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Forum: Touring
05-23-18, 01:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,186
Posted By Soundtallica

Where do you leave your car at the start of a tour?

I want to drive out to my destination, park my car in a spot and leave it for a few days while I go explore the area. What would be some good places to leave your car unattended for a few days in...
03-10-17, 08:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 609
Posted By Soundtallica

Thanks everyone. I'll be bringing the FS MTB, but...

Thanks everyone. I'll be bringing the FS MTB, but I was hoping for more input on whether I should bring my CX bike or road bike. Basically, is there enough terrain in the area to warrant bringing the...
03-09-17, 08:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 609
Posted By Soundtallica

Cycling in Orange County (Irvine/Lake Forest area)?

I'm moving down to the Irvine/Lake Forest area next month. However, I'll initially only be able to bring two of my bikes with me. So my question is, what kind of riding is there in that area? I've...
02-09-17, 01:03 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 24,778
Posted By Soundtallica

No problem! Glad to help. Yeah, I mixed up my...

No problem! Glad to help. Yeah, I mixed up my model years, so my frame is a 2014. It actually is compatible with both cantis and discs and has interchangeable dropout chips that allow you to run...
02-09-17, 12:19 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 24,778
Posted By Soundtallica

OP, I'd looked long and far for the same kind of...

OP, I'd looked long and far for the same kind of bike you're looking for 2 years ago: basically a lightweight carbon gravel bike that can fit big tires but also has geometry as close as possible to...
02-09-17, 11:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,156
Posted By Soundtallica

650b conversion tire clearance question?

My carbon disc braked CX bike that I use for gravel unfortunately has woeful tire clearance in the back. In the image below, you can see while it can clear a 38c tire (true width, it's listed as...
11-23-16, 11:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,465
Posted By Soundtallica

Is this adequate tire clearance?

Would you guys say that my frame has sufficient enough clearance to run this tire? It's close, but I couldn't detect rubbing on my shakedown ride. I'm just worried that hard, high torque efforts like...
11-02-16, 09:57 AM
Replies: 6,492
Views: 1,899,322
Posted By Soundtallica

Schwinn Moab 2

This one doesn't exactly look vintage, but it's from circa 2000, so I gues it's close enough :lol:

I got bored of my old 1993 Rockhopper drop bar conversion, so I decided to build this guy....
10-15-16, 08:38 AM
Replies: 1,288
Views: 501,492
Posted By Soundtallica

If your Redline frame is carbon, it should be the...

If your Redline frame is carbon, it should be the same one as my Team frame. Decked out with heavy training wheels (1790 gram Vuelta Corsa Disc wheels I got for $125 and 400 gram not tubeless Forte...
09-11-16, 05:56 PM
Replies: 1,288
Views: 501,492
Posted By Soundtallica

My updated rig: Redline Conquest Team Carbon

I've updated my Redline Conquest Team Carbon that I posted a long time ago with this thread. Finally made the jump to hydraulic disc brakes and Ultegra 6800, and I couldn't be happier! :love: Best...
10-29-15, 08:19 PM
Replies: 6,492
Views: 1,899,322
Posted By Soundtallica

Really hard to say, as frames vary greatly not...

Really hard to say, as frames vary greatly not only in the type of tubing they use but also how they're built. For example, old steel GT mountain bikes were really heavy to the point that their...
10-27-15, 09:09 PM
Replies: 6,492
Views: 1,899,322
Posted By Soundtallica

I've already posted this before about a year ago,...

I've already posted this before about a year ago, but my 1993 Rockhopper has changed a bit since then. Swapped out the crappy Exage cantis for powerful XT V-brakes, put different wheels on, and...
10-26-15, 10:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,157
Posted By Soundtallica

I'm sure mini-V's will work with the 6700...

I'm sure mini-V's will work with the 6700 shifters. However, I've used Tektro 926al's (80mm arm) before on this bike when it had SRAM Rival, and unless I run a tire smaller than 32c fenders won't...
10-26-15, 10:52 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 15,180
Posted By Soundtallica

Hmm. Do you think it's because the pads have to...

Hmm. Do you think it's because the pads have to be run close to the rim? Either way, I live in Boulder, where there's little mud and snow/rain dry out fast, so I'm thinking that shouldn't be too much...
10-26-15, 10:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,157
Posted By Soundtallica

Yes, I am running a compact crank. I think the...

Yes, I am running a compact crank. I think the derailleur is a mid cage, not sure. Not a whole lot of visual difference between the mid cages and long cages.



Interesting. Are you running short...
10-26-15, 10:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 498
Posted By Soundtallica

Many people run their levers so they achieve...

Many people run their levers so they achieve maximum braking power right when the lever bottoms out. Some people like it and some don't, it's a matter of preference and that's why everybody has their...
10-26-15, 09:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,157
Posted By Soundtallica

Yep, the B-screw is adjusted as close to the...

Yep, the B-screw is adjusted as close to the cassette as can be.

After more research, I'm attributing my poor shifting to the rather common issue of excess friction in the system from the...
10-25-15, 11:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 15,180
Posted By Soundtallica

Sorry to dig this thread up but... I've had a...

Sorry to dig this thread up but... I've had a completely different experience with this setup than pretty much everybody else here. I'm running old XTR V-brakes (they have the 4-bar linkage to keep...
10-25-15, 06:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,157
Posted By Soundtallica

Thanks, but I already put in a new shifter cable...

Thanks, but I already put in a new shifter cable for this project :(



I checked the end of the housing and it was clean, and I even played with the size of the lower cable loop, but to no...
10-25-15, 06:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,157
Posted By Soundtallica

Just because I had the XTR derailleur lying...

Just because I had the XTR derailleur lying around. I want to avoid having to buy a new derailleur if at all possible.

Good to hear your setup is working well, but I thought the mid-cage 6700 had...
10-25-15, 05:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,157
Posted By Soundtallica

Ultegra 6700 rear shifting problems

I'm trying to make my Ultegra 6700 shifters work with a 9 speed XTR M952 rear derailleur (I hear that Shimano road shifters work with 9 speed Shimano MTB derailleurs) because I want to use a 32t...
10-21-15, 04:39 PM
Replies: 6,492
Views: 1,899,322
Posted By Soundtallica

Just a question, how much do all of your drop bar...

Just a question, how much do all of your drop bar MTBs weigh? I'm simply curious at how my 25.5 lb creation stacks up.
10-15-15, 07:54 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 10,477
Posted By Soundtallica

Wow, looks like there's a lot of opposition to my...

Wow, looks like there's a lot of opposition to my idea. I thought I'd be feasible since all pads fit VERY tightly into my brake shoes and the screws are very long. And iI don't want to switch to pads...
10-14-15, 10:34 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 10,477
Posted By Soundtallica

Sorry to dig up an old thread, but I feel my...

Sorry to dig up an old thread, but I feel my question is best asked in this context. It seems that people here say the screws are there as a safety precaution, but would it be safe to just mount the...
10-07-15, 12:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,592
Posted By Soundtallica

Nope, I have the previous generation Cayo which...

Nope, I have the previous generation Cayo which doesn't have the cable routing plate. Looks like for now silicone tape is the best option.
10-06-15, 07:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,592
Posted By Soundtallica

Converting a Di2 only frame to mechanical

I have a Focus Cayo Evo road bike that is Di2 only, and a Redline Conquest Team CX bike that can take electronic and mechanical but currently has SRAM Rival. I want to switch drivetrains between the...
10-05-15, 09:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,071
Posted By Soundtallica

True. But that's what the longer bolt is for....

True. But that's what the longer bolt is for. However, I just realized that if I push the brake arms out further the spring won't be able to engage with the holes near the brake post, so that won't...
10-05-15, 10:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,071
Posted By Soundtallica

Brake post spacers for mini v brakes?

I recently switched from cantilever brakes to mini v's on my cyclocross bike. While I love the massive improvement in braking power they provide, they have some clearance issues with my frame when...
09-19-15, 10:34 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,900
Posted By Soundtallica

I agree that Yowapeda is unrealistic, especially...

I agree that Yowapeda is unrealistic, especially when it comes to some of the characters (Midousuji, Makishima, Izumida, looking at you) and some of the mechanics of racing (teams don't keep all...
09-18-15, 07:32 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,900
Posted By Soundtallica

If you like cartoons and/or anime, Yowamushi...

If you like cartoons and/or anime, Yowamushi Pedal is awesome and definitely worth a watch. It's about a nerdy kid with no friends who finds friendship (and great success) through road racing. It...
09-17-15, 05:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,844
Posted By Soundtallica

Thanks everyone. Thus far the Jack Browns look...

Thanks everyone. Thus far the Jack Browns look best suited for my needs, but they're a bit expensive... The T-servs look good too. I'll try both.
09-17-15, 05:30 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,334
Posted By Soundtallica

Of course the power needed to keep the legs...

Of course the power needed to keep the legs moving increases with increased cadence. It's just that it increases at a lower rate as power goes up. Think of it as a logarithmic curve, with the x axis...
09-17-15, 05:16 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 11,279
Posted By Soundtallica

Haha, true. Let's face it though, Midousuji is...

Haha, true. Let's face it though, Midousuji is the most unrealistic character in the anime. In real life, the closest to Midousuji's sprinting style is Mark Cavendish.

Also, check out Ryan...
09-17-15, 05:06 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 11,418
Posted By Soundtallica

I run road tires on my CX bike for general...

I run road tires on my CX bike for general riding, since I hate the feel of CX knobbies in anything but a race. I have two wheelsets with road tires, one has 25c tires for if I'm joining a hard group...
09-14-15, 10:19 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 11,279
Posted By Soundtallica

You're in luck, Overdrive was adapted for TV,...

You're in luck, Overdrive was adapted for TV, there are 26 episodes. If you Google it it should be easy to find somewhere to watch it for free online. However, Yowamushi Pedal is a LOT better....
09-14-15, 09:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,844
Posted By Soundtallica

Ah, but it hasn't. The tires discussed in the...

Ah, but it hasn't. The tires discussed in the CX/gravel forum tend toward mixed terrain tires skewed toward the off-road side of gravel riding. I'm looking for a tire skewed towards the pavement (a...
09-14-15, 09:33 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,334
Posted By Soundtallica

The study shows results for people pedaling at...

The study shows results for people pedaling at absurdly low power (even recreational folks who cycle but don't race can keep it over 100w), of course they'll find that lower cadences are better in...
09-14-15, 07:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,844
Posted By Soundtallica

Recommendations for 30c and up road tires for CX bike?

I ride my CX bike everywhere. I love not being confined to asphalt and being able to go down an unknown dirt track if I want. As a result, I now ride my cyclocross bike everywhere and hardly touch my...
08-19-15, 10:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,561
Posted By Soundtallica

Why do bikes with longer wheelbases seem more sluggish?

Recently, while my road bike was out of commission, I slapped its wheels onto my cross bike to continue riding. But while my average speeds and climb times are similar on both bikes, the cross bike...
08-09-15, 11:55 AM
Replies: 1,288
Views: 501,492
Posted By Soundtallica

This is my dad's creation. He bought this Dean...

This is my dad's creation. He bought this Dean MTB softail frame used, and since it has odd geometry (short TT, very steep angles) that make it perfect for a drop bar conversion, he did just that....
07-17-15, 03:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,012
Posted By Soundtallica

Yeah, the Redline is a lot more comfortable even...

Yeah, the Redline is a lot more comfortable even on the same wheels as the Focus. But I have it set up with a 34-50 compact, which shouldn't feel that different from the 39-53 on the Focus. I run...
07-17-15, 03:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,012
Posted By Soundtallica

I realize this thread is old, but I still want to...

I realize this thread is old, but I still want to throw in my opinion. Like you, I have a Redline Conquest (albeit the highest end carbon model) that I put 23c tires on and intended to ride road on...
07-15-15, 03:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 565
Posted By Soundtallica

Thanks all. Plans have changed and I might not be...

Thanks all. Plans have changed and I might not be heading down to LA, so does anybody know about riding in San Fran?
07-14-15, 05:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 565
Posted By Soundtallica

Going on vacation in California. Which bike should I bring?

I am leaving for California at the end of this week, and I can only take one bike with me. During my trip I will make stops at Los Angeles, Monterey, San Francisco, Napa, and Fresno. I am mainly a...
07-14-15, 03:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 761
Posted By Soundtallica

Going on vacation in California, which bike should I bring?

I am leaving for California at the end of this week, and I can only take one bike with me. During my trip I will make stops at Los Angeles, Monterey, San Francisco, Napa, and Fresno. I am mainly a...
Forum: Touring
06-09-15, 08:54 PM
Replies: 4,353
Views: 2,025,503
Posted By Soundtallica

It isn't loaded and I haven't toured before, but...

It isn't loaded and I haven't toured before, but I intend to soon with this rig. I converted an old 1993 Specialized Rockhopper by adding drop bars, racks (front rack to come), fenders, and...
05-26-15, 01:29 PM
Replies: 3,078
Views: 2,599,045
Posted By Soundtallica

Here's my pride and joy, a 2014 Redline Conquest...

Here's my pride and joy, a 2014 Redline Conquest Team Carbon. It's a near perfect bike, and I've named her Scarlett. It's 16.5 lbs and is an actual living example of the "laterally stiff but...
05-24-15, 09:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,706
Posted By Soundtallica

This. I used to run this on my old touring bike,...

This. I used to run this on my old touring bike, and it's a solid fork. Heavy, but it's stiff enough to resist chatter.
05-18-15, 11:11 PM
Replies: 1,288
Views: 501,492
Posted By Soundtallica

I have two bikes that can be considered "gravel...

I have two bikes that can be considered "gravel bikes." My first is a Redline Conquest Team Carbon. Even with CX tires, it's a sub 17 lb rocket ship. It's rock solid off road and in CX racing, but is...
05-16-15, 12:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 10,962
Posted By Soundtallica

I know this thread is old, but it's a very...

I know this thread is old, but it's a very legitimate (if uncommon) question for people who want their CX bike to double as a road bike for racing so I'll throw in my two cents. I am a Cat 3 roadie...
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