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07-20-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,745
Posted By Hiro11

"Gravel bikes are just cross bikes"... except for...

"Gravel bikes are just cross bikes"... except for geometry, riding position, riding characteristics, tire clearance, gearing and sometimes brakes.

"Gravel bikes are just 90s mountain bikes"......
07-18-21, 09:02 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,745
Posted By Hiro11

"Gravel grinder" is such a Fred-tastic term to...

"Gravel grinder" is such a Fred-tastic term to use. Sort of like calling a cyclist a "biker".

Oh, I'm sorry...was this already discussed?
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-21, 07:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 540
Posted By Hiro11

In fairness, setting aside the usual supply chain...

In fairness, setting aside the usual supply chain issues every manufacturing company has experienced Shimano has had some unique additional challenges recently:
1. a huge fire in their main Japan...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-21, 09:00 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,426
Posted By Hiro11

These as the "worst bibs ever" because the size...

These as the "worst bibs ever" because the size you bought doesn't fit?

For what it's worth, mediums fit me (5'10", 165lbs) well.

Also bought one of their Starlight design jerseys, it's a...
07-05-21, 03:57 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 10,842
Posted By Hiro11

Came here to say this. Also, maybe I've had...

Came here to say this.

Also, maybe I've had good luck but I've purchased stuff (not much bike stuff, but lots of other stuff) from all kinds of sketchy vendors on Aliexpress over the years and...
06-22-21, 03:35 PM
Replies: 492
Views: 22,463
Posted By Hiro11

I love this movie. It's a terrific movie about...

I love this movie. It's a terrific movie about young men transitioning into adulthood, right when responsibility and reality start to bite. It captures that period when you start to figure out who...
06-21-21, 09:48 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 7,247
Posted By Hiro11

My current road bike has a BB86 pressfit BB,...

My current road bike has a BB86 pressfit BB, pressfit hub bearings, a freehub mechanism I don't understand and a proprietary drop in headset in an oddball size. It has an electronic drivetrain with...
05-30-21, 05:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,107
Posted By Hiro11

100% agree. I don't mess around with anything...

100% agree. I don't mess around with anything unless it's truly broken.
I carefully wipe down all my bikes after every ride and fully clean them when they need it. Things I do check:
1. Bolts. Make...
05-15-21, 03:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,400
Posted By Hiro11

There is NOOOOO .... rule six.

There is NOOOOO .... rule six.
05-12-21, 05:01 AM
Replies: 492
Views: 22,463
Posted By Hiro11

What I learned from this thread: - people that...

What I learned from this thread:
- people that ride faster than many here are entitled jerks with a death wish who should slow down. They just don't "get cycling". The concept of using a bike for...
05-09-21, 01:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,011
Posted By Hiro11

I've been using the past few generations of...

I've been using the past few generations of Shimano XC7s and I like them a lot.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-25-21, 10:38 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,813
Posted By Hiro11

Yup. I have a 54t star ratchet in a set of wheels...

Yup. I have a 54t star ratchet in a set of wheels with 240s hubs. Loud AF. I just overhauled it with some fresh Shimano freehub lube, still loud AF.
04-19-21, 06:16 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,395
Posted By Hiro11

I sometimes wear ski goggles on really cold (like...

I sometimes wear ski goggles on really cold (like sub 20F) rides on my fatbike, especially if it's snowing. Ski goggles work better than motocross goggles on super cold days because the lenses are...
04-18-21, 05:17 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,653
Posted By Hiro11

"I'm offended by choice in bicycles" - people who...

"I'm offended by choice in bicycles" - people who keep posting "these gravel bikes are just marketing hype / nothing new, I owned a Bridgestone XO-1 in 1992 / 90's mountain bikes / unnecessary /...
04-18-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,076
Posted By Hiro11

5mm of additional toe overlap isn't going to make...

5mm of additional toe overlap isn't going to make any difference. The Checkpoint will likely work well. It's also a great bike.

Also, "gravel" means different things to different people. I do lots...
04-17-21, 05:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,872
Posted By Hiro11

I started mountain biking in the early 90s and...

I started mountain biking in the early 90s and the bikes back then kinda sucked. My first real MTB was a rigid 1992 Cannondale SM700. 2.1x26 tires with no grip. Ridiculously stiff frame and aluminum...
04-16-21, 02:01 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,291
Posted By Hiro11

The picture above is from "The 10,000", a ride...

The picture above is from "The 10,000", a ride run by the Freeport Bicycle Co. In fairness, it's a bit more than 40 miles away:...
04-15-21, 08:53 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,291
Posted By Hiro11

Ah, location = Paris. Got it. Here's what...

Ah, location = Paris. Got it.

Here's what gravel riding looks like here in Illinois:...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,837
Posted By Hiro11

I run 28s tubeless on my road bike. I carry a...

I run 28s tubeless on my road bike. I carry a Stan's Dart in my jersey pocket, and a tube, two 16g cartridges and a PDW Shiny Object inflator. The Shiny Object is great because it has a knob that...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-21, 06:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,448
Posted By Hiro11

Wet lube like this needs to be applied carefully...

Wet lube like this needs to be applied carefully and sparingly. It looks to me like you've used far too much and not wiped off the excess. I would take the chain off and clean it and the drivetrain...
04-12-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,872
Posted By Hiro11

No idea when the name started. Given that most...

No idea when the name started. Given that most races in Europe, including Grand Tours, were held on gravel/dirt roads up until the 70s, it's hardly a new idea. Tom Ritchey has also talked extensively...
04-11-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,315
Posted By Hiro11

Essentially everything you buy likely has at...

Essentially everything you buy likely has at least some component that was made in China. Is it all junk?
04-11-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,315
Posted By Hiro11

What are you talking about? Giant carbon fiber...

What are you talking about? Giant carbon fiber frames are often cited as some of the highest quality carbon you can buy at any price point. Giant has some of the most advanced, vertically integrated...
04-09-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 7,108
Posted By Hiro11

A lot of what Jan Heine says jibes with my...

A lot of what Jan Heine says jibes with my experience and I happen to absolutely love Rene Herse tires... but I still tend to take what he says with a grain of salt. Who knows what the testing...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-21, 01:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,640
Posted By Hiro11

I use various types of Panaracer Gravelkings on a...

I use various types of Panaracer Gravelkings on a set of ENVE SES AR 4.5 wheels, which are hookless rims. These tires are on ENVE's approved list. Gravelkings are my favorite gravel tires anyway,...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-21, 08:27 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,233
Posted By Hiro11

1. Weight weenieism. For example, 200g of frame...

1. Weight weenieism. For example, 200g of frame weight doesn't matter, at all. Sacrificing durability to cut 200g off of a frame's weight is dumb. This is how you wind up with ultra expensive, tough...
04-07-21, 07:54 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,357
Posted By Hiro11

He doesn't say that at all. He says that for...

He doesn't say that at all. He says that for urban commuting, the omafiets is more practical and better suited to the task. He then goes through the features of the bike to bolster his case. I think...
04-06-21, 08:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 985
Posted By Hiro11

PD-540s or PD-M8100 if you're fancy. Both are...

PD-540s or PD-M8100 if you're fancy. Both are bulletproof and both are perfect for their intended purpose.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-21, 07:52 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,921
Posted By Hiro11

I bought a pair of the $80 Black Bibs Ultimate as...

I bought a pair of the $80 Black Bibs Ultimate as a low cost test. I really like these. The fit is really well sorted with good "support" (something too many shorts get wrong). I don't get chafed in...
04-05-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 534
Posted By Hiro11

Using the example of Finish Line Dry: Upsides:...

Using the example of Finish Line Dry:
Upsides: easy to apply without making a mess, keeps everything super clean, does not attract dirt, very easy to wash off and reapply
Downsides: doesn't last...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-21, 09:12 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,122
Posted By Hiro11

Totally agree. I've been tubeless on all bikes...

Totally agree. I've been tubeless on all bikes for three years. I'm never going back to tubes, for all the reasons you list. I've done probably 15 setups myself so far. At this point, I actually find...
04-02-21, 11:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 641
Posted By Hiro11

*spends $4,000 on a high performance road bike* ...

*spends $4,000 on a high performance road bike*
*has a hangup with cycling shorts and plans to wear baggies on a $4K road bike*
*thinks $70 is tough to swallow for a pair of shorts*

I'm not...
04-02-21, 06:48 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,532
Posted By Hiro11

In the US: Cyclists call it "cycling", everyone...

In the US:
Cyclists call it "cycling", everyone else calls it "biking"
Cyclists call themselves "cyclists", everyone else calls them "bikers" (or various other names)
Everyone calls it a "bike...
04-01-21, 09:24 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,324
Posted By Hiro11

Impossible to recommend tires as gravel varies so...

Impossible to recommend tires as gravel varies so widely. I ride slick tires in most dry conditions (either Rene Herse or Gravelking slicks), regardless of the size of the rocks. I use Gravelking SKs...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-31-21, 08:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,991
Posted By Hiro11

I'll review the helmets I own: 1. Kask...

I'll review the helmets I own:

1. Kask Utopia: aero road helmet

Upsides:
- really good ventilation, especially for a full aero helmet. No problem to wear this on really hot days.
- top build...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-31-21, 07:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,457
Posted By Hiro11

Lol. This is me as well with Panaracer...

Lol. This is me as well with Panaracer Gravelkings on my various gravel bikes:
"Let me try every other tire even though I know I like Gravelkings."

*tries every other tire*

"Well, that was...
03-31-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,776
Posted By Hiro11

The trails / bike paths here in the Chicago area...

The trails / bike paths here in the Chicago area are all crushed limestone. It's absolutely fantastic stuff for riding on: smooth enough for a road bike, drains water well, packs tightly. There's an...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-31-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,261
Posted By Hiro11

One tip: keep the Dart/pulg in your jersey...

One tip: keep the Dart/pulg in your jersey pocket. The last thing you want is to be fumbling around in a saddlebag while sealant is spraying everywhere and you're losing pressure.

I ride with a...
03-31-21, 08:22 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,011
Posted By Hiro11

What a fantastic idea for a thread.

What a fantastic idea for a thread.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-29-21, 06:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,267
Posted By Hiro11

I have a set of SES AR 4.5s. My understanding is...

I have a set of SES AR 4.5s. My understanding is this has to do with bead diameter, profile and stiffness. Giant, Zipp and Corima all sell hookless rims and all have published similar lists. I'll bet...
03-28-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,291
Posted By Hiro11

To generalize: - higher BB, the actual effect...

To generalize:
- higher BB, the actual effect this has on handling is debatable and I won't argue about it here
- steeper head angle and higher trail leading possibly to more responsive handling,...
03-28-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,223
Posted By Hiro11

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAYL5H46QnQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAYL5H46QnQ
03-27-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 8,073
Posted By Hiro11

Cheap good bikes exist, they are called "used...

Cheap good bikes exist, they are called "used mountain bikes". Regardless, I think a far bigger barrier than price is that most people either don't want to commute by bike or can't commute by bike....
03-27-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,223
Posted By Hiro11

My bikes all have names: - Eliot - my...

My bikes all have names:

- Eliot - my fatbike named after the FedEx delivery guy named Eliot who got scared in 1/2" of snow on delivery day and failed to deliver the bike, causing me to spend an...
03-25-21, 11:42 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,691
Posted By Hiro11

If I remember high school trigonometry, the...

If I remember high school trigonometry, the tangent of the angle of the grade is the percentage grade. For example, the tangent of 45 degrees is 1 (or 100%).
Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-21, 09:35 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,821
Posted By Hiro11

On my road bike I'm on my second set of 28mm...

On my road bike I'm on my second set of 28mm GP5000TLs tubeless at an extremely comfortable ~75psi. Maybe 7k miles total between the two (second set still going strong). No flats on either set, the...
03-10-21, 09:46 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,409
Posted By Hiro11

No, there is no way you can improve upon a 1986...

No, there is no way you can improve upon a 1986 Schwinn Traveler. This is true for elite crit racing, cross-continental loaded touring, Red Bull Rampage, underwater cycling, professional Keirin and...
03-10-21, 05:42 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,073
Posted By Hiro11

King Cage Stainless or Ti. Basically the perfect...

King Cage Stainless or Ti. Basically the perfect cages.

If you absolutely insist on a plastic cage:
Modern carbon road bikes: Elite Vico or the cheaper Custom Race Plus which looks and works...
03-10-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 224
Views: 8,856
Posted By Hiro11

Group riding is tricky. I only ride in road...

Group riding is tricky. I only ride in road groups that I know well. I only ride with people with similar experience levels, similar fitness and similar respect for the rules when compared to me. I'm...
03-09-21, 07:06 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,146
Posted By Hiro11

I have found that Lycra is far more sensible and...

I have found that Lycra is far more sensible and comfortable for fast XC-style rides through the stifling, airless woods on hot, humid days. I see the enduro bros sweating like pigs in baggies on my...
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