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11-20-17, 09:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 994
Posted By akansaskid

+1. This will get the bars lower and further...

+1. This will get the bars lower and further away. You'll be leaned over more, reducing air drag and positioning your torso and legs to work more efficiently. But all at the cost of less comfort. You...
11-05-17, 06:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 663
Posted By akansaskid

I'm a former USAF meteorologist. Trust the radar...

I'm a former USAF meteorologist. Trust the radar and your eyeballs first, the forecast after that. Forecasts are made hours in advance and are typically only updated when flight or human safety...
10-24-17, 08:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 999
Posted By akansaskid

That certainly seems excessive. What make/model...

That certainly seems excessive. What make/model is the bike? How many spokes are in each wheel? Have the three spokes broken in roughly the same place? (Near the rim? Near the hub? Where they cross?)...
10-22-17, 12:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,272
Posted By akansaskid

My Park chain tool works fine on my 9-speed...

My Park chain tool works fine on my 9-speed chains if I put the tool on the correct side of the chain. If yours doesn't fit, flip the tool or the chain to try the other side.
08-27-17, 08:49 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 7,809
Posted By akansaskid

Yes, my Roubaix was eventually stolen and I...

Yes, my Roubaix was eventually stolen and I replaced it with a Secteur at a third of the cost for that very reason. Still rides better than my Motobecane. Carbon forks are great. And aluminum frames...
08-26-17, 09:13 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 9,298
Posted By akansaskid

I went down on my shoulder late last October. The...

I went down on my shoulder late last October. The top rotator cuff broke free, taking part of the humeral head (bone) with it. The front rotator cuff ripped free, allowing the long bicep tendon to...
08-26-17, 08:50 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 7,809
Posted By akansaskid

OP: For many years I had a 1977 Motobecane Grand...

OP: For many years I had a 1977 Motobecane Grand Jubile - black with red trim and gold-painted filets on all the lugs. Beautiful bike. Took one test ride on a 2009 Specialized Roubaix (all carbon...
07-27-17, 02:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 796
Posted By akansaskid

Setting the computer for a 700x35c would be fine....

Setting the computer for a 700x35c would be fine. Even better, see how far the tire rolls in one revolution, say from valve stem down to valve stem down again. Most bike computers should allow you to...
07-10-17, 03:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,699
Posted By akansaskid

I've tried the Parks puller on my square tapered...

I've tried the Parks puller on my square tapered crank, and the crank arm never budged. Inserted the narrow end, felt it seat, and then couldn't turn it further. I've read the arm should come off...
07-09-17, 09:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,332
Posted By akansaskid

Timely post! I just got a set of Mavic Open Sport...

Timely post! I just got a set of Mavic Open Sport rims using Shimano 105 hubs. It came with a spacer and directions saying the spacer was for using 10-speed cassettes with 11-speed hubs. The included...
07-09-17, 08:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 399
Posted By akansaskid

Hmm, it didn't crinkle like a tire does - was...

Hmm, it didn't crinkle like a tire does - was almost a light pinging. And they are brand new, so probably the first time a tire has ever been on it.
07-09-17, 08:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 399
Posted By akansaskid

New Wheel Creaks When Tire Is Inflated

Just bought a Mavic Open Sport wheelset with 105 hubs. After mounting a 28c Gatorskin on the rear wheel, as I inflated it, the wheel began to creak as I got to maybe 35-40 psi. I waited while it...
07-03-17, 06:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 594
Posted By akansaskid

I air dry all my cycling apparel. Hi-vis jerseys...

I air dry all my cycling apparel. Hi-vis jerseys and jackets, and anything else, all fade from the sun. Yes, it's frustrating to have life remaining in the clothes when they are so faded as to offer...
06-13-17, 07:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 331
Posted By akansaskid

My previous bike came with that FSA crank and BB....

My previous bike came with that FSA crank and BB. It's Shimano HollowTech II compatible. I replaced worn chain rings with Shimano's and replaced the BB with whatever was the current Ultegra model...
06-13-17, 07:39 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 15,440
Posted By akansaskid

To start, I live in Kansas, so there's that. If...

To start, I live in Kansas, so there's that. If you don't ride when the wind's over 30, you miss a lot of days. Fortunately, trees and development abates the brunt of it. My worst wind experience was...
06-05-17, 07:57 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,884
Posted By akansaskid

+1. I used the Jandd Mountain Wedge III on my...

+1. I used the Jandd Mountain Wedge III on my carbon Roubaix and could stuff a lot of layers in it as the day warmed in early spring. Still, glad I now have an aluminum frame that will take a proper...
04-22-17, 05:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 917
Posted By akansaskid

Lots of positive changes already mentioned, some...

Lots of positive changes already mentioned, some more useful than others. One change, though, with no advantages except lower manufacturing costs and lots of disadvantages: press fit bottom brackets....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-17-17, 06:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,524
Posted By akansaskid

Keep in mind that the tire essentially forms a...

Keep in mind that the tire essentially forms a circle when inflated. While for many frames, width at the rear chain stays is the limiting factor, on my 2013 Specialized Secteur (Roubaix geometry)...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-21-17, 08:57 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,737
Posted By akansaskid

I'm a 1 cat at my house and would love to be a 0...

I'm a 1 cat at my house and would love to be a 0 cat. Would that make me a pro? ;)
Forum: Road Cycling
03-21-17, 07:58 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,555
Posted By akansaskid

I'm just coming off rotator cuff surgery. Trust...

I'm just coming off rotator cuff surgery. Trust me: Get that bike down now and leave it down, or your surgery is closer than you think.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-21-17, 07:51 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,737
Posted By akansaskid

For "serious", confine the poll to riders who are...

For "serious", confine the poll to riders who are either 1) Cat 3 or better or 2) ride 10K miles or more a year for multiple years. Of course, the selection bias will still be there, as I suspect...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-16, 06:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,596
Posted By akansaskid

Compounding the fact that the tubes were shipped...

Compounding the fact that the tubes were shipped loose, though shown in a box, and were the wrong brand, they also were shipped in a thin plastic pouch sized for the two tires. The tubes were just...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-16, 08:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,596
Posted By akansaskid

All my tubes have always come in boxes. Heck,...

All my tubes have always come in boxes. Heck, until this order, all my tires have come in boxes, too, from every vendor. Can anyone on the forum confirm similar packing recently from Jenson (tires in...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-16, 07:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,596
Posted By akansaskid

Jenson USA Shipped Tubes Loose in a Plastic Shipping Bag

I order four Q-Tubes and two Gatorskins from Jenson USA. This time, instead of Q-Tubes, packed in individual boxes as shown on their website, I received Kendas that were loosely tied around the two...
04-21-16, 08:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,637
Posted By akansaskid

I told a local bike shop I'd be keeping my...

I told a local bike shop I'd be keeping my current bike until manufacturers gave up on press fit bottom brackets. The head mechanic claimed they weren't all that bad. "Just pull the crank and...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-21-16, 10:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,995
Posted By akansaskid

The fused ankles got my attention. Oof!

The fused ankles got my attention. Oof!
Forum: Road Cycling
04-20-16, 05:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,995
Posted By akansaskid

Bill Walton - 6'11" Bike Nut

Who knew?

Bill Walton Is All About the Bike - WSJ (http://www.wsj.com/articles/bill-walton-is-all-about-the-bike-1461191925)

Glad to read we are spending retirement the same way - on a bike,...
09-07-15, 07:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 976
Posted By akansaskid

Sounds like what I need, too. How is the pedal...

Sounds like what I need, too. How is the pedal weighted? Meaning, left to gravity, does the clip-in side come to the top, or are you sometimes having to flip it over with your foot before you can...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-05-15, 09:40 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,919
Posted By akansaskid

I do all my own work, and so far it's better than...

I do all my own work, and so far it's better than the work of at least two shops around here. I doubt I'm better, but I can afford the time to do it right. I also keep maintenence to a minimum....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-15, 05:19 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,247
Posted By akansaskid

I had a Roubaix Pro that I always leaned against...

I had a Roubaix Pro that I always leaned against the wall at my rest or lunch stops. One fine July day in 2013 after almost 4 years and 55,000 miles, I leaned it against the wall at a downtown...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-15, 08:55 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,965
Posted By akansaskid

I only buy helmets with visors so I have the best...

I only buy helmets with visors so I have the best place to clip my mirror to. It's the Full Fred look.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-15, 04:40 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,452
Posted By akansaskid

A sentence functions as a deterrent as well as...

A sentence functions as a deterrent as well as punishment. Getting a misdemeanor ticket for texting is annoying. Getting a prison sentence is alarming. Which do you think will deter more people from...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-29-15, 07:50 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,877
Posted By akansaskid

If you ride year 'round in four season climate,...

If you ride year 'round in four season climate, you want flat protection first and foremost. It's no fun fixing a flat rear tire when it's 18 degrees with a 25 mph wind out in the middle of nowhere....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-15, 08:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,405
Posted By akansaskid

Get a helmet with a bill (MTB helmet) and use a...

Get a helmet with a bill (MTB helmet) and use a Take-A-Look mirror.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-15, 07:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 552
Posted By akansaskid

I have an 80mm stem with what I think is a 30...

I have an 80mm stem with what I think is a 30 degree rise. I don't notice it being twitchy. But this is on a Secteur, which has a fairly long wheelbase.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-15, 08:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,798
Posted By akansaskid

OP: Start by asking your friends why they have a...

OP: Start by asking your friends why they have a carbon fork on their Ti bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-15, 07:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 614
Posted By akansaskid

The two complaints I have about compact cranks is...

The two complaints I have about compact cranks is that (1) the 34-tooth is a bit too small to handle normal riding, and (2) the gap from 34 to 50 means you have to shift 3 or 4 times on the rear cogs...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-15, 05:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,080
Posted By akansaskid

I rode a gold standard endurance bike - a carbon...

I rode a gold standard endurance bike - a carbon fiber Specialized Roubaix Pro, until it was stolen with 55K miles on it. Since I don't want to lock my bike at stops (where it was stolen ;)), I...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-14-15, 07:41 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,728
Posted By akansaskid

Do you always have a box on hand to ship an...

Do you always have a box on hand to ship an entire bike or frame back?
Forum: Road Cycling
05-14-15, 03:50 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,728
Posted By akansaskid

I have, and will continue buying my bikes at the...

I have, and will continue buying my bikes at the LBS. Not just because there's no choice for the major brands. The LBS from whom I buy most of my bikes has gone out of its way for warranty help. And...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-15, 03:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,447
Posted By akansaskid

If $500 is your max, and you want new, you could...

If $500 is your max, and you want new, you could do worse than something from BikesDirect. Like this one for $499 (free shipping, no taxes):

Save Up to 60% Off Carbon Fork Shimano Road Bikes -...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-15, 08:16 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,843
Posted By akansaskid

Nah, most of you could do it, too. You had a life...

Nah, most of you could do it, too. You had a life that year and I had a goal. Ride one or two centuries every weekend, all year, and almost every day of vacations. They add up. After the year, you...
05-11-15, 07:48 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,306
Posted By akansaskid

OP: You gave yourself away with the Guzzi. ;)...

OP: You gave yourself away with the Guzzi. ;) Guzzi's are all about character. There's no centerstand on the California to ease maintenance and tire changes, and a simple oil change requires the mess...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-15, 07:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 815
Posted By akansaskid

The Specialized Secteur and Giant Defy are two...

The Specialized Secteur and Giant Defy are two other aluminum bikes under $1K with relaxed, endurance geometries, too. I'd look at these and that Trek, and pick the one most comfortable. They're all...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-15, 04:06 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,843
Posted By akansaskid

My bet is he failed - either didn't start or quit...

My bet is he failed - either didn't start or quit in route. Nevertheless, props for trying! I rode 104 centuries in one year when I was 61 four years ago. That included 7 days in a row, four of which...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-15, 04:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 906
Posted By akansaskid

Even better, I let my LBS handle it. The first...

Even better, I let my LBS handle it. The first 105 broke on a Monday, midday. They called Shimano, said it wore out at 15K miles in less than a year. Shimano decided I'd miss a few miles if they went...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-15, 03:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 906
Posted By akansaskid

I had three 5600 105 rear shifters each wear out...

I had three 5600 105 rear shifters each wear out at about 15K miles. The internal detent/rachet was worn so it wouldn't catch on the 5th tooth. You could shift from 4th to 6th and from 6th to 4th,...
05-07-15, 05:53 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,221
Posted By akansaskid

OP here. The responses seem to run from "I feel...

OP here. The responses seem to run from "I feel your pain" to "You can learn to live with them". Not exactly a ringing endorsement of press-fit bottom brackets. I notice that Bikes Direct's...
05-06-15, 06:04 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,221
Posted By akansaskid

Ditto, and hence my starting the thread. I'd love...

Ditto, and hence my starting the thread. I'd love a new mid-range bike, but I can't bring myself to buying one with a press-fit bottom bracket. Perhaps its fans buy new bikes before they ever get to,...
05-05-15, 08:23 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,221
Posted By akansaskid

Literally, that means that they can be serviced....

Literally, that means that they can be serviced. That's not in question. How easily, inexpensively they can be serviced is. Especially compared to external bearing bottom brackets. I won't be flexing...
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