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05-25-22, 07:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 108
Posted By zen_

Zipp XPLR 70 is one of the few gravel bars with a...

Zipp XPLR 70 is one of the few gravel bars with a small amount of flare (5 degrees) so the shifters don't get ridiculous, but with more outsweep on the drops. Reach is 70mm, drop is 115mm, but the...
05-22-22, 06:29 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 493
Posted By zen_

I have been adding 50g of PTFE powder to 1 pound...

I have been adding 50g of PTFE powder to 1 pound of wax (the powder comes in grams, the wax is just Gulf canning wax in 1 pound bricks). In the interest of being more environmentally friendly though,...
05-21-22, 09:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 493
Posted By zen_

2 quart with 1 pound of wax = 2, maybe 3 chains...

2 quart with 1 pound of wax = 2, maybe 3 chains when the wax is full.

Having multiple cheap chains is a great way to do the waxing so you can just kinda assembly line a bunch (right now I have 3...
05-19-22, 08:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 470
Posted By zen_

YMMV with the durability of any electronic...

YMMV with the durability of any electronic device, but I have not noticed any drop off with the Dice 50 TL from two years of heavy use. I still use the 150 HL regularly as a day light commuting, or a...
05-19-22, 05:34 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,001
Posted By zen_

Still not seeing a lot of good used bikes in my...

Still not seeing a lot of good used bikes in my midwest market at reasonable prices, and I have had trouble selling parts on FB marketplace / CL that should have been easy sells.

The bike shop...
05-19-22, 05:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 470
Posted By zen_

Without knowing anything more, I recommend the...

Without knowing anything more, I recommend the Cygolite Dice 50 + Dice 150 pair to start. The Dice rear is the only light you'll ever need for that, and the front one is nice as a day light, low...
05-15-22, 08:15 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 10,384
Posted By zen_

Meant to respond to this earlier, but the problem...

Meant to respond to this earlier, but the problem is usually the tires. When I ran Gravel Kings I always had to use two layers of gorilla tape (which is thicker than actual rim tape), and I thought...
05-02-22, 06:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,468
Posted By zen_

I disagree, even a standard carbon seatpost (like...

I disagree, even a standard carbon seatpost (like the $40 Satori post I previously mentioned) takes a nice amount of buzz out of the saddle. No-brainer when a generic alloy post is $20.
04-30-22, 09:03 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,113
Posted By zen_

Every ~2,000 miles. I had a cable break in the...

Every ~2,000 miles. I had a cable break in the body of a Shimano STI lever at around 2,500 miles (I think the 105 5800 shifters were notorious for this), and after having to drill holes in the...
04-28-22, 06:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 442
Posted By zen_

Trek bikes hold their value pretty well, and the...

Trek bikes hold their value pretty well, and the casual models like the Marlin are super easy to sell, so I would just cash out $400-500 rather than upgrading a bike that has QR axles, a straight...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-21-22, 08:05 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,428
Posted By zen_

I don't do a ton of road riding, but where I live...

I don't do a ton of road riding, but where I live the shoulders and low traffic roads are jam packed with debris, which was causing a puncture like every other ride even on tires with a puncture...
04-20-22, 07:40 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,468
Posted By zen_

I have been really happy with Satori carbon...

I have been really happy with Satori carbon seatpost and handlebars to add compliance and save weight over alloy w/o spending a ton of money, or worrying about generic Chinese stuff. Looks like you...
04-08-22, 05:38 PM
Replies: 1,029
Views: 254,562
Posted By zen_

Can confirm that the pro version last a LONG...

Can confirm that the pro version last a LONG time. I have ~4K miles on a rear that looks like it still has thousands left with no degradation, no punctures, no issues. By 2.5-3K miles a rear Gravel...
04-06-22, 08:11 PM
Replies: 5,201
Views: 3,657,919
Posted By zen_

I might consider one of those, looks like it...

I might consider one of those, looks like it solves the look problem of a threadless adapter sticking up with no spacers.

The Crosspoint was the fourth 90's steel bike I have converted, and I...
04-05-22, 07:22 PM
Replies: 5,201
Views: 3,657,919
Posted By zen_

Better cash in my steel gravel bike chips while...

Better cash in my steel gravel bike chips while they are hot...the only thing better than one, is two! Haven't decided whether to go with an old style silver quill stem on the Schwinn, or just use a...
03-28-22, 07:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,182
Posted By zen_

What new cyclist should spend $ on: 1. A...

What new cyclist should spend $ on:

1. A professional fit + anything you need to adjust for fit (saddle, stem)
2. Good cycling clothing that fits right, assuming you don't plan to lose...
03-20-22, 07:42 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,758
Posted By zen_

A couple others to consider, in addition to...

A couple others to consider, in addition to what's been mentioned:

1. Ribble CGR 725
2. Brother Mehteh
3. Singlebe custom (I was quoted $3,200 euro for a GRX 810 build in 2020)
4. Jamis...
03-19-22, 07:52 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,758
Posted By zen_

State Bicycle 4130 checks all those boxes except...

State Bicycle 4130 checks all those boxes except sliding dropouts, and is pretty much the only good value bike left. My LBS actually just started selling them since their usual distributor has...
Forum: Commuting
03-08-22, 09:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 839
Posted By zen_

I still think Garmin has the best ecosystem...

I still think Garmin has the best ecosystem (Connect), so the Edge 130 for a budget computer. I have used a Bryton computer in the past too that worked just fine if you're on a tighter budget, but it...
02-27-22, 05:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 459
Posted By zen_

You can use a 38T SLX or XT chainring on the...

You can use a 38T SLX or XT chainring on the Deore direct mount arms, or as you already discovered, there are some aftermarket AliExpress 40T direct mount rings available. I have used the cheap...
02-20-22, 07:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 934
Posted By zen_

Try things like tire inserts with the lowest...

Try things like tire inserts with the lowest possible pressure and a redshock stem to make it more tolerable before buying a whole new bike just for one section of one race. I have to ride my MTB...
02-20-22, 02:17 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,843
Posted By zen_

They are not hard after you have done a few and...

They are not hard after you have done a few and have the tools, but it's still more difficult than the HY/RD setup, which is possibly the easiest brake in the world to setup since it has the ease of...
02-12-22, 05:00 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,843
Posted By zen_

The HY/RD's are super simple to setup and...

The HY/RD's are super simple to setup and maintain, and they work almost as well as fully hydraulic brakes with compressionless housing and cables in good order. The only problem with them really is...
02-06-22, 07:40 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,975
Posted By zen_

The Pathfinder and Sawtooth would both both be...

The Pathfinder and Sawtooth would both both be excellent choices. A lot of people seem to write them off because of the weight, or maybe the brand, but they roll fast, are durable, setup easy, and...
01-05-22, 06:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,550
Posted By zen_

Not uncommon for people into watches to wear a...

Not uncommon for people into watches to wear a "real" watch one wrist with a fitness tracker on the other. I did that for years before selling my mechanical watches to buy bikes!

If you're going...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-03-22, 08:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,040
Posted By zen_

Gray market groupsets from AliExpress are cheaper...

Gray market groupsets from AliExpress are cheaper because Shimano sells the parts much cheaper to manufacturers in Asia, and some of them end up on the market with no retail packaging as such. I have...
01-02-22, 04:36 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,975
Posted By zen_

Sorry, you're not a real gravel cyclist unless...

Sorry, you're not a real gravel cyclist unless you run 45c+ tires, wear flannel, have a mustache, run at least two bags that are empty, take a huge backpack on a 1 hour ride, and have a bottle opener...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-28-21, 10:18 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,706
Posted By zen_

First gen (I think) of Giro helmets with MIPS...

First gen (I think) of Giro helmets with MIPS were less comfortable than the non-MIPS models (I had a Synthe and Foray), but I have two Aegiles helmets now that are far more comfortable, and that's...
12-26-21, 09:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 717
Posted By zen_

105 or Ultegra calipers + compressionless brake...

105 or Ultegra calipers + compressionless brake housing will dramatically change the brake feel and power with the stock pads, which may also have some room for improvement. My Trek came with generic...
12-22-21, 07:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 633
Posted By zen_

The Scirocco freehub is pretty quiet.

The Scirocco freehub is pretty quiet.
12-21-21, 07:31 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,648
Posted By zen_

I'm 5'9" too and would never buy a large; learned...

I'm 5'9" too and would never buy a large; learned the hard way with an internet buy a few years ago that even a "medium large" was too large. Like other have said though, it's going to vary a lot...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-21, 03:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,697
Posted By zen_

I have also been very happy with dhb bibs....

I have also been very happy with dhb bibs. specifically the basic Aeron line. The fleece (Roubaix) lined ones are really nice, the fit is consistent through all the various basic Aeron models...
10-31-21, 06:49 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,268
Posted By zen_

I have always had this opinion, but I think it...

I have always had this opinion, but I think it makes even more sense now with the new bike price inflation + ongoing shortage, and that is more people should be considering flat bar gravel bikes for...
09-13-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,572
Posted By zen_

I have a 54cm. The 56cm frame is 2.2kg, while...

I have a 54cm. The 56cm frame is 2.2kg, while carbon frames are generally in the 1.2-1.4kg range, and an alloy is somewhere roughly in the middle between those numbers. If you're racing that weight...
09-11-21, 01:17 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,162
Posted By zen_

I have had to use a tube twice on my gravel bike,...

I have had to use a tube twice on my gravel bike, but both were my fault. Let the sealant volume drop too low in the summer once (it evaporates faster with higher temps), and didn't have enough left...
09-11-21, 03:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,572
Posted By zen_

The 2x S1 Renegade I built up this year was right...

The 2x S1 Renegade I built up this year was right at 22 pounds with a mixed groupset. 105 hydraulic levers, 105 FD, Ultegra RX RD, Ultegra 11-34, FSA Gossamer 48/32 crank, Spinery GX wheels, 43c...
09-06-21, 05:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,960
Posted By zen_

WTB's gravel tires are pretty underwhelming in...

WTB's gravel tires are pretty underwhelming in general. The actual width installed on many models is way off, problems with sidewall weeping, and they just don't do anything better than the...
08-02-21, 05:36 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,275
Posted By zen_

The Jamis Renegade S1 frameset should also be on...

The Jamis Renegade S1 frameset should also be on your list if you want steel. Very compliant frame and fork without being too flexy, 50c tire clearance, good geometry (for me), mount points...
07-16-21, 05:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 930
Posted By zen_

Tire volume and pressure does constitute the...

Tire volume and pressure does constitute the biggest slice of ride comfort, but the frame, fork, and tires also matter. A quality hydroformed alloy frame and carbon fork with supple tires would be...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-21, 09:21 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 19,567
Posted By zen_

I bought 6x of the 28c Fusion 5's from Excel...

I bought 6x of the 28c Fusion 5's from Excel because the deal was too good compared to every other road tubeless tire that cost at least $70 each. They seem a little less supple than the Sector 28's,...
07-11-21, 05:54 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,539
Posted By zen_

Looks like you already have big tires aired down....

Looks like you already have big tires aired down. That's the #1 thing that will affect comfort over any kind of chatter, although I don't know if the WTB Riddler is a particularly plush tire.

The...
06-25-21, 08:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,278
Posted By zen_

Since you're totally undecided on what you want,...

Since you're totally undecided on what you want, and don't really know what you need from experience, it makes a lot more sense to buy an entry level bike around $1,000 that fits right as the main...
06-13-21, 07:14 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,821
Posted By zen_

Makes sense, I know they are pretty selective,...

Makes sense, I know they are pretty selective, but it did seem kinda miraculous to only have 3 DNF's (on paper) for such a grueling event.
06-12-21, 07:38 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,821
Posted By zen_

I don't think many roadies did the XL event (the...

I don't think many roadies did the XL event (the field was 50, and there were 46 finishers).

Seems pretty smart to use that type of bike on the Unbound course that has lots of chunk gravel to...
06-09-21, 05:33 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,254
Posted By zen_

The Renegade S1 frameset is very nice for $900,...

The Renegade S1 frameset is very nice for $900, but you'll have a very hard time finding one, and it's more adventure oriented with clearance for 700x50c tires. You would probably be happier with...
06-02-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,331
Posted By zen_

Looking back, I'm kinda embarrassed at how long...

Looking back, I'm kinda embarrassed at how long it took me to get on the wide tire wagon (32 -> 35 -> 40 -> 45). Whether you really need the comfort or not, it's a lot easier to go faster when you're...
05-25-21, 06:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,694
Posted By zen_

2,000 miles - New shift cables, clean / grease BB...

2,000 miles - New shift cables, clean / grease BB as best I can (threaded), bleed hydraulic brakes, check freehub body, check wheel true, general once over for all fastener tightness, deep clean...
05-20-21, 12:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,055
Posted By zen_

I would choose the Triban out of those two no...

I would choose the Triban out of those two no question. It looks like a very well equipped bike with no replace immediately junk parts. Personally I would rather have QR axles than low end thru...
05-16-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,222
Posted By zen_

"You'll grow into it" - XL frame for a 5'8"...

"You'll grow into it" - XL frame for a 5'8" rider...or you can wait for more bikes from the distributor, TBT date, TBT models, TBT sizes.
05-15-21, 06:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,478
Posted By zen_

I ran an Alba crank for 7-8K miles last year and...

I ran an Alba crank for 7-8K miles last year and honestly didn't mind it at all for an entry level crank. It shifts good, and I think I had a whooping two chain drops even though I don't pay much...
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