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01-09-23, 07:52 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 775
Posted By sincos

Besides, straight forks are ugly. My...

Besides, straight forks are ugly.



My old Gitane Professionel was like that at low speeds -- a squirrel on uppers on its third cup of coffee. Settled down a bit by 18 mph, even more at 25. ...
12-29-22, 11:42 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,010
Posted By sincos

So the rich get richer and the big get bigger....

So the rich get richer and the big get bigger. Great, just what we need.
Going deeper into the team roster could be interesting. There may be some unintended consequences there, especially for...
12-29-22, 11:36 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,961
Posted By sincos

Getting to this a bit late, but if most C&Vers...

Getting to this a bit late, but if most C&Vers are also a bit vintage ourselves we surely remember the days when CNC was the big new thing that would shake up the components industry only to find a...
12-14-22, 07:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 281
Posted By sincos

I especially like this part of his statement:...

I especially like this part of his statement: "The rider rejects all allegations that could damage his name and honor as a cycling professional." Lo siento Sr Lopez, you don't need any help from...
12-10-22, 10:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,291
Posted By sincos

Ewan. If you keep running into people you're...

Ewan. If you keep running into people you're clearly quicker than them, right?
12-10-22, 10:22 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,754
Posted By sincos

IGBBs are quite a bit heavier, more expensive and...

IGBBs are quite a bit heavier, more expensive and rather less efficient than IGHs, which are rather heavier, more expensive, and a little less efficient than derailleurs. So there's that.
12-10-22, 10:17 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,180
Posted By sincos

Now I'm really going to date myself, but BITD...

Now I'm really going to date myself, but BITD (80's-90's) Park were the good value choice: decent quality at a good price. I liked VAR better, though harder to find. Campagnolo were the top of the...
12-10-22, 10:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 415
Posted By sincos

Puncturewise, running tubeless will be fine. The...

Puncturewise, running tubeless will be fine. The real question is whether a file tread is appropriate for your sort of gravel.
12-08-22, 10:05 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,137
Posted By sincos

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12-05-22, 10:30 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,137
Posted By sincos

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12-05-22, 10:25 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,022
Posted By sincos

I remember first time driving in Ireland (I'm...

I remember first time driving in Ireland (I'm from the States). Driving on the wrong side of the road wasn't an issue, but wanting to shift and finding the window winder (yeah, it was a while back)...
12-05-22, 07:49 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,137
Posted By sincos

Gorgeous Denti. With Campag's 1st generation...

Gorgeous Denti. With Campag's 1st generation wireless shifting, no less!
12-05-22, 02:30 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,022
Posted By sincos

One other reason that probably made sense to many...

One other reason that probably made sense to many of us BITD but sounds kind of stupid in retrospect: stem shifters got in the way of your face. I'm sure I wasn't the only one who took longer,...
12-04-22, 02:40 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,022
Posted By sincos

That, the clunk factor of additional cabling, and...

That, the clunk factor of additional cabling, and a tendency to bang the shifter with my knee at stops, are why I hate bar ends.

Stem shifters are just scary. If you're in the drops or the brake...
12-04-22, 02:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 626
Posted By sincos

Looks like a braze-on FD, so there might be an...

Looks like a braze-on FD, so there might be an issue with using smaller chainrings. Though maybe if you go super-aggressive you can fit a clamp-on under the FD boss.
11-06-22, 11:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 760
Posted By sincos

Speaking of the Giro, I rather like the route for...

Speaking of the Giro, I rather like the route for next year, with week 2 bookended by the Gran Sasso and Great St Bernard to keep the race honest, instead of all the GC contenders saving their effort...
11-04-22, 07:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 760
Posted By sincos

I don't have a problem with short mountain...

I don't have a problem with short mountain stages, in fact I think it's good to throw one in now and then. Certainly they favor some types of riders over others (Evenepoel?) Just not all the time....
11-03-22, 10:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 760
Posted By sincos

OK, I guess I'll play the cranky git this time. I...

OK, I guess I'll play the cranky git this time. I am not a fan of Christian Prudhomme TdF routes, and in that respect this one doesn't disappoint. The stages are ridiculously short, no long mountain...
10-13-22, 05:03 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,010
Posted By sincos

I don't pretend to understand the ins and outs of...

I don't pretend to understand the ins and outs of the scoring system, but AIUI the 10-man scoring rule is to alleviate pressure on domestiques to score and acknowledge that not everyone contributes...
10-12-22, 07:20 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,010
Posted By sincos

A few takeaways from the relegation battle this...

A few takeaways from the relegation battle this year for me:

1. 3 teams started the season with real intent and never let up: Arkea, IWG, Cofidis. IWG of course had a season for the ages, Arkea...
09-24-22, 09:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 330
Posted By sincos

Avv!!!

Gotta say I'm not a huge fan of the Dutch women (give someone else a chance for once) so I was hoping someone would do a Kiesenhofer or an in-form longish shot like Persico would win it all ... but...
07-04-22, 10:42 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 5,293
Posted By sincos

That was a fantastic reception he got. The polka...

That was a fantastic reception he got. The polka dot shirt and hat are a perfect match for that cartoon candy paint job too (not surprising, maybe, given the shirt's origins). Speaking of strips,...
07-02-22, 12:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 697
Posted By sincos

Wonder if it's a coincidence that while the rain...

Wonder if it's a coincidence that while the rain was coming down, 3 of the top 4 finishers were ex CX champs, while the nominal favorite on this parcours was a trackie and finished 3rd.

Harsh way...
06-30-22, 12:18 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 5,293
Posted By sincos

A few random things I'll be looking for: ...

A few random things I'll be looking for:

AG2R: If everyone is in form and avoids misfortune, 4th place is really the best anyone else can hope for, so it's hard to see how O'Connor can improve on...
06-15-22, 05:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 950
Posted By sincos

I'm enjoying it. Lets the little guys have a...

I'm enjoying it. Lets the little guys have a performance-based way to the top, discourages complacency and entitlement, brings energy and awareness to smaller, less well known races. My issues are...
06-11-22, 06:31 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 3,199
Posted By sincos

Blue bike ... Renault Elf bumblebee strip ... one...

Blue bike ... Renault Elf bumblebee strip ... one of the epic rides of the last 50 years or more ... Can only be a Gitane!



What's not iconic about it? What, in fact, makes a bike "iconic"? A...
06-10-22, 06:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,307
Posted By sincos

What's up with Groenewegen? Stage 5 BEX were...

What's up with Groenewegen? Stage 5 BEX were sitting pretty until Ineos took over and suddenly the guys in light blue were back of the pack. Groenewegen fell off the back on the last climb and lost...
06-10-22, 06:20 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 3,199
Posted By sincos

Uh ... iconic ??? This is iconic ...

Uh ... iconic ???

This is iconic

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06-05-22, 10:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,307
Posted By sincos

That is a crazy strong squad JV brought. Makes...

That is a crazy strong squad JV brought. Makes every other team look like they'll be grabbing for crumbs. Scarier still is that it might not be enough come July ...
Anyway, hoping that Padun grabs a...
05-31-22, 11:49 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 14,319
Posted By sincos

I've posted this before, but I still think it's...

I've posted this before, but I still think it's purty. Some of the stickers have worn off (like the 531) or faded to almost nothing ("Grand Jubile") but it's a bona fide 531 tre tubi. I've since...
05-30-22, 07:50 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,827
Posted By sincos

Green: WvA and MvDP are definitely good on...

Green: WvA and MvDP are definitely good on cobbles
Yellow. Hard to say, as they don't generally ride the stuff. Though maybe not impossible: Pogacar made the cobbled climbs of RvV look easy where...
05-29-22, 11:05 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,815
Posted By sincos

Possibly Padun. I don't think EF have fully...

Possibly Padun. I don't think EF have fully settled on their Tour roster, Dauphine and TdS will help sort that out.

As for the Giro, first off, congrats to Hindley, great result for him. He never...
05-25-22, 11:20 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,254
Posted By sincos

Ask on the C&V forum. The depth of knowledge...

Ask on the C&V forum. The depth of knowledge there is sometimes mind-boggling. Especially with old French bikes.
05-25-22, 11:15 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,815
Posted By sincos

What with that penultimate stage to come,...

What with that penultimate stage to come, Almeida's chances for a podium are looking slim. But he'd still be in the thick of things if he had a little help from his team, as you imply. There is a lot...
05-24-22, 11:17 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,815
Posted By sincos

Actually he has decent support on paper --...

Actually he has decent support on paper -- Formolo, Costa, Covi, Ulissi, maybe Oliveira. But none are in particular form, and this being the Giro, it seems the Italians have a bit of license to raid...
05-23-22, 08:43 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,815
Posted By sincos

Forgot to mention a major low: Bardet. Completely...

Forgot to mention a major low: Bardet. Completely changed the complexion of the race. Still sad about that.
05-23-22, 07:46 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,815
Posted By sincos

Well, a finely poised Giro going into the third...

Well, a finely poised Giro going into the third week. High points for me have to be stage 10 and IWG. They're having a magical Giro and surely have exceeded all of their goals and expectations. Other...
05-20-22, 06:28 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,815
Posted By sincos

Well, now it gets interesting. A short but hard,...

Well, now it gets interesting. A short but hard, lumpy stage followed by a proper mountain stage and then a rest day. Here's my SWAG at how things may transpire.


Trek have done a sterling job...
05-18-22, 01:36 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,815
Posted By sincos

(Tried posting this yesterday but got swallowed...

(Tried posting this yesterday but got swallowed up in the entrails of BF forums. Slightly edited to reflect current stages)

A few random observations from what is turning out to be a significant...
05-18-22, 01:27 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,815
Posted By sincos

Don't know about Girmay in the TdF, but the guy's...

Don't know about Girmay in the TdF, but the guy's only 22. We'll lots of him soon enough. As for IWG, they're WT, looks like it'll be Kristoff for the sprints and van der Hoorn for the GC. It's been...
05-15-22, 11:29 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,815
Posted By sincos

A few random observations, none all that deep: ...

A few random observations, none all that deep:
1. That's Yates done. And JV. Not sure why Yates was complaining about the heat, it never seemed to get to even 30C. Bummer about the knee, but ISTM he...
05-14-22, 10:23 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,815
Posted By sincos

Well, that was more entertaining than I expected...

Well, that was more entertaining than I expected (unlike say, stage 5). MVdP leaving it too late to bridge, and probably burning too many matches early on; Girmay OTOH didn't seem to have the...
05-12-22, 11:34 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,815
Posted By sincos

Wondering if Ineos will send Sivakov or UAE...

Wondering if Ineos will send Sivakov or UAE Ulissi as a rabbit. Maybe Hamilton for BEX, but they don't seem to be the most tactically astute of outfits. Have Trek and BEX do the work. If either...
05-12-22, 07:41 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,815
Posted By sincos

I think he went for a gap that didn't exist. The...

I think he went for a gap that didn't exist. The shoulder check was trying to stay upright when you're trying not to clip your front wheel on the guy just ahead. I think. Actually Bauhaus did that to...
05-11-22, 07:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,208
Posted By sincos

Reminds me of a post-race interview, Steve Bauer...

Reminds me of a post-race interview, Steve Bauer (2nd in the race) said he gave it everything he had in his 53x13. When the winner, Sean Kelly (on his flexy Vitus), was asked what gear he was in he...
05-10-22, 10:36 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,815
Posted By sincos

I guess we answered the Dumoulin question. Jebel...

I guess we answered the Dumoulin question. Jebel Jais was not an early season/not in form yet outlier.
This is a big race for Astana, but with Miguel Angel Headcase having a hipcase and Nibali...
05-09-22, 07:40 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,815
Posted By sincos

The other climber question for me is Yates. He...

The other climber question for me is Yates. He looked great at the end of Paris-Nice but lost 11'+ on a not very hard mountain stage in Asturias in the lead up to the Giro. He said it was the first...
05-06-22, 07:47 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,815
Posted By sincos

Arkea clearly want it, AF are being a bit coy....

Arkea clearly want it, AF are being a bit coy. But ISTM if AF don't apply they run the risk of MVdP signing for someone else two years down the line or having having his back go, since unlike...
05-05-22, 11:18 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,815
Posted By sincos

I don't either! Don't know where that came from...

I don't either! Don't know where that came from ...
05-04-22, 11:18 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,815
Posted By sincos

I'll go with Almeida to take the next step,...

I'll go with Almeida to take the next step, despite the shortage of TT km. He should be on the steep part of the improvement curve, and he'll have full team backing this time.

There are several...
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