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Old 07-27-19, 08:42 AM
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Actually, my most recent purchase was pretty basic, simple, and cheap. But also necessary, brake cable ferrules and a couple of 9 speed chain pins from a LBS. I had cable and housing but could not find any brake ferrules in my stash, 9 speed pins are coming with an order.
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Old 07-27-19, 03:11 PM
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Old 07-31-19, 02:38 PM
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Old 07-31-19, 09:23 PM
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Managed to get a set of 5800 pedals for under $100 delivered from a reputable source (Slane Cycles), only other options are $150 locally or feabay questionables. Not sure how Slane is able to ship these to me in the US from the UK now with Shimano's BS, but it looks like I got their last pair since they are now gone from their site. w00t
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Old 07-31-19, 11:27 PM
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Got a new lid for Summer - nice ventilation.
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Old 08-01-19, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by puma1552

Managed to get a set of 5800 pedals for under $100 delivered from a reputable source (Slane Cycles), only other options are $150 locally or feabay questionables. Not sure how Slane is able to ship these to me in the US from the UK now with Shimano's BS, but it looks like I got their last pair since they are now gone from their site. w00t
Well so much for that, got an email that the inventory was wrong and they don't have them.
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Old 08-01-19, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by phtomita
Got a new lid for Summer - nice ventilation.
Nice lid! I'm looking for one too, might have to add that to the short list!
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Old 08-01-19, 02:53 PM
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New helmet for off-road excursions.

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Old 08-01-19, 03:08 PM
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Pieced together a 11spd SRAM Rival 22/Force 22 upgrade from eBay, then went to the hospital for the wife to have a baby. It's like Christmas upon returning home!! Still waiting on the crankset.

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Old 08-02-19, 09:18 AM
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Old 08-05-19, 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by noodle soup
The cleats are the real deal. Same weights, and exact same packaging(UPC even scanned correctly). Shipping is fast too(ordered 7/14, delivered 7/22).

I just ordered a few more.
Just got mine in. Is this what yours looked like as well? I scanned mine and was given two options, Amazon and eBay.
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Old 08-06-19, 06:00 AM
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These are extremely popular here in Atlanta, where "bike lane" means "road debris channel."
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Old 08-06-19, 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by jadocs



Just got mine in. Is this what yours looked like as well? I scanned mine and was given two options, Amazon and eBay.
Looks exactly like what I got. I scanned mine at work, and they rang up at $29.99(the price we sell them at).
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Old 08-06-19, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by noodle soup
Looks exactly like what I got. I scanned mine at work, and they rang up at $29.99(the price we sell them at).
Gotcha thanks! Yeah they are identical to my cleats that I purchased from Colorado Cyclist many years ago.
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Old 08-06-19, 12:23 PM
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Just finished putting this together. 60cm Kestrel. Also got some Ultegra pedals for it and some cheap Ebay carbon cages.


SO light. I tap the downtube with my finger and it sounds like I could crush it with my hand. Makes me a little nervous.
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Old 08-06-19, 11:02 PM
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Giro Synthe MIPS on clearance because no one liked the color I assume.

Got it for a shade over a hundred so less than half it’s original selling price. On the right it sits beside my Bontrager specter wavecel which will now take a backseat to the Synthe. The specter is just too hot on warm days and long rides, the wavecel tech really impedes airflow. The Synthe lets much more air in and is 80g lighter (I measured).
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Old 08-07-19, 02:38 PM
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Bikes instead of a telescope

I've been saving up for an 8" telescope, but my daughter is increasingly interested in biking. She's talking about riding RAGBRAI together next year. She'll graduate next spring, so I may not get another chance, so I used the telescope money to buy a new Felt for her and a Raleigh for her little brother. The stars aren't going anywhere, and I want to ride with them as often as I can.
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Old 08-07-19, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by suttonjp
I've been saving up for an 8" telescope, but my daughter is increasingly interested in biking. She's talking about riding RAGBRAI together next year. She'll graduate next spring, so I may not get another chance, so I used the telescope money to buy a new Felt for her and a Raleigh for her little brother. The stars aren't going anywhere, and I want to ride with them as often as I can.
I have a okay entry level telescope collecting dust and a bike I ride all the time, so that sounds good to me.
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Old 08-07-19, 06:09 PM
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Continental Grand Prix Classic. It's a skinwall. Some reviews describe it as a gumwall or faux-skinwall, but the sidewalls are very thin and translucent, not just brown rubber over the sidewalls. Dunno, don't care, didn't get it for the cosmetics. It was cheaper than the GP4000s and reportedly not prone to the sidewall ruptures reported by too many GP4ks owners.

And it has classic 1980s style tread, sipes on the main contact patch, fine chevron hatches on the shoulders.

I've had good results with Conti's cheap Ultra Sport II, so the GP Classic seemed like a good bet.

Handmade in Germany, presumably by the churlish looking couple depicted on the box. With those aprons and scowls I trust them to make sturdy, technically correct Teutonic tires.




Serious business. Those scowls assure us that we WILL like these tires.

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Presumably this guy rode these back to the future.

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I barely even look at tires but these look pretty okay.

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Here's a photo of the Continental Grand Prix Classic skinwall tire against a desk lamp. The sidewalls are translucent, very thin.



Continental Grand Prix Classic skinwalls -- translucent against a desk lamp.


After mounting and inflating the tires I noticed I had to top off the tires a few times before riding. Presumably the tires stretched a bit. After about an hour the pressure seemed to stabilize.

I took a 15 mile test ride Tuesday night, riding cautiously since it takes awhile to rub off the mold release and get a feel for the actual tire tread grip characteristics. The grip felt about the same as the Conti Ultra Sport II, which are cheap but good. I haven't had any problems with the Ultra Sport II, including punctures, despite the low price and absence of any special puncture shield.

Continental recommends running the Grand Prix Classics full pressure, around 120 psi. So that's what I did the first ride. Didn't feel any different from the Ultra Sport II or more expensive Schwalbe One V-Guards at max pressure. At full pressure on chipseal they all feel pretty much like riding a buckboard.

I've always been skeptical of claims for "supple" tires and think we're mostly feeling the effects of tire pressure, not sidewall characteristics. If a tire can be safely run around 25% below max pressure, it's probably going to feel "supple". Even my thick wall Michelin Protek Cross Max 700x40 tires feel "supple" at 40-50 psi, rather than the maximum 75 psi recommended for my weight.

So I may try the GP Classics at around 90 psi rear, 75 psi front, next ride. That's how I usually ride the Ultra Sport II in 700x25, without problems. We'll see how the thinner skinwalls hold up. I know some users reported sidewall failures with the GP 4000s II. If those sidewalls are like the GP Classic I can see how even a tiny nick or abrasion in the sidewall could result in sudden failure.
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Old 08-08-19, 07:41 AM
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Originally Posted by jadocs



Just got mine in. Is this what yours looked like as well? I scanned mine and was given two options, Amazon and eBay.
Just like @noodle soup said, I was in a Trek store yesterday and they had the exact same, exact package selling for $28 and change. Real deal. I won't be needing cleats for a while.
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Old 08-08-19, 06:50 PM
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Originally Posted by suttonjp
I've been saving up for an 8" telescope, but my daughter is increasingly interested in biking. She's talking about riding RAGBRAI together next year. She'll graduate next spring, so I may not get another chance, so I used the telescope money to buy a new Felt for her and a Raleigh for her little brother. The stars aren't going anywhere, and I want to ride with them as often as I can.
You made the right decision. Experiences and their memories are so much more valuable than stuff. My kids are adults now, and I didn't manage to go with them on any significant rides. They've developed their own interests, so it seems we never will ride together.
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Old 08-09-19, 09:54 AM
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Going to be mainly used as emergency for commuting during warmer months since wearing a proper rain jacket sucks when its warm out.

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Old 08-10-19, 12:15 PM
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Evoc Bike Travel Bag (pro)

It started out as just the Evoc Bike Travel Bag, but then I added the stand vs the standard mount. I'll likely do a full review in a different part of the forums


Evoc Travel Bag. (port glass not included)
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Marathon / Cycling Cap

Bought a 2006 Los Angeles Marathon Sponsor's (Honda) Cap that's also a Cycling Cap. It's useful, too, considering that red and white is a good color combo for visibility and road safety.
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Old 08-12-19, 07:19 AM
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