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Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-20, 02:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 288
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: 70
Views: 1,266
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: 70
Views: 1,266
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: 209
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: 70
Views: 1,266
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: 629
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: 629
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: 37
Views: 853
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: 70
Views: 1,266
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: 37
Views: 853
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: 37
Views: 853
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: 37
Views: 853
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: 37
Views: 853
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: 37
Views: 853
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: 923
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: 923
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: 644
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: 644
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: 449
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: 620
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: 644
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: 534
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: 1,151
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: 534
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: 1,151
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: 1,244
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: 1,833
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: 320
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: 1,833
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: 458
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: 33
Views: 2,246
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: 2,133
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: 1,833
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: 2,133
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: 2,133
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: 2,133
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: 2,133
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: 8,091
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: 1,328
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: 265
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: 699
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: 699
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: 1,162
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: 280
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: 280
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: 292
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: 292
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: 292
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: 628
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: 2,347
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...
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