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04-14-10, 12:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,779
Posted By isotopesope

trackends, rather? i'm grateful to not see a...

trackends, rather? i'm grateful to not see a hybrid sporting track drop bars, as the title of this thread lead me to believe...

enjoy your new single speed! it looks like a great project. be...
03-27-10, 11:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,389
Posted By isotopesope

i also vote for the 54 since it's top tube length...

i also vote for the 54 since it's top tube length is so close to your road bikes. the headtube length is important to consider as well, but in this situation the 54's is only 8mm shorter than the...
02-18-10, 06:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By isotopesope

sweet: ...

sweet:
http://www.bikesonline.com/TRP-Eurox-Barrel-Adjuster-Upgrade-Kit4pcs-1bike.htm
02-18-10, 06:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By isotopesope

i believe that price is for a pair of front and...

i believe that price is for a pair of front and rear. other sites list them as a full bike's worth for around 86ish. the barrel adjuster caught my eye, but looking at pictures closer make me wonder...
02-17-10, 06:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By isotopesope

FSA cantilever brakes

anyone have any experience with them? i just stumbled scross them on cyclocrossworld (http://cyclocrossworld.stores.yahoo.net/ffuspahslcyb.html).

they sound killer. i like how adjustable they...
11-07-09, 04:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 891
Posted By isotopesope

if the supernova fits great, why are you looking...

if the supernova fits great, why are you looking to replace it?

were you too stretched out on the cannondale?

the geometries of the 51 supernova...
11-05-09, 11:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,311
Posted By isotopesope

that bike is absolutely stunning! i love the...

that bike is absolutely stunning! i love the color scheme. can't wait to see it built up. what tubing is it?

being 6'4" myself, i always love seeing a large frame. they're much more handsome!
11-03-09, 05:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,074
Posted By isotopesope

that can happen from chainrings that aren't...

that can happen from chainrings that aren't perfectly round or the chainring shifting a bit when you're tightening it. it's probably more pronounced with that gear combo, as it would create exactly...
10-28-09, 07:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,254
Posted By isotopesope

this bike sounds like a train wreck. ...

this bike sounds like a train wreck.


135mm length cranks!? you've typed it twice. is it a double typo, or are you child sized?

so, i'm assuming you have square taper da track cranks if...
10-20-09, 08:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,432
Posted By isotopesope

don't worry about being a mtb rider and 'everyone...

don't worry about being a mtb rider and 'everyone knowing it'. the cool thing about cross is that mountain bikers, roadies, and cross goonies all get together to mix it up and no one really seems to...
10-20-09, 06:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,370
Posted By isotopesope

then you wind up with a bike with too short of a...

then you wind up with a bike with too short of a headtube. the bb height has no effect on the fit when you're riding, only when you're standing over the bike. are you going to ride the bike or walk...
Replies: 7
Views: 834
Posted By isotopesope

that's the spirit! in that case, i'd just stick...

that's the spirit! in that case, i'd just stick with the 10k price... maybe double the shipping charges.

eggbeaters for a track racing bike? :eek:
10-16-09, 07:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,103
Posted By isotopesope

a center pull caliper would provide much more...

a center pull caliper would provide much more tire and mud clearance than a standard road caliper. i would go with a canti up front and a center pull at the rear. the effort would be worth the...
10-15-09, 01:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,370
Posted By isotopesope

i just remembered you were the guy that wanted a...

i just remembered you were the guy that wanted a full on race bike for only riding on dirt paths, due to a back injury.

did you even bother to check the geometry on ridley's site? i'm assuming...
10-15-09, 11:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,370
Posted By isotopesope

i completely agree. the crosswind has a...

i completely agree.

the crosswind has a 4mm higher bb than the x-fire.

i also ride a crosswind and have very little standover clearance, but it fits me super well. i'm riding a 60 c-c,...
10-06-09, 06:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 943
Posted By isotopesope

my last race i had the exact same problems as...

my last race i had the exact same problems as nitropowered! as i was watching my friend's race and pre-riding the course, i started feeling worse and worse. by the end of my race, i was in agony. ...
10-06-09, 02:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 703
Posted By isotopesope

is your bar height the same between your geared...

is your bar height the same between your geared and ss cx?

you should definitely get back into your core strengthening routine. seeing a rolfer sounds like a great idea too! i've been doing yoga...
10-06-09, 10:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 905
Posted By isotopesope

you must do a lot of bar spins with those...

you must do a lot of bar spins with those suuuuper long cables.

bending steel back and forth will work harden it and making it brittle. i wouldn't ride a fork that's been bent back and forth so...
09-29-09, 09:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,651
Posted By isotopesope

i think a nice custom ti or steel frame with a...

i think a nice custom ti or steel frame with a good group would do you much better in the long run than either race-only bike... especially if you're never going to race. perhaps something like a...
09-28-09, 11:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,222
Posted By isotopesope

regardless of pad alignment, my front hub has...

regardless of pad alignment, my front hub has been slightly loose before and caused shuddering. have you checked it?

fwiw, i run avid v brakes on my mountain bike and recently starting running...
09-23-09, 09:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,355
Posted By isotopesope

word. a salsa stem would be sweet as well.

word. a salsa stem would be sweet as well.
09-23-09, 09:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,355
Posted By isotopesope

that bianchi is killer! that frameset is waay...

that bianchi is killer! that frameset is waay nicer than a surly, imo. i agree with timj; that bike would be race worthy with different pedals and new tires. too bad celeste mud's are so hard to...
09-21-09, 04:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 571
Posted By isotopesope

a light tread like the vittoria you were...

a light tread like the vittoria you were considering seems more ideal for your needs than a cross tire. if you need more grip, lower the pressure.

biketiresdirect.com has several "city and...
09-18-09, 07:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,103
Posted By isotopesope

you could run an old center pull caliper... like...

you could run an old center pull caliper... like a mafac, weinmann, dia compe, etc. i'm sure they could be had on ebay for cheap. or you can get fancy and run a paul racer....
09-17-09, 11:39 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,297
Posted By isotopesope

you should probably first try to adjust your...

you should probably first try to adjust your front derailleur properly...

speaking of single ring setups, this seems like the ideal single ring chain babysitter:...
09-16-09, 11:47 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,297
Posted By isotopesope

mountain bike shifters are typically designed for...

mountain bike shifters are typically designed for a 22.2mm clamp, which is the diameter of mountain bars at the handle area, but your bullhorns are probably 23.8mm at the handle area. you might be...
09-14-09, 11:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 548
Posted By isotopesope

what's wrong with fsa chainrings? check out...

what's wrong with fsa chainrings?

check out the chainring selection at cyclocrossworld:
http://cyclocrossworld.stores.yahoo.net/chainrings.html

the thorne chainrings are usa made and are...
09-10-09, 04:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 708
Posted By isotopesope

that's up to you and your trails. i will...

that's up to you and your trails. i will occasionally ride my cross bike on trails with my 48/38:12-27. the 38:27 is somewhat easier than my ss 29er ratio of 32:21, so i don't mind too much.
09-02-09, 01:54 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,211
Posted By isotopesope

this thread is sort of old, so i don't know if...

this thread is sort of old, so i don't know if you're decided on your colorado destination, but i'd like to chime in a bit about colorado springs. valygrl's friend was probably on the north or east...
08-30-09, 05:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 616
Posted By isotopesope

yes, ebay, same size, sit on it, higher bars,...

yes, ebay, same size, sit on it, higher bars, sure, duh.

i'm too lazy to write it all out.
08-20-09, 12:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,554
Posted By isotopesope

bianchi...

bianchi (http://www.bianchiusa.com/09-bicycles/09-d2-special/carbon-cross-concept/09-d2-carbon-cross-concept-frame.html) and guerciotti (http://www.guerciotti.com/bici_xcrow.htm) also make car-*****...
08-20-09, 06:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 657
Posted By isotopesope

if you're only going to be riding dirt roads and...

if you're only going to be riding dirt roads and paths, a true mountain bike would be overkill.
08-14-09, 12:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 820
Posted By isotopesope

last season was my first season for cross racing....

last season was my first season for cross racing. i used 32c ritchey speedmax's for pretty much all my races and was really impressed with their performance in all conditions. there was one race...
08-13-09, 01:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 505
Posted By isotopesope

i'd go with whichever provides you the best fit. ...

i'd go with whichever provides you the best fit. ;)

of those four, i like the felt the least. for racing, you're not going to want the 50 or the 34 chainrings. too big and too small imo. i...
08-04-09, 09:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 621
Posted By isotopesope

i'd go with whichever frame's geometry fits you...

i'd go with whichever frame's geometry fits you better.

that said, i LOVE my ridley crosswind. i commute to work on it, race it, and occasionally trail ride with it. the crossbow has the same...
07-10-09, 12:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 640
Posted By isotopesope

my sentiments exactly. i've also had a few...

my sentiments exactly. i've also had a few frames powdercoated.

i had my ridley crosswind powdercoated because it looked like the eurotrash lovechild of a dumb nike ad and a rave flier. i think...
06-23-09, 07:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 693
Posted By isotopesope

i just got a pair of the brown!! comp's and love...

i just got a pair of the brown!! comp's and love them. they're soooo much more comfortable than my dumb old sidi's. i'm excited about using the additional screw-in cleats for cross season. i'm...
06-10-09, 02:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,198
Posted By isotopesope

her daughters were also saying she's been living...

her daughters were also saying she's been living with one of them for awhile now, so that they can care for her and be with her at all times. where the f word were they on 8.6.08? such crap. two...
06-09-09, 03:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,198
Posted By isotopesope

ej was a very close friend of mine. i was at the...

ej was a very close friend of mine. i was at the preliminary trial, as well as barbara thomas's sentencing yesterday. i got a chance to speak on his behalf, as well as several other friends and...
06-04-09, 05:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,519
Posted By isotopesope

i started thinking about the downtube dilemma...

i started thinking about the downtube dilemma after i posted. good point... but, if you're going that far...

i'm curious; why are you so insistent to have both brake style mounts?

seems like...
06-04-09, 11:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,519
Posted By isotopesope

so you'll be paying a framebuilder to add the s&s...

so you'll be paying a framebuilder to add the s&s couplers to the soma? why not have them shorten the tt and dt length while they're at it?

or, go with the traveler's check and have a disc tab...
05-21-09, 01:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 579
Posted By isotopesope

yeah i saw that, you failure. they edited my...

yeah i saw that, you failure. they edited my response to you as well. maybe you should think long and hard about where word that is derived. how is that ever acceptable?

the last part of my...
05-21-09, 07:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 579
Posted By isotopesope

*******s? gays? wow, are you in the klan? who...

*******s? gays? wow, are you in the klan? who f-wording cares if you're always getting r dun with your man's man cross tires. you don't race cross, so sit down and shut up.
05-14-09, 08:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 931
Posted By isotopesope

what psi are you running them at? as far...

what psi are you running them at?

as far as commuting involving dirt paths and gravel, i'll usually run them around 50 psi. if i were to only ride them on the road, i'd probably go to the max...
05-13-09, 03:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 595
Posted By isotopesope

i'm running avid single digit ultimates and find...

i'm running avid single digit ultimates and find them to be quite powerful. they don't flex under hard braking either. the pivots have sealed bearings, which makes them super smooth. i'm running...
05-13-09, 01:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 526
Posted By isotopesope

one issue with a 29er at your height is that you...

one issue with a 29er at your height is that you might have to have a flip your stem down to have a negative rise, to lower your handlebars some. you might run into toe overlap issues... it's also...
05-12-09, 10:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 811
Posted By isotopesope

sun cr18 and salsa delgado's are both great rims...

sun cr18 and salsa delgado's are both great rims that are wide for cross, touring or even mountain riding. they're affordable and eyeleted as well.

i run rim brake delgado's on my ss 29er. ...
05-10-09, 12:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,093
Posted By isotopesope

someone is disagreeing with you. get over it. ...

someone is disagreeing with you. get over it. you also admitted to being new to cross. so why would your opinion carry much weight? you shouldn't believe everything you think.
05-08-09, 12:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,093
Posted By isotopesope

my road bike and cross bike have the exact same...

my road bike and cross bike have the exact same seat tube and top tube sizes, with the same length stem. my bars sit higher on my cross bike though; they're close to even with my saddle height. ...
05-06-09, 01:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,272
Posted By isotopesope

well, the longer cross fork would slacken your...

well, the longer cross fork would slacken your geometry a bit, which would probably be good. as well as give you the front clearance. but, if the soma only has clearance for a 28 in the rear, i...
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