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gc3 02-10-14 08:24 PM


Originally Posted by SpeshulEd (Post 16484955)
Just bought a new track bike and crankset...not really road related, but cycling related.

still with too much time on your hands, eh?

SpeshulEd 02-10-14 08:56 PM


Originally Posted by gc3 (Post 16485184)
still with too much time on your hands, eh?

Yeah...a fool and his money are soon parted.

I wanted the Cinelli Caleido road frame this summer when I was thinking about a second road bike and my size sold out before I could convince myself I needed that expensive of a frame. Now they came out with a Caleido Vigorelli, and I went for it (it was much cheaper than the road frame). It'll take me awhile to get it where I want it parts wise, but it'll come together.

RPK79 02-11-14 08:20 AM


Originally Posted by rekmeyata (Post 16485103)
The 105 is clearly a better group, it's considered the workhorse group. I tried all the groups from Sora on up to Dura Ace before I got 105. In my opinion 105 felt better and activated smoother and faster then Sora or Tiagra; felt about the same as Ultegra except the rear shifting was a tad quicker on the Ultegra but the only real measurable difference between the two is weight and price; and Dura Ace was a tad nicer but so slight it didn't warrant the expense unless your a weight weenie and need to shed weight. So when I ordered my Lynskey I kept the 105 components and made one swap, I swapped the 105 rear derailleur to Ultegra and now it feels the same as an all Ultegra ride!

Cost difference from Sora to 105 is not a whole lot, but it is going to Ultegra. Tiagra is a very reliable group whereas the Sora is the odd duck out, it's a lower quality component package you can feel quickly and won't last as long. You need to test ride bikes with the 3 groups and see for yourself which one is the best, if you can't tell or don't care then get the lowest costing one.

I'm going with the 105. All said and done I should come out at right around an even $1,000 and I'm going to have a very nice bike. Had a tax client pay me last night, just waiting for the check to clear...

kreeess 02-11-14 10:23 AM

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Ready for spring goodies

RPK79 02-11-14 10:29 AM

I was thinking about one of those k edge mounts for my garmin.

Someone should make an integrated stem faceplate garmin mount.

WhyFi 02-11-14 10:39 AM


Originally Posted by RPK79 (Post 16486505)
Someone should make an integrated stem faceplate garmin mount.

3T does.

RPK79 02-11-14 10:44 AM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 16486541)
3T does.

Ah, so they do. It doesn't appear to have very good reviews though.

robbyville 02-11-14 10:46 AM

Finally bit the bullet in prep for Spring. New Dura Ace chain and Sram 11spd cassette. Was originally going to replace the DA9000 cassette but figure I'll just put it on the November wheels and keep the DA one on the Bontrager (winter and gravel) wheels so that I don't have to swap all the time. Hoping that the 16t cog on the SRAM helps a bit as well, I definitely suffer on one of my gear changes more than the others and I think it may be the bigger jump on the DA.

Also got a Barfly 2.0, I was looking at the K-Edge but with the Barfly I can mount the DI2 junction below the computer mount. Like the K-Edge it seems to position the Garmin better for my poor tired eyes.

kreeess 02-11-14 10:50 AM

funny you mentioned this, I was just looking at some Garmins online and was wondering which mounts to use... which would be an ideal garmin to get?

gc3 02-11-14 10:51 AM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 16486541)
3T does.

and I'm giving it my "ugly AND overpriced product of the week" award...

RBA review here

http://www.roadbikeaction.com/conten...r/IMG_7078.jpg

WhyFi 02-11-14 11:02 AM

Heh. I'll say this - in a vacuum, yeah, it's uglier than your typical stem. Set it side by side with a stem with aftermarket Garmin mount, and I think that it starts to look better. That said, no, I'm not buying one anytime soon.

RPK79 02-11-14 11:13 AM

I would like to see a Garmin mount that would connect as a spacer below the stem and extend out similar to a bar fly or k edge. It would be cleaner looking imho. A cursory google search shows top of stem spacer mounts, but no below stem extended ones.

robbyville 02-11-14 11:28 AM


Originally Posted by RPK79 (Post 16486646)
I would like to see a Garmin mount that would connect as a spacer below the stem and extend out similar to a bar fly or k edge. It would be cleaner looking imho. A cursory google search shows top of stem spacer mounts, but no below stem extended ones.

And while everyone is different, I will say that the extension between my first barfly and the new one is about the same, but by having it mounted below (and in front) of the stem I do in fact have an easier time reading it without my prescription. I had played with angle a fair bit on the other mount to no avail.

WhyFi 02-11-14 11:34 AM

I was thinking along the lines of this guy's solution, but it, of course, means that they would need multiple SKUs for different bolt spacings.

http://i1270.photobucket.com/albums/...otype4-003.jpg

RPK79 02-11-14 11:41 AM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 16486703)
I was thinking along the lines of this guy's solution, but it, of course, means that they would need multiple SKUs for different bolt spacings.

http://i1270.photobucket.com/albums/...otype4-003.jpg

This I like.

clichty 02-11-14 12:32 PM

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Originally Posted by RPK79 (Post 16486726)
This I like.

Is it just me or does that look like the Starship Enterprise?

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=363888

RPK79 02-11-14 12:57 PM


Originally Posted by clichty (Post 16486909)
Is it just me or does that look like the Starship Enterprise?

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=363888

It does. Nothing wrong with that.

zymphad 02-11-14 01:01 PM

Is a Garmin worth the price? Is it worth it? Do you use it as a GPS or just to monitor your elevation/speed? Just curious how often you look at your Garmin while riding. I don't have one, never used one. Aren't there apps for your phone that do what the Garmin does?
- I'm asking since there is a Garmin 500 for $160 on Craigslist.

RPK79 02-11-14 01:07 PM


Originally Posted by zymphad (Post 16486993)
Is a Garmin worth the price? Is it worth it? Do you use it as a GPS or just to monitor your elevation/speed? Just curious how often you look at your Garmin while riding. I don't have one, never used one. Aren't there apps for your phone that do what the Garmin does?
- I'm asking since there is a Garmin 500 for $160 on Craigslist.

Yes. Yes. I use it to monitor speed/elevation and as a GPS to upload to Strava. I look at it quite often to see how fast I am going, how much I have climbed, and how far I have gone. I'd say I glance at it a couple times an hour. There are apps for your phone, but the Garmin will be more accurate and the battery life will be longer.

I use a Garmin Edge 200 as pictured in my avatar.

WhyFi 02-11-14 01:07 PM

It can be used to monitor speed, distance, lap times, cadence, heart rate, power (if you have a meter), etc. Some can be used as to follow a route or to compete against a virtual riding partner. Phone apps can do most, if not all, of this, but they generally have poorer battery life and are not typically suited to exposure to foul weather. In my experience, accuracy on the phone was worse, too, but that was a couple phone generations ago. Whether or not it's worth it is up to you to decide.

SpeshulEd 02-11-14 01:11 PM

Go put in 60 miles using your phone and an app and let me know how it goes...what's that, you can't...you say your phone died 15 miles ago. Oh, ok.

RPK79 02-11-14 01:15 PM


Originally Posted by SpeshulEd (Post 16487023)
Go put in 60 miles using your phone and an app and let me know how it goes...what's that, you can't...you say your phone died 15 miles ago. Oh, ok.

This has been my experience. Nothing quite as awesome as pushing yourself up a hill and expecting to see some personal bests only to have your phone die before you get home and lose the whole ride.

bahula03 02-11-14 02:34 PM


Originally Posted by zymphad (Post 16486993)
Is a Garmin worth the price? Is it worth it? Do you use it as a GPS or just to monitor your elevation/speed? Just curious how often you look at your Garmin while riding. I don't have one, never used one. Aren't there apps for your phone that do what the Garmin does?
- I'm asking since there is a Garmin 500 for $160 on Craigslist.

In my opinion, yes, absolutely worth the money. I haven't splurged (yet) on a power meter, but I constantly look at my heart rate and cadence when I'm out riding, and then looking at the analytics on the computer at home is just neat...and useful if you're looking to see where you can find time on a particular loop or how you're improving :lol: The only real problem that's common to the Garmin units is the barometric altimeter. There are ways to mitigate this (correcting elevation based on route on the computer), but I've found that while the actual values aren't very accurate out of my 500, the delta (which is what matters to me) is pretty much spot on.

c_mack9 02-11-14 06:38 PM

Garmin 500 is totally worth it. Buy it, and pick up and heart rate strap and cadence sensor while you're at it. It really can change the way you ride.

I got the SRAM mount for $15, it works and is good and sturdy. not as integrated as that wacky looking stem, but ya know... $15...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ps4957ffb0.jpg

Silvercivic27 02-11-14 06:57 PM

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...ps4e23d7e6.jpg

I've got one, and it's a great, stiff stem. I think it looks good on the bike, especially when loaded up with an Edge 800, and I actually get a lot of compliments on it. It was definitely overpriced, but it was one of those "I gotta have it" things. On my other bike, I've got one of the new K-edge mounts with the plastic insert and it's awesome too. Looks great, and is probably more aero because it puts the garmin out at the level of the stem rather than above it. Both great products.


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