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Old 01-07-19, 01:47 AM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Yup, after a few months with the Przewalski shorts I like 'em well enough to try their bibs. Only one minor nit -- after some use the thigh hem no longer grips well, but my thighs are so long and skinny it's hard to find shorts that fit properly. I need a medium, but l need longer leg length and a snugger fit around the legs. Black Bibs are pretty close so those are the only bibs I've tried so far.

But the Przewalski padding is the most comfortable I've tried, especially for long indoor trainer sessions or longer casual rides when I tend to sit more heavily in the saddle.
i'm 6'0" 180 lbs so not the biggest nor the smallest. i prefer to put more weight on my assets vs the hands (even tho my bars are double wrapped). when i first tried the przewalski bibs, the pad felt
(and is) huge compared to some of the other bibs i've rocked (demarchi, castelli, pearl izumi). the assets got over their initial shock and have been happy ever since.
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Old 01-07-19, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
i'm 6'0" 180 lbs so not the biggest nor the smallest. i prefer to put more weight on my assets vs the hands (even tho my bars are double wrapped). when i first tried the przewalski bibs, the pad felt
(and is) huge compared to some of the other bibs i've rocked (demarchi, castelli, pearl izumi). the assets got over their initial shock and have been happy ever since.
Yup. I'm 5'11", 155 lbs, and when I first tried the Przewalski shorts the padding felt like a gigantic adult diaper. But, dang, it's comfy. Changed my mind about padding.

Before then I preferred the AeroTech Pro shorts thin black and tan pad, really just a couple of bits of thin microfiber cloth with very little loft, the closest thing I've found to traditional leather chamois. And I still like those Aerotech shorts -- wear 'em under my baggy shorts or jeans for riding my hybrid, which now has a fairly firm Selle Italia saddle.

I have some liner shorts meant to be worn under baggy shorts or pants, both using soft microfiber and thick padding with plenty of loft but no really resilient padding. It's just excess material that soaks up sweat.

But Przewalski nailed it with the pads they're using. It's dense and resilient so there's effective cushioning. The outer surface looks dimpled like a golf ball but the texture is smooth, so there's no need for embrocation creams. It wicks perspiration but never feels soaked and waterlogged, and it evaporates quickly while riding.

And I didn't really appreciate pads until I lost about 10 lbs in 2018, partly due to illness and injury, and suddenly my sit bones felt like I had no natural fat pad anymore. I wasn't overweight to begin with at 160, but when I dropped to 150 over the summer none of my saddles felt comfortable for long so I started wearing padded liner shorts under my jeans and shorts even for casual rides on my hybrid.

Even if I nitpick the fit of the shorts -- and I have the same problem with all shorts due to my long and skinny thighs -- I'd buy more of the Przewalski for that excellent pad.
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Old 01-08-19, 12:07 AM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Yup. I'm 5'11", 155 lbs, and when I first tried the Przewalski shorts the padding felt like a gigantic adult diaper. But, dang, it's comfy. Changed my mind about padding.

Before then I preferred the AeroTech Pro shorts thin black and tan pad, really just a couple of bits of thin microfiber cloth with very little loft, the closest thing I've found to traditional leather chamois. And I still like those Aerotech shorts -- wear 'em under my baggy shorts or jeans for riding my hybrid, which now has a fairly firm Selle Italia saddle.

I have some liner shorts meant to be worn under baggy shorts or pants, both using soft microfiber and thick padding with plenty of loft but no really resilient padding. It's just excess material that soaks up sweat.

But Przewalski nailed it with the pads they're using. It's dense and resilient so there's effective cushioning. The outer surface looks dimpled like a golf ball but the texture is smooth, so there's no need for embrocation creams. It wicks perspiration but never feels soaked and waterlogged, and it evaporates quickly while riding.

And I didn't really appreciate pads until I lost about 10 lbs in 2018, partly due to illness and injury, and suddenly my sit bones felt like I had no natural fat pad anymore. I wasn't overweight to begin with at 160, but when I dropped to 150 over the summer none of my saddles felt comfortable for long so I started wearing padded liner shorts under my jeans and shorts even for casual rides on my hybrid.

Even if I nitpick the fit of the shorts -- and I have the same problem with all shorts due to my long and skinny thighs -- I'd buy more of the Przewalski for that excellent pad.
yah. me too. forgot to mention that i've never used chammy creams in my two decades of cycling and not finding it necessary to start now.
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Old 01-09-19, 03:13 PM
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Just ordered a pair of 32c Panaracer Gravel Kings for my CAADX, to replace the 37c WTB Riddlers that I had on it for the past 6 months. Nothing wrong w/ the Riddlers, but since I'm using this bike for probably 66% pavement I wanted to try a tire with a more road-friendly profile.
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Old 01-09-19, 06:07 PM
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Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
yah. me too. forgot to mention that i've never used chammy creams in my two decades of cycling and not finding it necessary to start now.
Chamois cream isn't a necessity, it just makes the whole experience more pleasurable
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Old 01-10-19, 03:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
Chamois cream isn't a necessity, it just makes the whole experience more pleasurable
d'oh?! i just chalked it up as part of the whole "suffering on the bike" equation. unable to solve for x.
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Old 01-11-19, 03:57 AM
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oh and finally rode with the new danny shane tartan plaid jersey. totally a summerish/hot weather jersey so wore three
layers underneath. full zip. digging it but won't fully appreciate it till it gets toasty. will probably pick up another for the hot
socal summer weather since the newest rapha summer jerseys have been underwhelming.
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
Chamois cream isn't a necessity, it just makes the whole experience more pleasurable

IDK. Pretty necessary for DCs & beyond IMO. If you get a hot spot going,

you can't really stand for the last 8 hrs of the ride.
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Requested & received these for xmas.


Ordered knock-off eggbeater cleats from Amazon, but they were total junk- could clip in at all.


Hoping to pick this up tonight- been scanning CL for a couple of years for the $100 stand that I don't have to drive much for.

This is practically a stone's throw away.

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Picked up a set of Absolute Black Oval Subcompact Chainrings for my road/gravel/whatever bike, 46/30s and the cassette is an 11-32. Haven't actually tried them outside yet but they shift well on the trainer. Last ride was a gravel ride if you can't tell. The rings are way WAY over priced but I found a deal on a new never ridden used set on ebay that was only way over priced. Still cheaper than a new crank and I get to keep my somewhat tight cassette gearing rather than putting an 11-40 on it.
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Old 01-11-19, 04:25 PM
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Staying on the gravel theme... 43 mm Panaracer Gravelking SK on sale at backcountry for $29.99.



Switching to pavement bikes for a moment... Ultegra R8000 11x32 cassette.

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and the 43mm gumwall/brown sidewall version is only $33, those would look sweet. Almost wish my current tires weren't practically new.
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Now she’ll be full r8000 😊


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New 2018 Cannondale CaadX SE 105 54cm in Anthracite on Ebay for $900+ shipping.

Having a 6800 Hydraulic mini group and some cockpit parts swapped in that I had set aside for a gravel build almost a year ago . It should be ready tomorrow
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ordered a a trp Hy/rd caliper to upgrade my Salsa Journeyman from the promax caliper that freezes solid down around 18-20F Hope this helps and I can add a front one sooner as opposed to later.
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Both from Ornot, great pieces, super light and packable, but does the job for our coolish NorCal winters. Excellent design and fit, I love their stuff!
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Today I ordered a Cygolite 100 and a pair of Velox rim strips, 16mm.
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Retired my 17 year old Ultegra set with the new 105 R000
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Retired my 17 year old Ultegra set with the new 105 R000
Where did you end up buying it? I'm looking to put R7000 on my bike this winter, but it seems like it's out of stock at the places I usually shop.
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Got some of these with a progressive prescription. With dual VSP they weren't too crazy expensive. My eyes still tear up a little on fast descents but not as bad as with the non-cycling glasses I was wearing previously. Optical quality is excellent and they weigh nothing...especially in comparison to my Maui Jim's.

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Where did you end up buying it? I'm looking to put R7000 on my bike this winter, but it seems like it's out of stock at the places I usually shop.

https://www.merlincycles.com/shimano...et-118524.html

Some sizes are listed out of stock, but if you wait a week they're usually back is stock. Most of the components are OEM and come in a cardboard box sealed by Shimano with no installation instructions.. Only a few come in the blue retail box.



The front dérailleur is very different from anything I've ever set up before. I couldn't have set it up without this utube video. There is a section around 8:30 that shows how to line up two white lines I would have never seen. The routing if the cable is very different too, he covers that very well. The bottom bracket (English) takes a 41mm socket, There are so many different bottom brackets out there now, it's ridiculous. You'll need the SHIMANO Hollowtech-II Crank-arm/Cap Tool, TL-FC16 to tighten the crank arm, don't over tighten it.



His other videos are very helpful too.

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