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noglider 11-05-17 10:01 AM

I just got a Topeak RaceRocket Master Blaster Bicycle Pump. It's tiny. But it's well rated, so I'll give it a try.

daihard 11-05-17 10:47 AM

I lost the cap of my old plastic tool can. The replacement is a Topeak Cage Pack.

https://www.topeak.com/global/en/pro...g/796-cagepack

kbarch 11-05-17 11:40 AM

A neewwww STEM!!!
I'd started noticing that riding in the drops or in an aero position on the Casati was feeling sort of cramped, and had been thinking of getting new, larger bars for a deeper drop as well as a longer reach, but my friend the shop owner didn't encourage that and suggested I just get a longer stem instead. Frankly I wanted more traditional bars for aesthetic reasons as well, and I wanted them white too, but that was looking most unlikely. I asked him if he had a 120 mm stem to just try out, so he fit a generic one just for size; we'd look for one I liked in that size if it worked. Took it out for a test ride, and it did the trick. :)
Then, as luck would have it, he just happened to have a fancy "Servizio Corsa" stem hanging around, white, 82d, 120mm - looks great, too - couldn't ask for anything more. $50 installed? SOLD! :thumb:

JMak00 11-05-17 01:54 PM

Bontrager SSR Disc Road Front/Rear Wheel Set for my 2007 Trek Portland with a 130mm rear hub.
Cygolite Hotshot Pro 150 for the rear light.
Cygolite Dash 460 for the front light.

Bought, and quickly returned, a pair of Ortlieb Back Roller Classics. After using them for 5 days, I couldn't tolerate the excessive clanking and squeaking these things made, it was abhorrent. I tried multiple ways to afix them to the rack and while using the provided inserts. From tubing to electrical tape to felt, nothing would quiet these things down. The last straw was a shrieking squeaking when it got wet....ugh.

I am now convinced that I will be buying a set of panniers only from a company that still uses a hook and strap to attach the pannier to the bottom of the rack rather than these cheap, plastic things that Ortlieb used and just allow the bags to bang around needlessly.

daihard 11-05-17 04:31 PM

Finally the torque wrench that fits in the tight space around the seat post of my Cannondale...


MauiKai 11-05-17 07:41 PM

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My new bike horn.

anon` 11-06-17 02:44 PM

A new set Flanders fluoro kit from RCB, bibs and S/S jersey, and a pair of ekoi Guerra Quick-Step sunglasses. Yeah, I know that I'm tempting fate with that, but I wanted blue-and-white frames, and blue isn't a color option that they offer on regular glasses. Plus, sale.


I'll be tempting myself with a set of Giant SLR 1 wheels this weekend, too...

WhyFi 11-06-17 02:49 PM

Since it's getting rather chilly, I decided that it was time to buy an insulated water bottle (Camelbak Podium Chill) and I also picked up some chemical toe warmers to try out.

phil_k 11-06-17 06:29 PM

new chain. it's not glamorous, but got to do it :\

TimothyH 11-06-17 07:15 PM


Originally Posted by MauiKai (Post 19974548)
My new bike horn.

Please explain.


-Tim-

daihard 11-06-17 08:04 PM


Originally Posted by phil_k (Post 19976588)
new chain. it's not glamorous, but got to do it :\

I know the feeling. I changed mine a month ago. According to the LBS, the old chain was "completely gone."

SylvainG 11-06-17 10:20 PM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 19976143)
Since it's getting rather chilly, I decided that it was time to buy an insulated water bottle (Camelbak Podium Chill) and I also picked up some chemical toe warmers to try out.

Chemical toe warmers works well. Keep in mind though that they require oxygen to generate heat so if your shoes /shoe covers are well insulated, you'll need to take them out after a while to re-oxygen them. They last for several hours so if they have not exhausted all their heat generation, simply put them in an airtight ziplock bag. Without air, they'll quickly stop generating heat and will reheat once taken out.

MauiKai 11-06-17 11:35 PM


Originally Posted by TimothyH (Post 19976677)
Please explain.


-Tim-

You know those yellow chickens you squeeze and they make a loud noise? Well, they make a really irritating noise when you stick one in your mouth and blow it really hard :lol:


SethAZ 11-07-17 12:32 AM


Originally Posted by daihard (Post 19976759)
I know the feeling. I changed mine a month ago. According to the LBS, the old chain was "completely gone."

Were the cassette cogs or chainrings worn out by the old chain? I learned my lesson the hard way.

daihard 11-07-17 12:36 AM


Originally Posted by SethAZ (Post 19977180)
Were the cassette cogs or chainrings worn out by the old chain? I learned my lesson the hard way.

The big chainring was out, too. Fortunately, the cogs are still in decent shape. This was my lesson learned.

SethAZ 11-07-17 01:23 AM


Originally Posted by daihard (Post 19977183)
The big chainring was out, too. Fortunately, the cogs are still in decent shape. This was my lesson learned.

It's embarassing to admit it, but when I first started riding again in 2009/2010 (again meaning I hadn't ridden much since I was in my late teens/early 20s) I didn't know much about bike maintenance, and rode a mountain bike chain until it finally broke. By then it was totally wasted, and my large chain ring was pretty badly shark-toothed by it as well as a couple of the cogs. Ended up replacing the chainring and picked up a cheap new cassette after I did some reading and realized what had happened. I honestly had no idea until that point that chains actually wear out (get longer due to wear) and need replacing. I figured they just last forever unless they break. I guess that's because my experience with bikes back in the 80s was all with older lower-geared bikes with much thicker, more durable chains, and it'd just never been a problem for me.

SethAZ 11-07-17 01:25 AM

My most recent bicycle purchase was today, and it was a set of Shimano Ultegra 8000 SPD SL pedals to put on my new Lynskey R260, which is arriving on Friday. I also have a pair of Compass Stampede Pass tires (32C, the extralight version) to put on it. Other fairly recent purchases include a Brooks B17 saddle that I bought specifically for the Lynskey, but which now has over 1000 miles on it on my current bike while waiting for the Lynskey.

DoYouDiverge 11-07-17 01:42 AM

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/cCQAA...HO/s-l1600.jpg

Out Front mount for my Bryton 530. Looks cleaner than the standard front mount. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bike-Comput...GLYP5hTOV0H1sQ

https://images.amain.com/images/larg...49116-9350.jpg

and a Stix Saddle Mount

taz777 11-07-17 01:57 AM

@DoYouDiverge - that Stix saddle mount looks interesting. Is there a reasonable clearance between the bottom of the saddle and the top of the Stix light so clothing/body 'overspill' doesn't obscure the light?

DoYouDiverge 11-07-17 02:01 AM


Originally Posted by taz777 (Post 19977215)
@DoYouDiverge - that Stix saddle mount looks interesting. Is there a reasonable clearance between the bottom of the saddle and the top of the Stix light so clothing/body 'overspill' doesn't obscure the light?

Yea there's plenty of clearance. As long as your butt is on the saddle properly :thumb: This is probably the optimal place for a tail light.

taz777 11-07-17 06:00 AM


Originally Posted by DoYouDiverge (Post 19977216)
Yea there's plenty of clearance. As long as your butt is on the saddle properly :thumb: This is probably the optimal place for a tail light.

Thanks. Just ordered one as the price was quite reasonable (for a Specialized product, that is!). It needs a SWAT-compatible Specialized saddle, so should work on my Phenom.

WhyFi 11-07-17 07:17 AM


Originally Posted by SylvainG (Post 19977031)
Chemical toe warmers works well. Keep in mind though that they require oxygen to generate heat so if your shoes /shoe covers are well insulated, you'll need to take them out after a while to re-oxygen them. They last for several hours so if they have not exhausted all their heat generation, simply put them in an airtight ziplock bag. Without air, they'll quickly stop generating heat and will reheat once taken out.

Cool, thanks for the tip - I probably won't be out for more than a few hours at a time, so I'll see if I can get at least a couple rides out of each.

SethAZ 11-07-17 08:19 AM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 19977361)
Cool, thanks for the tip - I probably won't be out for more than a few hours at a time, so I'll see if I can get at least a couple rides out of each.

If you're out for a few hours at a time I'll be surprised if you get two completely useful rides out of them, but who knows. I used some of these to help me out while sneaking in a 50 mile ride at like 12:05 AM Christmas Eve Day to get a head start on Strava's Festive 500 challenge one year*. You could be more careful with them than I was as far as limiting the air, but I didn't get two rides in with them before they were used up, even when put in air-poor situations like being duct-taped onto the toes of my cycling shoes.

*getting in a 50-mile ride at midnight on Christmas Eve allowed me to get a large chunk of miles in, then go to sleep, wake up again Christmas Eve morning and ride again, effectively giving me one extra sleep cycle during the 8-day challenge to get help recover from all those miles.

noglider 11-07-17 08:29 AM

I actually like changing out a worn chain. I like the way the bike rides with a new chain. I replace my chain prematurely to get maximum wear out of my cogs and to avoid messy cleanup. It is the one place where I am wasteful. And I've never worn out a chainring.

Slick Madone 11-07-17 10:27 AM

Garneau and Reebok Actifly shoes for use on my Wahoo KickR. They are actually better than I expected.


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