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Forum: Road Cycling
09-08-10, 08:12 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,230
Posted By acorn_user

Low budget = Surly Pacer, Allez Steel or Soma...

Low budget = Surly Pacer, Allez Steel or Soma Smoothie. Medium budget = Gunnar Sport or Marinoni Ciclo. High budget = custom steel.

You'd probably do alright with the Secteur/Defy crowd too.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-08-10, 08:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 384
Posted By acorn_user

I've been using GP4000s in 25c and have liked...

I've been using GP4000s in 25c and have liked them. I also ran Challenge Criteriums, and thought they were cool. All Conditions did well for me too, but I still prefer the GP4000s. They wear so well,...
09-08-10, 08:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 674
Posted By acorn_user

Tubs! Other than that, I would choose sturdy,...

Tubs! Other than that, I would choose sturdy, easily repaired wheels. To me, this means Shimano or Campagnolo hubs with 32 or 36 spoke rims. Don't spend lots of money on the wheels, because if you...
09-08-10, 07:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 953
Posted By acorn_user

You can watch me cheat in the VA races a + Urban...

You can watch me cheat in the VA races a + Urban Cross :) I cheat by riding tubs...
07-24-10, 02:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 536
Posted By acorn_user

Great course, but I'm now too fat and trying to...

Great course, but I'm now too fat and trying to fix all the broken instruments in my lab ;)
07-24-10, 02:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 733
Posted By acorn_user

Ben King? (I'm totally biased in his favour...

Ben King? (I'm totally biased in his favour because I know his dad ;))
Davide Veilleux is Canadian, but pretty good too.
07-21-10, 06:28 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 8,865
Posted By acorn_user

I'm not sure that AC will want to win the tour...

I'm not sure that AC will want to win the tour without winning a stage, but I suspect he will bide his time and that USAZorro's description will be apt.

There are big reasons for going in a break,...
07-21-10, 05:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,941
Posted By acorn_user

Gipiemme still exists, but they have poor...

Gipiemme still exists, but they have poor distribution in the USA.
http://www.gipiemme.com/JJ_SITE/JJ_MAIN/JJ_ShopCase.asp

Nemesis outdoor is the UK importer, and there is a German importer too....
06-01-10, 04:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 799
Posted By acorn_user

I think your plan is a good one. Btw, not all...

I think your plan is a good one. Btw, not all older racing frames had long reach brakes, quite a few were short reach. If you are planning on changing the brakes, you do need to check the front fork...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-10, 05:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 981
Posted By acorn_user

There's a very good chance my next bike will be a...

There's a very good chance my next bike will be a Grandis Overmax :) Do a search for Grandis at the Italian Cycling Journal blog.
05-11-10, 04:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,294
Posted By acorn_user

I think you got a great deal. When I bought my...

I think you got a great deal. When I bought my CSK, I paid $300 for the frame and spent another $400 or so on parts (Kazane crank, Miche hubs, Araya rims). It's a really nice race bike. Be sure to...
05-05-10, 06:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,831
Posted By acorn_user

Well, they used to make loads of road and mtb...

Well, they used to make loads of road and mtb hubs, but they never got into cassette hubs afaik. That's where the market is...
04-30-10, 01:04 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,312
Posted By acorn_user

also, our races are more interesting (and...

also, our races are more interesting (and generally better) than any of the local races, and they are much cheaper too. There are plenty of $40 crits. Our races are capped at $17.... so start a club...
04-30-10, 12:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,312
Posted By acorn_user

This is the winning answer! It's not that hard to...

This is the winning answer! It's not that hard to start a club sport, and it's not too hard to register with USAC and get going. Check out the ECCC website; they used to have a bunch of helpful...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-10, 03:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 616
Posted By acorn_user

I've been racing 25c Conti GP4000s at 100psi. I...

I've been racing 25c Conti GP4000s at 100psi. I like them a lot. They roll well, are light and grip well. I think I'm going to give up on the 23s...
Replies: 18
Views: 3,435
Posted By acorn_user

Velo Orange has 17 degree stems that you can run...

Velo Orange has 17 degree stems that you can run upside down. I think Ritchey, Dimension and 11-81 (?!) have them too.,, they are designed to raise road bars, but you could use them to get track bars...
04-03-10, 03:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,060
Posted By acorn_user

p.s. you can order the Mercian Professional as a...

p.s. you can order the Mercian Professional as a track frame....
http://www.merciancycles.co.uk/frame_professional.asp
04-03-10, 03:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,060
Posted By acorn_user

I saw a lot of Jacksons and Mercians etc growing...

I saw a lot of Jacksons and Mercians etc growing up. They are nice, and the low pound is really helping you out atm. So, ordinarily, I would have suggested the Jackson. But... I've since spent a lot...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-10, 02:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 351
Posted By acorn_user

It's worth doing if you want a frame or component...

It's worth doing if you want a frame or component combo that is otherwise unavailable. For example, I like Campagnolo components, so I pretty much always have to buy the components separately and...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-29-10, 06:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 669
Posted By acorn_user

How about Miche Race wheels? They have nice hubs...

How about Miche Race wheels? They have nice hubs (they are the same as Miche Racing Box hubs) and a decent rim. Only $155....
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03-29-10, 05:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 869
Posted By acorn_user

How about a Cannondale Capo? It's a nice frame,...

How about a Cannondale Capo? It's a nice frame, and you could just sell the components you dislike.
03-29-10, 05:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 665
Posted By acorn_user

I was in the 4s, then on Carter's Mountain Rd as...

I was in the 4s, then on Carter's Mountain Rd as a marshall, then in the 45+ wheel van.

I liked the 4 race, because I didn't get dropped until lap 3. I managed to get back on after a big chase...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-26-10, 08:16 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 9,724
Posted By acorn_user

Getting dropped.

Getting dropped.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-26-10, 08:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,590
Posted By acorn_user

Tri bikes are one trick ponies. A road bike is...

Tri bikes are one trick ponies. A road bike is much more useful. If you want something tight and snappy, try looking for a CAAD9 or similar. A full on race bike style thing. However, I really don't...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-10, 04:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,436
Posted By acorn_user

http://italiancyclingjournal.blogspot.com/ ...

http://italiancyclingjournal.blogspot.com/

The author of this blog lived in Verona, so there is a lot of Chesini and Grandis content :)
03-25-10, 03:57 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,888
Posted By acorn_user

So? It's a race bike, not a tri bike. Aero frame...

So? It's a race bike, not a tri bike. Aero frame just seem like a complete waste of time. Make the bike handle right first. None of that nasty twitchy nonsense :D
03-17-10, 07:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,740
Posted By acorn_user

Wow, the Suzue Classica hubs are actually...

Wow, the Suzue Classica hubs are actually cheaper...
http://www.bikemania.biz/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=Suzue_Hubs_Classica
03-17-10, 07:01 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 17,302
Posted By acorn_user

I would pay $150 for chrome lugs!

I would pay $150 for chrome lugs!
03-12-10, 05:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,160
Posted By acorn_user

Surly Cross Check or Long Haul Trucker maybe?

Surly Cross Check or Long Haul Trucker maybe?
03-12-10, 05:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,314
Posted By acorn_user

I just bought one from Team Kazane. I like it;...

I just bought one from Team Kazane. I like it; it's pretty and light and comes with a nice chain ring. The IRD/Tange BB is nice too. The style reminds me of older Campagnolo cranks, which is also a...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-10-10, 11:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,758
Posted By acorn_user

You need an old school tubular wheelset :) Dura...

You need an old school tubular wheelset :) Dura Ace hubs on Ambrosio Crono F20 rims with good spokes and nice tubs (Vittoria Pave perhaps). Light and spiffy...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-10-10, 11:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,123
Posted By acorn_user

You could always buy a Campagnolo Centaur group...

You could always buy a Campagnolo Centaur group so that the silver fits in better ;) (or the first Rival group was polished silver too)
Forum: Road Cycling
03-09-10, 04:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 494
Posted By acorn_user

I'd recommend finding a dealer with test saddles...

I'd recommend finding a dealer with test saddles around. I guess with Performance and Nashbar, you could return the saddle if it did not suit you. You might also look at the Terry Fly saddle, and...
03-06-10, 12:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,882
Posted By acorn_user

My thoughts are that a nice custom frame isn't...

My thoughts are that a nice custom frame isn't necessarily that much more than a midrange stock frame. If you are ok with things like 105/Rival/Veloce groups etc, you could pull through at under...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-06-10, 12:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 864
Posted By acorn_user

If you want to find ride reports, go to...

If you want to find ride reports, go to bikeradar.com and search for them. You'll find loads there.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-06-10, 11:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,562
Posted By acorn_user

My favourite riding frame is a Marinoni Special,...

My favourite riding frame is a Marinoni Special, made of Columbus SL. That probably weighs in the 2000g (4-5lb) range. But I like it better than lighter Reynolds 853 steel and Columbus Altec2...
03-06-10, 11:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,721
Posted By acorn_user

Can I throw in an oddball suggestion? There are a...

Can I throw in an oddball suggestion? There are a bunch of British frame builders who build you a frame to your specs for about that, especially now the pound is dropping against the $. Steve Goff,...
03-04-10, 09:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 907
Posted By acorn_user

Ribble or Wiggle usually have great prices on the...

Ribble or Wiggle usually have great prices on the Miche gear.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-04-10, 09:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 329
Posted By acorn_user

No, but I have heard plenty of good things about...

No, but I have heard plenty of good things about them. I wouldn't hesitate to use them.
03-03-10, 01:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,721
Posted By acorn_user

I really don't think that the Alien and Kazane...

I really don't think that the Alien and Kazane frames are the same. I've not ridden the Kazane, but I see quite a few of them at the races in Richmond. It seems to me that they are not conceived for...
Replies: 1
Views: 482
Posted By acorn_user

Campagnolo Pista wheelset is bang on $600 from...

Campagnolo Pista wheelset is bang on $600 from Ribble Cycles. You could also go for the Micha/Ambrosio Pista set for a lot less..
Replies: 6
Views: 660
Posted By acorn_user

I would go for the Javelin out of that list....

I would go for the Javelin out of that list. Looks like a very smart frame. But I would probably end up buying based on which dealer I liked best...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-10, 01:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,533
Posted By acorn_user

I should also mention that Kelly Bedford has a...

I should also mention that Kelly Bedford has a new line of tig welded road bikes coming in at $1700 with an Alpha Q fork. And a DC area dealer. He worked for Serotta for a squillion years...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-02-10, 09:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,533
Posted By acorn_user

Much of a muchness! I think more depends on the...

Much of a muchness! I think more depends on the specific tubes/profiles selected than the company that made them. I'm sure he could build with OX Platinum if you wanted it.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-01-10, 10:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,533
Posted By acorn_user

You have a lot of good choices available to you...

You have a lot of good choices available to you here. There are also a couple of smaller shops not that far away from you, like Rich Adams and Bilenky. They could be worth a look. Or buy a Gunnar...
03-01-10, 09:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,493
Posted By acorn_user

I've not had any trouble with 23/25c tubes in...

I've not had any trouble with 23/25c tubes in monster 37c Panaracer Paselas. No flats, no trouble mounting, nothing but solid service. I like the wider tyres too. They make miserable roads acceptable...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-01-10, 09:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,251
Posted By acorn_user

I am riding 25c GP4000s right now. I really like...

I am riding 25c GP4000s right now. I really like them. I do notice the difference on gravel (which I like riding). They are also great race tyres. Wider tyres have great rolling resistance and corner...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-18-10, 11:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 836
Posted By acorn_user

I've seen the ruffled tubes on a couple of other...

I've seen the ruffled tubes on a couple of other bikes. I'd suggest your bike is late 90's based on the Campagnolo 8 or 9 speed group and the Atlanta 1996 rims. Also, the seat lug is my favourite...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-10, 02:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,044
Posted By acorn_user

I'd start by making some comfort changes. Get...

I'd start by making some comfort changes. Get everything fitted right. Then buy some new bibs, and maybe some new tyres - I really like Continental GP4000s.

Your complaint about heavy and springy...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-10, 10:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,401
Posted By acorn_user

Campagnolo square taper cranks are pretty cheap,...

Campagnolo square taper cranks are pretty cheap, and have a narrow q-factor. You could try one of those and see if it makes any difference.
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