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03-02-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,993
Posted By Spoonrobot

I felt the same way. Glibly told to HTFU by guys...

I felt the same way. Glibly told to HTFU by guys who quit the entire sport a year or two later. Now I just do MTB/Gravel and wait to register a week out. More often than not I just skip the event but...
02-19-20, 02:03 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,143
Posted By Spoonrobot

Nah, that ain't the way it is in the real world....

Nah, that ain't the way it is in the real world. I'm not blinding motorists and they're not blinding me.

StVZO lights are essentially worthless for road riding.
02-17-20, 09:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,143
Posted By Spoonrobot

Why would I shine my light directly at motorists...

Why would I shine my light directly at motorists or in their eyes? The light is mounted right side, slightly below the fork crown and aimed to project the hotspot ~75 meters ahead. From the front it...
02-16-20, 02:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,143
Posted By Spoonrobot

A very bright helmet mounted light had done more...

A very bright helmet mounted light had done more to increase passing space and decrease passing speed than anything else, when riding at night. I use a 1200 lumen Zebralight H600w Mk IV, with the...
02-08-20, 01:53 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 6,223
Posted By Spoonrobot

Here's your link you forgot:...

Here's your link you forgot: https://www.bikeradar.com/news/surly-straggler-cyclocross-bike-eurobike-2013/

The example I saw weighed at a Surly dealer in 2016 was 4.4 pounds for the 54cm frame and...
02-08-20, 08:59 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 6,223
Posted By Spoonrobot

Oh I forgot to add - I found out later the...

Oh I forgot to add - I found out later the Straggler frame weighs ~40 grames/1.5 ounce heavier than the Double Cross Disc I purchased. Had I known that I'd have just bought the Surly. And probably...
02-08-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 6,223
Posted By Spoonrobot

Few years ago I went looking for a steel disc...

Few years ago I went looking for a steel disc frame. Found the Surly Straggler, looked good for what I wanted but there was no weight listed on the very comprehensive spec sheet....
Forum: Road Cycling
01-24-20, 02:23 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,334
Posted By Spoonrobot

199.9 58 15 miles

199.9
58
15

miles
01-22-20, 09:56 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,332
Posted By Spoonrobot

Most interesting is that, back to back, the...

Most interesting is that, back to back, the photographs express the item(s) much less clearly than the drawings. I noticed the same with the modern (non-cycling) Duluth Trading catalogs. It's...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-22-20, 08:48 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,026
Posted By Spoonrobot

Thatís often a sign of excessive saddle setback.

Thatís often a sign of excessive saddle setback.
Forum: Touring
01-04-20, 07:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 758
Posted By Spoonrobot

How heavy is your planned load? Most modern...

How heavy is your planned load?

Most modern disc frames (including the two you mentioned) are stiffer than many loaded touring frames from the 80s/90s by a factor of at least 2. The Breezer Radar...
Replies: 46
Views: 2,345
Posted By Spoonrobot

I went and bought this. Owner didn't want to...

I went and bought this. Owner didn't want to haggle so I gave $110 for it. Appears to have most if not all of the original equipment and minimal wear. Tires are dry-rotted but otherwise all it needs...
12-26-19, 10:43 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 7,818
Posted By Spoonrobot

I carry a Crankbros M19 as well as a Chinese OEM...

I carry a Crankbros M19 as well as a Chinese OEM "pirhana tool (http://www.multitool.org/tools/miscellaneous/piranha-multitool-review)".

The M19 comes in handy maybe a dozen times a year, mostly...
Forum: Touring
12-03-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,791
Posted By Spoonrobot

Regional variation for sure. In my location I am...

Regional variation for sure. In my location I am a magnet for middle-aged Southern Women. If I stop for any length of time invariably one will wander over to say hi, or stop their car to see if I...
Forum: Touring
11-29-19, 09:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,890
Posted By Spoonrobot

My favorite albuterol fueled endurance racer.

My favorite albuterol fueled endurance racer.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-19, 08:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,942
Posted By Spoonrobot

This is boilerplate and has probably been written...

This is boilerplate and has probably been written hundreds of time by dozens of adherents to a modern myth, mostly driven by the preferences of a small group of cyclists. Your main point does not...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-19, 09:18 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,942
Posted By Spoonrobot

Faster tires are more beneficial for slower...

Faster tires are more beneficial for slower riders (especially those riding alone) as the effect of the marginal differences are magnified at lower wattages. 10w at 150w ftp v. 10w at 300w ftp.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-24-19, 07:05 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,942
Posted By Spoonrobot

Problem is, it's not true. Here's the real...

Problem is, it's not true.

Here's the real world breakdown for what is generally considered paved riding.

19mm tires are slower than 21mm tires are slower than 23mm tires, many of which are...
11-22-19, 11:42 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,209
Posted By Spoonrobot

He's not wrong, possibly something lost in...

He's not wrong, possibly something lost in translation. I've seen a few drive-trains that work fine - not skipping, shift ok (but clunky) - that will start skipping once the chain is cleaned and...
11-18-19, 10:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 527
Posted By Spoonrobot

Regardless of the spec if you're wearing the...

Regardless of the spec if you're wearing the clearing groove, you're on the last miles. 1.5mm is the Shimano standard and reasonable for the same style rotors from other manufacturers.

How are you...
11-17-19, 10:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,699
Posted By Spoonrobot

You can rig up either the entire included...

You can rig up either the entire included headband or just the actual silicone holder. Velcro ties or zipties to the helmet usually. For some reason (some) bikepacking cyclists like to wear the...
11-17-19, 09:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 441
Posted By Spoonrobot

I have a set of GK slicks that are 39.1mm wide...

I have a set of GK slicks that are 39.1mm wide and 35.2mm tall on Kinlin TL-23 rims with 23mm IW. Same tires at the same sag on OEM HED Tomcat 17.5mm IW are 38.3mm wide and 37.4mm tall. If I use the...
11-15-19, 05:51 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 17,672
Posted By Spoonrobot

Link to article please.

Link to article please.
11-15-19, 08:41 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 17,672
Posted By Spoonrobot

flyingpigeon.jpeg...

flyingpigeon.jpeg (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Pigeon)

Just because there's a lot of something doesn't make it better or the best. Most road bikes are 700c but that's clearly not the best...
Forum: Commuting
11-15-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,750
Posted By Spoonrobot

I ride with a helmet light and in the past rode...

I ride with a helmet light and in the past rode through some of the lower income, high pedestrian areas of Atlanta. The light effectively stops the (potential) interview phase of criminal...
Forum: Commuting
11-09-19, 06:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,882
Posted By Spoonrobot

I do the same, just have the bag supported on a...

I do the same, just have the bag supported on a front rack. Camera bags are great cheap handlebar bags, good ones with side pockets and compartments are barely $30 on Amazon.
11-09-19, 04:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,064
Posted By Spoonrobot

Where do you live? If you're going to drop that...

Where do you live? If you're going to drop that much coin on a bike in this re-sale market it may be worthwhile to take a nice daytrip or weekend trip to the nearest major metro and do some serious...
11-09-19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 721
Posted By Spoonrobot

What's traffic signal or control does the trail...

What's traffic signal or control does the trail crossing have? Streetview makes it look like a HAWK signal. Did the kid have the flashing lights? If not he may not have been ready to cross. In this...
11-08-19, 06:10 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

I clean my chain before waxing because if not the...

I clean my chain before waxing because if not the mother wax will become contaminated with steel and silica grit. Itís much easier to spend a couple minutes cleaning the chain than it is filtering...
11-08-19, 03:46 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,699
Posted By Spoonrobot

Wet Dry Zoom flash

Wet
Dry
Zoom flash
11-07-19, 10:06 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

You don't need to boil. Put the chain in a...

You don't need to boil. Put the chain in a plastic jar or jug with some soapy water and shake shake shake. Rinse and repeat, remove and pat dry, then dunk in the new hot wax.

Agitation removes...
11-07-19, 06:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 840
Posted By Spoonrobot

Clement re-branded to Donnelly but the tire...

Clement re-branded to Donnelly but the tire appears to be exactly the same based on the ones I handled. I rode a few thousand miles on the Clement versions, 120 tpi and the 60 tpi. The former is a...
11-07-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 840
Posted By Spoonrobot

Two-pack of the GravelKing slick is sometimes $70...

Two-pack of the GravelKing slick is sometimes $70 on eBay. Honestly the Panaracer Pasela is one of the better budget tires, I suspect it's as durable as the gravelking just slightly heavier. It's...
11-07-19, 11:14 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,899
Posted By Spoonrobot

I'll never buy a bike from JensonUSA again. My...

I'll never buy a bike from JensonUSA again. My excitement for my new purchase turned to disdain when I discovered they queue all complete bike purchases through their shop to perform a re-inspection...
11-07-19, 11:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 840
Posted By Spoonrobot

The Comet is a slow tire. What exactly is your...

The Comet is a slow tire. What exactly is your budget?

Ideal option:

WTB Byway 700cx34 in the front
Continental GP5K 700x32 in the rear

Budget Option:

Panaracer GK Slick 700cx32 front...
11-06-19, 12:24 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,698
Posted By Spoonrobot

Keep in mind that bulb (or dome I suppose for...

Keep in mind that bulb (or dome I suppose for LED) lumens and OTF lumens are still entangled. One poster seeking 1000 lumens may actually be creating his perception of need from a 700 lumen light...
11-05-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,698
Posted By Spoonrobot

"similar to a (proper) car low beam" is poor...

"similar to a (proper) car low beam" is poor logic. Out on my bicycle I do not have a tempered glass windshield, a pressed steel cage or any of numerous other safety features, in front and around my...
11-05-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,064
Posted By Spoonrobot

I just twist off the nut, the end of the threaded...

I just twist off the nut, the end of the threaded portion only has a mild peening and is overrun easy with a needlenose. Valve drops out and the core can be physically cleaned.
11-05-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,005
Posted By Spoonrobot

I'd be curious to see how much larger they get....

I'd be curious to see how much larger they get. I've not had a Panaracer (Compass, Grand Bois, OEM) tire grow more than 0.5mm since I started riding and measuring them in 2015, probably because of...
11-04-19, 03:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,005
Posted By Spoonrobot

I read some of the same articles: ...

I read some of the same articles:

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/brandt/slicks.html

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tires.html#hydroplaning

Now there's a counterpoint:
...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-19, 12:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,173
Posted By Spoonrobot

Your assumption of safety is misguided,...

Your assumption of safety is misguided, especially as you are in the USA and serious injury or death due to failed equipment is almost never investigated unless it affects multiple litigious...
11-03-19, 12:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,005
Posted By Spoonrobot

GIS shows that's the normal pattern for the...

GIS shows that's the normal pattern for the Chinook Pass. Otherwise IME Compass won't do anything about your (potentially perceived) lack of width. They'll tell you to measure at max PSI and leave it...
11-03-19, 12:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 569
Posted By Spoonrobot

I've largely dropped out of the C&V scene but I'm...

I've largely dropped out of the C&V scene but I'm just North of Atlanta. I've had occasion to head up to Chattanooga for some facilitation, picked up a raleigh mtb a few months ago.
11-01-19, 06:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 797
Posted By Spoonrobot

30% is not a hard number you need to meet,...

30% is not a hard number you need to meet, basically you just want to be under 50%, probably. Any closer to target and you're looking at stressin' about 1-3% capacity difference. Temperature is as...
10-26-19, 02:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,101
Posted By Spoonrobot

V4 is going to be stiffer than the MS as the...

V4 is going to be stiffer than the MS as the former has a OS headtube/fork and is designed with a tubing mix for more off-road riding. Tange Prestige from Soma isn't the same tubeset it was back in...
10-24-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,939
Posted By Spoonrobot

I prefer regular google maps and streetview to...

I prefer regular google maps and streetview to determine if it's a safe road to ride. Where other cyclists ride is often not where I want to go, so the heatmap is not helpful.
10-21-19, 08:32 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 15,601
Posted By Spoonrobot

Is this the same woman who shopped around...

Is this the same woman who shopped around different sports attempting to find one in which to become champion? Also the same woman who essentially trolled the track forum until she was asked to stop...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-19, 07:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 791
Posted By Spoonrobot

Ah that makes sense, I wasn't understanding your...

Ah that makes sense, I wasn't understanding your post. Yes that's the bottle that works the best. The little red cap is not that important, it should come with a pin type stopper that is much more...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-19, 07:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 791
Posted By Spoonrobot

Why do you want to use sealant instead of a patch...

Why do you want to use sealant instead of a patch kit? Sealant is at best, inconsistent, in sealing tubes.

Additionally the bottle you linked will not work very well with sealant as the opening is...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-19, 05:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 791
Posted By Spoonrobot

I carry this but it's probably a little too big...

I carry this but it's probably a little too big for a saddle bag. Slightly longer than a folded 700c tube but much thinner - the 80ml size.

https://www.wiggle.com/lifeline-tubeless-tire-sealant/
...
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