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07-10-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 32,674
Posted By songfta

This would not surprise me as Sensah's drivetrain...

This would not surprise me as Sensah's drivetrain components are designed by former SRAM engineers. Any similarity to DoubleTap and EAS is likely very intentional.
Forum: Northeast
09-24-18, 01:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 473
Posted By songfta

Done the 170k version many times, coming up from...

Done the 170k version many times, coming up from the DC area every year to ride - I guess you can say I like it. It's challenging, for sure. The climbing is somewhat backloaded, so the second half...
Forum: Northeast
10-31-14, 09:24 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 779
Posted By songfta

The two I can think of are Biker Barre (738 7th...

The two I can think of are Biker Barre (738 7th St SE) and Soul Cycle (2301 M Street NW).
Forum: Southeast
08-20-14, 09:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,051
Posted By songfta

The traffic and tolls can be an issue, but that's...

The traffic and tolls can be an issue, but that's part of living near a major metro area with a high commuter rate.

As far as places to live, if you are open to living in a smaller town, look into...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-14, 02:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,463
Posted By songfta

The reason Wiggle can't sell some helmets to U.S....

The reason Wiggle can't sell some helmets to U.S. customers is most likely the certification issue.

Helmet manufacturers make different helmets for different markets, depending on safety...
Forum: Northeast
07-15-14, 09:48 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,680
Posted By songfta

Just happened into this thread (I've been keeping...

Just happened into this thread (I've been keeping away from BF to try and not get the urge to ride outdoors while I'm still recovering from a serious skiing injury).

Last June, a friend of mine...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-14, 11:15 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 13,529
Posted By songfta

I have a 2006 Eclipse that I built up from a...

I have a 2006 Eclipse that I built up from a frameset. It's a lovely bike, been on many long-distance (100+ miles), hilly rides, and is always comfortable. While I have an all-carbon Pedal Force...
Replies: 17
Views: 1,313
Posted By songfta

I, too, have a racing bike - but there are...

I, too, have a racing bike - but there are clip-on fender solutions for our lot. Examples:

SKS RaceBlade:...
Replies: 17
Views: 1,313
Posted By songfta

And FYI: if your bike lacks fenders, if you have...

And FYI: if your bike lacks fenders, if you have clip-ons, use 'em if it rains at the BRC. At a social ride, it's a nice gesture, and it'll keep your posterior more dry, and keep some of the road...
Replies: 17
Views: 1,313
Posted By songfta

It's a valid question, Chris, as Pedalers rides...

It's a valid question, Chris, as Pedalers rides tend to err on the side of "we will melt if it rains!" in terms of canceling normal, scheduled, free rides.

But for the BRC, it rolls regardless -...
Replies: 17
Views: 1,313
Posted By songfta

As somebody who has been involved in running the...

As somebody who has been involved in running the Back Roads Century (BRC) in 2010 and 2011 (and will volunteer again this year), some random facts about the ride:

- The routes aren't changing from...
Forum: Northeast
06-24-13, 06:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,112
Posted By songfta

It's been tried, but worth trying again. There is...

It's been tried, but worth trying again. There is definitely a hub of cycling activity in DC, MD, and VA, with parts of southeastern PA and eastern WV mixed in.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-13, 09:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 995
Posted By songfta

Gravel roads in MoCo and other areas in the...

Gravel roads in MoCo and other areas in the greater DC/MD/NOVA area are mostly easy on 23mm road tires, better still on 25 or 28mm tires. I ride them frequently, JimF, and it's not impossible....
04-26-13, 01:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,191
Posted By songfta

Old-school thumb shifters go over the bars, and...

Old-school thumb shifters go over the bars, and these are somewhat old-school in look-and-feel.

I'm not sure whether they can be rotated on their mount points to achieve the alignment that the OP...
04-17-13, 06:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 735
Posted By songfta

+1

+1
01-15-13, 10:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 547
Posted By songfta

I've had a frame repaired by Brady Kappius'...

I've had a frame repaired by Brady Kappius' Broken Carbon service. His work is great, his pricing is very reasonable, and turnaround time is very quick.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-13, 10:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,816
Posted By songfta

The Reynolds 853 Eclipse frames are simply...

The Reynolds 853 Eclipse frames are simply lovely, and when treated well, are very long lasting. I have a 2006 Eclipse that I bought as a used frameset and built up to a full bike (originally with a...
Forum: Northeast
09-17-12, 08:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,395
Posted By songfta

As a 10-year resident of The District (and not...

As a 10-year resident of The District (and not NoVA, MoCo or PG County), I heartily recommend it as a place to ride and to hang out at night! There is plenty to do here, both on the bike and off. The...
Forum: Southeast
09-14-12, 08:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,113
Posted By songfta

The Potomac Pedalers' Back Roads Century is sold...

The Potomac Pedalers' Back Roads Century is sold out, and there will be no day-of-ride registration.

Other local events (not a complete list):
- 9/15 - St. Mary's Century (formerly the Amish...
07-30-12, 02:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 819
Posted By songfta

The RD is a much more recent vintage - 2010 or...

The RD is a much more recent vintage - 2010 or thereabouts.

The crankset is older, with the square-taper BB interface, but should work fie with 9 or 10 speed setups.

The brakes are lovely - I...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-12, 09:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 325
Posted By songfta

FreshBikes in Arlington (Ballston), VA, sells...

FreshBikes in Arlington (Ballston), VA, sells them.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-12, 07:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 779
Posted By songfta

Another one to look at is MotionX-GPS (for iOS)....

Another one to look at is MotionX-GPS (for iOS). Its entire focus is on GPS function, though it has a fairly comprehensive bike recording setup (it can be used as a bike computer if you have a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-12, 07:31 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,516
Posted By songfta

I've had a Topeak Joe Blow Sport for 11 years...

I've had a Topeak Joe Blow Sport for 11 years now, and love it. The thing with the Topeaks is to get the TwinHead chuck, rather than the self-adapting head. The double-ended head is foolproof, seals...
06-23-12, 11:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,801
Posted By songfta

First question: how old is the BB and how many...

First question: how old is the BB and how many miles does it have in use? Any riding through wet/rain/mud/snow?

Your backing off the binding bolt on the LH crankarm is a good first step, as that...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-12, 06:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 891
Posted By songfta

Good luck! If your route takes you toward...

Good luck! If your route takes you toward Washington, DC, drop a line - would love to share a ride!
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-12, 06:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,747
Posted By songfta

4-6.5 hours is in the 70-100 mile category for...

4-6.5 hours is in the 70-100 mile category for me. I also like rides that average 75-100 feet of climbing per mile, so.... yeah.

Also, distance and duration depends on where I'm at in terms of my...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-12, 12:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,660
Posted By songfta

It's not that, at all. Campy does stand behind...

It's not that, at all. Campy does stand behind their product, but they are very strict when it comes to who originally sold the parts.

All Campy parts since 2007 or so have a barcode on them....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-12, 11:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 864
Posted By songfta

Chiming in as one of the co-leaders of the...

Chiming in as one of the co-leaders of the Potomac Pedalers' Wednesday evening "Downtown Breakaway" ride, which leaves from DC, proper (Kalorama/Dupont area), and gets in plenty of fun miles before...
Forum: Northeast
06-11-12, 11:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,255
Posted By songfta

Done it four times, all enjoyable. Not as...

Done it four times, all enjoyable. Not as challenging as Mountains of Misery or Mountain Mama, but plenty hard. If you are a strong rider, standard gearing (53/39 front, 11-25 rear) will more than...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-12, 11:36 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,231
Posted By songfta

FYI: to test if it still works (as I've used a...

FYI: to test if it still works (as I've used a 500 with a blown-out screen before):

1. Power it up, preferably outside where it can get satellite reception.
2. Hit the "Menu" button ONCE.
3....
Forum: Northeast
04-30-12, 07:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 784
Posted By songfta

I'd stay away from aerobars on the C&O or any...

I'd stay away from aerobars on the C&O or any multi-use-path, as your level of control over the bike is compromised. Instead, look for some slightly flared drop bars, and get a stem that allows you...
Replies: 15
Views: 1,561
Posted By songfta

This is only the case in one state: Idaho....

This is only the case in one state: Idaho. Attempts have been made in other states and municipalities to adopt the so-called "Idaho stop" law, but none have made it onto the books.

As far as...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-12, 11:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,518
Posted By songfta

I've used their Campag-compatible derailleur...

I've used their Campag-compatible derailleur cables, as well is their Campag-spaced cassettes, over the past two seasons and they work well, especially for the price. Also, in the case of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-12, 11:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,445
Posted By songfta

36T rings from SRAM/Truvativ or FSA work just...

36T rings from SRAM/Truvativ or FSA work just fine on a Shimano compact, speaking from personal experience.
Forum: Northeast
04-13-12, 02:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 768
Posted By songfta

Competitive Edge Ski & Bike...

Competitive Edge Ski & Bike (http://compedgeskibike.com/) in East Longmeadow, MA.

New Horizons Sports (http://newhorizonsbikes.com/) in Westfield, MA.
Forum: Northeast
03-31-12, 04:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,485
Posted By songfta

Late to chime in here, but Travis Evans and John...

Late to chime in here, but Travis Evans and John Holpuch at Just Riding Along Bicycle Shop (www.jrabs.com) in Laytonsville, MD, build some incredible wheels: custom specifications for your weight and...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-08-12, 10:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,054
Posted By songfta

Nice setup, though if you want lighter with...

Nice setup, though if you want lighter with similar durability, look at the Stan's No Tubes rims with the Record hubs and DT Revolution spokes: even with brass nipples and 3x lacing (which is the way...
Replies: 5
Views: 4,070
Posted By songfta

The difference is supposed to be that a gran...

The difference is supposed to be that a gran fondo is a timed citizen's "not a race" (e.g. you are assigned a start wave, you ride, and you can get an official finish time - some of the more ritzy...
09-04-11, 05:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 14,160
Posted By songfta

Actually, the upper pulley on Shimano derailleurs...

Actually, the upper pulley on Shimano derailleurs has a touch of float in it, though the float isn't necessary to function properly (it simply makes the indexing a bit more fault-tolerant).

The...
Forum: Northeast
08-18-11, 01:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,319
Posted By songfta

I know folks (randonneurs) who have done the...

I know folks (randonneurs) who have done the out-and-back, full-length ride of Skyline in one day, starting in Front Royal. If you have good bike lights and the time, it's quite possible to pull off....
Forum: Northeast
06-30-11, 05:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,057
Posted By songfta

Many years ago (2002) I got a fit at Pedal Power...

Many years ago (2002) I got a fit at Pedal Power in Middletown. Gary did the fit, and he took a lot of time to get it dialed in - top-notch, highly recommended.
Forum: Northeast
04-25-11, 10:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,928
Posted By songfta

Nice bike, Rob - I hope to see it in person...

Nice bike, Rob - I hope to see it in person sometime soon!
Forum: Road Cycling
04-16-11, 06:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 764
Posted By songfta

It's 3-6 bar for installation. The tires are...

It's 3-6 bar for installation. The tires are meant to be run higher than that when fully inflated:6-10 bar (though the latter end is dicey on quite a few rims - 8-8.5 is plenty for most folk).
Forum: Road Cycling
04-16-11, 06:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,447
Posted By songfta

The CN-6701 was Shimano's replacement for the...

The CN-6701 was Shimano's replacement for the CN-6700, the new part number being used to indicate the new, non-faulty batch.

I second the recommendation of a KMC chain. The DX10SC is a workhorse...
Forum: Northeast
04-15-11, 03:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,195
Posted By songfta

I concur with Jim: the sustained hills are mostly...

I concur with Jim: the sustained hills are mostly outside of DC. The climbs over Naked Mountain and Mount Weather (i.e. VA-601) are both good, as are the climb up Blue Mountain, Skyline Drive,...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-30-11, 02:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,093
Posted By songfta

Also make sure that the small plastic nub that...

Also make sure that the small plastic nub that provides the "snap" engagement is still there! I've been through two Strada Wireless brackets due to breakage of said nub.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-11, 08:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,307
Posted By songfta

Love the Serfas Seca: one heck of a tire for the...

Love the Serfas Seca: one heck of a tire for the price.

Also worth a look-see:
- Continental Ultra Race
- Michelin Lithion
- Maxxis Xenith
- Maxxis Detonator
- Kenda Konstrictor
-...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-21-11, 11:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,837
Posted By songfta

I know I'm a bit late with the response, but...

I know I'm a bit late with the response, but checking the rear dropouts is a good move on a 2002-2005 LeMond steep frame, as that tends to be the weak point on the frame (though easily fixed). ...
Forum: Northeast
03-16-11, 03:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,854
Posted By songfta

The final climb at Wintergreen is similar in...

The final climb at Wintergreen is similar in pitch to the final climb at Mountains of Misery. As you discovered, Jim, sometimes standing is not the key to climbing these pitches: crouching low over...
Forum: Southeast
10-13-10, 07:29 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,860
Posted By songfta

So it looks like they actually managed to find a...

So it looks like they actually managed to find a route that is flatter than the Assateague route - impressive! ;)

The question is: how did it ride?
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