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07-21-13, 03:16 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,888
Posted By igknighted

As a general rule, racers will find that buying...

As a general rule, racers will find that buying the smaller bike and making it longer gives them a better range of fit options, and handling characteristics that are preferable for racing. At the...
07-21-13, 02:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,334
Posted By igknighted

Maybe. Depends on your body (some structural...

Maybe. Depends on your body (some structural abnormalities would be incredibly difficult for a DIY home fitter to address well), the type of riding you plan to do (recreational, road race, TT,...
06-19-13, 09:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,828
Posted By igknighted

Going back to your squat analogy... the...

Going back to your squat analogy... the hip/knee/toe alignment is defined by the force of the weight, and that is oriented vertically due to gravity. Gravity has nothing to do with the force of your...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-13, 02:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,907
Posted By igknighted

Why not add bar shapers to your favorite bars...

Why not add bar shapers to your favorite bars with round tops... once they are wrapped you can't tell the difference.

http://www.landrys.com/product/specialized-bg-bar-shapers-154976-1.htm
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-13, 01:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 795
Posted By igknighted

You can't use a Force BB with a Shimano crankset....

You can't use a Force BB with a Shimano crankset. Stick with the Shimano BB until you get a new crankset.
06-14-13, 01:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,724
Posted By igknighted

Lots of possibilities... I would guess that shoes...

Lots of possibilities... I would guess that shoes being too tight (or possibly just tightened too much) would be the most likely. If you are sure that there are no pressure points from the shoes,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-29-13, 02:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 768
Posted By igknighted

Google for a gear-ratio calculator... going from...

Google for a gear-ratio calculator... going from a 34t to a 42t is a major change, expect to work a lot harder climbing. Frankly, I am amazed you found a BB30 crank with that gear ratio, that...
05-29-13, 02:06 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,220
Posted By igknighted

Every situation is different. I notice your...

Every situation is different. I notice your location is Burlington, IA... while I have never been there, I have been to many mid/small cities and towns across the midwest, and from my experience in...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-11, 09:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 642
Posted By igknighted

Sharp pain? Out near your trochanter? Sounds...

Sharp pain? Out near your trochanter? Sounds like ITBS. Although, there could be lots of other things going on as well, so I wouldn't rule anything out completely. Try rolling and stretching the...
11-05-11, 02:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,258
Posted By igknighted

Does it really matter? Just get one of those seat...

Does it really matter? Just get one of those seat post binders with rack eyelets, or use a rack that mounts to the canti studs or to the arch between the stays. I see two eyelets at the dropout, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-03-11, 10:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 425
Posted By igknighted

External BBs thread into the same threads as...

External BBs thread into the same threads as square taper BBs. There are, however, different size shells that they can thread into, so you have to make sure that your 7800 BB is the same size as...
Forum: Commuting
11-02-11, 06:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,175
Posted By igknighted

1) Don't use the cable for the wheels. It's...

1) Don't use the cable for the wheels. It's always going to be a pain, and isn't really all that secure. Consider pinhead skewers or some other locking skewer for the wheels to secure them.

2) I...
Forum: Commuting
11-01-11, 09:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,713
Posted By igknighted

If you're going to invest in a good seat, invest...

If you're going to invest in a good seat, invest in a good seatpost as well. Those single-bolt posts (a) often don't support the saddle rails well, which can damage the saddle; and (b) only allow...
11-01-11, 08:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 395
Posted By igknighted

As your pads wear, you should be adjusting the...

As your pads wear, you should be adjusting the brakes to compensate. To be fair though, that is just paint rubbed off, I wouldn't be concerned about it.

Most pads for carbon wheels (especially...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-31-11, 06:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,315
Posted By igknighted

Most of the time these are somewhat specific to...

Most of the time these are somewhat specific to the bike you have (every integrated headset is different). I would see your LBS and ask. Many brands supply shorter ones for specific models and the...
10-31-11, 06:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,596
Posted By igknighted

Gary Fisher Lane?...

Gary Fisher Lane? http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/road/cyclocross/steel_cross/lane/#

I used to have a cross comp... a little heavy, but not a bad bike. Might be a little aggressive for...
10-31-11, 05:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,375
Posted By igknighted

It's a common "problem" for many bikes, but more...

It's a common "problem" for many bikes, but more common in MTB because of suspension setups. Either buy a shorter post (I ride a Thomson 225mm), or just cut it. Just remember that you cut it and...
10-31-11, 05:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 594
Posted By igknighted

You either need: (1) A shorter stem with a cable...

You either need: (1) A shorter stem with a cable hanger (very hard to find), (2) A shorter stem and a separate cable hanger (more ideal, not sure where to get one for a quill stem though), (3) A...
10-30-11, 08:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 310
Posted By igknighted

Honestly, any half decent caliper will stop you...

Honestly, any half decent caliper will stop you [almost] equally as well, the difference is mostly weight. If stopping power is an issue, look at your pad selection before calipers. If you're...
10-27-11, 09:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,022
Posted By igknighted

The carbon crux is indeed a tricross. Not that...

The carbon crux is indeed a tricross. Not that that is a bad thing per se, just ride them both and see which you prefer. The Alu version should feel snappier and more aggressive, while the carbon...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-11, 10:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,419
Posted By igknighted

The issue isn't really how deep the wheel is......

The issue isn't really how deep the wheel is... it's just that the deeper the wheel is, the more precisely it needs to be "aerodynamically balanced". In a crosswind, the center of the force applied...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-11, 03:03 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,009
Posted By igknighted

Light & Motion Vis 180... super bright, won't...

Light & Motion Vis 180... super bright, won't break and never buy batteries again. Will easily outlast 3 PBSF's to make up the price difference.
10-10-11, 08:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 820
Posted By igknighted

If you go through your local shop they can get a...

If you go through your local shop they can get a custom complete build kit through QBP where you can pick out each and every part and get exactly what you want. Many shops will even do some sort of...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-11, 07:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 414
Posted By igknighted

I'd probably look to get some of those combined...

I'd probably look to get some of those combined sealant/inflators and take my chances that I don't get too big of a hole. With the cost of tri's these days, unless I was really competitive I'm not...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-05-11, 05:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,304
Posted By igknighted

If it's mind-numbing, then you're overthinking...

If it's mind-numbing, then you're overthinking it. At the end of the day, it's a bike, and you're going to ride it. Hard to go wrong as long as you get one that fits. Go to a shop you trust, ride...
10-05-11, 04:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,572
Posted By igknighted

The 530's are in stock from QBP (in silver), so...

The 530's are in stock from QBP (in silver), so your shop should be able to have them in a week or so. If that's what you really want, it's worth the wait. If it's that big of a deal, maybe they...
10-04-11, 07:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,572
Posted By igknighted

The A520 has a rounded back, you can't stand on...

The A520 has a rounded back, you can't stand on it. If you want single sided SPD, get the A530's.
09-29-11, 09:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 520
Posted By igknighted

Hmm... not talking from experience, but I would...

Hmm... not talking from experience, but I would think it would be close to accurate. A good mud tire is rather narrow, so I don't see any reason why it _should_ be wider than that.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-11, 08:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 879
Posted By igknighted

Yeah, jersey pocket FTW... Although I have one of...

Yeah, jersey pocket FTW... Although I have one of those Serfas lights and it is really nice as well. Also, don't discount clipping/strapping a light to your helmet. Higher is usually more visible...
09-21-11, 12:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 831
Posted By igknighted

You can use any 29" MTB tire, so any width you...

You can use any 29" MTB tire, so any width you want should be available. The real issue will be the clearance on your frame. Most CX frames struggle to clear tires much bigger than 35mm (about 1...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-11, 10:50 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,558
Posted By igknighted

Do you feel the same way when you are driving? ...

Do you feel the same way when you are driving? As we all love to point out, we have the same rights and responsibilities on a bike as we do in a car, so if the "no one is here, I can roll it" thing...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-11, 10:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,948
Posted By igknighted

In my experience, these cause more flats by...

In my experience, these cause more flats by rubbing on the tube than they prevent. Use with caution. And lots of talc.

I commute on Specialized Nimbus Sports, about $25-$30 each. Blackbelt...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-11, 10:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,980
Posted By igknighted

Hmm... the S5 is marginally faster...

Hmm... the S5 is marginally faster aerodynamically, but the S3 Red is lighter (possibly faster climbing). That said, I would probably try to get a new S2 with Rival (if they are still available at...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-11, 10:43 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 12,299
Posted By igknighted

Just about everybody is doing this now. I live...

Just about everybody is doing this now. I live just a few minutes from a Giant corporate store, and I don't doubt that every brand does some. They all saw Apple do it so successfully that they want...
09-17-11, 08:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 583
Posted By igknighted

CX isn't going to break your bike (more likely to...

CX isn't going to break your bike (more likely to do serious damage in road crashes, not CX crashes). Just get all the tools to strip the bike down to clean it after races (or at least the really...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-11, 08:07 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,747
Posted By igknighted

If that's split mens/wmns, includes framesets,...

If that's split mens/wmns, includes framesets, includes H1/H2/H3 and Double/Compact/Triple variations then it suddenly doesn't seem like so much. Add up the different Roubaix and Tarmac options and...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-11, 07:39 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,866
Posted By igknighted

Exactly... I wouldn't be any more concerned about...

Exactly... I wouldn't be any more concerned about carbon as I would my aluminum or steel bikes (in fact, I would be less concerned, as I would imagine that metal's more rapid heating and cooling...
09-15-11, 08:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 49,496
Posted By igknighted

Yeah, side cutters or pliers should be able to go...

Yeah, side cutters or pliers should be able to go through that in no time...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7HbMtejsQw&feature=related
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-11, 08:55 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,819
Posted By igknighted

2011 Allez Comp's are still in stock in some...

2011 Allez Comp's are still in stock in some places and on sale, also may find some Trek 2.1's left. Both 105/Apex and (at least the specialized), pretty race worthy. Might also consider the Trek...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-11, 08:16 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 24,591
Posted By igknighted

Numbness? Not normal. See a fitter, get a...

Numbness? Not normal. See a fitter, get a better saddle, look for some solutions online... don't just put up with it. This can do long term damage, but is fixable if you look for some help.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-11, 08:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 387
Posted By igknighted

What do you hope to gain? If you're happy with...

What do you hope to gain? If you're happy with what you have, why change? Eggbeaters get a bad rep because they have nearly zero adjustability, but if you don't need to make any adjustments...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-11, 08:11 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,661
Posted By igknighted

They make many great tires, many good tires, and...

They make many great tires, many good tires, and many POS tires (just like Continental, Michelin, etc.). The reason most bike shops don't stock them is that they are notoriously bad at keeping...
09-09-11, 07:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 469
Posted By igknighted

Are you racing this bike, or riding it as a...

Are you racing this bike, or riding it as a road/commute/touring/winter bike? If it's a race bike, mud + triple crank is not good. Also, the 30t and 50t are worthless for racing CX. The 46t and...
Forum: Northeast
09-08-11, 10:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,972
Posted By igknighted

No need for knobbies. Lots of the trail is...

No need for knobbies. Lots of the trail is speed-limited anyways, so there really isn't much chance to get up to a "dangerous" speed, and the knobs don't really do that much anyways. If you can go...
09-08-11, 09:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,318
Posted By igknighted

Why is a hybrid/"flat-bar road bike" not capable...

Why is a hybrid/"flat-bar road bike" not capable on rail trails? Something like a Specialized Sirrus IS a cyclocross bike with a flat handlebar and better brakes. Plus, you get a wider range of...
09-08-11, 07:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,112
Posted By igknighted

Most brands will not let the LBS sell a bike...

Most brands will not let the LBS sell a bike un-built. They are required to assemble and tune it to make sure everything is OK. We sell bikes to travelers all the time, especially those over from...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-11, 09:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,639
Posted By igknighted

Yeah, but the stem has to match the seatpost...

Yeah, but the stem has to match the seatpost...
09-07-11, 09:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 531
Posted By igknighted

Is it 100% necessary? No. But it does reduce...

Is it 100% necessary? No. But it does reduce friction on the front brake cable, which will improve brake performance. If you have a lot of spacers between your stem and the cable hanger you should...
09-07-11, 08:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,923
Posted By igknighted

Why not use something like the Shimano CX70 or...

Why not use something like the Shimano CX70 or CX50 derailleur? It's top pull and designed to work with road shifters on road parts, and should have a clamp size for any frame (or use the braze-on...
09-03-11, 11:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,799
Posted By igknighted

New chains are some of the cheapest bike parts,...

New chains are some of the cheapest bike parts, and far too critical (and quick wearing) to consider used. As for tools, you will need a chain tool, a chain whip, and a cassette tool (make sure you...
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