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06-25-19, 10:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 493
Posted By JayNYC

Never said it was world famous. But it's real...

Never said it was world famous. But it's real world. And the examples of bigger climbs just prove my point that what I'm talking about is actually rather average.

There's no need for some of you...
06-25-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 493
Posted By JayNYC

That's odd. It happens to me and folks I ride...

That's odd. It happens to me and folks I ride with pretty much every time we ride steep gravel roads (and all the gravel routes here have steep sections). When you're struggling up a steep hill, you...
06-25-19, 06:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 493
Posted By JayNYC

I'm talking points of failure. When you fail to...

I'm talking points of failure. When you fail to get up a hill (or you're miserable doing it) because your bike is geared too high, or you start spinning out because your bike is geared too low. At...
06-25-19, 05:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 493
Posted By JayNYC

In addition to the points mentioned above… ...

In addition to the points mentioned above…

650b will be better climbing hills since wheel circumference is a variable in gear inches. Conversely the smaller gear inches may make you spin out at...
06-11-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,233
Posted By JayNYC

Odd that you'd be having problems with 700x40s....

Odd that you'd be having problems with 700x40s. If anything I'd say the chainstays are shaped to accommodate 700C more than 650b. Where I'm tight on my 650x47s is in the sidewall area. There's more...
06-06-19, 02:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 875
Posted By JayNYC

Mine do have O-rings. Good idea about making...

Mine do have O-rings.

Good idea about making sure they're properly tight.

As far as press-on or screw-on – I've ordered a pump and will switch to that. (And it's press-on).
06-06-19, 11:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 875
Posted By JayNYC

LOL. If only carrying a pump meant no more flats!...

LOL. If only carrying a pump meant no more flats! But alas I live in NYC. There's a ton of sharp debris around here just waiting to puncture your tires.

I usually carry 2-3 cartridges. Never just...
06-06-19, 10:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 875
Posted By JayNYC

I've had great luck with CO2 cartridges with...

I've had great luck with CO2 cartridges with tubes. They work great. You just have to have the right size for the tube you're riding. (16g for skinny tires, 25g for typical hybrid or gravel tires).
...
06-06-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 875
Posted By JayNYC

The entire casing was turning. I thought the nut...

The entire casing was turning. I thought the nut was reasonably tight. When it started spinning I tried to tighten it, but it all kept spinning.

Basically clockwise tightening of the CO2 valve...
06-06-19, 10:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 875
Posted By JayNYC

CO2 & Tubeless Stems

This isn't gravel-specific, but not sure where else to put it…

I had my first puncture with a tubeless tire a couple weeks ago. So I pulled out a CO2 cartridge, but when I went to use it I had a...
04-19-19, 08:25 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,113
Posted By JayNYC

I should probably be a little more specific… ...

I should probably be a little more specific…

I've seen gravel that's worse than cobblestones. I can think of some gravel roads "up country" in Ontario (Northeast of Toronto) that had really coarse...
04-19-19, 06:53 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,113
Posted By JayNYC

We have cobblestones here in NYC (both new ones...

We have cobblestones here in NYC (both new ones and old ones). I love riding gravel, but hate riding cobblestones. They're no fun w/ 40mm tires, I can't imagine trying to do them at speed on 25mm...
04-08-19, 02:19 PM
Replies: 1,037
Views: 134,847
Posted By JayNYC

I did a ride yesterday in Westchester County...

I did a ride yesterday in Westchester County (https://www.strava.com/activities/2273154765) (just north of NYC). Had a blast on all the gravel roads up there – and it was really beautiful as well…
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03-28-19, 10:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 757
Posted By JayNYC

Mill City can do sub-1600g for a lot less than...

Mill City can do sub-1600g for a lot less than $1500. I paid $480 (plus shipping) for a 650b tubless wheelset (with tape, rotors and nipples) and the weight with those things was 919g front and 1044g...
03-27-19, 03:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 538
Posted By JayNYC

There's very little in the 5 boroughs – just...

There's very little in the 5 boroughs – just short segments here and there in parks.

There are a few options. Starting in the north Bronx you can ride gravel about 30 miles north from Van...
03-27-19, 11:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 538
Posted By JayNYC

In/Around NYC?

I just started an informal gravel group on Strava for people in/around NYC. If you're in the area and interested, feel free to join.

https://www.strava.com/clubs/GrNY

It's just a very informal...
03-26-19, 02:31 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 26,792
Posted By JayNYC

It's not clear from that link if the Mason X...

It's not clear from that link if the Mason X Hunt's are 700C or 650b (the Topstone comes with 650b, right? Though it supports both). Anyway, check out this thread from a month or so ago when I was...
03-26-19, 07:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 954
Posted By JayNYC

Yes, but that's what would happen if the...

Yes, but that's what would happen if the caliper/reservoir were frozen as well. Basically there was no tension in the cable if it froze in the closed position. (It sometimes froze in the open...
03-26-19, 05:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 954
Posted By JayNYC

I got a Fuji Jari this past October that has...

I got a Fuji Jari this past October that has them. Unfortunately the rear brake started freezing on me. I was pretty convinced it was the brake cylinder since they seemed to not freeze when I stuck a...
03-15-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,233
Posted By JayNYC

I went on a 40 mile ride...

I went on a 40 mile ride (https://www.strava.com/activities/2213726749) yesterday much of which was dirt/gravel. 650x47 was definitely nicer than skinnier tires, but ultimately it's just a...
03-13-19, 02:34 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,233
Posted By JayNYC

The Rampart Light & Supple in the front is 47mm,...

The Rampart Light & Supple in the front is 47mm, the Rampart Durable in the rear is 48mm. (Both @40psi – pics were taken ~55-60psi.)

So basically the 650x50mm that I saw stated somewhere last year...
03-13-19, 01:02 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,233
Posted By JayNYC

Ask me that question on Friday (maybe). When I...

Ask me that question on Friday (maybe). When I did the post above I hadn't ridden it at all. And as of now I've ridden it a whopping 1.14 miles on paved streets – just to go to the LBS and ask a...
03-13-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 877
Posted By JayNYC

So I wound up ordering a Rampart "Durable" for...

So I wound up ordering a Rampart "Durable" for the back and a Rampart "Light & Supple" for the front. I was a bit surprised when I weight them though… The light & supple tire was 531g (advertised to...
03-13-19, 10:00 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,233
Posted By JayNYC

Well, 650x47 tires do fit on the bike, but...

Well, 650x47 tires do fit on the bike, but there's not a ton of room. I can't shove 6 credit cards (each cc is 0.75mm, so 4mm total) between the tire and the frame without the tire getting pushed in...
03-08-19, 01:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,186
Posted By JayNYC

Last year I asked Cannondale about max tire width...

Last year I asked Cannondale about max tire width and was told 700x37. I asked and they didn't state a number for 650b, but WTB has it on their list of frames that are "road plus compatible"...
03-07-19, 10:11 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,233
Posted By JayNYC

Here’s an article on where they stand — judge for...

Here’s an article on where they stand — judge for yourself…

https://www.bicycleretailer.com/industry-news/2019/02/18/asi-ready-business-new-owners-say#.XIHqzqROmEc
03-07-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,233
Posted By JayNYC

Fuji is out of bankruptcy and now completely...

Fuji is out of bankruptcy and now completely separated from Performance Bike – which was the part of the company that forced the entire company into bankruptcy. Apparently Fuji was always profitable,...
02-28-19, 10:10 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,233
Posted By JayNYC

The link's not working for me. Looking at the...

The link's not working for me. Looking at the source code it seems it's not a site Bike Forums allows links to. The domain has been changed to ****.com.

Anyway, give me about a week and a half and...
02-26-19, 08:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,339
Posted By JayNYC

Actually, not it's (probably) not. I own one....

Actually, not it's (probably) not. I own one. Found a great deal on them and a (5'3" female) friend was interested in buying it, but the stand over height was all wrong.
02-26-19, 04:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 877
Posted By JayNYC

I was just thinking… Would it be weird to use a...

I was just thinking… Would it be weird to use a Rampart Durable in the rear and a Rampart Light & Supple in front? That gives me more puncture protection where I need it most without completely...
02-25-19, 06:38 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,233
Posted By JayNYC

Last year they said 650x50. This year they say...

Last year they said 650x50. This year they say 650x47, depending on the rim and tire. So I interpret that as 47 is usually safe. In certain cases you can go as high as 50.
02-25-19, 06:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 877
Posted By JayNYC

I’m just assuming “puncture protection” means...

I’m just assuming “puncture protection” means something. Yeah, a big piece of a broken glass bottle will probably rip though just about anything. But pieces of tempered glass from a broken car window...
02-25-19, 06:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 877
Posted By JayNYC

Thanks for those comments. It looks like the...

Thanks for those comments. It looks like the Switchback Trail only comes in extra light casing if you go for black sidewalls. That sorta rules them out for NYC riding.
...
02-25-19, 05:43 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,233
Posted By JayNYC

I have a 2018 Jari 1.3. They changed the model...

I have a 2018 Jari 1.3. They changed the model numbers this year so it’s equivalent to the 2019 Jari 1.1 though the 2019 has full hydro brakes and a different wheelset.

I like mine. Did a thread...
02-25-19, 12:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,051
Posted By JayNYC

I just put in my order with Mill City – basically...

I just put in my order with Mill City – basically the same wheels you got only with rotors and valves and 32h on the rear. Since the wheels are black, black, and more black, I had him do purple...
02-25-19, 12:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 877
Posted By JayNYC

Unfortunately, only seems to have tan sidewalls. ...

Unfortunately, only seems to have tan sidewalls.



The GravelKing's are cheaper too. I'll look into them a bit further. Thanks!
02-25-19, 07:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 877
Posted By JayNYC

Elwood, Rampart or ??

I'm about the buy a new 650b wheelset (https://www.bikeforums.net/cyclocross-gravelbiking-recreational/1166689-need-recommendations-650b-wheelset.html) for my Fuji Jari and am trying to figure out...
02-25-19, 06:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,339
Posted By JayNYC

A friend of mine has been considering getting a...

A friend of mine has been considering getting a gravel bike. She's 5'3" and her current bike is a 2014 Specialized Dolce Elite, size 48. So sounds like a similar situation to hers. We started by...
02-20-19, 12:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,051
Posted By JayNYC

Mill City suggested 32h rear, 28h front for me....

Mill City suggested 32h rear, 28h front for me. Sounds like a decent compromise. But he said 28h would probably be fine.



I don't think purple was an option. He said the color choices were red,...
02-20-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,051
Posted By JayNYC

I contacted Brett this morning. Basically it...

I contacted Brett this morning. Basically it looks like what you got makes sense for me as well. IMHO, his better components justifies the ~$50 increase over the Mason X Hunts – which was basically...
02-19-19, 04:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,051
Posted By JayNYC

Thanks for the info. And Terrene Elwoods are...

Thanks for the info. And Terrene Elwoods are actually the tires that are at the top of my list for this wheelset.
02-19-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,051
Posted By JayNYC

That's a good comp to the Mason X Hunts… Slightly...

That's a good comp to the Mason X Hunts… Slightly heavier, but wider. Thanks.
02-19-19, 09:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,051
Posted By JayNYC

The problem with eBay is I don't know if I'm...

The problem with eBay is I don't know if I'm buying a piece of junk, or even if it will work properly with my bike.
02-18-19, 08:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,051
Posted By JayNYC

I’m in NYC (Manhattan). I’m sure there are wheel...

I’m in NYC (Manhattan). I’m sure there are wheel builders here somewhere but they’ll be really expensive. Most LBS’ here survive on bike rentals. The others are high end boutiques.
02-18-19, 04:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,051
Posted By JayNYC

Thanks. I've followed him on Facebook and will...

Thanks. I've followed him on Facebook and will probably reach out to him in the near future.
02-18-19, 04:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,051
Posted By JayNYC

Last year Fuji was saying the bike could take...

Last year Fuji was saying the bike could take 650b x 50. Now they say 650b x 47, but they added a note saying it depends on the rim and the tire – probably exactly for the reasons you mention.

I...
02-18-19, 11:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,051
Posted By JayNYC

Need Recommendations For 650b Wheelset

Back in October I bought a (2018) Fuji Jari 1.3 (https://www.bikeforums.net/cyclocross-gravelbiking-recreational/1157728-end-analysis-paralysis-newbikeday.html). I've got 1,000 miles on it so far and...
11-19-18, 08:58 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,913
Posted By JayNYC

koolerb – that is one muddy bike! BTW, the...

koolerb – that is one muddy bike!

BTW, the deals Performance Bike were giving out on these (and many other) bikes was so good that the parent company (ASE) has gone into bankruptcy...
11-14-18, 11:51 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,913
Posted By JayNYC

All I can say is I wear jeans with a 30" inseam,...

All I can say is I wear jeans with a 30" inseam, but when I measure to my max inseam it's 34 1/4", and with those measurements the size 56 Jari (with the stock 700x35 tires) is about as tight a fit...
11-13-18, 01:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,913
Posted By JayNYC

Thanks, but I'm a Manhattanite with no car, so...

Thanks, but I'm a Manhattanite with no car, so getting to Albany would require a $200-300 car rental. For that reason I tend to stick to places I get to on MetroNorth. ;) Plus I have Raynaud's...
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