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Posted By vwchad

Asking for saddle recommendations is like asking...

Asking for saddle recommendations is like asking what is the best color. Everyone is different.

But, to answer your question, I've tried a Rivet saddle, don't recall the model, but it was their...
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Posted By vwchad

I just put the Compass Randonneur bars on my...

I just put the Compass Randonneur bars on my bike. I like them so far.
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Views: 10,425
Posted By vwchad

I was able to find a small shop in Ballard (near...

I was able to find a small shop in Ballard (near Seattle) called Free Range Cycles that actually had a GR and a Touissant built up, and available for test rides. They are out there....
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-17, 04:02 PM
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Posted By vwchad

Thanks for the link.

Thanks for the link.
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Posted By vwchad

The bike is great, but it doesn't ride as nice as...

The bike is great, but it doesn't ride as nice as some other steel bikes I've ridden. If you're familiar with Jan Heine of Bicycle Quarterly, he often describes certain bikes as having the ability to...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-28-17, 11:03 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,386
Posted By vwchad

Any details? Brand? Did you get it locally (I'm...

Any details? Brand? Did you get it locally (I'm just north of Seattle)? Link?
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Posted By vwchad

I second the Soma Grand Randonneur. I have one...

I second the Soma Grand Randonneur. I have one and love it. Not the lightest, not the greatest steel, and some kind of odd geometry (it's kind of long and low, if that makes sense), but all things...
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Posted By vwchad

Someday I'd like to try my hand at building a...

Someday I'd like to try my hand at building a frame. That alone is enough reason to prefer steel.
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Views: 10,369
Posted By vwchad

I've done the same 200 mile ride on my carbon...

I've done the same 200 mile ride on my carbon fiber bike and my steel bike. At the end of 200 miles on my carbon fiber bike I was done and wanted to chuck in off the nearest cliff and never put...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-24-16, 10:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,526
Posted By vwchad

I think that because they share so much with the...

I think that because they share so much with the Mafacs, that you may be able to use the bridge mounting plate from a set of Mafacs to make these work without the braze ons. Just a theory though.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-16, 10:06 AM
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Views: 3,526
Posted By vwchad

Newer does not necessarily mean better.

Newer does not necessarily mean better.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-16, 10:04 AM
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Posted By vwchad

Another option for you: ...

Another option for you:


https://www.compasscycle.com/shop/components/brakes/compass-centerpull-brakes/
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Posted By vwchad

I have an older version of this Acorn bag and...

I have an older version of this Acorn bag and absolutely love it. Looks great, works great, keeps things dry in some seriously wet Washington rides:...
09-30-16, 07:29 PM
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Posted By vwchad

That is unfortunate, they are really nice tires....

That is unfortunate, they are really nice tires. But, fortunately there are plenty of tires to choose from to suite different needs these days.
09-29-16, 08:07 PM
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Posted By vwchad

We started by camping at Whidbey Island Naval Air...

We started by camping at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, then took the ferry to Port Townsend. Rode from Port Townsend to just west of Sequim where we turned south into the foothills of the...
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Posted By vwchad

The Gator Hard Shell is a very tough tire, but...

The Gator Hard Shell is a very tough tire, but the ride like they are filled with concrete, IMO. I'm a big fan of the Compass tires, FWIW.
09-29-16, 03:18 PM
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Views: 2,644
Posted By vwchad

I use my Soma Grand Randonneur for camping and...

I use my Soma Grand Randonneur for camping and gravel riding with Compass 42mm wide tires on it. The bike performs flawlessly in these adventures. I recently did a 3 night camping trip on the Olympic...
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Posted By vwchad

Loved my B17 right out of the box, but the width...

Loved my B17 right out of the box, but the width didn't agree with me and caused some chaffing for longer rides (over 80 miles or so). I've since swapped it out for a Brooks Professional. I'm...
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Posted By vwchad

206 miles for the Cascade Bicycle Club Seattle to...

206 miles for the Cascade Bicycle Club Seattle to Portland (STP). I've done the 1 day ride two years in a row, 2014 and 2015.
02-11-16, 05:24 PM
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Posted By vwchad

I've done Chilly Hilly twice. Like all of the big...

I've done Chilly Hilly twice. Like all of the big group rides in the area they get a lot of negative feedback. If you accept them for what they are, which is large group rides and not a private,...
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Posted By vwchad

I have a GR with Velocity Synergy rims, 42mm...

I have a GR with Velocity Synergy rims, 42mm Compass Babyshoe Pass tires, and Velo Orange Snakeskin fenders. The snake skin look is similar to a hammered look. I ride on the road, gravel, and have...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-15, 02:29 PM
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Posted By vwchad

You're a bit taller than I am I think. Been a...

You're a bit taller than I am I think. Been a while since I measured and I don't recall exactly what my actual measurements are. A standover height of 32.5 is max for me without standing on my toes...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-15, 11:28 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 15,731
Posted By vwchad

I'm a fan of Focus. I have a Focus Izalco and a...

I'm a fan of Focus. I have a Focus Izalco and a Mares (Cyclocross). The Izalco is a more aggressive geometry than the Cayo from what I've heard. I find it quite comfortable though. Extremely happy...
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Posted By vwchad

Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on which...

Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on which side of the transaction you happen to be on, that holds true with most things around here.
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Posted By vwchad

Thanks for the input everyone. As for the tubing,...

Thanks for the input everyone. As for the tubing, it is Columbus, but I don't believe it is SLX. At least I don't see any mention of that on the sticker. The fork does appear to be original. My...
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Posted By vwchad

What is this Rossin Record worth?

I have the opportunity to pick up this Rossin Record. Not entirely sure on the year, possibly the late 1970s, best I can tell. Seems to be in OK shape, mostly just needs some cleaning up. Campagnolo...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-01-15, 10:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,372
Posted By vwchad

My Izalco Pro 442700 can't get he pic of...

My Izalco Pro
442700

can't get he pic of my Mares to upload for some reason..:notamused:
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Posted By vwchad

My test ride was on a 55cm, which is what I have...

My test ride was on a 55cm, which is what I have ordered. With a 100mm stem it felt just right for me. I'm 5'10". The frame has slightly odd proportions, with that dropped top tube, but I thought it...
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Posted By vwchad

I just ordered my GR this weekend. I was...

I just ordered my GR this weekend. I was fortunate enough to be able to ride one at a LBS for a few miles first. I was quite impressed with it and I'm really looking forward to getting it put...
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Posted By vwchad

I currently have the following saddles on three...

I currently have the following saddles on three different bikes; a Brooks professional, Arione Cx, Arione VS. Additionally, I have put a few hundred miles on a friends bike with a B17. Maybe I'm...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-14, 10:17 AM
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Views: 4,460
Posted By vwchad

As previously stated the best thing you can do on...

As previously stated the best thing you can do on a fast descent is relax. That being said, it gets hard for me to relax at around 35mph. Visions of hospital bills and recovery time start flashing...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-14, 10:14 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,169
Posted By vwchad

I would go with 105 or Tiagra. In my experience,...

I would go with 105 or Tiagra. In my experience, I can't tell the difference between 5700 and 6700.
08-12-14, 01:26 PM
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Posted By vwchad

My mini pump has a flex hose, so this movement...

My mini pump has a flex hose, so this movement isn't a problem. One of the main reasons I chose that pump, actually.

OP, I carry a spare tube and use that first. Should I flat again, I patch....
08-12-14, 12:08 PM
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Views: 2,398
Posted By vwchad

This bike will be getting an ultra modern..... 7...

This bike will be getting an ultra modern..... 7 speed Uniglide cassette. I got a deal on an entire group that was practically brand new, so that's the reason for the parts selection. 54cm frame, so...
08-11-14, 05:15 PM
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Posted By vwchad

I plan to use a bar bag on top of a rack up front...

I plan to use a bar bag on top of a rack up front so this interference is what I was concerned with primarily. Never had bar end shifters so I got to thinking, hey how do other people route these...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-14, 12:32 PM
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Views: 950
Posted By vwchad

Crazy idea here, but have you thought to call the...

Crazy idea here, but have you thought to call the bike shop you plan to take it to?
08-11-14, 11:59 AM
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Views: 2,398
Posted By vwchad

Thanks for the quick responses.

Thanks for the quick responses.
08-11-14, 11:33 AM
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Views: 2,398
Posted By vwchad

Bar end shifter cable routing

Anyone run their bar end shifter cables under the bar tape all the way up to the center of the bars? Seems to me that having the cable make a big loop from the drops would cause it to interfere with...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-14, 01:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 799
Posted By vwchad

Personally, I'd recommend sticking with 5700, or...

Personally, I'd recommend sticking with 5700, or 5703. Absolutely no advantage to 6700, IMHO.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-14, 07:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,544
Posted By vwchad

+1 Extremely pleased with mine as well....

+1

Extremely pleased with mine as well. Didn't spend a fortune either. Built them myself.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-30-14, 12:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,050
Posted By vwchad

Depends on what you have now. If you have a worn...

Depends on what you have now. If you have a worn out 9 speed group and are in need of numerous replacement parts, then I'd say go for 5800. The price is actually close to what 5700 has been on the UK...
07-29-14, 05:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,786
Posted By vwchad

Go find a couple of bike shops and ride a few...

Go find a couple of bike shops and ride a few bikes. Get the bike that fits your body and budget, and that makes you want to ride it. There is something to be said for looking at a bike and thinking...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-14, 06:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,557
Posted By vwchad

Wow.....

Wow.....
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-14, 02:10 PM
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Views: 3,842
Posted By vwchad

First off, if your saddle doesn't work for you,...

First off, if your saddle doesn't work for you, get something else. I don't consider saddles an upgrade, that is a basic fit issue. Address that first. Second, get some new wheels. They can easly be...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-14, 11:38 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,502
Posted By vwchad

Wrong. Most are pressurized to approximately the...

Wrong. Most are pressurized to approximately the equivalent of 8,000 ft. There is one new plane that is pressurized to closer to 5,000ft.

Altitude effects people differently. No way of knowing how...
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Views: 3,013
Posted By vwchad

Centuries every weekend at 61? You sir, are my...

Centuries every weekend at 61? You sir, are my hero. I hope I can say I'm doing the same when I'm 61. If you feel good, go for it.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-14, 11:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,230
Posted By vwchad

I actually noticed that some of the helmets in...

I actually noticed that some of the helmets in the tour this year do look bigger as well. I thought maybe it was just me. On the other hand, there are some, maybe because of the shape of the helmet,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-14, 05:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,714
Posted By vwchad

I thought the same about having it powder coated,...

I thought the same about having it powder coated, but he says it is a bonded aluminum frame. Not sure how the bonding adhesive would hold up to the heat involved in powder coating. I would stick to...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-14, 05:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,714
Posted By vwchad

Blasting an aluminum frame is fine, but it would...

Blasting an aluminum frame is fine, but it would be best to have someone that knows what they are doing and using the correct blast media do it. Which is why I suggested he look into that.
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