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  1. Thread: SRAM eTap

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    It's interesting how much shifting motions just...

    It's interesting how much shifting motions just become muscle memory. I shift without consciously thinking about which finger to move. And steering is the same way. Bikes have a learning curve.
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  2. Thread: SRAM eTap

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    I see two situations where the simple Sram two...

    I see two situations where the simple Sram two paddle system is not optimal:

    Starting or finishing a climb

    My Di2 is set for shifting 3 cogs with a "long press" (over 1/2 second).

    In the big...
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    Uh oh. You know there's always more data to...

    Uh oh. You know there's always more data to track.

    I got my Garmin for the navigation maps. It's great, I can follow a complicated route that I've never seen before.

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    But the ride...
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    Riding along the Ohio is certainly an easy...

    Riding along the Ohio is certainly an easy navigation.

    The highway from Aurora to the west side of Cincinnati is rideable, outside of rush hour, I think. (But I haven't even driven over there for...
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    I thought about your trip today. It's very...

    I thought about your trip today. It's very difficult to get a route that's 65-75 miles each day, and find a motel and restaurant at the stopping points. They are scarce away from the interstates.
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    Ha, that sounds like certain parts of Route 8...

    Ha, that sounds like certain parts of Route 8 along the Ohio River. It needs frequent repairs due to sagging road surfaces. But it's still a good road to ride, you just have to watch the road ahead....
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    Cincinnati to Columbus. I don't know "Route...

    Cincinnati to Columbus.

    I don't know "Route 1". I assume you mean the Little Miami Bike Trail and the linked bike paths out of Xenia OH.

    The Little Miami trail is very nice, a converted...
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    Are you using maps and cue sheets, or a GPS? I...

    Are you using maps and cue sheets, or a GPS? I can plot some very complicated routes for my Garmin GPS that I wouldn't like to do as a cue sheet.

    Is a scenic route that's hilly preferred over a...
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    100 feet per mile is 100/5280 = 1.9% grade. So...

    100 feet per mile is 100/5280 = 1.9% grade. So how could that be considered hilly?

    All the downhills are counted in the "miles", but not in the "vertical feet". So if you ride up and down the...
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    I charted ...

    I charted 125 reports from the 2013 "Pissing Contest" yearly totals. The thread link is here

    From the post:

    There's more riders over 10,000 miles than I expected.

    About 50 feet per mile...
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    I turn my head to feel where the wind is coming...

    I turn my head to feel where the wind is coming from. The noise in my ears evens out, and I can feel it on both sides of my face. This works better in fairly clear air, not as good in the middle of...
  12. Thread: Wheel comfort

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    New bike testing--fun! If your roads aren't...

    New bike testing--fun!

    If your roads aren't completely potholed and broken up, you'd probably be happy with a 25c or 27c at appropriate pressures. Most road bikes won't fit a 32c tire.

    On the...
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    Yeah, do this too. It's a good idea to check it...

    Yeah, do this too. It's a good idea to check it occasionally. When my bike was new, the stem shifted a little on the carbon steerer, and I could feel the slight clunk when I did this test. I had...
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    A loose internal steerer piece. My Bianchi...

    A loose internal steerer piece.

    My Bianchi Infinito had the same annoying noise. I assumed it was the internal frame cabling. But a thread on another forum had the answer. There's a heavy...
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    One way to maybe go 30 in street clothes; the...

    One way to maybe go 30 in street clothes; the famous diskwheel guy. Heh, that's a fixed gear track bike!

    http://i45.tinypic.com/dcsb5e.jpg


    A more serious answer:

    You mentioned shifting to...
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    You probably don't need the BT-2 cable stretcher....

    You probably don't need the BT-2 cable stretcher.
    For brakes, I just squeeze the brakes together a little before clamping the cable.
    For derailleurs, I screw the adjusters all the way in, pull the...
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    Did you do the race yesterday? How did it go?

    Did you do the race yesterday? How did it go?
  18. Some of the local riders have those retractable...

    Some of the local riders have those retractable ski locks. Small and lightweight.

    A bike thief might not notice the thin cable before he attempted to grab the bike. I wonder if another hard yank...
  19. It appears that powerful riders that put a lot of...

    It appears that powerful riders that put a lot of force into the pedals wear out chains way faster than more, uh, normal riders that spin instead of mash. I wouldn't worry about shifting the front...
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    I want a graphene ...

    I want a graphene bike. Sounds like painting it would double the weight...


    Graphene is the strongest material ever tested,[137] with an intrinsic Tensile strength of 130 GPa and a Young's...
  21. Good, learning to replace a bottle in the cage...

    Good, learning to replace a bottle in the cage without looking is a pro skill. I can do it easily after quite a lot of practicing over the years, but I'm still not too good at pulling and replacing...
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    :thumb: Yeah, if I had a choice of this bike...

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    Yeah, if I had a choice of this bike with a 28, or another with a 30 cog, I'd ride this one.
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    So you are going to somehow permanently connect a...

    So you are going to somehow permanently connect a usb cable out the side of the internal box and route it to the outside of the frame? And just guess how often to recharge? (I recently ran down the...
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    Both those steerer and bars are aluminum, not...

    Both those steerer and bars are aluminum, not carbon.

    You still the the Di2 control box under the stem, with the shifter wires running to the box, out from under the tape. Then one wire heads to...
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    Going from 28 to 30 is only 7% easier. It would...

    Going from 28 to 30 is only 7% easier. It would help on the steep stuff, but it's not going to be the difference between finishing or bailing out. At 4 mph, the 34-28 is 42 rpm, and the 34-30 is 45...
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