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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.
I hope so, but somehow doubt it.
It seems with every sport you get those who want to look the part, and those who are the part.
I've spent a lot of time snowboarding; I usually average 40 days or so a year. It's easy to spot the people who buy new stuff every year to ride 3 days. My take is a lot less cynical than some of the 'locals' up there though; I figure they're spending big bucks supporting the industry which in turn can sponsor bigger riders and push the sport, meaning more people will ride. If you want to go spend $1500 every year on new shit because you can, good on ya.... at least it's not a TV. Same for bikes, motorycles, hang gliders, whatever.
Back to bikes; I'm currently riding my $800 Rockhopper after I blew out my rear hub on my Giant Reign for a second time this year.
Having said I dismiss the people on the fancy stuff doesn't mean I don't want em to buy it. After all, I'm a cheap/broke SOB and they're going to go chasing after the newest and bestest and I can buy their 'leftovers' for half or less of new.
It took YEARS for me to upgrade to 10sp for this reason. (and years to upgrade from 7 to 8 and then again from 8 to 9...)
I don't see me in this, but this is Sunday's race:
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and people look at me crazy for jumping curbs, running single track, and going down 3 steps on a cross bike :huh
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so I've got a flatbar road bike (hybrid) that has 3x8 trigger shifting, and I'm thinking of converting it to a 2x9 or 2x10... i've been doing Shimano stuff for awhile, but I'm thinking maybe I should give Sram a try... I see on their website a Via GT and Via Centro gruppo of nearly exactly what I want, targetting city and trekking bikes, but I don't see those available online anywheres.
Whats the budget Sram road group I should use? A mix of Apex and S-series? I'm gonna need cranks (50-34 or 48-32 or so), shifters, cassette and derailleurs for this... and probably new wheels too (I assume I can't put a 9 or 10 speed cassette on a 8 speed freehub, eh? anyways, I eventually want to get nicer rims). The mountain groups all seem to have tiny front sprockets...
Those Via groupsets are new, to me. I've been looking at putting a 2X10 MTB (42/28) crankset on my 'cross. The Via crankset might be the way to go. Hmmm.
Give these guys a call, about the Via groupsets. They can quickly pull it up and give you a price.
I think S-series/Apex mix will be about the most budget-friendly way to go.
We currently run Apex (48/34 with 12-32, for me, and 46/38 with 12-36, for her) on both our bikes. It's solid, reliable stuff. We really like it. Both our MTBs are SRAM, too.
Damn... beat me to it! I just watched this from a friend's link and was just astounded! What makes it even more epic is that the bike he is riding is from the TdF winner Bradley Wiggins. :huh
Took some gopro when I was in Whistler, the angles didn't work out so well but what the hell?
<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/51037826" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/51037826">Whistler riding</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user12780107">Dave Weir</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
hmm, I don't see the Via stuff in QBP's 2012 catalog at all.
so, yeah, must be TOO new. ah well, I'm probably a year out from doing this upgrade.
Reminds me of the time I got SIX speeding tickets on the ride from Cardiff to London. I didn't pay a single one of them, but I wonder how much the total would have come to.
Are Shimano freehubs and SRAM cassettes fully interchangable, even in 10sp ?
do 10 speed cassettes fit on a 8 speed freehub ?
You *may* need a spacer behind the 10sp cassette, but those're easy to come by.
edited to add: as long as you're talking about Hyperglide cassettes and not Uniglide cassettes
yeah, stuff made in THIS century :)
With you I never know
"Gummee!" is correct, on the spacer. If the back of the cassette "spider" is flat, you'll need it. Otherwise, the "spider" will have a raised lip around the center hole, which eliminates the need for a spacer. If in doubt, your LBS can make a quick assessment.
I'm very bad about taking pictures during brevets. Luckily, John Lee Ellis was kind enough to post a few from the Last Chance 1200. From JLE,
The wet beginning. I'm on the far left and my buddy David is next to me:
The last turn before the finish line - three of us rode the last 35 miles together.
Now I know what 1200 km/750 miles in 85 hours feels like. I was damn happy to be out of my cycling shoes too.