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Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-19, 10:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 583
Posted By Robert A

Consider the Cannondale CAAD12 (or 13) if the...

Consider the Cannondale CAAD12 (or 13) if the geometry works for you (it does for me). A 105-equipped bike is in the mid/upper-teens, Ultegra is in the low 2s. If you get one with rim brakes, it'll...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-19, 04:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 706
Posted By Robert A

You'll do fine. Everything I've read about...

You'll do fine. Everything I've read about Zondas is very positive. If you land anywhere near 1500 grams, you'll be blown away by the difference relative to OEM wheels.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-19, 02:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 706
Posted By Robert A

Mine came from Spark Wheelworks.

Mine came from Spark Wheelworks.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-13-19, 09:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 583
Posted By Robert A

Two years ago, I posted the same questions as...

Two years ago, I posted the same questions as you, and someone suggested I consider aluminum. After my first ride on a CAAD12 nothing was quite the same in terms of handling and road feel. I went to...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-10-19, 07:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 517
Posted By Robert A

Yes, but if the chain is a little longer to...

Yes, but if the chain is a little longer to accommodate the larger rear cog, does it create additional slack in the small/small combo that might be a concern?
Forum: Road Cycling
10-09-19, 11:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 517
Posted By Robert A

Mine is a short cage R8000 Ultegra limited to...

Mine is a short cage R8000 Ultegra limited to 11-30, which is my current cassette. Though 11-32 is technically out of spec, what kind of compromises are likely?
Forum: Road Cycling
10-09-19, 08:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 517
Posted By Robert A

That's my setup as well, and I will count the...

That's my setup as well, and I will count the links.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-19, 06:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 517
Posted By Robert A

Correct Ultegra Chain

I'm about to install an Ultegra CS-R8000 11-32 cassette on a bike that has 52-36 chain rings. Is the CN-HG701-11 with 116 links the correct chain? Apparently there's also a 126 link version available...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-19, 03:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 706
Posted By Robert A

New Wheels

New custom-built wheels arrived today. Easton R90SL, WI hubs. Looking forward to my first ride on them in a few days....
Forum: Road Cycling
10-03-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 886
Posted By Robert A

Okay, so what about this Park Tool...

Okay, so what about this Park Tool...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-03-19, 02:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 886
Posted By Robert A

Can you guys post links to the specific items...

Can you guys post links to the specific items being discussed? I'm looking for a torque wrench for my cockpit items and am considering the one from ParktTools.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-30-19, 04:47 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,474
Posted By Robert A

Here are the SB100 routes...

Here are the SB100 routes (https://ridesb100.com/). Two are 62 miles long and one of them includes Gibraltar. You can easily shorten either route to keep within 40-50m.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,295
Posted By Robert A

Ive only been riding since 2015 and got serious...

Ive only been riding since 2015 and got serious about it a year ago. So Iím pretty new to things.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-19, 12:27 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,295
Posted By Robert A

Forget your preconceived notions of older...

Forget your preconceived notions of older cyclists. The guys I ride with keep 100% pace with the LaGrange folks of West Los Angeles, many of whom are 20-40 years old. My own speed and climbing...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,295
Posted By Robert A

I'm over 60.

I'm over 60.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,295
Posted By Robert A

I climb about as hard as I can without completely...

I climb about as hard as I can without completely exhausting myself. I've put a solid year into training and have climbed 115k feet YTD, so I've gotten to understand my abilities. I can live with...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-19, 06:00 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,474
Posted By Robert A

Mind recommending something to look at? I...

Mind recommending something to look at? I haven't researched the topic.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-19, 05:58 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,474
Posted By Robert A

My bike improvement budget just went to new...

My bike improvement budget just went to new wheels, which arrive in a week. Maybe a power meter later, but down the road.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,295
Posted By Robert A

You're right. My 11-30 has 27t in the second to...

You're right. My 11-30 has 27t in the second to last position. The 11-32 has 28t.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-19, 04:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,295
Posted By Robert A

Are there any downsides?

Are there any downsides?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-19, 04:29 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,295
Posted By Robert A

Well, turns out that I have a short-cage...

Well, turns out that I have a short-cage derailleur (says "SS" on the backside). So factory spec goes to 30t. I assume this means a derailleur change, or I have to swap chainrings (ouch!) to get a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-19, 04:24 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,474
Posted By Robert A

One training ride down. ...

One training ride down.

https://www.strava.com/activities/2747326975
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-19, 08:51 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,295
Posted By Robert A

Do you have the OPI Spiderring? If so, what did...

Do you have the OPI Spiderring? If so, what did the replacement end up costing?

For me, 52x11 is very long. I use it rarely, and only on long descents.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-19, 08:48 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,295
Posted By Robert A

Do the front or rear derailleurs need to be...

Do the front or rear derailleurs need to be adjusted after switching from 11-30 to 11-32 and replacing the chain?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-19, 11:07 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,295
Posted By Robert A

I have the Cannondale OPI Spidering, which I...

I have the Cannondale OPI Spidering, which I think costs $250 to replace vs.$100 for the cassette and chain. If I were building from scratch, I'd opt for the compact chainrings. But the gaps in the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-19, 06:43 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,295
Posted By Robert A

How can I identify which Shimano R8000 derailleur...

How can I identify which Shimano R8000 derailleur I have -- short cage and medium cage? Medium cage is required for cassettes larger than 30t.

Are there specific markings to look for?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-19, 03:44 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,295
Posted By Robert A

34t would create too much of a midrange gear...

34t would create too much of a midrange gear spread and a cassette that looks more like a salad plate.

On the Ultegra 11-32, the second lowest gear is 29t, so it's not quite the same jump as you...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-19, 03:32 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,295
Posted By Robert A

I already climb 1000-2000 feet every time I ride,...

I already climb 1000-2000 feet every time I ride, which is usually 2-3 times a week, and have climbed 112,000 so far this year.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-19, 01:44 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,295
Posted By Robert A

Cassette change -- 11-30 to 11-32

Been doing a lot of hill climbing lately and sometimes wish I had one more cog for the steepest hills. Current cassette is 11-30, and chainrings are 52-36. Bike is a CAAD12 with Ultegra mech.

I'm...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-19, 06:45 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,474
Posted By Robert A

Sounds like an event within an event. It's on...

Sounds like an event within an event. It's on the same day as the Santa Barbara 100, but I guess just the climb only.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-19, 04:48 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,474
Posted By Robert A

This is great! Thanks to a few suggestions way...

This is great! Thanks to a few suggestions way above, and the link you just provided, I'm planning to work on some of these routes this weekend. Am I correct to assume that red = road and blue =...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-19, 06:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,474
Posted By Robert A

Would love a Strava route for any of these.

Would love a Strava route for any of these.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,474
Posted By Robert A

How is ride support on the SB100?

How is ride support on the SB100?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,474
Posted By Robert A

I ride Santa Monica Mountains frequently --...

I ride Santa Monica Mountains frequently -- typically 1000-2000' climbs - Topanga, Latigo, Mandeville, etc. Not a problem to put down 3000' in a morning ride.

Would love some suggestions where to...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-19, 11:52 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,474
Posted By Robert A

What do you know about the 100KM Gibraltar Route...

What do you know about the 100KM Gibraltar Route (https://www.bikeforums.net/100KM Gibraltar Route)? You still climb Gibralter, but lose east camino cielo.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-19, 11:37 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,474
Posted By Robert A

Santa Barbara 100

Anyone done this ride? The 100 miler has close to 9,000 ft of climbing. The 100 metric is about 7,000.
How is the Gibraltar Road climb, and how good is ride support throughout?

My only basis of...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-19, 07:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,244
Posted By Robert A

Where do you get discounts on a Park stand? I've...

Where do you get discounts on a Park stand? I've looked around and everything is pretty much MSRP.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-19, 03:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,244
Posted By Robert A

This is about the amount I was planning to spend.

This is about the amount I was planning to spend.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-19, 03:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,244
Posted By Robert A

Any recommendations on a bike stand? Would like...

Any recommendations on a bike stand? Would like to strike the right balance between quality and price.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-19, 02:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,244
Posted By Robert A

Thank you, all. I appreciate the comments.

Thank you, all. I appreciate the comments.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,244
Posted By Robert A

Park Tool?

Looking to setup my garage for basic bike repair, cleaning and adjustment. I need a stand and various tools for the brakes and drivetrain components.

The only name I know is Park Tool. Are these...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-19, 09:30 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,372
Posted By Robert A

Youíre right. It is easier when thereís a load on...

Youíre right. It is easier when thereís a load on my legs.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-19, 12:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,503
Posted By Robert A

Only my personal opinion.

Only my personal opinion.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-19, 07:42 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,503
Posted By Robert A

Was headed to HED or Easton anyway for weight...

Was headed to HED or Easton anyway for weight reasons, but still want to hear your impressions.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-19, 06:26 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,503
Posted By Robert A

It means something when we can save $500 on a...

It means something when we can save $500 on a $2,000 pair of wheels. But we spend $100 on cycling accessories without thinking about it. Why worry about saving $75 on a critical drivetrain component?...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-19, 04:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,503
Posted By Robert A

Why are we picking apart rims that cost only $150...

Why are we picking apart rims that cost only $150 to begin with? It doesn't seem like that much money given its relative importance in the operation of a bicycle.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,372
Posted By Robert A

Initially, I did it on 1-2% slopes and found it...

Initially, I did it on 1-2% slopes and found it very ungratifying. Later, I did it twice on a 5-6% slope and enjoyed it much more.

I'm hoping to extend the intervals to longer periods with...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,372
Posted By Robert A

So yesterday, I started doing intervals. Three...

So yesterday, I started doing intervals. Three minutes at 90% max HR, then rest and repeat. I didn't realize how hard this would be, and what opportunity there was to improve. Going at 90%...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-19, 08:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,503
Posted By Robert A

Judeta, when do your AL33 wheels arrive? ...

Judeta, when do your AL33 wheels arrive? Interested in your feedback.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-19, 12:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 680
Posted By Robert A

How do you widen the calipers enough? When I...

How do you widen the calipers enough? When I borrowed a friend's Ardennes, I turned the knurled knob at the top of the caliper all the way out, and still had to leave the little lever slightly...
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