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10-10-20, 09:38 PM
Replies: 1,544
Views: 302,742
Posted By zpl

Nice, downtube42 ! I was just on the CZ trail on...

Nice, downtube42 ! I was just on the CZ trail on Thursday. Got drizzled on the whole time, but it was a great day. I'm excited about the new trail segment that gets you into Vernonia, which I got to...
09-23-20, 09:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 539
Posted By zpl

Thanks for the advice. I have a Stan's DART tool...

Thanks for the advice. I have a Stan's DART tool for larger punctures, but these are definitely not big enough to warrant that. I guess I was just a bit apprehensive when a few of the thorns removals...
09-23-20, 07:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 539
Posted By zpl

Yeah, I was just East of The Dalles - rode the...

Yeah, I was just East of The Dalles - rode the Deschutes River Trail. I also posted a couple of the ride photos in the Gravel Ride Pics thread.
09-23-20, 03:16 PM
Replies: 1,544
Views: 302,742
Posted By zpl

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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09-23-20, 02:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 539
Posted By zpl

Tubeless tire riddled with thorns - when to replace?

I'm new to tubeless tires and they were a life-saver on a recent ride I did out in goathead country. Along the ride I pulled out a few goatheads as I found them in my tires and they sealed up nicely....
09-05-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 768
Posted By zpl

Thanks sch! That explains perfectly why I had the...

Thanks sch! That explains perfectly why I had the spacer with the road 11-34 cassettes on my 11sp hubs. So now I can be confident my spacing is correct (I've since verified 1.85mm is the correct...
09-05-20, 12:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 768
Posted By zpl

This isn't a great photo, but it attempts to show...

This isn't a great photo, but it attempts to show how much of an overhang I had on my 11t cog on the 105 cassette when I went to go remove the cassette.
...
09-05-20, 12:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 768
Posted By zpl

Cassette spacers when going from Shimano 11sp road to 11sp mtb

I'm converting the drivetrain on my 2019 Trek Checkpoint ALR5 from the stock Shimano 105 R7000 drivetrain to a GRX 810 drivetrain with an XT 8000 11-40t cassette and have some questions.
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09-04-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 899
Views: 217,654
Posted By zpl

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Time for a drivetrain upgrade on my Trek Checkpoint ALR5!

I have...
10-29-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,676
Posted By zpl

Yeah, whether 38mm is wide enough will depend...

Yeah, whether 38mm is wide enough will depend heavily on the quality of the gravel/dirt paths you ride. I took a friend on one of his first gravel rides last weekend and he was even running 42mm...
10-06-19, 01:12 PM
Replies: 899
Views: 217,654
Posted By zpl

I ordered a second wheelset from prowheelbulider:...

I ordered a second wheelset from prowheelbulider:

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H+Son Hydra...
10-04-19, 11:01 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,216
Posted By zpl

Thanks everyone for the replies, I feel that this...

Thanks everyone for the replies, I feel that this thread is pretty unique amongst the other dog bite threads on this forum and will be a good resource for future folks searching for this information....
09-29-19, 10:58 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,216
Posted By zpl

Dog Bite First Aid for Remote Rides

I had my first dog bite on a gravel ride last week, and of course it happened halfway through a 50+ mile ride and I had no cell service where it happened. I rode a mile or so (thankfully downhill) to...
09-19-19, 04:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,572
Posted By zpl

I need to update my previous report of 700x43 GK...

I need to update my previous report of 700x43 GK SK's only measuring 39.5mm on my Checkpoint. I took that measurement when the tires were brand new, and out of curiosity I checked them again, and...
09-15-19, 05:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,572
Posted By zpl

IIRC the resizing Panaracer did was due to their...

IIRC the resizing Panaracer did was due to their 700x40 GK SKs actually being larger, so they're now sold as 700x43.
09-13-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,572
Posted By zpl

I bought a set of Gravelking SKs in 700x43 for my...

I bought a set of Gravelking SKs in 700x43 for my Checkpoint ALR5, and I was disappointed to find that they actually measured just *under* 40mm at their widest point on my stock wheels. I also moved...
08-22-19, 04:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 25,375
Posted By zpl

I have a new Checkpoint ALR5 and almost chose the...

I have a new Checkpoint ALR5 and almost chose the Topstone 105. In hindsight, I think I would have been better served by the Topstone. Some key differences between these bikes are:

* The Topstone...
08-16-19, 07:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,390
Posted By zpl

I didn't even try to use my 105 FD with the GRX...

I didn't even try to use my 105 FD with the GRX crankset to see if it would work. I figured the chainline change (the GRX crank moves the chainline outward 2.5mm) is why Shimano isn't listing...
08-16-19, 02:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,390
Posted By zpl

I just posted a report of upgrading my 105 R7000...

I just posted a report of upgrading my 105 R7000 crankset and FD to GRX 600 46/30 in the Bicycle Mechanics sub-forum. So far things are working well, but I've only put about 5 miles on the bike so...
08-16-19, 01:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,277
Posted By zpl

Just as a follow-up, I ended up going the GRX...

Just as a follow-up, I ended up going the GRX crank and FD route, and posted about it in another thread. Also, I measured the BB shell with digital calipers and it came out to around 87mm, so it is...
08-16-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,884
Posted By zpl

Shimano GRX subcompact crankset and FD upgrade report

I knew within the first few rides that I was going to want to switch to a subcompact crank on my 2020 Trek Checkpoint ALR5, which comes stock with a 105 R7000 drivetrain and compact 50/34 crank. I've...
08-14-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,707
Posted By zpl

FWIW I just put 700x43 Gravel King SK's on my...

FWIW I just put 700x43 Gravel King SK's on my Trek Checkpoint ALR5 and I measured them at 39.5mm width with a digital caliper @ 40 psi. I believe they'll round out more on wider rims. My Checkpoint...
08-14-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,303
Posted By zpl

That is one sweet Gunnar setup. If you sell it,...

That is one sweet Gunnar setup. If you sell it, expect quite a sting - people expect heavy discounts in the used bike market. I was in a similar boat as you, I had a meticulously maintained and...
08-10-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,158
Posted By zpl

I haven't seen anyone mention the Bontrager Bat...

I haven't seen anyone mention the Bontrager Bat Cage yet - it's very affordable and IMO holds bottles quite well without putting them into a death grip.
08-09-19, 05:12 PM
Replies: 1,544
Views: 302,742
Posted By zpl

Doing more gravel exploring near Portland, OR....

Doing more gravel exploring near Portland, OR. Rode the Crown-Zellerbach Trail, which is based on an old logging road that is no longer used, and runs from Scappose, OR nearly all the way to...
08-03-19, 01:59 PM
Replies: 1,544
Views: 302,742
Posted By zpl

Last week I took my new Checkpoint ALR5 out to...

Last week I took my new Checkpoint ALR5 out to ride the Deschutes River Trail, which is about a 1.5hr drive East of Portland, OR:
...
08-03-19, 01:42 PM
Replies: 5,046
Views: 3,559,501
Posted By zpl

This is my new 2020 Trek Checkpoint ALR5: ...

This is my new 2020 Trek Checkpoint ALR5:

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There's a bit of...
07-25-19, 04:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,277
Posted By zpl

This option is really appealing to me, though...

This option is really appealing to me, though I've heard Shimano specifies that their GRX FD is also required. I'll keep an eye out for reports to see how much of a requirement this really is.
07-22-19, 06:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,277
Posted By zpl

Subcompact cranksets compatible with Shimano RS500 92mm pressfit BB?

I have a Trek Checkpoint ALR5 and I'm wondering what my options are to replace the crankset with a subcompact double (30/46), hopefully without replacing the BB? Trek's specs list the bike has having...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-19, 04:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,969
Posted By zpl

As another data point as to when 2020 Trek models...

As another data point as to when 2020 Trek models are coming out: I was just at my LBS today and wanted to get the new 2020 Checkpoint ALR5 in the new orange/copper matte color (they call it Matte...
07-16-17, 08:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 37,516
Posted By zpl

Very cool. It was neat to be reminded of this...

Very cool. It was neat to be reminded of this thread. Glad it was helpful sceva!
06-06-15, 08:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,943
Posted By zpl

Great to hear! Thanks for the replies.

Great to hear! Thanks for the replies.
06-06-15, 06:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,943
Posted By zpl

Are all 10sp Shimano chains compatible with my 10sp Tiagra 4600 cassette?

Hello,

I recently noticed that there are two widths of Shimano 10sp chains, 6.1mm, which the Tiagra CN-4601 chain uses:
...
06-06-15, 09:45 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,884
Posted By zpl

I'd say get the bike you want, and budget extra...

I'd say get the bike you want, and budget extra money for a new rear wheel - the front one is likely to be fine. I'll also echo the recommendation for finding a bike that can take 28mm tires.
04-07-13, 04:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,291
Posted By zpl

I'd contact these folks: zinncycles.com. They...

I'd contact these folks: zinncycles.com. They specialize in custom frames for tall or unusually proportioned riders, and might have advice for you that doesn't require building a custom frame.
Forum: Touring
09-08-12, 09:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 964
Posted By zpl

Doh, you're right - I had totally overlooked...

Doh, you're right - I had totally overlooked this!

For future reference, the platform dimensions for the Cargo Classic are 120mm x 275mm (4.8" x 11"), and the Cargo Evo are 114mm x 258mm (4.56" x...
Forum: Touring
09-08-12, 12:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 964
Posted By zpl

Tubus Cargo Expedition and Cargo Evo platform width?

Hello,

I'm searching around trying to find out how wide the top platform is (e.g, whether I can mount a trunk bag) on the Tubus Cargo Expedition and the Cargo Evo. 700c versions. Can anyone with...
07-09-12, 05:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,371
Posted By zpl

Thanks for the replies. I agree that using...

Thanks for the replies. I agree that using evaporative cooling will give me a lot of options. I think I will order one of those MiraCool bandannas.

Scott
07-09-12, 02:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,371
Posted By zpl

I typically wear a headsweats skull cap and PI...

I typically wear a headsweats skull cap and PI arm coolers on hot rides for sunburn protection. I guess pouring more water on them more frequently would be something I could do.

On my last ride...
07-08-12, 10:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,371
Posted By zpl

Trying to find a refillable ice neck wrap

Hello,

I've been having some serious issues overheating on long rides (70+ miles). What I'd like to find is some sort of neck wrap that you can fill with ice cubes. The ones that come with cooling...
06-08-12, 01:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 456
Posted By zpl

I've found Aerotech Designs make good-quality...

I've found Aerotech Designs make good-quality bibs that fit larger people well and that their sizing charts are accurate. www.aerotechdesigns.com

Scott
05-31-12, 05:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,520
Posted By zpl

When I went to have a rear wheel custom built, I...

When I went to have a rear wheel custom built, I thought I'd want a 36-spoke Open Pro, but my wheelbuilder talked me into a 36H velocity Fusion rim instead. The Fusion is just a tiny bit heavier than...
05-31-12, 10:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 849
Posted By zpl

Watch out for this bike touring con man

BikePortland has quite the eye-opening story this morning, about a con man who claims to be a bike tourist in need, and takes advantage of people's generosity:
...
05-30-12, 09:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,496
Posted By zpl

These two options look quite promising, thank...

These two options look quite promising, thank you!

And thanks for the other replies, too.

Scott
05-29-12, 10:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,496
Posted By zpl

Casual riding pants with a gusseted crotch?

Don't get me wrong, I get all lycra'ed up when going on long rides, but a lot of my riding is also running errands around town, going places by bike, etc. I've found I will absolutely destroy the...
05-25-12, 04:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 737
Posted By zpl

I also agree. When I've visited Portland I've...

I also agree. When I've visited Portland I've stayed at the Red Lion next to the Convention Center, and feel that location offers a lot more flexibility than staying downtown. That Red Lion is pretty...
Forum: Commuting
04-18-12, 12:01 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 60,231
Posted By zpl

I have the Walnut leather U-lock holster and it...

I have the Walnut leather U-lock holster and it works pretty well - I don't notice any rattling sounds when riding. My rack is a Blackburn EX-1. The holster is expensive, and I would have preferred...
04-15-12, 08:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 818
Posted By zpl

Thanks for the replies! This will definitely save...

Thanks for the replies! This will definitely save me some money.
04-15-12, 04:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 818
Posted By zpl

Can I use the Garmin Edge 305 HR strap and cadence sensor with the Edge 500?

Hi there,

Title of the thread says it all. My Edge 305 is powering off under heavy vibration, and I'm trying to figure out if I need to get the $350 whole-hog package for the Edge 500 or whether I...
Forum: Commuting
01-05-10, 11:45 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,161
Posted By zpl

I find it doesn't take much material in the...

I find it doesn't take much material in the balaclava to keep me warm. Just covering my face and ears from the wind is all I need - but then again I only ride down to about 15 degrees or so. I have a...
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