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09-23-21, 06:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 179
Posted By grolby

Tape is stronger and will resist the effects of...

Tape is stronger and will resist the effects of water and time more effectively. Something most people don't get about why pro teams like using tape and/or elaborate gluing methods: the wheels and...
09-22-21, 05:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 281
Posted By grolby

I think the solution is to convert your Apex 1...

I think the solution is to convert your Apex 1 bike to an “Apex 2” bike. New compact double crankset, a front derailleur and a left brake/shift lever. I don’t know if the clutched derailleur would...
09-09-21, 08:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 651
Posted By grolby

Appreciate the photo. Yes, the seatstays...

Appreciate the photo. Yes, the seatstays definitely seemed thicker to me, but not by so much that I was sure my eyes werenít fooling me. I sold my V1 not long after acquiring the V2, so I couldnít...
09-08-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 651
Posted By grolby

I have a V2 Swiss Cross and the chainstays are...

I have a V2 Swiss Cross and the chainstays are indeed quite long! I was nervous about this since mine is my cyclocross race bike, and itís a good 7 mm longer than even a fairly long rear-center for...
09-03-21, 07:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,333
Posted By grolby

People insisting that cyclocross geometry is...

People insisting that cyclocross geometry is super uncomfortable to ride all day should start bringing some receipts. This idea sprang up seemingly overnight when dedicated gravel bikes became a...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-21, 07:42 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,319
Posted By grolby

In the words of Woody Guthrie: Anyways...

In the words of Woody Guthrie:


Anyways while Woody was probably right about the morality of private property in general, the law disagrees. And you don’t want to invade someone’s space. There’s...
07-15-21, 06:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 928
Posted By grolby

FWIW the Donnelly tubeless tires set up pretty...

FWIW the Donnelly tubeless tires set up pretty wide on most rims. True width 35 or 36 mm, probably. I like the PDX - thatís a good all-rounder. Baby Limus is now available tubeless, by the way....
07-06-21, 05:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,626
Posted By grolby

The main difference for me in saddle preference...

The main difference for me in saddle preference on roads vs gravel (and, more of the time, cyclocross) is that I can tolerate many more different saddle shapes on the off-road bike. My road position...
04-22-21, 07:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,085
Posted By grolby

I think the Fuji Altamira has a pretty high BB. ...

I think the Fuji Altamira has a pretty high BB.

Personally Iíve never like the Euro-style super-high bottom brackets. I had a Ridley for a bit, with a 72 degree head angle and 52 mm of BB drop....
04-21-21, 07:32 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,593
Posted By grolby

I appreciate you pointing out that cyclocross and...

I appreciate you pointing out that cyclocross and gravel are very different* but seeing people all over the internet saying cross bikes have ďtwitchy handling and aggressive positionsĒ is slowly...
04-21-21, 05:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,380
Posted By grolby

I remember quite clearly the first time I...

I remember quite clearly the first time I encountered the term gravel bike, and it was circa 2008 or 2009, either from Sea Otter or NAHBS coverage. And associated with, Iím pretty sure, the original...
03-30-21, 05:59 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,593
Posted By grolby

I don't know if people forget so much as they...

I don't know if people forget so much as they just weren't paying attention when it happened and maybe haven't ridden these bikes themselves? I'm not that old and have been Into Bikes for about 16 or...
03-30-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,593
Posted By grolby

The differences between cyclocross and gravel...

The differences between cyclocross and gravel bikes are greatly exaggerated. Thereís a lot
of overlap and gravel bikes essentially developed as an evolution of cyclocross bikes. On average CX bikes...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-21, 06:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,689
Posted By grolby

Yes, the road bike is faster. But I don’t have...

Yes, the road bike is faster. But I don’t have the same attitude when I ride the slower bike. Going hard feels like work, so I go less hard.
Forum: Commuting
03-24-21, 06:15 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,385
Posted By grolby

There are a few places in greater Boston where...

There are a few places in greater Boston where train or trolley tracks cross the road at an angle. Cleveland Circle, for those who know the area, is especially egregious. So I cope with this sort of...
03-23-21, 06:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,163
Posted By grolby

Getting some tires to seat properly with a tube...

Getting some tires to seat properly with a tube installed, especially on a tubeless-ready rim, is sometimes challenging. Sometimes extremely challenging. It's also normal, and it doesn't indicate...
03-17-21, 05:19 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,130
Posted By grolby

I've run 38 x 11-36 and I found the lack of top...

I've run 38 x 11-36 and I found the lack of top end to be very annoying. I don't think you need to be bombing to want a bit more gear at the top end. When things get gnarly, you aren't pedaling...
03-17-21, 05:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,230
Posted By grolby

@msu2001la...

@msu2001la (https://www.bikeforums.net/members/msu2001la-50586.html) that's the width of tape you want, yep.
03-17-21, 05:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,230
Posted By grolby

I've never tested this. The standard...

I've never tested this. The standard recommendation for tubeless tape is one wrap for MTB wheels, two wraps for road, gravel or CX wheels. Even 40 PSI is a fair bit higher than what MTB tires usually...
Forum: Commuting
03-16-21, 08:22 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,454
Posted By grolby

If it weren't for Strava I wouldn't have a clue...

If it weren't for Strava I wouldn't have a clue what my annual mileage was. As far as tracking how many miles I get out of chains or other wear parts, fuhgeddaboutit. I try to slip a chain checker on...
03-16-21, 08:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,230
Posted By grolby

You should absolutely, 100% replace the tape. I...

You should absolutely, 100% replace the tape. I would in fact bet that this is your problem - grody old, poorly-sealed tape. I would not only not assume that the tape that came pre-installed is the...
03-11-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,173
Posted By grolby

Bummer you missed out. Personally, I finally went...

Bummer you missed out. Personally, I finally went disc last year. I won't lie - it was a painful transition. The brakes I bought came with pre-soiled pads, so they didn't really work. Then I replaced...
03-11-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,068
Posted By grolby

I'm very particular about the saddle on my road...

I'm very particular about the saddle on my road bike. The leaned-forward position means perineal pressure is a real problem if the saddle isn't shaped just right. So I tend to find something that...
02-08-21, 08:09 PM
Replies: 5,068
Views: 3,563,902
Posted By grolby

**Applause** **Standing ovation** ...

**Applause**



**Standing ovation**

Very nice get with the limited edition colorway! I saw that first and was bummed to see it was sold out, didn't want the black. Jumped on the white one...
Forum: Commuting
01-26-21, 07:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,424
Posted By grolby

Holy-moly. Don't do it - you'll regret it.

Holy-moly. Don't do it - you'll regret it.
01-26-21, 08:22 AM
Replies: 5,068
Views: 3,563,902
Posted By grolby

Yes, I got confused about the V1 chainstay length...

Yes, I got confused about the V1 chainstay length - it was pretty typical for a cyclocross bike. Going to 437 is odd, but I think that along with opening up the tire clearance is a concession to the...
01-25-21, 08:24 PM
Replies: 5,068
Views: 3,563,902
Posted By grolby

I had the V1 Swiss Cross, with cantilevers, and...

I had the V1 Swiss Cross, with cantilevers, and just built up the new one in that same colorway last fall. I haven't gotten as many miles on it as I'd like yet, but it's a keeper. The old Swiss Cross...
01-25-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 7,226
Posted By grolby

Carbon wheels will be lighter and they typically...

Carbon wheels will be lighter and they typically feel a bit zippier and faster and, depending on how deep they are, make a cool sound. And they look cool, too. They won't ride more comfortably than...
Forum: Commuting
01-23-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,848
Posted By grolby

Ah yes, sorry, I neglected to consider the many...

Ah yes, sorry, I neglected to consider the many thousands of working class heroes across this fine nation looking for the right bike for getting to work in their custom suits.
Forum: Commuting
01-21-21, 08:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,698
Posted By grolby

I think this is called "going for a bike...

I think this is called "going for a bike ride."
Forum: Commuting
01-21-21, 08:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,848
Posted By grolby

If it's a 15 minute ride, you can ride basically...

If it's a 15 minute ride, you can ride basically anything. A road bike is great if that's what you have.



This place blows my mind sometimes. For a 15 minute ride, it literally doesn't matter....
Forum: Commuting
11-11-20, 07:13 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,848
Posted By grolby

Believe me, I agree with you - intuitively, I...

Believe me, I agree with you - intuitively, I think, surely the torsional forces on the frame from cornering are minuscule. But I can’t argue with the results. Again, if unclear, the plane of flex...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-20, 07:02 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,848
Posted By grolby

I don’t have a cite, sorry. I’m not a mechanical...

I don’t have a cite, sorry. I’m not a mechanical engineer and frankly I’m lazy. Believe me or not, that’s fair. All I can tell you is that to the best of my recollection tapered head tubes have...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-20, 06:30 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,848
Posted By grolby

I donít think so, for two reasons. One, the...

I donít think so, for two reasons. One, the deflection is fore-aft, while the deflection tapered head tubes are intended to resist is mostly torsional at a right angle to the direction of travel; two...
Forum: Commuting
11-02-20, 08:34 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,848
Posted By grolby

I think Heine dislikes the drum tests because his...

I think Heine dislikes the drum tests because his tires consistently fail to impress in those comparisons. Heís not wrong about them being incomplete, but his preferred testing methods have their own...
Forum: Commuting
10-29-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,934
Posted By grolby

Yes, this is my opinion. As youíve noted, actual...

Yes, this is my opinion. As youíve noted, actual data is hard to come by, but the idea that a rear view mirror enhances safety depends on assuming 1) the cyclist can identify clearly when a vehicle...
10-28-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,254
Posted By grolby

Some ďgravelĒ can get quite choppy, especially at...

Some ďgravelĒ can get quite choppy, especially at speed. Also, part of the idea here is that you will run lower pressures than if you didnít have them, getting the benefit of lower pressures and...
10-28-20, 11:38 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,297
Posted By grolby

Ah, that article is ringing a bell now! Happens...

Ah, that article is ringing a bell now! Happens to everyone at some point. Cheers.
10-28-20, 07:21 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,297
Posted By grolby

This is not true, at least not in national or...

This is not true, at least not in national or international rules. The UCI (international sanctioning body) prohibits tires wider than 33 mm for all racers. USA Cycling (United States national...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-20, 07:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,934
Posted By grolby

I'm glad you like your handlebar mirror, but hard...

I'm glad you like your handlebar mirror, but hard disagree on this. We don't need anything to increase regulatory barriers to cycling, especially for the very dubious safety benefits of rearview...
Forum: Commuting
10-06-20, 06:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,103
Posted By grolby

The USA is overall a lot less dense than Western...

The USA is overall a lot less dense than Western Europe, but we also have a greater number of large, densely populated cities. The Northeast Megalopis...
Forum: Commuting
10-02-20, 06:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,652
Posted By grolby

If youíre confident, secondhand is the easiest...

If youíre confident, secondhand is the easiest way to accomplish a light bike for cheap. May also be the only realistic option in COVID times.



No amount of lifting weights will make the...
Forum: Commuting
09-29-20, 06:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,652
Posted By grolby

??? 23 lbs is 35% heavier than 17. Itís a big...

??? 23 lbs is 35% heavier than 17. Itís a big difference and one that you donít need to be a massive bike nerd to notice. The difference between my road bike (coincidentally, 17 lbs) and my...
09-24-20, 07:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,546
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: 23
Views: 1,546
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: 1,855
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: 88
Views: 11,566
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: 9,141
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: 2,986
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: 2,986
Posted By grolby

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

I donít think the question really called for this sort of negativity.
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