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bianchi10 02-11-14 07:09 PM


Originally Posted by RPK79 (Post 16487047)
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.

At the same extent, I have have several strava sections where I killed myself, knowing full well I beat my PR, only to get home and find out it didn't record or the path was all sorts of messed up. I prefer the Garmin, but its not always perfect for me.

Ghost Ryder 02-11-14 07:15 PM


Originally Posted by c_mack9 (Post 16488168)
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

I went this route as well. Love it!
Didn't feel the need for touchscreen, or cell tethering.

I don't even bother with Strava anymore, I just work off my own data.

Jakedatc 02-11-14 07:16 PM

have the 800 and the SRAM mount (sanded off the logo for cleaner look) 800's maps have let me change where i ride a lot more and get lost less.

kps88 02-11-14 07:50 PM

OK. I will involve myself:

2014 C Super Six EVO Ultegra
FSA SLK stem, handlebar and carbon seat post.
Michelin Pro4 Service Course 23 mm tires
PI Pro bibs/windbreaker vest
Fizik ICS saddle
Garmin 200
Prices were all minimum %20 off except the bike. I got 15% off retail. (All these around Xmas time)

Today i got a sweet deal. I purchased Shimano Ultegra 6800 pedals through backcountry.com
Got the for $119.99 shipped (no tax and no shipping fees...2 day ship). The price matched Nash bar.
This price was at a few UK dealers, but got these same price and quick ship!

rekmeyata 02-11-14 08:14 PM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 16487010)
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.


As do some bike computers, heck mine VDO even has the temp reading, and this one has the temp and the altimeter, not to mention HRM plus speed, distance, lap times, and other mumbo jumbo for just $92, see: http://www.amazon.com/VDO-2-0-Wirele...uter+altimeter

Or if you want downloadable ride info you can get what I got...except I got mine on a crazy sale for just $49 from Performance, see: http://www.amazon.com/VDO-Altimeter-...uter+altimeter No altimeter on that one though, but you can wear it as a watch to so if your a runner as well just strap it on your wrist.

I hear all this gab about the Garmin's, which is fine, but for a lot of people it's overkill, heck I know people here that don't even ride with any sort of computer. We each need to weigh out how much technology we're willing to except, and weigh out how much of that technology later becomes a useless toy. Personally I have no desire to have a Garmin, they don't react to changes in speed etc because the sat is not an instant relay, I like the fact I can wonder without a gps, part of riding a bike is having fun exploring new places and all a GPS will do is make the trip robotic and boring. I never cared about how much altitude I gained while climbing, I could see the road sign that said "elevation"!

VA_Esquire 02-11-14 08:21 PM

Kurt Kinetic T2200 Trainer
It seems that my next purchase will have to be a longer stem as I am beginning to find myself hitting my handlebars when I sprint.

just dank 02-11-14 08:31 PM

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SpeshulEd 02-11-14 08:35 PM


Originally Posted by rekmeyata (Post 16488462)
Personally I have no desire to have a Garmin, they don't react to changes in speed etc because the sat is not an instant relay, I like the fact I can wonder without a gps, part of riding a bike is having fun exploring new places and all a GPS will do is make the trip robotic and boring. I never cared about how much altitude I gained while climbing, I could see the road sign that said "elevation"!

That's why you use a speed/cadence sensor.

While, I agree not everyone needs one, I'd never give up my 810. I don't use the gps function all that much, but it's an awesome feature when you're getting ready to do a century and you want to plan out your route ahead of time.

Having a live tracking feature is nice when your loved one doesn't quite know where you're going or when you'll be home.

And, I like technology...I like being able to see my speed and cadence along with degree of incline, etc. I also enjoy the fact that I can set up multiple profiles, one for road, one for fixed, one for mountain, and one for the trainer. I like being able to have one device for 5 bikes, that keeps track of the mileage for each bike. I also enjoy having my ride uploaded to the garmin connect website and strava automatically at the end of my ride.

Yes there are alternatives and yes garmin has a few quirks here and there, but for most of us, it's the ultimate cycling computer and for good reason.

bahula03 02-11-14 09:05 PM

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Some Speedplay Zeros in chrome-moly for $95 and titanium spindles from an unnamed vendor in Michigan for $63. Money well spent :thumb:

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=363959

sbxx1985 02-11-14 09:47 PM

Nice. I did the same with my old SS Zeros. Unnamed vendor in Boulder. Spindles, bowties, and bolts.

MagicHour 02-11-14 10:21 PM

Did you guys have any issues with the the loctited Torx screw to remove the pedal bodies from spindle? What'd you use to heat the screw?

Originally Posted by bahula03 (Post 16488608)
Some Speedplay Zeros in chrome-moly for $95 and titanium spindles from an unnamed vendor in Michigan for $63. Money well spent :thumb:

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=363959


Originally Posted by sbxx1985 (Post 16488718)
Nice. I did the same with my old SS Zeros. Unnamed vendor in Boulder. Spindles, bowties, and bolts.


sbxx1985 02-11-14 10:44 PM


Originally Posted by MagicHour (Post 16488798)
Did you guys have any issues with the the loctited Torx screw to remove the pedal bodies from spindle? What'd you use to heat the screw?

Was it the T20 under the dust cap? I stripped one and the LBS stripped the other. I can't remember exactly, but I think people used a soldering iron successfully. I learned that later.

MagicHour 02-11-14 10:51 PM

Haha, yeah. I was thinking of swapping the different color bodies between my stainless and cromolys for the stupid vanity purpose of better matching my new bike. I want to keep the stainless on my 'good' bike. But the idea of wrestling with those torx screws is putting me off. I think I'll just leave things as they are, since I'm probably the only person who will ever notice that I went through all that effort. :)


Originally Posted by sbxx1985 (Post 16488844)
Was it the T20 under the dust cap? I stripped one and the LBS stripped the other. I can't remember exactly, but I think people used a soldering iron successfully. I learned that later.


bahula03 02-12-14 12:19 AM

I read about the soldering iron step in my research and decided to just give it a shot by hand first. Maybe because my "donor" pedals are new, maybe because I was using a big T style allen wrench on the spindle side, or maybe the particular torx wrench mated up better :fred: ...at any rate, both of mine came apart no problem.

kreeess 02-12-14 12:57 AM

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Had to add one more purchase before the day ended, found a great deal on these PI bib on amazon

KantoBoy 02-12-14 01:27 AM


Originally Posted by c_mack9 (Post 16488168)
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

Seriously, other than the SRAM branding on it, it's flawless. I can't find any fault on this product.

Is it ok to use acetone to remove the branding?

Ghost Ryder 02-12-14 01:31 AM


Originally Posted by KantoBoy (Post 16488977)
Seriously, other than the SRAM branding on it, it's flawless. I can't find any fault on this product.

Is it ok to use acetone to remove the branding?

You don't need to buy the SRAM mount, theres quite a few offerings out there.
I bought the Tate Labs barfly 2.0, in black.

http://www.barflybike.com/bar-fly-20/

KantoBoy 02-12-14 01:44 AM

Like I said, I already have one and I'm looking to remove the branding :)

Ghost Ryder 02-12-14 01:48 AM


Originally Posted by KantoBoy (Post 16488989)
Like I said, I already have one and I'm looking to remove the branding :)

Didn't notice any indication in the post I quoted.
Just use fine grit sand paper if acetone scares you.
Keep going finer grit, & wet sand if you want a near polished finish.

c_mack9 02-12-14 07:33 AM


Originally Posted by KantoBoy (Post 16488977)
Seriously, other than the SRAM branding on it, it's flawless. I can't find any fault on this product.

Is it ok to use acetone to remove the branding?

Yeah, compared to that barfly, it looks better, it's cheaper, and has a sturdier feel to it. I'd like the logo removed too but my Zipp bars have huge white logos on them, and my Garmin is white, so it's really harshing my murdered out buzz.

RPK79 02-12-14 09:27 AM


Originally Posted by RPK79 (Post 16483023)
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=363688

2003 Fuji Roubaix Pro 54cm frameset off of Craigslist. I'm still debating on Sora/Tiagra/105, but 105 is currently winning the debate in my head even though I purchased it with Sora in mind for it.

So, just placed the orders at Nashbar and Ribble to build up this frame.

From Nashbar

1 Nashbar CF-135 Carbon/Alloy Stem
1 Ascent Carbon Fiber Seatpost
1 FSA Energy New Ergo Road Handlebar
1 Nashbar FR1 Saddle - BLACK/RED
2 Continental Ultra Race Wire Road Tire
1 Nashbar Integrated BB Tool
1 Loaded Precision X-Lite Seatpost Collar
1 Nashbar Carbon Fiber Headset Spacers

From Ribble

1 M Part Sport Headset 1" Threadless Black
1 Shimano 105 (5700) Black 10 Spd Double Groupset

I'm going to buy some bar tape locally and I'm planning to buy a threaded rod, some washers, and a couple nuts to build a DIY headset press. I'm using my Vuelta Corsa Pro wheelset.

Total build cost $953.80 + bar tape (not counting tool costs)

Edit: I'm also swapping over my pedals from my current ride (which I'm selling).

kreeess 02-12-14 10:03 AM


Originally Posted by RPK79 (Post 16489482)
So, just placed the orders at Nashbar and Ribble to build up this frame.

From Nashbar

1 Nashbar CF-135 Carbon/Alloy Stem
1 Ascent Carbon Fiber Seatpost
1 FSA Energy New Ergo Road Handlebar
1 Nashbar FR1 Saddle - BLACK/RED
2 Continental Ultra Race Wire Road Tire
1 Nashbar Integrated BB Tool
1 Loaded Precision X-Lite Seatpost Collar
1 Nashbar Carbon Fiber Headset Spacers

From Ribble

1 M Part Sport Headset 1" Threadless Black
1 Shimano 105 (5700) Black 10 Spd Double Groupset

I'm going to buy some bar tape locally and I'm planning to buy a threaded rod, some washers, and a couple nuts to build a DIY headset press. I'm using my Vuelta Corsa Pro wheelset.

Total build cost $953.80 + bar tape (not counting tool costs)

Edit: I'm also swapping over my pedals from my current ride (which I'm selling).

nice! post pics when your done

Dunbar 02-12-14 06:41 PM

A couple of jerseys (PI fits me best).

http://www.coloradocyclist.com/img/p...eaxhmyn277.jpg

http://shop.pearlizumi.com/data/uplo...121301_3DJ.jpg

MonkeyBiker 02-12-14 07:00 PM


Originally Posted by RPK79 (Post 16489482)
So, just placed the orders at Nashbar and Ribble to build up this frame.

From Nashbar

1 Nashbar CF-135 Carbon/Alloy Stem
1 Ascent Carbon Fiber Seatpost
1 FSA Energy New Ergo Road Handlebar
1 Nashbar FR1 Saddle - BLACK/RED
2 Continental Ultra Race Wire Road Tire
1 Nashbar Integrated BB Tool
1 Loaded Precision X-Lite Seatpost Collar
1 Nashbar Carbon Fiber Headset Spacers

From Ribble

1 M Part Sport Headset 1" Threadless Black
1 Shimano 105 (5700) Black 10 Spd Double Groupset

I'm going to buy some bar tape locally and I'm planning to buy a threaded rod, some washers, and a couple nuts to build a DIY headset press. I'm using my Vuelta Corsa Pro wheelset.

Total build cost $953.80 + bar tape (not counting tool costs)

Edit: I'm also swapping over my pedals from my current ride (which I'm selling).

How is nashbar brand quality compares with other popular brands?

MagicHour 02-12-14 07:19 PM

I have the ascent seatpost mentioned above, and have tried other components. Depends on the item but things like bars, stems and seatpost are generally Taiwanese made and appear to mfrd by Kalloy. Quality is decent oem-not always the lightest or flashiest, but good value, and reliable, trustworthy components. Similar goes for Performance house brand, Forte.


Originally Posted by MonkeyBiker (Post 16491284)
How is nashbar brand quality compares with other popular brands?



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