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06-22-21, 02:20 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 565
Posted By scottfsmith

Don't let people guilt you into thinking you need...

Don't let people guilt you into thinking you need to live in the drops; its a personal thing depending on your body geometry etc. I only use them as a different position on long rides. I feel more in...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-21, 04:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 357
Posted By scottfsmith

The jersey I have is rated SPF 15. So far it has...

The jersey I have is rated SPF 15. So far it has been fine as I have had enough shade on the rides. If I get frequent shade breaks the sun doesn't affect me nearly as much. I expect some day I will...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-21, 03:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 357
Posted By scottfsmith

Thats a good tip on avoiding stop lights in the...

Thats a good tip on avoiding stop lights in the sun. I have some recent vivid memories of feeling like I was sitting in an oven when waiting at a few lights. Big intersections tend to be hotter as...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 357
Posted By scottfsmith

Hot weather biking tips

I'm sure this is a regular topic here but I haven't seen a thread recently so here goes..

I have done lots of suffering in hot weather and as I got older I found I would just bail instead of going...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-21, 08:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 224
Posted By scottfsmith

My seat is about the same height as my bars, the...

My seat is about the same height as my bars, the opposite of slammed (my stem is flipped). Which is also similar to a MTB geometry. The height of the hands matters a lot more to me than the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-21, 11:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 936
Posted By scottfsmith

My pump gauge is off by 18psi when the pressures...

My pump gauge is off by 18psi when the pressures are in the 60-70psi actual range. One reason why I tested a lot of lower pressures is I didn't realize how much off my pump was -- accidental...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-21, 10:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 224
Posted By scottfsmith

No clearance issues at all. This is on a 2020,...

No clearance issues at all. This is on a 2020, they may have changed the clearance between model years and in fact I know they did that on the Roubaix.

I run tubeless on all my tires, but she is...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 224
Posted By scottfsmith

My wife has a Turbo Creo. I put some Specialized...

My wife has a Turbo Creo. I put some Specialized Pathfinder Pros on it, they come in 38 and 42 and she has 42s. It is an excellent gravel tire. One nice thing about that bike is it takes larger...
06-18-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 672
Posted By scottfsmith

Same here, I am a later in the day rider but the...

Same here, I am a later in the day rider but the hot weather is coming like a freight train. I do really late rides in hot weather, like 9PM. It is warmer than early morning though, plus it is in...
06-16-21, 02:30 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,818
Posted By scottfsmith

While it is true that in the worst case the...

While it is true that in the worst case the cross-chaining is worse on a 2x, if you have something like Shimano's Synchro Shift (or do similar manual shifting patterns) won't you overall have better...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-21, 07:05 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 936
Posted By scottfsmith

I have 30mm tires but same bike and weight. I ran...

I have 30mm tires but same bike and weight. I ran them as low as 40psi, it sure was cushy but they were slower. I also had a couple rim strikes which if I was running tubes would have likely produced...
06-13-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,894
Posted By scottfsmith

Colin Strickland recently wrote a nice opinion...

Colin Strickland recently wrote a nice opinion piece in VeloNews (https://www.velonews.com/events/monuments-gravel/colin-strickland-commentary-gravel-racing-should-not-become-pro-road-cycling/) about...
06-11-21, 12:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 696
Posted By scottfsmith

There is some guy(s) in my neighborhood making...

There is some guy(s) in my neighborhood making all sorts of obscure segments.. they do things like require you start a segment say by turning in on some side road to it which will rule out 80% of the...
06-11-21, 12:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 275
Posted By scottfsmith

I tend to move back when I am putting more force...

I tend to move back when I am putting more force on the pedals, e.g. for uphill seated grinding. I guess my brain thinks I get better leverage that way..

In general I am in agreement with the...
06-10-21, 07:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 432
Posted By scottfsmith

Thanks for that link. In fact I have been working...

Thanks for that link. In fact I have been working on getting more straight in my back, I have "swayback" posture which puts my hips in what is called posterior rotation. The bad form they mention in...
06-08-21, 08:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 543
Posted By scottfsmith

I think for a lot of people the widest tire that...

I think for a lot of people the widest tire that fits is indeed a good way to go. But many gravel bike owners are in fact doing a good fraction of their riding on the road, and if they also are...
06-07-21, 03:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 543
Posted By scottfsmith

Hmm, let me plug into your formula Clyde .. it...

Hmm, let me plug into your formula Clyde .. it will take awhile because I have to convert to kg. .. (crank grind crank) .. It looks like I end up at 40mm there. I think my formula is better for me,...
06-07-21, 10:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 543
Posted By scottfsmith

Formula for tire width for gravel

Noonievut suggested on a recent thread here (https://www.bikeforums.net/cyclocross-gravelbiking-recreational/1212012-what-s-your-minimum-preferred-tire-width-gravel-riding-3.html#post22088278) that...
06-06-21, 02:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 432
Posted By scottfsmith

Hey I just happened on a recent Youtube by Neill...

Hey I just happened on a recent Youtube by Neill Stanbury, one of the best bike fitters out there. He explains the different causes and solutions for neck pain.

Youtube by Neill Stanbury,
06-06-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 432
Posted By scottfsmith

Upright is not necessarily the key. For me the...

Upright is not necessarily the key. For me the key was I needed to be able to have my elbows down and not be straight-arming. Overall I ended up lower but it solved my problem. Here is a picture, the...
06-05-21, 05:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 183
Posted By scottfsmith

It is hand-lettered, the o's and s's are all...

It is hand-lettered, the o's and s's are all different.

People will reproduce decals from pictures, not sure about the cost though. You will get more info from the Classic&Vintage subform here -...
06-05-21, 04:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 432
Posted By scottfsmith

Did you in fact get a bike fitter to look at it...

Did you in fact get a bike fitter to look at it already? I had a neck issue which I felt would be impossible to be related to my bike fit, but I went in for a professional fit (for other reasons) and...
06-05-21, 04:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 980
Posted By scottfsmith

It sounds like you just need to switch to...

It sounds like you just need to switch to tubeless - ? You can probably get a tire with much less rolling resistance and run it tubeless. More fast, less flats. GK Slick+ run tubeless should solve...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
06-05-21, 04:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,416
Posted By scottfsmith

It's bad here today, really hot and they are much...

It's bad here today, really hot and they are much more active. I got hit by three of them on my morning ride, first time I ran into any. Not annoying except for the one that hung on for awhile.. I...
06-04-21, 07:05 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,932
Posted By scottfsmith

Thats interesting to hear, I was trying to guess...

Thats interesting to hear, I was trying to guess tire sizes from watching the videos of that race on Youtube (great videos BTW! - search for gravel locos to pull 'em up). Dylan Johnson in his video...
06-04-21, 06:35 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,932
Posted By scottfsmith

Re: a formula for tire width I would say the...

Re: a formula for tire width I would say the surface quality is #1. They have gravel rating systems out there already, I think there is a 1-4 and a 1-5 system in terms of smooth to chunky/rooty....
06-04-21, 06:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 570
Posted By scottfsmith

I was frequently missing Teslas when they first...

I was frequently missing Teslas when they first started popping up and was a bit concerned, but now I am cued in to the tire noise and I always know they are coming now.

I am also on the other end...
06-03-21, 01:59 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,397
Posted By scottfsmith

I would ask your buds dropping you how many hours...

I would ask your buds dropping you how many hours a week they are riding and in what zones they are doing their rides. Then, do something similar. I have a friend who drops me on climbs, I asked...
06-01-21, 04:23 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 4,590
Posted By scottfsmith

On the phone app go to Settings .. Contacts .....

On the phone app go to Settings .. Contacts .. and disable the "Access to contacts" there. That will stop them harvesting your contacts.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,319
Posted By scottfsmith

Maybe I wasn't completely clear but I didn't stop...

Maybe I wasn't completely clear but I didn't stop getting out of the saddle, I just changed my form a bit when I did.

The 2.0 has very little damping when all open. So you might need turn the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-21, 10:13 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,319
Posted By scottfsmith

I think there is an element of technique to avoid...

I think there is an element of technique to avoid the bobbing.. I had a couple bobs when out of the saddle right after I got the bike but switched to a bit more even stroke and a bit more...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
06-01-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,416
Posted By scottfsmith

Ouch! No hits here yet. It is interesting to...

Ouch! No hits here yet.

It is interesting to hear how they are clustered in pockets while riding.. sometimes quiet sometimes cacophonous. Unfortunately I live in a cacophonous neighborhood, I put...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,220
Posted By scottfsmith

Congrats on your new bike! To figure out the...

Congrats on your new bike!

To figure out the max size gravel tire you can take, insert long Alan wrenches into the tightest spot with the 30mm tires mounted to see what the clearance is now. The...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-21, 04:35 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,319
Posted By scottfsmith

Oops yes I had it backwards. I looked into the...

Oops yes I had it backwards. I looked into the 2.0 when I bought my bike but seem to have forgotten most of the details..

My 1.5 occasionally bobbles a bit too much but it is not in the sprints (I...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-21, 03:19 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,319
Posted By scottfsmith

Sorry I meant dampening the vibration like any...

Sorry I meant dampening the vibration like any spring does, not as in having a hydraulic damper. Dampening vs damping.

My wife has the 2.0 on her bike; with the dial all open it is nearly the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-21, 02:17 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,319
Posted By scottfsmith

I have a 2020 Roubaix with the 1.5 version and...

I have a 2020 Roubaix with the 1.5 version and the medium spring installed. For Ogsarg 's road it would be perfect at the medium dampening level, all of that would be absorbed by the spring. For...
05-31-21, 06:09 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 5,472
Posted By scottfsmith

In my experience with getting tubeless tires to...

In my experience with getting tubeless tires to seal this seems to be one of the biggest reasons for failure, on any width tire. Even if the tires are a bit too loose (not sealing against the rim...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 365
Posted By scottfsmith

Congrats! I got a Roubaix a year ago as a...

Congrats! I got a Roubaix a year ago as a replacement of a 20-year-old bike and noticed similar things on the shifting and braking. The components have been refined quite a bit in the last 15 years....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-21, 08:00 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,532
Posted By scottfsmith

Crushed limestone is the primary stone found in...

Crushed limestone is the primary stone found in most gravel roads. That said, it is true that on rail trails it is often more like gravel dust. On the local rail trail the new gravel they put down...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-21, 03:15 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 4,288
Posted By scottfsmith

I use Smoove which is something like Squirt. I...

I use Smoove which is something like Squirt. I keep the boogers at bay by running the chain around a bunch whilst wiping down the small cogs on the derailleur. This is right after putting the lube...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-21, 07:43 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,532
Posted By scottfsmith

Graveling SS 32c should be nice tires for you. ...

Graveling SS 32c should be nice tires for you. Mostly smooth in the middle for the road, and some small nubs on the edges for a bit more traction in gravel and small bits of mud. Gravelking also...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-21, 09:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 719
Posted By scottfsmith

Also compare the paint job and (dis-)assembly...

Also compare the paint job and (dis-)assembly cost vs the cost of ordering a new Roubaix in a frame color you like and then selling your current bike used when the new one comes. There is a very...
05-19-21, 04:12 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 5,472
Posted By scottfsmith

I have been tubeless for about six months now. ...

I have been tubeless for about six months now. So far it looks like one flat self-sealed. In terms of the work, most tires I found super easy to mount, but a few were near impossible to seal. So,...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-21, 08:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,065
Posted By scottfsmith

I have used Chrome and Timbuk-2 bags, both are...

I have used Chrome and Timbuk-2 bags, both are good. The Chrome was the biggest, also I found it easier to keep in place.

I am going in the opposite direction though, I have a lot of stuff in my...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-21, 01:00 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,220
Posted By scottfsmith

I absolutely love the Terra Speeds. They have...

I absolutely love the Terra Speeds. They have enough nubs that they don't completely wipe out in the mud, the nubs can help a bit sometimes in gravel, and for road riding they are faster than most...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,220
Posted By scottfsmith

If you are usually on gravel that does sound like...

If you are usually on gravel that does sound like the way to go.

I still don't get what is going on with the Terra Speeds on her Roubaix though.. here is a picture of the Terra Speed 35c on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-21, 08:27 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,220
Posted By scottfsmith

On my bike they have 3.5-4mm clearance on my 25mm...

On my bike they have 3.5-4mm clearance on my 25mm ID rims. The pre-2020 Roubaix models had a somewhat narrower clearance so maybe that is why your wife's bike has such a close fit. I originally was...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-21, 03:28 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,220
Posted By scottfsmith

I"m in agreement with many of the above comments:...

I"m in agreement with many of the above comments: you will be great with either a gravel or an endurance bike, and two sets of wheels. If you are not on single-track or big-chunk gravel get the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-14-21, 07:37 AM
Replies: 1,342
Views: 249,986
Posted By scottfsmith

I never put up a picture of my WR50s I got a...

I never put up a picture of my WR50s I got a month or two ago .. so here they are! (not on bike now, use your imagination :-)). These have been an awesome gravel riding wheel set with tubeless Conti...
05-13-21, 08:44 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,406
Posted By scottfsmith

Every time I do one of those I'm just glad it was...

Every time I do one of those I'm just glad it was a mind glitch that gave a little road rash, not a glitch that plastered me to the front of a truck!

A couple weeks ago I was too busy watching the...
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