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01-16-22, 08:19 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,237
Posted By Paul Barnard

Interesting that you mention that road. As I was...

Interesting that you mention that road. As I was climbing from east to west, I pulled off to take a pic (not to rest, of course) A Harley rider pulled up. An older man and a girl who looked to be...
01-16-22, 08:08 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 4,596
Posted By Paul Barnard

It's kind of odd this deep into a thread to go...

It's kind of odd this deep into a thread to go back to the OP, but there is a facet of the gravel bike world that I want to touch on. I live in South LA and spend a lot of time in South MS. South MS...
01-16-22, 07:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 379
Posted By Paul Barnard

That bike is in great shape considering its age. ...

That bike is in great shape considering its age. Love me some titanium.
01-16-22, 07:39 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,237
Posted By Paul Barnard

Ha! I ride motorcycles and am a member of...

Ha! I ride motorcycles and am a member of motorcycling forums. On one forum where the moderators let almost anything stand, they have had to shut down several bicycling threads on account of the...
01-12-22, 07:59 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 4,596
Posted By Paul Barnard

I always love your pics Indy.I don't just see...

I always love your pics Indy.I don't just see them, I feel them.
01-09-22, 02:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,128
Posted By Paul Barnard

I have about 150 miles on it right now and no...

I have about 150 miles on it right now and no major gripes. I'll kinda give a rundown of the build and make some comments about the parts.

The Drivetrain: GRX 46/30 Crank, SLX 11-42 cassette, GRX...
01-06-22, 04:36 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,855
Posted By Paul Barnard

I am one of those kinds of people who enjoy...

I am one of those kinds of people who enjoy anecdotes from the every day life of my fellow cyclists.
01-04-22, 04:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,298
Posted By Paul Barnard

The gravel pictured there is ideal for 700x35...

The gravel pictured there is ideal for 700x35 gravel tires. Everyone has different gravel opportunities and different combinations of paved and gravel. What I have nearest to me is hardpack like...
01-04-22, 04:42 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,632
Posted By Paul Barnard

I can't say for certain, though it seems like...

I can't say for certain, though it seems like Bikes Direct has elevated their prices while lowering their spec. Back then I'd look at one of their bikes and think comparatively it was a heck of...
01-04-22, 10:43 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,632
Posted By Paul Barnard

I have found over the years that the relative...

I have found over the years that the relative value of BD bikes has diminished. I first bought from them probably 12 years ago. I have ordered several bikes from them and have helped other people...
01-04-22, 06:36 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,128
Posted By Paul Barnard

I did finish the build with the help of my LBS! ...

I did finish the build with the help of my LBS! I have done over 100 miles on local roads and paved paths. It's truly the perfect bike for my style. I have a hunch my other bikes are going to be...
12-15-21, 07:55 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,430
Posted By Paul Barnard

There can be a substantial amount of variability...

There can be a substantial amount of variability between one manufacturer's medium and another's. Same with large. Assuming you cannot try before you buy, you'll have to know the dimensions of a...
12-10-21, 01:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 833
Posted By Paul Barnard

I wouldn't do anything at this point other than...

I wouldn't do anything at this point other than the physical therapy. I am 59 and have had 5 major shoulder surgeries. Following each one, I had to work my way back to being comfortable on my bike. I...
12-09-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 3,647
Posted By Paul Barnard

I can see how anyone riding bakes made of...

I can see how anyone riding bakes made of inferior frame material could fall out of love with them.
12-03-21, 06:38 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,626
Posted By Paul Barnard

I have owned several and have set up several BD...

I have owned several and have set up several BD bikes. Never the Cafe specifically. In all cases the bikes were money well spent. The less expensive models are more prone to wheels being out of...
Forum: Introductions
11-30-21, 05:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 742
Posted By Paul Barnard

Welcome. My bicycle still transports me back to...

Welcome. My bicycle still transports me back to my youth. I hope yours does the same for you.
11-29-21, 10:32 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,602
Posted By Paul Barnard

A lawyer can cost you a goodly amount of what you...

A lawyer can cost you a goodly amount of what you might be awarded in a settlement. I'd be inclined to see what they offer before I involved a lawyer. Their offer may be reasonable. If they...
11-27-21, 06:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,128
Posted By Paul Barnard

I got the crank out today and reinstalled the BB...

I got the crank out today and reinstalled the BB sans any spacers at all. Everything looks well aligned. All that remains is running the shift and brake cables, wrapping the bars and putting the...
11-27-21, 12:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,128
Posted By Paul Barnard

Yeppers!

Yeppers!
11-27-21, 12:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,128
Posted By Paul Barnard

Did you go with no spacers at all. Also, what...

Did you go with no spacers at all. Also, what bottom bracket did you use?
11-22-21, 06:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,128
Posted By Paul Barnard

Well, I have screwed this up royally. I finally...

Well, I have screwed this up royally. I finally got the crank in a few minutes ago. It didn't slide into the bottom bracket easily. I had to tap it in. I had installed the spacers in the bottom...
11-22-21, 10:58 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,263
Posted By Paul Barnard

No doubt. Different means to the same end, which...

No doubt. Different means to the same end, which is a safe, courteous interaction. I mention my method in most of these discussions so folks can consider it, and maybe try it to see how it works...
11-22-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,665
Posted By Paul Barnard

I have gone to flats on my MTB, Touring Bike and...

I have gone to flats on my MTB, Touring Bike and Gravel Bike. I'd never consider clipless for those applications. I have had no choppy cadence issues or issues with my feet slipping off the pedals.
11-22-21, 10:19 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,263
Posted By Paul Barnard

I do get an occasional startled response, but...

I do get an occasional startled response, but never an unpredictable response. I have never had anyone move left.
11-22-21, 07:10 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,263
Posted By Paul Barnard

The secret to a safe and courteous interaction is...

The secret to a safe and courteous interaction is to slow to a minimal speed disparity as you approach. That's what I do. If I see ear buds, I very slowly ease around them. If I don't see buds, I...
11-19-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 890
Posted By Paul Barnard

This is disturbing for so many reasons.

This is disturbing for so many reasons.
11-18-21, 03:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Posted By Paul Barnard

Just wanted to come back and say thanks again. ...

Just wanted to come back and say thanks again. The parts arrived today and bolted up perfectly.
11-18-21, 08:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 835
Posted By Paul Barnard

That's my kind of riding. I lose interest when...

That's my kind of riding. I lose interest when cycling becomes work. Fun is my priority. Thankfully cycling is a beautiful blend of fun and fitness.
11-17-21, 04:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,032
Posted By Paul Barnard

I ordered from them recently and had a good...

I ordered from them recently and had a good experience.
11-17-21, 04:45 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 3,932
Posted By Paul Barnard

I am not buying another new bike until they...

I am not buying another new bike until they deliver the CVT we have all been demanding.
11-15-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Posted By Paul Barnard

Thank you. I really appreciate you helping me...

Thank you. I really appreciate you helping me figure this out.
11-14-21, 05:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Posted By Paul Barnard

The back and front brakes run the same TRP...

The back and front brakes run the same TRP caliper. The rear rotor is 160. Could I order a 160 rotor and run it with that 160 flat to post adapter?
11-13-21, 03:05 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,332
Posted By Paul Barnard

Where sight lines permit, I am out in the lane as...

Where sight lines permit, I am out in the lane as traffic approaches from behind. I always give multiple quick looks over my shoulder to let the driver know that I know they are there. I even do a...
11-13-21, 11:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Posted By Paul Barnard

Which Disc Brake Adapter

Pictured is my front fork. I ordered a TRP Spyke long pull brake 180mm rotor combo. Which adapter will I need for the pictured fork? Since I am kinda dense, a link to what I need rather than a...
11-12-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 9,152
Posted By Paul Barnard

I am with ILTB on this one. We should never...

I am with ILTB on this one. We should never concern ourselves with the possibility that small town good-ole-boy networks, money or nepotism could unduly influence an investigation.
11-11-21, 08:32 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,332
Posted By Paul Barnard

You don't control the lane. You assume lane...

You don't control the lane. You assume lane position in hopes of influencing driver behavior.

Sidewalks can be very useful in some cases for avoiding dangerous areas or conditions.

Not all...
11-08-21, 08:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 725
Posted By Paul Barnard

For some of these Cajuns down here, it hardly...

For some of these Cajuns down here, it hardly qualifies as an in between bites snack.
11-08-21, 06:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 725
Posted By Paul Barnard

Smoked Gouda cheese toast and leftover gumbo. ...

Smoked Gouda cheese toast and leftover gumbo. Gumbo, as is often the case with things that have a lot of different ingredients, is better leftover.
...
11-08-21, 04:32 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,221
Posted By Paul Barnard

Bravo!!!!!!!!!!

Bravo!!!!!!!!!!
11-07-21, 09:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 725
Posted By Paul Barnard

Nope. My knees are too shot to run!

Nope. My knees are too shot to run!
11-07-21, 07:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 725
Posted By Paul Barnard

My number was 386. I did day of event...

My number was 386. I did day of event registration. I am guessing it was close to 400.
11-07-21, 04:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 725
Posted By Paul Barnard

The first 20 miles was pretty well hammer down. ...

The first 20 miles was pretty well hammer down. The rest of it, up until the 45 mile mark, was spirited. My legs got HEAVY for the last 5 miles. The jambalaya and cheetos were delicious.
11-07-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 725
Posted By Paul Barnard

Down all three of those roads! From St Bernard to...

Down all three of those roads! From St Bernard to DelaCroix, back up to the 4 way, then to Hopedale, back to Shell Beach, then back to St Bernard. Great roads for riding during an event, but...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,503
Posted By Paul Barnard

Competitive and Back Country are fantastic online...

Competitive and Back Country are fantastic online shops. I have about a half dozen orders between them and have had great experiences each time.

Now, $95 for a bike tire is something to...
11-07-21, 09:56 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,576
Posted By Paul Barnard

Surely, you know what's coming from ILTB next.

Surely, you know what's coming from ILTB next.
11-07-21, 09:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 725
Posted By Paul Barnard

The Product Of A Charity Ride

I rode the 51 mile route on the Tour Da Parish yesterday. I spent the first 20 miles with a group. They pulled off at one of the food and water stations set up on the route, and I kept rolling. As is...
11-07-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,576
Posted By Paul Barnard

I read his book when I first began to ride more...

I read his book when I first began to ride more regularly in urban traffic, so I read it with an open mind. I have always found value in measuring my thoughts against those of other reasonable...
11-07-21, 08:42 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,576
Posted By Paul Barnard

Two examples here. If Hurst cautioned riders to...

Two examples here. If Hurst cautioned riders to avoid door zones and a cyclist was doored into traffic and killed, wouldn't that be a reasonable test. If Hurst advised riders not to ride into the...
11-07-21, 07:15 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,576
Posted By Paul Barnard

I wouldn't say it's mostly irrelevant. NYC had a...

I wouldn't say it's mostly irrelevant. NYC had a massive spike in cycling deaths last year. I suspect if you drilled down into those deaths you's see that application of Hurst's style would have...
11-07-21, 07:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,576
Posted By Paul Barnard

I read this book. I had been riding a long time...

I read this book. I had been riding a long time before I read it. My intuition and experience led me to a style and thought process that is very similar to the authors. He's more of a stickler for...
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