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11-17-23, 02:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 507
Posted By pbass

I eventually gave up and got new tires, which was...

I eventually gave up and got new tires, which was fine as I was ready to try something different, and luckily landed on something I far prefer to the old ones.
11-09-23, 09:56 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,275
Posted By pbass

Happy B-day, and ride on!!!

Happy B-day, and ride on!!!
11-04-23, 09:56 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,903
Posted By pbass

On my gravel bikes I use flats with aggressive...

On my gravel bikes I use flats with aggressive pins and 5.10 shoes and the grip is such that my feet won't move unless I do it intentionally, whether spinning fast, riding over rough terrain offroad,...
10-30-23, 04:49 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 5,904
Posted By pbass

I'm early 60's, very lean and fit, good skin too...

I'm early 60's, very lean and fit, good skin too if I don't mind saying so. But I'm bald and have a grey almost white beard, sometimes a pretty big beard. So I think it's pretty hard to tell for most...
09-11-23, 09:13 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,485
Posted By pbass

It's getting ridiculous. There's kids (like 10-15...

It's getting ridiculous. There's kids (like 10-15 years old range or so) all over our area riding e-bikes, e-scooters, and little e-motorcycles (the ones that look like little motocross bikes) on the...
09-08-23, 10:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 391
Posted By pbass

Thanks for all the replies. Kona sent me a couple...

Thanks for all the replies. Kona sent me a couple SRAM links that should work as this S350 was either an OEM spec piece only, or has been discontinued. But as they also suggest, I'm gonna take it...
05-25-23, 09:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 696
Posted By pbass

I have a Banjo Bros frame bag that attaches well...

I have a Banjo Bros frame bag that attaches well to my Cross Check's top tube.

https://banjobrothers.com/collections/frame-packs

I do love the Revelate stuff - I have a Revelate Pika seat bag...
05-23-23, 09:50 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,043
Posted By pbass

I've never removed old sealant. Maybe it's...

I've never removed old sealant. Maybe it's because of my tire choices and the terrain here, but I think my tires would be worn out before enough sealant built up to be noticeable weight-wise. Plus,...
05-01-23, 06:23 PM
Replies: 4,938
Views: 766,227
Posted By pbass

White Ind DOS Eno ...

White Ind DOS Eno
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04-29-23, 06:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,697
Posted By pbass

Yeah, I mean, my chainline as-is is not exactly...

Yeah, I mean, my chainline as-is is not exactly "perfect" and I have no issues. We'll see how it goes.
As for terminology, I've had people tell me that a true dinglespeed is two gears in back, two...
04-01-23, 02:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,225
Posted By pbass

Just ran the calc for both my gravel bikes (one...

Just ran the calc for both my gravel bikes (one is 650B tubeless, the other 700c tubed). Came in almost exactly where I set my PSI (at the beginning of rides. I tend to start on the higher end and...
02-11-23, 04:07 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,838
Posted By pbass

I've never put a bike's weight at the top of my...

I've never put a bike's weight at the top of my list. I'm 62 and ride two different steel gravel bikes. One is a singlespeed. They are not light, but I Iove a good steel frame first and foremost. I...
01-15-23, 11:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,281
Posted By pbass

I'm a blinky light kinda guy, but a buddy of mine...

I'm a blinky light kinda guy, but a buddy of mine was explaining to me he stopped using lights because of the target fixation element. I dunno, I figure if you don't have running lights of some kind...
01-06-23, 09:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,281
Posted By pbass

And I expect most people will never hear about...

And I expect most people will never hear about it. Where I live in Glendale, drivers seem to think the "3 feet law" means you're supposed to push the cyclist 3 feet off the road as you pass.
Maybe...
01-05-23, 11:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,281
Posted By pbass

New Rules

Here's hoping this gets enforced enough to make a difference....

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/new-california-law-requires-drivers-to-change-lanes-for-bicyclists-creates/
12-27-22, 10:10 PM
Replies: 2,782
Views: 338,984
Posted By pbass

Bonelli Park Gravel

Bonelli Park, on my 650B gravel rig this morning. Been about 4 years since I've been there, and I guess I forgot just how rocky the trails can get that go up above and around the south side of the...
12-07-22, 03:05 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,029
Posted By pbass

I'm in the flats all the time camp these days. I...

I'm in the flats all the time camp these days. I don't own a road bike or a MTB any more, and I ride my gravel bikes everywhere I used to mountain bike, so I use the same kind of flats w pins and...
11-20-22, 11:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,943
Posted By pbass

"Sometimes when I ride the geared bike on a tough...

"Sometimes when I ride the geared bike on a tough hill I have cleared on SS I still can't believe it."
Absolutely. This happens to me all the time now. I'll go out on the geared rig on a trail I...
11-15-22, 05:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,001
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: 2,782
Views: 338,984
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: 1,528
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: 1,528
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: 1,504
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: 1,528
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: 191
Views: 29,069
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: 2,483
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: 1,161
Views: 310,380
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: 1,495
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: 1,495
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: 1,495
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: 1,495
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: 1,495
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: 23
Views: 2,273
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: 1,161
Views: 310,380
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: 4,006
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: 4,006
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: 1,773
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: 885
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: 8,304
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: 38
Views: 6,423
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: 2,176
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: 2,782
Views: 338,984
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: 3,320
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: 2,255
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: 4,046
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: 4,046
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: 2,540
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: 3,974
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: 27
Views: 11,225
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: 1,682
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...
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