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06-27-06, 07:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 358
Posted By Don Cook

After a road bike that I'd ordered arrived at the...

After a road bike that I'd ordered arrived at the dealer's, I went in a few days later to pick it up. There were some very fine scratches in the paint. Some on the top tube and a couple on the...
06-27-06, 07:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 459
Posted By Don Cook

I see deer frequently on rides. Years ago, I...

I see deer frequently on rides. Years ago, I nearly had a collison with an adult female that came from the brush and trees to my right and crossed the deserted two lane road that I was on. It...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-06, 01:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 739
Posted By Don Cook

I enjoy meeting people as most of us do. I enjoy...

I enjoy meeting people as most of us do. I enjoy sharing a ride, especially if it's not a training ride. And if it's someone I don't know that's fine as long as they stay off my wheel, and stay in...
06-21-06, 02:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,083
Posted By Don Cook

I have to split this answer; my finances would...

I have to split this answer; my finances would permit the purchase of pretty much anything I want in the way of a bike and probably a garage full if so inclined, but my German Catholic upbringing...
06-19-06, 01:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 856
Posted By Don Cook

I have some Sears Craftsman torque wrenches in...

I have some Sears Craftsman torque wrenches in 1/2" and 3/8". They are the type you describe, and so far in my do-it-yourself auto garage they've worked well. Though I confess the only places I use...
06-19-06, 01:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 629
Posted By Don Cook

I have a set of 105s with over 10,000 miles....

I have a set of 105s with over 10,000 miles. They've been cleaned and repacked three time. However, the bike is very rarely ridden in the rain. If it were ridden in the rain, I would either clean and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-06, 12:19 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,081
Posted By Don Cook

My experience is that, in general, any...

My experience is that, in general, any hobbies/activities that are done within a recreational context (no matter how SERIOUS you may think you are), cost exponentially more than any similar closely...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-06, 12:11 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,562
Posted By Don Cook

My observation is that your rear tyre Max...

My observation is that your rear tyre Max pressure strikes me as a very low maximum. Consider that even if you dropped your cold pressure to 32 or so, your kinetic pressure (warmed up while...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-06, 12:56 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 6,307
Posted By Don Cook

88' Benotto.

88' Benotto.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-06, 01:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 727
Posted By Don Cook

This may help. I have done rollouts (with me...

This may help. I have done rollouts (with me mounted on the bike,163lbs.) on Mavic CXP21s and Mavic OPs. I do three rollouts taking the measurements and then compute the mean. On both of these two...
06-12-06, 12:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,607
Posted By Don Cook

I had two complete sets done for a 1988 Benotto...

I had two complete sets done for a 1988 Benotto that I restored. I was able to remove the old ones pretty much in one piece. Then I took them to Signs Plus (a national franchisee). They did an...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-06, 06:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,410
Posted By Don Cook

I wouldn't think they're long enough for anything...

I wouldn't think they're long enough for anything but the front brake. I haven't measured my stings, but even with the excess that you cut off, they don't seem near long enough. I also believe that...
05-23-06, 09:37 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 9,338
Posted By Don Cook

It is absolutely clear from the pictures that the...

It is absolutely clear from the pictures that the entire bike is being tilted as pressure is being applied to the handle bars. Just look at the angle of the head tube as the bars are being twisted....
05-22-06, 08:33 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 43,512
Posted By Don Cook

By comparison, my 1999 Reynolds 853 bike is about...

By comparison, my 1999 Reynolds 853 bike is about 1.75 lbs lighter than my 1988 lugged Benotto. The 853has larger tubes to compensate for the thinner walls of the 853 tubes. And of course the larger...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-06, 11:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 297
Posted By Don Cook

That's what I was thinking. In typical three year...

That's what I was thinking. In typical three year old condition, maybe a $300 bike. If it were pristine you might see upper 3's to 4.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-06, 11:06 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,030
Posted By Don Cook

Your wife is right. Listen.

Your wife is right. Listen.
05-10-06, 10:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 946
Posted By Don Cook

Backpedaling just seems like wasted motion

I just want to know why some riders backpedal. I never do. And Im not sure why I don't. It kinda seems a little silly. Anyway, I'd like to hear from those that do peal backwards: WHY?
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-06, 08:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 803
Posted By Don Cook

My experience has been that a correctly adjusted...

My experience has been that a correctly adjusted FD permits the center ring use with all rear cogs on a 9 cog cluster. I have no experience with 10 cog rear cassettes.
04-26-06, 09:47 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 26,203
Posted By Don Cook

This entire thread has convinced me that I'll no...

This entire thread has convinced me that I'll no longer carry my drivers license when I'm cycling. I do have another state issued picture ID that I'll carry.
04-26-06, 08:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,129
Posted By Don Cook

My Ultegra and 105 hubs are virtually silent when...

My Ultegra and 105 hubs are virtually silent when free wheeling. They've been that way since new.
04-26-06, 08:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,220
Posted By Don Cook

You would have liked the 50" DLP. I picked one up...

You would have liked the 50" DLP. I picked one up last fall and to this date, it never fails to impress whoever watches it.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-10-06, 02:35 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 64,751
Posted By Don Cook

Frame builders can certainly build an aluminum...

Frame builders can certainly build an aluminum frame that is lighter than a similarily priced steel frame. However, the aluminum frame may or may not be a better frame. When I purchased one of my...
04-06-06, 07:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,325
Posted By Don Cook

After a few years experience with both approaches...

After a few years experience with both approaches to inflating tyres, I've come to the conclusion that under different circumstances each approach offers benefits the other doesn't. I've carried full...
04-06-06, 07:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,466
Posted By Don Cook

An often overlooked top quality rack, are those...

An often overlooked top quality rack, are those made by Hollywood Racks. I've had one of their Pro models for years and have been very pleased.

http://www.hollywoodracks.com/
03-31-06, 08:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 38,080
Posted By Don Cook

Maybe I'm missing something on this? How to...

Maybe I'm missing something on this? How to measure the diameter? There's "rocket science" and then there's things as simple as getting out a caliper and taking a measurement. Someone explain to me...
03-30-06, 02:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 598
Posted By Don Cook

The frame material wasn't mentioned, but every...

The frame material wasn't mentioned, but every steel road frame I've seen has a vent in the bottom of the bottom bracket shell. If your frame doesn't already have one, could your frame be aluminum...
03-30-06, 09:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 381
Posted By Don Cook

What do I gain? And what might I loose?

On one of my older bikes (see pic) I restored a few years ago with 9speed (had been a 6) and kept it a DT SIS (Dura Ace) bike. In a moment of typical madness I recently picked up a set of DuraAce...
03-20-06, 08:58 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,028
Posted By Don Cook

If cyclaholic is correct in his stated...

If cyclaholic is correct in his stated experiences with bike shops, he's visiting the worst of the breed. I know the good Rev. has been in the business and seems to represent the better elements....
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-06, 08:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 807
Posted By Don Cook

I've noticed that the phrase "Full Dura Ace", or...

I've noticed that the phrase "Full Dura Ace", or "Full (fill in the blank)", doesn't have any particular meaning anymore. I've been out with friends on new bikes that they've told me on the phone...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-06, 08:28 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,611
Posted By Don Cook

Darn, and I thought we were gonna have a thread...

Darn, and I thought we were gonna have a thread about the real SRV!
03-20-06, 08:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 491
Posted By Don Cook

"...and jumped my chain off the front chainring...

"...and jumped my chain off the front chainring while shifting from the 39 to 53 at speed. Instead of stopping and putting it back on by hand I tried to shift and pedal it back on".

IMHO you...
03-20-06, 08:00 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,037
Posted By Don Cook

I'd like to comment about my recent experience...

I'd like to comment about my recent experience with motor vehicle "dealer invoice" prices. This last year I've purchased a couple of new vehicles. When I was looking at Suburban and looking at a...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-17-06, 09:06 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,722
Posted By Don Cook

Here's a list of truly custom frame builders....

Here's a list of truly custom frame builders. It's a reference URL on the Henry James site. http://www.henryjames.com/blocator.html
Forum: Road Cycling
03-17-06, 08:47 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,976
Posted By Don Cook

It doesn't matter to me who or how many people...

It doesn't matter to me who or how many people wear the wrist bands, whatever cause it is they are supporting. But, I've always considered that people that wear the wrist bands are equivalant me...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-06, 08:35 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 9,561
Posted By Don Cook

"...at the LBS they told me that's a bad idea...

"...at the LBS they told me that's a bad idea (and then proceeded to push a CF bike that's $500 more). he said aluminum frame will not last that long (2 to 5 years max) and it is really tough on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-14-06, 08:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,822
Posted By Don Cook

"A 23 will have less rolling resistance", not...

"A 23 will have less rolling resistance", not neccessarily correct. For otherwise identical tyres, a 23mm will have greater rolling resistance than a 25mm, if they are inflated to the same pressure....
Forum: Road Cycling
03-01-06, 10:09 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,648
Posted By Don Cook

"I'm convinced that Jan never won another TDF...

"I'm convinced that Jan never won another TDF because he lacked the focus/maturity/discipline to put him over the top of Lance - and that maybe he could have done"

I am one of the believers that...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-28-06, 07:57 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 10,692
Posted By Don Cook

Okie Dokie, why must we travel these roads of...

Okie Dokie, why must we travel these roads of feigned injury and insinuated elitism and/or discrimination? Let's play! Not enough white NBA players, Spaniards have a lock on the Bull Fighting...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-27-06, 02:03 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,612
Posted By Don Cook

When I was curious as to whether or not my wife...

When I was curious as to whether or not my wife was interested in getting a bike, my approach was low key and low pressure. She'd had bikes on occasions in the past, but I knew that she'd never...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-27-06, 01:51 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,294
Posted By Don Cook

Ride it in Southern Utah.

Ride it in Southern Utah.
02-27-06, 08:03 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,855
Posted By Don Cook

Rev, you rarely post anything that isn't well...

Rev, you rarely post anything that isn't well thought out and deserving of respect, but with this post you've put your foot in the dung heap. Well, I guess we all do it from time to time.
02-27-06, 07:54 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,855
Posted By Don Cook

Crusty Pedals has single handedly and very nicely...

Crusty Pedals has single handedly and very nicely demonstrated why many LBSs have a very difficult time staying in business. Why on this forum they get mixed reviews on customer service, mixed...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-06, 09:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,495
Posted By Don Cook

The thin wire and string suggestions were stupid....

The thin wire and string suggestions were stupid. If not a laser level, you'd need a absolutley straight and rigid piece or material. They sell 36" aluminum straight rulers at Home Depot, that I've...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-06, 09:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,495
Posted By Don Cook

The rake is the measured distance (deflection)...

The rake is the measured distance (deflection) between the center line of the head tube (an imaginary line drawn through the head tube and to the ground) and the very center of the fork dropouts. It...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-06, 08:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,495
Posted By Don Cook

If all other factors remain unchanged (head tube...

If all other factors remain unchanged (head tube angle, wheel diameter) then a fork with a 40mm rake will provide greater "trail" than a fork with a rake of 45mm. Picture it this way, trail is...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-06, 07:59 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,658
Posted By Don Cook

FWI: My thought is that if you are dependent on...

FWI: My thought is that if you are dependent on the LBS to take care of your bike's mechanical needs then buy your parts there. You'll pay more for the parts, but when you need other's to take care...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-06, 07:54 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 14,190
Posted By Don Cook

With all respect, I have to point out that there...

With all respect, I have to point out that there wasn't any such thing as stem shifters when the Varsity was introduced. My new Varsity purchased in 1967 from Hanson's Bike shop on Monte Vista Blvd....
Forum: Road Cycling
02-23-06, 11:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,495
Posted By Don Cook

All other factors being equal, reducing rake...

All other factors being equal, reducing rake increases trail. A general statement on trail is that as it increases, steering stability increases. Also in general, as steering stability increases...
02-23-06, 08:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,637
Posted By Don Cook

Centimeters converted to inches is (cm / 2.54). ...

Centimeters converted to inches is (cm / 2.54).
The answer to your question is that you have a top tube that is 222.559" and a wheel base that is 418.97". If you quoted your specifications...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-21-06, 03:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 903
Posted By Don Cook

Here's one of the short articles on rolling...

Here's one of the short articles on rolling resistence.

Subject: 8b.14 Rolling resistance of Tires
From: Jobst Brandt <jobst.brandt@stanfordalumni.org>
Date: Thu, 08 Aug 1996 17:17:57 PDT...
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