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Forum: Road Cycling
05-04-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 10,103
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

One shop claiming they dropped Cervelo isn't a...

One shop claiming they dropped Cervelo isn't a reliable data point, nor is Hambini roasting them. From years of Bike Snob i think of Cervelos as "dentist bikes" but they sell too many bikes and win...
05-04-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,600
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

it's not the most inspiring color but they are...

it's not the most inspiring color but they are only original once. If originality doesn't matter then outlining the lugs in a contrasting color would both liven up the looks and show off the lug work.
04-06-20, 01:22 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,506
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I use old style Crank Brothers Candy pedals on my...

I use old style Crank Brothers Candy pedals on my bikes. They clear mud well and the mini platform provides a good target to clip in. The brass cleats are wear items but the pedals are easily rebuilt...
Forum: Touring
02-17-20, 03:10 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,186
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

If you want one SPD compatible shoe for riding...

If you want one SPD compatible shoe for riding and walking the Pearl Izumi X-Alp series shoes are great, I've had two pairs of the now discontinued X-Alp Enduro with the ratchet buckle that I used...
01-21-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,417
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

For pedals with wrench flats I have an old...

For pedals with wrench flats I have an old Pedro's tool with a 15mm on one end and a cog wrench on the other which saves space and money as well as being easier than a chain whip. Pedro's or Park are...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-21-20, 06:02 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 6,970
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I have no road shoes :). My "road bike" is a CX...

I have no road shoes :). My "road bike" is a CX bike so it has SPD pedals and I wear my regular MTB shoes or my winter MTB shoes. depending on weather.
01-06-20, 03:06 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 9,890
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Bike shops are low margin business and rent is a...

Bike shops are low margin business and rent is a big factor in their costs. I'm also not sure if cafes and other distractions are helpful. Thinking local and semi local, WBW closed their cafe and...
01-06-20, 12:28 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,045
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

If you're committed to hauling a full kit then...

If you're committed to hauling a full kit then you should get the Unior emergency cassette lock ring tool, or the more deluxe Stein tool. These are small pieces that engage the dropout or seat stay...
12-30-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,045
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I carry either an E3 multitool like the Hero kit...

I carry either an E3 multitool like the Hero kit tool above or a Park MT-1 along with tire levers, tube, patches etc. and I've had to use the hex keys regularly for minor adjustments and the spoke...
12-16-19, 06:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 970
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Pearl Izumi Attack shorts? Mine are 10 years old...

Pearl Izumi Attack shorts? Mine are 10 years old so I'm not sure if they still make them. Also Performance Bike's high end shorts are often on sale. Best bet is get one air and ride a few weeks. I'm...
12-12-19, 06:49 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,546
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Zero, I never use Strava and usually can't be...

Zero, I never use Strava and usually can't be bothered to mount my GPS.While I'm sometimes curious about distance I never want to get into competition over who climbs x the fastest
12-09-19, 02:44 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,066
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

As an alternative to chain whips I prefer a cog...

As an alternative to chain whips I prefer a cog wrench which uses 3 pins to grab the outer 11 or 12 tooth cog in the cassette. These are easier to use but less universal. My cog wrench is a long...
11-22-19, 03:19 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,961
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Primal Wear, actually good jerseys, but their...

Primal Wear, actually good jerseys, but their original designs are the stuff of Bike Snob posting.
Pearl Izumi did Sesame Street jerseys and socks for a while, I have Cookie Monster and Oscar and...
11-22-19, 03:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,070
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I think the intent of these biplane handlebars it...

I think the intent of these biplane handlebars it have the drops in higher position like a Salsa Woodchipper while keeping the hand position closer to a standard drop since bikepacking bars are...
11-22-19, 02:51 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,426
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

It depends on the saddle and application the...

It depends on the saddle and application the Selle San Marco on my "road" bike is good for a metric century but gets uncomfortable around 75 miles. On the other hand it's lousy for mountain biking so...
11-22-19, 02:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 500
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Is there any way you can mock up trekking bars on...

Is there any way you can mock up trekking bars on your current flat bars to get a feel for where they would sit? You could use wire or cardboard to make backwards bar ends. Also check the diameter of...
11-05-19, 05:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,584
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I ran into this a few years ago when I had a Giro...

I ran into this a few years ago when I had a Giro helmet and my son couldn't get a good fit in a Giro and ended up with a Bell, which is a little odd since Giro and Bell had the same ownership....
10-22-19, 05:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 751
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I had an AD-SL in high school, the bicycle was...

I had an AD-SL in high school, the bicycle was circa 1980 when their marketing changed the all European tag so all the component groups were mixed French on the low end and Campagnolo on the high...
10-17-19, 01:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 815
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I had a Satellite in 2009 as my first modern road...

I had a Satellite in 2009 as my first modern road bike. It did ride very smoothly, looked great and handled well but the wheelset kept breaking spokes and I didn't like the Sora shifters. I also...
10-17-19, 01:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 677
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

There are several kinds of enamel paint you can...

There are several kinds of enamel paint you can apply with a brush. Car restorers often brush paint when they don't have spray booths. It's worth looking at Eastwood or visiting an automotive paint...
08-24-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 14,520
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

When I commuted I had nice bikes because I had...

When I commuted I had nice bikes because I had secure parking at each end and I rode what I already owned. Why spend more money to suffer on a cheap beater when I could ride something light fast and...
08-17-19, 07:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,762
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I know there are some MTB pumps with reservoirs...

I know there are some MTB pumps with reservoirs for seating tubeless tires that may also be optimized for HVLP use.
08-14-19, 08:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,762
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I have had good service from my Topeak Joe Blow...

I have had good service from my Topeak Joe Blow Sport floor pump since it's the quickest option for bike tires I also have a small compressor from Home Depot in a rolling suitcase style housing that...
07-25-19, 09:56 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 10,604
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

That's a problem I've never though of, since my...

That's a problem I've never though of, since my helmet vents don't line up with my bald spot. It occurs to me that a lot of pros have shaved heads so they must use something. Skull caps, cycling...
07-25-19, 09:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,060
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I've used SRAM, Wipperman and KMC links as...

I've used SRAM, Wipperman and KMC links as spares, I also keep leftover links from shortening new chains, which could be good spares. I almost always have a multitool with a chain breaker for these...
07-20-19, 05:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,442
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I've had squealing issues with Koolstop dual...

I've had squealing issues with Koolstop dual compound (2/3 salmon 1/3 black) but they went away after I switched from cantilever to mini-v. My tandem had dual compound pads with V brakes, never...
07-10-19, 01:44 PM
Replies: 1,180
Views: 130,468
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I was living in Beaverton Oregon when I got back...

I was living in Beaverton Oregon when I got back into cycling and a lot of road riding and a bit of cyclocross and MTB racing, I moved to Bend Oregon in 2016 where I mountain bike a lot, road ride a...
07-10-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,781
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

We live on the East side of the Cascades and work...

We live on the East side of the Cascades and work on Saturdays so event access is limited. So far we did the Monster Cookie in April and plan the Covered Bridge tour in Albany 8/11...
06-28-19, 06:35 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 15,863
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

For me it depends on both the intended use of the...

For me it depends on both the intended use of the bike and ease of parking. My commuter has a kickstand but my MTB and CX bikes don't because of how they are used. When I had a tandem I put a two...
06-28-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,692
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

You are better off fixing the Specialized than...

You are better off fixing the Specialized than buying the $78 Walmart cheapie, I had a Hardrock and the components and frame quality are a world away from any discount store bike shaped object. As...
06-25-19, 04:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,703
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I did some research and 105 came out in 1982 when...

I did some research and 105 came out in 1982 when 5 speed rears were still common. https://bike.shimano.com/en-US/information/news/history-of-shimano.html
I didn't know Sora was also bird name in...
06-25-19, 02:32 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,703
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

105 is supposedly a corruption of 10 Speed, ...

105 is supposedly a corruption of 10 Speed,
Sora is crane in Japanese and Shimano also made a Crane derailleur in the 60s.
The higher end MTB stuff were originally suffixes for Deore (of gold?) as...
06-23-19, 11:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 954
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Mini V or Cantiliever brakes?

This may be partying like it's 2011 but I'm in the middle of a bar swap on my old Redline Conquest Pro and I'm torn between keeping the Avid Shorty 6 cantis or swapping in a set of Tektro 926A Mini V...
05-07-19, 04:46 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,447
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I buy my bikes for the long haul and expect to...

I buy my bikes for the long haul and expect to replace wear parts and occasionally update as I go until either the bike doesn't suit my needs or something major fails.
01-08-19, 05:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 799
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I've done a 700C to 26" on my wife's Redline...

I've done a 700C to 26" on my wife's Redline Conquest Sport and she was very happy with it. Her bike is very small (44CM size) and the smaller wheels got her standover where she wanted it and look...
01-08-19, 03:25 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 14,317
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Thanks for finding that.

Thanks for finding that.
01-08-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 14,317
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

It would be interesting to do a blind test of...

It would be interesting to do a blind test of bikes of the same size and geometry but different tubing and components. Although it would take some doing today, early Trek bikes offered a menu of...
12-31-18, 12:26 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 10,253
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I think most classic bikes look more "right" with...

I think most classic bikes look more "right" with skinwalls because that is what they would have had originally. Modern road bikes look anachronistic with skinwalls except for cyclocross bikes which...
12-24-18, 02:12 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,490
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

From experience with MTB and CX bikes, I'd say a...

From experience with MTB and CX bikes, I'd say a triple for off road is pointless because you never need that wide a gear spread and either 1x or 2x are the optimum. My current MTB is a 2x9 with a...
11-04-18, 06:39 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,444
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

It depends on what I'm doing. For casual rides or...

It depends on what I'm doing. For casual rides or commuting, I wear MTB shorts and just carry stuff in my pockets. For serious road rides in spandex shorts I use my jersey pockets since my tube,...
11-04-18, 06:34 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 9,647
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I don't get the idea of Schwinn being opulent....

I don't get the idea of Schwinn being opulent. There may have been cheaper brands in discount stores or department stores but I don't recall them being more expensive than the bike shop brands at a...
10-22-18, 03:53 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,691
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Have you considered replacing the crankset with a...

Have you considered replacing the crankset with a road triple? That would give you a 30/39/50 or possibly 52 out of the box and you can easily find all sorts of of chain rings to fit the 130mm bcd...
10-15-18, 01:48 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,691
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

When I was a teenager with a circa 1980 10 speed...

When I was a teenager with a circa 1980 10 speed I used the big ring all the time. Nowadays my biggest chain ring is a 46 which gets used on flat pavement and descents, although I spend more time in...
10-02-18, 04:51 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,805
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

The biggest hassle with swapping from grip shift...

The biggest hassle with swapping from grip shift to trigger is re-running the shift cable and readjusting it. I've had good luck with used shifters from a co-op, although they sometimes need to...
10-02-18, 04:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,168
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I use an older version of the Lifu quick stand...

I use an older version of the Lifu quick stand https://www.amazon.com/IceToolz-Stand-Me-Display-Repair/dp/B002NXHQSG for some of my bikes, it engages the rear triangel and keeps the rear wheel off...
08-29-18, 03:18 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 6,862
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Full sized frame pumps only look right on classic...

Full sized frame pumps only look right on classic styled frames. I've carried a mid sized pump on a bottle cage mount but lately I keep a mini-pump in the seat pack or a bigger pump in my CamelBak on...
08-16-16, 02:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,187
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Your levers are probably long pull for V brakes....

Your levers are probably long pull for V brakes. You need short pull or adjustable pull levers like these Tektros for MTB bars...
08-16-16, 12:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,925
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Saddles are incredibly person specific so my...

Saddles are incredibly person specific so my recommendation is find a shop with a test/loaner program so you can try a lot. While your experience may vary, my wife and daughter like WTB or...
08-16-16, 12:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,920
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

We've gone both ways, although my guess is that...

We've gone both ways, although my guess is that the cheap Nashbar branded post on our tandem is so stiff that it is almost indistinguishable from a rigid post. The tandem we borrowed last year had a...
08-16-16, 12:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,593
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

The drum brake on the Nashbar is factory...

The drum brake on the Nashbar is factory installed so all I did was refine the existing hardware. It looks like the Yokota did not have a factory drum as standard so you need to do some checking....
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