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Old 08-14-19, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
How many kilos can I send before the postman gets suspicious?

The border crossings from here to there make me nervous.
When did they start measuring 'shine in kilos?
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UPDATE: Vacancy filled, a rider from St. Louis!

Which means we will hold Ralph to the 2020 Dare, or perhaps Bike the Barns.
Sweet. nothing I like better than a whole lotta pain...
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OK, am getting closer to optimal southern WI gearing:
Installed an SR crankset on the Faema Merckx with 50/28 rings.
Which required a different bottom bracket.
And the FD dropped to fit the smaller big ring.
And some links removed from the chain.
And the rear axle moved to the back of the dropout so that the upper pulley wheel clears the 28tooth rear cog when in the 28T chainring.
And lots of cable adjustments on the stand to make to it index shift properly.
Then more fiddling during an actual 32 mile road test, during which it was determined that friction shifting must be utilized.
And I will prolly mess around with tooth counts on the freewheel before this is all over.

So, at the end of the day, have a low gear of 28/28 and a tall gear of 50/13.

All I can say is, you guys better be worth it!
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Old 08-14-19, 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by nomadmax View Post
St Louis as in RAIN ?
Yes.
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Originally Posted by ldmataya View Post
When did they start measuring 'shine in kilos?
Metric system, silly!
(Or is that: Metric system=silly?)
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Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
OK, am getting closer to optimal southern WI gearing:
Installed an SR crankset on the Faema Merckx with 50/28 rings.
Which required a different bottom bracket.
And the FD dropped to fit the smaller big ring.
And some links removed from the chain.
And the rear axle moved to the back of the dropout so that the upper pulley wheel clears the 28tooth rear cog when in the 28T chainring.
And lots of cable adjustments on the stand to make to it index shift properly.
Then more fiddling during an actual 32 mile road test, during which it was determined that friction shifting must be utilized.
And I will prolly mess around with tooth counts on the freewheel before this is all over.

So, at the end of the day, have a low gear of 28/28 and a tall gear of 50/13.

All I can say is, you guys better be worth it!
we are, and you know it....

By the way, @speedevil turned me on to a little jig called Wolftooth Road Trip, I think, and it drops that RD about 5/8" and makes a heeeuuuuuuuuuuuuge difference (Chris Farley RIP). On my 7700GS RD, it allows 11-32, whereas without it, terrible noise, just terrible.

It actually works on my 11-on-10 Shimano 11-34 cassette using an Ultegra "std" RD. Chain wrap can be an issue, but if it wraps the chain, the Road Trip will clear the cassette.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
we are, and you know it....

By the way, @speedevil turned me on to a little jig called Wolftooth Road Trip, I think, and it drops that RD about 5/8" and makes a heeeuuuuuuuuuuuuge difference (Chris Farley RIP). On my 7700GS RD, it allows 11-32, whereas without it, terrible noise, just terrible.

It actually works on my 11-on-10 Shimano 11-34 cassette using an Ultegra "std" RD. Chain wrap can be an issue, but if it wraps the chain, the Road Trip will clear the cassette.
In case someone searches for it - it's a Roadlink, made by Wolftooth. @RobbieTunes was close on the name. Roadlink product page is here.

And I'm using one on a DA 7800 standard RD to clear a 30t rear cog. Works perfectly with a 50-39 up front and 12-30 in the back. Minimal sag in small-small but I don't use that combination anyway so it's not a problem that needs to be solved.
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Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
OK, am getting closer to optimal southern WI gearing:
Installed an SR crankset on the Faema Merckx with 50/28 rings.
22t difference on the rings is still manageable? Curious what FD is used for this setup.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
we are, and you know it....

By the way, @speedevil turned me on to a little jig called Wolftooth Road Trip, I think, and it drops that RD about 5/8" and makes a heeeuuuuuuuuuuuuge difference (Chris Farley RIP). On my 7700GS RD, it allows 11-32, whereas without it, terrible noise, just terrible.

It actually works on my 11-on-10 Shimano 11-34 cassette using an Ultegra "std" RD. Chain wrap can be an issue, but if it wraps the chain, the Road Trip will clear the cassette.
Speaking of- I have a wolftooth roadlink available to anyone that wants it. Used to use it on my gravel bike, but it just sits in one of my parts drawers now. Free to whomever needs it, just PM me and ill toss it in an envelope.
Since Robbie mentioned it in this thread and I hear SWWI has a hill or two, the roadlink may help someone get to that magical needed gearing ratio using their preferred components.
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Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
OK, am getting closer to optimal southern WI gearing:
Installed an SR crankset on the Faema Merckx with 50/28 rings.
Which required a different bottom bracket.
And the FD dropped to fit the smaller big ring.
And some links removed from the chain.
And the rear axle moved to the back of the dropout so that the upper pulley wheel clears the 28tooth rear cog when in the 28T chainring.
And lots of cable adjustments on the stand to make to it index shift properly.
Then more fiddling during an actual 32 mile road test, during which it was determined that friction shifting must be utilized.
And I will prolly mess around with tooth counts on the freewheel before this is all over.

So, at the end of the day, have a low gear of 28/28 and a tall gear of 50/13.

All I can say is, you guys better be worth it!
We may not be worthy. But this climb is...

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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
22t difference on the rings is still manageable? Curious what FD is used for this setup.
Surprisingly manageable. I expected that to be the pointy end of any shifting issues, but it works perfectly.
Can shift from 28 to 50 and back again from literally any combination of cog/chainring: big/big, big/small, small/big, small/small.
Not just on the stand, but out in the real world. Just got back from a 32 mile shakedown ride with hills and everything (except my legs) worked like a charm.

An even bigger surprise: FD is a Dura Ace 7400. Who knew?
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22t difference on the rings is still manageable? Curious what FD is used for this setup.
Many triples.
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Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
Surprisingly manageable. I expected that to be the pointy end of any shifting issues, but it works perfectly.
Can shift from 28 to 50 and back again from literally any combination of cog/chainring: big/big, big/small, small/big, small/small.
Not just on the stand, but out in the real world. Just got back from a 32 mile shakedown ride with hills and everything (except my legs) worked like a charm.

An even bigger surprise: FD is a Dura Ace 7400. Who knew?
Remember @bibliobob's. 50-24?
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Remember @bibliobob's. 50-24?
I do not.
Do remember his slipping BB cable stop, tho. And the inability of our entire group to successfully mount a clincher tire on those hookless rims....
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Iíll be rolling with a 48/45/26, with 13-28 in the back.
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We may not be worthy. But this climb is...

Was that climb included in the 2015 DD? It looks awfully familiar...
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Was that climb included in the 2015 DD? It looks awfully familiar...
No the DD never ventured this far southeast. It kind of reminds me of Shop Hill Road which the DD always liked to visit.
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I had the same thought.
Didn't we ride Shop Hill Road in the 2018 Dare?
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