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01-03-21, 12:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,002
Posted By Caliper

There seem to be a lot of crappy mech discs out...

There seem to be a lot of crappy mech discs out there with bad cables (I've felt some at a LBS).
I'm running a set of BB7's with full length compressionless housing though; they stop the same as my...
01-02-21, 11:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,018
Posted By Caliper

I've gotta agree with this. In fact, 25mm tires...

I've gotta agree with this. In fact, 25mm tires aren't suited for some roads I know of.

OP: get some file tread 25's, but stick to smoother surfaces. Yes, you can go across all sorts of bumpy...
01-02-21, 11:47 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,465
Posted By Caliper

It's not just the cycling community, you are...

It's not just the cycling community, you are virtually repeating the definition of a gravel road in laymans terms. I'm sorry that the definition of these words does not match your preconception, but...
01-01-21, 11:08 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,465
Posted By Caliper

Because "off road riding" would clearly be a...

Because "off road riding" would clearly be a better way to describe riding on a gravel road than "gravel riding". I guess all the drivers I see on gravel roads would be thrilled to know that their...
12-30-20, 06:35 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,465
Posted By Caliper

Because packed gravel with dirt is called a...

Because packed gravel with dirt is called a gravel road. I suppose nobody is about riding on deep, loose packed gravel if that is what you thought the term should mean. I think the only places...
12-27-20, 11:18 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,465
Posted By Caliper

Sorry, no road with any level of traffic will...

Sorry, no road with any level of traffic will ever keep a deep layer of loose gravel. The loose stuff mostly gets worked down into the roadbed under the weight of cars so maintaining a layer of...
12-26-20, 10:33 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,307
Posted By Caliper

Not sure what roads you have there in Berlin, but...

Not sure what roads you have there in Berlin, but in many parts of America we have lots of dirt roads. Not offroad, but also not paved, these are just regular residential roads in many areas once...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-20, 12:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 918
Posted By Caliper

I just call them roads? Around here these...

I just call them roads?

Around here these roads are usually the ones that you don't drive for a reason (as in: it'll take you twice as long to get there), but if there is a wreck and a major...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-20, 12:18 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 9,989
Posted By Caliper

So an update on this since it's back to the...

So an update on this since it's back to the top... I actually ended up getting an Elemnt some time in late '19? So far no issues. I also ended up with a Garmin Vivosport fitness tracker later in...
08-29-20, 11:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,391
Posted By Caliper

Aside from one chain drop that got tangled in the...

Aside from one chain drop that got tangled in the crank spider, I have always used the front derailleur to shift any chain drops back on, no stopping needed.
08-22-20, 05:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,284
Posted By Caliper

Ha, I actually still haven't bought the wheels. ...

Ha, I actually still haven't bought the wheels. I set my Schwinn Passage up fixed though. The Raleigh above got upgraded to some deeper section fixed wheels and donated the 27" hoops to the Passage...
06-07-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,974
Posted By Caliper

Actually... I figured these would be the best...

Actually... I figured these would be the best due to their tread and stiff sole. It's not like I'm out there trying to do singletrack on Chesters with a Look cleat hanging out, lol. The SPD cleat...
06-06-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 924
Posted By Caliper

My wrists are the same - flat bars kill me. ...

My wrists are the same - flat bars kill me. Currently my two favorite bars are the Surly Molokko (as pictured by Kapusta, but without the extras) and the 23* Salsa Bend. I also run the bars with...
06-06-20, 10:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,974
Posted By Caliper

Well, I go and ask a question then promptly bang...

Well, I go and ask a question then promptly bang myself up clipping a tree and bruise my ribs... Back to riding more now. Got some Chesters (what the LBS had in stock), but still using my SPD style...
05-24-20, 07:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,974
Posted By Caliper

I guess when I mentioned flats I always meant...

I guess when I mentioned flats I always meant pedals and thought that flats as a shoe style were womens dress shoes... But point taken. Platform pedals it is.

I guess I hadn't considered the...
05-24-20, 12:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,974
Posted By Caliper

Help a roadie on flat pedal technique

I've mostly ridden road bikes since childhood and 99% of the time with clipless pedals. Currently I'm trying to improve my MTB skills and am caught in between clipless and flat pedals. So far I...
01-21-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,770
Posted By Caliper

It heavily depends on the road surface. On...

It heavily depends on the road surface. On smooth pavement or a velodrome - high PSI will roll the fastest because the surface is so smooth. If you have a chip seal road with some roughness, a...
01-16-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,795
Posted By Caliper

No rules here, just my personal taste ...

No rules here, just my personal taste



Components look good all having the same finish. This is also because they should all be from the same grouppo.

But, brakes and wheels could...
01-15-20, 09:16 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,830
Posted By Caliper

Still swappable, but will definitely want an 8sp...

Still swappable, but will definitely want an 8sp freewheel to swap cogs from, may have to match brands as well so the cog splines are the same.
01-15-20, 10:54 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,830
Posted By Caliper

The freehub body may be the same, but the spacing...

The freehub body may be the same, but the spacing between each individual gear, plus the thickness of the gears are different. https://www.sheldonbrown.com/cribsheet-spacing.html

There are some...
01-11-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,105
Posted By Caliper

Wing nut axle bolts. Yay or nay?

It seems that wing nut axle bolts used to be a thing, but any nutted wheel today comes with a plain hex nut. Is this just cost savings? Did the wing nuts not work well? Rips your leg open in a crash?
01-10-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,752
Posted By Caliper

Your 29er looks very similar to mine with the...

Your 29er looks very similar to mine with the woodchipper and BB7's there. I'd say just keep rolling the 29er, maybe with some fast rolling tires in the 50-60mm area. I ran mine with the squishy...
01-09-20, 05:42 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,135
Posted By Caliper

If you like all that trouble, but I was...

If you like all that trouble, but I was suggesting wrapping the opposite direction as an upgrade that does away with electrical tape entirely.
01-09-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,429
Posted By Caliper

To really cover that would have been a sidebar as...

To really cover that would have been a sidebar as long as the video. But they did mention the greater casing tension at the same pressure in a larger tire, which is the root cause of the rolling...
01-09-20, 11:19 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,135
Posted By Caliper

I could never get electrical tape to stay in...

I could never get electrical tape to stay in place, always ended up making a goopy mess eventually. Heck, even when used on wiring it tends to end up a mess. I have gone to wrapping my bars from...
01-08-20, 12:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 787
Posted By Caliper

1) Chainrings are only in the front 2)...

1) Chainrings are only in the front


2) I've seen chainrings from about 60T down to 22T


3) Cassettes have options from 10T to 50T


4) You can't necessarily use all of these together on...
01-08-20, 11:52 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,429
Posted By Caliper

Most tires anymore list a "max pressure" so, no...

Most tires anymore list a "max pressure" so, no they aren't really lying - technically. Just like a car tire, the max is the max for the tire and has nothing to do with the actual vehicle you are...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 943
Posted By Caliper

Your two lines here contradict each other. ...

Your two lines here contradict each other.


Because if it's powered then it's not a bicycle, it's an electric moped. The entire point of cycling as an athletic sport is that it's human...
01-02-20, 12:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 380
Posted By Caliper

I'm confused: with the valve at 6:00, it would...

I'm confused: with the valve at 6:00, it would be pointing up and the sealant will drain away from it. This is exactly what I do to make sure that sealant DOESN'T spray out...


If I were to...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-29-19, 03:35 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 11,427
Posted By Caliper

They worked great for me when I lived in an area...

They worked great for me when I lived in an area with goatheads.



Just how low are you pushing it on the road? I use the Berto tire pressure app to set pressures. It recommends a far lower...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-29-19, 03:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,356
Posted By Caliper

Not the shims, the adaptor plate. The adapters...

Not the shims, the adaptor plate. The adapters appeared flat when I sighted across them yet they didn't work. With the LG shoes, I can see a slight twist to the adapter but they work. Seems like a...
12-29-19, 02:47 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 34,939
Posted By Caliper

*Could* you? Sure. Go into a turn and put the...

*Could* you? Sure. Go into a turn and put the inside pedal down (or just keep pedaling). If you keep turning harder/leaning further then at some point, you'll be able to hit the inside pedal on...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-29-19, 01:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,356
Posted By Caliper

Have Zero pedals with Zero v2 cleats, the cleats...

Have Zero pedals with Zero v2 cleats, the cleats came sealed in their plastic bag.




I have been using them on my spare shoes, which are old Performance house brand shoes and not listed. I...
12-29-19, 12:13 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 34,939
Posted By Caliper

I think it depends on where/how you ride. 265mm...

I think it depends on where/how you ride. 265mm BB height is very road-bike-like, 255 is lower than most road bikes it seems. If you like to play MTB, then it's likely too low. If you ride dirt...
12-29-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 269
Posted By Caliper

If you mean a quick release, then yes it can be...

If you mean a quick release, then yes it can be done but not many wheels come that way.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-29-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 11,427
Posted By Caliper

How would tubed w/ sealant be any different from...

How would tubed w/ sealant be any different from tubeless w/ sealant?
Forum: Road Cycling
12-27-19, 05:17 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 11,427
Posted By Caliper

When I lived in Northern ID with plenty of those...

When I lived in Northern ID with plenty of those goatheads, I bought tubes that came new with slime in them. Worked fine. This was the goopy green stuff that they sell for cars and yard equipment,...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-27-19, 04:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,356
Posted By Caliper

Very difficult to get into Speedplay pedals...

After admiring their sleek and minimal design for years, I finally decided to try Speedplay pedals out. Like many of my pedals, I snagged a used set off eBay and paired them with new cleats. My...
12-24-19, 11:21 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 10,438
Posted By Caliper

To my memory, my helmets have had a year of...

To my memory, my helmets have had a year of manufacture marked on them. My current one certainly does.



Yet you also repeatedly claim that the material doesn't degrade which seems that you...
12-22-19, 08:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,795
Posted By Caliper

Well, the floating ring didn't end up working for...

Well, the floating ring didn't end up working for my bikes geometry. Too bad. With the dingle cog in there, the outer gearing combo meant that even a tiny 24T ring would rub the inside of the...
12-17-19, 08:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,002
Posted By Caliper

NOT 1x only (see feature 05 on their page) ...

NOT 1x only (see feature 05 on their page) However after some more reading, a 2x setup limits you to a 40mm tire? Not really that great when other companies fit 45-50mm AND both derailleurs...
...
12-17-19, 08:16 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 10,438
Posted By Caliper

Again, you're confusing something simply being...

Again, you're confusing something simply being present with the properties that make it useful. Really, what petroleum based product IS stable with age? They may not decompose and crumble to dust...
12-17-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 10,438
Posted By Caliper

I would trust Snell over the CPSC, because I...

I would trust Snell over the CPSC, because I never trust Government to get anything right. The CPSC has been doing the bike helmet thing for 20 years now though, wouldn't it be great if they had...
12-17-19, 07:29 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 10,438
Posted By Caliper

Isn't a degradation of the materials in the...

Isn't a degradation of the materials in the helmet the root cause behind the replacement? Nobody ever claimed that helmets should be replaced because fashion trends have changed.
12-17-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 10,438
Posted By Caliper

It certainly is with money. You can easily...

It certainly is with money. You can easily amortize it by just setting aside a tiny bit of money from each paycheck. Time can be a bit more subjective, but for most of us buying a helmet is a...
12-16-19, 06:59 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 10,438
Posted By Caliper

If you're worrying about this, you're in the bike...

If you're worrying about this, you're in the bike shop how many times in 3-4 years? I've never done much trying on for a helmet. Find the options/features you want, check that the color is what you...
12-16-19, 11:16 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 10,438
Posted By Caliper

Tires also last "forever" in a landfill. But I...

Tires also last "forever" in a landfill. But I can tell you that even a tire stored in a climate controlled building for 5-10 years and not used will not perform as it did when new.

I don't get...
12-10-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,795
Posted By Caliper

So my bike actually is a mid 80's Schwinn tourer...

So my bike actually is a mid 80's Schwinn tourer with angled dropouts. It just doesn't quite work right with my desired gear ratios though. Either the chain is loose at the furthest rearward position...
12-09-19, 11:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,795
Posted By Caliper

Fixed gear with vertical dropouts, has anyone tried this solution?

I've got a bike that's set up fixed which doesn't have track dropouts. I can't get the right chain tension with my desired gearing and the gearing that gets good tension just bugs me... So, while...
Forum: Fatbikes
12-05-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 867
Posted By Caliper

Broke a bead on my tire - am I doing it wrong?

In my quest for winter traction, I found a pair of Vee Snowshoe 2XL tires for my fat bike. My rims are Mulefut 80's set up tubeless with Sun brand rim tape. Anyways, while inflating the front tire...
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