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Old 06-29-21, 05:07 AM
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You have to throw away all your bikes and buy a gravel bike.
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Old 06-29-21, 05:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Flatforkcrown View Post
-25mm is a small road tire.
- disc brakes start 20 page threads
-allez omi-opi
Is that what her sign read?
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Old 06-29-21, 05:19 AM
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Quoting "The Rules" now marks you immediately as a tool.
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Old 06-29-21, 05:23 AM
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People no longer obsess about bike weight. And flat bar bikes are now cool. And some people donít know how to drink from water bottles.

Go into hiding for another 5 years and maybe the ship will have righted itself by then.
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Old 06-29-21, 05:27 AM
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Originally Posted by kahn View Post
Quick release is over. It has seen its day. And until I got a new bike about three months ago, I never knew from through axles. No skewer. A cylinder that goes through on fork (front) and has threads that screw into the opposite fork. Same idea for the rear.

QR isn't even close to over. It's still on the vast majority of new bikes. Thru axle is showing up because it's supposed to be better for disc brakes, although that appears to be controversial.
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Old 06-29-21, 05:28 AM
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There's no new bikes right now.
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Old 06-29-21, 05:34 AM
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The industry continues to change for the sake of change with not much in the way of improvement. New axle types and widths. Ever changing bottom bracket standards. New shifting systems that are incompatible with old stuff. The list goes on. All marketing gimickry and planned obsolescence. People will argue with this post.

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Old 06-29-21, 05:51 AM
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Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
you have to throw away all your bikes and get on a waiting list to buy a gravel bike.
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Old 06-29-21, 06:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
The industry continues to change for the sake of change with not much in the way of improvement. Ne axle types and widths. Ever changing bottom bracket standards. New shifting systems that are incompatible with old stuff. The list goes on. All marketing gimickry and planned obsolescence. People will argue with this post.
Yeah, kind of realizing that. Maybe technology peaked a few years ago.
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Old 06-29-21, 06:11 AM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
There's no new bikes right now.
Not surprising. Boats, jetskis, motorcycles, cars....everything is in short supply. When I dropped my bike off at the shop yesterday I was surprised to see only about 4 bikes in the whole place (all of them were $3000+).
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Old 06-29-21, 06:14 AM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
QR isn't even close to over. It's still on the vast majority of new bikes. Thru axle is showing up because it's supposed to be better for disc brakes, although that appears to be controversial.
This seems like exactly the kid of subject that would generate a 50 page thread on. I assume people still argue every nit-noid detail to the bitter end. Watched some videos on the thru-axels last night and don't see a real benefit. Never had an issue with the QR on my wheels.
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Old 06-29-21, 06:15 AM
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Is my 2011 SRAM Rival shifter still considered sufficient?
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Old 06-29-21, 06:44 AM
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Originally Posted by pgjackson View Post
Is my 2011 SRAM Rival shifter still considered sufficient?
That will depend upon who you ask. Some will tell you anything short of electronic shifting is insufficient. In my mind, if it gets the job done without a lot of fuss, it is sufficient.
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Old 06-29-21, 06:44 AM
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QR Axles are slowly going away. Soon everything except low end entry level bikes will be thru axle.

As I predicted a few years ago...Disc brakes now dominate the Tour de France and the majority of road bikes now sold.
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Old 06-29-21, 06:45 AM
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We finally have an Early Brifter Subforum.
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Old 06-29-21, 07:30 AM
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Forum members have finally reached a consensus on how steering / counter steering works on bikes.
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Old 06-29-21, 07:58 AM
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Five years ago I wouldn't have thought I'd own a road bike with disc brakes. Now I own one, I like the disc brakes.

However I'm having doubts now that like my refrigerator, they require roughly $80 to be spent on them annually. (2 water filters, 1 set of pads front and back)
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Looks like the titanium thing is the new rage. CF was the big deal not too long ago.
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Old 06-29-21, 08:18 AM
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On the twelfth day back on the site, bikeforums gave to me:
12 brand new chain lubes
11 best clothing threads
10 better tires
9 best gravel bikes
8 sweaty helmets
7 lightest bicycles
6 where do you ride?
5 comfortable saddles
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3 improved brake pads
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Old 06-29-21, 08:31 AM
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Old dudes are threatened by any sort of innovation or change.

Oh wait, you were asking for what was new and different. My bad.
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Originally Posted by pgjackson View Post
Not sure what that is.
An axle that is a glorified bolt. Screws right into one side of the fork. As you might expect from a bolt, they're pretty simple and work great, especially for disk brake bikes.
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Old 06-29-21, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by paul barnard View Post
the industry continues to change for the sake of change with not much in the way of improvement. Ne axle types and widths. Ever changing bottom bracket standards. New shifting systems that are incompatible with old stuff. The list goes on. All marketing gimickry and planned obsolescence. People will argue with this post.
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Looks like the titanium thing is the new rage. CF was the big deal not too long ago.
I don't think it's the rage. Only a select few are smart enough to have it figured out.
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Old 06-29-21, 09:14 AM
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I don't think it's the rage. Only a select few are smart enough to have it figured out.
And they figured it out 35 years ago..

If anything Ti is less trendy than it was 5 years ago

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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
The industry continues to change for the sake of change with not much in the way of improvement. New axle types and widths. Ever changing bottom bracket standards. New shifting systems that are incompatible with old stuff. The list goes on. All marketing gimickry and planned obsolescence. People will argue with this post.
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