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08-01-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 391
Posted By Dave Mayer

On Tuesday I bought a used Campagnolo Scirocco...

On Tuesday I bought a used Campagnolo Scirocco rear wheel for $45. The rim was fine, but the bearings were slightly crunchy. So what the hell, I decided to dedicate 15 minutes to making things...
07-22-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,698
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: 766
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: 4,835
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
07-09-20, 02:31 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,835
Posted By Dave Mayer

I've ridden a Trek 5200 - it was a very fine...

I've ridden a Trek 5200 - it was a very fine steed. Sure, carbon frame manufacturing has progressed such that a similarly-priced frame now will weigh 200-300 grams lighter, as long as you don't spec...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 03:34 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,835
Posted By Dave Mayer

The 2020 Emonda with a decent mechanical group...

The 2020 Emonda with a decent mechanical group and rim brakes will be less than 15 pounds, or substantially lighter than the 2021 disc versions.

I know, because I recently 'came into some money',...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 02:23 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,835
Posted By Dave Mayer

The credibility and depth of your argument here...

The credibility and depth of your argument here spurred me on to do some research. So I have some weights for Campagnolo Super Record here, including the battery and rotors. Note that the component...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 01:20 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,835
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: 4,835
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...
07-07-20, 10:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 255
Posted By Dave Mayer

Do not buy anything shipped to your country...

Do not buy anything shipped to your country through the: Global Shipping Program. You will be charged huge arbitrary fees that are multiples of what your border agents actually require you to remit.
07-07-20, 10:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By Dave Mayer

These are the best road rim brakes ever made. ...

These are the best road rim brakes ever made. Powerful with great modulation. First class hardware and finish. So cherish them and restore them to 100% working condition.

I have completely...
07-05-20, 08:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 404
Posted By Dave Mayer

To overhaul you need a new g-spring carrier and...

To overhaul you need a new g-spring carrier and G-springs. Right of course; the left-hand springs and carrier are completely incompatible with the right lever.

Instructions are on Youtube. ...
07-03-20, 10:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 404
Posted By Dave Mayer

'Rubber hoods' implies that you have Ergopower...

'Rubber hoods' implies that you have Ergopower shifters or integrated brake/shift levers. These 8-speed shifters only function correctly with Campagnolo rear derailleurs made from 1992-2000. So if...
07-03-20, 12:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 583
Posted By Dave Mayer

OK: I'm going to assume that you are riding on...

OK: I'm going to assume that you are riding on pavement and sometimes in the rain.

First, ditch the knobby tires; they have poor traction on anything but mud or loose gravel. Slick tires provide...
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...
06-29-20, 01:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 530
Posted By Dave Mayer

I think we have to cut through a lot of nonsense...

I think we have to cut through a lot of nonsense regarding tire rolling resistance. Look at this:

https://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/specials/grand-prix-5000-comparison

So the 32mm tire...
06-15-20, 04:57 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,685
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: 1,685
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: 1,685
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...
06-15-20, 11:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 305
Posted By Dave Mayer

OK: you've figured out that you have a triple FD....

OK: you've figured out that you have a triple FD. These are far less common and more valuable than the double versions, so if nothing you should be able to swap yours for 2 or more conventional...
06-13-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,685
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, 02:52 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,857
Posted By Dave Mayer

I've been riding for approaching 60 years, but...

I've been riding for approaching 60 years, but last year was the first time I can remember where I rode a bike where the handlebar was actually higher than the saddle. It was in the Yukon - a hybrid...
06-13-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,612
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, 02:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 408
Posted By Dave Mayer

I have a Challenge Elite on a front wheel that...

I have a Challenge Elite on a front wheel that I've put a few '00 miles on during 2020, much of that was on smooth gravel. Very nice for a clincher tire. Marked as a 23, but seems to inflate...
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...
06-11-20, 02:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 442
Posted By Dave Mayer

The Shimano 105 FH-1055 freehub does not accept a...

The Shimano 105 FH-1055 freehub does not accept a cassette with an 11-tooth cog. Bonus, as in 11-tooth cogs are pretty much useless.
06-09-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 172
Posted By Dave Mayer

I have successfully assembled all forms of...

I have successfully assembled all forms of Franken-drivetrains. In fact, most of my bikes are a combination of Campagnolo shifters and Shimano wheels/cassettes. You get the superior shifting...
06-09-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 386
Posted By Dave Mayer

OK. So you have a 5-speed freewheel, and...

OK. So you have a 5-speed freewheel, and downtube friction shifters that appear to have a relatively small barrel for the cable pull. A modern rear derailleur should work with these shifters, as...
06-09-20, 11:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 386
Posted By Dave Mayer

How many cogs in your freewheel? Show a closeup...

How many cogs in your freewheel? Show a closeup of the freewheel and the (right) shifter used for the rear derailleur.
06-09-20, 11:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 386
Posted By Dave Mayer

This situation cries out for a visit to a bike...

This situation cries out for a visit to a bike Co-op. At the shop that I volunteer at, we have a 30-pound bin of similar vintage stuff.

Jockey wheels from old Suntour or Huret derailleurs should...
06-08-20, 12:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 213
Posted By Dave Mayer

I have swapped Campy rear derailleur cages. This...

I have swapped Campy rear derailleur cages. This only works if you are swapping parts between similar generations of derailleurs. Record with the titanium fixing bolt is unique. Chorus has a steel...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-20, 10:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 348
Posted By Dave Mayer

Are these genuine Easton wheels?

Are these genuine Easton wheels?
06-06-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 505
Posted By Dave Mayer

I have. Directions? I tapped off both cups and...

I have. Directions? I tapped off both cups and then looked at the remaining core; the plan for bearing removal became obvious.

Only slightly hard part is removing the very stiff c-ring/clamp. Then...
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...
06-04-20, 01:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 907
Posted By Dave Mayer

A damp rag. No running water, as this gets into...

A damp rag. No running water, as this gets into bearings and kills them. No WD-40 or spray solvents, as this is even worse than water at stripping out necessary grease. Nothing 'green' as this is...
06-04-20, 01:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 147
Posted By Dave Mayer

I've tried: not possible, and it is not just the...

I've tried: not possible, and it is not just the backwards orientation of the 10mm fixing bolt. The interface between the hub shell and the freehub is simply different/incompatible.

So I...
06-04-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 113
Posted By Dave Mayer

Left Campy Ultrashift levers of this era are...

Left Campy Ultrashift levers of this era are micro-ratcheting. From memory, they have at least 10, and maybe 12 'clicks'. I have installed many 9 and 10-speed era Ergopower shifter systems, and...
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.
05-28-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 585
Posted By Dave Mayer

I feel your pain. I went through this misery in...

I feel your pain. I went through this misery in February after a freehub conversion from 8 to 10 speeds. I thought I was King of the World when I found and easily installed a Campagnolo alu freehub...
05-27-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 857
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
05-23-20, 10:37 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 8,449
Posted By Dave Mayer

My 11-speed Shimano shifters (several) work fine...

My 11-speed Shimano shifters (several) work fine when matched with fresh housing. But not as well as Dura-Ace 7800. Peel back the hoods and look at the cable routing. 7800 has no tight bends, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 08:38 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 8,449
Posted By Dave Mayer

Yes, this is the entire point of my posting. ...

Yes, this is the entire point of my posting. Dura-Ace 7800 shifts cleaner than any Shimano mechanical shifting before or since. 9-speed 7700 was also outstanding.

Just because a product is newer...
05-22-20, 08:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 340
Posted By Dave Mayer

More muddled and confused information here.... ...

More muddled and confused information here....

Shimano Altus shifters are not compatible with your Suntour rear derailleur. Since the front shifter on Shimano is indexed, it likely isn't...
05-22-20, 01:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 483
Posted By Dave Mayer

I gave up pedal rebuilds many years ago. It is...

I gave up pedal rebuilds many years ago. It is fussy work; if the cone is not properly locked against the outer locknut, this could cause the right pedal to disassemble during riding. On the left,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 01:10 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 8,449
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...
05-22-20, 12:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 340
Posted By Dave Mayer

Suntour Accushift rear derailleurs are not...

Suntour Accushift rear derailleurs are not compatible with Shimano-compatible shifters. These derailleurs require about 10% less cable pull than the Shimano units of the same era, so the shifting...
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: 563
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...
05-16-20, 11:55 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,008
Posted By Dave Mayer

I own many bikes, and yes, the gravel bikes are...

I own many bikes, and yes, the gravel bikes are slower. They are heavier, and less aero, mainly due to a higher riding position. The fat 28mm tires are slow pigs due to their weight and high...
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