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10-11-09, 10:37 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By kmart

Starting from Arastradero probably puts me at 50...

Starting from Arastradero probably puts me at 50 minutes and some seconds.
10-11-09, 06:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 614
Posted By kmart

Where does Page Mill climb "officially" start?

So, I did the Page Mill climb once again yesterday and decided I was un-slow enough to time myself. My time was 45 minutes 3 seconds. I started timing 1.2 miles south of the intersection with...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-09, 02:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,387
Posted By kmart

Yeah, the 16T is my favorite cog of all of them...

Yeah, the 16T is my favorite cog of all of them :) I'll borrow a friend's 12-27 and try it, maybe it's not really as big a loss as I think. Still, running a 12-27 with 50x34 makes me wonder if the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-09, 02:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,387
Posted By kmart

ericm979: Yea, I'd like to keep the 50x11 since...

ericm979: Yea, I'd like to keep the 50x11 since 50x12 is kind of slow for epic descending. I guess an alternative would be to do 12-27 with a 36x52 crank (or maybe even 34x52), but that would be a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-09, 02:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,387
Posted By kmart

Thanks for the help everyone. Now here's a...

Thanks for the help everyone. Now here's a related question: Shimano's 7800 line does not have a 11-27, only 11-25. They do have a newer CS-7900 11-27 cassette (11-12-13-14-15-17-19-21-24-27). Will...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-09, 01:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,387
Posted By kmart

50x34 crank, short cage derailleur - largest sprocket I can fit in the back?

Hi all,

I recently did a couple of my favorite local climbs (Page Mill and OLH) and found the gearing to be a bit much for my woosie legs. I have an FSA 50x34 compact crank with a 10-speed Dura...
Forum: Framebuilders
09-07-09, 09:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 736
Posted By kmart

With bringing up the "crit bike" thread, I just...

With bringing up the "crit bike" thread, I just wanted to make the point that different builders have different opinions on which geometries work better for climbing, flats and other riding...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-05-09, 10:29 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,624
Posted By kmart

But first he tries to ride the bike backwards in...

But first he tries to ride the bike backwards in a futile effort to run down the odometer, so his dad doesn't notice! :lol:
Forum: Framebuilders
09-04-09, 11:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 736
Posted By kmart

Thanks Nessism, any particular reasons for...

Thanks Nessism, any particular reasons for choosing the slacker HT angle?

I have this nagging feeling in the back of my mind that, switching from steeper HT angles will somehow make my bike less...
Forum: Framebuilders
09-04-09, 10:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 736
Posted By kmart

What bikes have similar geometry to this?

I just got a new frame recently, in a 55cm size. It's a road bike. Here's the geo chart:
117100

I came from a Felt F55 bike in the same size that had the same bb drop, stem length, fork rake...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-09, 07:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,464
Posted By kmart

Aha, very enlightening! (no pun intended) ...

Aha, very enlightening! (no pun intended)

I'm rolling on Easton Vista SL wheels at the moment, they are dead silent. Not too heavy at a claimed 1697g (though people have weighed them in at...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-09, 07:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,464
Posted By kmart

Precisely, my dear Watson! Anyway, I'll try...

Precisely, my dear Watson!

Anyway, I'll try the grease at some point. A good enough excuse to "invest" in some Phil grease.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-09, 04:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,464
Posted By kmart

Odd that the wheels with silent hubs are heavier....

Odd that the wheels with silent hubs are heavier.



Which wheels are those?
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-09, 04:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,464
Posted By kmart

Does Neuvation make wheels with quiet hubs?

I've got a set of Neuvation R28 SL3s. They're great wheels except the freehub is really loud. I'd like to get a set of newer Neuvation wheels, non-carbon and clincher to be exact. Something in the...
08-24-09, 02:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 966
Posted By kmart

Blue loctite did the trick. Thanks to all for the...

Blue loctite did the trick. Thanks to all for the help.
08-21-09, 08:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 966
Posted By kmart

Tried teflon tape, didn't help. Greasing the...

Tried teflon tape, didn't help. Greasing the ferrules (which are actually plastic. the barrel adjuster just has an alloy insert) didn't help it either. Still trying to get a hold of loctite.
08-19-09, 12:35 PM
08-19-09, 08:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 966
Posted By kmart

The barrels have springs. If I pull on one, it...

The barrels have springs. If I pull on one, it snaps back into place. Here's a picture of the setup (click to enlarge).
http://img245.imageshack.us/img245/195/dsc05647.th.jpg...
08-18-09, 08:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 966
Posted By kmart

Barrel adjusters loose, turn when bars turned. What to do?

I just built up a new frame, it's the Bottecchia CF-78 of eBay fame. Very nice frame, maybe I'll make one of those popular "shill" threads about it later ;)

I am having one small problem, however....
05-27-09, 09:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 811
Posted By kmart

My friend did email Le/Trek, still no answer from...

My friend did email Le/Trek, still no answer from them. It does seem a little sketchy, but the seller assures my friend that the frame is legit.
05-26-09, 10:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 811
Posted By kmart

Is this Lemond "Maillot Jaune" for real?

So, a friend of mine put in a bid for this Lemond frame, which the seller claimed to be a Maillot Jaune made in 2001. I think it may be a custom paint job, hard to say...Here are some pictures......
05-17-09, 12:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,831
Posted By kmart

Did you get a 5th element coil or air? I recently...

Did you get a 5th element coil or air? I recently got a new 5th coil because it was cheaper than rebuilding my current one. The air ones are junk. The coiler weighs over a pound more than the MC3.3,...
05-16-09, 10:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 237
Posted By kmart

I don't know the answer, but some folks here...

I don't know the answer, but some folks here (http://forums.mtbr.com/forumdisplay.php?f=50) might.
05-14-09, 04:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,831
Posted By kmart

5th elements aren't really inferior, they're just...

5th elements aren't really inferior, they're just old. I think manitou bought their technology. I think I read somewhere on the mtbr forums that a lot of the Manitou Swinger parts are compatible with...
05-13-09, 06:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,831
Posted By kmart

^ That center hollow pin arrangement is also used...

^ That center hollow pin arrangement is also used on the MC3.3 mounting kit. They also supply bushings that go over the pin on each side, and leave a bit of room for the 2nd set of bushings, which is...
05-13-09, 04:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,259
Posted By kmart

I'm 160 lbs. I've taken the bike off a few small...

I'm 160 lbs. I've taken the bike off a few small jumps but the MC3.3 on blew flat, slightly bumpy terrain. It may have done that because it was mounted slightly off center on one of the mounting...
05-13-09, 03:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,259
Posted By kmart

Well, I guess I would recommend the Monarch 4.2,...

Well, I guess I would recommend the Monarch 4.2, which is the same thing as the MC but user serviceable. However, shocks do fail from time to time, and my MC was reliable (no air leaks or any...
05-13-09, 01:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,259
Posted By kmart

I think the MC3.3 is OEM, maybe that's why it's...

I think the MC3.3 is OEM, maybe that's why it's hard to find new. The Monarch 4.2 is basically an RP23, but I like the adjustable Floodgate mechanism more than Fox's propedal because it can be...
05-12-09, 09:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,222
Posted By kmart

Cool, thanks! It looked really beautiful as I...

Cool, thanks! It looked really beautiful as I rode past it on Page Mill today, I'll defitely take the MTB there soon.
05-12-09, 09:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,222
Posted By kmart

Mountain biking in Palo Alto/Mountain View area?

I'm getting bored of Palo Alto foothills, that's really the place I do most of MTBing at. I've done Windy Hill a few times too, but I'm looking for other mountain bike routes in the area. Got any?
...
05-12-09, 09:09 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,287
Posted By kmart

Another vote for Page Mill. Took it down for the...

Another vote for Page Mill. Took it down for the first time today, all the way; usually I come up Moody and down Page Mill, but today I experienced the fully monty and it was amazing. OLH is...
05-12-09, 08:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,259
Posted By kmart

Get a Rock Shox Monarch or MC3.3 (I just blew...

Get a Rock Shox Monarch or MC3.3 (I just blew mine, but it was 5 months of awesome before that. it's getting rebuilt now). The Rock Shox Motion Control and Floodgate work so much better than Fox's...
05-12-09, 02:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 467
Posted By kmart

Nice choice of music, pretty serene rolling...

Nice choice of music, pretty serene rolling through (around) all those cacti. I was watching for the gnarly downhill but I guess that wasn't the point :)
05-12-09, 02:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 10,385
Posted By kmart

I got an estimate from TheBrokenBike.com for a...

I got an estimate from TheBrokenBike.com for a rebuild of my MC3.3. It comes out to 80CAD, which is aboot 68 USD. Just throwing that out there. I'm gonna get em to rebuild my 5th element coil at the...
05-10-09, 11:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 10,385
Posted By kmart

Wow, it must be that time of the month for...

Wow, it must be that time of the month for blowing shocks. I also have an MC3.3 that blew on me a couple of days ago. I bought it on ebay as a new takeoff from a Trek Fuel. Rode it for about 5...
05-05-09, 06:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 698
Posted By kmart

I read that the correct way. Then I read it the...

I read that the correct way. Then I read it the wrong way.

BRAFF. :lol:
05-03-09, 11:51 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,711
Posted By kmart

http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/6335/picturet.jpg

http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/6335/picturet.jpg
05-02-09, 05:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,543
Posted By kmart

You definitely can work on suspension yourself...

You definitely can work on suspension yourself but it depends on if the manufacturer wants you to do this or tries to prevent you from doing so. For example some of the newer Marzocchi forks have...
05-01-09, 10:19 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,300
Posted By kmart

I kind of think of the same thing - "ooh, look at...

I kind of think of the same thing - "ooh, look at me, counting calories burned and miles traveled up and down the trail, I'm training for something"

At the same time, I want to buy cheap bike...
05-01-09, 02:12 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,300
Posted By kmart

Computer on your MTB?

When I ride my road bike, the numbers on my computer keep me entertained from time to time - cadence, average and max speed, distance covered.

When I'm on my MTB, I almost never care for any of...
04-30-09, 07:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 696
Posted By kmart

Yep, definitely chipped - noticeably shorter than...

Yep, definitely chipped - noticeably shorter than the regular "short" teeth.
04-28-09, 11:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,666
Posted By kmart

There is a line above which it is more economical...

There is a line above which it is more economical to simply get a scooter.
04-28-09, 12:23 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,010
Posted By kmart

One day I hope to "graduate" from FS to a...

One day I hope to "graduate" from FS to a hardtail :rolleyes:
04-26-09, 12:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 941
Posted By kmart

You can get PD-M520 pedals for $20-$25 on ebay....

You can get PD-M520 pedals for $20-$25 on ebay. They shed mud well and have a really solid feel to them when you clip in.
04-24-09, 02:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,057
Posted By kmart

Here's a diagram of Cannondale's Lefty Jake fork:...

Here's a diagram of Cannondale's Lefty Jake fork:

http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/3815/leftyr.jpg

Notice the... beefy inner tube. It's a major structural component of the system fork, and...
04-22-09, 04:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,167
Posted By kmart

Nice suspension setup. 100mm travel up front is a...

Nice suspension setup. 100mm travel up front is a bit short but it's going to be a cushy 100mm - I'm a big fan of Motion Control damping. Anyway the 29" wheels make up for it. I have something very...
04-22-09, 12:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 609
Posted By kmart

Some air forks can be tuned to be pretty plush...

Some air forks can be tuned to be pretty plush for heavier riders (ex: Rock Shox Revelation, some of the Marzocchi forks with air rebound), but keep in mind that if you go coil you will need to buy...
04-22-09, 12:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 696
Posted By kmart

Chainrings for 110BCD 5-arm crankset

So, I have this old crankset, a Race Face Deus XC (with the carbon fiber inserts and everything). It's got three 5-bolt 110 BCD chainrings. The largest ring has a few chipped teef. So far it hasn't...
04-20-09, 08:27 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,557
Posted By kmart

Here's another awesome trials video. These guys...

Here's another awesome trials video. These guys just make it look so easy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVE0-_VHbUc
04-20-09, 12:46 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,557
Posted By kmart

Yeah that last drop from the bridge. That was...

Yeah that last drop from the bridge. That was like 18 feet, all absorbed by the rear wheel.
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