Bicycle thread

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

  1. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    I know what you mean. We've got some pretty serious climbs around here. Some of the hills have slopes of as much as 1%, and it's pretty scary coming down them. :eek1
  2. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    Yeah, but I'm not racing; my objective is to be able to pedal efficiently at a pace I can manage for long periods of time. For the way I'm riding these days, I'm spending most of my day at 6mph climbing up some 6+% grade or dropping down the other side on my way to the next climb. Saturday's ride was unusual for us as the last 30 miles only had some smaller hills to get over, followed by about 5 or 6 miles of straight up flatland paceline work.

    I'm riding 150 - 180 a week now, so I need a bike that's easy to ride for long periods. Let me say that brake fade on a 17% descent totally sucks, especially when it's a long technical descent like we get off of Mt. Diablo, Tam or Hamilton. I'll carry that weight up the hill to keep me on the hill on the descent. :lol3
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    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    :lol3
  4. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Long descents and rain? I would recommend discs.:deal
  5. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    You need a Volagi or Roubaix or Synapse or the new C59

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  6. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Me too actually. Certainly NOT carbon clinchers.

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    (and yes, I know you're being sarcastic)
  7. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Did you think I was referring to wheels and not brakes?:huh Oops. The fatality and other bad crashes of the century ride a week ago had me thinking DISC BRAKES might have saved the day.:cry
  8. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    Yeah, definitely. The Volagi is really interesting to me. They're made in Santa Rosa, about a half hour from my house. I saw a guy riding one on the Grizzly Peak Century last week and he was talking about how he just loves it. He says that he can sail up to a corner and brake with greater finesse, which I thought was interesting. The seat stays on that bike are pretty spectacular, too. He had an earlier model, but was going to trade up for one of the new ones, just moving all his running gear over to the new frame.

    It's kind of late in the season for me to swap bikes, given that I'm two months from the Death Ride, but I think a disc brake equipped bike, built more for endurance riding than racing, is going to be in my future. I love my Colnago Ace, don't get me wrong, but I feel like it's kind of like Triumph at the end of the 60s. Great stuff, but something big is going to change here really quickly. Maybe not next year, but likely the year after I'll be looking at a new bike. My decision will be whether to go with another CF bike or look at a custom fab titanium frame like a Seven, Strong or Moots. A guy on my team has a CF/Ti Seven and it's absolutely artwork. On the GPC, I saw a CF/Ti frame that had a latticework Ti toptube with a CF tube inserted inside of it. OMFG. :drif
  9. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    I've never felt like I had one whit of excess braking capacity, whether I was using the dual pivot Ultegras on my Trek or the Colnago double pivots on my Ace.
  10. Gummee!

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    Carbon rims are notoriously bad for braking in wet weather. :nod Carbon clinchers used to essplode on long downhills. Manf got the resin thing right and they don't seem to do that as much any more

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  11. zippy

    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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    I have taken the wheelset off the pistola and put them on the Roubaix. The wheelset is built on campy record hubs with a 10 speed cassette. The roubaix is SRAM apex. I noticed the drivetrain makes more noise now. I put the bike on the park stand and adjusted the rear derailleur in attempt to quiet things down. Still makes more noise than it did sram on sram. So my question is this -

    Maybe get a new wipperman chain , hoping to quiet things down ?
    Get the adapter to allow me to run sram cassette on this wheelset ?


    anybody got experience with this ?
  12. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    Pop a wheelie of respect to Al -

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  13. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    On last year's Levi Leipheimer Gran Fondo, I watched a guy's rear wheel explode on the Myer's Grade descent. It was his rear, which then jammed in the seat stays and sent him off the road. He was probably rolling on the far side of 40mph on that thing.

    His comment when we pulled him out of the wild rose bush: "This is the third year in a row I've crashed out!"

    :lol3

    No CF wheels for me.
  14. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    I had a green Fastback, exactly like that one in the picture.
  15. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    My parents thought the design was too dangerous - instead, I got a 10-speed called a "Londoneer". Within a few months, I was spotted in the next county over... 25 + miles away. I was maybe 12-13 years old.

    Yep, I started cycling at a young age.
  16. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    By 'carbon rims', do you mean the kind without the metal braking strip on the edge? I test rode a Cervello S5 a few weeks ago that had those. Almost had a heart attack when I tried to use them for the first time at a busy intersection. I don't understand how they can legally sell these to customers.
  17. Gummee!

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    The spacing between the gears is slightly different Campag vs SRAM/Shimano. If you want quiet, you'll need Campag shifters and rear derailleur.

    Try American Classic for cassettes. I know they do a Shimano to Campag spaced cassette but IDK if they go the other way

    Alternatively, I *think* Miche still has separate cogs. You may be able to sand down the spacers to get the spacing right. :dunno You'd have to do some digging on that one.

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  18. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    You get used to it. :nod

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  19. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    Another icon from my youth, gone. :cry
  20. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Get something the same size as what you're running now and x-fer over the dimensions of what you have. Easy peasy. I swap between 3 different bikes all the time. Contact points at the saddle are essentially the same but the bar height changes between bikes. FTB being highest. TCR is the lowest.

    Oh, and if you surf on over to Velocipede Salon, there's a bitchen 'Dean' made by Crumpton that I'd LOVE to have if I had the $

    I like the fact that Volagi rubbed Specialized's nose in the dirt with their new line. Not that I have anything major against the big S, but they get kinda heavy-handed with lawsuits and shit. :nod

    Something closer to home: Holland exogrid :drif
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