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Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-21, 06:18 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,723
Posted By rosefarts

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07-11-21, 12:20 PM
Replies: 1,530
Views: 294,601
Posted By rosefarts

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07-11-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,387
Posted By rosefarts

Get a second wheelset. Road tires are not gravel...

Get a second wheelset. Road tires are not gravel tires.

Before I got a gravel bike, I rode an extremely traditional road bike on 28ís on some pretty interesting ďroadsĒ. Years before that, I rode...
07-10-21, 10:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,345
Posted By rosefarts

This morning my wife and I were deciding where to...

This morning my wife and I were deciding where to go climb. I realized we were going to be near the upper trailhead of a ridiculous mess of singletrack.

So I threw my bike in and gave it a whirl....
07-08-21, 09:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 824
Posted By rosefarts

Would a star nut for a 1Ē threadless fork fit in...

Would a star nut for a 1Ē threadless fork fit in there? That with a very long bolt (metric all thread?) would probably give you enough to kludge a slide hammer from.

Are you sure itís not a piece...
07-08-21, 09:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 819
Posted By rosefarts

My bike feels too short. After some measurements,...

My bike feels too short. After some measurements, itís definitely a bit shorter than my dialed in road bike.

I swapped to a 110mm from 90mm. A couple immediate improvements happened.

- My seat...
06-27-21, 06:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 551
Posted By rosefarts

I use 10 speed ergoís. I like the feel and hand...

I use 10 speed ergoís. I like the feel and hand positions better than shimano or sram. I had it rebuilt recently and works like new.

I like them so much than the other big two, too bad Campy Ekar...
06-24-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 2,589
Posted By rosefarts

On my classic one, I have a Silca frame pump...

On my classic one, I have a Silca frame pump custom painted to match the bike. Itíll pump a tire but mostly itís just cool.

Otherwise, a regular CO2 can handle one road tire. I carry it for just...
06-21-21, 08:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 415
Posted By rosefarts

Well, thatís my 2 cents worth. Fwiw, I never...

Well, thatís my 2 cents worth.

Fwiw, I never did this because I had the tool. I heard about it from someone along the way.
06-21-21, 08:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,888
Posted By rosefarts

I had 40t and 11-42 on a bike and liked it a lot....

I had 40t and 11-42 on a bike and liked it a lot. Every once in a while I wanted to get a little lower and a little higher.

When I got my new frame, the used group I bought had both 38t and 44t I...
06-16-21, 04:50 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 7,459
Posted By rosefarts

In my hometown, the LBS had a revolving door of...

In my hometown, the LBS had a revolving door of high school kids who loved bikes. I was one of them and I loved it. I spent the night in the summer assembling bikes all night because I wanted to.
...
06-09-21, 07:32 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,592
Posted By rosefarts

Just the word grates on me. Itís like Bennifer. ...

Just the word grates on me. Itís like Bennifer.

Theres Ergoís and STIís. No such thing as a brifter.
06-07-21, 08:34 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,252
Posted By rosefarts

So youíre on medication that drops your blood...

So youíre on medication that drops your blood pressure and can make you light headed. And this has caused a wreck at least once. Also, wrecks arenít infrequent enough for you that you are considering...
05-19-21, 09:40 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,515
Posted By rosefarts

​​​​​I've ridden several elliptical. Old Biopace...

​​​​​I've ridden several elliptical. Old Biopace and even messed around with new absolute black. I don't care for them and have switched to round, but oval rings absolutely do not cause the issues...
05-13-21, 06:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,172
Posted By rosefarts

Came here expecting pics of a run in with a sheep.

Came here expecting pics of a run in with a sheep.
05-13-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,089
Posted By rosefarts

I just sort of figured that heavy MTB shoes are...

I just sort of figured that heavy MTB shoes are the price you pay for a gravel bike.

I wouldn't be opposed to my Carbon Look Keo's and my correspondingly light Bontrager Classique's on gravel...
05-11-21, 05:44 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,158
Posted By rosefarts

I have the Bitex rear hub. It's a relatively...

I have the Bitex rear hub. It's a relatively light, relatively inexpensive, and high engagement hub.

Don't sweat the bearings. They're going to last a long time. The big deal is that they are 3.5...
05-06-21, 07:55 AM
Replies: 292
Views: 9,077
Posted By rosefarts

Really, aren't most threads here about butt...

Really, aren't most threads here about butt chugging, when you get to the root of the matter?
05-05-21, 03:30 PM
Replies: 292
Views: 9,077
Posted By rosefarts

In my racing days, I noticed a lot of guys would...

In my racing days, I noticed a lot of guys would lose their winter fluff and get really fast by mid summer.

Being scrawny, I had no fluff to lose. So I used a seatpost I had filled with molten...
05-01-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 800
Posted By rosefarts

It's either that or his pens no longer click.

It's either that or his pens no longer click.
04-27-21, 09:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,119
Posted By rosefarts

Pretty much. A gravel descent around here...

Pretty much.

A gravel descent around here (Colorado) includes washboards, ruts, cattle guards, and switchbacks. 105 gear inches is plenty.

If your rides consist of straight road descents or...
04-26-21, 05:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,119
Posted By rosefarts

I think the SRAM XD is a game changer. I use...

I think the SRAM XD is a game changer.

I use a 38t chainring.

I've got the 10-42 a d added a wolf tooth 44. Basically I removed the 42 and added a 44. So I've got a solid climbing gear of...
04-26-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 5,048
Views: 3,544,426
Posted By rosefarts

I built these last spring knowing that I'd be...

I built these last spring knowing that I'd be getting a gravel bike sooner than later. It's 32h front and rear and DB with aluminum nips. I'm 140lbs and dropping.

I rode them through the summer on...
04-26-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,050
Posted By rosefarts

I say eliminate sunscreen. And sunglasses too,...

I say eliminate sunscreen. And sunglasses too, while we're at it.
04-25-21, 06:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 327
Posted By rosefarts

This is one of those things that very possibly...

This is one of those things that very possibly just isn't worth it.

New hub+rebuild or new wheel, new shifter, new derailleur, new chain, new chainring, and new cassette. Everything is new and not...
04-25-21, 06:38 AM
Replies: 5,048
Views: 3,544,426
Posted By rosefarts

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04-24-21, 09:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,557
Posted By rosefarts

Bikes direct actually sells replacement...

Bikes direct actually sells replacement wheelsets. So you could get an upgrade set and ditch the current rear wheel.

How savvy are you mechanically? I build lots of wheels myself. It's not hard...
04-24-21, 08:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,465
Posted By rosefarts

I have super sensitive eyes. So I've tried a few...

I have super sensitive eyes. So I've tried a few things.

I've got two different pairs of Kroops goggles/glasses hybrids. They're Ok, I neither love nor hate them. Just not quite comfortable enough...
04-21-21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,048
Posted By rosefarts

I mountain biked a ton in the 90s then not again...

I mountain biked a ton in the 90s then not again until last year. I got a 29er and it was an absolute revelation compared to what I was used to.

The larger wheel do occasionally have problems with...
04-12-21, 11:53 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,944
Posted By rosefarts

I'm not just smoking crack here. 1. I'm 5'9,...

I'm not just smoking crack here.

1. I'm 5'9, and Richey medium fits me perfectly. I have a Swiss Cross for reference.

2. The Outback is a more relaxed/upright/90's mtb version of the SX.

3....
04-11-21, 05:00 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,944
Posted By rosefarts

This is an easy one. Get a Richey Outback. Well...

This is an easy one. Get a Richey Outback. Well into the comfort zone but has going fast in its heart. Steel. Only a touch heavier than the svelte Swiss Cross V2 it shares some DNA with.

Not a gas...
04-04-21, 06:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,035
Posted By rosefarts

I live in southern Colorado. That gives me a...

I live in southern Colorado. That gives me a pretty good mix of flat desert, alpine climbing, and rolling foothills. If my average speed gets too much above 10-12, I need to find a mountain to go...
03-31-21, 05:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 643
Posted By rosefarts

I am successfully using a Campy short cage with...

I am successfully using a Campy short cage with 12-30. That's with a 50/34.

It works. I don't know if it should.
03-28-21, 05:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 528
Posted By rosefarts

The only one sitting is a pretty classy Campy...

The only one sitting is a pretty classy Campy Chorus/Open Pro set from my Tallerico, I like the Stan's 3.30ti + Alpha 340 set better most times.

I guess now that my mountain bike has new wheels,...
03-28-21, 07:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 861
Posted By rosefarts

I wish I took a few pics. Visually, like at...

I wish I took a few pics.

Visually, like at a glance, the difference between a 17mm vs 30mm internal width rim is huge!!! Makes my little Xcaliber look like a monster truck. They built up nicely...
03-11-21, 09:13 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,507
Posted By rosefarts

I was on a casual little ride with a girl I...

I was on a casual little ride with a girl I fancied.

While changing lanes, I got my front wheel into an expansion gap in the pavement. I hit the ground hard, nearly took her out, and almost rolled...
03-08-21, 09:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,164
Posted By rosefarts

If you want a fecal transplant, I'll offer to...

If you want a fecal transplant, I'll offer to donate.
03-08-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,527
Posted By rosefarts

Tiny's Powder coating and Chrome polishing in...

Tiny's Powder coating and Chrome polishing in Pueblo West CO.

My point though, for solid work that isn't fancy, nearly every city over 75,000 has something like this.
03-07-21, 10:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,065
Posted By rosefarts

I have a Voodoo Wazoo gravel bike, 1997 ish and a...

I have a Voodoo Wazoo gravel bike, 1997 ish and a great bike. I've bombed it down some stuff with no worries. I do use salmon pads and they can get loud, but other than that, no issues.

I did...
03-07-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,527
Posted By rosefarts

I think there are two reasons for powder coating....

I think there are two reasons for powder coating.

The obvious is to restore an old bike. This can and should be expensive to have done right. The custom shops are probably worth it.

The other,...
03-04-21, 07:20 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,897
Posted By rosefarts

I think you haters just work for "big shoe" ...

I think you haters just work for "big shoe"

The Sidi Cartel?

​​​​​​Toe overlap must be a hoot.
03-01-21, 10:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 696
Posted By rosefarts

But wouldn't a Buddhist understand that life is...

But wouldn't a Buddhist understand that life is suffering?
02-22-21, 03:02 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,896
Posted By rosefarts

I think of it as road riding but with occasional...

I think of it as road riding but with occasional ruts and washboards. A little slower, more scenic for my area, and almost no traffic.

A modern gravel bike will go pretty much anywhere you could...
02-11-21, 10:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 861
Posted By rosefarts

Thanks for that. That's a great option. Maybe a...

Thanks for that. That's a great option. Maybe a nice enough rim that I'd probably go for a little better hubs and of course I need spokes.

So that's the new top of my list, unless someone else has...
02-10-21, 11:08 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 397
Posted By rosefarts

Random musings upon joining the 21st Century.

Here is my old Voodoo Wazoo gravel bike. Honestly, it's a pretty incredible bike.
...
02-07-21, 10:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 730
Posted By rosefarts

Get the 2016 model. The current model sucks.

Get the 2016 model. The current model sucks.
02-05-21, 11:17 PM
Replies: 5,048
Views: 3,544,426
Posted By rosefarts

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02-05-21, 11:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,311
Posted By rosefarts

I think a little plastic sleeve would increase...

I think a little plastic sleeve would increase cable life.

If you really want to go nice, cut some copper tubes that diameter and bend them to perfectly match the curve of the frame. I think a 1"...
02-05-21, 01:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 790
Posted By rosefarts

I have 50/34 and 12-30 on one of my bikes. ...

I have 50/34 and 12-30 on one of my bikes.

Don't worry about your top speed. 50x12 is gets me well over 40mph before I tuck and stop pedaling. It's the tuck and long descent without curves that...
01-26-21, 09:06 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,712
Posted By rosefarts

Stan's Crest ZTR are 23mm internal width, weigh...

Stan's Crest ZTR are 23mm internal width, weigh 365g, are tubeless ideally, and cost $100 per rim. My gravel bike has a 1500g set of wheels I built with them for under $500.

Stan's rear hub,...
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