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TimothyH 08-20-19 10:26 PM

Epic Bleed Solutions Universal Kit.

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...488f40a16c.jpg

noodle soup 08-20-19 11:43 PM


Originally Posted by TimothyH (Post 21084996)
Epic Bleed Solutions Universal Kit.

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...488f40a16c.jpg

Avid/SRAM I hope.

audiomagnate 08-21-19 05:00 AM


Originally Posted by CarloM (Post 21084940)
Look forward to your experience with the new perf tape, I like the colored dots look (I'm looking at the blue ones myself).

I went for my first ride last night. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS STUFF! I love it so much I'm going to post a new thread after I take some better pics.

Fendertele 08-21-19 07:39 AM

Pro Bike Tool CO2 cartridges
 
Picked up a five pack of 16g.

TimothyH 08-21-19 08:00 AM


Originally Posted by noodle soup (Post 21085041)
Avid/SRAM I hope.

Hope RX4.

A little frustrated right now. Hope's instructions are less than complete and there is zero indication of what fittings exactly are needed to bleed the things.

"Screw the fitting into the bleed port" it says. What fitting? Where do I get it?

Zero information on their website and they don't sell bleed kits. Their video instruction shows a tech using a Rockshox branded syringe. :foo: I had to dig up the info on what to buy from an old thread on another website.

Bragging about your company's engineering prowess but not backing it up with even the most basic technical documentation seems to be a thing nowadays. I'm sure it is to save money. The internet will figure it out and post it on social media for free. "Community based support" they call it.

Say what you want about Shimano and SRAM but they have decent documentation. SRAM has technical blueprint style drawings of every part they make on their public website and Shimano has exploded views and dealer manuals.

Anyway, yeah, thanks for listening. /rant.


-Tim-

noodle soup 08-21-19 08:07 AM


Originally Posted by TimothyH (Post 21085413)
Hope RX4.

A little frustrated right now. Hope's instructions are less than complete and there is zero indication of what fittings exactly are needed to bleed the things.

"Screw the fitting into the bleed port" it says. What fitting? Where do I get it?

Zero information on their website and they don't sell bleed kits. Their video instruction shows a tech using a Rockshox branded syringe. :foo: I had to dig up the info on what to buy from an old thread on another website.

Bragging about your company's engineering prowess but not backing it up with even the most basic technical documentation seems to be a thing nowadays. I'm sure it is to save money. The internet will figure it out and post it on social media for free. "Community based support" they call it.

Say what you want about Shimano and SRAM but they have decent documentation. SRAM has technical blueprint style drawings of every part they make on their public website and Shimano has exploded views and dealer manuals.

Anyway, yeah, thanks for listening. /rant.


-Tim-

what levers?

TimothyH 08-21-19 09:36 AM


Originally Posted by noodle soup (Post 21085428)
what levers?

Shimano. Mineral oil.

CarloM 08-21-19 10:05 AM


Originally Posted by TimothyH (Post 21085568)
Shimano. Mineral oil.

Lol I just bought the large container of that myself (liter? half gallon? the rectangular jug). I should be able to bleed everyone's brakes within a square mile...

Feedback Sports Velo Wall Rack 2D. Because I have too many bikes now (third arriving tonight) and only room to store 2 on the floor indoors. So I'm dropping the wheels on my FX and storing them, and mounting the rest on my wall like a hunting trophy.

noodle soup 08-21-19 10:31 AM


Originally Posted by TimothyH (Post 21085568)
Shimano. Mineral oil.

one of these will make things easier.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...28fc21c2_o.jpg


https://www.jensonusa.com/Shimano-Di...SABEgKIEfD_BwE

MoAlpha 08-21-19 10:42 AM


Originally Posted by TimothyH (Post 21084996)
Epic Bleed Solutions Universal Kit.

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...488f40a16c.jpg

Dang, that looks like the hardware off a thoracentesis tray!

TimothyH 08-21-19 10:58 AM


Originally Posted by noodle soup (Post 21085661)
one of these will make things easier.

I already have the Shimano kit with the funnel. Thanks.

All I need is the fitting which attaches to the end of the syringe hose and screws into the side of the Hope caliper.

Hope doesn't use normal automotive style bleed nipples like Shimano but uses threaded M5 bleed ports, hence the need for a screw-in fitting.

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...dcadfd7574.jpg


-Tim-

LeoGrand 08-21-19 06:24 PM


Originally Posted by RidingMatthew (Post 21081500)
I sure hope it fits well Giro Syntax in matte white and gray.

Syntax Mips

Very nice helmet!

RidingMatthew 08-21-19 07:16 PM


Originally Posted by LeoGrand (Post 21086438)
Very nice helmet!

Thanks!

I am bit worried about it fitting my head. I hope it fits my head well. Not wanting to have to figure out how to return if it doesn't fit.

CarloM 08-21-19 10:29 PM

Self healing cutting board, acrylic ruler, rotary cutter and 3M VViVid paint protective film. To line the underside of the down tube, back of the seat tube, and maybe the underside of the chain stays. Basically as much of the area that gets pummeled by road debris as possible. I know my new ride will get damaged, but I don't see the harm in protecting the most-abused areas.
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...21fe3a06dd.jpg

It's arts and crafts time! :lol:

phtomita 08-22-19 10:24 AM

Short crank arms for my short legs. It is a 145 mm but is like 148 per seller. Got it yesterday but didn't measure it.
It will go for my experiment on my Centurion Ironman :)
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...1211463fa5.jpg

noodle soup 08-22-19 10:46 AM


Originally Posted by TimothyH (Post 21085707)

Hope doesn't use normal automotive style bleed nipples like Shimano but uses threaded M5 bleed ports, hence the need for a screw-in fitting.




-Tim-

The kit didn't include the fitting? That's strange.

noglider 08-22-19 08:34 PM


Originally Posted by phtomita (Post 21087370)
Short crank arms for my short legs. It is a 145 mm but is like 148 per seller. Got it yesterday but didn't measure it.
It will go for my experiment on my Centurion Ironman :)

How short are your legs? I'm 5'9" tall and short-legged. My pants inseam is 30". I normally ride 170mm cranks which feel OK. Whenever I try a bike with 175's, it feels uncomfortable, and that's weird because I wouldn't think 5mm would be so noticeable. I tried some 155mm cranks on one bike of mine, and interestingly, I like them just fine.

phtomita 08-22-19 11:51 PM


Originally Posted by noglider (Post 21088233)
How short are your legs? I'm 5'9" tall and short-legged. My pants inseam is 30". I normally ride 170mm cranks which feel OK. Whenever I try a bike with 175's, it feels uncomfortable, and that's weird because I wouldn't think 5mm would be so noticeable. I tried some 155mm cranks on one bike of mine, and interestingly, I like them just fine.

I'm 5'5" and 29" inseam. I ride 165 mm on Tri A and ProTour that have Shimano Hollowtech II on them - R7000 has a 160 mm available, but nothing short.
The Ironman has Shimano 600 crankset with also 165 mm.
Recently I have some discomfort on my right knee, and since this was a cheap find I am giving it a try.
Probably will try on Sunday, after my double century-ish (short) this Friday Saturday riding my TriA.

noglider 08-23-19 07:34 AM

@phtomita, I'm eager to hear how you like the 145s. That's pretty darned short, but they may be good.

The trend lately is for bike makers to use longer and longer cranks. It's not a well-understood science, so they're not crazy, but member @rhm has opposing theories. I decided to try them, and I agree that shorter cranks work better for me. Rudi is tall and long-legged, so when he uses 165s, they are short for him.

TimothyH 08-23-19 07:58 AM


Originally Posted by noodle soup (Post 21087407)
The kit didn't include the fitting? That's strange.

Kit?

No, Hope does not include tools for bleeding with their calipers, if that is what you mean. Shimano is no different - bleed kit has to be purchases separately from the calipers.


-Tim-

noodle soup 08-23-19 08:35 AM


Originally Posted by TimothyH (Post 21084996)
Epic Bleed Solutions Universal Kit.

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...488f40a16c.jpg

I was referring to this kit.

puma1552 08-23-19 05:43 PM


Originally Posted by RidingMatthew (Post 21081500)
I sure hope it fits well Giro Syntax in matte white and gray.

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d4fd81990e.jpg

Syntax Mips

I bought this exact helmet today to finally replace my god awful ugly $40 Specialized Align from three years ago.

And honestly, while a massive improvement in so many ways, I'm not sure I like it because of the really finnicky strap system - the little adjusters can move on the straps so easy and it also seems like it's easy to have it set up and then the next time you put it on any one of the straps is rubbing your ear.

I mean I plan to keep it, and eventually got it adjusted just right, but I played with the strap system for 30 minutes before I was satisfied. My Specialized was much simpler since there was a single adjustment point at the chin strap, and the chin strap was a bit more comfortable IMO.

RidingMatthew 08-23-19 08:09 PM


Originally Posted by puma1552 (Post 21089614)
I bought this exact helmet today to finally replace my god awful ugly $40 Specialized Align from three years ago.

And honestly, while a massive improvement in so many ways, I'm not sure I like it because of the really finnicky strap system - the little adjusters can move on the straps so easy and it also seems like it's easy to have it set up and then the next time you put it on any one of the straps is rubbing your ear.

I mean I plan to keep it, and eventually got it adjusted just right, but I played with the strap system for 30 minutes before I was satisfied. My Specialized was much simpler since there was a single adjustment point at the chin strap, and the chin strap was a bit more comfortable IMO.

it arrived today �� I will try it out tomorrow I guess


Tried it on sitting in the house so much smaller and less material sticking out the back. I think it will work well for me.

puma1552 08-24-19 12:40 PM


Originally Posted by RidingMatthew (Post 21089817)
it arrived today �� I will try it out tomorrow I guess


Tried it on sitting in the house so much smaller and less material sticking out the back. I think it will work well for me.

Got a ride in with mine today, I decided I like it - I didn't think about it at all on my ride, as it should be. It is so much smaller and better than my fugly Align.

puma1552 08-24-19 01:20 PM

Not so much a purchase, but a warranty replacement (for my hybrid):

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...0d75210577.jpg

Less than 4 months old, maybe 5 cycles on it (rarely ride my hybrid) and getting less than 2 hours battery life on a setting I should be getting 8.5 out of, thank god my gut told me to keep the receipt (had the same issue with the prior generation headlight but never warrantied it since I didn't keep the receipt). Emailed Specialized Rider Care, they said go ahead and just bring it back to the LBS and they will swap it out for a new one and Specialized will just go ahead and honor a warranty claim because it's so new.

Printed the email, brought the email with the light and receipt back and got the line that they can't honor anything Rider Care says because it's not the warranty department (AFAIK Rider Care is the only point within Specialized that a customer can even reach) and that we have to go through the LBS warranty department/process (...) despite the fact I'm sitting here with an email from Specialized - that I brought with me to leave with the LBS so they could include it with the returned light proving it's back on Specialized - explicitly stating that in this case the warranty policy is that the shop is authorized to just do a quick, direct replacement. So as he starts typing it up I'm thinking great, another strike for this LBS chain, probably be 3+ weeks without a light, 4 if they end up needing to order one later by the time a decision is made.

Luckily though as he was typing it up, at some point he changed and said he could just give me the new light today, and they had just one in stock luckily. So in the end I did get to walk out of there with a new light, so that's good. They did make it right in the end without too much hassle.


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