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09-28-19, 02:32 PM
Replies: 30
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Posted By pbass

I'm no expert but I'll chime in with others on...

I'm no expert but I'll chime in with others on merino wool. I have a couple Showers Pass Ridgeline shirts that somehow keep me cool when it's hot, and warm when it's cold. I use them as a base layer...
09-11-19, 07:49 PM
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Views: 230,430
Posted By pbass

Nice thread. Some awesome bikes. I'm 59 and only...

Nice thread. Some awesome bikes. I'm 59 and only rode single speed MTB for a while a few years ago, but have recently been riding a geared gravel rig (I live and ride in and around the San Gabriel...
08-20-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,129
Posted By pbass

Whoa! That's a big boy! Good point about them...

Whoa! That's a big boy! Good point about them being displaced because of all the work down there. I'm in Glendale, just over the line from La Canada. Just had a baby rattler on my front steps the...
08-06-19, 09:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,323
Posted By pbass

If you have a Kona dealer nearby, check out the...

If you have a Kona dealer nearby, check out the Rove line. I have a 2019 Rove ST that I absolutely love. I recently rented the aluminum w/carbon fork Rove NRB on a trip, and it was nice too (though I...
08-05-19, 02:30 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 26,280
Posted By pbass

Oh man, jealous - I've been eyeing a PNW dropper...

Oh man, jealous - I've been eyeing a PNW dropper for my Rove as well, but my bike budget is blown for a while. It is literally the only thing I would want to change about mine - everything else is...
08-05-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 26,280
Posted By pbass

Lookin' good! I dig the orange accents with the...

Lookin' good! I dig the orange accents with the seat clamp, etc. What bars are those? I put Cowbells on mine (didn't care for the stock Kona road bars).
On a related note, I rented a 2019 Rove NRB...
07-23-19, 06:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 565
Posted By pbass

Need some new prescription sunglasses for riding...

I've been wearing some prescription sunglasses I've had for years for riding, but my presc has changed enough recently where I need something new. The ones i've got are polarized and have been OK,...
07-10-19, 09:28 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 26,280
Posted By pbass

Those 'Burts look cool - never saw them up-close...

Those 'Burts look cool - never saw them up-close before. The wide-spaced tread is interesting.
06-27-19, 11:35 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 26,280
Posted By pbass

Here's a pic of mine if that's...

Here's a pic of mine if that's helpful.https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1500x2000/img_2927_59ecae42bb7238f18a32a42732c3c6777528a780.jpg
06-26-19, 10:03 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 26,280
Posted By pbass

Did you order just the frame or the whole...

Did you order just the frame or the whole enchilada?
06-25-19, 03:19 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 26,280
Posted By pbass

Nice. My Rove ST has Ventures on it, but I could...

Nice. My Rove ST has Ventures on it, but I could see having a second wheelset with more road-oriented tires for sure. I love the 650B size--I ride mostly off-road--but I just took my 700c bike out...
06-25-19, 02:54 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,129
Posted By pbass

Without comparing the specs I do know that the...

Without comparing the specs I do know that the Sutra can fit 29x2.1 which the Rove ST can't.
06-24-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,944
Posted By pbass

I too use a road helmet, usually with a cycling...

I too use a road helmet, usually with a cycling cap with a visor I can flip up. Started out riding my gravel bikes with a mtb helmet but the fixed visor didn't work for me on a drop bar bike.
06-20-19, 06:37 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 6,067
Posted By pbass

Perhaps! I'm a noob about geometry so maybe it's...

Perhaps! I'm a noob about geometry so maybe it's psychological - that horizontal top tube and short head tube on the Cross Check makes the Rove ST simply look way different. But yeah, I'm sold on...
06-20-19, 04:01 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 6,067
Posted By pbass

This right here. After riding only my Cross Check...

This right here. After riding only my Cross Check for a few years, and on plenty of gnarly descents on singletrack, when I got my Rove that has much more of a mtb geo I could suddenly descend faster...
06-06-19, 01:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,398
Posted By pbass

Hey--replied to your PM with my specs.

Hey--replied to your PM with my specs.
06-04-19, 12:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,398
Posted By pbass

Yep, that's 70-80% of my riding.

Yep, that's 70-80% of my riding.
06-03-19, 10:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,398
Posted By pbass

I have a CC that I set up for riding here in...

I have a CC that I set up for riding here in SoCal. I ride all around La Canada, Altadena, etc.
I have a 30T in the front, 11-40 in the back. Right now it has flat bars but previously I had drops on...
06-01-19, 04:35 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,923
Posted By pbass

I hear ya. That's why once I got a gravel bike my...

I hear ya. That's why once I got a gravel bike my mountain bike started collecting dust. Even though as I say the majority of riders I see out there on our fire roads are on mtb's, often full...
05-24-19, 11:35 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 14,534
Posted By pbass

Very nice! I have my CC set up with very similar...

Very nice! I have my CC set up with very similar bars-Origin 8 Space Bar Off-Road. Such a fun bike with flat bars on it.
05-23-19, 05:40 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,923
Posted By pbass

My post had nothing to do with slowing down with...

My post had nothing to do with slowing down with age or anything like that. I was simply observing that where I live and ride, the majority of people I see embracing gravel riding and...
05-23-19, 09:06 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,129
Posted By pbass

Wow, thanks for pointing that out! I'm a noob...

Wow, thanks for pointing that out! I'm a noob about that stuff. That's how the bike came from the shop! I will take care of that.
05-22-19, 10:12 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,129
Posted By pbass

Yep, saw one this week--Cherry Canyon. Also a...

Yep, saw one this week--Cherry Canyon. Also a really beautiful juvenile bobcat down by JPL.
05-22-19, 07:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,638
Posted By pbass

Those REI bikes look really good in person. Never...

Those REI bikes look really good in person. Never ridden one though. I have the Spyres and I love those brakes, but bar-end shifters I feel like are a bit of a tough sell for most folks, if you plan...
05-22-19, 07:20 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,129
Posted By pbass

Damn, that rig looks hot. How does that feel on...

Damn, that rig looks hot. How does that feel on the road? I've run different sizes front to rear on my mountain bike (bigger in front) but never different degrees of tread. I bet it locks on to our...
05-21-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,129
Posted By pbass

Not sure what the terrain is like where you'll...

Not sure what the terrain is like where you'll ride, but that is precisely why I switched from ByWays to the Ventures - I was sliding out too much. It's very dry/loose-over-hard here where I ride,...
05-20-19, 06:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,638
Posted By pbass

I agree--fit is everything. I've spent more $...

I agree--fit is everything. I've spent more $ chasing down comfort than I care to admit, and it's mainly because I didn't test ride enough different bikes to suss out what kind of geo works for me.
05-20-19, 05:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,638
Posted By pbass

See if you can find a Cross Check to test ride....

See if you can find a Cross Check to test ride. The fit isn't for everyone. I have one, and while I've ridden the heck out of it on all manner of surfaces, I'm waaaaay more comfortable riding any...
05-20-19, 11:42 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 14,534
Posted By pbass

Mine's had some upgrades/changes so I'm posting a...

Mine's had some upgrades/changes so I'm posting a new pic. 2019 Rove ST w WTB Ventures, Salsa Cowbell 3 bar, Wolf Tooth 34t chainring. Not too far from stock, but now it's just right.......
05-17-19, 07:03 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,129
Posted By pbass

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/360x480/rocks_5bea80db3c646911f578b4580b3ec11b46342e37.jpg
First ride on the Ventures today in Cherry Canyon. Like night and day compared to the...
05-16-19, 10:27 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,129
Posted By pbass

OK, I haven't ridden on the dirt yet, but they...

OK, I haven't ridden on the dirt yet, but they sure do look cool on this bike:) Up and down my street feels good (at "pavement PSI"). They do seem a tad narrower than the ByWays just by eye--I never...
05-14-19, 06:38 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,129
Posted By pbass

For my level of expertise, I'd go to my LBS and...

For my level of expertise, I'd go to my LBS and get advised on wheels for my bike. I'll do simple stuff myself like experiment with handlebars, stems, tires, maybe a front chainring here and there,...
05-13-19, 08:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,648
Posted By pbass

Very simple on a 1x rig to swap out the front...

Very simple on a 1x rig to swap out the front ring for a smaller one. My Kona came with a 40 in the front (11-42 out back) and that simply does not get low enough for where and how I ride (SoCal...
05-12-19, 09:25 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,129
Posted By pbass

I just crashed my 650Bx47 Road Plus Rove and...

I just crashed my 650Bx47 Road Plus Rove and busted my shifter, so I've been riding my Cross Check with 700cx41 Knards. I literally hadn't touched that bike for 7-8 mos after getting the 650B Rove. I...
05-12-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,428
Posted By pbass

I ride a 2019 Rove ST in and around the mountains...

I ride a 2019 Rove ST in and around the mountains here in SoCal. I'm 59 and pretty strong, but as you say, "aging":) And it is STEEP around here.

I put a Wolf Tooth 34T on the front and I'm glad I...
05-10-19, 12:34 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,129
Posted By pbass

Got a pair of Ventures incoming--will report back...

Got a pair of Ventures incoming--will report back on how they compare to the ByWays on my local terrain.
05-07-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,866
Posted By pbass

Next on my list of things to try on my gravel rig...

Next on my list of things to try on my gravel rig (because I insist on riding it like it's a mountain bike).
05-06-19, 03:21 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,923
Posted By pbass

I'm usually a bit east of that, but it's close...

I'm usually a bit east of that, but it's close by--I should explore over there more.
05-06-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,923
Posted By pbass

It's looking like it might be a regional thing I...

It's looking like it might be a regional thing I guess. As I say, here in SoCal we don't really have gravel roads. The closest we have are gnarly rocky fire roads, and understandably most folks think...
05-06-19, 10:35 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,923
Posted By pbass

My feelings exactly. I don't bomb down technical...

My feelings exactly. I don't bomb down technical trails any more so need need for suspension and the weight penalty that goes with it, I hate battling my way in traffic but I like to be able to zip...
05-06-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,923
Posted By pbass

Ha! Maybe that older guy was me:) Perhaps I'm...

Ha! Maybe that older guy was me:) Perhaps I'm just a glutton for punishment - prior to getting a gravel bike my #1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) ride was a...
05-06-19, 08:51 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,923
Posted By pbass

Interesting, thanks for the replies. Must just be...

Interesting, thanks for the replies. Must just be the area I ride in then here and LA, Pasadena, etc. I do of course understand that "riding gravel" has been around as long as there have been bikes,...
05-05-19, 10:16 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,923
Posted By pbass

Where are the "older" gravel riders?

I'm in my late 50's and have really gotten into the gravel thing the last few years, coming from a MTB background. I feel like I'm part of a minority, at least around where I ride here in SoCal. I...
05-04-19, 03:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 903
Posted By pbass

What is your budget? You can get something great...

What is your budget? You can get something great for under 2 grand that is way more than a "beginner bike", something you won't outgrow quickly once you start getting into it more seriously:
For...
04-29-19, 09:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,344
Posted By pbass

My #1...

My #1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) ride is my first tubeless rig and I'll never go back on that one--Road Plus, tubeless, crazy low psi---it is cushy! More...
04-24-19, 02:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 791
Posted By pbass

Thanks for all the input folks. Looking back I...

Thanks for all the input folks. Looking back I realize I posted about this before, so sorry for the redundancy. I'm springing for new tires next week though, so I'm finally about to act on it. Toss...
04-24-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 791
Posted By pbass

You've just described pretty much every single...

You've just described pretty much every single ride I go on:)
04-24-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 791
Posted By pbass

Looking at the Gravelking 48s--was not hip to...

Looking at the Gravelking 48s--was not hip to those before (thought they were only in 700c). This might be the ticket. Way cheaper than the Ventures as well.
04-24-19, 11:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 791
Posted By pbass

Interesting. The ByWays say "47/43" on them. I'm...

Interesting. The ByWays say "47/43" on them. I'm a noob, not sure what that actually means. My wheels (WTB ASYM i23p) have an inner rim width of 23c, so it sounds at least like the Ventures would...
04-23-19, 07:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 791
Posted By pbass

New tire time: Venture vs Sendero for SoCal

Currently running ByWays and have been wanting a bit more bite for where I ride in SoCal, about 70/30 dirt/road (crappy roads too mostly;). It's all dry, loose over hard, steep, rocky, rutted out,...
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