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Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-21, 05:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 416
Posted By rousseau

Yeesh, I hadn't thought of that. Not sure I want...

Yeesh, I hadn't thought of that. Not sure I want to. If I put two and two together, this might suggest something less than salutary about my daily donut intake.

https://i.imgur.com/k5mKZNA.jpg
Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-21, 02:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 416
Posted By rousseau

Princess and the pea

If you're an fat, aging MAMIL instead of a young, athletic mammal, isn't it amazing how the tiniest of adjustments can mean the world to your experience on the bike?

I picked up some Record...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-21, 09:38 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,955
Posted By rousseau

I was inspired by this thread to pack some more...

I was inspired by this thread to pack some more grease into the hubs of the Zipp 404s that I bought used last year. I never liked the "angry bee" sound of the rear hub, and on this evening's ride...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-17-21, 03:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,673
Posted By rousseau

Aaaand this is why I'm giving up on the Mega XL....

Aaaand this is why I'm giving up on the Mega XL. I just really hate having the current speed at the bottom instead of the top. You'd think this would be a simple programming fix, but no, says the...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-20, 01:21 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,839
Posted By rousseau

I got up to 65 km/h once. That was a...

I got up to 65 km/h once. That was a once-in-a-lifetime ride, but I'll never do that again.
11-04-20, 07:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,117
Posted By rousseau

Having poked the cups out and reversed them, I...

Having poked the cups out and reversed them, I can confirm that that was indeed the problem. The bike now rides just fine.

It's terrific having this wonderful resource to make up for the (many)...
11-03-20, 06:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,117
Posted By rousseau

What the...there's an order to the cups? I had no...

What the...there's an order to the cups? I had no idea! I will switch them around and report back.
11-03-20, 03:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,117
Posted By rousseau

1" threaded headset woes

I replaced the scored Miche headset on a new-to-me 1998 Peugeot Competition CP20 frame with a Campagnolo Record headset, and now that I've got the bike built up the steering is stiff and lurching...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-20, 04:16 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,530
Posted By rousseau

I've noticed my willingness to ride in winter...

I've noticed my willingness to ride in winter change as I age. Used to be I'd ride down to -10 if the roads were dry. Then my limit crept up to -5. After a while I said to myself, frig it, I'm not...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-20, 08:07 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 6,384
Posted By rousseau

Thanks very much for a thoughtful, heartfelt...

Thanks very much for a thoughtful, heartfelt post. Specifically this:



I've always intuitively understood that this kind of thing wouldn't be feasible, but your precise and detailed explanation...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-20, 01:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,116
Posted By rousseau

I believe I can confirm that the noise is the...

I believe I can confirm that the noise is the result of a poorly bonded section of the tire, right around the valve. I was able to pry the tire up and away from the rim rather easily there, by...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,116
Posted By rousseau

Some web research suggest the culprit and a...

Some web research suggest the culprit and a possible fix. Thought I'd quote it hear for posterity.



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Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 11:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,432
Posted By rousseau

Everyone? Then how come they don't wave at me? Am...

Everyone? Then how come they don't wave at me? Am I not their type?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 09:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,116
Posted By rousseau

The reason I took them to a shop in the first...

The reason I took them to a shop in the first place was because I could not get the old glue off myself without resorting to chemicals, something I wasn't willing to do. The guy who did them said...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 08:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,116
Posted By rousseau

Third video! When I press down on the bike...

Third video!

When I press down on the bike while rolling it back and forth I can produce a creaking sound in the location of the valve that I believe is the sound in my first video. It does...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 08:00 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,116
Posted By rousseau

Yep, there's something hard loose in the rear...

Yep, there's something hard loose in the rear wheel, but once I start moving the centrifugal force keeps it from causing any noise. So my second video is actually irrelevant.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 03:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,116
Posted By rousseau

I just tried to do that, but the valve hole on...

I just tried to do that, but the valve hole on the Zipp rim is so tight I can't jam the extender in even with only one layer of electrical tape on it. So I added another layer of electrical tape over...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 01:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,116
Posted By rousseau

It definitely wasn't there when I bought the...

It definitely wasn't there when I bought the wheels, but has been there since I picked them up from getting the new tires glued on. The guy who did them for me said that it was a remnant of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,116
Posted By rousseau

These are all great ideas to investigate, thanks....

These are all great ideas to investigate, thanks. I'm going to look into all of them.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 12:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,116
Posted By rousseau

Does this sound like it could be making the...

Does this sound like it could be making the ticking sound in the video in my first post? When I speed the spinning up the rattling seems less pronounced.

https://youtu.be/mHmSqlMtw8g
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 11:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,116
Posted By rousseau

Having checked the valves, they're not loose at...

Having checked the valves, they're not loose at all, and do indeed have a piece of tape over them. However, the object caught inside the rim is really loud. I'll upload a video later.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-20, 11:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,116
Posted By rousseau

Okay, this being my first experience with deep...

Okay, this being my first experience with deep section rims, I didn't know about valve extender rattling. So does it sound like valve extender rattling in my video?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-20, 09:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,116
Posted By rousseau

Ticking sound in Zipp 404s

Recently bought a pair of used Zipp 404 carbon tubulars, and after a few rides decided to have brand new tires glued on. Having got them back, there's now an annoying ticking sound coming from one of...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-08-20, 10:46 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 10,836
Posted By rousseau

I just did it tonight. The angle I adopted looks...

I just did it tonight. The angle I adopted looks pretty much the same as yours.

https://i.imgur.com/ESm1vjL.jpg

In one of the linked videos the guy simply loosens the clamp on his shifters and...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-20, 02:01 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 10,836
Posted By rousseau

Thanks for this thread, I'm gonna try this!

Thanks for this thread, I'm gonna try this!
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-20, 10:35 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,153
Posted By rousseau

Does this mean that you should start pedalling...

Does this mean that you should start pedalling when you get into a speed wobble?[/color]
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-20, 10:32 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,153
Posted By rousseau

At 0:28...fugging hell... ...

At 0:28...fugging hell...

https://youtu.be/VfngbsIUSj8?t=28
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,575
Posted By rousseau

Meh, the Japanese don't believe in the concept of...

Meh, the Japanese don't believe in the concept of sin, so you can basically get away with anything as long as you achieve inner peace in the universe.


Now we're talking. Proceed directly to the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-20, 12:07 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,575
Posted By rousseau

I would never stoop so low as to be associated...

I would never stoop so low as to be associated with anything "tri." Like that great wit said, forget who it was: "if I want a wash and a blowdry I'll go to a barbershop, and nobody is going to chase...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-20, 12:01 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,575
Posted By rousseau

No, we don't (...burp...)

No, we don't (...burp...)
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-20, 07:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,269
Posted By rousseau

Carving gouge! Had to google that, never heard of...

Carving gouge! Had to google that, never heard of such a thing before. Sounds like the perfect tool if you have the patience to chip away at the glue. I may have to try that a year from now.

I'm...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-20, 06:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,269
Posted By rousseau

I don't have the faintest clue about that. Will...

I don't have the faintest clue about that. Will it entail another round of Youtube video research?
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-20, 05:33 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,575
Posted By rousseau

I'll have you know that my 11-speed Chorus group...

I'll have you know that my 11-speed Chorus group was made in...<checks Internet>...uh, I dunno, but anyway, it's totally Italian designed, so it has a soul.

Unlike that Japanese stuff striving for...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-20, 05:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,269
Posted By rousseau

I watched all the videos. Bookmarked all the...

I watched all the videos. Bookmarked all the instructional guides. Bought the glue. Removed the old tires. Put the new tires on spare rims and pumped them up to 140 psi to stretch them overnight....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,269
Posted By rousseau

What kind of monster can't tell the difference...

What kind of monster can't tell the difference between clinchers and tubulars? Doesn't bear thinking about.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-20, 04:45 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,575
Posted By rousseau

The only real sin is putting anything other than...

The only real sin is putting anything other than Campy on an Italian frame. And no, Team Jumbo–Visma doesn't get a pass on this! Some things are more sacred than sponorships and money.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-20, 07:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,269
Posted By rousseau

The large flat-head screwdriver method of...

The large flat-head screwdriver method of removing a tubular tire as recommended in this video (go to 5:00 mark) totally worked for me. I did it very gingerly and carefully. Is anyone going to tell...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-20, 06:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,269
Posted By rousseau

I was gonna say "send'em over to me!", but then I...

I was gonna say "send'em over to me!", but then I remembered that I don't have disc brakes on my road bike because they are an abomination. I ride rim brakes, as God/Allah/Imhotep intended.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-20, 11:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,269
Posted By rousseau

Call me crazy, but I put my aluminum Scirocco...

Call me crazy, but I put my aluminum Scirocco clinchers back on the bike for my ride today and the difference in comfort was tangibly visceral. I purposely went over the same route as yesterday, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-20, 11:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,269
Posted By rousseau

Yeah, I think I'll change the tires. The bulge is...

Yeah, I think I'll change the tires. The bulge is annoying enough to be bothersome when riding.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,269
Posted By rousseau

Rode for 15 years before getting tubulars

And boy are my legs tired! (I'm here all week, try the meatloaf)

Picked up a ten-year-old pair of Zipp 404 tubulars last week for no reason other than that I wanted some deep section wheels and...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,880
Posted By rousseau

This. I can't imagine ever buying a complete bike...

This. I can't imagine ever buying a complete bike off the shelf.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-20, 02:25 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 31,892
Posted By rousseau

2004 Bianchi ML3, aluminum frame with carbon...

2004 Bianchi ML3, aluminum frame with carbon fork. Chorus 11-speed and ten-year-old Zipp carbon tubulars. Selle San Marco Regale carbon saddle. Waiting for a replacement body for the left/front...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-20, 06:55 PM
Replies: 20,033
Views: 4,394,601
Posted By rousseau

Ten-year-old Zipp 404 tubular wheels. I now...

Ten-year-old Zipp 404 tubular wheels. I now delineate my biking life into two segments: pre-Zipp and post-Zipp.

https://i.imgur.com/2p78olh.jpg
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-20, 01:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 897
Posted By rousseau

Funny this topic came up. I was just after having...

Funny this topic came up. I was just after having a sore elbow myself for a while, which I realized was due to putting too much of my upper body weight onto the handlebar. My position on the bike...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-20, 09:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,141
Posted By rousseau

You one of these fancy lightweights who stays in...

You one of these fancy lightweights who stays in the big ring on climbs? Heh heh...I'm too far gone when it comes to Ergos versus downtube shifters. I like the modern era too much.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,141
Posted By rousseau

I know that the 2nd generation Ergo shifters...

I know that the 2nd generation Ergo shifters (1998-2009) are rebuildable, as I've replaced the innards on five or six of them myself, but my understanding is that that's not possible with the 3rd...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-20, 03:37 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,951
Posted By rousseau

Raccoons are stupid. Q: Why'd the chicken...

Raccoons are stupid.

Q: Why'd the chicken cross the road?
A: To show the raccoon how to do it.

They're the most common roadkill, I think. Skunks rank second.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-20, 01:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,141
Posted By rousseau

Here's a quick video of the shifter in action....

Here's a quick video of the shifter in action. There is no gear cable in there, I put a downtube shifter on for the purpose of shifting between the front rings.

https://youtu.be/xKfuFcJAfx8
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-20, 01:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,141
Posted By rousseau

Though I've put non-Campy gear cables on my bike...

Though I've put non-Campy gear cables on my bike before and nothing ever happened. This is confounding.
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