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Old 02-03-20, 08:36 AM
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I had to. Also it was the last 170mm in stock that I could find anywhere. Shout out to Power Meter City, specifically Josh. Super representative of the company and a real pleasure doing business with.


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Old 02-03-20, 03:59 PM
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I bought a 2012 Fuji Roubaix 2.0 to go on my trainer as well as some shoes. Obviously the bike was used. Glad I don't have to ride it on the road but it'll be good as a trainer bike.
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Old 02-09-20, 06:22 PM
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Today I purchased an IRD Defiant 46/30 crankset from brewsmith. I could not resist after seeing another price drop. It looks practically new. It is for a new, shiny black Soma Smoothie frame I purchased just yesterday. That was at a steeply discounted price. I have been thinking of want I want to do with the build, saw the IRD again, with the price drop, and it clicked in my head, " That is going to look and work great on my Smoothie!" I was not going to do another build for awhile, but here I go again. I am really getting excited about this one. My big decision now is what fork to acquire for it. I cannot say I was not warned about this bicycleitis.
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Old 02-09-20, 08:52 PM
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Ritchey WCS Streem III handlebar.
Fizik Tempo tape.
Schwalbe Pro One TLE tire and velotubes valves.
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Old 02-09-20, 09:56 PM
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Amazon has a good price on these tires currently so I picked up a pair even though I still have some life left in set I'm running now.


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Old 02-09-20, 10:31 PM
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Amazon has a good price on these tires currently so I picked up a pair even though I still have some life left in set I'm running now.


32 inch tires are gonna feel PLUSH!

for what it's worth, they are $34 on planet cutlery and free to ship with 3 bought.
https://planetcyclery.com/continenta...32-tir0403-371
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Old 02-10-20, 12:39 AM
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Headset cup remover for ye olden 1993 Trek 5900 Chris King headset. That grunge on the tool came from gunk inside the head tube and steerer.

Who'd have guessed it might need attention after 27 years. It felt fine until January when I noticed some grinding in the steerer.

​​​​​ The fork wouldn't release so I used some penetrating oil and waited a couple of days. Kinda surprised how grungy it was. The previous owner used it for triathlons so I'm guessing that's from sweat dripping into the headset.

The top bearing unit was intact but the bottom unit a$$ploded when I tapped out the fork.

This remover tool for pressed cups was half the price of the Park tool and seems well made. No burrs along the leading edges or cuts of the expander.

The inner bearing race is still stuck to the steerer at the fork junction. Gotta pry that loose, carefully.



I'm gonna send the headset to King for servicing. Not sure but I think this unit was titanium. Sexy stuff in the early 1990s but probably not ideal. I think they've switched to aluminum and steel.

I thought about replacing it with a Cane Creek or Origin8 headset but King's estimate for repairs seemed reasonable.

Now I need a comparable good and cheap press tool to reinstall the headset.
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Old 02-10-20, 08:14 AM
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Old 02-10-20, 07:54 PM
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New bottom bracket, cassette, chain, and rings for the 09 Roubaix. It'll be a backup and something my Son can borrow when he wants to ride on the road. Should ride great with the new parts.
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Old 02-10-20, 09:49 PM
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Picked up this 1999 Schwinn Peloton 853 Reynolds off of Ebay. Rode it 60 miles to see what needed to be altered for fit.


Soon realized a longer stem was needed for the 58 cm frame and ordered a Nitto Technomic 100 mm Quill stem to replace the undersized 70 mm stem. Ordered some Fizek Terra Microtex dark blue bar tape for the re-wrap after the stem swap. I like the white but that will look like trash after some use.
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Old 02-11-20, 04:21 AM
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Wahoo ELEMNT Bundle for $235

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Old 02-12-20, 09:55 AM
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Fizik PowerStrap X4s. Switching to SPDs for the new road bike, so I wanted a road looking shoe that was walkable. These are actually marketed as gravel shoes, but should work well. I have the Terra X5s for my gravel bike and like them. I had actually picked these out before I decided which bike I was going to get, turns out they're going to match.

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Old 02-12-20, 01:01 PM
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Cervelo R3 Disc frameset
Ultegra levers, calipers, FD, RD
Easton EC70 Aero handlebars (still feeling out the fit before buying a stem)
Bontrager Grippytack bar tape
New hydro hose so that I didn't have to have those clunky quick connects inline

(Crankset and wheels were carried over from previous bike)

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Old 02-12-20, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Cervelo R3 Disc frameset
Ultegra levers, calipers, FD, RD
Easton EC70 Aero handlebars (still feeling out the fit before buying a stem)
Bontrager Grippytack bar tape
New hydro hose so that I didn't have to have those clunky quick connects inline

(Crankset and wheels were carried over from previous bike)

Good looking ride! Although I don't think you will have an opportunity to get it out in the near future, with the weather we have moving in!
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Old 02-12-20, 01:12 PM
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Good looking ride! Although I don't think you will have an opportunity to get it out in the near future, with the weather we have moving in!
Thanks! I've been tempering expectations and telling myself that if I get it on the road by mid-April I'll be happy.
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Old 02-12-20, 04:59 PM
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Nice. If it were me I would get in touch with P2M and see if they would send a couple of replacement decals in black, white or red to swap out with the florescent green.
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Old 02-12-20, 05:43 PM
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Nice. If it were me I would get in touch with P2M and see if they would send a couple of replacement decals in black, white or red to swap out with the florescent green.
They sell them for 5 bucks, but the shipping is 10 - that just rubs be the wrong way, specially since only previous customers would be buying them. Anyway, I originally went with the green because it's kind of P2M's signature color, so I didn't mind the mild clash with the previous bike. I still don't mind, even though it stands out much more now. If I pick up some chainrings from them, I'll toss red decals on to the order, but I'm not going to bother otherwise.
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Old 02-12-20, 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Rides4Beer View Post
Fizik PowerStrap X4s. Switching to SPDs for the new road bike, so I wanted a road looking shoe that was walkable. These are actually marketed as gravel shoes, but should work well. I have the Terra X5s for my gravel bike and like them. I had actually picked these out before I decided which bike I was going to get, turns out they're going to match.

I got the cheaper Fizik Tempo Powerstrap R5 last year when a pair in dark blue showed up on Amazon for $50. Good shoes for the money. A little large for my skinny, bony feet, but fixed by swapping to my favorite insole (ProFoot Miracle) and thicker socks. Good cool weather shoes, and cold weather with full shoe covers. They breathe surprisingly well in summer too, despite having tiny vents and looking like they'd be plastic hot tubs.

In fact, I just swapped pedals on my Ironman so I can use the Fizik shoes in cold weather. The Ironman had Look delta pedals that I used with a nice pair of Scott Road Pro shoes that are built more like sandals than shoes -- minimal uppers, just enough to hold the shoe together between the generous airy mesh panels, including large vents in the soles. But impossible to get comfy with in winter, even with thicker socks and shoe covers.

Only problem I've had with the Powerstrap is some fraying of the Velcro. I'll touch it up with some superglue or a bit of heat to create a melt-knot. Otherwise the uppers and soles have been very durable and easy to clean.

And the Powerstraps lay flatter with my tight fitting shoe covers. My Scott shoes have buckles and the shoe cover compresses the buckle into my foot, making it uncomfortable after awhile. I don't know if that's an issue with boa closures.
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Old 02-12-20, 06:39 PM
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Cervelo R3 Disc frameset
Ultegra levers, calipers, FD, RD
Easton EC70 Aero handlebars (still feeling out the fit before buying a stem)
Bontrager Grippytack bar tape
New hydro hose so that I didn't have to have those clunky quick connects inline

(Crankset and wheels were carried over from previous bike)

The bike looks great, but that white crap on your driveway is nasty.
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Old 02-12-20, 07:12 PM
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Thanks! I've been tempering expectations and telling myself that if I get it on the road by mid-April I'll be happy.
ahhh.. Wayzata winters.. I don't miss them to be truthful
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Old 02-13-20, 05:06 AM
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Cervelo R3 Disc frameset
Ultegra levers, calipers, FD, RD
Easton EC70 Aero handlebars (still feeling out the fit before buying a stem)
Bontrager Grippytack bar tape
New hydro hose so that I didn't have to have those clunky quick connects inline

(Crankset and wheels were carried over from previous bike)

Seems like an expensive foul weather bike.
I've been looking at a P2Max for my Praxis crank, still handwriting, for multiple reasons.
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Old 02-13-20, 12:26 PM
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Wiggle stuff.
Socks are good, overshoes (oversocks really) good after one ride- very bright.
The LS base shirt is to wear under a jersey/jacket- very trim & good high 30s to mid 60˚.
Jersey looks good for the price- for warm weather.
Not a big Lezyne fan but I like a front blinky for poor light and unexpected after-dark returns.


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I got the cheaper Fizik Tempo Powerstrap R5 last year when a pair in dark blue showed up on Amazon for $50. Good shoes for the money. A little large for my skinny, bony feet, but fixed by swapping to my favorite insole (ProFoot Miracle) and thicker socks. Good cool weather shoes, and cold weather with full shoe covers. They breathe surprisingly well in summer too, despite having tiny vents and looking like they'd be plastic hot tubs.

In fact, I just swapped pedals on my Ironman so I can use the Fizik shoes in cold weather. The Ironman had Look delta pedals that I used with a nice pair of Scott Road Pro shoes that are built more like sandals than shoes -- minimal uppers, just enough to hold the shoe together between the generous airy mesh panels, including large vents in the soles. But impossible to get comfy with in winter, even with thicker socks and shoe covers.

Only problem I've had with the Powerstrap is some fraying of the Velcro. I'll touch it up with some superglue or a bit of heat to create a melt-knot. Otherwise the uppers and soles have been very durable and easy to clean.

And the Powerstraps lay flatter with my tight fitting shoe covers. My Scott shoes have buckles and the shoe cover compresses the buckle into my foot, making it uncomfortable after awhile. I don't know if that's an issue with boa closures.
I was wondering about the longevity of the velcro, hopefully it lasts. I def prefer boas, but it's really hard to find SPD road shoes that are walkable, have boas, and are still reasonably priced.
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