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Old 08-17-15, 08:26 AM
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I have aero brake levers on several C&V bikes.
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Old 08-17-15, 08:35 AM
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Whew, I'm not alone. My reasons are silly. I tend to believe in one case, balls, they may be better than the "new" ones. Stoopid.
And in another case, I know the old Campy 1.8 mm cables are better…for me.
I sure don't do it out of a sense of frugality.
I do it 'cuz I'm impatient. If I stop a project because I can't find a baggie of new 1/4" balls, I may never finish it. By the time I order them and they arrive, I will have forgotten what I wanted them for. Better scrounge up enough balls for the job and finish it now.
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Old 08-17-15, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by USAZorro
I have a friend in Toronto who has to deal with a few miles of urban traffic getting to and from his preferred ride routes. He has been known to carry a fairly large, slightly worn bolt in his jersey pocket. If a driver is particularly rude to him, if he is able to catch up to them at the next light, he will ride up, tap their window, show them the bolt, and tell the driver that he thinks it may have come from their car. How could they possibly be mad at him, while they end up spending a bunch of time trying to figure it out?
That is absolutely brilliant! I LOVE IT!

It reminds me of a show I used to love called Babylon 5. In one of the episodes the show's Captain/main protagonist tells the show's villain (at least the villain at that point) that he's fed him a very sophisticated tracking/monitoring device. Later, the Captain's security officer tells him he didn't think they had anything like that...to which the captain responds that's the beauty...because it doesn't exist, they're going to torture the heck out of him looking for it.

(Yes, I'm a complete nerd)
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Old 08-17-15, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
That is absolutely brilliant! I LOVE IT!

It reminds me of a show I used to love called Babylon 5. In one of the episodes the show's Captain/main protagonist tells the show's villain (at least the villain at that point) that he's fed him a very sophisticated tracking/monitoring device. Later, the Captain's security officer tells him he didn't think they had anything like that...to which the captain responds that's the beauty...because it doesn't exist, they're going to torture the heck out of him looking for it.

(Yes, I'm a complete nerd)
very parallel thoughts.
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Old 08-17-15, 09:23 AM
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Old 08-17-15, 09:35 AM
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I actually like the 7400 DA group on my Pinarello! Even so, I am tempted to trade for Campy (would have to acquire it) but can't decide which group.

I prefer SPD's to straps and clips.
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Old 08-17-15, 09:35 AM
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I figured this thread would be pretty funny. (That's not a confession, just an expectation proven correct by the first couple of pages.)
Thanks for playing... looking forward to more.


Oh, and sometimes a newly-purchased, shiny replacement component will sit unused for weeks or months if the old beat-up part is still functioning correctly.
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I have used an all Mavic Vitus 979 with Matrix ISO C rims at L'Eroica California and Gaiole in 2015. This month I am rebuilding the wheels with new spokes, as the old ones are brittle and I have popped a few. So I am rebuilding the front wheel first, but something does not look right. It turns out I have a 28 hole front wheel, in violation of the 32 or 36 hole rule. So don't tell anyone, I'm going to use it anyway this October.

PS: Anyone need 33 291mm DT Revoultion spokes? This works for a front 32 hole Mavic 501, Matrix ISO C, 3x.
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I've often wondered about brifters - I've never used anything but DT shifters - and am casually searching for a brifter'd bike as we speak. A restomodded C&V steel frame would be ideal.
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Old 08-17-15, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
I always thought you said; "I swear when my brakes rub after 40 miles."

Confession depends on the type of swearing you are doing.
I confess to both.

Also:

I'm not as fast as you think I am. Kinda goes both ways.
Pleasant surprise for you, or pleasant surprise for me....ha ha.
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I have documents showing that brifters were invented by a Schwinn engineer in 1972. I may make copies available (for a modest fee) for forward thinking L'Eroica attendees.
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Originally Posted by leegf
I've often wondered about brifters - I've never used anything but DT shifters - and am casually searching for a brifter'd bike as we speak. A restomodded C&V steel frame would be ideal.
I just got brifters on a brand new bike (at least it's steel and has braze ons for dt shifters if I want) and I LOVE them. Never had them or used them before. They're fun.
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Old 08-17-15, 03:31 PM
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I like the looks of Campagnolo Victory.

Are there people who don't like the looks of Victory? I've also found found it to be a very smooth shifting derailleur, much better than Nuovo Record.
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There are a lot of victory haters.
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I don't want a bike in C-Record kit
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Old 08-17-15, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by USAZorro
I have a friend in Toronto who has to deal with a few miles of urban traffic getting to and from his preferred ride routes. He has been known to carry a fairly large, slightly worn bolt in his jersey pocket. If a driver is particularly rude to him, if he is able to catch up to them at the next light, he will ride up, tap their window, show them the bolt, and tell the driver that he thinks it may have come from their car. How could they possibly be mad at him, while they end up spending a bunch of time trying to figure it out?
This puts me in mind of one of my favorite times with a dear friend who, unfortunately, is no longer with us. Many moons ago, we were trolling the parking lot of the local mall a couple days before Christmas. The parking was as plentiful as you would expect - none to be had for love or money. I'm driving. We come upon a car (well, it was sort of a car - a Lancia Beta Scorpion; I told you it was many moons ago) stradling a line to take up two parking spaces, I assume so no on would scratch his POS wannabe uber-car. I was mad. My friend says: "Stop, wait. Do you have some paper and a pen?" I did. He wrote a note and left it on the guy's windshield. The note said, and I quote: "Sorry about the dent. I'd leave my name and phone number but I don't have any insurance." Mind you, neither of us touched the car, except for the eyeblink it took my friend to lift the windshield wiper enough to secure the note. I almost peed my pants, I laughed so hard. I truly wanted to wait to see what the guy's reaction would be, but we did not have the time for that. Our imaginations filled in that little gap.
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Old 08-17-15, 03:53 PM
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Oh, and for the confessional. I have 1978 Eisentraut, a 1982-ish Ron Cooper and a 1986 De Rosa. They have Campy 10-speed, brifters and all. And I'd do it again.
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I have just fitted c*rbon f*bre (there - I've said it, sorry!) forks, handlebars, stems and seat posts on the last two bikes I built. A SAB hybrid town bike I use in my work as a Cycling Instructor and a 2009 aluminium Raleigh road frame I was given. I also put brifters and Sh*mano gears on the Raleigh. What's worse - I like them.
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I don't really like bikes.

(just the flattering shorts)
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Are there people who don't like the looks of Victory? I've also found found it to be a very smooth shifting derailleur, much better than Nuovo Record.
And, the components are darn near bullet proof. Very good component group, in my opinion, both mechanically and cosmetically...
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Try as I might, I just cannot learn to like foot retention.

(In my defense, I've had more crashes by not being able to release than from having my foot slip off the pedal.)
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Speaking of the seven deadlies.....

Wrath. I'm mad that they mispelled Wraith.

Greed. N+1

Sloth. I don't build flippers as well as I should.

Pride. Humbly so.

Envy. Norskagent knows better than to leave the key under the mat.

Gluttony. Every Ironman ever made.

Lust. We won't go there. L'Ombrites know about my Joan Jett thing.

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If I can only have one and I live in the greater Chicagoland area, it would be fixed.
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I like my C-Record.

I sometimes use Performance bar tape, bottles, and bottle cages.

I wear briefs under my lycra shorts.

I ride alone. (Because I ride during the day when everyone else is working.)

I get slower every year.

I bought two Specialized bikes before I knew I shouldn't.

I once bought two bikes for a total of 2-grand on ebay in one week and never worried about getting gypped or stiffed. (Both came through fine.)
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