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06-26-19, 01:37 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,247
Posted By HarborBandS

I used to say "No one that actually lives in...

I used to say "No one that actually lives in Chicago calls it 'Chi-Town'!", except that now many people do. I suspect the same is true with "Gravel Grinder", which is now clearly a type of ride AND a...
06-26-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,829
Posted By HarborBandS

Bike shops have always had a problem keeping high...

Bike shops have always had a problem keeping high quality employees, and I usually seek out the owner, if the shop is a sole proprietorship. We had a couple of bike shops in our town growing up, and...
06-24-19, 04:04 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,690
Posted By HarborBandS

Sounds like you will love working on this bike....

Sounds like you will love working on this bike. Enjoy.

Here's the first place that I saw the discussion of the crankset and wheel dish. It's a somewhat ingenious solution to the tire clearance...
06-24-19, 02:55 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,690
Posted By HarborBandS

The cranks are non-standard, so you'd have to...

The cranks are non-standard, so you'd have to find a Cannondale shop and hope that they are still available years from now. The BB is an asymmetrical design that pushes the drive side out further....
06-24-19, 07:33 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,690
Posted By HarborBandS

Threaded BB! Im drifting from bike to...

Threaded BB!

Im drifting from bike to bike, hoping to purchase in early 2020.

I’m hoping the 2020 Norco Search XR Carbon has some better colors and groupsets. The Ultegra version for 2019...
06-24-19, 07:22 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,690
Posted By HarborBandS

I like to upgrade and tweak my bikes over time,...

I like to upgrade and tweak my bikes over time, and do all of my own work. Anything on a bike model that I would need the assistance of a shop for is a nonstarter for me.
06-23-19, 07:29 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,690
Posted By HarborBandS

Worse yet... this custom offset bottom bracket...

Worse yet... this custom offset bottom bracket requires a CUSTOM DISHED REAR WHEEL, per a few articles I’ve read out there. So you can’t easily upgrade or replace your wheels without getting the rear...
06-21-19, 01:23 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,955
Posted By HarborBandS

Hah, definitely not around here! A friend...

Hah, definitely not around here!

A friend recently asked me to do the “Horribly Hilly Hundreds” in the driftless area of Wisconsin, and I couldn’t even think of any place to train for it.
06-21-19, 12:41 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,955
Posted By HarborBandS

Most "gravel bikes" seem to have the longer...

Most "gravel bikes" seem to have the longer wheelbases and slack head angles that are supposedly designed to give confidence while descending. Just keep in mind that they are better for straight...
06-21-19, 10:12 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,506
Posted By HarborBandS

I've been using the Shimano PD-A600 road pedals...

I've been using the Shimano PD-A600 road pedals on my road bike for years, and I really don't think I'm giving anything up at all. Nothing but gains. There are even stiffer road shoes available for...
06-20-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,506
Posted By HarborBandS

There is absolutely no need to change pedals or...

There is absolutely no need to change pedals or saddle height. Two-bolt SPD with a nice, stiff shoe is great on the road.

I've always hated road pedals and shoes anyway.
06-20-19, 11:04 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,690
Posted By HarborBandS

Isn't that basically a 1990's mountain bike?

Isn't that basically a 1990's mountain bike?
06-20-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,690
Posted By HarborBandS

Probably is! I am bad with hues.

Probably is! I am bad with hues.
06-20-19, 09:03 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,716
Posted By HarborBandS

I just took my road bike with (wider) 25c tires...

I just took my road bike with (wider) 25c tires on some gravel last weekend when a paved road unexpectedly turned to gravel (that's what I get for not researching my route thoroughly), and it sucked....
06-20-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,690
Posted By HarborBandS

Check out the video on the Cannondale site. ...

Check out the video on the Cannondale site. Looks like lots of movement! Way more than IsoSpeed, which you hated.

I wish they had just made a Synapse-like frame with more tire clearance.
06-20-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,690
Posted By HarborBandS

At first it looked bluish gray on my phone, but...

At first it looked bluish gray on my phone, but in other photos it looks like a sandy light grey. I guess I'll have to wait to see one in person.
06-20-19, 08:51 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,690
Posted By HarborBandS

Some initial positive impressions from Matt...

Some initial positive impressions from Matt Gersib at Riding Gravel:

"I’ve been fortunate to have received one of the first Topstone Carbon Force eTap AXS bikes in the country for testing on...
06-20-19, 08:46 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,690
Posted By HarborBandS

You don't think the Trek Checkpoint, Giant...

You don't think the Trek Checkpoint, Giant Revolt, Cannondale Topstone, or Specialized Diverge are effective as "quiver killers"?

I do know of several people using Checkpoints and Revolts as road...
06-20-19, 08:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 764
Posted By HarborBandS

That's interesting! I didn't see that tidbit,...

That's interesting! I didn't see that tidbit, but did see the quote from Cannondale that the "Kingpin" system is capable of 30mm of travel. That seems like a lot! Too much, even?

I will have to...
06-20-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,690
Posted By HarborBandS

Says “up to 700x40c”, for those who don’t want to...

Says “up to 700x40c”, for those who don’t want to dig for it. Also 650b compatible, officially.
06-20-19, 07:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 764
Posted By HarborBandS

I find I can take care of most of the vibration...

I find I can take care of most of the vibration through the front of the bike with tire pressure. When I used to run my 700 x 35c tires at 75 psi years ago I would feel numbness and soreness through...
06-20-19, 07:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 764
Posted By HarborBandS

Gravel bikes have an upright geometry with more...

Gravel bikes have an upright geometry with more rider weight distributed through the seat, so that is why you see this bias towards rear suspension. Personally, I think I prefer no suspension system...
06-20-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,690
Posted By HarborBandS

Some blue options in there for you too. One is...

Some blue options in there for you too. One is super dark blue, and one is super light blue (or bluish grey?). And I like their new logo branding.

I think the Ultegra RX2 in Agave might have my...
06-19-19, 03:41 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,690
Posted By HarborBandS

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1080x1349/topstone_carbon2_0522463cade2ff15de9b37fab38201d8e5591287.jpg
06-19-19, 03:36 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,690
Posted By HarborBandS

I'm doubting it since they like to do layups with...

I'm doubting it since they like to do layups with huge bottom brackets in carbon. But that would be cool.
06-19-19, 03:35 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,690
Posted By HarborBandS

Dang, missed the photos. Riding Gravel said it...

Dang, missed the photos. Riding Gravel said it was going to have details on the 2020 Gravel lineup this week, so that jives with the Thursday announcement mentioned above.

I like a black bike, so...
06-19-19, 03:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,586
Posted By HarborBandS

Check out the Cannondale Topstone. Hard to beat...

Check out the Cannondale Topstone. Hard to beat that level of components for the price, and Cannondale makes nice aluminum frames. The 105 hydraulic version comes in at $1,750.

There are some...
06-19-19, 02:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,046
Posted By HarborBandS

I see what you're saying. You're thinking that...

I see what you're saying. You're thinking that the loose rollers are not indicating that your pins have moved further apart. I'm assuming your chain wear indicator uses the rollers for measurement,...
06-19-19, 11:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,046
Posted By HarborBandS

Loose is loose, regardless. If a chain has a...

Loose is loose, regardless. If a chain has a wider than optimal distance between pins, it will not align properly with the teeth of your chain rings and cassette, and will gradually wear away at...
06-14-19, 12:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 755
Posted By HarborBandS

I like this little Giant Mini1+ with a pressure...

I like this little Giant Mini1+ with a pressure gauge.

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/control-mini-1plus-pump

Go Badgers!
06-11-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,529
Posted By HarborBandS

I often see this short Italian guy in a red cap...

I often see this short Italian guy in a red cap and overalls tossing banana peels on the road. And sometimes his taller brother in green.

Sociopaths.
06-07-19, 02:54 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 10,643
Posted By HarborBandS

If you're not reaching WAAAAAYYYY down for down...

If you're not reaching WAAAAAYYYY down for down tube shift levers, you ain't bad. You ain't bad!! You ain't NOTHING!
06-07-19, 02:50 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 10,643
Posted By HarborBandS

Oooooohh, I'm going to sharpen mine! More aero!

Oooooohh, I'm going to sharpen mine! More aero!
06-07-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,354
Posted By HarborBandS

For sure. And the tires are also pretty heavy. ...

For sure. And the tires are also pretty heavy. If you wanted to get a lighter set of road wheels, you could cut quite a bit of weight off of this.
06-07-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,100
Posted By HarborBandS

What is it about Giant? I've always respected...

What is it about Giant? I've always respected the quality of their frames and think they offer a great value proposition. But at the end of the day it feels like getting a sensible Japanese sedan...
06-07-19, 11:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,354
Posted By HarborBandS

What size?

What size?
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Views: 596
Posted By HarborBandS

Now if you can just get your neighbor's Trek out...

Now if you can just get your neighbor's Trek out of the shrubs...
06-07-19, 09:58 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,955
Posted By HarborBandS

The Trek Marlin is a 29-er MTB, yet many are...

The Trek Marlin is a 29-er MTB, yet many are recommending narrower 700c gravel bike tires.

I love riding gravel on a more road-style drop bar gravel bike, but in this case I would stay wide MTB...
06-07-19, 09:13 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,975
Posted By HarborBandS

I would rather have the $10k bike than ANY of...

I would rather have the $10k bike than ANY of those other things. Guns and expensive motorized toys that puke smoke and turn peaceful trails in to redneck monster truck rallies? I guess I could use...
06-07-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 9,353
Posted By HarborBandS

Perhaps I missed the post where depression was a...

Perhaps I missed the post where depression was a factor here? It's not mentioned in the original post, but possibly alluded to. Please explain how cutting a few hours of cycling per week is going to...
06-06-19, 03:33 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 9,353
Posted By HarborBandS

I'm an aging 40-something Gen X-er who has been...

I'm an aging 40-something Gen X-er who has been married 15 years, and I can't agree more with the statements above. Though I do often see other marriages, usually in older couples, that don't conform...
06-04-19, 01:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,354
Posted By HarborBandS

Sounds like a good idea. I think someone weighed...

Sounds like a good idea. I think someone weighed that conduct system somewhere near 2 lbs!

But yes, it should still stop you nicely.
06-04-19, 01:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,688
Posted By HarborBandS

I find mountain bikes squirrely in sand. At some...

I find mountain bikes squirrely in sand. At some point, there's just not much you can do about a loose sandy surface.
05-23-19, 08:19 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,276
Posted By HarborBandS

And yet another steel option is the Norco Search...

And yet another steel option is the Norco Search XR Steel, which is available as a steel frameset.

https://www.norco.com/bikes/dirt-dropbar/gravel/search-xr-steel/
05-23-19, 08:16 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,276
Posted By HarborBandS

I just blinked and realized we are in the...

I just blinked and realized we are in the Gravel/Cyclocross forum, and I had been envisioning a road build. But my advice still stands... You might find a vintage steel frame with tire clearance for...
05-23-19, 08:08 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,276
Posted By HarborBandS

I would strongly recommend also considering...

I would strongly recommend also considering vintage frames. Check out the "Retro Roadies" thread in the Classic & Vintage forum for some good examples of vintage frames/bikes updated with modern...
05-22-19, 08:44 AM
Replies: 271
Views: 20,794
Posted By HarborBandS

Fine. I can reduce this to jingoistic (sort of)...

Fine. I can reduce this to jingoistic (sort of) rhyming sound bites.

Steel is real, aluminum's a hooligan, and carbon fiber is a garbage fire.

There.
05-21-19, 03:12 PM
Replies: 271
Views: 20,794
Posted By HarborBandS

One of the great things about cycling is that you...

One of the great things about cycling is that you can own multiple bikes. I have owned and loved steel, carbon fiber, and aluminum bikes over the years. Embrace the n+1 way of life, and ride what...
05-14-19, 11:10 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 11,872
Posted By HarborBandS

I was flattered that our mutual friend thought we...

I was flattered that our mutual friend thought we could ride together, since he heard I was training for a Century (which is more than most people do, but not anywhere close to as demanding as a...
05-14-19, 07:58 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 11,872
Posted By HarborBandS

I was recently introduced to another cycling...

I was recently introduced to another cycling enthusiast in town because I am "in to cycling". After talking to this guy, I quickly realized he was REALLY into cycling and in a competitive sort of way...
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