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Old 12-01-22, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by mschwett
oh experts, does this rubbing off of the finish on my seat clamp mean

1) nothing
2) legs too fat
3) seat too far back (professionally fitted but between frame sizes)
4) bad clamp/seat combo
5) other
My bikes all have that and I run the saddle forward in the clamp.
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Originally Posted by ls01
I'm in week 4 of whatever that was. Still have the runny nose and major chest congestion. Zwifting is a real beotch in the first 20 minutes. Hacking and coughing my brains out. But it eases up after that. I have noticed my heart rate is up around 10 beats higher for the same effort as before being sick too. Whatever this is/was needs to eff all the way off already as it's interfering with my training.
This is my 5th day since Covid symptoms started and I’m starting to feel normal, again. The only symptom I have left at the moment is a runny nose and sore ribs from coughing hard a couple days ago. I think I’ll survive.

in your case, don’t push. I’m no doc but chest congestion can lead to or is bronchitis and can lead to damage. That happened to me 1986 when against my doctor’s advice, I continued to try to ride though it for weeks and I didn’t get well until I locked my bikes up in the shop and gave my wife the key. My chest X-rays show permanent scarring.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
in your case, don’t push. I’m no doc but chest congestion can lead to or is bronchitis and can lead to damage. That happened to me 1986 when against my doctor’s advice, I continued to try to ride though it for weeks and I didn’t get well until I locked my bikes up in the shop and gave my wife the key. My chest X-rays show permanent scarring.
Might be a factor in why my lungs are the way they are. Docs say COPD. I always rode sick and worked sick. Sometimes the sickness would go on for weeks upon weeks. Zero common sense.

But we're still here, right?
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
This is my 5th day since Covid symptoms started and I’m starting to feel normal, again. The only symptom I have left at the moment is a runny nose and sore ribs from coughing hard a couple days ago. I think I’ll survive.

in your case, don’t push. I’m no doc but chest congestion can lead to or is bronchitis and can lead to damage. That happened to me 1986 when against my doctor’s advice, I continued to try to ride though it for weeks and I didn’t get well until I locked my bikes up in the shop and gave my wife the key. My chest X-rays show permanent scarring.
Thanks, I , like John and yourself, have always pushed through. It's too late for me too. Plus I'm putting on weight not riding, well I have been riding but it's not enough. It'll get better one way or another.
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Do I go china made carbon wheels, or DT swiss aluminum wheels.

Pros of the china wheels, Carbon, look sweet. Had good luck with my last pair.
Cons: Always a little risky, customer support is lacking, and carbon rim brake makes me nervous.

Pros of DT swiss, legit company, weight is about the same, aluminum braking surface.
cons: Not carbon, price is a little bit more than super teams, will have to convince the wife it’s worth it.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Do I go china made carbon wheels, or DT swiss aluminum wheels.

Pros of the china wheels, Carbon, look sweet. Had good luck with my last pair.
Cons: Always a little risky, customer support is lacking, and carbon rim brake makes me nervous.

Pros of DT swiss, legit company, weight is about the same, aluminum braking surface.
cons: Not carbon, price is a little bit more than super teams, will have to convince the wife it’s worth it.
It's a tough call. If you had to choose, since you are NOT racing, I would go with aluminum. I split the difference and ride Crabon wheels May-September and aluminum October-April. The handbuilt aluminum ones I got from Psimet2001 are really good BTW so you may want to check with him on pricing.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Do I go china made carbon wheels, or DT swiss aluminum wheels.

Pros of the china wheels, Carbon, look sweet. Had good luck with my last pair.
Cons: Always a little risky, customer support is lacking, and carbon rim brake makes me nervous.

Pros of DT swiss, legit company, weight is about the same, aluminum braking surface.
cons: Not carbon, price is a little bit more than super teams, will have to convince the wife it’s worth it.
I know a couple of people with Superteam wheels, and they've been very happy with them.
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Originally Posted by datlas
It's a tough call. If you had to choose, since you are NOT racing, I would go with aluminum. I split the difference and ride Crabon wheels May-September and aluminum October-April. The handbuilt aluminum ones I got from Psimet2001 are really good BTW so you may want to check with him on pricing.

With the new groupset, I may start racing the ritchey over the cervelo. Undecided.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
With the new groupset, I may start racing the ritchey over the cervelo. Undecided.
In that case, hold out for Zipp 454 NSW wheels!
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Originally Posted by mschwett
oh experts, does this rubbing off of the finish on my seat clamp mean

1) nothing
2) legs too fat
3) seat too far back (professionally fitted but between frame sizes)
4) bad clamp/seat combo
5) other


2

Maybe
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Do I go china made carbon wheels, or DT swiss aluminum wheels.

Pros of the china wheels, Carbon, look sweet. Had good luck with my last pair.
Cons: Always a little risky, customer support is lacking, and carbon rim brake makes me nervous.

Pros of DT swiss, legit company, weight is about the same, aluminum braking surface.
cons: Not carbon, price is a little bit more than super teams, will have to convince the wife it’s worth it.
DT Swiss.
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As far as carbon wheels and braking go, Reynolds pads are about the best around. I use them on all my carbon rims. Nothing can help in wet conditions unfortunately. Even aluminum rims don't bake as well in the wet.
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Originally Posted by mschwett
oh experts, does this rubbing off of the finish on my seat clamp mean

1) nothing
2) legs too fat
3) seat too far back (professionally fitted but between frame sizes)
4) bad clamp/seat combo
5) other
5 - Legs working as narrow as they can. Aero FTW!
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
Garmin said "take a rest day, loser".

I pled down to a sub-hour recovery spin. Hoping to run again tomorrow.

Work is doing its dmandest to kill me though.
I had 90 minutes of sweet spot on tap and woke up feeling like dog ****. I went out and tried to do 60 minutes at endurance pace and gave up after 30
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Go for broke. Negotiate with Mrs. Bam. Once it is a done deal at home, get some carbon wheels with DTSwiss 240 hubs from LightBicycle or another Chinese vendor. Get the Schnitz brake track if you need rim brakes.

Mine have Carbon Ti hubs and the price was not much more than high end aluminum.

And I use Campagnolo carbon brake pads and the LB wheels stop about the same as Rolf aluminum with regular Campagnolo brake pads.

The one down side to the LB wheels was when I blew a tire right at the start of a group ride, when I ran with a borrowed Al wheel the brakes were very bad... Al wheel with Campagnolo carbon brakes.

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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Do I go china made carbon wheels, or DT swiss aluminum wheels.

Pros of the china wheels, Carbon, look sweet. Had good luck with my last pair.
Cons: Always a little risky, customer support is lacking, and carbon rim brake makes me nervous.

Pros of DT swiss, legit company, weight is about the same, aluminum braking surface.
cons: Not carbon, price is a little bit more than super teams, will have to convince the wife it’s worth it.
Get some light-bicycle wheels w/ DT hubs
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
Get some light-bicycle wheels w/ DT hubs

Trying to keep it under 400.00.

I should be have bought the zeta wheels when they were on sale black Friday at excel, missed the opportunity.
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Go for broke. Negotiate with Mrs. Bam. Once it is a done deal at home, get some carbon wheels with DTSwiss 240 hubs from LightBicycle or another Chinese vendor. Get the Schnitz brake track if you need rim brakes.

Mine have Carbon Ti hubs and the price was not much more than high end aluminum.

She let me buy a complete groupset, she bought me my last pair of super teams, she’s not going to let me spend more than that on wheels.
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Originally Posted by mschwett
oh experts, does this rubbing off of the finish on my seat clamp mean

1) nothing
2) legs too fat
3) seat too far back (professionally fitted but between frame sizes)
4) bad clamp/seat combo
5) other


Happens for me on some saddles. I don't call it fat legs though, I call it Massive Adductors!
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Originally Posted by thin_concrete
How is it December already?
Speaking of: The 2022 hurricane season is over, man.
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I disagree. (See above)
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
She let me buy a complete groupset, she bought me my last pair of super teams, she’s not going to let me spend more than that on wheels.
What is this "she bought me" stuff? Does she work outside the home?
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Trying to keep it under 400.00.

I should be have bought the zeta wheels when they were on sale black Friday at excel, missed the opportunity.
Check ProBikeKit. They usually have good sales on Fulcrum wheels, which I like. The Fulcrum 4's on the Litespeed are really nice.
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I re-handlebarred and re-tired the Trek 930 this morning. After a tune-up ride it will be ready to be a part of the regular rotation. It was calling to me. So, for the moment, there will be three in the Winter rotation. That is, if Winter ever actually arrives. I'll take the Paramount again today. Barring rain.
Oh, and I successfully re-used bar tape, without tearing it. I was having thoughts of Velo Vol and Mrs Bam. That vision kept my hand steady and calm.

All of this after I had it completely torn down for a re-paint, last winter. Then I got covid and just hung it up with the other frame sets. It does need a re-paint.
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For last night's Zwifting, I rode for 45 minutes with Coco in Makuri. I could have gone an hour, but 45 plus a 5 minute cool down, plus the 10 minute warmup/spindown added to a nice round hour. The route was somewhat of an issue - about 1/3 of it was "gravel", so my virtual Canyon Ultimate with skinny virtual tires required me to add about 20-30w to keep up on those segments. I worked at staying with 4 m, mostly within 2 m of the Pacebot, which meant my power was kinda spiky. Good practice for how races seem to work. Speaking of races, apparently Zwiftpower saw fit to return me to the "D" category. Good to know that I'm not permanently stuck in "C", where a podium finish would require there only being 2 other C racers.
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