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08-23-22, 06:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 419
Posted By zen_

I would wait for GRX 2.0 personally, but both...

I would wait for GRX 2.0 personally, but both groupsets will be equally unavailable for purchase.

Having said that, the Rival eTap 1x and 2x drivetrains are both right on the money as far as...
05-02-22, 06:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,840
Posted By zen_

I disagree, even a standard carbon seatpost (like...

I disagree, even a standard carbon seatpost (like the $40 Satori post I previously mentioned) takes a nice amount of buzz out of the saddle. No-brainer when a generic alloy post is $20.
04-05-22, 07:22 PM
Replies: 5,231
Views: 3,691,575
Posted By zen_

Better cash in my steel gravel bike chips while...

Better cash in my steel gravel bike chips while they are hot...the only thing better than one, is two! Haven't decided whether to go with an old style silver quill stem on the Schwinn, or just use a...
03-28-22, 07:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,646
Posted By zen_

What new cyclist should spend $ on: 1. A...

What new cyclist should spend $ on:

1. A professional fit + anything you need to adjust for fit (saddle, stem)
2. Good cycling clothing that fits right, assuming you don't plan to lose...
02-27-22, 05:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 631
Posted By zen_

You can use a 38T SLX or XT chainring on the...

You can use a 38T SLX or XT chainring on the Deore direct mount arms, or as you already discovered, there are some aftermarket AliExpress 40T direct mount rings available. I have used the cheap...
02-20-22, 07:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,010
Posted By zen_

Try things like tire inserts with the lowest...

Try things like tire inserts with the lowest possible pressure and a redshock stem to make it more tolerable before buying a whole new bike just for one section of one race. I have to ride my MTB...
02-12-22, 05:00 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,103
Posted By zen_

The HY/RD's are super simple to setup and...

The HY/RD's are super simple to setup and maintain, and they work almost as well as fully hydraulic brakes with compressionless housing and cables in good order. The only problem with them really is...
02-06-22, 07:40 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,330
Posted By zen_

The Pathfinder and Sawtooth would both both be...

The Pathfinder and Sawtooth would both both be excellent choices. A lot of people seem to write them off because of the weight, or maybe the brand, but they roll fast, are durable, setup easy, and...
01-02-22, 04:36 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,747
Posted By zen_

Sorry, you're not a real gravel cyclist unless...

Sorry, you're not a real gravel cyclist unless you run 45c+ tires, wear flannel, have a mustache, run at least two bags that are empty, take a huge backpack on a 1 hour ride, and have a bottle opener...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-21, 03:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,784
Posted By zen_

I have also been very happy with dhb bibs....

I have also been very happy with dhb bibs. specifically the basic Aeron line. The fleece (Roubaix) lined ones are really nice, the fit is consistent through all the various basic Aeron models...
09-06-21, 05:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,206
Posted By zen_

WTB's gravel tires are pretty underwhelming in...

WTB's gravel tires are pretty underwhelming in general. The actual width installed on many models is way off, problems with sidewall weeping, and they just don't do anything better than the...
06-09-21, 05:33 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,535
Posted By zen_

The Renegade S1 frameset is very nice for $900,...

The Renegade S1 frameset is very nice for $900, but you'll have a very hard time finding one, and it's more adventure oriented with clearance for 700x50c tires. You would probably be happier with...
06-02-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,442
Posted By zen_

Looking back, I'm kinda embarrassed at how long...

Looking back, I'm kinda embarrassed at how long it took me to get on the wide tire wagon (32 -> 35 -> 40 -> 45). Whether you really need the comfort or not, it's a lot easier to go faster when you're...
05-15-21, 06:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,597
Posted By zen_

I ran an Alba crank for 7-8K miles last year and...

I ran an Alba crank for 7-8K miles last year and honestly didn't mind it at all for an entry level crank. It shifts good, and I think I had a whooping two chain drops even though I don't pay much...
04-17-21, 04:45 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,888
Posted By zen_

35-40c is more than adequate for limestone...

35-40c is more than adequate for limestone rail-trails, but I'll be the first to admit that my opinion on tire width for gravel has evolved from 35c, to 40c, and now I'm looking at 43-45c tires....
04-02-21, 07:34 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 10,493
Posted By zen_

You really shouldn't need to run out and change...

You really shouldn't need to run out and change anything on the Breed, as it comes very nicely equipped. I actually have a take-off Felt carbon seatpost (same as Salsa Guide) and a Prologo Dimension...
03-21-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,519
Posted By zen_

+1 for the Zipp CX tape. It does have a slight...

+1 for the Zipp CX tape. It does have a slight tack to it, but I can't image the tapes that have more will have a lasting effect. The Zipp tape has a really nice texture, padding, durability, wraps...
03-17-21, 06:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,261
Posted By zen_

Just get a Garmin watch /w body battery if you...

Just get a Garmin watch /w body battery if you want some metrics on HRV / stress and recovery, but don't religiously follow the numbers.
03-02-21, 09:19 PM
Replies: 5,231
Views: 3,691,575
Posted By zen_

That's a really sharp looking bike. How well do...

That's a really sharp looking bike. How well do the mini v-brakes work with STI levers?
03-02-21, 08:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 813
Posted By zen_

These...

These...
03-02-21, 07:10 PM
Replies: 5,231
Views: 3,691,575
Posted By zen_

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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A brutal midwest winter is finally letting go!
02-28-21, 12:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,493
Posted By zen_

The Bikes Direct Gravel X looks pretty nice for...

The Bikes Direct Gravel X looks pretty nice for $1K, but as per usual with their bikes, there are some questionable choices with the geometry. Notice in the stock photo they have a 17 degree stem...
02-10-21, 08:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,480
Posted By zen_

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBgAr7kLsZY ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBgAr7kLsZY

Good video on the subject, and a channel worth following if you care about training somewhat properly. The Cliff's Notes is that there is not a lot of...
02-08-21, 08:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,992
Posted By zen_

I just weighed my setup because bored. Same GX...

I just weighed my setup because bored. Same GX wheelset, 40c Pirelli Gravel H, 2oz sealant per tire, 11-34 Ultegra cassette, and 160mm TRP rotors @ 3,255g. If you got some better / slightly lighter...
01-30-21, 07:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,519
Posted By zen_

https://zwofactory.com/ To build your own...

https://zwofactory.com/

To build your own erg workouts.
01-11-21, 09:12 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 232,848
Posted By zen_

It did include the plugs for using a Di2 front...

It did include the plugs for using a Di2 front mech, so I guess they assume that anyone bothering with a 2x build from a frameset will be using Di2. Not really an issue though for a $10 part when it...
01-07-21, 07:45 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 232,848
Posted By zen_

Just picked up the 2021 Renegade S1 frameset from...

Just picked up the 2021 Renegade S1 frameset from the LBS today. I think it was the right choice to change to standard cable routing. The T47 BB and tapered head tube are also nice touches, and it...
12-18-20, 06:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,757
Posted By zen_

I'll try to give you some advice that's a bit...

I'll try to give you some advice that's a bit more on point w/o being condescending, or digressing too much...

Parts worth "upgrading"

Saddle - Unless you really love the stock one, start the...
12-10-20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,223
Posted By zen_

TrainerRoad is an extremely compelling option for...

TrainerRoad is an extremely compelling option for those that cannot afford TP + a qualified coach, and you can do the workouts outside /w a power meter.
11-25-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 13,365
Posted By zen_

The distance between the saddle and pedal should...

The distance between the saddle and pedal should stay the same bike-to-bike, so when the stack height increases, the top of the top tube is higher, and the bars are higher relative to the rider.
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11-25-20, 05:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,942
Posted By zen_

Fortunately there is still an apparently endless...

Fortunately there is still an apparently endless supply of 90's steel MTBs on Craigslist waiting to be converted to LHTs.
11-18-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,058
Posted By zen_

The current generation Claris, Sora and Tiagra...

The current generation Claris, Sora and Tiagra (cable brake) are pretty much the same systems with a different # of gears, and slight changes in construction materials and weight.
11-14-20, 08:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,123
Posted By zen_

You should be able to run a 46/30t crank with a...

You should be able to run a 46/30t crank with a Sunrace (possibly others?) 11-40t cassette pretty easily using the GRX 400 (10 speed) rear mech. There's a thread on the riding gravel forum about...
11-10-20, 08:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 989
Posted By zen_

One small problem with Vermont is that Ted King...

One small problem with Vermont is that Ted King lives there, and he takes all the KOM's every time he leaves the house.
10-26-20, 10:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,468
Posted By zen_

I carry one in my repair kit for a tubeless...

I carry one in my repair kit for a tubeless gravel bike because the extra $30 for a tube half the size folded up, and half the weight seemed like a no-brainer.
10-18-20, 04:07 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 6,379
Posted By zen_

I swear every "gravel" product advert has some...

I swear every "gravel" product advert has some variation of this guy in it. I love this one because it looks like they photoshopped in the beard, hat and flannel on a stock photo of a roadie.
...
10-16-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 8,562
Posted By zen_

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09-29-20, 09:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,667
Posted By zen_

Drivetrain cleaning has been just squeezing some...

Drivetrain cleaning has been just squeezing some soapy water over the crank / cassette / jockey wheels since I started doing waxed chains. 3,000 miles of just doing that, and the cassette + jockey...
09-26-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,343
Posted By zen_

The Profile Design Sonic Ergo range has a lot of...

The Profile Design Sonic Ergo range has a lot of options for the bend in the extension, and also adjustments for getting the fit right.
09-13-20, 04:17 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,774
Posted By zen_

I know you said Giant Revolt, but if you're...

I know you said Giant Revolt, but if you're mainly using it for road riding, but still want pretty big tires, a Giant Defy with something like a 32c Hutchinson Sector would probably be the ideal bike...
09-13-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 13,480
Posted By zen_

Can't say I blame anyone who doesn't live here...

Can't say I blame anyone who doesn't live here for thinking it seems pretty boring, and it's definitely not thrilling riding outside the occasional minimum maintenance / b-road that can get MTB'ish....
09-13-20, 10:01 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 13,480
Posted By zen_

Where I live road cycling is a bit restrictive....

Where I live road cycling is a bit restrictive. Not many roads with smooth shoulders, or low traffic no-shoulder roads, and since there are not a lot of road cyclist, drivers are not as aware of...
09-13-20, 09:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,187
Posted By zen_

I don't think I could go back to riding a bike...

I don't think I could go back to riding a bike with cantilevers as my main bike bombing down steep descents and dirt B-roads. Looking back and what I did on a bike with crummy brakes, I am honestly...
09-07-20, 04:20 PM
Replies: 1,044
Views: 264,996
Posted By zen_

So far excellent. If you still have the...

So far excellent. If you still have the mechanical Spyre brakes, the difference in brake feel / bite is night and day. My only gripe, and this is minor even though I shift a lot to maintain an even...
09-03-20, 07:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 585
Posted By zen_

SRAM Apex 1 and Sensah SRX Pro are both available...

SRAM Apex 1 and Sensah SRX Pro are both available in 1x11 drivetrains with mechanical brakes, in addition to just using 2x11 Shimano setups as 1x11 already mentioned.
08-31-20, 08:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,436
Posted By zen_

I take a square of paper towel with me on long...

I take a square of paper towel with me on long rides to wipe my chain off mid-ride(ish), which is really effective on waxed chains when it's very dusty. I know the hot waxing thing is a big leap few...
08-19-20, 07:14 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,900
Posted By zen_

Get a heart rate monitor and get your zones...

Get a heart rate monitor and get your zones semi-correctly set with a max heart rate test. The big "mistake" (depending on your perspective) I see cyclist making that are trying to lose weight and /...
08-16-20, 04:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 16,708
Posted By zen_

The name on the downtube is a big part of the...

The name on the downtube is a big part of the cost difference, plus Giant has economies of scale manufacturing their own frames, and many of the parts on the bike.

As for whether it's worth it,...
08-02-20, 06:34 PM
Replies: 1,044
Views: 264,996
Posted By zen_

Mid-season rebuild for my Raleigh Tamland....

Mid-season rebuild for my Raleigh Tamland. Hydraulic levers / calipers to replace a cable actuated setup that has been having some issues lately, a better quality stem to replace a cheap China alloy...
08-02-20, 10:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,488
Posted By zen_

I blame this thread for an impulse(ish) buy of...

I blame this thread for an impulse(ish) buy of ST-RS685 shifters (non-series Ultegra) + BR-RS785 calipers (non-series post mount) last night! When I bought the HY/RD calipers for like $120 back in...
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