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07-19-19, 02:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 235
Posted By DaveSSS

If the chain is new, but the sprockets are old,...

If the chain is new, but the sprockets are old, you may have nothing but ordinary new chain skip. It occurs usually on only one or two of the most used sprockets. Put a old chain on and it will...
07-17-19, 07:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 431
Posted By DaveSSS

This link might work, but it may be a little wide...

This link might work, but it may be a little wide - 5.25mm rather than the proper 5.15mm. I have both campy 12 and the new sram axs 12 speed chain. The sram axs link is a bit too tight. It's better...
07-17-19, 07:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 431
Posted By DaveSSS

To shorten a Campy chain, it's apparently OK to...

To shorten a Campy chain, it's apparently OK to push out the old joining pin and put in a new one, but a new joining pin is never supposed to be installed on any other pair of outer plates. Those...
07-16-19, 12:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 241
Posted By DaveSSS

I'd change the bearings out to the standard type...

I'd change the bearings out to the standard type with seals and BB cups that have seals. You can probably ride for a year or two with before cleaning and greasing. The super record name may be...
07-16-19, 12:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 290
Posted By DaveSSS

There is no quick link made for the Campy 12...

There is no quick link made for the Campy 12 chain. I have both the Campy and SRAM AXS road bike 12 speed chains. The SRAM quick link might work, but it seems awfully tight, with almost no side...
07-15-19, 02:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 316
Posted By DaveSSS

I'm switching two bikes over to chorus 12. I got...

I'm switching two bikes over to chorus 12. I got a very early group with the new 48/32 crank and 11-34 cassette. Works great. I'll be selling off 11 speed parts from both bikes. One has a 2018...
07-13-19, 06:11 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,730
Posted By DaveSSS

It's a 28 mile ride from Idaho Springs to the top...

It's a 28 mile ride from Idaho Springs to the top of Mt Evans. I've done it six times, but the last was when I was 53. My best time was 2:35. Look up Bob Cook memorial hill climb. There's a race...
07-12-19, 04:59 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,730
Posted By DaveSSS

Going fast on a straight is no big deal. I did...

Going fast on a straight is no big deal. I did my fastest ever at 53 mph, at age 66 this year. I take the corners slower because I have slid out from sand in the corners and it hurts. I've got...
07-12-19, 04:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 478
Posted By DaveSSS

Clean with acetone, then apply nail polish. If...

Clean with acetone, then apply nail polish. If the nail polish application isn't perfect, wipe it off with acetone and try again. If you're skilled enough a little wet sanding with small piece of...
07-11-19, 12:13 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,266
Posted By DaveSSS

You'll never gain the endurance for long rides if...

You'll never gain the endurance for long rides if all you do is daily short rides. I used to ride a 50 mile route with over 10 miles of climbing, every other day, from age 50 to 57. I took 8 years...
07-10-19, 11:52 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,646
Posted By DaveSSS

If you've got a high end 12 speed bike and ride a...

If you've got a high end 12 speed bike and ride a lot, chain life is important. Some people think that 1500 miles is ok, but I expect a lot more. I get that by using a dry lube that doesn't attract...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-19, 11:04 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,272
Posted By DaveSSS

The fastest method will require endurance. You'd...

The fastest method will require endurance. You'd push your maximum heart rate that's sustainable for the time period, while also maintaining a cadence in the 65 to 85 range. If your cadence drops...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-19, 12:10 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,897
Posted By DaveSSS

What makes 11 speed better than 12? The opposite...

What makes 11 speed better than 12? The opposite seams obvious. In the past Shimano and SRAM took 4 years to match campy's increase in the number of sprockets. Did you enjoy the long wait for 10...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-19, 04:45 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,130
Posted By DaveSSS

Think 12 speed. Campy had it first, for road...

Think 12 speed. Campy had it first, for road bikes, sram has it, so shimano can't wait 4 years like they did with 10 and 11 speed.
07-05-19, 02:07 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,656
Posted By DaveSSS

Finding the right applicator bottle can be tough....

Finding the right applicator bottle can be tough. I found some plastic bottle with pointed tips, made to apply hair coloring, at Sally Beauty. The hole at the end of the tip was much too large, so...
07-05-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,306
Posted By DaveSSS

Matte finishes are a bad idea because repeated...

Matte finishes are a bad idea because repeated rubbing with a cleaning rag will turn the matte finish shiny. I'd try mineral spirits, applied gently with a soft cloth or paper shop towel to remove...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-19, 07:05 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 5,704
Posted By DaveSSS

Campy only for 25+ years. Getting the new Chorus...

Campy only for 25+ years. Getting the new Chorus 12 next week.
07-04-19, 01:50 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,656
Posted By DaveSSS

There is a limit to the solubility of paraffin in...

There is a limit to the solubility of paraffin in naptha, depending on the temperature. It's 1 ounce by weight to 6-7 fluid ounces of naptha, at room temp. If you make a big batch with a 4 ounce...
07-02-19, 01:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 444
Posted By DaveSSS

You better take the RD apart and fix it right, or...

You better take the RD apart and fix it right, or you may end up stranded on a ride. I have that rivet on my RD and it appears to anchor the end of the torsion spring. You might be able to replace...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-19, 02:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,720
Posted By DaveSSS

I've had both power meters and cadence sensors. ...

I've had both power meters and cadence sensors. Both have value. Power is just torque times cadence. There is such a thing as an inappropriate cadence. You want good power and endurance. Run...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-19, 07:01 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,897
Posted By DaveSSS

Shimano and SRAM have lagged years behind campy...

Shimano and SRAM have lagged years behind campy with 10 and 11 speed. Now campy and sram both have 12 speed road bike groups and shimano is lagging. Campy just came out with the very reasonably...
06-22-19, 08:04 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,043
Posted By DaveSSS

Seriously? Underwear is never worn with padded...

Seriously? Underwear is never worn with padded cycling shorts.
06-19-19, 04:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,027
Posted By DaveSSS

Time to move on. The crank is very old. The new...

Time to move on. The crank is very old. The new ultra-torque is much better.
06-16-19, 07:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 904
Posted By DaveSSS

I'd compare the cost to rebuild to the cost for a...

I'd compare the cost to rebuild to the cost for a new wheel. LBS labor isn't cheap and you could pay more for a rebuild than a new front wheel of similar quality.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-19, 03:24 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,476
Posted By DaveSSS

I agree, but a lot of Conti users say that the...

I agree, but a lot of Conti users say that the 4000/5000 ride harshly too. I've ridden plenty of top of the line contis too, but it's been quite awhile. I can't complain about the michelins.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-19, 07:09 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,476
Posted By DaveSSS

I've used Michelin many pro 3 and now pro 4...

I've used Michelin many pro 3 and now pro 4 tires. I ride 12 miles of chip seal on nearly every ride. I use 23mm, but plan to switch to 25mm, when my current tires wear out. They ride good enough...
06-12-19, 04:48 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,656
Posted By DaveSSS

Using gasoline to clean chains is not wise. Not...

Using gasoline to clean chains is not wise. Not only does it stink to high heaven, a static electricity spark can result in it blowing up in your face. Mineral spirits or naptha is a much better...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-19, 02:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,204
Posted By DaveSSS

I have two strada computers with wireless speed,...

I have two strada computers with wireless speed, cadence and heart rate. Getting the computer to slide off the mount can be difficult. I broke the little tab off one mount and had to buy a new one.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-19, 01:41 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,096
Posted By DaveSSS

Cleaning a chain once every 1500 miles is pretty...

Cleaning a chain once every 1500 miles is pretty much worthless too.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-19, 04:12 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,096
Posted By DaveSSS

It's the inside of the chain that needs cleaning...

It's the inside of the chain that needs cleaning the most. Wiping off the outside does little. A park chain cleaner leaves the chain swimming in dirty solvent, unless the whole process is done at...
06-04-19, 04:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 352
Posted By DaveSSS

Check that the cable end seated properly in the...

Check that the cable end seated properly in the take-up spool. If it's a 2015 or newer shifter, there should be 3 clicks. Older shifters will have 6 or 7. Disconnect the cable from the FD and...
06-03-19, 02:55 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,875
Posted By DaveSSS

A loose rear quick release was the cause of the...

A loose rear quick release was the cause of the only out of the saddle creak I've ever had.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-19, 03:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,226
Posted By DaveSSS

Standing works for steep but short sections. I...

Standing works for steep but short sections. I did one today that's not over 200 yards long, using my 23T sprocket. I always sit for the rest of the climb, but today when I shifted to the 28 to...
06-01-19, 07:45 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,793
Posted By DaveSSS

While it's good to have reduced pain, the bigger...

While it's good to have reduced pain, the bigger problem may be little or no cartilage left in the knee joints. My knees were nearly shot at 57. I quit cycling to do other things and finally had...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,226
Posted By DaveSSS

You'll need lower gearing. After coming back to...

You'll need lower gearing. After coming back to cycling last July at age 65, after 8 years off, I started riding some routes with very steep hills and need my 34/32 low gear to remain seated on the...
06-01-19, 06:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 647
Posted By DaveSSS

It's a mistake to think that properly sized means...

It's a mistake to think that properly sized means the shortest possible chain length. The longest works just as well. As long as you don't exceed the RD's wrap capacity, the little/little method...
05-27-19, 09:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 497
Posted By DaveSSS

Actually, the first year ultrashift levers (2008)...

Actually, the first year ultrashift levers (2008) 10 speed still had 6 or 7 clicks on the LH lever that could be used and I believe that stayed until the big change in 2015.

The 2015+ LH shifter...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-19, 03:31 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 6,119
Posted By DaveSSS

Accelerade up to the halfway point, then water. ...

Accelerade up to the halfway point, then water. I mix it light, only 130 calories. Trying to lose weight.
05-21-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 732
Posted By DaveSSS

A syringe won't produce enough pressure to get...

A syringe won't produce enough pressure to get the grease in. You need a small gun with a pointy tip. Something like this:
...
05-21-19, 07:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 732
Posted By DaveSSS

I've used Park grease in all of my Speedplay...

I've used Park grease in all of my Speedplay pedals - no problems.
05-19-19, 10:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 497
Posted By DaveSSS

You need a 2008-2014 left ultrashift lever. In...

You need a 2008-2014 left ultrashift lever. In 2008 it was 10 speed ultrashift. After that, it was 11 speed. I have 2008 Centaur levers with carbon brake levers that are identical to Record,...
05-18-19, 07:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 497
Posted By DaveSSS

The crankset should be no problem. Campy made...

The crankset should be no problem. Campy made changes in 2015 so the ultrashift levers pull more cable than previously and the RD is setup to match that increased cable pull. The left shifter is also...
04-29-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 974
Posted By DaveSSS

Place one end of the rule on the edge of a pin....

Place one end of the rule on the edge of a pin. The pin at the other end will be completely covered by the rule, when the chain is new. When about 1/2 of the that pin is exposed, you've got .5%...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-19, 09:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 395
Posted By DaveSSS

Less than perfect rear shifting may have nothing...

Less than perfect rear shifting may have nothing to do with adjustment skills. Bikes with internally routed cables can have more cable friction that makes it impossible to get all perfect shifts...
04-29-19, 09:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 974
Posted By DaveSSS

A 12 inch machinist's rule is cheap and accurate,...

A 12 inch machinist's rule is cheap and accurate, but there are chains, like Campy's that may show very little elongation, but have extremely worn out rollers and far too much side play. For those,...
04-22-19, 02:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 519
Posted By DaveSSS

Most often, this means that the cables and...

Most often, this means that the cables and housings are too short.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-19, 08:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,341
Posted By DaveSSS

Anyone who's taken a motorcycle training course...

Anyone who's taken a motorcycle training course knows the answer. To make the bike turn right, you push on the right side of the bar. Then the bike leans to the right and turns to the right. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 957
Posted By DaveSSS

I'm having good luck with my SMP Stratos saddle. ...

I'm having good luck with my SMP Stratos saddle. SMP makes a lot of models and you have to select the model based on sit bone width. SMP estimates sit bone width by waist size. Of course waist...
04-11-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 333
Posted By DaveSSS

Unforunately, Campy does not sell internal repair...

Unforunately, Campy does not sell internal repair parts for ultra-shift levers. They only sell the whole body, EC-RE301.
04-06-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 559
Posted By DaveSSS

With most bottom brackets now being press-in, the...

With most bottom brackets now being press-in, the only item I use a torque wrench on is the cassette lock ring.

I don't use expanding plugs in my carbon steering tubes. I take a 1" star nut and...
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