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08-04-21, 07:00 AM
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Posted By chiefsilverback

I appreciate the comments, and I've got 12 bikes...

I appreciate the comments, and I've got 12 bikes in the family fleet at the moment so I do a fair bit of wrenching and upgrading.

I'm not sure how you can argue that the wider range Advent X...
08-03-21, 03:03 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,503
Posted By chiefsilverback

I've got a Microshift Advent X drivetrain with...

I've got a Microshift Advent X drivetrain with 11-48 cassette, Eaton EA90 cranks and BB, Wolf Tooth Components chainring, Brooks C17 saddle, PNW Components Coast bar and stem, and a pair of lightly...
08-03-21, 02:46 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,503
Posted By chiefsilverback

The Fargo Apex 1 and the Cutthroat Apex 1 have...

The Fargo Apex 1 and the Cutthroat Apex 1 have near identical builds, but on paper you're only paying $400 for the build kit on the Cutthroat, but $1300 for the same kit on the Fargo where the...
08-03-21, 02:30 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,503
Posted By chiefsilverback

I have a full drivetrain including brifters,...

I have a full drivetrain including brifters, tires, bar and stem, and saddle, so I need frame, fork, headset, seat post and wheels. I know I want to invest in a good set of wheels (~$500), which I'm...
08-03-21, 12:06 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,503
Posted By chiefsilverback

Slight tangent as it's out of budget, but Salsa...

Slight tangent as it's out of budget, but Salsa Cutthroat frameset is $2500, built Cutthroat Apex 1 is $2900. Does the built bike use the same frame, $400 for everything else you need to build a bike...
08-03-21, 07:55 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,503
Posted By chiefsilverback

My mistake, I misread the specs, they have 700c...

My mistake, I misread the specs, they have 700c with fenders and 700c without fenders. 45 with, 38 without, but not 650b compatible?
08-03-21, 07:49 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,503
Posted By chiefsilverback

I considered the Vaya, but it has quite low tire...

I considered the Vaya, but it has quite low tire clearances. 700c x 38 and 650b x 45.

One interesting, and very affordable option is the Sonder Camino Al. Aluminium frame and carbon fork, 700c x...
08-02-21, 02:59 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,503
Posted By chiefsilverback

For a couple of bikepacking trips each year I...

For a couple of bikepacking trips each year I need the 34T, for all my other riding I use the 42T, I know this because I spent quite a lot of time analyzing what gears I was using for all of my...
08-01-21, 03:57 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,503
Posted By chiefsilverback

The Sora is $1200 now. I thought about getting...

The Sora is $1200 now. I thought about getting the Claris for $950 and putting my drivetrain on it, but it has an aluminium fork, and the 700c rims are i19 and I was planning to go i25.
08-01-21, 03:53 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,503
Posted By chiefsilverback

I made a conscious decision to go 1 x 10. I run...

I made a conscious decision to go 1 x 10. I run Microsoft Advent X with the 11 - 48 cassette and then I have two chain rings. 99% of the time I use a 42T, but when I'm going bikepacking I swap it to...
08-01-21, 03:47 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,503
Posted By chiefsilverback

My current Cannonstein (2016 Quick 4) is a...

My current Cannonstein (2016 Quick 4) is a medium, which in retrospect was too small, but I was a newbie rider at the time and fell into the trap of buying a bike that was on sale and not necessarily...
07-31-21, 07:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,503
Posted By chiefsilverback

I put some WTB Byways on my bike when I...

I put some WTB Byways on my bike when I converted, and Iím thinking maybe a set of Hunts for wheels, with TRP Spyre brakes.
07-30-21, 01:53 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,503
Posted By chiefsilverback

Bike build, what frame?

Earlier this year I completed a drop bar 1x conversion my Cannondale Quick 4 'hybrid' and it's made for quite a nice gravel bike for my morning rides on road/gravel/trail here in southern NH. Having...
Forum: Northeast
07-26-21, 04:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,139
Posted By chiefsilverback

I did my ride Thursday to Sunday, parked in...

I did my ride Thursday to Sunday, parked in Brattleboro, took the train to Windsor and then camped at Ascutney, Jamaica and Woodford state parks.

According to my Wahoo total ridden distance was...
Forum: Northeast
07-18-21, 06:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,139
Posted By chiefsilverback

I'm using the Super 8 and the XVT as the basis...

I'm using the Super 8 and the XVT as the basis for my ride this week: https://www.komoot.com/collection/913160/-windsor-to-brattleboro-3-day?ref=undefined
Forum: Northeast
06-02-21, 07:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 359
Posted By chiefsilverback

Glad you had a good time, and great to know there...

Glad you had a good time, and great to know there are some nice trails, I might need to take a trip at some point.
Forum: Northeast
05-26-21, 02:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 359
Posted By chiefsilverback

I've never been to Lake Placid, but Trailforks is...

I've never been to Lake Placid, but Trailforks is always my first port of call when I'm planning to go somewhere. Looks like there are some trail options right out of town, check out Lussi Trails...
Forum: Northeast
05-26-21, 11:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,139
Posted By chiefsilverback

I just booked a trip for July, driving to...

I just booked a trip for July, driving to Brattleboro VT, taking the train up to Windsor VT, and then spend three days riding back to the car, camping at state parks along the way, Ascutney, Jamaica,...
02-18-21, 03:19 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 56,441
Posted By chiefsilverback

You also have to consider that the 'heavy' bits...

You also have to consider that the 'heavy' bits of bikes are the same regardless of size. BBs, hubs, drivetrains, crankset, stem, dropouts etc... are sort of universal, there's just less tubing...
02-17-21, 01:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,025
Posted By chiefsilverback

I have 3 kids, 5, 7 and 9, and they are all keen...

I have 3 kids, 5, 7 and 9, and they are all keen riders. Right now the 9 y/o is on a 24" Pello Reyes, the 7 y/o is on a Frog 55 and the 5 y/o is on a Cannondale Quick 20. I'm in southern New...
02-17-21, 07:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 336
Posted By chiefsilverback

I just ordered a tub of Shimano Free Hub grease...

I just ordered a tub of Shimano Free Hub grease as I've got two free hubs that need servicing. $16 should last me a lifetime.
02-17-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 771
Posted By chiefsilverback

I'm doing a drop bar conversion on my 2016...

I'm doing a drop bar conversion on my 2016 Cannondale Quick 4, but I've also gone 1x at the same time using the Microshift Advent X system. I swapped the drivetrain first, using the $30 flat bar...
04-13-20, 11:49 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 17,194
Posted By chiefsilverback

I've not read through all the replies, but off...

I've not read through all the replies, but off the top of my head Salsa, Surly, Jamis and Kona all make steel framed bikes at the ~$2000 price point.
Forum: Foo
11-03-19, 05:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 911
Posted By chiefsilverback

This is my third mini and I really like them. Iím...

This is my third mini and I really like them. Iím not doing any serious 4K editing, just iPhone and GoPro footage in iMovie, but like I stated in my opening post my late 2012 struggled with playback....
Forum: Foo
10-16-19, 09:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 911
Posted By chiefsilverback

Exactly, a 2018 Mac mini!

Exactly, a 2018 Mac mini!
Forum: Foo
10-16-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 911
Posted By chiefsilverback

New Mac was delivered the other day, i5, 6 core...

New Mac was delivered the other day, i5, 6 core 3GHz, 8GB RAM. For a quick comparison, simply playing a 46 second clip of 4K60FPS on my 2012 mini has the VTDecoderXPCService using 150% CPU. The same...
Forum: Foo
10-10-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 911
Posted By chiefsilverback

I had a quick play on a demo 2018 MacBook Air as...

I had a quick play on a demo 2018 MacBook Air as I was driving past Best Buy the other day, fired up iMovie and it had no problems with the sample 4K footage that Apple load on the machines. Based on...
Forum: Foo
10-10-19, 08:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 911
Posted By chiefsilverback

The integration is seamless, I can film something...

The integration is seamless, I can film something on my iPhone whilst I'm on a ride, and by the time I get home and sit down in front of my Mac the footage is already sitting there ready to edit, no...
Forum: Foo
10-10-19, 07:46 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 911
Posted By chiefsilverback

I'll stick with seamless integration with the...

I'll stick with seamless integration with the rest of my devices thanks!
Forum: Foo
10-08-19, 08:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 911
Posted By chiefsilverback

My iPhone 8 isnít slow with the video it can...

My iPhone 8 isnít slow with the video it can record, and I believe the iPhone 11 Pro can handle simultaneous recording of two 4K videos, so I would hope that a 2018 Mac could handle it?
Forum: Foo
10-07-19, 02:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 911
Posted By chiefsilverback

2018 Mac mini - 4K video

Various google searches haven't turned up anything useful so wondering if any of the good folks here can weigh in?

My current machine is a late 2012 2.5GHz Core i5 Mac mini with 16GB RAM and 250GB...
09-30-19, 06:43 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 12,997
Posted By chiefsilverback

That's a bummer, I guess it's the luck of where...

That's a bummer, I guess it's the luck of where you live! I've got a couple of places here in New England that sell off their rental fleets each year. When it comes time to buy a new bike I'll...
09-20-19, 12:17 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 12,997
Posted By chiefsilverback

I know I was going down the rabbit hole of buying...

I know I was going down the rabbit hole of buying to upgrade, but stepping back, the important thing to remember is that the best bike is the bike you have, just get out and ride it.

I don't know...
09-18-19, 11:22 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 12,997
Posted By chiefsilverback

The Markhor is available for 26, 27.5 and 29, 1...

The Markhor is available for 26, 27.5 and 29, 1 1/8 straight or tapered and QR or 110mm boost. Why couldn't you put one on the Trail 5 or 8? https://manitoumtb.com/product/markhor/?cat_id=23
09-18-19, 10:56 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 12,997
Posted By chiefsilverback

Based on the models/specs on the REI website, the...

Based on the models/specs on the REI website, the Trail 4 at $1000 has the Rock Show XC30 fork, tapered steerer and 1x10 Deore drivetrain. The Trail 5 has a 1 1/8 straight steerer, Suntour fork, and...
09-18-19, 08:42 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 12,997
Posted By chiefsilverback

I'm not sure I'd agree with that. Just looking at...

I'm not sure I'd agree with that. Just looking at the Cannondale Trail range.... Trail 8 is $485 and comes with a $60 75mm Suntour coil fork at 2270g. Trail 5 is $780 with a $100 100mm Suntour coil...
09-16-19, 06:37 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 12,997
Posted By chiefsilverback

It looks like the Quick rang has discs from $600...

It looks like the Quick rang has discs from $600 up, and Iím sure itís similar with the other brands too.

Mine does not have discs, but I didnít buy it for off-road, I just started to hit some...
09-16-19, 03:43 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 12,997
Posted By chiefsilverback

I ride some pretty rough trails on my Cannondale...

I ride some pretty rough trails on my Cannondale Quick, and I save the weight of suspension fork that really doesn't do much, so do you really need a hard tail or might you be better fully rigid?...
Forum: Northeast
06-22-19, 12:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,563
Posted By chiefsilverback

Ride complete, they were just finishing...

Ride complete, they were just finishing compacting Hancock Rd, so that was fine, but Center Pond and Jefts roads are not to be recommended, unless you like pushing your bike and getting wet and...
Forum: Northeast
06-21-19, 07:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,563
Posted By chiefsilverback

Thanks for the heads up, I might jump in the car...

Thanks for the heads up, I might jump in the car and swing round to see if it's rideable yet, otherwise we could detour south on 137 and take Cobb Meadow...
Forum: Northeast
06-21-19, 06:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,563
Posted By chiefsilverback

I picked up a riding buddy for this trip, who...

I picked up a riding buddy for this trip, who happens to work with the Selectman for Stoddard so he got some good intel on the roads around there. The route we've settled on for out outbound leg is...
Forum: Northeast
06-18-19, 06:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,133
Posted By chiefsilverback

At that price point youíve got a lot of options,...

At that price point youíve got a lot of options, Cannondale, Specialized, Trek etc...

Personally Iím very tempted by the Topstone 105, but Iím not in the market to buy this year, so hopefully by...
Forum: Northeast
06-18-19, 07:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,563
Posted By chiefsilverback

I took a drive up to Stoddard this morning to...

I took a drive up to Stoddard this morning to check out King's Highway from Stoddard to Washington. It actually looks drivable, because it appears to have been recently 'surfaced' with loose packed...
Forum: Northeast
06-06-19, 09:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,563
Posted By chiefsilverback

Thanks for the reminder about street view, I use...

Thanks for the reminder about street view, I use Apple Maps so never think to go to Google. I guess I need to take my MTB up to Stoddard and see if I can find a route through there. I donít know how...
Forum: Northeast
06-06-19, 09:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,563
Posted By chiefsilverback

Thanks for the info, I rode the Hancock to Antrim...

Thanks for the info, I rode the Hancock to Antrim stretch last year and it is a nice ride, I did Peterborough>Greenfield>Bennington>Antrim>Hancock>Peterborough, there was a nice section from...
Forum: Northeast
06-05-19, 03:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,563
Posted By chiefsilverback

Exploratory Overnight in NH

I'm planning my first overnight trip, with an out and back from my home to Pillsbury State Park north of Washington NH. I'm playing with routes in Komoot and I've got one that would take me along...
03-21-16, 03:18 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,672
Posted By chiefsilverback

As long as everything goes to plan I'm getting a...

As long as everything goes to plan I'm getting a RFLKT on Saturday from Eastern Mountain Sports for $43. I can only assume that EMS are clearing their inventory because they had it priced at $53 and...
Forum: Northeast
03-21-16, 01:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 990
Posted By chiefsilverback

I like Wunderground if you're going to somewhere...

I like Wunderground if you're going to somewhere a bit remote, because you should be able to pull data from somebody's home weather center. Day to day I use Dark Sky which gives pretty accurate...
Forum: Northeast
03-21-16, 10:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,898
Posted By chiefsilverback

I haven't ridden off road for a while and I was...

I haven't ridden off road for a while and I was short on time, so the prospect of lots of wet/dirt mixed with all the sticks and branches sticking out the water made me turn around!
Forum: Northeast
03-21-16, 10:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,898
Posted By chiefsilverback

Here's East Coast Green (Brown) way a couple of...

Here's East Coast Green (Brown) way a couple of miles from my house in Rhode Island!
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