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07-11-20, 11:50 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,800
Posted By ljsense

What bikes did you buy and what do you want to...

What bikes did you buy and what do you want to know about them?
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-20, 07:29 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,491
Posted By ljsense

I agree that a shop would make a lot more money...

I agree that a shop would make a lot more money doing all the upgrades in the service department. I don't follow all of where this came from or where this thread went, but if the OP is going to have...
07-10-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,010
Posted By ljsense

Why you'd want 'em: 1. you swap between 650b...

Why you'd want 'em:
1. you swap between 650b and 700c wheels
2. You ride in wet weather
3. You ride in dusty, muddy or otherwise gritty conditions with carbon rims
4. You do long mountain...
07-10-20, 11:14 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,800
Posted By ljsense

https://youtu.be/lZPOJp5vy64 ...

https://youtu.be/lZPOJp5vy64

https://youtu.be/RJ8C7vb0ECM

https://youtu.be/PR6e065lFn0
07-10-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 648
Posted By ljsense

I can't believe how much bad advice you're...

I can't believe how much bad advice you're getting.

There is nothing wrong with the bike. If you look at carbon layups with clear coats, you can see something like this on pretty much every piece...
07-10-20, 10:32 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,800
Posted By ljsense

Sure, here you are. And the link again to many...

Sure, here you are. And the link again to many more (https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/manuals/).
...
07-10-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,800
Posted By ljsense

This is just a giant troll. The guy claims Trek...

This is just a giant troll. The guy claims Trek doesn't offer manuals; in fact, they do, rather extensively. He says they don't have a YouTube channel; they do, with tons of content.

They publish...
07-09-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,800
Posted By ljsense

It says that nowhere. I just looked. Here...

It says that nowhere. I just looked.

Here is what the intro to the manual actually says:

OUR BEST ADVICE FROM 40+ YEARS OF HAVING FUN ON BIKES

Make damn sure your front wheel is on right...
07-08-20, 02:02 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,538
Posted By ljsense

Sounds like a great bike. I've quit facebook, but...

Sounds like a great bike. I've quit facebook, but when I had it, I liked to look at the frames Dave Kirk posted. He does great work.

I think I would get a Black Sheep 36" wheeled mountain bike in...
07-08-20, 09:48 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,800
Posted By ljsense

It doesn't seem unreasonable. But I'd be curious...

It doesn't seem unreasonable. But I'd be curious to see an example of this, if it exists.

Trek released a very detailed and helpful model-specific manual for the Madone 9 when it came out (in...
07-08-20, 07:26 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,272
Posted By ljsense

I'd just keep at it. It takes a while for the...

I'd just keep at it. It takes a while for the body to adapt to cycling and gain the specific strength you need to be efficient.

It can be a little confusing if you see people who look less fit...
07-08-20, 06:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 217
Posted By ljsense

If all the bolts or the centerlock ring holding...

If all the bolts or the centerlock ring holding the rotor to the hub are tight, and they'd better be, it is warped or bent. If it weren't, it would spin true and round.

It's pretty common....
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 06:23 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,491
Posted By ljsense

Frame is great, wheels are great, and Ultegra...

Frame is great, wheels are great, and Ultegra 9-speed is a solid group; all that stuff will last a long time and serve you well. I'd keep all that.

The fork looks like a 1" threaded fork with a...
07-08-20, 05:55 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,800
Posted By ljsense

https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/manuals/

https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/manuals/
07-06-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,407
Posted By ljsense

It's a good question. Maybe someone will...

It's a good question.

Maybe someone will come along with better history on this than I have, but I think you should look at the early days of mountain biking and those clunkers of Marin County and...
07-06-20, 09:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 382
Posted By ljsense

It could be that for whatever anatomical reason...

It could be that for whatever anatomical reason your shoulder does not like to hold weight at that angle.

One way to try a different angle would be to get a different stem. Going shorter and...
07-06-20, 09:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 474
Posted By ljsense

If it's uncomfortable for a person to support...

If it's uncomfortable for a person to support weight with their hands, it can be challenging to make cycling comfortable.

Instead of looking at ways to reduce vibration or bumps, I would suggest...
07-02-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 414
Posted By ljsense

Good list -- I'd second all that, including the...

Good list -- I'd second all that, including the bike compliment, and add the bottle cage bolts as a place to check.

You can look around your frame and see if it's cracking. If it were cracked...
07-01-20, 07:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 666
Posted By ljsense

I like the white tape and white saddle. Thanks...

I like the white tape and white saddle. Thanks for the explanation, and great photos. I've had a few white saddle / white tape bikes and they look so fantastic when it's pure as the driven snow.
...
07-01-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 666
Posted By ljsense

I'd be curious to hear why, and why on vintage...

I'd be curious to hear why, and why on vintage bikes it's especially important to you.
07-01-20, 12:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 154
Posted By ljsense

I wouldn't bother with spacers. Any steel frame...

I wouldn't bother with spacers. Any steel frame can handle a little flex like that. For years, everyone road 130 mm wheels in frams that wanted 126, and it worked fine. Shimano made their 8 speed...
06-30-20, 02:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 336
Posted By ljsense

Yeah, you can use it anywhere -- wheel, headset,...

Yeah, you can use it anywhere -- wheel, headset, and bottom bracket bearings, as well as seatpost and stem junctions, threading, etc. -- where you'd use grease, because that's what it is. The...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-20, 08:16 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,680
Posted By ljsense

Congratulations on the bike -- great buy, in my...

Congratulations on the bike -- great buy, in my opinion.

I would not worry any about the fork, or change the headset to a threadless version. Carbon lasts just as long as anything else, if not...
06-26-20, 01:38 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,268
Posted By ljsense

You guys are missing the point: if you put a...

You guys are missing the point: if you put a different chainring/cog ratio on one side, the bike will automatically turn in a circle without steering it.
06-26-20, 01:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,523
Posted By ljsense

A skidding rear wheel isn't particularly...

A skidding rear wheel isn't particularly dangerous or hard to control -- the bike still balances fine, you can steer it, and typically you'll be coming to a stop soon anyway. I can see why they...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 01:21 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,715
Posted By ljsense

No knock on current bikes; I'm always impressed...

No knock on current bikes; I'm always impressed with what manufacturers are doing to push the boundaries, but the past competition is so tough. Your example is a perfect one: A Merlin Extralight....
Forum: Framebuilders
06-26-20, 12:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 473
Posted By ljsense

Heh heh heh, you said butt checker. Heh heh.

Heh heh heh, you said butt checker. Heh heh.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,715
Posted By ljsense

That's really sweet, too -- that's probably my...

That's really sweet, too -- that's probably my favorite crankset of all time (quibble with the rubber mountain biking end protector, aside) and the Campy aero seatpost is a nice touch.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 10:48 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,715
Posted By ljsense

Nice bike -- although there are other good ones...

Nice bike -- although there are other good ones on this thread, this is my favorite.

I am always interested in how older road bikes can compete ably against the current offerings.
06-26-20, 10:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 227
Posted By ljsense

Yeah, you don't need to be too stressed about...

Yeah, you don't need to be too stressed about this. The medium for the non-slip compound is pretty much like grease anyway. Plenty of people have successfully just used regular grease on a carbon...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-20, 03:38 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,673
Posted By ljsense

I grew up with another weirder gimmick, the...

I grew up with another weirder gimmick, the Powercranks crankset, which I still ride to this day. If you're not familiar with it, the company that makes it throws out more claims about its...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-20, 03:27 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,673
Posted By ljsense

Ok, to be honest, if I had seen that my...

Ok, to be honest, if I had seen that my left/right output varied a lot, I probably would have done the same thing and stuck with any of the systems that measure power on both sides or at the hub....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,673
Posted By ljsense

Right, like maybe the left runs on diesel and the...

Right, like maybe the left runs on diesel and the right on gas. I just didn't see anything remotely like that in a year of using the dual pedal meters. It was always 50/50 +/- 1.

What I wonder...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-20, 03:01 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,673
Posted By ljsense

Hey my man, if you want to jump all over my grave...

Hey my man, if you want to jump all over my grave screaming that your power meter was accurate within 2 percent, and mine was only within 3 percent, knock yourself out.

I looked at my data from a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,673
Posted By ljsense

RChung, the other guy was suggesting that it's...

RChung, the other guy was suggesting that it's common for one leg to produce significantly more power than the other -- and went further to say it could vary back and forth; some days the left might...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,673
Posted By ljsense

I get the feeling you sell dual sided power...

I get the feeling you sell dual sided power meters, expensive bike fitting sessions or something like that.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-20, 12:53 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,673
Posted By ljsense

I guess I'm lucky then. My numbers were never off...

I guess I'm lucky then. My numbers were never off between left and right by more than 2 percent, and it was usually right at 50/50. Assumed most people were like that based on the success and...
06-25-20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 307
Views: 32,539
Posted By ljsense

There were a lot of bikes I just bought and sold;...

There were a lot of bikes I just bought and sold; these are the bikes I remember riding, roughly in order:

Schwinn Predator BMX
Schwinn Sprint road bike
Schwinn High Sierra MTB
Bianchi road...
06-25-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 654
Posted By ljsense

I'd build one, if you're looking for something...

I'd build one, if you're looking for something that will work well and not cost much.

If you have a typical bike with a round seatpost that you'd want to throw in a clamp, I would put two 2"x4"s...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,673
Posted By ljsense

I had Saris's pedals at one point -- the PowerTap...

I had Saris's pedals at one point -- the PowerTap with sensors on both sides. I thought it would be interesting to see power balance, right vs left, and all the other metrics. It was for the first...
06-25-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 258
Posted By ljsense

Buying something that can still be serviced and...

Buying something that can still be serviced and rebuilt is a good idea. If you're looking on eBay or something like that, I'd just ask the seller straightforward questions: Do you know if it works...
06-24-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,313
Posted By ljsense

1980s: a 7-Eleven Serotta 1990s: Merlin...

1980s: a 7-Eleven Serotta
1990s: Merlin Extralight
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-20, 01:38 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,693
Posted By ljsense

The most interesting part of the documentary to...

The most interesting part of the documentary to me was a moment in part two when he cried openly. He was asked why he went to visit Jan Ullrich. Armstrong said it was because he loved him. And he...
06-23-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 377
Posted By ljsense

The best lube is the one you always have with...

The best lube is the one you always have with you: your own saliva. Just spit on your chain whenever it starts squeaking. Free, easy, effective.
06-23-20, 11:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 444
Posted By ljsense

No, do not do this. It will not vary. There is no...

No, do not do this. It will not vary. There is no rim that will fit a 700x26 that will not fit a 700x25. You can also fit a 700x23 and, as others have suggested, a 700x28 if the larger tires do not...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 554
Posted By ljsense

That's the advice I was going to offer. In...

That's the advice I was going to offer.

In my experience, if you're using the right brake pads, keeping them dedicated to carbon rims, and not constantly riding through muck and grit, the life of...
06-22-20, 07:53 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,462
Posted By ljsense

Look at diaper creams. Since they're used on...

Look at diaper creams. Since they're used on babies, the pressure to be safe is more intense, and you can find some with simple ingredients. Also much less expensive. They work as well or better in...
06-22-20, 07:38 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 8,065
Posted By ljsense

I just looked at Trek to see what a $5,000 bike...

I just looked at Trek to see what a $5,000 bike is, and one example is the Emonda SL7 with Di2 Ultegra, disc brakes and carbon wheels. It weighs about 17 pounds or maybe a touch more with pedals and...
06-22-20, 07:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 321
Posted By ljsense

I went through the same search recently for an...

I went through the same search recently for an old Litespeed titanium frame.

I bought a Hylix fork from China on eBay. It was around $110 with shipping, if I recall. They are a little unusual in...
06-22-20, 02:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 376
Posted By ljsense

A slightly undersized tube is usually easier to...

A slightly undersized tube is usually easier to mount correctly in the tire. I can see why they recommended it. For a home mechanic, it reduces the chance that you'll have part of the tube pinched...
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