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05-07-21, 08:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,215
Posted By scubaman

Me too. I have a lovely road bike that I never...

Me too. I have a lovely road bike that I never ride, because it only fits 28mm tires. My drop bar gravel bike fits 48mm tires, and I use it for all the same routes I spent years riding on my road...
05-04-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 712
Posted By scubaman

I've had good experience with the Stan's Dart...

I've had good experience with the Stan's Dart tool, including patching a friend's tire that had a hole in the sidewall. I happen also to use Stan's sealant, but I'm sure the Dart plugs work with...
05-03-21, 01:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 944
Posted By scubaman

+1 for this approach. Iíve found slicks to be...

+1 for this approach. Iíve found slicks to be fine on all types of gravel; but less good on dirt/mud and on wet leaves etc. Pretty much everything is bad on sand; and I use studded tires on ice and...
05-03-21, 01:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 519
Posted By scubaman

I switched my gravel/bikepacking bike last year...

I switched my gravel/bikepacking bike last year from Shimano XTR SPD pedals to the EH-500 pedals for versatility, and Iíve been very happy. Iím not a beginner - Iíve used SPDs almost since they were...
04-27-21, 11:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 705
Posted By scubaman

+1. I use 36 front, 11 speed 11-42 rear for...

+1. I use 36 front, 11 speed 11-42 rear for gravel/bikepacking (and may switch to 34 front and/or 11-46 rear); 38 front, 11 speed 11-34 rear for casual/solo road, including Tour de France mountains...
04-25-21, 11:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 622
Posted By scubaman

With the caveat that I've never designed a bike...

With the caveat that I've never designed a bike frame: designing for an Ultegra crank (=68mm bottom bracket shell width) seems like it might limit your maximum tire size, because the chain ring(s)...
04-20-21, 02:02 PM
Replies: 746
Views: 177,239
Posted By scubaman

I use something like this 6 x 50mm seatpost...

I use something like this 6 x 50mm seatpost binder from Dimension: https://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=918

In principle, you could use an M6 bolt of appropriate length...
04-17-21, 08:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,287
Posted By scubaman

I have 36 front, 11 speed 11-42 rear (650b X...

I have 36 front, 11 speed 11-42 rear (650b X 48mm). The person I ride with most has 34 front, 11-42 rear. No, we can't bomb downhill, but basically above 30mph we're not interested in pedaling...
04-17-21, 08:29 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,243
Posted By scubaman

+1 for this possibility. Tire pressure is a big...

+1 for this possibility. Tire pressure is a big factor in how a bike feels! See, e.g., https://www.cyclingabout.com/lab-test-lowering-tyre-pressure-improve-bike-comfort/

I agree with what others...
03-19-21, 01:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 622
Posted By scubaman

No need to ďbreak inĒ tires, but I agree about...

No need to ďbreak inĒ tires, but I agree about riding a bit first to make sure everything is seated correctly. And depending on the properties of your particular tires, the inner casing might pick up...
03-19-21, 01:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,287
Posted By scubaman

Really depends on how you ride. I have 36 front,...

Really depends on how you ride. I have 36 front, 11-42 11-speed rear; the friend I ride with most regularly has 34 front, 11-42 11-speed rear. We spin out pedaling down hills - but we donít care to...
03-16-21, 09:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 998
Posted By scubaman

Indeed. You definitely should use tape that goes...

Indeed. You definitely should use tape that goes from one edge of the rim shelf to the other, and not just covering the center channel and the spoke holes. Try seating the tire; if it wonít seat, add...
03-16-21, 12:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 998
Posted By scubaman

+1 for adding a layer (or 2) of tape. Also,...

+1 for adding a layer (or 2) of tape. Also, tubeless tape comes in different widths, and it helps to have the width designed for the inner diameter of your rim.

I find it useful to be able to add...
03-02-21, 08:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 432
Posted By scubaman

+1 for the caution about clamping anything to...

+1 for the caution about clamping anything to carbon fork blades, and carrying weight that way. Also, Lauf fork blades arenít round, and it also looks they they get a bit narrower as they go down. So...
03-02-21, 08:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 590
Posted By scubaman

410mm is very long for a seatpost! If you need...

410mm is very long for a seatpost! If you need that for your Fuji Traverse to fit, I think you might want to consider a bigger frame. But I doubt you need it. 367mm should be fine, or the common...
02-25-21, 09:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,939
Posted By scubaman

I've done gravel and bikepacking with cantilever...

I've done gravel and bikepacking with cantilever brakes and they were fine. (The first 20 years of mountain bikes uses them too.)

You could also consider mini-V brakes, like Paul's Mini-moto,...
02-13-21, 02:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 479
Posted By scubaman

The Pronto 10 is sold with 700 X 28mm tires and...

The Pronto 10 is sold with 700 X 28mm tires and fenders. 28mm may be wide enough for you to ride "occasional gravel". Otherwise, while I don't see info from Linus about maximum tire size, I'd expect...
02-01-21, 01:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,911
Posted By scubaman

Since this frame uses disc brakes, your gravel...

Since this frame uses disc brakes, your gravel wheelset could be 650b instead of 700c, in which case you should be able to fit somewhat wider tires. If it turns out the frame could fit 650b x 42mm,...
01-18-21, 09:54 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,597
Posted By scubaman

I concur with the recommendation to use internal...

I concur with the recommendation to use internal cam skewers, or the clever DT Swiss RWS skewers (https://www.dtswiss.com/en/wheels/wheels-technology/rws-technology). I won't use external cam...
01-05-21, 10:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 269
Posted By scubaman

Also Paul Component thumbies,...

Also Paul Component thumbies, https://www.paulcomp.com/shop/components/drivetrain/shifting/shimanothumbies/
01-05-21, 01:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,338
Posted By scubaman

Hmmm, maybe! Dinotte says its 2020 "Quad RED...

Hmmm, maybe! Dinotte says its 2020 "Quad RED replaces the DiNotte 300R and 400R...The Quad RED is as bright as the 400R lights and significantly brighter than the older 300R, the older 140R lights...
01-05-21, 01:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 642
Posted By scubaman

Looks like SRAM x-3 rear derailleur uses 1:1 pull...

Looks like SRAM x-3 rear derailleur uses 1:1 pull ratio, and Shimano 6/7/8/9 rear mainly use 1.7:1 (except Dura Ace), per https://bike.bikegremlin.com/1278/bicycle-rear-derailleur-compatibility/
...
01-04-21, 10:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 642
Posted By scubaman

Shimano bar-end shifters made since the...

Shimano bar-end shifters made since the introduction of 8 speed cassettes should use indexing for the rear/right - but also, all the indexed Shimano bar-end shifters for 8, 9, and some 10 speed...
01-04-21, 05:46 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,173
Posted By scubaman

Based on the info in your post, I think there is...

Based on the info in your post, I think there is zero way for any of us to know anything about the comparative ride qualities of these two bikes.
01-03-21, 10:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,343
Posted By scubaman

+1. If you want to ride gravel with 25mm tires,...

+1. If you want to ride gravel with 25mm tires, just use whatever tires you'd normally use. And be careful, and carry spare tubes and patches etc.

If a different bike is not an option, maybe...
01-03-21, 10:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,084
Posted By scubaman

While I use and like TRP cable disc brakes...

While I use and like TRP cable disc brakes (Spyke, the long-pull sister to Spyre) as well as Paul Klamper, I concur with the earlier post that disc brakes will not necessarily perform any better than...
01-03-21, 09:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,566
Posted By scubaman

I concur. Rigid 26" mountain bikes can make...

I concur.

Rigid 26" mountain bikes can make really nice gravel bikes - at mininimum, by switching to tires like Renť Herse's Rat Trap Pass, and potentially involving some other tweaks, like...
12-27-20, 10:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,727
Posted By scubaman

RH tires are expensive, for sure. They also are...

RH tires are expensive, for sure. They also are lovely to use, in my experience. I started with 26Ē x 2.3Ē Rat Trap Pass tires in extra light casing, which really transform every bike Iíve put them...
Forum: Fatbikes
12-27-20, 08:06 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,079
Posted By scubaman

FWIW, I found that the hazard of commuting on...

FWIW, I found that the hazard of commuting on paved paths is ice more than snow. For that, studded bike tires make the difference for me between riding ~safely and not riding. But studded fat tires...
Forum: Fatbikes
12-26-20, 07:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,079
Posted By scubaman

I think this depends a lot on where you live!...

I think this depends a lot on where you live! E.g., in Minnesota, theyíre everywhere. But yes, theyíre somewhat of a niche product, so there are generally fewer of them around. Also, Iím guessing...
Forum: Fatbikes
12-26-20, 06:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,079
Posted By scubaman

Looking quickly at fat bikes on Bikesdirect, Iíd...

Looking quickly at fat bikes on Bikesdirect, Iíd say: maybe. (I ignored the 27.5+ bikes - those might also be ok, but 3Ē tires ainít ďfatĒ in my book.) Iíd suggest looking at bikes with an aluminum...
12-25-20, 09:19 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,727
Posted By scubaman

Of course itís not bad! But in my experience, it...

Of course itís not bad! But in my experience, it may also not be necessary. You could definitely do that 450 mile road tour of S Florida on the 700c x 38mm Barlow Pass tires the poster mentioned, and...
12-24-20, 04:22 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,727
Posted By scubaman

+1 for the recommendations for the widest Renť...

+1 for the recommendations for the widest Renť Herse tires that fit. You mention getting two wheelsets. Maybe start with one nice 650b wheelset and put Renť Herse 650b x 48mm Switchback Hill smooth...
12-21-20, 10:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 745
Posted By scubaman

As others have written, if you have a 68mm BSA...

As others have written, if you have a 68mm BSA threaded bottom bracket shell, you need to use spacers with the external bottom bracket cups to fit a Shimano MTB crank designed for a 73mm bottom...
12-06-20, 04:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,012
Posted By scubaman

I ride with Orfos lights on my hydration...

I ride with Orfos lights on my hydration backpack: yellow on the front of my left shoulder, red on the back. These lights are terrific for being seen, and really not designed for seeing. They're very...
12-02-20, 04:11 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,907
Posted By scubaman

Iíve used rear lights from Dinotte for many...

Iíve used rear lights from Dinotte for many years, and I strongly recommend them. Iíve had police officers pull up alongside me at stop lights - and once while I was riding - to *thank* me for using...
11-29-20, 04:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 968
Posted By scubaman

Ha! Ray Maker's reviews are "fairly...

Ha! Ray Maker's reviews are "fairly comprehensive" kind of how the Oxford English Dictionary is fairly comprehensive! So a definite +1 for consulting those.

That said, Ray reviews mainly from a...
11-29-20, 03:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,514
Posted By scubaman

Shimano has a post about mixing GRX and Shimano...

Shimano has a post about mixing GRX and Shimano road components: https://bike.shimano.com/en-US/information/news/gravel-upgrades--mixing-and-matching-shimano-grx-and-road-compon.html
11-29-20, 03:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,084
Posted By scubaman

Indeed! Cree, Inc., manufactures LED emitters,...

Indeed! Cree, Inc., manufactures LED emitters, among other things. Other companies manufacture bike lights that use Cree emitters. (The website "creebikelights dot com" is *not" operated by Cree,...
11-28-20, 02:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 968
Posted By scubaman

FWIW, I'm very happy with my Wahoo ELEMNT. I've...

FWIW, I'm very happy with my Wahoo ELEMNT. I've traveled with it domestically and abroad, using it plus RideWithGPS to guide me on short, day-long, and multi-day routes. It's ~easy to follow, and...
11-28-20, 08:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,264
Posted By scubaman

Given the original criteria the poster is trying...

Given the original criteria the poster is trying to meet, I can't think of any real advantages to thru axles or flat mount brakes. So those shouldn't be reasons to wait, in my view.
11-21-20, 10:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,827
Posted By scubaman

Quoting from the gospel of Bicycle Quarterly,...

Quoting from the gospel of Bicycle Quarterly, wider tires are not slower (https://www.renehersecycles.com/12-myths-in-cycling-1-wider-tires-are-slower/).

Renť Herse makes tires in 42 and 38mm...
10-12-20, 01:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,284
Posted By scubaman

+1 for this advice. Pretty much any modern OEM...

+1 for this advice. Pretty much any modern OEM Shimano drive train can shift well - if it isn't, it needs adjustment, so I suggest investing in that.
10-12-20, 01:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 614
Posted By scubaman

Verve seems well-suited to the kind of riding you...

Verve seems well-suited to the kind of riding you describe, and I don't think you need suspension for that. Buying a new bike means everything should work from the start, and the shop can help you...
10-08-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 746
Views: 177,239
Posted By scubaman

Thanks! Rear spacing is 135mm, which I think was...

Thanks! Rear spacing is 135mm, which I think was standard for MTBs since 7-speed cassettes (which is what this bike was sold with). So no re-spacing/cold-setting was needed.

I took off the...
10-07-20, 05:06 AM
Replies: 746
Views: 177,239
Posted By scubaman

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1124/697a16b5_ab46_4c78_a0e6_c151a3b35dee_a98619f9bc8b41a292fa62393695257818539aca.jpeg
~30 year old Trek 930 rescued from the trash in an...
10-07-20, 12:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 838
Posted By scubaman

I have a pre-Trek, Billato-built LeMond in GAN...

I have a pre-Trek, Billato-built LeMond in GAN colors, and the bottom bracket is Italian.
10-04-20, 07:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 944
Posted By scubaman

Trek 950 will make a really nice all-around bike,...

Trek 950 will make a really nice all-around bike, if it fits you and you get decent tires. Wheels and tires are the main issue - there are far fewer nice 26" tires available now than there used to be...
10-01-20, 01:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 944
Posted By scubaman

If one is clearly more your size, go with that...

If one is clearly more your size, go with that one. Otherwise, +1 for the Trek, for the reasons others have mentioned.
09-28-20, 06:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,466
Posted By scubaman

Iíve had good experience with Lizard Skin DSP 3.2...

Iíve had good experience with Lizard Skin DSP 3.2 bar tape, on its own or sometimes with silicone pads under the tape - good cushion, good grip, lots of color choices. But, itís not cheap, and also...
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