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04-28-21, 10:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,910
Posted By jfranci3

They use a narrow rim. The tire sizes are an...

They use a narrow rim. The tire sizes are an estimated installed size for the rim they think you'll use. For every mm wider, you get an installed width about .25mm larger. They're using a 17mm...
04-26-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,577
Posted By jfranci3

Test after test shows WTB rolling like crap...

Test after test shows WTB rolling like crap against apple-apples tires. The other two tires are basically the same tires (std casing / JFF) made by the same panaracer. For some reason the Rene's test...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-21, 07:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,169
Posted By jfranci3

Just had this same issue randomly. It was bugging...

Just had this same issue randomly. It was bugging me for about 6weeks. Swapped all my regular and bike shoes/insoles around, no better. The I remembered I used to have a Specialized forefoot wedge in...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-21, 07:49 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 12,218
Posted By jfranci3

If it makes you feel better, AL bikes are just as...

If it makes you feel better, AL bikes are just as delicate as CF bikes. They make MTBs out of CF... it's fine.

If it makes you feel better 2, higher end AL bikes are just as good as CF these days....
03-12-21, 03:24 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,096
Posted By jfranci3

Take it to the dealer. Fork shudder, likely the...

Take it to the dealer.
Fork shudder, likely the TA is not tightened. You can give it a good solid wrist twist, it's hard to over tighten using your hands.
The stem - tighten the top cap THEN the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-12-21, 02:28 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,465
Posted By jfranci3

I toss them when they get a hole thats unreliable...

I toss them when they get a hole thats unreliable to patch. I'll pay $40 for a new tire rather than risking not getting home on time from my lunch ride.

Some metrics on the tire itself -...
02-26-21, 01:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,434
Posted By jfranci3

You'd have to put an order in with your dealer....

You'd have to put an order in with your dealer. If you want to search, I'd pull the UPC codes from the bottom of the bike dealer site. eg 04712878579880 or 04712878608931 and then search...
02-26-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,434
Posted By jfranci3

The best way to think about this here is to see...

The best way to think about this here is to see what the impact is of spending more or less. Fortunately-for your decision making - there arent many "real" sideways or half step up/down choices.

I...
02-25-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,434
Posted By jfranci3

Motobecane Gravel Pro X...

Motobecane Gravel Pro X (http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/gravel-bikes/gravel-x-pro-hydraulic-discbrake-gravel-bikes.htm), - this is a pretty simple AL frame with a steel fork with a...
02-23-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,434
Posted By jfranci3

Modern hydroformed AL is as good as carbon these...

Modern hydroformed AL is as good as carbon these days. The carbon can be made into fancier shapes. Anyway....the better groupset and brakes all day here.
02-18-21, 08:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,768
Posted By jfranci3

I'm pretty sure that particular spot is an hour...

I'm pretty sure that particular spot is an hour from anything. They aren't guarding it 24x7
Forum: Road Cycling
02-17-21, 11:04 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,887
Posted By jfranci3

https://www.genesisbikes.co.uk/bikes

https://www.genesisbikes.co.uk/bikes
02-17-21, 10:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,768
Posted By jfranci3

What tire would be best for dirt surface that...

What tire would be best for dirt surface that might suddenly aerating underneath you?
02-17-21, 10:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,329
Posted By jfranci3

The Terra Speed 40c are actually 38c, even on a...

The Terra Speed 40c are actually 38c, even on a wide rim.

The GK SK have zero traction on anything slippery. They have less mud traction than the Terra Speed. Maybe look at the Challenge gravel...
02-10-21, 07:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 529
Posted By jfranci3

That's the best one then.

That's the best one then.
02-09-21, 10:35 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,122
Posted By jfranci3

you might need a set of lock rings for the...

you might need a set of lock rings for the rotors.

The 105 stuff is a good buy there hg700 11-34 is just a tad heavier (likely just the lock ring) and is functionally the same. The rotors are $15...
02-09-21, 08:48 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,122
Posted By jfranci3

Get the E! The P is narrower, the E1800 32 is...

Get the E! The P is narrower, the E1800 32 is better for everyone. The E would be aero-ish with a 24 or 25c tire. The P would need a 21c tire, which doesn't exist.

The E has the louder hub and...
02-09-21, 08:21 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,122
Posted By jfranci3

The brake rotors and cassette might be a bit off....

The brake rotors and cassette might be a bit off. Both can be shimmed so you don't need to adjust. The disc is the bigger deal as the clearance is tight.

With the wheels, you'd also want rotors...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-22-21, 11:25 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 5,697
Posted By jfranci3

I'd agree that assuming the OP can get to 4w/kg (...

I'd agree that assuming the OP can get to 4w/kg ( "bare min pro level" for a cat1 / regional pro cyclist) assumes he can up his FTP from 257w to 320w which means he'd have to be really green OR lose...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-20-21, 03:18 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 5,697
Posted By jfranci3

Your off-the-couch number is meaningless as...

Your off-the-couch number is meaningless as you've got a number of directions to improve. At any rate 260w and 3.21w @ 176lb are a very fine starting point. You'll get a better number from just going...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-20-21, 02:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,197
Posted By jfranci3

Insoles have a lot of influence here. Try taking...

Insoles have a lot of influence here. Try taking them out and see if the world is a better place, repeat by putting something under the insole to raise it a touch, then work from there.
Forum: Great Lakes
12-09-20, 08:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,750
Posted By jfranci3

No. That's not a poorly maintained 1969 Honda...

No. That's not a poorly maintained 1969 Honda minivan.
1) He's going 42mph and he's 3ft above the exhaust pipe, which is off to the side. By the time the exhaust spreads out, he's already past it....
Forum: Road Cycling
12-09-20, 03:13 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,822
Posted By jfranci3

What? rolling resistance / handling wise - yeah...

What? rolling resistance / handling wise - yeah wheel width doesn't matter much, especially past 25c/80psi road tubeless. Soft-roading / Off-roading... it can depend. For CX, I'd imagine if the rules...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-09-20, 10:19 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,822
Posted By jfranci3

Take a look -...

Take a look - https://chicago.craigslist.org/search/bip?query=wheelset

CL is dead by the way. Not sure what happened, but CL and Ebay are gutted as far as used goods. I see a circa 2009 Zipp 404...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-09-20, 08:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,500
Posted By jfranci3

The tire makes a difference too, along with the...

The tire makes a difference too, along with the relative width of the rim to the tire. Running something like a Vittoria or Challenge "Open Tubular" will ride smoother at the same width and pressure....
Forum: Road Cycling
12-09-20, 08:48 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,822
Posted By jfranci3

Are you climbing all day? If not, those wheels...

Are you climbing all day? If not, those wheels are one of the slowest wheels you can put on your bike. They're basically made to resist smooth air flow. I live in Chicago, so I don't need to worry...
12-06-20, 11:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,685
Posted By jfranci3

I hear you. I haven't tried it myself. It's hard...

I hear you. I haven't tried it myself. It's hard to get past the thousands of bits of BS sales sites out there to get real information. I've seen it in a few of the more non-sales bits of info I...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-20, 10:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,605
Posted By jfranci3

Did you get 28c tires on this? I have a similar...

Did you get 28c tires on this? I have a similar era International sitting here with brakes that will handle the clearance.
12-04-20, 05:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,685
Posted By jfranci3

Fresh stuff and dust.... yeah easier to...

Fresh stuff and dust.... yeah easier to remove..... Stuff you let baste, harder.

The ceramic stuff isn't thick enough to fill in all pore, so things can still grab onto the surface. Bugs, tree...
12-04-20, 04:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,685
Posted By jfranci3

I used the Oakley / Zeiss stuff. It didn't...

I used the Oakley / Zeiss stuff. It didn't perform miracles. It was good at getting all the hard to remove stuff off you lenses. It's probably best for getting misty rain to turn little beads into...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-04-20, 03:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,557
Posted By jfranci3

If you run the 11-34 sp cassette, you can use the...

If you run the 11-34 sp cassette, you can use the 10sp wheels. You don't need the brakes or Front Derailleur. Going with black chainring bolts would be a visual improvement. Spending $100 on the 105...
12-02-20, 05:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,669
Posted By jfranci3

None of those liners really keep you warmer. At...

None of those liners really keep you warmer. At best they just allow you to swap them out every 30-60min to remove some moisture. I've suggest getting some bigger shell gloves - like +2 sizes...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 1,358
Views: 269,698
Posted By jfranci3

Maybe I know exactly where Sean is riding :-)

Maybe I know exactly where Sean is riding :-)
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 1,358
Views: 269,698
Posted By jfranci3

Organic/Resin pads are 'common' pads that have...

Organic/Resin pads are 'common' pads that have better initial "cold" bite and quieter. The metallic pads are made for higher temps and prolonged stopping.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-20, 09:16 PM
Replies: 1,358
Views: 269,698
Posted By jfranci3

With 2 bike and 3 wheelsets, I tend to keep the...

With 2 bike and 3 wheelsets, I tend to keep the 25c/28c "pure road' wheelset on the road bike, while the gravel bike gets the gravel tires and fat road / roubaix tires for foul weather and long...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-20, 08:28 PM
Replies: 1,358
Views: 269,698
Posted By jfranci3

Discs are discs for the most part. SRAMs are a...

Discs are discs for the most part. SRAMs are a hair thicker, but they all weigh and brake the same. Get basically the same ones as you have now, so the offset will be the same between the wheelsets....
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-20, 05:55 PM
Replies: 1,358
Views: 269,698
Posted By jfranci3

Order a new cassette and a couple of tires while...

Order a new cassette and a couple of tires while you're at it. Probably a couple of chains too (11sp chains are in short supply).

The new wheels will be a LOT less active in gusty winds. The...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 1,358
Views: 269,698
Posted By jfranci3

Sean - I recommend asking for the Satin finish...

Sean - I recommend asking for the Satin finish when they send the order review email to you. It's something between gloss and matte - it looks a lot nicer than both. It's sort of a dry look.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-12-20, 09:21 PM
Replies: 1,358
Views: 269,698
Posted By jfranci3

Sean - 1) 24 high end spokes are over kill for...

Sean -
1) 24 high end spokes are over kill for you. I think those fulcrum are 16f x 21r big spokes. Traditional rims are super shallow by todays standards - like 14mm deep vs your 35mm rim. That...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-28-20, 04:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,781
Posted By jfranci3

I've tried a few - Time ATAC are the closest; the...

I've tried a few - Time ATAC are the closest; the Time gravel pedal is a nicer version but one sided. Speedplay road are great too. Eggbeaters (IIRC) engagement/disengagement sucks as it is not...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-28-20, 03:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 622
Posted By jfranci3

I had one of these alfines. A few thoughts -...

I had one of these alfines.

A few thoughts -
1) On a bicycle, the weight of the hub (+800gr? over 11sp) was very noticeable when carrying or lifting the bike or adjusting the bike at a light. It...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-05-20, 01:28 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,179
Posted By jfranci3

I tried a few of them... non were really...

I tried a few of them... non were really revolutionary. Most seal in your foot sweat, so you get cold from that. Most just save the hassle of shoe covers.
A few things that work:
1) Lake / Syksol...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 1,358
Views: 269,698
Posted By jfranci3

I'm also not a gloss person, went matte, and then...

I'm also not a gloss person, went matte, and then thought the matte was to dull/generic. Satin is a nice finish and not too showy.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 1,358
Views: 269,698
Posted By jfranci3

You'll be absolutely fine on 24x24 with the...

You'll be absolutely fine on 24x24 with the Pillar or CX-ray spokes. I've run the Pillars on Swiss hubs for two years on smaller rims without issue in both road and gravel duty. I'd go with less...
09-15-20, 01:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,477
Posted By jfranci3

Aluminum makes for a crappy spring. I think...

Aluminum makes for a crappy spring.

I think the AL fork is for surface area and stiffness to support bags.If you've got big tires and a steel frame, why worry about a stiff AL fork?
08-11-20, 06:49 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 26,146
Posted By jfranci3

Actually this is it. It is lighter and denser...

Actually this is it. It is lighter and denser than the 150 weight running caps that are useless. It's a little thick than a drymax sock...
08-11-20, 06:39 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 26,146
Posted By jfranci3

HDR setting need to be turned off. Is that...

HDR setting need to be turned off.
Is that Astoria?
08-11-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 26,146
Posted By jfranci3

https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/bike-clothing/c...

https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/bike-clothing/cycling-caps-headwear/bontrager-windshell-cycling-skull-cap/p/25036/?colorCode=black I've got one made out of Trek's Profila stuff (fake wool). It's...
08-11-20, 03:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,509
Posted By jfranci3

I've got a few of these. I'd go for the 36mm over...

I've got a few of these. I'd go for the 36mm over the 28s as they'd make a better road rim as their 2nd use. The AR series is good for 25/28 aero-wise and the WR is good for 28/32. The increased...
08-11-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,193
Posted By jfranci3

I run these. They are a great road/wet/travel...

I run these. They are a great road/wet/travel tire - very fast. At that size, they are useless off road though. I'd only use these on hard, groomed surfaces - proper roads, not walking trails. Once...
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