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Old 07-08-11, 04:58 PM   #376
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do you have a beater bike?
or only the tarmac and the custom track bike which i can't spell or say out loud?
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Old 07-08-11, 05:02 PM   #377
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Dear Carleton,

I was reading the Gear Inches thread that is now a sticky on the front. Which led me to my next quest- try and find similar information about frames. Other than Sheldon Browns website, and this http://bicycling.about.com/od/howtor...ike_sizing.htm i couldn't find any formulas to really help me decipher frame sizes. The Sheldon Brown site says Top Tube length is perhaps more important than, seat tube. Basically my question is this. I just bought a bike that is 56cm. I am 6'0. I've been riding it for about 6 months and i still can't get the seat exactly where I want it. Does this have to do with frame size? It's not "uncomfortable" but I was wondering if you have any general comments on frame sizes / fitting.

i think i remember you talking about this earlier in the thread so if you've already done this, well, feel free to berate or mock at will. i get yelled at for a living.

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Old 07-08-11, 07:54 PM   #378
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do you have a beater bike?
or only the tarmac and the custom track bike which i can't spell or say out loud?
No beater bike right now.

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I was reading the Gear Inches thread that is now a sticky on the front. Which led me to my next quest- try and find similar information about frames. Other than Sheldon Browns website, and this http://bicycling.about.com/od/howtor...ike_sizing.htm i couldn't find any formulas to really help me decipher frame sizes. The Sheldon Brown site says Top Tube length is perhaps more important than, seat tube. Basically my question is this. I just bought a bike that is 56cm. I am 6'0. I've been riding it for about 6 months and i still can't get the seat exactly where I want it. Does this have to do with frame size? It's not "uncomfortable" but I was wondering if you have any general comments on frame sizes / fitting.

i think i remember you talking about this earlier in the thread so if you've already done this, well, feel free to berate or mock at will. i get yelled at for a living.
It may be the seat tube angle that's driving you nuts. What bike do you have? Pic?

Or one leg might be longer than the other, which is the case with me.
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Old 07-08-11, 08:27 PM   #379
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Dear Carleton,

Should I buy some Tour of California bibs if I can get them at 60% off? These would be my first pair of bibs.

Also, what do you suggest as a budget clipless set up (pedals and shoes)? I was looking at getting the "Exustar PR70 LOOK style road pedal set" on wabicycles ( http://www.wabicycles.com/pedal_options.html ).
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Should I buy some Tour of California bibs if I can get them at 60% off? These would be my first pair of bibs.

Also, what do you suggest as a budget clipless set up (pedals and shoes)? I was looking at getting the "Exustar PR70 LOOK style road pedal set" on wabicycles ( http://www.wabicycles.com/pedal_options.html ).
I don't want to get into personal shopping. I'll be here all day and night doing that.
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Dear Carleton, what do you like to eat?

Dear Barbados Slim, what is your favorite running gag in the futurama series?
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Dear Barbados Slim, what is your favorite running gag in the futurama series?
Can you guys stop asking questions about me?
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Dear Carleton.
I have to thank you, some time ago and I can't remember the thread but you had suggested that one of the best upgrades that you can make is in the tires. People go crazy for new hubs and rims and cranks etc. But they ride crappy, high rolling resistance tires. And seeing so many people spend a ridiculous amount of money on their bikes but to have these crappy tires just drives me nuts. So, I have been riding only on Conti GP4000 with the chili compound(700 x 23) and I have been loving them all day and all night. My question is do you know of any other tires in larger sizes like 700x28~32 where they protect and roll relatively as well as the GP4000's do?
One more. I can't decide what irritates me more, expensive builds with crappy tires or expensive builds with crappy pedals and straps. What about you?
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Old 07-08-11, 11:00 PM   #384
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People go crazy for new hubs and rims and cranks etc. But they ride crappy, high rolling resistance tires. And seeing so many people spend a ridiculous amount of money on their bikes but to have these crappy tires just drives me nuts.

One more. I can't decide what irritates me more, expensive builds with crappy tires or expensive builds with crappy pedals and straps.
I wholeheartedly agree.
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I have to thank you, some time ago and I can't remember the thread but you had suggested that one of the best upgrades that you can make is in the tires. People go crazy for new hubs and rims and cranks etc. But they ride crappy, high rolling resistance tires. And seeing so many people spend a ridiculous amount of money on their bikes but to have these crappy tires just drives me nuts. So, I have been riding only on Conti GP4000 with the chili compound(700 x 23) and I have been loving them all day and all night. My question is do you know of any other tires in larger sizes like 700x28~32 where they protect and roll relatively as well as the GP4000's do?
One more. I can't decide what irritates me more, expensive builds with crappy tires or expensive builds with crappy pedals and straps. What about you?
Awesome!

I don't have any experience with larger tires. Ask Scrod.

I'd choose: Crappy tires on expensive builds. It's like putting cheap tires on a Porsche 911...it's gonna handle like crap.
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camashtorcal - Gatorskins or Gator Hardshells are most likely going to be some of the best rolling tires in bigger sizes, especially if you go 5-10 over the recommended psi.
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Dear Carleton, what would you recommend for a reasonably priced crankset?
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Dear Carleton, what would you recommend for a reasonably priced crankset?
SRAM Omnium.
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Dear Carleton,

Can you identify the song is this video:

http://vimeo.com/groups/961/videos/23116683

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If it was up to you and price was not a factor at all:

Sram omniums or Campagnolo Record pista?
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If it was up to you and price was not a factor at all:

Sram omniums or Campagnolo Record pista?
Dura Ace.

But, between the two, I'd choose SRAM upgraded with SRAM Red bearings.
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Dura Ace.

But, between the two, I'd choose SRAM upgraded with SRAM Red bearings.
So it is true as I presumed.... yeah I chatted with some guys at the track about that.

Is it sourced exactly from the red group or is it enhanced for track?
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So it is true as I presumed.... yeah I chatted with some guys at the track about that.

Is it sourced exactly from the red group or is it enhanced for track?
Same as in the Red group.

There are a few after market BBs too. Like Chris King in fruity colors. Not sure how smooth they are or aren't.
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Dura Ace.
Why the love for Dura-Ace Carleton? I've had no issues with my crankset/bb/chainring but it seems like every bike I see online has Record. Are people just trying to be cool with their "italian" steez?
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Why the love for Dura-Ace Carleton? I've had no issues with my crankset/bb/chainring but it seems like every bike I see online has Record. Are people just trying to be cool with their "italian" steez?
People are being cool.

Campy is noticeably absent on the race scene. They are just not as stiff as Dura Ace. I've ridden them all. I even prefer DA to my $3K SRM cranks in terms of feel. But the SRM give me data that I can't get with DA.
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Afro's and cycling cap's? Does it work or would i need a haircut :-\
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Carleton, what do you think of cars that swerve and hit people that have no idea what is coming?
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As long as the person is not on a bike its cool...
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Do any track racers stick with the same "Steel is real" thing? Like sticking with steel track frames, steel wheels? More importantly, does it do them any good?
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Do any track racers stick with the same "Steel is real" thing? Like sticking with steel track frames, steel wheels? More importantly, does it do them any good?
Look back a page at the answer to the brooks question...
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