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  1. Hey, thanks! I was wondering if anyone makes a...

    Hey, thanks! I was wondering if anyone makes a latex tube with a little butyl added for air retention. I'll have to see if I can find some reviews to see how they ride and what people think of...
  2. Opinions About Michelin vs Challenge Latex Tubes

    I've been riding Vredestein latex inner tubes for a couple of years (Vredestein Fortezza TriComp tires). I like them, but they loose air pretty quickly (about 4 psi per hour). I haven't had any...
  3. Ok, no shoe polish. I emailed Gilles Berthoud...

    Ok, no shoe polish.

    I emailed Gilles Berthoud and got this response:

    "do not worry it is normal , there is no dye on this natural saddle just wax , with the time the color will comes darker...
  4. Ok. I was just surprised that it rubbed off so...

    Ok. I was just surprised that it rubbed off so quickly, especially on the nose. I wonder if it's just not a great dye job, or maybe the dye just doesn't penetrate too deeply into the leather. It...
  5. Well, I had a decent ride yesterday, without...

    Well, I had a decent ride yesterday, without stopping to adjust the saddle. It still might need some minor adjusting, but I'll wait until I ride some more. It was windy, so I was on the drops for a...
  6. That's good to know, since I did notice that it...

    That's good to know, since I did notice that it is quite slippery. With the tilt as it is now, my butt just kind of falls into the right spot, which also helps keep the weight off my arms. The...
  7. Well, I just had my first ride with the new...

    Well, I just had my first ride with the new saddle. It's certainly a lot more comfortable than you'd think, judging from its firmness. I started out with just a slight nose-up tilt, but there was a...
  8. It looks like the saddle should arrive today or...

    It looks like the saddle should arrive today or tomorrow, so I can get it set up for this weekend!

    I've still two questions:
    1. How much should I take into account the contouring the saddle will...
  9. Yeah, I'm thinking of something like that. I...

    Yeah, I'm thinking of something like that. I know my Arione is pretty much where it should be, so I'll set the new saddle to as close to that position as possible. I'll keep the nose level. If I...
  10. Thanks everyone for the advice. I figured that I...

    Thanks everyone for the advice. I figured that I shouldn't mess with the tension, at least not unless it starts to sag (I assume not for a few years). Also, my Arione is set pretty far forward...
  11. Questions Setting Up My First Leather Saddle

    Well, I finally bit the bullet and ordered a Gilles Berthoud Aravis touring saddle. It's my first tensioned leather saddle, so I have some questions that I thought I might ask, mostly related to how...
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    DC Bike Shop Recommendations?

    Regarding the earlier thread about Gilles Berthoud saddles, I'll be in the Washington, DC area this weekend (Vienna, VA, specifically). Does anyone know of a shop that carries these saddles? I'm...
  13. Nice! Do post how the Soulor is and how it...

    Nice! Do post how the Soulor is and how it compares with the Aspin after you have a few rides in.
  14. Nice review, jbithaca. Glad to hear that riding...

    Nice review, jbithaca. Glad to hear that riding in the drops was ok, I was concerned about that. I've a fairly narrow sit bone width (100mm), so I'd like to give the Galibier a try, but I was also...
  15. I'm farther south than you (southern Maryland,...

    I'm farther south than you (southern Maryland, though I'm from NY City originally), so it's not as cold, but, yeah, winter is not the time to do this kind of equipment evaluation. I'm also in the...
  16. Wow, someone my size/shape who's trying out the...

    Wow, someone my size/shape who's trying out the same saddles I'm looking to get! Let me know how the Galibier compares.

    My Fizik (the old style, before they had the different versions) is a nice...
  17. Help Me Decide Between a Gilles Berthoud Galibier and Aravis Saddle

    I posted this question in the Road Riding forum, but I thought I'd post here, too.

    I'm planning to get a Gilles Berthoud leather saddle, but I'm having trouble deciding between the racing Galibier...
  18. Help Me Decide Between Gilles Berthoud Aravis or Galibier Saddle

    I'm planning to get a Gilles Berthoud leather saddle, but I'm having trouble deciding between the racing Galibier and the touring Aravis models. I'd really appreciate any opinions/info I can get.
    ...
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    SKS Floor Pump Question

    I'm looking to get a new floor pump. I've got a Bontrager, which is decent, but the chuck isn't great (I have to wiggle it off the stem, so I really have to be careful not to damage the latex tube)....
  20. Tire Puncture Repair with Latex Tube Question

    I've a quick question about fixing a tire puncture. I got one today; a piece of metal (I think) went right through the entire case, puncturing my nice, new latex tube. Normally, I just put a drop...
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    Ah, ok. Along a similar line, the Dura-Ace...

    Ah, ok. Along a similar line, the Dura-Ace wheels were just too expensive for me right now (especially since I have to do a whole conversation over from Suntour). Would it be possible to fit a...
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    Shimano Hub Adjustment

    I'm sure this was covered in countless earlier threads, but I can't quite find the answer.

    I just got a set of Shimano RS80-c24 clincher wheels. I haven't adjusted cup-and-cone hubs in ages (I...
  23. Ok, it makes sense to go ahead and repack the...

    Ok, it makes sense to go ahead and repack the bearings. I wasn't sure if the bearings are grade 25 from the factory or not, but they're not expensive. I didn't think the grease would be compromised...
  24. Shimano RS80 Wheel Initial Set-Up Questions

    I just got a pair of Shimano RS80-C24 clincher wheels. They look great and just needed a slight truing. There was a small nick on the outer edge of one of the brakes strips, but a minute with a...
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    I was about to get a SRAM 1051, but it looks like...

    I was about to get a SRAM 1051, but it looks like the KMC is the better chain for my Shimano 7900 set-up. How does the x10SL-CP compare with the x10.93? Is it just weight (what is the weight...
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