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Forum: Southern California 05-10-15, 07:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 487
Posted By 74dodger
Thanks for the reply, Skidder. Powdercoating...

Thanks for the reply, Skidder. Powdercoating looks great, it's my "plan B". I'm hoping to go with chrome because I prefer the look and I also think it goes well with 80"s vintage frames. We'll see...
Forum: Southern California 05-08-15, 02:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 487
Posted By 74dodger
SoCal plating shop recommendation

Hope this is in the right thread, was going to post in the mechanics section but it's a regional question.

Can anyone recommend a shop that has experience in plating bike frames/forks in the...
Forum: Road Cycling 09-02-14, 08:25 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,105
Posted By 74dodger
Yeah, been tempted to buy a set of aero wheels...

Yeah, been tempted to buy a set of aero wheels but no way I'd be able to use them year round out here. If anything, maybe just run a rear wheel and aluminum front at times. I'll cross that bridge...
Forum: Road Cycling 09-01-14, 07:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,105
Posted By 74dodger
I primarily ride in the Santa Clarita area. ...

I primarily ride in the Santa Clarita area. Typical climbing ride would be Placerita Canyon (Camp 9). My normal top speed on descents is 38-40 mph.
Forum: Road Cycling 09-01-14, 02:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 793
Posted By 74dodger
As you probably know, that budget isn't going to...

As you probably know, that budget isn't going to allow for much. If you're out of shape and this is your first step at fitness these cheaper bikes may do the trick for a while. Understand that once...
Forum: Road Cycling 09-01-14, 01:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,105
Posted By 74dodger
Descending Tips

I'd greatly appreciate any help to improve my downhill speed. I'm a small guy 5'6" and 122 lbs on a carbon bike that weighs about 18 lbs with aluminum clinchers. My problem is that although I can...
Forum: Road Cycling 08-03-14, 11:01 AM
Replies: 1,680
Views: 161,315
Posted By 74dodger
Lake Piru, Ventura CA. Note the large drought...

Lake Piru, Ventura CA. Note the large drought water line.
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Forum: Road Cycling 07-07-14, 08:45 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,330
Posted By 74dodger
37.7

37.7
Forum: Road Cycling 07-07-14, 08:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 516
Posted By 74dodger
At your price range, I'd go for a used bike off...

At your price range, I'd go for a used bike off craigslist and brush up on some mechanical tinkering from videos on parktool.com and youtube. As you've heard, the bad news is you're not going to get...
Forum: Road Cycling 07-07-14, 08:23 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,434
Posted By 74dodger
Always: "On your left" Usually: "Good morning"...

Always: "On your left"
Usually: "Good morning" (as I pass)
Never: break cadence
Forum: Road Cycling 07-04-14, 11:11 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,680
Posted By 74dodger
Prices & retailers in the US?

Prices & retailers in the US?
Forum: Road Cycling 07-02-14, 08:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,300
Posted By 74dodger
I'm a complete newbie to riding in groups. I...

I'm a complete newbie to riding in groups. I have trouble NOT staring at the rear wheel ahead of me. When I try to focus ahead, I start to have trouble maintaining a smooth speed/pace and end up...
Forum: Road Cycling 06-04-14, 08:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,285
Posted By 74dodger
The wheels have been performing well. Skewer and...

The wheels have been performing well. Skewer and dropouts seem well in place and in tact. I guess I was just taken back a bit because I considered them relatively stiff and consider myself...
Forum: Road Cycling 06-01-14, 09:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,285
Posted By 74dodger
I'm running my stock carbon fork that came with...

I'm running my stock carbon fork that came with my carbon Fuji SL-1 when I bought it new almost a year ago.

No doubt that I had the pads very close to the rim but they only rubbed when climbing...
Forum: Road Cycling 05-31-14, 02:07 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,239
Posted By 74dodger
Under 8 hours, nice! That's my goal. Congrats.

Under 8 hours, nice! That's my goal. Congrats.
Forum: Road Cycling 05-31-14, 02:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,285
Posted By 74dodger
That's an inexpensive option. Thanks!

That's an inexpensive option. Thanks!
Forum: Road Cycling 05-31-14, 11:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,285
Posted By 74dodger
Appreciate the detailed response. I never...

Appreciate the detailed response. I never expected to encounter any flex issues, being a small rider. Just out of curiosity, are these problems "almost" eliminated with carbon wheels in general? (Not...
Forum: Road Cycling 05-31-14, 10:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,285
Posted By 74dodger
I'm not concerned with the rubbing as I've...

I'm not concerned with the rubbing as I've already taken care of that. Spokes are nice and tight. My concern is with the lateral flex of this wheelset. I was under the impression that it's a pretty...
Forum: Road Cycling 05-31-14, 09:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,285
Posted By 74dodger
Front Wheel Flex Question

Recently in my climbing rides I've heard (and confirmed) my front wheel is rubbing a brake pad when I climb slow & steep. I'm a bit shocked because I'm a small guy (5'6', 120 lbs.) and I have a...
Forum: Singlespeed & Fixed Gear 05-26-14, 09:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,195
Posted By 74dodger
Transmission crankset is an option. METROPOLIS...

Transmission crankset is an option. METROPOLIS components (http://www.metropoliscomponents.com/patterson.htm)
http://www.metropoliscomponents.com/images/Patterson.png
Forum: Singlespeed & Fixed Gear 05-14-14, 04:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 711
Posted By 74dodger
I think it's reasonable to replace the Headset...

I think it's reasonable to replace the Headset with a quality sealed unit as I'd have to do that even if I decide to upgrade my fork later on down the line. I'd also like to hang on to this bike for...
Forum: Singlespeed & Fixed Gear 05-14-14, 12:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 711
Posted By 74dodger
Fork Flex

I finally took my newly built bike out for a test spin, about 9 miles. Coming from my carbon roadbike, I am shocked at how much the fork flexes when the front brake is applied especially considering...
Forum: Singlespeed & Fixed Gear 05-07-14, 05:55 PM
Replies: 19,131
Views: 1,197,038
Posted By 74dodger
I returned the defective frame I bought,...

I returned the defective frame I bought, exchanged it for one without flaws and then I built up my first frameset with leftover parts.
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Forum: Singlespeed & Fixed Gear 05-07-14, 04:09 PM
Replies: 2,989
Views: 224,161
Posted By 74dodger
Riser bars & grips. 378882

Riser bars & grips.
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Forum: Road Cycling 05-06-14, 01:13 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,955
Posted By 74dodger
If wearing pink and/or spandex make you less...

If wearing pink and/or spandex make you less manly...you probably shouldn't be blaming the clothes. Come to CA, we're quite tolerant and would love to have ya!
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