Bicycle thread

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. zouch

    zouch part-time wanderer

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    yeah, just trying to figure out what problem it solves that makes it worth $1K,...

    as it is, i typically only use one finger most of the time now anyway, and have the option of that being any one of 3; this seems like it would eliminate that choice of which finger to use, which might be OK in places that only have elevation changes in the double-digit range... (no pun intended!).



  2. zouch

    zouch part-time wanderer

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    obviously not a true statement; clearly there are people who will buy anything, for "reasons" real or imagined.


  3. zouch

    zouch part-time wanderer

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    of course if those "racers" were truly good, people would be *giving* them bikes,... clearly, buying new equipment isn't getting those guys there. :rofl

    most of the serious racers i knew that were just outside the level of being good enough to have equipment given to them were too busy racing and training to be able to afford buying new stuff monthly or even annually, and were scraping to keep an econobox running well enough to get to the next race. the guys that are busy supporting the bicycling industry typically weren't the guys winning races.


  4. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    I broke my second set of sunringle flats a couple weeks ago, looking for a replacement in the $75 range. I have big feet, the more real estate the better.
  5. zouch

    zouch part-time wanderer

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    pretty bad comparison; there's not likely to be any place in your equipment that can make as big of a difference in performance as your wheels, due to the rotating weight.

    you can spend many multiples more on other parts of the bike that won't make anywhere near as much perceived difference as a good set of lighter wheels will provide.


  6. zouch

    zouch part-time wanderer

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    while i can understand replacing something that's not working as well as you'd like, i have to question the shops that are giving you a story like that considering that 3x(5-6-7-8-9-10) has been working well in places that have elevation changes in the multiple thousands of feet for decades already... could it be they just don't have the experience setting the stuff up properly?

    or,.. i don't suppose either of those shops sell the 1x10 setup, hmm? :lol3


  7. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    As far as I was concerned, 3 x 7 had plenty of gears for riding the mtns around VA Tech. I thought having that granny ring was the shiznit compared to what I had to push (7sp @ 39 x 24) on my road bike. :nod

    Then I went 8 and had a 16 AND a 23. Man o man was I in high cotton then!

    9, 10, and now 11 aren't nearly as important as that step from 7 to 8 gears in the back. :nah

    re the frame: ...and I don't see how I can get any slower than I am now. :nah Only way to go is up!

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  8. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.

    That being said I have experienced riders getting a new charge out of a new frame (even a used frame new to them), a new set of a wheels, a new pair of shoes, or a new crankset.

    It probably is purely mental, but if that get's them up a few minutes early or on the bike after a shitty day at work when they'd usually say, 'sod this.' then, who can bitch?

    I surely look like a the BIGGEST fred out there with my Dura-Ace and high Castelli shorts on Sidi Genius. I have a new Eddy Merckx frame with a Campy headset and crank that I can't even bring myself to build yet because I'm so out of shape.

    At least I'm having fun with it.
  9. Oznerol

    Oznerol Motion Enthusiast

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    +1

    I'm not nearly as willing to spend money on bike bits as I used to be, but the mini-dogpile on Aurelius over this has been pretty lame to watch.
  10. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    If I lived in Florida, right now, I wouldn't need a new drivetrain to get me out of bed. I'd be out there with "Aurelius", as he's got great weather and even better trails. Besides, someone's gotta' buy the new stuff that I can't. And, I'm curious how it works out.
  11. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    In the end, this is all that matters.
  12. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Agreed

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  13. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    Neither of these shops are pushing the SRAM 1x11 setup. Most people these days seem to be running a 2x10. Local racers seem to favor a 1x10. My 3x10 always suffered from cross-chaining, but never as badly as it does when climbing very steep hills. Many times I found myself on the trail fiddling with the barrel adjusters to try and fix it, but it never goes away completely, and the fix is at best a temporary one. Another problem with my Superfly 100 is that it simply refuses to switch into the smallest gear in back when I'm out there riding it. It will when the bike is up on a stand, but not when it's being ridden. One of the techs tells me that it has to do with how the cable is routed, which causes it to go slack when the rear suspension is compressed. I'll be glad to see all this, and other more minor problems go away once the 1x11 system is installed. :1drink
  14. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    Damned straight! 75F today and through the weekend. Can't wait to do all the red trails at Santos again. :clap

    I've already got people lining up to test ride my bike once it has the XX1 system installed, including a couple of racers. Apparently mine will be the first bike in the area to have it. The local Trek and Niner dealer has asked me if I'd be willing to lend it to them for an evaluation. Right, it's not like I'm going to be riding it or anything. :rofl
  15. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    I never said it would. Like some others here, you seem intent on arguing against claims I never made. :dunno
  16. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Jesus H Christ - let it go will ya :deal

    Why did you even post that you were rich enough to splash out on some super duper components if you didn't want feedback from guys in this thread who clearly have more experience than you ?

    My God you take the joy right of cycling sometimes...
  17. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Hence the dogpile

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  18. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    ...yup. :norton
  19. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    You should realize my post was just an attempt to dangle that $1K brake system in front of a certain inmate to improve his "lap times", thus improving his KOM status.:evil With the extra speed that's gonna come with the XX1, he's gonna need better brakes, right?:deal
  20. ducnut

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    My GF's first road bike has a Shimano triple on it. No amount of fiddling will get it to run clean and quiet. That bike has been relegated to the trainer, anyway. Her MTB had a SRAM triple on it. I pulled the big ring and installed a bash guard. Triple or not, that bike always shifts clean and runs quiet. I can remember riding a Specialized Roubaix with SRAM Rival, for the first time. It was a revelation, compared to all my Shimano stuff. I no longer own anything with Shimano. The aforementioned road bike and her tri bike are the only bikes she has with Shimano. I can't justify switching them over, for no more than they get ridden.

    To get the rear derailluer to shift to the smallest cog, it would need to be slack/no tension. Maybe, he meant the cable gets pulled, when the suspension compresses. Also, when a drivetrain is loaded, it'll many times react differently than on the stand. My first road bike was that way (Shimano-go figure). Hopefully, this will all work out for you. :thumb