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Forum: Road Cycling
01-27-14, 07:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,063
Posted By ptle

New bike! - 2014 Specialized Comp Smartweld

I just got a new bike recently! For $1350 I got a new 54cm Specialized Comp with it's new Smartweld technology. It's pretty neat because it's suppose to give the welds at the headtube more strength...
02-03-11, 12:35 PM
Replies: 19,701
Views: 417,100
Posted By ptle

We're getting our ideas from this video... ...

We're getting our ideas from this video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQgAMkMmsfg

Instead of dressing as apes, we'll be riding sea creatures. I'll be riding a seal.
02-03-11, 12:05 PM
Replies: 19,701
Views: 417,100
Posted By ptle

I've been around, just not on BF. My girlfriend...

I've been around, just not on BF. My girlfriend is leaving for 5 months tomorrow, so I've been spending a lot of time with her. I've also been working on a school project that involves a whole...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-09-10, 01:17 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,178
Posted By ptle

Sounds like your fitter know nothing about bike...

Sounds like your fitter know nothing about bike fits.

FWIW, I can barely touch my ankles, but I've got a 3" drop.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-10, 05:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,746
Posted By ptle

Have you ever climbed any of the mountains in...

Have you ever climbed any of the mountains in chattanooga? i use to hate taking the w road up signal and would always go up the front.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-10, 02:50 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,218
Posted By ptle

Donating plasma twice a week is an easy way to...

Donating plasma twice a week is an easy way to get cash.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-10, 09:43 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,970
Posted By ptle

I'll let you know after doing the P90x workout...

I'll let you know after doing the P90x workout (if I can actually commit to it)... though I'm doing the lean version.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-10, 07:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 371
Posted By ptle

Depends on how much the total cost will come to....

Depends on how much the total cost will come to. I would take carbon, but I've never ridden quality steel.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-10, 07:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,280
Posted By ptle

Yeah that's common. Try getting more liquids or...

Yeah that's common. Try getting more liquids or electrolytes to prevent cramping. Being sore after a long or hard ride is normal. If you search around the forums, you can find some things to help....
Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-10, 07:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,163
Posted By ptle

At 220 pounds, I would focus on getting some...

At 220 pounds, I would focus on getting some durable wheels. Generally, (well) handbuilt wheels will be more durable and last longer. They may cost a bit more, but in my opinion it's worth it. Try to...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-10, 06:57 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,109
Posted By ptle

I try not to drink any caffeine or coffee before...

I try not to drink any caffeine or coffee before I go biking. I've heard it's not good for you and can also dehydrate you. I've also heard that it can be good, but I'll stick to water and Powerade. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-10, 06:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,489
Posted By ptle

I think there are some CO2 inflators that also...

I think there are some CO2 inflators that also take 12g. However, 12g might not be enough to get even air in your tire to prevent a pinch flat... especially in the winter.

I bought some threaded...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-10, 06:50 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 11,390
Posted By ptle

Looking good. I like how all the colors and...

Looking good. I like how all the colors and carbon pattern match. It all flows really nicely. Can't wait to see the final product!
Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-10, 04:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 407
Posted By ptle

Sounds like an upgrade from the hybrid. And for...

Sounds like an upgrade from the hybrid. And for rainy days, you could alway get some clip on fenders. They don't work as well as full fenders, but help a lot compared to having no fenders.

Also, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-10, 12:43 AM
Replies: 10,223
Views: 2,657,744
Posted By ptle

Seems like the buy it now price is pretty good....

Seems like the buy it now price is pretty good. In late 2008, I bought a lightly used 2008 Cannondale CAAD9-6 for around $800 shipped, which was a pretty decent deal for me.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-05-10, 06:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 386
Posted By ptle

All of SRAM is interchangeable except for short...

All of SRAM is interchangeable except for short cage derailleurs and cassettes larger than 28t. In my opinion SRAM Rival is a bit much for a commuter bike. I probably wouldn't lock it up outside.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-05-10, 06:18 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 6,140
Posted By ptle

I think cheaper bikes are perfectly fine if you...

I think cheaper bikes are perfectly fine if you maintain them. I don't think you should have any problems if you regularly clean and lube your bike. The cheaper components should last long enough....
Forum: Road Cycling
12-05-10, 06:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,616
Posted By ptle

When I'm low in the drops I usually look over my...

When I'm low in the drops I usually look over my glasses, since my head is down. I wear contacts and don't wear prescription glasses.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-05-10, 06:14 PM
Replies: 26,495
Views: 16,242,746
Posted By ptle

That Wilier looks really good!

That Wilier looks really good!
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-10, 11:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 406
Posted By ptle

If you're only 14 and plan on using the bike for...

If you're only 14 and plan on using the bike for a while it may be a good idea to get the 54cm then, unless you aren't going to be growing much more. The Giant seems like a decent entry level bike...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-10, 12:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 792
Posted By ptle

This is what I recommend, flushing the shifting...

This is what I recommend, flushing the shifting system with some kind of oil. I usually use Tri-flow, click through the gears, wipe it down, and use the air compressor to blow out any excess stuff....
Forum: Road Cycling
11-29-10, 07:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,347
Posted By ptle

If you don't weigh much, I wouldn't be worried...

If you don't weigh much, I wouldn't be worried about breaking your bike by taking it off curbs or anything. I commuted on a road bike all the time taking it off sidewalks, cutting through the grass,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-10, 11:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,560
Posted By ptle

Looks good, how's the fit? I was thinking...

Looks good, how's the fit?

I was thinking about going with the cheap carbon stem, bars, and seatpost with mine, but I found that they were still more expensive and heavier than used aluminum...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-10, 12:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 644
Posted By ptle

How much are these handbuilt wheels? A 5.2 costs...

How much are these handbuilt wheels? A 5.2 costs ~$3000.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-10, 11:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 664
Posted By ptle

Pedals and shoes for sure.

Pedals and shoes for sure.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-10, 04:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,677
Posted By ptle

I don't think the resale value would be bad...

I don't think the resale value would be bad because the actual pricing of the frame and fork are so cheap. If I were to list my bike on craigslist, I'm sure someone would pay good money just because...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-10, 04:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 985
Posted By ptle

I would keep it. You never know if you plan...

I would keep it. You never know if you plan selling the bike or have to move the stem up. Also, stem stack heights are a bit different and if you were to change stems, you may not have enough space...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-10, 10:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 789
Posted By ptle

That's unfortunate

That's unfortunate
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-10, 09:09 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,677
Posted By ptle

If you do a search you'll find lots of info. I've...

If you do a search you'll find lots of info. I've got one and it's well built. I'm completely satisfied with my purchase.
Forum: Commuting
11-22-10, 03:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 803
Posted By ptle

I think you made the right decision. Buying a ...

I think you made the right decision. Buying a new bike will cost more and you'll still have cheap wheels. I did a quick search on Bikepedia and it looks the the components on it would be better than...
Forum: Commuting
11-22-10, 03:03 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,042
Posted By ptle

I'm not sure how much detail I'm suppose to give...

I'm not sure how much detail I'm suppose to give out, but my college is going to try to start up a bike commute program, which involves semester long bike rentals (at a very affordable price) and...
Forum: Commuting
11-22-10, 03:01 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,393
Posted By ptle

No "negative aspects" that I can think of. I do...

No "negative aspects" that I can think of. I do something similar, but with just two lights. I always have one on my left seat stay and one on the rack (attached to my bag). They're usually on two...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-10, 02:51 AM
Replies: 26,495
Views: 16,242,746
Posted By ptle

nevermind

nevermind
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-10, 02:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 820
Posted By ptle

Nice rides. That's the first time I've seen the...

Nice rides. That's the first time I've seen the new Archons.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-10, 02:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,817
Posted By ptle

Well the Motobecane comes with Shimano and the...

Well the Motobecane comes with Shimano and the Tommaso comes with SRAM.

Go with whichever system you prefer. If you don't care, go with SRAM... it's lighter.

Whatever you get, make sure it...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-10, 02:42 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,173
Posted By ptle

At 45 degrees Fahrenheit or 7.2 degrees Celsius.

At 45 degrees Fahrenheit or 7.2 degrees Celsius.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-10, 01:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 424
Posted By ptle

That's how fast I go when I commute... Actually,...

That's how fast I go when I commute... Actually, I live atop a hill and regularly hit 38-40mph coming down it.

Also, if you've got the legs, you can keep up with a road bike on a hybrid.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-10, 12:31 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,465
Posted By ptle

I reread your post and you said your bike weighs...

I reread your post and you said your bike weighs 17 pounds. It's probably going to be expensive to find parts that are lighter then the stuff you've already got. In my opinion, it's not too...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-10, 12:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,430
Posted By ptle

When I'm looking for a frame obviously, looks...

When I'm looking for a frame obviously, looks matter. This includes the paint. I also consider some of the following options.

The stuff you listed sounds good. I feel like the stiffness between...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-10, 12:21 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,678
Posted By ptle

You probably get a bit more ventilation and less...

You probably get a bit more ventilation and less weight. They may also fit a little better and the more expensive helmets usually look cooler too.

Otherwise, that's about it.

The new Giro...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-10, 10:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 562
Posted By ptle

This question comes up all the time. Go with...

This question comes up all the time.

Go with whichever system you prefer. The performance is going to be the same along with durability and reliability.

If I were given the choice I would...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-10, 10:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 703
Posted By ptle

I'm pretty satisfied with my Bell Furio. It cost...

I'm pretty satisfied with my Bell Furio. It cost $36, online for a new one (2010). It seems to have decent ventilation. It's hard for me to tell though, because I haven't ever had any airflow...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-10, 09:42 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,338
Posted By ptle

I don't usually take the cassette off the clean...

I don't usually take the cassette off the clean it...

If I buy a used bike, I may take the cassette off, soak it in simple green overnight, then clean it. I may also do that if I got a used...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-10, 09:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,043
Posted By ptle

Velocity Rims make for durable wheelsets, but imo...

Velocity Rims make for durable wheelsets, but imo they're heavy. I feel like Kinlin XR-300s would be good enough and faster.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-10, 09:26 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,465
Posted By ptle

First off, I wouldn't worry too much about making...

First off, I wouldn't worry too much about making your bike lighter. There are a lot of reasons why you shouldn't. Losing weight off yourself will make you faster and it's like losing weight off the...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-10, 09:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 693
Posted By ptle

Will you consider other wheels and how much do...

Will you consider other wheels and how much do you weigh? And are you leaning more towards aero wheels or light wheels?

Heavier riders will want stronger wheels. To make a wheel strong you can get...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-18-10, 09:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,340
Posted By ptle

Looks good, but a drive side picture would be...

Looks good, but a drive side picture would be nice. That way we can see the components a little better.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-18-10, 09:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 984
Posted By ptle

Drive side... in alignment with the valve stem....

Drive side... in alignment with the valve stem. If the tire has a label on the across from the tire make sure they're both lined up with the valve stem.

If there is only one label, and you've got...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-18-10, 07:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,778
Posted By ptle

When building my bike I was considering using...

When building my bike I was considering using some no name carbon seatposts, bars, and stems. However, after comparing them to other components, there are better, brand name aluminum components that...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-18-10, 07:18 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,931
Posted By ptle

What about the guys with a BMIs of more than 25?...

What about the guys with a BMIs of more than 25? Is their bike going to forgive them.



I don't really see any issue with a Brooks on a nice road bike. I've ridden a Brooks before and they are...
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