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06-04-12, 08:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 12,631
Posted By ghsmith54

Probably your best and least expensive upgrade...

Probably your best and least expensive upgrade would be a 12x27 9 speed cassette and a new 9 speed chain. Although larger cassettes (more teeth) are available, using one would also require a new...
05-03-12, 07:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,206
Posted By ghsmith54

Yes. No.

Yes.

No.
04-28-12, 12:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 302
Posted By ghsmith54

The answer is "yes" but not "as is". The rear...

The answer is "yes" but not "as is". The rear derailleur isn't the problem, the shifters are. The problem is the Campy shifters pull/drop a different amount of cable than Shimano shifters so the...
04-28-12, 02:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,230
Posted By ghsmith54

Not a terrible idea at all and yes, if not done...

Not a terrible idea at all and yes, if not done correctly you can indeed hurt yourself. Having said that, if you're mechanically inclined and patient go ahead and give it a try. Assuming you can...
Replies: 40
Views: 1,890
Posted By ghsmith54

Had tentative plans to do a Flèche with a couple...

Had tentative plans to do a Flèche with a couple of friends but it conflicted with another ride that two of us want to do so not this year. I'd gone as far as doing some route planning until I...
Replies: 4
Views: 1,208
Posted By ghsmith54

I've tried both the Evolution and Pro and just...

I've tried both the Evolution and Pro and just couldn't make them work - anything more than 25-30 miles was a nightmare. Sent them both back. Saddles are pretty personal though, my idea of living...
04-26-12, 02:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 690
Posted By ghsmith54

It'll work fine and no worries at all. I've used...

It'll work fine and no worries at all. I've used one for thousands of miles. Note that you can improve the look some by putting a spacer below the bars so the converter won't be quite so obvious...
Replies: 78
Views: 3,562
Posted By ghsmith54

One of the "nice" things about etymotics is that...

One of the "nice" things about etymotics is that they are fitted by an audiologist who takes an impression of your ear canal. It's expensive but they fit and are comfortable for hours.
Replies: 78
Views: 3,562
Posted By ghsmith54

Back to riding in the wind. One thing that I do...

Back to riding in the wind. One thing that I do that I've not seen mentioned yet is when it's going to be really windy (above 20-25 MPH) I wear etymotic ear plus. These are "musician" ear plugs...
02-24-12, 09:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 931
Posted By ghsmith54

I use a scotchbrite wheel mounted on a drill...

I use a scotchbrite wheel mounted on a drill press. Allows very gentle pressure and I just go around the wheel. Also, I wouldn't worry about getting every last bit off, a little old glue does no...
02-22-12, 02:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,870
Posted By ghsmith54

About the only conditions I can think of where...

About the only conditions I can think of where you might do some damage would be if you were to leave it inside your car under the glass for an extended period of time in temperatures of 115. I...
02-21-12, 07:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,077
Posted By ghsmith54

I also just built up a Double Cross (V2.1) and...

I also just built up a Double Cross (V2.1) and had a similar problem. Although the disc didn't hit the fork arm, the right hand pad (Avid BB7's) drags on the disc even when adjusted all the way...
Replies: 65
Views: 4,118
Posted By ghsmith54

1149 in January so I'm on the board for the year.

1149 in January so I'm on the board for the year.
12-19-11, 08:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,192
Posted By ghsmith54

Park TS-2, Park tension meter, a Park dishing...

Park TS-2, Park tension meter, a Park dishing gauge, DT swiss spokey and an old spoke with the threads cut off to start the nipple.
12-15-11, 07:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 627
Posted By ghsmith54

I assume you're asking this as a general question...

I assume you're asking this as a general question unrelated to your wheel. If so, I'd say sure, go ahead and get a stand. If you planning on doing your own work, it makes everything much easier.
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12-13-11, 04:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,866
Posted By ghsmith54

As I said earlier in this thread, I'm using TRP...

As I said earlier in this thread, I'm using TRP CX-9 v-brakes with Shimano 7800 levers on a bike with 45mm fenders, 34mm tires and no travel agent. It works great. I am using 23mm rims (HED C2's)...
12-13-11, 08:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,866
Posted By ghsmith54

I'm using mini-V's (TRP CX-9's) with 45mm fenders...

I'm using mini-V's (TRP CX-9's) with 45mm fenders and 34mm tires. Everything works and fits fine and braking performance is very good.

Edited to add: the levers are older Dura Ace (7800's).
12-12-11, 08:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 627
Posted By ghsmith54

It's possible if you really cranked down the...

It's possible if you really cranked down the spokes and really bent the rim but unless you were deliberately trying to screw it up it's doubtful you could have damaged it. A decent wheel builder...
12-12-11, 08:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 348
Posted By ghsmith54

Yes, both companies you listed still make...

Yes, both companies you listed still make conversion cassettes.

Another possibility would be to use a jtek shift mate. This would allow you to continue to swap wheels between your bikes without...
12-10-11, 01:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,497
Posted By ghsmith54

The biggest difference between a geared bike and...

The biggest difference between a geared bike and a fixed gear with respect to chain wear depends on how you use the fixed gear. Doing a lot of skid stops and braking with the drivetrain puts more...
12-09-11, 07:38 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,301
Posted By ghsmith54

Time for a different LBS.

Time for a different LBS.
12-09-11, 12:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,158
Posted By ghsmith54

Whatever "best" means, ibis_ti gave the right...

Whatever "best" means, ibis_ti gave the right answer.
12-08-11, 10:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,510
Posted By ghsmith54

Just to add to my earlier "how long will it last"...

Just to add to my earlier "how long will it last" response, I've got several bikes with Shimano external BB's, either Ultegra or Dura Ace. One of them has more than 10k on the BB cups and is still...
Replies: 82
Views: 5,721
Posted By ghsmith54

There are probably as many reasons people gain...

There are probably as many reasons people gain weight as there are people :D

Certainly for some it's an emotional crutch, eat when you're sad, eat when you're happy, eat to celebrate, etc. I'd...
12-08-11, 08:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,510
Posted By ghsmith54

Agree with Matt that they're not readily...

Agree with Matt that they're not readily serviceable and you won't notice the difference between 7800 and 6700. I've got both on different bikes and if there is a difference it's imperceptible to...
12-08-11, 01:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 429
Posted By ghsmith54

A little more info needed. Is this a new or...

A little more info needed. Is this a new or existing derailleur? New bottom bracket or the same one? Assuming the bike worked at one point, what changed?

A bottom bracket that's the wrong...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-07-11, 10:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,820
Posted By ghsmith54

Fully agree. I don't know anything about the 4ZA...

Fully agree. I don't know anything about the 4ZA fork (just looked them up but that model isn't listed) but if it's an alu fork an upgrade to a good carbon fork would certainly be worth it.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-07-11, 08:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,820
Posted By ghsmith54

I don't know anything about your existing front...

I don't know anything about your existing front fork but if you think about what a really good fork of the proper size (rake, axle to crown height) could do, these include:

Better at absorbing...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-07-11, 07:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,225
Posted By ghsmith54

This. When you're riding outside you go...

This.

When you're riding outside you go uphill, downhill, coast a little, pedal hard a little - there's a lot of variation in terms of both how much pressure you're putting on the saddle and...
Replies: 82
Views: 5,721
Posted By ghsmith54

Nice writeup Mike and congratulations on your...

Nice writeup Mike and congratulations on your weight loss. I lost 50 lbs a couple of years ago. Although I followed a slightly different "formula" the essential ingredients were the same: I ate the...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-05-11, 08:32 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,648
Posted By ghsmith54

Annual mileage goal always the same: 10k miles.

Annual mileage goal always the same: 10k miles.
12-05-11, 08:22 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,734
Posted By ghsmith54

With no income, it's hard to tell you that you...

With no income, it's hard to tell you that you should spend someone else's money.

But, if you ride a lot, somebody is (or should be) doing maintenance on your bike. You can save a lot of money if...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-03-11, 02:50 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 6,271
Posted By ghsmith54

If the events were as you describe, it wasn't...

If the events were as you describe, it wasn't your fault at all. Forget about it and if the other guy gives you an attitude the next time you see him make it clear it was his fault. He ran into...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-03-11, 12:58 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 7,046
Posted By ghsmith54

I was a runner for years and a reasonably good...

I was a runner for years and a reasonably good one. Developed a chronic foot injury. Figured I could run for another 4-5 years or cycle for the rest of my life. Haven't run a step since.

I do...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-03-11, 11:06 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,342
Posted By ghsmith54

This. I've got several bikes. About half...

This.

I've got several bikes. About half equipped with Shimano the other half with Campy. I never switch wheels between the Shimano bikes, ever. I never switch wheels between the Campy bikes,...
Replies: 92
Views: 13,270
Posted By ghsmith54

I think the OP has left the building :D ...

I think the OP has left the building :D

Seriously though, this is one of those things that sounds like "fun" when you're sitting around over a few beers. The reality is quite different as a...
12-02-11, 02:41 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 9,693
Posted By ghsmith54

I can see some value in asking "a bunch of...

I can see some value in asking "a bunch of strangers" on a bike forum their opinion. Especially if the OP hasn't bought a lot of new or carbon bikes. It might truly be "normal" to have such a seam...
Replies: 92
Views: 13,270
Posted By ghsmith54

Sure it's possible if you're already in good...

Sure it's possible if you're already in good shape but I echo what's been said: you're going to hit bad weather days and if the goal is really 40 consecutive days that ups the ante considerably.
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Replies: 61
Views: 3,345
Posted By ghsmith54

I'll add to my earlier post that the hardest (and...

I'll add to my earlier post that the hardest (and most fun!) period of the year thus far was in July. A friend and I rode the following in succession: 100, 103, 106, 95, 102, 100, 106, 58, 100, 102,...
Replies: 61
Views: 3,345
Posted By ghsmith54

My goal for the year is always the same: 10k...

My goal for the year is always the same: 10k miles. Here's the summary so far:

Jan 538
Feb 521
Mar 1048
Apr 1003
May 893
Jun 763
Jul 1598
Aug 660
Forum: Road Cycling
12-01-11, 04:57 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 9,154
Posted By ghsmith54

I feel sorry for the dog, I blame the owner for...

I feel sorry for the dog, I blame the owner for letting it run.

Two "friendly" dog incidents leap to mind.

A friend of mine and fairly regular riding partner was riding with a couple of other...
12-01-11, 03:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,915
Posted By ghsmith54

Simply not true. I've got a bike with a Chris...

Simply not true. I've got a bike with a Chris King headset on it with more than 35k miles on it. I changed the fork a year ago and was planning on changing the headset as well. I didn't because it...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-01-11, 12:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 733
Posted By ghsmith54

Thanks for the references, I'll look them up.

Thanks for the references, I'll look them up.
Forum: Framebuilders
12-01-11, 10:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 733
Posted By ghsmith54

Translating rider measurements into a frame design

I'm not a frame builder but have had several custom bikes made. Loosely speaking, the process has been the same each time: to take a whole lot of body measurements, ask a lot of questions about what...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-23-09, 05:09 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,230
Posted By ghsmith54

I had a set of PR3's on and got decent mileage...

I had a set of PR3's on and got decent mileage out of them. However, I was on a multi-day ride with friends where we were doing 4 consecutive 100 mile days. On day 3 the rear tire was fine. On day...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-23-09, 05:04 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,873
Posted By ghsmith54

I usually have the following: 1/2...

I usually have the following:



1/2 orange
1 cup decaffeinated tea
Small bowl of cereal (usually Life, I'm hooked on the stuff)


Then I get dressed and head out the door so there's...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-23-09, 05:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 585
Posted By ghsmith54

I think you're confusing front and back. You can...

I think you're confusing front and back. You can go lower than a 30 front chainring with your present derailleur but (as noted) you might want to change your middle ring to something smaller also so...
Replies: 21
Views: 1,040
Posted By ghsmith54

To paraphrase the late George Carlin: -...

To paraphrase the late George Carlin:

- Anybody who doesn't ride as far as I do is a wimp.
- Anybody who rides farther than I do is crazy.

I ride 10-12k miles per year and have done numerous...
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