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The Shop

Working title… At the beginning of 2022 I moved out to East Texas to take care of my disabled veteran pops and in the process inherited an absolute mess of a two acre property. Settled on the property is a 24 foot by 24 foot metal building that was used as a personal vehicle repair shop for my dad back in it’s prime; however, these days it’s just filled from wall to wall with old…

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Bikepacking Cycling Gravel Race

The Bikepacker’s Guide to Spinisty’s Dallas2Austin Stage Race 2022

Intro Bike Check Pack List Question & Answer Introduction Ignore the title, I’m a fraud. I’m am not qualified to call myself a “bikepacker” nor am I qualified to guide anyone… in any form or fashion… in any subject. BUT, it’s a good title amirite? Anyway… this is my first “bikepacking” adventure, as far as sleeping on the dirt every night goes, and it just so happens to be a four hundred and fiftyish mile…

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2018 Cannondale F-Si Carbon 5 AKA Slimer

Buyers Remorse and Incessant Complaining I bought this 2018 Cannondale F-Si Carbon 5 the other day (October 2021) for $1,500 and immediately began regretting my decision. I initially offered $1,200, but the seller insisted that he had to get $1,500 out of the deal, so I caved on impulse decision and went and picked it up the same evening. I was under false impressions that it was a better model (carbon 2) due to the…

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J&L 10g Ultra Light Seat Post Clamp Failure

Well, 2500 miles later and I have my first J&L failure. When I initially purchased this clamp I didn’t read the title very well and assumed that the entire clamp was made from titanium. This is not the case. The clamp is made of aluminum and the bolt is titanium. Either way, the lower front band snapped the other day. The listing is no longer on eBay, however, the seller is still there. Here is…

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Cycling

DIY Pro Race Bike Stand

Ah, the old “pro” race bike stand. People will finally stop screeching at me in the YouTube comments about how I clamp… or don’t clamp my carbon fiber frames. After analyzing actual “pro” bicycle work stands such as the Park Tool Team Issue ($339.95!!!) and Feedback Sports’s Sprint Stand ($294.99!!!) I realized that there isn’t much to these over priced bike stands. The unfortunate news is, this designed to alter Aldi’s Bikemate Bike Work Stand…

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ZTTO 54T Ratchet Upgrade for DT SWISS 350/240/180 Hubs

Woof! I’m not here to debate the oh-so-controversial “degrees/points of engagement”, but I am here to offer you a cheaper more affordable Chinese solution for your DT Swiss 350/240/180 hubs if you are a believer in the effectiveness of increased engagement points/decreased degree of engagement. I also want to say that I do not own a DT Swiss 54T upgrade so I cannot directly compare the two, all of the information is based on DT…

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DIY Indoor Trainer Rocker Plate

What is a Rocker Plate? In essence, a Rocker Plate is a device which allows the trainer and bike to tilt from side to side, more accurately simulating the real life motion of riding a bike. Proponents say it increases comfort and makes long rides more forgiving on those sensitive parts of the anatomy that may be otherwise get a bit of a hard time. https://zwiftinsider.com/rocker-plates-phenomenon/ That’s a quote I stole from Zwift Insider because…

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A Note On Two Piece Rear Derailleur Hangers

I have made several comments on some of my YouTube videos in regard to LightCarbon’s stock rear derailleur hanger for their gravel frame LCG-010-D. Since then I’ve been getting a few questions asking to clarify what I mean by this. This article aims to answer some of those questions. Let’s start from the beginning. LightCarbon sent me a two piece rear derailleur hanger with the purchase of my LCG-010-D gravel frame (fig. 1). This a…

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Cycling Gravel Travel

Katy Trail Preparation

With bicycle racing taking a hit in 2020 a few friends and I decided to knock a multi-day bicycling trip off of all of our bucket lists. The initial planned crew consisted of myself, Khanh, Aldo and Khuong; however, last minute tooth issues prevented Khuong from attending. This was a proving ground for me personally as I had been wanting to test my own fitness on the bike with multiple back to back days on…

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Cycling Gravel Interests

Cuttin’ Up: LightCarbon.com’s LCG-010-D Gravel Frame

Ayyyee. You might have traveled here from this video below. I have posted the high-resolution photos below for your inspection. If you’re in the DFW area and offer NDT services please send me an email: ndt@andrewgrabbs.com LightCarbon.com LCG-010-D Gravel Frame Specifications Frame Lightcarbon addict best carbon gravel bike frame             Material High modulus Toray T700  carbon fiber Size 58 (cm) Fork Lightcarbon specify carbon fork Headtube Tapered 1 1/8”- 1…

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