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Forum: Road Cycling
05-15-24, 09:00 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 15,004
Posted By msu2001la

New SRAM Red = $4200 (with power meter) It's...

New SRAM Red = $4200 (with power meter)

It's cool and light and I'm sure amazing, and also pretty safe to assume I'd never spend that much on a groupset.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-24, 12:50 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 15,004
Posted By msu2001la

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Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-24, 02:22 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,749
Posted By msu2001la

Corporate greed and market manipulation...

Corporate greed and market manipulation notwithstanding, electronic shifting is pretty nice and I'd happily pay a little extra to get it on my next bike.
I don't really see a downside, other than...
04-24-24, 10:13 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,728
Posted By msu2001la

Gravel didn’t really exist as a bike segment 10...

Gravel didn’t really exist as a bike segment 10 years ago.

Generally speaking (and talking about new bikes):
Endurance Road: more relaxed geometry than traditional road race with higher stack...
04-24-24, 09:48 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,728
Posted By msu2001la

I don’t know that much about the Orbea Terra, but...

I don’t know that much about the Orbea Terra, but Orbeas website definitely markets it as a gravel bike.

“Designed from the ground up for gravel, Terra isn't a repurposed road bike or a slimmed...
04-24-24, 09:41 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,728
Posted By msu2001la

Orbea Terra seems more like an all-road/gravel...

Orbea Terra seems more like an all-road/gravel bike than something “designed for Cyclocross”. CX specific bikes are actually pretty rare these days and usually involve high BBs and steep HTAs to...
03-09-24, 09:08 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,344
Posted By msu2001la

Completely agree. I use MTB shoes with SPD pedals...

Completely agree. I use MTB shoes with SPD pedals on my road bike as well. The advantages of road pedals are so minor that the downsides outweigh them, IMO.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-08-24, 07:29 AM
Replies: 624
Views: 24,188
Posted By msu2001la

The hooks only work when the tire is inflated. A...

The hooks only work when the tire is inflated. A deflated clincher on a hooked rim is still going to come off if you keep riding it.

You either believe that DeGent's tire spontaneously blew off...
02-28-24, 01:20 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 7,493
Posted By msu2001la

Yeah, we got a "jorts and t-shirt guy" in our...

Yeah, we got a "jorts and t-shirt guy" in our regular group ride who does that here too. He's super strong - rides a ton and can out-sprint almost everyone. It's amusing to watch newer riders try to...
02-28-24, 11:48 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 7,493
Posted By msu2001la

Unless the OP is banging out major alpine climes...

Unless the OP is banging out major alpine climes on a regular basis, I doubt a 2-3 lbs difference in weight alone would really change anything other than perception - but lighter weight isn't the...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-28-24, 11:00 AM
Replies: 624
Views: 24,188
Posted By msu2001la

People don't really seek out hookless rims as a...

People don't really seek out hookless rims as a feature, do they? I get that Zipp and Enve try to make it a selling point by claiming some minuscule weight savings or aero gain, but I don't know...
Forum: Commuting
02-11-24, 02:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,282
Posted By msu2001la

Yes our busses have bike racks. Also I lock this...

Yes our busses have bike racks. Also I lock this bike up outside on the street all day long in downtown Chicago almost every day. It's pretty nondescript and I'm not really that worried about it.
Forum: Commuting
02-10-24, 08:16 PM
Replies: 215
Views: 11,947
Posted By msu2001la

A 26" jump bike with a dropper post and...

A 26" jump bike with a dropper post and reasonable gearing would probably be fine. A 26" jump bike with the saddle slammed down to the frame and a 30x16 drivetrain would get old quick.
Forum: Commuting
02-10-24, 08:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,282
Posted By msu2001la

Sorry for the late response - this bike is...

Sorry for the late response - this bike is working out pretty well for me. I also love those Vittoria Terreno Mix tires for this use - this width and tread pattern seems ideal for all-weather urban...
01-07-24, 07:16 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,327
Posted By msu2001la

I pay for Strava because it's a product that I...

I pay for Strava because it's a product that I use almost every day and I find to be a valuable addition to track my fitness, milage and goals.

Is the free version "good enough"? Probably. I pay...
01-01-24, 03:48 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,188
Posted By msu2001la

While we're at it - other sub-forums that should...

While we're at it - other sub-forums that should be considered:

Disc brakes
Tubeless tires
1x drivetrains

discuss.
12-18-23, 02:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,086
Posted By msu2001la

This looks like the Wolftooth B-Rad system, which...

This looks like the Wolftooth B-Rad system, which works very well. I've used this on my gravel/CX bike and run a similar setup. The only issue I had was that my bag had to be stuffed in the "crotch"...
12-18-23, 01:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 449
Posted By msu2001la

If I were you, I'd definitely be looking into...

If I were you, I'd definitely be looking into flying your own bikes. Backpacking is going to require some specific equipment to carry your gear - finding rental bikes that work for this seems like it...
12-18-23, 01:42 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,827
Posted By msu2001la

I have a Topeak Swing Up that is basically a...

I have a Topeak Swing Up that is basically a wheel hook that swivels so that the bike can be rotated flat against the wall. It works OK - the swivel feature saves me a small amount of room in my...
11-11-23, 04:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 967
Posted By msu2001la

I don't have much to add on the SRAM/Shimano...

I don't have much to add on the SRAM/Shimano conversation, but I own a SuperX with GRX 1x11sp and it's pretty great. I run 11-34 rear with a 40T for CX racing, and swap to a 44T for gravel/road. It's...
10-23-23, 09:32 AM
Replies: 382
Views: 17,782
Posted By msu2001la

I race CX and we usually have a few sloppy mud...

I race CX and we usually have a few sloppy mud fests like this each year. Between the racing and driving to/from the races in downpours with my bikes on the roof, I typically end up replacing my...
10-23-23, 09:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,685
Posted By msu2001la

Yep. I have some stock wheels that came on my...

Yep. I have some stock wheels that came on my Cannondale that use a Formula 3-pawl hub. They are not silent, but are very quiet.

The sound level on these seems closely related to how much grease...
10-23-23, 09:00 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 13,569
Posted By msu2001la

Packaged food is made in a food processing...

Packaged food is made in a food processing plant?!?!
I always thought grandpa Clif was baking a fresh batch of bars in his alpine lodge each morning.
10-18-23, 03:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,103
Posted By msu2001la

100% And yet... I see photos like this from...

100%
And yet... I see photos like this from Copenhangen. Maybe if we had better bike infrastructure I'd be more willing to try riding "normal" bikes on snowy commutes: ...
10-18-23, 08:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,103
Posted By msu2001la

Depends on how we're defining "winter riding" I...

Depends on how we're defining "winter riding" I suppose. I know a few hardcore winter commuters here who use studded tires. These work well on snow/ice/slush covered roads, but are really draggy on...
Forum: Commuting
10-17-23, 04:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,282
Posted By msu2001la

This bike needed a few adjustments to work for...

This bike needed a few adjustments to work for me.

The pedals that shipped with it were absolute garbage. I found some cheap aluminum platform pedals online that seem to work great.
Fenders - I...
10-17-23, 03:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,207
Posted By msu2001la

Confirmed - it was the freewheel. I replaced it...

Confirmed - it was the freewheel. I replaced it yesterday with a new one and the noise is gone. The other freewheel seems to have a small amount of lateral play between the bearing and the sprocket.
10-11-23, 09:17 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,155
Posted By msu2001la

Agree. Pro teams will often run "non-sponsor...

Agree. Pro teams will often run "non-sponsor correct" equipment with blacked out logos if they think it'll work better for them. Tires often fall into this category - teams will run whatever tire...
10-09-23, 01:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 995
Posted By msu2001la

I've never understood why people are so worried...

I've never understood why people are so worried about getting sealant on their hands.

Y'all will walk around with chain ring tattoos and mud stripes up your rear, but if a drop of sealant touches...
10-09-23, 12:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,758
Posted By msu2001la

Your bike shop is selling some nonsense. You can...

Your bike shop is selling some nonsense. You can run 28mm tires on those wheels and there's nothing inherent about the bike that would require wider tires.

I would recommend trying a high quality...
Forum: Commuting
10-09-23, 08:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,282
Posted By msu2001la

Thanks - after looking around at a few other...

Thanks - after looking around at a few other options and scanning the local listings I did buy this bike. The other options I found either had 26" wheels or geared drivetrains, both of which I'm...
Forum: Commuting
10-06-23, 08:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,282
Posted By msu2001la

Looking for opinions on a potential commuter bike purchase

I'm a longtime urban bike commuter, relying heavily on our local bike-share system for commuting and run-around-town errands. Bike share is great because I don't have worry about locking up,...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-23, 07:28 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,885
Posted By msu2001la

The new GP5000 S TR and AS are much easier to...

The new GP5000 S TR and AS are much easier to mount than the old (and now discontinued) GP5000 TL.
The TL was awful, and is why this tire gets such a bad rap for being difficult to mount. I would...
10-04-23, 11:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 642
Posted By msu2001la

No experience with the Silca sealant, but I've...

No experience with the Silca sealant, but I've heard from others that it has chunks of fiber in it that can make it difficult to add through the valve.

I have been using Orange Seal regular and...
10-04-23, 11:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 742
Posted By msu2001la

Sealant will dry out after a few months. It won't...

Sealant will dry out after a few months. It won't hurt anything if you do nothing and just hang the bike up, but in the spring you'd want to clean out the old sealant and start with fresh. Removing...
10-02-23, 01:31 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,658
Posted By msu2001la

I'm a member of a local bike race team who runs a...

I'm a member of a local bike race team who runs a handful of crit and cyclocross races each year. I can assure you that bike races held in parks (even those that don't involve any road closures)...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-23, 04:18 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 6,885
Posted By msu2001la

All of the cyclists I know who are at/near...

All of the cyclists I know who are at/near retirement age are crushing it on mileage.
The 65+ age groups in those big gravel races can be pretty intense. Those guys have all the time in the world to...
09-27-23, 12:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 612
Posted By msu2001la

Good point on the 21mm internal width - it'll...

Good point on the 21mm internal width - it'll stretch out tires a little more than the OP's current wheels (which I think are 17mm).
HED seems to indicate that 23mm tires are fine on these, but that...
09-27-23, 11:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 612
Posted By msu2001la

MSRP on these wheels is $1400. They are aluminum...

MSRP on these wheels is $1400. They are aluminum rims with a 40mm carbon aero fairing added. They have good braking performance due to the aluminum brake tracks, but are a fair bit heavier than...
09-25-23, 02:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 842
Posted By msu2001la

This seems to have no benefits over CO2...

This seems to have no benefits over CO2 cartridges?
Even if you're diligent and keep it fully charged for every ride, the website says it'll only work to inflate two 25c tires to 80psi. It looks...
09-25-23, 08:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,544
Posted By msu2001la

I ran the TRP CX9 mini-v for a few seasons of...

I ran the TRP CX9 mini-v for a few seasons of cross back in my rim brake days. They provided more power, but you have to run the pads super close to the rims so mud/wet grass/etc got jammed up in...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-23, 06:09 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 5,890
Posted By msu2001la

Unless you want to buy new tubeless ready wheels,...

Unless you want to buy new tubeless ready wheels, I would suggest ruling out tubeless.

Attempting to convert older non-tubeless road wheels to tubeless is going to be difficult and problematic.
09-22-23, 08:20 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 5,911
Posted By msu2001la

I purchased a new high end CX bike from an LBS 3...

I purchased a new high end CX bike from an LBS 3 years ago and it did not come with any reflectors on it. They didn't provide these or say anything about it at all. I didn't even really think about...
09-21-23, 03:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 871
Posted By msu2001la

Yup. I'm all in on tubeless. No desire to go back...

Yup. I'm all in on tubeless. No desire to go back to tubes, even on road bikes.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-23, 03:13 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,997
Posted By msu2001la

Yep. You can get a carbon fiber Canyon Endurace...

Yep. You can get a carbon fiber Canyon Endurace with 12sp SRAM Rival AXS for $3k, or 12sp 105 Di2 for $2700.

These are both above the OP's stated budget, and not the preferred frame material, but...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-23, 02:48 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,997
Posted By msu2001la

You could also add the Cannondale Synapse 105 to...

You could also add the Cannondale Synapse 105 to your list. Same price range as the others - alloy frame, 11sp 105. It's a nice bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-23, 02:45 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,997
Posted By msu2001la

Just an observation, but all of those bikes have...

Just an observation, but all of those bikes have R7000 105 (11 speed). Shimano announced R7100 (12 speed) several months ago. 11 vs 12 speed isn't really that big of a deal, but I don't think I'd pay...
09-20-23, 10:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 871
Posted By msu2001la

I swapped out some tubeless tires yesterday...

I swapped out some tubeless tires yesterday evening and was thinking about this comment and thread while doing so. The process was easy for me, took about 20 minutes and I had no issues. Tires seated...
09-19-23, 01:47 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 5,911
Posted By msu2001la

I think the safety concern is more lawyer based...

I think the safety concern is more lawyer based than reality based. If you're properly installing the QR skewers I don't think there's anything to worry about.
I personally wouldn't buy a QR disc...
09-19-23, 01:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 871
Posted By msu2001la

Agree that newer wheels and tires seem to be...

Agree that newer wheels and tires seem to be built to better tolerances and mounting/seating is generally easier now than it was 3-4 years ago.
I have Zipp 303S wheels and have used 4-5 different...
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