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Forum: Road Cycling
02-28-21, 06:53 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,340
Posted By merlinextraligh

Buy a second set of wheels, and you effectively...

Buy a second set of wheels, and you effectively have 2 bikes. New wheels, carbon fiber with deep sectioned rims, and a go fast tire like Continental 5000, then put on the widest, narliest gravel...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-26-21, 05:26 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,916
Posted By merlinextraligh

Let’s see, lightweight, upright position,...

Let’s see, lightweight, upright position, hydraulic disc brakes, ability to take wider tires, sounds exactly like your carbon gravel bike.

If the goal is a fast road bike, and you want to stay...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-25-21, 07:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 859
Posted By merlinextraligh

The point is that abusing market power is the...

The point is that abusing market power is the opposite of free market capitalism. Rent seeking by monopolies is anathema to capitalism. By definition Monopolists are not capitalists. They want to...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-21, 07:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 863
Posted By merlinextraligh

1)Tires are wear items wear them out, then...

1)Tires are wear items wear them out, then consider the best replacement.

2) youíre delusional if you think youíll see any real money from selling the tires you think are crappy. The market for...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-21, 07:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 859
Posted By merlinextraligh

Capital flows to its highest and best use. Time...

Capital flows to its highest and best use. Time was dying, but had some valuable intellectual property. So instead of what was good about Time just dying, SRAM is putting capital into it. If SRAM had...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-21, 07:16 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,375
Posted By merlinextraligh

In my experience you can “game” max power on a...

In my experience you can “game” max power on a power meter for a second or two with a lot of torque in a big gear. However, I think it’s mostly a measurement error.

Real world, start out in a...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-21-21, 05:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 741
Posted By merlinextraligh

I still think something is off here. Admittedly,...

I still think something is off here. Admittedly, rain will accelerate bearing wear. However, head set bearings just don’t take the same load as bottom brackets or hubs.

I live in Florida next to...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-12-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,859
Posted By merlinextraligh

I’ll say this once. Listen to Psimet. He’s raced...

I’ll say this once. Listen to Psimet. He’s raced crits , and worked with supplying equipment to people racing crits at an elite level for years.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-12-21, 06:00 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,859
Posted By merlinextraligh

Rubiksoval, I didn’t mean to imply you don’t...

Rubiksoval, I didn’t mean to imply you don’t brake in critsor need to brake. However, rim brakes are perfectly adequate for the braking you need, which your own experience shows.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-11-21, 03:17 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 8,499
Posted By merlinextraligh

of course I canít; itís a counter factual...

of course I canít; itís a counter factual proposition. To prove or disprove it weíd have to go back and eliminate the UCI weight limit 5 years or more ago when disc brakes started becoming a thing.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-11-21, 02:40 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 8,499
Posted By merlinextraligh

I get the advantage of disc brakes for a bike...

I get the advantage of disc brakes for a bike that you want wide tires on, to ride in rough conditions, be an all around bike. Thatís why I specíd my last bike with disc brakes. But itís a Swiss Army...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-11-21, 01:26 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,859
Posted By merlinextraligh

Specialized’s marketing needs, and the fact that...

Specialized’s marketing needs, and the fact that UCI Regis erase any weight penalty, may have factored into that.

or maybe Sagan’s desire to standout and draw attention.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-11-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,859
Posted By merlinextraligh

Why in the world do you want disc brakes for a...

Why in the world do you want disc brakes for a crit? If you touch your brakes in a crit you loose 20 spots, so there’s no advantage. The weight will be a penalty accelerating out of turns, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-11-21, 01:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 896
Posted By merlinextraligh

^ maybe, I don’t have this straight, it...

^ maybe, I don’t have this straight, it specifically says it doesn’t have wheels so it’s not a complete bike, it shows a bi,e with no wheels, then it talks about zipp wheels. I’m confused.

also it...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-29-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,376
Posted By merlinextraligh

Our tandem team weighs more than twice the OP,...

Our tandem team weighs more than twice the OP, and the Silca calculator only recommends 87 psi for 28mm on the tandem.

Basically, for optimal comfort and reasonable rolling resistance, you want to...
01-25-21, 09:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 848
Posted By merlinextraligh

This. Tight enough that it doesnít skip, which is...

This. Tight enough that it doesnít skip, which is not that tight, and youíre good to go.
01-21-21, 05:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 765
Posted By merlinextraligh

Cable splitters, used on S&S coupled bikes are...

Cable splitters, used on S&S coupled bikes are another option. Splitters allow you to use two regular length cables.

The nice thing about using them is that you can replace a broken cable with a...
01-17-21, 07:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,205
Posted By merlinextraligh

thereís the proper method: The Proper Method...

thereís the proper method:
The Proper Method (http://www.gtgtandems.com/tech/propmethod.html)

While I hate the name, it works for us. Captain balances the bike with both feet on the ground....
01-11-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 756
Posted By merlinextraligh

Yes, I am a lawyer, and at one point years ago...

Yes, I am a lawyer, and at one point years ago defended various financial entities against deceptive practices claims, but with the passage of time wouldn’t claim any current expertise.

That said...
01-09-21, 04:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 756
Posted By merlinextraligh

Class action suits like this benefit the...

Class action suits like this benefit the plaintiff lawyers, and typically offer next to nothing for the consumer. These guys will nit pic Trek’s advertising, throw spaghetti against the wall, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-30-20, 08:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,606
Posted By merlinextraligh

For me, just tooling around, there may be a...

For me, just tooling around, there may be a couple of percent difference left to right. Working hard, the difference is typically a tenth of a percent, way below the margin of error of the power...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-22-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,984
Posted By merlinextraligh

thatís not true. The ideal pressure for your car...

thatís not true. The ideal pressure for your car tire depends on the weight of the car, the load in the car, ambient temperature, how you drive, and what your goal is, i.e. performance, fuel...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-20-20, 08:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,275
Posted By merlinextraligh

Have you worn both? I’d be willing to bet that...

Have you worn both? I’d be willing to bet that 99% of the people who have ,prefer the current configuration, and that remaining 1 perecent didn’t actually understand the question.

Old wool shorts...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-20-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,275
Posted By merlinextraligh

"Nashbar" still exists, but it's really not the...

"Nashbar" still exists, but it's really not the company Arni Nashbar started. That company closed in 2018. Amain Sports bought the name, as they had with other defunct bike companies such as...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-01-20, 07:29 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,002
Posted By merlinextraligh

IMHO, thereís a big difference between being able...

IMHO, thereís a big difference between being able to access the brakes and accessing your shifters.

If you canít break timely and appropriately in the middle of a pace line, youíre a hazard to the...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-20, 08:00 PM
Replies: 340
Views: 16,579
Posted By merlinextraligh

apostate

apostate
11-02-20, 05:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,994
Posted By merlinextraligh

While I get the recommendation to use 2 inch...

While I get the recommendation to use 2 inch tires, I think the Ritchey is limited to 43mm.

Another way to manage the pinch flat issue is going tubeless. Our gravel tandem came with tubed 42mm...
10-28-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 4,930
Views: 3,469,561
Posted By merlinextraligh

Calfee custom Adventure tandem. 700c wheels for...

Calfee custom Adventure tandem. 700c wheels for road. 650bís up to 50 mm for gravel....
10-28-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,994
Posted By merlinextraligh

Several thoughts. One, do you really need a...

Several thoughts. One, do you really need a triple. 2x setups can cover quite a range in 11 and 12 speed groups, are lighter and shift much better.

Two, I think your wheels are way overbuilt....
10-26-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,045
Posted By merlinextraligh

So, we’ve ridden it enough now on and off road to...

So, we’ve ridden it enough now on and off road to form some impressions. On road, it rides and handles very similar to our Dragonfly. Riding both of our Calfee’s I think is about as close to riding a...
10-25-20, 08:50 AM
Replies: 1,449
Views: 546,406
Posted By merlinextraligh

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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First ride with the Gravel wheels in Pisgah National...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-20, 07:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 919
Posted By merlinextraligh

Caleb Evan, 5’5”, seems to do ok. As does Nairo...

Caleb Evan, 5’5”, seems to do ok. As does Nairo Quintana,
10-09-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,682
Posted By merlinextraligh

We’re getting a set of Light Bicycle wheels, CF...

We’re getting a set of Light Bicycle wheels, CF rims, DT Swiss hubs, 28 spokes, and extra strength rims, which add about 100 grams but are recommended for low spoke tandem use, for under $800.
...
09-28-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 1,449
Views: 546,406
Posted By merlinextraligh

Us with our new Calfee ...

Us with our new Calfee
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Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,199
Posted By merlinextraligh

Thereís basically one advantage left for...

Thereís basically one advantage left for tubulars. You can ride them flat. That can be a big deal racing; ask Abraham Olano.

Other than that, with really good clinchers and tubeless options, there...
09-23-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,214
Posted By merlinextraligh

Hope RX4 Discs Not Warranted For Tandem Use

We spec'd our new Calfee tandem with Hope RX4 discs in part due to recommendations on here. We wanted the most robust brakes we could get. The thought was the 4 piston design Hopes would be a bit...
09-23-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,045
Posted By merlinextraligh

New Calfee Adventure Tandem

Finally got the new Calfee Tandem. Technically, its a custom modified Tetra. The goal was a dual use bike that 1) would ride on the road as close as possible to our Dragonfly, and 2) be capable for...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 07:24 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 11,804
Posted By merlinextraligh

Likely something specific to Johnny V, ( or some...

Likely something specific to Johnny V, ( or some difference between you and Johnny V). Speed wobbles are the result of oscillation at a resonant frequency. You have to have the right conditions for...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 06:35 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 11,804
Posted By merlinextraligh

^ No doubt the Varsity was absurdly heavy. The...

^ No doubt the Varsity was absurdly heavy. The electro forged frame approach was destined to build boat anchors.

But I think you missed my point; the Varsity was affordable ( a few months of...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-20, 07:50 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 11,804
Posted By merlinextraligh

Had the same bike in the same color. Weighed 41...

Had the same bike in the same color. Weighed 41 pounds. Having owned a number of pro tour level and custom bikes, including Willier, Giant, Calfee, Bianchi, Paramount, Merlin, (some of which well...
09-03-20, 03:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 823
Posted By merlinextraligh

Unless you have some very unusual dimensions, if...

Unless you have some very unusual dimensions, if your correct saddle height doesn’t expose an inch and a half of seatpost, the bike in all likelihood is too big for you.

you bought it used. You...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-20, 07:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,691
Posted By merlinextraligh

The repacking advice goes back to a day when we...

The repacking advice goes back to a day when we had user serviceable bearings, and no seals. In the old days you disassembled your headset, bb and hubs, cleaned them and repacked them.

Today,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-20, 06:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,685
Posted By merlinextraligh

Missed my point. It wasnít about the bikes; itís...

Missed my point. It wasnít about the bikes; itís about the company ABG. I wouldnít not buy a used Litespeed at the right price. I would never buy a new Litesped from ABG, with a price that factored...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-20, 06:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,685
Posted By merlinextraligh

I would never buy a bike from the American...

I would never buy a bike from the American Bicycle Group. IMHO, they ran the Litespeed brand into the ground after purchasing it from Lynskey. There are multiple threads on here, about ABG screwing...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-20, 06:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,332
Posted By merlinextraligh

Based on the OP’s comment that he ran off the...

Based on the OP’s comment that he ran off the road, I think the OP needs to work more on steering, than braking.

Read the threads on here about counter steering, and if you can still find it Davis...
07-27-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,436
Posted By merlinextraligh

Actually, my explanation was backwards, the ramps...

Actually, my explanation was backwards, the ramps on the middle 39 ring are matched to work with the 30 ring that came on the crankset, not so much the 26 replacement. So it’s the ramps on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-20, 06:03 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 11,338
Posted By merlinextraligh

The mounting issue is a matter of technique. Once...

The mounting issue is a matter of technique. Once you know how to do it, they arenít difficult. Key is the side of the tire thatís on first has to be pressed to the center, which is lower than where...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 06:26 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,463
Posted By merlinextraligh

24 mph solo is pretty fast. On a standard road...

24 mph solo is pretty fast. On a standard road bike sub hour 40k is still an accomplishment, which takes just under 25 mph.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 06:16 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,817
Posted By merlinextraligh

Iíve survived a lot of climbs using this...

Iíve survived a lot of climbs using this technique.

Unfortunately, the longer the climb the less well it works.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 05:09 PM
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