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Converting S-Works 29er to gravel bike...
Last Post 12/13/2020 08:08 PM by Frederick Jones. 38 Replies.
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huckleberry

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12/05/2020 01:06 PM
CK -

It is really fun. Must admit that I was perhaps a bit tentative on the descent at first, given no shock and that I had a difficult time seating the new tubeless tires - afraid that I might get a nice air-draining burp, but they did great. will actually feel more confident next time in going with a bit less pressure in them.

I though my stem might be too long, but it never factored in. I lost a centimeter and a half in front height as the replacement fork was a bit shorter from what I had the Rock Shox pumped up to - so I flipped the stem, but may move that back down soon as the I felt solid in the front end handling. It's a long wheelbase vehicle - feels stable yet didn't notice any problems with agility, but I wasn't on single track - which I suck on anyway ; )

I have a pre-disc Ibis Hakkalugi which I can fit 38's on, and I ride this bike everywhere, but the new gravel build will be great for the semi-rougher stuff. It's going to get a lot of miles as long as I can continue with my recovery.

Pretty happy guy right now. I don't know if I would change anything on it. Can't help but want to see drops on it, but in reality, I think I would still end up goin back to the flat bar as I have such nice control and more confidence on the descents in dirt than I would on a drop bar - and I feel with the little in-bar nubs I have a comfortable, more aero position to ride the flats, etc.
Dale

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12/05/2020 01:25 PM
...oops. Wrong thread, ignore this
huckleberry

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12/12/2020 06:29 PM
Great fun in the snow today!

3" and it gets a bit squirrely on 43's.

And it's too bad it melts at the bottom of the descent - flippin' freezin, with a frozen taint that hasn't forgiven me.

Any recommendations for front and rear fenders?
Orange Crush

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12/12/2020 07:10 PM
I got SKS longboards 45 mm version w 38 mm tires on Diverge. There is also a 50 mm version for wider tires. These are full wraparound good for staying dry on road riding. Maybe not suitable for a gravel rig.
huckleberry

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12/12/2020 10:37 PM
OC -

Gracias. Been looking at those.

What kind of gloves do you like below 35 degrees(f)?
Orange Crush

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12/12/2020 10:58 PM
35 is mighty warm once you cross the 49th. Hydration and sunscreen becomes more important than gloves.

Kidding aside I don’t have any cycling specific winter gloves. I just double purpose my ski gloves for different cold conditions. Most of them are black diamond brand. With rare exception I mostly just ride above freezing, today would have been about 35F. Mid level ski gloves .
huckleberry

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12/13/2020 10:14 AM
I lived and skate skied in the U.S. Okanogan for years - temps in the teens(f) and 20's, but could never find a glove that kept my fingers from hurting - even with the rest of my body relatively comfortable.

Was fine ascending in DeFeet wool gloves, but got wet on the way down as I hit slush and spraying mud. Have also ridden with double gloves(one set waterproof) and still got cold once I stopped working hard.
Orange Crush

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12/13/2020 11:12 AM
I have a pair of wind proof water resistant lobster gloves for when it gets really cold skiing. Don’t think I ever needed them riding. I mostly just get cold hands or feet downhill skiing. Cross country skiing and cycling is enough to keep extremities toasty. This may mostly just be a function of a toque to keep head warm and fancy thermal upper body layer. This will allow your body to keep extremities warm. On rides I am typically the first to ditch gloves altogether. The other week when we rode through frozen streams and feet got solidly wet the cold feeling lasted 10 mins while socks were fully soaked. Once drained Wool socks kicked back in after for rest of ride. It was cold enough for there to be a bit of frost in water bottles.
longslowdistance

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12/13/2020 08:08 PM
Just an observation that warm hands and feet when younger and middle aged may become cold hands and/or feet when older.
Definition of middle age: your age plus 10
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