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Old 02-06-2013, 06:27 AM   #27136
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Jumping the gun by a month or so but does anyone know what channel/s the Spring classics are going to be aired here in the US? Flanders, Gent, Paris/Roubaix, L-B-L, etc... I'll be cheering for my favorite cokehead!!
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:30 AM   #27137
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If they're not on Versus, they will be on EuroSport which is available for streaming via www.cyclingfans.com (and a few other sites)

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Old 02-06-2013, 06:38 AM   #27138
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If they're not on Versus, they will be on EuroSport which is available for streaming via www.cyclingfans.com (and a few other sites)

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Old 02-06-2013, 06:45 AM   #27139
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Hurry up Sunday March 10th!!!

1) That is my oldest daughter's birthday, and I like giving her gifts. She is still young enough to be excited about stuff.

2) Daylight savings time!!! Much easier to ride after work when I can see where I am going (MagicShine's got 'nothin on the Sun)!
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:54 AM   #27140
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When do you figure that picture was taken?
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:09 AM   #27141
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I was at the LBS the other day and a leftover C-dale Synapse Carbon Rival caught my eye. Anyone have any experience/opinions on this bike? I read some online reviews, and a few mentioned that standing up and hammering can get the chainstays flexing and bouncing, but only a few reviews mentioned this. Most of the reviews talked about it being lightweight and comfortable, both qualities I'm looking for...

Also, the bike is equpped with Mavic's Aksium Wheel-Tire-System. Anyone know anything about this? If I don't lke the tires can I just swap them out without issue?
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:14 AM   #27142
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When do you figure that picture was taken?
If I had to guess, it'd be 30s. No derailleurs on the bikes that I see.

Re: that c-dale. The Synapse is C-dale's answer to the Roubaix. Probably not the stiffest thing on the road, but it'll be an 'all-day ride' kind of bike. AFA the wheels, there's nothing proprietary about em. Wear out the tires that come with the bike and get something else if you don't like em.

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Old 02-06-2013, 01:12 PM   #27143
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Since Cav's at it again: snarky article about him and Bernie Eisel

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Old 02-06-2013, 02:11 PM   #27144
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If I had to guess, it'd be 30s. No derailleurs on the bikes that I see.

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Old 02-06-2013, 02:30 PM   #27145
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Funny and cool DIY repair kit instructions.

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Old 02-06-2013, 04:27 PM   #27146
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I was at the LBS the other day and a leftover C-dale Synapse Carbon Rival caught my eye. Anyone have any experience/opinions on this bike? I read some online reviews, and a few mentioned that standing up and hammering can get the chainstays flexing and bouncing, but only a few reviews mentioned this. Most of the reviews talked about it being lightweight and comfortable, both qualities I'm looking for...

Also, the bike is equpped with Mavic's Aksium Wheel-Tire-System. Anyone know anything about this? If I don't lke the tires can I just swap them out without issue?
My buddy has the exact bike and loves it. The black/light blue combo looks killer.

I wouldn't sweat what the magazines say. Apparently, all the staff can flex anything. If it's compliant, it's unbalanced and doesn't precisely handle. If it's stiff, then, it's harsh. Screw 'em. Jump on that thing and take it for a good long ride. Only you know what you feel and like.

As Gummee! mentioned, there's nothing proprietary about that wheel/tire setup. Wear 'em out.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:29 PM   #27147
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:31 AM   #27148
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Re: that c-dale. The Synapse is C-dale's answer to the Roubaix. Probably not the stiffest thing on the road, but it'll be an 'all-day ride' kind of bike. AFA the wheels, there's nothing proprietary about em. Wear out the tires that come with the bike and get something else if you don't like em.

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My buddy has the exact bike and loves it. The black/light blue combo looks killer.

I wouldn't sweat what the magazines say. Apparently, all the staff can flex anything. If it's compliant, it's unbalanced and doesn't precisely handle. If it's stiff, then, it's harsh. Screw 'em. Jump on that thing and take it for a good long ride. Only you know what you feel and like.

As Gummee! mentioned, there's nothing proprietary about that wheel/tire setup. Wear 'em out.
Ok, thanks for the comments. I figure it would slot in nicely between my caad 8 and the Vaya, although the caad 8 probably wouldn't see much use anymore if I get the Synapse. The shop offered to set the bike up on a trainer to try it out. Too much white crap on the ground for a real test ride now...
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:17 AM   #27149
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Ok, thanks for the comments. I figure it would slot in nicely between my caad 8 and the Vaya, although the caad 8 probably wouldn't see much use anymore if I get the Synapse. The shop offered to set the bike up on a trainer to try it out. Too much white crap on the ground for a real test ride now...
That's about right. Gonna ride softer than the CAAD and stiffer than the Vaya. As much as the 'laterally stiff, vertically compliant' thing gets pooh-poohed by the 'experts' C-dale and SpecialHuffy have gotten it right with their 'endurance' bikes.

My Roubaix was as stiff side-side as a Tarmac but rode oh so nicely. If I could find a team version with the Tarmac sized head tube, I'd buy another.

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Old 02-07-2013, 06:39 AM   #27150
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Got the opportunity to test ride the 2013 Specialized Epic S-Works 29er recently. OMG. Handling is razor sharp, and the 'Brain' equipped suspension system makes it feel every bit as rigid as a road bike until a big enough bump activates an inertial valve, allowing the suspension to compress. I must have spent close to an hour riding over various obstacles and making suspension adjustments to see how each one affected the bike. By the time I finally got back to the store I half expected that they'd already called the police to report a theft. At a non-negotiable price of $10,000, it definitely won't be following me home though.

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