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04-07-21, 06:00 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 552
Posted By blakcloud

Thanks for this info, Marinoni helped other...

Thanks for this info, Marinoni helped other companies also. To my knowledge Marinoni never built aluminum bikes, steel of course and there foray into open mold carbon is as far as they got. So it is...
04-07-21, 05:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 714
Posted By blakcloud

I just emailed them to let them know their site...

I just emailed them to let them know their site is down. They do have a FB page if anyone wants to contact them that way.
04-02-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 552
Posted By blakcloud

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-velo-de-montagne/ville-de-...

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-velo-de-montagne/ville-de-montreal/velo-de-montagne-mbt-vintage-gianella-large-marinoni/1557350313 disregard the Marinoni part because it has nothing to do with that iconic...
03-30-21, 06:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,030
Posted By blakcloud

My Lezyne heats up and when I get to about 75% I...

My Lezyne heats up and when I get to about 75% I stop and let the pump cool down. Two reasons for this, I don't want to wreck the pump and second I need a rest. If you are replacing your tube at the...
03-29-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 320
Posted By blakcloud

I use 11 speed chainrings with a 9 speed chain...

I use 11 speed chainrings with a 9 speed chain for the last few years with absolutely no problems. Not Dura Ace mind you but FSA rings on a Sugino and SRAM crank arms. Now I am back to the 9 speed...
03-28-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 489
Posted By blakcloud

When I look at that bike's geometry it shows a...

When I look at that bike's geometry it shows a pretty high bottom bracket at 11.1 inches. This of course changes with different tires. Also don't confuse bottom bracket height with bottom bracket...
03-24-21, 05:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 485
Posted By blakcloud

Yes.

Yes.
03-23-21, 10:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 280
Posted By blakcloud

You were robbed! That was great, thanks for...

You were robbed!

That was great, thanks for sharing.
03-23-21, 06:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 597
Posted By blakcloud

That's the kind of information that should have...

That's the kind of information that should have been added to your first post. Adding four words "I've ridden this route" would have been more helpful that the stupid wtf emoji that you added above....
03-23-21, 06:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 862
Posted By blakcloud

So lets get back to the original question. I know...

So lets get back to the original question. I know you are asking about a specific bike but it might be easier to break this down. Your first issue is gearing. Gearing on most bikes for the casual...
03-22-21, 04:25 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,239
Posted By blakcloud

A few years back when all I rode was my...

A few years back when all I rode was my Rivendell, I wanted to try a carbon bike since I had never ridden one and of course they were all the rage. I test drove a Specialized Roubaix and I just...
03-21-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,704
Posted By blakcloud

Have you considered a flat bar bike? Someone...

Have you considered a flat bar bike?

Someone above suggested a Rivendell and I think they make interesting bikes (I own one for the record). Depending on the model they have long reach so a...
03-20-21, 08:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 179
Posted By blakcloud

Looking forward to this also. I have been...

Looking forward to this also. I have been subscribed to Path Less Pedaled YouTube channel and quite enjoy the content.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-21, 06:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 915
Posted By blakcloud

You did well. For the price of 14 Caffe Latte at...

You did well. For the price of 14 Caffe Latte at Starbucks you got yourself a pair of wheels.

It's funny though, if you built a bike with budget finds like your wheels and posted it, you would get...
03-20-21, 06:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 597
Posted By blakcloud

Hopefully someone with first hand riding...

Hopefully someone with first hand riding experience can help you because that kind of recommendation is the best. An alternative if you don't find it, is ridewithgps.com. I found great routes when I...
03-20-21, 05:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 443
Posted By blakcloud

That bike is $3600 US so the frame is easily...

That bike is $3600 US so the frame is easily worth around $2000. This notion that a brand new carbon frame from a reputable company is worth a grand is far off the mark. If the Pro's Closest can get...
03-19-21, 01:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 698
Posted By blakcloud

I believe the top line Bontrager Aeolus wheelsets...

I believe the top line Bontrager Aeolus wheelsets are made in the USA and Lightweight wheels are made in Germany. Though each of these companies only sell complete wheelsets vs rims.
03-19-21, 05:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 776
Posted By blakcloud

This is common and I wouldn't worry about it....

This is common and I wouldn't worry about it. Some retailers get bulk items. Typically they are for bike builds so they forgo the traditional boxes or packaging you see. Last night I just received an...
03-17-21, 02:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 351
Posted By blakcloud

I have never seen that hack and it is so...

I have never seen that hack and it is so simplistic, yet perfect. Thanks for sharing this. Normally I never keep valve caps on but maybe I should. You never know when it might come in handy.
03-16-21, 08:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 393
Posted By blakcloud

This is the only thing that matters at this...

This is the only thing that matters at this point. Russ Roth got it right. Having thread drift is not helping the OP. The suggestion of 2 off the back and 2 on the roof is a good one but that is...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-14-21, 05:59 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 928
Posted By blakcloud

Interesting how you deleted everything in between...

Interesting how you deleted everything in between that adds context.

Ironically your comment actually adds nothing of value to this thread. What have you said that helped the OP with his question?...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-21, 09:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 928
Posted By blakcloud

The Cannondale without a doubt. Now for the...

The Cannondale without a doubt. Now for the reasons. I would never buy a carbon bike that is over five years old let alone 14-25 years old. You just don't know how well it was taken care off. That...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-12-21, 04:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,688
Posted By blakcloud

I tried to order a Trek Checkpoint a few weeks...

I tried to order a Trek Checkpoint a few weeks ago. The Trek shop said I had to pay in full and it was scheduled for January 2022 though I might get it sooner. I am a little hesitant to drop five...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-12-21, 04:33 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,249
Posted By blakcloud

Don't know what size you are but there is one for...

Don't know what size you are but there is one for sale with Dura Ace Di2 9000 on the Paceline Forum. It has a 55 cm top tube.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-12-21, 04:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 225
Posted By blakcloud

Microshift Advent also make a derailleur for that...

Microshift Advent also make a derailleur for that cassette, so problem solved there. The only issue is the shifter. I don't know if your shifter has the same pull ratio as the flat bar shifter...
03-12-21, 06:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 275
Posted By blakcloud

Let me expand on the this answer which is a very...

Let me expand on the this answer which is a very good first question. If you bought the standard fork then a front rack can go on.It will attach at the fork crown and the fork eyelets at the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-09-21, 05:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 708
Posted By blakcloud

The bike will be fine. Enjoy your first foray...

The bike will be fine. Enjoy your first foray into gravel riding.
03-09-21, 03:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 531
Posted By blakcloud

Thanks for the update. Glad it all worked out for...

Thanks for the update. Glad it all worked out for you. The pressed in sleeve is a really good idea, certainly the easier way to go for the next person.
03-08-21, 07:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 520
Posted By blakcloud

For the bike packing stuff I would agree that a...

For the bike packing stuff I would agree that a Ti bike would work well. You could like at something like the Lynksey GR300. If you threw out the bike packing requirement and used the bike around...
03-08-21, 01:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,316
Posted By blakcloud

Like above there are so many bikes to choose from...

Like above there are so many bikes to choose from so I will only concentrate on one brand. The Trek Domane is an endurance fit bike that can do gravel but is not really a gravel bike. Typically the...
03-04-21, 04:40 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,317
Posted By blakcloud

$200 a pair and $50 international shipping! I...

$200 a pair and $50 international shipping! I have to agree with the above comment, not sure if this is serious.
03-04-21, 07:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,130
Posted By blakcloud

This fear of pedal strike is so overrated. Even...

This fear of pedal strike is so overrated. Even mountain bikes with high bottom brackets can get pedal strike depending on the size of the rocks they are going over. You don't hear mountain bikers...
03-01-21, 10:45 AM
Replies: 224
Views: 6,866
Posted By blakcloud

Many years ago I rode mountain bikes and riding...

Many years ago I rode mountain bikes and riding with a bunch of people was fun. I did ride solo a few times on the trails but never felt like same.

Now I ride road only and you couldn't pay me to...
02-27-21, 08:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 210
Posted By blakcloud

Shimano is very conservative with their largest...

Shimano is very conservative with their largest cog size, so most likely it will work. You will have to play with the B screw and you will most likely have to get a longer chain to take this extra...
02-27-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,123
Posted By blakcloud

Speedway2, the bike looks great. Glad everything...

Speedway2, the bike looks great. Glad everything worked out for you. The tough part is waiting for our Canadian winter to end!
02-23-21, 09:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,123
Posted By blakcloud

So far it looks good. I was just watching a...

So far it looks good.

I was just watching a Park Tool YouTube video and they had a neat cosmetic trick to help the threadless stem conversion look better. Have a look at this video at 6:20. A few...
02-23-21, 08:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,780
Posted By blakcloud

I am a big Rene Herse fan so the two...

I am a big Rene Herse fan so the two recommendations are the 38 mm Barlow Pass for anything but mud. If you want small knobs they have the Steilacoom also in 38.

Yesterday I picked up the Bon Jon...
02-22-21, 09:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 510
Posted By blakcloud

Leaving the gearing issues out, I see the seat...

Leaving the gearing issues out, I see the seat post on backwards and a front brake being used as a rear brake.

There is the possibility of something wacky about the fork tube/headset/stem set up...
02-22-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,196
Posted By blakcloud

Back to the original question "Can a bike be too...

Back to the original question "Can a bike be too pretty to ride"?

Yes, any bike with Campy 50th Anniversary is too pretty to ride.

Even the pope thought this bike was too pretty to ride.
...
02-20-21, 04:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,123
Posted By blakcloud

So that we don't break any rules here on Bike...

So that we don't break any rules here on Bike Forums and turn this into a buy and sell board, I will send you PM.

For cables and housing Urbane Cycles on College has been my go to. MEC is changing...
02-20-21, 04:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,123
Posted By blakcloud

I have done quite a few flat bar setups for...

I have done quite a few flat bar setups for myself and I recommend a longer stem when going this route.

If you are looking for a flat Easton straight bar, longer stem 120mm, Shimano BL-R550 brake...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-18-21, 06:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 513
Posted By blakcloud

On my Toyota Camry Hybrid the camera is not...

On my Toyota Camry Hybrid the camera is not completely blocked but is next to useless.The rear parking assist constantly beeps and if not shut off it will actually stop my car from reversing. This is...
02-17-21, 08:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 670
Posted By blakcloud

Yes, a 700 x 28 will fit nicely. It will raise...

Yes, a 700 x 28 will fit nicely. It will raise your bottom bracket by about 9 mm which may or may not be of concern to you.

You may also want to read this by Jan Heine...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-17-21, 03:18 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,290
Posted By blakcloud

I paid $5000 plus for this frame and and it has...

I paid $5000 plus for this frame and and it has been one of my biggest regrets. While waiting for this to be built I purchased a Trek Domane and it rides like a dream. I built this steel frame up,...
02-16-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 904
Posted By blakcloud

Last night I was entertaining a Trek Checkpoint...

Last night I was entertaining a Trek Checkpoint as a gravel bike to compliment my Trek Domane endurance bike. When comparing the geometries of 54cm there was a significant difference in geometries....
02-15-21, 07:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 381
Posted By blakcloud

Is it possible that the bike is for sale and the...

Is it possible that the bike is for sale and the OP can only post the photos that he gets?

Did you also notice there isn't cranks or front derailleur and so most likely no rear derailleur to...
02-14-21, 02:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 428
Posted By blakcloud

Both bikes are great, it is a pick your poison...

Both bikes are great, it is a pick your poison decision. You can't go wrong with either.

I normally don't like to make comments on other people's comments but this idea that complete internal...
02-14-21, 02:24 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 7,255
Posted By blakcloud

I am with German_Chris on this one, I wouldn't...

I am with German_Chris on this one, I wouldn't purchase a bike that wasn't disk brake or thru axles and I will also add to that list electronic shifting.

All these advancements enhance my cycling...
02-11-21, 04:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 321
Posted By blakcloud

Until I purchased the right spacers for the...

Until I purchased the right spacers for the particular calipers I had, I cut up an old credit card into pieces and glued them together sandwich wise using Gorilla glue. Made them thick enough to...
02-11-21, 11:32 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,687
Posted By blakcloud

You need to ask yourself if you want to get into...

You need to ask yourself if you want to get into this type of project and if you want to ride that style of bike. That bike did one thing well, a time trial and even that is debatable. The finished...
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