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Old 10-31-17, 11:49 AM   #1
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I just bought...

It's winter in the US. Not much racing going on. Lots of boring training...and buying cool stuff.

This kind of thread is popular in other sub-forums.

Soooo...what cool (or boring) track-related thing did you buy recently?

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Old 10-31-17, 12:48 PM   #2
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I bought a pair of Shimano Durace cogs. The 14t and 13t. They are nice

As a former roadie, the Durace logo was enough (or at least aliviates a little) to nicely suffer the recriminations of my angry lady when she knew that those two little metal things almost costed me 100 dollars (Ship from US to Bolivia included).

Now I want to buy a good alux frame (it will be nice to sleep in the couch for the next six months).
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Old 10-31-17, 12:59 PM   #3
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Now I want to buy a good alux frame (it will be nice to sleep in the couch for the next six months).
If she tosses and turns as much as my wife, then not only did you get some nice parts, but better sleep too.
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Old 10-31-17, 02:46 PM   #4
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My new lifting belt just arrived this week! Sure, boring commodity item... but lifting offers so few opportunities for retail therapy compared to cycling.
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I just ordered a hatta swan bb and some EAI "arrow" rims. I'm interested to see how they are. I can't find much info on them.
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47T chain ring. Dura-Ace. Light! 47/14 next season (90 inches).
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I just ordered a set of these: VP-R73T
I've been eyeing them for a few years, and I've seen several people using them happily here. They still seem to be the only production pedal with a built-in strap retention system that locates the strap in the proper place. Plus, cleats for my 7400's are now more than $65/pair! It no longer makes sense to keep them. Reviews after they arrive...
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Old 11-01-17, 07:32 AM   #8
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I recently bought a budget 3D Printer.

Now I can make all of those bike parts that I wish I were being made for trackies.
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/50mmx-40c...72.m2749.l2649

I just bought an attempt at saving $30 on track straps. Just cut and secured a hole for the axle, going to give them a try tonight.
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Speaking of printing, I got this saddle-rail garmin mount earlier this summer, and itís been great. I just have to remember to always get the garmin turned back on before the next race...

https://www.shapeways.com/product/GRXBH32ND/
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Speaking of printing, I got this saddle-rail garmin mount earlier this summer, and itís been great. I just have to remember to always get the garmin turned back on before the next race...

https://www.shapeways.com/product/GRXBH32ND/
oh, nice. i know of other 3d printed ones that have a rep for failing at the rail attachment, but this nice little ziptie and wedging approach looks pretty solid. definitely better than my homemade approach.
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Speaking of printing, I got this saddle-rail garmin mount earlier this summer, and itís been great. I just have to remember to always get the garmin turned back on before the next race...

https://www.shapeways.com/product/GRXBH32ND/
Would second this, I bought the same thing from *I think* the same guy on ebay...
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I recently bought a budget 3D Printer.

Now I can make all of those bike parts that I wish I were being made for trackies.
I saw some use a 3-D printer to make a clamp for their DF4 seatpost to prevent slipping.
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Would second this, I bought the same thing from *I think* the same guy on ebay...
I also bought the same thing from this guy. While it doesn't exactly fit my Adamo saddle, it still works well enough. The only thing is that you have to remember to turn it on and spin the wheels to wake up the wheel sensor so you can record all of the effort. Worth every penny!
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I just bought a couple things for my road bike - 165mm cranks (down from 170), and a Specialized Power saddle.

I put the Power saddle on first - it took some tinkering to get my position right again - lowering the saddle and moving it back quite far. Once I got that right, though, I started to feel as though I could still ride longer, and move from a 110mm stem to a 120.

Then I put the 165mm cranks on. I definitely felt more comfortable riding low - my hip stays open over the top of the stroke. And, yeah, still think I could ride longer. I have 40cm Ritchey NeoClassic bars on my road bike, but I might put the 38cm traditional bend drops from my track bike onto my road bike. That will keep my drop constant but add a hair more reach. Plus, it'll narrow me up a bit.

About to put 165 cranks on my track bike, too (down from 167.5) - and considering buying 36cm bars for it too.
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Just bought a kmc x101 chain and a set of look blade pedals for a pursuit bike build
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I bought a new battery for one of my SRMs. Does that count?
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I just bought a couple things for my road bike - 165mm cranks (down from 170), and a Specialized Power saddle.

I put the Power saddle on first - it took some tinkering to get my position right again - lowering the saddle and moving it back quite far. Once I got that right, though, I started to feel as though I could still ride longer, and move from a 110mm stem to a 120.

Then I put the 165mm cranks on. I definitely felt more comfortable riding low - my hip stays open over the top of the stroke. And, yeah, still think I could ride longer. I have 40cm Ritchey NeoClassic bars on my road bike, but I might put the 38cm traditional bend drops from my track bike onto my road bike. That will keep my drop constant but add a hair more reach. Plus, it'll narrow me up a bit.

About to put 165 cranks on my track bike, too (down from 167.5) - and considering buying 36cm bars for it too.
You are a much different (and better) rider than me, but I did the same the season I went to 165mm. I put 165mm cranks on my road bike and rode it that winter and spring then raced 165mm on my track bike that summer. My pedaling was sooo dialed that season. I recall averaging 110 RPM on a short road ride once...averaging. Hills will suck on the road, but your pedal stroke will achieve so many gains.


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Not really intended to buy now but due to nice deal (reduced price+black friday promo) just ordered a Mavic iO RIO + Comete wheelset at velodromeshop.net. Ah, and 3T Scatto 35mm but this actually wanted to buy and by "accident" added the wheels to my basket
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Not really intended to buy now but due to nice deal (reduced price+black friday promo) just ordered a Mavic iO RIO + Comete wheelset at velodromeshop.net. Ah, and 3T Scatto 35mm but this actually wanted to buy and by "accident" added the wheels to my basket
Good luck with that purchase.

Velodromeshop.net is known as the black hole of orders. Orders go in, but nothing ever comes out.
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Yeah, I am aware of this. I don't really care if I need to wait even 4 weeks for the wheels. It was dealbreaker and I didn't really plan to buy them. I actually made 2 separated orders. I got email on next day that the Scatto is already shipped to me. This is the only priority for me, and it looks promising. I guess some delays are due to customs, they can hold packages for weeks. Same as any packages from US, sometimes I get them in 7 days, sometimes after 6 weeks. It happens. In this case, both countries are in EU so it should go quickly.

Anyway, I asked few local friends and they gave me positive feedback about this shop. Also, most of the negative reviews are 7-10 years old. Even on the website they said that they changed postage service in 2012 to Royal Mail and DHL. So, I guess most of the reviews might be out of date.
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Yeah, I am aware of this. I don't really care if I need to wait even 4 weeks for the wheels. It was dealbreaker and I didn't really plan to buy them. I actually made 2 separated orders. I got email on next day that the Scatto is already shipped to me. This is the only priority for me, and it looks promising. I guess some delays are due to customs, they can hold packages for weeks. Same as any packages from US, sometimes I get them in 7 days, sometimes after 6 weeks. It happens. In this case, both countries are in EU so it should go quickly.

Anyway, I asked few local friends and they gave me positive feedback about this shop. Also, most of the negative reviews are 7-10 years old. Even on the website they said that they changed postage service in 2012 to Royal Mail and DHL. So, I guess most of the reviews might be out of date.
There are people on this forum who have had recent issues with them. There is a recent thread on the Track Sprinting FB group about them. Like within 2 weeks.

The shops style of business is to say they have every popular product on earth in stock and at a discount. This is really attractive to new riders who are looking for hard to find items like Scattos, fast helmets, wheels, frames, etc...

Velodrome Shop will take your money then try to order the product from another company or distributor. If that product is out of stock or the manufacturer hasn't made any, then Velodrome Shop does not contact you. You just wait....and wait...and wait... This has nothing to do with customs. This happens before your product reaches customs.

Their website looks old because they have been around for a long time...doing this same thing. They have also been known to not honor returns by saying "Geee...it never arrived. I will not refund your money." They have been known to ship the wrong sizes and wrong products.

For every good story I hear about them, I hear 5 bad ones.

I wish you luck. Seriously. I hope all of your purchases arrive quickly.

No matter how good their deals are, I would never give them my CC number.

EDIT: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1716...8828482130009/

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Yeah, I know many online shops that don't have anything in stock even if they say they do. It can be similar here. On the other hand our local official Mavic distributor is known for waiting up to 6 months for top-hi products such as iO wheel and they charge only €1000 more for this ;-)
According the "in stock" for anything, this actually was interesting as Scatto in 37mm are out of stock on their page, only 35mm were available. So, I keep my fingers crossed.

In case of any problems/delays I can use charge back option from my bank and don't have to ask them multiple times for refunding.
I will let you know if there will be problems with my orders or not. It's like with Dolan DF4. People leave reviews when they want to complain not when everything is fine.
The most important for me is quality of products, not the time of delivery. At least in this case ;-)


PS. You don't give them CC numbers, paying process is done by external company. Something like PayPal just for credit/debit cards.
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I bought round rings to replace my ovals on the road bike for winter training, they will only enhance the super matchyness of it on accident. Also hyped to mount Vittoria Pista Speed G+ on my rear disc for next year.

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