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Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-19, 05:57 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,213
Posted By Spoonrobot

I've pinch flatted two tubeless road tires. It...

I've pinch flatted two tubeless road tires. It sucks more than tubed tires because pinch flatting a tubeless tire is a terminal event for that tire. Lower pressures + wider rims = much higher...
10-03-19, 07:33 AM
Replies: 591
Views: 35,603
Posted By Spoonrobot

As we are discussing bicycles, we do not need to...

As we are discussing bicycles, we do not need to adhere to strict definitions of trail braking for motorcycles that we read on Wikipedia. Trail braking, as an approach to fast & efficient cornering,...
09-29-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 8,378
Posted By Spoonrobot

More than you'd expect, less than really matters.

More than you'd expect, less than really matters.
09-27-19, 11:22 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,923
Posted By Spoonrobot

Anecdote, observation and looking at the various...

Anecdote, observation and looking at the various BRR/other tests and my own rolldown testing. Take it for what it's worth.

I meant it literally that I am a Cat 4 mid-pack rider. I do 10-15 gravel...
09-26-19, 04:31 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,923
Posted By Spoonrobot

Got some looks the first couple times but after...

Got some looks the first couple times but after that no one cared. Average attendance is ~32 riders and it's usually the same group of regulars. Long as you can corner in a straight line they don't...
09-26-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,923
Posted By Spoonrobot

The Schwalbes I saw blown off were on rims...

The Schwalbes I saw blown off were on rims specifically recommended by the manufacturer (I saw the emails) and the issue was a production problem that the company played at ignorance and deception...
09-26-19, 12:21 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,923
Posted By Spoonrobot

About 8000 tubed and 4000 tubeless. I got a few...

About 8000 tubed and 4000 tubeless. I got a few small nicks but no cuts past the tread nor any punctures. The mileage has been broken up over 4 years or so and split in that sometimes I'd replace the...
09-26-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,923
Posted By Spoonrobot

I've found puncture and wear resistance for the...

I've found puncture and wear resistance for the Rene Herse tires to be very good. I usually get around 4500 miles from my regular Baby Shoe Pass 650bx42 tires, I only tested the other sizes and did...
09-25-19, 08:15 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,923
Posted By Spoonrobot

The future is now old man. WTB Byline...

The future is now old man.

WTB Byline 700cx44 or 40 or 34. If you want to weight towards gravel.

Rene Herse Snoqualmie Pass 700cx44 or Barlow Pass 700cx38 or Bon Jon Pass 700cx35. If you want...
09-23-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,370
Posted By Spoonrobot

I lost a $20 bill once, went right out my jersey...

I lost a $20 bill once, went right out my jersey pocket while I was getting a clif bar, I suspect. Later that same year I lost a $120 pocket knife through a hole in my front pocket. Then to cap it...
09-18-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 591
Views: 35,603
Posted By Spoonrobot

Let me help you with an article aimed towards...

Let me help you with an article aimed towards cyclists, not race car drivers: https://www.pinkbike.com/news/zeps-how-to-mythbusters-braking-through-downhill-corners-2015.html
09-13-19, 11:11 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 10,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

It's rare that a quote so effectively skewers...

It's rare that a quote so effectively skewers both sides of debate. Well done :thumb:
09-13-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 10,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

The point is, he can ride with much more...

The point is, he can ride with much more experienced riders without being proficient at those skills.
09-13-19, 08:43 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 10,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

There's no money to be made trying to teach...

There's no money to be made trying to teach skills that anyone can master in a few hours, if it even takes that long. Cycling skills as the OP wished to discuss, are not as complex as some are making...
09-11-19, 05:43 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 10,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

Thatís not what I said but to clarify, training...

Thatís not what I said but to clarify, training crits. Open field with a smattering of 1-2s and the bulk being 3s/4s with a few 5s. Not hard to stay in the pack, lots of 5s are strong enough to roll...
09-11-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 10,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

Talk about nit-picking a thread to death...

Talk about nit-picking a thread to death :rolleyes:



I agree with the OP's point. At the extreme end - I was doing practice races with Cat A/B track cyclists who had years of experience...
09-11-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 7,135
Posted By Spoonrobot

It was bizarre, never experienced anything close...

It was bizarre, never experienced anything close on any previous ride. I also ordered the same pepper spray and have the same reservations as well. We'll see how it goes but I'm hoping it was an...
09-11-19, 07:27 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 7,135
Posted By Spoonrobot

I always feel a little bad when the short dogs...

I always feel a little bad when the short dogs come out. Their little legs just donít have the stride to do much more than make it off the porch before Iím gone :(
09-10-19, 10:07 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 7,135
Posted By Spoonrobot

You ever make it down to Georgia send me a PM and...

You ever make it down to Georgia send me a PM and Iíll help you get some experience to round out your worldview.
09-09-19, 01:48 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,684
Posted By Spoonrobot

I travel extensively for work and in my...

I travel extensively for work and in my experience this is not remotely true. Sure you can find a random 1/2 mile gravel road here and there but good gravel riding? A comprehensive route that is fun...
09-06-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 591
Views: 35,603
Posted By Spoonrobot

Did you leave, yet? Should we expect the donation...

Did you leave, yet? Should we expect the donation to a cycling charity of your choice during your tour or after you return?
09-05-19, 06:02 PM
Replies: 591
Views: 35,603
Posted By Spoonrobot

The Cyclocross and Gravelbiking forum hereby...

The Cyclocross and Gravelbiking forum hereby vouches for Metieval, he has ridden many years successfully as is well documented in the aforementioned Cyclocross and Gravelbiking forum. Please continue.
09-05-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 591
Views: 35,603
Posted By Spoonrobot

As you know, Shimano redesigned the shifters for...

As you know, Shimano redesigned the shifters for their GRX gravel group to deal specifically with how poor and insecure braking is from the hoods.
...
09-05-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 591
Views: 35,603
Posted By Spoonrobot

The rider's arms were not locked. That's clear to...

The rider's arms were not locked. That's clear to see from the video, his arms flex as he accommodates the initial bump but are overwhelmed by sudden upward acceleration, subsequently the lack of...
09-04-19, 07:54 PM
Replies: 591
Views: 35,603
Posted By Spoonrobot

You tried to hedge your shot with deceptive...

You tried to hedge your shot with deceptive camera angles but it didn't work. He are correct, illustrative shots that you should have posted. These shots are directly across from the shifter, camera...
09-04-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 591
Views: 35,603
Posted By Spoonrobot

Incorrect, on multiple points. Having a firm grip...

Incorrect, on multiple points. Having a firm grip on the hoods requires hand re-positioning before braking. Having a firm grip on the drops does not. Drops are always more secure than hoods. You get...
08-25-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,698
Posted By Spoonrobot

I found the GK slicks to be noticeably better at...

I found the GK slicks to be noticeably better at resisting cuts than other tires. For the price I'm of the opinion they're the best rolling tires, all the other options are heavier/slower or much...
Forum: Commuting
08-22-19, 06:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,627
Posted By Spoonrobot

You seem to be conflating the age-old issue of...

You seem to be conflating the age-old issue of "people on bikes" vs. recreational cyclists. However, with respect to recreational cyclists - This mindset is tired, played out and untrue. "The average...
08-18-19, 06:17 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,244
Posted By Spoonrobot

Here's the thing with descending: 1....

Here's the thing with descending:

1. Everything happens faster than you expect.

2. You never have the visibility you think you do.

Of the ways recreational cyclists die, crossing the center...
Forum: Commuting
08-13-19, 07:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,176
Posted By Spoonrobot

I use twofish lockblocks...

I use twofish lockblocks (https://www.amazon.com/TwoFish-9-Lockblocks-Flashlight-Holder/dp/B001CJXB5E) strapped to a 1/2" PVC endcap (cheap version of eyelet stub mounts) with a 5mm hex bolt run...
08-12-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,528
Posted By Spoonrobot

Ask for references, contact them and see how...

Ask for references, contact them and see how their experience went both short term and long term.
08-10-19, 03:54 PM
Replies: 1,199
Views: 171,665
Posted By Spoonrobot

I like this one from today's ride. ...

I like this one from today's ride.
https://drandalls.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/img_8337.jpg
8-10-2019, Bill Cline Road, Coweta County Georgia
08-08-19, 03:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,990
Posted By Spoonrobot

The Soma doublecross disc will fit 700cx45s with...

The Soma doublecross disc will fit 700cx45s with ~3mm clearance in the rear and a bunch in the front. ĎCourse itís QR, straight head tube and steel. But it fits 45s and rides very well.
08-07-19, 09:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 470
Posted By Spoonrobot

I'd rather just wipe my bike down with a wet rag...

I'd rather just wipe my bike down with a wet rag than use a aerosol silicone/wax spray.
08-07-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 19,635
Posted By Spoonrobot

Here's my original post, since you are using it...

Here's my original post, since you are using it to create a situation that did not occur. It was not a close pass.



A close pass is not in the eye of the beholder. It is statutorily defined in...
07-30-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,545
Posted By Spoonrobot

Heavier in order to make it comfortable? All-road...

Heavier in order to make it comfortable? All-road bike review where it never left the pavement? :lol:

Gotta love marketing.



This sounds like he only looked at the head tube angle and not...
07-19-19, 09:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 656
Posted By Spoonrobot

I put a 2" piece of tape under the rim strip,...

I put a 2" piece of tape under the rim strip, over the valve hole and then cut a X into the tape. When the valve pushes through the X it creates a nice layer over the aluminum edge of the valve hole.
07-19-19, 07:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 656
Posted By Spoonrobot

I suspect this is the cause. I service some bike...

I suspect this is the cause. I service some bike share bikes that sit on new black-top, they had the same problem last July. The rims were showing temperature of ~135įf with a contactless thermometer...
07-12-19, 08:29 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,735
Posted By Spoonrobot

The entire NutriNet-Santť study is a form of...

The entire NutriNet-Santť study is a form of data-dredging. It's a massive database of questionable origin that allows use of statistical tools without intelligent, impartial review to produce blurbs...
07-08-19, 06:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,746
Posted By Spoonrobot

Bored old rich guys riding gravel isn't really a...

Bored old rich guys riding gravel isn't really a captivating subject.
06-27-19, 05:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,611
Posted By Spoonrobot

I have four tubeless sets of wheels ranging from...

I have four tubeless sets of wheels ranging from 700cx40, 29x2.3, 700cx35 and 650bx47. All of them are 200-400 grams lighter than the tubed equivalent and range from 4-6 ounces of sealant. I even did...
06-27-19, 04:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,453
Posted By Spoonrobot

Nice report. Excellent use of dutch tilt for the...

Nice report. Excellent use of dutch tilt for the opening picture.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-19, 12:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,448
Posted By Spoonrobot

Great! The only tip I have is the pedals need...

Great! The only tip I have is the pedals need more time to come to temp to keep from getting that thick coating of wax that happens when hot wax hits a cooler object. I can drop a chain in and pull...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,448
Posted By Spoonrobot

I didn't remove any wax, just let the pedals hang...

I didn't remove any wax, just let the pedals hang and drip until they were cool. The first clip in pushed the wax out of the way, it didn't even feel different. These were Shimano SPD pedals/cleats....
06-25-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 10,712
Posted By Spoonrobot

That's great, turn your light off after you leave...

That's great, turn your light off after you leave the intersection and re-enter the trail.
06-24-19, 03:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,502
Posted By Spoonrobot

If you've got the clearance and aren't shorter...

If you've got the clearance and aren't shorter than 5'6" or so, 700c is a superior wheel size for all but the most mild gravel. The rollover advantage is just too large to ignore and that brings...
06-23-19, 05:20 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,934
Posted By Spoonrobot

Something different

Something different
Replies: 56
Views: 8,766
Posted By Spoonrobot

If he was carrying pure carbohydrate, 907 grams...

If he was carrying pure carbohydrate, 907 grams is only 3600 calories. Hardly enough for several days. 4 calories a gram, remember.

As he stated "food" and gave examples, we can expect that number...
Replies: 56
Views: 8,766
Posted By Spoonrobot

Carrying a lot of food is definitely the frugal...

Carrying a lot of food is definitely the frugal option. Some rides I can spend $15-$20 on food at stops, it adds up over a season. During the cooler months I'm fine with exclusively clif bars and the...
06-17-19, 09:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,962
Posted By Spoonrobot

Throw away your chain measuring tool and buy a...

Throw away your chain measuring tool and buy a 18" steel ruler. Per Jobst Brandt (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/brandt/chain-care.html):



I have a couple bikes that I ride 95% singletrack or...
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