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Old 09-29-2013, 09:05 AM   #31351
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I got in 32 miles yesterday. Perfect riding weather. My KM is way down this month, life getting in the way and more rain. 420km

I LOVE the Clement tires, they ride great and handle good in gravel and rain. They are wearing great too.

I FINALLY made it down to 169lbs this morning

Taking the vstrom to the mountains tomorrow.
A big +1 on the Clement tires. 3 of my 4 bikes wear Clement rubber with the dedicated CX rig swapping the LAS file treads for Kenda Slant Sixes in the wet winter months. When the Kendas get used up, I'll be replacing them with some MXPs.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:26 AM   #31352
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Put in another 28 against my better judgement. Bottom bracket creaking, snapping and popping now. FSA... Fucking Special Accessories.
Have you tried removing the left pedal, clean up the thread on both surfaces - pedal and bottom bracket, re-install and torque to spec?

What FSA crank are you running? SL-K?

Can't remember if you mentioned it earlier.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:45 AM   #31353
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:54 AM   #31354
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A big +1 on the Clement tires. 3 of my 4 bikes wear Clement rubber with the dedicated CX rig swapping the LAS file treads for Kenda Slant Sixes in the wet winter months. When the Kendas get used up, I'll be replacing them with some MXPs.
Its funny that Clement has come out of the woodwork. I used Clement back in the days of silk sewups, they were the /only/ tire as far as I was concerned. Sewup prices went to the moon after they had a big fire in their factory in the 70s, and I ended up switching to clinchers, first the Michelin Elan, then later 700c. Nada peep of that name for 30 years. Apparently Pirelli bought them back in the 80s, and they rapidly sank into obscurity, until an American firm, Donnelly Sports, bought them in 2010 and revived the brand, making the tires in Thailand. The only "Donnelly Sports" I can find anything about is a team uniform reseller, doesn't seem to be any connection.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:57 AM   #31355
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Have you tried removing the left pedal, clean up the thread on both surfaces - pedal and bottom bracket, re-install and torque to spec?

What FSA crank are you running? SL-K?

Can't remember if you mentioned it earlier.
Yes, SL-K light.

I have had a shop pull it apart and then I did it myself just yesterday morning. I bought the tools to remove the bottom bracket cups and the crank arm is self extracting. The noise sounds like the cups are loose in the frame but I can assure they are not. It took every ounce of arse I had to remove them. The shop threw them back in with Loctite but I cleaned all that up and reinstalled with grease. I swapped pedals early on to make sure it wasn't the pedals, which do have a small amount of play in them. (Look Keo Max with about 600 miles on them). It's not the pedals. It has to be in the bearings.

I have the Dura Ace chainset and the bottom bracket and new chain sitting in the shop awaiting install. If you want the SL-K crank let me know. I am getting a return shipping authorization from FSA for the bottom bracket cups and mailing them back to FSA along with 30 lbs of gravel.

The chainset is compact. I guess if the hollow spindle is coming loose from the crankarm that could be the creaking and popping.

I was considering upgrading the Merckx to an ultra torque chainset but I think I'll leave the square taper bottom bracket installed. Using a wave washer as a means to set preload seems pikey to me. But maybe that's just me.

Post some more photos of your rides, Inyang. We've been waiting.
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:02 AM   #31356
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Its funny that Clement has come out of the woodwork. I used Clement back in the days of silk sewups, they were the /only/ tire as far as I was concerned. Sewup prices went to the moon after they had a big fire in their factory in the 70s, and I ended up switching to clinchers, first the Michelin Elan, then later 700c. Nada peep of that name for 30 years. Apparently Pirelli bought them back in the 80s, and they rapidly sank into obscurity, until an American firm, Donnelly Sports, bought them in 2010 and revived the brand, making the tires in Thailand. The only "Donnelly Sports" I can find anything about is a team uniform reseller, doesn't seem to be any connection.

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Old 09-29-2013, 11:09 AM   #31357
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an american company selling thailand tires with italian branding. brilliant.
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Old 09-29-2013, 12:41 PM   #31358
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My Trek 1x9...
2X2 Cycles rack? I really want one for my V-Strom. It just irks me having to drive a car to a bike ride.
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Old 09-29-2013, 01:32 PM   #31359
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Completed the 3 Gap ~60 miler today...great ride and a great time with my brother. There were 2,500 other riders, and kick off was at 8:30. Very well run event with good SAG's and LEO support.



Perfect weather with a few killer climbs. Over 6,000 total feet climbed for the day crossing 3 mountain gaps.



Finished it up in a hair over 4 hours and 30 mins riding time...averaging ~13.5 mph. Not a blistering pace by any stretch, but we passed a few folks and had lots of laughs.



Can't wait to do it again.
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:34 PM   #31360
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Winchester Applecross today

Short short version: well that didn't go as planned. More news later. No. Nothing more serious than my legs not wanting to work.

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Old 09-29-2013, 04:59 PM   #31361
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Wolf pen gap

That woundn't be Wolf pen gap Rd, would it? great MC road,Of course there aren't many bad roads MC wise in that area. There used tobe a Moto only campground there where 180 hits 60 I heard it was not in business anymore.
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:36 PM   #31362
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That woundn't be Wolf pen gap Rd, would it? great MC road,Of course there aren't many bad roads MC wise in that area. There used tobe a Moto only campground there where 180 hits 60 I heard it was not in business anymore.
TWO-two wheels only in Suches, pretty sure it reopened.

On a lunch break in paint bank, VA I spotted three cyclists. One gentleman was riding a Renovo appalachain series. By far the most gorgeous bicycle I have ever seen. 99% certain that will be what I build at some point. It was a true work of art I cannot accurately describe the beauty.
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:39 PM   #31363
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That woundn't be Wolf pen gap Rd, would it? great MC road,Of course there aren't many bad roads MC wise in that area. There used tobe a Moto only campground there where 180 hits 60 I heard it was not in business anymore.
Same road...180. TWO is the campground and just re-opened.
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:13 PM   #31364
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TWO-two wheels only in Suches, pretty sure it reopened.

On a lunch break in paint bank, VA I spotted three cyclists. One gentleman was riding a Renovo appalachain series. By far the most gorgeous bicycle I have ever seen. 99% certain that will be what I build at some point. It was a true work of art I cannot accurately describe the beauty.
So I find you in this thread. Funny thing, I never noticed it until now. Ride this week? I knowi have a couple of ball games though.
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Old 09-29-2013, 07:25 PM   #31365
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Nicely done. You're an ironman.

How was the gearing, spot on?


Depends, near the end I was wishing for a 17 on the rear! I run 42c tires on that bike so the gearing may be closer to 41/16 or 39/15 on a SS with 23c tires. The 39/16 allows me to cruise comfortably at 20-23 mph on flat to rolling terrain, 25 starts to get busy and beyond that I start to bounce on the seat. I have 2 other SS road bikes (Trek T1 and 2nd District) but for some reason that old battle ax if my favorite.
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