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11-25-22, 04:34 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,156
Posted By cyclezen

as one gets closer to the sharp end of anything -...

as one gets closer to the sharp end of anything - conditioning, equipment, speed - the cost and what it takes becomes greater.
True of activity specific stuff like cycling, and from there...
11-25-22, 11:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 104
Posted By cyclezen

Yup, Was skating fairly regularly and playing...

Yup, Was skating fairly regularly and playing hockey, until my health issues, some 4 yrs ago.
Planning to get back 'on ice' tomorrow... :D, with my granddaughter... Will be an adventure - 1 st time...
11-23-22, 09:23 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 50,612
Posted By cyclezen

If any is considering an X or Redwood... ...

If any is considering an X or Redwood...
Poseidon has all their bikes now on 'Black Friday' Pricing - $100 off
So X Dropbar for $649, Flatbar for $549, Redwood Dropbar $849, Redwood Flatbar $779,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-23-22, 09:21 AM
Replies: 3,085
Views: 885,606
Posted By cyclezen

Not strictly 'road', but iff'n you're thinking to...

Not strictly 'road', but iff'n you're thinking to try/get a good intro to 'gravel', Poseidon has all their bikes now on 'Black Friday' Pricing - $100 off
So X Dropbar for $649, Flatbar for $549,...
11-21-22, 01:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 366
Posted By cyclezen

I tried the 'conversion' to offroad/gravel on an...

I tried the 'conversion' to offroad/gravel on an older Spec carbon Roubaix I have, which doesn;t get ridden much. Figured I could 'test' the 'gravel' idea with a conversion. Not that I wasn;t ridding...
11-21-22, 10:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 366
Posted By cyclezen

Taking it a little further, if your Coda can...

Taking it a little further, if your Coda can comfortably fit the 700x40s and a flatbar is comfortable for you, then you're about as close to modern low to mid-range gravel as needed.
The 1x, if well...
11-20-22, 05:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 173
Posted By cyclezen

Head angle and trail will make a diff. in...

Head angle and trail will make a diff. in handling, and to some extent, wheelbase. But wheelbase has more impact on uphill (and downhill) handling and weight distribution.
Here are the Geometry...
11-20-22, 05:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 366
Posted By cyclezen

Not sure what your Q is. You have it all scoped...

Not sure what your Q is. You have it all scoped out and working already.
So just go ride your bike and see how you like the idea...
Depending on where you're riding, the tire width of 'gravel' may...
11-18-22, 08:04 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 676
Posted By cyclezen

AFIB becomes apparent in others way as well as...

AFIB becomes apparent in others way as well as what appears on your device.
In my case, I've had exercise induced AFIB for decades (4+?) . Besides an increased heart rate, when I have an episode I...
11-17-22, 10:13 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,789
Posted By cyclezen

The level of the rack will prolly vary, depending...

The level of the rack will prolly vary, depending on the angle of the stem... so yours being mostly horizontal will put the rack at mostly horizontal.
You could vary the angle upward by...
11-16-22, 07:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 208
Posted By cyclezen

fitting a mountain bike is diffferent from road....

fitting a mountain bike is diffferent from road. And it also depends on kind of 'riding' one does.
But pain in the front of the knee and with over-engagement of the Quad usually comes from too low a...
11-15-22, 06:19 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 50,612
Posted By cyclezen

I'm interested in hearing why you would put on a...

I'm interested in hearing why you would put on a QR post clamp?
I can see wanting to go lower for extended downhills on dirt/non-paved sections, but for that I''ve considered adding a dropper post....
11-15-22, 09:33 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 50,612
Posted By cyclezen

mine came with a std seatpost clamp, as noted in...

mine came with a std seatpost clamp, as noted in the photos...?
are you wanting to put ON a QR clamp?
Ride On
Yuri
11-12-22, 07:00 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 4,095
Posted By cyclezen

Bikes are more than the sum of their parts... ...

Bikes are more than the sum of their parts...
Frame material need not become 'religion'. Nor is a crusade needed for any tube.
Dogma and rationalization are one of the major human flaws.
I have...
11-12-22, 06:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 650
Posted By cyclezen

nice

nice
Forum: Road Cycling
11-11-22, 06:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 260
Posted By cyclezen

The Allez models were designed to be full on race...

The Allez models were designed to be full on race bikes. Alu is sometimes preferred by some riders for short course races, such as Criteriums and circuit races.
The Dims were almost the same (by...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-11-22, 10:52 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,037
Posted By cyclezen

done all of the above... some works,...

done all of the above...
some works, sometimes... and sometimes not...
what works , every time... ride more often in a group with young riders, and wheelsuck like your life depends on it... ...
11-11-22, 10:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 618
Posted By cyclezen

The 28" thing has been a problem for decades, and...

The 28" thing has been a problem for decades, and is still an issue. Schwalbe still lists their 700c tubes with the '28" designation.
As in a prior post, 28" is both ETRTO 622 AND 635 (ISO)
622 is...
11-10-22, 06:58 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,878
Posted By cyclezen

I did buy the Triban 120 GRVL in Europe, for my...

I did buy the Triban 120 GRVL in Europe, for my use there, and was greatly pleased by the bike. Stock, it actually is considerably lighter than my Poseidon X, and about the same level of components....
11-10-22, 03:36 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,878
Posted By cyclezen

also check Out Poseidon bikes ...

also check Out Poseidon bikes
https://www.poseidonbike.com/
very nice bikes for very good prices, good quality components, good build, ride nice
road bike for $700 and gravel for $750 - and you...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-05-22, 11:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 327
Posted By cyclezen

In the circle you drew, where the two ends are,...

In the circle you drew, where the two ends are, the lower one has a 'point', just below that point is a crack in the 'rubber'? follow that down to where the crack leads to what appears could be a...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-05-22, 09:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 327
Posted By cyclezen

If that post only a the 'rubber' issue, I would...

If that post only a the 'rubber' issue, I would still ride it.
But, looking closer at it, my eyes are seeing a stress crack starting at the lower section where the broken rubber/carbon connection is...
11-05-22, 09:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,118
Posted By cyclezen

always keep at least ONE backup bike... if it's...

always keep at least ONE backup bike... if it's different from your primary ride, that's a good thing...
Ride On
Yuri
11-05-22, 09:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 571
Posted By cyclezen

This works great. If a stepstool is too much,...

This works great.
If a stepstool is too much, not enough space available, you can get a smaller One step...
11-04-22, 06:24 PM
Replies: 445
Views: 12,604
Posted By cyclezen

We're all here coming from 'opinion', since I...

We're all here coming from 'opinion', since I doubt that we've really drilled deep into whatever statistics is currently available - valid or not.
And the e-bike thing is definitely variable by...
11-03-22, 05:50 PM
Replies: 445
Views: 12,604
Posted By cyclezen

Just back from 3 weeks in Northern Bavaria. As...

Just back from 3 weeks in Northern Bavaria. As expected, saw a lot of riders, especially evenings and wkends. Weather was very friendly, so people were out enjoying the unusually warm conditions.
My...
11-02-22, 05:27 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,859
Posted By cyclezen

Shipping a bike overseas has become super...

Shipping a bike overseas has become super expensive in the past few months. I considered, for my recent month long trip to Germany, but decided to buy a bike in Germany instead.
It's staying there,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-01-22, 06:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 563
Posted By cyclezen

...and visually, the bars on the De Rosa seem to...

...and visually, the bars on the De Rosa seem to have more reach (could be an optical thing... but the pic orientations seem close enough to draw this conclusion).
the bar reach seems to be at least...
10-31-22, 09:16 AM
Replies: 5,273
Views: 3,704,969
Posted By cyclezen

Fun in Mittel Franken

Somehow I ended up with 3 Gravel bikes... Very similar, all very much Fun.
My Planned trip back to my Hometown, Dinkelsbühl in Franconia, German...
10-31-22, 07:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 560
Posted By cyclezen

Done since I started riding, in the 60's, was BS...

Done since I started riding, in the 60's, was BS then and is same now.
Depending on how much lean you have in torso, puts view in any place behind, front or inline.
Depending if you bend your...
10-30-22, 09:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,118
Posted By cyclezen

In that case, drop bar options are many... and...

In that case, drop bar options are many...
and most Alu Gravel bikes in the $1k to $2k range will be +- 10 to11 kg (without pedals and whatever else you add on, like bag, water bottle, etc).
If you...
10-29-22, 05:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 751
Posted By cyclezen

check out Lauf - True Grit - can be had for...

check out Lauf - True Grit - can be had for $3k-ish
https://www.laufcycling.com/product/lauf-true-grit
very, very nice riding bike, great on any gravel and also quite quick/nice on-road.
I've had...
10-28-22, 07:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,118
Posted By cyclezen

I may be a bit late to this discussion - been...

I may be a bit late to this discussion - been away for most of October and not enough bandwidth to handle the load of BF with ads...
I do have a couple of thoughts on choosing a gravel bike and on...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-22, 09:59 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,522
Posted By cyclezen

I'll offer some other options... The Stem...

I'll offer some other options...
The Stem rotated to the 'UP' angle not only makes you a bit more upright, but also moves the bars back towards you. There's a fine balance to that. Having too little...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-22, 09:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 520
Posted By cyclezen

so , with a 700x28 tire and a 40x11 gear , at 80...

so , with a 700x28 tire and a 40x11 gear , at 80 rpm, one is at 23-24 mph (37-37 kph), at 90 rpm = 26+ mph (42-43 kph) and at 100 rpm = 29+ mph (47 kph).
I think it's ok to coast at 30+ on an...
09-30-22, 05:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 640
Posted By cyclezen

Goals and the motivation to do things is great ! ...

Goals and the motivation to do things is great ! If a goal is constantly tugging us to improve, that's great. No need to lower expectations; but building in 'stages' helps keep the goals within...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-30-22, 10:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 912
Posted By cyclezen

Well, just 2 mos ago I put in new Velox rims...

Well, just 2 mos ago I put in new Velox rims strips - 22mm - doing a tire change, frt & bk, and the tape fit perfectly in the bed only... the 2 ardennes wheelsets are same... and remembering the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-30-22, 12:08 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,002
Posted By cyclezen

if the group seems equally consistent, ride at...

if the group seems equally consistent, ride at the back for a while, and practice maintaining a steady pace. Work on riding on a wheel, at 1 to 1.5 bike length is a good target. (riding a wheel is...
09-29-22, 11:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 640
Posted By cyclezen

not gonna get real specific, but maybe point out...

not gonna get real specific, but maybe point out some things which might be considered for your return. There may be others who might get more specific.
I think you might consider what elements, in...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-22, 09:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 912
Posted By cyclezen

HED Bastogne & Kermesse and also the 1st gen...

HED Bastogne & Kermesse and also the 1st gen Ardennes - but that was just a hair pricey for me, at that time...
The Kermesse was the mid weight and the 1st gen Bastogne was for Clydes or rough,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-22, 06:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 912
Posted By cyclezen

Don;t really have a need for larger than 25 on my...

Don;t really have a need for larger than 25 on my roadies. I do use 28 on a bike I have set up for shopping and running errands, but it does short mileage and no marked reason to consider mileage or...
09-29-22, 09:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 471
Posted By cyclezen

What constitutes a 'recovery ride' for anyone...

What constitutes a 'recovery ride' for anyone will be specific to themselves. In a 'team' environment that will differ. Whether in a training camp or multi-race situation. but even Pros will do...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-22, 09:40 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,522
Posted By cyclezen

Don't be such a cheapskate. Thats some of the...

Don't be such a cheapskate. Thats some of the worst bar tape condition I've seen in a while.
No wonder you have numb hands.
Go to your LBS and look for some quality, cushion bar tape. Add an...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-22, 06:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 513
Posted By cyclezen

OP, you're questions are really all conditional....

OP, you're questions are really all conditional. Conditional on what constitutes that 18 kph/hr ride. A ride on mostly flat terrain where elevation gain is limited to under 400m per 40 km can be a...
09-27-22, 05:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 394
Posted By cyclezen

Question for yourself is - How 'competitive'...

Question for yourself is - How 'competitive' would I like to be? If the answer is 'somewhat' and you want gearing more suitable for BOTH road and dirt road/gravel, then 2x gives the best of both...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-22, 09:03 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,967
Posted By cyclezen

Given the nature of the thread, the interest in...

Given the nature of the thread, the interest in this expanded to knowing a bit more about actual manufacture/process for creating a frame of Carbon Fiber.
Not being a materials engineer, nor a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-22, 11:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 314
Posted By cyclezen

can also depend on what saddle shape you're comin...

can also depend on what saddle shape you're comin from - what saddle did you have before the Phenom?
If the shape is different, it can take a bit of time becoming accustomed...
Phenom is the saddle...
09-25-22, 06:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 356
Posted By cyclezen

And if it's mtb or just a larger tire size and...

And if it's mtb or just a larger tire size and you don't want the weight penalty of large butyl, then switch to TPU... no muss, no fuss.
Ride On
Yuri
09-25-22, 05:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,379
Posted By cyclezen

Had been using a Fitbit Inspire HR for over a...

Had been using a Fitbit Inspire HR for over a year. Intent was to have it for hiking/backpacking and mountaineering, for realtime HR, as opposed to a cheststrap HR like I've been using.
The Fitbit...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-22, 04:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 459
Posted By cyclezen

so, 2 months later... whatz the verdict ? what...

so, 2 months later... whatz the verdict ? what size did you get?
Ride On
Yuri
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