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12-07-10, 06:18 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 24,284
Posted By bicycleptic

I am proud of the four Cannondales I own and love...

I am proud of the four Cannondales I own and love to ride them all. I have a 1984 touring bike and a 1990 Black Lightning. Both of them have more miles on them then the average car. Then I have a...
11-29-10, 09:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 923
Posted By bicycleptic

I always say if you have to ask me if you should...

I always say if you have to ask me if you should convert a bike then just go buy a new one. However if you have self confidence and a good mechanical knowledge of bicycles you can convert almost...
04-14-10, 09:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,222
Posted By bicycleptic

Dehydration is the #1 cause of leg cramps. If you...

Dehydration is the #1 cause of leg cramps. If you are going to ride with the roadies you need to mount some bottle cages on the bike and take water with you. I know its not cool with the hipsters but...
10-13-09, 04:05 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,351
Posted By bicycleptic

I think I saw a thread relating to this already...

I think I saw a thread relating to this already and replied to it. But anyway I am so glad I bought my Capo in 2008. The 2009 models were a freaking joke and there was no way I would have bought one....
09-04-09, 11:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 643
Posted By bicycleptic

A set of pedals with some clips would make more...

A set of pedals with some clips would make more difference in your ride then a new crank would.
08-30-09, 07:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 702
Posted By bicycleptic

I agree with what you have had. I have had my...

I agree with what you have had. I have had my first set of Armadillos for over a year and have rode over 2,000 miles without a flat. I consider bicycle tires like I consider tires for my cars. One...
08-30-09, 12:30 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,698
Posted By bicycleptic

I agree Scott, I have a early 90's black...

I agree Scott, I have a early 90's black lightning frame. I would have to put an Enos hub on it but could still convert it a lot cheaper then $1600.
08-29-09, 05:34 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,698
Posted By bicycleptic

I have always loved Cannondale frames and that...

I have always loved Cannondale frames and that was the only reason I was willing to spend $800 when I bought my 2008 Capo. I felt like that price was steep then and considered other brands. Now...
08-18-09, 02:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 703
Posted By bicycleptic

Love the old 80's brake levers with the cable...

Love the old 80's brake levers with the cable coming out the top.
They make the old 80's center pull brakes look in place.
Between them and the loose chain, plastic wal-mart pedals, the worn seat,...
08-05-09, 04:25 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,606
Posted By bicycleptic

I fail to see why you would need a time handicap....

I fail to see why you would need a time handicap. I rode a 55 mile ride this past weekend on a 48/16 gear ratio with 83 riders. I was the fifth one done. The route the ride followed led to 15 miles...
08-04-09, 11:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 591
Posted By bicycleptic

That was my guess as well. It definitely has a...

That was my guess as well. It definitely has a Specialized logo on the fork.
07-23-09, 10:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,900
Posted By bicycleptic

Another trick that worked well for me was resting...

Another trick that worked well for me was resting the heal of one foot on the chainstay. Where that was most helpful was that I can now do a trackstand with either pedal forward.

And like...
07-18-09, 08:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,560
Posted By bicycleptic

I rode mine around the parking lot when I test...

I rode mine around the parking lot when I test rode it with a freewheel. Soon as I got home that was the first thing I changed and have not looked back. The freewheel is a very handy paperweight on...
07-02-09, 10:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,733
Posted By bicycleptic

Actually the more I thought about it that seems...

Actually the more I thought about it that seems like a heck of a deal. If I found a Cutter for $200 I would quite possibly buy it just to commute with. My Cannondale Capo counting the new bars and...
07-02-09, 09:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,733
Posted By bicycleptic

Sounds cool. I looked at the catalog page of the...

Sounds cool. I looked at the catalog page of the cutter when it first came out. I personally would not buy one. However, the thought crossed my mind that it would make a good bike for one who wasn't...
07-02-09, 12:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,885
Posted By bicycleptic

I would have been more then happy to give what...

I would have been more then happy to give what the 1st buyer did for that bike. Then put some new cables, cheap tires and a new chain on it, clean it up and price it at $300. Then when someone offers...
06-16-09, 11:23 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,539
Posted By bicycleptic

I would be totally ticked off if someone was...

I would be totally ticked off if someone was leaning up against my bike on a train with their hands all over it. On the other hand I wonder if there was room enough for him to be leaned up against...
04-19-09, 12:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 613
Posted By bicycleptic

The eno rear hub you are going to have to use to...

The eno rear hub you are going to have to use to make that a fixed is going to cost you 4-5 times what the bike did.
03-24-09, 11:00 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,489
Posted By bicycleptic

Part of the fad I saw was not only for fixed...

Part of the fad I saw was not only for fixed gears but for bikes in general. Sales shot up in all types of bikes when gas hit over $4 a gallon. Now with gas back down there are people naive enough to...
03-22-09, 02:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 983
Posted By bicycleptic

Do you always smoke the road bikes against a strong wind?

I went out yesterday and took my longest ride so far this year. I rode 52 miles. The wind was blowing out of the south at 25 mph. I started out heading east and about a mile from where I was going to...
03-22-09, 01:50 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,988
Posted By bicycleptic

Weight is a huge factor for me. Not the bikes...

Weight is a huge factor for me. Not the bikes weight either but mine. My weight fluctuates greatly in large part due to a medication I have to take. I love riding my lightweight fixed gear but when...
02-03-09, 08:43 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,573
Posted By bicycleptic

Going off of this application for the bike I...

Going off of this application for the bike I would go for the Felt, The Felt does look badass. As far as the concerns about weight, most girls that are admiring your bike have never saw one that...
12-28-08, 09:46 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,809
Posted By bicycleptic

I find track standing easier on my road bike as...

I find track standing easier on my road bike as well. Maybe its because I have been riding road bikes for over twenty years and have only been riding track for a few years. I do it because it is key...
12-27-08, 09:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,278
Posted By bicycleptic

The last time I put a cog on my rear wheel I rode...

The last time I put a cog on my rear wheel I rode it for a week with no lockring. I left the brakes installed and never put any back pressure on the pedals. Then I put the lockring in place and used...
12-17-08, 03:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,948
Posted By bicycleptic

I would be checking the chain on that bike at...

I would be checking the chain on that bike at least once a week. If the chain on that fixed gear snapped and flew into that brake disc that would be a spectacular crash.
12-07-08, 01:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 725
Posted By bicycleptic

I agree and not only that but I get the feeling...

I agree and not only that but I get the feeling from many people on this site that if you are not riding the same kind of bike that they are then you must be riding a two wheeled turd. For some...
11-28-08, 08:44 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,684
Posted By bicycleptic

I personally have a 2008 Capo and love it. But...

I personally have a 2008 Capo and love it. But then I was always partial to Cannondales on my road bikes as well. Shop and see if you can still score an 08 capo if you go that route. They have made a...
11-25-08, 10:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,016
Posted By bicycleptic

I think maybe what jimx200...

I think maybe what jimx200 (http://www.bikeforums.net/member.php?u=28363) is referring to is not quality but selection. I just received Performances latest catalog in the mail and there is a page...
11-02-08, 06:54 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,774
Posted By bicycleptic

+1 I rarely use the brake lever myself as...

+1

I rarely use the brake lever myself as well. If I am traveling at the kind of pace that could require a brake to stop quickly, odds are I am in the drops of my bullhorns.
10-26-08, 12:06 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 10,440
Posted By bicycleptic

I am willing to bet that most of the people who...

I am willing to bet that most of the people who ride without a brake also ride without a helmet.
Which just goes that much further to prove that they have nothing up there to protect.
10-22-08, 09:40 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,034
Posted By bicycleptic

I really cant say too much about people who have...

I really cant say too much about people who have road rage unless I was to see them doing it a repeated number of times. It was a few months ago riding home from work when I saw a man in a huge...
10-21-08, 07:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 10,581
Posted By bicycleptic

A question for those running a computer on their fixie

I know many of you probably do not even run a computer. I understand that because it is pretty much useless in stop and go traffic. But I wanted to hear from some who have a computer on theres and...
10-21-08, 06:30 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,706
Posted By bicycleptic

Maybe my local shop is the exception and not the...

Maybe my local shop is the exception and not the rule. As long as you leave a drivers license and a visa or mastercard you can go ride a bike for ten miles if you want. You are not limited to the...
10-21-08, 08:37 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,047
Posted By bicycleptic

Maybe a low spoke count is ok for those who weigh...

Maybe a low spoke count is ok for those who weigh 130 pounds soaking wet. However In spite of diet and the fact I exercise at least every other day I have not weighed under 200 pounds since high...
10-20-08, 04:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,160
Posted By bicycleptic

+1 I also run with a set of Profile...

+1

I also run with a set of Profile Airwing. Mine are 44cm but they are comfortable for distances. I have rode as much as 80 miles with them. I looked at some of the others but could not imagine...
10-18-08, 11:12 AM
Replies: 288
Views: 45,696
Posted By bicycleptic

Actually the oldest bike shop in Wichita and most...

Actually the oldest bike shop in Wichita and most likely to have vintage parts is Tom Sawyer. It is at Broadway and Mt. Vernon. It is the only bike shop in Wichita that is older then I am (I turned...
10-16-08, 06:40 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,405
Posted By bicycleptic

I agree with one thing he mentioned. If I am at a...

I agree with one thing he mentioned. If I am at a red light and the cross traffic is clear and I am the only one stopped there I will run it. Why you may ask. I feel very vulnerable sitting there...
10-16-08, 06:44 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,813
Posted By bicycleptic

I rarely have a flat on my road bikes. Which is...

I rarely have a flat on my road bikes. Which is why I do not repair the tubes. Last time I repaired a road bike tube by the time I had to use it the patch was no longer sealed. I had checked it at...
10-10-08, 09:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,696
Posted By bicycleptic

I love my 2008 Capo. The frame is the best made...

I love my 2008 Capo. The frame is the best made for the money in my opinion but then I have always loved the rigid feel of the Cannondale frame. Both of my other road bikes are Cannondale. Some of...
10-05-08, 06:31 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,831
Posted By bicycleptic

1. Why do you ride FG? My fixed gear is the...

1. Why do you ride FG?
My fixed gear is the only bike I have right now that I love more every time I ride it. Wind was blowing 30 mph today. I went out to burn calories for an hour and ended up...
09-29-08, 04:13 AM
Replies: 458
Views: 20,728
Posted By bicycleptic

I went for a 60 mile ride with a group of about...

I went for a 60 mile ride with a group of about 250 riders yesterday and realized why I will probably always need a front brake. When you get into a paceline and are inches off the back tire of the...
09-25-08, 10:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 886
Posted By bicycleptic

I do not hate the Langster. I simply knew as soon...

I do not hate the Langster. I simply knew as soon as I rode one that it was not what I had been seeking. I wanted a tight frame that will turn on a dime. I have rode enough bikes though I knew right...
09-22-08, 04:19 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,617
Posted By bicycleptic

Initially I just started out with one bottle cage...

Initially I just started out with one bottle cage on mine. Then after a 75 mile ride on Labor day I went and got another. It was too far from one town to another at one point in the ride and I almost...
09-21-08, 03:50 PM
Replies: 4,978
Views: 180,139
Posted By bicycleptic

A helmet is not going to fix your problem. I...

A helmet is not going to fix your problem. I recommend that you don't waste your money on a helmet. You have absolutely nothing in your head to protect.
09-15-08, 06:03 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,303
Posted By bicycleptic

I was always over tensioning mine when I used to...

I was always over tensioning mine when I used to walk it back. Finally the old man at the shop (you know-the one who has been a mechanic for 30 years at least) told me to just hold onto a few spokes...
09-07-08, 06:30 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,943
Posted By bicycleptic

I can understand being agitated because of the...

I can understand being agitated because of the way the officer treated you. Most of us feel the same way when we break the law along with everyone else and wonder why we were signaled out to be...
09-05-08, 07:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,826
Posted By bicycleptic

I didn't know I did it to be cool. I thought I...

I didn't know I did it to be cool. I thought I wanted the simplicity and low maintenance of a single gear because I spend 95% of my time in one gear anyway on my old 18 speed commuting bike.
09-05-08, 06:53 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,337
Posted By bicycleptic

Makes me glad I bought my Capo last spring and...

Makes me glad I bought my Capo last spring and got a 2008. I have always liked Cannondales frame but have been disappointed before by some of the cheap components that comes with it. I rode several...
09-03-08, 03:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 497
Posted By bicycleptic

I bought my first fixed gear. I have learned...

I bought my first fixed gear. I have learned more about them from riding it. I have a frame that has sentimental value to me out in the garage. It will be my next fixed gear and in my opinion better...
Forum: Commuting
09-02-08, 03:56 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,738
Posted By bicycleptic

I do that every single time I ride my bike. Not...

I do that every single time I ride my bike. Not just at home in the morning but every time I get back on the bike to ride. It is the most efficient way of determining something is going wrong.
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