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05-03-21, 02:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 368
Posted By pbass

You sound like me. I come mostly from mountain...

You sound like me. I come mostly from mountain biking, but never was into downhill, or anything super sendy. I gravitated towards rigid steel MTB's, including singlespeeds, and just preferred long...
04-29-21, 01:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 291
Posted By pbass

HIIT Training = Single speeding!

Just a little aside that dawned on me the other day when riding my SS: every cycling and fitness website these days has loads of articles raving about HIIT training. As I was riding one of my regular...
04-21-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 4,997
Views: 3,502,323
Posted By pbass

Something about the Rove ST - they really got it...

Something about the Rove ST - they really got it right. Comfy as heck for long days, and a total shredder. I don't know how the new one is--they changed a few things I think, but this one's a keeper...
04-19-21, 09:18 PM
Replies: 4,997
Views: 3,502,323
Posted By pbass

Here's my geared gravel rig (have a ss as well)....

Here's my geared gravel rig (have a ss as well). This is it's latest set-up......
04-11-21, 12:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 771
Posted By pbass

There's always the trusty Surly Cross Check. If...

There's always the trusty Surly Cross Check. If you like the geo they're pretty hard to beat for versatility. Also check out Black Mountain Cycles:...
04-09-21, 10:01 AM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 688,955
Posted By pbass

61 this year - here's my current #1 and #2 rigs. ...

61 this year - here's my current #1 and #2 rigs.

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1715x1483/img_4404_2_80c39b9e3850ea5586ebca61ffa36a18dd3c3bf8.jpg...
04-09-21, 09:17 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,563
Posted By pbass

Yep. 61 this year, right behind ya. There's a...

Yep. 61 this year, right behind ya. There's a coupla guys in my area who look like Gandalf - gotta be 70-something - who shred the singletrack I regularly ride like beasts. And their rigs are also...
04-08-21, 06:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,065
Posted By pbass

Good stuff, everybody. I do think for starters...

Good stuff, everybody. I do think for starters volunteering somehow as Koyote suggests to at least get involved more with the rest of the cycling community is a great start.
04-07-21, 06:52 PM
Replies: 844
Views: 196,566
Posted By pbass

Just put WTB Senderos on the Rove ST. Lots of fun...

Just put WTB Senderos on the Rove ST. Lots of fun - hooks up great in all the loose, dry rocky stuff around here. Had Ventures before which were quite good, never really lacked for traction very...
04-05-21, 07:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 347
Posted By pbass

Literally just went today. Wish I had had my...

Literally just went today. Wish I had had my geared bike but it wasn't that bad - I'm geared pretty low around 55 GI on the ss but I did have to walk a bit going up. But once up there, man, it is...
03-31-21, 02:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 850
Posted By pbass

From Jonathan: "I live in LA, right in the middle...

From Jonathan: "I live in LA, right in the middle of hills and mountain ranges. For me to have the best off-roading, I have to ride the uphill fire roads. Great views, but going up is always a...
03-28-21, 09:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 515
Posted By pbass

I'm quite certain my guys at the LBS were very...

I'm quite certain my guys at the LBS were very glad I hadn't put the sealant in yet!
03-27-21, 06:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 515
Posted By pbass

Well, I don't feel so lame now. My LBS mechs...

Well, I don't feel so lame now. My LBS mechs couldn't get them seated either. Even w putting a tube in and getting one side seated, the other side would not seat. Seems that after being folded...
03-27-21, 05:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 515
Posted By pbass

Well I for one am glad I skipped it since I...

Well I for one am glad I skipped it since I couldn't get these suckers to seat! I did manage to make a pretty good mess with some of the old tires' sealant though...:cry:
03-23-21, 07:02 PM
Replies: 4,814
Views: 596,611
Posted By pbass

Yeah there are adjuster screws for the CC (I just...

Yeah there are adjuster screws for the CC (I just have mine out currently) but this is more about a) extra security from your wheel pulling forward out of the dropout, and b) a real fine-tuning...
03-08-21, 12:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,538
Posted By pbass

Awesome--thanks. I found this in that thread too...

Awesome--thanks. I found this in that thread too - looks convenient, but it's almost $50.
https://www.amazon.com/ACS-151265-FW-Remover/dp/B004IFP986

Cheaper to go with the FR-6 and the...
03-03-21, 05:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 565
Posted By pbass

Nice. Like I say, I love mine (all 3!). I think...

Nice. Like I say, I love mine (all 3!). I think you'll find the clamp mech to be very easy to dial in just right. Nice and light, worth the $$ IMHO.
03-03-21, 04:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,917
Posted By pbass

It sucks but we do have to ratchet some things...

It sucks but we do have to ratchet some things down as we get older. We're lucky when the reminders are minor incidents. I'm 60, and typically ride gravel bikes off-road (I hate riding in traffic -...
03-02-21, 07:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 565
Posted By pbass

Big fan of the Thomson Elite--the weight(much...

Big fan of the Thomson Elite--the weight(much lighter than any stock posts that came on my bikes), the look, how well the clamp works. I now have 3 bikes all with these on 'em. New they're out of...
02-15-21, 11:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,325
Posted By pbass

Ah, understood. Yeah, I never quite got on with...

Ah, understood. Yeah, I never quite got on with it (mine was a 1x). Have watched some videos of riders shifting away effortlessly with these, but I couldn't seem to make the shifts without scooting...
02-12-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,278
Posted By pbass

I agree--had BB7s on a rigid 29'r and I thought...

I agree--had BB7s on a rigid 29'r and I thought they were pretty great at the time, but the Spyres are at a different level.
02-11-21, 07:42 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,278
Posted By pbass

I have them on my Rove ST. I have no need for...

I have them on my Rove ST. I have no need for anything "better"--these are killer.
02-02-21, 10:31 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,371
Posted By pbass

Proper bike, this one.

Proper bike, this one.
01-25-21, 09:54 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,023
Posted By pbass

It's tricky to get a Cross Check to fit on the...

It's tricky to get a Cross Check to fit on the "upright" side of things!
01-16-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 28,211
Posted By pbass

Depends on how much rise and sweep you like, and...

Depends on how much rise and sweep you like, and how you will ride. For example, on my Cross Check right now I have Salsa Moto Ace bars that have no rise and very little sweep (like 5 percent)....
01-11-21, 02:40 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,023
Posted By pbass

For $1600 that Diverge Comp E5 EVO looks pretty...

For $1600 that Diverge Comp E5 EVO looks pretty sweet. Comes stock with a dropper post too which is pretty darn cool. I bet you'd enjoy a 1x drivetrain as well.
01-11-21, 02:18 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,023
Posted By pbass

IMHO you don't need suspension for the type of...

IMHO you don't need suspension for the type of riding you describe. Or for most riding, really. If I worked at a shop I'd definitely try and steer folks to a modern flat bar gravel bike over a hybrid...
01-11-21, 01:46 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,023
Posted By pbass

I can see no reason with the advent of flat bar...

I can see no reason with the advent of flat bar gravel bikes why anyone would buy a new "hybrid" these days(aside from availability or cost of course). The gravel rig will likely be at least as good...
01-01-21, 09:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 916
Posted By pbass

Not when the poop is carefully hidden under a...

Not when the poop is carefully hidden under a bunch of leaves!
12-31-20, 05:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 916
Posted By pbass

Perfect end to 2020 . . .

So my son and I went out for out last epic trail ride of 2020 - great weather, feeling good. And, because of course (2020), we came back with our bikes, backs, and shorts blasted with dog ****. I...
11-30-20, 03:08 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,280
Posted By pbass

Same here. I may add my Spot Gen3 device if I'm...

Same here. I may add my Spot Gen3 device if I'm gonna be out of cell phone range in the mountains (which where I live I can hit without going too far).
11-24-20, 03:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 933
Posted By pbass

Yes, door to door is always preferred but I think...

Yes, door to door is always preferred but I think I need to be realistic considering where I live. If only they'd carved some more trails/fire roads around the sides of some of these mountains,...
11-22-20, 06:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 933
Posted By pbass

That JPL/Arroyo trail is good fun on a gravel...

That JPL/Arroyo trail is good fun on a gravel bike. That's another regular for me when I don't want to climb, but it is just so crowded now, unless you go really early, or late. That's the kind of...
11-17-20, 11:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,183
Posted By pbass

Thanks for all the replies! I forgot to check...

Thanks for all the replies! I forgot to check back in on this thread after a while! FWIW, I still haven't built the new ss. I'm riding either my drop bar 1x11 Rove 650B x 47 Ventures, or my flat bar...
11-15-20, 04:08 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,786
Posted By pbass

That would be a feature I'd definitely want next...

That would be a feature I'd definitely want next time I'm light shopping!
11-15-20, 04:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,786
Posted By pbass

Y'know, I had no idea, so I just tried it--it...

Y'know, I had no idea, so I just tried it--it shuts down into charging mode as soon as you plug in the USB.
It does last quite a while, and is darn bright for sure. The form factor is nice, compact....
11-13-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,459
Posted By pbass

That does look good. My Showers Pass Ridgeline...

That does look good. My Showers Pass Ridgeline shirts are a similar design but they're lightweight merino. I've even worn them in the desert in the spring/fall just to have the sun coverage. I do...
11-13-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,459
Posted By pbass

Maybe it's different for strictly road riding,...

Maybe it's different for strictly road riding, but "gravel" riding here in Altadena, La Canada, etc--singletrack, some road, lots of fire roads) I've never felt cold enough to warrant a real "winter"...
11-11-20, 07:25 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 8,954
Posted By pbass

I did? I said underbiking was still fun for me...

I did? I said underbiking was still fun for me many years in, and getting more fun (as I lean towards underbiking even more with the ss). When will it be no longer fun? In my case, I predict never.
11-11-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 8,954
Posted By pbass

I turned 60 this year and gave up suspension...

I turned 60 this year and gave up suspension years ago. And, more and more, I gravitate towards my singlespeed gravel rig on whatever terrain I hit--rocky singletrack, you-name-it. Am I fast? Hell...
11-03-20, 02:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,009
Posted By pbass

That does like tight! Damn, now I'm gonna have to...

That does like tight! Damn, now I'm gonna have to play with this idea after all. I do have a little portable mini tripod with an iphone mount...down the rabbit hole I guess!
11-03-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,009
Posted By pbass

That may be true! I used to be a hardcore...

That may be true! I used to be a hardcore photoshop guy for my job, retouched everything from food to fashion...but that's 2 careers ago:) I have not explored what retouching I can do with iOS apps...
10-31-20, 07:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,079
Posted By pbass

If you're like me and many others, you may find...

If you're like me and many others, you may find you don't have one "correct" psi. Pretty much all my rides are mixed terrain, and I vary the pressure depending on how much road vs dirt I'm gonna hit...
10-30-20, 02:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,490
Posted By pbass

Here in LA, we have no shortage of cool LBS's...

Here in LA, we have no shortage of cool LBS's that carry brands other than the "big 3" and a bunch of entry-level stuff, etc. The gravel and bikepacking scene is very well represented. But still,...
10-29-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 8,954
Posted By pbass

I ride my steel gravel bikes through rock gardens...

I ride my steel gravel bikes through rock gardens like that almost every ride. But I'm really carefully picking my way through (I rode nothing but rigid MTB for a number of years and it really taught...
10-26-20, 04:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,531
Posted By pbass

Nothing like driving stick. My teenager wants a...

Nothing like driving stick. My teenager wants a WRX for his first car - we'll be fighting over it!
10-26-20, 03:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,531
Posted By pbass

Yeah, a Subaru mechanic explained to me once why...

Yeah, a Subaru mechanic explained to me once why they're not there yet--I guess it has something to do w the Subaru transmission, if I remember correctly.
10-26-20, 03:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,531
Posted By pbass

While I'm not into E-Bikes, if Subaru would make...

While I'm not into E-Bikes, if Subaru would make an electric or at least hybrid Outback, that would sell like hotcakes.
10-25-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,906
Posted By pbass

Go faster! Just kidding. I also have some TO on...

Go faster! Just kidding. I also have some TO on my 700c gravel bike (my 650B one is way better in that regard). Mine's a size 50 so it's pretty inevitable. Probably 70% of my riding is singletrack...
10-25-20, 01:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,490
Posted By pbass

Have had similar issues in the past w Amazon and...

Have had similar issues in the past w Amazon and others. These days I stick with either Jenson or Bike Tires Direct and have no complaints.
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