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Forum: Road Cycling
10-18-21, 06:37 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 8,221
Posted By Hiro11

My opinions on tubeless are all strengthened...

My opinions on tubeless are all strengthened after reading this thread. Your mileage may vary, but I think:
1. If you wan to run 23s at 100psi+, tubeless is probably not for you. If you weigh...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-18-21, 06:00 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,108
Posted By Hiro11

The vaccine: 1. Dramatically reduces the chance...

The vaccine:
1. Dramatically reduces the chance of contracting Covid. The latest studies show ~70% effectiveness 120 days+ post vaccination in reducing the chance of infection.
2. Even for...
10-14-21, 02:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 504
Posted By Hiro11

Most any MTB tire has ramped knobs these days. ...

Most any MTB tire has ramped knobs these days.

I'll bet these tires are made by Panaracer like Compass/Rene Herse, Soma and (formerly) Rivendell tires. I'll also bet they're pretty good, like...
09-27-21, 03:38 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 4,802
Posted By Hiro11

I see a lot of worries about road tubeless...

I see a lot of worries about road tubeless because the pressures are too high. I've used a whole bunch of different tires and had good luck with 28mm GP5000TLs, 28mm Goodyear Eagles and 32mm...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-21, 09:20 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,417
Posted By Hiro11

The bike I'm building up this winter (assuming I...

The bike I'm building up this winter (assuming I can get a group) has a T47. That seems to be the emerging "standard".
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,417
Posted By Hiro11

To add my anecdote, I'm on my third season with...

To add my anecdote, I'm on my third season with about 15K miles on a Giant TCR with a BB86 and zero issues. In talking to mechanics I ride with, BB86 is generally less problematic than Trek's BB90,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-21, 07:27 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,417
Posted By Hiro11

Setting aside stiffness and lightness claims...

Setting aside stiffness and lightness claims (both of which are real but in my opinion likely not very meaningful in the real world) the main benefit of press fit ironically has to do with...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-21, 06:59 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,417
Posted By Hiro11

I had been vehemently anti-press fit for years. I...

I had been vehemently anti-press fit for years. I wouldn't buy a bike with a press fit BB... then I bought a bike with press fit. I currently have two bikes with press fit, neither has been an issue...
09-09-21, 09:27 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 5,507
Posted By Hiro11

For the type of riding I do, I think clothing is...

For the type of riding I do, I think clothing is by far the best investment you can make in cycling gear. Nothing makes a bigger difference in the comfort and enjoyment in a ride for me than well...
08-28-21, 07:01 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,509
Posted By Hiro11

Love Bobke.

Love Bobke.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-21, 03:30 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,305
Posted By Hiro11

"Wear what you want" results in: - flapping...

"Wear what you want" results in:
- flapping club-fit Boomer joke/Michelob/Cookie Monster/"1997 RAGBRAI" jerseys
- non-bib shorts with garish graphics on the side panels worn until they are...
08-13-21, 01:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 957
Posted By Hiro11

Tires are debated with religious fervor here, so...

Tires are debated with religious fervor here, so I'll caveat all of this by saying these are my opinions and personal preferences.

I'm not familiar with those particular tires, but city / hybrid...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-21, 07:29 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,164
Posted By Hiro11

Yup, all of this. If 100% of people are...

Yup, all of this. If 100% of people are vaccinated, then 100% of cases would occur in vaccinated people, a meaningless statistic.

I'll preface this by saying I'm no expert and likely have no idea...
08-04-21, 06:13 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,153
Posted By Hiro11

Interesting. I'm using 28s mounted tubeless on...

Interesting. I'm using 28s mounted tubeless on carbon rims with 17mm internal width and hooked beads. I'm currently on my third set of GP5KTLs for these wheels. I've got 5 bikes that are all tubeless...
08-01-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,153
Posted By Hiro11

I've mounted a few sets of GP5000TLs tubeless...

I've mounted a few sets of GP5000TLs tubeless with my thumbs. I'm hardly a gorilla. *shrug*

It comes down to the specific rim you're using, rim manufacturers can't seem to agree on something as...
07-20-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 8,446
Posted By Hiro11

"Gravel bikes are just cross bikes"... except for...

"Gravel bikes are just cross bikes"... except for geometry, riding position, riding characteristics, tire clearance, gearing and sometimes brakes.

"Gravel bikes are just 90s mountain bikes"......
07-18-21, 09:02 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 8,446
Posted By Hiro11

"Gravel grinder" is such a Fred-tastic term to...

"Gravel grinder" is such a Fred-tastic term to use. Sort of like calling a cyclist a "biker".

Oh, I'm sorry...was this already discussed?
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-21, 07:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 801
Posted By Hiro11

In fairness, setting aside the usual supply chain...

In fairness, setting aside the usual supply chain issues every manufacturing company has experienced Shimano has had some unique additional challenges recently:
1. a huge fire in their main Japan...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-21, 09:00 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,413
Posted By Hiro11

These as the "worst bibs ever" because the size...

These as the "worst bibs ever" because the size you bought doesn't fit?

For what it's worth, mediums fit me (5'10", 165lbs) well.

Also bought one of their Starlight design jerseys, it's a...
07-05-21, 03:57 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 12,691
Posted By Hiro11

Came here to say this. Also, maybe I've had...

Came here to say this.

Also, maybe I've had good luck but I've purchased stuff (not much bike stuff, but lots of other stuff) from all kinds of sketchy vendors on Aliexpress over the years and...
06-22-21, 03:35 PM
Replies: 492
Views: 26,621
Posted By Hiro11

I love this movie. It's a terrific movie about...

I love this movie. It's a terrific movie about young men transitioning into adulthood, right when responsibility and reality start to bite. It captures that period when you start to figure out who...
06-21-21, 09:48 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 12,077
Posted By Hiro11

My current road bike has a BB86 pressfit BB,...

My current road bike has a BB86 pressfit BB, pressfit hub bearings, a freehub mechanism I don't understand and a proprietary drop in headset in an oddball size. It has an electronic drivetrain with...
05-30-21, 05:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,359
Posted By Hiro11

100% agree. I don't mess around with anything...

100% agree. I don't mess around with anything unless it's truly broken.
I carefully wipe down all my bikes after every ride and fully clean them when they need it. Things I do check:
1. Bolts. Make...
05-15-21, 03:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,839
Posted By Hiro11

There is NOOOOO .... rule six.

There is NOOOOO .... rule six.
05-12-21, 05:01 AM
Replies: 492
Views: 26,621
Posted By Hiro11

What I learned from this thread: - people that...

What I learned from this thread:
- people that ride faster than many here are entitled jerks with a death wish who should slow down. They just don't "get cycling". The concept of using a bike for...
05-09-21, 01:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,849
Posted By Hiro11

I've been using the past few generations of...

I've been using the past few generations of Shimano XC7s and I like them a lot.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-25-21, 10:38 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 6,916
Posted By Hiro11

Yup. I have a 54t star ratchet in a set of wheels...

Yup. I have a 54t star ratchet in a set of wheels with 240s hubs. Loud AF. I just overhauled it with some fresh Shimano freehub lube, still loud AF.
04-19-21, 06:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,185
Posted By Hiro11

I sometimes wear ski goggles on really cold (like...

I sometimes wear ski goggles on really cold (like sub 20F) rides on my fatbike, especially if it's snowing. Ski goggles work better than motocross goggles on super cold days because the lenses are...
04-18-21, 05:17 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,613
Posted By Hiro11

"I'm offended by choice in bicycles" - people who...

"I'm offended by choice in bicycles" - people who keep posting "these gravel bikes are just marketing hype / nothing new, I owned a Bridgestone XO-1 in 1992 / 90's mountain bikes / unnecessary /...
04-18-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,829
Posted By Hiro11

5mm of additional toe overlap isn't going to make...

5mm of additional toe overlap isn't going to make any difference. The Checkpoint will likely work well. It's also a great bike.

Also, "gravel" means different things to different people. I do lots...
04-17-21, 05:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,601
Posted By Hiro11

I started mountain biking in the early 90s and...

I started mountain biking in the early 90s and the bikes back then kinda sucked. My first real MTB was a rigid 1992 Cannondale SM700. 2.1x26 tires with no grip. Ridiculously stiff frame and aluminum...
04-16-21, 02:01 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,691
Posted By Hiro11

The picture above is from "The 10,000", a ride...

The picture above is from "The 10,000", a ride run by the Freeport Bicycle Co. In fairness, it's a bit more than 40 miles away:...
04-15-21, 08:53 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,691
Posted By Hiro11

Ah, location = Paris. Got it. Here's what...

Ah, location = Paris. Got it.

Here's what gravel riding looks like here in Illinois:...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,916
Posted By Hiro11

I run 28s tubeless on my road bike. I carry a...

I run 28s tubeless on my road bike. I carry a Stan's Dart in my jersey pocket, and a tube, two 16g cartridges and a PDW Shiny Object inflator. The Shiny Object is great because it has a knob that...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-21, 06:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,887
Posted By Hiro11

Wet lube like this needs to be applied carefully...

Wet lube like this needs to be applied carefully and sparingly. It looks to me like you've used far too much and not wiped off the excess. I would take the chain off and clean it and the drivetrain...
04-12-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,601
Posted By Hiro11

No idea when the name started. Given that most...

No idea when the name started. Given that most races in Europe, including Grand Tours, were held on gravel/dirt roads up until the 70s, it's hardly a new idea. Tom Ritchey has also talked extensively...
04-11-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,548
Posted By Hiro11

Essentially everything you buy likely has at...

Essentially everything you buy likely has at least some component that was made in China. Is it all junk?
04-11-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,548
Posted By Hiro11

What are you talking about? Giant carbon fiber...

What are you talking about? Giant carbon fiber frames are often cited as some of the highest quality carbon you can buy at any price point. Giant has some of the most advanced, vertically integrated...
04-09-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 7,822
Posted By Hiro11

A lot of what Jan Heine says jibes with my...

A lot of what Jan Heine says jibes with my experience and I happen to absolutely love Rene Herse tires... but I still tend to take what he says with a grain of salt. Who knows what the testing...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-21, 01:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,884
Posted By Hiro11

I use various types of Panaracer Gravelkings on a...

I use various types of Panaracer Gravelkings on a set of ENVE SES AR 4.5 wheels, which are hookless rims. These tires are on ENVE's approved list. Gravelkings are my favorite gravel tires anyway,...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-21, 08:27 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,720
Posted By Hiro11

1. Weight weenieism. For example, 200g of frame...

1. Weight weenieism. For example, 200g of frame weight doesn't matter, at all. Sacrificing durability to cut 200g off of a frame's weight is dumb. This is how you wind up with ultra expensive, tough...
04-07-21, 07:54 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,971
Posted By Hiro11

He doesn't say that at all. He says that for...

He doesn't say that at all. He says that for urban commuting, the omafiets is more practical and better suited to the task. He then goes through the features of the bike to bolster his case. I think...
04-06-21, 08:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,055
Posted By Hiro11

PD-540s or PD-M8100 if you're fancy. Both are...

PD-540s or PD-M8100 if you're fancy. Both are bulletproof and both are perfect for their intended purpose.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-21, 07:52 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,494
Posted By Hiro11

I bought a pair of the $80 Black Bibs Ultimate as...

I bought a pair of the $80 Black Bibs Ultimate as a low cost test. I really like these. The fit is really well sorted with good "support" (something too many shorts get wrong). I don't get chafed in...
04-05-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 557
Posted By Hiro11

Using the example of Finish Line Dry: Upsides:...

Using the example of Finish Line Dry:
Upsides: easy to apply without making a mess, keeps everything super clean, does not attract dirt, very easy to wash off and reapply
Downsides: doesn't last...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-21, 09:12 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,538
Posted By Hiro11

Totally agree. I've been tubeless on all bikes...

Totally agree. I've been tubeless on all bikes for three years. I'm never going back to tubes, for all the reasons you list. I've done probably 15 setups myself so far. At this point, I actually find...
04-02-21, 11:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 687
Posted By Hiro11

*spends $4,000 on a high performance road bike* ...

*spends $4,000 on a high performance road bike*
*has a hangup with cycling shorts and plans to wear baggies on a $4K road bike*
*thinks $70 is tough to swallow for a pair of shorts*

I'm not...
04-02-21, 06:48 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,615
Posted By Hiro11

In the US: Cyclists call it "cycling", everyone...

In the US:
Cyclists call it "cycling", everyone else calls it "biking"
Cyclists call themselves "cyclists", everyone else calls them "bikers" (or various other names)
Everyone calls it a "bike...
04-01-21, 09:24 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,978
Posted By Hiro11

Impossible to recommend tires as gravel varies so...

Impossible to recommend tires as gravel varies so widely. I ride slick tires in most dry conditions (either Rene Herse or Gravelking slicks), regardless of the size of the rocks. I use Gravelking SKs...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-31-21, 08:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,696
Posted By Hiro11

I'll review the helmets I own: 1. Kask...

I'll review the helmets I own:

1. Kask Utopia: aero road helmet

Upsides:
- really good ventilation, especially for a full aero helmet. No problem to wear this on really hot days.
- top build...
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