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Forum: Road Cycling
11-05-22, 08:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 327
Posted By Symox

Just take out zertz

the rubber provides no structural integrity to the seatpost. Thatís what I would do
Forum: Road Cycling
11-01-22, 10:47 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,711
Posted By Symox

Try to destroy a carbon fork

You may be shocked at how strong the thing is. I did this to a fork after an accident. Banging with a sledgehammer left only a scratch. Trying to compress the legs in a vice (got scary after reducing...
Forum: Touring
10-31-22, 09:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,124
Posted By Symox

Stay in hotels for a couple of days per stop and...

Stay in hotels for a couple of days per stop and charge the batteries while site seeing?

I think e-bikes can be wonderful for touring as long as you account for charging
Forum: Road Cycling
10-31-22, 09:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 393
Posted By Symox

I donít know what it is about the color but I...

I donít know what it is about the color but I think it looks fantastic especially on steel frames
10-28-22, 04:24 PM
Replies: 7,863
Views: 878,208
Posted By Symox

KoolStop Dura 2 pads

Upgraded from Dura pads. Not sure if the old salmon ones had dried a bit, but the new salmon ones are much grippier and have better modulation somehow

Love them
went from these: Kool Stop...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-24-22, 09:49 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,766
Posted By Symox

Finally found a good spot for the bell

I primarily ride on the hoods and in the drops. This placement of the bell allows me to easily ring the bell with my pinky while braking and doesn't interfere with my normal hand positions. Not the...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-24-22, 04:45 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,175
Posted By Symox

Tried adding aero bars?

They made a surprising difference in speed in wind and/or flat sections for me. Probably a bigger watts saving than improving aero on a bike I suspect.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-24-22, 04:40 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,175
Posted By Symox

Iím not a big fan of internal routing. It looks...

Iím not a big fan of internal routing. It looks nice but can be a PITA to change cables in the future. Plus rattling in the frame can be an issue.


I like my bikes to be easy to service and get...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-23-22, 09:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 637
Posted By Symox

I have that model year and can put 28mm on front...

I have that model year and can put 28mm on front and back with over 3.5mm clearance all around. This is with conti gp5000s
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-22, 12:36 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,315
Posted By Symox

Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-22, 09:03 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,767
Posted By Symox

Agreed I think above 20mph or so aerodynamics...

Agreed
I think above 20mph or so aerodynamics takes over (assuming no wind). If there is wind I think it drops.
Also, if you do lots of climbing, bike weight will matter more.

If it isn't...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-22, 11:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 594
Posted By Symox

new fork even more clearance

I had to replace the fork and the front again has 4mm clearance, but it seems to have more margin. I might try 30mm only on the front when it comes time to replace the 28mm rear (I'll swap the 28mm...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-22, 10:46 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,471
Posted By Symox

Unpainted titanium and clean welds. mmmmmmm...

Unpainted titanium and clean welds. mmmmmmm mmmmmmm goodness

looks great
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-22, 11:54 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,471
Posted By Symox

Yet another thing :)

In another thread you posted more pics of the bike. One showed a speed sensor in the front. Check if any of that is loose or if the wire is slapping the fork. Iíve had one of those magnets on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-22, 11:47 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,471
Posted By Symox

Another thing

I love the look of unpainted titanium frames. That is was of the nicest Iíve seen
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-22, 11:41 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,471
Posted By Symox

Rattle?

I missed that part of the thread. It could be nothing or it could be very serious- I would get it checked out by a mechanic.

I replaced a carbon fork after a crash because of a rattle. After I cut...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-22, 10:19 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,471
Posted By Symox

Looks like a nice bike if it feels good to...

Looks like a nice bike

if it feels good to you it is good

it is very difficult to access fit based on a picture. Unfortunately to do it right, someone needs to watch you ride from multiple...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-22, 03:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 637
Posted By Symox

Thatís my main ride

Excellent bike and great price

i wouldnít worry about the carbon deteriorating with age, but I would be concerned if it was in a crash

i upgraded a few things on mine, mainly the hubs and...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-13-22, 04:25 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,766
Posted By Symox

agreed. something about the bell frequency just...

agreed. something about the bell frequency just cuts through (hey, that's the whole point isn't it?)
Forum: Road Cycling
10-13-22, 04:11 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,766
Posted By Symox

found the perfect spot to mount

I just got the Incredibell ring o ring (https://mirrycle.com/product/incredibell-ring-o-ring/) which attaches with o rings. This bell is loud and clear and much better designed (you can rotate the...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-11-22, 10:42 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,766
Posted By Symox

Sorry about the double post. Canít seem to...

Sorry about the double post. Canít seem to delete it
Forum: Road Cycling
10-11-22, 07:05 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,766
Posted By Symox

In praise of the ding ding

I recently went from whistling to alert walkers on paths and roads to using a (very cheap) bicycle bell. I'm really surprised how much more effective the bell is. I think people are trained to know...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-07-22, 11:51 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,738
Posted By Symox

had another nice ride today. after 4 weeks off...

had another nice ride today. after 4 weeks off i'm definitely low on stamina, but it sure does feel great to ride again

Especially since I gave the bike some TLC to fix stuff damaged in the crash...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-07-22, 11:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 444
Posted By Symox

I'm really liking the new fork. Bike definitely...

I'm really liking the new fork. Bike definitely feels more stable on hill descents - nice bonus!

On a side note, I cut up the old fork. It had a lot of manufacturing bladder junk inside. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-22, 05:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 444
Posted By Symox

Ordered a new fork

As the accident was completely my fault, I didn't feel right about trying to get a new or discounted fork from Specialized. Since I'm no longer confident in the fork so I ordered a new one, this...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-22, 11:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 444
Posted By Symox

Please elaborate

Please elaborate
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-22, 09:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 444
Posted By Symox

possible fork damage after crash?

I hear a slight rattling (I heard it after a recent crash but it stopped for a while) in the fork when I hit one of the legs against my palm or shake it hard (I removed it from the bike). Sounds...
09-26-22, 05:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 796
Posted By Symox

velox cotton tape

These have been my favorite rim strips. Never had an issue with them. They stay put and aren't abrasive.
09-26-22, 05:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 125
Posted By Symox

Advice on carbon compression plug

hello,
I'm a DIY mechanic and was inspecting my bike's fork and noticed that the compression/expansion nut wasn't centered on the stem bolts. Upon removing it I realized that it was not as long...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-22, 10:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 459
Posted By Symox

I'm very happy with it, much nicer saddle than...

I'm very happy with it, much nicer saddle than what I had actually
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-22, 02:48 PM
Replies: 484
Views: 11,674
Posted By Symox

I actually do it there as well but only after the...

I actually do it there as well but only after the initial mineral spirit soak as I donít recycle that batch ( it stays cloudy from the packing grease)
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-22, 10:34 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,832
Posted By Symox

Squirrels are scaring me

Lately on the rides I do there have been a lot of squirrels doing the last minute dash of death across my front wheel. In every case Iíve just kept my line and hoped for the best.

After a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-22, 10:27 AM
Replies: 484
Views: 11,674
Posted By Symox

no idea if the metal is from the cogs or chain,...

no idea if the metal is from the cogs or chain, but itís a black fine powder for the most part

you need a fairly strong magnet
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-22, 10:27 PM
Replies: 484
Views: 11,674
Posted By Symox

Yeah, I just used Gulf Wax meant for jarring that...

Yeah, I just used Gulf Wax meant for jarring that I got at the hardware store. As long as it is food grade I think the mineral oil content will be low and controlled and should work well for chains....
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-22, 10:26 PM
Replies: 484
Views: 11,674
Posted By Symox

went on first ride with wax

The short ride was on flat tarmac and so far, I'm impressed. Runs clean and quiet. Don't know if it is loader than my go to Finish Line Dry, but its close enough that I can't tell.

Shifting...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-22, 07:11 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,738
Posted By Symox

3.5 weeks today

and got back on the bike for an easy ride.

So happy that the initial assessment by the ER doc of not riding for a YEAR was grossly incorrect.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-22, 07:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,738
Posted By Symox

Great followup with doctor after accident

Said I'm doing great, no followups unless I want. Range of motion and healing excellent. Said as long as I don't crash and pain isn't too bad that I can ride. Will be at risk of rebreaking for...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-22, 09:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 594
Posted By Symox

I'm 155lbs and like to ride hills a lot. ...

I'm 155lbs and like to ride hills a lot.

The more I think about it, I'm not sure I want to sacrifice clearance especially on the rear. I guess I'll just stick with 28mm, its a more standard...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-22, 07:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 594
Posted By Symox

Contemplating Going Wider

I have a bike with Mavic Open Pros that have space all around the front tire (between the tire and the frame/fork/caliper brake using hex wrenches) of 4mm and 3mm for the rear using 28mm GP5000s. I'm...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-22, 05:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,263
Posted By Symox

28mm measures 27mm GP5000

This is on Mavic Open Pro clincher rims
Using GP5000 standard clincher (not tubeless ready) tires
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-22, 08:58 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,145
Posted By Symox

I thought the video was pretty well done. He...

I thought the video was pretty well done. He obviously spent quite a bit of time with camera angles, different shots and editing. I wish he had done the tests using the same tire model tubeless...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-22, 09:09 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,061
Posted By Symox

where are you finding Open Pros for $25?

where are you finding Open Pros for $25?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-22, 10:21 PM
Replies: 484
Views: 11,674
Posted By Symox

There are different grades of Paraffin wax. The...

There are different grades of Paraffin wax. The purer (less mineral oil content) the better for this application and the more expensive it is. Food grade wax (like Gulf Wax used for canning) has...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-22, 08:59 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,061
Posted By Symox

yes they do wear out

I have only seen this happen once with a touring bicycle on Youtube

I have a 15 year old bike with rim brakes. I just replaced my rims with the same model. The difference in rim thickness was...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-22, 11:57 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 1,756
Posted By Symox

Hammer Nutrition

They have great products for this.

However, I usually like bananas and water myself

beer doesn't hurt
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-22, 11:55 PM
Replies: 484
Views: 11,674
Posted By Symox

Tried it, this works great thanks!

Tried it, this works great thanks!
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-22, 07:31 PM
Replies: 484
Views: 11,674
Posted By Symox

what color was the wax in the pot before you put...

what color was the wax in the pot before you put the chain in? Itís possible the wax was dirty in which case you should probably start over.

also, I think it is possible to overheat the wax. Not...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-22, 11:32 AM
Replies: 484
Views: 11,674
Posted By Symox

Excellent ideas

I actually used a park tool quick link tool and could not close them until scraping wax from the holes and crevices of the locking mechanism.

I like your idea about waxing with the quick links...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-22, 06:12 AM
Replies: 484
Views: 11,674
Posted By Symox

First impressions

Havenít ridden it yet but I found the process of cleaning/degreasing the drive train and chain a lot of work. The waxing of the chain wasnít too bad actually but the loosening of the ďfrozenĒ waxed...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-22, 12:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,172
Posted By Symox

Prowheelbuilder

I make my own wheels based on Jobst Brandtís classic book. You can have prowheelbuilder make these for about 1/3 what your budget is
Hereís my recipe

rims-mavic open pro 28 or 32 hole (you can do...
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