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Forum: Touring
09-05-06, 06:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 588
Posted By mark754

Touring/luggage suggestions for CF bike?

I have a Giant OCR C2 carbon frame bike that I'd like to use for short, 2 or 3 day trips and was wondering what my options are, as far as mounting a rack/panniers or other types of luggage. I think...
03-04-06, 03:44 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,707
Posted By mark754

Went to my local Harbor Freight this morning....

Went to my local Harbor Freight this morning. They have 1/2" click-type torque wrenches for only $12.99. I'm not sure I'd trust the accuracy of one, though their hand tools do have a lifetime...
03-04-06, 11:40 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,707
Posted By mark754

The 1/2" Craftsman beam wrench I bought last year...

The 1/2" Craftsman beam wrench I bought last year also says Made in the USA.
03-03-06, 07:13 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,707
Posted By mark754

I just realized I have a 3/8" click-type torque...

I just realized I have a 3/8" click-type torque wrench, in addition to the 1/2" beam type (it's funny how you accumulate all this stuff you forget about).

Now I need a set of hex socket heads....
03-03-06, 05:35 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,707
Posted By mark754

I have a Craftsman 1/2" square beam type torque...

I have a Craftsman 1/2" square beam type torque wrench that I use on my car. Does anyone know where I can get an adaptor to go from the 1/2" square head to a 1/4" hex (female) for bike use? Haven't...
03-03-06, 03:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 537
Posted By mark754

I spoke to UPS and there is no special rate for...

I spoke to UPS and there is no special rate for bike boxes.

The box I used is 53" x 30" x 8", which may or may not be a "standard" bike box (maybe someone else will know). This puts the linear...
03-03-06, 12:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 537
Posted By mark754

A word of advice - don't bloat your boxes! ...

A word of advice - don't bloat your boxes!

I'm selling a bike on ebay and packed it in a box I got from my LBS. Unfortunately, after sealing, measuring and weighing it, UPS.com is giving me a...
03-03-06, 03:56 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 22,361
Posted By mark754

If anyone's interested, I'm selling my Centurion...

If anyone's interested, I'm selling my Centurion LeMans RS circa 1987 on ebay. Auction ends in two days:
...
02-19-06, 01:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,819
Posted By mark754

Thanks for the feedback. I'm sure my Boeshield...

Thanks for the feedback. I'm sure my Boeshield wipedowns with the occasional washing will be fine. I was just asking because my other bikes always started looking like crap within a couple of years...
02-18-06, 02:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,819
Posted By mark754

I recently bought a new CF bike and want to keep...

I recently bought a new CF bike and want to keep it looking as good as possible for a long time. I live and ride near the beach and want to prevent rust and corrosion on steel and aluminum parts. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-06, 07:07 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,356
Posted By mark754

Maybe I'll mount a really loud air horn to the...

Maybe I'll mount a really loud air horn to the bars. Some idiots deserve to be alerted rudely, for example people that stand in the bike path having a conversation, oblivious to what's going on...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-08-06, 11:01 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,356
Posted By mark754

Another hazard when riding on the strand is guys...

Another hazard when riding on the strand is guys (whether on bikes or not) rubbernecking at all of the eye candy and not paying attention to where they're headed. Of course I've never been guilty of...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-06, 03:58 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,356
Posted By mark754

Well, it seems that the guy gave me fictitious...

Well, it seems that the guy gave me fictitious contact information. I called him yesterday and left a message. He hasn't called back. After the accident, he totally admitted responsibility and...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-06-06, 11:27 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,356
Posted By mark754

Yes, I'm just scraped up, but no serious...

Yes, I'm just scraped up, but no serious injuries.

Maybe I'll get one of those little warning bells to alert other riders, instead of shouting out every time (or is that considered gay?). Where I...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-06-06, 10:55 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,356
Posted By mark754

I didn't call out 'on your left' in this case,...

I didn't call out 'on your left' in this case, because there was so much room and I was in the left (oncoming) lane. I usually call it when the situation warrants it, but this guy looked like he was...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-06-06, 09:16 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,356
Posted By mark754

Collision with another rider - how to handle it?

I was riding the 2-lane bike path in Marina Del Rey (in LA) and was coming up on another rider. Being cautious as usual, I allow a good 7 or 8 feet between us. I was actually in the opposite lane, to...
11-21-05, 12:37 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 39,721
Posted By mark754

I'm going to try the Boeshield T-9. On their...

I'm going to try the Boeshield T-9. On their website, they also sell a "Boeshield Bike Lube" in a smaller bottle. Do you know if it's the same stuff (T-9) sold in the larger containers, or if it's a...
11-20-05, 07:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 39,721
Posted By mark754

I did a little searching and Boeshield sounds...

I did a little searching and Boeshield sounds like a good product for rust and corrosion protection. It makes a good chain lube as well. It was developed for Boeing and leaves a thin coat of wax on...
11-20-05, 12:34 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 39,721
Posted By mark754

Whats the best stuff to use to prevent rust on...

Whats the best stuff to use to prevent rust on bike parts (exposed cables, cable fittings, small steel components, etc.).

WD40? Armorall? Motor oil?

And how often should everything be wiped...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-05-05, 07:06 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,219
Posted By mark754

Hey, I've got a pair of those Porsche Design...

Hey, I've got a pair of those Porsche Design Carrera glasses myself...mint, since I never wore them (they're just too big!). They've got two sets of lenses. I totally forgot about them until I saw...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-05, 10:33 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,219
Posted By mark754

I've got some RP Rydons in the smoke tint, but I...

I've got some RP Rydons in the smoke tint, but I need some clear or amber lenses for riding at night or when overcast. Extra RP lenses are about $50 with shipping and I can get a pair of cheapie...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-03-05, 08:21 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,025
Posted By mark754

I was the biggest clipless pedal skeptic until I...

I was the biggest clipless pedal skeptic until I bought my new bike with clipless pedals, which 'forced' me to make the switch. It's one of those things that make you say "why didn't I listen to my...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-03-05, 07:39 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,007
Posted By mark754

A couple of years ago, while riding, my front...

A couple of years ago, while riding, my front wheel fell into a groove of one of those drainage gratings and I fell flat on my face. I was unconscious for a few seconds and chipped a couple of teeth....
Forum: Road Cycling
11-02-05, 12:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,266
Posted By mark754

well, I wouldn't call it blubber, just a little...

well, I wouldn't call it blubber, just a little excess padding.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-02-05, 12:30 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,266
Posted By mark754

My bike weighs around 19 lbs. Yes, I suppose...

My bike weighs around 19 lbs. Yes, I suppose there would be some psychological benefit to having the lighter parts, but I think the extra money in my wallet would be more of a benefit ;) I'll go with...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-02-05, 11:59 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,266
Posted By mark754

I'm planning to swap out certain parts on my bike...

I'm planning to swap out certain parts on my bike (mainly the bars, stem, pedals) for fit purposes and am wondering how much difference a couple of hundred grams would make to the typical...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-28-05, 10:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,379
Posted By mark754

By the way, I received an e-mail from Cateye....

By the way, I received an e-mail from Cateye. They said they have a special rubber shim to fit extremely bladed forks such as the one on my bike and would send me one free of charge. Anyone with the...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-28-05, 10:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,379
Posted By mark754

Wow, I couldn't deal with that, but if it works...

Wow, I couldn't deal with that, but if it works for you, great!
Forum: Road Cycling
10-28-05, 10:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,379
Posted By mark754

Cool. Personally, I didn't see much benefit to...

Cool. Personally, I didn't see much benefit to wireless, especially with a computer that uses a single front wheel sensor - less reliable (interference often causes freaky speed readings), big, ugly,...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-27-05, 09:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 386
Posted By mark754

Yeah, this stem sounds ideal for my needs. I...

Yeah, this stem sounds ideal for my needs. I don't know why anyone would buy the other type of adjustable stem (the two-pieces connected by a joint), which is very mickey mouse. Specialized's patent...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-27-05, 09:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,379
Posted By mark754

The Double Wireless is too expensive...I just...

The Double Wireless is too expensive...I just want a cheapie, since these things probably don't last that long anyway. If I was gonna spend that much I'd go for the Flight deck, since my hoods have...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-27-05, 06:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,379
Posted By mark754

I just bought a Cateye Cordless 7 wireless and...

I just bought a Cateye Cordless 7 wireless and found out that the fork sensor won't work on my bike (Giant OCR C2). The sensor is pretty big and has a part which must be swiveled in to face the wheel...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-27-05, 05:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 386
Posted By mark754

My bike has an aluminum steerer tube, so...

My bike has an aluminum steerer tube, so hopefully it won't be a problem. Thanks for the heads up.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-27-05, 12:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 386
Posted By mark754

Thanks. I think I'll give it a try. There's...

Thanks. I think I'll give it a try.

There's one model that includes an extra angle shim, so you get 8 angles of adjustment.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-27-05, 11:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 386
Posted By mark754

I'm thinking about buying a Specialized Pro Road...

I'm thinking about buying a Specialized Pro Road stem. Previously, I thought that adjustable stems were just for temporary use until you decide on the right specs and would then be swapped out for a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-27-05, 04:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 352
Posted By mark754

Which bars: Biomax or Race Lite Flat Top?

I just got a new bike (OCR C2) and plan to swap out my handlebars, since the stock ones are a bit wide. My priority in the new bars is comfort.

I think I've narrowed it down to the Ritchey Biomax...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-05, 12:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 933
Posted By mark754

Took off half a day, picked up my bike and went...

Took off half a day, picked up my bike and went for a short ride along the beach. I love this bike! The ride is super smooth and acceleration is good as well. Compared to my old Centurion, it feels...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-18-05, 07:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 933
Posted By mark754

I went test riding more bikes today and decided...

I went test riding more bikes today and decided on the OCR Comp 2. Got a good deal at Performance ($1,599) and I pick it up tomorrow. It was the last one they had in any of the So Cal stores. The '06...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-18-05, 12:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 933
Posted By mark754

You could just buy a shorter stem with more rise...

You could just buy a shorter stem with more rise and pretty much convert it to an OCR when you go on long rides and need more comfort.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-18-05, 12:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 933
Posted By mark754

Has anyone here upgraded from an aluminum bike w/...

Has anyone here upgraded from an aluminum bike w/ carbon fork and seatpost, like the OCR 1, to the OCR Composite? How much of a difference was there in comfort?

The OCR Comp 2 is double the price...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-17-05, 10:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 933
Posted By mark754

Yeah, I'm leaning towards the Giant. It seems...

Yeah, I'm leaning towards the Giant. It seems like the smart choice, as if you're buying from the manufacturer, rather than from a 'private labeler' and get more for your money since you're not...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-17-05, 08:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 933
Posted By mark754

Okay, I think I've narrowed it down to these two....

Okay, I think I've narrowed it down to these two. I've ridden the Giant, but not the Specialized (can't find one nearby). The Giant has somewhat better components, but the Specialized has the Zertz...
10-17-05, 02:42 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 6,995
Posted By mark754

I also need to lower my cholesterol (like who...

I also need to lower my cholesterol (like who doesn't).

What do you guys eat for breakfast? I've been eating eggs for breakfast my whole life, but lately I've switched to oatmeal and a couple...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-17-05, 11:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,243
Posted By mark754

For anyone else considering an OCR 1, I just...

For anyone else considering an OCR 1, I just spoke to Giant USA and they informed me that the '06 will most likely not be available in the US until March. There will also likely be a price increase...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-17-05, 09:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,080
Posted By mark754

Good deal. Just curious, did you bother to test...

Good deal. Just curious, did you bother to test ride an OCR 1? I'm kind of like you in that all I've ridden are steel bikes (except for an aluminum MTB, which I rarely use) and I'm a little concerned...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-05, 11:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,080
Posted By mark754

I've been planning to buy an OCR 1, but the '06...

I've been planning to buy an OCR 1, but the '06 might have CF seat and chain stays, so I want to wait until I can test ride one before deciding between it and an '05(it should be out next month).
...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-05, 10:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,243
Posted By mark754

I'm in a similar situation. I want to buy an OCR...

I'm in a similar situation. I want to buy an OCR 1 and a LBS will give me 15% off on an '05, but I want to check out the '06 first.

The '06 Aussie version seems to have quite a few improvements...
Forum: Foo
10-16-05, 10:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 765
Posted By mark754

I really want to get rid of my tv's, since it's...

I really want to get rid of my tv's, since it's such a waste of time and most tv is crap. I might just get Tivo instead, so I can just record stuff worth watching and do it on my schedule. If I ever...
Forum: Foo
10-16-05, 10:02 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,430
Posted By mark754

I got a S&W SWAT knife for $9.95 at Big 5. The...

I got a S&W SWAT knife for $9.95 at Big 5. The quality seems fairly good and it's good enough for me. Sure, Gerber and Spyderco have the name and are better, but it isn't worth the price difference...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-05, 09:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 467
Posted By mark754

Okay, I found the perfect stem, a Nitto...

Okay, I found the perfect stem, a Nitto Technomic:
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/stems/index.html

It comes in lengths as short as 50mm and allows for a height of 150mm (not that I'd ever...
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