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Forum: Great Lakes
06-04-19, 09:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,478
Posted By BikingGrad80

Cycling from Oak Park to Chicago loop

I recently moved from a Chicago north suburb (Niles) to a Chicago west suburb (Lombard). I used to take Elston Ave downtown. Now that I live west I need to get from Oak Park to the loop through the...
07-15-18, 05:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 269
Posted By BikingGrad80

Kapton tape how to deal with valve hole.

I have a set of A23 wheels and have decided to try Kapton polyimide tape. I tried the black cloth stuff off my aksiums the Zipp strips. Nothing worked. The Zipp strips get displaced and folded. My...
09-04-16, 06:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,085
Posted By BikingGrad80

If it is that thight a fit extra thin rim strips...

If it is that thight a fit extra thin rim strips or velo plugs can help. It buys you an extra few mm in the rim.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-16, 03:07 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,216
Posted By BikingGrad80

There is a Chicago cycling club. I ride with the...

There is a Chicago cycling club. I ride with the Evanston and Elmhurst bike clubs. I don't know too many specifically south side or south subburbs.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-16, 03:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,216
Posted By BikingGrad80

Other than rush hour trains you can take your...

Other than rush hour trains you can take your bike on the metra out into the fringes of the metro area like Harvard, Elgin, Fox Lake, Aurora, Elburn etc and there is nice riding there or you can...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-16, 12:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 888
Posted By BikingGrad80

That is exactly what I did and Far and Near is...

That is exactly what I did and Far and Near is claiming that that is the wrong way to do it that you will likely permanently deform the hoods doing so.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-16, 11:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 888
Posted By BikingGrad80

The hood maker is claiming that you shouldn't...

The hood maker is claiming that you shouldn't install the hoods from the front without taking off the lever. That you should take the lever off and install them from the back or they will end up...
08-24-16, 07:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,058
Posted By BikingGrad80

I have a 7 speed old Trek 1400 bonded Aluminum...

I have a 7 speed old Trek 1400 bonded Aluminum road bike. I currently have the 8 of 9 cogs specifically a 12-25 9 speed casette with the 14 left off (I can't leave off the 12 because it has teeth on...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-16, 06:56 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,095
Posted By BikingGrad80

either badly uneven tension or insufficient total...

either badly uneven tension or insufficient total tension. I bought a pair of machine built wheels. Tensions were pretty even but 96 rear drive side wasn't enough to stay true I brought it up to 120...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-14-16, 07:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 620
Posted By BikingGrad80

Saturday 101 mile century Wilmette, IL to...

Saturday 101 mile century Wilmette, IL to Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin with loop through Bristol, WI. Evanston Bike Club ride.
Sunday 55 mile Wilmette Lake Bluff loop along Lake Michigan on the way...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-16, 08:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,799
Posted By BikingGrad80

Yes all chains of the same speeds are the same...

Yes all chains of the same speeds are the same width (other than Campy vs Shimano/Sram). I've used both SRAM and KMC quicklinks with Shimano chains.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-16, 11:43 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,486
Posted By BikingGrad80

The Coolest Roadbike? Taiwanese Carbon Roadbike?

The Coolest Roadbike?
Taiwanese Carbon Roadbike?
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-16, 11:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,011
Posted By BikingGrad80

I'm no longer a fan of Mavic. Their customer...

I'm no longer a fan of Mavic. Their customer service is nonexistant and I've seen several premature failures. I had an Aksium spoke pull through the rim (first time having that happen) a Ksyrium hub...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-16, 11:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,799
Posted By BikingGrad80

I pretty much always use a SRAM of KMZ quicklink...

I pretty much always use a SRAM of KMZ quicklink and carry one in my saddle bag. I've used the Shimano connecting pin one or twice with ok results but if it is not installed well it will fail and...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-16, 12:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,486
Posted By BikingGrad80

I was thinking of a Motobecane Immortal ICE with...

I was thinking of a Motobecane Immortal ICE with full 6800 but now I am thinking about that Werkswell build from the other thread. Truthfully though I don't think I am going to get another bike in...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-16, 12:17 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 25,411
Posted By BikingGrad80

It is medium firmness. I got mine too but...

It is medium firmness.

I got mine too but my main bike is out of action after the aluminum part of my FSA SL-K light left crank arm with the pedal threads ripped out causing me to have to bike on...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-07-16, 06:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 884
Posted By BikingGrad80

I agree a little wet sanding and it can be fine.

I agree a little wet sanding and it can be fine.
08-07-16, 04:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,774
Posted By BikingGrad80

Most bikes have a significantly too short housing...

Most bikes have a significantly too short housing length on the rear loop. Longer with a smoother bend is better. I've seen lengths so short the strain from the sharp bend eventually cracks the...
08-04-16, 06:43 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,572
Posted By BikingGrad80

My lowest gear is 34-28 I find that more than...

My lowest gear is 34-28 I find that more than sufficient for steep grades and I am a soft pedaler/spinner.
08-02-16, 07:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,668
Posted By BikingGrad80

I'd see if I could get a 105 1055 series hub or...

I'd see if I could get a 105 1055 series hub or Shimano 600 series hub and build with that. You will have much less aggravation. Otherwise I put a 130 wheel in my 126 1990 Trek 1400 and it wasn't...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-16, 04:05 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 25,411
Posted By BikingGrad80

It is curved down a bit. I like that. I have had...

It is curved down a bit. I like that. I have had saddles where I would constantly snag the crotch of my shorts on the nose. It doesn't look that extreme on the bike as in the photo though.
07-26-16, 08:35 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,397
Posted By BikingGrad80

about every 200 miles I wipe the chain, apply...

about every 200 miles I wipe the chain, apply lube (one part whatever motor oil I have to 4 parts odorless mineral spirits) one drop on each roller, backpedal for a few minutes, and wipe the excess...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-16, 07:21 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 25,411
Posted By BikingGrad80

I know I tried the Forte Sweep Gel Fit and it...

I know I tried the Forte Sweep Gel Fit and it felt like the worst kick in the @ss I ever had. It actually left black and blue on my rear end on the skin over my sit bones. I returned it.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-16, 07:06 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 25,411
Posted By BikingGrad80

You can still get the saddle. It was made for...

You can still get the saddle. It was made for Performance by Velo Saddles and they sell it under the name Velo Senso VL-3206. I got it for $36 off ebay and it even comes in different colors red,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-16, 06:55 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 25,411
Posted By BikingGrad80

I contacted Velo and they confirmed that the...

I contacted Velo and they confirmed that the VL-3206 is the same saddle as the Forte Pro SL. I ordered one off Ebay.

Dear Mr. BikingGrad80,

Thank you so much for the email.

It's glad to hear...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-16, 06:05 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 25,411
Posted By BikingGrad80

I think I found it. I think it is the same as the...

I think I found it. I think it is the same as the Velo Senso 3206.

http://www.roadbikereview.com/reviews/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Velo-Senso-Side.jpg
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-16, 02:41 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 25,411
Posted By BikingGrad80

Do you think there is a way to find out if Velo...

Do you think there is a way to find out if Velo makes the Forte Pro SL saddle and if they sell it? I took the Forte Sweep Gel Fit for 75 miles and felt like I got my @ss kicked by a mule and had...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-16, 07:06 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 25,411
Posted By BikingGrad80

The same for me. I am now desperate to find one....

The same for me. I am now desperate to find one. Performance has discontinued it in favor of some new gel saddles. I tried one and it gave me the worst sores I ever had in my life. I'd give anything...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-16, 11:25 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,917
Posted By BikingGrad80

I use either SP-41 or Jagwire racer. I've used...

I use either SP-41 or Jagwire racer. I've used cheap stainless in the past and my rear shifting went to crap.
07-18-16, 11:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,072
Posted By BikingGrad80

Yep the pair from Velomine was less than the cost...

Yep the pair from Velomine was less than the cost of materials to build it myself. They were fairly well built. The tension on the rear was too low I brought it up to 120 kgf drive side from ~96 and...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-16, 09:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,242
Posted By BikingGrad80

I'm off Mavic as well after my friend has a...

I'm off Mavic as well after my friend has a Ksyrium Equippe S crack the hub after 4000 gentle club miles, an Aksium spoke pull through the rim and strand me in rural Wisconsin, and when I took my...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-16, 08:06 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 7,497
Posted By BikingGrad80

Anyone happen to know if there is a similar...

Anyone happen to know if there is a similar product to the Forte Pro SL? I love the saddle that I bought a few years ago but it is getting all beat up and they discontinued it for some gel saddles. I...
07-18-16, 06:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 464
Posted By BikingGrad80

As others suggested after a mechanical check, I'd...

As others suggested after a mechanical check, I'd consider lubing the hub bearings depending on what type they are cartridge or cup and cone with loose balls ie Shimano. Check all the rubber parts...
07-17-16, 08:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 612
Posted By BikingGrad80

Then it is 5700. There is an entry hole on the...

Then it is 5700. There is an entry hole on the bottom of the shifter under the hood and it comes out the top and it is helpfull to have a small toothpick or something to guide the end of the cable...
07-17-16, 08:27 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,455
Posted By BikingGrad80

I have a 1990 Trek 1400 aluminum with 126...

I have a 1990 Trek 1400 aluminum with 126 (measured) dropouts. I've squeezed the stays apart a bit while inserting a 130 wheel and it is not a big deal. I'd be more hesitant if it had carbon stays or...
07-15-16, 12:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,455
Posted By BikingGrad80

I just keep rebuilding the old 105 1055 hub and...

I just keep rebuilding the old 105 1055 hub and put a 9 speed group on it. I use an ultegra 12-25 casette and leave off the 14 tooth and spacer so it goes 12-13-15-17-19-21-23-25 and is a quasi 8...
07-15-16, 11:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,072
Posted By BikingGrad80

That rim is a ticking time bomb. I would not ride...

That rim is a ticking time bomb. I would not ride it except to get home after you first notice it. I had an Aksium pull through the rim completely on a ride in rural Wisconsin 2 weeks ago and it...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-16, 08:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 888
Posted By BikingGrad80

I like the blue it accents my bike. Shimano hoods...

I like the blue it accents my bike. Shimano hoods are black.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-16, 07:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 888
Posted By BikingGrad80

Yep all the tabs fit in the holes the problem...

Yep all the tabs fit in the holes the problem ends up being on the edges.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-16, 06:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 888
Posted By BikingGrad80

Brake hoods that just don't fit.

I seem to be having a heck of a time getting good replacement hoods for my 6700 shifters. I tried Hudz because they were cheap and I like having blue hoods to match my bike. They were sort of ok but...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-16, 06:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 12,119
Posted By BikingGrad80

I ride a $1600 ultegra 6700 carbon Motobecane...

I ride a $1600 ultegra 6700 carbon Motobecane Immortal Force from BD. I have 12k miles on it and it has been great. I have several in the club who ride the Motobecane titaniums and love them.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-16, 01:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,630
Posted By BikingGrad80

I've ordered Vittoria Rubino Pro tires from...

I've ordered Vittoria Rubino Pro tires from Leftlane Sports and they came in a ziplock bag. I couldn't care less. The tires were fine.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-16, 12:17 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,989
Posted By BikingGrad80

Nope I was riding and heard a ping and thought I...

Nope I was riding and heard a ping and thought I deflected a rock then all of the sudden felt something was wrong and when I checked it out the spoke had pulled through and just touching it came...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-16, 12:11 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,989
Posted By BikingGrad80

I ordered a set a 28 spoke Velocity A23/Origen...

I ordered a set a 28 spoke Velocity A23/Origen formula hub wheels from Velomine. 28 is close enough to 32 and I need to get back in the game. For $200 I can't come close to building a set for that.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-16, 07:03 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,540
Posted By BikingGrad80

One of the people I ride with has a very early...

One of the people I ride with has a very early Trek carbon with quill stem (obviously metal steerer) and 6500 group probably late 90's. It rode pretty nice though I think it spent most of that time...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-16, 06:42 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,989
Posted By BikingGrad80

Exactly. I was fortunate to be able to pay...

Exactly. I was fortunate to be able to pay someone with a pickup truck some cash to take me 30 miles back to my car. Where I broke down even Uber wasn't available. If I had been someplace really...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-16, 07:25 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,989
Posted By BikingGrad80

SO far I'm looking at TheBikeHub store's Kinlin...

SO far I'm looking at TheBikeHub store's Kinlin XR200's 32 spoke rear with their generic hub and Dan's Comp sells Sapim double butted spokes for 0.40 each. I may need to purchase an Aksium just as a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-16, 07:21 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,989
Posted By BikingGrad80

All wheels will eventually fail ie break a spoke...

All wheels will eventually fail ie break a spoke or have it go through the rim but a bike should still be ridable with a broken spoke. I've ridden a 32 spoke wheel with a broken spoke and all I had...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-16, 04:41 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,989
Posted By BikingGrad80

nevermind only 24 spokes on the rear.

nevermind only 24 spokes on the rear.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-16, 01:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,989
Posted By BikingGrad80

how about these Kinlin sets on ebay Free...

how about these Kinlin sets on ebay

Free Shipping Kinlin XR200 Alloy Wheelset 22mm Clincher Alloy Wheelset | eBay...
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