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11-09-10, 02:16 PM
Replies: 587
Views: 106,369
Posted By steaktaco

Not stills... but here are some video from recent...

Not stills... but here are some video from recent races around Philly. I should have more up when I get to it.

http://vimeo.com/16630339

http://vimeo.com/16047870

http://vimeo.com/15977404
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10-26-10, 08:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 820
Posted By steaktaco

I'm doing the Bs this weekend. I usually finish...

I'm doing the Bs this weekend. I usually finish in the 50s in the Cs, so this is going to be interesting. Weekend after, I'll be back in the Cs.
10-21-10, 09:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 878
Posted By steaktaco

What a great weekend. I'm kinda hoping they do a...

What a great weekend. I'm kinda hoping they do a double again next year. Though I do miss Wissachickon.

Raced the Cs. I've got neither fitness nor bike handling. Finished 55th, then 54th on...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-03-10, 02:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 605
Posted By steaktaco

Annie won?

Annie won?
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-10, 05:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 605
Posted By steaktaco

CycleOps Trainers, Joule 3.0 Questions

Does the Joule accommodate multiple users?

There's no definitive info online. In the manual, CycleOps refers to a "multi user accessory kit" that takes USB dongles, but the kit itself is nowhere...
09-13-10, 02:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 715
Posted By steaktaco

For perspective: in cross they say if you're rim...

For perspective: in cross they say if you're rim doesn't bottom out at least once, you're running too high a pressure.

Of course, they're referring to tubulars; but I use that as a standard for...
09-13-10, 02:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 715
Posted By steaktaco

I weigh 148 lbs (137 fighting weight, but I've...

I weigh 148 lbs (137 fighting weight, but I've been in winter form all year) and run my tires at 25 psi front and back. I'm on Hutchinson Toros mounted tubeless on the Shimano XT 29er UST wheelset. ...
09-04-10, 01:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 235
Posted By steaktaco

Avid Elixir CR Need help with diagnosis

My wife landed on the rear lever today. It still works, you can stop the bike; but if you squeeze beyond the point of contact, the whole thing gives, the lever will end up against the grip, and the...
09-01-10, 11:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 715
Posted By steaktaco

Thanks. Load off my mind. That threshold...

Thanks. Load off my mind. That threshold adjustment sounds nice, makes lockout more useful than just for getting to the trail and back.
08-31-10, 06:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 715
Posted By steaktaco

Fox 32 RL How bad is it to ride rocky trails with the lock-out engaged?

Newb here,

I tried riding with a hydration pack for the first time today, and I thought it was throwing me off my line and just making the big rocks hard to manage. Then halfway through the ride I...
08-26-10, 03:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 305
Posted By steaktaco

Believe me, I appreciate the front brake. I'm...

Believe me, I appreciate the front brake. I'm primarily a roadie and almost never used to touch the rear brake... that is until I started CX and then XC.

So do you guys modulate your speed with...
08-26-10, 03:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 305
Posted By steaktaco

Switching brake pads front to rear? Non-OEM pads? Rotor life?

Hey all,

My rear XT pads are worn enough to expose the springs to the rotor. Since I use the rear 99% of the time—I'm new and still learning the ropes—I'm going to rotate the pads while I shop...
08-17-10, 03:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 596
Posted By steaktaco

Hey thanks for the advice all. FBinNY,...

Hey thanks for the advice all.

FBinNY, thanks for the offer. I'll take you up on that.

I guess the dampness got a little overstated. It's generally dry down there... unless we have a series of...
08-15-10, 03:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 596
Posted By steaktaco

Help. Mystified by Rusty Chains.

I've never had a rusty chain in my life. Not on any of the 6 bikes my wife and I ride regularly or on the 8 bikes that see only seasonal use. Not even on winter bikes that have seen quite a bit of...
06-28-10, 03:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 413
Posted By steaktaco

I figured it out thanks to the Park Tool site....

I figured it out thanks to the Park Tool site. Shoved the pistons in, engaged them against the fat end of the bleed shim thing, put everything together, squeezed the brakes a bunch of times. Much...
06-28-10, 12:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 413
Posted By steaktaco

Do hydraulic brakes swell in the heat?

The reason I ask is between Saturday (when it was warm) and today (when it is HOT) my rear XT calipers got much, much tighter. It rubbed during the entire ride.

I tried to center the caliper on...
05-24-10, 08:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 963
Posted By steaktaco

Update: Picked up the wheel. They said they...

Update: Picked up the wheel. They said they replaced the freehub body, but after some prodding they admitted finding a crushed bearing in the shell. So if they just looked at it in the first place we...
05-06-10, 05:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 963
Posted By steaktaco

Uhm, I may not have eaten there in ten years but...

Uhm, I may not have eaten there in ten years but KFC is gooood. Haven't you seen that sandwich they have with fried chicken instead of bread?
05-06-10, 05:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,556
Posted By steaktaco

I'm afraid the freehub on my pre-built Shimano...

I'm afraid the freehub on my pre-built Shimano wheel (WH-MT75, UST) has started slipping. It's supposed to be XT level with XT internals.

It's sad because it's less three weeks old and it rides...
04-29-10, 07:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 963
Posted By steaktaco

Nope. This one is out in the burbs,...

Nope. This one is out in the burbs, Montgomeryville. Only reason I go there is because it's by my wife's work.

East Earl... I've gone there for a road race a couple times. It's a little far....
04-29-10, 06:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 963
Posted By steaktaco

So I went to Performance and the wrench proudly...

So I went to Performance and the wrench proudly told me Shimano is sending out a replacement free-hub body. I told him the free-hub works fine, showed him, and then asked him how that's going to fix...
04-23-10, 08:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 963
Posted By steaktaco

Freaky. At least you weren't riding at the time....

Freaky. At least you weren't riding at the time. If it was a flange failure it could've spread with your weight on it.

I didn't even bother asking for a loaner. I don't expect good service from...
Forum: Northeast
04-22-10, 12:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 558
Posted By steaktaco

Breakaway bikes does the rentals behind the...

Breakaway bikes does the rentals behind the museum. They also happen to be the bike shop mentioned above on the 1900 block Chestnut street.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-22-10, 12:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 573
Posted By steaktaco

Is there any reason you're only looking at...

Is there any reason you're only looking at Italian frames?
04-22-10, 11:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 963
Posted By steaktaco

Thanks for the input Fool. I know what you mean...

Thanks for the input Fool. I know what you mean about pre-built wheels. Our best wheels are all a la carte: Campies for me, Kings for my wife, and Powertaps. It's usually just the pit wheels that I...
04-22-10, 07:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 963
Posted By steaktaco

XT Rear Hub, Bent Axle, Hub Killer, Help

Hey all, noob here.

I just got a GT 29er a couple of weeks ago and already I've wrecked the rear hub.

I was out in the Wissahickon where the trails there are rooty, loose rocky, short...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-10, 01:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 545
Posted By steaktaco

Thanks, that link was very helpful. It's...

Thanks, that link was very helpful.

It's rather disconcerting that Ascent plugs those estimated numbers directly into the activity data. I wonder if there's a way for the program to tell real and...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-10, 01:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 545
Posted By steaktaco

Alpha, do you know if Ascent defaults to the...

Alpha, do you know if Ascent defaults to the power data from a 705 if it is available?

I exported the rides in question to Golden Cheetah and found that Ascent included the "estimated" power data....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-10, 11:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 545
Posted By steaktaco

Power in Ascent Software, Garmin Edge 705 and 305

All of last season, I used Ascent and Golden Cheetah in conjunction with a Garmin Edge 705. No issues.

The problem is I recently picked up XC and today I uploaded some data from my older Edge...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-09, 10:19 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,751
Posted By steaktaco

Hey WR. I'm building the same rear wheel (XR-300...

Hey WR. I'm building the same rear wheel (XR-300 rim, SL+ hub) but in a 24 spoke version. I'm spec'ing DT Champs (2mm straight) to beef it up a little. Same lacing.

Any wisdom you can share? I'm...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-26-09, 02:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,283
Posted By steaktaco

Effing shifter broke. That's what the problem was.

Effing shifter broke. That's what the problem was.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-24-09, 12:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,283
Posted By steaktaco

Hey all, thanks for the tips. I've tried all...

Hey all, thanks for the tips. I've tried all these before I even posted, then once more as you all suggested. As far as I can tell there's nothing wrong with the installation. I was hoping for...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-24-09, 08:14 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,283
Posted By steaktaco

I did the limit screws first, before the chain...

I did the limit screws first, before the chain even went on. And also I've taken the cable on and off so many times by now.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-24-09, 08:04 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,283
Posted By steaktaco

D'oh thanks. By lining up I really...

D'oh thanks.



By lining up I really mean lining up the middle cogs (cogs 5 and 6) which is how I know I have the right tension to get up the the largest cog. I don't mean lining up the extremes.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-24-09, 07:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,283
Posted By steaktaco

Limit screws are for aligning the cage to the...

Limit screws are for aligning the cage to the smallest and the largest cog. Tension makes it so you can reach largest cog in the first place. If you can't reach the largest cog then there's no point...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-24-09, 07:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,283
Posted By steaktaco

Here's a different issue. On the good bike, the...

Here's a different issue. On the good bike, the front derailleur works like this:
click > trim position
click > big ring
release > small ring

On the new bike, which has Force shifters instead...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-24-09, 07:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,283
Posted By steaktaco

It's running out of the barrel adjuster, through...

It's running out of the barrel adjuster, through the groove, around the pinch bolt, and against the lip. Just like on the good bike and as shown on the Sram service video.



I freed the cable,...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-09, 09:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,283
Posted By steaktaco

No kidding grahns. You riding these days?

No kidding grahns. You riding these days?
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-09, 09:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,283
Posted By steaktaco

Nope. It's almost as if the derailleur itself has...

Nope. It's almost as if the derailleur itself has too much spring tension, causing the shifters to jam up.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-09, 06:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,283
Posted By steaktaco

Stiff, stiff shifting: Force shifters, Rival derailleurs

I'm having an issue with my wife's crit bike. It's the first time I've built-up Sram, but I've worked on her Rival bike for a while now and have built up a dozen other bikes in the past (mostly...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-19-09, 06:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 295
Posted By steaktaco

Skewers. Seriously.

Skewers. Seriously.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-19-09, 06:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 376
Posted By steaktaco

Trainer wheel? Wah?!? I thought everyone had a...

Trainer wheel? Wah?!? I thought everyone had a trainer bike.
04-15-09, 10:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 491
Posted By steaktaco

DingDingDing... that settles it. Jumpstop for me.

DingDingDing... that settles it. Jumpstop for me.
04-14-09, 05:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 491
Posted By steaktaco

1st-time crosser: looking for durable tires for training, other tips.

Okay, you know how you're supposed to use whatever junk you have lying around to build your cross bike? Well... besides my sketchy ebay frameset (carbon steerer/rear triangle), I've gathered sketchy...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-09, 04:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 353
Posted By steaktaco

Cane Creek IS-2 headset on Van Dessel Kermis

I had to rubber mallet the bearings into the head tube because they kept angling in. Is that right? Should it be that snug?
04-06-09, 03:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 515
Posted By steaktaco

Hmmm... thanks all. justinb, you've...

Hmmm... thanks all.

justinb, you've encouraged me to give 12-25 a go. I have it on hand and will try it out to begin with. If it's too tough at race pace, it's good to know I can run up to a 13-29...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-09, 12:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 248
Posted By steaktaco

Straight Dope: Campy '09 Shifter w/ '06 Front Mech (10 Speed)

Will this combination work? I know it's not compatible with QS front derailleurs, but '06 is pre-QS.
04-06-09, 11:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 515
Posted By steaktaco

Gearing Q's: 39T x 13-29T, Short Cage?

I'm building me up a bike for my first season of cross. What do you guys think about the gearing above? 39T for the front is the lowest I can go as I'm using standard cranks. The high-end might be...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-31-09, 08:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 509
Posted By steaktaco

I meant replacing all the spokes should they turn...

I meant replacing all the spokes should they turn out to be brittle POS.

I've done that a few times before: to a Jalco wheelset, an Alex wheelset, and the 3-flanged FSA RD-600.



That's...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-31-09, 05:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 509
Posted By steaktaco

Thanks. I'm not worried about tensioning it...

Thanks. I'm not worried about tensioning it myself. I was just worried about getting ticked off and replacing all the spokes.

Now it's just a matter of deciding between these and Williams System...
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