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08-09-20, 03:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 294
Posted By DaveSSS

The big ring is used until the next to largest...

The big ring is used until the next to largest sprocket is used. If you need a lower/slower gear change to the little ring, usually followed by shifting 1 to 3 sprockets smaller. I always shift 2...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-07-20, 08:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 395
Posted By DaveSSS

I'd buy the smaller frame. I'm the same height...

I'd buy the smaller frame. I'm the same height with opposite issue. I have a cycling inseam of 83cm and a 73cm saddle height. I ride a Colnago C-RS size 48 that has a 527mm stack and 383mm reach. ...
08-05-20, 07:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 332
Posted By DaveSSS

The big/big plus one inch method works for most,...

The big/big plus one inch method works for most, but not all modern RDs. The new Campy 12 and any other RD with a extension plate that moves the RD back further for large sprocket clearance requires...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-05-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 512
Posted By DaveSSS

Ultrashift levers, 2008 and newer can only be...

Ultrashift levers, 2008 and newer can only be repaired with donor parts. As others noted just by a replacement body with innards. These levers are easy to take apart for inspection - far easier...
08-04-20, 07:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 441
Posted By DaveSSS

I use a torque wrench on threaded bottom brackets...

I use a torque wrench on threaded bottom brackets and cassette lock rings - the big stuff - and every thing else is done by feel. It would be stupid to post a torque value, assuming no lubrication. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-20, 06:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 668
Posted By DaveSSS

As others have noted, the STA is not a factor in...

As others have noted, the STA is not a factor in figuring the reach difference. It only affects the amount of seat post offset you might require.

If you're using no spacers and a -17 stem, you...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-20, 07:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 333
Posted By DaveSSS

Tires squish and their effective diameter...

Tires squish and their effective diameter shrinks, once weight is applied. If you're real picky on a bike that you actually ride on the road, you can get a helper and roll down the driveway for 3-4...
07-30-20, 06:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 320
Posted By DaveSSS

The big/big plus 1 inch method does not work with...

The big/big plus 1 inch method does not work with Campy's new RDs that have an extended mounting bracket or any RD with a wolf tooth extender. The little/little method only works if you're not...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-29-20, 03:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 542
Posted By DaveSSS

The black chorus 12 levers are not anodized, they...

The black chorus 12 levers are not anodized, they are painted black with a clear coat.

From what I've read, a good 1x setup needs a narrow/wide chain ring.

Campy will introduce their first 1x...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 965
Posted By DaveSSS

At 5'-6" or 168cm, with an 83cm inseam and 73cm...

At 5'-6" or 168cm, with an 83cm inseam and 73cm saddle height, I have long legs and short torso. I use a 25mm setback post with the saddle further back than the midpoint. I also use a fairly large...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-20, 01:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 542
Posted By DaveSSS

The crank and chain rings may be useable. Worth...

The crank and chain rings may be useable. Worth a try, but there's also the fact that buying an entire group usually saves money. When I made the switch, I bought whole groups and sold the old parts...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-20, 08:52 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 965
Posted By DaveSSS

Your knee could be 2cm behind KOP and it wouldn't...

Your knee could be 2cm behind KOP and it wouldn't hurt a thing.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-20, 02:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 504
Posted By DaveSSS

No you can't return a bike bought from bike...

No you can't return a bike bought from bike exchange since it comes in a box, just like your local shop gets and some assembly is required. After it's assembled and used, it's a used bike. If you...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-20, 11:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 965
Posted By DaveSSS

To what end? Knee over pedal, or some other...

To what end? Knee over pedal, or some other criteria? I pay no attention to the idea of knee over pedal and neither do some of the most respected fitters, like Steve Hogg. I ride a fairly small...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 965
Posted By DaveSSS

Pro bike fitters would not recommend this. The...

Pro bike fitters would not recommend this. The saddle should be back far enough to keep the weight off your hands. The exception might be a bike with a 72.5 STA. I've always used a 25mm setback...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-20, 07:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 504
Posted By DaveSSS

How can you buy local when none are available? I...

How can you buy local when none are available? I haven't bought local in over 25 years. I buy frames and build my own.

There are some Colnago CLX bikes, new in the box, with disc brakes and...
07-18-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,068
Posted By DaveSSS

I ride both about the same amount. No use...

I ride both about the same amount. No use letting one sit for too long. I do tend to ride one in the summer and the other in the winter. I never ride in wet dirty conditions.
07-16-20, 06:10 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,068
Posted By DaveSSS

My second Colnago C-RS was merely a very...

My second Colnago C-RS was merely a very inexpensive replacement for a 16 year old look kg-461 frame. I only paid $500 difference to get a $1700 msrp frame. In the past I've owned two look 585...
07-16-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,068
Posted By DaveSSS

My two bikes are actually as nearly identical as...

My two bikes are actually as nearly identical as possible. One has an older version of Easton EC-90 bars and an older seatpost, but otherwise identical.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-20, 06:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 491
Posted By DaveSSS

A two bolt rocker style clamp like the FSA...

A two bolt rocker style clamp like the FSA k-force won't change angle and allows very small angle changes. I've used them exclusively for at least 15 years. With saddles that are curved, like my...
07-13-20, 06:00 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,068
Posted By DaveSSS

Campy was first with road 12 speed and used the...

Campy was first with road 12 speed and used the same hubs as 9,10 and 11. They've been leading with their road groups, from 10 to 11 to 12.

Campy offers XDR and microspline conversions for many...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 388
Posted By DaveSSS

A couple more comments. Strength is certainly...

A couple more comments. Strength is certainly needed, but low weight is important too. It's all about power to weight ratio, when you're climbing. This year there will be no cars on the road. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-20, 02:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 388
Posted By DaveSSS

The elevation may be a bigger problem than the...

The elevation may be a bigger problem than the steepness of the slopes. I've rode it twice a year at ages 51-53, weighing in at 135 lbs. My best time was 2:35, which would most often get you a top...
07-12-20, 01:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 569
Posted By DaveSSS

Try another brand of tube. I've been using...

Try another brand of tube. I've been using Michelin no thread tubes forever and never had a problem. I have a silica pump that's at least 30 years old. It uses a rubber gasket with a friction fit, so...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-20, 02:22 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,708
Posted By DaveSSS

Fulcrum racing 3 or higher level with aluminum...

Fulcrum racing 3 or higher level with aluminum rim. I suspect that the Campy Zonda disc will soon be tubeless ready, but not now. Tubeless high pressure setups may not be the best choice, but every...
07-11-20, 06:59 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,912
Posted By DaveSSS

I believe that I've posted this before. If...

I believe that I've posted this before. If you're that serious about waxing, a specific wax blend might improve the results. One of the issues may be unreasonable expectations for wax life. With...
07-10-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,912
Posted By DaveSSS

I used home brew - mineral spirits and motor oil...

I used home brew - mineral spirits and motor oil or gear lube for many years. I got good chain life, but it created a dirty mess that I was constantly wiping off the chain and cassette. If I was to...
07-10-20, 03:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 305
Posted By DaveSSS

The big/big test is done with the chain NOT...

The big/big test is done with the chain NOT running through the rear derailleur. Bring the ends together and add 1 inch, to get the shortest possible chain.

Another test is to shift to the small...
07-10-20, 06:31 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,912
Posted By DaveSSS

Paraffin oil evaporates very slowly and is used...

Paraffin oil evaporates very slowly and is used in an attempt to soften hot dip wax. Naphtha is not used for that purpose. It evaporates very fast, so it works only to dissolve paraffin or a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-20, 05:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 998
Posted By DaveSSS

So the real issue is that you have speed readout...

So the real issue is that you have speed readout but question it's accuracy. That's much different than not having speed info. I ride in mountain canyons, so a speed sensor might be wise, rather...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-20, 03:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 998
Posted By DaveSSS

I can't imagine having a bike computer without...

I can't imagine having a bike computer without speed. Even the cheapest models have speed, distance and average speed. I want to know my cadence at all times, particularly when climbing 10% grades. I...
07-09-20, 02:41 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,068
Posted By DaveSSS

Two bikes is plenty. The second can be handy if...

Two bikes is plenty. The second can be handy if the first needs some sort of repair. I liked my Colnago C-RS so well that I couldn't pass up the opportunity to update my 16 year old LOOK KG-461 for...
07-09-20, 07:30 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,912
Posted By DaveSSS

Rather than hot wax, I use paraffin dissolved in...

Rather than hot wax, I use paraffin dissolved in naphtha (camp stove fuel). I also add automotive gear lube to the paraffin. If paraffin is melted and as much as 30% gear lube added to it, the oil...
07-08-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,068
Posted By DaveSSS

This is incredibly outdated news. The 2015 spare...

This is incredibly outdated news. The 2015 spare parts catalog shows the same centaur 10 speed cassettes as the 2020 catalog. No chorus or record 10 cassettes. This should not be surprising, since...
07-08-20, 06:30 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,068
Posted By DaveSSS

A 50/18 is very close to a 48/17, but after the...

A 50/18 is very close to a 48/17, but after the 17 is a 19. How awful. The idea of a specific perfect gear ratio is still silly, IMO. Wind conditions alone make the gear ratio requirements change,...
07-07-20, 03:20 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,068
Posted By DaveSSS

Seems like my point was missed. A 48 big ring...

Seems like my point was missed. A 48 big ring with a 15-16-17 is basically the same as a 53 big ring with a 17-18-19. If you think there's something magical in this gear ratio range, I have it with...
07-07-20, 01:41 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,068
Posted By DaveSSS

12 speed cassette offerings are not likely to...

12 speed cassette offerings are not likely to expand. The solution is a crankset with smaller chainrings. Then you can get the 1 tooth shifts in the same range as the current 17-18-19, but with the...
07-07-20, 07:11 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,068
Posted By DaveSSS

I've been riding on all types of terrain for 40...

I've been riding on all types of terrain for 40 years and never had an 18T sprocket. Riders in pan flat Holland whine about it too. It's never bothered me.

My current bike has a 48/32 with an...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 11:38 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,237
Posted By DaveSSS

That's what I do. Spin up to 38, then tuck down...

That's what I do. Spin up to 38, then tuck down and coast on up to 50-54 mph.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 07:38 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,237
Posted By DaveSSS

A shimano 11-34 has poor sprocket spacing. On a...

A shimano 11-34 has poor sprocket spacing. On a road bike, I'd hate 11-13-15-17...

I use a 48/32 with Campy 12 11-34, but I'm 67 years old and ride in the foothills and mountains of Colorado. On...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-20, 06:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 767
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: 12
Views: 767
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: 513
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: 718
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: 12
Views: 767
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: 626
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: 1,288
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: 626
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: 1,288
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: 1,318
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...
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