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Old 02-23-2011, 03:31 PM   #18961
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Sweet, I will be doing something similiar with my old CAAD3 frame as well. Gonna go with a suspension fork, and make it a bikepacking bike. I am glad you asked too.
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:23 PM   #18962
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I'm glad I asked about this in this thread!
Someone mentioned headset reducers, so I looked into those, and while I was browsing those, I ran across suspension corrected rigid forks and a plan formulated. Here's the result:



Reducer was about $38, fork @ $67, cheapo stem @ $20, and $50 bucks for shop to install headset, fork, and cut steerer.

I figure I'll sand the scoring on the seat stays down to eliminate any stress risers, shoot a little paint on to prevent corosion, and I'll have a pretty decent runabout bike to cruise around on with the wife and kids.

Nice, looks good.
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:35 PM   #18963
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So the dood with the wheels comes back in this AM.

So I fired him as a customer. We don't need your business have a good day.

I'm still worked up about it, but the eventual net result of not having to kow-tow to that particular customer is gonna be worth it.

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Ouch, that sucks. I have had to fire a few customers before. It is never pretty.

One time a girl comes in and says she is going on a trip and she needs to pack her bike. She tried to loosen her pedals and can't seem to get them. So we loosen them up for her and leave the pedals in the crank arms and send her on her way.

She comes back a few days later with a stripped out crank arm. She starts claiming that the mechanics stripped the threads when they loosened the pedals. I ask her is she road the bike after we loosened the pedals and she says yes. I proceed to tell her that the pedals were loose because that is what she asked for and that she should have tightened them before riding.

She stuck to her guns and kept claiming that the mechanic ruined the threads when they loosened the pedal. I told her that I would replace he cranks if she could do one thing; go to any other bike shop in town and tell the mechanics there what happened, if you could find a mechanic that agreed with you, and would put it in writing, I will buy you a crank arm.

Needless to say she wrote a bunch of bad stuff about the shop on the internet and never came back.
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:15 PM   #18964
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Learned a new rule on Monday.

Never ride with your tights under your riding bibs. Had go out and buy some 4 pl super soft tp... Didn't really notice it until i took a shower. Man did that sting Good 35 though.

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Old 02-23-2011, 08:00 PM   #18965
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Knocked out 10 miles of singletrack in 53 minutes tonight. For the first time, I was able to hammer the entire hillclimb section in the middle chain ring. Just before the climb, I came up on a guy riding a single speed with basketball calfs. As soon as the trail got steep, he dropped me like a bad habit.
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:11 PM   #18966
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Learned a new rule on Monday.

Never ride with your tights under your riding bibs.
Not tights but funny...

A few years back I was riding a MTB tandem with my step daughter and pulling a trailer with my grand daughter in it trying to keep up with a roadie club on a 15 mile jaunt.

We were following a noob to cycling that just happened to take a shine to us about 3 weeks prior who had panties under her shorts and were cutting into her flesh leaving a crease on each butt cheek. As we were riding I told Jessica on the back something like "never wear panties under your bike shorts, it will rub you raw and it makes a girls butt look bad with panty lines" as I pointed to my new buddy.

After the ride Jessica went right up to her and told her word for word what I said. My blonde friend jokingly yelled at me and started laughing. The next weekend she came over and said "Hey Michael" and as she did, she spun around, bent over grabbing both ankles, looked between her legs and yelled "Look, no panty lines"! I about rolled off the tailgate of the truck laughing my butt off!!
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:18 PM   #18967
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Knocked out 10 miles of singletrack in 53 minutes tonight.

You had more fun than us, it was cold and 6" of snow. We left at 5:30 and 2 hours later we had only covered 10 miles of flat unplowed rail trails and some abandoned rail beds that thankfully, ATV's had turned into 2 packed ruts.

Was running a 32/21 gear on the 29r and was flat busted when we got home. Spring can't come fast enough up here
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:34 AM   #18968
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I agree, 25c

Gummee, Where in Va are you located and what team did you join?

I start my rides chilled (not cold) and make sure what ever you were can let some heat out. My jacket is windproof in the front and just spandex in the rear. Usually wear a long sleave undershirt with a jersey under that but when it gets below freezing I use a long sleave jersey. Nothing sucks more than freezing from your own sweat!

Heading off-road this evening, should be fun with 6 inches of white fluff


I agree, 25c
NoVA and Equipe somethingoranther. One of the guys that 'works' in the shop lives in France. Set up the team so he and his buddies can come over here and race USCF stuff. (or whatever they're called these days) So I figgered I'd join em and not hafta worry about intra-area 'political issues' on teams, etc.

Caught a case of the eff-its this AM. Skipped my ride. Still playing UW Hockey tonite, so the day's not a waste.

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Old 02-24-2011, 06:36 AM   #18969
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I'm glad I asked about this in this thread!
Someone mentioned headset reducers, so I looked into those, and while I was browsing those, I ran across suspension corrected rigid forks and a plan formulated. Here's the result:





Reducer was about $38, fork @ $67, cheapo stem @ $20, and $50 bucks for shop to install headset, fork, and cut steerer.

I figure I'll sand the scoring on the seat stays down to eliminate any stress risers, shoot a little paint on to prevent corosion, and I'll have a pretty decent runabout bike to cruise around on with the wife and kids.
If you want, find some 29er wheels and stick those on there with some 28c tires on em. Make a sorta-kinda OK 'road' bike too.

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Old 02-24-2011, 06:40 AM   #18970
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I believe I have one of those suspension corrected disc only 700c rigid forks in my garage if anyone is interested in getting one. I believe it only had 2 or 3 rides on it before I sold the bike with the original fork on it.

Comes in any color you want as long as it is black
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:32 AM   #18971
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You had more fun than us, it was cold and 6" of snow. We left at 5:30 and 2 hours later we had only covered 10 miles of flat unplowed rail trails and some abandoned rail beds that thankfully, ATV's had turned into 2 packed ruts.

Was running a 32/21 gear on the 29r and was flat busted when we got home. Spring can't come fast enough up here
Not to rub your nose in it, but daytime temps here haven't dropped below 60 for over a week. When its less than 40F, I wimp out and attend synchronized gerbil wheel, ahem, spin class.
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:57 AM   #18972
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If you want, find some 29er wheels and stick those on there with some 28c tires on em. Make a sorta-kinda OK 'road' bike too.

Home-made Bad Boy

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A few years ago, I ran some Conti sport contacts, 26x1.5 I think, on the street, it was pretty fun. I'm actually really impressed with the Conti Traffics that are on now. They have a really tight tread pattern and they roll really smooth. I think they're better for gravel trails and roads than the sport contacts were, but they're not really suited for anything other than hardpack offroad.

I've got a smaller set of cage pedals that I'm going to put on, those huge platform pedals look kind of out place on it, right now.
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:43 PM   #18973
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Not to rub your nose in it, but daytime temps here haven't dropped below 60 for over a week. When its less than 40F, I wimp out and attend synchronized gerbil wheel, ahem, spin class.
Rub Rub Rub...

Tomorrows weather report...

Snowfall amounts by Friday afternoon of 6 to 10 inches will be
possible. A few locations may see amounts approaching a foot.
Winds will also increase by Friday morning to at least 15 to 25
mph with gusts to 35 mph. This will cause blowing and drifting of
the snowfall.
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:01 PM   #18974
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Fack, it's going to be -30c here tomorrow without the wind.

Spring cannot arrive too soon.
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:33 PM   #18975
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Yes, tomorrow's weather looks tough for riding here too...

"Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain. Highs 55 to 60. Light winds becoming west 15 mph with gusts to 25 mph in the afternoon. Chance of measurable precipitation 20 percent."

I might need long sleeves and some sorta windbreaker. Perhaps even *gasp* something more than just bike shorts.

Agreed, spring can not arrive fast enough.
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