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Old 09-26-23, 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by jtaylor996
The suffering is about the same.

Better rides are out of town. Dallas itself sucks pretty hard. Gets nicer and hilly not too far away.

In spring there are some really good rides in rolling hills with wildflowers as far as the eye can see.
The ride around White Rock Lake is pretty good for an urban ride. Otherwise, get outa town. I'm 5 minutes by bike from some really nice country roads with those flowers, longhorns, horses, llamas, goats, and other livestock.
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Old 09-26-23, 05:13 PM
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Are Shimano SPD pedals harder to clip in to then SPD SL?

Currently that is what happening to me.
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Old 09-26-23, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Are Shimano SPD pedals harder to clip in to then SPD SL?

Currently that is what happening to me.
no.

I use spd on mountain because you can actually walk in them if you need. itís not uncommon in MTB to look at a feature and just say ďF thatĒÖ and walk/climb past.

Might be a gravel consideration for you. But maybe not.

also, I think you can adjust play and tension. Thereís a break in period where itís harder.

the spd I use are like this:
https://www.jensonusa.com/Shimano-XTR-PD-M9120-SPD-Pedals

they are 2 sided but still can be used if you canít clip in quick enough since thereís some ďflatĒ real estate there as well. I doubt thatís gonna matter for gravel, though.

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Old 09-26-23, 06:19 PM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Are Shimano SPD pedals harder to clip in to then SPD SL?

Currently that is what happening to me.
Not harder to clip in but harder to find the sweet spot until you get used to it. Like, if you're off a little it won't click. With road pedals once you get the toe end close you can stomp on it.
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Originally Posted by jtaylor996
no.

I use spd on mountain because you can actually walk in them if you need. itís not uncommon in MTB to look at a feature and just say ďF thatĒÖ and walk/climb past.

Might be a gravel consideration for you. But maybe not.

also, I think you can adjust play and tension. Thereís a break in period where itís harder.

the spd I use are like this:
https://www.jensonusa.com/Shimano-XT...120-SPD-Pedals

they are 2 sided but still can be used if you canít clip in quick enough since thereís some ďflatĒ real estate there as well. I doubt thatís gonna matter for gravel, though.

Wife bought be some with shoes with the check point. I put them on the bike yesterday and could not clip in. I only had like 10 mins to play with it but it was enough for me to take them back off for now.
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Old 09-26-23, 07:28 PM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Wife bought be some with shoes with the check point. I put them on the bike yesterday and could not clip in. I only had like 10 mins to play with it but it was enough for me to take them back off for now.
Did you loosen up the tension adjuster?
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Originally Posted by big john
Did you loosen up the tension adjuster?

I did not.
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Old 09-26-23, 07:40 PM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
I did not.
I always loosen it as far as it will go. It's still secure and easier to get in and out of. If I ride SPD pedals in the wet they get sticky when they dry. I spray the whole pedal with WD-40.
You probably just need a little practice. They do feel quite different than road pedals.

And make sure the rubber from the sole isn't interfering with the cleat. This can happen, especially with shoes that you have to cut the sole for access to the holes.
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Well thatís extremely frustrating. Woke up at 3 am for no reason. Alarm goes off and the first thing I do is check the radar and the weather forecast, everything looks good I get up and drink some caffeine. Master bedroom faces the woods so I cant see road conditions and our house is at the bottom of a hill so I canít see road conditions from downstairs. Anyways, drink caffeine, get kitted up. This morning itís 58 degrees, so I opted for arm warmers, leg warmer, and a gilet. Get the bike all set up. Quietly open the garage door manually and instantly hear rain. Itís a steady drizzle. So I decided iíll wait it out, as I am standing there it starts coming down even heavier. So I grudgingly close the garage door quietly and call it quits. Nothing in the radar, nothing in the forecast. SMH. We have been stuck with low clouds for days, with spitting rain, this was the hardest yet. Todays schedule is packed so getting a ride in will be impossible.

Last night I threw an 80 mm stem on the 58 check point, lowered the stem 10mm, I still have 20 underneath it. Put smaller road bars on it, rewrapped the bars ( my best one yet) and put the superteams on it. Was looking forward to riding it today with road wheels.

I promised a friend of mine I would sell him my superteams for his CAAD. Heís getting a pretty good deal. 200 for the wheels with a brand new cassette and brand new GP5000 30 mm tires. This was all planned before I had the checkpoint, now I kind of wish I wasnít selling. I would love to have a spare set of road wheels to throw on this tank just to ride it whenever. Realistically, Unless I go on a gravel specific ride during the day like I did a couple weeks ago, my gravel days are very limited with the sun taking longer to come up. I def donít want to ride unknown gravel roads in pitch black darkness.
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Old 09-27-23, 03:28 AM
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Originally Posted by big john
I always loosen it as far as it will go. It's still secure and easier to get in and out of. If I ride SPD pedals in the wet they get sticky when they dry. I spray the whole pedal with WD-40.
You probably just need a little practice. They do feel quite different than road pedals.

And make sure the rubber from the sole isn't interfering with the cleat. This can happen, especially with shoes that you have to cut the sole for access to the holes.

Good to know, will def do that. Iím going to keep road pedals on it for now, will put the SPD pedals on it when I am actually doing gravel riding. Mainly because I have garmin rally SPd SL pedals, and I feel naked without my power numbers. I blame whyfi.
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Old 09-27-23, 08:18 AM
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Slow morning. Everyone must have quit riding bikes for pickle ball.
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Slow morning. Everyone must have quit riding bikes for pickle ball.
Dill or bread and butter?
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We had a really good midweek ride. It’s definitely feeling like fall and I wore not only my gilet but also leg warmers.
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I don’t follow baseball very closely like when I was a kid, but mrs datlas is a Phillies fan so I try to keep up.

I am aware of the recent changes like pitch clock and DH in the NL.

I was totally unaware of the “zombie runner” rule for extra innings.

I was listening to the game last night and when it went to the 10th inning, the lead off batter walked and there were runners on 1st and 2nd. I figured I had a brain fart, but when a mystery runner was mentioned again in the bottom of the 10th inning I knew something new was going on. Googled it and learned about it.

I am old fashioned so I personally do not agree with DH or pitch clock or zombie runners, but I accept these changes which I imagine make the game more interesting for the fans.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Slow morning. Everyone must have quit riding bikes for pickle ball.
I rode about a mile and a half. Super smoky out there this morning as we've got two fires burning up here.
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Originally Posted by datlas
I donít follow baseball very closely like when I was a kid, but mrs datlas is a Phillies fan so I try to keep up.

I am aware of the recent changes like pitch clock and DH in the NL.

I was totally unaware of the ďzombie runnerĒ rule for extra innings.

I was listening to the game last night and when it went to the 10th inning, the lead off batter walked and there were runners on 1st and 2nd. I figured I had a brain fart, but when a mystery runner was mentioned again in the bottom of the 10th inning I knew something new was going on. Googled it and learned about it.

I am old fashioned so I personally do not agree with DH or pitch clock or zombie runners, but I accept these changes which I imagine make the game more interesting for the fans.
It took me several extra innings games before I stopped yelling "what the hell, how'd he get on second, what did I miss?!?!?"
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Originally Posted by rjones28
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Dill. What's the difference between pickle ball and paddle tennis?
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I was totally unaware of the “zombie runner” rule for extra innings.
I'll be dipped! This is the first I have heard of it. Haven't watched a baseball game in years. Used to go to Dodger games with a drinking buddy in the 80s.

I imagine the rule was to try and get the game over with. The games can get stupid long. I wonder how much the pitch clock helped?

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Today I rode around for a while and when I went by the disc golf course there was a guy with a handful of new discs to show the players. He was rattling off tech specs and telling them how they could help their game.
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Originally Posted by datlas
I am old fashioned so I personally do not agree with DH or pitch clock or zombie runners, but I accept these changes which I imagine make the game more interesting for the fans.
The pitch clock was long overdue and needed. Shortened the game by 25-30 minutes, and more importantly shortened the dead time where nothing happens.
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We had a really good midweek ride. Itís definitely feeling like fall and I wore not only my gilet but also leg warmers.
But no shorts or jersey? Daring!
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But no shorts or jersey? Daring!
Maybe not. Depends on the number of leg warmers.
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