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Old 08-06-2012, 06:36 AM   #24781
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:56 AM   #24782
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The girl actually working on the bike however
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:58 AM   #24783
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The girl actually working on the bike however
I was thinking the same thing!
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:08 AM   #24784
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One thing I don't care for on my Vaya is the disc brakes. They're powerful, but noisy as hell. It sounds like a garbage truck hauling itself up to a stop. People turn to look to see what all the racket is about.
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I think that all depends on the brake and rotor combo. I've used the Avid Mech's and they aren't too loud, and hydraulic's can be nice and quiet. On my commuter, though, I have Avid Mech's with low end Shimano center lock rotors. Had to used those rotors for caliper clearance and they sound (and feel) like a bag of rocks... Maybe they just need to break in better. There's only a couple hundred miles on them.
MY MTB brakes (Avid Elixer CR) are noisy, too. Yet, my GF's MTB (Avid Elixer), with the same pad/rotor combo is whisper quiet. I've cleaned my rotors and sanded the pads. It starts out quiet, but, ends up back to the same noise. I'm just running it, the way it is.

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Are the drop bar lever disk brakes getting any better? I always heard the leverage kinda sucked.
A local LBS told me the same thing, but, has proven unfounded. They just feel different than rim brakes.

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And they make sense on the Vaya as it's a more touring oriented bike, but I think they're probably overkill on a roadbike
Not at all. In the mountains, loaded up, or in crappy weather, they're the only way to go. Much more consistent, less maintenance, and never have to worry about fade.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:38 AM   #24785
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"MY MTB brakes (Avid Elixer CR) are noisy, too. Yet, my GF's MTB (Avid Elixer), with the same pad/rotor combo is whisper quiet. I've cleaned my rotors and sanded the pads. It starts out quiet, but, ends up back to the same noise. I'm just running it, the way it is."

Could be an alignment issue. I know most calipers have those dished washer to allow them to be aligned properly. Maybe try setting adjusting them, or take is a step further and have the mounts faced at you local bike shop. If it's the rear brake specifically, maybe it's some harmonic frequency the frame helps produce. I think that's more likely with a steel frame, though.

Of course, a little grease on the rotors will quiet those brakes right down
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:23 AM   #24786
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Of course, a little grease on the rotors will quiet those brakes right down
I knew a guy when I was in high school who wd40'd the rims of his Trek road bike to quiet them down.
When he realized his mistake, as he was riding the bike, he wound up sticking his finger into the spokes and breaking it trying to wipe the rims off.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:50 PM   #24787
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When he realized his mistake, as he was riding the bike, he wound up sticking his finger into the spokes and breaking it trying to wipe the rims off.
Did he ride in the tour de france this year?
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:57 PM   #24788
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re discs on road bikes, years ago I toured 1000s of miles on a heavily loaded road/touring bike with conventional campagnolo sidepulls and never had any problems stopping, even coming down long mountain grades. emergency braking at high speeds, etc. tire traction was a bigger problem. using the right brake pads, keeping them properly adjusted, and keeping the rims clean from rubber build up was the most important factor.

disks rock on a mountain bike when you're in the mud and stuff, no question. anywhere else I think they are pretty silly... ok, on a touring tandem where you're north of 300 lbs (2 riders + bike), yeah discs would rock (old school tandems would sometimes run dual braking systems, with a drum hub brake for slowing, and cantilever rim brakes for stopping).
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:33 PM   #24789
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Prayers...friend down in Portland.

A friend of mine was severely injured in Portland today.

http://bikeportland.org/2012/08/06/c...ollision-75572

This is terrible news. Marilyn is a skilled rider, dedicated racer, experienced commuter and bike shop owner. She is very safety conscious and rides with lights and color day and night. She is tough as nails, and if anyone can recover from this, she will. She's already beaten cancer....she'll beat this also.
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:43 PM   #24790
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I hope She has a swift recovery, and is back on her bike asap! I'll send positive thoughts from VT!
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:11 PM   #24791
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I hope She has a swift recovery, and is back on her bike asap! I'll send positive thoughts from VT!
Thanks man....
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:57 AM   #24792
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Fat Tubeless

Here is a pic of the old Fat Chance, with the Stan's rim strips and Schwalbe TLR tubeless. Hopefully it will soften the hardtail ride a bit...
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:57 AM   #24793
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0500 - pollo gets his lazy ass on cyle and pedals to work.

0515 - arrival to work. Distance = 4.5 miles.

Told ya i was lazy.
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:19 AM   #24794
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0500 - pollo gets his lazy ass on cyle and pedals to work.

0515 - arrival to work. Distance = 4.5 miles.

Told ya i was lazy.
Yeah but that's an 18-mph average. Take the scenic route next time though.

I was up early and attempted to ride a few intervals. It was a very sad performance - still suffering from a sinus infection and the effects of the antibiotic.

When I finished the few that I attempted, I started home. A light caught me and as I started out from it, I was slowly increasing my speed when I caught a bike on my rear wheel. SOB had no headlight and I could barely make him out only because of the daybreak behind him.

OK - this is a nice long flat so I increased my speed to 25 and held it there. I'm not sure where he was dropped but when I hit the next light where I turn, he was't there.
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:29 AM   #24795
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