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beckerfuffle 08-24-19 04:11 PM

My last purchase was some Cinelli Cork Gel Ribbon Handlebar Tape to replace my old peeling fi'zi:k tape. Nothing too fancy but it feels great!

woodcraft 08-24-19 07:19 PM


Originally Posted by puma1552 (Post 21090580)
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.




Unfortunately, IME those Specialized lights are garbage and this was also the report from a friend who is management at a Specialized dealer shop.

Just toss it & get something else- what I did.

puma1552 08-24-19 07:42 PM


Originally Posted by woodcraft (Post 21090987)
Unfortunately, IME those Specialized lights are garbage and this was also the report from a friend who is management at a Specialized dealer shop.

Just toss it & get something else- what I did.

Yeah I know they aren't the greatest, and are overpriced. I had the preceding Stix Comp models and liked them more than the current Elite models, but oh well - had a junk battery on the Comp headlight.

What I like about them is that I just need lights to be seen vs. lights to actually see since I don't ride at night. The other thing I like is how clean they integrate on my Sirrus with Specialized's SWAT system. Plus since I ride the hybrid so infrequently, I don't need to rely on them too much - just can't have the batteries be junk, which right now I'm only batting .500 on the 4 I've bought, so I guess that's telling.

Sojodave 08-24-19 08:06 PM

I've been through tons of saddles and I am hoping the Specialized Power Pro will be the one. The Power Expert has been the closest I've been to a long-term saddle. I'm hoping the level 1 padding will be better on long distances.
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...bfe0ea55b6.jpg

woodcraft 08-24-19 08:10 PM


Originally Posted by puma1552 (Post 21091023)
Yeah I know they aren't the greatest, and are overpriced. I had the preceding Stix Comp models and liked them more than the current Elite models, but oh well - had a junk battery on the Comp headlight.

What I like about them is that I just need lights to be seen vs. lights to actually see since I don't ride at night. The other thing I like is how clean they integrate on my Sirrus with Specialized's SWAT system. Plus since I ride the hybrid so infrequently, I don't need to rely on them too much - just can't have the batteries be junk, which right now I'm only batting .500 on the 4 I've bought, so I guess that's telling.



I hear you.

I keep going back to "Blackburn Click"- coin cell battery lasts pretty much all year and never leaves you in the dark.

Why can the equivalent USB one barely make it through one ride?

puma1552 08-25-19 12:51 PM

Another warranty replacement...came apart real quick...

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b2820c5f82.jpg

noglider 08-25-19 01:30 PM


Originally Posted by woodcraft (Post 21091053)
I hear you.

I keep going back to "Blackburn Click"- coin cell battery lasts pretty much all year and never leaves you in the dark.

Why can the equivalent USB one barely make it through one ride?

The problem isn't so much the battery. The USB chargeable lights are more powerful because the goal of that kind of light is different. It emphasizes putting out some real light, whereas the coin cell light is just to be there and say you have a light. You should have someone ride your bike and look for it. You won't really see it.

dagray 08-25-19 01:43 PM

29 x 2.5 inch Maxxis "Grifter" road tread tires for my mountain bike. SMP Evolution saddle in red, and I have platform pedals with dual sided SPD clips on order at the local bike shop.

I am loving the Maxxis tires on my Raleigh "Talus" 29er as it means I can come home, hop on the bike and get a short ride in without having to change shoes to ride my road bike.

woodcraft 08-25-19 07:12 PM


Originally Posted by noglider (Post 21091790)
The problem isn't so much the battery. The USB chargeable lights are more powerful because the goal of that kind of light is different. It emphasizes putting out some real light, whereas the coin cell light is just to be there and say you have a light. You should have someone ride your bike and look for it. You won't really see it.

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...bbb034abf0.jpg
Here's a brand new Blackburn on the left, and a 'Thunderbolt 2.0' USB on the right.

They're about the same brightness (bright but not blinding), but the coin cell one gradually gets dimmer while USB ones stop abruptly.

The one actually mounted on that bike is rather dim by comparison so I need to change the battery, but it still puts out some light.

Re: the Specialized ones, the problem seemed to be the switch, the mounting of the light onto the base, the mounting onto the bike, and the battery.

I like Specialized overall just not this item, but it's also a peeve of mine- lights that won't last even one ride, & leave you in the dark.

Flatballer 08-25-19 08:32 PM

Taking pictures of lights and assessing their performance based on them is a fool's errand.

Sy Reene 08-26-19 07:47 AM


Originally Posted by Flatballer (Post 21092333)
Taking pictures of lights and assessing their performance based on them is a fool's errand.

Pretty sure the photographer was in the same room as his camera and used his naked eyes as well.

phtomita 08-26-19 10:49 AM


Originally Posted by noglider (Post 21088677)
@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.

Installed the 145s on Ironman and got a 50 miles on flats yesterday after the Friday/Saturday double century (got some rain mid route on Friday for the day's century :o - was not that bad since temp was on its mid 60s).
Some things I noticed.
1. I had my right knee a bit uncomfortable on Saturday with 165s and when climbing stairs at home. Sunday was ok in the morning, but when was replacing the 165s to 145s was bothering a bit.
Riding was good, no discomfort in the knee spinning - in the beginning I was spinning like 100+ since my front was on a 38T....
2. The crank arm is a triple, so my ride was to a bike shop to get a triple FD. On the middle, tired of spinning without higher gear, I loosened the FD and moved the chain to 52T and I have a 34T rear to bail me out.
Riding was good, comfortable all the way going and back.
3. Not sure if because of my tired legs, but on some ascends it seemed I was slower than normally. There are differences between the bike (brifters vs down tube) and I also don't like much the 23 tires on this bike.

Will update more as I get more mileage, since I will be riding more this bike instead of the TriA.
Got an Ultegra triple FD from the shop and have to install it :).

While replacing the crank arms, noticed I have to pay attention to the little pin on the big ring :lol: - so you don't have to unscrew all again....
The pick of left arms got some angle - the longer one is a 600 165mm and the other one is no make 145mm.

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b9b447e213.jpg
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d778f864f9.jpg

noglider 08-26-19 10:54 AM

Shorter cranks can make climbing harder, since you have less leverage. My bike with short cranks (155mm) is a fixed gear intended for city riding. I don't take it on many hills. There is one which is difficult, but so what. My gear ratio is 74 inches.

cat0020 08-27-19 12:55 PM


Originally Posted by noglider (Post 21093063)
Shorter cranks can make climbing harder, since you have less leverage. My bike with short cranks (155mm) is a fixed gear intended for city riding. I don't take it on many hills. There is one which is difficult, but so what. My gear ratio is 74 inches.

Shorter crank may makes out-of-saddle climbing harder, but not if you spin at higher rpm while sitting.
Smaller circle to pedal with shorter cranks, with optimum gearing & cadence; you may be more efficient on the climbs when sitting in the saddle.

rower2cyclist 08-27-19 03:22 PM

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...acfa2220e2.jpg
I heard good things about this bartape. Just wanted to give it a try. $29.99+tax

Sy Reene 08-27-19 04:04 PM


Originally Posted by rower2cyclist (Post 21095220)
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...acfa2220e2.jpg
I heard good things about this bartape. Just wanted to give it a try. $29.99+tax

No risk anyway with that unconditional guarantee prominently displayed.

OhioJTrek 08-27-19 04:12 PM

Rapha socks... on sale :D

rower2cyclist 08-27-19 04:50 PM


Originally Posted by Sy Reene (Post 21095282)
No risk anyway with that unconditional guarantee prominently displayed.

YES YES YES!!! Shop employees was like bring it in 30 days if you donít like it. I was like WTF. Same thing with most Bontrager products including helmets. I just put the tape on one side and already love it. Feels tiny wee bit thicker than Lizard Skins DSP 2.5. Nice texture. I think Iíll keep it!

Sy Reene 08-27-19 05:11 PM


Originally Posted by rower2cyclist (Post 21095348)
YES YES YES!!! Shop employees was like bring it in 30 days if you donít like it. I was like WTF. Same thing with most Bontrager products including helmets. I just put the tape on one side and already love it. Feels tiny wee bit thicker than Lizard Skins DSP 2.5. Nice texture. I think Iíll keep it!

Good thing.. as it appears you'd still have to wash or launder the bar tape before attempting return :lol: Thicker than 2.5.. sounds a bit too cushy for my taste, but glad you like it.

noglider 08-27-19 08:15 PM

How long is the warranty on that tape?

I like reusable tape, like leather. I have some tape I've moved from bike to bike. It ends up saving me money in the long run. There are not many such tapes. I'm about to try Brooks Cambium tape which gets bad reviews, but it's already paid for.

melikebikey35 08-27-19 08:32 PM

Just had these babies delivered... I've been struggling with shoes lately, but I think I finally found a winner.

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...41a6efef63.jpg

rower2cyclist 08-27-19 09:24 PM


Originally Posted by noglider (Post 21095630)
How long is the warranty on that tape?


I like reusable tape, like leather. I have some tape I've moved from bike to bike. It ends up saving me money in the long run. There are not many such tapes. I'm about to try Brooks Cambium tape which gets bad reviews, but it's already paid for.


It's not really a warranty, they were like if you don't like it take it off put it in a plastic bag and bring it back to us for full refund in 30 days.

noodle soup 08-29-19 11:11 AM

https://live.staticflickr.com/7924/4...b6752dc8_o.jpg

2 for $88.74 at Merlin Cycles

https://www.merlincycles.com/schwalb...00c-98628.html

SylvainG 08-29-19 06:50 PM

https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5053-602/Drencher-Gloves

Yeah, started thinking about that time of the year...

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b25678b17b.jpg

CarloM 08-29-19 08:16 PM

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...506559938.jpeg

I was hesitant to buy this, thinking my Apple Watch's cycling app was enough. Now I don't regret it at all. Not only is it superior to the cycling app in every way, but it also pairs with the Giant Power Pro on my TCR, so I get a double bonus: improved MPH, GPS tracking, and also now my power meter is useful!


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