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01-15-16, 12:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,521
Posted By gamby

I use Tektro mini-V's with 9-speed Shimano R600...

I use Tektro mini-V's with 9-speed Shimano R600 levers on my 2011 Ridley X-Ride cross bike. I use a noodle with a barrel adjuster on it on both front and rear. That's the key to getting them to...
01-07-16, 11:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,066
Posted By gamby

Fred Garvin = male prostitute Girvin =...

Fred Garvin = male prostitute

Girvin = "suspend the rider, not the bike" circa 1992 or so :P
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-16, 11:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,224
Posted By gamby

I have no intention of sounding snobby/elitist,...

I have no intention of sounding snobby/elitist, but...

I got so sick of changing pads and adjusting limit screws/cable tension (Novitec hubs vs. Shimano hubs) that I just leave the carbon wheels...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-16, 11:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 449
Posted By gamby

I have a cheapie Graber mag trainer that gets a...

I have a cheapie Graber mag trainer that gets a gnarly vibration at one specific speed (no speed sensor so I don't know what that speed is) regardless of the tire in use. I've never been able to...
01-07-16, 09:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 735
Posted By gamby

I'll complicate it further: I'm 5'11" with a 30"...

I'll complicate it further: I'm 5'11" with a 30" inseam (yes, I'm a freak) and my Ridley X-Ride is a 52cm that fits like a 54cm. :bang:

A cross bike should work fine as a gravel bike. Just find...
01-06-16, 11:52 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 11,419
Posted By gamby

The people who say that a cross bike won't work...

The people who say that a cross bike won't work on the road are just being typical internet contrarians/know-it-alls/snobs. If Jeremy Powers and Stephen Hyde can train on the road on their cross...
01-06-16, 11:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,763
Posted By gamby

If you raced MTB in the 90's, then you have all...

If you raced MTB in the 90's, then you have all fo the bikehandling you'll need. It'll come back to you very quickly.

Don't be afraid to shoulder/carry your bike. There are plenty of situations...
10-29-15, 12:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,620
Posted By gamby

I dig the literal number plates :thumb:

I dig the literal number plates :thumb:
10-19-15, 09:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,320
Posted By gamby

If you have a solid mileage base from the...

If you have a solid mileage base from the summer/rest of the season, I wouldn't be worried at all. Get a good warmup in and go race. You might find that you're on fresher legs. :thumb:
10-16-15, 10:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,884
Posted By gamby

Jeez--it was more helpful than me! :lol: ...

Jeez--it was more helpful than me! :lol:

Yeah, the front wheel dictates a lot of it. While I was learning to handle my cross bike, the times I ate it were when I turned in too abruptly and the...
10-15-15, 11:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,884
Posted By gamby

In terms of picking lines, maybe google some...

In terms of picking lines, maybe google some stuff about the racing line for cars. Early apex--never good, late apex--safe/conservative, "normal" apex--great if you can grab it.

"Slow in, fast...
10-13-15, 11:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,324
Posted By gamby

My current cross bike is built on an early 90's...

My current cross bike is built on an early 90's Diamondback Crestwood hybrid frame. It's a tank at 26lbs, but it actually handles and rides great. I'll be upgrading to a lighter frameset sometime...
10-12-15, 11:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,582
Posted By gamby

That is such a rad course. Looks like a blast.

That is such a rad course. Looks like a blast.
10-06-15, 05:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,018
Posted By gamby

Builder's Ball was very good, but last year's was...

Builder's Ball was very good, but last year's was bigger. A lot fewer builders displaying this year. Still a great scene, though.

I ended up walking to/from the start/finish, the barriers near...
10-06-15, 05:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,157
Posted By gamby

The 34-32 on my bike can get me up some STEEP...

The 34-32 on my bike can get me up some STEEP dirt climbs. There's a permanent cross course near me (Riverpoint Park in West Warwick, RI) that has a couple of steep spots where this gearing is...
06-15-15, 11:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 907
Posted By gamby

RI MS150--Ride The Rhode

I think I'm going to do the century loop on day one this Saturday (June 20). I'll be riding both days.

If you see a guy in an orange/pink/blue Pedal Pushers jersey with #13...
06-09-15, 09:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,737
Posted By gamby

I ended up taking this ...

I ended up taking this

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y48/gamby/Mobile%20Uploads/20140911_145033_zpsypk9sqvt.jpg

and turned it into this
...
06-09-15, 09:30 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,495
Posted By gamby

I'm not a great bunnyhopper, but also, my...

I'm not a great bunnyhopper, but also, my conservative brain wouldn't try hopping anything when I'm depleted/tired (which is me on a CX course at any time :roflmao: )
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-15, 09:21 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,018
Posted By gamby

I know there's a hubbub about "statin nation". ...

I know there's a hubbub about "statin nation". My doc is younger and pretty progressive in his ideology, from what I've seen.

FWIW, there have been zero side effects from my statin...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-15, 12:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,226
Posted By gamby

22.9 lbs. Wow. GREAT segment! He's a...

22.9 lbs. Wow.

GREAT segment! He's a funny dude.

...and yes, the SRAM slam was funny.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-15, 12:08 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,811
Posted By gamby

Gatorade bottle a couple of years ago.

Gatorade bottle a couple of years ago.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-15, 12:04 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,018
Posted By gamby

I have a pretty bad heart history in my family. ...

I have a pretty bad heart history in my family. One grandfather went from a heart attack in his 40's. The other went in his 70's. My Dad went from ventricular fibrulation at 59 in 2001.

My GP...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-15, 11:56 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 20,266
Posted By gamby

I have no need to be cryptic. I bought a...

I have no need to be cryptic.

I bought a 50mm carbon rear wheel (I run a Bontrager Aura 5 up front) from "DIY Bike" on ebay In Dec 2013. I've put about 3000 miles on that wheel since then and my...
06-01-15, 11:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,429
Posted By gamby

Pricey for a 9-year old bike, even at that low...

Pricey for a 9-year old bike, even at that low mileage.
04-01-15, 12:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,719
Posted By gamby

Also consider that a bike with wider cross tires...

Also consider that a bike with wider cross tires will have a taller standover height and feel "bigger".

I've never ridden a Tricross, but I still maintain that a 54mm can be made workable,...
03-30-15, 11:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 956
Posted By gamby

This is great advice. I volunteer at my local...

This is great advice. I volunteer at my local co-op (Recycle-A-Bike in Providence, RI) and I work on a lot of stuff like this. Old road bikes don't ever really die. :)
03-30-15, 11:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,719
Posted By gamby

I'm 5'11" and I expect my next road frame to be...

I'm 5'11" and I expect my next road frame to be in the 54cm range. Granted, I have really short legs (30" pants inseam), but my current 57cm bike is big on me reach-wise while I'm all-torso. I run...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-30-15, 10:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 859
Posted By gamby

After this miserable winter, yes. :cry: I...

After this miserable winter, yes. :cry:

I will say, it's incredible how stable a a bike shod with 700x35 cyclocross knobbies is in the snow. :)
Forum: Road Cycling
03-29-15, 11:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,127
Posted By gamby

Lock it up. Cannondale wants to showcase its...

Lock it up.

Cannondale wants to showcase its newest, wildest stuff for the world to see. The trickledown sells the lower-end stuff.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-29-15, 11:50 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,495
Posted By gamby

I'm a spinner, so I'm a Honda B16A (1.6L, 160hp @...

I'm a spinner, so I'm a Honda B16A (1.6L, 160hp @ 8000 rpm). Great performance engine in a lighter chassis

My wattage probably isn't as high as it should be, so the 111 lbs/ft of torque this...
03-23-15, 11:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,220
Posted By gamby

IIRC, going much wider than a 32-33c tire on it...

IIRC, going much wider than a 32-33c tire on it will be a very tight squeeze.
Replies: 25
Views: 18,363
Posted By gamby

I was overjoyed when the Aerowind commercial...

I was overjoyed when the Aerowind commercial finally made it to youtube!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMgYNm4Q6dM

Ride like the wind, baby! :D

I love how the ad copy is all about how...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-19-15, 12:40 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,857
Posted By gamby

4 miles is my magic number. Way too often, I...

4 miles is my magic number. Way too often, I shove off thinking "uh-oh--this ride is gonna suck" and then I hit the 4 mile mark and I'm feeling fine.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-19-15, 12:36 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,373
Posted By gamby

I have some Primals that I love for long rides. ...

I have some Primals that I love for long rides.

Pearl Izumi makes nice stuff, but they run a little bit small.

I'm a fan of anything with a bit of a firmer pad when it comes to long rides, but...
03-13-15, 11:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,017
Posted By gamby

I find it interesting that an 80mm stem is so...

I find it interesting that an 80mm stem is so verboten now, but it was practically standard issue back then. Maybe the more slack head angles calmed it down.

Mind you, I have 80mm stems on three...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-11-15, 11:33 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,606
Posted By gamby

I ride CX (recreationally) with platforms. My...

I ride CX (recreationally) with platforms. My first race was snowy and quite a few people struggled with their clipless pedals. Plus, when I went over the bars on the first lap, I was glad I wasn't...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-11-15, 10:37 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,338
Posted By gamby

My GOD. I'd ride far enough to justify downing...

My GOD. I'd ride far enough to justify downing the middle three in a sitting--not that there's anything wrong with the outside two.

Those look AMAZING.
03-10-15, 11:42 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 31,073
Posted By gamby

46/34. Best of both worlds. Seriously. :thumb:

46/34. Best of both worlds. Seriously. :thumb:
Forum: Road Cycling
03-10-15, 11:41 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 11,692
Posted By gamby

...and Ride has recently reunited to start...

...and Ride has recently reunited to start touring. (and I'm more of a fan of Going Blank Again and Carnival of Light)

...and shoegaze has had a pretty big influence on indie in the past 5 year. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-10-15, 12:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,371
Posted By gamby

In this sue-happy culture, if there were a way to...

In this sue-happy culture, if there were a way to link me to a crash, they'd find it.

I was a pro wrench for 6 years and I could definitely do this out of my garage. Having dealt with the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-09-15, 11:58 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 16,172
Posted By gamby

Wow--that Scott Nydam piece was poignant.

Wow--that Scott Nydam piece was poignant.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-09-15, 11:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,371
Posted By gamby

My big concern would be insurance. I wouldn't...

My big concern would be insurance. I wouldn't want to lose my house because of misplaced blame. :(
03-09-15, 11:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,056
Posted By gamby

Being faster than me is a VERY low bar to set. ...

Being faster than me is a VERY low bar to set. :lol:
03-09-15, 01:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,056
Posted By gamby

We used to call those "rat trap" pedals back in...

We used to call those "rat trap" pedals back in the day. :50:
03-08-15, 11:18 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,686
Posted By gamby

That would never make it to public sale at the...

That would never make it to public sale at the co-op where I volunteer. A worker would get dibs on it very quickly after it was taken in.
03-08-15, 11:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,620
Posted By gamby

I get sketched out hitting 40 on pavement on a...

I get sketched out hitting 40 on pavement on a proper road bike. 40 on gravel will literally never happen to me. :lol:
03-08-15, 11:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,056
Posted By gamby

I'm on board with that logic at the moment. I...

I'm on board with that logic at the moment. I ride SPD's on the road, clips and straps on my MTB and platforms on my CX bike. I simply can't get in and out of SPDs fast enough. My first and only...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-06-15, 01:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 950
Posted By gamby

There was way too much contradiction in that...

There was way too much contradiction in that thread to get much of anything out of it.

Much like any discussion on the internet about fitness, one person says one thing, another completely...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-06-15, 12:31 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,147
Posted By gamby

I have zero interest in a press fit bike. I'll...

I have zero interest in a press fit bike. I'll go custom when I'm unable to find something threaded (assuming threaded remains available).
Forum: Road Cycling
03-06-15, 12:28 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,802
Posted By gamby

Loathesome, as usual DVR is full of car...

Loathesome, as usual

DVR is full of car shows (Top Gear, stuff on Velocity, etc...)

5 min warmup
:60 at 80%
:40 at 100%
recover til next 5 min increment
repeat til 30min mark
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