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Old 06-12-22, 03:33 PM
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I got the vid. So far a nasty head ache, a stupid cough, and random chills.
Whoa! Take it easy and I hope it isn’t too bad a case!
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So something along the lines of Panaracer Gravelking? Or is that still too “tready” for mix of tarmac and gravel??
Did I miss a NBD?
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Old 06-12-22, 03:49 PM
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For some reason, today the Litespeed felt better, and faster, than at any time in the 1200 miles I've ridden it so far. Too many possible variables to be sure, and no reason it has to be just one. Since Friday's ride - which felt good but not THIS good - I have:
  • Raised the saddle 3mm and moved it back about the same, to match the Canyon which always seems to be my fastest bike.
  • swapped out the Corsas for GP5Ks. And about time too! After 1100 miles, the tread on the rear is delaminating at the edges. . I only paid $33 a piece, so I guess you get what you pay for.
  • Spent a good 15 minutes trying to get the Fulcrum hubs adjusted to exactly the point just before you can feel play in them.
That's the bike. The other variable was the weather, which was about 70 most of the way, so I didn't overheat. Winds could have been better - I spent a LOT of the northbound trip either out on the tops of the hoods or in the drops. Speaking of which, I was comfortable out on top of the hoods with 90 degree bent arms, for quite a lot of time. Same thing on the hoods.

I gotta say, the Litespeed feels dialed. FINALLY it's what I was hoping it would be.
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Old 06-12-22, 05:01 PM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Ah - okay. Looking at them, the SS - long blocks on the shoulders, file tread down the middle - is actually what I'd use unless I thought that it was going to get muddy, then it'd be the SK.
Ah, ok. 'Round Texas way the SK is the default. Likely a local conditions thing.
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Boy this is a long Sunday and it's still too hot to go outdoors. Think I'll watch The Expanse a second time through.
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Old 06-12-22, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Ah, ok. 'Round Texas way the SK is the default. Likely a local conditions thing.
Our gravel crushes and packs pretty well; I think it's primarily limestone. There can be a loose top layer, particularly when it's fresh, but tread doesn't really help much with that. It also doesn't get muddy when wet, so aggressive tread only hinders on the fast sections and doesn't really help much otherwise. Wet dirt trails, like the river bottoms, or a CX course? Yeah, the more knobby the more better.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
I got the vid. So far a nasty head ache, a stupid cough, and random chills.
Sorry. It should get you some paid time off.
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Old 06-12-22, 06:02 PM
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Did I miss a NBD?
Nah, I have had a CX bike for a few years. Rode it on wet tarmac today and noted it is rather slow.
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No indeed, which is why I have a 290N inflatable. I was also told long ago that I would die first and my mates would eat me, but there’s another shrimp on this crew too and he’s a year or two older, so I might get to taste a little “long pig” myself if we get into an Essex situation.
Well, hope it all works out in a way that doesn’t disappoint you!
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Had dinner at the Dallas version of Carbone. Stuffed!

Dined at the New York related restaurant, The Grill, for my wife’s 50th.

Those guys know how to put on a restaurant!
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We have 77 OLED in the family room, 80 LED in the “media” room, 65 OLED in the workout room, and 46 LED in the bedroom. Go big or go home!
my kid mounted his tv on a wall mount that pulls down and out and will pivot

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That your GT4?
I wish

The only 'real' Porsche in the house is my kid's mid 80's F1 Porsche / TAG piston lol
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But you have tubes!

What do they power?
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No indeed, which is why I have a 290N inflatable. I was also told long ago that I would die first and my mates would eat me, but there’s another shrimp on this crew too and he’s a year or two older, so I might get to taste a little “long pig” myself if we get into an Essex situation.
Captain: Listen... chaps... there's still a chance. I'm... done for, I've got a gammy leg and I'm going fast; I'll never get through. But some of you might. So... you'd better eat me.

Crew: Eat you, sir?

Captain: Yes. Eat me.

Crew: Iiuuhh! With a gammy leg?

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But you have tubes!

What do they power?


clock !
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Wow, apparently Lake Superior was smooth as glass Friday.

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Nah, I have had a CX bike for a few years. Rode it on wet tarmac today and noted it is rather slow.
Yep. Mine is too. Weighs a ton.
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Ick. I had that level of chain drop/suck once so bad I had to get picked up by a shop and they had to PULL THE CRANK to fix it.
It's surprising how many things having your crank pulled can fix...
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Yep. Mine is too. Weighs a ton.
The interesting observation from yesterday is that I cannot blame the weight, as the CX bike and my Habanero both weigh in somewhere around 19-20 pounds. I am pretty sure the main reason why mine is so slow on the road is rolling resistance from CX tires. That said, I ride it so rarely I am not rushing out to buy new slick tires for it. But one of these days....
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The interesting observation from yesterday is that I cannot blame the weight, as the CX bike and my Habanero both weigh in somewhere around 19-20 pounds. I am pretty sure the main reason why mine is so slow on the road is rolling resistance from CX tires. That said, I ride it so rarely I am not rushing out to buy new slick tires for it. But one of these days....
Yeah, I have ridden mine on 36mm gravel and 25mm road tires and it makes a huge difference, but it's still pretty slow, which I attribute to weight and aerodynamics.
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