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Old 10-19-20, 08:22 PM
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Old 10-19-20, 09:21 PM
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Need to figure out a better case for it. Nothing wrong with their box in theory but it is a bit big for the rolling tool box and way too much empty space. I might have some ideas though.
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SBC 6061 Black Label All-Road-Copper Brown frameset. This is going to be my N+2 and first all-road/gravel build so even more excited after building up my N+1 last month, a SBC 7005 Undefeated.
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Campagnolo Calima's

My latest purchase: a pair of new Campagnolo Calima's for by Bianchi Via Nirone 7. Cheap wheels, but bomb-proof, and an excellent replacement for the stock Shimano R501's. I'm using the bike for bikepacking adventures, and I equipped them with a pair of comfy Vittoria Rubino Controls.

I l-o-v-e the new wheels.
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Picked up some cable supplies to re-cable the '84 Prestige. Need to make a decision on handlebar tape next before I do the brakes.



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Ultegra R8000 GS Rear Mech, Ultegra 11-34 cassette
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I picked up a Wahoo Kickr, a Polar heart rate monitor and a set of Profile Designs aerobars for the bike I put on the Kickr.
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Old 10-26-20, 09:03 AM
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I bought a Specialized Phenom Expert saddle for my mountain bike. I haven't been riding it much but the saddle I have on it is the original saddle and it's starting to come apart. I'm sure it's also pretty heavy so this should drop a little weight off the bike as well as make things more comfortable. I have the same saddle on my road bike and liked it so much I decided I should have the same one on both bikes.
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I picked up a Wahoo Kickr, a Polar heart rate monitor and a set of Profile Designs aerobars for the bike I put on the Kickr.
Aero doesnt help indoors.




...joking. the bars are obviously for more positions- and you cant have too many of those when using a trainer!
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
...joking. the bars are obviously for more positions- and you cant have too many of those when using a trainer!
Definitely for more positions. I was getting a lot of numbness and pain in my wrists and hands. Since I got the aerobars, no aches or tingles!
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I installed a cable guide on my bike. It's a 1971 Raleigh Super Course which originally routed the cables above the BB, but I'm using a modern drivetrain now. I had to drill a hole and tap threads into the shell.

Before cableguide (but after the modern drivetrain):




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Oakley jerseys. One of them is blue to match the new bike Girlfriend is happy to see me buying something else than black or dark-grey for once.

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Blackset race 24 (alloy, not carbon) wheels with Dura ace hubs. I weigh 220 so I went with 32/32 spoke set up. 1680 grams.

Couldn't swing the funds for a Dura ace cassette so I bought an Ultegra 11-32 and a new Dura Ace chain. Finally, I picked up a set of Continental 5000's.

What do you guys think? Should I have saved up a bit more and gone with the Dura Ace crank?
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Originally Posted by RadDog
Blackset race 24 (alloy, not carbon) wheels with Dura ace hubs. I weigh 220 so I went with 32/32 spoke set up. 1680 grams.

Couldn't swing the funds for a Dura ace cassette so I bought an Ultegra 11-32 and a new Dura Ace chain. Finally, I picked up a set of Continental 5000's.

What do you guys think? Should I have saved up a bit more and gone with the Dura Ace crank?
No!
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Originally Posted by RadDog
Blackset race 24 (alloy, not carbon) wheels with Dura ace hubs. I weigh 220 so I went with 32/32 spoke set up. 1680 grams.

Couldn't swing the funds for a Dura ace cassette so I bought an Ultegra 11-32 and a new Dura Ace chain. Finally, I picked up a set of Continental 5000's.

What do you guys think? Should I have saved up a bit more and gone with the Dura Ace crank?
No, Ultegra is just as good and the weight to cost ratio for Dura Ace is ridiculous compared to Ultegra.
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Originally Posted by RadDog
Blackset race 24 (alloy, not carbon) wheels with Dura ace hubs. I weigh 220 so I went with 32/32 spoke set up. 1680 grams.

Couldn't swing the funds for a Dura ace cassette so I bought an Ultegra 11-32 and a new Dura Ace chain. Finally, I picked up a set of Continental 5000's.

What do you guys think? Should I have saved up a bit more and gone with the Dura Ace crank?
Originally Posted by jaxgtr
No, Ultegra is just as good and the weight to cost ratio for Dura Ace is ridiculous compared to Ultegra.
No disc brake options? A great deal, if you need wheels for an outdated bike.
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No disc brake options? A great deal, if you need wheels for an outdated bike.
No need for disc on my road bike, have been riding rim brakes just fine for 50 years. I currently live in Texas which is flat flat flat. Maybe back in SF would I want disc for road but never needed it.

Now for a gravel or MTB, of course ya gotta have disc. I also have a hybrid I ride on the street if I ride in the rain then yes I will needs its disc brake. The most important component of your braking system is your hand. I have been fine with crappy TEKTRO R540 and am swapping out to Ultegra. That is plenty enough upgrade. I will be in the market for a Gravel or 29er hardtail if business improves (it will) and of course it will have disc.

These rims fit my need perfectly. I don't race so I don't need carbon aero but I am a bit of a weight weeine. I need strength and durability. Most of all I am a hub *****. My bike is in the middle of my livingroom, and is the center of my world. Back when I had Phil Wood, each night before going to bed I would gently spin the wheels looking lovingly at his beautiful signature spinning round and round. I loved them deeply but it ended in a messy divorce.

In anticipation of my new hubs I am studying Japanese, so that we can have a loving and this time permanent relationship.

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Originally Posted by jaxgtr
No, Ultegra is just as good and the weight to cost ratio for Dura Ace is ridiculous compared to Ultegra.
You are correct 90%. The dif between the cranks is definitely not worth the money, at least for me. Same with pedals. The Dura hubs really are a breed apart, though, IMO. As stated my eventual goal on this bike is all Ultegra in most places. The order or replacement is wheels>crank>brakes. The bike was originally a big part 105, a seaming steal for the money but there were lots of problems. The first thing I did was swap the 105 derailleur for an Ultegra, and picked up a Dura Ace Chain. The bike has a carbon frame I like a lot, so that is why I keep fixing/upgrading.
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Originally Posted by RadDog
You are correct 90%. The dif between the cranks is definitely not worth the money, at least for me. Same with pedals. The Dura hubs really are a breed apart, though, IMO. As stated my eventual goal on this bike is all Ultegra in most places. The order or replacement is wheels>crank>brakes. The bike was originally a big part 105, a seaming steal for the money but there were lots of problems. The first thing I did was swap the 105 derailleur for an Ultegra, and picked up a Dura Ace Chain. The bike has a carbon frame I like a lot, so that is why I keep fixing/upgrading.

I had some of the Tri Color 600 hubs from the 90's that were just fantastic and I recently sold them on eBay as I did not have a need for them any longer. They were just as smooth today as they were new. Shimano always did make great hubs. I only use Dura Ace chains with Shimano, so with you there.
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Originally Posted by jaxgtr
I had some of the Tri Color 600 hubs from the 90's that were just fantastic and I recently sold them on eBay as I did not have a need for them any longer. They were just as smooth today as they were new. Shimano always did make great hubs. I only use Dura Ace chains with Shimano, so with you there.
For $45 and usually free shipping the dura ace chains are no brainers. Unless you have had then, really high end hubs (Chris King etc.) are like pieces of jewelry to me. I still have my watch collection from back when I actually made a living, and hubs are like a good Panny. It is something that is worth maintaining and something that can also be built into a new wheelset or even passed down to your kids. High end watches (I consider Rolex mediocre) and hubs have souls.
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