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06-22-19, 11:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 468
Posted By markjenn

As others are saying, almost nothing unless there...

As others are saying, almost nothing unless there is water/dirt entry, poor adjustment, or lack of appropriate grease. I wouldn't hesitate to ride a properly-adjusted, premium quality non-cartridge...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-19, 08:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,012
Posted By markjenn

I broke mine motorcycling and I don't know the...

I broke mine motorcycling and I don't know the displacement, but there was very obvious and pronounced displacement on the x-ray. I was also given the choice and told it would heal on its own...
06-05-19, 10:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,551
Posted By markjenn

You always get a lot of bike for the money with...

You always get a lot of bike for the money with Giant.

On a MTB, I wouldn't consider anything but 1x these days. The extra range at the top end with a 2x or 3x is very seldom, if ever, needed and...
05-20-19, 08:18 PM
Replies: 818
Views: 202,718
Posted By markjenn

Odd noise. Maybe it's the BB, but I'd expect more...

Odd noise. Maybe it's the BB, but I'd expect more of a grinding noise or no noise and roughness when you turn the pedals by hand. This sounds more like a creak which is often associated with the BB...
05-09-19, 01:21 PM
Replies: 818
Views: 202,718
Posted By markjenn

For those with a carbon Sirrus with thru axles...

For those with a carbon Sirrus with thru axles who are looking at how to adapt it to a fork-mount bike rack set up for QR skewers, I can confirm that this thru axle adapter works perfectly and is $20...
05-05-19, 02:17 PM
Replies: 818
Views: 202,718
Posted By markjenn

Thanks for the feedback. I took the bike into the...

Thanks for the feedback. I took the bike into the LBS a couple days ago complaining about the clunk and they said it is due to the brake pads shifting in the calipers and is normal. I can duplicate...
04-30-19, 10:24 PM
Replies: 818
Views: 202,718
Posted By markjenn

Sorry, I have a few more pictures but bike still...

Sorry, I have a few more pictures but bike still looks black in them. You notice the purple only in direct sunlight and when the bike is really clean, otherwise it looks black.

Loving the bike...
04-22-19, 09:20 PM
Replies: 818
Views: 202,718
Posted By markjenn

They often are. New carbon Sirrus are in the...

They often are. New carbon Sirrus are in the $1400-$2700 range, alloy $700-$1200. The previously-mentioned $600 figure for a carbon bike (with acc) is presumably a used bike.

- Mark
03-28-19, 02:46 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,000
Posted By markjenn

From what I've read, companies claim to have...

From what I've read, companies claim to have lenses that correct color blindness, but none truly do. Some lenses may shift the perception of color to a color blind person one way or the other such...
03-24-19, 08:13 PM
Replies: 818
Views: 202,718
Posted By markjenn

An image search doesn't turn up any Samox crank...

An image search doesn't turn up any Samox crank that looks exactly the same as my Sirrus one, but many have a similar style so I bet you're right. Thanks.

- Mark
Forum: Foo
03-21-19, 04:16 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 5,977
Posted By markjenn

Another perspective: ...

Another perspective:

https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2019/march/20/congressman-concerned-about-foreign-pilot-training

- Mark
Forum: Foo
03-20-19, 01:49 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 5,977
Posted By markjenn

I think they did both which is standard procedure...

I think they did both which is standard procedure in runaway trim malfunctions. When you point the nose of an airplane towards the ground, it gains speed dramatically and can quickly exceed safe...
Forum: Foo
03-20-19, 01:18 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 5,977
Posted By markjenn

I think it is also important to realize that...

I think it is also important to realize that despite these two recent accidents, commercial aviation on major airlines is extremely safe. In fact, in 2017 there were ZERO fatalities in commercial...
03-20-19, 12:50 PM
Replies: 818
Views: 202,718
Posted By markjenn

Anybody know what make/model crankset is on the X...

Anybody know what make/model crankset is on the X Comp Carbon? It has no obvious markings and doesn't look like any SRAM or Shimano model I can find. Specialized's specs simply say "Forged aluminum,...
Forum: Foo
03-19-19, 11:20 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 5,977
Posted By markjenn

The problem has nothing to do with the autopilot,...

The problem has nothing to do with the autopilot, in fact, the suspect system (MCAS) is disabled if the autopilot is engaged. As we have been discussing, the problem appears to be that the flight...
03-19-19, 10:12 PM
Replies: 818
Views: 202,718
Posted By markjenn

No charge on the BB changeover (as I expected). ...

No charge on the BB changeover (as I expected). I have no idea of the make/model of the original, but the replacement is a Shimano BB-RS500 which is low-end on the Shimano BB pecking order, although...
Forum: Foo
03-17-19, 10:10 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 5,977
Posted By markjenn

Will, thanks for your first-hand perspective. I'm...

Will, thanks for your first-hand perspective. I'm also a pilot with 2K+ flying hours, commercial ratings, instrument, etc. but I don't fly professionally nor have I ever flown anything larger than a...
03-15-19, 12:12 AM
Replies: 818
Views: 202,718
Posted By markjenn

Lots of gravel urban trails. Fantastic bike for...

Lots of gravel urban trails. Fantastic bike for that sort of riding.... plenty of tire, upright seating, comfortable, nice ride with the Futureshock, reasonable weight. The only thing Iím not...
Forum: Foo
03-12-19, 03:16 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 5,977
Posted By markjenn

Keep in mind that over 8K 737s are in service but...

Keep in mind that over 8K 737s are in service but only about 200 are the MAX models which are under suspicion. The overall safety record of the 737 is excellent.

- Mark
Forum: Foo
03-12-19, 02:52 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 5,977
Posted By markjenn

This accident has absolutely zero to do with the...

This accident has absolutely zero to do with the recent 737 problems. And to be accurate the computer didn't force the plane to land - it prevented the pilot from doing an abrupt pullup after the...
03-12-19, 02:16 PM
Replies: 818
Views: 202,718
Posted By markjenn

Just a quick note on a couple minor problems...

Just a quick note on a couple minor problems withy my 2019 Carbon Comp X. I took it in for it's 30-day new-bike tuneup at the LBS and asked that they look at an annoying light rattling noise in the...
03-06-19, 12:39 AM
Replies: 818
Views: 202,718
Posted By markjenn

Compared to metallic frame materials, carbon...

Compared to metallic frame materials, carbon frames are much less tolerant of the type of loads applied by a rack. (Thin wall alum doesn't do well either.) Carbon frames are strong with respect to...
02-23-19, 04:02 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,617
Posted By markjenn

It looks like the main energy of the weather this...

It looks like the main energy of the weather this weekend is going S, so at worst it will be showery (no continuous rain) and I doubt it will get below freezing, even overnight. The road surfaces...
02-20-19, 10:40 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,617
Posted By markjenn

Out here in the PacNW, we've been stuck in an...

Out here in the PacNW, we've been stuck in an unusually cold weather pattern (8-15 deg below normal) for over three weeks now and unfortunately there is nothing between now and Sun that indicates its...
02-01-19, 03:05 PM
Replies: 818
Views: 202,718
Posted By markjenn

BTW, the picture I posted in the previous post...

BTW, the picture I posted in the previous post reminds me that there is a bad abrasion spot where the stiff front brake hydraulic line crosses over the front headtube. In only 50-miles of riding, it...
02-01-19, 03:02 PM
Replies: 818
Views: 202,718
Posted By markjenn

Slightly wider perhaps, but not a ton. There's...

Slightly wider perhaps, but not a ton. There's about 6mm clearance on each side at the fork with the stock 38mm tires, a bit less at the rear chainstays, maybe 4mm. I'd guess you could go 42mm...
02-01-19, 02:45 PM
Replies: 818
Views: 202,718
Posted By markjenn

Thanks, very interesting, didn't know they had...

Thanks, very interesting, didn't know they had such things. Do you mount them inboard of the perches for the brake levers? If I go with outboard bar ends (e.g., Ergon GP3's) I'll probably trim the...
01-31-19, 10:27 PM
Replies: 818
Views: 202,718
Posted By markjenn

Yeah, I have 1x on my cross bike and find myself...

Yeah, I have 1x on my cross bike and find myself slightly annoyed whenever I have to fiddle with the FD on other bikes. The range and gaps are fine by me, especially on a hybrid, and I've become...
01-28-19, 05:39 PM
Replies: 818
Views: 202,718
Posted By markjenn

Here's my new 2019 Sirrus Carbon Comp X in purple...

Here's my new 2019 Sirrus Carbon Comp X in purple in XL, complete with all the hokey reflectors, cheap seat, etc.
...
Forum: Foo
01-26-19, 12:58 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,068
Posted By markjenn

I figured someone would make this point that...

I figured someone would make this point that eventually beings evolved that spread over the planet. But it took evolution a few hundred million years. That's the point.....we need to figure out how...
Forum: Foo
01-25-19, 11:53 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,068
Posted By markjenn

Just my $0.02, but barring some incredible...

Just my $0.02, but barring some incredible breakthrough in propulsion technology (e.g. warp drives - HIGHLY unlikely) the idea of "colonizing space" - in the sense of colonies living independently on...
01-24-19, 12:13 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,617
Posted By markjenn

If a somewhat overweight, mid-60's hack like me...

If a somewhat overweight, mid-60's hack like me can make it up the CH hills w/o walking, I'm sure you can. I just slow down and grind. It's a matter of pride!!!

- Mark
01-23-19, 03:15 PM
Replies: 818
Views: 202,718
Posted By markjenn

Pulled the trigger on a 2019 Sirrus X Comp Carbon...

Pulled the trigger on a 2019 Sirrus X Comp Carbon and should arrive in a week or so. I'll post some picts then. Still curious about how a rear rack will mount and whether I can have both a rack and...
01-23-19, 03:08 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,617
Posted By markjenn

A "suffer fest" is in the eye of the beholder,...

A "suffer fest" is in the eye of the beholder, but it is definitely lumpy by almost anyone's standards. If you ride all winter and train hard, it will be no big deal, but if you've been at all...
01-07-19, 03:22 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,617
Posted By markjenn

I assume you know what late Feb weather is...

I assume you know what late Feb weather is typically like in the PacNW so should be no surprises there. Iíve done the ride in absolutely miserable barely-above-freezing very wet conditions to mid-50s...
01-06-19, 03:26 PM
Replies: 818
Views: 202,718
Posted By markjenn

I'm getting close to pulling the trigger for a...

I'm getting close to pulling the trigger for a Sirrus X Comp Carbon as my first hybrid as I'm a big fan of 1x and like the mix of up-to-date features for the price. (I might go a bit smaller on the...
12-31-18, 11:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,035
Posted By markjenn

I have a Giant NRS MTB that suffered from "ghost...

I have a Giant NRS MTB that suffered from "ghost shifting" under load since new. Apparently it was a somewhat common problem as I found a few others who had the same issue with the same bike and the...
Forum: Touring
12-15-18, 11:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 462
Posted By markjenn

If you're talking about going S of Mt. Hood...

If you're talking about going S of Mt. Hood through Barlow Pass, daytime highs this time of year are in the mid-60's and lows in the mid-40's at the pass, Of course, you can get a heck of a cold snap...
Forum: Touring
12-15-18, 02:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 462
Posted By markjenn

Only time I've used this bike service has been N...

Only time I've used this bike service has been N of Seattle in the spring/fall, but it's never been anywhere close to capacity.

Might be helpful to define "this summer" a bit more finely. Our...
Replies: 10
Views: 846
Posted By markjenn

I have s couple 400's. They're nice bikes. Can't...

I have s couple 400's. They're nice bikes. Can't get your link to work, but if this is the bike and it is as represented, yes, it's worth $250. Only thing that looked odd to me was schrader valves...
12-03-18, 12:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 963
Posted By markjenn

Nothing beats taking the RD off the bike, hosing...

Nothing beats taking the RD off the bike, hosing it down with something like WD40, and working it back and forth lots and lots of times to flush the pivots. Then wipe it as dry as you can and lube...
12-01-18, 09:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 963
Posted By markjenn

I've had the same issue on several bikes.... the...

I've had the same issue on several bikes.... the shift to the smallest cog is where the return springs are at their weakest and so there is less headroom to pull the cage closed - it's also where...
11-29-18, 12:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,264
Posted By markjenn

At 245-lbs, you're never going to be able to...

At 245-lbs, you're never going to be able to climb with guys who have a 50+ lb weight advantage. It's just pure physics. Don't beat yourself up on it. Get whatever gearing gets you over the hills...
Forum: Touring
11-14-18, 06:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 734
Posted By markjenn

The problem with averages is that they don't...

The problem with averages is that they don't account for the outliers that are likely in a week-long ride. I recently did a week-long ride across WA state Aug where the average daily high temps for...
Forum: Touring
11-14-18, 01:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 734
Posted By markjenn

First, I've never done RAGBRAI, but I've tried...

First, I've never done RAGBRAI, but I've tried twice (both times didn't win the lottery). But I think it is a great "bucket list" ride. I've had two friends ride it and both were glad they did but...
10-17-18, 10:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 413
Posted By markjenn

Are you sure it is the tool and not buggered up...

Are you sure it is the tool and not buggered up threads in the crank? Have you successfully used a different tool on this crank? If you are sure it is the tool, the CCP-22 is a good solid product...
Forum: Touring
09-27-18, 10:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 640
Posted By markjenn

I've always wondered how close you need to be...

I've always wondered how close you need to be with the weight. I made a rough estimate of 45-lbs on my last shipment (25-lb bike, 10-lb box/packing, 10-lb of gear) but never weighed the packed box. ...
Forum: Touring
09-25-18, 12:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 640
Posted By markjenn

Shipped four times with BF, always with the...

Shipped four times with BF, always with the cheapest/longest option. On one leg, the bike arrived one day late..... others were all on time.

That being said, I would want at least a couple days...
Replies: 14
Views: 496
Posted By markjenn

Here's how it looks (mostly) stock. ...

Here's how it looks (mostly) stock.

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/989x646/trek400red_cf7a1e5d326f49d6b7aac57fb27e2a560ce28650.jpg

I have two Trek 400's - both excellent...
Forum: Touring
08-22-18, 04:44 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 9,349
Posted By markjenn

I either like or don't mind all of the changes...

I either like or don't mind all of the changes EXCEPT for the alum fork. While I'm not a huge believer that frame material, in and of itself, matters that much, with respect to forks, I've ridden a...
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