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08-10-07, 01:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,888
Posted By Adagio Corse

No, not true. I have a Bianchi that says...

No, not true. I have a Bianchi that says "handmade in Italy". Turns out the frame is made in Far East, but painted/assembled in Italy. Walmart is no different
08-10-07, 01:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 876
Posted By Adagio Corse

what i love about swimming is that you will...

what i love about swimming is that you will always have a soft thin layer of baby fat, unlike runners who are just skin and bones.
08-02-07, 06:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 410
Posted By Adagio Corse

Or you can always go with the rare Phil Wood...

Or you can always go with the rare Phil Wood Magnium BB w/ proprietary Ti spindle for $250 that's only 140g.

Unlike King headsets, this is the sort of "bling" that nobody can see - truly for the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-07, 12:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,210
Posted By Adagio Corse

Zipp claims that aerodynamic improvements in the...

Zipp claims that aerodynamic improvements in the rim can reduce your time by several seconds... if you're riding 40 kilometers. However, that's not to say that smoother rolling hubs and placebo can't...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-07, 11:59 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,420
Posted By Adagio Corse

Forget blueberry, how can we leave out liver pie?!

Forget blueberry, how can we leave out liver pie?!
07-30-07, 06:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 742
Posted By Adagio Corse

Weight weenie wouldn't get a CK either because...

Weight weenie wouldn't get a CK either because it's not the "lightest" out there (100g). A medium priced $39 Stronglight A9 with roller bearings is listed as 82g and all parts completely replaceable....
07-30-07, 05:28 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 10,099
Posted By Adagio Corse

I have noticed a few approaches to LBS operations...

I have noticed a few approaches to LBS operations in my area. My observations are as follows:

You have to talk to the bike wrench directly to see if he has what it takes. The best mechs I've found...
07-30-07, 03:29 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 10,099
Posted By Adagio Corse

LBS are no different than any other business:...

LBS are no different than any other business: autorepair, autosales, law office, accountant, etc.

You have crooks that will make every attempt to overcharge you, and you have very honest people...
07-30-07, 02:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,786
Posted By Adagio Corse

Araya rims. The selection in the U.S. is limited....

Araya rims. The selection in the U.S. is limited. Go to a Keirin forum and they'll have a list of interesting bike items that are unique to Japan. For example a Sugino Gigas track chainring in size...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-30-07, 02:41 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,902
Posted By Adagio Corse

This is how you recreate Schwinn if you want...

This is how you recreate Schwinn if you want respect from the hardcore enthusiast:
1. Revive the Paramount as a separate top-of-the-line brand, without any reference to Schwinn.
2. Make sure it's...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-07, 12:12 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,018
Posted By Adagio Corse

Doesn't matter, the trailer is a great idea. I...

Doesn't matter, the trailer is a great idea. I have a Burley and even when my 3 year old is not in it, I throw in a few bottles of water and some random items so that I'm pulling about 35 lbs. An...
07-25-07, 02:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,103
Posted By Adagio Corse

Want a true change in "feel"? Custom steel by...

Want a true change in "feel"? Custom steel by Curtlo or Strong or Waterford, or if money permits, custom carbon by Parlee and request larger clearances so you can ride 700x30 city slicks in total...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-07, 01:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 324
Posted By Adagio Corse

+1 the Santa Ana river trail which starts south...

+1 the Santa Ana river trail which starts south of Brookhurst off of PCH runs 30 miles east into Corona, with not a light or stop in sight. Lots of bike traffic, relatively safe, and the pavement is...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-07, 05:43 PM
Replies: 393
Views: 17,374
Posted By Adagio Corse

He's not even charging! His info and opinions are...

He's not even charging! His info and opinions are free, posted on his website for your entertainment and education. So a newbie can avoid the racer riding position by reading Grant's website first,...
07-23-07, 09:53 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 3,904
Posted By Adagio Corse

SS is not pointless if the rider wants a low...

SS is not pointless if the rider wants a low maintenance urban ride that has a more efficient drivetrain - simplicity, though not as simple as FG, but still significantly simpler than geared. A...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-07, 09:37 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,522
Posted By Adagio Corse

Buying a better bike is all about noticing a...

Buying a better bike is all about noticing a difference and enjoying the ride in more comfort, a few unappreciated benefits:
1. smoother shifts, but if you're on mostly flats, this may not matter...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-07, 06:25 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,743
Posted By Adagio Corse

This is a great excuse to get my wife to approve...

This is a great excuse to get my wife to approve a custom steel frame from Richard Sachs - Don't anybody tell her different!
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-07, 06:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,220
Posted By Adagio Corse

So are fixed bikes supposed to be "cheap" as in...

So are fixed bikes supposed to be "cheap" as in inexpensive? People aren't adding Zero Gravity front brakes and titanium/ceramic BBs to their fixers?

Also, not that it matters, but still curious,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-07, 06:09 PM
Replies: 393
Views: 17,374
Posted By Adagio Corse

What's wrong with a man expressing HIS views??...

What's wrong with a man expressing HIS views?? Does it have to somehow be respectful to the rest of the bicycling community? If you disagree or don't like it, fine! But there are thousands of...
07-16-07, 06:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 848
Posted By Adagio Corse

Running is just part of my regular workout...

Running is just part of my regular workout regimen and whether it helps CX is a bonus. It actually doesn't help much, because there isn't much extended running involved in the races I've been to.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-07, 12:36 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 11,651
Posted By Adagio Corse

To answer the OP's question: "no" Carbon...

To answer the OP's question: "no"

Carbon bike does not make you faster than a steel bike.

A comfortable bike makes you faster than a less comfortable bike, however.
07-14-07, 07:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,423
Posted By Adagio Corse

Get a "dirt" road bike: a road bike geometry and...

Get a "dirt" road bike: a road bike geometry and light weight frame with canti brakes and larger wheel clearance for up to 700x30 wheels. This bike is not made to withstand the sort of abuse a...
07-12-07, 05:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 848
Posted By Adagio Corse

I do hard 440 sprints and 200m hill sprints in...

I do hard 440 sprints and 200m hill sprints in addition to 30 minute elliptical machine runs at 200rpm.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-07, 05:42 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,111
Posted By Adagio Corse

The perfect bike to ride by the beach and pick up...

The perfect bike to ride by the beach and pick up babes along the MUT! Can I tag along and get your scraps?
07-12-07, 05:39 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,203
Posted By Adagio Corse

For comfort and decent looks similar to Brooks,...

For comfort and decent looks similar to Brooks, try Selle Anatomica: http://www.mcmwin.com/saddle%20shop%20new.htm

Fit and comfort is the bomb for me.
07-09-07, 05:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,447
Posted By Adagio Corse

It's alright, not worth impressing people and...

It's alright, not worth impressing people and losing a tooth in the process.
07-09-07, 04:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 678
Posted By Adagio Corse

The modern CX frame itself is a tougher version...

The modern CX frame itself is a tougher version of a road frame with more upright geometry since an aerodynamic position is not necessary. Beefier forks to handle the cantilever brakes.
07-05-07, 10:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 364
Posted By Adagio Corse

Does Cane Creek source their brake levers from...

Does Cane Creek source their brake levers from Tektro too? They look suspiciously identical, but have a "compact" version for "smaller" hands which I kind of like for city riding.
07-05-07, 09:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 364
Posted By Adagio Corse

comfort of super record levers vs. modern

I'm building up a singlespeed for around town riding, and was debating between late vintage super record white levers or using the modern carbon brake levers. My decision will be based purely on...
07-02-07, 11:35 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,316
Posted By Adagio Corse

When it comes to a chain on the fixie, this is...

When it comes to a chain on the fixie, this is probably THE MOST IMPORTANT component to safety and I can easily justify spending $50 for a chain, when its durability and strength needs to be...
06-30-07, 07:13 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,719
Posted By Adagio Corse

On the right, because I signal with my left arm...

On the right, because I signal with my left arm and I would like control of the front brakes with my right hand (since there's only 1 true brake on the fixie). I live in the U.S.

All my other...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-07, 01:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,312
Posted By Adagio Corse

Avoid the nano-version of certain lotions,...

Avoid the nano-version of certain lotions, because they appear to be toxic due to their ability to enter the skin and into the tissues.

The BEST solution has always been to wear a large sunhat or...
06-28-07, 01:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,054
Posted By Adagio Corse

7800g is pretty light, what about pedals? ...

7800g is pretty light, what about pedals?

I'm building up my custom fixie through a builder now and even with choice bling parts (yes, unfortunately, Phil Wood parts are pretty heavy) I'm almost...
Forum: Framebuilders
06-25-07, 10:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,366
Posted By Adagio Corse

1 disadvantage: it's more expensive 1...

1 disadvantage: it's more expensive
1 advantage: it's a lighter tubeset
1 disadvantage: lighter tubeset means it's drawn thinner, to me, that's not good, but if it's not being ridden by a 250 lb....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-07, 10:33 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,610
Posted By Adagio Corse

As others have posted, and I'm in complete...

As others have posted, and I'm in complete agreement: don't eat more when you ride more. Keep the following simple to follow tips in mind:
1. better to eat small frequent meals (4 small ones per day...
06-21-07, 09:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,566
Posted By Adagio Corse

The perfect "starter" gear ratio is high 60's up...

The perfect "starter" gear ratio is high 60's up to 70. Pedal that combination for about a month and you'll know exactly where you want to be for the sort of rides you do. Just remember, a higher...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-07, 03:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,480
Posted By Adagio Corse

Neither, can't stand Izumi because there are...

Neither, can't stand Izumi because there are better stuff out there for less. If you want to stay under $90, get aerotechdesigns.com bibs/shorts for under $70.

For over $100, Capoforma and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-07, 06:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,213
Posted By Adagio Corse

My wife never road clipless before and with a...

My wife never road clipless before and with a pair of Look Keo classics, it took her only 2 days of practice to feel comfortable. Yep, she fell 3x, but she needed to fall to "learn" :) unavoidable
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-07, 06:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,114
Posted By Adagio Corse

Didn't DiLuca win the Giro with the Super6? Dunno...

Didn't DiLuca win the Giro with the Super6? Dunno if the one in the shop was equipped the same or not, but obviously weight wasn't a huge factor for DiLuca.
06-19-07, 06:22 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 31,247
Posted By Adagio Corse

Dream wheels for fixie? If he wants to...

Dream wheels for fixie?

If he wants to experience lightweight heaven:

Tubular solution: Zipp 285 Pave rims painted to match the frame, Sapim CXray spokes and White Industry hubs with Phil Wood...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-07, 06:18 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 5,071
Posted By Adagio Corse

Because I ride my bike to enjoy the ride. Racing...

Because I ride my bike to enjoy the ride. Racing among a group of competitive people is too chaotic and not enjoyable at all. I've raced competitively for a long time as a X-country runner and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-07, 01:33 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,666
Posted By Adagio Corse

The law of diminishing returns when it comes to...

The law of diminishing returns when it comes to high quality applies to everything: audio, clothes, bikes, cars, etc.

Here are good analogies:

Are any of the following more expensive items...
06-18-07, 01:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 474
Posted By Adagio Corse

go to: ...

go to:
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/fixed-conversion.html , A good start.

Basically, any frame with a rear horizontal drop-out will do. The best frame is one that fits you. No need for a track...
06-18-07, 12:59 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,912
Posted By Adagio Corse

more fixed gear riders = more fixed gear...

more fixed gear riders = more fixed gear component innovations and better prices
06-18-07, 12:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 840
Posted By Adagio Corse

gold gold gold! Just remember what the pimps say:...

gold gold gold! Just remember what the pimps say: It ain't bling to a 'ho if it aint yellow.
06-18-07, 12:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,106
Posted By Adagio Corse

I enjoy spinning up to 85-90 RPM, which makes my...

I enjoy spinning up to 85-90 RPM, which makes my 46x18 ratio pretty flexible for my needs. Most importantly, I have few hills beyond the gentle slope for about 800 ft.
06-17-07, 12:15 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,361
Posted By Adagio Corse

48x18 is great because it's flexible enough for...

48x18 is great because it's flexible enough for stop and go, yet you can learn to spin in the city without losing control. I prefer spinning a little harder than mashing high gears, just because I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-07, 07:18 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 8,559
Posted By Adagio Corse

Which headset do you buy if you want to "buy...

Which headset do you buy if you want to "buy American" with responsible manufacturing policies? Chris King. You are not just buying bling (but yes, that comes into it too), you are buying:
1. Made...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-07, 09:58 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,621
Posted By Adagio Corse

Most people in the South spend $1000 a year on...

Most people in the South spend $1000 a year on cigarettes, beer and strippers - suddenly, $1000 for a pair of rims sounds pretty cool.

I'm sure my wife would much rather I sneak out and spend...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-07, 09:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,664
Posted By Adagio Corse

I have the 928 C2C Ultegra and I love it to...

I have the 928 C2C Ultegra and I love it to death. Comfy and smooth. Fits my riding style to a T. I ride long straight routes for miles on end. It absorbs bumps very well, but I run 700x25 clinchers...
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