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07-22-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,704
Posted By Dave Mayer

Climbing gear ratios? Marco Pantani used 54/44...

Climbing gear ratios? Marco Pantani used 54/44 rings together with a 11-23 cassette - on the tough climbs. Like Ventoux, where he would ascend long 8 percent grades at 20 mph. LMMV.

Climbing...
07-13-20, 07:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 769
Posted By Dave Mayer

Here: Say your used bike is reasonably worth...

Here:

Say your used bike is reasonably worth $1,000. Here's how you post on Craiglist to lower your final bike sale price, and by how much:

Only pictures of the non-drive side of the bike:...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-20, 03:21 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,851
Posted By Dave Mayer

Ha ha. Do you write reviews for BUYcycling...

Ha ha. Do you write reviews for BUYcycling magazine? Try this bike review:

Climbs like a methamphetamine-addicted monkey on crampons that is strapped to an ICBM.

Descends faster than monkey on...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 01:20 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,851
Posted By Dave Mayer

U.R. welcome. I don't have to sell anything in...

U.R. welcome. I don't have to sell anything in the bike industry; I've always had to generate more income than the sorry bike biz could afford. But I assume my post will spawn squeals of protest...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 12:28 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,851
Posted By Dave Mayer

You own a classic bike. I have been looking for...

You own a classic bike. I have been looking for this model with Postal team colors for 10 years, and would be willing to sell my soul for it. Actually, I already sold my soul to a certain young woman...
06-30-20, 12:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 190
Posted By Dave Mayer

With the WD40 flush, you've done all that I can...

With the WD40 flush, you've done all that I can recommend - as far as recovery. Sometimes you have to attack the internals from several different angles and access points, and sometimes it takes...
06-15-20, 04:57 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,687
Posted By Dave Mayer

Deep section wheels are more aero, but in the...

Deep section wheels are more aero, but in the real world of riding, but the weight penalty is more of a handicap than the wind resistance watts saved. When I am riding with the fast boys, the...
06-15-20, 12:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,687
Posted By Dave Mayer

Some unsolicited advice: For an optimized...

Some unsolicited advice:

For an optimized ride experience, I recommend you going to brifters (integrated brake/shift levers). I've recently been riding a Pinarello with Campagnolo 8-speed...
06-15-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,687
Posted By Dave Mayer

The Specialized hubs were made by Sansin, who...

The Specialized hubs were made by Sansin, who also made hubs for Suntour. Good stuff. Coincidentally, I've been riding on a Suntour Superbe Pro hub laced to a Mavic GEL 280 rim for the last few...
06-13-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,687
Posted By Dave Mayer

You will gain weight by going to something...

You will gain weight by going to something modern. Your Araya rims are very light for clinchers, particular by current standards.

Modern wheels feature fewer spokes and more rear wheel dish than...
06-13-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,613
Posted By Dave Mayer

MUP riding is the most stressful thing that I do....

MUP riding is the most stressful thing that I do. Cyclists and peds in general are more oblivious, careless and unpredictable than drivers. We have a great path system here, but on weekends it is a...
06-13-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 592
Posted By Dave Mayer

Dura-Ace 7400 hub? If the cup is cracked, punch...

Dura-Ace 7400 hub? If the cup is cracked, punch it out and install another off of a donor. Takes the same tools, technique and skill as replacing a cart bearing.

Dura-Ace 7410 headset cartridge...
06-06-20, 01:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 505
Posted By Dave Mayer

Record and Chorus cups of that generation are...

Record and Chorus cups of that generation are interchangeable. You can swap English for Italian cups; the 'core' of the cartridge is the same.

Centaur cups cannot be swapped for Chorus/Record;...
Replies: 12
Views: 381
Posted By Dave Mayer

Daytona were nice hubs, with the alu axle and...

Daytona were nice hubs, with the alu axle and superior cup and cone bearing system. The cheaper Campagnolo hubs (Veloce and down) used cartridge bearings. CXP33 rims are pretty beefy. The cassette...
05-29-20, 02:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 585
Posted By Dave Mayer

Yep: my mistake. Standard 27mm lockrings are a...

Yep: my mistake. Standard 27mm lockrings are a dime a dozen. I found as many in my parts stash. The plan should be to sell the (rare) 26 lockring and more than recover the cost of a 27 lockring.
05-27-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 860
Posted By Dave Mayer

A hacksaw and the cut-up shards buried deep in...

A hacksaw and the cut-up shards buried deep in the garbage. That is the correct plan.

I volunteer at a high-volume bike Co-op. Please do not donate your crashed or corroded bars to your Co-op. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 01:10 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 8,453
Posted By Dave Mayer

I cannot think of a bike that I've bought new,...

I cannot think of a bike that I've bought new, except going back to my Gitane Tour de France - in 1973. Still have this bike; heavy, but still rides well.

The Sweet Spot in terms of cost/benefit...
05-21-20, 12:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Posted By Dave Mayer

Campagnolo front shifters from that era were not...

Campagnolo front shifters from that era were not indexed. So any front derailleur (double - 28.6mm clamp, bottom pull) should work with the left shifter.

At the bike Co-op I volunteer at, there...
05-18-20, 07:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 565
Posted By Dave Mayer

I have overhauled about 20 right-hand levers. ...

I have overhauled about 20 right-hand levers. Not much point in overhauling the left levers, as you shift at least 10x as much on the right as the left, and the left levers never seem to need...
04-25-20, 09:57 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,945
Posted By Dave Mayer

The load path is easy determine, and the diagram...

The load path is easy determine, and the diagram included above completely misses it.

Load is directed downwards through the dropouts onto the ends of the axles.
From there it is transmitted...
04-25-20, 07:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 502
Posted By Dave Mayer

A really good deal. This elite-level bike from a...

A really good deal. This elite-level bike from a few years back has some highly desirable features that are getting harder to find on road bikes:

External cable routing. Internal routing: an...
04-25-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,945
Posted By Dave Mayer

Kimmo: thank you for about the only useful...

Kimmo: thank you for about the only useful perspective in this entire thread. In general, your posts are among the only ones that I read because of your high 'get it' factor.

Back to the issue...
04-16-20, 02:01 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 9,163
Posted By Dave Mayer

I don't know why I'm even posting anything here.....

I don't know why I'm even posting anything here.. just some random snarky observations:

Flipping bikes is got to be one of the lowest return for hour invested of any human activity I can think...
04-15-20, 12:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 425
Posted By Dave Mayer

Sigh... As I indicated in my earlier post,...

Sigh... As I indicated in my earlier post, mixing your shifters with later generation derailleurs will sort of work. And it also depends on your definition of 'works'; some of my riding pals are...
04-14-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 425
Posted By Dave Mayer

Any Campy derailleur from 1992 to 2000. Mirage,...

Any Campy derailleur from 1992 to 2000. Mirage, Veloce, Athena, Daytona, Record, Chorus, whatever. 8-speeds and early 9-speed units. They have the same shape, dimensions and are...
03-30-20, 11:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,629
Posted By Dave Mayer

I have a couple of perspectives on this.. First,...

I have a couple of perspectives on this.. First, I volunteer as a mechanic/instructor at a big-city bike Co-op, and we see many bikes come through the door - every week. We have a large stash of kids...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-08-20, 11:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 471
Posted By Dave Mayer

OK... I'll start. Lot's of red flags here. ...

OK... I'll start. Lot's of red flags here. First off, the top-end Bianchi carbon frames have been widely cloned/faked. Is this real, or a sketchy knock-off?
Second: the mismatch between the frame...
03-03-20, 12:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 819
Posted By Dave Mayer

My bike shop owner pal once explained to me why...

My bike shop owner pal once explained to me why certain of their customers came in every 3 months for new tubes. It was because that was how long it took for the tire pressure to drop to the point...
02-21-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 19,084
Posted By Dave Mayer

The bike industry needs more cassette cogs,...

The bike industry needs more cassette cogs, roughly one additional cog every 7 years. Despite us being past diminishing returns at 9 cogs, it does create sales buzz among gullible early adopters,...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-05-20, 02:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 635
Posted By Dave Mayer

Save yourself a whole bunch of cost and time and...

Save yourself a whole bunch of cost and time and get a matching replacement front shifter. FleaBay. Rear shifters are the ones that wear out first, so looking for a front should be relatively...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-19, 01:46 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 15,046
Posted By Dave Mayer

I'm riding 22mm tubulars on packed gravel almost...

I'm riding 22mm tubulars on packed gravel almost every day. I also have a 'cross bike that I recently fitted with (fatter) 28mm clinchers. The fatter tires make the bike ride like a farm tractor. ...
11-26-19, 01:19 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 12,542
Posted By Dave Mayer

It is ancient retro-farts like on this forum that...

It is ancient retro-farts like on this forum that are holding up technological progress on road bikes.

I would like to see tuneable front and rear suspension on road bikes. Why not? It would...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-19, 06:57 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,267
Posted By Dave Mayer

You don't have a 6700 cassette - the lockring is...

You don't have a 6700 cassette - the lockring is clearly labelled: 7800, meaning Dura-Ace, unless someone inexplicably swapped out your lockring. The cassette doesn't look particularly worn, although...
11-21-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 12,542
Posted By Dave Mayer

I've spent much of my last two shifts at our...

I've spent much of my last two shifts at our local Co-op trying to solve disc brake problems. These included:

A slightly bent rotor and intermittent rubbing. Very frustrating - hard to eyeball if...
11-19-19, 07:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 723
Posted By Dave Mayer

Nope: my original post used accurate and precise...

Nope: my original post used accurate and precise language.

Ergopower is the general term for all Campagnolo integrated brake/shift levers from about 1992 to present. Brifters, if you wish.
...
11-19-19, 01:27 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,094
Posted By Dave Mayer

Well, this was a scam. The seller was obviously...

Well, this was a scam. The seller was obviously and repeatedly employing a shill bidder to expose my high bid, and run up the final price. When the shill bidder inadvertently 'won' the auction, the...
11-15-19, 03:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 723
Posted By Dave Mayer

I have used and serviced about every vintage of...

I have used and serviced about every vintage of Ergopower shifters from early 8-speed to 11-speeds.

If your Veloce shifters are Ultrashift 10-speeds (multiple downshifts), then there is no...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-11-19, 07:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 853
Posted By Dave Mayer

Big assumption: that the OP has 8-speed Dura-Ace...

Big assumption: that the OP has 8-speed Dura-Ace shifters. If so, then only a 740X series rear derailleur will index correctly with the Dura-Ace shifters (downtube or brifters).

Installing a...
Replies: 26
Views: 2,133
Posted By Dave Mayer

Not just Poprads - other 'cross type bikes with...

Not just Poprads - other 'cross type bikes with cantilever brakes and lightweight compliant forks..

What happens is that during hard front braking the fork gets pulled backwards. Which means the...
10-02-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,859
Posted By Dave Mayer

Ha! 5 year old thread. I hated cheap bikes with...

Ha! 5 year old thread. I hated cheap bikes with suspension forks then, and I hate them even more now.


Why?.. since then, I've taken up volunteering at a big-city bike Co-op. We get dozens of...
10-01-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,533
Posted By Dave Mayer

Use a Campy 8 or early 9-speed era rear...

Use a Campy 8 or early 9-speed era rear derailleur and an unmodified Shimano 10-speed cassette.

Veloce, Daytona, Athena, whatever. Should cost about $50 on Fleabay.

The cable pull of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-19, 10:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,848
Posted By Dave Mayer

Get a XTR 9-speed rear derailleur. The 9-speed...

Get a XTR 9-speed rear derailleur. The 9-speed versions can be had for much less than $100. I've seen a few pass through our local bike Co-op - donated.

The XTR units are made to the same level of...
09-10-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,104
Posted By Dave Mayer

That's a shame to wreck a decent rim. I prefer...

That's a shame to wreck a decent rim. I prefer the alternative approach...
...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 298
Views: 28,813
Posted By Dave Mayer

What? That the disc brake guys have unlimited...

What? That the disc brake guys have unlimited funds? They need to crawl to their shop with Gold Card in hand every time they need brake work?

Yep, that's what it's come down to. My early-adopter...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-19, 09:38 PM
Replies: 298
Views: 28,813
Posted By Dave Mayer

I've been putting on some miles with a local...

I've been putting on some miles with a local seniors cycling club. Average age: About 60. The 'A' rides are generally long and fast, as this crowd rides 300 plus days per year. Depths of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-19, 12:21 PM
Replies: 298
Views: 28,813
Posted By Dave Mayer

Well, you shouldn't be fine with the bike...

Well, you shouldn't be fine with the bike industry limiting your choices and forcing you to be locked to your shop for expensive yearly maintenance (hydraulic discs).

For riding in relatively...
08-22-19, 11:01 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,064
Posted By Dave Mayer

More to think on... in terms of improved...

More to think on... in terms of improved functionality of new bike stuff versus your old bike.. I've personally lived through every bike development sine the 70s.

You do want brifters: they are a...
08-22-19, 10:42 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,064
Posted By Dave Mayer

I have direct knowledge of several folks who...

I have direct knowledge of several folks who bought bikes off of Bikes Direct. All good experiences and great value.

I also volunteer as a mechanic at a big-city high volume bike Co-op, and so I...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-19, 01:26 AM
Replies: 298
Views: 28,813
Posted By Dave Mayer

A really intelligent and well informed...

A really intelligent and well informed perspective on disc brakes for road bikes. And gutsy too: if he hopes to get a bike sponsorship for next season, he'd better get on the manufacturer bandwagon....
Forum: Commuting
07-25-19, 01:12 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,376
Posted By Dave Mayer

Motivational? A mother grizzly bear and two cubs...

Motivational? A mother grizzly bear and two cubs waiting alongside the road on my evening commute. Getting around them would have involved a 45 minute detour. I swung over to the opposite side of...
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