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07-26-22, 11:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,272
Posted By pbass

Yeah, I love my Rove ST w 650Bx47, but admittedly...

Yeah, I love my Rove ST w 650Bx47, but admittedly I ride it often "like a mountain bike", and I have WTB knobby Senderos on it currently. It's a size 50 and the whole package fits me very well and...
07-22-22, 03:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,272
Posted By pbass

650B for gravel is....out?

I've been hearing from people that 650B/road plus is apparently a "fad" that is now passing......personally I don't care if that's the case, as I quite like riding that wheel size--fits me and what I...
05-03-22, 09:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,243
Posted By pbass

Please do not let a doctor give you Cipro unless...

Please do not let a doctor give you Cipro unless it's a life or death situation. It (and other flouroquinolones) have a Black Box warning from the FDA--they are dangerous drugs. You might be lucky-...
03-27-22, 12:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 649
Posted By pbass

Well, we have a happy ending. I took it to...

Well, we have a happy ending. I took it to another LBS and after a few tries w the compressor the mechanic theorized that maybe the tape had gotten compromised when I pulled the bead off, and also...
03-08-22, 07:58 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,107
Posted By pbass

Personally, my reasons for always keeping a...

Personally, my reasons for always keeping a singlespeed in my quiver are: I love the zen-like simplicity of riding one. I think they look super cool. A good steel singlespeed is bombproof. It's an...
02-24-22, 10:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,392
Posted By pbass

My ss Cross Check is running WTB Nano 40's, with...

My ss Cross Check is running WTB Nano 40's, with tubes. Great on singletrack and fine for my purposes on pavement with the center ridge they have.
02-17-22, 11:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,149
Posted By pbass

My 650bx47 (tubeless) bike just feels more...

My 650bx47 (tubeless) bike just feels more maneuverable in the rough stuff than my 700cx40(tubed), and I think that in addition to the extra cush translates to feeling less worked overall.
12-24-21, 04:22 PM
Replies: 1,875
Views: 195,199
Posted By pbass

Got out between the raindrops over in La...

Got out between the raindrops over in La Canada.....
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12-23-21, 03:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,253
Posted By pbass

That's a super brutal gear for climbing like...

That's a super brutal gear for climbing like that. That's like, high 70s gear inches, no? That's approaching the high end of my gearing on my 1x11 rig.
Here in the LA mountains my ss gravel bike is...
12-20-21, 07:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,581
Posted By pbass

I was just at a cross race this weekend, and...

I was just at a cross race this weekend, and there was a Tracklocross category. I watched this one rider as he tackled the course. I've also been following what folks like Squid are doing. I'm with...
12-07-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,476
Posted By pbass

The only reason I don't still have it was I had...

The only reason I don't still have it was I had bought wrong size--I determined after riding the heck out of it for about 3 years it was too big! I do miss that bike.
12-05-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,476
Posted By pbass

I hear ya. My last MTB was a rigid ss 2015 Kona...

I hear ya. My last MTB was a rigid ss 2015 Kona Unit. I put a nice suspension fork on it at one point and it lasted about 2 weeks before it came off. Even locked out I couldn't get past the feeling...
11-29-21, 08:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,359
Posted By pbass

I love my CC, and will always keep it - it's been...

I love my CC, and will always keep it - it's been drop bar, flat bar, geared, and ss. Has such a great lively ride quality. C'mon, it's a true classic! But I do think, aside from the fact it's rim...
11-26-21, 03:42 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,028
Posted By pbass

And I'd add to that, foam rolling, before and...

And I'd add to that, foam rolling, before and after rides and on days off as well. I learned from a myofascial release therapist that while stretching is of course great, you're mainly affecting the...
11-11-21, 02:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,224
Posted By pbass

I'm intrigued about these for my flat bar ss...

I'm intrigued about these for my flat bar ss Cross Check. Would be extra appealing to me if these also had rise like the Truck Stop Bar. Now that would be even weirder looking....
11-03-21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,465
Posted By pbass

Interesting how a trend in gravel bikes right now...

Interesting how a trend in gravel bikes right now is for flat bars (I only really pay attention to gravel and "adventure" type of bikes, admittedly). The idea being it's for better offroad control--I...
10-25-21, 01:11 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,180
Posted By pbass

I bought my first gravel bike because, as far as...

I bought my first gravel bike because, as far as I understood it, that's exactly what they're intended to be - all arounders!

So, now I have two, but one is a singlespeed 700c and the other...
09-29-21, 05:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 679
Posted By pbass

There's tons of "alt" bars out these days with...

There's tons of "alt" bars out these days with generous backsweep, and varying amounts of rise. This is a really cool resource:

https://whatbars.com
09-29-21, 04:52 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 11,630
Posted By pbass

I use my singlespeed Cross Check like a gravel...

I use my singlespeed Cross Check like a gravel bike (and a mountain bike sometimes:)) Currently it's flat bar, has also had drops. Running WTB Nanos. Lotsa fun. I was originally inspired by this guy:...
09-28-21, 03:21 PM
Replies: 1,875
Views: 195,199
Posted By pbass

Well, singlespeeding up in them thar hills will...

Well, singlespeeding up in them thar hills will getcha strong, fast! I'm 61 and while I usually bring some gears for these mountains these days, I still use my ss for that unique workout you get from...
09-26-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 1,875
Views: 195,199
Posted By pbass

Had to get up early to drop off my kid in...

Had to get up early to drop off my kid in Calabasas at 7:00 am (we live near La Canada), so I decided to check out Mulholland Dr Fire Road. Socked in w fog at 7:30 am, cool temps, hardly anybody...
09-24-21, 11:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,038
Posted By pbass

For me the pavement is just a necessary evil that...

For me the pavement is just a necessary evil that leads to the dirt and nature...and fewer people!
09-20-21, 05:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,057
Posted By pbass

Great looking bike--I also love All City's...

Great looking bike--I also love All City's finishes. Yeah, I have a 700c x 40 cross bike (with tubes), and a 650b x 47 gravel bike, tubeless, (my Rove has that same wheelset as your bike) and on that...
09-16-21, 05:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,866
Posted By pbass

I have ridden Dirt Mullholland a couple times on...

I have ridden Dirt Mullholland a couple times on my gravel bike. Lotsa climbing, some killer views for sure.
09-10-21, 04:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,447
Posted By pbass

Congrats! Those look awesome. That and the BMC...

Congrats! Those look awesome. That and the BMC are a nice pair!
09-10-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,447
Posted By pbass

That's why I stopped fighting my CC and just...

That's why I stopped fighting my CC and just decided to use it for what it is. Even with all the experimenting like you did--bars, stems, heck as I say, I even tried a different size frame--and even...
09-09-21, 06:34 PM
Replies: 274
Views: 28,698
Posted By pbass

Well, he ain't an old fart but he listens to the...

Well, he ain't an old fart but he listens to the music - my 16 year old son plays a steady rotation of Led Zep, Queen, Yes, The Who, Genesis(only w Peter Gabriel mind you;)) Chicago, Beatles, The...
09-02-21, 04:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,866
Posted By pbass

[QUOTE=Eric F;22212138]Not riding from my house -...

[QUOTE=Eric F;22212138]Not riding from my house - too much road to get to the dirt. My 32x19 SS gearing makes flat-ish road riding painfully slow. I'm pretty spun out above 13mph. Besides, I find the...
08-25-21, 08:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 894
Posted By pbass

Yep, here, the best bet is to bring your bike...

Yep, here, the best bet is to bring your bike into the store or restaurant, which not every shop owner is fond of!
08-24-21, 12:55 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,967
Posted By pbass

I use a foam roller, and do a couple simple yoga...

I use a foam roller, and do a couple simple yoga stretches (happy baby for the hips/lower back, and child's pose just to open up everything else). That's it. I don't do any other stretching...
08-18-21, 01:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 623
Posted By pbass

I ride amongst rattlers and all kinds of critters...

I ride amongst rattlers and all kinds of critters here in SoCal, but man, I have a totally irrational, heightened fear of ticks! Going through that east coast brush freaks me out!
08-16-21, 11:05 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,472
Posted By pbass

This is my turf as well. I live in Glendale on...

This is my turf as well. I live in Glendale on Chevy Chase. I agree, it's pretty great for a gravel bike--you can really tie together a route of mostly dirt if you want, with all the fire roads, etc....
08-11-21, 08:43 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,801
Posted By pbass

I'm 61, and have only been cycling with any kind...

I'm 61, and have only been cycling with any kind of seriousness for about 15 years. Mostly mtb for the first few years and then "gravel" riding ever since. I'd say my endurance is as good if not...
08-09-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,162
Posted By pbass

I had what I thought was a heart "event" riding...

I had what I thought was a heart "event" riding several years ago (I'm 61 now). I took myself to the ER. After checking me out, and the next day taking a stress test on the treadmill which I passed...
07-25-21, 05:08 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,716
Posted By pbass

61, and I ride 1x11 and singlespeed gravel rigs...

61, and I ride 1x11 and singlespeed gravel rigs with knobby, beefy rubber. I get passed by roadies all the time--of all ages! I just blame it on the bike:)
07-22-21, 04:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,590
Posted By pbass

I have some really nice bags from Revelate, and...

I have some really nice bags from Revelate, and funny enough, the humble 'lil Jandd is my "daily driver". I got mine on sale for $14. For my shorter rides, it holds just enough. My Revelate Egress...
07-16-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,183
Posted By pbass

Since I live in a very steep area, my ss (running...

Since I live in a very steep area, my ss (running tubes) is generally for my shorter "fun" rides, while the geared (tubeless) bike gets the long hauls. So on the ss I rarely take anything other than...
07-11-21, 01:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 868
Posted By pbass

Torque---yes indeed. I never really put it...

Torque---yes indeed. I never really put it together, but for sure, when I "unweight" my hands, I'm applying more pressure to the pedals to create that torque in my bent-over body (along with engaging...
06-30-21, 07:51 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,996
Posted By pbass

It's crazy how well this chintzy little thing...

It's crazy how well this chintzy little thing works. YMMV of course, but for $12, hard to beat!
06-30-21, 03:26 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,996
Posted By pbass

I've luckily never had a run-in with a dog while...

I've luckily never had a run-in with a dog while riding (maybe because I mostly ride off-road), save for one time a nasty little fluffy white yapper tried to bite my ankle at a stop light as it was...
06-29-21, 03:55 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,924
Posted By pbass

Yep, I'm the same. I don't even wear spandex...

Yep, I'm the same. I don't even wear spandex anymore, I wear new-fangled "gravel" shorts (sleeker MTB shorts basically). But I'm more hirsute than I would prefer, so why not? Every couple months I...
06-25-21, 06:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,521
Posted By pbass

My main ride is a 2019 Rove ST, which is a...

My main ride is a 2019 Rove ST, which is a previous incarnation of the DL. I can't rave about this bike enough. It has that "thing" in the ride quality that I look for in a steel bike. I know some...
06-25-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,547
Posted By pbass

Flint Canyon is a really fun, surprisingly...

Flint Canyon is a really fun, surprisingly underused trail IMO. I use it as a connector like you, but I also hit it just for fun. It's great on my singlespeed gravel bike. I mean, why ride on the...
06-22-21, 01:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 942
Posted By pbass

Gonna swap the Ergon out for my older WTB Volt...

Gonna swap the Ergon out for my older WTB Volt and see how that goes. The only reason I got the Ergon is I thought it'd be good to have the deep cutout.
06-18-21, 02:29 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,737
Posted By pbass

I actually just got a helmet-mounted light so I...

I actually just got a helmet-mounted light so I can hit my fire roads and singletrack more safely in the dark!
06-16-21, 09:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,435
Posted By pbass

Man, interesting to read this. I too had a mild...

Man, interesting to read this. I too had a mild case of Covid back in Feb 2020. I also was poisoned by one single does of Cipro about 5 mos. prior (please, people, never allow a doctor to give you...
06-10-21, 08:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,609
Posted By pbass

OK, good stuff here folks. I wanna try this....

OK, good stuff here folks. I wanna try this. Thanks for the insights.
06-09-21, 03:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,470
Posted By pbass

What about the good 'ol Cross Check? If you're...

What about the good 'ol Cross Check? If you're cool with rim brakes, (and that geo), pretty hard to beat for a versatile, affordable steel rig.
But yeah, Black Mountain MCD...on my list too...
05-18-21, 09:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,574
Posted By pbass

Yep, I hear ya! I'm climbing right out of my...

Yep, I hear ya! I'm climbing right out of my front door, at least to get anywhere good. I will head over to JPL and ride the lower Arroyo part out to the dam--that's a fun flowy bit, great on the...
05-11-21, 07:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,192
Posted By pbass

Would love to have sat in on the focus group...

Would love to have sat in on the focus group coming up with that name.:lol:
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