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06-27-12, 01:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,125
Posted By djpfine

I started off with 48x17, then 48x19, and now...

I started off with 48x17, then 48x19, and now 46x17. 46x17 is my happy medium for tackling just about any hill and doing longer road rides fixed with a couple of climbs.
06-27-12, 01:02 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,511
Posted By djpfine

It was a real pita to get tires on and off my...

It was a real pita to get tires on and off my wabi wheels. Both the stock kendas and new conti gp4000s. Had to result to using the mavic tool.
Forum: Framebuilders
06-05-12, 12:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,447
Posted By djpfine

Interesting...I thought that the thinner walls...

Interesting...I thought that the thinner walls alone would have made the Spirit tubing much easier to dent. The other frame in 725 also had lugs, which is likely why there's a ~1.3lbs difference....
Forum: Framebuilders
06-03-12, 11:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,447
Posted By djpfine

Columbus Spirit and Reynolds 725 Durability

How much durability am I sacrificing by going from 725 to Spirit?

I'm looking for my first steel frame, and of course would like something light and stiff. However, I've read a lot about Spirit...
05-28-12, 06:38 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,076
Posted By djpfine

@Doc Oc - just wanted to reply and thank you for...

@Doc Oc - just wanted to reply and thank you for the encouragement/advice in this thread and also this one...
05-03-12, 11:07 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,076
Posted By djpfine

+1 to Oc. What's the best way to learn about...

+1 to Oc. What's the best way to learn about smart riding? What can I watch/read/do?
05-02-12, 01:08 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,076
Posted By djpfine

Lots of great info in this thread, and a real...

Lots of great info in this thread, and a real inspiring read about Octupus's FG climbing adventures. Wow. I'd be pretty happy if I were able to accomplish something like that on my geared road bike,...
04-25-12, 10:33 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,076
Posted By djpfine

I hear ya. I run a 48x19 for commuting around...

I hear ya. I run a 48x19 for commuting around town, but have a 17 on the other side for more up tempo rides. I don't expect to hang with a group once they start bumping up the pacelines, but do have...
04-25-12, 02:58 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,076
Posted By djpfine

SSCX version of the Tricross that they no longer...

SSCX version of the Tricross that they no longer make: http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=32208

Wabi geometry: http://www.wabicycles.com/special_frame_detail.html

Aside...
04-25-12, 01:04 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,076
Posted By djpfine

Can anyone tell me more about the differences...

Can anyone tell me more about the differences between the Tricross and Wabi frames? Do I get any advantages with one vs. the other?
04-24-12, 11:55 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,076
Posted By djpfine

Good points. In fact, while my dream may be to...

Good points. In fact, while my dream may be to take a FG on group rides, I'm really just looking for a fast fixed bike to take on longer, mostly solo, rides. On flats, it definitely feels like it...
04-24-12, 07:43 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,076
Posted By djpfine

Fixed for road training - what's holding me back?

I have a Specialized Tricross fixed gear that I use for commuting. However, I enjoy riding fixed so much, that I like taking my FG on my usual road rides. Only problem is that I am noticeably slower...
04-20-12, 12:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,091
Posted By djpfine

Standard 725 vs. Spirit OS

Standard 725 vs. Spirit OS
04-20-12, 12:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,091
Posted By djpfine

To clarify: is Columbus Spirit more prone to...

To clarify: is Columbus Spirit more prone to dents and damage than Reynolds 725? Are both definitely more damage resistant than a basic aluminum frame?
04-20-12, 10:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,091
Posted By djpfine

Reynolds 725 vs. Columbus Spirit OS

How do the two compare? Thinking about a new FG bike that I'd use for road training as well as around town commuting. Are both durable enough for everyday use, being locked up, and put next to other...
04-03-12, 02:53 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 56,804
Posted By djpfine

Well for the non-Lightning folk, what are the...

Well for the non-Lightning folk, what are the thoughts on the Classic vs. Special? Are the lugs on the Special worth the $200 price increase?
04-02-12, 11:57 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 56,804
Posted By djpfine

I ride an aluminum FG (Tricross) and am looking...

I ride an aluminum FG (Tricross) and am looking to switch to something steel. Seems real tough these days to find nice steel FG bikes at a good price, and I thought the Wabis fit the bill. What makes...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-11, 10:55 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,450
Posted By djpfine

Finally had a chance to take the new wheels out...

Finally had a chance to take the new wheels out on a few rides this weekend and am impressed.

- These wheels feel much stiffer than my old Mavic K-10s. Ride quality was noticeably firmer.
- They...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-11, 05:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,450
Posted By djpfine

Man...really wish those K-10's survived. They...

Man...really wish those K-10's survived. They were such great do-it-all wheels for me, as I do commute 2-3x/week 40-50mi one way on roads of mixed quality. I'm worried that I'll have to keep truing...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-11, 09:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,450
Posted By djpfine

So do you guys say these are climbing wheels...

So do you guys say these are climbing wheels because of the weight/savings from less spokes? What characteristics would wheels for flat-ground/straight line speed have? Or is it simply a trade-off in...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-11, 09:29 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,450
Posted By djpfine

Wow that's light! This does have me concerned...

Wow that's light! This does have me concerned with my set of 20/28 since I'm quite a bit heavier at 160lbs. and you're already running a beefier combo of 24/28.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-11, 02:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,450
Posted By djpfine

I can probably drop to 150 if I stopped lifting...

I can probably drop to 150 if I stopped lifting weights for my upper body, but that's not a sacrifice I'm willing to make right now.

Would it be possible/worth it for me to have the fronts rebuilt...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-11, 02:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,450
Posted By djpfine

So then despite being lighter, these wheels are...

So then despite being lighter, these wheels are not as durable and not as stiff? Would K10's generally be preferred over these? Just curious as to whether this would be a downgrade/upgrade/equal to...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-11, 02:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,450
Posted By djpfine

I'm just shy of 160lbs. If these wheels are...

I'm just shy of 160lbs.

If these wheels are lighter than my Mavic K10's, and about half as expensive, what advantages do the K10's have over them? Durability?
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-11, 12:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,450
Posted By djpfine

Custom vs. Mass Produced Wheelsets

The Mavic K10's I had on my bike are toast due to an unfortunate meeting with an SUV. Thankfully, my brother is selling me his old custom built wheels. I know nothing about these and was hoping BF...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-11, 09:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,568
Posted By djpfine

I'm thinking of changing b/c I'm wondering what...

I'm thinking of changing b/c I'm wondering what I'm missing out on by not having road pedals. Selection of stiffer shoes, wider platform for better power transfer, etc. How big a difference do road...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-11, 10:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,568
Posted By djpfine

Happy with SPDs, but dammit I want to be PRO!

I enjoy my SPD pedals and shoes. They've always been comfy, and I've never had hot spot problems. However, I just got a new CF bike and feel the BF pressure to upgrade to more road-specific pedals....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-11, 10:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 338
Posted By djpfine

Mini Pumps w/o Gauges

I'm looking to change my Topeak Road Morph G for a smaller and more stylish pump. The Lezyne Pressure Drive seems to be universally loved on BF. Is not having a gauge really not a big deal? How do...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-11, 11:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 723
Posted By djpfine

A mechanic at my LBS used a chain wear tool and...

A mechanic at my LBS used a chain wear tool and said mine was worn beyond the limit.



Ordered from CC with Rival and the Mavic K-10 wheels. I'll probably keep that group on the Wilier for now....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-11, 11:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 723
Posted By djpfine

Worn chain + cassette = excuse to upgrade entire drivetrain?

My trusty Giant Defy 2 has a chain that's worn well beyond the tolerable limit (~2500 miles). Instead of replacing the chain and cassette, I was thinking about upgrading the entire drivetrain from a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-11, 11:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 262
Posted By djpfine

Front Derailer Small Chainring Shifting Issue

My friend's 2007 Trek 2100 WSD is having trouble shifting to the smallest chainring. It's a 105 triple with an Ultegra front derailer and shifts seamlessly from the middle to big chainrings. The...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-11, 04:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 11,014
Posted By djpfine

Why do they even bother making a 1050 and 1070 if...

Why do they even bother making a 1050 and 1070 if they are so close in design, weight, and function?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-11, 03:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 11,014
Posted By djpfine

SRAM Apex (1050) vs. Rival (1070) Cassette

What's the difference between the two? I've read a few reports that they are virtually identical, and have very similar weights. I'm about to order a bike and they ran out of 11-28 1070 cassettes,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-11, 09:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 705
Posted By djpfine

I'm thinking about the same bike and was able to...

I'm thinking about the same bike and was able to test ride the Ultegra build Izoard at an LBS. Great bike. Felt as good if not better than a higher-price point Focus Izalco that I rode on the same...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-11, 08:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,268
Posted By djpfine

Pinarello FP6

Any downsides to this bike? I was about to pull the trigger on the Wilier Izoard XP from CC, but am considering spending more for what appears to be a better bike if the deal is really that good.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-11, 09:47 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,522
Posted By djpfine

This thread now makes me want a torque wrench....

This thread now makes me want a torque wrench. Any other recommendations for good value pickups like the one on Performance? Is it better to go with the click or beam type?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-11, 10:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 540
Posted By djpfine

I took her to take a look at the Trek and it was...

I took her to take a look at the Trek and it was the first time she rode a bike and felt a difference. She loved it. Every other bike she tried up to that point felt more or less the same to her....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-11, 02:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 540
Posted By djpfine

lol. I enjoyed that.

lol. I enjoyed that.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-11, 12:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 540
Posted By djpfine

Bike advice for girls

I'm trying to help a friend find a road bike. She knows nothing about bikes and isn't sure how into it she will get. The two main contenders are:

1. 2007 Trek 2100 WSD...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-11, 11:42 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,456
Posted By djpfine

That's what I thought too, but man I felt so much...

That's what I thought too, but man I felt so much faster/stronger on the Wilier and Focus. I did the same short 1.5mi climb during my test rides and was ~1mph and nearly a minute faster on the carbon...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-11, 08:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 380
Posted By djpfine

Interesting. So is SRAM just designed well enough...

Interesting. So is SRAM just designed well enough where trim really isn't much of an issue? I'm coming from a Sora/Tiagra triple and am just used to trimming so often that it's become part of riding...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-11, 08:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 380
Posted By djpfine

SRAM Trim

I keep seeing conflicting reports on this. Sounds like trim was introduced to SRAM in 09 or so, but has it made it down to Rival? I test rode a Force build today and couldn't really notice the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-11, 07:52 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,456
Posted By djpfine

Am I over emphasizing weight?

Test rode the Ultegra-build Wilier Izoard XP today and thought it was a great bike. Did a few back to back rides with a Focus Izalco Team Replica and the Izoard more than held its own against the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-11, 10:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 681
Posted By djpfine

I've been tricked! Looks like marketing wins...

I've been tricked! Looks like marketing wins again...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-11, 12:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 681
Posted By djpfine

Aluminum Seat Post on Carbon Bikes?

Why do some carbon bikes come with aluminum seat posts? Doesn't this somewhat negate the benefit of carbon? My entry-level Giant Defy comes with a carbon seat post, and I find it odd that a few of...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-11, 11:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,024
Posted By djpfine

Good advice. Black it is until I figure out what...

Good advice. Black it is until I figure out what saddle fits.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-11, 04:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,024
Posted By djpfine

Wilier Izoard w/ Black Or White Saddle/Bar Tape

I've been going back and forth on this and can't decide what saddle/bar tape color combo I want with a 2011 Wilier Izoard XP I plan to buy. It comes stock with a black/black mix, but for $100 more, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-11, 08:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 623
Posted By djpfine

Doesn't the Izoard already come with a fairly...

Doesn't the Izoard already come with a fairly tall/relaxed headtube? I remember it being the same height as my Giant Defy, which is a relaxed geo bike with a tall headtube.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-11, 01:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 623
Posted By djpfine

That extra $900 though also upgrades me from...

That extra $900 though also upgrades me from Rival to Force.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-11, 12:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 623
Posted By djpfine

Mavic K10 over Aksiums worth it?

Thinking of picking up an Izoard from CC. Was originally going for the Rival build, but someone in another thread convinced me to look into the Force version since it comes with Mavic K10s instead of...
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