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Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-16, 01:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 725
Posted By ShadowGray

We have the Airen 1 (women's version of the...

We have the Airen 1 (women's version of the century), and I've hopped on it a few times. At first glance, it rides the same as my aluminum bike with carbon fork, if not more comfortable.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-16, 10:28 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,426
Posted By ShadowGray

I've been to that beach in Torrey Pines a couple...

I've been to that beach in Torrey Pines a couple of years ago! Beautiful area and I miss it dearly.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-16, 07:52 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,426
Posted By ShadowGray

Birthday ride on 6/25... did the Philly to Valley...

Birthday ride on 6/25... did the Philly to Valley Forge loop, around 40 miles roundtrip. They've cleaned up this trail a lot since the last time I rode it (5 years ago). Decently warm in Philly...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-16, 07:31 PM
Replies: 26,495
Views: 16,245,407
Posted By ShadowGray

All ready for my Saturday ride. ...

All ready for my Saturday ride.

http://i.imgur.com/bIPYa2mh.jpg
06-24-16, 06:54 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 6,725
Posted By ShadowGray

Ibera top tube bag (with smartphone window): ...

Ibera top tube bag (with smartphone window):
http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/c7sAAOSwstxVFFGr/s-l300.jpg

Keeps keys, wallet, phone, and flat repair kit in one bag, also I don't have to pay for a...
Forum: Northeast
06-23-16, 08:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 774
Posted By ShadowGray

I have yet to find a good bike trail in the SE PA...

I have yet to find a good bike trail in the SE PA area, except maybe the SRT in certain sections. Best trail I've ever been on is the Virginia Capital Trail in Williamsburg. Haven't seen anything...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-16, 06:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 664
Posted By ShadowGray

Shimano shoes supposedly have wider toe boxes...

Shimano shoes supposedly have wider toe boxes because Asian feet in general have wider toes bones.
06-23-16, 06:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,322
Posted By ShadowGray

Just tried it. Can't spin as fast because I have...

Just tried it. Can't spin as fast because I have to hold the chain out of the way, but it seems to spin fine without the chain.
06-23-16, 03:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,322
Posted By ShadowGray

I haven't removed the chain yet. I'm still...

I haven't removed the chain yet. I'm still trying to figure out how to remove the chain. If I remove the chain link, do I have to replace that pin/link? I have a chain tool but no spare pins.
...
06-22-16, 08:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,322
Posted By ShadowGray

Noise Diagnosis - Album on Imgur...

Noise Diagnosis - Album on Imgur (http://imgur.com/a/X0ruH)

Here's an album of my pictures when I checked derailleur alignment. It rides fine in the forward direction. At this point, unless...
06-21-16, 06:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,322
Posted By ShadowGray

It's a brand new bike out of the box. Unless the...

It's a brand new bike out of the box. Unless the factory screwed it up.
06-21-16, 05:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,322
Posted By ShadowGray

Seems like every other link is skipping. I think...

Seems like every other link is skipping. I think that's why it's making so much "popping" noise when I spin the crank.

Not that I know for sure, but I swear it didn't do this when I first put it...
06-21-16, 04:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,322
Posted By ShadowGray

I checked the clearance on the rear cog and...

I checked the clearance on the rear cog and there's space on both sides of the chain.

I did notice that the chain "skips" on the rear cog whenever I rotate it backwards. It doesn't do this going...
06-20-16, 09:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,322
Posted By ShadowGray

That's actually good advice, I didn't even think...

That's actually good advice, I didn't even think of that. I'll remove the chain tomorrow when I have a bit more time.

I played around with the gearing, and the noise level changes based on the...
06-20-16, 09:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,322
Posted By ShadowGray

LaPierre, through promotive. If it's something...

LaPierre, through promotive. If it's something big I can probably get it warrantied but if it's something simple or common, I might try to get it fixed locally/myself.
06-20-16, 09:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,322
Posted By ShadowGray

Online order direct from manufacturer.

Online order direct from manufacturer.
06-20-16, 06:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,322
Posted By ShadowGray

Bottom Bracket "pops/creaks" when spinning backwards?

I have an Ultegra crankset, not sure what bottom bracket (LaPierre Pulsium). If I spin the crankset backwards, I can feel a light hollow sounding 'click' or 'pop'. Is this normal? This is a brand...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-16, 08:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,579
Posted By ShadowGray

We got the Airen 1 through the same corporate...

We got the Airen 1 through the same corporate program. 105 for $600 isn't bad at all. However, fit and finish leaves a bit to be desired. Paint scratches if you look at it. They ran the cables...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-16, 08:17 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,450
Posted By ShadowGray

I'm a little surprised at the numbers, I was...

I'm a little surprised at the numbers, I was expecting the benefit to be lower than that.
06-12-16, 05:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 720
Posted By ShadowGray

Anything better than 105/Rival generally works...

Anything better than 105/Rival generally works the same.

The biggest difference you'll notice is in your shifters and in your wallet. Ride both, play with the shifters, pick the one you like.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-16, 08:15 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,002
Posted By ShadowGray

CAAD bikes are probably the best aluminum bikes...

CAAD bikes are probably the best aluminum bikes you can get.
You can find complete Chinese carbon bikes for less than $1500 easily. BikesDirect, Ribble and PlanetX all come to mind. Chinese frame...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-16, 07:32 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,898
Posted By ShadowGray

Special Edition Bikes - Ribble Cycles...

Special Edition Bikes - Ribble Cycles (http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/bikes/special-editions-bikes/)
Road Bikes | Planet X (http://www.planetx.co.uk/c/q/bikes/road-bikes)

If you don't feel like...
06-05-16, 02:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 676
Posted By ShadowGray

Nashbar Trekking Bike...

Nashbar Trekking Bike (http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_555436_-1___) If you're OK with buying a bike online, you can get this bike for less than $300 on sale and is pretty comparable...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-16, 02:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,584
Posted By ShadowGray

You guys realize this guy bought his fork 2 years...

You guys realize this guy bought his fork 2 years ago?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-16, 02:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,446
Posted By ShadowGray

Thanks!

Thanks!
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-16, 01:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,446
Posted By ShadowGray

That's a good question, I've never actually...

That's a good question, I've never actually looked into it. The only contact is Accell NA directly, so I'd assume any warranty claims would go through there.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-16, 01:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,446
Posted By ShadowGray

I got mine new direct from LaPierre through a...

I got mine new direct from LaPierre through a work promotion, which is stocked mostly with Accell bikes (Diamondback, Raleigh, Redline, etc). They still have 2015/2016 stock, but I don't know if...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-16, 09:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,414
Posted By ShadowGray

Tires will have a much bigger effect on road feel...

Tires will have a much bigger effect on road feel than fork. Go for the tires first.

If you happen to find a carbon road fork for cheap, it's not a bad upgrade. But the tires will have a bigger...
06-03-16, 06:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 785
Posted By ShadowGray

I've seen them around but I don't really know...

I've seen them around but I don't really know much about them. What's the hype with Canyon bikes?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-03-16, 05:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,446
Posted By ShadowGray

It's a vibrant red, very red, white, and blue. ...

It's a vibrant red, very red, white, and blue. The orange is a lighting effect, at some point I will need to take better pictures.

You're probably right about the logos. But that's almost every...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-03-16, 11:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,446
Posted By ShadowGray

Love the red white and blue color scheme of the...

Love the red white and blue color scheme of the 2014/2015 bikes! I had the option of choosing between the 2015 or 2016 model and went with the older one because of the color scheme. The new one has...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-03-16, 08:37 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,446
Posted By ShadowGray

I really like the top tube design. The bike is...

I really like the top tube design. The bike is definitely very complaint over rough surfaces; it almost feels like it has suspension. I don't know how much to trust their marketing, but they claim...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-16, 07:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,446
Posted By ShadowGray

Thanks! I think LaPierre is still trying to make...

Thanks! I think LaPierre is still trying to make their way into the American market. It's owned by Accell Group which also owns Diamondback and Raleigh.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-16, 07:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,446
Posted By ShadowGray

New Bike Day! 2015 LaPierre Pulsium 500 FdJ

Finally pulled the trigger on my first "serious" road bike! I've been riding an Iron Horse Triumph V for the last eight years on and off. After a bit of a hiatus, I took my bike out again this year...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-16, 04:51 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,443
Posted By ShadowGray

Anything over 90 is dangerous. I wouldn't push...

Anything over 90 is dangerous. I wouldn't push it. Especially at those distances, you could be stranded and unprepared.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-16, 12:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,109
Posted By ShadowGray

Before you sell, you can mount the wheels and...

Before you sell, you can mount the wheels and play-fit with the frame to see how it would feel.
06-02-16, 12:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 952
Posted By ShadowGray

If you're the least bit electrically inclined,...

If you're the least bit electrically inclined, you could DIY one for relatively cheap. Backup cameras and screens for cars can be had for relatively cheap, as long as you can figure a way to mount...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-16, 11:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,109
Posted By ShadowGray

Slamming means removing spacers and going...

Slamming means removing spacers and going negative on the stem angle... you're basically placing the handlebars below the top of the headtube. Are you thinking of something else?


Likewise,...
06-02-16, 11:21 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,200
Posted By ShadowGray

I use eggbeaters. They weigh 252g and cost $30. ...

I use eggbeaters. They weigh 252g and cost $30. You can't get any more roadie than that kind of weight-oriented thinking.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-16, 11:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,109
Posted By ShadowGray

The felt is too small and you want to slam it? ...

The felt is too small and you want to slam it? Are you Gumby?

Not sure what you would benefit from flat bars on the Orbea. The geometry really isn't meant to be ridden that way.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-16, 10:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,109
Posted By ShadowGray

That's a smoking hot deal for the Felt. If...

That's a smoking hot deal for the Felt.

If the Orbea is a true TT bike, the geometries aren't even the same. I would build up the Orbea using parts you find from other smoking hot deals and leave...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-16, 10:48 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,443
Posted By ShadowGray

112F is heatstroke territory. If you're not...

112F is heatstroke territory. If you're not sure, you're probably not prepared enough for it and I would say no.
06-02-16, 10:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,405
Posted By ShadowGray

Product: Nashbar Stand By Me...

Product: Nashbar Stand By Me (http://www.nashbar.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/mProduct4_10052_10053_170404_-1_catNav)

Less than $15 when they have their sales. Good enough for drivetrain work.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-16, 07:49 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 15,035
Posted By ShadowGray

https://www.merlincycles.com/shimano-wh-rx31-clinc...

https://www.merlincycles.com/shimano-wh-rx31-clincher-road-disc-wheelset-74776.html - a wider, albeit slightly heavier option.

The Vuelta definitely seems to be the best price/weight as long as...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-16, 06:54 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 12,750
Posted By ShadowGray

Congrats! If you get a chance, could you...

Congrats! If you get a chance, could you measured the mounted width and height and let us know what rim you have?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-16, 08:52 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 15,035
Posted By ShadowGray

Vuelta Corsa Lite DR Disc Road Wheelset...

Vuelta Corsa Lite DR Disc Road Wheelset (http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_580175_-1___)

Not sure if they will fit your bike, these are 135mm QR in the rear. Just under 1800g and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-16, 01:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,622
Posted By ShadowGray

$1500 for Ultegra is easily doable as long as you...

$1500 for Ultegra is easily doable as long as you stay away from LBSs. You could build your own for that price or go with re-builders of Chinese budget frames.

I posted this in your other...
06-01-16, 11:00 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,468
Posted By ShadowGray

I just bought my first pair of bib shorts from...

I just bought my first pair of bib shorts from Nashbar a month ago! I've been wearing jeans my whole life so it's a pretty big change. However, the chamois feels like I'm wearing a big diaper. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-16, 09:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,047
Posted By ShadowGray

Good review! What tire/size are you running on...

Good review! What tire/size are you running on those?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-16, 06:53 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 12,750
Posted By ShadowGray

Does anyone know if the 28c version will fit in...

Does anyone know if the 28c version will fit in Ultegra BR-6800 brakes? My frame can handle wider tires. I'm running Aksium wheels at the moment so I believe they're (23mm ext./17mm int.).
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