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10-16-19, 01:10 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 10,458
Posted By Spoonrobot

A couple months down the line and I've been...

A couple months down the line and I've been thinking. Most of the guys I've been gravel riding with the past 3-5 years are either on the same original gravel bike they got, or they're doing something...
10-16-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,388
Posted By Spoonrobot

Handlebar bags have an aero and handling penalty...

Handlebar bags have an aero and handling penalty that is not insignificant.



You have the right size bag, you just packed it wrong and/or have a different riding posture than works with the...
10-13-19, 01:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 240
Posted By Spoonrobot

Front or rear? For front I use a Zebralight...

Front or rear?

For front I use a Zebralight H600w MkIV Neutral White. (http://www.zebralight.com/H600w-Mk-IV-18650-XHP35-Neutral-White-Headlamp_p_215.html) Nice blend of throw and flood, good...
10-11-19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 804
Posted By Spoonrobot

1. Don't clean your rotors or pads. Doing so...

1. Don't clean your rotors or pads. Doing so reduces braking performance until they bed in. It's also very easy to contaminate the pads so they do not perform well ever again. The only interaction...
10-09-19, 01:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 612
Posted By Spoonrobot

A very lightly built rim run tubeless will have...

A very lightly built rim run tubeless will have the bead flange start to spread apart such that the bead can unseat and blow off. This happens with tubed tires as well but at much higher psi...
10-09-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,602
Posted By Spoonrobot

You are overreacting. Next time open your mouth...

You are overreacting. Next time open your mouth and say "leave me alone" and then if he/she/they persists, you could come here and complain. Your recollection of your experience just reads like...
10-09-19, 10:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 612
Posted By Spoonrobot

They wouldn't, that's about the ideal rim width...

They wouldn't, that's about the ideal rim width for that range of tires.

My gravel race bike is on a 24/24 wheelset, it's OEM from Diamondback straight gauge 2.0 spokes at moderate tension, the...
10-08-19, 09:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 276
Posted By Spoonrobot

Velo-Orange is the best option. I've used the...

Velo-Orange is the best option. I've used the 52mm Zepplin models with 650bx47 front and 650bx42 rear. The fenders are stiff enough there's no rub even on rough gravel and singletrack. As noted...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-07-19, 01:25 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,213
Posted By Spoonrobot

It takes a very stiff tire (or an extremely...

It takes a very stiff tire (or an extremely lightweight rider) for 60psi to be 15% drop. 700cx25, speaking. For my combined bike+rider weight of 197 pounds using tubed 700cx25 measuring actual...
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...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-19, 01:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,132
Posted By Spoonrobot

Seeing the pictures I'd just add another shot of...

Seeing the pictures I'd just add another shot of sealant and not even think about it anymore. Bottom two definitely look like punctures, possibly from steel wire or maybe small glass but should seal...
10-04-19, 08:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 480
Posted By Spoonrobot

For races/events a clip on rear fender has been...

For races/events a clip on rear fender has been about the same as a set of full bolt-ons with respect to keeping me comfortable. I'm always hesitant to run full fenders during an event because I...
10-04-19, 07:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 480
Posted By Spoonrobot

What fenders and what tires?

What fenders and what tires?
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,...
10-03-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 233
Posted By Spoonrobot

https://ruedatropical.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/bik...

https://ruedatropical.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/bike-fit-from-coppi-to-contador/

Makes sense, there's not as much reason to be in the drops if one has shifting and braking from the hoods. As well...
10-02-19, 08:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 907
Posted By Spoonrobot

That's funny I was just reading a thread on...

That's funny I was just reading a thread on another forum where an Excel Sports Boulder built bike had a significant issue with improper rear derailleur installation. Pull the tech doc and check...
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.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-19, 07:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,132
Posted By Spoonrobot

Like this? ...

Like this?

https://drandalls.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/img_9201.jpg

They're not punctures in the sense that something pushed through the tread and casing, they're microscopic tears in the...
Replies: 68
Views: 12,634
Posted By Spoonrobot

For your use case, the Fog Cutter is the way to...

For your use case, the Fog Cutter is the way to go. Or the Black Mountain Cycles Road + (https://blackmtncycles.com/frames/road-plus/).

The VO Polyvalent and Pass Hunter are both touring style...
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...
Replies: 68
Views: 12,634
Posted By Spoonrobot

That's my blog. I have a Double Cross Disc as...

That's my blog. I have a Double Cross Disc as well, I suspect it's built with a slightly different tubing/butting mix as it is a stiffer riding frame/fork.

The steel Soma Fog Cutter fork is a fine...
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...
09-25-19, 06:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 401
Posted By Spoonrobot

I bought a pair of "SB-493(3*9)" shifters from...

I bought a pair of "SB-493(3*9)" shifters from Aliexpress back in the spring. They appear to be less of a knockoff and more of a grey market item rebadged to avoid getting into the OEM supply chain...
09-24-19, 10:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 713
Posted By Spoonrobot

Schwalbe G-One Speed Evo Liteskin is a great tire...

Schwalbe G-One Speed Evo Liteskin is a great tire if you want something different. It rolls very well for it's size - 29x2.35 and is light weight as well. Thunder Burts from the same company are...
09-23-19, 04:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,421
Posted By Spoonrobot

Fork offsets are more important in gravel bikes...

Fork offsets are more important in gravel bikes because trail (and corresponding flop) has a much larger impact with smaller tires, relatively higher pressure tires, slick tires and the narrower...
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...
09-23-19, 06:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,421
Posted By Spoonrobot

$3200 for a bike with an aluminum fork is...

$3200 for a bike with an aluminum fork is ridiculous.

I also don't like the trend (encroaching from MTB) of hiding the fork offset, leaving the potential consumer to guess at the trail based on...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-19, 11:43 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 29,090
Posted By Spoonrobot

Nah, almost all gravel bikes are built stiffer...

Nah, almost all gravel bikes are built stiffer than comparable road or cross bikes due to design brief meeting the testing expectations for sale in the EU and USA. The comfort and control generally...
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
09-17-19, 07:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 438
Posted By Spoonrobot

The tire will be shorter because the relative...

The tire will be shorter because the relative pressure is lower as the overall volume of the tire increases with wider rims. What this means in practice is you get a shorter tire at the same PSI but...
09-17-19, 07:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,240
Posted By Spoonrobot

I deleted my earlier post, I was mainly poking...

I deleted my earlier post, I was mainly poking fun but that's not really something that comes across well in writing. Classy response from Rodeo, hopefully this doesn't deter any prospective buyers...
09-17-19, 11:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,000
Posted By Spoonrobot

I didn't know this, what's the trail number? I...

I didn't know this, what's the trail number? I couldn't find the geo chart on the fairlight site.

Ah, found it in the lookbook. Mid-trail but on the lower side for a gravel bike. I prefer in the...
09-16-19, 07:38 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 10,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

Back on-topic: I did a 60 mile mountain bike...

Back on-topic: I did a 60 mile mountain bike event over the weekend. Ended up riding a significant amount of the time with a newer rider who'd be riding only since the late spring. He was trouncing...
09-16-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,383
Posted By Spoonrobot

The most common things are hand tools and...

The most common things are hand tools and electrical tape, with occasional interesting other things. Some that come to mind from this year.

Gerber Flat Iron folding knife
Roll of Copenhagen Long...
09-15-19, 11:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 601
Posted By Spoonrobot

I haven't ridden a spray-painted gravel bike but...

I haven't ridden a spray-painted gravel bike but I did a lot of road riding with a few dozen miles of gravel on my fixed gear that I painted using indoor/outdoor Kyrlon and a Krylon topcoat. It held...
09-13-19, 06:08 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 10,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

Although I've been working at it, I also tend to...

Although I've been working at it, I also tend to not respond to an argument I'm losing or lost. So I understand, good luck out there.
09-13-19, 05:50 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 10,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

asgelle - in case you missed my earlier post: ...

asgelle - in case you missed my earlier post:



So in your scenario where he's riding with faster riders and closing gaps before getting dropped...is he not participating with faster, more...
09-13-19, 12:19 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 10,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

I'm not. I don't understand the rest of your post...

I'm not. I don't understand the rest of your post either, so please direct your attention back to jackb.
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, 10:40 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 10,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

The problem with your categories is that, in real...

The problem with your categories is that, in real life, they're all based on fitness, not skill. Which is illustrative in itself.
09-13-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 10,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

I got yelled at once but it was in French so I...

I got yelled at once but it was in French so I took it as a compliment. :innocent:
09-13-19, 10:11 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 10,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

So in your scenario where he's riding with faster...

So in your scenario where he's riding with faster riders and closing gaps before getting dropped...is he not participating with faster, more experienced riders despite his lack of skill? The very...
09-13-19, 09:34 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 10,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

Dude I can't even get my bottle out to take a...

Dude I can't even get my bottle out to take a drink while riding the crit. I'm sure they're going to tell me not to come back when they find out :(

:lol:
09-13-19, 09:31 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,904
Posted By Spoonrobot

They break due to inclusions/artefacts and other...

They break due to inclusions/artefacts and other maladies that occur during production of both the steel used to create the wire and the wire itself. Fewer spokes means more stress on each spoke...
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.
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