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11-04-19, 02:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 474
Posted By Dave Mayer

I've run Dura-Ace 7400 brakes; I probably have a...

I've run Dura-Ace 7400 brakes; I probably have a few sets sitting in a big bin 'o brakes.


The problems with these vintage pads is not just they were too small, and the rubber is hardened after...
11-04-19, 02:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 211
Posted By Dave Mayer

Answer is no. When Shimano went to 11-speeds,...

Answer is no. When Shimano went to 11-speeds, for some inexplicable reason, they changed their derailleur geometry so that only 11-speed derailleurs work with 11-speed shifters.

As far as 6700...
11-01-19, 04:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 703
Posted By Dave Mayer

I can get stuff at shop wholesale. It is a...

I can get stuff at shop wholesale. It is a waste of time to even open the catalogues.

Personally, I buy a lot of stuff from ProBike, Chain reaction, etc. Bikes Direct has great deals on...
10-26-19, 01:21 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 3,944
Posted By Dave Mayer

Johnny Mac knows tennis. He also knows woman's...

Johnny Mac knows tennis. He also knows woman's tennis, as he has a Grand Slam mixed doubles trophy in his case.


McEnroe was being interviewed by a (stupid) BBC reporter, and had indicated that...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-22-19, 01:16 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,959
Posted By Dave Mayer

Amen on the safety benefits of tubulars. The last...

Amen on the safety benefits of tubulars. The last tubular blowout I experienced was inside a tunnel doing 40mph. I hit something large in the dark and the rear tire was flat in like one wheel...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-19, 05:14 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,959
Posted By Dave Mayer

A snob-brand bike is one that you pay 25% more...

A snob-brand bike is one that you pay 25% more over an identically specced bike from the somewhat lesser-known brands such as Fuji, Kestrel, Garneau, Orbea, Opus, etc.

Most of the extra margin...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-19, 03:38 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,959
Posted By Dave Mayer

I do, from the guys and girls who get free stuff...

I do, from the guys and girls who get free stuff every year.

Ultimately, the gullible early adopters/trend followers with lots of disposable income pay the bills. Evidence: 12-speed, tubeless,...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-19, 02:25 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,959
Posted By Dave Mayer

??? At 25mph, the hammerhead at the front of the...

??? At 25mph, the hammerhead at the front of the pack is putting out 400 watts. At the back, we're eating little sandwiches and yakking about the movie we saw last night. 100 watts.

The only...
10-21-19, 02:12 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,187
Posted By Dave Mayer

Some more: Needs some TLC = A mechanics...

Some more:

Needs some TLC = A mechanics nightmare of corrosion, stripped bolts and cheap components.

Vintage = A 1992 department-store mountain bike that was fished out of the recycling depot....
10-21-19, 02:05 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,187
Posted By Dave Mayer

Craigslist translation guide: Peddles =...

Craigslist translation guide:

Peddles = pedals
Helmut = helmet
Breaks = brakes
Rims = wheels
Tires = wheels

Needs repair = was police evidence in a vehicular homicide hit ‘n run
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-19, 01:51 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,959
Posted By Dave Mayer

I got the tires for free. They refuse to die. ...

I got the tires for free. They refuse to die. I've resorted to daily high-speed runs on packed gravel on these 22mm tires. Still won't die.

And what do you me by slowest? Differences between...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-19, 12:59 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,959
Posted By Dave Mayer

Why such good deals on tubular wheelsets? Two...

Why such good deals on tubular wheelsets? Two reasons off the top of my head... first, tubular rims are far easier to manufacture than clincher rims. The two 'hooks' on the clincher rim (required to...
10-21-19, 12:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 252
Posted By Dave Mayer

Campagnolo 8-speed cassettes do not fit on the...

Campagnolo 8-speed cassettes do not fit on the newer 9/10/11/12 speed freehub bodies. What I mean by newer is the anything made in the last 20 years - with the deep freehub splines.

It is not...
10-17-19, 04:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 464
Posted By Dave Mayer

The bottom rear hub is Dura-Ace 7700: my favorite...

The bottom rear hub is Dura-Ace 7700: my favorite of all time.

The older of the Dura-Ace hubs is a 7-speed 7401 unit: for 6/7 speed Uniglide. Replacement freehubs for these are unobtainable. ...
Replies: 26
Views: 993
Posted By Dave Mayer

Not just Poprads - other 'cross type bikes with...

Not just Poprads - other 'cross type bikes with cantilever brakes and lightweight compliant forks..

What happens is that during hard front braking the fork gets pulled backwards. Which means the...
Replies: 26
Views: 993
Posted By Dave Mayer

I bought my Poprad for $700 Canadian Pesos. ...

I bought my Poprad for $700 Canadian Pesos. Best money I ever spent.

My bike came with a Campagnolo Chorus groupset, and the Tru Temper OX frameset. Incredibly well -riding and versatile bike. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-11-19, 09:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,308
Posted By Dave Mayer

Record 10 is about the sweetest shifting...

Record 10 is about the sweetest shifting mechanical groupset I've used. Chorus is the same, without the weight-saving titanium giblets.

Best thing about Campy 10-speed is that the 13-29 cassettes...
10-11-19, 09:16 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,784
Posted By Dave Mayer

More advice... I have several bikes with 7 and 8...

More advice... I have several bikes with 7 and 8 speed Campagnolo Ergopower. And a new build with 11-speed Ergopower.

The old bikes shift just as well as the new stuff. Same shifting speed and...
10-11-19, 09:06 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,784
Posted By Dave Mayer

I have many Campagnolo equipped bikes, in...

I have many Campagnolo equipped bikes, in 7,8,9,10 and 11 speeds.

Chains last 2,000 miles; they are throwaway consumables.

You replace your chain 3-4 times for every cassette. Installing...
10-07-19, 03:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 10,237
Posted By Dave Mayer

On the paved roads in my part of the world, a...

On the paved roads in my part of the world, a full-suspension bike would be the worst choice for efficiency and speed. Unless you are regularly contending with head-sized rocks and car-sized...
10-04-19, 02:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 594
Posted By Dave Mayer

I volunteer at a big-city bike Co-op. We get...

I volunteer at a big-city bike Co-op. We get dozens of bike donations per week. A lot of these are brought by folks that know deep down that the bikes they bring us are worthless crap, and only do...
10-02-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,752
Posted By Dave Mayer

Ha! 5 year old thread. I hated cheap bikes with...

Ha! 5 year old thread. I hated cheap bikes with suspension forks then, and I hate them even more now.


Why?.. since then, I've taken up volunteering at a big-city bike Co-op. We get dozens of...
10-01-19, 03:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 877
Posted By Dave Mayer

Model of shifter doesn't matter. Xenon 10-speed...

Model of shifter doesn't matter. Xenon 10-speed and Centaur 10-speed pulls the same amount of cable as 10-speed Record. Of course, my 'fix' is relevant to Campy 10-speed shifters while running a...
10-01-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 877
Posted By Dave Mayer

Use a Campy 8 or early 9-speed era rear...

Use a Campy 8 or early 9-speed era rear derailleur and an unmodified Shimano 10-speed cassette.

Veloce, Daytona, Athena, whatever. Should cost about $50 on Fleabay.

The cable pull of the...
09-30-19, 01:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 319
Posted By Dave Mayer

Tiagra 10-speed is not compatible with earlier...

Tiagra 10-speed is not compatible with earlier Shimano 10-speed (such as 105, Ultegra, etc.) components. The derailleur actuation ratio has been modified from the previous 1.67. Best I can measure,...
09-26-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 478
Posted By Dave Mayer

My Vitus 979 has a Victory Crankset. I rode 40...

My Vitus 979 has a Victory Crankset. I rode 40 easy miles on it yesterday.

This crankset uses 116 BCD rings; my crankset is set up with climbing-friendly 36-50 rings.

The crankarms are...
09-21-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 228
Posted By Dave Mayer

I'm riding a Poprad today. If I had to thin my...

I'm riding a Poprad today. If I had to thin my herd from (approximately) 10 bikes to one, this is the bike I would keep.

Outstanding do-it all bike.

I would however replace the canti brakes...
09-18-19, 04:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 309
Posted By Dave Mayer

Old Shimano road (10 speed and earlier) was 1.67....

Old Shimano road (10 speed and earlier) was 1.67.

Exception: Tiagra 10 speed has the same actuation ratio as 11-speed . Which is not 1.4 as indicated by some on this Forum. I measured: it is...
09-18-19, 12:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 367
Posted By Dave Mayer

I have this exact same Superbe Pro hub - but a...

I have this exact same Superbe Pro hub - but a front. I use it a lot, and have for years. Super smooth. Every few years I unwind the locknut that holds the outer dustcap, and crack the little rubber...
09-17-19, 03:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Posted By Dave Mayer

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No, it is not labeled on the blade - look higher up on the plastic...
09-16-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Posted By Dave Mayer

I checked my stash of Daytona shifters. Here is...

I checked my stash of Daytona shifters. Here is something helpful: if the big white lettering on the right-hand shifter says: '9-speed', then it is a 9-speed. If it says: '10-speed', then it is a...
09-16-19, 11:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Posted By Dave Mayer

I just finished the overhaul of a pair of Daytona...

I just finished the overhaul of a pair of Daytona shifters. I have done this for dozens of Campy Ergopower shifters, from 8 to 11 speeds. As long as you have the parts, these shifters have an...
09-14-19, 03:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 610
Posted By Dave Mayer

I have a smaller-size '86 Montello hanging up...

I have a smaller-size '86 Montello hanging up somewhere. SL (not SLX) tubing.
09-14-19, 03:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 366
Posted By Dave Mayer

If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, keep in...

If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, keep in mind that you are within a few weeks of the period of lowest bike resale value. Bike prices in my 'hood are about 50% lower in November relative to...
09-14-19, 03:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 375
Posted By Dave Mayer

This chain measuring approach ensures that the...

This chain measuring approach ensures that the chain is not too long. It does not ensure that the chain is too short, a far more critical criterion.

So on the stand, shift into your big ring....
09-14-19, 01:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 375
Posted By Dave Mayer

I've successfully serviced dozens of rear...

I've successfully serviced dozens of rear derailleurs - down to the springs. I rebuilt a couple of wonky Campagnolo 10-speed era units this month.

Most likely the need for rebuilding is due to...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-19, 10:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,010
Posted By Dave Mayer

OK... Then transplant a cage assembly from the...

OK... Then transplant a cage assembly from the 9-speed XTR (only) derailleur over to the Dura-Ace derailleur body.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-19, 10:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,010
Posted By Dave Mayer

Get a XTR 9-speed rear derailleur. The 9-speed...

Get a XTR 9-speed rear derailleur. The 9-speed versions can be had for much less than $100. I've seen a few pass through our local bike Co-op - donated.

The XTR units are made to the same level of...
09-10-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,668
Posted By Dave Mayer

That's a shame to wreck a decent rim. I prefer...

That's a shame to wreck a decent rim. I prefer the alternative approach...
...
09-06-19, 06:28 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,296
Posted By Dave Mayer

Centaur requires a 111mm symmetrical Campy BB....

Centaur requires a 111mm symmetrical Campy BB. These will set you back about $50 on Fleabay.

Record and Chorus require a 102mm symmetrical BB.

I'm surprised your new crankset, when fitted with...
09-02-19, 01:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,017
Posted By Dave Mayer

Indeed they are tough. And, when they are worn,...

Indeed they are tough. And, when they are worn, unlike Hyperglide cogs, you can flip them over to double their life.

At the bike Co-Op I volunteer at, we always have a multi-pound supply of...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 298
Views: 25,452
Posted By Dave Mayer

Today I'm riding a bike with Shimano 600 STI...

Today I'm riding a bike with Shimano 600 STI 8-speed. The shifting is flawless, better than any of the 11-speed systems I own.

Took 5 minutes to assemble a new 8-speed cassette from loose cogs...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 298
Views: 25,452
Posted By Dave Mayer

What? That the disc brake guys have unlimited...

What? That the disc brake guys have unlimited funds? They need to crawl to their shop with Gold Card in hand every time they need brake work?

Yep, that's what it's come down to. My early-adopter...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-19, 09:38 PM
Replies: 298
Views: 25,452
Posted By Dave Mayer

I've been putting on some miles with a local...

I've been putting on some miles with a local seniors cycling club. Average age: About 60. The 'A' rides are generally long and fast, as this crowd rides 300 plus days per year. Depths of the...
08-31-19, 06:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 714
Posted By Dave Mayer

This. Cost is less than $50 delivered to your...

This. Cost is less than $50 delivered to your door to replace all of the high-wear cogs with cheap steel Veloce. You reuse your bling lightweight titanium cogs.

Mail-ordering this from the UK...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-19, 12:21 PM
Replies: 298
Views: 25,452
Posted By Dave Mayer

Well, you shouldn't be fine with the bike...

Well, you shouldn't be fine with the bike industry limiting your choices and forcing you to be locked to your shop for expensive yearly maintenance (hydraulic discs).

For riding in relatively...
08-29-19, 11:34 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,108
Posted By Dave Mayer

So I assume the O.P. Is looking for a freewheel...

So I assume the O.P. Is looking for a freewheel hub with cartridge bearings. Mavic immediately come to mind; I have several pounds of these NOS - somewhere. Plus more than a few Suntour Superbe...
08-29-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,108
Posted By Dave Mayer

Dura-Ace freewheel cogs? Uniglide cogs from...

Dura-Ace freewheel cogs? Uniglide cogs from lesser Shimano freewheels such as 600 and Sante - or even lower fit.

Or you can make your own cogs by disassembling a recent HG22 or 37 Hyperglide...
08-27-19, 12:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,665
Posted By Dave Mayer

Agree; I have and enjoy a Windows 10 phone, but...

Agree; I have and enjoy a Windows 10 phone, but Microsoft advises me that support and upgrades for Windows Mobile will cease before the end of the year. Whatever that means...

Does that mean...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-19, 10:54 AM
Replies: 298
Views: 25,452
Posted By Dave Mayer

Disc-equipped bikes are also theft magnets in my...

Disc-equipped bikes are also theft magnets in my 'hood. Leave a carbon Colnago next to a disc Huffy, and the Hufster will get pinched every time.

Mind you, for their personal rides, the addict...
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