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Old 09-07-19, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Voodoo76
I recently bought a pair of Empire ACC's (a lot of clearance deals out there) to replace an aging fleet of Shimano 320's. Always wanted to try them out but shoe changes are usually a traumatic experience for me. Not this time, I was good from day 1! A few rides in picked up a second color option

I did go a half size up from 44.0 to 44.5
Thanks for the heads up on Giro clearance stuff. I already have some white ACCs which I love but are pretty sketchy looking (because white), so opted for a heavily discounted pair of Factor Techlace in black.
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Old 09-07-19, 04:09 PM
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Looking forward to building this up.
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Old 09-07-19, 06:19 PM
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REI is doubling dividends this weekend (payable by a store credit, essentially), so I picked up a Garmin Varia 150. Looking forward to riding with it, though tomorrow might just be rained out.

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Old 09-08-19, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Texas Aggie


Looking forward to building this up.
Seat looks a little low
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Old 09-08-19, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Voodoo76
Seat looks a little low
Lol yes, it’s not clamped down yet.
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Old 09-11-19, 06:17 PM
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Continental race tubes, on sale at BTD a few days ago, along with Arundel and Deda bar tape.
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Originally Posted by Texas Aggie


Looking forward to building this up.
that's a beauty.

If that was mine, I'd search the ends of the earth for 11 speed Campagnolo silver components.

https://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/campa...uble-groupset/

I know these aren't easy to find now, but I'm sure you could piece it together.
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Old 09-15-19, 11:32 PM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
REI is doubling dividends this weekend (payable by a store credit, essentially), so I picked up a Garmin Varia 150. Looking forward to riding with it, though tomorrow might just be rained out.

Probably the single best piece of safety kit I own...paried with a Garmin or Wahoo, the situational awareness it gives is certainly nice to have, add in a tail light that is unmistakable to approaching cars. It works great in the rain too! ��
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Old 09-16-19, 05:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Badger6
Probably the single best piece of safety kit I own...paried with a Garmin or Wahoo, the situational awareness it gives is certainly nice to have, add in a tail light that is unmistakable to approaching cars. It works great in the rain too! ��
I've got a few hundred miles in with it now, and I like it a lot. I will say that it feels like a luxury rather than a necessity, though; being able to venture further out in to the lane without as much "what's going on back there?!" anxiety is nice - less debris, smoother surfaces.

Also, I've paired it up with the head units of a couple of the guys on group rides - they've really liked it, too, and at least one of them will be purchasing a unit of their own, shortly.
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Old 09-16-19, 07:06 AM
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Originally Posted by RidingMatthew
@crazyravr let us know how you like the shoes and the tires. I am looking for some casual riding shoes for when touring and riding around with my 9yo son.
Got everything installed on my FX2 over the weekend and this morning did my 25km commute into work.

Tires.
- very smooth rolling
- very quite
- go over bumps and road imperfections with ease and comfort
- pick up any and all small gravel / stones along the way and you hear them hitting fenders, no big deal but never had this happen before
- no idea about puncture resistance, my Schwalbe Marathons took me over 5K km without a puncture

Shoes.
Got a full size larger than my Shimano road shoes and they will good.
Lots of room in the toe area and are very walkable.
If I swap laces for black they will look like any other shoe.
Hardly any clicking from cleats.
I will try and wear them in the gym see how that goes for my final test.
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Old 09-18-19, 06:53 AM
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bought a second WTB Byway tire so now i have a complete new set to put on my commuter eventually. I have 4,719 miles so far 80-90% (maybe more than that) commuting on the road.
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Time to recable my bastard Pinarello F4:13 with 7800. So got a set of Shimano Optislick shift cables, a Jagwire brake cable kit, and Fizik Classic bar tape...
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Old 09-22-19, 08:30 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider
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.
I ended up putting the bike on the wall since rain season seems started in PNZ.
Somehow I feel the 145mm doesn't help me much with my knee discomfort. Well never knows.
Probably will play with it next year and maybe will get a 160mm Hollowtech with my next year's budget
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Old 09-23-19, 08:32 PM
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First Rapha kit (bought it in black), really, really hope it fits (looking to wear off the bike and replace a lightweight Banana Republic vest I've worn for 5+ years nearly every day fall through spring):

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Old 09-24-19, 06:00 AM
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Lumberjack style long sleeve bicycle jersey - perfect for Fall & matches my recently purchased black & red bike.
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Old 09-24-19, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by noglider
Where'd you get that, @eduskator?
Amazon! Get a size bigger if you order one. It's a little small. It took 3 weeks to arrive from Asia.

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 09-24-19, 03:56 PM
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Haven't had a torque wrench in years, since I last worked on old cars and motorcycles. Didn't see any need for one with my steel bikes.

But a friend gave me a Diamondback Podium 5 frame to build up from whatever bits and pieces I have in the spares bin. First encounter with carbon fiber steerer, thought I'd better do it right so it doesn't asplode.

I was about to order one of those preset clicky 3-5nm wrenches but another BFer posted about this teensy Venzo beam torque wrench. Sooooo... why not. My first bike tool starter kit was from Venzo a few years ago and everything has been good, especially the shop grade chain tool.

It's so cute. And it works.

Also, turns out I'm way too gentle. My guesstimate for 5nm was way below spec, closer to 3nm.
Venzo VZ-F33-054 torque wrench. It's tiny. And functional.
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Old 09-25-19, 10:09 AM
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@canklecat where did you purchase the torque wrench from?
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Originally Posted by canklecat
Venzo VZ-F33-054 torque wrench. It's tiny. And functional.
It also doesn't require calibration, assuming it's accurate to begin with. Nice find!
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It also doesn't require calibration, assuming it's accurate to begin with. Nice find!
Won't the metal end up losing its properties (excuse me if I don't use the proper word here) on the long run? It will not stay calibrated forever.
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Originally Posted by eduskator
Won't the metal end up losing its properties (excuse me if I don't use the proper word here) on the long run? It will not stay calibrated forever.
You may be right, over some time scale and level of use, and I'm sure one of the materials science experts, mechanics, (or BSers) here will straighten us out on that. Allz I know is beam torque wrenches require calibration a lot less often than clickers, which require it on a regular basis.
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Old 09-25-19, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by puma1552
First Rapha kit (bought it in black), really, really hope it fits (looking to wear off the bike and replace a lightweight Banana Republic vest I've worn for 5+ years nearly every day fall through spring):

I take it that's the Transfer Insulated Gilet? They have the regular Insulated Gilet on sale in my size, but it doesn't look like it has the dual zip, which would be really nice on the bike... Let me know what you think of it when it arrives.

Originally Posted by canklecat
Haven't had a torque wrench in years, since I last worked on old cars and motorcycles. Didn't see any need for one with my steel bikes.

But a friend gave me a Diamondback Podium 5 frame to build up from whatever bits and pieces I have in the spares bin. First encounter with carbon fiber steerer, thought I'd better do it right so it doesn't asplode.

I was about to order one of those preset clicky 3-5nm wrenches but another BFer posted about this teensy Venzo beam torque wrench. Sooooo... why not. My first bike tool starter kit was from Venzo a few years ago and everything has been good, especially the shop grade chain tool.

It's so cute. And it works.

Also, turns out I'm way too gentle. My guesstimate for 5nm was way below spec, closer to 3nm.
Venzo VZ-F33-054 torque wrench. It's tiny. And functional.
Awwwww - that's super cute. I had the same revelation when I got a torque wrench, too - I was consistently under (but everything was holding). Better than being ham-fisted.
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Old 09-25-19, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by NoWhammies
@canklecat where did you purchase the torque wrench from?
Amazon, for $25.

I was reading old BF threads on torque wrenches and another fellow earlier this year suggested the Venzo. I couldn't find anything locally that was suitable for wrenching carbon fiber bit on bikes so I gave this a try.

And after watching this I've sworn off guesstimating wrenching anything on carbon fiber. Yikes. Bad enough seeing the damage caused by careless tightening but it's a puckering experience to see how many imperfections there are in a simple cylinder right out of the factory.

I know it's kinda trendy among makers of inexpensive bikes to tart up a steel or aluminum bike with a carbon fork. Now I'm wondering whether it ought to be the other way around: safe-n up a carbon bike with a steel fork.

I was in the process of building up a Diamondback Podium 5 frame I got from a friend, but now I'm gonna completely disassemble it and inspect everything first, especially the fork and steerer.

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