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09-04-17, 07:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 706
Posted By simplybao

Keep riding, it'll get better. That's the best...

Keep riding, it'll get better. That's the best advice I can give. We ride all over the place and switch where we ride. We ride the same route a few times then on to something else. What once were...
08-09-17, 07:28 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 9,504
Posted By simplybao

One of those guys is really into Mountain Biking....

One of those guys is really into Mountain Biking. As a resident of NW Arkansas, I have reaped the benefits of their support for the cycling community. For those that do not know, we have "epic"...
08-02-17, 09:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 343
Posted By simplybao

I have my Kings laced to DT TK540 touring hoops. ...

I have my Kings laced to DT TK540 touring hoops. Heavy, but bullet proof. 2000 miles in and they are still true. Mine are 32 spokes.

I put HED Ardennes wheels on my husband's bike and his...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-17, 02:16 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 15,406
Posted By simplybao

I'm not sure what a Gran Fondo technically is. I...

I'm not sure what a Gran Fondo technically is. I do ride in timed rides a few times a year. I currently have 3 bikes: Madone, Lynskey Viale, and Surly Pacer. I run 25's on the Madone and 28s on the...
07-23-17, 08:24 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,313
Posted By simplybao

I find that it's not just what I eat before I...

I find that it's not just what I eat before I ride, but the night before as well. I eat carbs the day before with no real thought to what it is. But I'm not a racer. I'll eat Pizza, pasta, rice,...
06-26-17, 09:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,871
Posted By simplybao

I have two C17s and a C15 both carved. Oddly...

I have two C17s and a C15 both carved. Oddly enough, my tan C17 is more comfortable than the other two. Not sure why. I have about 1500 miles on the tan one and only about 7 or 800 on the black...
06-04-17, 08:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 582
Posted By simplybao

I was just there last week. I rode 30 miles and...

I was just there last week. I rode 30 miles and rented a nice bike to ride. My ride was fairly easy but I wasn't looking for anything hardcore.

We rented bikes from a place called Blazing...
02-08-17, 02:57 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,156
Posted By simplybao

I think one should check the bike regardless...

I think one should check the bike regardless where you buy it. I have a buddy that bought one of these big box store bikes. He said he got it home and the handlebar felt a little wobbly but he...
01-02-17, 03:51 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,460
Posted By simplybao

I think there is probably a lot of factors that...

I think there is probably a lot of factors that make Ti less favorable than others. The hipsters all want "vintage" or vintage like steel bikes (that's what I notice around my college town). Then...
10-13-16, 08:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 987
Posted By simplybao

I've never managed to match my CK components. ...

I've never managed to match my CK components. The colors are all a little off and I'm a little OCD so I don't even try to color match anymore.

I have Blue CK HS and BB on my Surly Pacer and...
09-14-16, 02:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 921
Posted By simplybao

Yep, they can be hot and sharp so don't touch...

Yep, they can be hot and sharp so don't touch them after use. Sharp, you don't have to worry about them unless you fall and it slices your leg. MTB riders have been on discs for a long time. ...
09-14-16, 08:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 874
Posted By simplybao

Something enlightening occurred to me this past...

Something enlightening occurred to me this past weekend while I was out riding my Lynskey Viale. I really really really love that bike. Everything time I clip in, it just feel perfect. It's not...
09-14-16, 07:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 874
Posted By simplybao

I know. One of those things where you want to...

I know. One of those things where you want to try something just because. I just never got comfortable on it and I didn't like the colors or the way it looked. I bought it used for a decent price...
09-13-16, 11:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 874
Posted By simplybao

I've had Marathon Supremes on 2 bikes. One in 32...

I've had Marathon Supremes on 2 bikes. One in 32 and the other in 28. My other bike I run Conti Gatorskins in 28 (700C on all of them). I run 80 psi and I've never had issues with them. I can't...
09-05-16, 05:55 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,124
Posted By simplybao

All of my bikes are custom builds. I want a...

All of my bikes are custom builds. I want a custom frame someday...but this is what I have:

Lynskey Viale Frame
CK headset and BB and hubs
DT TK540 hoops
3T Rotundo Carbon bar
Bontrager XXX...
08-13-16, 04:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,441
Posted By simplybao

Beautiful bikes. I got to look over one the...

Beautiful bikes. I got to look over one the other day at my LBS. The welds on those bikes are simply gorgeous. Makes my Lynskey feel like a big box store bike. I love my Lynskey and it will be a...
07-29-16, 11:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,049
Posted By simplybao

Too big. Both of my road bikes are 52 and I'm...

Too big. Both of my road bikes are 52 and I'm 5'6" (with shoes on :-). My partner is 5'10 he rides a 56 Synaapse. I've tried riding it and it's much much too big.

Even on my 52 (Surly Pacer and...
07-29-16, 11:07 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,413
Posted By simplybao

Yep. My method. A chain doesn't cost that much....

Yep. My method. A chain doesn't cost that much. I ride about 1200 - 1500 miles a year and then I just replace the chain. Too much hassle to do all that other stuff. I ride on the road. My...
07-25-16, 07:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 395
Posted By simplybao

Welcome to Fayetteville! I live here and have...

Welcome to Fayetteville! I live here and have since College. I travel for work and get to see all sorts of places but you know what? I still love coming home. There is some great riding around...
07-05-16, 02:58 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,008
Posted By simplybao

I've now had 1 of each. I didn't much like my CF...

I've now had 1 of each. I didn't much like my CF bike but I had to get one so that I would know if I liked it. Actually, my MTB is CF and I like it (don't love it, I think it's a size too large and...
07-05-16, 11:31 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,008
Posted By simplybao

I've ridden both and I'm with you. I can't tell...

I've ridden both and I'm with you. I can't tell the difference. I can't tell the difference between DA down to 105 in the 11 spd. groupset. 105 is really fantastic. I currently have a mix of DA...
07-05-16, 11:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,946
Posted By simplybao

I just use one of those short 6" levels. I set...

I just use one of those short 6" levels. I set it in the middle and set it level. I did the same on my C15 and it seems to work out fine. Although after several hundred miles I did notice the nose...
06-30-16, 10:41 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,726
Posted By simplybao

My Brooks C17 cutout is the most comfortable...

My Brooks C17 cutout is the most comfortable saddle I own. I have a C15 on my new bike and I'm still trying to decide if I like it.

I have a Specialized Avatar on my MTB and I like it, but you...
06-30-16, 10:35 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,981
Posted By simplybao

Gunnar bikes are made in Washington. Moots made...

Gunnar bikes are made in Washington. Moots made in Colorodo. Lynskey in Chattanooga (I have one). HED wheels made in MN. They are assembled there, not sure where some of the parts come from.
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06-30-16, 10:29 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,091
Posted By simplybao

Yep, I'm with you. I'm not a huge fan of the way...

Yep, I'm with you. I'm not a huge fan of the way it looks either. It's the crank that I had so I put it on there. I'm not sure what I would put on there. I like the look of the old school sugino...
06-28-16, 08:40 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,091
Posted By simplybao

lol!!!!

lol!!!!
06-26-16, 01:40 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,091
Posted By simplybao

I hung it on my brother's Park tool scale. It's...

I hung it on my brother's Park tool scale. It's only a 52 and everything on it is fairly light. It's all carbon cockpit, Ultegra everything. I weighed it with the Brooks saddle on there. The...
06-25-16, 01:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,091
Posted By simplybao

I bought mine at my favorite LBS. You can have...

I bought mine at my favorite LBS. You can have them check their distributor for stock. The Surly Pacer isn't as popular as the Crosscheck or Straggler and in my size (52), there was plenty of...
06-25-16, 01:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,091
Posted By simplybao

1. It is pretty damn comfortable. I have a...

1. It is pretty damn comfortable. I have a Lynskey Viale and the Pacer seems to glide over road imperfections. It feels like it is "floating" it's hard to describe. The Lynskey is really...
06-24-16, 07:47 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,091
Posted By simplybao

Steel is real...(my new Pacer)

I have a few threads on here about what steel bike to ride. I chose a Surly Pacer and I have it put together and put 200 miles on it in the last week. This picture has a Fizik saddle on it but I'm...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-16, 08:06 AM
Replies: 2,807
Views: 683,573
Posted By simplybao

Lynsky Viale My Franken bike. 6800...

Lynsky Viale

My Franken bike.

6800 hydro, FD, RD, and cassette
7900 Crank
XTR calipers
Brontrager XXX stem
3T Rotundo Carbon Bar
Brooks cambium B17 saddle
06-07-16, 10:21 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 12,408
Posted By simplybao

My thought is to ignore them or laugh back at...

My thought is to ignore them or laugh back at them for being foolish for spending loads of money on bikes that they'll never be able to exploit the full potential of and they are pretending to be...
06-06-16, 03:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 487
Posted By simplybao

It really is a disease.....but you have to keep...

It really is a disease.....but you have to keep feeding the beast, LOL! Nothing wrong with having a proper MTB and a road/hybrid type of bike. For many of us, we have multiple bikes of each kind...
06-06-16, 03:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 887
Posted By simplybao

OP, I'd say get out of clipless pedals and ride...

OP, I'd say get out of clipless pedals and ride flats. Maybe it's safer for you? Please don't take that as a jab, it's not meant to be as I don't know if the last time you hurt yourself, you were...
06-02-16, 09:45 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,151
Posted By simplybao

I ride flat pedals on my MTB and Speedplay frogs...

I ride flat pedals on my MTB and Speedplay frogs on my road bikes. The Frogs are "MTB" pedals but they don't get gummed up like the Speedplay road pedals. Super easy to clip in and out.
05-27-16, 10:36 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,087
Posted By simplybao

OP, my husband and I were in the same spot as you...

OP, my husband and I were in the same spot as you were a few years ago. We wanted to get into biking because we fondly remembered the freedom of riding a bike when we were kids. We dived right in. ...
05-23-16, 11:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,240
Posted By simplybao

I have 1200 miles on my CK R45 disc hubs and they...

I have 1200 miles on my CK R45 disc hubs and they have been perfect. I built up my wheels for durability and I didnt' care about weight. Mine are 32 spoke laced to DT Swiss TK45 hoops. Not the...
05-12-16, 08:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,509
Posted By simplybao

I ride Frogs and I love them. They are super...

I ride Frogs and I love them. They are super easy to get in and out of, well, depending on the shoe which is weird. I have Shimano "casual" shoes and with those, clipping in and out is a breeze. ...
04-30-16, 04:34 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 19,915
Posted By simplybao

Well, made my decision and purchase. My...

Well, made my decision and purchase. My choice.......Surly Pacer...I know, I hardly mentioned Surly in my original post. In the end I chose the Surly because it was just about everything I wanted. ...
04-30-16, 04:25 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 10,847
Posted By simplybao

I run Speedplay Frogs. They are a 2 bolt MTB...

I run Speedplay Frogs. They are a 2 bolt MTB pedal but I run them on my roadies and love them. The SZR is their new MTB pedal. I've never ridden "road" pedals so I can't comment on those. My...
04-22-16, 07:56 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 19,915
Posted By simplybao

I don't know about the weight because that isn't...

I don't know about the weight because that isn't my concern. As long as my bike ends up under 25 lbs, I'm good. You could go out and find a shop that will let you rent a bike. We have LBCs in my...
04-22-16, 07:11 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 19,915
Posted By simplybao

Now I have too many choices, LOL! I talked to...

Now I have too many choices, LOL! I talked to Mike at Black Mountain bikes. He's a nice guy. I'm not sold on the orange and blue though. I like the Merckx style, but I think every time I look at...
04-19-16, 11:07 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 19,915
Posted By simplybao

Some great options! Fairdale and Black Mountain...

Some great options! Fairdale and Black Mountain looks like great options! I looked at a Kona model, but I guess in the end, I don't really want a "mass market" bike. So many great choices, keep...
04-19-16, 08:40 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 19,915
Posted By simplybao

I looked at their website and it's in French. Do...

I looked at their website and it's in French. Do they sell in the US? I LOVE that Bianchi, but I'm not sure I want to go FULL vintage with the downtube shifters. I have a Shimano 6800 drivetrain...
04-18-16, 02:56 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 19,915
Posted By simplybao

Hmmm, I wonder if my partner would see it that...

Hmmm, I wonder if my partner would see it that way? LOL. His comment was, clearly you don't need another one if you're getting rid of one that is perfectly fine, LOL.
04-18-16, 02:34 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 19,915
Posted By simplybao

n+1 bug is striking again...what steel bike should I buy, ver. 12367965

I have a Trek Madone that I don't really like. I'm in the middle of pulling off the Shimano 6800 drivetrain (brifters, brakes, crank, BB, wheels) and swapping back on the 105 10sp. stuff. I'm...
10-10-15, 10:43 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,113
Posted By simplybao

I run frogs on my Lynskey and Madone.....I love...

I run frogs on my Lynskey and Madone.....I love them.
10-06-15, 02:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 568
Posted By simplybao

I wasn't even thinking about mechanical brakes. ...

I wasn't even thinking about mechanical brakes. I was going to go with TRP hybrid calipers where they are cable actuated but hydro calipers but in the end, I already had XTR brakes so I decided to...
10-06-15, 07:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 568
Posted By simplybao

Not disputing the rest of your post, but this...

Not disputing the rest of your post, but this could be wrong based on the combination of parts. I'm runnng RS-685 hydro road brifters, XTR calipers, and 160 mm XT ice-tech rotors on my lynskey.
10-05-15, 11:41 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,868
Posted By simplybao

Yep. Yesterday. Was riding down a new section...

Yep. Yesterday. Was riding down a new section of trail, it wasn't completed, but I thought, the hell with it,I'll ride down the gravel. Came to a section it was no longer gravel, just rocks. ...
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