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03-18-15, 02:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,351
Posted By sac02

Sorry to hear about your bike's demise. :( ...

Sorry to hear about your bike's demise. :(

My thinking is that the MXL would be well suited for long distance rides, and "event" rides. Things like charity rides and such where it could be...
03-18-15, 01:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,351
Posted By sac02

Thanks Actually, I think I have a...

Thanks



Actually, I think I have a solution that would work for us both! I have a Nigerian uncle who just died and left me some money, but I need a third party to access it. I'll send you a...
03-18-15, 09:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,351
Posted By sac02

I took note of the EM stem as well. (Not having...

I took note of the EM stem as well. (Not having much experience in such things,) it appears to be a 1" threadless - my guess is this was around the time the switch from 1" threaded to 1 1/8"...
03-18-15, 09:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,351
Posted By sac02

Can you tell me more about what I've got? Merckx MX Leader and Allez Epic Carbon

Yesterday I acquired two new bikes, primarily due to the generosity of a coworker/friend. He had come to the conclusion that he would not use them again, and would like for them to go to a good...
09-21-13, 08:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,165
Posted By sac02

The current highest binning for XP-E2 is Q3,...

The current highest binning for XP-E2 is Q3, which is 93.9 lum/350mA. The driver I'm using is 1.7amp, which straight math says is 450 lumens at the emitter. If you look at the data sheets -
...
09-18-13, 05:42 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,165
Posted By sac02

Thanks all for the replies. The "hair...

Thanks all for the replies.

The "hair roller" mount looks like an excellent idea - but I use an under seat bag so it probably won't work for me. :-(

I'm looking at an accessory mount, or...
09-16-13, 07:31 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,165
Posted By sac02

Has anyone used a flashlight as a taillight? How did you mount it?

I have a variety of Solarforce lights that accept P60 LED modules. (For those unfamiliar, the Solarforce (and others) are a knock-off of the Surefire 6P.) These lights are very modular and...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-12, 01:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,406
Posted By sac02

There may be an official policy, but I'm not...

There may be an official policy, but I'm not sure. We're a manufacturing plant, outside of city limits in the middle of nowhere. The nearest housing is a few miles away, so I doubt they have had to...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-12, 11:11 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,406
Posted By sac02

Well, it's not necessarily that they are...

Well, it's not necessarily that they are antagonistic, just... uninformed/misinformed/unenlighted (to use your word). The Safety "culture" is pretty strong here, our plant has some of the lowest...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-12, 10:36 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,406
Posted By sac02

How to deal with an overzealous Safety department at work?

I'm in the process of getting my work to install some bike lockers so me and others can bike commute to work. I've got the budget, and the HR, Facilities, and Security departments on board so far.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-12, 02:17 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,549
Posted By sac02

http://lh5.ggpht.com/-qRbFeGVHgIE/UFZdOSl1NcI/AAAA...

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09-16-12, 12:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 511
Posted By sac02

The bike tour spawned the race as a separate...

The bike tour spawned the race as a separate event, they still have the "for fun" bike tour, and a triathlon too. (not sure if you were saying that the race had evolved from, and replaced the bike...
09-16-12, 10:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 511
Posted By sac02

Yup. No thunder, no lighting, no heavy winds,...

Yup. No thunder, no lighting, no heavy winds, nothing. And that was earlier in the day. The rain was gone, skies were blue, and roads were drying an hour before the race was scheduled to start. As I...
09-15-12, 08:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 511
Posted By sac02

King of the Causeway. (Scheduled) 3 stage race...

King of the Causeway. (Scheduled) 3 stage race on & around South Padre Island.

Not exactly a state championship or anything, but it was my first race in several years - my triumphant "return to...
09-15-12, 07:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 511
Posted By sac02

So the last stage of my race this weekend was cancelled due to "weather"...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v628/sac02/2012-09-15171818.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v628/sac02/2012-09-15171800.jpg

It rained about 3 hours before the last stage (short,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-12, 10:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 712
Posted By sac02

The Concor is pretty narrow, isn't it? I don't...

The Concor is pretty narrow, isn't it? I don't think I have a narrow sit-bone profile (though not wide either) according to the Specialized butt-measuring thingy. I'm worried a narrow saddle would...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-12, 10:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 712
Posted By sac02

Popular "round top" saddles?

For pretty much as long as I've been riding (~10 years), I've dealt with saddle sores/chaffing. Forgive the slightly graphic description, but the problem area is that fold of skin where my butt...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-30-12, 07:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 977
Posted By sac02

Your favorite embrocation?

Hey, I tried to search, got this:

"The following errors occurred with your search:
The following words are either very common, too long, or too short and were not included in your search: ...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-11, 09:29 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,751
Posted By sac02

Would you (do you) ride 60mm carbon clinchers daily?

A couple months ago I bought a set of 60mm full carbon clinchers for (what I consider) a good price. I've been using them for "special" events - races, the occasional hard ride, etc.

I was out of...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-07-11, 06:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 595
Posted By sac02

I'm looking at Google Maps - I see 413 to the...

I'm looking at Google Maps - I see 413 to the lake, do you know how one would get up Mt Fuji on a bike? Google shows "Mt Fuji Toll Road" running up the side of the mountain, do you have any guess if...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-11, 12:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 823
Posted By sac02

Interesting, I will definitely consider this. ...

Interesting, I will definitely consider this. May be an expense at first to buy a new chain, but then I'll have to buy chains less frequently, so it will even out. Not a bad idea.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-11, 12:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 823
Posted By sac02

It's not actually ghost shifting, but it's...

It's not actually ghost shifting, but it's trying. If I put on the new wheels I can hear the chain running loudly, and catching the teeth of the next gear "trying" to shift itself. It upshifts...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-11, 11:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 595
Posted By sac02

Thanks for the replies, I will definitely check...

Thanks for the replies, I will definitely check out tokyocycle.com, it looks like a fairly active forum.

If I did want to ride Mt Fuji, could anyone recommend a route?

Any other advice, feel...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-11, 11:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 823
Posted By sac02

Switch wheelsets - shifting not quite right. What's up?

My "everyday" wheelset is Fulcrum Racing 1's with a 11-28 SRAM Red cassette.
My "special/race" wheelset is Mercury M-5's with 11-23 SRAM Red cassette.

Every time I swap between wheels, I have...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-05-11, 01:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 595
Posted By sac02

Renting a bike in Japan - anyone done it?

I'm travelling to Japan in two weeks, and staying for two weeks (business). I'd like to rent a road bike and do some really cool ride, at least one day. I'm staying in Hachioji, about an hour west...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-11, 10:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 718
Posted By sac02

Cool, didn't know they made 52 or larger 110bcd...

Cool, didn't know they made 52 or larger 110bcd rings.

How's the shifting? 52/36 seems like a pretty big spread, is my 105 front derailleur going to scream for mercy?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-11, 09:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 718
Posted By sac02

Have: compact crankset. Need: larger gearing. Options?

I am converting one of my older bikes to a budget TT rig. It currently has a compact double crankset on it (50/36). I have a TT in two weeks that includes a long-ish descent (2 miles, 2% grade,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-11, 11:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,150
Posted By sac02

I am not familiar with the MVS system, how is it...

I am not familiar with the MVS system, how is it different than the traditional valve extender (which to me feels finicky and unreliable)
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-11, 11:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,150
Posted By sac02

I've currently got valve extenders, they are kind...

I've currently got valve extenders, they are kind of finicky and I'd prefer to just use long valve stem tubes, even if they cost a few bucks more.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-11, 11:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,150
Posted By sac02

Does ANYONE stock extra long presta valve tubes?

I just bought a pair of 60mm deep wheels, and had no clue it would be this hard to find tubes with extra long (80+mm) presta valves in stock.

Where do you get yours?

Thanks.
07-27-11, 10:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 609
Posted By sac02

Is this: 1)yes (ride lots) 2)yes (find a...

Is this:

1)yes (ride lots)
2)yes (find a fast group)

or

1)yes (develop a training plan)
2)yes (ride lots and find a fast group)
07-27-11, 10:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 609
Posted By sac02

"Training" for a race in 2 months?

So I’ve got a friend who rides with me recreationally, but wants to do his first race ever in his hometown October 15 (78 days away). The race is a 52 mile road race on Saturday, followed by a crit...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-11, 07:38 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,755
Posted By sac02

Google "Coast down test". You need a flat road,...

Google "Coast down test". You need a flat road, no wind, a speedometer, a stopwatch (if your bike computer can display stopwatch and speed at the same time), and a constant position on the bike.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-11, 08:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 315
Posted By sac02

I will grant you (or the manufacturer, or other...

I will grant you (or the manufacturer, or other forum members) the right to be suspicious. When I worked retail back in the day, the # of returns I processed that make you say "Oh, really?..." is...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-11, 08:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 315
Posted By sac02

Carbon bar nonconformance, no Thermal Event

i.e. failure, without fiery death

My bike
~6300miles on bars
Bars were never crashed

I noticed an abnormal noise from the RHS of the bars, I thought it was the shifter rattling on the...
05-26-11, 10:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 950
Posted By sac02

Noob looking to buy a tandem, help!

I've been road cycling for about 5 years, and about a year ago I got my wife into the sport, though she's a little more recreational than me. She enjoys it, and I enjoy spending the time with her...
03-21-11, 06:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,735
Posted By sac02

Where do you see that, I can't find it? Got a...

Where do you see that, I can't find it? Got a SKU? [edit - nevermind, I found it. Can't search "magicshine" and find it. SKU 57100]

Does any US dealer have the XM-L version?
03-20-11, 07:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 619
Posted By sac02

Yes, I do not plan to modify the original,...

Yes, I do not plan to modify the original, because as you said, I want a replacement when they are available. But I need something in the time being.
03-20-11, 01:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 619
Posted By sac02

Need new battery for magicshine

My MS battery has been near-useless for a while, and it's finally dead. It will only charge to ~7.45V, will run the light less than 15min, then protection trips and battery pack V goes to 0.00 (a...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-19-11, 11:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 524
Posted By sac02

1" vs 1 1/8" forks - can I swap?

My wife has an old-ish, entry level Giant OCR with a 1" threaded fork.
I was looking at it today and wondering: can I put a 1 1/8" threadless fork on it?
The bike is already set up with a 1" to 1...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-09-11, 11:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 514
Posted By sac02

Castelli L

Castelli L
Forum: Road Cycling
01-09-11, 11:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 514
Posted By sac02

PBK returns and exchanges

I ordered a set of knickers from PBK and got the wrong size (my fault - I ordered the wrong size).

Has anyone here returned or exchanged something with PBK? How is it dealing with the exchange...
05-19-10, 12:48 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 4,174
Posted By sac02

First, I think you REALLY need to do a real root...

First, I think you REALLY need to do a real root cause analysis, with some actual data gathering. Itís easy (and popular it seems) for everyone here to say that the cat5ís are the cause of all...
05-05-10, 12:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,242
Posted By sac02

Hadn't considered the possibility of cutting one...

Hadn't considered the possibility of cutting one down. Wouldn't be hard, but if a shorter one is available to buy, that would be easier. I'll keep that thought in mind though.

The bike actually...
05-05-10, 10:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,242
Posted By sac02

Combination threadless stem adapter AND riser - does it exist?

I just bought a used bike for my wife and am trying to get it set up comfortably for her. The bike is a few years old and uses a 1" threaded headset, i.e. quill stem. I need to get the bars a...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-27-10, 08:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 341
Posted By sac02

Thanks, that's the one I was looking for. ...

Thanks, that's the one I was looking for.
WOW!
Even that thread is over two years old...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-27-10, 08:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 630
Posted By sac02

Yeah, that's the measurement I've been basing...

Yeah, that's the measurement I've been basing most of my shopping/comparisons on.


Agree. When explaining bike shopping to her, I told her that fit and comfort should always be most important,...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-27-10, 07:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 341
Posted By sac02

Wasn't there a "under $750" road bike thread?

I see the under $700 thread in the "Intro to road cycling" sticky, but that's from 2004 (wow!), I though there was a more recent version. My searches for any and all combinations of "new, road, bike,...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-26-10, 02:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 630
Posted By sac02

She's about 5'7" and according to the fitter she...

She's about 5'7" and according to the fitter she would fit best on a 54cm WSD bike. I know he recommended a top tube length of 53cm, but unfortunately I have totally forgetten what the recommended...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-26-10, 02:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 630
Posted By sac02

Bike shopping for my wife, WSD bikes or "Men's" bikes with short Top Tubes

I'm shopping for a road bike for my wife. I'm an avid cyclist, and my wife has recently expressed interest in getting into the sport. We've been to bike shops and test ridden several bike styles and...
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