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General Bike Thread (Desiderata, questions, porn)

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by kronik, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    Thanks for the info and tips guys. I've been eyeing the Nashbar parabolic rollers because they fold and also have the built in protection, even more so than the TACX Conicals it seems.

    Going to snap one up when they go on sale again.
     
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  2. otc

    otc Senior member

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    Pshhh you don't need protection.

    If anything, I suspect that the parabolic rollers with the big knobs on the end would just lead to worse crashes. Instead of just rolling off the edge and coming to a stop (you have no momentum, and the lightweight wheels carry very little energy, so the bike just stops instantly), it might bounce back and turn into more of a "tank-slapper" style crash.

    If course even that won't be bad because you can just stop pedaling and put your foot down. One thing I didn't think about with those Tacx rollers (in addition to the fact that they just get shorter, but don't actually fold), is that the larger drums mean that you are higher up and might have trouble without a stepstool or something....with my Minouras, I don't need any help getting on the bike.

    If Larry says the nashbar rollers are decent, just get the standard metal ones for $50 less.

    edit: of course now I read that the metal nashbar ones don't fold or compress at all...so just ignore all of my advice (or shell out $4-500 for some kreitlers).
     
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  3. otc

    otc Senior member

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    Suuuper cheap 105 group:
    http://www.merlincycles.com/shimano...m_medium=AffiliateMarketing&utm_campaign=Awin

    $338 for a full 105 groupset is pretty crazy.
    I've got 105 on my Focus. I originally thought I might pull it off and replace with something else, but I have no complaints thus far.

    It is a pretty tight cassette, and you don't get any options on the crankset, but pretty hard to get a full group for less than that.
    for a little more, you can choose your own cassette/cranks
     
  4. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    Insane price on that groupo.
     
  5. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    Update! I finally got that chainstay rear derailleur cable stop, a rivet gun, some pop rivets and got that sucker on there last night.

    I can finally complete the cabling and start trimming the derailleurs!

    Getting really close to riding now, especially with the nicer weather we've been having.
     
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  6. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    SPD cleats: Yellow, blue or red? I was thinking red at first but debating on doing blue instead. Which do you all use?
     
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  7. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Senior member

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    Well do you need float or not?

    Guessing this is for SPD-SL.
     
  8. otc

    otc Senior member

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    TIME for life!
     
  9. ramuman

    ramuman Senior member

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    I have the yellows - obviously all have some adjustability, but I live the city and if I can't clip out quickly or have some float, bad things will happen.

    Edit: I've never been on a roller, but the gyroscopic effect has to make as close to riding a bike on the road I'd think. Maybe I'm wrong.
     
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  10. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    The Bianchi Sempre Pro is all built up and I've ridden it for a couple of miles. Everything feels so tight, fast, and nimble. Having a little trouble getting the front derailleur dialed in, but I don't have an inline barrel adjuster... oversight I know. I'm hoping I can get it working as is, but otherwise I might have to pull all that apart.

    Other than that, I'm really happy with the ride.
     
  11. ridethecliche

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    What's the FD issue? Sometimes a little change in FD angle goes a long way.
     
  12. whiteslashasian

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    Having trouble going from the small to large (53t) cog. I make adjustments and it works in my apartment, but then doesn't work when I tried it out on the road. It feels like it's about to catch but then doesn't end up catching.
     
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    whiteslashasian Senior member

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  14. UnFacconable

    UnFacconable Senior member

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    I use strava and like it a lot. I don't really care about the social features (follow literally 3 friends) and I never look to see what they are doing but I appreciate the segments breakdown of my rides to give me a more granular sense of how my ride went.

    I should note I'm primarily a mountain biker and most of my usage has been for one ride that I do fairly frequently. I'm also not "training" for anything and don't generally concern myself with performance - I ride for fun. I would imagine that like in many endeavors having different priorities and patterns would lead to different app preferences, but for me strava is the best thing going. I also use runkeeper but all it says is "second fastest 8-12 mile ride" which isn't that informative.
     
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  15. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Senior member

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    I use Strava all the time. Like UnFacconable said, it's great for rather easily tracking your progress if you ride the same routes frequently.

    The route planning feature (which uses data the most popular segments) is really good as well and downloads quite easily to a Garmin.
     
  16. tricky

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    Probably not of great interest to this thread but picked up a 26" bmx style ride today...lots of fun and good for my 6'1" height and bad lower back.

    A Fairdale Taj :)

    Something to kick around the neighborhood with my 6 year old son.

    [​IMG]
     
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  17. fgsrtyu

    fgsrtyu New Member

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    strava all the way!!!
     
  18. gomestar

    gomestar Senior member

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    finally back on the bike after a few months of being winter and then a few weeks of being really sick and anemic. Still need better wheels, they'd be for my Specialized Roubaix Carbon Ultegra and my wife's Giant Avail 105 when she has a race (need to look up cassette changes and so forth).

    I don't mind dropping some coin on something solid since most stock wheels are just garbage .... but just $300? Thought?

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/us/en/shimano-ultegra-6800-road-wheelset/rp-prod109835
     
  19. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    Great price on VERY solid wheels.
     
  20. gomestar

    gomestar Senior member

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    there's also these, which are very unnecessary. Still, I'm a sucker for how cool carbon looks, and these can be found in the low $800's

    [​IMG]
     

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