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Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-19, 07:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,174
Posted By sanmi

I did that a couple of years ago with Tiagra...

I did that a couple of years ago with Tiagra 4700. Works great and it was fun! 4700 is good stuff. Better than older higher end groups in my opinion. Almost as good as my 6870 Di2...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-19, 07:57 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,852
Posted By sanmi

Mirrors dramatically improve situational...

Mirrors dramatically improve situational awareness. This one is my favorite:

EVT Safe Zone Bicycle Helmet Mirror https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003LVHZ4O/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_mFl4CbR5FSCZW
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-19, 05:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,017
Posted By sanmi

Post a picture of the wheel damage. i would...

Post a picture of the wheel damage.

i would replace what needs replacing and keep riding.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-19, 05:09 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,336
Posted By sanmi

Yes.

Yes.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-18, 06:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,863
Posted By sanmi

Buy a boot stretcher. I tried a bunch of...

Buy a boot stretcher.

I tried a bunch of ďwideĒ shoes last year and came ďclose but no cigarĒ with several. I found a good deal on Shimano XC7 and liked them except they were not quite wide...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-18, 06:45 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,269
Posted By sanmi

+1 Iíve been doing it this way for years...

+1

Iíve been doing it this way for years with good results. No slipping issues, including with tape that has no adhesive on the back. You can often get away without cutting the tape either by...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-18, 07:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,460
Posted By sanmi

Some people like spending money. Cheap chains...

Some people like spending money. Cheap chains have always been fine for me.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-27-18, 09:22 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,328
Posted By sanmi

Smith Pivlock Arena Max

I use these and love them for their coverage and interchangeable lenses. Paid about $65 for a last years model which came with 3 lenses.

My only complaints are that they are not polarized and the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-18, 06:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 662
Posted By sanmi

I live in MD near the USDA research center and...

I live in MD near the USDA research center and there is a lot of great road riding around here. Much of Howard county is good too. I also agree with the suggestion for areas in and around Potomac.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-18, 07:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 883
Posted By sanmi

I use the current generation tiagra (4700) and it...

I use the current generation tiagra (4700) and it is fantastic. The next level down is Sora and the new version (R3000) is nearly identical to tiagra but 9 speed. It is not much cheaper. Below that...
11-25-17, 05:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 925
Posted By sanmi

nice bike! I love a good experiment, especially...

nice bike! I love a good experiment, especially when it involves old frames and new parts.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-24-17, 05:48 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,398
Posted By sanmi

I can't help you, but if you post it in the C&V...

I can't help you, but if you post it in the C&V section, I'm sure someone can!
Forum: Road Cycling
11-23-17, 04:29 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,398
Posted By sanmi

Another Bianchi

3,000 miles in less than 1 year of service (under my ownership with modern components). This is a 1989 model.

589994

I think the answer is that a lot of us ride these... fun bikes! :thumb:
11-21-17, 09:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 890
Posted By sanmi

Looks great! Thanks for sharing. I see yours has...

Looks great! Thanks for sharing. I see yours has a bottom pull FD, which must have made the conversion a little easier. I'm looking forward to a long ride on mine once it is safe to do so...
11-21-17, 09:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,679
Posted By sanmi

Ah, I guess I was thinking of the later 930 MTB

Ah, I guess I was thinking of the later 930 MTB
11-21-17, 05:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,679
Posted By sanmi

One size too small could make a great drop bar...

One size too small could make a great drop bar conversion if you’re into that!
11-21-17, 05:01 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,793
Posted By sanmi

Are you planning to keep the drop bars? How does...

Are you planning to keep the drop bars? How does it fit?

Looks like a fun ride!
11-21-17, 04:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,404
Posted By sanmi

I've never had good luck with touch up paint. My...

I've never had good luck with touch up paint. My usual strategy is to do a deep cleaning and then apply car wax. Seems to work pretty well.

What a beautiful bike in fabulous condition!
11-21-17, 04:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 890
Posted By sanmi

Bianchi Advantage hybrid drop bar STI conversion

Current project! After a successful experience with my retro roadie (https://www.bikeforums.net/19971666-post6648.html), I wanted another one with wider tires, room for fenders, and lower gears. When...
11-20-17, 06:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,735
Posted By sanmi

The rims are 1989 Araya 20A aluminum double...

The rims are 1989 Araya 20A aluminum double walled box sections.

As I mentioned in my original post, I am hoping to salvage these wells for a future flip project. They came to me pretty beat up....
11-19-17, 04:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 904
Posted By sanmi

If everything is running well, there's not really...

If everything is running well, there's not really any maintenance to do in my experience. Sometimes old shifters get gummed up. I've had success restoring these by flushing them with WD40 and adding...
11-19-17, 04:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,735
Posted By sanmi

Rim flat spot

Trying to salvage some of the parts that came on my old Bianchi (https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/361558-retro-roadies-old-frames-sti-s-ergos-266.html#post19971666) for other projects...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-16-17, 04:44 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,459
Posted By sanmi

You answered your own question :)

You answered your own question :)
Forum: Road Cycling
11-16-17, 04:31 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,951
Posted By sanmi

I have not ridden the new Sora, but I have nearly...

I have not ridden the new Sora, but I have nearly 3,000 miles on the new Tiagra 4700 and have ridden 105 5800 and Ultegra 6800, albeit for fewer miles.

The Tiagra group performs amazingly well. In...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-17, 04:18 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,472
Posted By sanmi

Man, I wish I had less wide feet! Found a...

Man, I wish I had less wide feet!

Found a killer deal on Shimano XC7 from bikeshoes.com at $120/pair with free shipping and free return shipping. I ordered 3 sizes and they amazingly arrived the...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-10-17, 04:56 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 6,018
Posted By sanmi

Easy solution if you don't want to get passed by...

Easy solution if you don't want to get passed by E-bikes... get an E-bike!
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-17, 04:39 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,472
Posted By sanmi

These look great! I'm going to have to get a pair...

These look great! I'm going to have to get a pair when I eventually get new shoes. I agree that a better insole makes a huge difference. I added some basic superfeet insoles to my relatively ill...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-17, 09:09 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,472
Posted By sanmi

+1 time is money. Most stores near me just don't...

+1 time is money. Most stores near me just don't have enough inventory to warrant a visit.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-17, 05:04 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,472
Posted By sanmi

This was my assumption and is why I asked what...

This was my assumption and is why I asked what shoe would be stiff enough. I'm not worried about ending up with something that is too stiff, rather I'm worried about not springing for something stiff...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-17, 04:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 705
Posted By sanmi

I use super cheap neoprene shoe covers from...

I use super cheap neoprene shoe covers from Amazon at those temps and do not find that I overheat. Any colder and I just layer wool socks.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-17, 03:53 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,955
Posted By sanmi

I went out this morning for a quick 15 miles in...

I went out this morning for a quick 15 miles in 45* and overcast conditions (not windy). Wore the Thermal Lites for the first half and then switched to the Pro Softshells. The Thermal Lites were...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-17, 10:52 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,472
Posted By sanmi

This shoe is on my radar, too. Have they been...

This shoe is on my radar, too. Have they been durable for you? I've heard some reports of them falling apart. Though I would think using them strictly for road riding would help keep any shoe in good...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-17, 10:49 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,472
Posted By sanmi

I think flexible shoes may be contributing to...

I think flexible shoes may be contributing to pain, especially on longer rides. But this is why I asked folks about how stiff a shoe was stiff enough for them to be comfortable, since I don't want to...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-17, 09:57 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,472
Posted By sanmi

This is super helpful. Great to have an opinion...

This is super helpful. Great to have an opinion on what models are stiff enough versus not. I've got 4E feet, too. The XC7 looks like a potential match.

Out of curiosity, did the 087 shoes fit...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-17, 06:51 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,472
Posted By sanmi

Sidis seem to have a solid reputation. To me they...

Sidis seem to have a solid reputation. To me they also seem a bit pricey for any given level of shoe. Iíll be on the lookout for a deal on some Megas.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-17, 06:49 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,472
Posted By sanmi

This is helpful, thanks! One of my top contenders...

This is helpful, thanks! One of my top contenders is the new Shimano XC70s, which comes in a wide with and seems nearly identical to the road rc7 version. I thought it would likely be stiff enough...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-17, 05:55 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,472
Posted By sanmi

Wide 2-bolt shoes (and how stiff is stiff enough?)

I've been riding cheap Pearl Izumi MTB shoes and M520 pedals exclusively for the last ~10,000 miles. When I chose this combination, I was commuting and generally doing a lot of urban riding. Most of...
11-07-17, 05:33 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 10,767
Posted By sanmi

This is part of why I love my 1989 Bianchi Sport...

This is part of why I love my 1989 Bianchi Sport SX. It's actually an low-mid level frame made in Japan, but it has heavier gauge Ishiwata 024 tubing for the downtube and chain stays and lighter...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-17, 05:21 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,955
Posted By sanmi

Yep - I agree! I also sized down after ordering a...

Yep - I agree! I also sized down after ordering a medium. Amazon's free returns on most clothing makes it extra attractive...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-17, 09:31 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,955
Posted By sanmi

Here's an update on my experience in case anyone...

Here's an update on my experience in case anyone is interested.

I bought 3 pairs of new gloves - one home depot $10 special, Pearl Izumi Thermal Lite, and Pearl Izumi Ride Pro Softshell Lite.
...
11-04-17, 12:11 PM
Replies: 7,350
Views: 1,939,526
Posted By sanmi

Thanks! Glad you like it. I agree this is a...

Thanks! Glad you like it.

I agree this is a really affordable way for the mechanically inclined to procure an excellent performing bike. Especially with fantastic affordable modern group sets so...
11-04-17, 08:22 AM
Replies: 7,350
Views: 1,939,526
Posted By sanmi

Bianchi Sport SX

I built this up last winter and it's been my main ride this year with nearly 3,000 miles so far. It fits me like a glove and has reassuringly predictable handling. The Salsa Cowbell handlebar is...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-02-17, 03:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 493
Posted By sanmi

Fizik comes in orange, but only the classic...

Fizik comes in orange, but only the classic finish, which is more like a faux smooth leather feel. The upside is this tape is very easy to clean and very durable. I think the "soft touch" version is...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-31-17, 06:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 493
Posted By sanmi

I would look harder for the right stuff in the...

I would look harder for the right stuff in the color you want. Bar tape is so cheap and I'd be really surprised if you can change the texture significantly while maintaining integrity without a huge...
10-31-17, 06:07 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,063
Posted By sanmi

I really don't like to get stranded, and it seems...

I really don't like to get stranded, and it seems that every time I decide to go light without tools (usually on a newly built up bike) I get a flat and end up walking. I also build and maintain my...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-30-17, 07:02 PM
Replies: 2,591
Views: 612,370
Posted By sanmi

Anyone know how this compares to the Baleaf...

Anyone know how this compares to the Baleaf offering on Amazon? Iím looking for a softshell (small) and have been eyeing this. Free shipping and returns make me lean toward Amazon, but the Nashbar...
10-29-17, 03:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,347
Posted By sanmi

If you like to paint old bikes and you are doing...

If you like to paint old bikes and you are doing it for a hobby then go for it!

Personally, I don't paint my bikes. I have neither the skill nor patience. I don't even touch them up because I've...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-27-17, 02:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,955
Posted By sanmi

Thanks all - lots of great ideas here. I'm...

Thanks all - lots of great ideas here.

I'm especially interested in something with little or no palm padding. I find large pads get in the way more than anything. I don't usually wear gloves when...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-25-17, 09:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,955
Posted By sanmi

Gloves - light and windproof

Seasons changes and I need new gloves. What have you used? What did you like?

Iím looking for relatively light, full fingered gloves that will cut the wind chill on morning rides into the 40s F....
Forum: Road Cycling
10-24-17, 07:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 652
Posted By sanmi

+1 Tubes do not protect against flats. Tires...

+1

Tubes do not protect against flats. Tires do. As long as itís not defective, the cheapest butyl tubes are as good as any.

Never tried latex tubes. They are for the performance minded - more...
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