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04-19-16, 06:10 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,503
Posted By CBBaron

Nice meeting you at ACR. Last year I finished...

Nice meeting you at ACR.
Last year I finished the race single speed in the same position as you, 4th place over 30min behind 3rd :)
This year I was really glad for gears. My fitness was not up to...
03-17-16, 12:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,694
Posted By CBBaron

Nice find, Looks like a great deal. I was...

Nice find, Looks like a great deal.
I was unable to determine if the rear hub is 11 speed compatible but it will surely work with 10speed cassettes. It appears that the freehub body and axle are...
03-07-16, 08:38 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,112
Posted By CBBaron

You are probably right, I'm not a fast rider....

You are probably right, I'm not a fast rider. Plus most of my riding has been single speed or fixed gear so having 10 or 11 gear choices seems like alot :)
With a clutch derailleur I have not had...
03-04-16, 07:53 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,112
Posted By CBBaron

wide range 11 speed cassettes were very expensive...

wide range 11 speed cassettes were very expensive but recently they have dropped to more reasonable prices.
Shimano and SRAM both have 11-42 cassettes that fit standard freehub bodies and the new GX...
01-13-16, 12:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,896
Posted By CBBaron

A couple possible reasons: 1) Higher tire...

A couple possible reasons:
1) Higher tire pressurees push out on the sidewalls of the rim harder. In a effort to make the wheels lighter they have reduced the thickness of the sidewalls to the point...
12-23-15, 10:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,508
Posted By CBBaron

Generally cross bikes are designed around 33mm...

Generally cross bikes are designed around 33mm tires (max UCI legal) and have shorter chain stays, higher BB and steeper head tube angle for quicker handling. CX races are fast and short.
Gravel...
12-10-15, 10:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,890
Posted By CBBaron

All else being equal the wider tires will have...

All else being equal the wider tires will have lower rolling resistance, or similar rolling resistance at lower more comfortable pressures.
However the average 38mm tire is not built the same as the...
10-19-15, 11:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,987
Posted By CBBaron

I agree, a light application of grease should...

I agree, a light application of grease should cause no problems. After years of winter commuting in the rust belt (it has that name for a reason), I put a light coating of grease on all my threaded...
10-05-15, 07:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,152
Posted By CBBaron

I have both bikes setup with the flats about the...

I have both bikes setup with the flats about the same level as my seat.
On my Crosscheck I have WTB DirtDrops and use the drops atleast 66% of the time.
On my Warbird I have the stock CowBells and...
08-28-15, 02:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,246
Posted By CBBaron

Love my Compass Barlow Pass for pavement and nice...

Love my Compass Barlow Pass for pavement and nice (not knarly) gravel. Very comfortable and fast. Those are 38mm but Compass also makes Stampede Pass which are the same tires in 32mm if you can't...
08-28-15, 02:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,444
Posted By CBBaron

Where did you get that idea? From Salsa's...

Where did you get that idea?
From Salsa's website



Seems like Salsa thinks Warbird is for gravel.

Craig
08-12-15, 08:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,650
Posted By CBBaron

Vaya is and adventure/light touring bike but it...

Vaya is and adventure/light touring bike but it is very commonly used for gravel road biking.
Salsa positions the Colossal as a paved road bike
And the Warbird is definitely positioned for gravel...
06-23-15, 03:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,325
Posted By CBBaron

+1 Narrow tires and high pressure will feel...

+1
Narrow tires and high pressure will feel much less stable on gravel. This is especially true if the tire has a heavy stiff construction.
Run as wide a tire as your bike will fit and lower the...
06-22-15, 08:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,527
Posted By CBBaron

Track bikes use a different chain line than...

Track bikes use a different chain line than derailleur based bikes. The rear hub on a track bike is only 120mm wide instead of the 130 or 135 of road and MTB bikes respectively.
06-22-15, 08:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,527
Posted By CBBaron

You don't need a new crankset, you will want a...

You don't need a new crankset, you will want a narrow wide chain ring, chain keeper or clutch derailleur. You can get by with just losing the front derailleur and one chain ring but my experience is...
06-19-15, 07:25 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,503
Posted By CBBaron

Good Luck I will be back in Holmes County...

Good Luck
I will be back in Holmes County doing the Funk Bottoms.
I picked up a new Orange Warbird to provide some gears so I am hoping to complete the 200K.
I like the bike but hated the stock...
06-15-15, 02:38 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,609
Posted By CBBaron

CrossCheck is popular because it is versatile....

CrossCheck is popular because it is versatile. Sure there are other bikes a little cheaper with the same components. But few can also run 45mm tires, fit fenders and rear rack, be run SS or geared...
06-10-15, 07:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 773
Posted By CBBaron

Brooks B17

Brooks B17
06-08-15, 07:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,265
Posted By CBBaron

My Warbird came with Sammy Slicks and I have been...

My Warbird came with Sammy Slicks and I have been less than impressed. Compared to the Knard 41mm on my Crosscheck they do not roll as well, are less comfortable and don't handle as well on gravel....
05-29-15, 10:21 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,349
Posted By CBBaron

Very much depends on your commute and off road...

Very much depends on your commute and off road conditions.
Light supple tires will be faster than heavy tires. I am running Compass Barlow Pass 38mm slicks and these are definitely faster and more...
05-21-15, 01:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,122
Posted By CBBaron

+1 with Black Floyd tires

+1
with Black Floyd tires
05-20-15, 11:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,911
Posted By CBBaron

The first part I understand and agree with but...

The first part I understand and agree with but why not brake from the drops. I am much more confident in my handling and braking from the drops than the hoods. I will always be in the drops when...
05-20-15, 06:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,479
Posted By CBBaron

Headtube length is nothing that cant be fixed...

Headtube length is nothing that cant be fixed with spacers and choice of stem.
05-19-15, 03:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,479
Posted By CBBaron

Cross Check seems like it would be a pretty good...

Cross Check seems like it would be a pretty good fit. Straggler if you want disc brakes. Those are really tough frames that are very adaptable. Run single speed if you really want all weather...
05-19-15, 03:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,596
Posted By CBBaron

After a several hundred miles on my regular...

After a several hundred miles on my regular Barlow Pass (non ultra light), mostly roads with some gravel and crushed limestone, without a problem, I decide to do an 80 mile ride of mostly gravel and...
05-18-15, 02:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 610
Posted By CBBaron

I have had some success locally searching for...

I have had some success locally searching for gravel on ridewithgps.com
04-29-15, 12:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,113
Posted By CBBaron

Looking at these results from a recent race I...

Looking at these results from a recent race I entered
Results ? 2015 | Amish Country Roubaix (http://amishcountryroubaix.com/results/results-2015/)

It seems like about 30% of the racers DNFed. ...
04-23-15, 07:35 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,503
Posted By CBBaron

WTB Dirt Drop, I've had the bike for years. built...

WTB Dirt Drop, I've had the bike for years. built it back before the Woodchipper when WTB was about the only choice. I think my large hands would probably prefer the Woodchipper as the short...
04-22-15, 08:17 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,503
Posted By CBBaron

I'm impressed you gritted it out. Thats tough...

I'm impressed you gritted it out. Thats tough getting cramps like that and still toughing it out. Alot of people would have take the ride home.
I was almost 40 min behind Ernesto. The other SS were...
04-21-15, 12:51 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,503
Posted By CBBaron

It was my first gravel race also. (Road Apple...

It was my first gravel race also. (Road Apple Roubaix was not a race and I didn't see any gravel on that course due to it being buried under 6" of snow :) )
Being even more adventuresome I signed up...
03-11-15, 12:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,419
Posted By CBBaron

You should be able to pop the cable end out of...

You should be able to pop the cable end out of the left brake caliper. This allows the brakes to open up for easy wheel removal.

The barrel adjuster needs to be in-line in the cable, probably...
02-24-15, 12:58 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,503
Posted By CBBaron

Cold was not too bad. About 25F at start with a...

Cold was not too bad. About 25F at start with a high about 28F.
However the snow was a challenge. There was 4+ inches of rutted snow on nearly all the roads with more coming down the entire ride....
02-06-15, 11:47 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,503
Posted By CBBaron

I signed up for the 100k. This is my first year...

I signed up for the 100k.
This is my first year doing gravel grinders and I don't think I will be up to 200k, especially on a single speed.

Road Apple will be very flat compared to the others but...
02-03-15, 05:36 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,503
Posted By CBBaron

I am annoyed at the over use of Roubaix. It is...

I am annoyed at the over use of Roubaix. It is not a type of race, as mentioned above it is a city!!!
However I am signed up for Road-Apple Roubaix, Amish Country Roubaix and Funk Bottoms Gravel....
11-10-14, 09:46 AM
Replies: 1,273
Views: 490,603
Posted By CBBaron

My SS CrossCheck ...

My SS CrossCheck
http://cbbaron.smugmug.com/Other/Bicycles13/i-SVBHq9Q/0/L/20141026_124900-L.jpg

Craig
Forum: Commuting
07-28-08, 01:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,253
Posted By CBBaron

Single speed bikes are great commuters for many...

Single speed bikes are great commuters for many urban areas. The simplicity of the design means fewer headaches and maintenance. Good derailleur bikes will be less trouble than your old 10 speed but...
Forum: Commuting
05-21-08, 12:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,941
Posted By CBBaron

I know this is and old thread but I wanted to...

I know this is and old thread but I wanted to comment about my 2 Surly's.
I'm 6'2" and 220#. I have a 60cm CC and a 22" Pugsley. The Pugs is obviously too big for me but it is still comfortable.
I...
Forum: Commuting
05-21-08, 11:09 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 7,010
Posted By CBBaron

Nobody sells a diesel car in the US because...

Nobody sells a diesel car in the US because regulators have made it nearly impossible, or atleast unfeasible to.
California and the states that follow thier emmissions regulations have required that...
Forum: Commuting
09-14-07, 08:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 548
Posted By CBBaron

Go custom frame and run single speed or better...

Go custom frame and run single speed or better yet fixed gear.
Actually I think for a commuter, unless you have specific fit issues I would buy a good off-the-shelf frame and go fixed. I just...
Forum: Commuting
09-14-07, 08:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 609
Posted By CBBaron

Your weight is not a problem for any good...

Your weight is not a problem for any good commuting wheel. However you will have a problem with fit based on your height. What is your budget and what kind of ride do you have?
If you are looking at...
Forum: Commuting
09-14-07, 07:20 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,314
Posted By CBBaron

I think the money no object bag I would want is...

I think the money no object bag I would want is the PAC designs Deluxe but at $240 its a little over priced and over built for my daily use. I have had a Chrome Metro bag for the last 3 years. I...
Forum: Commuting
09-13-07, 07:04 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,794
Posted By CBBaron

I look forward to riding in the snow and the...

I look forward to riding in the snow and the colder weather, but the lack of daylight and extra layers are a down side.
Ofcourse I am riding all winter. I don't even give it a thought any more.
I...
Forum: Commuting
09-12-07, 09:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 710
Posted By CBBaron

Nice bike. Congratulations. I looked at it...

Nice bike. Congratulations.
I looked at it seriously before deciding on a CrossCheck. I would have probably bought one if I could take one for a test drive. It seems none of the LBSs had one in...
Forum: Commuting
09-07-07, 03:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 439
Posted By CBBaron

If its in her size this is a great buy and a good...

If its in her size this is a great buy and a good bike for most riders. It will allow you to use a fatter tire to make it more comfortable and if you position the handle bar fairly high it should be...
09-07-07, 09:47 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 4,951
Posted By CBBaron

OK for you an electric mower doesn't sound like...

OK for you an electric mower doesn't sound like it will work, that doe not say that electric mowers are less efficient. A corded electric mower is going to be limited to 1800 watts because that is...
09-06-07, 01:50 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 4,951
Posted By CBBaron

A corded electric lawn mower runs about 1500W or...

A corded electric lawn mower runs about 1500W or 1.5kW. That means it will use about 1.5kWhours in an hour. That should cost between 15 and 25 cents.

A gas mower will use about .125 to .25 gal in...
Forum: Commuting
09-05-07, 02:15 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,152
Posted By CBBaron

My commuter bike is required to have them,...

My commuter bike is required to have them, otherwise I would not consider it a commuter.
Good full coverage fenders mount securely and should not affect your handling. They do produce a little more...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-07, 11:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,101
Posted By CBBaron

One minor correction: Dahon is a US based...

One minor correction:
Dahon is a US based company with bicycles built in Taiwan, China and Eastern Europe.

I do have an issue with a 7-speed derailer system if that is a freewheel instead of a...
Forum: Commuting
09-04-07, 10:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,090
Posted By CBBaron

Sloping top tubes also called compact frames...

Sloping top tubes also called compact frames design actually increases the stiffness on the bike frame by making a smaller frame. However the seat tube needs to be longer and stronger to compensate....
Forum: Commuting
09-04-07, 09:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 397
Posted By CBBaron

With 28mm tires inflated to 110psi there is no...

With 28mm tires inflated to 110psi there is no way your rims are taking a pounding unless you weigh or carry about 500#. A fatter tire will ride smoother and give you more confidence on bad roads but...
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