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03-06-20, 12:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,723
Posted By Sapperc

How about getting back to the actual topic of...

How about getting back to the actual topic of this thread.

Some things to consider. Viathon doesnít make anything. It is a brand only. Bikes were designed under contract by a firm in Canada....
03-04-20, 11:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 556
Posted By Sapperc

I prefer Challenge latex tubes as they are very...

I prefer Challenge latex tubes as they are very light and supple. Hard to change on the side of the road though should you get a puncture. For that chore I usually carry a lightweight Specialized...
03-02-20, 11:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 873
Posted By Sapperc

Like other maintenance issues there really is no...

Like other maintenance issues there really is no typical. Depends on your inner tubes and how demanding you are of your bike. Best practice is to check the pressure prior to every outing. Or at least...
02-29-20, 12:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 607
Posted By Sapperc

A few observations from my personal experience...

A few observations from my personal experience that may or may not have the same results for you due to any number of factors such as age, flexibility, conditioning, skill and so on.

I have a...
02-27-20, 09:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 389
Posted By Sapperc

You lost me on the using oil as a degreaser. Oil,...

You lost me on the using oil as a degreaser. Oil, especially very thin penetrating oil, will thin greasy crud, but itís not a degreaser. Itís possible you are not getting the internal parts of your...
02-26-20, 12:02 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,739
Posted By Sapperc

Iíve used both as well as several other...

Iíve used both as well as several other supposedly dry film, wax based lubes. There is only one bike chain specific, wax based lube that actually had a liquid film carrier that drys leaving the chain...
02-09-20, 11:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 814
Posted By Sapperc

Leznye Road Drive is an excellent pump. A bit...

Leznye Road Drive is an excellent pump. A bit pricey, but extremely light weight and gets the job done on road bike tires.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-05-20, 09:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,489
Posted By Sapperc

Yes to all the above. Also, check your ďBĒ screw...

Yes to all the above. Also, check your ďBĒ screw adjustment. Insure chain wrap around your small cog is not binding or too loose. Lastly, check your chain length for proper length. Might be a bit...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-05-20, 08:46 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 7,221
Posted By Sapperc

And what exactly is wrong with SPD pedals on a...

And what exactly is wrong with SPD pedals on a road bike? Some of us actually prefer to be able to walk and ride.
02-01-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,934
Posted By Sapperc

I like Areotech Designs touring cycling shorts. I...

I like Areotech Designs touring cycling shorts. I have a couple of pairs. One pair is close to two years old and still fits and rides like new. I have not tried their other models.

Not sure what...
01-24-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,992
Posted By Sapperc

If I were in the market for a new endurance /...

If I were in the market for a new endurance / gravel bike with a sizeable budget, Iíd test ride everything I could find in my size that has a more relaxed geometry than a purpose built road racer.
...
01-20-20, 08:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 702
Posted By Sapperc

Iíve got three bikes. A vintage 1993Trek 930 MTB,...

Iíve got three bikes. A vintage 1993Trek 930 MTB, a vintage 1981 Nishiki International and a 2016 Specialized Roubaix Comp. Saddles are similar in design, but not the same. MTB has the...
01-19-20, 05:40 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,385
Posted By Sapperc

On my road bike, by 40 - 45 miles of continuous...

On my road bike, by 40 - 45 miles of continuous cycling Iím ready ó sometimes overdue ó for a short break. 5-10 minutes standing rest off the bike and Iím ready to go again. But by 85 miles Iím...
01-19-20, 11:59 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,262
Posted By Sapperc

Iíve discovered that Silicaís pressure calculator...

Iíve discovered that Silicaís pressure calculator chart provides a good starting point for finding good tire pressure. It is worth checking out and comparing against what you might be currently...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-20, 08:31 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 6,950
Posted By Sapperc

I only use SPD pedals for MTB and road bikes. I...

I only use SPD pedals for MTB and road bikes. I have no use for cycling shoes that I canít also easily do a little walking in. I have only one pair of shoes, Specialized Sport MTB. They are about 3...
01-03-20, 10:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,453
Posted By Sapperc

Without more information no one here could...

Without more information no one here could comment on your technique other than to suggest that possibly you missed spotting and avoiding debri on the road.

Hope you heal well and rapidly and can...
12-26-19, 10:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 842
Posted By Sapperc

Sorry, no deep knowledge about this particular...

Sorry, no deep knowledge about this particular patented fabric. No one will have any because itís patented. You may eventually find some some independent testing and user experience testimonials for...
12-12-19, 11:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 650
Posted By Sapperc

Not quite sure what your concern is all about....

Not quite sure what your concern is all about. Active Military installations are generally closed to civilians without official business.
11-29-19, 11:30 PM
11-22-19, 10:56 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 13,211
Posted By Sapperc

I bought my 2016 Specialized Roubaix when the...

I bought my 2016 Specialized Roubaix when the jury was still out on whether or not disc brakes were right for road bikes. Amount other issues, disc brake rotor scrub from too much flex in forks and...
11-22-19, 09:45 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,425
Posted By Sapperc

Donít dismiss inexpensive saddles. A 2019 EC-90...

Donít dismiss inexpensive saddles. A 2019 EC-90 model Chinese ďpower saddleĒ nock-off bought on Amazon for under $40 after taxes, is the absolute best saddle Iíve ridden. So far Iíve got 2,271 miles...
11-19-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,455
Posted By Sapperc

Zertz inserts do have a design effect on frame...

Zertz inserts do have a design effect on frame dampening. Some are replaceable some are not. Problem is availability. Even Specialized has left zertz behind with their newer frames. How effective...
11-19-19, 09:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 694
Posted By Sapperc

Your experience is normal. There is no standard...

Your experience is normal. There is no standard in bicycle sizing, sometimes even within the same brand, especially when comparing frames from different years. What fits really depends on overall...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-17-19, 09:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 387
Posted By Sapperc

Photos might help. I suppose stranger things can...

Photos might help. I suppose stranger things can happen. Still itís hard to believe that you managed to break a crank arm without doing damage to a carbon frame. Iíd be careful. You might want to get...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-19, 10:07 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 68,737
Posted By Sapperc

3 versions of the future shock already exist....

3 versions of the future shock already exist. They are not interchangeable according to Specialized, although one forum member said in a previous thread that his LBS swapped out a 1.5 for a 2 which...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-19, 09:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 828
Posted By Sapperc

I would be careful trying to compare newer 700c...

I would be careful trying to compare newer 700c wheels to old 27Ē wheels. They arenít built the same externally or internally. Same goes for the associated tires. But then Iím not an advocate for...
11-14-19, 09:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 536
Posted By Sapperc

Yes, it should work if the hub is in good...

Yes, it should work if the hub is in good condition, but youíll need to change the rear derailleur to one that accommodates the new cassette too. Depending on type and design, you might need new...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 8,227
Posted By Sapperc

Interesting for sure, at least at the current...

Interesting for sure, at least at the current sale prices. At regular MSRP not so much. Specs are only available for the frame sets not the built up bikes, so no info on stem lengths, crank...
11-10-19, 12:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,936
Posted By Sapperc

Sounds like your rear wheel is binding. Could be...

Sounds like your rear wheel is binding. Could be a number of things. Since you donít know how to troubleshoot the problem you probably canít fix it. Take it to a bike shop. Good luck.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-19, 07:15 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,718
Posted By Sapperc

I often see cyclists dressed both warmer and...

I often see cyclists dressed both warmer and lighter than myself. It really comes down to your tolerance and acclimation to your local riding conditions, how long youíll be cycling, and how quickly...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,042
Posted By Sapperc

I donít think it is particularly unusual for...

I donít think it is particularly unusual for similarly built bikes to feel slightly different. But in this case, the bikes are not even identical, so I would expect to notice at least slight...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-11-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 10,405
Posted By Sapperc

Humm. Doesnít ring as a true answer, especially...

Humm. Doesnít ring as a true answer, especially given that at least one swap out between a 1.0 and 2.0 has been done successfully. I suspect there is more going on here than ďit wonít fit.Ē The...
10-07-19, 04:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,078
Posted By Sapperc

Sounds like you are not starting with a good...

Sounds like you are not starting with a good basic bike fit. Lots of online instructions exist on how to accomplish a good starting position for an initial basic fit from which you can then make one...
10-05-19, 07:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,203
Posted By Sapperc

Might want to see your doctor. Perhaps even...

Might want to see your doctor. Perhaps even specialists. Might be more going on in your shoulder and hand than you realize. Injury might have aggravated other problems. Might or might not be a quick...
10-02-19, 08:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,175
Posted By Sapperc

This. Add to that good health or more precisely...

This. Add to that good health or more precisely the lack there of and you have your answer(s).
10-02-19, 07:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 895
Posted By Sapperc

Agree with the OP. There are lots of options for...

Agree with the OP. There are lots of options for less expensive non-sport specific clothing items. I use a compression undershirt from Costco when the need arises.
10-02-19, 07:29 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,495
Posted By Sapperc

Give Specialized gel gloves a try. They are the...

Give Specialized gel gloves a try. They are the best at reducing road shock Iíve used. I also recommend Firelion gel gloves (available through Amazon) as a much less expensive alternative. Both do a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-19, 07:22 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,895
Posted By Sapperc

Maybe Iím missing something here or maybe Iím...

Maybe Iím missing something here or maybe Iím jumping to a wrong conclusion, but if the OP is concerned about busting a 245 pound total rider/bike weight limit, then bike weight is not even the right...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-19, 10:36 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,878
Posted By Sapperc

Road bikes are not inherently slow or fast as...

Road bikes are not inherently slow or fast as long as they are well built and maintained. Speed is mostly a function of the cyclist ó conditioning, positioning, technical skill ó and somewhat...
09-23-19, 09:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,731
Posted By Sapperc

Iíd consider riser type bars and an adjustable...

Iíd consider riser type bars and an adjustable angle stem to try to find a good height.

But first, Iíd consider whether or not you may be chasing a problem that a cruiser type riding position...
09-22-19, 12:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 643
Posted By Sapperc

You should be able to fit your helmet the way you...

You should be able to fit your helmet the way you prefer. If youíre out of adjustment range with that particular helmet, then it simply doesnít fit. Advertised helmet size is only part of fitting a...
09-19-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 605
Posted By Sapperc

+1 to the post above. Iíve done this type of...

+1 to the post above. Iíve done this type of repair at home myself with common tools, a large washer and a long bolt. If you are nervous about attempting a repair, any decent bike repair shop can fix...
09-10-19, 11:35 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 11,136
Posted By Sapperc

Yawn all you want, but I always use obnoxiously...

Yawn all you want, but I always use obnoxiously bright daytime flashing running lights front and rear. My experience is that it definitely grabs motorists attention even more so than my fluorescent...
09-04-19, 09:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,058
Posted By Sapperc

To determine a reasonable tire pressure you need...

To determine a reasonable tire pressure you need to consider the total weight of bike, gear and rider and tire size. Then stay as close to minimum recommended pressure as you can without over flexing...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 847
Posted By Sapperc

Cycling shorts are very personal and youíll have...

Cycling shorts are very personal and youíll have to figure out what fits you and what chamois you prefer. I donít care for the ones you mentioned. Iíve had good luck with Bpbtti, Open Road and Areo...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 847
Posted By Sapperc

Yes! And you also forgot to ask if wearing...

Yes! And you also forgot to ask if wearing regular shorts over your cycling shorts can cause issues. Yes again!

Seriously though, there is a certain amount of saddle discomfort as you get used to...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-19, 07:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 823
Posted By Sapperc

Well, like the OP, my go to road tire for the...

Well, like the OP, my go to road tire for the past year and a half has been the Specialized Roubaix Pro only in 25/28. Great mileage, good protection from road hazards, decent rolling and...
08-28-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,285
Posted By Sapperc

If you want to know what used bicycles are really...

If you want to know what used bicycles are really selling for, check out the used dealers near a university campus. Also check bike co-ops. Then knock off another 10% or so for dealer markup if...
08-28-19, 09:00 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,591
Posted By Sapperc

Cyclists will do what they want, I certainly do....

Cyclists will do what they want, I certainly do. However, you should at least be aware of the possible consequences.

Shimano instructions for their derailleurs still warn against cross-chaining....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-19, 06:10 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,241
Posted By Sapperc

Often ďcreakingĒ noises can be difficult to...

Often ďcreakingĒ noises can be difficult to isolate due to the tendency of sounds to resonate through carbon frames. However, if it is the BB, you should be able to confirm that on a maintenance...
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