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09-26-11, 01:51 PM
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Posted By will dehne

I have a very nice CX bike and enjoy it on very...

I have a very nice CX bike and enjoy it on very bumpy trails. The 700 mm wheels allow me to go fast on these trails with 35 mm tires and some profile. You can also put knobby tires on and go more...
09-26-11, 01:35 PM
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Posted By will dehne

I found out over time that nice bikes provide...

I found out over time that nice bikes provide "Fahrvergnuegen". My Madone and the Stevens Team CF CX are wonderful bikes. The difference between Bontrager wheels and Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels is...
09-24-11, 09:08 AM
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Posted By will dehne

Andy I do all my biking on bumpy limestone in...

Andy
I do all my biking on bumpy limestone in Wisconsin from April to November. Typical roundtrip 50 miles / day but also centuries.
Limestone dust gets into everything and I had chain failures at...
09-23-11, 05:36 PM
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Posted By will dehne

Thanks for the tip but I do not know what I am...

Thanks for the tip but I do not know what I am giving up if I go Tiagra?
My LBS offered Ultegra and Shimano 105.
Please help.
I need to get the tools and learn to change cassettes and chains. It...
09-23-11, 05:31 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By will dehne

Yeah, I need to get going on that but the LBS...

Yeah, I need to get going on that but the LBS does my bike maintenance. As you see for a high price.
09-23-11, 05:26 PM
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Posted By will dehne

I have a Madone road bike and a Stevens CX bike....

I have a Madone road bike and a Stevens CX bike. The geometry of both bikes is very nearly the same as far as my posture on the bike.
Testing both bikes for speed with same tires:
The Madone is...
09-23-11, 04:38 PM
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Posted By will dehne

New information! The LBS informed me that Dura...

New information!
The LBS informed me that Dura Ace changed to Titanium and consequently raised the price to $286 for a 10 speed 12-27 cassette.
I am wearing out 3 or more cassettes per year and...
09-23-11, 10:12 AM
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Posted By will dehne

Ultegra vs Dura Ace

I am sure this was asked before but my search was not successful.

My Stevens Cyclocross bike came with a Ultegra 10 speed 12-27 cassette. It was time to replace it but was told Ultegra stopped...
07-17-10, 06:47 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By will dehne

I am a long distance biker and very frequently do...

I am a long distance biker and very frequently do 100 miles or more per day. I will not get a Camelbak pack or this waist-pack for the following reasons. I do not mean to be argumentative. Just have...
07-17-10, 06:30 PM
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Views: 517
Posted By will dehne

Why Cyclocross

This forum helped me to select a fine Cyclocross bike. I am using this bike as a touring bike for fast long distance biking. The same features which make that bike a good racing machine make it ideal...
07-03-10, 09:35 AM
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Posted By will dehne

Well, it is almost white.

Well, it is almost white.
07-02-10, 08:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,460
Posted By will dehne

Please forgive my "Genglish". I mean to say...

Please forgive my "Genglish". I mean to say "safer" and used "controllable". I agree with what you say there.
I do not have "a power tap". Therefore my statement regarding energy savings is...
07-02-10, 05:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,460
Posted By will dehne

[QUOTE=meanwhile;11049450]68??? I hope that I'm...

[QUOTE=meanwhile;11049450]68??? I hope that I'm that fast at 58!

Really interesting point that the better tyres let you use the aerobars more on poor roads - I hadn't thought of that. Mostly...
07-02-10, 12:50 PM
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Posted By will dehne

The ability to bike with less effort came as I...

The ability to bike with less effort came as I retired. I love to eat well and enjoy good red wine. Can not do that unless you burn calories. Biking for hours will do that. I do 3 hours minimum...
07-01-10, 07:28 PM
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Posted By will dehne

That is interesting and not known by everybody. ...

That is interesting and not known by everybody.
Thanks meanwhile.
07-01-10, 07:18 PM
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Posted By will dehne

The road surfaces are getting worse so it seems...

The road surfaces are getting worse so it seems to me. The paved trails are very bumpy in places. High pressure 23/25 tires beat the hell out of my joints, hands, shoulders. Lowering pressure causes...
07-01-10, 07:02 PM
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Posted By will dehne

You deserve all the credit if for nothing else...

You deserve all the credit if for nothing else but your persistance and putting up with me.
I use regular tubes and the Duremes are 35 mm inflated at only 60 PSI because of the lousy limestone...
07-01-10, 06:48 PM
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Views: 3,460
Posted By will dehne

Sorry for the late follow up. I was on a bike...

Sorry for the late follow up. I was on a bike tour with no Internet access.
I like to explain something for those bikers who are not interested in maximum speed.
My post reports the fastest speed I...
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Posted By will dehne

I am a Obsessive Compulsive long distance biker...

I am a Obsessive Compulsive long distance biker and do not like saddle sores.
My solution?
Shower, dry well and use anti biotic cream on that area. I use no padded shorts. I use Hydro Dry Under...
Replies: 26
Views: 5,850
Posted By will dehne

I am using Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels with 23 mm...

I am using Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels with 23 mm Bontrager and Conti slicks as well as 35 mm Schwalbe Marathon Dureme.
Sorry, I can not comment on your Swiss wheels.
06-27-10, 06:47 PM
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Views: 1,963
Posted By will dehne

I am fortunate owning a Treck Madone Road Bike...

I am fortunate owning a Treck Madone Road Bike and a Stevens Cyclocross bike.
Testing both bikes on smooth pavement and flats in Florida gives a slight average speed advantage to the Madone. Less...
06-27-10, 05:33 PM
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Posted By will dehne

Test Schwalbe Marthon Dureme tires. (meanwile!)

I got a new Stevens Cyclocross bike. It came by default with Conti City Ride tires.
The bike will be used for fast touring on limestone and low quality black top also called chip seal.

The...
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Views: 5,850
Posted By will dehne

Sorry guys. I have been busy biking hard. I have...

Sorry guys. I have been busy biking hard. I have a standard trail which is a mixture of limestone (25%) bumpy pavement and pretty good pavement for 50 miles round trip. I use that to get my act...
06-14-10, 05:56 PM
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Posted By will dehne

I understand and appreciate you suggestion. ...

I understand and appreciate you suggestion.
FWIW, the tour accidents were exclusive due to pace line issues. Going pace line all day long until fatigue sets in is a formulae for disaster. There were...
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Views: 5,850
Posted By will dehne

Thanks. I did it twice with ABB. How did PAC...

Thanks.
I did it twice with ABB.
How did PAC handle breakfast and dinner? Not an idle question. I am planning another tour at age 70.
06-13-10, 10:04 PM
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Posted By will dehne

Well, we will have to decide if we want to do...

Well, we will have to decide if we want to do that in Omaha, Rockford, Trempealeau or Lanesboro.
Decisions, decisions?:rolleyes:;):thumb:
06-13-10, 08:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,467
Posted By will dehne

Hey guys. What do you think of these charts? ...

Hey guys. What do you think of these charts?
http://www.analyticcycling.com/ForcesTire_TireRollingResistance.html

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~hadland/rolrec10a.pdf
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Views: 5,850
Posted By will dehne

Hey Brian, You are one of the few who did this...

Hey Brian,
You are one of the few who did this trip. Thanks for the information.
I just bought a fancy Cyclocross CF bike. It rides similar to a nice CF road bike but does accept bigger tires.
I...
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Posted By will dehne

Interesting information. I did not have that...

Interesting information. I did not have that information and others said it does not exist.
My Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels have accepted 23 to 35 mm tires.
I am thinking to use Schwalbe Marathon...
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Posted By will dehne

I had 25 mm tires on my Trek Madone. I could not...

I had 25 mm tires on my Trek Madone. I could not lower the pressure for fear of more flats on very bad pavement and the high pressure beat me to the point of fatigue.
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Posted By will dehne

Yes. Very! Some guys had up to 20 flats for a...

Yes. Very!
Some guys had up to 20 flats for a 25 day tour. There were some with 4 flats / day.
I am told that 32 mm Schwalbe Marathon Supreme or Dureme would be a good thing for this tour.
Any...
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Views: 5,850
Posted By will dehne

I did some more checking and it was said that 32...

I did some more checking and it was said that 32 mm top quality (and price) tires would be a good thing. The inflation pressure could be optimized. High pressure for smooth roads and lower pressure...
06-13-10, 05:02 PM
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Posted By will dehne

I hope that I do not give too much information....

I hope that I do not give too much information. OTOH there could be not enough information from me. Such a tour has a number of challenges. Here they are in order of priority:
1) Inadequate...
06-13-10, 10:10 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,467
Posted By will dehne

Just to let you know that I see your reply and...

Just to let you know that I see your reply and appreciate the information.
I will get the Marathon Supremes for the reason you state. My friend "billydonn" on BF is using Marathon also.
Thanks.
06-13-10, 10:00 AM
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Views: 1,017
Posted By will dehne

Regarding your question how serious I am. Such...

Regarding your question how serious I am.
Such a tour cost $10,000 including flights, motels, meals, equipment, maintenance support, SAG. I did it twice so far. Not many do it ever.
For that kind...
06-13-10, 09:38 AM
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Views: 1,017
Posted By will dehne

Meanwhile, We are not idiots. Perhaps we are...

Meanwhile,
We are not idiots. Perhaps we are mentally lazy. It took me a week to study that link bernhansen.com you provided. Thanks, it helped.
As stated before, I did 2 fast across America tours...
06-13-10, 09:11 AM
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Views: 1,467
Posted By will dehne

Meanwhile, Sorry it took me so long to study...

Meanwhile,
Sorry it took me so long to study your link from bernhansen.com
It is very informative. It gives me the information I wanted except it studies slower speeds and tires above 50 mm....
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Views: 5,850
Posted By will dehne

Tire question for long distance fast tour.

I am searching for information on rolling resistance of tires.

The reason for this search is planing a 3,000 mile cross country trip again. That is a fully supported tour at 120 miles / day.

I...
06-11-10, 08:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,017
Posted By will dehne

Thanks. I will try this. Someone recommended...

Thanks. I will try this. Someone recommended Marathon Extreme and Dureme. I guess I could spend significant money and time testing that.
I am not a racer and as such have no link to racing forums....
06-09-10, 05:53 PM
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Views: 1,017
Posted By will dehne

Biking Fast Across America

I am planing to do another fast Across America bike tour. These tours are fully supported by tour operators such as ABB, PAC and RAAM.
I have done this twice with ABB in 2006 and 2008. It is 120...
06-07-10, 09:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,467
Posted By will dehne

I just did a 100 mile trip on limestone in 5:57...

I just did a 100 mile trip on limestone in 5:57 hours on this Stevens, This bike is terrific going up long hills. It is possible to do 8 mile hills at 15 MPH. Also important is going down hill at...
06-06-10, 08:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,467
Posted By will dehne

I am having Internet problems in this small town...

I am having Internet problems in this small town in Wisconsin.
Going on this 100 mile trip on a limestone trail tomorrow. The goal will be to be under 6 hours biking time. have not been able to do...
06-06-10, 06:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,467
Posted By will dehne

Humour me. We are all different. While I do not...

Humour me.
We are all different. While I do not enter formal races I am very competitive. Twice I joined groups of bikers going across the USA as fast as we could. We did 120 miles per day for 25...
06-05-10, 06:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,467
Posted By will dehne

You know that 5 minutes over 2:40 hours is a lot?...

You know that 5 minutes over 2:40 hours is a lot? That is over one mile at that speed. That will win or loose a race.
"billydonn" is telling me to get the Marathon Dureme. Billydonn is the studious...
06-04-10, 10:26 PM
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Posted By will dehne

Billydonn and I were just there. I will be in...

Billydonn and I were just there. I will be in Lanesboro again next week and we have made several vacations there.
It all depends of what you want.
I need 50 to 100 miles of biking per day to be...
06-04-10, 11:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,467
Posted By will dehne

I appreciate any comments such as above and find...

I appreciate any comments such as above and find these comments useful.
My observations are not a scientific study made across many bikers. It is just me. However I do bike a lot. My standard...
05-28-10, 07:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,467
Posted By will dehne

The LBS had knobby Schwalbe tires on that bike. I...

The LBS had knobby Schwalbe tires on that bike. I could not use them in Florida and I do not want that much profile up here in the North either.
I have no doubt that The Marathons are better and...
05-19-10, 11:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,467
Posted By will dehne

Billydon and I will be biking Root River trails...

Billydon and I will be biking Root River trails and Onalaska to Norwalk trails next week. We will make pictures.:)
05-19-10, 11:26 AM
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Views: 1,467
Posted By will dehne

That bike is fitted for long distance fast...

That bike is fitted for long distance fast biking. Therefore aerobars, 2 bottles, air pump, and large saddle bag. Also use Conti City Tires for combined trail and street biking.

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05-18-10, 11:29 AM
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Views: 1,467
Posted By will dehne

Thanks to this Cyclocross Forum

Members of this forum helped me finding a Cyclocross bike for long distance touring on unpaved trails.
I got a Stevens CF bike with Ultegra components and have been biking on the intended trails for...
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