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Old 07-25-23, 08:08 PM
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Over 100 degrees by the end of our ride today. It bothered me more than it has for the last few rides. Maybe it's because my friend has figured out how to ride his new e-bike and now I end up chasing a bit, which has not been a feature of the Tuesday rides.

A few years ago some of us got tired of working so hard to keep up with younger and/or faster riders on Saturday club rides and we formed our own group of about 7 riders who would stay together and the Tuesday ride came from that. One of the group can't ride because of back problems, another has been staying at her other house in the mountains and the other 3 all got e-bikes. The one lady actually trained and lost weight and got a weight weenie bike so she doesn't go e on every ride.

Now the three regulars think I should get an e-bike so I can keep up on fast club rides but I don't know if that's what I want to do. I guess I'm at a crossroads.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Cold, so cold.
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Slow night. Everyone must just be getting home from marathon band rehearsals.
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I'm sorry, but if you're a timpani player who has a FF solo, why must you be told more than once to play loudly. SMH.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
And, a Ti Ritchey Breakaway popped up in my neck of the woods in my size, with Dura ace for 2100.00.



Anybody want to loan me 2100 dollars?
Hmmm. $2100, you say? In your size? Which, just coincidentally, is also MY size.... Gee, maybe post a link.

With a phone number......
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Originally Posted by rjones28
Most of my bikes have different parts than stock. Especially the one's I built up from frames.
I like to keep my vintage bikes in original spec, but I'm not so strict about it that I ride clips'n'straps, or wrap the bars in cellophane, but I do like to hold to the original groupset.

The new ones? I'm a little less concerned. The Ritchey has a mix of 7410 and 7800. The Battaglin has Chorus but with a newer Veloce RD (so I could do 30t). The Bianchi has Veloce with a Centaur RD, and the Litespeed is R8000 with an old Campy Chorus headset. So far, the Canyon is still pretty much as bought.
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
I'm doing just fine.
Your post suggests you have lost touch with reality.
Originally Posted by bampilot06
Food was great, atmosphere was perfect, staff looked genuinely happy to be there.
They were acting.

Originally Posted by big john
Now the three regulars think I should get an e-bike so I can keep up on fast club rides but I don't know if that's what I want to do. I guess I'm at a crossroads.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Ive never used any of their products. I always think they look ugly, but what do I know.





edit: All of my heads sets are FSA. I am screwed.
The Allez and the Crux both feature FSA carbon bars and stems.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
I like to keep my vintage bikes in original spec, but I'm not so strict about it that I ride clips'n'straps, or wrap the bars in cellophane, but I do like to hold to the original groupset.

The new ones? I'm a little less concerned. The Ritchey has a mix of 7410 and 7800. The Battaglin has Chorus but with a newer Veloce RD (so I could do 30t). The Bianchi has Veloce with a Centaur RD, and the Litespeed is R8000 with an old Campy Chorus headset. So far, the Canyon is still pretty much as bought.
My Allez is about 10 years old. The only parts that remain from the original build are the brake calipers.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
The Allez and the Crux both feature FSA carbon bars and stems.
My KHS has an FSA crankset, with it's massive 28 tooth ring. I've written to them about parts and they have answered quickly and have been very helpful.
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sweet KHS. It's so big! Do you have a more trail or XC oriented short travel bike big john?
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Originally Posted by TMonk
sweet KHS. It's so big! Do you have a more trail or XC oriented short travel bike big john?
No but I've been thinking about it lately since I haven't been doing rough descents lately. It really works for that stuff, though. 160mm fork with 150mm rear and 2.8 tires.
It will plow through loose rocks and ruts like nothing but it is a bit much on long climbs and less technical trails.
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Originally Posted by big john
Over 100 degrees by the end of our ride today. It bothered me more than it has for the last few rides. Maybe it's because my friend has figured out how to ride his new e-bike and now I end up chasing a bit, which has not been a feature of the Tuesday rides.

A few years ago some of us got tired of working so hard to keep up with younger and/or faster riders on Saturday club rides and we formed our own group of about 7 riders who would stay together and the Tuesday ride came from that. One of the group can't ride because of back problems, another has been staying at her other house in the mountains and the other 3 all got e-bikes. The one lady actually trained and lost weight and got a weight weenie bike so she doesn't go e on every ride.

Now the three regulars think I should get an e-bike so I can keep up on fast club rides but I don't know if that's what I want to do. I guess I'm at a crossroads.
See if you can rent one or get a loner and give it a go. Who knows, you may enjoy the extra speed and hanging with the fast crowd.

My wife has an e-bike and occasionally I take it for a spin after performing basic maintenance and the thing is a kick. When I ride it, I feel like I have super powers.

Try it, you might just like it.
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Originally Posted by rsbob
See if you can rent one or get a loner and give it a go. Who knows, you may enjoy the extra speed and hanging with the fast crowd.

My wife has an e-bike and occasionally I take it for a spin after performing basic maintenance and the thing is a kick. When I ride it, I feel like I have super powers.

Try it, you might just like it.
The question is, do I really want to do that? I've been riding with this club for 34 years and it might be time for me to cool it. I've had fun riding alone and with slower riders lately.
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Originally Posted by big john
The question is, do I really want to do that? I've been riding with this club for 34 years and it might be time for me to cool it. I've had fun riding alone and with slower riders lately.
A lot to think about. I did a ride this spring with a couple of great guys who tool along about 14-15 tops. (I typically run 18-19 on the flats). It was very relaxing to chat with them and enjoy their company. It was relaxing and quite enjoyable. I know at higher speeds, that is pretty much out.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
I just had the face plate of one of their pricier aluminum stems fail after a few years of normal use and careful attention to torque specs. It made for a very anxious few seconds on the road.


How did it fail?
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Now people are copying my highlighting skills. Sad.
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Originally Posted by abshipp


How did it fail?
It seems to be made of some kind of composite with thin metal shell over the front. The composite around one, and shortly after, another of the bolt holes broke with a pop and the bars were free to spin. The damage was completely invisible because of the cosmetic shell. Pretty ****ed up design in my opinion. I have the same piece on the other bike.
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you a musician Velo Vol? I play piano. Jazz/Blues mostly, small classical repertoire but I don't practice enough and my sight reading is poor.
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Originally Posted by rsbob
A lot to think about. I did a ride this spring with a couple of great guys who tool along about 14-15 tops. (I typically run 18-19 on the flats). It was very relaxing to chat with them and enjoy their company. It was relaxing and quite enjoyable. I know at higher speeds, that is pretty much out.
Sometimes I ride with a different local club. There are still faster riders but I am not the slowest and the fast ones wait for everyone. The ride schedule is inconsistent, though. I did go with them last Saturday and it was a good time.

Kinda hard to ditch people I've been friends with for 20 years or more.
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Originally Posted by TMonk
you a musician Velo Vol? I play piano. Jazz/Blues mostly, small classical repertoire but I don't practice enough and my sight reading is poor.
Loosely defined. Trumpet in community band, at church.

I took piano lessons briefly when I was young. I can find the notes on the keyboard.
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you a musician Velo Vol? I play piano. Jazz/Blues mostly, small classical repertoire but I don't practice enough and my sight reading is poor.
He's the front left trumpeteer.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
I like to keep my vintage bikes in original spec, but I'm not so strict about it that I ride clips'n'straps, or wrap the bars in cellophane, but I do like to hold to the original groupset.

The new ones? I'm a little less concerned. The Ritchey has a mix of 7410 and 7800. The Battaglin has Chorus but with a newer Veloce RD (so I could do 30t). The Bianchi has Veloce with a Centaur RD, and the Litespeed is R8000 with an old Campy Chorus headset. So far, the Canyon is still pretty much as bought.
Headset? I pay zero attention to headsets, as long as they work as designed. That's just over the top imo. And pedals. Frankly, I pay little attention to any of it. I tend to like tricolor hubs though, so most of my wheels have those. Frequently my bikes are built with a mix of Suntour and Shimano components, with a Campy hub or pair of pedals thrown into the mix on occasion. My tubular wheels have Campy hubs. And the Paramount has Campy pedals. So not full 105. I have not a clue what the headset is.
I also like the 105 single pivot brake calipers. Now that I glance over at it, I see that the Paramount currently sports Dia Compe brake levers. Nothing left but to check the headset. Hold on....No name on it. Fitting.
Edit: I am eternally grateful to my dad for not instilling in me the need for everything to match, and be spit-shined. Eternally grateful.

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