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Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-20, 03:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 111
Posted By blakcloud

Another option is the Rapilock system. Not only...

Another option is the Rapilock system. Not only does it fit any thread, it has a hidden quick release lever.

Through Axle Set for Roaddisc Front ?12x100, RapiLock Axle 105 - RapiLock...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 469
Posted By blakcloud

These are custom built wheels. Stan's Grail CB7...

These are custom built wheels. Stan's Grail CB7 carbon rims, which were custom painted flat black, built on White Industries CLD hubs. Tires are Rene Herse Babyshoe Pass extra lights. Weight came in...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-20, 06:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 469
Posted By blakcloud

For my 2020 Domane I have used my 650 x 42...

For my 2020 Domane I have used my 650 x 42 wheelset with no ill effect.


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09-22-20, 06:33 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 4,958
Posted By blakcloud

Rivendell bikes are not for everyone. Having read...

Rivendell bikes are not for everyone. Having read about Riv's for years, I was intrigued but it wasn't until I went to Denmark and Japan where cycling was something completely different that made me...
09-21-20, 09:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 659
Posted By blakcloud

To me it's a no brainer. Full warranty, save some...

To me it's a no brainer. Full warranty, save some cash, sounds great.
09-21-20, 07:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 984
Posted By blakcloud

Josh from Sica recommends DK Sonic cleaners in...

Josh from Sica recommends DK Sonic cleaners in this video. video
He has links in the description to the models he prefers. Looks pretty good and I value his judgement.
09-20-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 272
Posted By blakcloud

You could ask the dealer for the disc brake pad...

You could ask the dealer for the disc brake pad spacers. Not essential but they do add a little protection when the wheels are off the bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 436
Posted By blakcloud

I agree with this above. The price is irrelevant...

I agree with this above. The price is irrelevant since the bike is too small for you. Start looking at 56 and some 58's. Not sure of your size look at bike sizing recommendations from the brands that...
09-19-20, 04:16 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 4,958
Posted By blakcloud

I think the entertaining part brings us back to...

I think the entertaining part brings us back to when cycling was simpler kind of like the rotary telephone. It has that nostalgic feel and on some level makes sense. Unfortunately life changes,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-20, 04:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,796
Posted By blakcloud

Glad I saw this thread PoorInRichfield. Two...

Glad I saw this thread PoorInRichfield.

Two days ago on a ride I got a flat, no big deal. Put the tube in, went to fill it up with co2 and the head blew apart, co2 escaped making it useless. No...
Replies: 6
Views: 616
Posted By blakcloud

If you were lucky, $100, pandemic pricing....

If you were lucky, $100, pandemic pricing. Otherwise $50. That bike has been ridden hard and not taken care of in the last 25 years. By chance was this used in the courier business?
09-11-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 517
Posted By blakcloud

The advice above has you covered for mounts. The...

The advice above has you covered for mounts. The wireless unit you will have to purchase (EW-WU111). Your bike appears to have a bar end junction box, so you can pick up a short 150 mm Di2 wire....
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-20, 11:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 551
Posted By blakcloud

Sure it is more work but it's not like you need a...

Sure it is more work but it's not like you need a specialized skill set to get around this. If you are wrenching on your bike it is just another procedure you have to learn. Bikes change and evolve...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-20, 08:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 934
Posted By blakcloud

I certainly get your point. The upgrade path is...

I certainly get your point. The upgrade path is arduous at best. It certainly would have been simpler to purchase a bike with it pre-installed then it would have been as Steve B says kind of set it...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-20, 08:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 551
Posted By blakcloud

This is a "pick your poison" question. They are...

This is a "pick your poison" question. They are both excellent bikes and you wouldn't go wrong with either.

When I look at both of those bikes I dislike the cables sticking out everywhere on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-20, 08:36 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,708
Posted By blakcloud

The OP's budget is the between the highest and...

The OP's budget is the between the highest and lowest bikes he listed which appears to be about $2500 to $3000.

To the OP and to Plainsman I agree with your take on weight. There is something...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-20, 07:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 934
Posted By blakcloud

These were the steps that I am taking as I am...

These were the steps that I am taking as I am upgrading to Di2 soon.

The first thing I did was start a planning sheet. This was to help me determine the lengths of wire I needed. Lucky for me Trek...
09-09-20, 05:42 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 147
Posted By blakcloud

Well done!

Well done!
09-08-20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 607
Posted By blakcloud

Sorry if there was a miscommunication on my part,...

Sorry if there was a miscommunication on my part, I haven't ridden or even seen the bikes. I was just looking at the geometry numbers and their descriptions when I wrote my reply. I used my size just...
09-05-20, 06:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 607
Posted By blakcloud

Width will be your worries. The Ronin allows...

Width will be your worries. The Ronin allows about an 8 mm difference between the two sizes and I would make the assumption that the Chiron will be close to that.

The two biggest differences...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-05-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,714
Posted By blakcloud

Wow good stuff here, thanks for posting this. In...

Wow good stuff here, thanks for posting this. In my case the more I braked, the harder the bike was to handle. It just kept getting worse until I crashed. At the time of the incident I just wanted to...
09-05-20, 06:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 199
Posted By blakcloud

Montreal is 60 miles from the US border so while...

Montreal is 60 miles from the US border so while technically international its not like ordering from Uzbekistan. On the flip side I am Canadian and buy internationally from the United States all the...
09-04-20, 05:05 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,909
Posted By blakcloud

Well today is the day you pick up your new bike....

Well today is the day you pick up your new bike. Congratulations on your new ride. A new bike day is the best day.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-20, 04:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,296
Posted By blakcloud

I get that your spouse wants you to reward...

I get that your spouse wants you to reward yourself but you made a pretty good argument that you actually don't need anything. Take some money and put it in a rainy day fund and when you find...
Replies: 2
Views: 174
Posted By blakcloud

Your eyes are not missing anything. The bike is...

Your eyes are not missing anything. The bike is priced adequately.
09-02-20, 09:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 355
Posted By blakcloud

I like owning nice bike tools so I purchased the...

I like owning nice bike tools so I purchased the Park Tool HHP-2 press. It has been used three times, so it really hasn't paid for itself when just looking at shop costs but has paid for itself in...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,714
Posted By blakcloud

Both wheels slid out and I landed on my right...

Both wheels slid out and I landed on my right side. I veered into the oncoming lane because I could not get the bike under control. Lucky for me no cars were coming as it is usually a very busy...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-20, 04:21 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,714
Posted By blakcloud

Thanks. I added the bike to the original post. It...

Thanks. I added the bike to the original post. It was my Trek Domane SL6. Unfortunately I laid it down on the drive side so there is that typical damage. I haven't gone over the bike in fine detail...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-20, 04:03 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,714
Posted By blakcloud

First speed wobble crash

Today I experienced a shimmy that I couldn't control. I went for a ride today and twenty minutes in I was descending a hill at 56 km and then in no time I am skidding along the pavement. The shimmy...
08-31-20, 04:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 591
Posted By blakcloud

Toe clips have grown out of fashion but many...

Toe clips have grown out of fashion but many still use them. I use White Industries pedals with Bruce Gordon half clips, so not quite toe clips on one of my bikes. They are a happy medium between...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-20, 03:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 955
Posted By blakcloud

New wheels will make the bike feel like a whole...

New wheels will make the bike feel like a whole new bike and will be cheaper than buying a whole new bike. I say keep the bike, replace the wheels.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 532
Posted By blakcloud

Wouldn't it just be easier to purchase a bike in...

Wouldn't it just be easier to purchase a bike in America, preferably in Philadelphia? The bike won't be damaged in transit, or at least it won't be when you pick it up. You might be even able to test...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-20, 03:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,636
Posted By blakcloud

Those are all good bikes, it is just a matter of...

Those are all good bikes, it is just a matter of picking your poison. Normally I would say test ride them but I know that is difficult in these times.

Aluminum frame is fine, you aren't missing...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-20, 07:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 812
Posted By blakcloud

Only if you want to repair the tires after a...

Only if you want to repair the tires after a flat. I have yet to meet someone who actually does this, they just replace the tire, though I hear some people do. When I owned tubulars I just threw them...
08-28-20, 07:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 366
Posted By blakcloud

The price is irrelevant as the bike is too small...

The price is irrelevant as the bike is too small for you anyway. Your height and inseam steers you into the 56 size. It looks like it was too small even for the original owner. Too many spacers under...
08-28-20, 07:13 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,120
Posted By blakcloud

I have a custom bike that is unique but I added a...

I have a custom bike that is unique but I added a word not a name "Monozygote" on the left chain stay. Sorry I don't have a close-up....
08-27-20, 07:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 557
Posted By blakcloud

I stopped purchasing, no name or store brand...

I stopped purchasing, no name or store brand tubes, too many problems. Now I use Schwalbe tubes. They cost more but I have yet to get a bad one. With tubes in my city in short supply I have been...
08-27-20, 07:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 281
Posted By blakcloud

The tires are mostly boat anchors but as...

The tires are mostly boat anchors but as mentioned above that bike is not conducive to spirited riding.

If you want a light supple tire, then Rene Herse Naches Pass...
Replies: 5
Views: 310
Posted By blakcloud

The 23" will be too small. At your height I would...

The 23" will be too small. At your height I would be looking for 25" or 27" frames. Harder to find no doubt.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-20, 04:48 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,135
Posted By blakcloud

Matte should go the way of the dinosaur says the...

Matte should go the way of the dinosaur says the guy who owns two matte bikes currently. When I had my custom handmade bike painted, it certainly wasn't matte.
08-18-20, 07:27 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,428
Posted By blakcloud

Mulberry20, I don't know if this applies to you...

Mulberry20, I don't know if this applies to you but you have made hints into it through your threads. Plus, I may be projecting because it is happening to me as we speak. I own a Trek Domane and it...
08-18-20, 07:03 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,909
Posted By blakcloud

Th Domane is a fine choice. You get all the...

Th Domane is a fine choice. You get all the benefits of the endurance fit and you get ISO speed to smooth out the chatter. You could spend less but you specifically chose the SL5 as your starting...
08-15-20, 12:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 577
Posted By blakcloud

With every new helmet purchase I order the...

With every new helmet purchase I order the replacement pads while you still can get them. This way I can wash a set and have the replacements ready immediately. I just rotate between the pair. I also...
08-15-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 520
Posted By blakcloud

A hybrid sounds like the bike for your riding....

A hybrid sounds like the bike for your riding. They have wide tire, flat bars and gearing to get up the steepest climbs. The problem will be finding one as bikes in that price range are scarce.
08-15-20, 12:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 169
Posted By blakcloud

Less than half price, I certainly call that a...

Less than half price, I certainly call that a deal. If you ride 23 mm then you can't go wrong. Thanks for posting.
08-14-20, 04:29 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,716
Posted By blakcloud

I don't care what people in other countries are...

I don't care what people in other countries are paying, all I care about is what I have to pay in my own country. If it is a number I can live with then I will buy it. Buying from Wiggle or Jenson in...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 554
Posted By blakcloud

This ...

This (https://www.ebay.com/itm/specialized-allez-road-bike-Men-s-54/193622093577?hash=item2d14c6af09:g:3z4AAOSwwFZfNEiR)seems to be the bike.

At your height I wouldn't put you on a 54 cm....
08-13-20, 12:22 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,498
Posted By blakcloud

Morning breakfast is a power shake. One banana...

Morning breakfast is a power shake. One banana (frozen), 1/2 of an avocado, scoop of protein powder, soy or almond milk. I supplement this with one piece of whole wheat toast and local honey.
08-12-20, 07:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 876
Posted By blakcloud

There is that saying that is "it's never too...

There is that saying that is "it's never too late" and you are living proof of this. Congrats on making this far. Even if you don't cycle on the trainer this winter, don't let that get you down. You...
08-12-20, 07:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,461
Posted By blakcloud

I would bail. That kind of climbing in a 30 tooth...

I would bail. That kind of climbing in a 30 tooth rear just sounds like trouble for most people. There will be other rides in the future, I wouldn't kill myself over this one.
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