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Old 04-03-13, 04:20 PM   #1
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Rode a 2 Speed Pinarello Today

As it usually happens my RD shifter cable broke 20 miles from the house. So out of 22 gears I was left with 2..........Thought about tying the shifter cable to a bottle cage to see if I could get a little easier gear but just rode it back in. Wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be but having a compact crank with 50/34 certainly helped. I found myself standing a good bit even on the flats when in the 50/12. I think I averaged about the same speed and time as I always do. Go figure.

Reminds me of the time I played in a golf tournament for 18 holes with all 14 clubs. We then played 9 more holes but were only allowed to take 3 clubs and one had to be a putter. I took a 3 wood and a 6 iron shot 3 strokes better with 11 fewer clubs.........I made putts from all over and won the 9 hole event!

Maybe you've seen the commercials on tv with the gentleman and 4 kids sitting around with him asking........"so kids, what's better, more or less??" AT&T maybe???
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The trained human body is remarkably adaptable isn't it?
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I read somewhere (maybe hear )it is rare for a cable to break.How old and what do you think happened.Oh and where did it break.I have a bike with a cable that is less than 2 years old,its a back up bike.Kept inside my house 68* relative humidity 38% and the cables are rusting.Never ride in the rain, on purpose anyway.I bet its the cheap Chinese metal.Be happy it wasn"t a brake cable when you needed it.
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As it usually happens my RD shifter cable broke 20 miles from the house. So out of 22 gears I was left with 2..........Thought about tying the shifter cable to a bottle cage to see if I could get a little easier gear but just rode it back in. Wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be but having a compact crank with 50/34 certainly helped. I found myself standing a good bit even on the flats when in the 50/12. I think I averaged about the same speed and time as I always do. Go figure.

Reminds me of the time I played in a golf tournament for 18 holes with all 14 clubs. We then played 9 more holes but were only allowed to take 3 clubs and one had to be a putter. I took a 3 wood and a 6 iron shot 3 strokes better with 11 fewer clubs.........I made putts from all over and won the 9 hole event!

Maybe you've seen the commercials on tv with the gentleman and 4 kids sitting around with him asking........"so kids, what's better, more or less??" AT&T maybe???
Better that what happened to one of our group riders. After a big downhill and about 10 miles from his car the DI-2 shorted out. One gear maybe 52X12? It became a single speed. But he had to go back over that hill so his time was down.
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Ah, I read the thread title and thought, "Hmmm, maybe a new N+1. Let's check this out." Big tease!
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Ah, I read the thread title and thought, "Hmmm, maybe a new N+1. Let's check this out." Big tease!
Don't even get me thinking!!! I just did the N+ late last year and scratched that itch. But my new carbon wheels for the Pinarello should be arriving within a couple weeks.
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Don't even get me thinking!!! I just did the N+ late last year and scratched that itch. But my new carbon wheels for the Pinarello should be arriving within a couple weeks.
Carbon wheels on a steel frame ?
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I read somewhere (maybe hear )it is rare for a cable to break.How old and what do you think happened.Oh and where did it break.I have a bike with a cable that is less than 2 years old,its a back up bike.Kept inside my house 68* relative humidity 38% and the cables are rusting.Never ride in the rain, on purpose anyway.I bet its the cheap Chinese metal.Be happy it wasn't a brake cable when you needed it.
That's the only time a brake cable will break. It's not under much tension at other times. This is one of the reasons I have two rim brakes and a powerful disc brake on my tandem. Any single brake will stop the bike under almost all conditions, but an emergency would call for two, so I want three.
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Carbon wheels on a steel frame ?
Why not? Besides, his Pinarello isn't steel.
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As it usually happens my RD shifter cable broke 20 miles from the house. So out of 22 gears I was left with 2.....

Happened to me 3 times. Only I wasn't anywhere close to home. Once was on Skyline Drive. Once was on a century ride near Cumberland, MD (the hilly part). The other time was on our locally infamous Rt 601 (Mt Weather).

That was enough. Now I use Di2 shifting

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I read somewhere (maybe hear )it is rare for a cable to break.How old and what do you think happened.Oh and where did it break.I have a bike with a cable that is less than 2 years old,its a back up bike.Kept inside my house 68* relative humidity 38% and the cables are rusting.Never ride in the rain, on purpose anyway.I bet its the cheap Chinese metal.Be happy it wasn"t a brake cable when you needed it.
I haven't pulled the cable out but I'm sure it was near the button at the end of the cable in the shifter. There were not any early warning signs so I'll be curious to see if it's frayed or the button popped off. I'm thinking I had the cable replaced about a year ago.
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I haven't pulled the cable out but I'm sure it was near the button at the end of the cable in the shifter. There were not any early warning signs so I'll be curious to see if it's frayed or the button popped off. I'm thinking I had the cable replaced about a year ago.
Weird... never have any stuff like that happen to me. My LBS recently put some special cables on a bike for me.... "Angora" or something like that. They have Teflon in them and slide like things a gentleman never mentions. Expensive and hard to get in the US these days but I like them.
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