" Also with a 50 on the front and 11-36 cassette you can basically ride it on the big chainring most of the time and only use the 34 for climbing proper hills. Then you won't be needing to use the small-small cross chain combinations.
It is worth persevering with the Di2. Sure you can trim you 8sp... "
" [QUOTE=Marvil15;18720847]I agree, I think it's a great frame with low end components. I was also pleasantly surprised with the new Tiagra, my other bikes have SRAM Red and one with older Dura Ace 7800 - the shifting on the new Tiagra is very smooth. Rear shifting is exceptional maybe a touch... "
" The only thing that struck my fancy today... the premium version of the UO-8 frame, from what I gather reading old posts by T-Mar and others, with alloy cotterless triple, leather seat, downtube shifters, and aluminum rims. In other words it already has all the upgrades people suggest for bikes... "
" I was nearly chased by two [twin-looking] dachshunds just last week. They ran through their yard towards me yapping their little heads off. Fortunately their owner was there and yelled at them... stopping them from running into the street. Like their owner... I was afraid... that the like dogs... "
" Stealth fans (ie sleeping behind trees) rarely seem to mention the shower issue. But camping can sometimes be easier than motels esp at official campgrounds. At motels I stay up later watching dumb TV but while camping it's easier to get to sleep & wake up early. "
" [QUOTE=K'Tesh;9874750]So, here's the idea: You ride a bike, you see something that needs attention (ie: tree branches too low, storm drain grates that could eat your tire, glass in the path, etc. etc. etc.). Then you take some pictures, then take steps to fix it. (ie: pull out a broom or pruning... "