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11-10-20, 11:00 AM
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Posted By jadocs

Campagnolo has an official youtube channel. In it...

Campagnolo has an official youtube channel. In it you will find how to set up and install components (in multiple languages)....which includes how to determine if your chain length is correct.
10-25-20, 05:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 276
Posted By dsbrantjr

Shimano or Shimano-compatible (SRAM are)...

Shimano or Shimano-compatible (SRAM are) cassettes with the same number of cogs will be fine, except the bike with Campagnolo will require Campagnolo replacement cassettes. As to chains, any chain...
10-24-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 714
Posted By cxwrench

If you got brake fluid on your pads they are...

If you got brake fluid on your pads they are ruined. No ifs ands or buts about it, they need to be replaced. They are very porous and the fluid will get all the way through however much friction...
10-24-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 714
Posted By Bigbus

Hey Benjamin, Looking at the pads, I would start...

Hey Benjamin, Looking at the pads, I would start by cleaning them with alcohol or acetone and then rub them over 240 grit sandpaper until all the glazing is gone and they look uniform again. You also...
10-22-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 714
Posted By themp

One other option that I have to do every so often...

One other option that I have to do every so often is to reset the caliper to the rotor. You loosen the two bolts that hold the caliper and then apply the brakes with good force. Tighten the bolts...
10-22-20, 06:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 714
Posted By Bigbus

I clean my pads and rotors with Acetone (nail...

I clean my pads and rotors with Acetone (nail polish remover) and then lightly sand the pads with 240 grit paper. Bed in with water (usually from my water bottle) and many short braking stops. Do not...
10-22-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 714
Posted By eshew

As stated above, if after bedding in the new pads...

As stated above, if after bedding in the new pads you're still squeaking away then you've got contaminated pads & rotors

Prior to doing anything make sure your rotor's dont say "for resin only" IF...
10-22-20, 08:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 714
Posted By rydabent

Disc brake pads are sensitive to the angle they...

Disc brake pads are sensitive to the angle they work at, just like rim brakes. A slightly wider clearance where the disc turns into the pad will stop the squeak.
10-20-20, 05:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 714
Posted By Mulberry20

I switched to Swiss Stop blue compound and no...

I switched to Swiss Stop blue compound and no noise at all.
10-20-20, 04:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 714
Posted By tyrion

Did you bed n the new pads? ...

Did you bed n the new pads?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWQxGzHQZVU
10-20-20, 03:47 PM
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Views: 714
Posted By Elvo

Probably failure to clean the old rotors and bed...

Probably failure to clean the old rotors and bed in the new pads.

https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/workshop/how-to-bed-in-new-disc-brake-pads/
08-28-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 330
Posted By caloso

Both will fit and it really doesn't matter. Both...

Both will fit and it really doesn't matter. Both expand to fill the volume of the tire. In my experience, it's better to go on the small side because it's easier to fit the uninflated tube in the...
08-28-20, 11:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 330
Posted By VegasTriker

Any 700C tube that includes the diameter of your...

Any 700C tube that includes the diameter of your tire will work satisfactorily. I purposely buy tubes for my 700C X 23C tires that say 18-23 mm rather than 23-28 mm because I find it easier to...
08-27-20, 10:35 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,439
Posted By BoraxKid

If you want to work out the "best" shifting...

If you want to work out the "best" shifting progression for your bike, this article, Gear Theory for Bicyclists, should explain it pretty well:

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/gear-theory.html

I...
08-20-20, 01:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,670
Posted By BlazingPedals

I'm not built to be a climber; so take whatever I...

I'm not built to be a climber; so take whatever I say with a grain of salt. It's been my experience that if the hill is short and I am able to power up the hill without downshifting, that's usually...
08-17-20, 10:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,670
Posted By cubewheels

According to GCN. It's better to stand up at...

According to GCN. It's better to stand up at high power on short steep climbs and I agree with them. Note, you can also output high amount of power while sitted on the pedal while on higher gears....
08-17-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,670
Posted By Pop N Wood

People try to make a one size fits all solution...

People try to make a one size fits all solution but one doesn't really exist.

Depends on how you are built, and your aerobic vs. anaerobic capacity. Are you more of a middle linebacker or wide...
08-17-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,670
Posted By pdlamb

First, ride up more hills. That helps you get...

First, ride up more hills. That helps you get better at riding up hills. Sounds like a circular argument, and perhaps it it, but it does work.

After climbing for a few months, try the same hill...
08-17-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,670
Posted By 70sSanO

I’ll sit more, except for short sections. As...

I’ll sit more, except for short sections.

As for standing and expending energy, it all depends on speed/cadence. I find that stair stepping up a hill is the easiest way, if the goal is to just to...
08-17-20, 10:28 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,670
Posted By 79pmooney

Some of us are born climbers. Some of us stand...

Some of us are born climbers. Some of us stand simply because it is the best/most enjoyable way to go up hills. I have liked standing on climbs since I first got toeclips 55 years ago. That turned...
08-17-20, 09:08 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,670
Posted By livedarklions

I'll argue with it--it's racing advice. It has...

I'll argue with it--it's racing advice. It has little or nothing to do with non-competitive riding. I'm definitely, according to the calculations, well within the avoid hills category (2.68), yet I...
08-17-20, 08:59 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,670
Posted By CAT7RDR

My body mass is 2.78 and I average over 100 ft of...

My body mass is 2.78 and I average over 100 ft of climb per mile. I hated and avoided hills/mountains when I first started riding in 2015 and now I go out of my way to find hills. I alternate between...
08-17-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,670
Posted By sovende

This is an issue that I wonder about at times...

This is an issue that I wonder about at times too! In my early biking days, the conventional wisdom was to remain seated and maintain a relatively high cadence by shifting to lower gears as needed....
08-17-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,670
Posted By AdkMtnMonster

...and thatís when I realized youíre obviously...

...and thatís when I realized youíre obviously not American. ;) I stand a lot on steep hills, but I also like to climb in bigger gears. I love climbing.
08-17-20, 08:00 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,670
Posted By Drew Eckhardt

The advice is to stay seated and use low enough...

The advice is to stay seated and use low enough gears you can maintain your target power output at 50+ RPM for proper biomechanics.



It's not because you waste energy lifting your weight.

In...
08-17-20, 07:52 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,670
Posted By unterhausen

You use a lot more energy when you stand and...

You use a lot more energy when you stand and grind. If this is okay, it probably is faster. For me, a lot of times I would prefer to save energy and eat less. Most of us are stronger and have higher...
07-05-20, 08:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 737
Posted By Mulberry20

Original poster, just buy the Shimano Ultegra...

Original poster, just buy the Shimano Ultegra pedals they come with the yellow cleats and enjoy the bike.
07-05-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 737
Posted By roth rothar

I like the Shimano M520 pedal, it is double sided...

I like the Shimano M520 pedal, it is double sided which make it easier to clip in and is compatible with bike shoes that you can walk in.
07-04-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 737
Posted By Bigbus

Pedal choice is like saddle choice, personal...

Pedal choice is like saddle choice, personal preference goes a long way. What style of pedal are you considering? I personally prefer platforms. I just put on a new set of Rockbros 4.10 platform...
07-04-20, 09:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 737
Posted By Mulberry20

My total indifference to Shimano components stops...

My total indifference to Shimano components stops at the pedals. Without a doubt Shimano makes the best and most trouble free pedals and cleats. The 105 pedals are ideal but the Ultegra pedals might...
06-21-20, 07:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,496
Posted By John_V

I also disliked loud hubs but after doing group...

I also disliked loud hubs but after doing group rides, I actually started liking them. Louder hubs make a great warning system when someone in the group breaks cadence.
06-21-20, 06:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,496
Posted By DorkDisk

I do like the silent hubs better; but my loud...

I do like the silent hubs better; but my loud hubs have quicker engagement, which I really like. I'd like to think that the extra noise was from the extra pawls or similar, as opposed to marketing...
06-21-20, 02:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,496
Posted By krecik

I ride coaster brake stetups so my rear wheel is...

I ride coaster brake stetups so my rear wheel is silent. Last year I was riding a road bike (thin tyres) in this setup and on my way back from work on a night shift (1am) I was smoothing through the...
06-20-20, 10:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,496
Posted By Chuckles1

Got new wheels recently and the new rear hub is...

Got new wheels recently and the new rear hub is very loud compared to the old one. Was very annoying, almost sounded like a deisel truck behind me whenever i'd start coasting. Thankfully it's...
06-19-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,496
Posted By RiceAWay

In short no. But usually over time the pawls wear...

In short no. But usually over time the pawls wear the edges down and become a little quieter. There are designs in which the clearance between the pawl and the hub is very narrow and the angle of the...
06-18-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,496
Posted By rollagain

There's a variety without ratchet pawls, probably...

There's a variety without ratchet pawls, probably moist commonly found in single-speed coaster-brake bikes, but not always. I once had a Raleigh Technium touring bike with that. One day I was out...
06-18-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,496
Posted By AdkMtnMonster

My rear end makes exceptionally loud noises. ...

My rear end makes exceptionally loud noises. It’s a point of pride, if I do say so.
06-18-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,496
Posted By 79pmooney

The reason for loud hubs? Advertising. The...

The reason for loud hubs? Advertising. The quiet hubs never get noticed.

As a racer back in a distant millennia, I use to grease my SunTour freewheels because I never wanted to advertise that I...
06-18-20, 11:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,496
Posted By ofajen

I have older wheels with quiet freewheels and...

I have older wheels with quiet freewheels and freehubs. In the short run, louder hubs would annoy me greatly, but I take the point about the safety feature.

Otto
06-18-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,496
Posted By devianb

My Shimano hubs are almost dead silent, like...

My Shimano hubs are almost dead silent, like being a ninja on a bike. My Sun Ringle hubs are obnoxiously loud. My SRAM hubs fall somewhere between the Shimano and Sun Ringle.
06-18-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,496
Posted By Mulberry20

I have Campy Protons and Zondas and they are very...

I have Campy Protons and Zondas and they are very audible but I do notice people turn their heads when I approach on the loop in Central Park. For me it is a good thing.
06-18-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,496
Posted By AndrewJB

I used to dislike my bikes/wheels with the louder...

I used to dislike my bikes/wheels with the louder hubs. But, I now view louder hubs as a "safety feature"!
When I am approaching pedestrians, and other cyclists, if I pause my peddling, the hub...
06-18-20, 10:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,496
Posted By user2

I'm curious about this as well. In my area, it...

I'm curious about this as well. In my area, it seems people with high end, newer road bikes always have the loudest hubs.

If a hub is loud, does that not make it generally less efficient than a...
06-18-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,496
Posted By Litespud

It's simply a characteristic of hubs, with no...

It's simply a characteristic of hubs, with no rhyme or reason to it - some are simply louder than others. Campagnolo hubs were traditionally pretty loud, Shimano are traditionally very quiet...
06-18-20, 05:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,496
Posted By jpescatore

Basically, the way the pawls/ratchets in there...

Basically, the way the pawls/ratchets in there were designed. Check out the GCN video here for a good explanation.
06-13-20, 07:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 483
Posted By PoorInRichfield

I think you'd do well to listen to Uncle Sam ;) ...

I think you'd do well to listen to Uncle Sam ;)

My new bike as of this Spring has wide rims (25mm internal width) with 32mm Conti GP5000 tubeless tires and I absolutely love the combination. I've...
06-12-20, 09:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 483
Posted By Unca_Sam

Do you need/want a dynamo? That's useful for...

Do you need/want a dynamo? That's useful for running lamps or charging batteries while moving, but I'd skip it unless I was building a long distance tourer.

edit to add:
High spoke count wheels...
06-12-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 483
Posted By Unca_Sam

Headset is easy with those choices: pick your...

Headset is easy with those choices: pick your favorite color. They are all quality manufacturers.

Spokes are what support you on the road, pick a 32/32 wheelset, especially if you may encounter...
05-08-20, 01:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,623
Posted By Kapusta

Talking about what pressure to run without...

Talking about what pressure to run without knowing how heavy you are is like trying to fit shoes without knowing how big your feet are.

Any suggestions you hear on what PSI you should run that do...
05-08-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,623
Posted By Sy Reene

I found this pressure calculator recently -- and...

I found this pressure calculator recently -- and think it's definitely one of the best available currently -- worth it to give your email/contact name to access the Pro version though. FWIW, 50psi...
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