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Old 05-08-2014, 09:02 AM   #33361
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I like the speed and lightness of the Roubaix, but if all I had to ride was that mountain bike that is what I ride.
That Roubaix is a sweet ride. I took one out for a long test ride last weekend. It did an amazing job of soaking up shocks and vibrations on even the worst brick paved roads. I really wish I could justify buying one, but I have too many bikes as it is.
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:43 PM   #33362
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I think you just answered your own question.
Funnily enough, I'm the same fat git when I ride my other bike that also has Mavic wheels (different model) with no issues at all...and it seems I'm not along judging by the response to my post. They just seem to be one of those things that seem a good idea but in (real-world) practice, are not.

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Old 05-08-2014, 12:46 PM   #33363
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I've got half a dozen sets of wheels I need to sell. PM me if you want more info.

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You may get to keep those wheels M....took it to the LBS (recently moved so first time there - they don't know me from jack) and they immediately said they'd submit a claim AND they moved my cassette over for nada. Two thumbs up from me
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Old 05-08-2014, 03:10 PM   #33364
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I'm dead. Who wants my stuff?!

Buddy B and I went out for a '3-4hr easy gravel ride.'

I shoulda knowd better

4.5hrs later AFTER going over a coupla nasty hills, we climb off the bikes at his place. If someone asks you if you want to climb Fiery Run Rd, the answer is NO!*

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*honestly is wasn't terribly steep, but it kept going and going and... it was all gravel!
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Old 05-08-2014, 03:29 PM   #33365
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Chain Length

What's the best way to figure out the correct chain length for a new chain install on a bike that didn't have a chain on it when I got it?

Use the biggest chainring and biggest cog an the freewheel and make sure the derailleur still has motion left is what I've always done. Not sure if that is what is best.

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Old 05-09-2014, 04:58 AM   #33366
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what does he intend on doing with it ? I took an older (1992) Trek 820 Antelope and put slicks on and changed the large ring to either 48 or 46 (would need to check) and commuted for a year on it. It had fenders and a rear rack and worked great for me. A mtn bike is going to be heavier if that doesn't bother your bud then should be no issues. I've ridden centuries and saw people on mtn bikes who finished without issue.
I rode iowa city iowa to grand rapids mi with a bunch of road bikers on my mtb...just slapped a set of 700c wheels with 25c tires and a set of drop bars and road crank and fork....



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Old 05-09-2014, 05:50 AM   #33367
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What's the best way to figure out the correct chain length for a new chain install on a bike that didn't have a chain on it when I got it?

Use the biggest chainring and biggest cog an the freewheel and make sure the derailleur still has motion left is what I've always done. Not sure if that is what is best.

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I just pull the chain tight over the biggest cog and CR and add two links.
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:16 AM   #33368
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I just pull the chain tight over the biggest cog and CR and add two links.
Leave out the derailleur!
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:39 AM   #33369
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Leave out the derailleur!
No, sorry, have the chain run through the drivetrain as it would be if you were riding. Pull it tight when it is shifted to the biggest front and rear (it doesn't really like being in that mode), pull it tight, add two links.
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:40 AM   #33370
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congrats! good choice!

i usually recommend people start out learning (or re-learning ) to ride rollers in a doorway so you can lean a shoulder, or later, an elbow against either side; keeps one from developing a tendency to favor one side or the other.

as always, have fun/be careful!



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I picked up some Kreitlers off Craigslist today.

After 20 years since the last time I rode a set, I appear to have forgotten how to do it....
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:49 AM   #33371
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on each of my bikes:
- pump
- at least one spare tube to fit bike
- patch kit (with patches and glue; remember to check the glue tubes, because they seem to dry in about a year even if they've never been opened!)
- multi-tool with all Allen keys the bike uses for minor fit adjustments and repairs.

the racy-bike has the most minimalistic of multi-tools, though it does include the Torx driver required for the Record brake pads.
any of the bikes that see trail time have a more extensive multi-tools that include chain tools.

each collection requires a different-sized bag to carry it, and all this stuff stays on each bike all the time so each bike is always ready to go.
the only exception is the Scorcher, on which i carry less (meaning CO2 instead of a pump), because it's usually only used for the closest of errands around town, and i can't get past the way a pump would look on that bike.



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Hey all,
Quick question.
What are you guys carrying for a tool kit on your road bikes? Looking for something to fit in a small saddlebag.
Thanks!
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:55 AM   #33372
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Davis Double?

anyone here going this year?

i'm scheduled to work Moto-Ham, though they may pull me back to work a regular SAG vehicle (since i can carry 2 bikes, including a tandem, and all the riders).

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Old 05-09-2014, 11:11 AM   #33373
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No, sorry, have the chain run through the drivetrain as it would be if you were riding. Pull it tight when it is shifted to the biggest front and rear (it doesn't really like being in that mode), pull it tight, add two links.
Ah, I sized my last one as Park Tools recommended:

http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-...-length-sizing

Largest cog and largest chainring, leaving out the derailleur, but adding two links.

I suppose there are many ways to skin a cat. And get the length of your chain right!

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Old 05-09-2014, 11:12 AM   #33374
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By the way, Park Tools website is an amazing resource for bicycle geeks!

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Old 05-09-2014, 11:39 AM   #33375
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Ah, I sized my last one as Park Tools recommended:

http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-...-length-sizing

Largest cog and largest chainring, leaving out the derailleur, but adding two links.

I suppose there are many ways to skin a cat. And get the length of your chain right!

-Simon
Yeah, if you think about it, a good derailleur shouldn't really eat up any chain when pulled tight. I may check it out sometime and see if there is any difference.
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