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08-26-22, 01:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,510
Posted By Bald Paul

Yup, my days of 52/42 cranksets and "corncob" 5...

Yup, my days of 52/42 cranksets and "corncob" 5 speed cassettes are well behind me now, along with my 27" X 19mm tires.
Now, it's a Rival 46/33 with a 10-36 12 speed cassette and nice, comfy 700C X...
08-26-22, 10:51 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,754
Posted By Fredo76

Tight clearances on racing bikes were already...

Tight clearances on racing bikes were already becoming a fad in the late '70s. I say fad, because the disadvantages outweigh the non-existent advantages, really, except maybe for looking cool in the...
08-26-22, 07:53 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,754
Posted By bikemig

I rode 23s and 25s for what seems like forever....

I rode 23s and 25s for what seems like forever. Now I'm not interested in a bike that can't take at least a 28c tire. But then I'm nowhere near as fast as I used to be so a little fatter tire is...
08-25-22, 06:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,510
Posted By downtube42

BITD, when a pro racer cracked on a climb, he...

BITD, when a pro racer cracked on a climb, he lost huge time because he couldn't turn the cranks over. Cracked meant something, physically and mentally. Destroyed. Done.

Now they downshift,...
08-23-22, 06:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 430
Posted By zen_

I would wait for GRX 2.0 personally, but both...

I would wait for GRX 2.0 personally, but both groupsets will be equally unavailable for purchase.

Having said that, the Rival eTap 1x and 2x drivetrains are both right on the money as far as...
08-23-22, 06:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 579
Posted By grant40

I have 33mm tubulars on my Schwinn, which has...

I have 33mm tubulars on my Schwinn, which has larger clearence than the Miyata, and they barely fit....
08-23-22, 07:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 430
Posted By shoota

Ah right on. Doesn't seem worth an extra $500 +...

Ah right on. Doesn't seem worth an extra $500 + no power meter to me. But, the positive with 105 is that it uses existing 11s wheels, as opposed to SRAM's xdr driver requirement.

I didn't see that...
08-23-22, 12:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 430
Posted By Badger6

Not for gravel… Lack of a clutch for the 105...

Not for gravel…

Lack of a clutch for the 105 RD is simply enough to keep me away. GRX Di2 2x11 with a 46-30 crank and 11-32 cassette gets nearly the same low gear (~26 gi, the difference being the...
08-21-22, 06:48 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,754
Posted By cyclezen

I believe rider weight/mass has a lot to do with...

I believe rider weight/mass has a lot to do with tire choice. Noticing in the few groups I currently might ride with, that larger riders, on newer bikes, will have wider tires. That makes sense. One...
08-21-22, 08:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,510
Posted By Hermes

I change gearing / bikes depending on the terrain...

I change gearing / bikes depending on the terrain and facts and circumstances surrounding my planned or impromptu riding. I will continue to do this even as industry evolves and improves brakes and...
08-20-22, 10:12 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,510
Posted By terrymorse

To see the progression of road bike "race"...

To see the progression of road bike "race" gearing, just look at the changes to Dura-Ace.

Several years ago, Dura-Ace was 10 speed, top-end bikes with Dura-Ace were shipped with 52-39 chainrings...
08-19-22, 09:20 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,510
Posted By Classtime

The Dominance of Ultra-Low Gear Racing Drive-trains

Saturday, I started with the local training ride which is attended by many accomplished and current 50 and 60+ National Champions. Of course, most have new bikes with electronic shifting and disk...
08-17-22, 02:48 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,754
Posted By embankmentlb

25 seems the optimal size for me. I have tried...

25 seems the optimal size for me. I have tried wider but generally do not like the mushiness of the ride, particularly if out of the saddle.
Another factor almost never mentioned is that the wider...
08-15-22, 07:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 505
Posted By merziac

Brilliant, RIP Mr. Burrows.

Brilliant, RIP Mr. Burrows.
08-15-22, 07:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 505
Posted By bulgie

Oh no, too soon! Do we know, was he ill? Now...

Oh no, too soon! Do we know, was he ill? Now we'll never know what else his fertile imagination would have cooked up.

Thank you Mike, for all the cool bikes'n'stuff. You changed the world, at...
08-13-22, 10:04 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,754
Posted By I-Like-To-Bike

Most bicyclists around the world have always...

Most bicyclists around the world have always known that; many "enthusiasts" and other niche riders are coming to the realization that they do not need to try and emulate professional road racers in...
08-13-22, 05:19 AM
Replies: 3,606
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Posted By smontanaro

I'm new to the 50+ forum, but have been hanging...

I'm new to the 50+ forum, but have been hanging out on the C&V forum for maybe ten years, as all my bikes are of a certain age. I'm 68, retired, ride 4-5 days a week, both for recreation and...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-22, 03:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 759
Posted By redlude97

In addition to the tubeless potentially saving a...

In addition to the tubeless potentially saving a flat from a puncture, they tend to not come off the rim if you do it a puncture that doesn't seal so you can at least ride on a bit of rubber as you...
06-30-22, 10:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,068
Posted By Iride01

Ultegra and DuraAce were already up there in...

Ultegra and DuraAce were already up there in price. I just see it as electronic shifting is getting less expensive, so it makes no sense to have both a cable pulled model of the same tier group along...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-22, 01:38 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,114
Posted By vespasianus

Campag. Centaur is actually pretty good and...

Campag. Centaur is actually pretty good and Chorus with disc brakes is fantastic.

The electronic systems don't really shift better than a good mechanical system (been riding Ultegra Di2) but I...
06-23-22, 04:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 969
Posted By pdlamb

I don't think I've ever run into a wet lube...

I don't think I've ever run into a wet lube that's incompatible with the factory lube/preservative. It's only the high-zoot stuff racers need to minimize chain wattage losses that worry about that,.
02-15-22, 07:39 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,179
Posted By venturi95

I had good luck with BB-7s and the Tektro...

I had good luck with BB-7s and the Tektro equivalent, I highly recommend compression-less housing. But eventually you will want hydraulic, unless it interferes with air/train/ground travel.
02-13-22, 10:39 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,179
Posted By niknak

I've used BB7s, Spyres, and Klampers. Klampers...

I've used BB7s, Spyres, and Klampers. Klampers are hands down the best of the bunch. I was skeptical because of the price, but man they feel great. For drop bar disc I'd rate brakes in this order:...
02-13-22, 06:39 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,179
Posted By dsaul

Tektro MD-C550 is the OEM version of the TRP...

Tektro MD-C550 is the OEM version of the TRP Spyre brake. They can be found for a significantly lower price than the Spyres and they are functionally the same brake. The only difference I can find,...
02-12-22, 05:00 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,179
Posted By zen_

The HY/RD's are super simple to setup and...

The HY/RD's are super simple to setup and maintain, and they work almost as well as fully hydraulic brakes with compressionless housing and cables in good order. The only problem with them really is...
04-13-21, 02:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 595
Posted By Badger6

One of my colleagues at work is a French citizen....

One of my colleagues at work is a French citizen. He explained that this is PURELY about reducing emissions. This isn't the only incentive the French are using to reduce emissions.
01-05-21, 11:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,473
Posted By Wildwood

My vintage groupies are 52/42 era. I have been...

My vintage groupies are 52/42 era. I have been able to make 26 cogs work with Nuovo Record, a delicate balance of chain length.. A few have original road gearing. I have made concessions approaching...
01-04-21, 01:18 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 49,820
Posted By linberl

Congrats, enjoy, and be safe!

Congrats, enjoy, and be safe!
12-28-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,313
Posted By J.Higgins

Agreed. I'd like to pretend that my bike hobby is...

Agreed. I'd like to pretend that my bike hobby is at least self-supporting. My annual cycling expenses exceed what I take in, but not by a whole lot. My cycling budget is hemorrhaging a trickle of...
12-28-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,313
Posted By tyrion

That's not what I said. Even if I'm not looking...

That's not what I said. Even if I'm not looking for an ROI, it's somewhat satisfying if the potential for ROI happens as a side effect.
Forum: Touring
12-27-20, 03:08 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,777
Posted By Nyah

Disc brakes without thru-axles are disappointment...

Disc brakes without thru-axles are disappointment that lasts for the life of the bicycle. It's better to keep using V-brakes until you find a disc brake bicycle that is thru-axle. That issue plus...
Forum: Touring
12-27-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,777
Posted By Russ Roth

thru axle helps but QR does work fine for disc...

thru axle helps but QR does work fine for disc and cable discs will, as someone else mentioned, stop at least as good as old cantis, in my experience they stop better especially if it gets wet. My...
12-21-20, 12:01 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,426
Posted By davester

I'm also one of the converted who now runs almost...

I'm also one of the converted who now runs almost exclusively Compass/Rene Herse Extralight tires, the fattest ones that will fit under the fork crown. I run 32mm Stampede Passes on the Cooper and...
12-21-20, 11:18 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,426
Posted By SJX426

Italian shoes for Italian Rides: ...

Italian shoes for Italian Rides:
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11-27-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 343
Views: 35,342
Posted By Dfrost

We spent quite a bit “refreshing” the interior of...

We spent quite a bit “refreshing” the interior of our house last year, including revealing, expanding and refinishing the hardwood floors throughout the main floor, which necessitated new rugs, of...
11-22-20, 04:03 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,883
Posted By masi61

Oh crap! Well, I guess I can thank joedab for...

Oh crap! Well, I guess I can thank joedab for reviving a bit of a zombie thread. It is a worthwhile topic though.
03-26-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,376
Posted By zacster

I prefer solo myself, always have. I've tried...

I prefer solo myself, always have. I've tried riding with a club but they were always too slow or too fast. Doing mass start events is sometimes OK because you just fall in with the group that is...
03-21-20, 03:36 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,376
Posted By rydabent

When you ride solo, you are the master of...

When you ride solo, you are the master of everything. Time, distance, route, and speed, so the ride is all yours, and can make snap decisions to change any of those with out asking.
03-20-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,376
Posted By fastcarbon

With the recent corona virus regulations I am now...

With the recent corona virus regulations I am now a solo rider; I will miss the group rides as they gave me interval training; now I have to do power meter intervals which seem to hurt a lot more.
03-15-20, 09:25 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,376
Posted By sean.hwy

I just started riding xmas 2019. All my rides...

I just started riding xmas 2019. All my rides have been solo. I am actually looking forward to joining some group rides some day.
03-10-20, 11:57 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,376
Posted By smoore

I've been riding since the mid 70s and have...

I've been riding since the mid 70s and have almost always ridden alone. I prefer riding at my own pace, my own route, can change my mind if I want, stop when I want etc.
Interestingly I have always...
03-09-20, 06:24 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,376
Posted By Digger Goreman

Most of my days are... commuting and the...

Most of my days are... commuting and the occassional odd trip to whatever I fancy. Ride smart and ride free!
02-03-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 8,132
Views: 2,784,167
Posted By botty kayer

Hello, I'm a member of the Simoncini owners club...

Hello, I'm a member of the Simoncini owners club too:thumb:
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01-27-20, 08:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,720
Posted By qcpmsame

My thanks for reminding us of Bartali's selfless...

My thanks for reminding us of Bartali's selfless actions Michael, and for hi-lighting todays significance in keeping the horrors and inhumanity that was forced upon the Jewish people by the Nazis out...
05-31-19, 08:02 AM
Replies: 280
Views: 49,820
Posted By jackb

My wife, my son, and I just came back from...

My wife, my son, and I just came back from cycling across Austria to Bratislava, Slovakia. We had miserable weather and strong headwinds almost everyday. Part-way through the trio we called our...
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