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Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-21, 02:43 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,008
Posted By aliasfox

+1 on white vinegar. Regardless of what it is -...

+1 on white vinegar. Regardless of what it is - cycling gear, running gear, working in the yard gear - I'll run the wash with vinegar first, then run again with detergent. The acid in the vinegar...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-13-21, 03:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,060
Posted By aliasfox

Well, here's an update: Wheels: Ended up...

Well, here's an update:

Wheels:
Ended up picking Campagnolo Zondas. With skewers, they came it just over 1700g. Nice looking wheels, and spin up faster than the Vision wheels.

Drivetrain:...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,399
Posted By aliasfox

Yes, there really shouldn't be any changes. the...

Yes, there really shouldn't be any changes. the PG-1170 is a drop-in replacement for Shimano 11-speed systems.

As for chain length, as long as your minimum number of teeth are the same (11t back,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-21, 11:23 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,399
Posted By aliasfox

I've been riding a lot of rail trails this year,...

I've been riding a lot of rail trails this year, and have come to the same conclusion - the 11-34 (HG800, in my case) has a lot of gears at the top end that I don't use. But the 11-28 or 11-30 don't...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,573
Posted By aliasfox

These conversations about prices do make me...

These conversations about prices do make me regret not buying up stocks of leftovers at the end of 2019 - I remember seeing ads at NYC bike shops where one could get a CAAD10 w/105 for $1000 out the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,509
Posted By aliasfox

Geometry-wise, it's definitely on the Endurance...

Geometry-wise, it's definitely on the Endurance end. That said, definitely test ride it. I rented a Roubaix Comp Di2 back in 2019, and it wasn't really the bike for me - ambivalent about the disc...
08-25-21, 06:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,912
Posted By aliasfox

When I worked at a couple of shops, there was...

When I worked at a couple of shops, there was usually one head mechanic who could do just about everything from fitting a customer to lacing wheels. Then there were usually one or two guys who could...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,691
Posted By aliasfox

I think I remember seeing that bike, new, in the...

I think I remember seeing that bike, new, in the 1999 Trek catalog - remember those? Sheets of paper stapled together into a little book?

Anyway, as much as I wanted one of those (or a 1998 Klein...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-21, 09:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 773
Posted By aliasfox

My understanding is that you should always have a...

My understanding is that you should always have a spacer above your stem for a carbon fiber steerer. The issue (as I've read) is that if you put the top bolt of the stem too close to the edge of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-21, 02:51 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,484
Posted By aliasfox

There's definitely a bit of street riding to get...

There's definitely a bit of street riding to get to the West Side Greenway, even if you dive east under the bridges and go past South Street Seaport. Stopping and starting at intersections is...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-21, 09:34 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,484
Posted By aliasfox

You say you're riding in NYC - are you riding...

You say you're riding in NYC - are you riding surface streets, laps of Central Park, or Greenways? Surface streets and greenways have a lot of stop and go, especially if you're trying to keep pace...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-21, 09:19 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,988
Posted By aliasfox

I want to thank everyone for contributing their...

I want to thank everyone for contributing their suggestions. I ended up picking the Zondas earlier this evening:
- Reviews say they're stiff and fast
- Consensus here on BF is that the cup/cone...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-21, 11:05 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,734
Posted By aliasfox

PBK has GP5Ks for $80/pair, and Rubinos for...

PBK has GP5Ks for $80/pair, and Rubinos for $67/pair. I still have an old Rubino, a GP4k, and an Ultra Sport 2 lying around, so none for me right now, but I think $40/each for GP5Ks is pretty good -...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-21, 04:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,291
Posted By aliasfox

I like this. On my Lynskey, depending on terrain,...

I like this. On my Lynskey, depending on terrain, I'm in the 15, 17, or 19 tooth cog in the back. Mind you, this is all on -0.5% through 0.5% grades, so practically flat. Depending on wind (and how I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-06-21, 07:48 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,901
Posted By aliasfox

That's a level of configuration that no shop will...

That's a level of configuration that no shop will want to deal with. My last experience working in bike shops was back in high school/college, but I can't imagine it's that different these days: A...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-21, 11:42 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,547
Posted By aliasfox

I've wanted a cassette with different ratios....

I've wanted a cassette with different ratios. It's weird - my older bike has an Ultegra triple, lowest gear is 32-27; the Lynskey, with its double, has a 34-34 low end. I rarely granny-geared it on...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-21, 01:09 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,547
Posted By aliasfox

Nobody's suggested it. Though to be honest, were...

Nobody's suggested it. Though to be honest, were I to change cranks, I'd probably splurge on a power meter and not save any weight.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-21, 07:17 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,547
Posted By aliasfox

Brainstorm: Help me save 1000g!

Before people jump down my throat here - this isn't for performance. Not trying to go faster with this, and I know the best way to go faster is to shed that off my 185lbs body and hold a better aero...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-11-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 853
Posted By aliasfox

I think the best bet is to more or less see who...

I think the best bet is to more or less see who has the bikes you want, in your size, and is willing to work with you to adjust fit. For your riding, you're likely looking at the endurance lines for...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-19-21, 03:39 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,609
Posted By aliasfox

If the vaccines get distributed as they plan and...

If the vaccines get distributed as they plan and no truly vaccine resistant COVID variant surfaces, I expect we’re likely to see a flood of lightly used mid-priced bikes hit the market sometime...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-20, 12:38 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 8,394
Posted By aliasfox

If you're comparing low end to high end in the...

If you're comparing low end to high end in the same brand and product family, you'll generally get lighter weight and more aero as you go up the scale. Different carbon fiber can help with that (ie,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-20, 12:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,794
Posted By aliasfox

I actually have Look X-Tracks on my Lynskey,...

I actually have Look X-Tracks on my Lynskey, because I wanted to use the same shoes I already had - and I have Shimano PD-M5x0 on my Bianchi, which came off of my Giant mountain bike from high...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-20, 10:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 950
Posted By aliasfox

According to roadbikereview, The DT Swiss RR 1850...

According to roadbikereview, The DT Swiss RR 1850 is a 1850g wheelset, with 19mm outer width and ~31mm tall rims, with bladed spokes. You can probably gain a bit of width on the rim (aiding comfort),...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-20, 10:10 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,891
Posted By aliasfox

I tried the Synthe and the Cinder, ended up with...

I tried the Synthe and the Cinder, ended up with the Syntax. I remember that they all fit similarly on my very round/wide head. My budget didnít really stretch to the Synthe, and while the Cinder...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 950
Posted By aliasfox

Iím not super familiar with Focus Izalco Pros - I...

Iím not super familiar with Focus Izalco Pros - I think they pulled out of the US market last year. However, given you said your bike is a 2012, Iíd hazard a guess that itís a rim brake model,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-14-20, 11:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 950
Posted By aliasfox

Uhh... depends. First off tires are different...

Uhh... depends. First off tires are different from wheels - is that what you were referring to? Tires are wear items that last 1000-5000 miles or so, and go for $40-70 each. Wheels start at around...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-20, 03:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 946
Posted By aliasfox

Sure, let's give it a shot. - Some researcher...

Sure, let's give it a shot.
- Some researcher will prove, mathematically, in a lab, that side-to-side BB flex is actually better for performance than a super stiff BB for all but last 100 meter...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-20, 01:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,892
Posted By aliasfox

No complaints from the wife, and she sees it...

No complaints from the wife, and she sees it everyday. We live in a Manhattan apt and it's just hangin' out next to the couch until it gets taken out to play.

... we're still talking about bikes,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-20, 10:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,460
Posted By aliasfox

Give the stock saddle a try with the shorts, but...

Give the stock saddle a try with the shorts, but you may end up deciding in the long term that youíll want something different. Saddle fit is pretty unique to each person. My Lynskey came with a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-20, 06:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,460
Posted By aliasfox

Nice looking Cannondale. The April 2001...

Nice looking Cannondale. The April 2001 manufacture date suggests this could be a 2002 model, and the Headshok might put it in some sort of comfort or cross category - might be worth looking in that...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-24-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,931
Posted By aliasfox

People recommend 32mm tire clearance because the...

People recommend 32mm tire clearance because the tire size printed on the sidewall doesn't really have any bearing on the actual inflated size of the tire. A Vittoria Roubaix 25mm on an old Mavic...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-20, 09:12 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,931
Posted By aliasfox

Might be worth calling around to see if any of...

Might be worth calling around to see if any of your local shops have discounts on leftovers from last year, or even 2018. When I was shopping around last year, I saw a bunch of good deals, from a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-19, 04:54 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 10,663
Posted By aliasfox

Oh trust me, I know how beautiful it can be. Just...

Oh trust me, I know how beautiful it can be. Just got married out there two weeks ago! The food and nightlife are awesome in NYC, but pleasant weather days and good roads are few and far between - at...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-19, 08:04 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,185
Posted By aliasfox

Is there any possibility of gaining elevation...

Is there any possibility of gaining elevation without being on the edge of a cliff? In other words, topography that just gains elevation overall, rather than in certain peaks. For example, 9W just...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,405
Posted By aliasfox

Ultegra, and skip the 2nd donut. 105, and skip...

Ultegra, and skip the 2nd donut.
105, and skip the first donut.

I like donuts, but my budget (weight and wallet) won't allow me both Dura-ace *and* three donuts at the same time, so Ultegra it is.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-19, 10:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,724
Posted By aliasfox

I have an R270, took her out for 49 miles today....

I have an R270, took her out for 49 miles today. Very comfy.

One thing I would mention - Lynskey says the R270 is compatible with 28c tires, and mine came on Conti Ultra Sport IIs in 28c (on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 38,217
Posted By aliasfox

Not gonna deny it, there's some truth there. My...

Not gonna deny it, there's some truth there. My rationale for getting a new bike was to get something that wouldn't rust in the rain - note, I said "rationale," not "rational."

Lots of things...
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