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05-13-21, 06:58 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 526
Posted By rosefarts

I grew up on a dirt road just south of Cheyenne....

I grew up on a dirt road just south of Cheyenne. There were about 5-6 abandoned construction sites where a foundation had been dug and left. These all turned into pretty fun burmed bowls and bike...
05-13-21, 06:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 497
Posted By rosefarts

Came here expecting pics of a run in with a sheep.

Came here expecting pics of a run in with a sheep.
05-13-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 416
Posted By rosefarts

Colorado Springs is remarkably shady. Hoods just...

Colorado Springs is remarkably shady. Hoods just about everywhere. I actually don't trust the people around to stay out of my car if I run in at the gas station.

Lots of really great people in...
05-13-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 298
Posted By rosefarts

The mountain bike trails around here are utterly...

The mountain bike trails around here are utterly empty during the week. I'd be lucky to see 2 people in 2 hours. Great trails for the dog to run and a reservoir for her jump in.

Can't do it on the...
05-13-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 644
Posted By rosefarts

I just sort of figured that heavy MTB shoes are...

I just sort of figured that heavy MTB shoes are the price you pay for a gravel bike.

I wouldn't be opposed to my Carbon Look Keo's and my correspondingly light Bontrager Classique's on gravel...
05-13-21, 06:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 380
Posted By rosefarts

My tied and soldered wheels had an annoying tick...

My tied and soldered wheels had an annoying tick I could never get rid of. I removed the ties and they're dead quiet now.
05-12-21, 11:29 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 753
Posted By rosefarts

What rims are you getting?

What rims are you getting?
05-11-21, 05:44 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 753
Posted By rosefarts

I have the Bitex rear hub. It's a relatively...

I have the Bitex rear hub. It's a relatively light, relatively inexpensive, and high engagement hub.

Don't sweat the bearings. They're going to last a long time. The big deal is that they are 3.5...
05-06-21, 07:55 AM
Replies: 206
Views: 4,913
Posted By rosefarts

Really, aren't most threads here about butt...

Really, aren't most threads here about butt chugging, when you get to the root of the matter?
05-05-21, 03:30 PM
Replies: 206
Views: 4,913
Posted By rosefarts

In my racing days, I noticed a lot of guys would...

In my racing days, I noticed a lot of guys would lose their winter fluff and get really fast by mid summer.

Being scrawny, I had no fluff to lose. So I used a seatpost I had filled with molten...
05-05-21, 07:02 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,014
Posted By rosefarts

20+ years ago, a friend of mine had a Miata. ...

20+ years ago, a friend of mine had a Miata.

It was pretty cool rolling up to the parking lot, top down, my Zaskar LE and his Manitou HT sparkling in the sun.
05-04-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 542
Posted By rosefarts

I think, through the word salad here, that I know...

I think, through the word salad here, that I know the part you broke. I broke one too on a little bit older Campagnolo derailleur. The tab that holds spring tension at the hanger. It's cheap and...
05-02-21, 09:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 747
Posted By rosefarts

Have you tested this theory with Gorilla Glue?

Have you tested this theory with Gorilla Glue?
05-02-21, 06:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 484
Posted By rosefarts

I've got a few 1x bikes. My first build was...

I've got a few 1x bikes.

My first build was 10 speed for gravel. It had a clutched SLX derailleur that I usually forgot to turn on. I dropped the chain at first but once I got the length right, it...
05-01-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 550
Posted By rosefarts

It's either that or his pens no longer click.

It's either that or his pens no longer click.
05-01-21, 07:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 348
Posted By rosefarts

I don't think 4500' is that high. If you lived in...

I don't think 4500' is that high. If you lived in Tahoe or something, it'd be a bigger difference.

Sea level has thick humid air. It's hard to keep your speed up and it's hard to guage...
04-27-21, 09:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 643
Posted By rosefarts

Pretty much. A gravel descent around here...

Pretty much.

A gravel descent around here (Colorado) includes washboards, ruts, cattle guards, and switchbacks. 105 gear inches is plenty.

If your rides consist of straight road descents or...
04-26-21, 05:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 643
Posted By rosefarts

I think the SRAM XD is a game changer. I use...

I think the SRAM XD is a game changer.

I use a 38t chainring.

I've got the 10-42 a d added a wolf tooth 44. Basically I removed the 42 and added a 44. So I've got a solid climbing gear of...
04-26-21, 04:40 PM
Replies: 847
Views: 198,009
Posted By rosefarts

USE Carbon seatpost. Dropped 120g.

USE Carbon seatpost.

Dropped 120g.
04-26-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 610
Posted By rosefarts

​​​​​I have found that once some sealant has...

​​​​​I have found that once some sealant has sloshed around, that it's not a problem to reinflate with a hand pump. Be careful with a mini frame pump, they can jack your valve weird angles and cause...
04-26-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 5,005
Views: 3,507,233
Posted By rosefarts

I built these last spring knowing that I'd be...

I built these last spring knowing that I'd be getting a gravel bike sooner than later. It's 32h front and rear and DB with aluminum nips. I'm 140lbs and dropping.

I rode them through the summer on...
04-26-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 851
Posted By rosefarts

I say eliminate sunscreen. And sunglasses too,...

I say eliminate sunscreen. And sunglasses too, while we're at it.
04-25-21, 06:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 203
Posted By rosefarts

This is one of those things that very possibly...

This is one of those things that very possibly just isn't worth it.

New hub+rebuild or new wheel, new shifter, new derailleur, new chain, new chainring, and new cassette. Everything is new and not...
04-25-21, 02:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 336
Posted By rosefarts

Before even looking at the levers, I have a few...

Before even looking at the levers, I have a few questions.

1. How did the bike stop with the old levers?

I have similarly aged Dura Ace calipers with the original levers and it really doesn't...
04-25-21, 07:48 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,175
Posted By rosefarts

I don't think the lockout on your suspension fork...

I don't think the lockout on your suspension fork is very strong.

It's mostly designed for cruising the road when the trail ends, usually at the start or end of the main ride. Hitting big bumps,...
04-25-21, 07:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 571
Posted By rosefarts

I don't know if you've already purchased shimano...

I don't know if you've already purchased shimano stuff but if not, consider SRAM.

Their long cage is spec's at 42 but I know lots of people who use it up to 46.

I ran Rival 44x11-46 when I...
04-25-21, 06:38 AM
Replies: 5,005
Views: 3,507,233
Posted By rosefarts

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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04-24-21, 09:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 694
Posted By rosefarts

Two sided gorilla tape. Epoxy if you're sure.

Two sided gorilla tape.

Epoxy if you're sure.
04-24-21, 09:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,240
Posted By rosefarts

Bikes direct actually sells replacement...

Bikes direct actually sells replacement wheelsets. So you could get an upgrade set and ditch the current rear wheel.

How savvy are you mechanically? I build lots of wheels myself. It's not hard...
04-24-21, 08:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 941
Posted By rosefarts

I have super sensitive eyes. So I've tried a few...

I have super sensitive eyes. So I've tried a few things.

I've got two different pairs of Kroops goggles/glasses hybrids. They're Ok, I neither love nor hate them. Just not quite comfortable enough...
04-21-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 462
Posted By rosefarts

Sweet! Ok, so my HR is only ant+ but my...

Sweet!

Ok, so my HR is only ant+ but my cadence is both. I didn't realize that so I figured that something was messed up.

So I just need to order a dongle for it.

I downloaded the Kinetic...
04-21-21, 12:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 462
Posted By rosefarts

Ok, now I'm getting into the nuts and bolts. ...

Ok, now I'm getting into the nuts and bolts.

It found my cadence right away.

It found the trainer but says 0 mph. I don't have a sensor for the wheel. I assume I have to get one.

It can't...
04-21-21, 11:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 912
Posted By rosefarts

As for the height concern. I'm 5'8". I like my...

As for the height concern. I'm 5'8". I like my 29er. It is a big bike but not crazy.

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04-21-21, 11:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 462
Posted By rosefarts

I think that might be exactly what I have. I...

I think that might be exactly what I have. I haven't hooked it up yet, so I don't know what it does.

Does zwift have a low technology mode for trainers like this?
04-21-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 462
Posted By rosefarts

I had every intention to get something like this...

I had every intention to get something like this in the fall. A deal came my way and I jumped. I think I can see the advantage, even in the summer, given my extremely limited time to ride.
04-21-21, 09:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 462
Posted By rosefarts

I figured the mention of which wheel choice...

I figured the mention of which wheel choice eliminates the option direct drive. It's a Kurt Kinetic T2700.

I know either bike fits.

I assume, but don't know, that as the program ramps up...
04-21-21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 912
Posted By rosefarts

I mountain biked a ton in the 90s then not again...

I mountain biked a ton in the 90s then not again until last year. I got a 29er and it was an absolute revelation compared to what I was used to.

The larger wheel do occasionally have problems with...
04-21-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 462
Posted By rosefarts

Smart Trainer n00b, which bike to use and shifting questions. My

I got a smart trainer yesterday, supposedly to keep in shape. We'll see. It came with mid 2000's Mavic Cosmic for use and a new green training tire. It's got a Shimano freehub. It also came with a...
04-14-21, 11:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 430
Posted By rosefarts

My biggest concern would be quality control. I'm...

My biggest concern would be quality control. I'm not that a good review matters since there probably is not a process to ensure they're all the same.

A hardtail Motobecane carbon from bikes direct...
04-12-21, 11:53 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,933
Posted By rosefarts

I'm not just smoking crack here. 1. I'm 5'9,...

I'm not just smoking crack here.

1. I'm 5'9, and Richey medium fits me perfectly. I have a Swiss Cross for reference.

2. The Outback is a more relaxed/upright/90's mtb version of the SX.

3....
04-11-21, 05:00 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,933
Posted By rosefarts

This is an easy one. Get a Richey Outback. Well...

This is an easy one. Get a Richey Outback. Well into the comfort zone but has going fast in its heart. Steel. Only a touch heavier than the svelte Swiss Cross V2 it shares some DNA with.

Not a gas...
04-11-21, 10:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 380
Posted By rosefarts

I recently built a set. I used non boost, 135 and...

I recently built a set. I used non boost, 135 and 100 qr in fact.

You actually face the rims different directions. Front to account for the disc side, and rear to account for the drive side. The...
04-07-21, 08:56 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,354
Posted By rosefarts

Couple comments here. -It's a nice bike with...

Couple comments here.

-It's a nice bike with Red, keep it cleaner. It will be easier to work on, easier to spot problems, and look better.

-I bet you can fit 28's on there. If not, 25 is fine....
04-06-21, 04:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 934
Posted By rosefarts

I use Exustar one sided pedals because they're...

I use Exustar one sided pedals because they're quite a bit lighter and are usually easy to get into. It's not a mountain bike after all. Still allows me the walk ability of mountain bike shoes.
04-04-21, 06:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 900
Posted By rosefarts

I live in southern Colorado. That gives me a...

I live in southern Colorado. That gives me a pretty good mix of flat desert, alpine climbing, and rolling foothills. If my average speed gets too much above 10-12, I need to find a mountain to go...
04-03-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 903
Posted By rosefarts

I've had two hylix forks. One great, one garbage....

I've had two hylix forks. One great, one garbage.

FWIW, none of the weird low price point knockoff stuff is meant to be returned. Either keep it as a monument to poor quality or throw it away.
03-31-21, 05:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 482
Posted By rosefarts

I am successfully using a Campy short cage with...

I am successfully using a Campy short cage with 12-30. That's with a 50/34.

It works. I don't know if it should.
03-30-21, 02:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 482
Posted By rosefarts

To expand on the previous comment. You can...

To expand on the previous comment.

You can get just about any compact crank to work if you replace the bottom bracket along with it. That can give you much more human gearing.

Campy made a...
03-30-21, 07:26 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 6,169
Posted By rosefarts

Couldn't force myself to read past the first...

Couldn't force myself to read past the first page.

-if this was a road bike group and you showed up on any mountain bike, you needed to be in the beginners group, and even then, you're basically...
03-29-21, 09:20 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,924
Posted By rosefarts

As a young cocky kid, I got in a yelling match...

As a young cocky kid, I got in a yelling match with a carful of people who buzzed me. They proceeded to run me off the road and all jump out to attack me.

It was three on one.

Late 90s, I...
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