General Bike Thread (Desiderata, questions, porn)

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  1. uhurit

    uhurit Senior member

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    For commuting in style try
    -Pinarello Treviso
    -Orbea Diem
    -Cannondale Quick Carbon series
     


  2. mondayc

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    Does anyone have experience with garment bag/panniers, like the Translt from Performance? My backpack = wrinkled dress shirts, no matter how neatly I fold them.
     


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    Does anyone have experience with garment bag/panniers, like the Translt from Performance? My backpack = wrinkled dress shirts, no matter how neatly I fold them.

    I have a friend who uses those individual sleeves for his shirt and trousers. He's really happy. I just fold my shirt and put it in my messenger bag. It seems to work fine.


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  4. ONLY NY

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    hey all new here so thought I'd add onto the thread

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    09 Felt F3SL
    SRAM Red Brifters, FD/RD, Rival Brakes
    SRAM S900 170 w/shimano platform/spd (thinking quarg/cinqo upgrade)
    Cinelli Ram CF Post
    Prologo Nago Pas Cool Team Saddle
    XLab Superwing Setup w/x-nut & co2
    09 Easton EA90 Aero w/R4 Hubs wrapped in Open Corsa

    Not Pictured Small Upgrades
    Fizik Microtex reWrap bars
    KMC x10SL Ti-Gold w/missing link

    Waiting for my Easton R4 preload adjuster upgrades, floating bearings starting to come undone.
     


  5. vigs

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    Does anyone have experience with garment bag/panniers, like the Translt from Performance? My backpack = wrinkled dress shirts, no matter how neatly I fold them.

    that looks like a great pannier. panniers beat any sort of backback/courier bag any day. no sweaty back.
     


  6. Jokerman

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    [​IMG] Here is my bike. Wanted something that wont take up space in my apartment. Its a Downtube Folding bike. 9 speeds.
     


  7. HRoi

    HRoi Senior member

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    so i started riding again after 6 months. pulled the road bike off the hangers and did three 20-mile rides this past week.

    it's a 3-year old Trek Madone with CF frame, Bontrager CF fork and wheels and Ultegra components...no pics but i can snap some when i take it out again.

    anyway, i do have a question after the preamble. in my rides this week i've realized that i need gloves with a lot more padding in the palm, web-of-the-thumb area...after an hour of riding the handles really start digging into the nerves in the meat of my hand and causing pain to shoot up my wrists.

    can you guys recommend something? my current pearl izumis have seen better days. i'd prefer the fingerless style - thanks!
     


  8. zippyh

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    anyway, i do have a question after the preamble. in my rides this week i've realized that i need gloves with a lot more padding in the palm, web-of-the-thumb area...after an hour of riding the handles really start digging into the nerves in the meat of my hand and causing pain to shoot up my wrists.

    That's usually due to a bike fit/fitness issue which makes you put too much weight on your hands.
    Try moving your hands around more while you ride.
     


  9. HRoi

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    thanks. I do that, which does help, but I seem to always default to my favorite riding position (snicker), which is hands right behind the brake hoods. I don't think it's a bike fit issue, as I was professionally fitted for this bike, but maybe I'm wrong.

    anyway, I think I can deal with the issue with a bit more padding on the palm...
     


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    thanks. I do that, which does help, but I seem to always default to my favorite riding position (snicker), which is hands right behind the brake hoods. I don't think it's a bike fit issue, as I was professionally fitted for this bike, but maybe I'm wrong.

    anyway, I think I can deal with the issue with a bit more padding on the palm...



    Yes. Just go to your bike shop and get fingerless padded gloves. I prefer gel but others don't since they feel the gel moves to an area of your hand that doesn't need padding.

    Also, it could just be you getting adjusted to riding again. I forget but most of your weight will rest on your butt and legs (on the pedals); 60 or 70 percent there with the rest on your hands.

    I used to have a long commute so I had a road bike. The multiple hand positions helped for those long rides. Since my commute is shorter now, I switched to an upright bike with a suspension fork. Really comfortable and the fork absorbs the jarring of the road. I don't ride with gloves anymore.
     


  11. shoreman1782

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    So I bought this bike last year cheap ($50, I think?) and sunk a little money into tuning it up and replacing some stuff (front wheel, as you can probably see, few other tuneups). Had a shop do it as I don't have a lot of bike know-how. I busted the small sprocket on the crankset few weeks ago and took it into the shop. They had a cheap double (like $35 cheap) and replaced it, but the new one feels bad--shifting sucks, there's always a little friction. I don't think it really fits. This morning I found myself online considering purchasing a box full of bike tools, a new crank (around $100), new brake levers, and Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance. My question: is this an intelligent road to be going down, or should I just bank the cash and buy a new bike and consider the Fuji a lesson in misguided frugality?
    I can't hang with the serious heads here, but here's my new ride. Me and ludey can go cruising. [​IMG]
    EDIT: One more thing--I've been encouraged/discouraged a lot by reading over at oldtenspeedgallery.com. Lots of old bikes, good and bad, and a good dose of humor.
     


  12. bbaquiran

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    anyway, i do have a question after the preamble. in my rides this week i've realized that i need gloves with a lot more padding in the palm, web-of-the-thumb area...after an hour of riding the handles really start digging into the nerves in the meat of my hand and causing pain to shoot up my wrists.

    can you guys recommend something? my current pearl izumis have seen better days. i'd prefer the fingerless style - thanks!


    In addition to new gloves, you can unwrap the bartape and add extra padding where you need it. You can find silicone pads for this, but I've used strips of bar tape and it does make a difference.
     


  13. zatarregaza

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    thanks. I do that, which does help, but I seem to always default to my favorite riding position (snicker), which is hands right behind the brake hoods. I don't think it's a bike fit issue, as I was professionally fitted for this bike, but maybe I'm wrong.

    anyway, I think I can deal with the issue with a bit more padding on the palm...


    Gloves with gel padding worked wonders compared to my old foam gloves. Considering they weren't that much more than non-gel gloves they're a no-brainer.
     


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    Shoreman,
    That's a fine looking bike. It all depends on how you feel riding it. I sold a bike like that once and I regretted it. It fit me like a glove. It was a heavy steel bike and I rode it everywhere.

    On the other hand, I do understand where you're coming from. I notice it has suicide shifters, whereas now you can get a bike with the integrated brake/shifter levers. A newer bike would be much lighter. Probably with better brakes.

    It sounds like some of the parts that were replaced are modern and don't quite match up to the original fuji groupset.

    Here's a suggestion: convert it to a single speed and keep it in your arsenal. Then, only use it when you don't have a hilly commute.

    You haven't put much into that you can fetch $100-150 for it right now on craigslist. Looks like a large frame so that will attract interest as well.
     


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    Does anyone have experience with garment bag/panniers, like the Translt from Performance? My backpack = wrinkled dress shirts, no matter how neatly I fold them.
    Just an FYI to everyone, it's on sale for $90 (regular $150) right now. I'll post my thoughts whenever ground shipping gets here. Also, to Shoreman: Getting a $100 crank for that bike is probably overkill, but the Zinn book and box of tools will pay for itself quickly if you ride for any amount of time. Was the $35 crankset brand new, or just an old part they had sitting around? I'm surprised the shop would just replace the small chainring if that's all that was needed.
     


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