Bicycle thread

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

  1. Mr Head

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    Yeah, new spokes. Simple.

    2 broken spokes in the 32 hole world = weak wheel.

    One of the things I miss from the good old days are real pro-bike shops. Places that could thread a spoke to length for you, and usually just fixed the wheel instead of giving you the spokes because they were fast, and didn't trust you to mess with a wheel. :lol3

    Nothing like a grumpy old racer working on your bike. Bitching about you hitting potholes instead of riding around them. Swearing at you in a thick Dutch accent...:lol3

    Later, once he figures out you rode 40 miles to his shop on your way to a 120 mile workout, just to slobber over the campy SR toys behind the glass, he brings out the wooden rims he used to race on cobbled roads of Europe. Then the stories come, and an afternoon and way too much espresso passes your lips. A shop, where the smell of old metal, oil and grese mix with the creaks and groans of the aged hardwood floor. Most of the light is provided by skylights, filtered through dusty old racing bikes hung in the wooden truss rafters.
    I have not found REI to be too full of old school know-how.
  2. DoctorIt

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    It ain't rocket science. You need 2 new spokes and a truing unless your not telling us the rim is the shape of a taco shell.

    Any real bike shop (not REI Boston/Framingham) can do that for you. I think at my shop it would ring up about $25.
  3. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    I figured the guy was a moron.

    I have been riding the bike on rollers all winter with it the shape it is, and with the 2 spokes missing :D I just don't fancy hitting the road in the shape it's currently in.

    Thanks...time to go to the LBS.
  4. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    This is my first dealings with them regarding doing any work on a bike. It is also my last.
  5. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Best wheel builder I've known worked with me at a PBS. :confused MAN! Was that dood a wonder with a spoke wrench! Start to finish in appx 30-40 min with a perfectly true and round wheel at the end.

    I've been trying to get like that since I met him.

    Oh, and he was an artiste ON the bike too. Watched him clear some 3'+ tall logs without a thought.

    Basically what I'm sayin is that the old LBSes aren't always the place to find good mechanics. Chain stores DO usually have their fair share of maroons tho. :nod

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  6. Oznerol

    Oznerol Motion Enthusiast

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    Yeah, but there's probably a big difference between a bike-specific chain like Performance and an all-purpose outdoors store that also sells bikes like REI. I've never had any bad experiences with the bike folks at REI, but that may be because I go there for camping and climbing gear, and elsewhere for bike stuff.

    Mercury: I can't remember if I've mentioned it before, but I've had good experiences with WheelWorks on Trapelo Rd. in Belmont, and it should be pretty easy to get to for someone coming from outside 128. There are lots of other bike shops in the area with good reputations too, but WW is the one that I have the most personal experience with.

    (And I hope you're right about the good weather this weekend. Other than a couple hours toodling around the carriage roads in Acadia NP in Maine last weekend, I haven't gotten in a ride in the last 2 weeks, and it's really starting to affect my mood.)
  7. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Two werds: trail run.

    Easier to get ready than riding, you can usually find some trails out the back door, AND you get tired a LOT faster than riding... A good workout may take an hour start to finish. :evil

    ...or just ride a trainer. :puke1 (I have 2 that are gathering dust in the garage.)

    But I know whatcha mean about the mood. That seratonin boost every time ya exercise is a good thing m'kay.

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  8. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Thanks.

    Llandry's is the closest LBS to me - it's just in a PIA place (if you know where it is, you know what I mean) so I was going to take it there.
  9. Oznerol

    Oznerol Motion Enthusiast

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    I'm getting there. During the long weekend we just spent in Acadia, we did only a little biking, but lots of fast-paced hiking. It was fun, especially the really steep rocky stuff; At times it felt almost like this weird amalgam of running, mountain biking and rock climbing.

    Unfortunately, no trails right out my back door. The closest place that'd be good for trail running is also the closest place for mountain biking. And the easiest way for me to get there is on a bicycle... Still, after the fun I had on foot this past weekend, I plan to get over there and check out some of the rockier trails (which are closed to bikes) on foot.
  10. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I can assure you that there's more trails around yer house than you think. Ask a hasher if yer not convinced. :nod Drainage ditches, alleys, etc. all qualify. :nod Oh, and make for some fan-farging-tastic runs. :nod

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  11. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    Yes the single speed has made my legs stronger and I'm definitely all about picking the best line I can get my wheels to follow but lately I've been missing at least a few more gears on the really technical stuff that I just can't keep the pedals turning for.

    Sooooo....this just showed up at the shop with my name all over it, I only ordered it in December! I need to order more parts for the build so I won't get to ride it for about a month:2cry
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  12. Gummee!

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    :drif

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  13. Bimble

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    when you cut the wrong cable.

    I needed to replace the front derailleur cable because it frayed and went to cut it as it wouldn't pass through a guide... and clipped the rear cable instead. I'm sure I'll see the humor in it tomorrow.

    :twitch

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  14. sixer

    sixer I suffer from Ainrofilac

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    Anyone one here have any experience with Crank Brothers clipless pedals? I recently got some Candy SL's and was wondering how much free play (side to side) you have when clipped in. I just want to make sure I'm all good. The manual says you have 6 degrees of side to side and can release at 15 and 20 degrees depending on cleat placement. I have them set at 15 right now but might switch to 20.
  15. DoctorIt

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    They came on my new bike. I put them right on the 20 setting and I'm loving them. They feel pretty easy to clip out of, but if I yank real hard, they hold tight. So yeah, they're good. What was the question? :lol3
  16. Zodiac

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    they're more sole supportive and easier to use than the egg beaters.


    good all around street pedal.
  17. Gummee!

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    Is that back one long enough to use on the front? If it is, just pull it off and use it there. No biggie. If it isn't, well, yer out however much a cable costs. Not TOO bad in the greater scheme of things. :nah Oh, and buy housing to go with that cable. Mo bettah shifting. :nod

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  18. skibum69

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    just wait until you see the build Gummee, it will be spanky-at least to my eyes. All the new anodizing doo dads bring me back to the rise on Ringlé:lol3




    like he said. Cables are cheap and I have to admit it's funny as hell! You should have had another beer:lol3
  19. sixer

    sixer I suffer from Ainrofilac

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    Did you try them on the 15 degree setting? How much side to side do your feet have once clipped in? I guess 6 degrees feels like alot to me. I'm going to try the 20 degree setting. They are super easy to clip out of. I was worried they would be hard to get out of. Now I can bunnyhop like three inches.

    I got them for my MTB. The reason I went with the Candy is incase I break a cleat or mount I still have a little platform to pedal.
  20. Zodiac

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    makes sense.