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09-27-11, 09:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 581
Posted By Robert Foster

If it is just a frame and fork you will need a...

If it is just a frame and fork you will need a Head set. You need to decide what kind of bottom bracket you want before you get a chainring and crankset. You need a front derailleur and a rear...
09-27-11, 12:38 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,208
Posted By Robert Foster

You worry too much.;) If technology were to...

You worry too much.;)

If technology were to stop with Aluminum, Steel or Titanium you might have a point. But Doral has shown some innovation in clothing, (I have some of their cycling gear)...
09-26-11, 11:18 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 5,973
Posted By Robert Foster

Sorry but you can't have it both ways. Giant is...

Sorry but you can't have it both ways. Giant is either part of the conspiracy or they are not and if they are not there isn't a conspiracy. Giant makes all of their own frames. Like you said they...
09-26-11, 10:48 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 4,826
Posted By Robert Foster

My experience has ban a lot different from the...

My experience has ban a lot different from the OPs. This is my third go around with Cycling; Once while I was just out of college, once about 20 years ago and now. In racing I understand pushing...
09-26-11, 09:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 602
Posted By Robert Foster

I talk to people I know and I might talk to...

I talk to people I know and I might talk to someone I didn't know while passing on the road. But I have more people in cars asking directions than I would ever have to ask. Before I go anyplace new...
09-26-11, 09:04 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 5,973
Posted By Robert Foster

Ergo, if Giant is the largest bicycle...

Ergo, if Giant is the largest bicycle manufacturer and they manufacture their own frames there is no possibility of a conspiracy by the manufacturers to do away with steel bikes? Because, as you say...
09-26-11, 06:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 898
Posted By Robert Foster

Thanks for the Soma site. That was more like it....

Thanks for the Soma site. That was more like it. The smoothie frame shows promise.
09-26-11, 06:27 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,208
Posted By Robert Foster

Every successful company you can think of either...

Every successful company you can think of either makes a profit or they file for chapter 13. The problem is all of these companies that have been absorbed by the bigger companies were failing. They...
09-26-11, 06:00 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 20,101
Posted By Robert Foster

Researched this same subject several months ago...

Researched this same subject several months ago on the net.

"Specialized - Started in 1974 by Mike Sinyard, Specialized has enjoyed a long-standing reputation for being a leading bicycle design...
09-25-11, 10:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 898
Posted By Robert Foster

You know I never thought I would be interested in...

You know I never thought I would be interested in a bike that would take wider tires than a 25 or at most a 28. People suggested CX bikes and I looked at them in horror looking at their MTB type...
09-25-11, 06:35 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,208
Posted By Robert Foster

In some cases the companies name is all that is...

In some cases the companies name is all that is acquired when a big company takes over. Every industry has examples of this. Saab was going belly up when GM bought them. I don't know what will happen...
09-25-11, 05:49 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 20,101
Posted By Robert Foster

I have to vote for Giant because they make their...

I have to vote for Giant because they make their own frames. Many of the Trek and Specialized frames more than likely are made by Giant anyway. Doral may or may not farm their frames out to Giant....
09-25-11, 03:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 898
Posted By Robert Foster

I did read the article on cold setting an older...

I did read the article on cold setting an older frame but I am not sure that is the route I want to go. I have two Ultegra cranks with Ultegra and Dura Ace Bottom brackets that I want to use for the...
09-24-11, 09:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 898
Posted By Robert Foster

My problem with flex was as I described it...

My problem with flex was as I described it earlier with the chain rubbing the derailleur during hard sprints and standing on it over short hills. But I have no particular prejudice to any frame...
09-24-11, 11:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 14,628
Posted By Robert Foster

When I first got back into cycling some people in...

When I first got back into cycling some people in these forums gave me a great piece of advice: Try before you buy.:thumb: If you donít know just what you need deciding what you want can be a pain...
09-24-11, 10:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 898
Posted By Robert Foster

I am beginning to feel better about including...

I am beginning to feel better about including steel in my frame search and have discovered that Masi and some others do make some steel frames that will accept a modern 10 speed wheel. But I was also...
09-23-11, 10:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 898
Posted By Robert Foster

Yes, I had the dreaded death fork but it never...

Yes, I had the dreaded death fork but it never broke on me. But if I stood on it to climb it would hit the derailleur in anything but the middle gears.

It wasn't a lugged frame but for the time...
09-23-11, 10:27 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 65,254
Posted By Robert Foster

Cycling 365.. 365 Velo..

Cycling 365..

365 Velo..
09-23-11, 09:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 898
Posted By Robert Foster

Just considering

I have finally acquired enough spare parts to start considering building an N+1 from scratch. I have even looked at steel lugged frames just to have one. I have a Shimano rear derailleur and a SRAM...
09-23-11, 08:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 615
Posted By Robert Foster

You should but I would wonder how they trued the...

You should but I would wonder how they trued the wheel with a loose spoke. Still have them look at it and retrue.
09-22-11, 05:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 339
Posted By Robert Foster

more than likely it was a cookie set when you...

more than likely it was a cookie set when you searched some bicycle product. Tell you mail browser it is spam and clean out your cookies.
09-22-11, 05:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 379
Posted By Robert Foster

When I first got back into cycling and then back...

When I first got back into cycling and then back into road cycling I was looking for something like my old Viscount Aerospace pro. I discovered very few LBSs have many steel bikes in stock. I did...
09-22-11, 12:11 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,915
Posted By Robert Foster

Depending on how you ride and the wheels you use...

Depending on how you ride and the wheels you use will have as much to do with the tires you end up liking or not. I have tried Armadillos and yes they last and are better than average in puncture...
09-22-11, 11:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 573
Posted By Robert Foster

To answer directly yes you can buy a 105...

To answer directly yes you can buy a 105 derailleur with Sora Shifters. You just can't use SRAM or Campy. However if you get 105 shifters you will also have to get a different cassette because the...
09-22-11, 11:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,407
Posted By Robert Foster

Polar makes a bottle the same size as the ice. ...

Polar makes a bottle the same size as the ice. You can simply use your Camelbak jet top on and be on your way.
09-22-11, 10:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 387
Posted By Robert Foster

Not a problem. It is simply a pop up I X out. ...

Not a problem. It is simply a pop up I X out. Happens on Livestrong as well.
09-22-11, 10:44 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,666
Posted By Robert Foster

The weather has been nice and clear. The wind...

The weather has been nice and clear. The wind has waited till after our group rides. My spare parts box is getting full and I am thinking of building a N+1. How could life not be good?
09-20-11, 04:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,538
Posted By Robert Foster

Flex can happen in several ways. Stock wheels...

Flex can happen in several ways. Stock wheels often are a good example. But what people are trying to describe is a side to side movement that happens is response to torque applied while pedaling or...
09-19-11, 07:02 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,071
Posted By Robert Foster

I have to go with contango here. Stop signs maybe...

I have to go with contango here. Stop signs maybe 50/50 but red lights are almost the sole practice of the fixie rider who almost never wears a helmet. We have tons of cyclists in our area and even...
09-18-11, 10:12 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 5,973
Posted By Robert Foster

Funny, I don't remember one TV or radio ad for...

Funny, I don't remember one TV or radio ad for Aluminum bikes. I don't think I have see bike adds in the Sunday paper listing material either. It could be it is simply what they want and some are...
09-18-11, 08:24 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 5,973
Posted By Robert Foster

Perhaps, but marketing does marketing research...

Perhaps, but marketing does marketing research and they try to produce what people do buy. Giant has been building bikes a long time and they have build steel bikes as well as aluminum. But when you...
09-18-11, 05:54 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 5,973
Posted By Robert Foster

And yet people buy a lot of aluminum, Ti, and CF...

And yet people buy a lot of aluminum, Ti, and CF for just the reasons you don't care for it? Maybe it isn't steel, maybe it is you? Maybe you have grown to be old tech? :lol: If the cyclists you...
09-18-11, 04:27 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 5,973
Posted By Robert Foster

If new technology sells better why bother...

If new technology sells better why bother upgrading old technology? It would not be more cost effective. Steel is nothing more than a material and not worth making any great effort to turn it into...
09-17-11, 11:18 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 18,914
Posted By Robert Foster

Are you sure? Mabe it was simply put together in...

Are you sure? Mabe it was simply put together in Canada? Looking it up I found:

Cervelo Ė Cervelo is a Canadian company. Bikes are made in Asia and assembled in Canada.

However Guru is made...
09-17-11, 09:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,427
Posted By Robert Foster

It has to get by the copyright law suit first.

It has to get by the copyright law suit first.
09-17-11, 09:07 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,071
Posted By Robert Foster

Could be, because I can't imagine someone trying...

Could be, because I can't imagine someone trying to express the opinions we see so often in these forums in a public meeting or even a casual dinner party. If they did they would be invited to fewer...
09-17-11, 05:34 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,071
Posted By Robert Foster

Still it points out you have a better chance, as...

Still it points out you have a better chance, as a cyclist staying with oranges to oranges, of being murdered in Seattle than being hit and killed by a car.

Just saying if the numbers he posted...
09-17-11, 04:38 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,071
Posted By Robert Foster

+1 same here. I grew up in a classic suburb,...

+1 same here.
I grew up in a classic suburb, went to a typical suburban high school and attended a typical college located in; you guessed it, a suburb. I have lived in Seattle and LA and having...
09-17-11, 02:32 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,071
Posted By Robert Foster

:lol:Does one have to wear and arm band and carry...

:lol:Does one have to wear and arm band and carry a little red book to read that site? And if the idea of becoming political broke up a bike club isn't that an indication of some deep seated problem?...
09-17-11, 10:38 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,071
Posted By Robert Foster

That doesn’t make suburbs the fault of the car. ...

That doesn’t make suburbs the fault of the car. In ancient Rome they built roads to get to the city from the country side. No cars had anything to do with it. The concept that cars somehow cause...
09-16-11, 11:25 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,071
Posted By Robert Foster

Sometimes we see comments repeated so often...

Sometimes we see comments repeated so often someone might start to believe they are based in fact. But there is no proof that cars started the suburbs. They may have made them easier to access but...
09-16-11, 04:28 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,071
Posted By Robert Foster

We are not at war with cars and most of them...

We are not at war with cars and most of them realize that. Here in the US the chances of a Holland style cycling culture are very unlikely. We have greater distances to travel and we have hills. ...
09-15-11, 11:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 529
Posted By Robert Foster

With a HR monitor and cycling computer I need...

With a HR monitor and cycling computer I need prescription glasses when I ride away. Wrap around cycling glasses seemed an absolute necessity so I bought some Costa Del Mar sun glasses. Having...
09-15-11, 11:13 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 12,490
Posted By Robert Foster

I don't believe we can judge a rider by what they...

I don't believe we can judge a rider by what they wear be it matching kit or just normal wear. But some of it may also be attributed to how long a person has been riding and what they like to wear....
09-13-11, 06:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 666
Posted By Robert Foster

I often wonder where civil and polite leaves off?...

I often wonder where civil and polite leaves off? It may depend on how deeply someone has offended you or the ones you love. While crawling through the jungel of Viet Nam I might have been offended...
09-13-11, 02:00 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,805
Posted By Robert Foster

Nice bike. Is that with or without pedals? Just...

Nice bike. Is that with or without pedals? Just think if it were SRAM Red and had SL wheels rather than Equip. It would be under 15 pounds but then it would be over 5k so it wouldn't work. But...
09-13-11, 11:46 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,983
Posted By Robert Foster

:lol: good idea. My favorites are, Passed...

:lol: good idea.

My favorites are, Passed team Garmin on my Next MTB with road tires and paniers while going up hill on my way home from the store.:lol:
09-13-11, 11:37 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,805
Posted By Robert Foster

$3200.00 16 pounds Dura Ace Cf. ...

$3200.00 16 pounds Dura Ace Cf.
http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product2_10052_10551_1095459_-1


$4499.00 16 pounds with Dura Ace Di2 if you want everything anyone ever wanted.
...
09-13-11, 11:21 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,398
Posted By Robert Foster

:lol:where are the bent riders when you need...

:lol:where are the bent riders when you need them?:lol:
09-13-11, 11:17 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,983
Posted By Robert Foster

I haven't noticed as many topics in 50+ that...

I haven't noticed as many topics in 50+ that cause that knee jerk reaction simply by the topic, and if we have been here for any time we know what ones to avoid when we see them. It is the innocent...
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