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Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-22, 03:08 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,496
Posted By maartendc

I could only see this being useful on the type of...

I could only see this being useful on the type of suburban roads or highways in the US or Australia that I see people ride, and I used to ride when living in the US.

Here in Europe I only have 3...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-22, 02:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,394
Posted By maartendc

Haha, yes I had come to that conclusion as well,...

Haha, yes I had come to that conclusion as well, but my wallet did not like that solution ;D.

I'm guessing I'll opt for the lightweight alloy wheelset for now, and perhaps treat myself to a carbon...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-22, 07:53 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,496
Posted By maartendc

I like my Knog Blinder Road R70. Expensive, but...

I like my Knog Blinder Road R70. Expensive, but super bright and good selection of flashing and stationary modes. It also looks kind of stealth on a black seatpost.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-22, 02:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,394
Posted By maartendc

Thanks for the feedback. Yeah I think you are...

Thanks for the feedback. Yeah I think you are right. I dont ride at speeds where the aero gains would be noticeable I think. At about 30 kph I think the difference between 21 and 32mm would be less...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-22, 02:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,394
Posted By maartendc

You are right, but the more I think about it, I...

You are right, but the more I think about it, I dont like the prospect of carbon clinchers. The durability on long descents and the idea of bad braking performance on rim brakes is not appealing. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-22, 12:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,394
Posted By maartendc

Thanks for the replies so far. So I get the...

Thanks for the replies so far.

So I get the feeling people recommend custom
built wheels. I dont know of a wheelbuilder in my area (Belgium), and I'd really rather just buy something off the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-22, 03:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,394
Posted By maartendc

Best road bike wheeset for around 500 - 1000

Hello all,

I am looking for a new rim brake, clincher wheelset for my road bike, an older BMC. It doesnt have the most clearance, so a 19mm internal, 24 mm external on the rim is about the max. I...
Forum: Touring
07-01-22, 10:46 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,309
Posted By maartendc

Thanks for all the suggestions so far, some good...

Thanks for all the suggestions so far, some good options there!



You are right, the difference in weight is huge!

I am more doing lightweight touring or bikepacking, not packed with huge...
Forum: Touring
06-28-22, 01:46 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,309
Posted By maartendc

Best tires for Touring / light gravel

Hello all,

I am looking for some better tires for my touring / gravel bike. The bike is a Trek Checkpoint ALR5. The previous owner put some WTB Resolute 42C tires on it, which are great for...
Forum: Touring
06-02-22, 04:20 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,710
Posted By maartendc

This is actually very interesting. Thanks for...

This is actually very interesting. Thanks for sharing
Forum: Touring
05-31-22, 07:33 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,710
Posted By maartendc

I would say RidewithGPS is the more accurate than...

I would say RidewithGPS is the more accurate than Google Maps.

In RidewithGPS you can select OpenStreetMap (OSM) Cycle, which has an overlay for cycling routes etc., which is very accurate in...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-22, 01:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 719
Posted By maartendc

For what it is worth, I have wide feet and toes,...

For what it is worth, I have wide feet and toes, and the Shimano shoes fit me very well. I am currently using the Shimano RC5, and they are super comfortable to me.

Tried some Fizik shoes, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-22, 01:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 807
Posted By maartendc

I think if you go with a unit that has built in...

I think if you go with a unit that has built in maps, it should accurately give you elevation data based on the map data. Units like the Wahoo Elemnt Roam or Bolt V2, or the Garmin Edge 530/830/1030....
Forum: Touring
05-30-22, 08:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 568
Posted By maartendc

As others have suggested, I would just try to...

As others have suggested, I would just try to find a local bike shop in your destination town.

Have them pack up the bike for you for a small fee in a used (cardboard) bike box (preferably adding...
Forum: Touring
05-28-22, 04:42 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,356
Posted By maartendc

Exactly, hadnt even thought about aerodynamics,...

Exactly, hadnt even thought about aerodynamics, good call. I just know that when I load up my Ortlieb Panniers to the brim on a grocery trip with my town bike, they tend to sway quite a lot and my...
Forum: Touring
05-27-22, 05:13 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,356
Posted By maartendc

Just ordered the Tubus Grand Tour rack. 130 EUR...

Just ordered the Tubus Grand Tour rack. 130 EUR is not too bad since I expect to use it for a long time.

The idea is to use the gravel bike as a touring bike on multi-day trips. Kind of a...
Forum: Touring
05-26-22, 01:57 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,356
Posted By maartendc

Thanks for all the feedback, some good info...

Thanks for all the feedback, some good info there.

I might go for the steel tubus rack and protect the contact points. Stainless steel or titanium is out of the question.

Thanks
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 08:28 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,356
Posted By maartendc

Thanks for the response. I am just taken aback by...

Thanks for the response. I am just taken aback by the cost of the Tubus racks, although I do like the design. It just seems weird to me that something so expensive would rub off paint and rust so...
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 05:44 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,356
Posted By maartendc

Tubus bike racks, rust?

Hello all,

I am in the market for a bike rack for my gravel bike, and came across the Tubus brand as one of the most (apparently) renowned brands.

I am about to pull the trigger on a Tubus...
05-17-22, 04:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,914
Posted By maartendc

This. You need to sign up with an established...

This. You need to sign up with an established delivery service. How else are you going to get customers?? Unless you have a huge network of neighbors that you KNOW need things delivered, there is no...
Forum: Touring
05-17-22, 01:39 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,579
Posted By maartendc

I would not consider the position in the OP as...

I would not consider the position in the OP as "aerodynamic". Sure, more leaned than a Dutch town bike, but much more upright than a racing position.

I think this "in between" position is perfect...
Forum: Touring
05-17-22, 12:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 582
Posted By maartendc

The answer is most likely 'it depends'. there are...

The answer is most likely 'it depends'. there are many variables taking bikes on trains in Europe.

Not sure about Italy and Germany, but my experience in France, Netherlands and Belgium has...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-27-22, 06:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,083
Posted By maartendc

I would pay nothing for it, as it is an ugly...

I would pay nothing for it, as it is an ugly bike.

Lol. But seriously though, don't pay more than like 300-400 for a used, older aluminium bike. Depending on your local market you should be able...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-25-22, 11:56 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,911
Posted By maartendc

That was not my point at all. My point is not...

That was not my point at all. My point is not what other people would think of my bike.

I was merely commenting on the fact that most people seem to want or need the latest and greatest, which...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-25-22, 04:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 757
Posted By maartendc

I assume you have the phone paired to your Bolt,...

I assume you have the phone paired to your Bolt, so it would maintain a Bluetooth connection with it. I also assume you are not using GPS or Strava to record your ride on your phone directly, and the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-25-22, 01:39 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,911
Posted By maartendc

You are right, it is definitely all about the...

You are right, it is definitely all about the rider.

I just created this post I guess to comment on the way people make cycling into an "equipment" sport. Or the way people are overly...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-25-22, 01:28 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 13,564
Posted By maartendc

For your rear brake.

For your rear brake.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-22, 01:47 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,911
Posted By maartendc

Bikes at organized events, bike envy?

Hello all,

I recently partook in an organized cycling event here in Belgium, and it struck me how nice and new everyones bikes were. Not a race, just an event for amateurs.

My bike is 12...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-22, 01:38 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 13,564
Posted By maartendc

Ive got internal routing on my BmC for both my...

Ive got internal routing on my BmC for both my shifters and brakes. Never really been an issue for me, for the once a year I replace the cables. I just slide a liner over the old cable, then slide...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-20-22, 06:28 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,903
Posted By maartendc

OK thanks for your reply. Navigation is one...

OK thanks for your reply.

Navigation is one of my primary functions I would use, so I will look further into it.

From what I have read so far, you need to use the Karoo "dashboard" website for...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-20-22, 04:59 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,903
Posted By maartendc

Ok thanks for the explanation. So let's say...

Ok thanks for the explanation.

So let's say I have my phone with me, and I have the Karoo2 tethered to the mobile hotspot of my phone. Can I load new maps from RidewithGPS or Strava on the fly...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-19-22, 07:24 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,903
Posted By maartendc

I am in the market for a bike computer as well,...

I am in the market for a bike computer as well, and debating between the Karoo 2 and the Wahoo Bolt V2.

I have been using an iPhone SE (for small size) with a stem mount and paired with...
04-19-22, 01:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,194
Posted By maartendc

Sorry to dredge up this old thread, but any news...

Sorry to dredge up this old thread, but any news on the software updates on the Bolt V2?

I am in the market for a GPS unit with good navigation, but the mixed reviews on the Bolt V2 give me pause....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-22, 02:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 570
Posted By maartendc

Thanks for all the feedback! Turns out I...

Thanks for all the feedback!

Turns out I will be cycling with a friend of mine who hasn't ridden a road bike much in the past year or two, so we will be doing the 75 km. :thumb:

This is what...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-22, 02:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 570
Posted By maartendc

thanks for all the responses so far! ...

thanks for all the responses so far!



Thanks for the response, this is good advice.

- I am 35
- General health Ok
- Weight about 67kg, about the same as last year I would say.
- I do...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-22, 02:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 570
Posted By maartendc

Cycling event this weekend: which distance should I sign up for?

Hello all,

I am planning to sign up, on a whim, for a cycling event here in Belgium this weekend. Some background info:

- I was in reasonably good shape last fall. Did some serious rides in the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-22, 01:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,259
Posted By maartendc

Thanks guys!

Thanks guys!
Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-22, 07:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,259
Posted By maartendc

Hub bearings: Abec 3 vs Abec 5 vs Ceramic

Hello all,

I need some new bearings for my rear wheel hub. I am looking at Enduro bearings. I am wondering whether I should get Abec 3 or 5 or Ceramic (hybrid) bearings.

When I got new front...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-22, 07:21 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,052
Posted By maartendc

My advice would be to pack a normal, butyl tube....

My advice would be to pack a normal, butyl tube. Especially for road side emergencies.

I have dabbled in lightweight continental tubes in the past. The walls are so thin, that if you pinch them a...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-22-22, 02:01 AM
Replies: 3,085
Views: 885,732
Posted By maartendc

Not sure what these tires usually cost, but $76...

Not sure what these tires usually cost, but $76 for ONE tire is super expensive to me :eek:

The tires I usually buy (Michelin Pro 4 Endurance) are $35 each...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-20-22, 04:43 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,693
Posted By maartendc

Nobody can deny that buying an item used for the...

Nobody can deny that buying an item used for the same price or higher than a new one (MSRP), is just a product of constrained supply. It would not happen if the market was not out of supply, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-20-22, 11:29 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 15,281
Posted By maartendc

Nice looking bike, I own a 2001 Trek USPS (white)...

Nice looking bike, I own a 2001 Trek USPS (white) with a Campagnolo groupset 10 speed.

Great bike, great frame and I like the color scheme. Ive got a red saddle and red bar tape on it, which makes...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-19-22, 02:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,522
Posted By maartendc

To answer your question really: "Do they shift...

To answer your question really: "Do they shift that much better?" Absolutely not, they shift identically.

The only difference is weight. Like others have said, if 35g is worth it to you, then get...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-14-22, 09:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,072
Posted By maartendc

Thanks for the replies everyone, some good...

Thanks for the replies everyone, some good suggestions here.

I think I will start with trying just the 143mm version of the Romin, and take it from there.
The Selle Italia SLR or Fabric Line...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-09-22, 02:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,072
Posted By maartendc

Specialized Romin 130mm alternative?

Hello all,

I currently have a Specialized Romin 130mm saddle I like, but they dont make the 130mm version anymore.

Would I be better off with a 143mm Romin or a 130mm Toupe I can find used? I...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-07-22, 02:20 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,281
Posted By maartendc

Uhm, I wouldnt. Especially after a wet weather...

Uhm, I wouldnt. Especially after a wet weather ride the bike gets really nasty. Don't want that grime, oil, sand, mud and everything else in my shower.

I'd take a bucket of soapy water and a...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-05-22, 12:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 592
Posted By maartendc

I used some soapy water, gave the whole tire and...

I used some soapy water, gave the whole tire and rim a good soak, and it worked!

I did have to pump it up to about 60-65 PSI before I heard the tire pop into place. I guess with some tire/rim...
01-31-22, 03:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 520
Posted By maartendc

I dont see why a carbon steering tube should be...

I dont see why a carbon steering tube should be any different from an alloy one in terms of stem compatibility.

People really do think carbon is fragile like glass? A steering tube is made to...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-31-22, 10:53 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,320
Posted By maartendc

This kind of stuff won't last long. I...

This kind of stuff won't last long.

I already see some signs that the shortage is easing. I'm thinking the early pandemic craze of "let's all buy bicycles since I can't go to the gym" is over by...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-31-22, 03:01 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,260
Posted By maartendc

Really? Let's say they keep stock for 10...

Really?

Let's say they keep stock for 10 years after a bike has been sold. As reference, they currently have 4 types of road bike in their lineup: R5, S5, Caledonia-5 and Caledonia. Even if they...
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