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09-23-21, 07:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 192
Posted By scottfsmith

In principle it is possible if you remove the old...

In principle it is possible if you remove the old rim lining and put on tubeless rim tape. But it could be a lot harder to seat the tire on the rim due to the rim clearance being off. I would suggest...
09-22-21, 02:01 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,046
Posted By scottfsmith

I went nuts on gravel tires .. I got six...

I went nuts on gravel tires .. I got six different models to try out. I did in the end find some awesome tires, but after that excess I vowed to not go down the rabbit hole on any other bike part.
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09-19-21, 02:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 551
Posted By scottfsmith

In defense of chain cleaner tools what they are...

In defense of chain cleaner tools what they are saving you is time/hassle/mess. Fill, pop on, zip, dump, done. Nearly all the mess stays in the little box. They don't work as well as removing the...
09-18-21, 09:50 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,165
Posted By scottfsmith

I also got stranded on water in my windsurfing...

I also got stranded on water in my windsurfing days. It can be much more scary, death becomes a feasible outcome.

On the bike nothing much .. a couple 5+ mile walks, calling for pick-up a couple...
09-07-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 368
Posted By scottfsmith

If you read the Zero Friction long description,...

If you read the Zero Friction long description, both Squirt and Smoove (somewhat similar wax lubes) have problems getting the chain fully loaded with lube. It needs several iterations of lube/dry...
08-19-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,955
Posted By scottfsmith

+1 on that! I'd never use a slick or file tread...

+1 on that! I'd never use a slick or file tread where I am because there is often at least a little bit of mud somewhere on the route. Mud plus hill plus slick plus curve equals disaster. The last...
08-11-21, 11:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 878
Posted By scottfsmith

My most important investment for winter riding...

My most important investment for winter riding last winter was clothes. Some heavily insulated full-length bibs, heavy-duty wool socks, a waterproof insulating jacket, and heavy duty long underwear....
Forum: Commuting
08-10-21, 08:31 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,217
Posted By scottfsmith

The OP was only referring to signs stating...

The OP was only referring to signs stating "Private Property". On the face of it this just means the land is not government-owned, no more no less. Some states may read more into that, but not my...
Forum: Commuting
08-10-21, 08:22 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,217
Posted By scottfsmith

My view is "private property" is meaningless for...

My view is "private property" is meaningless for entry or not, if they want to keep me out it has to be "no trespassing", "access prohibited" or the like, or have a closed gate. This is in Maryland,...
08-09-21, 08:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 902
Posted By scottfsmith

Pretty picture: ...

Pretty picture:


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This one attempts to show relative use by how thick...
08-02-21, 08:20 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,397
Posted By scottfsmith

CF is being recycled, see for example This review...

CF is being recycled, see for example This review (https://www.compositesworld.com/articles/the-state-of-recycled-carbon-fiber). It discusses the state of the art for CF recycling. CF is getting...
08-01-21, 12:57 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,397
Posted By scottfsmith

You might want to try a few more repair places....

You might want to try a few more repair places. https://ruckuscomp.com/repair/ for example claims they will repair dropouts.

I didn't believe any of this stuff was repairable but there was a GCN...
08-01-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,804
Posted By scottfsmith

I'd vote you have a better fit on the new frame,...

I'd vote you have a better fit on the new frame, either the old one was really bad, the new one is really good, or both. If you are doing more watts with the same HR there isn't much else it could...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-21, 12:33 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 7,965
Posted By scottfsmith

Every time I had that issue with any lube I just...

Every time I had that issue with any lube I just needed more of it on. So barring other better ideas here, I would just put more on. One test to see if you have enough lube on is to squeeze some of...
07-27-21, 05:18 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,929
Posted By scottfsmith

I do lots of 10-ish mile rides, most of my...

I do lots of 10-ish mile rides, most of my weekday rides are like that. I feel like a wuss compared to other riders I see on Strava, but I don't let that get me down too much. Power to the wusses!...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-21, 05:20 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,644
Posted By scottfsmith

I agree, you should always use both brakes. Just...

I agree, you should always use both brakes. Just vary how much force you are applying. I use more back brake on the mild brake situations, and the more I need to stop the harder I push on the front...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-21, 03:13 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,412
Posted By scottfsmith

Since it sounds like you don't want to get a bike...

Since it sounds like you don't want to get a bike fit I would watch a few videos on the numb hands problem to get an idea of some of the subtleties.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbFrz5FsIow
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-21, 09:39 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,412
Posted By scottfsmith

Numbness often means too much weight on your...

Numbness often means too much weight on your hands. Flipping the stem like you did will do that, being lower in front will shift weight forward and down onto your hands. I had numbness and flipping...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,288
Posted By scottfsmith

I agree not likely there is a correlation with...

I agree not likely there is a correlation with the post-ride stretch/lift. You might have improved your conditioning already, or something about the ride was less stressful. Hopefully you stopped...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-21, 10:53 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,288
Posted By scottfsmith

I would have the same reaction as you if I tried...

I would have the same reaction as you if I tried what you did without previous conditioning -- your reaction is completely normal. Especially in the hot of summer you need to slowly work up the...
07-09-21, 12:54 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,823
Posted By scottfsmith

One other thing to consider is to carry a pump...

One other thing to consider is to carry a pump and adjust the pressure during the ride. I confess I just run a compromise pressure myself, but if the gravel uphill is long enough it could be worth it...
07-06-21, 07:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 629
Posted By scottfsmith

I expect the OP was only thinking about...

I expect the OP was only thinking about reproducing what the commercial 3D printed saddles have - only the top part is 3D printed on them. It is only the cushion on the very top, there is a carbon...
06-29-21, 07:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 623
Posted By scottfsmith

That would be fine too. The differences here are...

That would be fine too. The differences here are in the weeds.
06-27-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 402
Posted By scottfsmith

Use the SRAM calculator for one opinion:...

Use the SRAM calculator for one opinion: https://axs.sram.com/guides/tire/pressure

Looks like they recommend 55 front 58 rear or thereabouts for road, 50 for gravel. I run less than that myself...
06-24-21, 08:38 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,749
Posted By scottfsmith

Here are a couple fairly recent threads on this...

Here are a couple fairly recent threads on this topic.

https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/1216342-tire-width-28-vs-30-32-a.html
...
06-22-21, 02:20 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 3,687
Posted By scottfsmith

Don't let people guilt you into thinking you need...

Don't let people guilt you into thinking you need to live in the drops; its a personal thing depending on your body geometry etc. I only use them as a different position on long rides. I feel more in...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,677
Posted By scottfsmith

Hot weather biking tips

I'm sure this is a regular topic here but I haven't seen a thread recently so here goes..

I have done lots of suffering in hot weather and as I got older I found I would just bail instead of going...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-21, 11:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,208
Posted By scottfsmith

My pump gauge is off by 18psi when the pressures...

My pump gauge is off by 18psi when the pressures are in the 60-70psi actual range. One reason why I tested a lot of lower pressures is I didn't realize how much off my pump was -- accidental...
06-18-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,927
Posted By scottfsmith

Same here, I am a later in the day rider but the...

Same here, I am a later in the day rider but the hot weather is coming like a freight train. I do really late rides in hot weather, like 9PM. It is warmer than early morning though, plus it is in...
06-16-21, 02:30 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,164
Posted By scottfsmith

While it is true that in the worst case the...

While it is true that in the worst case the cross-chaining is worse on a 2x, if you have something like Shimano's Synchro Shift (or do similar manual shifting patterns) won't you overall have better...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-21, 07:05 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,208
Posted By scottfsmith

I have 30mm tires but same bike and weight. I ran...

I have 30mm tires but same bike and weight. I ran them as low as 40psi, it sure was cushy but they were slower. I also had a couple rim strikes which if I was running tubes would have likely produced...
06-07-21, 10:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,221
Posted By scottfsmith

Formula for tire width for gravel

Noonievut suggested on a recent thread here (https://www.bikeforums.net/cyclocross-gravelbiking-recreational/1212012-what-s-your-minimum-preferred-tire-width-gravel-riding-3.html#post22088278) that...
06-06-21, 02:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,359
Posted By scottfsmith

Hey I just happened on a recent Youtube by Neill...

Hey I just happened on a recent Youtube by Neill Stanbury, one of the best bike fitters out there. He explains the different causes and solutions for neck pain.

Youtube by Neill Stanbury,
06-06-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,359
Posted By scottfsmith

Upright is not necessarily the key. For me the...

Upright is not necessarily the key. For me the key was I needed to be able to have my elbows down and not be straight-arming. Overall I ended up lower but it solved my problem. Here is a picture, the...
06-05-21, 05:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 334
Posted By scottfsmith

It is hand-lettered, the o's and s's are all...

It is hand-lettered, the o's and s's are all different.

People will reproduce decals from pictures, not sure about the cost though. You will get more info from the Classic&Vintage subform here -...
06-05-21, 04:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,659
Posted By scottfsmith

It sounds like you just need to switch to...

It sounds like you just need to switch to tubeless - ? You can probably get a tire with much less rolling resistance and run it tubeless. More fast, less flats. GK Slick+ run tubeless should solve...
06-04-21, 07:05 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,533
Posted By scottfsmith

Thats interesting to hear, I was trying to guess...

Thats interesting to hear, I was trying to guess tire sizes from watching the videos of that race on Youtube (great videos BTW! - search for gravel locos to pull 'em up). Dylan Johnson in his video...
06-04-21, 06:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,612
Posted By scottfsmith

I was frequently missing Teslas when they first...

I was frequently missing Teslas when they first started popping up and was a bit concerned, but now I am cued in to the tire noise and I always know they are coming now.

I am also on the other end...
06-03-21, 01:59 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,214
Posted By scottfsmith

I would ask your buds dropping you how many hours...

I would ask your buds dropping you how many hours a week they are riding and in what zones they are doing their rides. Then, do something similar. I have a friend who drops me on climbs, I asked...
06-01-21, 04:23 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 5,853
Posted By scottfsmith

On the phone app go to Settings .. Contacts .....

On the phone app go to Settings .. Contacts .. and disable the "Access to contacts" there. That will stop them harvesting your contacts.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-21, 08:00 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,117
Posted By scottfsmith

Crushed limestone is the primary stone found in...

Crushed limestone is the primary stone found in most gravel roads. That said, it is true that on rail trails it is often more like gravel dust. On the local rail trail the new gravel they put down...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-21, 03:28 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 5,053
Posted By scottfsmith

I"m in agreement with many of the above comments:...

I"m in agreement with many of the above comments: you will be great with either a gravel or an endurance bike, and two sets of wheels. If you are not on single-track or big-chunk gravel get the...
05-12-21, 10:45 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,066
Posted By scottfsmith

They are 37.2mm wide on the 25 internal rims,...

They are 37.2mm wide on the 25 internal rims, tubeless. This is after several weeks of being mounted so the initial stretching should have happened. They were less than 35mm on the 20mm ID rims,...
05-03-21, 02:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 911
Posted By scottfsmith

Siping right requires a tool like this...

Siping right requires a tool like this (https://www.amazon.com/Hardline-Products-TD-1-Doctor-Cutting/dp/B007GR42K4), which costs about what a tire costs. So probably not worth the $$.

On the...
05-03-21, 12:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,547
Posted By scottfsmith

The overflow cars are usually further down the...

The overflow cars are usually further down the road where parking is legal, but maybe not always.

They did add the median there a few years ago to try to slow things down a bit, but obviously that...
05-02-21, 07:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,910
Posted By scottfsmith

Unfortunately when you are comparing touring and...

Unfortunately when you are comparing touring and gravel tires you can get misled from how data are presented on that site.

The TLC's "20.8" number is at what they call low air pressure which for...
04-29-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,547
Posted By scottfsmith

I ride that trail regularly. They should put...

I ride that trail regularly. They should put some blinking lights there, cars just blaze through and there is a lot of bike traffic.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-21, 02:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 480
Posted By scottfsmith

The Progretto X2 has completely spoiled me, all...

The Progretto X2 has completely spoiled me, all my other bottoms are sitting in the storage bin.

I measured the inseam on my Aero Race 4, they vary from 10-11" depending on how hard/tight you pull...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-27-21, 10:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 908
Posted By scottfsmith

I don't have much basis for comparison, but they...

I don't have much basis for comparison, but they are longer than my old Pearl Izumi shorts. My thighs are above average length and I like the fit. Google image search will show a bunch of different...
04-26-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,234
Posted By scottfsmith

Thanks Charlie, this was actually what I was...

Thanks Charlie, this was actually what I was after in my original post, duration / frequency / intensity but the conversation went in another direction.

I have been bumping things up lately, I am...
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