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    Cool PLP and Virtual Coffee Outside

    Path Less Pedaled is an online community built around bikepacking and touring, gravel biking, and ways to enjoy cycling in a noncompetitive world. Russ hosts a YouTube channel where he reviews touring bikes and gear, tells stories about both epic and not-so-challenging-but-amazing rides, and explores unconventional component variations in the Cave of Bad Ideas. He also showcases some of his drawings and even fly fishing adventures all done by bike. His partner Laura works for Adventure Cycling Association. They live in Montana.

    Web site: https://www.pathlesspedaled.com/

    YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaT...21yRK4seqq3-Sw

    There's hours and hours of entertainment on the YT channel, but also....

    This morning Russ held his first ever virtual Coffee Outside meetup, via Zoom. I attended with about 20 others from places far and wide. Some of the conversation was about how to lighten up the pandemic shutdown by connecting bikey people online. Russ is mulling over ideas on how to structure Zoom sessions around more focused topics and guest speakers, so it can be informative, fun, and typically casual.

    If you'd be interested in joining future virtual Coffee Outside gatherings, subscribe to the channel or get on the PLP email list.

    Side note: I recently bought one of the watercolors created in Saguaro National Park East, where they rode the same loop we drove on our visit to Arizona last November. Cactus are awesome . Here's the video of their ride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYxTxsx0d_Y

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    Thanks for this post. I like Russ and his channel, bingeing when work is slow. I wish I knew about that Zoom session, I might've joined

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    Quote Originally Posted by drevil View Post
    Thanks for this post. I like Russ and his channel, bingeing when work is slow. I wish I knew about that Zoom session, I might've joined
    Absolutely! He had just created a Zoom account, and floated today's meetup as a trial balloon to see how it would go and what kind of interest he'd get. I only received the invite last night. Based on a great conversation, there will definitely be more to come; I'll try to spread the word. It was really fun talking to them in person.

    Yeah, lots of great content to fill time, and keep on in the background while teleworking

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    This reminds me that I want to do a Coffee Outside down on the Anacostia when all this craziness is over.

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    Path Less Pedaled hosted a livestream last night, titled "Bikes and Bourbon." Russ invited some guests (GravelStoke, Bearclaw Bicycles, Spindatt, Angus and Jude Gerace) to a Zoom meeting, then livestreamed the conversation via YouTube where more casual observers could participate by asking questions in the comments. Lots of cool discussion about gravel bike technology, from small US businesses doing great work. While sipping the good stuff in front of a fireplace or on the front porch.

    I missed the whole thing, but the recording is on the YouTube channel here:
    https://youtu.be/NfFkQdbUy0s

    A great question was asked: "Biking is such a social activity, and so many bike shops hang their hat on being a community resource. What do you do now that you can't congregate?" Watch to see how people are building community around bikes today.

    There's another livestream coming up this week, Thursday April 2nd at 3:15 (Eastern). The topic is tire pressure, going down the rabbit hole and challenging notions about the right amount of air to support a comfortable ride ("Your tires are lying to you"). Guest Josh Poertner from Silca.
    https://youtu.be/WDgE8jXuk2U

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    Two livestream #CoffeeOutside things happening this week. Join the bike nerds!

    Thursday April 2nd at 3:15 PM
    Your tires are lying to you, discussing tire pressure with Josh Poertner from Silca
    https://youtu.be/WDgE8jXuk2U

    Friday April 3rd at 3:00 PM
    Small bike business advice, with Jude Gerace (formerly of Sugar Wheel Works)
    https://youtu.be/W6c8289TGQQ

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    Down the rabbit hole..... A couple tidbits from today's livestream with Josh Poertner, tire nerd extraordinaire. Josh serves pro athletes and teams and spends a lot of time deflating their tires

    Want to pick tires based on their rolling resistance? This site has all the data, collected through actual testing.
    How do your favorite tires rate? https://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/

    Want to know the perfect tire pressure for you and your bike setup? (Hint: Pumping up the tire to the specs written on the sidewall is the wrong answer.) Silca's Professional Pressure Calculator uses an algorithm validated by what worked for riders in the Paris-Roubaix and Dirty Kanza.
    Try it yourself: https://info.silca.cc/silca-professi...ure-calculator

    Did you know the C in 700c stands for "crochet" or hook? Want an explanation of hooked vs. hookless rims, and what the future holds there? What does "supple" really mean?
    Watch today's recording: https://youtu.be/WDgE8jXuk2U

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    Quote Originally Posted by ginacico View Post
    Down the rabbit hole..... A couple tidbits from today's livestream with Josh Poertner, tire nerd extraordinaire. Josh serves pro athletes and teams and spends a lot of time deflating their tires

    Want to know the perfect tire pressure for you and your bike setup? (Hint: Pumping up the tire to the specs written on the sidewall is the wrong answer.) Silca's Professional Pressure Calculator uses an algorithm validated by what worked for riders in the Paris-Roubaix and Dirty Kanza.
    Try it yourself: https://info.silca.cc/silca-professi...ure-calculator
    No option above 65 mm width.

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    Quote Originally Posted by consularrider View Post
    No option above 65 mm width.
    The reply I received: "Most of their data points are from the World Tour road teams. For wider tires maybe try to find a resource from the mtb world."

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    Quote Originally Posted by consularrider View Post
    No option above 65 mm width.
    Quote Originally Posted by ginacico View Post
    The reply I received: "Most of their data points are from the World Tour road teams. For wider tires maybe try to find a resource from the mtb world."
    Ha, are you kidding Consular? As a fellow fat biker, we know that there are three pressures:
    1. Draggy
    2. Bouncy
    3. Just right

    That last one is a window of .5psi at any point

    Not sure if you know who Mike Curiak is, but he wote up how he was running below 2 psi (but maybe more than 1 psi) on 5" wide tires

    He's a great bike adventurer, photographer, and writer: https://lacemine29.blogspot.com/2019...two-three.html

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