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Forum: Road Cycling
03-08-10, 05:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,398
Posted By jbhowat

American Classic doesn't make their own hubs (or...

American Classic doesn't make their own hubs (or ANY of their own stuff, they essentially do the same thing we do), FYI.

I'm glad you like them. The pinging is normal when everything is first...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-06-10, 11:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,468
Posted By jbhowat

Are you racing consistently? You're probably not...

Are you racing consistently? You're probably not going to want a full carbon wheelset if not. As far as I know the Planet-X 50s are more than 550 if you want shipping and skewers. (adds like $80).
Forum: Road Cycling
01-29-10, 12:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 700
Posted By jbhowat

+1 Yeah, you're not going to melt hot glue...

+1

Yeah, you're not going to melt hot glue unless you put your bike in an oven.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-28-10, 01:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 700
Posted By jbhowat

I wouln't use epoxy, especially on a carbon...

I wouln't use epoxy, especially on a carbon crank. Hot glue is OK, double-sided tape is fine. The idea is you want to be able to easily remove it. I cringe to think of someone removing an epoxied-on...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-28-10, 10:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 772
Posted By jbhowat

Well, like everyone said, those wheels don't use...

Well, like everyone said, those wheels don't use the cabon structurally (faired wheels like that are silly if you ask me - there are many other benefits besides aerodynamics to deep section carbon...
01-21-10, 03:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 681
Posted By jbhowat

Yeah, the spokes should touch where they cross...

Yeah, the spokes should touch where they cross...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-21-10, 02:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,025
Posted By jbhowat

I'd also say that before buying Neuvation R28s,...

I'd also say that before buying Neuvation R28s, take a look at the Performance Forte Titan. You can grab that wheelset for $150 on sale all the time, plus Performance has a 100% money back...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-21-10, 02:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 771
Posted By jbhowat

Yeah, but I'm just guessing (and hoping, or else...

Yeah, but I'm just guessing (and hoping, or else he's getting ripped off) even our wheels are out of his price range by quite a bit. I know Psimet builds on Kinlin alloy rims, and I would suggest at...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-21-10, 09:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 771
Posted By jbhowat

Hubs in the Velomax are cartridge bearings, I'm...

Hubs in the Velomax are cartridge bearings, I'm sure - the Shimano are loose ball and integrated races. Most people think the Shimano style is smoother initially, but I disagree. Catridge bearings...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-19-10, 09:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 743
Posted By jbhowat

Fixed.

Fixed.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-19-10, 09:48 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 6,116
Posted By jbhowat

Oh wow. Expected this to be a simple, boring old...

Oh wow. Expected this to be a simple, boring old thread.

Stayed when I saw some dude post this gem:


I'm pretty sure ground effect in race cars doesn't have anything to do with cycling. Also,...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-19-10, 09:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,565
Posted By jbhowat

I'm guessing that this $165 fit isn't the same as...

I'm guessing that this $165 fit isn't the same as the "fit kit". It better not be, for that price. My dad is buying a new bike and at the same time is optimizing his fit with a $300 fitting that...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-10, 06:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 868
Posted By jbhowat

They're selling at a smaller margin and cutting...

They're selling at a smaller margin and cutting out the middle man. They are probably buying direct from the manufacturers, vs a lot of stuff in bike stores that has been marked up 2-3 times before...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-10, 04:32 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 3,796
Posted By jbhowat

Planet Bike SuperFlash. Or a copy of it (see...

Planet Bike SuperFlash. Or a copy of it (see above).

Problem solved.... Seriously, its the only blinky I recommend because it is very bright, cheap, and durable.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-10, 04:01 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,117
Posted By jbhowat

Phew. I thought you were asking about drilling a...

Phew. I thought you were asking about drilling a frame. I started to perspire, I was envisioning all of the "steel is real" mouthbreathers talking about how you should just trash it before you even...
12-19-09, 10:24 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 5,404
Posted By jbhowat

Start training 100% seriously in January. ...

Start training 100% seriously in January.

Be able to place well in my target races

Be able to help my teammates (ie not get dropped, have enough left over to do something other than hang on...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-19-09, 09:26 PM
Replies: 27,281
Views: 5,679,776
Posted By jbhowat

http://www.bikeforums.net/attachment.php?attachmen...

http://www.bikeforums.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=129515

Probably could have cleaned it up better, but its a race-horse not a show-pony.

Ultegra 10 Compact
CAAD8 Frame
Checkmate 38mm...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-19-09, 01:15 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,449
Posted By jbhowat

Girlfriend says I have to clean the apartment and...

Girlfriend says I have to clean the apartment and go shopping.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-19-09, 09:12 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 7,220
Posted By jbhowat

I'd say that as long as you don't crash, a carbon...

I'd say that as long as you don't crash, a carbon bike will last forever.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-19-09, 08:49 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,116
Posted By jbhowat

Guaranteed the "quality stuff" is only thought of...

Guaranteed the "quality stuff" is only thought of that way because there is a name printed on it and it costs more. Nobody in Asia is designing exclusive CF cages to be sold on Ebay, whatever is...
12-17-09, 07:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,869
Posted By jbhowat

A lot of people like 38mm carbon wheels because...

A lot of people like 38mm carbon wheels because they have some aero benefit (of course not as much as deeper wheels), but don't have very much crosswind penalty. They are also usually pretty light...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-17-09, 07:01 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 7,220
Posted By jbhowat

That's simply not true. I've seen aluminum frames...

That's simply not true. I've seen aluminum frames dent from falling a couple of inches from the saddle to the top tube when resting against a sign post. I guess to be fair you would have to compare...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-09, 10:26 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,356
Posted By jbhowat

They should be sending you a Premium+ in my...

They should be sending you a Premium+ in my opinion...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-09, 07:29 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 7,220
Posted By jbhowat

Aluminum and steel (and Ti and Mg) bikes fail and...

Aluminum and steel (and Ti and Mg) bikes fail and the head tube as well - it happens when you push the bike past the forces it was designed for (you crash or hit something HARD).
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-09, 07:09 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,284
Posted By jbhowat

I rode Grand Mesa (essentially a 30 mile, killer...

I rode Grand Mesa (essentially a 30 mile, killer climb in the middle of a 90 mile ride) on RtR a while back. Very few people climbed at my pace back then. I would stop and enjoy the sights every once...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-09, 07:01 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,925
Posted By jbhowat

Having seen some of the people "running" my local...

Having seen some of the people "running" my local marathon I can say that in fact, most people who have the willpower can finish a marathon. It just takes them all day. A sub 5 hour solo century is...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-09, 06:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,638
Posted By jbhowat

Yep. That guy googled them or something and has...

Yep. That guy googled them or something and has an axe to grind and so he came here to post that. I'd say they are an OK company. There are many companies out there selling branded versions of frames...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-09, 06:43 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 7,220
Posted By jbhowat

Please, this is one time I'd like you to use...

Please, this is one time I'd like you to use LMGTFY if you must and post a link to what the heck you're talking about. Several of the results are you trolling this same comment in other threads...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-09, 06:40 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 7,220
Posted By jbhowat

I absolutely refuse to believe that "dropping a...

I absolutely refuse to believe that "dropping a chain once" would saw a dime-size hole, or a hole of ANY dize in a CF bike without pics. In fact, I'll go so far as to say that you're a liar and a...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-09, 01:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,159
Posted By jbhowat

What don't YOU like about it... That is what...

What don't YOU like about it... That is what counts.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-09, 11:18 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 7,220
Posted By jbhowat

Oh yeah. Well, it was carbon fiber failing that...

Oh yeah. Well, it was carbon fiber failing that caused the crash, it was the parts being pushed beyond what they were designed for. It'd be like a carbon fiber bike breaking when a 500lb man rides...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-09, 11:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 307
Posted By jbhowat

Meh. Bikes are made to be ridden. Clean them a...

Meh. Bikes are made to be ridden. Clean them a little more often in the wet winter months.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-09, 09:41 AM
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-09, 08:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 666
Posted By jbhowat

This right here. 100% right. Get her some Light...

This right here. 100% right. Get her some Light Actions and be done with it.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-09, 08:51 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 7,220
Posted By jbhowat

That plane was made of steel and aluminum...

That plane was made of steel and aluminum...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-09, 08:48 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,408
Posted By jbhowat

It's fun. It gives me a reason to ride my bike...

It's fun. It gives me a reason to ride my bike consistently. I like the thrill of competition and the struggle to survive in a tough race.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-09, 06:51 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 5,108
Posted By jbhowat

That's sad. Also, you're probably going to want...

That's sad. Also, you're probably going to want to start acting 300% more mature before you get in front of kids or you're going to get eaten alive.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-09, 05:57 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 796
Posted By jbhowat

Hour in the weight room for me followed by 45...

Hour in the weight room for me followed by 45 minutes on the indoor bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-09, 05:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,303
Posted By jbhowat

Nothing wrong with the "China" Madone. The frame...

Nothing wrong with the "China" Madone. The frame is just a little bit heavier because it is made with different technology (by Trek's choice). It is so funny that the word China is never mentioned...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-09, 05:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,303
Posted By jbhowat

If you're going to break a non-boutique carbon...

If you're going to break a non-boutique carbon bike frame, you're going to break an aluminum frame, too - so just ride what you want and hope it doesn't break (it won't).
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-09, 05:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 763
Posted By jbhowat

I'd go with a pseudo-(Kuota)Kredo from a...

I'd go with a pseudo-(Kuota)Kredo from a reputable ebay seller. Make sure they are only sourcing from one factory, and talk to someone who recently got a bike from them. The molds are out there and...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-09, 05:23 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 4,375
Posted By jbhowat

Hmm. Wow. No, I pretty much do it for myself. I...

Hmm. Wow. No, I pretty much do it for myself. I get a little competitive twinge for sure if someone else is a "racer", you know - trying to size them up without even seeing them ride... Usually I...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-09, 03:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,018
Posted By jbhowat

Very nice. My girlfriend has DMTs that are a...

Very nice. My girlfriend has DMTs that are a similar white (I'd call it mother-of-pearl). They are awesome and I would rock either hers or yours (preferrably your because I were Sidi's anyway). Merry...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-09, 03:18 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,815
Posted By jbhowat

I agree with what others have said. If your...

I agree with what others have said. If your religion asks you to resist something (like looking at women in tight clothes), it is up to you - not them - to resist. If the women in their culture want...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-09, 03:12 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 7,220
Posted By jbhowat

In general, light weight for the stiffness is a...

In general, light weight for the stiffness is a good indicator of CF frame quality. Just because it is heavier doesn't make it "bad" though, just like lower-grade steel isn't "bad" just not as...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-09, 03:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 425
Posted By jbhowat

I really hate the whole putting an i in front of...

I really hate the whole putting an i in front of everything. You're not Apple, and its even getting a little stale from them....
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-09, 03:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 442
Posted By jbhowat

Everyone who likes carbon fiber bike components...

Everyone who likes carbon fiber bike components should give Boeing a great big sarcastic THANK YOU for gradually but noticeably increasing the prices of raw carbon fiber.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-09, 01:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,356
Posted By jbhowat

Are you 100% sure that th shop didn't take your...

Are you 100% sure that th shop didn't take your money and order a no name fork (and by that I mean made in the same factory from the same mold as the C'Dale one, with just the wrong label applied)...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-09, 01:51 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 7,220
Posted By jbhowat

The same is 100% true with all other frame...

The same is 100% true with all other frame materials. Metals can have micro cracks as well that can cause the frame to fail at a later point. You are right that CF can be damaged and you can't see...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-09, 12:44 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 7,220
Posted By jbhowat

No.They make planes, race cars, etc, etc, etc out...

No.They make planes, race cars, etc, etc, etc out of carbon fiber. If it is damaged in a crash, aluminum, magnesium or non-pipe grade steel will also be damaged. Steel people like to talk about...
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