbo

If you get lots of pinhole flats, I would go...

If you get lots of pinhole flats, I would go tubeless.

This is dangerous to put in writing: I have NEVER EVER, in six years of gravel racing, had a flat on gravel. Not with tubes. Not...
06-26-19, 02:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,264
Posted By FlashBazbo

As with a road bike, the difference a set of high...

As with a road bike, the difference a set of high end wheels makes is TINY compared to the dollars necessary to buy them. There are lots of places you can spend less money and get a lot more...
06-24-19, 03:52 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,312
Posted By FlashBazbo

Whatever I want. That's the cool thing about...

Whatever I want. That's the cool thing about gravel . . . no need to make a fashion statement.

But if you're asking for advice, I understand Trek came out with something that changed cycling...
06-21-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,918
Posted By FlashBazbo

I thought it was a good video. Narcissistic in...

I thought it was a good video. Narcissistic in spots? Sure. They're millennials and they're pro racers. Narcissism is an essential part of both cultures. But there was humility there, too. It...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-19, 01:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,840
Posted By FlashBazbo

Fortunately, nobody takes that seriously. I've...

Fortunately, nobody takes that seriously. I've worn Assos T.Cento bibs for long rides for a long time. I still have one Assos jersey but the new Assos jerseys aren't as good as they were 10 years...
06-20-19, 12:51 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 6,042
Posted By FlashBazbo

SOMEBODY get the word to Cannondale . . . people...

SOMEBODY get the word to Cannondale . . . people HATE press fit bottom brackets. But they HATE, HATE, HATE non-standard proprietary press fit bottom brackets that limit crankset options!! Gravel...
06-20-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 6,042
Posted By FlashBazbo

Super-thin seat tube flex zone at the bottom end...

Super-thin seat tube flex zone at the bottom end -- just like Trek Isospeed. Bearings freeing up the seat tube junction (this time with the seat stays) -- just like the Trek Isospeed. Very well...
06-20-19, 09:21 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,194
Posted By FlashBazbo

I ended up doing the ride with the Challenge...

I ended up doing the ride with the Challenge Strada Bianca TLR 36mm tubeless tires aired to 50/52psi. The pre-ride description of road conditions was probably milder than what we encountered. There...
06-20-19, 08:52 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 6,042
Posted By FlashBazbo

Tire clearance is . . . marginal for a 700c x...

Tire clearance is . . . marginal for a 700c x 38mm tire (see today's press photos). Gimmicky bearings holding the seat stays to the seat tubes. ("Let's do an Isospeed knock-off that Trek won't sue us...
06-14-19, 10:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,717
Posted By FlashBazbo

Have you ever done a Shimano pre-order on a...

Have you ever done a Shimano pre-order on a newly-introduced groupset? I have. My most recent was Ultegra Di2 disk. It once had a June ETA. Then it was August. Then late August. Then September. Then...
06-14-19, 09:43 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,108
Posted By FlashBazbo

I rode nothing but Shimano cranks for 13 years ....

I rode nothing but Shimano cranks for 13 years . . . until recently. I went to an FSA Modular Adventure (46/30) crankset and I have been very happy with the results. The gearing is what I want but,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,487
Posted By FlashBazbo

For several years, I've worn Assos T.Cento_s7 bib...

For several years, I've worn Assos T.Cento_s7 bib shorts for any ride longer than 90 minutes. They have served me well for distances well over 150 miles, whether on pavement or gravel. I think the...
06-13-19, 02:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,194
Posted By FlashBazbo

You may be wrong. When I first mounted the...

You may be wrong. When I first mounted the Strada Biancas, they measured exactly 36mm. But it's been six weeks now, and tubeless Challenge tires have a reputation for "growing" a little over time. ...
06-13-19, 10:25 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,194
Posted By FlashBazbo

Best tire width (and tire) for true mostly-paved "allroad" centuries?

This weekend, I will be riding a century through an area that (I suspect) will include some smooth pavement, some rough chipseal, a little insanely rough crater-pavement, and some light gravel. I'm...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-19, 09:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,387
Posted By FlashBazbo

Unsurprisingly, you didn't get it. Or perhaps you...

Unsurprisingly, you didn't get it. Or perhaps you got it, but were disappointed that I didn't ask the question you wanted to answer. I wasn't asking about whether wgscott liked his helmet. (There are...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-06-19, 05:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,387
Posted By FlashBazbo

Didn't annoy me. It just confirmed my suspicions!

Didn't annoy me. It just confirmed my suspicions!
Forum: Road Cycling
06-06-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,387
Posted By FlashBazbo

But . . . according to this less-than-scientific...

But . . . according to this less-than-scientific poll, around 12% of people have bought into the hype. I would guess that Trek / Bontrager's share of the helmet market, before the Wavecell, was less...
06-04-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,852
Posted By FlashBazbo

I like the Elwoods for the conditions I've used...

I like the Elwoods for the conditions I've used them for. The Open Range 200k includes a huge variety of surfaces, most of which don't require a 47mm wide tire. But a lot of the course this year...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-19, 10:18 AM
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-19, 08:52 AM
Replies: 326
Views: 27,298
Posted By FlashBazbo

This thread is a microcosm of the entire...

This thread is a microcosm of the entire Internet. (Well, except for the lack of porn.) I'm in awe.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-03-19, 01:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,387
Posted By FlashBazbo

Did Trek / Bontrager "change cycling forever" with Wavecell?

Wavecell helmets have been on the market for a few weeks now. The reviews and studies and counter-studies have been published. Helmet rankings have been published . . . and revised. And perhaps...
05-31-19, 02:52 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 9,501
Posted By FlashBazbo

The OPEN new U.P. and U.P.P.E.R. easily clear...

The OPEN new U.P. and U.P.P.E.R. easily clear 650b x 47mm, plus a lot of mud clearance. The WI.DE is 650b x 2.4. It's as if a new U.P. hybridized with a fatbike. (Not for me, but if I were coming...
05-30-19, 08:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,231
Posted By FlashBazbo

You guys asked about the 830's ClimbPro and...

You guys asked about the 830's ClimbPro and mapping/routing. I've got experience with both now.

ClimbPro is a very cool feature. I took two "Garmin qualified" climbs this last Monday and, on an...
05-29-19, 02:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,852
Posted By FlashBazbo

My use of the OPEN is similar to fraba's. If I...

My use of the OPEN is similar to fraba's. If I want to go as fast as possible on good pavement, I pull out my BMC SLR01. For just about everything else, I ride my OPEN. It's less than 1 mph slower...
05-21-19, 07:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,697
Posted By FlashBazbo

I put the trip together with a family visit,...

I put the trip together with a family visit, another bike ride, and some business I had to take care of in Oklahoma. Under the circumstances, driving was a lot more convenient for me than flying...
05-17-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,231
Posted By FlashBazbo

It's different for different folks, for different...

It's different for different folks, for different purposes. I do ultra-endurance gravel racing where I sometimes ride in the drops (to beat the wind) for hours on end. In that application, a watch is...
05-17-19, 01:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,231
Posted By FlashBazbo

Yes, the climb (1) has to be on a loaded route...

Yes, the climb (1) has to be on a loaded route that you're running at the time, and (2) has to meet qualifications based on a formula that considers slope and distance of the climb. An extremely...
05-17-19, 10:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,231
Posted By FlashBazbo

I haven't used it yet. I plan to load a couple...

I haven't used it yet. I plan to load a couple routes with "qualified" long climbs for tomorrow morning's ride. Unfortunately, our group tends to be more flexible with our routes. In the unlikely...
05-17-19, 10:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,231
Posted By FlashBazbo

Garmin Edge 830 Quick Review & Comparison with 820

I took delivery of my new Edge 830 earlier this week. I've got a few rides in with it and here are my initial impressions compared to the 820 . . .





The 830 is slightly bigger than the...
05-15-19, 03:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,072
Posted By FlashBazbo

I never said the hubs or wheels were of poor...

I never said the hubs or wheels were of poor quality. Read my post. I talked about the tires.
05-15-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,708
Posted By FlashBazbo

I suspect you also see your share of wind. If...

I suspect you also see your share of wind. If you're on gravel and dealing with wind, average speeds just aren't comparable directly with paved road average speeds. I know a lot of people who...
05-15-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,072
Posted By FlashBazbo

One of my wheelsets is Mavic UST. I will agree...

One of my wheelsets is Mavic UST. I will agree that Mavic's UST wheels used with Mavic's UST tires mount and seal easily and well. In my experience, those tires on those wheels will inflate and...
05-14-19, 01:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,072
Posted By FlashBazbo

I would recommend an additional step to help the...

I would recommend an additional step to help the sealing issue: Deflate the tire (leaving the bead seated on the rim), then press down on it a little -- pushing the rim down onto the interior bottom...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,240
Posted By FlashBazbo

It is generally believed that the 820 touch...

It is generally believed that the 820 touch screen issues were a supplier manufacturing issue with one of Garmin's multiple suppliers. Some early 820 touch screens were a problem. Most were not. ...
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