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09-08-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 651
Posted By grolby

I have a V2 Swiss Cross and the chainstays are...

I have a V2 Swiss Cross and the chainstays are indeed quite long! I was nervous about this since mine is my cyclocross race bike, and itís a good 7 mm longer than even a fairly long rear-center for...
09-03-21, 07:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,333
Posted By grolby

People insisting that cyclocross geometry is...

People insisting that cyclocross geometry is super uncomfortable to ride all day should start bringing some receipts. This idea sprang up seemingly overnight when dedicated gravel bikes became a...
07-15-21, 06:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 928
Posted By grolby

FWIW the Donnelly tubeless tires set up pretty...

FWIW the Donnelly tubeless tires set up pretty wide on most rims. True width 35 or 36 mm, probably. I like the PDX - thatís a good all-rounder. Baby Limus is now available tubeless, by the way....
07-06-21, 05:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,625
Posted By grolby

The main difference for me in saddle preference...

The main difference for me in saddle preference on roads vs gravel (and, more of the time, cyclocross) is that I can tolerate many more different saddle shapes on the off-road bike. My road position...
04-22-21, 07:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,085
Posted By grolby

I think the Fuji Altamira has a pretty high BB. ...

I think the Fuji Altamira has a pretty high BB.

Personally Iíve never like the Euro-style super-high bottom brackets. I had a Ridley for a bit, with a 72 degree head angle and 52 mm of BB drop....
03-30-21, 05:59 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,593
Posted By grolby

I don't know if people forget so much as they...

I don't know if people forget so much as they just weren't paying attention when it happened and maybe haven't ridden these bikes themselves? I'm not that old and have been Into Bikes for about 16 or...
03-30-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,593
Posted By grolby

The differences between cyclocross and gravel...

The differences between cyclocross and gravel bikes are greatly exaggerated. Thereís a lot
of overlap and gravel bikes essentially developed as an evolution of cyclocross bikes. On average CX bikes...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-21, 06:15 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,385
Posted By grolby

There are a few places in greater Boston where...

There are a few places in greater Boston where train or trolley tracks cross the road at an angle. Cleveland Circle, for those who know the area, is especially egregious. So I cope with this sort of...
03-17-21, 05:19 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,130
Posted By grolby

I've run 38 x 11-36 and I found the lack of top...

I've run 38 x 11-36 and I found the lack of top end to be very annoying. I don't think you need to be bombing to want a bit more gear at the top end. When things get gnarly, you aren't pedaling...
03-16-21, 08:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,230
Posted By grolby

You should absolutely, 100% replace the tape. I...

You should absolutely, 100% replace the tape. I would in fact bet that this is your problem - grody old, poorly-sealed tape. I would not only not assume that the tape that came pre-installed is the...
03-11-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,173
Posted By grolby

Bummer you missed out. Personally, I finally went...

Bummer you missed out. Personally, I finally went disc last year. I won't lie - it was a painful transition. The brakes I bought came with pre-soiled pads, so they didn't really work. Then I replaced...
02-08-21, 08:09 PM
Replies: 5,068
Views: 3,563,898
Posted By grolby

**Applause** **Standing ovation** ...

**Applause**



**Standing ovation**

Very nice get with the limited edition colorway! I saw that first and was bummed to see it was sold out, didn't want the black. Jumped on the white one...
Forum: Commuting
01-23-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,848
Posted By grolby

Ah yes, sorry, I neglected to consider the many...

Ah yes, sorry, I neglected to consider the many thousands of working class heroes across this fine nation looking for the right bike for getting to work in their custom suits.
Forum: Commuting
01-21-21, 08:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,698
Posted By grolby

I think this is called "going for a bike...

I think this is called "going for a bike ride."
Forum: Commuting
11-02-20, 08:34 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,848
Posted By grolby

I think Heine dislikes the drum tests because his...

I think Heine dislikes the drum tests because his tires consistently fail to impress in those comparisons. Heís not wrong about them being incomplete, but his preferred testing methods have their own...
Forum: Commuting
10-29-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,934
Posted By grolby

Yes, this is my opinion. As youíve noted, actual...

Yes, this is my opinion. As youíve noted, actual data is hard to come by, but the idea that a rear view mirror enhances safety depends on assuming 1) the cyclist can identify clearly when a vehicle...
10-28-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,254
Posted By grolby

Some ďgravelĒ can get quite choppy, especially at...

Some ďgravelĒ can get quite choppy, especially at speed. Also, part of the idea here is that you will run lower pressures than if you didnít have them, getting the benefit of lower pressures and...
10-28-20, 11:38 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,296
Posted By grolby

Ah, that article is ringing a bell now! Happens...

Ah, that article is ringing a bell now! Happens to everyone at some point. Cheers.
10-28-20, 07:21 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,296
Posted By grolby

This is not true, at least not in national or...

This is not true, at least not in national or international rules. The UCI (international sanctioning body) prohibits tires wider than 33 mm for all racers. USA Cycling (United States national...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-20, 07:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,934
Posted By grolby

I'm glad you like your handlebar mirror, but hard...

I'm glad you like your handlebar mirror, but hard disagree on this. We don't need anything to increase regulatory barriers to cycling, especially for the very dubious safety benefits of rearview...
Forum: Commuting
10-06-20, 06:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,103
Posted By grolby

The USA is overall a lot less dense than Western...

The USA is overall a lot less dense than Western Europe, but we also have a greater number of large, densely populated cities. The Northeast Megalopis...
09-24-20, 07:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,546
Posted By grolby

I'll put it this way - an important reason that...

I'll put it this way - an important reason that modern wheels tend to be much stronger than old wheels is that much stronger and stiffer rims allow for higher spoke tension. Yes, the spokes, nipples...
09-16-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 11,564
Posted By grolby

Trails must have been pretty buffed at the race...

Trails must have been pretty buffed at the race you won. For me the main limitation when riding a cross bike on trails is you have very little margin for error in the rough stuff. Rocks or roots that...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-20, 08:09 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 9,141
Posted By grolby

This is most peculiar, as I have it on very good...

This is most peculiar, as I have it on very good authority that no tire narrower than 32 mm can be used successfully for commuting. Could it be that itís because you were only riding recreationally...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-20, 08:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,986
Posted By grolby

I havenít used touring tires per se, but I have...

I havenít used touring tires per se, but I have used a Panaracer T-Serv on a stationary trainer and it was noisier and made more vibration than a normal road slick. The problem would be less...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-20, 07:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,986
Posted By grolby

I donít think the question really called for this...

I donít think the question really called for this sort of negativity.
08-27-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,346
Posted By grolby

You can think of the system as a bow, with the...

You can think of the system as a bow, with the cable between the anchoring points as the bowstring and the frame and fork elements across the same distance as the bow back. If you pull on a...
08-27-20, 06:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,346
Posted By grolby

This is absolutely, 100% nonsense. Cantilever...

This is absolutely, 100% nonsense. Cantilever brake shudder canít and wonít cause a carbon fork to break. No doubt, extreme brake shudder is very scary, but this sounds like youíve stumbled across...
Forum: Commuting
08-17-20, 07:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 9,141
Posted By grolby

I donít think bike thieves are that picky; you...

I donít think bike thieves are that picky; you still need to secure a heavy bike. And of course, even when youíre carrying a lock, that light fast bike still feels nice and goes quick. I commute on...
09-08-19, 07:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,769
Posted By grolby

That set up is what we used to call ďtotally...

That set up is what we used to call ďtotally normal.Ē Itís fine. The ETRTO recommendation chart everyone refers to is literally 25 years old and was never any good.
Forum: Commuting
07-30-19, 08:39 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,781
Posted By grolby

Edit: shoulda read the whole thread before I just...

Edit: shoulda read the whole thread before I just repeated what everyone else was saying!

I am not new to the market, and an ďenthusiast,Ē and I warn anyone I can to avoid the Cross-Check for...
02-14-17, 12:39 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 34,009
Posted By grolby

No, it works as long as the audience doesn't...

No, it works as long as the audience doesn't realize that it's basically baloney. Cyclocross and gravel road bikes are both designed to a range of different riding styles, some more geared toward...
Forum: Commuting
07-29-14, 08:47 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,109
Posted By grolby

No amount of cushy ride can ever make me forget...

No amount of cushy ride can ever make me forget that a Dutch style bike is heavy. This is why "ultimate" is so subjective; I don't particularly like the Dutch bike. Far too overbuilt for how I ride...
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