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03-26-22, 12:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 787
Posted By scubaman

The way I read the gospel of Jan Heine - which I...

The way I read the gospel of Jan Heine - which I too follow - is that wider tires at lower pressure is *also* about speed. I think people found it fairly intuitive that lower pressure could increase...
03-25-22, 04:21 AM
Replies: 7,374
Views: 3,310,024
Posted By scubaman

Thanks! I'm using Gevanelle long-pull levers with...

Thanks! I'm using Gevanelle long-pull levers with a shifter on the right for 1x 11-speed Shimano XT rear derailleur. I'm a big fan of Gevenalle brake/shift levers. They're cheaper, lighter and more...
03-22-22, 05:33 PM
Replies: 7,374
Views: 3,310,024
Posted By scubaman

My gravel/bikepacking/everything-but-singletrack ...

My gravel/bikepacking/everything-but-singletrack bike in its newly completed form. Originally a 26" MTB frame by Interloc Racing Designs from the early 2000s, which I bought used online just before...
03-13-22, 04:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,056
Posted By scubaman

My friends and I have done mixed-surface...

My friends and I have done mixed-surface bikepacking on 26 x 2.3Ē slicks, Renť Herse Rat Trap Pass (in several different casing styles). And Iíve done even more of that on 650b x 48mm slicks, also...
01-03-22, 07:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,287
Posted By scubaman

Aside from the wheels, consider upgrading the...

Aside from the wheels, consider upgrading the tires! Wider tires - if you arenít already at max clearance - will be more comfortable, more versatile, and more forgiving of potholes etc. If the bike...
11-25-21, 10:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 474
Posted By scubaman

Iím pretty certain you can buy the parts from...

Iím pretty certain you can buy the parts from Chris King to convert that hub to 135mm, and perhaps also to 142mm through axle. Either way, Iíd think the wheel would need to be re-dished.

You...
11-16-21, 10:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,107
Posted By scubaman

In my experience, Dinotte makes the best rear...

In my experience, Dinotte makes the best rear lights available, including because their mounts keep the light pointed where it should be. Expensive, but a purchase I'm glad I made every time I use...
09-28-21, 05:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 903
Posted By scubaman

Sent via USPS priority mail.

Sent via USPS priority mail.
09-19-21, 12:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 903
Posted By scubaman

DM me? I have a Garmin Edge Touring I donít use...

DM me? I have a Garmin Edge Touring I donít use (I switched to a Wahoo ELEMNT, and canít imagine switching back), and would be happy for someone else to use for the cost of postage.
09-16-21, 03:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 812
Posted By scubaman

My vote is generally for the widest tires you can...

My vote is generally for the widest tires you can fit in the frame & fork. And I donít think you need to worry much about rim width - see, e.g.,...
09-16-21, 03:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,191
Posted By scubaman

Lower pressures will definitely help! Even 45 PSI...

Lower pressures will definitely help! Even 45 PSI may well be more than you need. For reference, I ride 650b x 48mm tires at 2 bar, or around 30 PSI, on all kinds of surfaces. You could check out the...
09-16-21, 03:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,463
Posted By scubaman

Iíve used Jones bars on my fat bike, and for...

Iíve used Jones bars on my fat bike, and for several conversions of 1990s MTB frames into gravel bikes that Iíve built for myself and friends. I used the 2.5 bars on the conversions to increase rise,...
Replies: 25
Views: 3,944
Posted By scubaman

FWIW, I would recommend getting something that...

FWIW, I would recommend getting something that can fit, say, 700c x 38mm tires. One does not need to get something from the BQ school for this to be worthwhile; see, e.g., all current Trek Domane...
06-13-21, 07:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,181
Posted By scubaman

Maybe Microshift Acolyte 8-Speed 1x?...

Maybe Microshift Acolyte 8-Speed 1x? https://bikerumor.com/2020/09/10/microshift-acolyte-1-x-8-speed-group-for-mountain-bikes-brings-riding-back-to-basics/

Can't tell from the photos & specs on...
05-26-21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,731
Posted By scubaman

Dinotte quad red,...

Dinotte quad red, https://store.dinottelighting.com/mobile/2020-quad-red-taillight-with-built-in-battery-p111.aspx

it comes with a bunch of mounts, including for seat stays. Expensive, but it...
05-03-21, 01:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,621
Posted By scubaman

I switched my gravel/bikepacking bike last year...

I switched my gravel/bikepacking bike last year from Shimano XTR SPD pedals to the EH-500 pedals for versatility, and Iíve been very happy. Iím not a beginner - Iíve used SPDs almost since they were...
04-27-21, 11:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,985
Posted By scubaman

+1. I use 36 front, 11 speed 11-42 rear for...

+1. I use 36 front, 11 speed 11-42 rear for gravel/bikepacking (and may switch to 34 front and/or 11-46 rear); 38 front, 11 speed 11-34 rear for casual/solo road, including Tour de France mountains...
04-20-21, 02:02 PM
Replies: 975
Views: 281,293
Posted By scubaman

I use something like this 6 x 50mm seatpost...

I use something like this 6 x 50mm seatpost binder from Dimension: https://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=918

In principle, you could use an M6 bolt of appropriate length...
04-17-21, 08:29 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,883
Posted By scubaman

+1 for this possibility. Tire pressure is a big...

+1 for this possibility. Tire pressure is a big factor in how a bike feels! See, e.g., https://www.cyclingabout.com/lab-test-lowering-tyre-pressure-improve-bike-comfort/

I agree with what others...
03-02-21, 08:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 813
Posted By scubaman

410mm is very long for a seatpost! If you need...

410mm is very long for a seatpost! If you need that for your Fuji Traverse to fit, I think you might want to consider a bigger frame. But I doubt you need it. 367mm should be fine, or the common...
02-25-21, 09:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,878
Posted By scubaman

I've done gravel and bikepacking with cantilever...

I've done gravel and bikepacking with cantilever brakes and they were fine. (The first 20 years of mountain bikes uses them too.)

You could also consider mini-V brakes, like Paul's Mini-moto,...
01-05-21, 10:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 376
Posted By scubaman

Also Paul Component thumbies,...

Also Paul Component thumbies, https://www.paulcomp.com/shop/components/drivetrain/shifting/shimanothumbies/
01-05-21, 01:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,783
Posted By scubaman

Hmmm, maybe! Dinotte says its 2020 "Quad RED...

Hmmm, maybe! Dinotte says its 2020 "Quad RED replaces the DiNotte 300R and 400R...The Quad RED is as bright as the 400R lights and significantly brighter than the older 300R, the older 140R lights...
01-04-21, 05:46 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,382
Posted By scubaman

Based on the info in your post, I think there is...

Based on the info in your post, I think there is zero way for any of us to know anything about the comparative ride qualities of these two bikes.
01-03-21, 10:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,665
Posted By scubaman

While I use and like TRP cable disc brakes...

While I use and like TRP cable disc brakes (Spyke, the long-pull sister to Spyre) as well as Paul Klamper, I concur with the earlier post that disc brakes will not necessarily perform any better than...
12-27-20, 10:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,041
Posted By scubaman

RH tires are expensive, for sure. They also are...

RH tires are expensive, for sure. They also are lovely to use, in my experience. I started with 26Ē x 2.3Ē Rat Trap Pass tires in extra light casing, which really transform every bike Iíve put them...
12-24-20, 04:22 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,041
Posted By scubaman

+1 for the recommendations for the widest Renť...

+1 for the recommendations for the widest Renť Herse tires that fit. You mention getting two wheelsets. Maybe start with one nice 650b wheelset and put Renť Herse 650b x 48mm Switchback Hill smooth...
12-02-20, 04:11 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 14,526
Posted By scubaman

Iíve used rear lights from Dinotte for many...

Iíve used rear lights from Dinotte for many years, and I strongly recommend them. Iíve had police officers pull up alongside me at stop lights - and once while I was riding - to *thank* me for using...
10-12-20, 01:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,970
Posted By scubaman

+1 for this advice. Pretty much any modern OEM...

+1 for this advice. Pretty much any modern OEM Shimano drive train can shift well - if it isn't, it needs adjustment, so I suggest investing in that.
10-08-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 975
Views: 281,293
Posted By scubaman

Thanks! Rear spacing is 135mm, which I think was...

Thanks! Rear spacing is 135mm, which I think was standard for MTBs since 7-speed cassettes (which is what this bike was sold with). So no re-spacing/cold-setting was needed.

I took off the...
10-07-20, 05:06 AM
Replies: 975
Views: 281,293
Posted By scubaman

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1124/697a16b5_ab46_4c78_a0e6_c151a3b35dee_a98619f9bc8b41a292fa62393695257818539aca.jpeg
~30 year old Trek 930 rescued from the trash in an...
10-01-20, 01:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,705
Posted By scubaman

If one is clearly more your size, go with that...

If one is clearly more your size, go with that one. Otherwise, +1 for the Trek, for the reasons others have mentioned.
09-28-20, 06:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,367
Posted By scubaman

Iíve had good experience with Lizard Skin DSP 3.2...

Iíve had good experience with Lizard Skin DSP 3.2 bar tape, on its own or sometimes with silicone pads under the tape - good cushion, good grip, lots of color choices. But, itís not cheap, and also...
07-30-20, 09:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,903
Posted By scubaman

Very cool! I had no idea this existed, and am...

Very cool! I had no idea this existed, and am very happy to have discovered it. Seems like a genuinely better mousetrap. Cheers!
07-28-20, 02:15 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,488
Posted By scubaman

Gevenalle also offers hydraulic levers with their...

Gevenalle also offers hydraulic levers with their shifters, so that's an option for folks too.
Replies: 7
Views: 2,932
Posted By scubaman

I have one Selle Anatomica saddle like that, with...

I have one Selle Anatomica saddle like that, with interchangeable stainless steel and carbon fiber rails, and several Selle Anatomic saddles with non-interchageable steel rails. Three comments. (1)...
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