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11-28-22, 05:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 325
Posted By cormacf

Update: LBS will swap forks, cut the tube, bleed...

Update: LBS will swap forks, cut the tube, bleed the brakes, and give it a full tuneup including wheel true and bottom bracket for $200. No-brainer to say yes to that. Thanks!
11-23-22, 11:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 325
Posted By cormacf

Thanks! I do actually have a Shimano bleed...

Thanks! I do actually have a Shimano bleed kit--I've just never used it. Maybe I'll give that a shot and if I bork everything, I'll just have the shop do that when they cut the steerer. Thanks!
11-23-22, 09:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 325
Posted By cormacf

Fork swap -- worth the hassle / risk to do it myself?

Going full rando on my roadie -- dynamo lighting, front rack and Swift Industries bag, etc.

Swapping forks on from an old 15mm to a 12mm Roadeo Spork with internal dynamo routing. Part of me wants...
08-07-22, 09:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 807
Posted By cormacf

That makes sense. I absolutely put out more speed...

That makes sense. I absolutely put out more speed on my track bike, though how much of that is the straighter chainline and how much is the geo, I dunno. Also, it's probably that I just spend less...
08-03-22, 08:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 807
Posted By cormacf

"Faster" frames?

Given the same tires/wheels, does a longer/slacker geometry like you'd see in a gravel bike any slower than a classic road geo? I mean, clearly, there's an aero component, if one bike has you sitting...
07-31-22, 10:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,419
Posted By cormacf

Mine.

Mine.
07-28-22, 11:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,419
Posted By cormacf

If I go with the heavier bike (ti hardtail with a...

If I go with the heavier bike (ti hardtail with a ti rigid fork), maybe 23 pounds. So it's not the weight (I could hang both bikes from a single 3-nail picture hanger), but the constant on and off of...
07-28-22, 06:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,419
Posted By cormacf

Hmm. Home Depot has mahogany 1x12 for $20/linear...

Hmm. Home Depot has mahogany 1x12 for $20/linear foot. I'd only need a foot and a half... Thanks!
07-28-22, 05:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,419
Posted By cormacf

You'd think so, but nope. They refer you to your...

You'd think so, but nope. They refer you to your local hardware store for appropriate mounting hardware, without a mention of what would constitute "appropriate." I mean, I would have paid an extra...
07-28-22, 04:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,419
Posted By cormacf

Mounting a Stasdock in drywall

I just got a Stasdock (because purdy)

I just bought a Stasdock rack (installation manual here (https://www.stasdock.com/pages/how-to)) I'm trying to install on my office wall. Ir's a 12"x12"...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-27-22, 03:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 883
Posted By cormacf

Half-lugs?

Question for those of you who know things (I am not among them): I've seen a few bikes (like the example below from VO, but I think I've also seen some similar frames from Crust in the past) with a...
03-04-22, 12:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 309
Posted By cormacf

Thanks, all. I'm trying to build a set-and-forget...

Thanks, all. I'm trying to build a set-and-forget config for randos, and the 650s are just more comfortable for super-long rides (plus, I already have a 650b dynamo wheel built up), so I'll give it a...
03-04-22, 11:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 309
Posted By cormacf

Dremeling fenders to fit?

I have a bike I absolutely love (a Lynskey Sportive Disc), but I love it even more when I'm rolling on 650x42 than I do with 700x28. The only problem is that I can't fit unmodified 650b fenders on...
Replies: 5
Views: 1,667
Posted By cormacf

I was hoping for a 400 this year, but moving is...

I was hoping for a 400 this year, but moving is eating up a lot of time (and we just lost the bid on our second attempt at buying a house in SD, so that sets us back again). There's a 300 in April up...
Replies: 5
Views: 1,667
Posted By cormacf

Too slow to care about frame?

I'm 50 and a recreational rider (centuries, 50-75 mile weekend rides, etc.). Going to try to do my first SR series next year en route to a possible PBP in 2023, so I can cross it off my bucket list...
01-24-22, 11:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 813
Posted By cormacf

That's some sweet-assed cabling. Respect. It...

That's some sweet-assed cabling. Respect.
It also reminds me that I need to get a purple seat collar.
01-23-22, 09:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 813
Posted By cormacf

Thanks! The Snoqualmie Pass looks like like a...

Thanks! The Snoqualmie Pass looks like like a nice fit.
01-23-22, 06:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 813
Posted By cormacf

Road slicks for 25mm internal width rims?

I have a fully-rigid hardtail running 2.5 Maxxis Ardents at the moment (photo below, if that helps). I'll be putting some Jones Loops on it to make it more of a dirt rando.

I'll be doing an...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-05-21, 08:15 PM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 954,094
Posted By cormacf

The Grape Ape

The Grape Ape, a Lynskey Pro 29 with as much titanium as I could get on without my wife losing her mind about an eeWings crank. :)

Does it do anything a Karate Monkey wouldn't do for a lot less?...
11-09-21, 04:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 602
Posted By cormacf

Thanks! I seemed to recall an old 80something 520...

Thanks! I seemed to recall an old 80something 520 fitting me pretty well, and maybe one of the 600 series--though I had no idea what I was looking for, and my 15 year-old body could forgive more...
11-09-21, 03:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 602
Posted By cormacf

Gravel-ish geometries for 80s road bikes?

Does anyone happen to know of any Eroica-friendly road frames have long front-centers and steep seat tubes? I have a long torso and short femurs, so the recent move toward slack-front gravel frames...
09-21-21, 08:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,174
Posted By cormacf

This is PERFECT! Thank you!

This is PERFECT! Thank you!
09-20-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,174
Posted By cormacf

Lo and behold--some guy on eBay had EXACTLY the...

Lo and behold--some guy on eBay had EXACTLY the decal I wanted (the old Grape Ape from the 70s) for under 4 bucks. I ordered two--one in default black, and another in purple, because at that price,...
09-20-21, 07:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,174
Posted By cormacf

Thanks! The price at Velocals seems fine--I just...

Thanks! The price at Velocals seems fine--I just didn't see any custom options that included images. They seemed to all be text-based, which makes total sense.

I'll check ebay like you suggested,...
09-20-21, 07:48 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,464
Posted By cormacf

Whichever you choose, take your time. Stop at...

Whichever you choose, take your time. Stop at every rest stop, eat a snack, get off the bike and stretch or put your feet up.

When you overhear the folks talking about blowing past the first rest...
09-19-21, 10:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,174
Posted By cormacf

Custom (image) vinyl decals?

Does anyone know where I can order a single vinyl decal with a custom image? Basically, stickermule, but for bike-appropriate decals and without the minimum order--or velocals, but for images, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 14,606
Posted By cormacf

The difference in weight between carbon,...

The difference in weight between carbon, aluminum, titanium, and steel frames will be--at most--a couple of pounds.

If you're really worried about catastrophic failures (which are going to be...
03-18-21, 09:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,070
Posted By cormacf

Thank you!

Thank you!
03-18-21, 04:00 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,654
Posted By cormacf

Others have responded better than I in so many...

Others have responded better than I in so many ways, so I'll just stick to the one thing I know--titanium.

I love ti for many reasons: corrosion resistance, (relatively) low weight (compared to...
03-18-21, 02:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,070
Posted By cormacf

Hunt XC Race Wheels -- TOO light?

165 pounds, building a full-rigid bike for VERY easy singletrack (I'm 50 and very bad) plus fire trails and gravel. The Hunt XC Race wheels...
01-17-21, 03:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,506
Posted By cormacf

Did a random bearded hippie just solve my fit/balance problem?

Had a chat with a bike fitter today. Not a fitting, mind you, but a chat when we were both stopped to let a dog walker with a ton of dogs clear off a trail. I mentioned that I have really wonky...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-18-20, 06:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 934
Posted By cormacf

Funny you should mention that. For shorthand, I...

Funny you should mention that. For shorthand, I was going to say "Basically, a Wolverine with a slightly longer top tube." :)

Fantastic suggestion. Maybe I buy all the rest of the gear and try a...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-18-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 934
Posted By cormacf

Frames for older bodies

I'm turning 50 next year, and I'm starting to see a trend of "little" things adding up more frequently. Nothing big--just an achy knuckle here, a quirky knee thing there, etc. But there aren't going...
Replies: 3
Views: 1,453
Posted By cormacf

Trekking bars for 1200s?

I like flat-bar touring bikes. A lot. Specifically, I like trekking bars for the oodles of hand positions, the tons of room for gear, and the ability to use Rohloff shifters without modification,...
10-08-20, 11:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 560
Posted By cormacf

Here are some pics of the clearance. It's pretty...

Here are some pics of the clearance. It's pretty tight. Even the Velo Orange 50s would need bending/cutting.
...
10-08-20, 08:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 560
Posted By cormacf

Dremeling/cutting AL fenders?

Hi. I have a Lynskey Sportive Disc which started life at 700x28, but on which I've been running 650b wheels with 42mm Paselas for the last year or so. I love it. I also happen to have a 650b dynamo...
07-27-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,527
Posted By cormacf

Yeah. That's either a really good friend or just...

Yeah. That's either a really good friend or just the opposite. :)

He seemed to take it pretty well.
07-27-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,527
Posted By cormacf

Sick burn at the bike shop

Dude to his friend: Someone told me wheels are where you want to upgrade first. If you were me, what would you buy first to get faster?
Friend: A salad?
Replies: 21
Views: 4,388
Posted By cormacf

Come on up to WA. We have some really amazing...

Come on up to WA. We have some really amazing centuries up here. Obliteride, while one of my favorites, would be the one I'd suggest skipping, since the first and last 10 miles are on crappy Seattle...
Replies: 28
Views: 6,752
Posted By cormacf

Yeah. My coworker did his on a 4% average, but...

Yeah. My coworker did his on a 4% average, but that was a double everest (https://www.strava.com/activities/1055986638), so I'm sure he chose it because he knew he'd have to pull almost 60k in...
05-11-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,525
Posted By cormacf

Thanks! Ordered!

Thanks! Ordered!
Replies: 28
Views: 6,752
Posted By cormacf

Everesting on a single speed?

I had a probably very dumb thought--if you could find a really, really consistent hill for an Everest (e.g., let's just go with a steady 4% with no more than 1% variance in either direction),...
Replies: 21
Views: 4,388
Posted By cormacf

#1...

#1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) : The best thing you can do to prepare is to get a proper professional fit. I'd rather ride 500k on a bike that fits perfectly...
05-11-20, 06:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,238
Posted By cormacf

Funnily enough, years ago, I got my first pro...

Funnily enough, years ago, I got my first pro bike fit, and the fitter (also a PT) told me I have very short femurs, which makes off the rack bike fittings difficult (I need a really steep seat tube,...
05-10-20, 11:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 760
Posted By cormacf

Ah. I was thinking it was something about the...

Ah. I was thinking it was something about the pedal stroke being stronger at certain points and stressing the same teeth and chain links every time. Your explanation makes a lot more sense. :)
...
05-10-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 760
Posted By cormacf

Just took it for a ride around the neighborhood...

Just took it for a ride around the neighborhood on dirt/gravel service roads. 40/18 was no problem on any of the roads getting to and from the dirt, as long as I had enough of a ramp-up (I've been...
05-10-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,525
Posted By cormacf

Thanks, all. I just did 45 miles with 4000 feet...

Thanks, all. I just did 45 miles with 4000 feet of climbing on Zwift, wearing a lightweight compression sock on the leg that gives me trouble. Worked like a champ, and no soreness in the one bulgy...
05-10-20, 07:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,238
Posted By cormacf

Thank you! And yeah. Nothing flat. Even the beach...

Thank you! And yeah. Nothing flat. Even the beach coruses head up hills into the woods. One of the reasons for SSCX is staying in shape for next summer's track season, and we're locked in a warmup...
05-10-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 5,275
Views: 3,706,299
Posted By cormacf

It has cantis and the cranks are too long, but...

It has cantis and the cranks are too long, but for $100, I'm super-happy with my first SSCX bike.
...
05-10-20, 02:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,238
Posted By cormacf

SSCX gearing

The SSCX bike I just picked up is currently geared at 40/18, which is great for shallow gravel/dirt inclines, but seems like it's going to be a teeny bit tall for sharp, muddy inclines without...
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