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09-24-20, 07:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 304
Posted By grolby

I'll put it this way - an important reason that...

I'll put it this way - an important reason that modern wheels tend to be much stronger than old wheels is that much stronger and stiffer rims allow for higher spoke tension. Yes, the spokes, nipples...
09-23-20, 06:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 304
Posted By grolby

Modern rims, especially carbon fiber rims, are a...

Modern rims, especially carbon fiber rims, are a really important part of the overall wheel structure and matter a lot more to the strength of the wheel than this sentence would lead you to suppose.
09-16-20, 08:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 811
Posted By grolby

I did... I’ll grant you, it was 7 years ago now....

I did... I’ll grant you, it was 7 years ago now. The Cross-Check isn’t a great race bike, but that’s because of the weight and the parts spec of the complete, not the geometry, which is good albeit...
09-16-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,097
Posted By grolby

Trails must have been pretty buffed at the race...

Trails must have been pretty buffed at the race you won. For me the main limitation when riding a cross bike on trails is you have very little margin for error in the rough stuff. Rocks or roots that...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-20, 08:09 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,914
Posted By grolby

This is most peculiar, as I have it on very good...

This is most peculiar, as I have it on very good authority that no tire narrower than 32 mm can be used successfully for commuting. Could it be that itís because you were only riding recreationally...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-20, 08:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 513
Posted By grolby

I havenít used touring tires per se, but I have...

I havenít used touring tires per se, but I have used a Panaracer T-Serv on a stationary trainer and it was noisier and made more vibration than a normal road slick. The problem would be less...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-20, 07:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 513
Posted By grolby

I donít think the question really called for this...

I donít think the question really called for this sort of negativity.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 972
Posted By grolby

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Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-20, 05:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 972
Posted By grolby

I was just trying to provide some information,...

I was just trying to provide some information, guy.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-20, 07:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 972
Posted By grolby

Bedding the pads (and rotors, actually) is a real...

Bedding the pads (and rotors, actually) is a real thing. ďDonít turn the bike upside downĒ is baloney. Hydro systems are fully wet, and the system is airtight. There shouldnít be anywhere for the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-20, 06:59 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 972
Posted By grolby

Lots of this bike isn’t to my taste, but some of...

Lots of this bike isn’t to my taste, but some of the details are fascinating. The upside-down headset arrangement is obviously impractical but also very cool. I do wonder about how much load that...
08-27-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 864
Posted By grolby

You can think of the system as a bow, with the...

You can think of the system as a bow, with the cable between the anchoring points as the bowstring and the frame and fork elements across the same distance as the bow back. If you pull on a...
08-27-20, 06:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 864
Posted By grolby

This is absolutely, 100% nonsense. Cantilever...

This is absolutely, 100% nonsense. Cantilever brake shudder canít and wonít cause a carbon fork to break. No doubt, extreme brake shudder is very scary, but this sounds like youíve stumbled across...
Forum: Commuting
08-17-20, 07:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,914
Posted By grolby

I donít think bike thieves are that picky; you...

I donít think bike thieves are that picky; you still need to secure a heavy bike. And of course, even when youíre carrying a lock, that light fast bike still feels nice and goes quick. I commute on...
08-06-20, 07:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,751
Posted By grolby

I like 1x a lot for cyclocross. When Iíve done...

I like 1x a lot for cyclocross. When Iíve done gravel races, Iíve done them on my cross bike. And for gravel, in my opinion 1x is acceptable, but thatís all. If I had a dedicated gravel bike, it...
02-17-20, 05:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 462
Posted By grolby

The smallest chainring youíre likely to be able...

The smallest chainring youíre likely to be able to fit is a 34. Otherwise, sure, you can do this.
12-17-19, 09:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,441
Posted By grolby

I wouldnít go that far. Sure it could have a...

I wouldnít go that far. Sure it could have a place there. It just depends on your wants and priorities. Iím a cross racer who occasionally dabbles in gravel racing. Both of my cyclocross bikes these...
Forum: Commuting
12-08-19, 07:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,177
Posted By grolby

I'll also recommend Osprey. They make cycling and...

I'll also recommend Osprey. They make cycling and multi sport backpacks in a range of sizes, and the fit and security is excellent when riding. I have a Talon 11, which in the S/M size is more like...
12-08-19, 06:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,937
Posted By grolby

One of the weird consequences of the gravel bike...

One of the weird consequences of the gravel bike radiation has been the parallel growth of misconceptions about cyclocross bikes and their geometry. Mostly that, as race-focused bikes, they will be...
Forum: Touring
12-03-19, 09:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 805
Posted By grolby

You donít need to look at the trail numbers to...

You donít need to look at the trail numbers to realize that dropping your front end by 2 cm will make your bike feel different. Doesnít matter if the trail is exactly the same. Youíre really changing...
Forum: Commuting
11-29-19, 08:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 707
Posted By grolby

For goodness' sake, ditch the Gorilla Tape and...

For goodness' sake, ditch the Gorilla Tape and the split tubes and get some Scotch 8896 strapping tape. Essentially the same thing as real tubeless tape, and $11 for a 55m roll on Amazon.
09-30-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 856
Posted By grolby

Frame protectors will prevent damage to the...

Frame protectors will prevent damage to the paint. You don’t need to worry about thrown gravel causing more than cosmetic damage to your frame. It’s designed to take it.
09-23-19, 05:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,596
Posted By grolby

Is gluing tires really so miserable that getting...

Is gluing tires really so miserable that getting an extra year or two out of your glue has that much value? Cause the thing is, sure, you may be able to go longer between gluing tires. But you will...
09-20-19, 07:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,596
Posted By grolby

No, you don't need Belgian tape to avoid rolling...

No, you don't need Belgian tape to avoid rolling a tubular.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-19, 05:54 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,036
Posted By grolby

A sidewall cut is generally considered a death...

A sidewall cut is generally considered a death sentence for a tubeless tire, sadly. With a tubeless clincher, you can patch the inside and it might hold for a while but it will eventually fail. With...
09-08-19, 07:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,797
Posted By grolby

That set up is what we used to call ďtotally...

That set up is what we used to call ďtotally normal.Ē Itís fine. The ETRTO recommendation chart everyone refers to is literally 25 years old and was never any good.
Forum: Commuting
09-04-19, 06:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,056
Posted By grolby

Seems like you need to scour eBay. The...

Seems like you need to scour eBay. The Cross-Check isn't going to ride appreciably different or be "more versatile" than your LHT... honestly, I don't see how any frame that will fit most or all of...
08-29-19, 04:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,223
Posted By grolby

Yep. Some gravel bikes are basically road racing...

Yep. Some gravel bikes are basically road racing bikes with discs and clearance for 40 mm tires, all the way to touring bikes, to essentially mountain bikes with drop bars. Depends on your desired...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-19, 07:24 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,285
Posted By grolby

The "most correct" way to pull off is into the...

The "most correct" way to pull off is into the wind, but in practice, riding on the right side of the road makes pulling off to the left (and passing on the right, yes) the most practical way to roll...
08-01-19, 07:14 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 21,995
Posted By grolby

I donít think I agree with this take. Hybrids...

I donít think I agree with this take. Hybrids were a really squishy category back in the day, some of them were good and a lot of them were really bad, but crucially they mostly werenít designed with...
Forum: Commuting
07-31-19, 07:47 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,642
Posted By grolby

Yeah, like... I can get (and have got) my own...

Yeah, like... I can get (and have got) my own vice grips and pocket knives. I don't need any of these things badly enough to pick up someone else's lost item from the road.

Edit: locking pliers,...
Forum: Commuting
07-31-19, 06:37 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,642
Posted By grolby

Water bottle - super gross. No effing way. ...

Water bottle - super gross. No effing way.

Gloves - less gross, still ugh. No.

Wrenches - fine, but... No. Not mine.

Honestly I don't understand why anyone would want to keep anything they...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-19, 08:39 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,378
Posted By grolby

Edit: shoulda read the whole thread before I just...

Edit: shoulda read the whole thread before I just repeated what everyone else was saying!

I am not new to the market, and an ďenthusiast,Ē and I warn anyone I can to avoid the Cross-Check for...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-19, 08:18 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,647
Posted By grolby

The willingness of people to talk **** about...

The willingness of people to talk **** about people on the internet who they donít know, even in jest, is pretty incredible sometimes.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-19, 08:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,647
Posted By grolby

The lever didnít pop open, it remained in the...

The lever didnít pop open, it remained in the fully closed position. The design prevents the TA lever from being folded flush against the fork.
Forum: Commuting
04-16-19, 09:04 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,949
Posted By grolby

If your current vintage drop bar is too long and...

If your current vintage drop bar is too long and deep, I donít think youíll be happy with any of the Nitto bars being recommended. Nitto makes all of their bars with long reach and relatively deep...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-19, 12:51 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,428
Posted By grolby

Wow. OK.

Wow. OK.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,428
Posted By grolby

I mean, in general, you all are really making...

I mean, in general, you all are really making this sound much more complicated than it needs to be. The answer to the OP's question is a resounding "maybe." I would suggest that they try out some...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,428
Posted By grolby

Bike fit and position certainly does affect...

Bike fit and position certainly does affect potential power output, and a more race-oriented geometry can simplify obtaining this position. But that's really beside the point. It's reasonable to set...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-19, 02:19 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,428
Posted By grolby

:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: There it...

:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

There it is.

Look, the reason to get a "race bike," whatever that happens to mean, is because you like the way it handles, or the way it feels underneath you,...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-05-19, 09:48 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 10,216
Posted By grolby

Yeah, the thing is though... thatís not how...

Yeah, the thing is though... thatís not how development of consumer products happens. To paraphrase Henry Ford, ďIf Iíd asked people what they wanted, they wouldíve asked for a faster horse.Ē
...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-02-19, 05:44 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,036
Posted By grolby

FYI $45 in 1985 is basically equivalent to $100...

FYI $45 in 1985 is basically equivalent to $100 today.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-02-19, 05:39 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,036
Posted By grolby

A $30 tubular ain't worth riding. OK...

A $30 tubular ain't worth riding.



OK thanks for the feedback.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-27-19, 09:55 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,036
Posted By grolby

I don't think tubulars are as hard to deal with...

I don't think tubulars are as hard to deal with as some make them out to be. Having learned to glue tires for cyclocross, road tubulars are hilariously easy. They are much easier to glue securely....
Forum: Road Cycling
02-26-19, 12:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,939
Posted By grolby

I've used mini pumps for years and maintained...

I've used mini pumps for years and maintained that they were fine. The Lezyne Road Drive is a particular favorite. Last year, I flatted on a ride with some friends, and one of them handed me his...
Forum: Touring
02-10-19, 05:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,343
Posted By grolby

Holy smokes! Let's just say I was young and brash...

Holy smokes! Let's just say I was young and brash and full of opinions back then. I didn't even have a Cross-Check yet, then! And now I don't have one again. Or an LHT. ;)
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-18, 07:33 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 8,317
Posted By grolby

This is just weirdly orthogonal to the argument....

This is just weirdly orthogonal to the argument. Of course there are other people on the road who you have to share that space with. What no one is obliged to share is a conversation they didn't ask...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-30-18, 05:35 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 8,317
Posted By grolby

100% endorse. Except that I am a bad person and...

100% endorse. Except that I am a bad person and will start deliberately riding over manhole covers, potholes, etc if I'm in a bad mood. I am not required to indulge some stranger's desire for social...
Forum: Commuting
07-04-18, 11:32 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 6,197
Posted By grolby

:lol: Yeah, you're a real tough guy, Conan. You...

:lol: Yeah, you're a real tough guy, Conan. You don't understand what the kit is for or why people wear it, but that's really the least of your problems.



Bike kit today mostly isn't for...
Forum: Commuting
06-29-18, 02:51 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 6,197
Posted By grolby

You can represent your weird, desperate behavior...

You can represent your weird, desperate behavior with whatever words you like. Even a misquote of mine, if that makes you feel like you've won something. That seems like it's pretty important to you?
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