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Forum: Framebuilders
03-27-22, 03:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 478
Posted By cormacf

Half-lugs?

Question for those of you who know things (I am not among them): I've seen a few bikes (like the example below from VO, but I think I've also seen some similar frames from Crust in the past) with a...
03-04-22, 12:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 285
Posted By cormacf

Thanks, all. I'm trying to build a set-and-forget...

Thanks, all. I'm trying to build a set-and-forget config for randos, and the 650s are just more comfortable for super-long rides (plus, I already have a 650b dynamo wheel built up), so I'll give it a...
03-04-22, 11:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 285
Posted By cormacf

Dremeling fenders to fit?

I have a bike I absolutely love (a Lynskey Sportive Disc), but I love it even more when I'm rolling on 650x42 than I do with 700x28. The only problem is that I can't fit unmodified 650b fenders on...
Replies: 5
Views: 847
Posted By cormacf

I was hoping for a 400 this year, but moving is...

I was hoping for a 400 this year, but moving is eating up a lot of time (and we just lost the bid on our second attempt at buying a house in SD, so that sets us back again). There's a 300 in April up...
Replies: 5
Views: 847
Posted By cormacf

Too slow to care about frame?

I'm 50 and a recreational rider (centuries, 50-75 mile weekend rides, etc.). Going to try to do my first SR series next year en route to a possible PBP in 2023, so I can cross it off my bucket list...
01-24-22, 11:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 670
Posted By cormacf

That's some sweet-assed cabling. Respect. It...

That's some sweet-assed cabling. Respect.
It also reminds me that I need to get a purple seat collar.
01-23-22, 09:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 670
Posted By cormacf

Thanks! The Snoqualmie Pass looks like like a...

Thanks! The Snoqualmie Pass looks like like a nice fit.
01-23-22, 06:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 670
Posted By cormacf

Road slicks for 25mm internal width rims?

I have a fully-rigid hardtail running 2.5 Maxxis Ardents at the moment (photo below, if that helps). I'll be putting some Jones Loops on it to make it more of a dirt rando.

I'll be doing an...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-05-21, 08:15 PM
Replies: 3,117
Views: 928,987
Posted By cormacf

The Grape Ape

The Grape Ape, a Lynskey Pro 29 with as much titanium as I could get on without my wife losing her mind about an eeWings crank. :)

Does it do anything a Karate Monkey wouldn't do for a lot less?...
11-09-21, 04:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 497
Posted By cormacf

Thanks! I seemed to recall an old 80something 520...

Thanks! I seemed to recall an old 80something 520 fitting me pretty well, and maybe one of the 600 series--though I had no idea what I was looking for, and my 15 year-old body could forgive more...
11-09-21, 03:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 497
Posted By cormacf

Gravel-ish geometries for 80s road bikes?

Does anyone happen to know of any Eroica-friendly road frames have long front-centers and steep seat tubes? I have a long torso and short femurs, so the recent move toward slack-front gravel frames...
09-21-21, 08:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,116
Posted By cormacf

This is PERFECT! Thank you!

This is PERFECT! Thank you!
09-20-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,116
Posted By cormacf

Lo and behold--some guy on eBay had EXACTLY the...

Lo and behold--some guy on eBay had EXACTLY the decal I wanted (the old Grape Ape from the 70s) for under 4 bucks. I ordered two--one in default black, and another in purple, because at that price,...
09-20-21, 07:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,116
Posted By cormacf

Thanks! The price at Velocals seems fine--I just...

Thanks! The price at Velocals seems fine--I just didn't see any custom options that included images. They seemed to all be text-based, which makes total sense.

I'll check ebay like you suggested,...
09-20-21, 07:48 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,094
Posted By cormacf

Whichever you choose, take your time. Stop at...

Whichever you choose, take your time. Stop at every rest stop, eat a snack, get off the bike and stretch or put your feet up.

When you overhear the folks talking about blowing past the first rest...
09-19-21, 10:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,116
Posted By cormacf

Custom (image) vinyl decals?

Does anyone know where I can order a single vinyl decal with a custom image? Basically, stickermule, but for bike-appropriate decals and without the minimum order--or velocals, but for images, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 13,908
Posted By cormacf

The difference in weight between carbon,...

The difference in weight between carbon, aluminum, titanium, and steel frames will be--at most--a couple of pounds.

If you're really worried about catastrophic failures (which are going to be...
03-18-21, 09:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 881
Posted By cormacf

Thank you!

Thank you!
03-18-21, 04:00 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,483
Posted By cormacf

Others have responded better than I in so many...

Others have responded better than I in so many ways, so I'll just stick to the one thing I know--titanium.

I love ti for many reasons: corrosion resistance, (relatively) low weight (compared to...
03-18-21, 02:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 881
Posted By cormacf

Hunt XC Race Wheels -- TOO light?

165 pounds, building a full-rigid bike for VERY easy singletrack (I'm 50 and very bad) plus fire trails and gravel. The Hunt XC Race wheels...
01-17-21, 03:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,466
Posted By cormacf

Did a random bearded hippie just solve my fit/balance problem?

Had a chat with a bike fitter today. Not a fitting, mind you, but a chat when we were both stopped to let a dog walker with a ton of dogs clear off a trail. I mentioned that I have really wonky...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-18-20, 06:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 892
Posted By cormacf

Funny you should mention that. For shorthand, I...

Funny you should mention that. For shorthand, I was going to say "Basically, a Wolverine with a slightly longer top tube." :)

Fantastic suggestion. Maybe I buy all the rest of the gear and try a...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-18-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 892
Posted By cormacf

Frames for older bodies

I'm turning 50 next year, and I'm starting to see a trend of "little" things adding up more frequently. Nothing big--just an achy knuckle here, a quirky knee thing there, etc. But there aren't going...
Replies: 3
Views: 1,400
Posted By cormacf

Trekking bars for 1200s?

I like flat-bar touring bikes. A lot. Specifically, I like trekking bars for the oodles of hand positions, the tons of room for gear, and the ability to use Rohloff shifters without modification,...
10-08-20, 11:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 474
Posted By cormacf

Here are some pics of the clearance. It's pretty...

Here are some pics of the clearance. It's pretty tight. Even the Velo Orange 50s would need bending/cutting.
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10-08-20, 08:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 474
Posted By cormacf

Dremeling/cutting AL fenders?

Hi. I have a Lynskey Sportive Disc which started life at 700x28, but on which I've been running 650b wheels with 42mm Paselas for the last year or so. I love it. I also happen to have a 650b dynamo...
07-27-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,332
Posted By cormacf

Yeah. That's either a really good friend or just...

Yeah. That's either a really good friend or just the opposite. :)

He seemed to take it pretty well.
07-27-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,332
Posted By cormacf

Sick burn at the bike shop

Dude to his friend: Someone told me wheels are where you want to upgrade first. If you were me, what would you buy first to get faster?
Friend: A salad?
Replies: 21
Views: 4,309
Posted By cormacf

Come on up to WA. We have some really amazing...

Come on up to WA. We have some really amazing centuries up here. Obliteride, while one of my favorites, would be the one I'd suggest skipping, since the first and last 10 miles are on crappy Seattle...
Replies: 28
Views: 6,493
Posted By cormacf

Yeah. My coworker did his on a 4% average, but...

Yeah. My coworker did his on a 4% average, but that was a double everest (https://www.strava.com/activities/1055986638), so I'm sure he chose it because he knew he'd have to pull almost 60k in...
05-11-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,279
Posted By cormacf

Thanks! Ordered!

Thanks! Ordered!
Replies: 28
Views: 6,493
Posted By cormacf

Everesting on a single speed?

I had a probably very dumb thought--if you could find a really, really consistent hill for an Everest (e.g., let's just go with a steady 4% with no more than 1% variance in either direction),...
Replies: 21
Views: 4,309
Posted By cormacf

#1...

#1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) : The best thing you can do to prepare is to get a proper professional fit. I'd rather ride 500k on a bike that fits perfectly...
05-11-20, 06:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 938
Posted By cormacf

Funnily enough, years ago, I got my first pro...

Funnily enough, years ago, I got my first pro bike fit, and the fitter (also a PT) told me I have very short femurs, which makes off the rack bike fittings difficult (I need a really steep seat tube,...
05-10-20, 11:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 641
Posted By cormacf

Ah. I was thinking it was something about the...

Ah. I was thinking it was something about the pedal stroke being stronger at certain points and stressing the same teeth and chain links every time. Your explanation makes a lot more sense. :)
...
05-10-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 641
Posted By cormacf

Just took it for a ride around the neighborhood...

Just took it for a ride around the neighborhood on dirt/gravel service roads. 40/18 was no problem on any of the roads getting to and from the dirt, as long as I had enough of a ramp-up (I've been...
05-10-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,279
Posted By cormacf

Thanks, all. I just did 45 miles with 4000 feet...

Thanks, all. I just did 45 miles with 4000 feet of climbing on Zwift, wearing a lightweight compression sock on the leg that gives me trouble. Worked like a champ, and no soreness in the one bulgy...
05-10-20, 07:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 938
Posted By cormacf

Thank you! And yeah. Nothing flat. Even the beach...

Thank you! And yeah. Nothing flat. Even the beach coruses head up hills into the woods. One of the reasons for SSCX is staying in shape for next summer's track season, and we're locked in a warmup...
05-10-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 5,198
Views: 3,655,673
Posted By cormacf

It has cantis and the cranks are too long, but...

It has cantis and the cranks are too long, but for $100, I'm super-happy with my first SSCX bike.
...
05-10-20, 02:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 938
Posted By cormacf

SSCX gearing

The SSCX bike I just picked up is currently geared at 40/18, which is great for shallow gravel/dirt inclines, but seems like it's going to be a teeny bit tall for sharp, muddy inclines without...
05-04-20, 09:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,201
Posted By cormacf

I have a compact double right now, and I would...

I have a compact double right now, and I would definitely think about sizing down to an adventure crankset, going forward, though I'd keep my 11-34,since we have some extended 10 percent climbs with...
05-04-20, 09:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,279
Posted By cormacf

Riding with compression socks/tights?

The older I get, the more I appreciate compression socks after a long ride. I have subs long rides coming up in the next few years - - an Everest in 2021 and PBP in 2023, if all goes well.

Does...
05-03-20, 09:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 641
Posted By cormacf

My first SSCX bike

OK. I have to preface this by saying that my road bike has an Ultegra drivetrain with hydros, and I would have run Di2 if I could have afforded it. I love technology, and I understand that it does...
04-22-20, 12:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 653
Posted By cormacf

Thanks! I just emailed with a guy in Portland who...

Thanks! I just emailed with a guy in Portland who has A Raleigh RXS for $700. That could solve all my problems with hydraulic discs, but since I'm in Seattle and I'd have to throw a leg over it...
04-21-20, 11:19 AM
Replies: 3,178
Views: 815,128
Posted By cormacf

My Lynskey, with 700x28s (top) the day I finished...

My Lynskey, with 700x28s (top) the day I finished the build, and 650bx42 (bottom), which is much more comfortable, and not much slower, since I can sail through turns with more confidence (I can lean...
04-21-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,955
Posted By cormacf

Since we're talking about lights and online...

Since we're talking about lights and online shjops, https://www.bike-discount.de/ has been wonderful for all my dynamo lighting needs. The prices are great, even with shipping to the US included, and...
04-21-20, 10:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 653
Posted By cormacf

Drop-bar cantis and aging knuckles?

Around 45, my knuckles started getting a bit sore after long rides on drops.

A bit of background: Aside from my teens, I didn't start riding until my 40s. A few years ago, I moved up from...
04-13-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 11,407
Posted By cormacf

Yeah. That's why kind of threw me. Not a ton of...

Yeah. That's why kind of threw me. Not a ton of room there for that vs. some other BB configs, but I've heard good things about previous years.

Also, excellent point--I came to the Stormchaser...
04-13-20, 08:55 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 11,407
Posted By cormacf

Eccentric bottom bracket, I believe. Weirdly, it...

Eccentric bottom bracket, I believe. Weirdly, it doesn't say anything on the Norco site, but their retailers have it in the item description:...
04-12-20, 09:42 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 11,407
Posted By cormacf

For the same price as the Stormchaser frameset,...

For the same price as the Stormchaser frameset, you can get an entire bike with smoother welds and hydros. Now for $1199:...
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