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08-23-19, 07:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 220
Posted By Spoonrobot

I did it with a WTB Resolute on the front and a...

I did it with a WTB Resolute on the front and a Horizon on the rear. It was ok, the main issue was loss of braking feel on steep downhills since the rear slick has significantly less traction and the...
Forum: Southeast
08-22-19, 06:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 187
Posted By Spoonrobot

Thanks for the update, was not aware of this. ...

Thanks for the update, was not aware of this.

"no detours will be available"

Ain't that grand.
Forum: Commuting
08-22-19, 06:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,495
Posted By Spoonrobot

You seem to be conflating the age-old issue of...

You seem to be conflating the age-old issue of "people on bikes" vs. recreational cyclists. However, with respect to recreational cyclists - This mindset is tired, played out and untrue. "The average...
08-20-19, 09:48 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,135
Posted By Spoonrobot

Here's a screenshot of the App: ...

Here's a screenshot of the App:

https://drandalls.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/img_7507-1600x1200.jpg

It appears he's just doing basic arithmetic for the average value (or maybe max?) of...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,457
Posted By Spoonrobot

2013 was a long time ago economically and...

2013 was a long time ago economically and financially in the US. But generally I agree. Seems like the price is always going up around here, sometimes it's a face-value increase of the actual price...
Forum: Commuting
08-19-19, 12:22 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,495
Posted By Spoonrobot

Had a guy on the opposite side of a un-signaled...

Had a guy on the opposite side of a un-signaled divided highway intersection try to wave me into traffic last week. That hasn't happened in a couple years. Mostly I get over-yielders at stop signs...
08-18-19, 06:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,061
Posted By Spoonrobot

Here's the thing with descending: 1....

Here's the thing with descending:

1. Everything happens faster than you expect.

2. You never have the visibility you think you do.

Of the ways recreational cyclists die, crossing the center...
08-18-19, 12:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 962
Posted By Spoonrobot

I don't think your testing methodology is...

I don't think your testing methodology is appropriate to the information you are attempting to study.

This is the app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=kr.sira.vibration&hl=en_US) you...
08-16-19, 04:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,660
Posted By Spoonrobot

I too think it's a gravel bike for roadies, not a...

I too think it's a gravel bike for roadies, not a dig but also not a huge change for groading. Or graveling, whichever.
08-15-19, 05:07 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,629
Posted By Spoonrobot

Seriously. In updated news, both the shooter and...

Seriously. In updated news, both the shooter and his son were released from custody:

https://wsvn.com/news/local/bicyclist-dies-after-being-shot-on-rickenbacker-causeway/
08-14-19, 08:29 PM
Replies: 549
Views: 87,756
Posted By Spoonrobot

I like these tires a lot, after a short...

I like these tires a lot, after a short adjustment period - I pinch flatted the rear and damaged it such that it needed two large patches and then could not remove the front from the rim (Kinlin...
08-13-19, 10:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 949
Posted By Spoonrobot

Yes.

Yes.
Forum: Commuting
08-13-19, 07:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 566
Posted By Spoonrobot

I use twofish lockblocks...

I use twofish lockblocks (https://www.amazon.com/TwoFish-9-Lockblocks-Flashlight-Holder/dp/B001CJXB5E) strapped to a 1/2" PVC endcap (cheap version of eyelet stub mounts) with a 5mm hex bolt run...
08-12-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 637
Posted By Spoonrobot

Ask for references, contact them and see how...

Ask for references, contact them and see how their experience went both short term and long term.
08-11-19, 02:34 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,020
Posted By Spoonrobot

This is the part you can't know unless you have...

This is the part you can't know unless you have very specific and expensive testing performed, and even then it's not always clear. A carbon fork isn't going to be bent or show visual indication that...
08-11-19, 04:10 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,020
Posted By Spoonrobot

I'm more concerned about the fork but I would not...

I'm more concerned about the fork but I would not ride the frame either. I've had 4 frames crack while riding, so my patience for a (potentially) damaged frame is very low. There also appears to be a...
08-10-19, 03:54 PM
Replies: 1,154
Views: 155,822
Posted By Spoonrobot

I like this one from today's ride. ...

I like this one from today's ride.
https://drandalls.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/img_8337.jpg
8-10-2019, Bill Cline Road, Coweta County Georgia
08-09-19, 12:17 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,573
Posted By Spoonrobot

Most MTB trails are part of a larger park system...

Most MTB trails are part of a larger park system within urban or suburban areas, which is very common nationwide in the US. Most gravel routes are extremely rural where service, including law...
08-09-19, 08:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 688
Posted By Spoonrobot

I've had quite a few Grand Bois Hetres from...

I've had quite a few Grand Bois Hetres from Panaracer that were out of round. I think 3 at this point, out of the 12 I've purchased. These are $60 tires mind you, so it's not just cheaply made tires...
08-08-19, 03:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,338
Posted By Spoonrobot

The Soma doublecross disc will fit 700cx45s with...

The Soma doublecross disc will fit 700cx45s with ~3mm clearance in the rear and a bunch in the front. ‘Course it’s QR, straight head tube and steel. But it fits 45s and rides very well.
08-08-19, 12:34 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,020
Posted By Spoonrobot

I’d be amazed if that was anything other than a...

I’d be amazed if that was anything other than a hard front end impact that rippled the tube. If that was something I found without context on a used bike I wouldn’t ride it. IMO both the fork and...
08-07-19, 09:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 426
Posted By Spoonrobot

I'd rather just wipe my bike down with a wet rag...

I'd rather just wipe my bike down with a wet rag than use a aerosol silicone/wax spray.
08-07-19, 09:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 568
Posted By Spoonrobot

I hot wax my gravel chains now. 10:1 or something...

I hot wax my gravel chains now. 10:1 or something with 15w Maxima motorcycle oil works a treat. If it's dry I can get 200 miles from a chain before it starts rattling - and there's almost no dust or...
08-07-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 10,718
Posted By Spoonrobot

Here's my original post, since you are using it...

Here's my original post, since you are using it to create a situation that did not occur. It was not a close pass.



A close pass is not in the eye of the beholder. It is statutorily defined in...
08-06-19, 07:21 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,248
Posted By Spoonrobot

I've started a couple dozen rides between...

I've started a couple dozen rides between 4-4:30am. It's a great hour around here since it gives enough time to take the shortest routes out of town on state highways and trunk roads that are...
08-06-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,573
Posted By Spoonrobot

If you see anyone shooting across a FS road it's...

If you see anyone shooting across a FS road it's a good idea to report it when you get home. This is prohibited in all National Forests (and really almost everywhere), even one report will often get...
08-05-19, 05:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,436
Posted By Spoonrobot

Bike was a 2010 Breezer Thunder Comp 26"...

Bike was a 2010 Breezer Thunder Comp 26" hardtail. It was stock as a 9 speed so I just converted from 3x to 2x and added road shifters. I loved it...until I rode a 29er and was blown away how much...
08-05-19, 11:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,436
Posted By Spoonrobot

Ah, interesting. I'd only ever followed it for...

Ah, interesting. I'd only ever followed it for the automotive hill climb and there was much contentious discussion about the paving.



That's awesome. What are the altitude effects like doing it...
08-05-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,436
Posted By Spoonrobot

Nice! That's a great looking climb and has the...

Nice! That's a great looking climb and has the pedigree to go with it: "41 Attempts By 34 People"



Those look like some decently hard courses, I'll take a few longer climbs over several shorter...
08-04-19, 08:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,436
Posted By Spoonrobot

The longest, hardest climbs are in North Georgia

But I'm curious what y'all have in your areas.

Down here we got the Cohutta, the best climbs of which are just south of the Tennessee border. Did this...
08-03-19, 06:44 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 10,718
Posted By Spoonrobot

Road rage man disagrees:...

Road rage man disagrees: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLZ3W95aPUQ

It's just glass laminate, it's not AR500.
08-03-19, 01:27 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 10,718
Posted By Spoonrobot

I agree. I seriously thought she was either going...

I agree. I seriously thought she was either going to run me over from behind or swerve into me to knock me into the ditch. It was one of the most aggressive experiences I've had. I'm not sure her...
08-01-19, 08:04 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 10,718
Posted By Spoonrobot

Sometimes, I follow CB HI's example and give the...

Sometimes, I follow CB HI's example and give the motorist an earful. Once a woman in a very unique car tailgated me, honked, passed very close and fast while shouting obscenities. I rode past her...
07-30-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,660
Posted By Spoonrobot

Heavier in order to make it comfortable? All-road...

Heavier in order to make it comfortable? All-road bike review where it never left the pavement? :lol:

Gotta love marketing.



This sounds like he only looked at the head tube angle and not...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-30-19, 09:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 916
Posted By Spoonrobot

It just happens with some riders. I've yet to...

It just happens with some riders. I've yet to ride a road or gravel frame/fork/brake combo I couldn't induce some brake rub on - Until a few weeks ago I worked for the largest bicycle chain retailer...
07-30-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,107
Posted By Spoonrobot

Is that a GK slick? The up close photo threw off...

Is that a GK slick? The up close photo threw off my perspective. If it is, based on measuring the sipes on my example, that damage is only ~2.5mm wide. That's smaller than I thought. Personally I'd...
07-28-19, 08:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,040
Posted By Spoonrobot

I know you resolved this already but I'd still...

I know you resolved this already but I'd still like to weigh in. A ride like that would probably be the pinnacle of my season. An option I've considered is driving out and stashing a resupply as well...
07-28-19, 05:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 440
Posted By Spoonrobot

Rub the area with a black wax pencil and gently...

Rub the area with a black wax pencil and gently wipe away the excess. The wax will stay in the roughened areas. Sometimes it's permanent, sometimes it can be removed with rubbing alcohol or other...
07-27-19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,444
Posted By Spoonrobot

That's an incredible picture, I've never seen so...

That's an incredible picture, I've never seen so many racers descending/cornering on the drops.
07-27-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,107
Posted By Spoonrobot

I wouldn't ride that, chalk it up as a loss -...

I wouldn't ride that, chalk it up as a loss - happens to all of us sometimes.
07-22-19, 03:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,988
Posted By Spoonrobot

I haven't had success on loose sand with less...

I haven't had success on loose sand with less than 55mm tires, even then it was a little hairy and not really fun. Recently I canceled a mixed-terrain century route when I discovered the route was...
07-22-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 1,356
Views: 523,493
Posted By Spoonrobot

Stop being rude. We don't rag on other member's...

Stop being rude. We don't rag on other member's bikes here.

Here's my gravel racer all dorked up after a rainy event back in April. Mis-matched framebags give me a little :twitchy: but I knew that...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-19, 12:21 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,491
Posted By Spoonrobot

We have a good amount of water fountains around...

We have a good amount of water fountains around the Atlanta metro. Only problem is that they get turned off in the winter and then sometimes never turned back on again - this seems to be an...
07-19-19, 09:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 600
Posted By Spoonrobot

I put a 2" piece of tape under the rim strip,...

I put a 2" piece of tape under the rim strip, over the valve hole and then cut a X into the tape. When the valve pushes through the X it creates a nice layer over the aluminum edge of the valve hole.
07-19-19, 07:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 600
Posted By Spoonrobot

I suspect this is the cause. I service some bike...

I suspect this is the cause. I service some bike share bikes that sit on new black-top, they had the same problem last July. The rims were showing temperature of ~135°f with a contactless thermometer...
07-19-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,583
Posted By Spoonrobot

It's funny how information changes as marketing...

It's funny how information changes as marketing gets disseminated. The bike isn't advertised as fitting 2"+ tires but regardless my point was that I don't think 5mm is enough to effect (of enough of...
07-18-19, 07:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,583
Posted By Spoonrobot

Super interesting bike for sure. I'm not sure 5mm...

Super interesting bike for sure. I'm not sure 5mm variance in the offset is really enough to have an effect on handling but it's a good feature anyway. The BB drop differences between frame sizes in...
07-17-19, 12:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,468
Posted By Spoonrobot

gsteinb and topflightpro are putting up...

gsteinb and topflightpro are putting up exceptionally bad takes. Nobody should ever look at bike race promotion as a charity. You paid for a service that the promoter agreed to supply. Absolutely you...
07-17-19, 12:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,268
Posted By Spoonrobot

That category is Endurance Road Bikes - most...

That category is Endurance Road Bikes - most brands now have this segment broken off separately. Most of these bikes are designed around a 32-35mm max tire size and with lighter road-style frame/fork...
07-15-19, 04:51 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 15,683
Posted By Spoonrobot

I don't believe there's a set-up that can...

I don't believe there's a set-up that can accommodate that many shifts within one pedal stroke, unless you're slow rolling at 40 rpm or something. That's a stretch even for Di2 with a new chain.
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