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Old 09-24-2012, 12:31 PM   #25216
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Team - ErrinV is only a couple of votes behind. Please take a second and vote for him!
ErrinV - looks like you pulled it out w/ a little help from your friends?
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:37 PM   #25217
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:29 PM   #25218
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CP Jumps on the cross bike: 10sec on/50sec off. Repeat 5x then 5min off. Repeat that 2x more. Ugh my legs are tired. Total ride time: 1:30

I did notice that my buddy on the FS 29er had a much easier time with the rougher part of the course than I did. The second set was standing and I was hopping all over like I was on a pogo stick on one effort.

Easy day tomorrow. Cross workout again on Wed. This time on the Zipps I just glued some tires to. Gotta test em before this weekend's race. Yup. I've gone full poseur to race for the middle of the pack.

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Old 09-24-2012, 06:14 PM   #25219
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hmmm. bike came from factory with 4 spacers UNDER the stem and nothing on top except the top itself. the tube was cut so it was a mm or two below the top of the clamp on the stem. I was thinking I'd want at least a thin spacer below the clamp and above the headset, but not above the clamp and below the cap. but OK.
When you tighten the stem, it doesn't tighten concentric (perfectly round). When you cut your steerer, cut it where it sits just below the top of whatever spacer you put on top of the stem. This will allow your cap to sit perfectly centered and flat.

If you run no spacer on top of the stem, you'll preload the headset and, then, tighten the stem. Many times, as the stem becomes non-concentric, it'll try and squeeze the cap out of the top of the stem. This will change the preload (making it tighter). Also, the cap will have a tendency to not sit level. Bottom line is that it becomes a PITA to get everything to properly seat, as it should, without a spacer on top of the stem.
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:43 PM   #25220
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ahhh, that makes perfect sense.

ok, I'll get me a nice skinny black 5mm when i'm done with trying out fits. 10mm sticking up is kinda fugly. also rescued the (almost) straight bars off my old bentup bike, and plan to measure to verify they will fit the brifters and grips....

the new bike has these "ergo" grips that are like flat on top, something like these...



haven't decided yet if I like them or not. if not, its back to Ourys
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:54 PM   #25221
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the new bike has these "ergo" grips that are like flat on top, something like these...


My GF and I run those, on our MTBs. We, both, have hand and elbow problems and those grips help, with our issues.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:24 PM   #25222
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My GF and I run those, on our MTBs. We, both, have hand and elbow problems and those grips help, with our issues.
ok, I'll give them a go. my very limited driveway loops, I can already tell they are quite sensitive to being rotated to just the right position. the ones on this bike are just molded rubber, held in place by friction, but I see Ergon and others make nicer ones with a clamp.

i'm hoping Thursday to get the go-ahead from my doc to start riding more seriously so I can start tweaking my ergos as the 300 foot loops around my driveway just aren't enough to really tell what fits me.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:30 PM   #25223
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ok, I'll give them a go. my very limited driveway loops, I can already tell they are quite sensitive to being rotated to just the right position. the ones on this bike are just molded rubber, held in place by friction, but I see Ergon and others make nicer ones with a clamp.
That they are.

We have the Ergon GP1 models.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:38 PM   #25224
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ErrinV - looks like you pulled it out w/ a little help from your friends?
Just saw that, on the Salsa FB page.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:42 PM   #25225
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We have the Ergon GP1 models.
Same here, love'm.

I loosened them just a bit so they could move with some force, rode around for a while to find the sweet spot, adjusted them accordingly and then tightened them down for good.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:34 PM   #25226
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:39 PM   #25227
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ErrinV - looks like you pulled it out w/ a little help from your friends?
Yep! We did it Gerry! I say we because there is no way, NO WAY, I could've done this alone. In the end every single vote counted and I really appreciate everyone that took the time to vote. There was only a difference of 5 votes! That's insane!

I may not be riding the moto much but the spirt of ADVrider is strong in me. Between brevets, riding the Great Divide and soon to be Alaska, the feeling I get on the bike is the same I get riding with you guys. Thanks for everything.

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Old 09-24-2012, 10:39 PM   #25228
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That they are.

We have the Ergon GP1 models.
oooh, I'm gonna have to find a store that has these so I can try them out for size on my big hands.

http://www.ergon-bike.com/us/en/product/gp3


I tried clamp-on mountain bike bar-ends on my stumpie FSR, and didn't like them, they were just too wide with the bars on that bike, but the straight bars I use on my hybrid are a fair bit narrower... but these look like they could be a nice alternative to dropbars for having alternate hand positions.
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:49 AM   #25229
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Thanks for the kind words and encouragement.

So, in a fit of semi boredom, I decided to do my 30 mile route again (it's been weekly so far, but it's only been five days since the coyotes.) I see quite a few of you guys ride a lot more than once a week. Even decided to do it backwards, and while i'd try to achieve my target 15mph/ avg, it'd be more of an easy spin. We mashers don't really know what that is but there's no harm in trying. And variety would alleviate boredom.

As I said before, my normal route has a pretty long gradual uphill about a quarter of the way in, and the last bit is a slight downhill. Well, turns out the first quarter is also downhill, as I was to discover to my chagrin. Going backwards meant I started with a long gradual uphill, with one steep incline that had me in the second lowest gear ratio and unable to capitalise on the decline after that (this is 3 miles into my ride mind you) and I had to keep shifting around in the seat coz my boys were not comfortable no matter what I did.

Going backwards opened my eyes to the fact that there's two uphill quarters, and one downhill half. Feast or famine then. I wasn't as proficient at changing gears to maintain a spin and found myself mashing several times. Time was a respectable 2:19 for 30.5 miles. 13.1 mph average, a regression from my previous time, but considering I nearly burnt myself out in the first 5 miles and was fighting gravity the entire last quarter i'm happy with it.

No coyotes. But ghetto bird was overhead when I left, and the next block over was cordoned off when I got back.

I think i'll stick to my normal route, which allows me to bump up the average right at the beginning before the long uphill slog. But at least it rewards me with a downhill last section to make up time.
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:07 AM   #25230
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ahhh, that makes perfect sense.

ok, I'll get me a nice skinny black 5mm when i'm done with trying out fits. 10mm sticking up is kinda fugly. also rescued the (almost) straight bars off my old bentup bike, and plan to measure to verify they will fit the brifters and grips....

the new bike has these "ergo" grips that are like flat on top, something like these...



haven't decided yet if I like them or not. if not, its back to Ourys
Things'll fit. That's one standard that hasn't changed in the time I've been riding bicycles. Diameters at the stem have changed a few times, but the ends of the bars are still the same.

AFA the grips: Buddy of mine has some on his bike. Says you have to play with the orientation to get em set up where they hit your hand right

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