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07-08-19, 06:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 522
Posted By bcpriess

Why cut it? Seriously,as a taller person I can't...

Why cut it? Seriously,as a taller person I can't stand it when I am looking at used forks/bikess that have been ruined by someone thinking they need to cut off the "extra" steerer length.
07-04-19, 10:20 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 7,169
Posted By bcpriess

Weight does not matter. It makes you stronger,...

Weight does not matter. It makes you stronger, and the extra momentum helps you bomb over obstacles, making acceleration less of an issue.
06-10-19, 08:22 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,478
Posted By bcpriess

Someone mentioned beach cruisers. *If* you live...

Someone mentioned beach cruisers. *If* you live in a pretty flat place, you can totally get by with a cheap single speed beach cruiser. The bonus is they have relaxed seating positions, higher...
05-30-19, 09:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 314
Posted By bcpriess

Both are cheaper than almost all Wal Mart bikes,...

Both are cheaper than almost all Wal Mart bikes, and better. At those prices just buy the one you think she'll like best.
05-28-19, 09:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,621
Posted By bcpriess

Dirt drops and wide gravel bars are where it's...

Dirt drops and wide gravel bars are where it's at. No more numb fingers. But I'd recommend bar end shifters. None of the fussiness of STI's, nor mysterious setup problems and it keeps your hands in...
05-28-19, 09:15 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,773
Posted By bcpriess

I have Specialized FastTraks and WTB Riddlers,...

I have Specialized FastTraks and WTB Riddlers, about 50mm or 2.0in, on my dropbar 26er, and they work well on most surfaces without slowing me down.
05-23-19, 08:56 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,405
Posted By bcpriess

I'll add to this that it seems like tire size may...

I'll add to this that it seems like tire size may have a direct relationship to the size of loose gravel you are riding on. My gut says if the loose gravel is x mm in diameter, you want your tires...
05-20-19, 08:23 PM
Replies: 271
Views: 22,068
Posted By bcpriess

You get a lot of bang for your buck with steel,...

You get a lot of bang for your buck with steel, IMO. All things being equal, I think they are a more compliant ride than other materials, and way less expensive than cf. I still drool over bikes...
05-19-19, 06:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,255
Posted By bcpriess

Not a guide, but before you rule out drop bars...

Not a guide, but before you rule out drop bars completely I would look for high stack adventure or gravel bikes. They tend to have a much more upright posture than vintage drop bar bikes, and you...
05-19-19, 06:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 620
Posted By bcpriess

Get the fattest, lowish resistance tires you can...

Get the fattest, lowish resistance tires you can get. , On my drop bar trek 830 mtb i run a 26x1.9 riddler in the back and a 26x1.95 fasttrak in front for an 11 mile commute and it can handle all...
05-17-19, 08:40 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,325
Posted By bcpriess

Kind of a ******y way to introduce the topic, ya...

Kind of a ******y way to introduce the topic, ya think?
05-09-19, 08:13 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,547
Posted By bcpriess

My Lemond Tourmalet is aluminum with a carbon...

My Lemond Tourmalet is aluminum with a carbon fork and carbon seatpost. It handled day to day city abuse well for the five years it was my main ride - including all kinds of rough surfaces, several...
05-07-19, 06:41 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,362
Posted By bcpriess

I don't know about you, but the weather around...

I don't know about you, but the weather around STL has been kinda cruddy for much consistent riding this year. It's May, and I have had one or two weeks this year equal to last year's mileage, not...
04-27-19, 09:28 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 12,110
Posted By bcpriess

Past the upper 30s I worry about my ability to...

Past the upper 30s I worry about my ability to react/brake. Mph.
04-27-19, 09:21 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 12,110
Posted By bcpriess

Past the upper 30s I worry about my ability to...

Past the upper 30s I worry about my ability to react/brake. Mph.
04-27-19, 08:53 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,586
Posted By bcpriess

If the frame fits and supports the components it...

If the frame fits and supports the components it needs to... and it rides well, then in a lot of ways it comes down to aesthetics (and weight if you care) doesn't it? I think just about any frame...
04-27-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,361
Posted By bcpriess

I like my lbs. They're nice people, they...

I like my lbs. They're nice people, they organize a lot of cool events, have a great cafe, are reasonable, and boost tourism in my town. I give them first shot on in stock items and buy...
04-22-19, 08:29 PM
Replies: 6,492
Views: 1,906,429
Posted By bcpriess

Yr Scott has a real ac cosmic stallion vibe the...

Yr Scott has a real ac cosmic stallion vibe the way the paint faded. Very attractive ride!
04-22-19, 11:43 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,320
Posted By bcpriess

This is why you should dress like a farmer in the...

This is why you should dress like a farmer in the sunny months if you're out between 10 am and 5pm. Long sleeves with collars, gloves, wide brimmed hats. Pick routes with trees. As much as...
04-18-19, 06:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,052
Posted By bcpriess

It's hard to go wrong with bikes like the...

It's hard to go wrong with bikes like the midnight special. Anything in the adventure road dropbar segment will give you a good balance of comfort and efficiency and versatility for mixed surfaces. ...
04-11-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,223
Posted By bcpriess

This is the correct advice. Get a cheap used...

This is the correct advice. Get a cheap used Trek/Specialized/Giant hybrid - they can do anything and you aren't going to be a road racer right away. You'll get a good road bike if you decide that...
04-01-19, 04:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,087
Posted By bcpriess

Donnelly MSO 40c tires are great and you can...

Donnelly MSO 40c tires are great and you can safely run tubes down to around 35 PSI.
03-19-19, 08:28 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,588
Posted By bcpriess

For my dropbar 26 MTB, which has the same outer...

For my dropbar 26 MTB, which has the same outer tire diameter as a road bike, and which I use on multiple surfaces with FastTraks and Riddlers, I have a 28-38-48 Alivio triple up front and a 7sp...
03-04-19, 11:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 678
Posted By bcpriess

53t / 39t chainring doubles, IMO, are a holdover...

53t / 39t chainring doubles, IMO, are a holdover from the days when the highest gear on your freewheel cluster was 14t, which would have been a 3.9:1 gear ratio. Now that we have 11t high (and even...
01-29-19, 01:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,768
Posted By bcpriess

Darth Lefty - you are correct! I had the DS and...

Darth Lefty - you are correct! I had the DS and FX flipped around.
01-26-19, 08:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,768
Posted By bcpriess

FX3 is nice but it has a shock that's a useless...

FX3 is nice but it has a shock that's a useless and heavy accessory if his local streets/roads are decently maintained and the OP isn't going on trails. That's why I recommended the Raleigh Redux. ...
01-26-19, 12:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,768
Posted By bcpriess

A lot of what you get depends on the conditions...

A lot of what you get depends on the conditions you'll encounter. Hybrids are a good choice if you have dependable paved surfaces and plan to more or less stick to them. The downside to a lot of...
01-13-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,989
Posted By bcpriess

Second the comments on studded pedals. They make...

Second the comments on studded pedals. They make such a huge difference in keeping your foot planted with just about any kind of shoes, though I prefer to ride with my Saucony trail running shoes. ...
01-10-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 7,228
Posted By bcpriess

I'm going to go with dropbar rigid 26er mods and...

I'm going to go with dropbar rigid 26er mods and the more rugged end of the CX/gravel category (Cutthroat et al). Those are the hot bikes to my eye.
12-18-18, 07:30 PM
Replies: 6,492
Views: 1,906,429
Posted By bcpriess

That Tiramisu is one of the 2 or 3 hottest bikes...

That Tiramisu is one of the 2 or 3 hottest bikes in this thread/this site. Really nice build.
12-13-18, 01:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 756
Posted By bcpriess

A few thoughts for your survey: - Give...

A few thoughts for your survey:

- Give people the option to pick both road and gravel bikes. People probably ride more than one kind of bike. You should also include mountain bikes as an option...
12-09-18, 09:58 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 6,088
Posted By bcpriess

RANS bikes might be what the OP is after. ...

RANS bikes might be what the OP is after.

BABK0030 - ALTERRA 29 (http://shop.ransbikes.com/product-p/babk0030.htm)
...
12-05-18, 10:28 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,245
Posted By bcpriess

It's down to a dropbar MTB trek 830 when it's...

It's down to a dropbar MTB trek 830 when it's super mucky or single track is on the menu, or my Masi Giramondo for dryer weather, longer rides and a desire for higher speeds. Both are excellent...
12-04-18, 12:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 619
Posted By bcpriess

Inhaling bugs is dumb. Wear a bug net over your...

Inhaling bugs is dumb. Wear a bug net over your helmet. You will never go back.
11-20-18, 11:39 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 5,998
Posted By bcpriess

I don't love the idea of Di2 being electronic,...

I don't love the idea of Di2 being electronic, but if it is water/ice/mud proof, I can see it being a pretty nice upgrade from cables that freeze, rust, get sticky, etc. One other feature, which I...
11-14-18, 09:56 PM
Replies: 516
Views: 16,915
Posted By bcpriess

STI's and barcons are a wash for me, with the...

STI's and barcons are a wash for me, with the barcons having a slight edge for a few reasons:

1) How they are a wash: Both give you pretty good ergonomics depending on your riding position....
11-14-18, 11:58 AM
Replies: 516
Views: 16,915
Posted By bcpriess

My '76 Raleigh started out with Campy DT...

My '76 Raleigh started out with Campy DT shifters. Rode it that way for a season and completely hated it. The issue with shifting wasn't the quality of the shift. It was that I had to reach down...
11-12-18, 08:27 PM
Replies: 516
Views: 16,915
Posted By bcpriess

OP, you are high. There are exactly zero reasons...

OP, you are high. There are exactly zero reasons to use DT shifters in 2018. Zero. Brifters are great, barcons are great, thumbies are great, click shifters are great. They are all great because they...
10-29-18, 09:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 587
Posted By bcpriess

https://www.somafab.com/archives/product/san-marco...

https://www.somafab.com/archives/product/san-marcos-frame-set

A super tall friend of mine has one of these with the double top tube and he loves it.
10-29-18, 08:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 587
Posted By bcpriess

What bikes are you looking at that aren't...

What bikes are you looking at that aren't available in taller sizes? It seems like almost every bike I've looked into in the past few years is available at least up to 61cm. Above that it's pretty...
10-26-18, 09:16 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 2,443
Posted By bcpriess

What's all this talk of winter? There are still...

What's all this talk of winter? There are still two months of fall!

But winter is great. It kills the bugs and weeds. There is nothing like a good freeze to reset nature.

I do wish it...
10-26-18, 09:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 777
Posted By bcpriess

1. The brake levers on that thing. WTF? 2. I...

1. The brake levers on that thing. WTF?
2. I have no idea what is happening with the rear brake and rear derailleur. There is a lot of hardware back there, but what does it do?
3. The current...
10-25-18, 09:45 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 3,696
Posted By bcpriess

No statistical data to back this up, but when I...

No statistical data to back this up, but when I see a driver making an egregiously bad move in traffic whether I'm driving a car or a bike, there is a highly disproportionate share of Dodge products...
10-18-18, 08:27 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,881
Posted By bcpriess

Based on your described riding plan, I'd...

Based on your described riding plan, I'd recommend you look at a used Trek 830, 820, 800, or 520. All of those will be similar to a Surly LHT steel frame bike, were made in Wisconsin with True...
10-18-18, 09:15 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,828
Posted By bcpriess

One other thing I'll add - If she really wants a...

One other thing I'll add - If she really wants a permanent light solution, she should bite the bullet and get a dynamo hub on her front wheel, and some high intensity B+M IQ-X lights. This shows...
10-18-18, 09:10 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,828
Posted By bcpriess

I'll answer the OP's question as simply as...

I'll answer the OP's question as simply as possible (and she is correct that the Chinese battery packs look like bombs, and the poster above is correct that their lumen specs can be questionable):
...
09-28-18, 07:36 PM
Replies: 6,492
Views: 1,906,429
Posted By bcpriess

Not showing off my bike, did that a while...

Not showing off my bike, did that a while ago...but I got some NOS 26 x 1.95 WTB Riddlers and *wow*, they corner and grip well, and seem to roll fast on pavement, dirt, and crushed limestone. ...
09-27-18, 11:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 968
Posted By bcpriess

Cows don't really care about you. The stereotype...

Cows don't really care about you. The stereotype of bulls being super aggressive isn't really true either. If you're their source of food, they come toward you expecting food. If you're a...
09-27-18, 11:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,508
Posted By bcpriess

I'll agree with earlier posters that suggest some...

I'll agree with earlier posters that suggest some sort of gravel bike and MTB. I've found my most ridden bikes the past couple years are my drop bar Trek 830 and my Masi Giramondo. I only...
09-23-18, 10:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 844
Posted By bcpriess

done it dozens of times. All my saddles work...

done it dozens of times. All my saddles work just fine.
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