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Old 09-04-21, 11:16 PM
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I just gotta gush

Been fine tuning my bike recently and have been pleased with how well it rides. Went on a ride with my buddy today on some hills. While he generally smokes me on the uphill (my issue not the equipment), I was able to stay way ahead of him coasting downhill (my equipment not me. we both have similar skills at taking windy roads). At the end of the ride he said something to the effect of, "I couldn't keep up and I was pedaling the whole way. That is a fine machine"

I'm a happy camper
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It’s a great thing to have your bike all dialed in just right, isn’t it?

I hate it when there’s a noisy drivetrain, wonky bar wrap, loose bearings, or anything out of sorts. But get everything in tune and adjusted to fit you… Nirvana!
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Originally Posted by Broctoon View Post
It’s a great thing to have your bike all dialed in just right, isn’t it?

I hate it when there’s a noisy drivetrain, wonky bar wrap, loose bearings, or anything out of sorts. But get everything in tune and adjusted to fit you… Nirvana!
Yeah I'm the same way. I'm very happy to have gotten all the annoying clicks, creaks and extraneous noise out... I discovered the importance of bike grease on threads and carbon paste for metal/carbon interfaces.

the hum of rubber on the road while riding on a deserted road is just beautiful.
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Good to hear.

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^ thread posting monitor strikes again.
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Yep, four or more of the same just catches my attention. Obviously few others wonder about it.
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
Yep, four or more of the same just catches my attention. Obviously few others wonder about it.
So you go out and cross-link on both threads to call more attention?
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I'm more impressed when my body feels like it is in fine tune. It's not about the bike.
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
Good to hear.
So what Shelby, so what!

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Yep, four or more of the same just catches my attention. Obviously few others wonder about it.
Yes, and we wonder why YOU wonder.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
^ thread posting monitor strikes again.
Better respect the autoritey of the hall monitor!
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My apologies, posting guidelines are a thing of the past.
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
Yep, four or more of the same just catches my attention. Obviously few others wonder about it.
Sorry about that - just so excited ya know?
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Originally Posted by Symox View Post
Been fine tuning my bike recently and have been pleased with how well it rides. Went on a ride with my buddy today on some hills. While he generally smokes me on the uphill (my issue not the equipment), I was able to stay way ahead of him coasting downhill (my equipment not me. we both have similar skills at taking windy roads). At the end of the ride he said something to the effect of, "I couldn't keep up and I was pedaling the whole way. That is a fine machine"

I'm a happy camper
Why would your equipment make you faster while coasting? Am I missing something?
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Why would your equipment make you faster while coasting? Am I missing something?
less rotational friction than my buddy’s bike (cleaned and greased freehub). Lower rolling resistance, better quality hub bearings, etc
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less rotational friction than my buddy’s bike (cleaned and greased freehub). Lower rolling resistance, better quality hub bearings, etc
Nope. The difference in rolling resistance from a dirty cheap set of hub bearings compared to a clean high-quality set is relatively trivial.

Since you can’t climb with your friend but you can coast faster than him on the descents, I would guess that your combined mass (you plus your bike) is heavier than his, and hence gravity is doing the work for you… and/or that you achieve a more aerodynamic position, and/or that your jersey is tighter and is more aerodynamic, etc.

It’s most likely not the bike.
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can you tell us what bike you were using, as well as what bike your friend has?
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
^ thread posting monitor strikes again.
Glad to see that someone is keeping an eye on the children here, thank you for pointing that out.
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
Glad to see that someone is keeping an eye on the children here, thank you for pointing that out.
No need to pile on, Siu. Billy already gave me 40 lashes and I apologized for thinking four identical threads might be considered spamming.
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
Nope. The difference in rolling resistance from a dirty cheap set of hub bearings compared to a clean high-quality set is relatively trivial.

Since you can’t climb with your friend but you can coast faster than him on the descents, I would guess that your combined mass (you plus your bike) is heavier than his, and hence gravity is doing the work for you… and/or that you achieve a more aerodynamic position, and/or that your jersey is tighter and is more aerodynamic, etc.

It’s most likely not the bike.
Good points. However, I can feel the difference on my bike between too much grease in the hub and the right amount so I'm not sure about bearings making minimal difference.
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Originally Posted by ussprinceton View Post
can you tell us what bike you were using, as well as what bike your friend has?
Specialized Roubaix 2007 (carbon triple with rim brakes) <- me
Soulcraft frame with a mix of components (steel double with cantilever brakes) <- my friend
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Good points. However, I can feel the difference on my bike between too much grease in the hub and the right amount so I'm not sure about bearings making minimal difference.
Placebo effect.
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Placebo effect.
what is it, do you need a hug?
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However, I can feel the difference on my bike between too much grease in the hub and the right amount
Nope. Maybe on the stand spinning the wheel but you can't tell when riding.
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... I was able to stay way ahead of him coasting downhill (my equipment not me. we both have similar skills at taking windy roads). At the end of the ride he said something to the effect of, "I couldn't keep up and I was pedaling the whole way.
I hate to say it, but an increase in downhill coasting speed is likely due to weight gain.
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I hate to say it, but an increase in downhill coasting speed is likely due to weight gain.
Be honest... you didn't really hate saying it.
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