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Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-07, 02:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,289
Posted By MrKawamura

I just bought Shimano 105 5600 SL pedals and...

I just bought Shimano 105 5600 SL pedals and Shimano RO74 shoes. Figured I wouldn't go wrong with the 105's as a beginner. The Ultegra's arn't much more expensive. The shoes are described as...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-07, 10:06 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,732
Posted By MrKawamura

Not to lecture anyone, but the problem is that...

Not to lecture anyone, but the problem is that there are not enough cyclists on the road. 99 times out of a hundred, a driver can make a right turn without signaling or checking mirrors and there...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-07, 04:33 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,683
Posted By MrKawamura

Wishing you a full and speedy recovery, what a...

Wishing you a full and speedy recovery, what a blow. It's an unfortunate vagary of evolution that the ubiquitous mutt has developed not only into man's best freind, but also the cyclists arch enemy....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-07, 03:06 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,043
Posted By MrKawamura

Trial run for my commute. Took the train to work,...

Trial run for my commute. Took the train to work, then navigated about 27 miles home, trying to avoid busy roads. Cut through some army training land which turned out to have a short unpaved section....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-07, 10:26 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,138
Posted By MrKawamura

Well, I've been riding for a month. I've never...

Well, I've been riding for a month. I've never passed a roadie and I've never been passed by one. The only people I pass are in town, generally old people, or anyone on one of those 40lb full...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-07, 03:29 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,011
Posted By MrKawamura

Saturday: Bought some sticky back plastic from a...

Saturday: Bought some sticky back plastic from a Stationers to protect the frame from the cables, as advised by lbs, seems to work well. Attached saddle bag with spare tube and co2 after my first...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-07, 07:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 249
Posted By MrKawamura

Hi Warren, If you are in the UK, and I...

Hi Warren,

If you are in the UK, and I assume you are, you could try posting over on http://www.cyclingplus.co.uk/forum/

If you are new to road bikes you will do well to try several different...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-07, 08:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 322
Posted By MrKawamura

No, not campy, botto. Thanks for Park Tools...

No, not campy, botto.

Thanks for Park Tools and suggestions, this will be good reading while I'm at "work". My lbs will do a free service from 4-6 weeks after purchase. I think I will try to find...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-07, 08:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 322
Posted By MrKawamura

What is this noise?

Had my first road bike for 10 days. Love turning my head to the side and hearing the smooth hiss of the wheels on the tarmac as I'm used to my old bike which sounds like a First World War tank.

I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-07, 07:41 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,774
Posted By MrKawamura

What botto says. Got my bike two weeks ago. My...

What botto says. Got my bike two weeks ago. My lower back ached after the first 10 mile ride, it ached after the first and second 15 mile rides. Now that the muscles in my back have got over the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-07, 07:24 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,082
Posted By MrKawamura

A mountain bike! Maybe something not bike...

A mountain bike!

Maybe something not bike related would more likely be an "I never tought of that" pressie. The only thing I can think of beyond a books or DVDs are those valve caps in the shape...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-07, 04:10 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,529
Posted By MrKawamura

Seeing as the the Prologue and parts of Stage 1...

Seeing as the the Prologue and parts of Stage 1 are 40 miles from my house, I'll definately be heading out to watch. Just a quick blur of jerseys, maybe, but as I've never seen a bike race, it's not...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-07, 09:32 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,081
Posted By MrKawamura

My bike is named Razzle after my pet hamster.

My bike is named Razzle after my pet hamster.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-07, 07:06 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,888
Posted By MrKawamura

Love the desert. I was lucky enough to spend a...

Love the desert. I was lucky enough to spend a day in the Valley of Fire State Park which was a great experience, though not on a bike. I was in Vegas for, what else, a wedding. You can sit still out...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-07, 07:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 263
Posted By MrKawamura

Maybe it's a stupid question, but I decided I...

Maybe it's a stupid question, but I decided I didn't think these numbers were arbitrary and I don't know what they are a measure of. I thought that my old MTB was called a 19" because it had a 19"...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-07, 07:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 263
Posted By MrKawamura

What is the "53" in "Reno 53"

I hope somebody will kindly answer this question for me.

Are the numbers in "Allez 52", or "Reno 53", or "Via Nirone 55" centimeters and if so, what is being measured?

These numbers do not...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-15-07, 04:09 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,061
Posted By MrKawamura

Try multiplying your inseam (in millimeters) by...

Try multiplying your inseam (in millimeters) by 0.21 or 0.216 to get a range of crank lengths appropriate for you. If your inseam is 30", this gives you a range between 160mm and 165mm.

This info...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-08-07, 06:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 245
Posted By MrKawamura

Via Nirone C2C Xenon - first road bike?

Hi,

Going to get my first road bike soon. Hear lots about the Allez, Trek 1000, Lemond Etape etc. I'm wondering whether to try the Bianchi as an alternative.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-07, 08:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 645
Posted By MrKawamura

Strange product name - maybe it's a difference...

Strange product name - maybe it's a difference between English English and American English, but isn't a toupe "a small hairpiece to cover partial baldness"?
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-07, 07:57 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,167
Posted By MrKawamura

Nice. I visited NYC for the first time in...

Nice. I visited NYC for the first time in February and took a walk accross the bridge. I remember noticing that a lot of people were strolling or standing around on the bike lane - I imagine there...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-07, 07:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 843
Posted By MrKawamura

Like the pictures. Just change the road markings...

Like the pictures. Just change the road markings from yellow to white, add some cars and those shots could be in England.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-07, 10:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 481
Posted By MrKawamura

I heard somebody say that, but the Shimano...

I heard somebody say that, but the Shimano website still has Sora and 2200 as separate ranges, and there are loads of 07 bikes with Sora and/or 2200 components.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-07, 10:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 481
Posted By MrKawamura

Are you sure? I'm not... From the Shimano...

Are you sure? I'm not...

From the Shimano Europe website:

Sora Dual Control Lever Set
ST-3300 ST-3304 ST-3300-A ST-3304-A

The 2200 parts are listed under a separate heading called...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-07, 10:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 481
Posted By MrKawamura

Lemond Etape 2007 shifter mystery

The Lemond website and many others list the shifters as 2200. My LBS has them down on the web as Sora. I emailed the LBS and they said they spoke to Lemond who confirmed the bike comes with Sora...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-20-07, 09:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,769
Posted By MrKawamura

So, for example, if I have Sora on my machine,...

So, for example, if I have Sora on my machine, but I don't like the shifters or rear derailleur, I can't necessarily upgrade to Tiagra or 105 without changing the other bits as well? But with XENON...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-19-07, 08:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,356
Posted By MrKawamura

If somebody bought a road bike with 23c tires (ie...

If somebody bought a road bike with 23c tires (ie me or the OP), in general what's the biggest tire you could sensibly put on the original rims (28c?), and would this alone make the bike much more...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-19-07, 03:46 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,356
Posted By MrKawamura

Hi, Short reply: I've been trying to make...

Hi,

Short reply:
I've been trying to make a similar decision. I'm going for a road bike as I think a cyclocross or hybrid will too much of a compromise for me.

Long reply:
I'm a newb to...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-19-07, 02:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,769
Posted By MrKawamura

Thanks for the input.

Thanks for the input.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-07, 11:16 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,543
Posted By MrKawamura

Your point is duly noted, thanks.

Your point is duly noted, thanks.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-07, 11:15 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,543
Posted By MrKawamura

Digger, all your initially confusing numbers did...

Digger, all your initially confusing numbers did make sense to me and in fact helped me to better understand the differences between all the options, so thanks for posting.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-07, 11:05 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,543
Posted By MrKawamura

I'm going to look at some compacts, since the guy...

I'm going to look at some compacts, since the guy who rides where I will be riding says most of his club have them. I'm still confused by them, though, they seem to have very few gears on the back....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-07, 09:13 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,543
Posted By MrKawamura

I never use the granny on my MTB, it's redundant...

I never use the granny on my MTB, it's redundant for the kind of trails/roads I ride, but I thought that the middle ring on my MTB would be something like a 34 (ie easier to pedal than the 39 on a...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-07, 08:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,769
Posted By MrKawamura

Low end Campagnolo and Shimano

I'm sure this will have been covered, but can't search at the moment and other forums I've checked mostly deal with the higher end. How, in your valued opinion, do Campagnolo XENON components fair...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-07, 05:05 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,543
Posted By MrKawamura

I think my question has been answered, despite my...

I think my question has been answered, despite my less than accurate description of the hills, so thanks to everyone who helped. So I have to choose a bike, now that the the special offer Reno is...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-07, 04:22 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,543
Posted By MrKawamura

Thanks very much for this info. botto, sorry my...

Thanks very much for this info. botto, sorry my language may have missled you about the kind of hills I'll be riding on, apologies - this is a newb talking.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-07, 04:04 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,543
Posted By MrKawamura

Well, guys, since there is some disagreement...

Well, guys, since there is some disagreement here, I'll take it that while a triple or compact would give a greater range and the option to take it easy, a 53-39 would not be a disaster...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-07, 03:57 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,543
Posted By MrKawamura

Fidel, thanks for the input. I dont want to have...

Fidel, thanks for the input. I dont want to have cut rides short of walk up hills, so maybe the triple is the way to go - I am no Tom Boonan, very much a recreational rider and would probably...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-07, 03:49 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,543
Posted By MrKawamura

Lightning reply botto, and encouraging too....

Lightning reply botto, and encouraging too. Thanks. I am guessing the "should" is in case I've got really weedy legs (my legs are reasonably strong, I think), or I'm hugely overweight (well, not...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-07, 03:36 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,543
Posted By MrKawamura

Double or triple

Hi,

I'm after a new bike, and after much deliberation I've decided on a road bike rather than a hibrid or cyclocross. There is a LeMond Reno 2006 on special offer which I'm very tempted by for the...
04-05-07, 09:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,481
Posted By MrKawamura

All this bike stuff is overwhelming me, thanks...

All this bike stuff is overwhelming me, thanks for your patient push in the right direction.
04-05-07, 04:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,481
Posted By MrKawamura

Shimano derailleur product range confusion

Hello,

Trying to get my head around the naming and hierarchy of the Shimano range. I've found basic info which says that there is a rough quality guide that ascends Acera, Alivio, Deore (and...
04-04-07, 12:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 881
Posted By MrKawamura

Found the Jake for 650. This seems like the kind...

Found the Jake for 650. This seems like the kind of thing I've been looking for, but it is a bit beyond what I was going to spend. Maybe if it was a nicer colour... he he

I think I should get...
04-04-07, 04:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 881
Posted By MrKawamura

Having trouble finding much about cyclocross...

Having trouble finding much about cyclocross bikes, though I love the idea of this kind of bike. I'm guessing it's kind of specialist and seems a bit pricey for me - www.evanscycles.com (big chain...
04-03-07, 05:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 881
Posted By MrKawamura

Nishiki? Don't know that one, maybe only in US....

Nishiki? Don't know that one, maybe only in US. However, if anyone's got a Grifter for sale I could be swayed! And thanks for the links, Nicodemus.
04-03-07, 05:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 881
Posted By MrKawamura

Thanks Nicodemus. Considering shocks, I'm...

Thanks Nicodemus. Considering shocks, I'm starting to think that the bikes with shocks are going to be a little too much mountain bike and not enough road speed. I was looking for a compromise that...
Forum: Introductions
04-03-07, 03:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 182
Posted By MrKawamura

Thanks for that info, East Hill, very...

Thanks for that info, East Hill, very interesting. I'm in Woking, Surrey, I'll put it on my profile.

Thanks for the welcome.
04-03-07, 03:46 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 881
Posted By MrKawamura

Newb looking to buy a hybrid, don't know which

Hi,

I'm after a new bike, I've done a bit of research and now really hoping somebody could help...

Usage would be commuting and weekend road/cycle path leisure and fitness.

First off, Scott...
Forum: Introductions
04-03-07, 02:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 182
Posted By MrKawamura

UK newb signing on

Hi,

Trying to get into cycling for fitness (quite a few pounds to shed, already jogging and swimming), leisure and maybe commuting if and when I get a suitable new job. Looking to get a new bike...
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