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  1. Razors Edge

    N+1!

    Just brought it home. Still need to accessorize, but its ready, willing, and able:
  2. I always enjoy guys like the one in the video. I catch and pass them, but obviously (and understandably), I am a nice carrot. As we rolled into a straight and slightly downhill section, he chose to take advantage of a tailwind and a draft (in addition to the aero stuff), but it's always funny to see how one dimensional a TT bike truly is in the hands of regular riders. POP goes the weasel
  3. ...as a braking surface? And what kind of durability are you seeing? Metal versus Resin Resin brake pads - also referred to as organic or semi-metallic pads - are made from a mix of fibers held together by resin. Typically, those materials are softer than their metal counterparts, which usually means they are quieter when braking. Metal brake pads, meanwhile, are sometimes called metallic or sintered, and you guessed it, are made from metallic particles fused together. Metal brake pads are often used for OEM spec, meaning that’s what you’ll go home with if you buy a new bike from a bike shop. This is due to metal brake pads' versatility and their ability to perform in a wide variety of conditions. This is also why you’ll find metal brake pads on most cars and motorcycles.
  4. I'm sure @dennis can appreciate it, and @MickinMD can appreciate the historical stuff. I've got a few new routes mapped out - one that takes me pretty close to Unison, VA. The story (and this video) isover a year old, but made my local news recently and obviously ties in well with the growth in gravel riding. and another related one: https://videopress.com/v/4eGqMLXd
  5. Through his last two years of university my son rode an old beat up cheap hard tail mountain bike back and forth to school so he would not have to pay for daily parking. At the end it was a write off, and not worth fixing. He moved to his full time job in North Vancouver and wanted to still ride. I wouldnt let him take the old bike as it was unsafe to use and not worth fixing up. He got a bike from a co-worker who has several as he likes to rebuild old bikes. My son snapped the chain on that one (twice) and didnt really fit him. He was disappointed as he wanted to commute to work when he could. So I offered to get him a bike to commute on for his Uni grad present. We looked at a number and he settled on a Giant Revolt gravel bike. He has had it two weeks, has ridden almost every day and loves how good a nice ride feels. Yesterday he did a 40 km loop on his way home, and wants to get proper riding shorts because he sees he will be doing some long rides on the weekends. He is built for bikes (unlike his dad), he is 5'8, 150lbs and super fit. I need to get riding because I know he will want to ride and try to drop me
  6. I randomly find myself watching this guy's build videos. Very fun in an odd sort of way
  7. I already pay for their premium service, but it will be interesting if the leaderboards being a "premium" offering will have folks drop off. I sort of feel, if you are obsessed about KOMs and QOMs (looking at @Dirtyhip ) then you also might be willing to pay a small fee to keep Strava in business. Time will tell. CyclingTips had an interesting post supporting Strava's decision, and it seems to be one that resonates with folks trying to make a living in this new "free" world. I feel for Strava today. It’s an empathy built on common experience. We’re both, in our own way, trying to put a giant, recalcitrant genie back in a very small bottle. In case you missed it, Strava just announced that the core service they provide, the very lynchpin of their platform, is going behind a paywall. The leaderboards are no longer free. You can read all about it here, but the details, for the purposes of this letter, are less important than the act itself, and why it was probably necessary. And, of course, what it has to do with CyclingTips. A little over ten years ago, Strava started as a simple, experimental tool for comparing times on bike rides. It was, for a short time, a paid service. You got a bit for free, but for the full experience, it was a few bucks a month. But Strava realized it needed scale; it needed users. Strava is fun because other people are on it, because there are other people to beat or get beaten by, and so you need a critical mass of athletes to make it work. Making everything free gave Strava that critical mass. The segments and their leaderboards, a brilliant tool that allowed us bike people to race other bike people who weren’t even on the same ride, were now free to use. On the Internet, we’re all used to free. Everything’s free. Websites are free. Videos are free. Newspapers, for a very long time, were free. This all gets paid for with ads. Strava has about 180 employees right now. It has huge databases to run, engineering and development hurdles to leap over. That’s expensive. So Strava turned to freemium. The core of the service remained free, but it added little paid tidbits on top. Some training tools, for example. The ability to analyze your rides in more detail. And it started to think of itself as a platform, an athlete’s brand, “the next ESPN,” one former employee told me a few years ago. A Facebook for athletes, perhaps? Who knows. It started diverting resources to these goals. To creating ad products, like turning rides completed on a Wahoo a special Wahoo blue, and partnerships. To building a media platform, and an algorithmic feed, like the one you get on Facebook or Instagram. It didn’t fix bluetooth connectivity issues with Apple Watch. Its complaint forums filled with bug reports and feature requests. It didn’t build the tools users asked for, the ones that would let them play with the vast amount of data Strava holds, or even play with their own data. For the last few years, Strava made a go at all sorts of ad products and partnerships, alternative revenue streams, and it made the platform worse. Because they didn’t work for us, the Strava user. They worked for ad product buyers and partners and for the dream of an athlete’s social media app. But there was a problem. Even at their peak, the ad products Strava sold were never particularly successful, never made up more than a paltry part of the company’s revenue. The freemium model didn’t pull in enough subscribers. Strava, to this day, is not profitable. The announcement this week is an admission of this. Strava’s core business is selling a useful, fun platform to the people who use it and love it. And this is where the correlations to modern media come in. The genie, in Strava’s case, was free access to its core product, the segment leaderboard. With Monday’s announcement, Strava just shoved that genie rather unceremoniously back in the bottle, to the tune of $5 per month. The genie, in our case, is all of the content you consume online for free. Content that is not free to make. Our genie is content that informs you, that entertains you, that enlightens you, that makes you want to come back tomorrow and read again. Content that builds our audience. That genie’s been out of the bottle since the days of dialup. Like Strava tried to do, most media sells you, the audience, rather than selling to you. That’s what ads are, and they’ve worked for over a century. But also like Strava, much of modern media ended up far worse for it. When your cursory glance is worth as much as your dedicated attention – and, under an eyeballs-for-dollars ad model, it is – then content designed for cursory glances takes over. Once massive ad tech companies like Google and Facebook started grabbing 60% of global digital ad spend for themselves, a media outlet’s ability to monetize its own content dwindled even further. We don’t have enough of your data to sell. Strava appears to have made the decision sometime recently to think of its users not as units to be sold but as customers. It's the same decision we made here at CyclingTips a few years ago, when we started VeloClub. Now Strava works for its subscribers and its product will almost certainly be better for it. We know that working for your audience makes for a better product. We know because, even though our content is and will remain free, it's what we do. Members make CyclingTips better. For the price of a cup or two of coffee, you make us more creative, more willing to take chances, more willing to ignore the crassly click-worthy in favor of something deeper. If you're not a VeloClub member, consider joining. Same goes for other media that you enjoy, and apps like Strava that you use. Our friends at Rouleur are feeling the pain of closed newsstands, for example. They are not alone. Venerable titles like Dirt Rag have recently shuttered, pushed past the brink by an ad model that just doesn't work as well as it used to. Pushing the genie back into the bottle is good for everyone. When you're there for us, we'll be there for you.
  8. ...and seemingly even unsure who owns them??? Not sure if a lawyer is the right guy to fix it, but maybe he is! Wheel manufacturing giant Mavic has been placed in receivership by a Grenoble court according to reports from French national news sources, meaning the business will likely be in control of its creditors. French wheel brand Mavic employs around 250 staff, and has long since been a prevalent wheel choice amongst high-end road bikes – with wheels such as the Ksyrium and Aksium series being amongst the best-selling in the UK. Entering into receivership, slightly different to entering into administration, will mean that Mavic has been appointed a ‘receiver’ by the court, likely on behalf of creditors. The court has granted six months for the judicial redress (redressement judiciaire) process, in which Mavic will be in the control of a receiver and will need to find a business plan going forward and potentially a new buyer for the company. Mavic was recently sold to US investment company Regent LP, after former owner Amer sports (who were primary shareholders in Salomon) announced a strategy to sell the cycling part of the business. The recent French reports suggest that Regent LP was not technically the owner. Instead union figures claimed Mavic had been sold to M Sports, a Delaware-based business which it is claimed is ‘sans lien capitalistique’ (without capital link) with Regent LP. As a result of the lack of clarity over the sale, staff representation body the Social and Economic Committee is demanding accounts from Salomon to clarify the details surrounding the sale. It is not clear what the immediate future for Mavic will be, although it appears that there is some optimism that a new buyer may be found. ‘Now we will need to find someone to take over who has a real vision and who wants to stay in the Annecy Basin,’ says Gérard Meunier, secretary of the Social Economic Committee.
  9. ...where folks populate their "bike" field, the top 20 "fastest" bikes on Strava could be compiled: The Romagna’s presence among this illustrious company was a total head-scratcher for me, so I did a bit of digging. Strava was unable to provide a breakdown of locations that the Romagna was ridden by time of publication, and Sensa didn’t respond to my email, but as far as I can work out – other than a modest handful of dealers in Germany and Belgium – the brand is predominantly sold in the (very flat) Netherlands. I guess that goes to show that even after billions of kilometres and 365 days of data, you can only go so far in getting to the heart of the matter. Aerodynamics may give a bike an advantage on a range of terrain globally but a cheap and cheerful aluminium bike can still mix it with the best of them – if it is only being ridden on flat roads by 500 or more Dutch people.
  10. Not sure what kind of bird it is, but one nice thing about riding a bike is that you and birds can often go the same speed - together- for a little while before they opt to shoot off into the trees again.
  11. If you get a chance, watch this episode. BCC text me last night aboot it and I found it on demand comcast. https://thescottbrothers.com/episodes/forever-home-205-sally-david/
  12. ChrisL

    Oh Shit!

    My nephew sending it..... and not sticking the landing.... A few scrapes & sore but good to go. He rode back to his car. IMG_0159.MOV
  13. I don't normally stretch too much before a ride (sometimes midway and/or after), but this looks quick and easy (maybe less so in road bike shoes with my balance):
  14. And maybe @dennis & @Old#7.... Are you supposed to lubricate the pivots/linkages on the rear suspension? My Anthem developed a creak some time ago and I took it to the LBS. they said everything was tightened to spec but the creak persisted so I took it back. The wrench said oh I know what’s up and took it back but he wasn’t there when I picked it up so am not sure what he did? After sitting for several weeks due to bad weather the creak came back. I know the bearings are sealed but I dribbled a little oil in the linkage pivots and the creak stopped. As the bike gets dirty/dusty I know it’s going to attract dirt so I’m not so sure if this is the best thing to do... Any thoughts?
  15. @jsharr got me thinking, and I bet @donkpow @dennis @ChrisL and other bike folks might have some ideas or experience upgrading an older steel bike to a 10sp. This is an old mid 80's steel frame running 8 speed 105 on a set of 2005 Alex rims that came on a Trek My feelings are that a mid-80s steel frame might accept or be finessed into accepting a 10sp wheel. Likely, the 2005 Alex rims ARE 10sp size. So then, are there other issues that a conversion would bump up against? Weird BB standards? Some other compatibility issue? I feel like if the shoe (10sp compatible wheel) fits, then all the other stuff is a no-brainer swap (assuming a BB is found).
  16. WoJSTL and I were taking a break from riding the tandem midway through the ride. Another couple stops across the bike path. He's having trouble riding the bike. Well both tires on his were so low on pressure that he was almost on the rims. Her bike wasn't much better. I hand him my bike pump but he is having a lot of trouble pumping it up. I grab my CO2 inflater and quickly get their tires pumped up. I suggested that he get a floor pump as the CO2 will probably leak out quickly. Here's where things go downhill. WoJSTL and the other gal were talking. They are both nurses; however, WoJSTL is retired. The other gal is still working. In fact she's the head nurse at a nursing home. Crap. After they leave I quickly grab a water bottle and do my best to wash my hands. I hope that I don't get sick now.
  17. Rolled over 30,000 miles logged in Strava this weekend Looks like just over an average of 31 miles per ride, which, incidentally, is pretty close to the distance of my "go to" ride to Leesburg (30.6 miles). Sadly, a lot of my miles were in the Garmin app before Strava existed, and it is tedious to move them from one app to the other
  18. When I finally get my dropper, will it work/pop back up with a saddle bag or will I need to put my tube & tools elsewhere? I was thinking of one of those straps to strap it to the frame but with the shock placement I dont have many places to put one and prefer a saddle bag.
  19. With the COVID-19 WFH order and socially distancing the norm, my need for a "commuter" and "errand" bike is on hold. So, I swapped on some MTB tires, removed the rack and fenders, and for the time being, I'm gonna have the bike back in MTB mode! Yay! Still have to adjust the brakes to line up well, but she looks good with some fat rubber!
  20. A zero (0 mm) stem. Strange to see.
  21. I almost twisted off the rear derailleur on the tandem a couple of weeks ago by overshifting into the dork disk. Limit screw is now set better and painted in place with fingernail polish. Anyway that got me thinking about rear derailleur hangers. What if I bent one while out on a multi-day tour or even at home where I might not be able to ride the bike for a while? I decided to buy spares for three of my bikes. The Giant Defy Advance was no problem finding one; however nothing was listed for the Schwinn Twinn tandem nor my Breezer Doppler. I worked with the people at DerailleurHanger.com by sending them photos and measurements. They found the exact replacement parts and are now able to update their catalog. Win-Win. I highly recommend DerailleurHanger.com.
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