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Old 04-23-24, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by datlas
We are going to LA in 2 weeks for Heidi's graduation. The USC graduation speakers have all been canceled due to P&R issues which sucks for the students (it's been all over the news. Sad!)

I HAD been planning to rent a bike for the week, but we have an apartment rental smack downtown which is NOT convenient for cycling OR for cycling rentals.

I may just skip the cycling and be a fast-walker for our visit. I know that's crazy talk, but as of now that is my inclination.
I usually don't bother taking or renting bikes on trips that require a flight. But 2 weeks is a long time... Bummer about the rental location. I assume it's close to USC at least?
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I usually don't bother taking or renting bikes on trips that require a flight. But 2 weeks is a long time... Bummer about the rental location. I assume it's close to USC at least?
We will be in LA "only" for 9 days, the trip is in 2 weeks. Staying relatively close to USC.
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oh, oops. reading comprehension, how does it work.

9 days is still a lot of time off the bike, esp for someone who rides as much as datlas
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Originally Posted by TMonk
oh, oops. reading comprehension, how does it work.

9 days is still a lot of time off the bike, esp for someone who rides as much as datlas
Yeah. I'm at 10 days and looking at at least another day or two, and then a gentle reintroduction.
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Over here I'm getting past peak cold symptoms, was sneezing, coughing and blowing my nose a lot yesterday. So more working from the comfort of my garage. I rode the TT bike on the trainer for a light hour, spending about 45 min in position, just nose breathing and aiming for lower than normal targets. Again, my legs had more power than what I wanted to do on the day, being sick and all. So weird. Like I'd expect my legs to feel sluggish or something? IDK

Still kept the tiger under the hood though.
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Question: I'm down to zero spacers on the road bike and feeling better than ever in the drops. Should I trim the 3 cm of smokestack or keep them for resale or a sudden attack of decrepitude?
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Question: I'm down to zero spacers on the road bike and feeling better than ever in the drops. Should I trim the 3 cm of smokestack or keep them for resale or a sudden attack of decrepitude?
Depends on the chances you would want to sell it.

Are you going to timtak it eventually??
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Originally Posted by TMonk

9 days is still a lot of time off the bike …
I don’t have much problem with it.

Originally Posted by genejockey
Yeah. I'm at 10 days ...
Yeah, I’m a little past that.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Question: I'm down to zero spacers on the road bike and feeling better than ever in the drops. Should I trim the 3 cm of smokestack or keep them for resale or a sudden attack of decrepitude?
I've been at zero spacers for a couple of years. Keeping the smokestack for now, for who knows what tomorrow may bring?

Some may say that you need to cut the steerer tube down to move the expander plug to where the stem clamps the tube, but I'm not convinced that's an issue with a properly torqued stem.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Question: I'm down to zero spacers on the road bike and feeling better than ever in the drops. Should I trim the 3 cm of smokestack or keep them for resale or a sudden attack of decrepitude?
Not hot. 3 cm is a lot.

If decrepitude sets in, it's time for a new sled anyway.
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I've been looking into rebuilding those wheels, the old Dura Ace-hubbed ones that came on the Ritchey back when it was new. I just did a spin test on them, and the bearings are running super smooth, even after 28 years, so it's a shame not to!. Choosing Sapim Race spokes, and brass nipples, it's $100 just for those. I already have a pair of Velocity A23 rims. I need spoke prep, a cheap cordless screwdriver, and a tension meter. That all adds up to ANOTHER $100. And that's about what the rims cost. Now I remember why I bought the Fulcrums that I ended up putting on the Litespeed. They cost less than rebuilding on those hubs!

Right now, the Ritchey's running a pair of old Performance "Titan" wheels which I think cost < $200 BITD. I believe they're actually Neuvations. They're okay. But I feel like the Ritchey really deserves those Dura Ace hubs.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
I've been at zero spacers for a couple of years. Keeping the smokestack for now, for who knows what tomorrow may bring?

Some may say that you need to cut the steerer tube down to move the expander plug to where the stem clamps the tube, but I'm not convinced that's an issue with a properly torqued stem.
I think they make extra-long expander plugs.
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Originally Posted by datlas
Depends on the chances you would want to sell it.

Are you going to timtak it eventually??
New bike planned tentatively for next season, assuming no terrible boat expenses. And yes, of course, timtaking is the only way to go fast efficiently.

Originally Posted by terrymorse
I've been at zero spacers for a couple of years. Keeping the smokestack for now, for who knows what tomorrow may bring?

Some may say that you need to cut the steerer tube down to move the expander plug to where the stem clamps the tube, but I'm not convinced that's an issue with a properly torqued stem.
I haven't moved the plug, but would if I "moyeled" it.

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Not hot. 3 cm is a lot.

If decrepitude sets in, it's time for a new sled anyway.
Agree, it's too much and people are trying to fondle it. The second is an excellent point: Nothing more not-hot than a flipped stem and a bunch of spacers on a sporty bike with an uncomfortable looking rider.
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Just for grins, I measured HRV just now with HRV4Training. HR = 56, which is a little higher than the baseline 51-54 it has, and HRV is 7.5, which is below my "green range" of 8 - 8.6. So, that's better than I'd expected.

My idea is to rest up today, take another COVID test tomorrow, and if that's negative, probably go back to work. I'll also test HRV daily and if it's back in the green by Friday, I'll do a nice, gentle ride of no more than 20 miles and see how that goes.

It gives me a nice to not do the Mt Hamilton C&V ride scheduled for Saturday. I was flirting with the idea, and whether the Ritchey or the Battaglin, which both have 39x30 low gears, would be both C&V enough and low-geared enough. Hamilton is not really steep anywhere, but it is LONG. And there's a 300 foot descent in the middle of the climb, so you have to pay for the same altitude gain twice. Indeed, one guy (named Guy, as it happens) suggested starting from that low point. Well, anyway, the debate has been settled! No Mt Hamilton for Mrs. Smith's baby boy.
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And yes, of course, timtaking is the only way to go fast efficiently.
Nailed it.

Everything else on BF is now just fluff.
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It seems Stages has laid off the whole staff.
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Originally Posted by LAJ
It seems Stages has laid off the whole staff.
OMG... drama! I had never used any of their products... Was a Powertap (Saris) hub user for 10+ years before switching to the Favero pedals. And my smart trainer is Saris too.
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Originally Posted by LAJ
It seems Stages has laid off the whole staff.
Never a good sign.
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Originally Posted by big john;[url=tel:23221250
23221250[/url]]The guy leading, and winning, this crit in 1968 is Jack Disney on a single speed. He was a 3 time Olympian and 5 time National champion. I never met him but people I know did. He passed last week @ 93.

Apparently he was a badass on the track, too.
Helmets in 1968
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha;[url=tel:23221700
23221700[/url]]Question: I'm down to zero spacers on the road bike and feeling better than ever in the drops. Should I trim the 3 cm of smokestack or keep them for resale or a sudden attack of decrepitude?
Which reminds me to ask(begs the question when addressing anyone else :-)) Can the part of the stem that’s in the steerer tube be raised at all? Or is that all fixed?
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Originally Posted by genejockey;[url=tel:23221743
23221743[/url]]I've been looking into rebuilding those wheels, the old Dura Ace-hubbed ones that came on the Ritchey back when it was new. I just did a spin test on them, and the bearings are running super smooth, even after 28 years, so it's a shame not to!. Choosing Sapim Race spokes, and brass nipples, it's $100 just for those. I already have a pair of Velocity A23 rims. I need spoke prep, a cheap cordless screwdriver, and a tension meter. That all adds up to ANOTHER $100. And that's about what the rims cost. Now I remember why I bought the Fulcrums that I ended up putting on the Litespeed. They cost less than rebuilding on those hubs!

Right now, the Ritchey's running a pair of old Performance "Titan" wheels which I think cost < $200 BITD. I believe they're actually Neuvations. They're okay. But I feel like the Ritchey really deserves those Dura Ace hubs.
Well you know you don’t have to be so hoity toity. You could use straight gage spokes, and even galvanized, to keep the price down.
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Originally Posted by TMonk
OMG... drama! I had never used any of their products... Was a Powertap (Saris) hub user for 10+ years before switching to the Favero pedals. And my smart trainer is Saris too.
I was never a fan either, as their initial offerings were full of issues.

I went with Quarq, and though it seems some had issues, mine were nearly bombproof. Swapping out the 2032 batteries seemed to cause the biggest issue, due to handling of the battery itself. From the get-go, I've always used nitrile gloves when handling them, and would dab a little alcohol on the contacts points after bending up the tabs. I did run Favero on my TT bike, but they're now moved to my commuter.
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Thanks all, for talking me through the hydraulic brakes particulars. I might not have figured it out on my own. Who knew Shimano has a kit? Why would they? There’s only millions of bikes out there with hydraulics on them.
A prime example of the caliber of my google fu

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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
Well you know you don’t have to be so hoity toity. You could use straight gage spokes, and even galvanized, to keep the price down.
Well, yeah- I COULD, but I WON'T.
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Question: I'm down to zero spacers on the road bike and feeling better than ever in the drops. Should I trim the 3 cm of smokestack or keep them for resale or a sudden attack of decrepitude?
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