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Old 06-27-20, 08:26 AM
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Also got some white Cinelli Cork Ribbon.
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After two months of circling wheelsets, trying to find good options for a shallow-rim wind-friendly set (because, my DT E1800s have had me blown into curbs and gutters, and over the next car lane, and are horrible in wind) and going between AR29/x, R9170-C40-TL, and all the other choices and not being able to make up my mind - on this very windy day when I had planned an all day ride I just said screw it and ordered ENVE SES 3.4's. Price: ludicrous. But, I work again and only get two days a week for long rides, so screw it. I can afford them, but boy does it feel extravagant.

Of course I got RT900 rotors for them. Everyone knows black on black makes for a faster wheel.

I'll be the dork climbing Bolinas-Fairfax road from the lagoon up to Ridgecrest in race grade SES 3.4's, with 28mm GP5000 TL tires. As PCad might have said, the laughs are on me.
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Old 06-28-20, 03:37 PM
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Stopped at a garage sale on a whim today... partly because I rode past and had to admire the several vintage typewriters they were selling. And came away with a Blackburn Trakstand trainer (I think it's like this one?). For $20, how could I not? (Had to come back with the car, though... didn't feel like working out the logistics of transporting it on the bike right then and there, especially since I didn't have any bungees to try to attach it to my rack.)

A friend has an indoor bike and has been saying it's too bad she doesn't have two so i can come by sometimes and take her Zoom spin class with her. Now I can! She might even let me put the trainer in her basement so I don't have to haul it to her place every time (which will save me having to get creative about how to haul it on the bike).

Now I need to figure out how this thing works and how to attach it to my bike, since I've never used one before. In hindsight, I probably should've experimented with that before I even bought it, lol, since I had my bike there at the time anyway.

Do I need a front-wheel stand, or can I get by without one? (It seems most people I see in pictures have them, but some don't.)
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Old 06-28-20, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Kat12
Do I need a front-wheel stand, or can I get by without one? (It seems most people I see in pictures have them, but some don't.)
Nice find! Since the rear wheel is lifted off the ground to sit on the trainer, unless you also lift the front wheel the bike will tilt forward a little. Wheel blocks are little risers that have U shapes in them to keep the wheel in place, but you can use almost anything the right height. Like an old book, a couple of pieces of wood, or whatever stays put. Pretty much anything works.
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Originally Posted by sfrider
Nice find! Since the rear wheel is lifted off the ground to sit on the trainer, unless you also lift the front wheel the bike will tilt forward a little. Wheel blocks are little risers that have U shapes in them to keep the wheel in place, but you can use almost anything the right height. Like an old book, a couple of pieces of wood, or whatever stays put. Pretty much anything works.
Cool, thanks! I'll probably start out with something home-made, then, until I can find a riser for cheap-ish. I wasn't sure if they were for height, or stability (since the ones I've seen seem to cradle the front wheel). Crossing my fingers I can make it work! I haven't the first clue exactly what it's supposed to clamp onto in back... there doesn't seem to be much sticking out. I might have to post a picture and ask here if I try it and get stuck.

I saw one video that recommended getting a cheap axle to use with a trainer so you don't wreck your "real" one? Should I do that? It sounds annoying to constantly be switching the axle in and out every time between indoor and outdoor riding... I haven't many bike-mechanic skills (at least, not yet...?) and it sounds intimidating to me, not like something I'd do in a quick five minutes.

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Old 06-28-20, 06:26 PM
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I had to send my 3T Superergo carbon bars in for evaluation/warranty claim (indentations form the stem), and not wanting to risk it happening again, I decided to go the absurdly-expensive-but-extremely-nice integrated handlebar route, by way of Black Inc.

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Deda Elementi Superzero 100mm stem: switching out from 90mm. One ride in, and it feels a ton better and less cramped
Ultegra R8050 Di2 full group: to be installed, once I get my pedals in.
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Old 06-28-20, 06:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Kat12
I saw one video that recommended getting a cheap axle to use with a trainer so you don't wreck your "real" one?
Using a cheap trainer tire is pretty common, assuming you have a spare rear wheel to keep it on. They do wear on trainers. Otherwise if you don't have a spare wheel it may or may not be worth the hassle to swap tires. Swapping wheels is quick and easy.
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Originally Posted by sfrider
Using a cheap trainer tire is pretty common, assuming you have a spare rear wheel to keep it on. They do wear on trainers. Otherwise if you don't have a spare wheel it may or may not be worth the hassle to swap tires. Swapping wheels is quick and easy.
Wouldn't I have to unhook and then reinstall chain and brakes, though?

Seems a pain simply because I'd have to ride bike to friend's house, swap wheel or axle, do spin class, swap wheel or axle, ride home... if it came to that, I'd probably just start coming up with excuses to not go for class.
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Old 06-28-20, 08:15 PM
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Handlebar tape-but probably not for what you're thinking. Used it to cushion bar ends on a mtn.bike.
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This wasn’t a purchase because I didn’t pay anything for it, but I will give the donor a nice bottle of wine soon. It’s his 1951 Rudge-Whitworth, which he got when he was 12. Needs a new Brooks saddle, but is otherwise in great shape. It came complete with original owner's manual and bicycle care guide.
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Bought a pair of Louis Garneau cycling shorts (Fir Sensor 2) with the Airzone 2 chamois... What a game changer from my previous unbranded shorts!! So much more comfortable. Note sure if it's because my previous shorts were used for 2 years or because they were simply cheap though...
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Just got a pair of Lake CX238 shoes last week. I've got "problem" feet with a large bunion on the right foot causing a marked difference in foot width between the two. It's always been a compromise to find shoes wide enough to accommodate the bunion bit narrow enough to secure my left foot properly. Best I could hope for was a "sorta" fit after a few hundred miles of break-in. These Lakes are perfect on both feet right out of the box!!! Literally a dream come true.
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Ultegra 10 speed 12-30 cassette. Replaced a SRAM 12-28. Not only does it have an even bigger biggest cog, giving me an even smaller smallest gear, but also it eschews the 16 cog to even out the spacing beyond 19. SRAM jumps from 19-22, which generally works out to going from 85 rpm to 110 all of a sudden. The Shimano jumps all feel about the same - no yawning chasm! Wish I'd bought it last year when I upgraded this bike from 8sp to 10sp!
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For the gravel bike, which probably gets more paved road use than any of my road bikes.

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Originally Posted by bmcer
Just got a pair of Lake CX238 shoes last week. I've got "problem" feet with a large bunion on the right foot causing a marked difference in foot width between the two. It's always been a compromise to find shoes wide enough to accommodate the bunion bit narrow enough to secure my left foot properly. Best I could hope for was a "sorta" fit after a few hundred miles of break-in. These Lakes are perfect on both feet right out of the box!!! Literally a dream come true.
Ive been hearing lots of buzz on the 238s. I might pick up a pair next.
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"Hell of the North" tire 28mm- actually more like 27mm. Should be about like Pave for 3x the price.

The two for $9 neoprene bag has been road tested & is performing beautifully- quiet, not slippery, & should be waterproof based on other neoprene stuff.



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I bought a compact crankset and external BB, but at the last minute I decided that I like my 50/39 setup, so I’ll store the compact until I’m old enough to need the 34t. Did drivetrain overhaul - new rings, new 12/23 cassette and 3x new KMC chains. I also bought a small slo-cooker and a bag of wax, to try waxing while the chains are new and easy to degrease
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