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Old 06-06-11, 12:04 AM
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Hello from Juneau, Alaska

Hi, Calling in from the rainforests of Juneau, Alaska. One of the shortest biking seasons of any place in the U.S, and maybe the wettest. Loved reading the introductions of the real cyclists here, those who build and personalize their own bikes. I am not that creative. Between my son, wife and I we have 10 bikes ranging from a single speed redline mountain bike through, an S enduro comp 150 mm, bike friday pocket rocket, and a giant tcr t-mobile.

That is why I need help from this forum. Too many bikes and not enough technical knowledge to keep up with it. For example I just posted my latest mistake on the bike mechanic section. I think I purchased the wrong FSA compact crankset for my tcr. Trying to go from a 53/39 K-force to a 50/34 K-force. It says C-10 on the 50 tooth ring. I am afraid that might be only compatible with campy 10s. Mine is all dura ace 7800. Looking for the truth. Hoping I can find it here, before I blow more cash on uninformed purchases.
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Old 06-06-11, 05:00 AM
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Cheers Jeff, welcome to Bike Forums!

Have you considered studded tyres to continue riding in the winter months?

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Old 06-06-11, 07:51 AM
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Welcome to the forums Jeff! I can't help with your question, but I know you came to the right place. Good luck getting your bike fixed up.
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Old 06-07-11, 12:11 AM
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On the studded tire question. Yes! I have a set of nokian extremes in a 2.1 that I keep on a separate wheelset and that fits on a couple of our mountain bikes. Dont use them a lot, but my favorite ride is to wait till Mendenhall Lake is frozen and ride up around the Mendenhall glacier. Amazing what the carbide tips will do on smooth lake ice. Just have to be careful to not put my foot down on the ice without great care.

On the chain ring question. one long time member says the C-10 stamp on the FSA K-force I just bought on ebay is more marketing than a real difference in the ring. It will be fine to put on the shimano system
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Old 06-07-11, 01:55 PM
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How's the riding in the Anchorage area? I'm planning on (hopefully) going up to U of A for grad school!
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Originally Posted by Jhartman1 View Post
my favorite ride is to wait till Mendenhall Lake is frozen and ride up around the Mendenhall glacier. Amazing what the carbide tips will do on smooth lake ice. Just have to be careful to not put my foot down on the ice without great care.
Riding on glare ice is great. In my case it's sea. Unfortunately we only get a couple of days per year (if that) when there's thick enough ice but not yet lots of snow on top. After that it's all xc skiing.
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Old 06-11-11, 01:19 AM
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To the fellow asking about the riding quality around Anchorage. I lived there for 8 years before mountain bikes had suspensions, and I loved the whole South Central Region trail system accessible by road. So many remote trails. At that time you could cycle on almost any trail allowed for hiking. A dry climate and good cycling community. Road cycling isnt too bad. The main roads have bike lanes. Not too thrilled about the drivers, but there are a lot of cyclists in that area of Alaska. If I lived in a big cycling area of the country, perhaps it wouldn't seem as
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Howdy and welcome to the forums.

One of the ladies in Lone Star Randonneurs lives in Alaska. She is working on her R-12, which involves riding a 200k each month for 12 consecutive months. So she'll probably be out riding in some weather that others of us wouldn't consider. But she'll also be down here riding with us in Texas later in the year. Your mention of the short cycling season made me think of her!
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