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01-23-21, 10:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 761
Posted By zen_

FSA also has a wide selection of 48/32 and 46/30...

FSA also has a wide selection of 48/32 and 46/30 cranks, although which ones are better than the 46/30 GRX crank is debatable. They also have powerbox crank options, which (correct me if I'm wrong),...
01-17-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 524
Posted By zen_

The 700x38 Specialized Pathfinder Pro is another...

The 700x38 Specialized Pathfinder Pro is another tire you should definitely be considering for the type of riding described. Rolls as fast as a road tire on the road, while still being a very capable...
01-12-21, 01:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 761
Posted By zen_

I wasn't aware of that EThirteen 9-42 XD...

I wasn't aware of that EThirteen 9-42 XD cassette, so I stand corrected.

Gearing is in the same boat as saddles though; at the end of the day, what you need is very personal. If you plug in that...
01-12-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 761
Posted By zen_

The only cassette with a 9t cog is the new...

The only cassette with a 9t cog is the new Campangolo Ekar, which is in no way compatible with 11 speed GRX (Ekar is 13 speed, and uses a totally different hub / body).

If the hub on your wheels...
01-11-21, 09:12 PM
Replies: 464
Views: 182,601
Posted By zen_

It did include the plugs for using a Di2 front...

It did include the plugs for using a Di2 front mech, so I guess they assume that anyone bothering with a 2x build from a frameset will be using Di2. Not really an issue though for a $10 part when it...
01-09-21, 09:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,155
Posted By zen_

The $15 Magene cadence (or speed) sensors from...

The $15 Magene cadence (or speed) sensors from AliExpress work just as well as Garmin sensors, and the full rubber cases on there for $3 work well too.
01-08-21, 06:37 PM
Replies: 464
Views: 182,601
Posted By zen_

They are still fully enclosed (agreed that's much...

They are still fully enclosed (agreed that's much better for gravel), although my one ding on the frameset is that they didn't include a cable stop to use with a front mech. I found some pictures of...
01-07-21, 07:45 PM
Replies: 464
Views: 182,601
Posted By zen_

Just picked up the 2021 Renegade S1 frameset from...

Just picked up the 2021 Renegade S1 frameset from the LBS today. I think it was the right choice to change to standard cable routing. The T47 BB and tapered head tube are also nice touches, and it...
01-03-21, 10:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 764
Posted By zen_

Without knowing anything about how you intend to...

Without knowing anything about how you intend to use it, I would say the State All-Road /w the 650b wheelset is easily the best budget bike for someone new to gravel that will take them anywhere....
01-02-21, 02:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 721
Posted By zen_

Are you using a wheel speed sensor? Again, I...

Are you using a wheel speed sensor?

Again, I don't know how the Wahoo app calculates (virtual) speed. The three ways it can be calculated on an indoor trainer are wheel speed (usually used when...
01-01-21, 07:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 721
Posted By zen_

I have not used the Wahoo app, but the virtual...

I have not used the Wahoo app, but the virtual speed on most apps is based on your power, or power to weight ratio (w/kg).

The only things that actually changes when shifting gears in ERG mode...
12-29-20, 10:09 PM
Replies: 464
Views: 182,601
Posted By zen_

If it's in your budget, and you can find the...

If it's in your budget, and you can find the parts, swapping out the front derailleur, rear derailleur, and crank (46/30) with 10 speed GRX, a Shimano BB, and an 11-34 or 11-36 cassette would make a...
12-28-20, 08:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,281
Posted By zen_

I used to use Cliff Bars for part of my...

I used to use Cliff Bars for part of my nutrition. Usually towards the end of long rides where it's not so bad to take in some protein to start recovery. I got sick of them too though; the taste, and...
12-27-20, 09:54 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,504
Posted By zen_

I use the pancake compressor from HF that's $40...

I use the pancake compressor from HF that's $40 with a coupon, and the $10 starter kit that comes with a hose, air duster, and various fittings. Compressor -> hose -> air duster -> barb -> hose...
12-25-20, 05:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,595
Posted By zen_

My cheap ready made items are Gatorade powder,...

My cheap ready made items are Gatorade powder, dried apricots or a banana, and Nature Valley crunchy granola bars from Sam's Club. For general training and riding, the name of the game is carbs that...
12-21-20, 06:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,138
Posted By zen_

Bummed to report firsthand that the GRX hoods are...

Bummed to report firsthand that the GRX hoods are not compatible with the 105 R7020 levers at least. The outer shape is identical, but the Trek dealer was right about the inner moldings being...
12-20-20, 11:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 419
Posted By zen_

As you can see from the design, those lightweight...

As you can see from the design, those lightweight Chinese MTB cassettes are just a 7 or 8 speed steel road cassette with a cogset machined from aluminum slapped on the end to fill out the climbing...
12-19-20, 02:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 669
Posted By zen_

I waited a few months last year hoping to get a...

I waited a few months last year hoping to get a good deal on a Tamland (the green one, and the last one made), but ended up getting a previous year model from Erik's on closeout because they had a...
12-18-20, 06:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,848
Posted By zen_

I'll try to give you some advice that's a bit...

I'll try to give you some advice that's a bit more on point w/o being condescending, or digressing too much...

Parts worth "upgrading"

Saddle - Unless you really love the stock one, start the...
12-13-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 22,036
Posted By zen_

I saw a couple bikes setup that way last year...

I saw a couple bikes setup that way last year with the Ultegra RX805 Di2 derailleur (listed capacity 39t). The 50-40 gear may not work, or be extremely marginal, so I guess it depends if a person is...
12-12-20, 10:34 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 22,036
Posted By zen_

Just echoing what was already said; there is not...

Just echoing what was already said; there is not a GRX cassette. The 2x GRX systems are most commonly built with a 105 or Ultegra 11-34 cassette, while the 1x system usually comes with an 11-42 Deore...
12-10-20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,930
Posted By zen_

TrainerRoad is an extremely compelling option for...

TrainerRoad is an extremely compelling option for those that cannot afford TP + a qualified coach, and you can do the workouts outside /w a power meter.
12-04-20, 08:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 897
Posted By zen_

You have to subtract what he could sell his...

You have to subtract what he could sell his existing bike for, which would probably be at least $800 since the used bike market is still very good, and the cheapest R7020 groupset I see right now on...
12-04-20, 05:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 897
Posted By zen_

The flex will seem more dramatic in a trainer...

The flex will seem more dramatic in a trainer since it's completely static, whereas a hard sprint outside has a lot of lateral movement. I've never heard of the alloy Topstone alloy being overly...
11-29-20, 04:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,138
Posted By zen_

It's going to be 2-4 weeks before I get to try...

It's going to be 2-4 weeks before I get to try them since they are coming from Taiwan (just ordered the other day), and it's for a bike that I don't have yet. Unless I'm missing something, they look...
11-29-20, 03:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,138
Posted By zen_

Is the whole shifter ruined, or just the rubber...

Is the whole shifter ruined, or just the rubber hood? I'm pretty sure the R7020 (105), R8020 (Ultegra), RX600, and RX810 shifters are all the same shape body that can use hoods from any model. If you...
11-27-20, 04:39 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 165
Posted By zen_

T47 BB help

Little confused on what T47 BB I could use with an FSA Gossamer or Energy crank since it's not on the FSA BB chart. Would this...
11-25-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,178
Posted By zen_

The distance between the saddle and pedal should...

The distance between the saddle and pedal should stay the same bike-to-bike, so when the stack height increases, the top of the top tube is higher, and the bars are higher relative to the rider.
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11-25-20, 05:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,270
Posted By zen_

Fortunately there is still an apparently endless...

Fortunately there is still an apparently endless supply of 90's steel MTBs on Craigslist waiting to be converted to LHTs.
11-24-20, 10:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,771
Posted By zen_

It might not be worth choosing one bike over...

It might not be worth choosing one bike over another for the fork mounts, but I'd still rather have them than not. One problem I ran into over the summer where my Saturday rides were getting to be...
11-24-20, 09:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,771
Posted By zen_

If you're really considering bikepacking, the...

If you're really considering bikepacking, the Topstone lacks fork mounts, which reduces loading options somewhat.

The Jamis Renegade S2/3 are bike you should also consider that are the perfect...
11-18-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,337
Posted By zen_

I don't even know how different the weight and...

I don't even know how different the weight and materials are between them, but ostensibly there is some difference.

It probably would have made more sense to say the ergonomics and shifting...
11-18-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,337
Posted By zen_

The current generation Claris, Sora and Tiagra...

The current generation Claris, Sora and Tiagra (cable brake) are pretty much the same systems with a different # of gears, and slight changes in construction materials and weight.
11-15-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,149
Posted By zen_

You should be able to run an 11-40 cassette w/o...

You should be able to run an 11-40 cassette w/o an extension on the GRX derailleur. Here is a video of the setup with an 11 speed GRX system using the 48/31 crank. With that setup the only caveat is...
11-14-20, 08:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,149
Posted By zen_

You should be able to run a 46/30t crank with a...

You should be able to run a 46/30t crank with a Sunrace (possibly others?) 11-40t cassette pretty easily using the GRX 400 (10 speed) rear mech. There's a thread on the riding gravel forum about...
11-10-20, 08:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 795
Posted By zen_

One small problem with Vermont is that Ted King...

One small problem with Vermont is that Ted King lives there, and he takes all the KOM's every time he leaves the house.
11-10-20, 04:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 737
Posted By zen_

The Sora shifters are legit. What happens is...

The Sora shifters are legit. What happens is Shimano sells parts to bike manufacturers far below the retail prices, and some of that excess inventory ends up for sale in the gray market.

The...
11-10-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,069
Posted By zen_

It's best to do an FTP test at the end of an easy...

It's best to do an FTP test at the end of an easy week if those are part of your plan.

I would suggest a longer warmup than the 5 minute one built into the Zwift ramp. Easy peddling in z1 for...
11-10-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,188
Posted By zen_

The very short answer is that (as you mentioned)...

The very short answer is that (as you mentioned) vo2 max is anywhere from difficult to physiologically impossible to increase, but lactate threshold (LT) is highly trainable. LT is often expressed as...
11-05-20, 08:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,966
Posted By zen_

After using Garmin Connect and the Strava route...

After using Garmin Connect and the Strava route builder / map tools extensively, I think that RWGPS is quite a bit better than either for building routes, and fairly accurate on the elevation gain....
10-31-20, 09:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 737
Posted By zen_

You can also get R3000 Sora shifters for $145...

You can also get R3000 Sora shifters for $145...
10-30-20, 08:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,359
Posted By zen_

How did you configure the build? ...

How did you configure the build?

...
10-28-20, 06:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,543
Posted By zen_

I used the Tacx desktop app (Windows) during the...

I used the Tacx desktop app (Windows) during the nice months this year when I wasn't riding inside much to do basic workouts in ERG mode, and it works fine for the most part. It lacks some of the...
10-26-20, 10:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,240
Posted By zen_

I carry one in my repair kit for a tubeless...

I carry one in my repair kit for a tubeless gravel bike because the extra $30 for a tube half the size folded up, and half the weight seemed like a no-brainer.
10-25-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 773
Posted By zen_

If you're considering the steel Renegade, spend...

If you're considering the steel Renegade, spend the extra $350 for the S3, no question. You get a much better GRX 400 groupset with a 46/30 crank that will be more suitable for bikepacking / gravel...
10-24-20, 07:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,058
Posted By zen_

It's a foam (or foam like) tire insert that let's...

It's a foam (or foam like) tire insert that let's you run even lower pressures, while adding extra protection to the rim from hard impacts, and the tire from pinch flats. They have been around for...
10-21-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,359
Posted By zen_

Zipp 303 S $1,300, Hunt $1,600...hmmm. For a...

Zipp 303 S $1,300, Hunt $1,600...hmmm.

For a cheap aero gravel rim, the Lite Bicycle Falcon 35 / 45 (25mm internal) can't be beat. A $600 (set) build of the 45's with Novatec hubs and Pillar 1420...
10-18-20, 04:07 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 3,335
Posted By zen_

I swear every "gravel" product advert has some...

I swear every "gravel" product advert has some variation of this guy in it. I love this one because it looks like they photoshopped in the beard, hat and flannel on a stock photo of a roadie.
...
10-18-20, 10:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 907
Posted By zen_

I have an iGPSPORT iGS10 that cost $40 as a...

I have an iGPSPORT iGS10 that cost $40 as a backup / commuting device. It functions just fine as a basic computer with ANT+ heart rate and cadence sensors, and it also uses the same mount as Garmin....
10-17-20, 05:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,070
Posted By zen_

Kona Rove LTD, Jamis Renegade S1, and Soma...

Kona Rove LTD, Jamis Renegade S1, and Soma Wolverine (A-type) are all reasonably priced frames / framesets I would be looking at. I would say with any of those, they are going to be marginal at best...
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