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Old 02-16-16, 07:53 PM
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Old 02-16-16, 08:24 PM
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First time user of Continental Grand Prix 4000S II tires. Bought 700c x 28 for some my H Plus Son Archetype rims laced to Suzue Road Classica hubs.


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Old 02-17-16, 10:13 AM
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You will not regret those. Great tires. Good to see you back on line. That will be a smooth ride.

Originally Posted by Velocivixen
First time user of Continental Grand Prix 4000S II tires. Bought 700c x 28 for some my H Plus Son Archetype rims laced to Suzue Road Classica hubs.


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Old 02-17-16, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Sir_Name


Unfortunately, several of the outer plates of the chain are cracked... Sort term disappointment, but minor set back in the long run. Hopefully I can find a replacement fairly easily.
Nice crank. Broken side plates? I wouldn't recommend riding that chain any further than you can walk home. I tried riding an old Sedis around the block and managed only 3 of the 4 sides, had to walk the last. Close inspection revealed this.

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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Nice crank. Broken side plates? I wouldn't recommend riding that chain any further than you can walk home. I tried riding an old Sedis around the block and managed only 3 of the 4 sides, had to walk the last. Close inspection revealed this.
Thanks, that's Drillium Dude's handy work on the chainrings - I'm really happy with them.

I'm not quite sure what to make of the cracks in the chain plates. It was sold as NIB, and everything points to that being true. My first guess would be that there may have been an issue with the material of the outer plates and the batch that wound up as this chain may have had less toughness / been more brittle than designed for. That'd be more probable if the material is heat treated (not quenched or annealed properly, etc.). That coupled with the stresses inherent in the interference fit with the pins then allowed cracks to form over time (perhaps along overly martensitic stress planes?). All of the cracks seem to have propagated from the location of the pins to the outer edges of the plates - I saw the cracks last night, moped for a minute, then wrapped it up and put it away - haven't had a chance to look at it more closely yet. Maybe I'll start a thread on it, I find it interesting at least. It's been a good refresher on some of the material science basics.

Any hypotheses are academic as the chain is toast, no way I'm riding it. The seller has been great and a replacement is already en route. Hopefully the replacement chain's not made from the same batch of material. Or maybe there's a completely different explanation - you're an enguhneer, any thoughts? Maybe some form of time dependent embrittlement? The chain is still coated in the factory lubrication/oil.

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Originally Posted by Sir_Name
...you're an enguhneer, any thoughts?
I have 'em accidentically every so often but none on that. Don't know much about material science anyway.
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Proof of higher intelligence in the Hoosier state. Same color as the Turbo and Comp TA's that preceded it.
I think the best matches of both colors were from Toyota, but you know more about that stuff than do I.

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Proof of higher intelligence in the Hoosier state. Same color as the Turbo and Comp TA's that preceded it.
I think the best matches of both colors were from Toyota, but you know more about that stuff than do I.
I'll do what I always do, take the frame and my two daughters to CVS and let them help me pick out fingernail polish. I'm a little color blind and have a hard time matching paint.
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Lyotard 45CA set. I recently bought a different pair that was billed as French thread, but turned out to be 9/16. (I paid $4, so not worth the hassle.) Was heartened to see that the new set that arrived today is labeled gauche and droite.

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Originally Posted by Sir_Name
A couple of goodies for the Klein - spring can't come soon enough.





Unfortunately, several of the outer plates of the chain are cracked... Sort term disappointment, but minor set back in the long run. Hopefully I can find a replacement fairly easily.
How many? I have several spare links - same exact chain - I can send to you if they might help.

Cracked outer links on a brand-new chain; that's weird...

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On the way to me and should arrive any day now are a pair of Dura Ace AX headset wrenches.

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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude
How many? I have several spare links - same exact chain - I can send to you if they might help.

Cracked outer links on a brand-new chain; that's weird...

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Ah, I really appreciate the offer DD, but over a third of the links have cracked outer plates so this chain will be 'for display only'. Something is up that has me questioning all of the links. The seller sent a replacement as soon as I gave him the heads up that something was off, so I should be all set...hopefully. Good service on his part for sure.

Cracked outer plates on a clearly unused decades old chain is weird alright. It's definitely coated in the factory lube, came in the wax paper and box as shown, measures at exactly 12 inches for twelve full links, and was still wound to fit the box perfectly. Not sure of what to make of that. A quick search didn't turn up any wide spread issues with this chain and I think a few here use the same model without issue, so it looks like something happened to this specific chain or the batch of material it came from.

Now one when are you gonna make it out to the east coast for a ride??
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This was a huge surprise, I mentioned that I liked it but figured she was ignoring me like usual. Great birthday present from my wife.



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This was a huge surprise, I mentioned that I liked it but figured she was ignoring me like usual. Great birthday present from my wife.



Now THAT is love. The last thing my wife would buy me is another bike. Buying one for myself is hard enough in this house!
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Tange Strong seatpost. Was looking for a mid-80s Japanese seatpost that wasn't fluted and this is perfect for under $20.

Don't see these often. In fact I can't prove someone didn't just stick the Tange label on there. Don't know the relationship between the brands.

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Originally Posted by sloar
This was a huge surprise ...
Especially with all the other iron you've been acquiring of late. It seems you out a new acquisition every week or two. You've got a very understanding wife.
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