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02-17-19, 06:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 881
Posted By ph0rk

Any of the original cambiums will eventually...

Any of the original cambiums will eventually crack and fail (mine did in around 2 years of easy commuting). They will also abrade whatever pants you're wearing a bit faster than you'd expect, at...
02-17-19, 06:52 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 8,810
Posted By ph0rk

I'm building a rigid Karate Monkey, and I want it...

I'm building a rigid Karate Monkey, and I want it finished (and it to be less frosty outside).
02-17-19, 06:51 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,505
Posted By ph0rk

If there is something to win, folks will spend...

If there is something to win, folks will spend money trying to do it. Some other folks will also cheat any way they can.
09-13-18, 05:46 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 4,465
Posted By ph0rk

Trying to sell tubes or patch kits to someone in...

Trying to sell tubes or patch kits to someone in need on a trail sounds pretty crappy to me.
09-04-18, 06:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 731
Posted By ph0rk

I like s-1 as it captures the universe of...

I like s-1 as it captures the universe of possible nasty outcomes beyond a mere divorce.

There is another, third, rarely used equation in this system to be balanced: s+1

Buy s another bike, s...
09-04-18, 05:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 453
Posted By ph0rk

The rival1 rear mech won’t work (well, if at all)...

The rival1 rear mech won’t work (well, if at all) in a 2x system, so budget for a new rear mech, too. The rear shift lever will work the same.

if you swap out the rear mech, you’ll need a smaller...
08-08-18, 06:23 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 4,436
Posted By ph0rk

The ones that stay in business are.

The ones that stay in business are.
08-08-18, 02:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,351
Posted By ph0rk

Plenty of folks use a Cross Check with something...

Plenty of folks use a Cross Check with something like a Carver carbon fork (like this (http://www.bikeman.com/CARV-FK395C-S1009-ND.html)) as a low cost, reasonably lightweight steel gravel rig...
08-05-18, 02:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 385
Posted By ph0rk

A GX 2x10 mountain rear derailleur uses the same...

A GX 2x10 mountain rear derailleur uses the same cable pull as those shifters, and can manage a 11-36 10 speed rear cassette. A second option would be to switch the 36t front ring for a 34t ring. If...
08-04-18, 07:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,379
Posted By ph0rk

Depends on conditions, really. I probably brake...

Depends on conditions, really. I probably brake more than most people (steep descents every day), so I probably go through pads faster.

If if you live somewhere flat and dry you could get a heck...
08-03-18, 06:19 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 5,919
Posted By ph0rk

I only ride Motobecanes with 2x13 wireless...

I only ride Motobecanes with 2x13 wireless e-shifting drivetrains.
08-03-18, 06:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 819
Posted By ph0rk

What donít you like about the stock pads?

What donít you like about the stock pads?
08-01-18, 11:54 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,792
Posted By ph0rk

I've ridden motocycles and I've ridden modern...

I've ridden motocycles and I've ridden modern pedal assist bikes. You can absolutely turn the cranks with minimal force and climb hills at speed on those things at 15mph or faster without leaving...
07-31-18, 12:45 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 5,919
Posted By ph0rk

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/fitness/bike-fit/sho...

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/fitness/bike-fit/should-you-slam-your-stem-yes-or-no-192687

Probably a language thing.
07-31-18, 07:43 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 14,736
Posted By ph0rk

46cm stays, I think you mean. Also, the Vaya has...

46cm stays, I think you mean. Also, the Vaya has 45cm, and the Marrakesh is adjustable from 45.5 cm to 47.2 cm.
07-30-18, 12:57 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,788
Posted By ph0rk

Sure, but I don't see that big a price gap...

Sure, but I don't see that big a price gap between bikes in the two categories. Nor between "race" road bikes and endurance road bikes for that matter, save for oddities that clearly cost some money...
07-29-18, 11:35 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,788
Posted By ph0rk

Point is: they aren't markedly more expensive...

Point is: they aren't markedly more expensive when you compare products with similar components. He showed an excellent example of that.

Are there dirt cheap mountainbikes out there? Sure. Will...
07-28-18, 03:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,423
Posted By ph0rk

My Tiagra levers are still just fine after two...

My Tiagra levers are still just fine after two years. And that's two of them to your one that broke - so you must be wrong.

Have you ever leaned them against anything, let the bike fall over,...
07-28-18, 03:14 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 5,919
Posted By ph0rk

But without discs how can it be the best? ...

But without discs how can it be the best?

More seriously, cool bike.
07-28-18, 02:29 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,220
Posted By ph0rk

It's been mostly pleasant here, I think my GPS...

It's been mostly pleasant here, I think my GPS maxed out at ~89f, but it was closer to 75 for most of the ride.

It's been in the middle 80's here for a few weeks. I still bike commute, but I sure...
07-28-18, 02:27 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 5,919
Posted By ph0rk

No disc brakes. How plebeian!

No disc brakes. How plebeian!
07-28-18, 02:25 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,792
Posted By ph0rk

Way back when we used string to measure how far...

Way back when we used string to measure how far we had ridden, we were more hard core.
07-28-18, 06:38 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 5,919
Posted By ph0rk

Some dentists ride.

Some dentists ride.
07-27-18, 08:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,688
Posted By ph0rk

If 26x2.3" tires created enough additional drag...

If 26x2.3" tires created enough additional drag to slow him down so much on top of the rest of his bike and his body, he's not that strong.
07-24-18, 07:53 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,110
Posted By ph0rk

I wouldn’t expect to think that ways in which my...

I wouldn’t expect to think that ways in which my neighbor spends his money are all good choices, and vice versa.
07-24-18, 07:19 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 10,116
Posted By ph0rk

4700 Tiagra was, to me, easier to keep running...

4700 Tiagra was, to me, easier to keep running smooth than pre r3000 Sora. Possibly the new cable pull?

So far, r8000 ultegra isn’t markedly better. Don’t get me wrong, the ergos feel a bit nicer....
07-24-18, 04:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,041
Posted By ph0rk

I'll even wear one on long road rides. I can...

I'll even wear one on long road rides.

I can vouch for Salsa's stainless cages though. They have never, ever dislodged a bottle, on anything.
07-23-18, 07:23 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 8,637
Posted By ph0rk

I didn’t call them flat, but based on my current...

I didn’t call them flat, but based on my current conditions, LR100 and the DK half pint have rather easy climbing. I have ridden both, or iterations of them at any rate - I didn’t ride the courses...
07-23-18, 06:45 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 8,637
Posted By ph0rk

Funny thing is, when the Slate came out people...

Funny thing is, when the Slate came out people didnít think it was ďgravel bike enoughĒ to be a gravel bike. I guess that changed after King won DK overall with one in 2016.

Trek considers the FX...
07-23-18, 05:52 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 8,637
Posted By ph0rk

If thatís what you really think, you could stand...

If thatís what you really think, you could stand for some more ball-busting.

On topic: the best thing about riding gravel is there really isnít any such thing as the wrong bike if you finish on...
07-23-18, 05:44 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 8,637
Posted By ph0rk

Ben King beat the field at DK by about two hours...

Ben King beat the field at DK by about two hours on a Cannondale Slate with lefty fork. That counts as a hybrid, right?

There are some nice bikes out there sold as hybrids - Trekís high end FX is...
07-23-18, 05:17 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 8,637
Posted By ph0rk

Wow. Not only do you entirely miss the point of...

Wow. Not only do you entirely miss the point of that anecdote, I bet you gleefully tell people they are on the wrong bike before you take the time to figure out whether or not they know whatís up.
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07-23-18, 06:41 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 8,637
Posted By ph0rk

Depends on the road - there are plenty here that...

Depends on the road - there are plenty here that are steep enough and washed out enough that I briefly wished for a front shock (course, I could still fit one to my Fargo). And back West there were...
07-21-18, 06:52 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,412
Posted By ph0rk

As much as you complain about your crossrip I can...

As much as you complain about your crossrip I can only assume someone told you it wasn't basically a commuter when you bought it?

The crossrip isn't that heavy for what it is (a pricepoint bike),...
07-21-18, 06:38 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 8,637
Posted By ph0rk

I should also add that in some circles they...

I should also add that in some circles they aren't. I've taken gravelly "hybrid" bikes (yet with drop bars and slicks) to road club rides and there is the usual derision. This dries up when you prove...
07-21-18, 06:30 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,399
Posted By ph0rk

Do you have many hills nearby? 36x28 isn't an...

Do you have many hills nearby? 36x28 isn't an ideal climbing gear for a relatively new cyclist. Or a not that new cyclist that has a 3 mile climb ahead.

If you're on gravel, standing to climb can...
07-20-18, 02:26 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 8,637
Posted By ph0rk

People have been doing that all along.

People have been doing that all along.
07-20-18, 06:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 504
Posted By ph0rk

Those are very different setups - 1x mechanical...

Those are very different setups - 1x mechanical pull shifter vs 2x with electronic shifting.

That aside, Rival on up in SRAM (Force is one step up) and Ultegra with Shimano are both high quality....
07-20-18, 06:33 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,616
Posted By ph0rk

Why gravel bikes are rad when hybrids aren't. ...

Why gravel bikes are rad when hybrids aren't.

I think it's pretty simple, though - a big ugly comfort seat and skinny-leg cheap suspension fork with upright riser bars doesn't look cool.

I...
07-20-18, 06:19 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 8,637
Posted By ph0rk

The most common bike at a local organized gravel...

The most common bike at a local organized gravel ride here was a flat bar hardtail - there were at least 12 of them. Only a couple of other folks had a rigid fork, and they suffered - particularly on...
07-20-18, 06:15 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,616
Posted By ph0rk

Depends on where you are, I think. In some places...

Depends on where you are, I think. In some places it's pretty damn hard to find 100 miles of smooth blacktop that isn't (A) a high-traffic small-shoulder highway or (B) stretches 2-3 miles long that...
07-18-18, 08:57 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,683
Posted By ph0rk

I have a bike on life support (lives in the...

I have a bike on life support (lives in the trainer most of the time). This is pretty much the lowest level of usefulness. Any less and it will probably go.

I'd like to store some bikes on a wall...
07-18-18, 08:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,835
Posted By ph0rk

Indeed. I've been glad of my > 2" tires often...

Indeed. I've been glad of my > 2" tires often enough I wouldn't ever suggest someone start out on anything skinnier than 35mm - and I'd push them to 40 or 42mm first.

Tired bodies leads to resting...
07-18-18, 08:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 674
Posted By ph0rk

Clearly, they need to HTFU.

Clearly, they need to HTFU.
07-18-18, 08:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,835
Posted By ph0rk

This depends on rider skill and local conditions....

This depends on rider skill and local conditions. I've seen lots of gravel outside the plains that has sections of rocky singletrack (and some in the plains, too). I'm sure someone could do it on...
07-17-18, 10:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,050
Posted By ph0rk

I think BD will call a bike anything at all to...

I think BD will call a bike anything at all to sell it. Hybrid/cafe/adventure? What?

I saw adventure used to describe bikepacking/touring bikes at various levels of gnar (by manufacturers) almost...
07-17-18, 06:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,050
Posted By ph0rk

That's a weird naming choice, but I guess that's...

That's a weird naming choice, but I guess that's the model name, rather than the category. They call the category "Urban Fitness".

Cannondale doesn't market "Adventure" bikes as a category, but...
07-16-18, 06:18 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 232
Posted By ph0rk

Split out a gravel racing forum

Loads of the content in the gravel/cyclocross recreational forum would be better suited to a racing subforum; particularly about the big races but also in the general discussion. There are already...
07-15-18, 05:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 674
Posted By ph0rk

The sooner we split out a gravel racing subforum,...

The sooner we split out a gravel racing subforum, the better.
07-15-18, 01:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 674
Posted By ph0rk

Well, Campy can just go pound sand. I knew...

Well, Campy can just go pound sand.

I knew there was a reason I've never even test ridden a bike with Campagnolo bits on it.

File under: ideas as stupid/bad as ultra-torque.
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