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03-02-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,179
Posted By Spoonrobot

I felt the same way. Glibly told to HTFU by guys...

I felt the same way. Glibly told to HTFU by guys who quit the entire sport a year or two later. Now I just do MTB/Gravel and wait to register a week out. More often than not I just skip the event but...
02-17-20, 09:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,418
Posted By Spoonrobot

Why would I shine my light directly at motorists...

Why would I shine my light directly at motorists or in their eyes? The light is mounted right side, slightly below the fork crown and aimed to project the hotspot ~75 meters ahead. From the front it...
02-08-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 7,822
Posted By Spoonrobot

Few years ago I went looking for a steel disc...

Few years ago I went looking for a steel disc frame. Found the Surly Straggler, looked good for what I wanted but there was no weight listed on the very comprehensive spec sheet....
Forum: Road Cycling
11-24-19, 07:05 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,130
Posted By Spoonrobot

Problem is, it's not true. Here's the real...

Problem is, it's not true.

Here's the real world breakdown for what is generally considered paved riding.

19mm tires are slower than 21mm tires are slower than 23mm tires, many of which are...
Forum: Commuting
11-15-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,983
Posted By Spoonrobot

I ride with a helmet light and in the past rode...

I ride with a helmet light and in the past rode through some of the lower income, high pedestrian areas of Atlanta. The light effectively stops the (potential) interview phase of criminal...
11-05-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,116
Posted By Spoonrobot

"similar to a (proper) car low beam" is poor...

"similar to a (proper) car low beam" is poor logic. Out on my bicycle I do not have a tempered glass windshield, a pressed steel cage or any of numerous other safety features, in front and around my...
10-24-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,326
Posted By Spoonrobot

I prefer regular google maps and streetview to...

I prefer regular google maps and streetview to determine if it's a safe road to ride. Where other cyclists ride is often not where I want to go, so the heatmap is not helpful.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-19, 07:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 929
Posted By Spoonrobot

Ah that makes sense, I wasn't understanding your...

Ah that makes sense, I wasn't understanding your post. Yes that's the bottle that works the best. The little red cap is not that important, it should come with a pin type stopper that is much more...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-19, 05:57 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,439
Posted By Spoonrobot

I've pinch flatted two tubeless road tires. It...

I've pinch flatted two tubeless road tires. It sucks more than tubed tires because pinch flatting a tubeless tire is a terminal event for that tire. Lower pressures + wider rims = much higher...
09-29-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 11,978
Posted By Spoonrobot

More than you'd expect, less than really matters.

More than you'd expect, less than really matters.
09-23-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 8,546
Posted By Spoonrobot

I lost a $20 bill once, went right out my jersey...

I lost a $20 bill once, went right out my jersey pocket while I was getting a clif bar, I suspect. Later that same year I lost a $120 pocket knife through a hole in my front pocket. Then to cap it...
09-13-19, 11:11 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 14,929
Posted By Spoonrobot

It's rare that a quote so effectively skewers...

It's rare that a quote so effectively skewers both sides of debate. Well done :thumb:
09-13-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 14,929
Posted By Spoonrobot

The point is, he can ride with much more...

The point is, he can ride with much more experienced riders without being proficient at those skills.
09-13-19, 08:43 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 14,929
Posted By Spoonrobot

There's no money to be made trying to teach...

There's no money to be made trying to teach skills that anyone can master in a few hours, if it even takes that long. Cycling skills as the OP wished to discuss, are not as complex as some are making...
09-11-19, 05:43 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 14,929
Posted By Spoonrobot

Thatís not what I said but to clarify, training...

Thatís not what I said but to clarify, training crits. Open field with a smattering of 1-2s and the bulk being 3s/4s with a few 5s. Not hard to stay in the pack, lots of 5s are strong enough to roll...
09-11-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 14,929
Posted By Spoonrobot

Talk about nit-picking a thread to death...

Talk about nit-picking a thread to death :rolleyes:



I agree with the OP's point. At the extreme end - I was doing practice races with Cat A/B track cyclists who had years of experience...
09-11-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 10,912
Posted By Spoonrobot

It was bizarre, never experienced anything close...

It was bizarre, never experienced anything close on any previous ride. I also ordered the same pepper spray and have the same reservations as well. We'll see how it goes but I'm hoping it was an...
09-11-19, 07:27 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 10,912
Posted By Spoonrobot

I always feel a little bad when the short dogs...

I always feel a little bad when the short dogs come out. Their little legs just donít have the stride to do much more than make it off the porch before Iím gone :(
09-10-19, 10:07 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 10,912
Posted By Spoonrobot

You ever make it down to Georgia send me a PM and...

You ever make it down to Georgia send me a PM and Iíll help you get some experience to round out your worldview.
Forum: Commuting
08-22-19, 06:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,609
Posted By Spoonrobot

You seem to be conflating the age-old issue of...

You seem to be conflating the age-old issue of "people on bikes" vs. recreational cyclists. However, with respect to recreational cyclists - This mindset is tired, played out and untrue. "The average...
08-18-19, 06:17 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,042
Posted By Spoonrobot

Here's the thing with descending: 1....

Here's the thing with descending:

1. Everything happens faster than you expect.

2. You never have the visibility you think you do.

Of the ways recreational cyclists die, crossing the center...
08-12-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,988
Posted By Spoonrobot

Ask for references, contact them and see how...

Ask for references, contact them and see how their experience went both short term and long term.
08-07-19, 09:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 584
Posted By Spoonrobot

I'd rather just wipe my bike down with a wet rag...

I'd rather just wipe my bike down with a wet rag than use a aerosol silicone/wax spray.
08-07-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 30,675
Posted By Spoonrobot

Here's my original post, since you are using it...

Here's my original post, since you are using it to create a situation that did not occur. It was not a close pass.



A close pass is not in the eye of the beholder. It is statutorily defined in...
07-19-19, 09:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 896
Posted By Spoonrobot

I put a 2" piece of tape under the rim strip,...

I put a 2" piece of tape under the rim strip, over the valve hole and then cut a X into the tape. When the valve pushes through the X it creates a nice layer over the aluminum edge of the valve hole.
07-19-19, 07:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 896
Posted By Spoonrobot

I suspect this is the cause. I service some bike...

I suspect this is the cause. I service some bike share bikes that sit on new black-top, they had the same problem last July. The rims were showing temperature of ~135įf with a contactless thermometer...
07-12-19, 08:29 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,065
Posted By Spoonrobot

The entire NutriNet-Santť study is a form of...

The entire NutriNet-Santť study is a form of data-dredging. It's a massive database of questionable origin that allows use of statistical tools without intelligent, impartial review to produce blurbs...
07-08-19, 06:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,311
Posted By Spoonrobot

Bored old rich guys riding gravel isn't really a...

Bored old rich guys riding gravel isn't really a captivating subject.
06-27-19, 05:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,996
Posted By Spoonrobot

I have four tubeless sets of wheels ranging from...

I have four tubeless sets of wheels ranging from 700cx40, 29x2.3, 700cx35 and 650bx47. All of them are 200-400 grams lighter than the tubed equivalent and range from 4-6 ounces of sealant. I even did...
06-27-19, 04:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,879
Posted By Spoonrobot

Nice report. Excellent use of dutch tilt for the...

Nice report. Excellent use of dutch tilt for the opening picture.
06-25-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 13,801
Posted By Spoonrobot

That's great, turn your light off after you leave...

That's great, turn your light off after you leave the intersection and re-enter the trail.
Replies: 56
Views: 10,334
Posted By Spoonrobot

If he was carrying pure carbohydrate, 907 grams...

If he was carrying pure carbohydrate, 907 grams is only 3600 calories. Hardly enough for several days. 4 calories a gram, remember.

As he stated "food" and gave examples, we can expect that number...
Replies: 56
Views: 10,334
Posted By Spoonrobot

Carrying a lot of food is definitely the frugal...

Carrying a lot of food is definitely the frugal option. Some rides I can spend $15-$20 on food at stops, it adds up over a season. During the cooler months I'm fine with exclusively clif bars and the...
06-17-19, 09:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,111
Posted By Spoonrobot

Throw away your chain measuring tool and buy a...

Throw away your chain measuring tool and buy a 18" steel ruler. Per Jobst Brandt (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/brandt/chain-care.html):



I have a couple bikes that I ride 95% singletrack or...
06-16-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,128
Posted By Spoonrobot

$600 for that around Atlanta would be a good deal...

$600 for that around Atlanta would be a good deal too. Unless you wanna sell it today Iíd list it at $850 to start and then just drop it in price if it doesnít sell within a week.

When I was...
06-10-19, 02:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,442
Posted By Spoonrobot

IMO the all-around tire and road tire can be the...

IMO the all-around tire and road tire can be the same but you didn't really ask about that.

Anyway, I use the WTB Resolutes for my monster-cross bike. They're a good tire for singletrack and also...
05-31-19, 04:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,435
Posted By Spoonrobot

Michelin Country Rock is a good tire but I think...

Michelin Country Rock is a good tire but I think it only comes in 1.75Ē

Schwable Thunder Burt is available in larger sizes and probably the fastest production knobbie you can buy. Thatís what Iíd...
05-07-19, 09:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,753
Posted By Spoonrobot

Little blurb in Shimano's GRX release had me...

Little blurb in Shimano's GRX release had me raise an eyebrow:

https://drandalls.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/grx.jpg

I'm of two minds with this, design can often enforce good or bad habits but...
04-28-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 12,188
Posted By Spoonrobot

I see a lot of retractable leashes during the...

I see a lot of retractable leashes during the spring before it heats up and people retreat back inside. I often humorously imagine having a wire strike protection device mounted on my bike.
...
04-28-19, 08:07 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 8,511
Posted By Spoonrobot

It's not normal, and keep in mind the play...

It's not normal, and keep in mind the play pictured is minimal compared to how it gets after a couple hundred hours more. It's odd but my experiences with bikes can be quite divergent from what seems...
04-26-19, 11:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 23,224
Posted By Spoonrobot

TPI is meaningless in 2019. This article and the...

TPI is meaningless in 2019. This article and the comments are a good primer why: https://janheine.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/tpi-and-tire-performance/

The issue gets compounded even worse now that...
04-23-19, 11:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,708
Posted By Spoonrobot

Depends on the pads. I once got less than 2000...

Depends on the pads. I once got less than 2000 miles from a set of stock organic TRP pads and that was awfully short. Went to Shimano semi-metallic pads and get closer to 8,000 miles. I also use...
03-29-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 44,002
Posted By Spoonrobot

It's a beautiful thing, watching marketing go...

It's a beautiful thing, watching marketing go from outside one's mind to inside one's mind. Even more so when it starts coming out of one's own mouth into the ears of others.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-30-19, 02:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,312
Posted By Spoonrobot

Guy on this board lost his spleen cause he...

Guy on this board lost his spleen cause he unclipped spriting on SPDs.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-18, 10:07 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 23,371
Posted By Spoonrobot

That much of a price difference, get the Sora...

That much of a price difference, get the Sora group, 105 5800 is pretty awful anyway. Spend more on really good tires and you'll be better off than a "nicer" groupset.

Pounds heavier! :lol:
...
Replies: 19
Views: 7,407
Posted By Spoonrobot

It's not an assumption, fat 650b is just slower...

It's not an assumption, fat 650b is just slower than narrower 700c on regular paved road riding.

But your post wasn't clear, when you switched to fat 650b did you notice an improvement in speed...
11-04-16, 09:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,629
Posted By Spoonrobot

I really liked having two wheels and being able...

I really liked having two wheels and being able to swap out road/dirt set-ups pretty easily.

Then I got two bikes, I like having two bikes a lot better. Upfront cost is kind of a pain but it's so...
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