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10-01-20, 02:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 81
Posted By merlinextraligh

Rocky Mounts tandem tray works with European...

Rocky Mounts tandem tray works with European factory rails, it looks like it should work with Jetstream. Unfortunately they,don’t make them anymore.
09-28-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 1,432
Views: 518,841
Posted By merlinextraligh

Us with our new Calfee ...

Us with our new Calfee
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Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-20, 04:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 802
Posted By merlinextraligh

Iíve got wheelsets in tubular, tubed clincher and...

Iíve got wheelsets in tubular, tubed clincher and tubeless clinchers.

Other than some gravel and endurance races, I havenít raced in the last 5 years. Before that I raced on tubulars, given that...
09-27-20, 04:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 338
Posted By merlinextraligh

We do, and we took advantage of your experience...

We do, and we took advantage of your experience in specing it. Thank you.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 802
Posted By merlinextraligh

Thereís basically one advantage left for...

Thereís basically one advantage left for tubulars. You can ride them flat. That can be a big deal racing; ask Abraham Olano.

Other than that, with really good clinchers and tubeless options, there...
09-26-20, 08:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 436
Posted By merlinextraligh

Based on our experience, and other accounts, I...

Based on our experience, and other accounts, I think thereís a disconnect between Hopeís technical reps, and their legal department.

Based on the European tech guys, Iím confident using them on a...
09-24-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,430
Posted By merlinextraligh

Another, albeit expensive, answer would be a new,...

Another, albeit expensive, answer would be a new, more rigid, frame

We had a Co-Motion Robusta. With oversized aluminum tubing, and a lateral tube, it was theoretically very stiff. Likely as stiff...
09-23-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 436
Posted By merlinextraligh

Hope RX4 Discs Not Warranted For Tandem Use

We spec'd our new Calfee tandem with Hope RX4 discs in part due to recommendations on here. We wanted the most robust brakes we could get. The thought was the 4 piston design Hopes would be a bit...
09-23-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 338
Posted By merlinextraligh

New Calfee Adventure Tandem

Finally got the new Calfee Tandem. Technically, its a custom modified Tetra. The goal was a dual use bike that 1) would ride on the road as close as possible to our Dragonfly, and 2) be capable for...
09-23-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 472
Posted By merlinextraligh

Itís good it works for you. However, as a review...

Itís good it works for you. However, as a review with general application, I think the reasons it works for you are pretty specific. Most folks donít have motors they need to route cables around.
...
09-21-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 472
Posted By merlinextraligh

To me, eliminating brifters is a negative. With X...

To me, eliminating brifters is a negative. With X shifters, you've separated the shifter from the brake lever, eliminating the integration that was the whole point. I've only see the setup on a mtb,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 462
Posted By merlinextraligh

That assumes you can find one. In many areas,...

That assumes you can find one. In many areas, buying a new bike now means 2021 delivery.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 7,693
Posted By merlinextraligh

If that bag is on a high end aero bike with...

If that bag is on a high end aero bike with expensive aero wheels, it doesnít make much sense to carry your stuff there. Without wind tunnel,testing, Iíd bet you dollars to donuts itís way more...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 03:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,285
Posted By merlinextraligh

To explain why the answer is a unequivocal yes. ...

To explain why the answer is a unequivocal yes. You’re putting a static load of 20 pounds or less on the wheel. On the road, you’re asking the wheel to hold up under loads that are orders of...
09-19-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 472
Posted By merlinextraligh

So we’re going to add a motor to pull the cable...

So we’re going to add a motor to pull the cable on a cable actuated derailleur? Seems to me this adds complexity, cost and weight with little benefit.

It shortens cable runs, so I guess that...
09-19-20, 02:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 347
Posted By merlinextraligh

I don’t think I would like the loss of 1)...

I don’t think I would like the loss of 1) precision in steering, and 2) efficiency.

if the bar is moving vertically, as well as fore aft as it arcs, it has to result in some loss of precision. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 10,269
Posted By merlinextraligh

Setting aside the no bad bikes viewpoint, my...

Setting aside the no bad bikes viewpoint, my worst bike would have to have been a Lambert with the death fork.


they had nice adds though.

...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 02:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 247
Posted By merlinextraligh

I had a teammate earn an upgrade to Cat 1 in his...

I had a teammate earn an upgrade to Cat 1 in his mis 50’s

if your willing to do the work, most anyone can race Cat 3 in their 50’s.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 07:24 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 10,269
Posted By merlinextraligh

Likely something specific to Johnny V, ( or some...

Likely something specific to Johnny V, ( or some difference between you and Johnny V). Speed wobbles are the result of oscillation at a resonant frequency. You have to have the right conditions for...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 10,269
Posted By merlinextraligh

I replaced my Varsity with a Bianchi as soon as...

I replaced my Varsity with a Bianchi as soon as imported bikes started to become available, and I could afford to, because a lot of things sucked about the Varsity.

However, without the Varsity...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 06:35 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 10,269
Posted By merlinextraligh

^ No doubt the Varsity was absurdly heavy. The...

^ No doubt the Varsity was absurdly heavy. The electro forged frame approach was destined to build boat anchors.

But I think you missed my point; the Varsity was affordable ( a few months of...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-20, 07:50 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 10,269
Posted By merlinextraligh

Had the same bike in the same color. Weighed 41...

Had the same bike in the same color. Weighed 41 pounds. Having owned a number of pro tour level and custom bikes, including Willier, Giant, Calfee, Bianchi, Paramount, Merlin, (some of which well...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-20, 07:38 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 10,269
Posted By merlinextraligh

Also,fwiw, Trump took over title sponsorship of...

Also,fwiw, Trump took over title sponsorship of the premier us cycling race at the time from Du pont in the late 80’s
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 10,269
Posted By merlinextraligh

you do realize that Ben Serotta built ďHuffyís...

you do realize that Ben Serotta built ďHuffyís for 7-11?. A rose by any other name.
09-03-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 701
Posted By merlinextraligh

is the fork drilled for a caliper brake? If your...

is the fork drilled for a caliper brake? If your only running 25 mm tires calipers will fit, and a good shimano caliper will give you very good stopping power.
09-03-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 991
Posted By merlinextraligh

Weíve put over 25,000 miles on low spoke count...

Weíve put over 25,000 miles on low spoke count paired spoke Rolfs, equivalent to the wheels in the OPís Trek. There have been issues with spokes pulling through rims,and hubs, and a lot of parts...
09-03-20, 03:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 487
Posted By merlinextraligh

Unless you have some very unusual dimensions, if...

Unless you have some very unusual dimensions, if your correct saddle height doesn’t expose an inch and a half of seatpost, the bike in all likelihood is too big for you.

you bought it used. You...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-20, 08:41 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,311
Posted By merlinextraligh

Did 55/rad ever get his frame back form the...

Did 55/rad ever get his frame back form the repaint?
08-26-20, 07:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 991
Posted By merlinextraligh

I think most tandems wheels are way overbuilt. I...

I think most tandems wheels are way overbuilt. I like to think our team weight is around 340, but it fluctuates, and honestly has like been up to 375.

at that higher weight, we’ve ridden carbon...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-20, 09:51 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 2,865
Posted By merlinextraligh

position the bike is a bit different, little core...

position the bike is a bit different, little core muscles get worked a bit different.

Also doing the actual climbing you learn things about your gearing your bike fit. How much to sit, how much to...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-20, 04:31 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 2,865
Posted By merlinextraligh

Iím suprised this is still available on line....

Iím suprised this is still available on line. everest challenge x2: July 2008 (http://everestchallengex2.blogspot.com/2008/07/)

Itís my take on training for the mountains as a flat lander. While I...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,032
Posted By merlinextraligh

I hear that, and itís true. However have you...

I hear that, and itís true. However have you tried to find a 10 speed Shimano brifter recently? I think at some point youíre going to being scrounging for a depleted stock of used and NOS. How fast...
08-16-20, 07:54 PM
Replies: 5,185
Views: 301,316
Posted By merlinextraligh

^ I hope that is the case. It came across deeper...

^ I hope that is the case. It came across deeper than to me however.
08-16-20, 06:44 PM
Replies: 5,185
Views: 301,316
Posted By merlinextraligh

Burn the sheep, Your situation really...

Burn the sheep,

Your situation really doesn’t sound right or sustainable. I think you need to have a deeper conversation with your wife, and if she’s not amenable to that, I think you need some...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-20, 07:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 668
Posted By merlinextraligh

If you ride enough, it would appear you could...

If you ride enough, it would appear you could come out ahead, basically because you’re being subsidized by other purchasers who ride little.

You do need to consider the time value of money. The...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-20, 07:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,405
Posted By merlinextraligh

The repacking advice goes back to a day when we...

The repacking advice goes back to a day when we had user serviceable bearings, and no seals. In the old days you disassembled your headset, bb and hubs, cleaned them and repacked them.

Today,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-20, 06:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,205
Posted By merlinextraligh

Missed my point. It wasnít about the bikes; itís...

Missed my point. It wasnít about the bikes; itís about the company ABG. I wouldnít not buy a used Litespeed at the right price. I would never buy a new Litesped from ABG, with a price that factored...
08-04-20, 07:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,060
Posted By merlinextraligh

Alpaca, That rear disc looks like it’s 140...

Alpaca,

That rear disc looks like it’s 140 or 160 mm. Unless your team weight is very light, or you don’t go down any hills, I‘d seriously consider seizing that to 203mm.
08-04-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,060
Posted By merlinextraligh

Replace timing chain with a belt. Saves about 10...

Replace timing chain with a belt. Saves about 10 ounces of weight; increased longevity; doesn’t require re tensioning over time, keeps one side of the bike clean, does not require lubrication or...
08-04-20, 07:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,060
Posted By merlinextraligh

Another, that I know will be controversial, is a...

Another, that I know will be controversial, is a fixed, non suspension seatpost for the stoker. It’s significantly lighter, more efficient, and some stokers find actually more comfortable.

If you...
08-04-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,060
Posted By merlinextraligh

Torger, plus one on a fixed stoker stem. We...

Torger,

plus one on a fixed stoker stem. We only need 140mm stem, so a conventional road stem with a shim works. The weight savings is over half a pound.

And the fixed stem is cheaper. If you...
08-04-20, 07:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,060
Posted By merlinextraligh

Very cool. And it can double as a baseball...

Very cool.

And it can double as a baseball bat
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-20, 06:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,024
Posted By merlinextraligh

This really is the most likely hypothesis. All...

This really is the most likely hypothesis. All the other answers would be subtle differences at most.

Dragging brake can be quite hard.

So, even if the shop installed it, itís quite posssible...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-20, 06:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 848
Posted By merlinextraligh

I don’t think anyone can give you a very helpful...

I don’t think anyone can give you a very helpful answer without seeing your position on your current bike.

That being said, I’m having trouble wrapping my head around someone 6’4 riding a 57cm...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-20, 06:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,205
Posted By merlinextraligh

I would never buy a bike from the American...

I would never buy a bike from the American Bicycle Group. IMHO, they ran the Litespeed brand into the ground after purchasing it from Lynskey. There are multiple threads on here, about ABG screwing...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-20, 06:10 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,205
Posted By merlinextraligh

weights listed on weight weenies would suggest...

weights listed on weight weenies would suggest that the Lynsey frame is just about a pound lighter than the Ritchey, so the weight difference youíre seeing is likely in the build.

I agree though...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-20, 05:59 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,123
Posted By merlinextraligh

You survived doing it. Physics however tell us...

You survived doing it. Physics however tell us that you decreased your margin of safety, not increased it. While dragging the rear brake slowed you, and made you feel safer, you decreased the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-20, 05:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,123
Posted By merlinextraligh

Agreed rear brake better than front brake at that...

Agreed rear brake better than front brake at that point given that itís much easier to control a rear wheel slide.

However, I still think the best option at that point is no brake and use all the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-20, 06:58 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,123
Posted By merlinextraligh

Couple of other things about cornering,...

Couple of other things about cornering, descending, a good position on the bike helps a lot.

Are you in the drops while descending. Many timid descenders ride the hood or the top of the bars,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-20, 06:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,123
Posted By merlinextraligh

Based on the OP’s comment that he ran off the...

Based on the OP’s comment that he ran off the road, I think the OP needs to work more on steering, than braking.

Read the threads on here about counter steering, and if you can still find it Davis...
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