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Old 01-18-21, 11:35 AM
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There is some variability on lifespan of parts based on conditions and specifics.

That said, I do predict you will have to change your 11s chain every 3K miles or so.
I already have 3,500 on it and haven't noticed any issues. Might have to investigate. I only ride in the rain if I get caught in it and am pretty good about lubing it every 150 miles.

What's the going rate for one of these chains?
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Old 01-18-21, 11:37 AM
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I already have 3,500 on it and haven't noticed any issues. Might have to investigate. I only ride in the rain if I get caught in it and am pretty good about lubing it every 150 miles.

What's the going rate for one of these chains?
Shimano 11s chain? Prolly about $30 if you shop around.
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  • Start at the bottom, leaving 1/3-1/2 the width outside the end.
  • Wrap from inside to outside, keeping a good bit of tension on the tape.
  • Remember you can unwrap the last couple loops and re-do them if they're uneven.
  • Do a figure of 8 around the levers so the top is wrapped back to front.
  • Cut the ends tapering to a point.
  • Wrap with electrical tape before putting on the trim tape that comes in the box.
  • Throw out the extra bits of tape they put in for people who can't do Figure Of 8 properly.
  • If there are logos on the end plugs, make sure to line them up carefully
  • If you need to, use a rubber mallet to hammer in the end plugs.
  • If you don't need the hammer, wrap the end plugs with electrical tape till you do.
Agree with everything above.

Would add: If you notice a loose bar-end plug while riding, DO NOT bang it in while on bike. Trust me on this one.

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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Agree with everything above.

Would add: If you notice a loose bar-end plug while riding, DO NOT bang it in while on bike. Trust me on this one.

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Can confirm.
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Old 01-18-21, 11:46 AM
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After 10 years on the Ritchey's original Dura Ace headset, it was getting a little 'grainy' when it turned. Not quite indexed, but getting there. Well over 10,000 miles of neglect and being ridden by a big fella who's a magnet for rocks and potholes. I replaced it with a Chris King which is still smooth as glass.
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Will not bang bar end while on the bike. Iím assuming you mean while in motion?


phrantic, how close are you to syracuse?
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105 = $30+

Ultegra = $40+
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
Will not bang bar end while on the bike. Iím assuming you mean while in motion?
Yes. Resist the urge if you ever get it. It's a reflex you must not indulge. Not kidding.
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Looks brutal.
Correct.
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They all do it!
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They all do it!
Most don't go 3-7.
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Once I drop 20, Iíll move to that. My 2033 assumes a 300 deficit daily and any riding or lifting on top of that is gravy. I did go over a few days when the burn was high.

I did bonk this morning when doing some intervals, Iím guessing as a result of not eating before I rode.
I only skip breakfast before a ride if I plan to do under 90 minutes with nothing fancy beyond just the climbs I have to do to get out of the flatlands here. Sunday rides I eat a Noosa yogurt (280 calories) with some walnuts (200 calories), and take a bar or two with me. If I'm just doing Z1/Z2, I often don't get hungry at all, but if I do one of the climbs here - 30-45 minutes Z3/Z4 - I need at least one to avoid bonking before I get home. Last week, doing big climbs on Zwift, I ate a Clif bar while warming up, having heard on a Trainer Road video that "Sweet Spot" burns a lot of carbs. I performed well, so I'm assuming that worked. But I didn't do the control experiment of doing the same climbs without.

What I found works well for me is the calorie tracker on MyFitnessPal, because it's also linked to Strava, so I don't have to do anything to have it input my calories burned. I'm on 2160 Cal/day, and that's how I dropped from 235 to 205 since May. It has the advantage of a large library of foods, and it remembers what I've eaten, so I can just find it in my own 'favorites'.
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Yes. Resist the urge if you ever get it. It's a reflex you must not indulge. Not kidding.
I did it once. I did not crash. I just felt REALLY STUPID, because it's bleeding obvious why you don't do that.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31 View Post
105 = $30+

Ultegra = $40+
KMC 11 speed chains are $30, but you can go as high as $75 for the gold one. I believe they're not directional, they use a master link, and on my bikes KMC chains are silent.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Most don't go 3-7.
It's really bad when you are cheating and finishing last or close to it.

I guess they are firing Pruitt because he did not cheat well enough.
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Originally Posted by genejockey View Post
KMC 11 speed chains are $30, but you can go as high as $75 for the gold one. I believe they're not directional, they use a master link, and on my bikes KMC chains are silent.
I haven't seen any issues with KMC chains - they are on our three Specialized bikes (but those are all 10 speed). I actually like the look of them better than the Shimano chains.
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Originally Posted by genejockey View Post
Can confirm.
Same, here.

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this is how I do it. and it has worked super super well for me.

Trnstr made me weight myself this morning. Down to 166.
165ish is my goal, but would be about 5% body fat at that weight so Iím not sure I can make it there.

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Will not bang bar end while on the bike. Iím assuming you mean while in motion?


phrantic, how close are you to syracuse?
2 and a quarter hours or so
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I was talking to some of my cycling friends about my recent experience with a worn front chainring and we were discussing other components that are often ignored and/or neglected.

The subject of headsets and headset bearings came up. I will honestly say that I have totally ignored mine for 12 years, I do check that the front wheel turns freely without binding and that there is no "play" in the headset, but I have not done anything more.

Some of the guys say that is crazy talk, and that I should be at a minimum re-greasing headset bearings annually.

Comments? Time to start a thread on Headset maintenance??
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Ended up with basic dark blue gel cork. LBS told me that the grippy tack is extremely hard to put on. Being my first time that didnít sound good.
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Yeeesh. I guess that I'll be sticking to the trainer for a little while - the roads and paths are naaaaasty. We had a decent amount of wet snow a handful of days ago, and a temp drop since, so everything is covered in ice. I was planning on doing a little ride in the streets, but the ice was so rutted that it was scary - thought that I was going to hit the deck twice in the first three blocks. Scooted over to the paths and they were pockmarked from all of the foot traffic - not great, I still had to be pretty cautious, but better than the streets.
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Old 01-18-21, 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
New wheels and tires are awesome. Ride smooth and roll fast.

crashed again this morning. Landed on the same wrist as last time, and now my opposite elbow is all banged up. Bike seems ok, Wheels are straight no bent spokes. My tape which was already on the way out is shredded on the left side, and my left shifter wonít win in beauty contest.

I was on the cap trail, (mup) and these three mouth breathers were walking towards me side by side. They saw me coming but made no attempt to make room for me. I went around them on the edge of the mup and of course this one spot had mud. Went down hard. *******s were polite enough to tell me I must have hit ice, and they kept walking.

Anywho looks like I am wrapping bars today, First time for everything so if anybody has any tricks or trade secrets let me know.

Manager at my LBS swears by ESI tape, I donít know if anyone carries that in my area. I really like the tape on my wifeís bike but I canít figure out what it is, and itís not the tape listed on the trek website. The gripytac looks cool, but the texture feels rough?

Hope yíall have a great Monday.
Dude, you're a mess! Lol. Thats why mups blow. Please be more careful. I love sram super cork for tape. White is the only option due to pro.
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Ended up with basic dark blue gel cork. LBS told me that the grippy tack is extremely hard to put on. Being my first time that didnít sound good.
Yeah, it's not super stretchy, so it's a little more work to keep tension on it to keep the edges tight in the curves. Install is the only not-so-stellar thing about Grippytack.
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Oh boy. I'm setting aside a few hours for bar wrapping at the end of the week.
One side at a time? Good plan!
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