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06-10-22, 06:16 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,210
Posted By freetors

Don't underestimate the heat, it will be in the...

Don't underestimate the heat, it will be in the 90s and most of the route is on open roads with no shelter from the sun or the wind.

Try to have fun with it though. I did the tulsa tough century...
06-06-22, 07:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 248
Posted By freetors

I would also be surprised if you could get...

I would also be surprised if you could get anything other than a 1.25" hitch for a civic. My first gen forester was only available with 1.25" class 2 hitches also, although later years could put on...
05-26-22, 10:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 290
Posted By freetors

I don't know the specifics, only suggesting an...

I don't know the specifics, only suggesting an alternative.

My personal bike has a grx 2x di2 derailleur that's only supposed to work up to a34 or 36t cassette, I don't really remember. But I'm...
05-25-22, 01:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 290
Posted By freetors

I'd also throw in the option of getting a wide...

I'd also throw in the option of getting a wide range cassette. I seem to recall many gravel riders stating that the di2 ultegra derailleur being able to shift some pretty big cassettes, like in the...
05-18-22, 12:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 393
Posted By freetors

^^What he said. It's also important to note that...

^^What he said. It's also important to note that surface area of the brake pad does not directly influence braking power like you might think.
05-11-22, 09:49 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,335
Posted By freetors

I think for many people the actual weight...

I think for many people the actual weight distribution is much more rearward. I haven't actually gotten out the scales to confirm the distribution, but on most of my bikes I can get away with 5-10psi...
05-10-22, 08:30 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,518
Posted By freetors

I'm fin with gravel grinder as it implies a...

I'm fin with gravel grinder as it implies a certain amount of physical and mental exhaustion, typically.

I also can't stand when people say "kit". And for that matter, "jersey" is slightly...
05-04-22, 02:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 423
Posted By freetors

It's even better if you start 180 degrees from...

It's even better if you start 180 degrees from the valve and work towards it when installing. When removing the tire always start at the valve.
I don't know where the conventional cycling technique...
04-01-22, 07:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,413
Posted By freetors

In my experience having really grippy shoes like...

In my experience having really grippy shoes like 5.10s in your pinned flat pedals will greatly reduce the chance of your foot slipping off and mangling your legs.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-30-22, 06:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 975
Posted By freetors

Are there any brands that have adjustable straps?

Are there any brands that have adjustable straps?
03-27-22, 06:04 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,950
Posted By freetors

To be honest, I think even the claims of needing...

To be honest, I think even the claims of needing fast, responsive handling on a bike for pace line riding or racing are dubious at best. It's a bicycle, not a MotoGP bike.
03-25-22, 11:56 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,950
Posted By freetors

Those aren't the only ways to increase the front...

Those aren't the only ways to increase the front center of a bike.
03-25-22, 07:04 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,950
Posted By freetors

Of all the bikes I own they tend to have longer...

Of all the bikes I own they tend to have longer front centers for more stable handling so none of them toe overlap. I personally think overlap is a poor compromise to achieve a bike with "race"...
03-22-22, 09:30 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 936
Posted By freetors

See, I think this is the kind of response I was...

See, I think this is the kind of response I was hoping for, a logical explanation of why someone would choose to ride just any old road. It's not my cup of tea, but I can respect it. After all, we're...
03-22-22, 09:25 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 936
Posted By freetors

That's definitely what I tend to do. My routes...

That's definitely what I tend to do. My routes are usually pretty unique. My preferences are more towards more rural, rugged, twisty, hilly. Fortunately I have a vast library of the types of roads I...
03-21-22, 06:49 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 936
Posted By freetors

How do terrible roads become popular cycling routes?

So this has been a topic I've been mulling over for a very long time. My background is in mountain biking and in the last year I've been doing a lot of gravel riding. I'm not a super competitive...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-22-22, 08:05 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,933
Posted By freetors

In the past, on spoked motorcycle wheels, I have...

In the past, on spoked motorcycle wheels, I have wrapped some plumbing solder around the end of the spoke, near the nipple. It looks fairly inconspicuous if you don't need a bunch of weight. Plus you...
12-09-21, 09:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 895
Posted By freetors

You could also look into truckerco brake pads....

You could also look into truckerco brake pads. They're organic pads are $11/pair and metallics are $14. Also you can get discounts for ordering multiple sets.
12-05-21, 08:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,994
Posted By freetors

Going to larger and larger tires at ever lower...

Going to larger and larger tires at ever lower pressures can only do so much for improving ride quality, and that comes with a trade-off in speed and efficiency. On my gravel bike, even with 2.2"...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-21, 01:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 469
Posted By freetors

Restrap makes a good looking 7l bag specifically...

Restrap makes a good looking 7l bag specifically for aero bars. I actually have one on order still waiting on shipping. AFAIK apidura is the only other off the shelf aero bar bag, but it's much...
11-17-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,287
Posted By freetors

Same here. The smoother the road the higher the...

Same here. The smoother the road the higher the pressure I use.
11-16-21, 08:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,375
Posted By freetors

I find with the particular rims on my gravel bike...

I find with the particular rims on my gravel bike most of the the tires I've tried have needed a lot of help getting seated. The beads tend just flop around down in the drop center and just vent all...
10-25-21, 10:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,277
Posted By freetors

I would argue a small amount of suspension would...

I would argue a small amount of suspension would probably allow most people to ride faster on gravel then if they didn't have it, even with the additional weight. There is a cost to having every...
10-22-21, 09:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,277
Posted By freetors

I've actually begun to think that some form of...

I've actually begun to think that some form of minimalist suspension will become the norm on most (non-racing intended) gravel bikes in the next few years. For the average person there really isn't...
10-22-21, 09:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,927
Posted By freetors

I don't "break them in" but I do think it's a...

I don't "break them in" but I do think it's a good idea to give it a few short rides to get used to the new handling properties and just make sure it's not going to have any problems.
10-20-21, 07:31 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,253
Posted By freetors

​​​​​​ it's a salsa cutthroat with race face...

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it's a salsa cutthroat with race face turbine mtb cranks with Easton 2x rings (afaik those are the only 2x rings on the market with gravel friendly tooth counts that work with mtb cranks, at...
10-19-21, 07:51 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 21,048
Posted By freetors

Sounds like you'd have a good application for a...

Sounds like you'd have a good application for a single speed, especially if you're riding solo most of the time.
10-19-21, 07:58 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,253
Posted By freetors

My grvel bike is running a 46/30 and 11-42 and...

My grvel bike is running a 46/30 and 11-42 and honestly sometimes I wouldn't mind having a lower gear for more casual riding or long rides where I don't want to empty the tank too much any time the...
10-14-21, 09:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,070
Posted By freetors

Not, they're not. Not unless you are actually...

Not, they're not. Not unless you are actually running one of them backwards from it's marked orientation. Both of those tires have the ramps on the leading edges to help them roll a bit faster, which...
09-29-21, 10:24 AM
Replies: 169
Views: 6,508
Posted By freetors

Have fun trying to mount a motorcycle tire that...

Have fun trying to mount a motorcycle tire that way, especially narrow, tubed dirt bike fronts. There just isn't enough room for a tube's valve stem and tire bead to coexist in the same place when...
09-28-21, 01:15 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 6,508
Posted By freetors

This is best practice regardless of tubed or...

This is best practice regardless of tubed or tubeless.
09-08-21, 02:53 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,733
Posted By freetors

I will generally use RWGPS but will also consult...

I will generally use RWGPS but will also consult the google when necessary. In the ~100 mile radius around where I live there is a lot of really bad map data; often times with roads being a hundred...
09-07-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,344
Posted By freetors

It's not just chainrings that can be out of...

It's not just chainrings that can be out of round. I have at least one all-city rear sprocket that isn't radially true. I also have a mavic ellipse rear wheel where one side is unusable because the...
08-18-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,741
Posted By freetors

Do some research and don't just act on the...

Do some research and don't just act on the assumption that stainless steel = better. You'll find that galvanized control cables are actually longer lasting, operate with less friction, are more...
08-09-21, 04:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,429
Posted By freetors

Salsa cutthroat.

Salsa cutthroat.
08-09-21, 03:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,429
Posted By freetors

My gravel bike fits up to 29x2.4 tires. I just...

My gravel bike fits up to 29x2.4 tires. I just don't see the point in 650s if your frame can clear real fat meats.
07-13-21, 09:38 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,405
Posted By freetors

I specifically meant (ok it was implied in the...

I specifically meant (ok it was implied in the context of the gravel forum) the GP5k tubeless version, which according to the specs I could find are near enough the same weight as the gravel king.
07-13-21, 06:48 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,405
Posted By freetors

I've been running the 38mm GK slick on my bike...

I've been running the 38mm GK slick on my bike for nearly 1000 miles now and honestly I can't believe some of the crap it's survived. I've ridden it on tons of gravel, a lot of it sharp, and a bunch...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-21, 07:03 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,721
Posted By freetors

Buy tubes with threaded valve stems and use the...

Buy tubes with threaded valve stems and use the nut.
06-23-21, 03:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 668
Posted By freetors

My panaracer gravelking slicks require this...

My panaracer gravelking slicks require this technique. Even blasting air from a big air compressor can't get the beads seated because the tire is just too floppy. Alternatively, I can install the...
06-14-21, 01:27 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,283
Posted By freetors

She mentioned in a podcast a while back that she...

She mentioned in a podcast a while back that she prefers to use front suspension because her hands are jacked up from so many miles of riding rigid forks.
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