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Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-11, 03:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 822
Posted By scirocco

It is relying on you to provide the correct input...

It is relying on you to provide the correct input at the time that you hit "Calibrate" (i.e. zero force = zero power). It doesn't know what "no input" is for sure - that is what you are telling it...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-11, 12:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 822
Posted By scirocco

It's a bit of a misnomer - it's just setting the...

It's a bit of a misnomer - it's just setting the zero point.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-11, 12:15 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,696
Posted By scirocco

Yeah, why not try a cassette that starts with a...

Yeah, why not try a cassette that starts with a 12T cog. You would only have likely needed the 50-11 to get a few more MPH on downhills so if you can sacrifice that you will get smaller gaps between...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-11, 12:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 553
Posted By scirocco

This. On the left is a FSA ring. Compare the...

This. On the left is a FSA ring. Compare the tooth centreline with the flat surface that contacts the crank spider. The teeth are well to the left (inboard side). On the right is a Shimano small...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-11, 06:55 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,534
Posted By scirocco

Yup, I think if boats and areoplanes and F1 cars...

Yup, I think if boats and areoplanes and F1 cars made of carbon fibre can survive, I doubt the humble bicycle is going to have too many problems.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-11, 07:45 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,444
Posted By scirocco

Well, it's nice to have someone in bike retailing...

Well, it's nice to have someone in bike retailing come out and admit it. Your policy as practiced by my LBS has cost me two uncomfortable frames before I learned enough about what fit me to ignore...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-11, 07:44 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,444
Posted By scirocco

+1. People are talking about the differences in...

+1. People are talking about the differences in size as "only" being 1-2 cm. You can feel 1-2 mm changes in fit, 1-2 cm is a big jump.

Doubt the LBS will do anything, though.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-11, 07:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 761
Posted By scirocco

You do realise that many, many people do not run...

You do realise that many, many people do not run BB30 cranks in BB30 frames, preferring instead to use one of the (at least) three possible adaptor systems? Using an adaptor opens up a whole world of...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-11, 06:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 893
Posted By scirocco

If you don't have the SRAM Red BB, why do you...

If you don't have the SRAM Red BB, why do you need to look for alternatives for it? What BB and crank are you using now?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-11, 07:14 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 5,220
Posted By scirocco

Because road cycling kind of trickles down from...

Because road cycling kind of trickles down from racing. In a racing situation swapping out bottles for refills is a lot easier than refilling a Camelbak. And on the road there's not usually a problem...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-11, 08:26 AM
Replies: 2,712
Views: 461,409
Posted By scirocco

The Southern Alps near Methven. Plenty of snow...

The Southern Alps near Methven. Plenty of snow when I visited last week:

http://www.users.on.net/~ianleeming/Bike/Alps.jpg
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-11, 11:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,330
Posted By scirocco

Drops, definitely if you are not fully confident....

Drops, definitely if you are not fully confident. Even if it feels less in control (which surprises me) you do have better control - less likely to be jolted off the hoods and better power and...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-11, 11:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,043
Posted By scirocco

I don't see the problem. If you are finding that...

I don't see the problem. If you are finding that you are often "right in the middle of the cassette" then that suggests the 50T ring is perfect for you. You could still change down to say the 2nd to...
09-11-11, 06:18 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,117
Posted By scirocco

No multi-tools for me. For day rides, 4mm and 5mm...

No multi-tools for me. For day rides, 4mm and 5mm allen wrenches (NOT a multitool) and a spare master link, plus stuff to fix a flat is all I carry.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-11, 05:54 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 36,838
Posted By scirocco

What is the front shift quality like with...

What is the front shift quality like with Biopace? Seems to me that for anyone using regular Shimano cranksets with their flawless shifting, you'd have to be disappointed with Biopace. Or is the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-11, 05:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 459
Posted By scirocco

There are actually three possible ways (at least)...

There are actually three possible ways (at least) of doing it:

1. Fit BB30 bearings and get the Wheels Manufacturing adaptor for Shimano cranks;
2. Fit a FSA press-in sleeve and then screw in...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-11, 05:31 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 17,224
Posted By scirocco

No need to be hating on BB30. The KCNC adaptor...

No need to be hating on BB30. The KCNC adaptor has solved the installation problem. No Loctite, no creaking, no press-fit or installation tools other than standard Shimano external cup BB tools, easy...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-11, 11:27 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,418
Posted By scirocco

Find the best price around the state/country and...

Find the best price around the state/country and then give the LBS the opportunity to match it. That way you get a discount, the LBS get the sale, and some of the money stays local and helps the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-11, 06:24 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,862
Posted By scirocco

I've started using cyclemeter app which works...

I've started using cyclemeter app which works really well. Battery life has not been a problem. With a smartphone you're probably going to put it on charge every night anyway. It doesn't replace the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-11, 06:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,791
Posted By scirocco

Not as dorky as a flipped-up stem, which just...

Not as dorky as a flipped-up stem, which just screams "I haven't got good enough flexibility to ride this bike". At least with the stem down and some more spacers it looks like the traditional quill...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-11, 11:00 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 18,364
Posted By scirocco

I tried a couple of SMPs with different widths...

I tried a couple of SMPs with different widths and padding. The cutout is very good and really does solve any numbness problems. Much more than a gimmick.

But that is irrelevant if you can't get...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-11, 04:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 590
Posted By scirocco

There are a couple of other ways to do it: ...

There are a couple of other ways to do it:

1. FSA make an aluminium sleeve that is pressed into the BB shell. This has a regular English BB thread that will take a normal Shimano BB. Some people...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-11, 10:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,385
Posted By scirocco

I think the whole "straight edge alnong the...

I think the whole "straight edge alnong the bottom of the drop to the tip of the levers" is not the way to go. It might by good luck work out correct on some bar and lever combinations but IMHO what...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-11, 04:18 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,040
Posted By scirocco

Maybe "pillow-like" conjures up the wrong image,...

Maybe "pillow-like" conjures up the wrong image, because shorts padding is not a huge thick pillow. But it IS soft. A typical pair of Castelli or Giordana or Assos shorts (or any of the main brands)...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-11, 09:56 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,040
Posted By scirocco

The padding in shorts is a lot softer than the...

The padding in shorts is a lot softer than the padding on a typical road saddle. The shorts padding compresses down to next to nothing when you sit on it. It's really there more for avoiding chafing...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-11, 06:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,112
Posted By scirocco

Don't degrease more than is needed, because that...

Don't degrease more than is needed, because that removes lube as well as the dirt and even after you re-lube it, there may be dry areas for a while. If you're only riding in dry conditions simply...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-11, 08:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 853
Posted By scirocco

I did a six-day north-south trip in the Alps this...

I did a six-day north-south trip in the Alps this year which was a century or metric century every day with 12,000 plus feet of climbing on a couple of days. Hard but not ridiculously so if you're...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-11, 06:19 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,855
Posted By scirocco

I got a pro fit when I first started riding road...

I got a pro fit when I first started riding road bikes. I think it was worth it because when you start off you don't know what to aim for and trial and error can take a while.

But now I know what...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-11, 04:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,189
Posted By scirocco

I've swapped a 34T on a Shimano crank with a SRAM...

I've swapped a 34T on a Shimano crank with a SRAM 36T inner ring. Worked flawlessly, and as people have said, if anything the shifting is better because there's less of a jump between small and big...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-11, 11:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 762
Posted By scirocco

Hard to predict. Some geometries seem to be badly...

Hard to predict. Some geometries seem to be badly affected by really short stems, others you hardly notice any difference. (I've got one of each). 40mm is pretty short.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-11, 06:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 984
Posted By scirocco

Out the front door. Shake hands with the...

Out the front door. Shake hands with the Fremantle Doctor. :)
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-11, 03:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 730
Posted By scirocco

Wiggle are good as well. Probikekit are too often...

Wiggle are good as well. Probikekit are too often out of stock on too many things to get much of my business these days, and they aren't as competitive on price as they used to be.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-11, 05:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 454
Posted By scirocco

New cranks are an expensive way to increase your...

New cranks are an expensive way to increase your torque when you could just change gear. The only torque that matters is what the rear wheel sees.

But yes, you may find larger cranks slow your...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-11, 06:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,099
Posted By scirocco

Does this combo just work straight out of the...

Does this combo just work straight out of the box? Any problems with the derailleur pulleys hitting the 32 tooth cog?
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-11, 09:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,099
Posted By scirocco

Yeah, I like my saddle pointed up a degree or two...

Yeah, I like my saddle pointed up a degree or two but that is ridiculous.

Otherwise, nice bike. :)
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-11, 09:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,252
Posted By scirocco

I bought a BMC Race Machine frameset (BB30) and...

I bought a BMC Race Machine frameset (BB30) and it actually came with a FSA press-fit adaptor sleeve (not installed) in the box of goodies. So the frame manufacturers know full well that many people...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-11, 09:10 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,082
Posted By scirocco

Yes. You've said it's not a race, so just go easy...

Yes. You've said it's not a race, so just go easy for the first few miles.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-11, 07:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,252
Posted By scirocco

That would be a good reason to use an adaptor...

That would be a good reason to use an adaptor (i.e. to get rid of the FSA). :)

Personally I have a BB30 frame with DA and I use an adaptor. No squeaks yet. But there are at least three ways of...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-11, 07:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 403
Posted By scirocco

Yes, the saddle should be wherever it needs to be...

Yes, the saddle should be wherever it needs to be so that you are nicely balanced over the pedals without excessive weight on your hands. The fitter will have hopefully got you somewhere near that...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-11, 10:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 598
Posted By scirocco

Sounds like the OP's mechanic needs adjustment -...

Sounds like the OP's mechanic needs adjustment - if he's really that confused about the difference between pull ratio and cog spacing...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-11, 10:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,656
Posted By scirocco

The OP was asking about the fastest, not the best...

The OP was asking about the fastest, not the best compromise of acceptably good rolling and grip with reasonable durability and puncture resistance.

If it's low rolling resistance and great grip...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-11, 10:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,661
Posted By scirocco

+1 for the magical 7900 C24 CL's. I can't say...

+1 for the magical 7900 C24 CL's. I can't say enough good things about them.

I was a bit surprised to read the good aero score, though, because if there is one thing I would not have said is that...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-14-11, 05:34 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,734
Posted By scirocco

Bibs for long rides, shorts if you can't be...

Bibs for long rides, shorts if you can't be bothered with the palaver of bibs for a 10 mile ride or commute.

Bibs are a bit more comfortable but the difference is not as much as people make out...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-11, 06:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,467
Posted By scirocco

If you can spin out a 50 front 12 rear for any...

If you can spin out a 50 front 12 rear for any distance on the flat you should be riding competitively. :)

Having said that I do find a 50/12 spins out a bit too soon on downhills. But you don't...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-11, 06:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 794
Posted By scirocco

Strange. You are bending your knees less, not...

Strange. You are bending your knees less, not more, on the shorter cranks.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-11, 10:45 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,678
Posted By scirocco

Didn't the owners of the first rotary-engined...

Didn't the owners of the first rotary-engined cars (dont' know if they were Mazdas or what) used to wave at each other all the time? They would hold up several fingers, indicating how many new...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-11, 04:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,898
Posted By scirocco

Yes, also my experience that Sidi sizing runs...

Yes, also my experience that Sidi sizing runs small, I need half to one whole euro size larger than other brands.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-11, 07:19 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,313
Posted By scirocco

Yes, I think there might be some benefit, but I...

Yes, I think there might be some benefit, but I think it would be small. Aerodynamics over the rear of an object are important. Long pointy tails help with this and the second rider might act like a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-07-11, 04:51 PM
Replies: 729
Views: 178,955
Posted By scirocco

A rep from BMC USA posts over on...

A rep from BMC USA posts over on RBR:http://forums.roadbikereview.com/bmc/slr01-seatpost-setback-257125.html

Your bike looks really good, BTW. I guess that's the standard build, or did you build...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-07-11, 06:51 AM
Replies: 729
Views: 178,955
Posted By scirocco

What setback seatpost did that come with? I...

What setback seatpost did that come with? I understand that 6mm, 15mm and 30mm are available. Mine came with the 6mm and I don't think it's going to be enough with the 73.5 STA.
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