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01-07-19, 07:48 AM
Replies: 17
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Posted By syncro87

Clement MSOs came on my bike stock (700x40), and...

Clement MSOs came on my bike stock (700x40), and they were very good. I wore them out and bought another set, now called Donnelly. The second set was garbage. When mounted, they were molded...
10-14-18, 08:16 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,855
Posted By syncro87

I think my 2017 Willard 2 weighs around 22...

I think my 2017 Willard 2 weighs around 22 pounds, give or take one pound.

The 18 boats will be similar. Small drivetrain variations, whether carbon or alloy fork. Tire size. Basic bike...
10-04-18, 07:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 448
Posted By syncro87

As far as flipping the stem, I seem to think the...

As far as flipping the stem, I seem to think the elastomer works in one direction. I'd have to go down to the garage and dig out the OE stem to be sure. If memory serves, though, it is a compression...
10-01-18, 06:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,120
Posted By syncro87

Just throwing this out there. I recently put a...

Just throwing this out there. I recently put a pair of Specialized Pathfinder Pros on my bike, 700x38. Highly pleased with them so far. Haven't been this impressed with a tire in a while. You...
10-01-18, 08:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 448
Posted By syncro87

Yes

I'm sitting here on a bench along the bike trail taking a break . Riding a 2017 Willard 2. Has the elastomer seatpost and stem. I think they are called transx or something like that.

I replaced...
09-27-18, 07:14 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,855
Posted By syncro87

That is a very interesting bike. Thank you for...

That is a very interesting bike. Thank you for posting this.
09-27-18, 07:06 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,855
Posted By syncro87

If steel and non 1x is on your list, Erik's has...

If steel and non 1x is on your list, Erik's has last year's Tamland 1 on sale at a pretty good price right now. No affiliation.

...
09-27-18, 06:43 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,855
Posted By syncro87

The 2 level loses the carbon fork. 4 has better...

The 2 level loses the carbon fork. 4 has better crank, bb, wheels, etc, also, basically upgraded components throughout. The 4 level sounds about perfect for you if you don't want 1x. 105 set, nice...
09-27-18, 06:32 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,855
Posted By syncro87

That price above is within 5% of what I paid a...

That price above is within 5% of what I paid a year ago at the best possible time. FYI. If the Willard 3 interests you, probably about as good as it is going to get price wise barring an asteroid...
09-27-18, 05:24 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,855
Posted By syncro87

Any of those three would work for you, in my...

Any of those three would work for you, in my opinion. I'd check them all out and figure out which trim or spec level of each would be the minimum that would suit you and meet your requirements. Then,...
09-27-18, 04:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,192
Posted By syncro87

I recently replaced my Clement MSO tubed after a...

I recently replaced my Clement MSO tubed after a couple thousand miles with the new Donnelly equivalent in tubeless ready. Both tires were defective from the factory. Once I got them mounted, the...
09-27-18, 04:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,844
Posted By syncro87

The new Revolt has my attention, very interested....

The new Revolt has my attention, very interested. The 105 version would be my thing, but sheesh, those silly Conduct brakes. They'd have been better off putting decent mech discs on there and...
09-27-18, 03:50 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,855
Posted By syncro87

The Raleigh Willard fits most of your...

The Raleigh Willard fits most of your requirements, I think. They make a similar bike in steel called the Tamland, and one in carbon if you can still find one called the Roker. All available if you...
09-27-18, 05:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 717
Posted By syncro87

I'd have to go look at the tire to be sure, but...

I'd have to go look at the tire to be sure, but I'm guessing they are the former, since they are anything but supple. 120 tpi. It was like having a 10 mph headwind built into the bike. When I look...
09-26-18, 07:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 717
Posted By syncro87

Gravel. Missouri Rock Island Trail. Similar to...

Gravel. Missouri Rock Island Trail. Similar to the Katy Trail, if you're familiar. Standard rail to trail crushed rock kind of stuff.

I normally ride that route around 14 mph average speed. Maybe...
09-26-18, 07:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 717
Posted By syncro87

I just put some Specialized Pathfinders in 700x38...

I just put some Specialized Pathfinders in 700x38 on my Willard. Holy cow, they improved the bike. I rode a 20 mile rail - trail loop today that I ride regularly, and my average speed was fastest...
12-28-17, 12:43 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 7,197
Posted By syncro87

Interesting. I'm a big fan of the original BR,...

Interesting. I'm a big fan of the original BR, and went to the new one figuring it would be a disappointment, but hoping it would be at least decent. To my surprise, it was outstanding. Frankly, I...
09-29-17, 10:21 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 19,057
Posted By syncro87

My bike had one minor issue. Upshifting was spot...

My bike had one minor issue. Upshifting was spot on, but it seemed to be hesitant on downshifts once in a while. I took it in to the LBS, have one nearby where I really like the mechanic. He...
09-29-17, 07:10 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,689
Posted By syncro87

I took my first clipless ride ever today. ...

I took my first clipless ride ever today. Shimano A530 pedals. I was surprised how easily I was able to get in/out of them, being a little apprehensive about the whole thing prior. It was no...
09-26-17, 04:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,733
Posted By syncro87

Thank you, great info. Yeah, I thought the SRAM...

Thank you, great info. Yeah, I thought the SRAM rings looked a touch pricey, and I thank you for pointing out some other options.

---> Edit: I ordered a ring from USA Made. Thanks again.
09-26-17, 01:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,733
Posted By syncro87

SRAM S350-1 GXP crankset / chainring question

Hello,

My bike has a SRAM FC S350-1 crankset, GXP style. The stock chainring is 38T. In the rear is a PG1130 11 speed 11-41 gear set. (1x11)

1. If my goal was to shift my overall gearing...
09-22-17, 09:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,041
Posted By syncro87

FYI, on the Raleigh site you can often stack a 5%...

FYI, on the Raleigh site you can often stack a 5% off code on top of your partner program deal. I left something in my cart overnight and Raleigh sent me a reminder with the additional code to...
09-22-17, 03:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,041
Posted By syncro87

Just get the Willard One. The One is 2x9, the...

Just get the Willard One. The One is 2x9, the Two is 1x11. Same brakes, frame, tires, wheels, etc, if I'm not mistaken. The bike you want already exists.
09-22-17, 03:17 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 19,057
Posted By syncro87

In case anyone is looking for feedback on...

In case anyone is looking for feedback on ordering online from Raleigh:

Willard 2 was ordered on Wednesday, and came today, Friday. Pretty fast. FedEx.

Bike was brilliantly packaged. Zero...
09-07-17, 06:51 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 35,866
Posted By syncro87

Interested until I looked up the specs. No thru...

Interested until I looked up the specs. No thru axles, and weigh 28.28 lbs (Jari 2.3). Although I'm a steel bike fan, in the case of the Jari, I think I'd have to go Alu considering the...
09-02-17, 09:49 PM
Replies: 560
Views: 140,086
Posted By syncro87

I don't think they even call the 2018 Anyroad...

I don't think they even call the 2018 Anyroad comax any more. Something like advanced grade carbon. I seem to recall reading something a couple of years back to the effect that comax was a fairly...
09-02-17, 09:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,982
Posted By syncro87

I had a set of the older Crossroads (IIRC)...

I had a set of the older Crossroads (IIRC) Armadillos maybe 10 years ago or more. Like you said, they had a delamination issue there for a while. The older version I had back in the day were two...
09-02-17, 09:05 PM
Replies: 560
Views: 140,086
Posted By syncro87

The 2018 looks to be a big upgrade over '17 as...

The 2018 looks to be a big upgrade over '17 as far as the Anyroad goes. At least in the carbon model. Better carbon, thru axle, tubeless tires to name three big improvements. Unless they were...
09-02-17, 08:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,026
Posted By syncro87

Yes, me too. Specifically what functionality is...

Yes, me too. Specifically what functionality is lost without a SIM.
09-02-17, 08:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,982
Posted By syncro87

I've put hundreds of miles of rail trail (crushed...

I've put hundreds of miles of rail trail (crushed limestone, gravel) riding on a set of Specialized Infinity Armadillo Reflect tires.

They aren't the lightest tire ever, but I have yet to get a...
09-02-17, 08:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,295
Posted By syncro87

I'm a Nomad fan. Friends/family carry weight on...

I'm a Nomad fan. Friends/family carry weight on their bikes. I generally carry loads with my Nomad. I prefer to have the weight as low as possible, and off the bike. When pulling 20 or 30 pounds...
08-27-17, 01:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,401
Posted By syncro87

This largely sums up where I've been headed...

This largely sums up where I've been headed mentally of late with regards to riding, except I don't really get into group rides. I've migrated to rail trails, etc, where I can, and have reduced my...
04-27-17, 09:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,553
Posted By syncro87

I just picked up a Liv Enchant 20 Lite for our...

I just picked up a Liv Enchant 20 Lite for our daughter. I couldn't justify $500 for a Woom or Islabike, given how quick she'll probably outgrow the thing--but at the same time, I didn't want to buy...
Forum: Touring
02-05-17, 04:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,662
Posted By syncro87

I rode 100 miles on the Katy, Clinton to Clifton...

I rode 100 miles on the Katy, Clinton to Clifton City and back, around Labor Day last year.

I was about 5 or 6 miles from my car at the Clinton trailhead when the sun went down. Like you flicked...
02-02-17, 11:00 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,431
Posted By syncro87

MO Rock Island Trail - P-Hill trailhead loc'n here

In case anyone is having difficulty finding either of the two trailheads at Pleasant Hill, here are the locations.

One is close to downtown PH, at the Cass County Fairgrounds. If you park here,...
02-02-17, 10:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,332
Posted By syncro87

Just an idea in case you don't get a response...

Just an idea in case you don't get a response here...you might try posting in the Surly specific brand thread (surly manufacturer forum) over at mtbr forums. I bet one of those guys has a BD sitting...
02-02-17, 09:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,789
Posted By syncro87

OK, I drove the ridebygps route you posted. ...

OK, I drove the ridebygps route you posted.

The first minor hurdle is when you turn off Blue Parkway to get on 291 South. That is a really busy intersection right there at the junction of 291 and...
02-02-17, 08:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,789
Posted By syncro87

Yes. If you get on the trail at the...

Yes.

If you get on the trail at the location off Purvis road, you are a couple miles east and a bit south of town (Pleasant Hill). There is a parking area there, and a trail head sign. From...
02-01-17, 08:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,789
Posted By syncro87

I'll look at that route. I may drive it tomorrow...

I'll look at that route. I may drive it tomorrow just to check it out. I'll keep you posted.

The Amtrak station in LS is a tiny little thing. Basically just a couple of benches and a little...
02-01-17, 08:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,789
Posted By syncro87

I live in Lee's Summit. I'm not a big fan of any...

I live in Lee's Summit. I'm not a big fan of any route I've yet found from LS to PH on a bike. Lots of traffic, lack of decent berms, etc. I'll let you know if I come up with anything. I'd...
02-01-17, 07:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 853
Posted By syncro87

My dad, at 65, rode across the USA in roughly 7-8...

My dad, at 65, rode across the USA in roughly 7-8 weeks. I haven't achieved anything like that, but did complete my first century last fall.

Dad told me that on any given day or week, you can, in...
02-01-17, 04:29 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,292
Posted By syncro87

This got me thinking about challenges to bike...

This got me thinking about challenges to bike shops...


When I was a kid, every kid was out on a bike once school was out, and if the weather was nice. Summer time, on the bikes constantly.
...
Forum: Commuting
01-31-17, 08:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,633
Posted By syncro87

< I'm mostly commuting with occasional weekend...

< I'm mostly commuting with occasional weekend road or mild trail rides. >

Specialized Sequoia

Trek CrossRip

Felt V series line

Specialized Diverge
01-31-17, 06:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 9,936
Posted By syncro87

I am 5'10" and have a 20" (lg) Transport. I...

I am 5'10" and have a 20" (lg) Transport. I think it would probably be fine for someone up to about 6' tall. The 20" is about right for me, and I think a 17" would definitely be too small for...
01-31-17, 06:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,109
Posted By syncro87

I ride to the grocery store on a setup similar to...

I ride to the grocery store on a setup similar to what you describe. Works fine. Not hard to balance. Maneuverability in parking lots or when parking the bike to shop is a little bit of a hassle...
04-14-16, 07:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 982
Posted By syncro87

Good info, appreciate the input from both of you....

Good info, appreciate the input from both of you. I looked around online and do notice the Praxis wide range cassette as one possible option.

I'll pass the info along. Thanks.
04-14-16, 05:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 982
Posted By syncro87

Convert '16 Spec AWOL Elite from 2 rings in front to 3? Possible?

Please excuse me, this is probably a novice question, but hey, I'm a novice when it comes to bike mechanics.

My dad is very interested in a new Specialized AWOL Elite. The bike comes with racks,...
03-23-16, 06:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,745
Posted By syncro87

I'll chime in here way late just to defend the...

I'll chime in here way late just to defend the honor of the Nomad for anyone that's considering one.

I've had my Nomad for years and have hauled it all over the place with multiple bikes. No...
03-23-16, 05:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,241
Posted By syncro87

Random thoughts: First, I'd post about...

Random thoughts:

First, I'd post about yourself and your idea in the Touring subforum and see what kind of responses you get. That sub likely has a larger group of people who have done extended...
03-21-16, 03:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 9,814
Posted By syncro87

I went by my local REI today with a 20% off...

I went by my local REI today with a 20% off coupon burning a hole in my pocket. Gave a long, hard look at the Mazama. One initial observation was that the paint quality seemed mediocre. There were...
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