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Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-20, 06:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 433
Posted By DaveSSS

My rule of thumb for saddle height is your heel...

My rule of thumb for saddle height is your heel should be able to drop 1-3cm below horizontal, with the leg fully extended at the bottom of the stroke. That's a fairly large range, but if the heel...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-20, 06:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 433
Posted By DaveSSS

I still suggest cleat shims. There should be...

I still suggest cleat shims. There should be written articles on why they work. In your case the, the thick side will be on the inside of the right cleat, just opposite of what you might think. My...
06-29-20, 03:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 419
Posted By DaveSSS

Big yawn. Total idiot move at 5:31. Most turns...

Big yawn. Total idiot move at 5:31. Most turns were big sweepers. Disc brakes not needed for the minor speed reductions needed. If there were grades of 10% or more, the speeds should be higher. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-20, 04:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 564
Posted By DaveSSS

The 48/32 would be cross chained and not the best...

The 48/32 would be cross chained and not the best selection. The 32/21 is the better choice.

Every gearing setup has a transition speed where below that speed, the little ring is the better...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-20, 06:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 433
Posted By DaveSSS

You might benefit from cleat wedges. I use one on...

You might benefit from cleat wedges. I use one on my left cleat only, even with my custom cycling shoes with custom footbeds.

Google bikefit cleat wedges.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 513
Posted By DaveSSS

Why not pick the bike that you think has the best...

Why not pick the bike that you think has the best fit, then adjust the other to match it. I still say you can't trust geometry charts. If you're sure that saddle heights and setbacks, from the BB...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 10:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,107
Posted By DaveSSS

Now that I look at the picture again, are your...

Now that I look at the picture again, are your bars higher than the saddle? I'd work on getting rid of the huge stack of spacers.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 06:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 513
Posted By DaveSSS

The reach difference has to be due to the saddle...

The reach difference has to be due to the saddle position, relative to the BB. Use a plumb Bob to check the nose of the saddle, relative to the BB.

Carefully check the saddle height on both...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 06:34 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,107
Posted By DaveSSS

The fit looks like a short reach and very little...

The fit looks like a short reach and very little saddle to bar drop. If you have too much weight on your hands, try moving the saddle back. If you have a zero setback post, try a 25mm setback model....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 06:22 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,219
Posted By DaveSSS

Extreme lightness and endurance geometry doesn't...

Extreme lightness and endurance geometry doesn't make sense to me. If you're fit and want to go fast, then the top of the line race bike would make more sense. I always say that if the rider isn't...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,760
Posted By DaveSSS

I had an R3 back when they first came out. I rode...

I had an R3 back when they first came out. I rode it twice, then tore it down and sold off the frame. Absolutely bad mountain descending bike, IMO.

My Colnago bikes are rock solid descenders. I...
06-25-20, 06:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 308
Posted By DaveSSS

To paint a frame glossy, first clean thoroughly...

To paint a frame glossy, first clean thoroughly with mineral spirits and clean new rags, or special wipes, made for this purpose. Use 800 grit wet sandpaper or grey extra fine scotch brite to scuff...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-20, 02:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,760
Posted By DaveSSS

Here it is. Zonda wheels, Easton EC-90 bars, FSA...

Here it is. Zonda wheels, Easton EC-90 bars, FSA K-force 25mm setback post, SMP Stratos saddle,Zipp SL stem (-17 degree) Michelin power endurance tires.
...
06-18-20, 12:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 449
Posted By DaveSSS

A mixed group of old crap isn't much of an...

A mixed group of old crap isn't much of an upgrade. If you want the bike to work well, buy a new centaur or potenza 11 speed group.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-20, 12:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,637
Posted By DaveSSS

I'm sold on Michelin tires. The new power...

I'm sold on Michelin tires. The new power endurance is puncture resistant, supple and extremely long wearing. There are several other models with different properties that might have more appeal.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-20, 07:31 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,082
Posted By DaveSSS

Yes, people do rotate chains. If you discard...

Yes, people do rotate chains. If you discard chains prematurely, you WILL still get chain skip eventually and spend far more on chains, in the long run. Cheap chains like the KMC x11.93 will elongate...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-20, 06:40 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,760
Posted By DaveSSS

I bought two Colnago C-RS frames, new in the box,...

I bought two Colnago C-RS frames, new in the box, from different sources for an average of $800 each. Retail was $1700 each. There are some still available at bikeexchange.com. The seller wants...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-20, 01:46 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,082
Posted By DaveSSS

I really have no idea how many miles you could...

I really have no idea how many miles you could get from a 12 speed cassette, since it's not been out long. Using the 11 speed example above, I assume that each of 8 chains used in 20,000 miles is...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-20, 07:37 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,082
Posted By DaveSSS

From my brief research, I see a big difference in...

From my brief research, I see a big difference in price between an XT and XTR cassette, like twice the price. I see XT priced similar to sram force or Campy chorus and xtr priced similar to SRAM red...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-20, 07:04 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,082
Posted By DaveSSS

Wait until shimano 12 comes out. Their...

Wait until shimano 12 comes out. Their microspline cassettes won't be all that cheap either.

Buying all the parts included in a groupo separately does not cost 2-3 times as much. I came up with...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-20, 03:24 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,082
Posted By DaveSSS

I bought two chorus 12 groups for the price of...

I bought two chorus 12 groups for the price of one force AXS group. I could have bought three for the price of a red AXS group. Almost a year later, both are working great. The 11-34 cassette...
06-16-20, 03:08 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 7,893
Posted By DaveSSS

I use a very small cateye strada triple wireless ...

I use a very small cateye strada triple wireless computer with speed, heart rate and cadence. It will run run for a year with a 2032 battery in each of the three parts - the heart rate monitor, the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,269
Posted By DaveSSS

I didn't read every post, but if it hasn't been...

I didn't read every post, but if it hasn't been said, stack and reach tell most of the fit story. Pay no attention to the frame size numbers.

The seat tube angle helps with seletion of the seat...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-20, 05:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 258
Posted By DaveSSS

The 585 is one of the best made by LOOK. ...

The 585 is one of the best made by LOOK. Although the frames retailed as high as $3,000, I paid as little as $1800 for a new, leftover model. The wheels are low level 10 speed is not up to 2013...
06-10-20, 06:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 682
Posted By DaveSSS

The left thumb button had 7 clicks to operate a...

The left thumb button had 7 clicks to operate a triple FD, up to 2014. 2015 and later models have fewer and clicks will not operate a triple FD. You could push the left thumb button through all 7...
06-09-20, 06:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 682
Posted By DaveSSS

Campy shifters could never shift 8 cogs at once. ...

Campy shifters could never shift 8 cogs at once. 3 larger or 4 smaller, with one push on the finger lever or thumb button. I've owned every version from 8-12 speed.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-20, 05:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,148
Posted By DaveSSS

Michelin power endurance. Best tires I've used...

Michelin power endurance. Best tires I've used in the last 25 years. Gatorskins give a harsh ride.
06-08-20, 01:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 270
Posted By DaveSSS

I use jb weld epoxy in the large 10 ounce tubes. ...

I use jb weld epoxy in the large 10 ounce tubes. I make a foam rubber plug to keep the epoxy from running down the steering tube. I've used a 1 inch star nut with the tips ground down so it slips...
06-08-20, 07:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 270
Posted By DaveSSS

In addition to providing an anchor for the top...

In addition to providing an anchor for the top cap bolt, so the headset bearings can be preloaded, the plug prevents damage from inept mechanics who over tighten the stem clamp bolts. Some also over...
06-05-20, 04:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 290
Posted By DaveSSS

Try the pace line forum. There is one long time...

Try the pace line forum. There is one long time campy expert who knows just about everything. https://forums.thepaceline.net/
06-05-20, 12:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 290
Posted By DaveSSS

A centaur fd would not be made for the wider...

A centaur fd would not be made for the wider spacing of a disc crank. The fd is one of the chaper parts. There can't be much money to be saved.
06-05-20, 06:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 290
Posted By DaveSSS

Shimano sprocket spacing is close to Campy, but...

Shimano sprocket spacing is close to Campy, but not the same, so you won't get the full experience. Be sure that the RD can handle an 11-32.

I'm not a fan of Campy shifters, below the Chorus...
06-02-20, 07:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 610
Posted By DaveSSS

Stand over height is not even listed on most...

Stand over height is not even listed on most geometry charts and it is NOT stack plus the BB height, because top tube sits lower than the top of the head tube and it's most often sloping down. The...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-20, 06:46 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,332
Posted By DaveSSS

The typical factory lube is a product at least...

The typical factory lube is a product at least similar to cosmoline. Watch the video at the Campy chain factory. The chains go through a bath of heated lube with a low viscosity that turns into the...
06-01-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,309
Posted By DaveSSS

If a presta valve is filled with a pump that has...

If a presta valve is filled with a pump that has a gauge, there will be no loss of pressure, when the hose is removed. The presta valve seals when the pressure on both sides of the seal is the same....
06-01-20, 06:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 145
Posted By DaveSSS

The head tubes and stack heights are very tall,...

The head tubes and stack heights are very tall, compared to a road bike. Compare the head tube length or stack height of your current bike.

I always use saddle height as an indicator for vertical...
05-30-20, 07:14 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,309
Posted By DaveSSS

25mm tires shouldn't need 100-110 psi. I have...

25mm tires shouldn't need 100-110 psi. I have used that much in old 23mm tires, but one of the first things I picked up after an 8 year cycling hiatus was that 25-28mm tires are the new norm, with...
05-30-20, 07:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 265
Posted By DaveSSS

Wet sand to eliminate the dust issue. There are...

Wet sand to eliminate the dust issue. There are new sandpapers, red in color that are available in fairly coarse grits and can be used wet. 800 is too fine.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-20, 06:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 923
Posted By DaveSSS

I have SMP stratos models on both of my bikes. ...

I have SMP stratos models on both of my bikes. Read the website info on getting the right fit and padding. There are several models under each width, with different levels of padding. SMP assumes...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-28-20, 11:27 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 7,824
Posted By DaveSSS

The response qualifies as a rant, when it...

The response qualifies as a rant, when it includes information that is easily proven to be incorrect, like the duplicate gear comment. It suggests bad things that don't really exist. My example is...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-28-20, 11:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 389
Posted By DaveSSS

The results will only be same if the largest...

The results will only be same if the largest possible sprocket is on the bike. Every 4 teeth smaller suggests a 1 inch shorter chain, using the big/big.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-28-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 389
Posted By DaveSSS

That gives you the shortest possible chain. I...

That gives you the shortest possible chain. I prefer to use the little/little method that gives the length that will work with the largest sprocket that the RD can handle. The chain is routed...
05-28-20, 07:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 544
Posted By DaveSSS

Campy made a change to the freehub body, maybe 25...

Campy made a change to the freehub body, maybe 25 years ago, when they changed from a small diameter steel axle to a larger diameter aluminum axle. The thread size on the freehub body was enlarged at...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-28-20, 07:26 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 7,824
Posted By DaveSSS

Your rant about the latest 12 speed gearing if...

Your rant about the latest 12 speed gearing if off. As a mechanical engineer, I carefully evaluate the gear ratios before buying. If you really need a lower ratio than a 34/29, then there is the new...
05-27-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 175
Posted By DaveSSS

Good paint would be a 2 part urethane. It's sold...

Good paint would be a 2 part urethane. It's sold as a base coat and clear coat. A base coat is not likely to be glossy.
05-27-20, 01:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 254
Posted By DaveSSS

There should be no new wheels that use a 135mm...

There should be no new wheels that use a 135mm axle length for a rim brake frame. If they do, it's something odd ball. Every wheel that Campy makes for rim brakes has 130mm spacing. An 8 speed...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 891
Posted By DaveSSS

I do a lot of climbing in Colorado. I've been...

I do a lot of climbing in Colorado. I've been neglecting my brief pull on the up stroke. Today I did 25 miles of climbing on my 53 mile route and noticed an increase in cadence, going up a 16%...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-20, 07:02 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,268
Posted By DaveSSS

If you're on a tight budget, I'd not worry about...

If you're on a tight budget, I'd not worry about trivial weight differences. Aluminum bars like the ea50 or ea70 are not expensive and would offer the proper shape.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-20, 06:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 457
Posted By DaveSSS

Look frames are high quality, but that model has...

Look frames are high quality, but that model has to be quite old. I recently sold a kg461 frame only for $250 on Ebay, but it was 16 years old. It sat in my basement for 8 years, so it was in very...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-20, 05:18 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,268
Posted By DaveSSS

Get rid of those horrible bars. Try something...

Get rid of those horrible bars. Try something like an easton EC-70 with a short reach and shallow drop, without the ramp down angle that lowers the brake hoods.

Measure the height difference...
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