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    My gravel bike for club rides, centuries and tours.

    I have said, a number of times, on this forum, that I didn't get gravel bikes. If I'm road riding, I'd use a road bike, if I'm off pavement, I'd use an MTB. I'd like to amend that. I still don't see why you wouldn't use your MTB for off pavement riding but last fall I had a unique gravel bike...
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    Flat bar road bikes.

    I've gone drop-bar-less. I still have a couple bikes with drop bars, but they are collecting dust. I know of other, older, riders that have done the same. Some younger riders too. Despite the limited hand positions (one), I just feel safer and more comfortable with flat bars. Besides a...
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    Are you new to cycling and wanting to buy a bike?

    I have a few words of advice. I've been riding for more than sixty years and bought my first decent bike in 1972, and I've gotten four custom made frames since then, so I've been around the block a few times. I just got a new bike and am in the process of getting the fit dialed in and I have a...
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    Building my dream bike.

    As I said in a previous post, last spring I decided that I wanted/needed a bike that I don't already have. What I had in mind was a (mostly) road bike with flat bars, fatter tires, and 1X11-12 gearing. I figured it would be hard to find an off the shelf bike that fit the bill, and I was right...
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    My canyon commuter 8.0 is a great bike, but i think i'm going to replace it.

    I have several bikes, but last spring I decided I needed one that I don't have. I decided that what I wanted was a flat bar road bike, with 1X11-12 gearing and room for, at least, at 32mm tire, and I already had a large balance on my credit card, so it had to be fairly cheap. I found a couple...
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    Y shaped stem at tdf.

    I've been watching the TDF and noticed some Cervelo's with a Y shaped, or forked stem. That is, there is a separate arm that goes to each side of the handlebar. Anybody know who makes this? I haven't been able to find it anywhere.
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    Canyon commuter 8.0: first impressions.

    https://www.canyon.com/en-us/hybrid-city/citybikes/commuter/commuter-sport-8.0/1960.html?dwvar_1960_pv_rahmenfarbe=BK I just got a Canyon Commuter 8.0. I think I've only ridden to work once in my life, and now I'm retired. So why in the world would I get a commuter bike? Well, that's a long...
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    Ideal cadence.

    A while back I wrote a post suggesting using a heart rate monitor to find your best cadence. Here is a related article that Bicycling! sent me...
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    Dialing in a/my new mtb.

    I've recently come to the realization that I'm looking at MTB fit from a roadies perspective. This isn't necessarily bad for me, or a lot of others. I don't plan on doing anything too technical. I'm, officially, a senior citizen now, I had open heart surgery in November, and a few winters...
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    Why you don't need a fixie.

    A lot of guys and gals buy a fixie thinking it is a good training tool. They think that because you have to pedal all the time it improves your pedaling technique. It does. But probably not for the reason you think, or you wouldn't think you need a fixie. Any improvement in your pedaling...
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    Converting my old 29er to a road bike.

    With the purchase of a new Trek Procaliber 9.6, I now have two 29ers. I don't really need two. I could sell my old X-Caliber, but I probably wouldn't get a lot for it. Before my heart valve replacement, I was no longer able to ride my road bike up the NCAR hill, but I could ride up it with my...
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    Traction rings?

    For two or three years I had elliptical chainrings on my road bike. I never did any kind of scientific comparison between elliptical and round rings, so I can't say, definitively, if they helped my performance. My seat of the pants conclusion was that they did help on climbs, and riding...
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    Bike fit: is the knee over the pedals spidle recomedation arbitrary?

    For many, many years, since before most of you were born, maybe even before I was born, bike books and experts have been recommending adjusting your bike so that, when the crank arms are horizontal, a plumb line dropped from your knee would pass through, or slightly behind the forward pedal...
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    New trek: first impressions.

    I picked up my new Trek Procaliber 9.6 today. We had a big storm yesterday and very cold temperatures, so it might be a while before I actually get to ride it. My only two complaints about my current X-Caliber are that it rides a bit rough (a long standing complaint about aluminum frames), and...
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    So you are shopping for a new bike?

    Hopefully, you've allowed for accessories in your budget. I just ordered a new bike, the latest in a long line of new bikes, four of them custom. I started riding when I was five and I'm very, very close to turning 65. When I was younger, less experienced, and broker, the way a bike came from...
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    New bike on order. why i didn't go with a gravel bike.

    I ended up ordering a Trek Procaliber 9.6. More than I originally intended to spend, but I think I'll be happy with it. Of course, now I have to buy new pedals too, and I bought new Specialized Expert MTB shoes to go with them. I'm not a hardcore off road rider, so the obvious question might...
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    Good article on cycling performance and aging.

    https://cyclingtips.com/2013/09/what-effect-does-age-really-have-on-cycling-performance/
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    Full suspension, hard tail, no suspension?

    Originally, Mt. bikes didn't have suspension. I know because I have an early Stumpjumper with a unicrown chrome-molly fork. I took that bike to Moab and played around on the Slick Rock Trail and did the White Rim Trail on it. The reality is, you can do a lot without suspension. You just...
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    So, you are thinking of going to shorter cranks. here's what i think.

    My current inseam measurement is 36" (it gets shorter as you grow old). For most of the 59+ years I've been riding, conventional thinking was that I should get long crank arms to take advantage of my long legs. The thinking being that longer crank arms give you better leverage, and they do...
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    Does a good race mtb also make a good recreational mtb?

    I'm in the market for a new MTB. I've been researching what bikes and brands the top racers use. I'm in no way a hardcore technical rider, The Slick Rock Trail, outside Moab is about as hardcore as I get and, though I can keep up a respectable pace on the road, I'm probably pretty slow on a...