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Old 12-12-18, 10:31 AM
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Great way to save money...best to see what others are buying
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Old 12-14-18, 09:16 AM
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$35.99 was irresistible
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Stupid cheap for Columbus Spirit

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Forgot to mention -- This is my first carbon fork. Holy crap it feels like it's made out of paper it's so light.
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Old 12-17-18, 07:47 PM
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I just ordered these stylish GripGrab High-Vis Race Aqua shoe covers.

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Per all the hat discussion, thought I'd give this a try- Pearl Izumi barrier cap.
Fail. One size fits all- if you're 8 years old.
If you're an adult with a not-big head, it rides up & sits on top of your head like a yarmulke.

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Originally Posted by woodcraft
Per all the hat discussion, thought I'd give this a try- Pearl Izumi barrier cap.
Fail. One size fits all- if you're 8 years old.
If you're an adult with a not-big head, it rides up & sits on top of your head like a yarmulke.

hmm.. haven't had this issue and I'm between and M and L helmet; are you using without a helmet -- as a helmet would certainly keep the cap from riding up?

From your picture it looks like (though that's a tiny pic) you got the cycling cap variant, not the skull cap?
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I got these. I know there are a lot of bikers against using headphones while biking. I happen to be one of them, and then I tried these out.





Thing is, they're off ear headphones, and they work by conducting sound through your bone into your inner cochlea. You wear them like this:


I use these for my audio books during my 10 mile commute into Washington D.C. This way, I can hear those @$$#0!3S drivers coming up behind me because I keep my situational awareness while riding. The low profile fit keeps them out of the way of pretty much every helmet I've tried, though I don't think they'll work as well for full face helmets. I've ridden in the rain with them, dropped them multiple times, and I sometimes will take phone calls on them. Sometimes, like when I locked up my bike and I'm sitting in a cafe. There's no way in hell I'll take a call while riding. I got these at https://www.conduitsports.com. They're a small tech startup company based out of Maryland, and local to me, which is how I got to know them. I met the co-founder while working on one of my technology projects.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup


$35.99 was irresistible
where?
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Old 12-18-18, 11:40 AM
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Novatec Jetflys (1470g w/tape), Conti GP4kS2s and Race Light tubes, under $400 for everything. Hoping to get to ride them this weekend. Need to get weights on the stock wheels, but should be 4-500g weight savings, plus better tires.

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Originally Posted by crotch_rocket
I got these. I know there are a lot of bikers against using headphones while biking. I happen to be one of them, and then I tried these out.





Thing is, they're off ear headphones, and they work by conducting sound through your bone into your inner cochlea. You wear them like this:


I use these for my audio books during my 10 mile commute into Washington D.C. This way, I can hear those @$$#0!3S drivers coming up behind me because I keep my situational awareness while riding. The low profile fit keeps them out of the way of pretty much every helmet I've tried, though I don't think they'll work as well for full face helmets. I've ridden in the rain with them, dropped them multiple times, and I sometimes will take phone calls on them. Sometimes, like when I locked up my bike and I'm sitting in a cafe. There's no way in hell I'll take a call while riding. I got these at https://www.conduitsports.com. They're a small tech startup company based out of Maryland, and local to me, which is how I got to know them. I met the co-founder while working on one of my technology projects.
That's pretty awesome! How does the music sound compared to regular headphones?

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Been replacing my 5600 105 mechanicals with this:



Ultegra RD-6700-A-GS



Ultegra FD-6700



Ultegra CS-6700 12-30



Ultegra BR-6800
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Cinelli Supercorsa delivered today. Best I can tell it's a 2015, but appears to have never been built up; I'm not even sure the original protective packaging was removed until I took the photo.
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Originally Posted by TheRef

where?
https://blueskycycling.com/products/...yABEgKlp_D_BwE

very limited sizes
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Old 12-18-18, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by sallen73

Cinelli Supercorsa delivered today. Best I can tell it's a 2015, but appears to have never been built up; I'm not even sure the original protective packaging was removed until I took the photo.

oooh thats sharp!
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Originally Posted by John HP
had the XL been designed a bit bigger, I would have one of these hanging from a hook in my home right now.
killer deal for the frame.
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Old 12-19-18, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by bonsai171
That's pretty awesome! How does the music sound compared to regular headphones?

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The music quality is pretty good, when you realize it's conducting the music through your bones, and not to your ear drum. So certain kinds of frequencies, like a heavy beat, are going to get attenuated. I graduated in Biomedical Engineering, and I actually did some research at the BU hearing research lab back in the day, so I expected decent sound quality, because the sound is attenuated through your mastoid bone, not through your ear drum. That said, these aren't built for studio or beatz sound quality because of that fact. They're based off of the frequencies and responses coming from the resonance of your bones. This FAQ on their site goes into it in detail:

Frequently Asked Questions about the Conduit Motion

And this youtube review really gets into the headphones.


DrexFactorPoi isn't a hard core bicyclist, but a flow artist, goes into a great review about the headphones. I figure if someone throwing and twirling fire around finds it useful from a safety and performance aspect, it would be very very useful in my eyes from a bicyclists aspect. I use them when I'm commuting in D.C.

I also enjoy the fact that their low profile sits out of the way of most bike helmets.

The convenience of having the company nearby is nice too, as I'm also in the tech startup scene, so I get to check in with them for tech support. By biking over.

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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
oooh thats sharp!
Yeah, @sallen73, I find a lot of Italian racing bikes to be gaudy, but that Cinelli is effin' awwwsum.
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My Bianchi Pista want's to make love to that Cinelli.
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Modest find

My purchase of the day. I found these at a local shop. Silky smooth, better than a lot of new stuff.

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Originally Posted by SquireBlack
My purchase of the day. I found these at a local shop. Silky smooth, better than a lot of new stuff.

but cassettes can be difficult to find new
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Originally Posted by noodle soup
but cassettes can be difficult to find new
Ahh, yes, it looks like a Uniglide freehub body, doesn't it? It's actually Uniglide-Hyperglide compatible. So cassettes are easy to find; I bought a couple of SRAM 8-speed cassettes last month.
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Mostly a bunch of cheap odds and ends to finish some year-end projects. Trying to smooth out the Centurion Ironman drivetrain, and make the '92 Univega hybrid a bit more sporty for group rides than errand-bikey.

50T Vuelta chainring (only $10 from Amazon) to replace the original Suntour 52T on my Centurion Ironman. Already replaced the 42 with a 39 and liked it. Gonna try to get my cadence back to 90 or so. It had slipped back to 70 after months of mostly using the indoor trainer.

Selle Italia Q-bik, closeout from Nashbar when they offered totally free shipping a couplafew weeks ago. I already liked the Selle Italia 130mm narrow road bike saddles for my bony butt. The Q-bik is the same configuration but 140mm with just a wee bit more padding, a more flexy shell and semi-hammock design. Should be good on my Univega that is being morphed into a faux-path racer. Felt fine on a couple of 10 and 20 mile test rides and a couple of hours on the trainer, with jeans, baggy shorts and padded shorts. My other hybrid saddles weren't comfortable with jeans if they were comfy with shorts, or vice versa. Had my eye on the Q-bik for a couple of years, glad I finally got one. Feels like a good 'un for $20.

A cheap Wen moto tool to modify some components, including adding a second spring tension hole to the old Suntour GPX derailleur. It has the pilot hole but apparently the factory never finished the job. The GPX derailleur feels like it binds a bit in the maximum spring tension, so a lower tension option might solve that problem. I had planned to just buy replacement batteries for my old moto tool and cordless drill, but it's cheaper to buy a whole new AC corded moto kit than a single battery.

Front brake cable hanger for the Univega, so I could replace the original angled stem with a horizontal stem and get the Nitto albatross bar lower.

Now I need to find a 13-28 freewheel, or consider another wheelset with freehub and maybe try an 8-speed cassette on the old road bike. Last month I updated the '92 Univega from 7- to 8-speed with a 12-32 MicroShift cassette from Nashbar and it's worked out really well.
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