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05-03-21, 02:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 373
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...
04-29-21, 09:17 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,791
Posted By pbass

This right here. I'm a smaller dude, around 5'6"...

This right here. I'm a smaller dude, around 5'6" and ride a couple of size 50 bikes. One is a Rove ST w 650B x 47 and the other bike has 700c x 40. I most definitely get toe overlap more frequently...
04-28-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 333
Posted By pbass

Wow, amazing. Kudos to the rescuer. How the...

Wow, amazing. Kudos to the rescuer.
How the heck did he get the cord around his ankle, unless they were riding like that? Baffling.
Anyhow, the bit about cell service is a good reminder. I use a...
04-24-21, 09:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,067
Posted By pbass

Whether they're "suitable" is a question only you...

Whether they're "suitable" is a question only you can answer for yourself. I only ride flats w aggressive pins and use 5.10 shoes like many folks here, from road to gravel to singletrack, on both my...
04-21-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 4,997
Views: 3,502,367
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: 3,502,367
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, 05:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 772
Posted By pbass

I have bikes with both, and I like both brakes...

I have bikes with both, and I like both brakes equally. I'm actually strongly considering a Sam as my next bike, rim brakes and all. I'm an "older" rider at 60 yrs, and that looks like a classy...
04-11-21, 12:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 772
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: 688,964
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: 53
Views: 2,602
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: 1,066
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.
04-08-21, 02:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,066
Posted By pbass

Side hustles on the biking industry

My career of the last several decades has zero to do with cycling, but I've come to love it over the last 10+ years more than my day job. I've got some extra time. Curious what kind of part...
04-07-21, 07:51 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,602
Posted By pbass

What kind of pedals does it have? If it came with...

What kind of pedals does it have? If it came with those plastic sort of "temporary" pedals, that's something I'd swap out right away even if you're not sure yet if you want to stick with flats or try...
04-07-21, 06:52 PM
Replies: 844
Views: 196,574
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...
04-02-21, 06:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 347
Posted By pbass

Thanks--looks good! I just discovered we're...

Thanks--looks good! I just discovered we're staying very close to this park too: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7000837/helen-putnam-regional-park
04-01-21, 03:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 347
Posted By pbass

Petaluma gravel?

Will be staying in Petaluma for a few days (traveling from SoCal). I know there's tons of great "gravel" riding in Marin, but I won't have much time for any long serious rides, so I thought I might...
03-31-21, 02:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 850
Posted By pbass

And in my case, it really IS right outside my...

And in my case, it really IS right outside my doorstep - I start climbing literally when I roll out of the driveway - I'm in my granny within 2 blocks of my house.
But I hear ya, the grass is always...
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, 10:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 515
Posted By pbass

Now that I think of it, I wonder if it's the...

Now that I think of it, I wonder if it's the new-fangled SG2 lining inside the tires that's making it not form to the rim right away like my previous WTBs. It is an extra layer of puncture...
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!
03-28-21, 09:48 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 515
Posted By pbass

I didn't use soapy water (though I had it ready...

I didn't use soapy water (though I had it ready to go) because it was pretty easy to pop the tires into the rims. Isn't that typically what that is for?
The taping is the way they came taped...
03-28-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 515
Posted By pbass

Not sure I follow what you mean by cover the...

Not sure I follow what you mean by cover the valve opening - you mean getting the bead to seat on the rim on either side of where the valve is? I watched as the mech kneaded and squeezed and pushed...
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, 05:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 515
Posted By pbass

Thanks for trying to get it sorted. Heading...

Thanks for trying to get it sorted.
Heading over there now - I will report back!
03-27-21, 05:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 515
Posted By pbass

Zero! It didn't start to inflate at all!

Zero! It didn't start to inflate at all!
03-27-21, 05:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 515
Posted By pbass

Yeah, man, I followed the Park tool video, etc....

Yeah, man, I followed the Park tool video, etc. No matter what there was air escaping from at least one area of the bead/rim. I'd go around the tire and get it all looking good as far as the bead/rim...
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:
03-27-21, 04:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 515
Posted By pbass

Thanks for the tips guys. Sadly, I cannot get the...

Thanks for the tips guys. Sadly, I cannot get the bead to seat no matter what. WTB tires, WTB rims (just going from Ventures to Senderos - everything is in theory totally compatible). It's as if the...
03-26-21, 12:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 515
Posted By pbass

Thanks. That's what I was kinda thinking!

Thanks. That's what I was kinda thinking!
03-26-21, 11:53 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 515
Posted By pbass

Quick noob tubeless tire install question

Got my new tires, and will do my first removal of old/installation of new tubeless tires on my gravel bike. I've got a pump with the tubeless cylinder thingy, and have been watching videos. WTB tires...
03-23-21, 07:02 PM
Replies: 4,814
Views: 596,622
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...
03-23-21, 04:32 PM
Replies: 4,814
Views: 596,622
Posted By pbass

I just got a Surly Hurdy Gurdy for my Cross...

I just got a Surly Hurdy Gurdy for my Cross Check. I didn't even know these existed before. I've seen plenty of ss CC's but I don't think I've ever seen one of these on one. I can't see a downside to...
03-22-21, 03:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 220
Posted By pbass

Thanks. Good info. And I never use the chamber...

Thanks. Good info. And I never use the chamber for regular inflation anyway, I just use the normal pump function.
03-22-21, 01:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 220
Posted By pbass

It's a 650Bx47 gravel bike tire. I just saw a...

It's a 650Bx47 gravel bike tire. I just saw a couple videos where people are maxing it out to 160psi - one for a road bike and one for a 29'r MTB. I failed physics so I guess I wasn't getting my head...
03-22-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 220
Posted By pbass

Blackburn Chamber Tubeless Pump use question

Waiting on some new tires and about to do my first tubeless tire install on my gravel bike (LBS did it previously). I have one of these Blackburn Chamber pumps:
...
03-21-21, 05:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 942
Posted By pbass

But with gloves I would assume it makes no...

But with gloves I would assume it makes no difference, no? I wear full-fingered gloves religiously on my rides - can't remember the last time I rode w/o 'em.
The Brooks colors look nice--mud and...
03-21-21, 02:44 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 8,984
Posted By pbass

#1 for me since I ride mostly off-road: Look...

#1 for me since I ride mostly off-road: Look where you want to go, not at the obstacle you're trying to avoid.
03-21-21, 02:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 942
Posted By pbass

Nice colors on the Zipp too - I'll look into...

Nice colors on the Zipp too - I'll look into that. Thanks!
03-21-21, 12:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 942
Posted By pbass

Bar tape question

Ready to give my gravel bike a little spring makeover, and some fresh bar tape is in order. Do the ones advertised as "tacky" actually make any difference if you wear gloves?
03-14-21, 05:36 PM
Replies: 25,839
Views: 2,620,192
Posted By pbass

Rode my singlespeed cross bike around Big Bear...

Rode my singlespeed cross bike around Big Bear Lake, CA, while my kid snowboarded:) Those WTB Nanos hook up pretty good actually on the icy/snowy sections. Had a little friendly reminder about black...
03-12-21, 02:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,538
Posted By pbass

Well for the cost of a $5 chainring nut tool, I...

Well for the cost of a $5 chainring nut tool, I slapped the 38t I had on there, replacing the 42t, left the 19t freewheel on, so we'll see how I do at around 55gi. Will hit some fireroads today with...
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...
03-08-21, 11:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,538
Posted By pbass

Thanks - I've been here for a while actually, but...

Thanks - I've been here for a while actually, but I've just recently decided to try and up my mechanic skills! I actually did the frame swap from 52 to 50 myself - had to buy a few tools. It was easy...
03-08-21, 11:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,538
Posted By pbass

Ha--sorry! That's the noob factor talking. I...

Ha--sorry! That's the noob factor talking. I meant freewheels!
03-08-21, 11:13 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,538
Posted By pbass

Hey, rather than make a new thread - since I've...

Hey, rather than make a new thread - since I've got you all here..;) Quick question: I've got these two freewheels/cogs here in my bin - the 17t and 18t. Looking at what tool I need to play around...
03-08-21, 10:31 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,538
Posted By pbass

It's a Surly Cross Check with the notoriously...

It's a Surly Cross Check with the notoriously long top tube. I actually had a 52 first. I could never get it quite right (with drops or flat bars - you should see my stem collection). I swapped the...
03-08-21, 10:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,538
Posted By pbass

Interesting. New stuff to me. My inseam is 31...

Interesting. New stuff to me. My inseam is 31 which based on the formula (I just Googled:) "inseam inches x 5.48 = crank length in mm" comes out to 169.88, and my cranks are 170, so pretty spot on. I...
03-07-21, 06:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,538
Posted By pbass

Hadn't thought of that. Hmmm. I guess I'll see...

Hadn't thought of that. Hmmm. I guess I'll see how it goes with what's in the bin, but that's something to consider for sure. I'm definitely "underbiking" the way I ride this sucker!
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