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Old 08-25-12, 05:46 PM   #1
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After the skunk walked across the road in front of me today......

I did a semi climbing ride out of town today. Traffic was stopped on the interstate so I got off on an exit that has a Bike Shop I've frequented before and is well respected in the area. In fact the shop owner is on my Board of Directors for the Time Trials. The guys doing maintenance are about as good as you'll find.

The shop carries the model of bikes I've been studying for over a year. I stopped by just to see if they had any good deals and to also have them look at my Prince. The Prince was making an awful popping noise with every pedal stroke........extremely annoying on today's ride. That bike is a real pleasure to ride when everything works well but that has been less frequent than desired.

They generously looked over the Prince very thoroughly and very quickly.

The exact model and color of bike I've been looking for was on a very decent sale today. I need a 58 frame and it's unusual to find my frame size but they even had one on the sales floor and it was greatly marked down. They asked if I wanted to test ride it........even after riding for 5 hours earlier in the day I jumped at the chance and did a quick 15 miles. It passes the test.

I got them to put it on their scales to see how much it weighed. I want to greatly cut the weight on the bike by changing the grouppo and the wheels and I also need to reduce the bars from a 44 to a 42 (just as a personal preference). I also want to change the RD so I can run a 11-32 cassette for the steeper stuff. I learned that SRAM is now making a RD Red that will accommodate up to a 32 gear. I bought the wheels earlier this year thinking I'd find a frame and would build up the bike to suit my needs. They are going to price those changes over the weekend and give me a call early next week. My birthday is just a couple weeks off so I can save my wife the hassle of looking for something if we're able to close the deal.

If this works out I'll have Shimano DuraAce on the Trek 5900, Campy Super Record 11 speed on the Prince and now SRAM Red. It was my first time riding SRAM. My initial impression is SRAM is "serviceable". It's clunky and loud but if it will get the weight down and shift to the correct gear when needed I'll give it a try. Shimano is really hard to beat. The LBS guys begged me to ride a bike fitted with DIA but I declined as I know once I rode it I'd probably be hooked.

Stay tuned.

Oh yeah. The skunk. That was a first. I've had all types of critters cross in front of me on the road but never a skunk. I've seen them as road kill many times but never a live one. This particular one didn't mind me and I was extremely happy about that.
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Like children on a bike path, skunks always have the right of way.
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Oh yeah. The skunk. That was a first. I've had all types of critters cross in front of me on the road but never a skunk. I've seen them as road kill many times but never a live one. This particular one didn't mind me and I was extremely happy about that.
I bet you are glad it wasn't a dead one. I love this song! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UejelYnVI3U
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So Skunks seem like Black Cats over here.

Bit of an omen and you can take it any way you like- Good or Bad.

Good that the bike in your size was available and you got the test ride but bad in that you didn't walk away with it.

And haven't tried it but check out the DIA. It may be worth it.
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I remember many years ago on a trip with the wife and kids traveling the back roads and we must've run over skunk road kill. It took a couple of days of lots of traveling before the tire didn't stink any longer.
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Photos are really, really going to be needed soon. And not of the skunk either. I'm already drooling.

On electronic shifting: they had a booth at the 50+ Harpeth River Ride where they would convert your bike to Ultegra Electronic on the spot for about $2k or so. They had a demo bike on a stand with it and they invited me to shift it through the gears. Oohh La La! If it wouldn't make me such a poseur I would have to have it.

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Old 08-26-12, 05:08 PM   #7
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Never poke a skunk.

Laugh if you will, but that bit of wisdom has kept me out of a lot of trouble.
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On my typical evening rides, I frequently cut through a local cemetery. I've seen all sorts of local wildlife, including a few skunks. Keep your distance! Don't scare Mister Skunk.

Also seen: Rabbits, Turkeys, Deer (two occasions.) Raccoons (They are very curious about me, it would seem) Foxes, and Red tailed hawks. The Hawks have a habit of
perching on the head of a civil war statue.
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The Di2 won't work with a 32 sprocket; so, you are better off with the SRAM. The Di2 works great with a 30 sprocket.

I fully understand about the bars. I swapped my 44 for a 40. I may have even liked a 38, but the LBS didn't have one in stock.
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Photos are really, really going to be needed soon. And not of the skunk either. I'm already drooling.

On electronic shifting: they had a booth at the 50+ Harpeth River Ride where they would convert your bike to Ultegra Electronic on the spot for about $2k or so. They had a demo bike on a stand with it and they invited me to shift it through the gears. Oohh La La! If it wouldn't make me such a poseur I would have to have it.
I got mine a lot cheaper. After I sold my Ultegra 6700 brifters and derailleurs on ebay, I spent about $900. Installation was easy and fun. The Di2 is very easy to adjust. After I rode an S Works with Dura Ace Di2, I can vouch for the Ultegra Di2 being a more cost effective solution. I could tell no difference in shifting the rear derailleur and a little faster and smoother front derailleur shift.
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The Di2 won't work with a 32 sprocket; so, you are better off with the SRAM. The Di2 works great with a 30 sprocket.

I fully understand about the bars. I swapped my 44 for a 40. I may have even liked a 38, but the LBS didn't have one in stock.
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Theres a Nick Legan video showing DI2 working a 32 tooth cassette. It's at Cycling News I think.

Ahhh....I found the video

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The Di2 works great with a 30 sprocket.
Interesting... I have a 28 on back, and assumed that was pushing it. Who makes the 30-sprocket cassette? I may have to give that a try. I guess I can always put the 28 back on if it doesn't work for some reason.
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Theres a Nick Legan video showing DI2 working a 32 tooth cassette. It's at Cycling News I think.

Ahhh....I found the video
Thanks for the video. I noticed a small ring with 39 teeth. I would rather have a 34 tooth small ring and a 30 tooth sprocket.
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