That's a good point. Maybe we could stop producing new axle standards for a year and spend some time working on a system that lines up headsets in the frame and steerer/stems on the bike. It's so silly to have to eyeball these things.
Appreciate you mentioning where they are all manufactured. It's high time we started considering that more.
This level of precision is why I'm here.
I've solved it by generally not standing around for too long. But if we do I slide them right down my nose to let lots of air flow. Luckily they're decently vented and are clear moments after I get going again. Definitely the first glasses I've had that fit well and generally very manageable for fogging.
Plus actually try them on. I had a pair of Smith glasses that fit great and over the summer I had a crash where I banged up my nose and after that the glasses never fit right again. I had a slight change to the width of the center of my nose the glasses would only fit above this new notch (too close!) or below (too far!).
My S2s do really well. If I stand around too long sure they fog up a bit but under use they've been great.
Quality eye protection is a must! I do a lot of dumb stuff every day but riding without glasses is not one of them. Admittedly it took a while to find some that I liked, had great optics and good fog performance and then even longer to agree to pay for them. But I've worn them on every single ride in the last few years and wouldn't think of going out without them. For me it was 100% S2s but whatever works, use them.
Does anyone who has been riding for more than say, 10 years, really want a bike with internal cable routing? Is a cable-less bike a thing many experienced riders are striving for? I guess we will just wait for AXS brakes.
Interesting. I have Ventures in the 40mm variant on my bike and I have a real love-hate relationship with them. Those squirrelly little spines are super flexible and are terrifying to lean on for road cornering, off road too TBH. They are great on wet gravel. I can't wait for the weather to improve so I can swap them for something else.
I heard a roadie say "you can always tell a mountain biker because they only ever ride the hoods". I started immediately trying to use the flats and drops more. I ride the flats most of the time now.
I'm with you on that. My gravel bike is a lot like Cooper's Bjorn. It's basically 90s 71-73 geometry but with 1x and road bike everything else and biggish tires (though not nearly as big as some I've seen). I love the places I go with this bike. Tying together points on the map, mostly connecting urban green spaces with gravel and parks. But my limit is way closer to the road than trail. As soon as it's much rougher than basic gravel I start whining for my other bikes. Besides I ride my gravel bike to spin out and roll around my thoughts and I can't do that when I'm getting banged around. I have mountain bikes for that.
I've recently come to accept that beyond this bike is hardly the terrain that demands my 160mm enduro rig. I really should dial up my hardtail to cover this kind of riding :)
Every reader of this fine website probably does research like this a couple of times a year. It's kind of amazing actually.
If you're going upgrade from the standard Avid Centerline rotors (1.85mm) to the new Avid HS2 rotors (2.0 mm) I'm thinking I may as well go to the TRP R1 (2.3mm). If we're splitting hairs I want it all: 220mm rotors front and rear and max rotor thickness.
If you try other tires and under the same conditions you can't get them to turn as well, roll as well or offer comparable traction, even after a reasonable amount of experimentation with pressure, sealant and body position/technique. Then yeah, if you've changed nothing else, it's the tires. The scientific method my dude.
I so strongly disliked those Michelins, they're now on my backup bike, the one I never ride. And at this point there is zero reason to spend $100+ to prove you right or wrong. If anyone's found non-Maxxis options that work well for them then ride them!