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Forum: Road Cycling
11-17-17, 01:11 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,127
Posted By Z953

My first road bike was a 2014 Allez Sport with a...

My first road bike was a 2014 Allez Sport with a Sora groupset (came with an FSA crank and Tektro brakes but I got Sora replacements for those parts pretty quickly). After about two months on the...
09-27-17, 04:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 7,647
Posted By Z953

I have a '10 Roubaix Expert and a '16 Tarmac Comp...

I have a '10 Roubaix Expert and a '16 Tarmac Comp (both with complete 5800 groupsets). The geometry itself doesn't affect climbing--it's the stiffness that makes all of the difference. I didn't...
09-11-17, 01:14 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,250
Posted By Z953

This is what I carry. I got to use it a few...

This is what I carry. I got to use it a few months ago and it's rock solid.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VYB4QC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-17, 08:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,333
Posted By Z953

Buy a complete groupset. I have upgraded one...

Buy a complete groupset. I have upgraded one bike from a 3500 (Sora) to 5800 and I built up another frame/fork set with a 5800. The upgrade was done via eBay auctions piecing together the groupset...
09-02-17, 12:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,083
Posted By Z953

Prime

I only order if the item is Two-Day or Same Day delivery with Prime. Four months!? Screw that! I get better service from eBay.
09-01-17, 11:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 35,497
Posted By Z953

You've piqued my interest because I just built up...

You've piqued my interest because I just built up my '16 Tarmac with a 5800 groupset. I had to use a Wheels Mfg. BB30 Outboard Angular Contact BB on the crankset. Is the bearing issue that you've...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-17, 04:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,996
Posted By Z953

This! After you're sure that you have the...

This! After you're sure that you have the shifter in "open" position (highest gear) and can see light through the shifter where the cable threads through, roll down the hoods to test the shifter...
12-23-16, 02:51 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,008
Posted By Z953

I bought my first road bike last May that came...

I bought my first road bike last May that came equipped with Sora (3500) and was quite happy with it. For no good reason at all, I decided to upgrade to 105 (5800) six weeks later. This is my...
12-20-16, 11:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,970
Posted By Z953

LOL! That was HUGE!!!

LOL! That was HUGE!!!
Forum: Road Cycling
12-13-16, 08:45 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,588
Posted By Z953

This is my primary bicycle now:

This is my primary bicycle now:
Forum: Road Cycling
12-13-16, 08:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,588
Posted By Z953

My 1st Generation Roubaix (before I took the 5800...

My 1st Generation Roubaix (before I took the 5800 groupset and wheels off and put them on my 2nd Gen).
12-06-16, 01:06 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,345
Posted By Z953

Reading threads like these make me so grateful...

Reading threads like these make me so grateful that the LBS that I bought my first bike from was so good. I was really fortunate that I found a small shop with such a great owner.


I'm also...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-30-16, 01:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,724
Posted By Z953

I didn't pay much attention to reputation or...

I didn't pay much attention to reputation or location until the first time I got burned--then I really started to pay attention to number of feedback. Trust me, you're going to do the same from now...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-30-16, 01:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,724
Posted By Z953

I've reached 650 purchases in eBay and only had...

I've reached 650 purchases in eBay and only had to contest 5 of them, I got refunded on all 5. Those people at eBay aren't stupid and they are pretty quick at responding...but you have to wait for...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-16, 10:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,605
Posted By Z953

Two years ago it took me 2:10:15 riding time with...

Two years ago it took me 2:10:15 riding time with and 50 minutes worth of multiple rests to go around Big Bear lake on my Toy's R Us bought Schwinn mountain bike (I didn't ride with any regularity, I...
11-14-16, 05:12 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 7,653
Posted By Z953

I leave mine on during my rests because I don't...

I leave mine on during my rests because I don't want to put on a cold, wet, gross feeling helmet back on when my head's still hot.
11-10-16, 12:33 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 9,442
Posted By Z953

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winnah!!!

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winnah!!!
Forum: Road Cycling
11-10-16, 09:11 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,276
Posted By Z953

+1 to Specialized foam bar tape. That stuff is...

+1 to Specialized foam bar tape. That stuff is easy to wrap and if you have to, re-wrap; I've even transferred some weeks old tape when I got a new pair of drop bars.


+1 to suggesting YouTube...
11-08-16, 08:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,333
Posted By Z953

I'd like to be able to diagnose something like...

I'd like to be able to diagnose something like this in case I ever come across it in-the-future. Could you give us pics of the rear derailleur and specs on the cassette? This would be great for...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-16, 08:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,091
Posted By Z953

When I first started riding I got the numbness...

When I first started riding I got the numbness that you described after about forty minutes of riding. That crap sucked... I got shallow bars and went from a +6* to a +16* stem and my hands have...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-16, 04:12 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,876
Posted By Z953

If it's all cosmetic and it really doesn't bother...

If it's all cosmetic and it really doesn't bother you, ask for $10 off saying that the seller's pics didn't fully describe the condition of the forks. I bet that the seller would rather refund you...
11-03-16, 07:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 765
Posted By Z953

They do love their bikes in Japan... The...

They do love their bikes in Japan...


The first picture is outside of Tokyo Disneyland that I took back in late March of '15. The second picture is of the entrance to an underground "parking...
11-02-16, 03:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 738
Posted By Z953

I have their bike stand and really like it (the...

I have their bike stand and really like it (the only one I've ever owned so I can't compare it to anything). It's solid enough to work with but the bike will shake; I've upgraded everything on my...
11-02-16, 01:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 14,080
Posted By Z953

Thank you to the OP for starting this thread and...

Thank you to the OP for starting this thread and everyone else with their gearing insight. I was thinking of trying a 53/36 up front but now know that my compact-double with a 12-25 cassette in the...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-29-16, 08:25 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,087
Posted By Z953

Oh, got it. I'll take fitted over "cool"...

Oh, got it. I'll take fitted over "cool" everyday.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-29-16, 07:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 648
Posted By Z953

I got one a little over a month ago, is that...

I got one a little over a month ago, is that light the ***** or what! Damn thing is bright and I really like the 3 flash strobe.



You wrote that review!? Your review is one of the reasons why...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-29-16, 07:05 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,087
Posted By Z953

Seriously, has no one seen either one of my posts...

Seriously, has no one seen either one of my posts or the other poster who linked to the Specialized adjustable stem!? You CAN get a 90mm 14+* stem. Just get a 90mm adjustable stem and a shim with a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-28-16, 03:14 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,087
Posted By Z953

When I read the OP's post I thought, "...so what?...

When I read the OP's post I thought, "...so what? Get a 90mm stem with 14* of rise then; I've got a 90mm stem with 16*...it's called an adjustable stem. Specialized make them...".


Specialized...
10-17-16, 09:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 776
Posted By Z953

I have very limited experiece from my three bikes...

I have very limited experiece from my three bikes (a complete upgrade and two build-ups done that I did myself) and I'm only familiar with a paste that is used for carbon fiber parts only (I use it...
10-17-16, 09:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 737
Posted By Z953

I got a bike stand for like $90 from Amazon and...

I got a bike stand for like $90 from Amazon and regular Schwinn floor pump with a digital meter from Wal-mart for like $30. When any floor pump costs more than a decent bike stand and a decent pump,...
10-14-16, 10:04 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,480
Posted By Z953

Most of my bicycle specific tools are by Park...

Most of my bicycle specific tools are by Park Tools:
Pedal wrench
Bottom Bracket socket
Locking Nut socket
Chain Whip
Chain Breaker
Grease

I want the Rear Derailleur Alignment Tool so badly...
10-13-16, 08:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,851
Posted By Z953

Thanks for the response. Everything that you...

Thanks for the response. Everything that you said makes sense but I wouldn't limit what you've said about cracks or warranty to just CF frames--I think that it applies equally to any metal frame...
10-13-16, 08:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,229
Posted By Z953

My very limited experience (started riding back...

My very limited experience (started riding back in May) has led me to believe that geometry doesn't affect power as much as it does comfort...assuming that both bikes have been fitted to you. I...
10-11-16, 10:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,851
Posted By Z953

Is it typical to have problems when buying used...

Is it typical to have problems when buying used CF frames? I have an '04 Specialized Roubaix Pro and a '10 Specialized Roubaix Expert both that I bought used from eBay. I've had no problems with...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-10-16, 11:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,027
Posted By Z953

I love those adjustable stems! Specialized...

I love those adjustable stems! Specialized really came up with a good idea on that one.


Basically, look at your stem where it mounts to the headtube; there's an oval "window" and there should...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-16, 11:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,100
Posted By Z953

LOL! I've been called "numb nuts" too so I can...

LOL! I've been called "numb nuts" too so I can relate. That's great that you made sure that the bike is the right fit for you, most people don't even consider that (especially when buying used...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-05-16, 04:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,100
Posted By Z953

I started cycling back in May of this year. The...

I started cycling back in May of this year. The one thing that I still amazes me is fit: make sure that the bicycle is fitted your body. The difference of 1 cm in saddle heighth and/or forward/back...
10-04-16, 12:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,085
Posted By Z953

It's law right now that all vehicles must stop at...

It's law right now that all vehicles must stop at all stop signs and signals but there are many instances that people (in any type of vehicle) that don't. I see it every day...literally, so it's not...
10-04-16, 08:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,085
Posted By Z953

We are already famous for our "California...

We are already famous for our "California Stop"--motorists need to stop that and we don't need to make that legal for bicyclists. Because, just like motorists if the law were to change, it'll go...
10-04-16, 08:03 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,412
Posted By Z953

I wanted to upgrade my new Allez Sport from a...

I wanted to upgrade my new Allez Sport from a mixed "Sora" groupset to a complete 105 so I asked the owner of the LBS that I bought my bike from if he could give me quote on a complete set. He said,...
10-03-16, 10:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,085
Posted By Z953

LOL! Now there needs to be a counter-point Op-Ed...

LOL! Now there needs to be a counter-point Op-Ed piece written titled, "Motorists don't follow the rules? Maybe it's time to change those rules".


The only thing that the L.A. Times is good for...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-03-16, 08:02 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 39,356
Posted By Z953

I apply a joke that I made up when it comes to...

I apply a joke that I made up when it comes to being noticed or trying to maximize visibility based on my 10 years of motorcycle riding:


You can have searchlights shining, strippers (both male...
09-30-16, 07:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 758
Posted By Z953

Unless it's a takeoff, $90 is high for used (5700...

Unless it's a takeoff, $90 is high for used (5700 series for sure but still high for 5800). Look on eBay and you'll definitely find some less expensive options including shipping if you're patient. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-16, 03:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,401
Posted By Z953

Bicycle maintenance is not rocket science. I...

Bicycle maintenance is not rocket science. I bought a '14 NOS Specialized Allez Sport back in May. I wasn't fond of the mixed "Sora" groupset so I pieced together a 105 (5800) groupset from eBay...
09-26-16, 08:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,422
Posted By Z953

I purchased an NOS '14 Allez Sport back in May...

I purchased an NOS '14 Allez Sport back in May and within six weeks I upgraded everything except for the frame and forks (went from a Sora/FSA/Tektro combo groupset to a 5800, Axis wheels to Mavic...
09-23-16, 08:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 873
Posted By Z953

Was the rubber sleeve on the brifter pulled down?...

Was the rubber sleeve on the brifter pulled down? If you leave the sleeve rolled up when testing the shifting, one of the internal levers could get stuck on it and it won't shift in one direction...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-16, 09:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 762
Posted By Z953

The seller should've posted a pic with somebody...

The seller should've posted a pic with somebody sitting on it.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-16, 09:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,355
Posted By Z953

I've had these for a couple of years and have...

I've had these for a couple of years and have been using them since I took up riding back in May. I've noticed that the only ambient sound that I hear is the damn wind--I miss about 80% of what...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-16, 10:01 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 10,211
Posted By Z953

Holy crap! That was only a few days ago too! ...

Holy crap! That was only a few days ago too! Thanks for the warning/scare. Elysian Park though, that's a tough neighborhood. I certainly wouldn't ride in that area, driving through there is...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-16, 12:18 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 10,211
Posted By Z953

I ride alone along a combination of the last 18...

I ride alone along a combination of the last 18 miles of the bike trails that parallel the LA and Rio Hondo "Rivers" (they're really man-made washes). My wife said that I shouldn't ride north...
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