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03-26-22, 12:48 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,638
Posted By scubaman

Search the web for "cannondale headshock rigid...

Search the web for "cannondale headshock rigid conversion". Looks.like it's feasible but not entirely straightforward.

However, if the headshock is still functional, maybe try it first? I agree...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-26-22, 12:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 653
Posted By scubaman

Wow, that seems really scary - at least if any of...

Wow, that seems really scary - at least if any of the lower part of a dropper post were to extend above the seat clamp and thus be directly weight-bearing. But I'm not an engineer.
03-26-22, 12:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 685
Posted By scubaman

The way I read the gospel of Jan Heine - which I...

The way I read the gospel of Jan Heine - which I too follow - is that wider tires at lower pressure is *also* about speed. I think people found it fairly intuitive that lower pressure could increase...
03-25-22, 04:21 AM
Replies: 7,358
Views: 3,192,809
Posted By scubaman

Thanks! I'm using Gevanelle long-pull levers with...

Thanks! I'm using Gevanelle long-pull levers with a shifter on the right for 1x 11-speed Shimano XT rear derailleur. I'm a big fan of Gevenalle brake/shift levers. They're cheaper, lighter and more...
03-22-22, 05:33 PM
Replies: 7,358
Views: 3,192,809
Posted By scubaman

My gravel/bikepacking/everything-but-singletrack ...

My gravel/bikepacking/everything-but-singletrack bike in its newly completed form. Originally a 26" MTB frame by Interloc Racing Designs from the early 2000s, which I bought used online just before...
03-13-22, 04:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 873
Posted By scubaman

My friends and I have done mixed-surface...

My friends and I have done mixed-surface bikepacking on 26 x 2.3Ē slicks, Renť Herse Rat Trap Pass (in several different casing styles). And Iíve done even more of that on 650b x 48mm slicks, also...
03-12-22, 05:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 932
Posted By scubaman

Vintge rigid MTBs can make pretty terrific gravel...

Vintge rigid MTBs can make pretty terrific gravel bikes. See elsewhere in these forums for 1000s (!) of examples of such bikes converted to drop bar.
03-10-22, 01:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 933
Posted By scubaman

Assuming that you're using your current crank,...

Assuming that you're using your current crank, and that you want to mount your 1x chainring in what was originally the position of the middle chainring (for chain line), then you may not be able to...
01-03-22, 07:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,175
Posted By scubaman

Aside from the wheels, consider upgrading the...

Aside from the wheels, consider upgrading the tires! Wider tires - if you arenít already at max clearance - will be more comfortable, more versatile, and more forgiving of potholes etc. If the bike...
01-03-22, 07:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,304
Posted By scubaman

The most important thing to me would be fit,...

The most important thing to me would be fit, especially for your wife since sheís new to cycling. I think that argues very strongly for only considering bikes youíre able to try before you buy.
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12-25-21, 02:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,510
Posted By scubaman

Big +1 for Gevenalle brifters, which are...

Big +1 for Gevenalle brifters, which are literally Microshift bar end shifters mounted to the front of Tektro (mechanical) or TRP (hydraulic) brake levers. Or you can fit your own downtube shifters,...
12-18-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,070
Posted By scubaman

Bont cycling shoes - road and mountain - have...

Bont cycling shoes - road and mountain - have completely rigid (and heat-moldable) soles.
12-18-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 637
Posted By scubaman

Try here?...

Try here? https://bikepacking.com/index/29-plus-bikes/
11-25-21, 10:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 443
Posted By scubaman

Iím pretty certain you can buy the parts from...

Iím pretty certain you can buy the parts from Chris King to convert that hub to 135mm, and perhaps also to 142mm through axle. Either way, Iíd think the wheel would need to be re-dished.

You...
11-16-21, 10:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,876
Posted By scubaman

In my experience, Dinotte makes the best rear...

In my experience, Dinotte makes the best rear lights available, including because their mounts keep the light pointed where it should be. Expensive, but a purchase I'm glad I made every time I use...
11-13-21, 01:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,391
Posted By scubaman

And here is an alternative to Road ID: ...

And here is an alternative to Road ID:

https://www.crashtag.me/

I donít know the terms for using their app; nor its functionality, beyond that one can store various types of personal info.
11-13-21, 01:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,391
Posted By scubaman

Another option is Specialized's Angi crash...

Another option is Specialized's Angi crash sensor:

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/angi

This can be attached to most helmets - I put them on road and MTB POC helmets. The associated app is...
10-06-21, 04:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 566
Posted By scubaman

+1 that your intended uses matter. From following...

+1 that your intended uses matter. From following DCRainmaker reviews over the years, many/most watch-based HRMs are reasonably accurate during non-exercise use, but not very accurate during...
09-28-21, 05:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 852
Posted By scubaman

Sent via USPS priority mail.

Sent via USPS priority mail.
09-23-21, 05:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 329
Posted By scubaman

In my experience with Cyclemeter, sometimes my...

In my experience with Cyclemeter, sometimes my HRM started dropping out when its battery was getting low.
09-23-21, 05:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 546
Posted By scubaman

As others have written, a older rigid MTB checks...

As others have written, a older rigid MTB checks all these boxes (except they have cantilever or linear pull/V brakes, not calipers, since calipers mainly donít have clearance for wide tires). Even...
Replies: 28
Views: 3,475
Posted By scubaman

I expect this is correct, but those are quite big...

I expect this is correct, but those are quite big rotors for a road bike, and for sure Iíd recommend you confirm with the builder that the fork is designed for this. Iíve seen (and own) forks that...
Replies: 28
Views: 3,475
Posted By scubaman

+1. If the new steel fork is well-made, I doubt...

+1. If the new steel fork is well-made, I doubt itíll feel very different.
09-21-21, 11:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 807
Posted By scubaman

Correct - some hubs are *not* thru axle...

Correct - some hubs are *not* thru axle compatible. Some hubs can be converted between QR and thru axle (and between different thru axle standards, such as between 12mm and 15mm thru axles), but not...
09-19-21, 12:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 852
Posted By scubaman

DM me? I have a Garmin Edge Touring I donít use...

DM me? I have a Garmin Edge Touring I donít use (I switched to a Wahoo ELEMNT, and canít imagine switching back), and would be happy for someone else to use for the cost of postage.
09-19-21, 12:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,039
Posted By scubaman

FWIW, I used a Wahoo RFLKT for several years,...

FWIW, I used a Wahoo RFLKT for several years, with a heart rate strap and the Cyclemeter app on my iPhone. It worked fine for me. However, I did not try to use it for navigation. I first used a...
09-16-21, 02:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,998
Posted By scubaman

For me, Jones bars donít offer a position like...

For me, Jones bars donít offer a position like being on the hoods on a drop bar, but of course they do offer various other positions. If you want that, you could try SQLabís Innerbarends,...
09-16-21, 07:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 807
Posted By scubaman

Just to be clear, you should use a cassette with...

Just to be clear, you should use a cassette with the same number of cogs (9 speed, 10 speed, etc). And yes, itíd be simplest if you also use a cassette with the same tooth range (e.g., 11-34)....
09-16-21, 03:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 705
Posted By scubaman

My vote is generally for the widest tires you can...

My vote is generally for the widest tires you can fit in the frame & fork. And I donít think you need to worry much about rim width - see, e.g.,...
09-16-21, 03:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,162
Posted By scubaman

Lower pressures will definitely help! Even 45 PSI...

Lower pressures will definitely help! Even 45 PSI may well be more than you need. For reference, I ride 650b x 48mm tires at 2 bar, or around 30 PSI, on all kinds of surfaces. You could check out the...
09-16-21, 03:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,998
Posted By scubaman

Iíve used Jones bars on my fat bike, and for...

Iíve used Jones bars on my fat bike, and for several conversions of 1990s MTB frames into gravel bikes that Iíve built for myself and friends. I used the 2.5 bars on the conversions to increase rise,...
Replies: 25
Views: 3,651
Posted By scubaman

FWIW, I would recommend getting something that...

FWIW, I would recommend getting something that can fit, say, 700c x 38mm tires. One does not need to get something from the BQ school for this to be worthwhile; see, e.g., all current Trek Domane...
08-18-21, 08:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,293
Posted By scubaman

I've set them up both/all ways: tubeless with...

I've set them up both/all ways: tubeless with Stan's tubeless rims; tubeless with a Velocity Dyad rim (which I think Velocity says are not tubeless-ready, but which has worked for me with Stan's...
08-17-21, 02:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,293
Posted By scubaman

Renť Herse Rat Trap Pass are wonderful tires....

Renť Herse Rat Trap Pass are wonderful tires. Iíve ridden them on day and bikepacking rides on mixed surfaces for >5 years, and Iíve built up bikes for friends with them who have done the same. They...
08-17-21, 02:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 659
Posted By scubaman

+1 for using the widest tires that will fit,...

+1 for using the widest tires that will fit, which I think is 38mm.

Renť Herse Barlow Pass are 38mm and are lovely on road and dirt:...
08-15-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,259
Posted By scubaman

Unless the bike is meant mainly for fast paceline...

Unless the bike is meant mainly for fast paceline rides or road racing, I always recommend getting a bike that can fit at least 38mm tires. For me, 38mm is kind of the minimum sensible for mixed...
08-15-21, 10:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,484
Posted By scubaman

Both of these would surely be lovely. I...

Both of these would surely be lovely. I personally prefer 853, all else comparable, because it's fairly light, feels good to ride, and it's pretty much bulletproof. A decent 853 frame should last...
08-13-21, 10:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,191
Posted By scubaman

If that's the goal, my vote is to prioritize...

If that's the goal, my vote is to prioritize being able to fit wider tires. (For any goal, bike fit is a priority.) From the photo, I agree it looks like 650b is not likely to help with wider tires....
08-13-21, 05:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,890
Posted By scubaman

IDK why everyone votes Sphynx. Elsewhere on Bike...

IDK why everyone votes Sphynx. Elsewhere on Bike Forums is a thread with literally hundreds of people posting about their drop bar conversions of old 26" MTBs. If the Rockhopper fits you now with the...
06-13-21, 07:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,104
Posted By scubaman

Maybe Microshift Acolyte 8-Speed 1x?...

Maybe Microshift Acolyte 8-Speed 1x? https://bikerumor.com/2020/09/10/microshift-acolyte-1-x-8-speed-group-for-mountain-bikes-brings-riding-back-to-basics/

Can't tell from the photos & specs on...
05-26-21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,627
Posted By scubaman

Dinotte quad red,...

Dinotte quad red, https://store.dinottelighting.com/mobile/2020-quad-red-taillight-with-built-in-battery-p111.aspx

it comes with a bunch of mounts, including for seat stays. Expensive, but it...
05-07-21, 08:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,817
Posted By scubaman

Me too. I have a lovely road bike that I never...

Me too. I have a lovely road bike that I never ride, because it only fits 28mm tires. My drop bar gravel bike fits 48mm tires, and I use it for all the same routes I spent years riding on my road...
05-04-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,267
Posted By scubaman

I've had good experience with the Stan's Dart...

I've had good experience with the Stan's Dart tool, including patching a friend's tire that had a hole in the sidewall. I happen also to use Stan's sealant, but I'm sure the Dart plugs work with...
05-03-21, 01:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,139
Posted By scubaman

+1 for this approach. Iíve found slicks to be...

+1 for this approach. Iíve found slicks to be fine on all types of gravel; but less good on dirt/mud and on wet leaves etc. Pretty much everything is bad on sand; and I use studded tires on ice and...
05-03-21, 01:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,575
Posted By scubaman

I switched my gravel/bikepacking bike last year...

I switched my gravel/bikepacking bike last year from Shimano XTR SPD pedals to the EH-500 pedals for versatility, and Iíve been very happy. Iím not a beginner - Iíve used SPDs almost since they were...
04-27-21, 11:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,734
Posted By scubaman

+1. I use 36 front, 11 speed 11-42 rear for...

+1. I use 36 front, 11 speed 11-42 rear for gravel/bikepacking (and may switch to 34 front and/or 11-46 rear); 38 front, 11 speed 11-34 rear for casual/solo road, including Tour de France mountains...
04-25-21, 11:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,525
Posted By scubaman

With the caveat that I've never designed a bike...

With the caveat that I've never designed a bike frame: designing for an Ultegra crank (=68mm bottom bracket shell width) seems like it might limit your maximum tire size, because the chain ring(s)...
04-20-21, 02:02 PM
Replies: 911
Views: 255,477
Posted By scubaman

I use something like this 6 x 50mm seatpost...

I use something like this 6 x 50mm seatpost binder from Dimension: https://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=918

In principle, you could use an M6 bolt of appropriate length...
04-17-21, 08:39 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 13,055
Posted By scubaman

I have 36 front, 11 speed 11-42 rear (650b X...

I have 36 front, 11 speed 11-42 rear (650b X 48mm). The person I ride with most has 34 front, 11-42 rear. No, we can't bomb downhill, but basically above 30mph we're not interested in pedaling...
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