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07-09-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 628
Posted By GrainBrain

Not hating on those that love to wear authentic...

Not hating on those that love to wear authentic team stuff. But a couple years ago I passed a guy with the full Bora kit, bibs and all, with the uci stripes. Thought it was a little much. Saw someone...
07-08-20, 05:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 246
Posted By GrainBrain

I had posted to the covid thread in P&R on March...

I had posted to the covid thread in P&R on March 1st about getting over a sickness, and I wondered then if I had it. We have a kiddo going to daycare so we get a lot of illness, early in the year it...
Replies: 18
Views: 320
Posted By GrainBrain

$750? No way. You could spend that much by buying...

$750? No way. You could spend that much by buying a much higher end bike and getting it repainted imo.
07-04-20, 11:03 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,175
Posted By GrainBrain

Reported. Seriously though you stated that a...

Reported.

Seriously though you stated that a handful of peanuts were consumed......
07-03-20, 07:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 420
Posted By GrainBrain

Oh wow that's pretty wild!! OP didn't you...

Oh wow that's pretty wild!!

OP didn't you mention you're in MA and riding packed dirt? I think the design of the maxxis with its mini diamond lugs will be a good compromise. Ride it and report...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-20, 10:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 520
Posted By GrainBrain

To those that have used the plugs, what were the...

To those that have used the plugs, what were the circumstances?
07-02-20, 04:58 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 7,888
Posted By GrainBrain

I got a Carbon Topstone; it's performed really...

I got a Carbon Topstone; it's performed really well and I've enjoyed it. Some other bikes on my radar were the checkpoint sl5, jamis c2, giant revolt or allroad. I really think Cannondales rear...
Forum: Foo
07-02-20, 12:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 467
Posted By GrainBrain

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Sorry to thread hijack! Just hanging out today with the Mrs....
07-02-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,632
Posted By GrainBrain

Rode gravel last night and had a cotton tail...

Rode gravel last night and had a cotton tail rabbit burst out just infront of me, then proceeded to pace me a quarter mile at 10 feet infront of me. Awesome to watch the dry, powdery gravel burst up...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 520
Posted By GrainBrain

I had this exact same question yesterday at the...

I had this exact same question yesterday at the LBS. We both agreed that the need to plug a tire was almost non-existant in our many thousands of miles of riding. More often you get a slashed...
07-02-20, 07:39 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,731
Posted By GrainBrain

Voted gravel because that's the way I went when I...

Voted gravel because that's the way I went when I bought my new bike.

Close second would be my workhorse, my hard tail XC MTB 29er. I've been to the Rocky mountains with it, to local single track....
06-30-20, 05:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 627
Posted By GrainBrain

I've been meaning to ask if you have a separate...

I've been meaning to ask if you have a separate thread on these or could recommend one. I've been giving a hard look at the Barlow Pass TC (700cx38mm). Are there any long term reviews on the...
06-29-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 623
Posted By GrainBrain

Yes focus on the standards so you know you can...

Yes focus on the standards so you know you can upgrade in the future. Buy used, it will save you $$.

My story is I bought a 2011 Giant Talon for $550, it retailed for $1100. I bought it back in...
06-29-20, 04:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 502
Posted By GrainBrain

Oh dumb! It's what I get for posting before I go...

Oh dumb! It's what I get for posting before I go to bed :o

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06-28-20, 07:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 502
Posted By GrainBrain

Average pace is 14.3 mph? That's pretty good all...

Average pace is 14.3 mph? That's pretty good all time imo
06-28-20, 06:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,310
Posted By GrainBrain

Funny you mention cheap chains, I just pulled the...

Funny you mention cheap chains, I just pulled the stock cheapie chain from my Topstone and replaced it with an ultegra chain. Wow I was not expecting such an improvement in shifting! I had been...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-20, 03:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 334
Posted By GrainBrain

Woke up early Saturday and Sunday for a 3:10am...

Woke up early Saturday and Sunday for a 3:10am and 3:30am early rides. Probably the earliest I could ever comfortably get going, would be hard to wake up earlier. Put in a 56 and 80 mile rides....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-20, 06:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 260
Posted By GrainBrain

Gosh that's cool! Will also give me some...

Gosh that's cool! Will also give me some nightmares
06-27-20, 06:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 882
Posted By GrainBrain

You should wrap an old inner tube around it as...

You should wrap an old inner tube around it as well, would provide some dampening.
06-27-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,136
Posted By GrainBrain

10 grams lighter and $30 more expensive then it's...

10 grams lighter and $30 more expensive then it's nylon counterpart! :eek:
06-27-20, 05:14 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,632
Posted By GrainBrain

Yup that's a sand piper! Oh another cool one...

Yup that's a sand piper!

Oh another cool one this morning, a flock of birds was on the rail trail around 5:30am as the sun was just up, as I came upon them they kind of flew up and then back down...
06-27-20, 04:44 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,632
Posted By GrainBrain

I can relate I've had them do this too me as...

I can relate I've had them do this too me as well, but been lucky enough to avoid the flocks wrath.

My favorite are sand pipers, who will fly just infront of you as they try and "lure" you from...
06-27-20, 12:36 PM
Replies: 697
Views: 145,883
Posted By GrainBrain

Just bought a new chain and scrubbed the...

Just bought a new chain and scrubbed the drivetrain. I went with the xt/ultegra level just for the siltec coating on the pins.
06-24-20, 05:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 662
Posted By GrainBrain

Just a lay person really, but I started to watch...

Just a lay person really, but I started to watch pro cycling just recently. I happened to watch the 2017 TdF stage 9 towards the end, right at a big crash with Porte. Uran was caught up in it but...
Forum: Foo
06-23-20, 07:18 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,071
Posted By GrainBrain

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Forum: Foo
06-23-20, 07:17 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,071
Posted By GrainBrain

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06-23-20, 05:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 757
Posted By GrainBrain

Have you stated your location or maybe post some...

Have you stated your location or maybe post some pictures of the gravel your thinking of riding? What's the aggregate size? Around here it's about 1" and under with about 35% less then 3/8". So when...
06-23-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 849
Posted By GrainBrain

Niiiiice. I love the bit of XTR bling. I wonder...

Niiiiice. I love the bit of XTR bling. I wonder what the story was behind the fire sale? Fwiw would fit my wife perfectly as well. :thumb:
06-23-20, 10:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 809
Posted By GrainBrain

The color is awesome, I'm impressed by the chain...

The color is awesome, I'm impressed by the chain life! Have you thought of a shallow frame pack? I love mine and my bottles still clear.

...
06-23-20, 02:16 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,327
Posted By GrainBrain

Silcock key ...

Silcock key

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06-22-20, 05:54 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 7,888
Posted By GrainBrain

For $5k you get custom steel from a small outfit...

For $5k you get custom steel from a small outfit with modern ultegra and a brand new paint job :D
06-22-20, 04:55 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 7,888
Posted By GrainBrain

That's it then, isn't it? The longer you're into...

That's it then, isn't it? The longer you're into something the more you know what you want. If he's not into bicycling $500 is fine. But the longer he rides potentially the better he wants the...
06-22-20, 04:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 757
Posted By GrainBrain

Not being a naysayer but if it was me I'd just...

Not being a naysayer but if it was me I'd just keep the stock wheelset with a different set of road tires and spend that $600 on a set of 650b wheels and tires. Better bang for buck imo. If you're...
06-22-20, 02:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 353
Posted By GrainBrain

Do you adjust tire pressures before/after your...

Do you adjust tire pressures before/after your gravel section?

Ugh that's a ton of climbing on gravel. I was disappointed to see how "little" climbing I actually did, it felt like I did way more...
06-22-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 353
Posted By GrainBrain

First gravel century - how far have you gone?

Just did my first 100 mile ride on gravel, total ride was 105 miles, probably had 5 miles total of pavement. Got lucky with the weather, a slim band of storms went through the night and softened up...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-20, 12:17 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,465
Posted By GrainBrain

Did the exact same thing on my mtb a few years...

Did the exact same thing on my mtb a few years back, now it's quick links only. Going tubeless was great, eliminated the need for a tube, levers, patches. I have a chain tool, spoke wrench, pump,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-20, 06:19 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,465
Posted By GrainBrain

I'm curious to know the last time anyone needed a...

I'm curious to know the last time anyone needed a quicklink? I broke my mtb chain this spring but it was incredibly dirty and neglected.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-20, 06:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,281
Posted By GrainBrain

Wow are those new? Thanks for bringing these to...

Wow are those new? Thanks for bringing these to my attention!
Forum: Touring
06-17-20, 05:11 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,435
Posted By GrainBrain

That's crazy - would you have been starting your...

That's crazy - would you have been starting your trip there or would you have been passing through at this point?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-20, 05:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 455
Posted By GrainBrain

Oh I'm a 55, didn't think it would be that high...

Oh I'm a 55, didn't think it would be that high but makes sense. First time I've used a separate app with Strava as well, pretty cool. Says I need 17 more days at 56 to get 56.
06-16-20, 04:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 895
Posted By GrainBrain

I follow a lot of different levels of riders on...

I follow a lot of different levels of riders on Strava, the fast ones put in a ton of time/effort. Like riding everyday, on a trainer or outside. Doing structured routines like intervals,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-20, 04:32 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,122
Posted By GrainBrain

Gravel, windy gravel - and a gearing fetish.

Gravel, windy gravel - and a gearing fetish.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-20, 07:10 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,122
Posted By GrainBrain

I want an 11-34 12 speed so bad. Want that 14t...

I want an 11-34 12 speed so bad. Want that 14t cog. Want.
06-14-20, 05:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 210
Posted By GrainBrain

65/60? Plush :thumb:

65/60? Plush :thumb:
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-20, 02:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 453
Posted By GrainBrain

It's not terrible on pavement with the stock...

It's not terrible on pavement with the stock riddler's. My rear has had the small center nubbies worn away at about 1700 miles. The front still looks newish. If I weren't encountering steep unpaved...
Forum: Foo
06-13-20, 02:20 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,246
Posted By GrainBrain

I've pondered going to Arkansas, specifically...

I've pondered going to Arkansas, specifically Bentonville during the winter. I've looked into it around January/February but it gets wet. I bet December would be nice.

You could do some great...
06-11-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,769
Posted By GrainBrain

Pretty much this, though I love mine. The rear...

Pretty much this, though I love mine. The rear design is great imo and I plan on eventually getting a 650b wheelset, which would pair well with the bb drop.
06-11-20, 09:57 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,769
Posted By GrainBrain

I have the Carbon Topstone, and if you're coming...

I have the Carbon Topstone, and if you're coming from a hybrid I don't think you'll like it as much as an alloy Topstone or ALR5. The carbon Topstone has limited tire clearance and a high bottom...
06-11-20, 09:48 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,391
Posted By GrainBrain

I am thankful for my LBS, went to ride my bike...

I am thankful for my LBS, went to ride my bike one day and a spoke had pulled through the rim, ruining it. An old wheel anyway, I went to the LBS and bought a decent rear wheel and was able to save a...
Forum: Foo
06-10-20, 02:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 652
Posted By GrainBrain

One thing dragon has that's a relief is the...

One thing dragon has that's a relief is the launch abort system. IIRC the shuttle was supposed to quickly decouple from the two solid fuel boosters under it's own power; but you're still riding on...
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