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Old 01-31-23, 04:05 PM
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Originally Posted by genejockey
Because tightening the QR makes the play go away, and you've assured us the axle's not too long.

There are only a few places the play could be, and one is in the bearings. If you're CLOSE to zero play in the bearings, but not quite there, tightening QRs or TAs can tighten it up. This is why adjusting hubs is such a PITA with cone wrenches. You have to take the wheel out of the dropouts to adjust it, and you think you have it adjusted right, and you put it back in the dropouts and it's too tight. So you take it out, make a tiny adjustment, put it back in the dropouts and there's play. Lather, rinse, repeat.

When you rock the wheel, and you feel play, can you see one or the other end of the QR skewer moving relative to the dropout?

Skewer didnít appear to move but I also wasnít looking.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
I put a -17 degree stem on the Bianchi, when I ws dropping from a 120mm to a 110. I tried a -12, but the bar was too high.
Question. This is my ignorance. Whatís the purpose of a more aggressive stem if you still have spacers under it? Couldnít you remove the spacers and put a less aggressive stem. This is not me being a smart ass, this is a legit question.
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Originally Posted by datlas
BTW that thread is not locked, so it could be bumped if someone felt it was relevant.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Timtaking your bike with negative stem and big drop.




Guy is the aero master.
I would never be riding on a setup like that, too bad for my poor back and too risky
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Originally Posted by georges1
I would never be riding on a setup like that, too bad for my poor back and too risky
No one with any reasonable level of sensibility would. The example of Timtak's bike is not for serious consideration.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Question. This is my ignorance. Whatís the purpose of a more aggressive stem if you still have spacers under it? Couldnít you remove the spacers and put a less aggressive stem. This is not me being a smart ass, this is a legit question.
It came originally, in 2007 when I was 50, with a 130 mm -17 and those spacers, which put the bar at the right height but 1cm too far away, so I replaced that with a 120mm, -17 stem of the same model.

Fast forward 14 years, and I'm starting to find the reach forward a bit much, but liking the drop. I bought a 110mm stem. I THOUGHT the stem was a standard -12, but the bar ended up too high, so I got a -17 and the bar is same height and 1 cm closer, exactly where I wanted it.

If I put spacers above the stem, I'd have to decide whether to live with the aesthetics of a small smokestack, or have the steerer cut. As it is, I don't mind a few small spacers and I like the -17 stem.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Question. This is my ignorance. Whatís the purpose of a more aggressive stem if you still have spacers under it? Couldnít you remove the spacers and put a less aggressive stem. This is not me being a smart ass, this is a legit question.
Also, I tried it with spacers above the stem, but those pretty "Bianchi" labeled spacers have thick walls, which means the stem cap doesn't completely cover them, leaving an unsightly rim which is also surprisingly sharp.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
No one with any reasonable level of sensibility would. The example of Timtak's bike is not for serious consideration.
He would go on and on about "all day comfortable" while admitting he never rides more than an hour.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
He would go on and on about "all day comfortable" while admitting he never rides more than an hour.
All day comfortable...I ride this bike for one hour, and then spend all the rest of the day being comfortable.
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I guess Hamburg caught it all

Western NY keeps getting our snow.
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datlas someone I know sent me an email about serrapeptase. You think it's worth trying?

https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-serrapeptase
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Originally Posted by genejockey
It came originally, in 2007 when I was 50, with a 130 mm -17 and those spacers, which put the bar at the right height but 1cm too far away, so I replaced that with a 120mm, -17 stem of the same model.

Fast forward 14 years, and I'm starting to find the reach forward a bit much, but liking the drop. I bought a 110mm stem. I THOUGHT the stem was a standard -12, but the bar ended up too high, so I got a -17 and the bar is same height and 1 cm closer, exactly where I wanted it.

If I put spacers above the stem, I'd have to decide whether to live with the aesthetics of a small smokestack, or have the steerer cut. As it is, I don't mind a few small spacers and I like the -17 stem.

Fair enough, I didnít know if there was more to fitting than I thought I knew. I donít know very much.





One of the guys on m team works at bike shop across the water. I reached out to him today for wheels and a stem. Both of what I want are at a ďwarehouseĒ, anyways I mentioned how my emonda stem was slammed and I wanted lower but at the same time donít want to loser my Blender set up.

I sent him a picture, and he said thatís not slammed. I didnít realize that washer could be removed.

He recommended this, Iím gunna see if trek can find me something before I order this.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
To expand - Shimano introduced 130mm rear spacing when they introduced 8 speed Dura Ace back around 1991. They needed the extra 4mm for the extra cog. There were a few years when both 126 and 130 coexisted because lower level groups were still 7 speed, but that was all over before 2000. My 1994 Cannondale R500 came with 7 speeds, and 128mm spacing, so you could fit a 130 hub or a 126.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
All day comfortable...I ride this bike for one hour, and then spend all the rest of the day being comfortable.
You need - https://dispatch.bike/products/i-rid...le-headset-cap
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
I almost bought that exact one not long ago - LOL.
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Another pizza ride today. It was so windy at my house I almost cancelled but we met at the less windy ride start and it was not a problem but it was pretty breezy toward the end, I had a vegetarian slice and it was pretty good.
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Looks like Iím riding indoors this weekend again:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2023/01/...-cold-weekend/

News flash - I was going to be indoors even if it were seasonable temperatures. But it does mean I get to have a fire going all day if I can get my ride in early enough!
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Originally Posted by thin_concrete
Looks like I’m riding indoors this weekend again:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2023/01/...-cold-weekend/

News flash - I was going to be indoors even if it were seasonable temperatures. But it does mean I get to have a fire going all day if I can get my ride in early enough!
We've had a fire going since 7:30 this morning. Of course, all we have to do is flick a switch and on it goes.



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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
I never had the pleasure. Sad
Oh there's still plenty in the air, that's just the last one produced.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Further west on I-40. Look at that truck to car ratio.


I-25 was wide open this morning. Probably tough to keep a tractor trailer on that slab of ice with the breeze blowing across though

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Anyone looking for a sweet pad in the City of Angels? Wow. I made my asking price guess, it turned out to be about 60% of actual asking price.

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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Hey Indy, glad youíre back and full of piss and vinegar!
Just got moved to a rehab place tonight after a cardioversion. Seems more like a nursing home.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Oh there's still plenty in the air, that's just the last one produced.
But I'm hoping my flying days are coming to a close.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
We've had a fire going since 7:30 this morning. Of course, all we have to do is flick a switch and on it goes.


We have gas and wood burning fireplaces. Iíll bring a few dozen logs from the back yard and put them on the front porch tomorrow and Thursday to have them ready to go.

Good thing we just had the furnace checked a couple weeks ago for its age (weíre looking at switching to a heat pump or geothermal this year). Everything looked good, but knowing my luck itíll die on Friday night just as we drop below zero.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Just got moved to a rehab place tonight after a cardioversion. Seems more like a nursing home.
Gonna brush up on your Canasta game?
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