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09-20-21, 07:07 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 2,881
Posted By HarborBandS

I trained for a fully-supported Century this...

I trained for a fully-supported Century this year, the event was cancelled, so I did a solo ride of 130 miles the weekend that my event was supposed to be held. My longest ride of the season prior to...
08-20-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,461
Posted By HarborBandS

I've now put a couple thousand miles on my Mason...

I've now put a couple thousand miles on my Mason Resolution on mixed surfaces, and have some more relevant observations about ride feel and durability. My bike was a custom build with components I...
04-23-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,742
Posted By HarborBandS

I'm in a dense commuter rail suburb in DuPage,...

I'm in a dense commuter rail suburb in DuPage, and I see coyotes on a regular basis. They will walk past my driveway in the middle of the day, paying no mind to anyone around. They are really more...
04-20-21, 09:33 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,166
Posted By HarborBandS

Gran Fondos. Most riders just treat them like...

Gran Fondos. Most riders just treat them like leisurely century rides, but they are timed.
04-19-21, 02:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,986
Posted By HarborBandS

I don't even really see the connection between...

I don't even really see the connection between Rapha and Rivendell. I guess Rapha does have their "Brevet" category of clothing that makes reference to randonneuring, but that's really the only tie...
04-19-21, 01:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 843
Posted By HarborBandS

I really enjoyed my CAAD 9. It felt very fast...

I really enjoyed my CAAD 9. It felt very fast and stiff in terms of acceleration and climbing, yet it was not an overly harsh ride. It's my permanent Zwift/trainer bike now, but that's only because...
03-11-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,529
Posted By HarborBandS

I think the answer is to first, get a metal bike,...

I think the answer is to first, get a metal bike, and then outfit it with King Cage stainless or Ti. Done.

Bottle cage choice should definitely determine what frame material you go with.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-25-21, 08:56 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,124
Posted By HarborBandS

I only like an integrated cockpit for bikes with...

I only like an integrated cockpit for bikes with wireless shifting and hydraulic brakes. No cable should have to make those twists and turns.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-21, 10:00 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,611
Posted By HarborBandS

I might even say the Diverge would be ideal for...

I might even say the Diverge would be ideal for riding a century. The differences between endurance bikes and gravel bikes are often quite subtle, and many argue that road bike tire clearances are...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-22-21, 11:16 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,303
Posted By HarborBandS

I only have one ride on mine (finished build in...

I only have one ride on mine (finished build in late December in Chicago), but it was considerably less “noodly” than the vintage steel bikes I’ve previously owned. It responded nicely to...
02-18-21, 03:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,461
Posted By HarborBandS

Here's one pic of the maiden ride, with more to...

Here's one pic of the maiden ride, with more to come later. Unfortunately it's sitting in my basement without a tire right now, and I'm in no hurry to bring it outside in to our three feet of snow...
02-18-21, 11:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,461
Posted By HarborBandS

My Mason Resolution frameset arrived in November...

My Mason Resolution frameset arrived in November and is now built up! Here are the initial photos of the frame set. Size 56 cm.

I placed my order back in July with an estimated ship date of...
02-17-21, 10:33 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 6,287
Posted By HarborBandS

I had the same thought about that rant of a post....

I had the same thought about that rant of a post. We're talking about people who are now 41-56 years old. I'm in the younger half of "Gen X" (mid-40s), and I spent nearly every day of my childhood...
12-04-20, 11:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,569
Posted By HarborBandS

After two trashed Ultegra hydro levers, a word of warning.

I am a former 1990s shop mechanic, and have successfully built up countless bikes over the past decades. But my current build was my first with hydraulic disc brakes.

I watched several YouTube...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 340
Views: 20,194
Posted By HarborBandS

The front derailleur trim sounds nice. But I...

The front derailleur trim sounds nice. But I will not spend the money on electronic shifting any time soon. My reasons:

1. The price is outrageous for the small benefit received. I realize that...
02-21-20, 01:04 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,365
Posted By HarborBandS

I like cycling, and a smart trainer with Zwift. ...

I like cycling, and a smart trainer with Zwift.

My wife likes spin classes. She hasn't ridden a bicycle outdoors in years, and is afraid to because of some vertigo and balance issues.

We looked...
01-31-20, 12:40 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,562
Posted By HarborBandS

That's a good point. Back in 2002 I entered in to...

That's a good point. Back in 2002 I entered in to what I would call my "I'm not a serious cyclist any more" phase. I was no longer doing the mountain bike races I was doing a few years earlier, and...
01-30-20, 12:30 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,562
Posted By HarborBandS

I don't know the financial situation of the...

I don't know the financial situation of the original poster. Maybe $3k is no big deal for him. If that is the case, buy whatever you want.

But I do think that most people make a few mistakes with...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-24-20, 03:49 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,561
Posted By HarborBandS

1. 102 miles 2. 25 miles 3. 12 miles I...

1. 102 miles
2. 25 miles
3. 12 miles

I have an easy 12 mile ride on a gravel path I can get done between sunrise and when I have to leave for work, so that's about the shortest one I will do....
12-17-19, 09:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,197
Posted By HarborBandS

My 1990's mountain bike was less mountain bike...

My 1990's mountain bike was less mountain bike than this thing.
12-11-19, 04:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,487
Posted By HarborBandS

This sounds legit. I went out last weekend...

This sounds legit.

I went out last weekend with the following set up in 35 degree F temps with wind gusts and cloud cover, and was quite comfortable:

Light Louis Garneau base layer (under bib...
12-06-19, 02:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,175
Posted By HarborBandS

Balderdash! Malarkey! Poppycock! I am much...

Balderdash! Malarkey! Poppycock!

I am much more comfortable on a bike with drop bars, and have purged all flat-bar bikes from my collection. I have less weight on the saddle, and the ability to...
12-05-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 16,158
Posted By HarborBandS

Pffft, this is a smart trainer and rollers crowd!...

Pffft, this is a smart trainer and rollers crowd! :thumb:
11-18-19, 10:45 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 9,506
Posted By HarborBandS

Take it easy on them... One of the symptoms of...

Take it easy on them... One of the symptoms of bradycardia is confusion or mental fog. 😜
11-11-19, 12:12 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 23,581
Posted By HarborBandS

Rear derailleurs are a wonderful and elegant...

Rear derailleurs are a wonderful and elegant solution to shifting the chain up and down the range of gears on the cassette. Unless you bump them in to something and bend your hanger, they rarely...
10-29-19, 08:16 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 11,554
Posted By HarborBandS

I have become more interested in my power input...

I have become more interested in my power input after using a Wahoo smart trainer, which continuously broadcasts your power output.

And if you're like me, and recycle a lot of the same outdoor...
10-23-19, 11:11 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 33,486
Posted By HarborBandS

They don't advertise this fact much, do...

They don't advertise this fact much, do they...??? The last I heard was that they still made the Project 1 "custom" bikes in Waterloo, but every time I nail down the reduced manufacturing scope in...
10-16-19, 09:01 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,692
Posted By HarborBandS

Ha, maybe so! It seemed like a slam on the...

Ha, maybe so! It seemed like a slam on the youth.

I'm neither a "millennial" nor a "boomer", so I can cast blame either direction.
10-08-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,504
Posted By HarborBandS

Chunky welds are back in. See the Cannondale...

Chunky welds are back in. See the Cannondale CAAD13.

Why? I don't know. The smooth welds were always a selling point for older CAAD models.
09-23-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 9,040
Posted By HarborBandS

Jammed my iPhone, wallet, and keys in to my...

Jammed my iPhone, wallet, and keys in to my saddle bag, along with the flat kit and tool pod, and forgot to zip it closed. After I was about three miles from home on a busy MUP, I heard the sound...
09-13-19, 11:22 AM
Replies: 490
Views: 34,154
Posted By HarborBandS

The people who keep repeating "calorie deficit"...

The people who keep repeating "calorie deficit" have this 100% correct.

A few years ago (before I got back in to cycling) I lost 30 lbs using a very simple diet, and no cardio exercise whatsoever...
08-30-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 11,999
Posted By HarborBandS

I don't care what you say. My dog smiles. :)

I don't care what you say. My dog smiles. :)
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-19, 07:30 AM
Replies: 10,326
Views: 3,013,928
Posted By HarborBandS

I had a vintage steel frame built up with modern...

I had a vintage steel frame built up with modern components that I had been training for a Century on this year, but I cracked the frame through the bottom bracket casting with only a few weeks until...
08-14-19, 09:40 AM
Replies: 5,060
Views: 3,573,309
Posted By HarborBandS

Note these are primarily areas for road riding. ...

Note these are primarily areas for road riding. Not sure if this matters to you--we are in the Cyclocross and Gravel forums, after all.

Most of my routes are private, since they start at my...
08-01-19, 03:35 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 26,370
Posted By HarborBandS

That's a really nice collection of bike bags!

That's a really nice collection of bike bags!
08-01-19, 03:27 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 26,370
Posted By HarborBandS

Every now and then the idea of bikepacking seems...

Every now and then the idea of bikepacking seems really appealing to me, but then I realize that I just want to buy all of the gear and really hate sleeping outside.
08-01-19, 03:26 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 26,370
Posted By HarborBandS

The future can be quite difficult to predict. If...

The future can be quite difficult to predict. If you had told me back in the '90's that the next big thing in cycling would be hipsters riding minimalist fixed-gear track bikes without brakes...
08-01-19, 02:25 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,912
Posted By HarborBandS

Disagree. Here's why it's not. 1. The older...

Disagree. Here's why it's not.

1. The older Domane was a bike that a lot of people loved, and it hit a sweet spot for a comfortable endurance ride. Any incremental improvement to this popular...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-19, 02:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,897
Posted By HarborBandS

I use regular SPD pedals on all of my bikes...

I use regular SPD pedals on all of my bikes because I like to be able to walk in my shoes (no roadie duck walk) and I am in a large metro area where I often have to clip in and out. And my knees...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-19, 07:30 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 39,736
Posted By HarborBandS

I can't believe I've never noticed that until...

I can't believe I've never noticed that until now.

As someone who does a good mix of road riding and light gravel on mostly flat terrain, the new Domane could be a true "quiver killer" for me.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-19, 12:25 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 39,736
Posted By HarborBandS

Leaked Photo of 2020 Trek Domane?

I saw this photo in a Trek fan Facebook group, and grabbed a screenshot. According to another poster in the Cyclocross and Gravel sub forum, it launches this Friday and might have clearance for 38mm...
07-10-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,024
Posted By HarborBandS

I don't think it's a cultural difference. I...

I don't think it's a cultural difference.

I lived in the City of Chicago for over a decade, and used to bike to work on occasion from North Side neighborhoods to River North (the busy area...
06-24-19, 07:22 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 19,413
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.
06-19-19, 03:41 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 19,413
Posted By HarborBandS

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

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06-11-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 7,824
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: 78
Views: 15,146
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!
06-06-19, 03:33 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 17,220
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...
05-21-19, 03:12 PM
Replies: 291
Views: 46,386
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...
05-10-19, 09:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,786
Posted By HarborBandS

Most of my cycling wear is Pearl Izumi or Louis...

Most of my cycling wear is Pearl Izumi or Louis Garneau. We sold both brands in the shop I worked in decades ago, so I've just never deviated.

Some of my PI shorts have lasted 15+ years. All...
09-17-18, 01:09 PM
Replies: 623
Views: 92,786
Posted By HarborBandS

Very cool! The mid-80’s may have been two owners...

Very cool! The mid-80’s may have been two owners before the guy I worked with. Before my time, they also sold Giant and Sanwa, which may have also been distributed by Wisconsin Cycles. Maybe also...
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