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Posted By cormacf

Thanks, all. These are 3" Minoura LiveRoll R700...

Thanks, all. These are 3" Minoura LiveRoll R700 (http://www.minoura.jp/english/trainer/rollers/r700.html)s (bought them practically unused for $50 in a moving sale, so I couldn't say no), so no...
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Posted By cormacf

Complete noob roller help

Hi, folks.

I've been cycling for 5 or 6 years, but my balance, comparatively speaking is still crap. Even with a good fit, I'm still less comfortable int e drops than I could be on steep descents,...
06-17-19, 11:11 AM
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Posted By cormacf

Mountain bikes and road bikes are both faster...

Mountain bikes and road bikes are both faster than pedestrians.
Radios are faster than all three.
Mountain bikes bounce when road bikes break.
Heads-up bars mean less smashing into cars and...
Forum: Framebuilders
06-16-19, 08:29 PM
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Posted By cormacf

Apparently, it was very hard on tools, and you...

Apparently, it was very hard on tools, and you could destroy the tubes pretty easily during construction. Nothing you'd want to build touring bike with. For a track bike, though, it seems like a nice...
Forum: Framebuilders
06-16-19, 03:33 PM
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Posted By cormacf

Thanks. I emailed Carpenter Technology to see if...

Thanks. I emailed Carpenter Technology to see if they have any photos of downtube stickers or a font file I could use for my own.

The other option is putting 1980s Peugeot red/yellow/orange...
Forum: Framebuilders
06-16-19, 12:55 PM
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Posted By cormacf

Aermer 100 tubing stickers?

Would any of you custom framebuilders happened to know whether Aermet 100 tubing ever had a sticker? I bought a second-hand custom Aermet 100 track frame, and it saw some life as a street fixie, so...
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Posted By cormacf

Thank you! One more even noobier...

Thank you!

One more even noobier question--are cog sizes standard, or should I have my LBS check out the hubs (Phil Wood track hubs of some vintage) to see what will fit? I need to put a 15t on...
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Posted By cormacf

Clinchers for outdoor velodrome?

Started riding at the local velodrome a couple weeks ago, and I just traded a commute bike for a track bike that needs new tires. I'll be running exclusively on an outdoor, cement track. No boards,...
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Posted By cormacf

Thanks! I get 4 rentals included in my starter...

Thanks! I get 4 rentals included in my starter package (along with several free Cat5 nights), so I'll burn through those.
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Posted By cormacf

Frame sizing?

How much does frame fit matter when you're just getting started in track riding?

Per my PT, I'm "one of those 5% of my clients who can actually benefit from a custom frame" when it comes to road...
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Posted By cormacf

Thank you! I just rode for the first time...

Thank you! I just rode for the first time yesterday and this post legitimately nailed almost every question / impulse I had!
03-02-19, 11:23 PM
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Posted By cormacf

I have three pairs of Specialized Bennies on...

I have three pairs of Specialized Bennies on three different bikes (full-time on the commuter, and I swap M8020 XT Trail pedals on the hardtail and roadie when I feel like clipping in). For clipless,...
03-02-19, 07:44 PM
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Posted By cormacf

Super-long rigid fork?

I was looking at a Lynskey Bootleg frame. It has a lot of things I like (like being the only Lynskey hardtail without a 27.2 seat tube). I'm kind of looking to build up a slack-front rigid bike, but...
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Posted By cormacf

Rawland Radioverks rando rack...

Rawland Radioverks rando rack (https://rawlandcycles.com/products/raidoverks-rando-rack). Same manufacturer as the bike, so it went on pretty smoothly. The only issue, potentially, is that the stays...
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Posted By cormacf

I wound up getting a fairly traditional-flare bar...

I wound up getting a fairly traditional-flare bar with long reach (95) and a shallow (124) drop...
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Posted By cormacf

I know it's an old post, but did anyone come...

I know it's an old post, but did anyone come across a black decaleur? The 333fab one (https://333fab.com/shop/air-land-sea-swift-industries-paloma-bar-bag-buffalo-plaid-ltd7e-8tf84) is almost $200....
02-07-19, 11:15 AM
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Posted By cormacf

Yeah. Not sure why they'd list at $100. It's >...

Yeah. Not sure why they'd list at $100. It's > 300g, and standard AL, but it's probably just a perceived value thing, like my $2000 MSRP Lynskey frame I bought for $700. But like that frame, for the...
02-07-19, 08:25 AM
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Posted By cormacf

Thank you. I wound up taking a gamble on...

Thank you.

I wound up taking a gamble on these ones (https://www.greggscycles.com/product/bontrager-rl-isozone-os-vr-cf-road-factory-overstock-bar-338881-1.htm) for $40. I'll report back.
02-06-19, 01:17 PM
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Posted By cormacf

I rarely see Trek at all, which is weird, because...

I rarely see Trek at all, which is weird, because they have a store in Redmond, two towns over. I see a crapload of Specialized here on the East side of Puget sound. Mix of super-high-end carbon and...
02-06-19, 12:56 PM
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Posted By cormacf

Long-reach 31.8 bars?

Anyone know of long-reach (95-105mm) drop bars that:

aren't TOO deep
work with a 31.8 stem
don't flare TOO much (like 6 or 10 degrees is fine, but I still want 42-44cm at the hoods)

Bonus...
Forum: Commuting
02-03-19, 07:10 PM
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Posted By cormacf

Is a VO decaleur good enough?

Rack (https://rawlandcycles.com/products/raidoverks-rando-rack) installed.
Bag (https://builtbyswift.com/shop/cascade-ozette-rando-bag/) purchased.

Just need the decaleur. The VO version...
02-02-19, 04:07 PM
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Posted By cormacf

Thanks, all. Went with the IQ-X and the B&M...

Thanks, all. Went with the IQ-X and the B&M taillight with the brightening-on-braking.
02-02-19, 12:10 AM
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Posted By cormacf

Best headlight for an SP hub?

There seems to be a lot of love for the Edelux II overall, but I know it comes with SON-compatible coax. Is there a preferred headlight for an SP hub? Do the Edelux IIs work fine with them?

First...
01-23-19, 03:04 PM
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Posted By cormacf

I think I'm definitely category A. The...

I think I'm definitely category A.

The feeling of lurching toward doom on drops is the biggest issue, if I had to pick one.
01-23-19, 10:36 AM
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Posted By cormacf

Maybe it is just a matter of chilling out and...

Maybe it is just a matter of chilling out and getting comfortable. And putting hydros with big rotors on my commute bike, just in case. :)
01-23-19, 07:38 AM
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Posted By cormacf

If I had to guess, it might be somewhat more...

If I had to guess, it might be somewhat more exaggerated on my low-trail bike, which has twitchier steering, but the feel-like-I'm-endoing thing is every drop-bar bike I've ever ridden. And my weight...
01-23-19, 07:34 AM
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Posted By cormacf

Ah. When you said "Look at the horizon," I...

Ah. When you said "Look at the horizon," I imagined careening down a hill with my neck craned back, looking up at the water. :)
01-23-19, 12:03 AM
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Posted By cormacf

At the risk of asking a really dumb question,...

At the risk of asking a really dumb question, doesn't that violate the "look where you're going" rule? I live in the middle of a ton of twisty hills in the 15-20% range.
01-22-19, 10:04 PM
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Posted By cormacf

I'm pretty good at trackstands, and super-slow...

I'm pretty good at trackstands, and super-slow balance seems fine. To the other poster's point, my balance off-bike isn't bad. I just always feel the need to be holding the bars (low-trail or...
01-22-19, 08:36 PM
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Posted By cormacf

Balance problems

Any suggestions for improving balance? I've been cycling pretty regularly for the past four years. I commute an average of maybe 2500 miles per year, I do three or so centuries per year, and a lot of...
01-22-19, 02:45 PM
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Posted By cormacf

Best dyno lights for a front rack mount?

Planning on mounting a dyno (Shutter Precision)-powered light on the bottom of my front rack. Will be riding in total darkness quite a bit (brevets and Seattle winter commutes), so lighting the...
01-20-19, 07:39 PM
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Posted By cormacf

There are definitely some things I'm adding /...

There are definitely some things I'm adding / changing, but it's an absolutely epic value for that money.
01-20-19, 07:17 PM
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Posted By cormacf

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/720x960/rack_00618615e6f9ddd3c34f4b1ffa34a652f375bbb9.jpg

Yup. $999 for the M ($899 for the others). Had it shipped to my LBS (also a Rawland...
Forum: Commuting
01-18-19, 11:33 AM
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Posted By cormacf

Just bought a 1372 rack. $20 on Amazon plus some...

Just bought a 1372 rack. $20 on Amazon plus some zip ties. Worth the risk.
Forum: Commuting
01-18-19, 11:18 AM
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Posted By cormacf

Well, my Rawland is a steel bike with a Brooks,...

Well, my Rawland is a steel bike with a Brooks, fenders, cheap disc brakes, and 47mm tires, so I doubt an extra pound is going to make much of a difference. :)

Thanks!
Forum: Commuting
01-18-19, 11:01 AM
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Posted By cormacf

Basket and bag or handlebar bag?

My new commute rig is a Rawland xSogn with a Radverks Rando Rack.

Pic below, and yeah, I'm gonna lose some of those spacers:
...
01-14-19, 12:24 PM
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Posted By cormacf

Forget that. Found 'em. Post won't delete, but...

Forget that. Found 'em. Post won't delete, but please ignore (unless you happen to know of a place that's cheaper than Jenson). Dunno what was wrong before.
01-14-19, 12:13 PM
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Posted By cormacf

Where do I find Apex 1x hydro levers?

Just bought a Rawland xSogn. Great bike, but cheap mech discs and a bar-end shifter. I may get used to the bar-end, but I have a feeling I'm going to miss integrated levers.

It has an Apex 1x...
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Posted By cormacf

Thanks! I have a smallish generic bar bag that...

Thanks! I have a smallish generic bar bag that should do temporarily for commutes, as long as I don't need to carry shoes, but I'll add these to the list for when the budget catches up.
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Posted By cormacf

Front bag suggestions?

I just picked up a Rawland xSogn with a rando rack (pic below). It's my first low-trail bike and my first front rack. Any suggestions for a bag used for commuting, centuries, and doubles? Bonus for...
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Posted By cormacf

I ride a Lynskey Sportive Disc for my longer...

I ride a Lynskey Sportive Disc for my longer rides. I'm looking at the xSogn. I'd love a RAVN, but since I already had a MTB and a roadie, justifying the cost for my commuter/beater bike wasn't going...
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Posted By cormacf

Low trail and drops?

Hopefully this doesn't start a religious war, but what are your thoughts on low-trail geos and drop bars? Is there any general thought about whether lower trail makes things more or less comfortable...
Forum: Commuting
12-27-18, 11:51 AM
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Posted By cormacf

Drop bars on wet commutes

I've been commuting on a flat-bar bike for years. Recently, when that bike started to have some issues, I moved it to the trainer and threw some fenders on my roadie (a Lynskey Sportive Disc). Tire...
Forum: Commuting
12-27-18, 11:14 AM
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Posted By cormacf

Thanks. I was wondering how seriously I should...

Thanks. I was wondering how seriously I should take Surly's recommendation about handling being affected under 2.5". The pedals still have plenty of room to clear the ground, because 1) I'm using...
Forum: Commuting
12-26-18, 11:53 AM
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Posted By cormacf

Tearing down a hill on 3" tires sounds like SO....

Tearing down a hill on 3" tires sounds like SO. MUCH. FUN. Thanks!
Forum: Commuting
12-26-18, 11:51 AM
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Posted By cormacf

Rode my not-particularly stable road bike to work...

Rode my not-particularly stable road bike to work in the Seattle dark and rain last week, across the several miles of I-90 bridge. Not a problem.

"Do you want me to pick you up," texted the wife?...
Forum: Commuting
12-26-18, 11:30 AM
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Posted By cormacf

Widest 27.5/650b slicks?

Does anyon e know of a 2.5" or so 650b slick I could use for urban commuting on a Karate Monkey? Maxxis Re-Fuse runs 2.0, and I think I've seen a 2.1, but Surly claims anything under 2.5 is going to...
12-20-18, 06:46 PM
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Posted By cormacf

STP One-Day for a first-timer?

Fairly new to the area. Done several centuries and one two-day double (RSVP in 2016), and I commute 14 or 15 miles each way. I'd like to try STP One-Day this year. The course looks pretty flat. Any...
11-23-18, 09:36 PM
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Posted By cormacf

My apologies. Should have been "less than signs,...

My apologies. Should have been "less than signs, going in the opposite direction:

Velo Orange > Rivendell (TW) > Rodriguez > Nobliette
11-23-18, 01:59 PM
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Posted By cormacf

thanks. I did mean mercian. I'll correct that...

thanks. I did mean mercian. I'll correct that typo right away.

I just want something pretty with lugs that rides nicely. The Rivendell would be great, but for very long rides of 100-plus Miles,...
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