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    I agree with this. In an earlier post, someone...

    I agree with this. In an earlier post, someone mentioned climbing "1000 ft in 10 miles" (same as 100 ft per mile), which works out to less than a 2% average grade. Yes, even a gentle grade like 2%...
  2. One issue in this particular subforum is that...

    One issue in this particular subforum is that many who have been here for a while -- such as myself for 12 years -- were a lot closer to 50yo when we joined and now have a bit less in common with...
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    I've gone on a couple of the tours offered by...

    I've gone on a couple of the tours offered by Buckeye Country Roads and enjoyed them both!
  4. I'm also thinking about a 56cm Z4 Disc, but...

    I'm also thinking about a 56cm Z4 Disc, but probably for later this year or early next. IOW, a 2016. It's always surprising to me how they can run out of popular models so quickly. You'd think they...
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    I'll have to check that out, as the bike I'm...

    I'll have to check that out, as the bike I'm considering comes with a Force 22 setup. The question is if the Force 1 rear derailleur that I'd have to use is compatible (i.e., same pull) with the...
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    Extra-low road gearing

    I make no excuses for the fact that, approaching 70yo, I need a true road bike "granny gear" for the hills. My current aging bike has a 105 triple where I replaced the OEM 30T inner ring with a 24T...
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    Thanks for the review -- it is always helpful. I...

    Thanks for the review -- it is always helpful. I went over the geometry specs, comparing it to my current bikes, and concluded that the 56cm is a very close match (5'11", 158lbs). Still might need to...
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    Sticky: As I found out recently, scoring well on a stress...

    As I found out recently, scoring well on a stress test does not necessarily mean a clean bill of health. I took a "fitness evaluation" program at a local hospital that did the whole works:...
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    The geometry is a bit different. Mainly, the...

    The geometry is a bit different. Mainly, the CrossRip has a rather long top tube for a given frame size, which has caused some to go down a size from their usual (e.g., a 54 instead of a 56). And...
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    Yes -- one of the reasons I'm interested in it.

    Yes -- one of the reasons I'm interested in it.
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    Thanks for the suggestion -- I'll do that when...

    Thanks for the suggestion -- I'll do that when I'm ready to pull the trigger. As far as sizing, the geometry is not that far off two other road bikes that I own, so I can actually make a really good...
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    Trek 720 Disc - Where are they?

    I've been looking to replace my old "light touring" bike (based on a Specialized Sequoia with beaucoup upgrades) with something fresher and with the latest components (disc brakes, drivetrain, etc.)....
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    Sticky: I also doubt it's "short cage." Your bike has the...

    I also doubt it's "short cage." Your bike has the latest trend in gearing that has an 11-32 tooth spread on the cassette as opposed to the 12-27 that came on my last road bike with a similar crank....
  14. Thread: hills vs. rpms

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    You're right, and I was getting a bit OT on this...

    You're right, and I was getting a bit OT on this thread. I agree with you, and really this is what a higher cadence is all about. For some reason these days, I find standing on the pedals to be...
  15. Thread: hills vs. rpms

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    I've been chasing the "ideal gearing" setup and...

    I've been chasing the "ideal gearing" setup and it's what keeps me from getting a new bike. We don't have many hills in this area, so it's hard for me to get conditioned to climbing. But the hills...
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    Sticky: That would require a rear derailleur change since...

    That would require a rear derailleur change since I currently have the short-cage model. Also, the disadvantage to going with a wide-ratio cassette is that there is more spacing between cogs. One...
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    Sticky: Thanks. I'd be interested in knowing about what...

    Thanks. I'd be interested in knowing about what they call an "additional climbing gear".

    I have one bike with a triple chainring and an 11-27 cassette that I really needed more on some rare...
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    Sticky: Just out of interest as I search for the...

    Just out of interest as I search for the "perfect" drivetrain for myself, what is your "new granny gear"? Are you running a compact 50x34 crank with a 11x32 cassette?
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    Sticky: Unfortunately, at 68 I'm still as competitive as...

    Unfortunately, at 68 I'm still as competitive as ever. I say "unfortunately" because it's what's led to my recent string of injury problems (running-related, not from biking). Back when I was a...
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    Sticky: I have a similar bike (Specialized Crosstrail),...

    I have a similar bike (Specialized Crosstrail), and wanted to raise the bars a bit. If you're not worried about weight and aesthetics, what worked for me was an adjustable stem that I picked up at...
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    Sticky: I did one a couple years ago (5K-20K-5K) and...

    I did one a couple years ago (5K-20K-5K) and might do it again in June if my running injury is healed by then. The best advice I can give -- and which I'll follow myself this time! -- is to pace...
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    Sticky: Wow, not much up that way -- it's pretty rural...

    Wow, not much up that way -- it's pretty rural throughout the Thumb. Port Huron is the closest city and even there I don't see much. The closest decent-looking shop is actually in Sarnia, but that...
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    Sticky: I don't know, Ron. "Kicks my butt" isn't much of...

    I don't know, Ron. "Kicks my butt" isn't much of a description of what issues you're having with the bike. Care to elaborate?
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    by DougG
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    Yeah, up to now I've been looking at the...

    Yeah, up to now I've been looking at the CrossRip, especially since it comes with those auxiliary brake levers that I like so much on my current bike (brakes readily to hand when tooling around on...
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    I rode it on a group tour (Wilderness Voyageurs)...

    I rode it on a group tour (Wilderness Voyageurs) in early June and the weather was comfortable. We rode the length of the GAP and C&O in a 6-day blitz and had good weather all the way except for the...
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