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10-10-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 286
Posted By Kapusta

Then it sounds like you are good to go with any 9...

Then it sounds like you are good to go with any 9 speed shimano Brifters.

Yes, Ultegra is a technically a road group, but thats what “brifters” are. IMO, if they are in good shape, those would be...
10-09-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,814
Posted By Kapusta

I ride about about 70/30 paved/gravel on a set of...

I ride about about 70/30 paved/gravel on a set of 38mm Barlow Pass ELs and could not be happier. I run them with tubes, will try tubeless on the next set I get. Super fast rolling on the road, and do...
10-08-19, 08:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 516
Posted By Kapusta

Huh, in my book an old rigid bike would be...

Huh, in my book an old rigid bike would be preferable to a FS bike for winter commuting simply due to how hard that is going to be on the suspension components. Is there salt in the roads there?
...
10-05-19, 05:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 599
Posted By Kapusta

They are not giving you a model or even a brand...

They are not giving you a model or even a brand name?

If you can’t even tell us what brand these are, let aline the model, it is utterly impossible to let you know if it is worth it.
10-04-19, 07:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 672
Posted By Kapusta

My criteria is simple..... If I CAN go...

My criteria is simple.....

If I CAN go mountain biking, I go mountain biking.

Otherwise, I go road/gravel riding.
10-01-19, 10:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 676
Posted By Kapusta

Several points here (some are agreeing with what...

Several points here (some are agreeing with what you are saying).:

1- You are 100% correct that changing bar width DOES change the fit of the bike.... this is why it is also recommended that you...
09-29-19, 05:40 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 8,327
Posted By Kapusta

I would never even consider buying a road bike...

I would never even consider buying a road bike that could not clear 32s at a minimum, as that is the smallest I will probably ever run.

But that’s just me.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-19, 07:01 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,414
Posted By Kapusta

My 18 years of experience with hydro and mech...

My 18 years of experience with hydro and mech discs on mtbs has left me with the conclusion that overall, the relative amount of maintenance is a wash.

Mech does require more on-going tweaks with...
09-25-19, 06:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 676
Posted By Kapusta

Part of going with a wider bar on any given bike...

Part of going with a wider bar on any given bike is going with a shorter stem as well. The two go together. Part of it has to do with the handling, which I can’t say I fully understand...
09-24-19, 01:09 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 10,933
Posted By Kapusta

I think you read way more in Mr Gretz's post than...

I think you read way more in Mr Gretz's post than was actually there.
09-24-19, 12:28 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 10,933
Posted By Kapusta

I think that was a response to an imaginary...

I think that was a response to an imaginary conversation between The Chief and Phil_Gretz that took place in The Chief's head.
09-23-19, 05:29 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,340
Posted By Kapusta

2” of my left leg. ...

2” of my left leg.
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Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-19, 05:20 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,414
Posted By Kapusta

Having used ultegra levers with Teckro and...

Having used ultegra levers with Teckro and ultegra calipers, 105 levers with 105 and Teckro calipers and now 105 levers and BB7 mech brakes (which are not the best road mechs out there)..... I like...
09-20-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 10,933
Posted By Kapusta

I am flattered you thought I was so young. ...

I am flattered you thought I was so young.

Funny, I though you said “Heading to the bar” when you passed me.
09-19-19, 07:04 PM
Replies: 559
Views: 34,519
Posted By Kapusta

20 pages of replies and maybe 10 posts that...

20 pages of replies and maybe 10 posts that actually address the OPs point.

That’s actually pretty good by BF standards.
09-19-19, 05:17 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,427
Posted By Kapusta

W That was definitely NOT ruling out...

W

That was definitely NOT ruling out anything under $1000 as junk. Did not say it, did not imply it.

Sorry, but no.

Pointing out that Bike A is a lot better than Bike B does not imply that B...
09-19-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,427
Posted By Kapusta

The OP has been given several options (entry...

The OP has been given several options (entry level Marlins, Talons Trails) that rise above department store BSOs and can be had for just under or around $500. These are bikes that are found in bike...
09-19-19, 10:44 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,427
Posted By Kapusta

Wow, $750-$1500 bikes that are better than $500...

Wow, $750-$1500 bikes that are better than $500 bikes. Incredible. Who’d have thought?

Shall I now link to a bunch of $2500-$3000 bikes to point out that $1000 bikes are junk?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-19, 07:03 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 29,033
Posted By Kapusta

Good lord, you need a mountain bike to ride...

Good lord, you need a mountain bike to ride gravel and dirt roads? Seriously? What do you need to ride actual singletrack?

But I'll go through your list here:


So... CF and Al work for...
09-18-19, 07:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,465
Posted By Kapusta

I use the heel-on-the-pedal method to set my...

I use the heel-on-the-pedal method to set my initial saddle height, and it always ends up being pretty darn close to what I settle on. It seems as good of a starting point as any and is really easy...
09-18-19, 02:02 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,373
Posted By Kapusta

That's all fine, but this is a thread for the...

That's all fine, but this is a thread for the steel bikes that ARE heavy.

Heavy aluminum bikes and light steel bikes can find their own thread :)
09-17-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,427
Posted By Kapusta

Dude, don’t be so rash.... you only need to sell...

Dude, don’t be so rash.... you only need to sell one of them.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-19, 03:01 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 12,049
Posted By Kapusta

Are you ever wanting a higher gear than 50/11? If...

Are you ever wanting a higher gear than 50/11? If so, get the 52/36.

Another reason to change ring sizes is if you want to change when you shift from big to small ring and vice-versa. Years back...
09-16-19, 01:18 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,309
Posted By Kapusta

The main advantage of going with ceramic bearings...

The main advantage of going with ceramic bearings will knowing that you have done your part towards the LBS having a profitable month.
09-14-19, 03:03 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 10,835
Posted By Kapusta

Guess it depends on what you mean by “good at...

Guess it depends on what you mean by “good at it”, but if you mean proficient enough to not keep screwing up and actually enjoy the sport with others, I tend to agree with the OP.

I know many...
09-14-19, 01:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,119
Posted By Kapusta

Fit advice for aches and pains over the internet...

Fit advice for aches and pains over the internet should be taken a whole sack of salt. Who knows why YOUR neck hurts, but I’ll tell you what helped mine:

Tilting my saddle nose down a bit so that...
09-11-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 990
Posted By Kapusta

Unless it is an air fork (with a high max...

Unless it is an air fork (with a high max pressure) or a coil available with stiffer replacement springs, at 300lbs you may still be bottoming it out a lot.
09-10-19, 10:44 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,373
Posted By Kapusta

My Karate Monkey alternated between rigid and HT,...

My Karate Monkey alternated between rigid and HT, 1x9, 1x5, and SS. All heavy.

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09-10-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,373
Posted By Kapusta

The Heavy A$$ed Steel MTB Thread. AKA: ...

The Heavy A$$ed Steel MTB Thread.

AKA: “Show Us Your Surly Thread”
09-10-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 559
Views: 34,519
Posted By Kapusta

I would like to take this opportunity to point...

I would like to take this opportunity to point out that the guy catching air in the video thumbnail is riding on his hoods :)

It is also worth pointing out that for UCI races (and some others as...
09-10-19, 05:58 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,182
Posted By Kapusta

Buy more bikes :) I am only half-joking. If...

Buy more bikes :)

I am only half-joking. If you mostly ride paved roads, try gravel/dirt road riding. Or off-road trail riding. Or if you are already trail riding, try it on a very different sort...
09-09-19, 11:22 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,923
Posted By Kapusta

Yes, but I think you are missing my point. ...

Yes, but I think you are missing my point.

“Upgrade” implies something fulfills a similar function, but better.

My point is NOT that plus size does can’t be preferable for some terrain or...
09-07-19, 02:29 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,923
Posted By Kapusta

Yeah, I have to chuckle at “plus” being assumed...

Yeah, I have to chuckle at “plus” being assumed to be an “upgrade”.
09-06-19, 11:45 AM
Replies: 559
Views: 34,519
Posted By Kapusta

Think of them not as an illusion as much as an...

Think of them not as an illusion as much as an aspirational statement.
09-05-19, 02:13 PM
Replies: 559
Views: 34,519
Posted By Kapusta

It’s really just conjecture why he crashed. It’s...

It’s really just conjecture why he crashed. It’s not clear from the video at all if the reason he crashed was because his hand was knocked of the hoods, or if his hand moved instinctively to...
09-05-19, 08:21 AM
Replies: 559
Views: 34,519
Posted By Kapusta

The Your point is not being ignored so much...

The

Your point is not being ignored so much as it is being disagreed with.

No how, no way, my hands are sliding off the hoods from an impact. Only way my hands are coming off the hoods (or...
09-02-19, 02:58 PM
Replies: 559
Views: 34,519
Posted By Kapusta

No shortage of judgment and assumptions there. ...

No shortage of judgment and assumptions there.

Change your body type in two weeks? Sorry, no.
09-02-19, 02:28 PM
Replies: 559
Views: 34,519
Posted By Kapusta

The idea that how low a handlebar you are...

The idea that how low a handlebar you are comfortable with is a metric of good life choices is pretty screwed up.

The idea that you are going to change your flexibility and body composition in 2...
09-01-19, 05:49 PM
Replies: 559
Views: 34,519
Posted By Kapusta

D Fit the bike to where you are at, not...

D

Fit the bike to where you are at, not where you dream of ending up.

Change the fit as your body changes.
09-01-19, 12:14 PM
Replies: 559
Views: 34,519
Posted By Kapusta

Yes. Or it is just what everyone tells them...

Yes.

Or it is just what everyone tells them they should be riding so they figure it must be true.

Many aspects of road biking are like this. The outsized influence of professional, competitive...
08-30-19, 07:34 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 13,847
Posted By Kapusta

If I want a 9-year old used bike, I'll just keep...

If I want a 9-year old used bike, I'll just keep my 9-year old bike. It's free.
08-30-19, 07:31 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 13,847
Posted By Kapusta

You are seriously overstating how much less used...

You are seriously overstating how much less used bikes go for.

It is interesting that in this thread you keep saying used bikes are "pennies on the dollar", as if this deal were typical, but then...
08-29-19, 08:27 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 13,847
Posted By Kapusta

Sure, but then the cheap bike is not so cheap...

Sure, but then the cheap bike is not so cheap anymore.

I know where you are coming from, I’ve been through that several times. Buy a cheap bike and upgrade. A great way to learn about wrenching,...
08-29-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,664
Posted By Kapusta

The fastest tire on rough chip-seal is going to...

The fastest tire on rough chip-seal is going to be a larger and at lower pressure than the optimum tire for smooth blacktop.

The optimum tire is always a balance of rolling resistance, weight, and...
08-28-19, 06:25 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,586
Posted By Kapusta

Sometimes. Depends.

Sometimes.

Depends.
08-27-19, 11:51 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 11,551
Posted By Kapusta

You do realize that some people don’t live in...

You do realize that some people don’t live in NYC, right?

Some people don’t have to worry much about their bike being stolen. I’ve never had a commute where theft of the bike was a real concern.
08-27-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,698
Posted By Kapusta

If those tires really are GKs with a different...

If those tires really are GKs with a different brand on them, than THAT is a case of rebranding.

This is NOT what Conpass or RH tires are.
08-24-19, 05:00 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,894
Posted By Kapusta

I jinxed myself. After something like a dozen...

I jinxed myself. After something like a dozen different tubeless tires, I finally needed the compressor to seat the bead today. It was a non-tubeless ready tire on an older Stand rim.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,695
Posted By Kapusta

IMO, riding gravel and dirt roads IS “road...

IMO, riding gravel and dirt roads IS “road biking”. I think what happened is that “road biking” had became synonymous with “paved bike racing”, which (IMO) has lead to a lot of people being sold...
08-22-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,124
Posted By Kapusta

XC mountain biking IS trails and singletrack.

XC mountain biking IS trails and singletrack.
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