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11-15-22, 05:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,086
Posted By pbass

I've got Nano 700c x 40 on one bike - I do love...

I've got Nano 700c x 40 on one bike - I do love them. My other bike has Teravail Rutlands and I really love these tires. To me they are a great all-rounder, do-anything tire. They might not look like...
11-12-22, 10:58 AM
Replies: 2,064
Views: 218,893
Posted By pbass

This is my turf as well - I live down Chevy...

This is my turf as well - I live down Chevy Chase. We live in such a perfect area for a gravel bike. My main bike skews a little more "dirt" - 650bx47 tubeless, and I run as low as 19-20 PSI once I...
11-02-22, 07:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 442
Posted By pbass

Yeah, I'm the same, and trying to not be the "old...

Yeah, I'm the same, and trying to not be the "old man yelling at clouds" in regards to pedal-assist ebikes on the trail. That said, according to that link above they are prohibited there: "Non...
10-31-22, 06:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 442
Posted By pbass

Yeah, I'm a bit ambivalent about e-bikes---trying...

Yeah, I'm a bit ambivalent about e-bikes---trying to not be an analog bike snob! Still not used to them being on the trail, though. But these guys were on electric motorcycles. No pedals. Going FAST....
10-31-22, 10:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 822
Posted By pbass

Yeah the Gevenalles have a pretty substantial...

Yeah the Gevenalles have a pretty substantial feel in your hands when on the hoods, which as I say feels confidence-inspiring when offroad. Funny though, I'm the opposite, I have smallish hands--when...
10-30-22, 07:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 442
Posted By pbass

Where to report trail use issues, Altadena/Pasadena

Curious if anyone knows how best to report trail use issues in this area. Specifically, I'm getting pretty annoyed with the electric motorcycles flying down Gabrielino trail. I'm not talkin' e-bikes...
10-29-22, 11:43 AM
Replies: 182
Views: 18,795
Posted By pbass

Yet another configuration of my Cross Check--just...

Yet another configuration of my Cross Check--just went back to singlespeed/drop bars and loving it. Ritchey Ergomax bars, Gevenalle brake levers. Mostly trail riding, lotsa hills, 34x18 currently....
10-23-22, 08:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,182
Posted By pbass

Gotta second the Kona suggestion, especially the...

Gotta second the Kona suggestion, especially the Rove ST (I guess it's called the DL now). Excellent, lively steel frame--has that "thing". Super versatile. I ride mine often like a mountain bike...
10-23-22, 08:19 PM
Replies: 1,047
Views: 268,586
Posted By pbass

My singlespeed Cross Check is my project bike,...

My singlespeed Cross Check is my project bike, always messing with the configuration - such an easy bike for noob like me to work on. Just switched it back from flat bars to drop bars and got these...
10-14-22, 12:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 471
Posted By pbass

I ride Dirt Mulholland on my geared gravel bike -...

I ride Dirt Mulholland on my geared gravel bike - nice change from my usual La Canada/Altadena rides. My ss gravel bike is currently running about 53 gear inches, so while I might try it there, I...
10-04-22, 08:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 471
Posted By pbass

Funny, I just went to a tougher gear in the rear...

Funny, I just went to a tougher gear in the rear 'cause I was spinning out too much on anything remotely flat. I know, I know, with ss you're always in the "wrong gear";)
Fixed is something I have...
10-04-22, 09:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 471
Posted By pbass

I know, the grass is always greener, right? If I...

I know, the grass is always greener, right? If I ever moved to a flatter locale, I'd get bored with that pretty quick. Plus I'm 62, and all the climbing I do here is keeping me young!
10-03-22, 05:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 471
Posted By pbass

Heya--I think we've chatted before about this in...

Heya--I think we've chatted before about this in the singlespeed forum. I ride my geared gravel rig all around there all the time(I live down Chevy Chase). But those are tough climbs on a...
10-03-22, 04:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 471
Posted By pbass

Yeah, man, it is just steep everywhere near me!

Yeah, man, it is just steep everywhere near me!
09-27-22, 12:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 748
Posted By pbass

I live in Glendale which is the...

I live in Glendale which is the aggressive/a**hole driver capital of CA. Part of the reason our car insurance is (AFAIK) the highest in the state.
I try to only ride the road to get to the dirt, but...
08-31-22, 10:04 AM
Replies: 1,047
Views: 268,586
Posted By pbass

Teravail Rutlands, durable casing, 65B x 47. I...

Teravail Rutlands, durable casing, 65B x 47. I have been through the WTB range--ByWays, Ventures, Senderos, then back to Ventures......these Rutlands are the best tire I've used here in SoCal where...
07-26-22, 11:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,977
Posted By pbass

Yeah, I love my Rove ST w 650Bx47, but admittedly...

Yeah, I love my Rove ST w 650Bx47, but admittedly I ride it often "like a mountain bike", and I have WTB knobby Senderos on it currently. It's a size 50 and the whole package fits me very well and...
07-22-22, 03:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,977
Posted By pbass

650B for gravel is....out?

I've been hearing from people that 650B/road plus is apparently a "fad" that is now passing......personally I don't care if that's the case, as I quite like riding that wheel size--fits me and what I...
05-03-22, 09:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,540
Posted By pbass

Please do not let a doctor give you Cipro unless...

Please do not let a doctor give you Cipro unless it's a life or death situation. It (and other flouroquinolones) have a Black Box warning from the FDA--they are dangerous drugs. You might be lucky-...
03-27-22, 12:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 757
Posted By pbass

Well, we have a happy ending. I took it to...

Well, we have a happy ending. I took it to another LBS and after a few tries w the compressor the mechanic theorized that maybe the tape had gotten compromised when I pulled the bead off, and also...
03-08-22, 07:58 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,811
Posted By pbass

Personally, my reasons for always keeping a...

Personally, my reasons for always keeping a singlespeed in my quiver are: I love the zen-like simplicity of riding one. I think they look super cool. A good steel singlespeed is bombproof. It's an...
02-24-22, 10:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,666
Posted By pbass

My ss Cross Check is running WTB Nano 40's, with...

My ss Cross Check is running WTB Nano 40's, with tubes. Great on singletrack and fine for my purposes on pavement with the center ridge they have.
02-17-22, 11:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,305
Posted By pbass

My 650bx47 (tubeless) bike just feels more...

My 650bx47 (tubeless) bike just feels more maneuverable in the rough stuff than my 700cx40(tubed), and I think that in addition to the extra cush translates to feeling less worked overall.
12-24-21, 04:22 PM
Replies: 2,064
Views: 218,893
Posted By pbass

Got out between the raindrops over in La...

Got out between the raindrops over in La Canada.....
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12-23-21, 03:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,339
Posted By pbass

That's a super brutal gear for climbing like...

That's a super brutal gear for climbing like that. That's like, high 70s gear inches, no? That's approaching the high end of my gearing on my 1x11 rig.
Here in the LA mountains my ss gravel bike is...
12-20-21, 07:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,775
Posted By pbass

I was just at a cross race this weekend, and...

I was just at a cross race this weekend, and there was a Tracklocross category. I watched this one rider as he tackled the course. I've also been following what folks like Squid are doing. I'm with...
12-07-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,700
Posted By pbass

The only reason I don't still have it was I had...

The only reason I don't still have it was I had bought wrong size--I determined after riding the heck out of it for about 3 years it was too big! I do miss that bike.
12-05-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,700
Posted By pbass

I hear ya. My last MTB was a rigid ss 2015 Kona...

I hear ya. My last MTB was a rigid ss 2015 Kona Unit. I put a nice suspension fork on it at one point and it lasted about 2 weeks before it came off. Even locked out I couldn't get past the feeling...
11-29-21, 08:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,509
Posted By pbass

I love my CC, and will always keep it - it's been...

I love my CC, and will always keep it - it's been drop bar, flat bar, geared, and ss. Has such a great lively ride quality. C'mon, it's a true classic! But I do think, aside from the fact it's rim...
11-26-21, 03:42 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,183
Posted By pbass

And I'd add to that, foam rolling, before and...

And I'd add to that, foam rolling, before and after rides and on days off as well. I learned from a myofascial release therapist that while stretching is of course great, you're mainly affecting the...
11-11-21, 02:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,436
Posted By pbass

I'm intrigued about these for my flat bar ss...

I'm intrigued about these for my flat bar ss Cross Check. Would be extra appealing to me if these also had rise like the Truck Stop Bar. Now that would be even weirder looking....
11-03-21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,494
Posted By pbass

Interesting how a trend in gravel bikes right now...

Interesting how a trend in gravel bikes right now is for flat bars (I only really pay attention to gravel and "adventure" type of bikes, admittedly). The idea being it's for better offroad control--I...
10-25-21, 01:11 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,529
Posted By pbass

I bought my first gravel bike because, as far as...

I bought my first gravel bike because, as far as I understood it, that's exactly what they're intended to be - all arounders!

So, now I have two, but one is a singlespeed 700c and the other...
09-29-21, 05:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 683
Posted By pbass

There's tons of "alt" bars out these days with...

There's tons of "alt" bars out these days with generous backsweep, and varying amounts of rise. This is a really cool resource:

https://whatbars.com
09-29-21, 04:52 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 12,389
Posted By pbass

I use my singlespeed Cross Check like a gravel...

I use my singlespeed Cross Check like a gravel bike (and a mountain bike sometimes:)) Currently it's flat bar, has also had drops. Running WTB Nanos. Lotsa fun. I was originally inspired by this guy:...
09-28-21, 03:21 PM
Replies: 2,064
Views: 218,893
Posted By pbass

Well, singlespeeding up in them thar hills will...

Well, singlespeeding up in them thar hills will getcha strong, fast! I'm 61 and while I usually bring some gears for these mountains these days, I still use my ss for that unique workout you get from...
09-26-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 2,064
Views: 218,893
Posted By pbass

Had to get up early to drop off my kid in...

Had to get up early to drop off my kid in Calabasas at 7:00 am (we live near La Canada), so I decided to check out Mulholland Dr Fire Road. Socked in w fog at 7:30 am, cool temps, hardly anybody...
09-24-21, 11:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,056
Posted By pbass

For me the pavement is just a necessary evil that...

For me the pavement is just a necessary evil that leads to the dirt and nature...and fewer people!
09-20-21, 05:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,086
Posted By pbass

Great looking bike--I also love All City's...

Great looking bike--I also love All City's finishes. Yeah, I have a 700c x 40 cross bike (with tubes), and a 650b x 47 gravel bike, tubeless, (my Rove has that same wheelset as your bike) and on that...
09-16-21, 05:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,945
Posted By pbass

I have ridden Dirt Mullholland a couple times on...

I have ridden Dirt Mullholland a couple times on my gravel bike. Lotsa climbing, some killer views for sure.
09-10-21, 04:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,029
Posted By pbass

Congrats! Those look awesome. That and the BMC...

Congrats! Those look awesome. That and the BMC are a nice pair!
09-10-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,029
Posted By pbass

That's why I stopped fighting my CC and just...

That's why I stopped fighting my CC and just decided to use it for what it is. Even with all the experimenting like you did--bars, stems, heck as I say, I even tried a different size frame--and even...
09-09-21, 06:34 PM
Replies: 274
Views: 29,323
Posted By pbass

Well, he ain't an old fart but he listens to the...

Well, he ain't an old fart but he listens to the music - my 16 year old son plays a steady rotation of Led Zep, Queen, Yes, The Who, Genesis(only w Peter Gabriel mind you;)) Chicago, Beatles, The...
09-02-21, 04:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,945
Posted By pbass

[QUOTE=Eric F;22212138]Not riding from my house -...

[QUOTE=Eric F;22212138]Not riding from my house - too much road to get to the dirt. My 32x19 SS gearing makes flat-ish road riding painfully slow. I'm pretty spun out above 13mph. Besides, I find the...
08-25-21, 08:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 902
Posted By pbass

Yep, here, the best bet is to bring your bike...

Yep, here, the best bet is to bring your bike into the store or restaurant, which not every shop owner is fond of!
08-24-21, 12:55 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,031
Posted By pbass

I use a foam roller, and do a couple simple yoga...

I use a foam roller, and do a couple simple yoga stretches (happy baby for the hips/lower back, and child's pose just to open up everything else). That's it. I don't do any other stretching...
08-18-21, 01:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 635
Posted By pbass

I ride amongst rattlers and all kinds of critters...

I ride amongst rattlers and all kinds of critters here in SoCal, but man, I have a totally irrational, heightened fear of ticks! Going through that east coast brush freaks me out!
08-16-21, 11:05 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,508
Posted By pbass

This is my turf as well. I live in Glendale on...

This is my turf as well. I live in Glendale on Chevy Chase. I agree, it's pretty great for a gravel bike--you can really tie together a route of mostly dirt if you want, with all the fire roads, etc....
08-11-21, 08:43 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,931
Posted By pbass

I'm 61, and have only been cycling with any kind...

I'm 61, and have only been cycling with any kind of seriousness for about 15 years. Mostly mtb for the first few years and then "gravel" riding ever since. I'd say my endurance is as good if not...
08-09-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,301
Posted By pbass

I had what I thought was a heart "event" riding...

I had what I thought was a heart "event" riding several years ago (I'm 61 now). I took myself to the ER. After checking me out, and the next day taking a stress test on the treadmill which I passed...
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