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Old 11-29-19, 05:51 PM
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I did it because the Bianchi has a carbon fiber seat post, and wasn't sure about the finish on the Cannondale. The wife's old Schwinn has a steel post, unpainted, so I didn't bother with that one.
pro tip.. zip tie and insulate the hook instead.
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Old 11-29-19, 06:45 PM
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pro tip.. zip tie and insulate the hook instead.

Palm hits forehead...
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Old 11-29-19, 08:10 PM
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My commuter pannier was trashed in a recent crash, so I'm giving these a go. Polish army surplus.

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Old 11-30-19, 12:33 AM
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Quad lock for the cellphone. 30% off, hard to say no.
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Old 11-30-19, 02:11 PM
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Splurged on a winter jacket/jersey, Assos Mille GT. On sale at Competitive Cyclist for $215 which makes them only slightly above reasonably priced. But Assos always fits me perfectly. Also added a winter weight base layer, and I'm thinking between the heavy base layer and a fall/spring jersey and this with a summer base layer I'm covered. Replacing an old (brand doesn't matter) winter jersey that never fit right and hardly ever got used. (Arms way too short and tight shoulders on the bike, big zipper bulge in front.)

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Old 11-30-19, 03:20 PM
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Old 12-01-19, 07:21 PM
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Quad lock for the cellphone. 30% off, hard to say no.
I love it. I have two quad lock mounts for bikes, two for cars, a case on my phone and one on my wife's.
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Old 12-01-19, 07:27 PM
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I love it. I have two quad lock mounts for bikes, two for cars, a case on my phone and one on my wife's.
Massive quads.
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Old 12-01-19, 09:30 PM
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Picked up a Core jersey and a t-shirt during the Rapha BF sale (ends tomorrow). I should be able to wear my new jersey in, oh... 4 or 5 months.
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Old 12-02-19, 12:02 PM
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In about 2 week's span of online sales:

-23/25mm GP5000 tires at $35/ea
-Silca latex tubes with threaded extenders and the little silicone aero anti-rattle nut thingy......hnnnnggggggg, no rattle!
-"new to me" used set of Flo 60/90 wheels for the TT bike and road bike to share, the new GP5000's and fancy tubes went on those
-"new to me" used set of HED Jet+ 60mm wheels for the road bike, came with good condition GP5000's and latex tubes
-"new to me" R9100 Dura Ace 53/39 crankset, to fund this selling the old crank and a "spare" power meter I own and will instead move the meter between two bikes. Guy said rings had about 200 miles on them, basically a "new takeoff". I got it at basically the price of a new R8000 crank. Why not. Touch of bling.
-Giro SLX carbon road shoes.........my feet love laceups for some reason. The dark blue/purplish and white ones.

To do this though I sold:
-my barely used other TT tires
-pair of cranksets
-two pairs of shoes
-the older narrower aero wheelset

Gearing up for 2020 yo. Gotta have things to look forward to! I'm sticking it out one more year on the rim brake CX bike. 2020 will try not to touch the two road based bikes and try to sell the CX bike and go disc for that.

I may get rid of the front 23mm tire on the HED's for a 25mm. Mostly rides involving being in a fast moving group, hammer rides, road race, crit. Any modest aero maximization would only be if I'm OTF doing something dumb in a race. In which case I'd deserve what I get coming my way when I get dropped after acting like a Fred.

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Old 12-02-19, 06:59 PM
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Update 12/10/19: These are very good. After a test ride still using my helmets with Take-A-Look mirrors, I did a couple of rides using only the Sprintech left side bar end mirror. Not the same viewing perspective as helmet/eyeglass mirrors, but better than nothing. And this bar end mirror uses a simple ball joint in a grippy rubber end plug. Easy to adjust with enough tension to prevent slipping. Road vibration had no effect but I knocked the mirror with my knee a couple of times climbing out of the saddle. Definitely worth having if you also have limited neck mobility, the main reason I need 'em. My aero helmet with face shield lacks a place to mount a mirror, and that would defeat the purpose of an aero helmet, which I wear only occasionally for TT training, chasing PRs and on days with long climbs into headwinds.

Pair of Sprintech bar-end mirrors, about $20-$25 a pair. A couple of friends have those spiffy Italian made glass bar-end mirrors. Neat but pricey and I'm not sure I'll like 'em. Gotta have mirrors -- my neck was broken in a 2001 wreck, then re-injured last year when I was hit by a car, so I have limited neck mobility.

And on windy days wind noise obscures the sound of approaching vehicles, especially electric cars with smooth city tires -- those things are nearly silent. I tried Cat Ear muffs on my helmets but they don't really do anything. There might be a 10% noise reduction, nowhere near the amount claimed by the manufacturer. I'd need full ear covers to significantly reduce wind noise.

I use Take-A-Look mirrors on my Bell and Poc helmets. But I just got an aero helmet with magnetic detachable visor, and there's no effective way to mount a helmet mirror -- which would compromise an aero helmet anyway. So I'm hoping the bar end mirrors will be helpful.

The Sprintech mirrors reportedly have a better mounting system than the pricey Italian jobs. The Sprintech uses a ball joint on the mirror that plugs into a socket on the rubber mount that squeezes inside the handlebar end. So it can be adjusted as needed. Folks who use the Italian mirrors say it's crucial to align those mirrors, including the bar wrap, because they can't be adjusted easily. We'll see.



Sprintech mirrors for drop bar ends.

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Old 12-02-19, 07:27 PM
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A couple of friends have those spiffy Italian made glass bar-end mirrors. .
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Old 12-02-19, 08:14 PM
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Old 12-02-19, 08:20 PM
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Redshift Shockstop Stem. I'm hoping this'll be even half as comfortable as the Roubaix I rented with the FutureShock headset.
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Old 12-03-19, 08:12 AM
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My shoes came in the mail. Giro SLX's for $150 plus tax. Normally a $300 shoe, or more. They're stunningly light. Even compared to my 2 year old Fizik carbon soled shoes they're stunningly light. They're lighter with the cleats on them than the Fizik shoes without cleats.

Also, the color combo of the dark blue/purple with white laces is nice.

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Old 12-03-19, 08:57 AM
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I am returning my Giro Timberwolf helmet I bought for winter commuting because the straps are too short to comfortably buckle under my chin. Plus i am not sure about the ear covers...
Buying a Bell helmet with MIPS for winter riding. it should be here next week
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Old 12-03-19, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by burnthesheep View Post
My shoes came in the mail. Giro SLX's for $150 plus tax. Normally a $300 shoe, or more. They're stunningly light. Even compared to my 2 year old Fizik carbon soled shoes they're stunningly light. They're lighter with the cleats on them than the Fizik shoes without cleats.

Also, the color combo of the dark blue/purple with white laces is nice.

Those are nice, I had been looking at them. How is the fit? I have heard to size up and I have heard they are true to size...also that they are not suitable for wide feet. Any truth to that?
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Old 12-03-19, 12:26 PM
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Giro don't fit my wide feet, not even the HV models because, well, they're high volume as opposed to actually being wide.

Speaking of wide shoes, I've been trying to buy some wide Spec Torch 2.0, but they almost never have anything in stock and never in a colorway that I want.
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Giro don't fit my wide feet, not even the HV models because, well, they're high volume as opposed to actually being wide.

Speaking of wide shoes, I've been trying to buy some wide Spec Torch 2.0, but they almost never have anything in stock and never in a colorway that I want.
I had the regular width Torch 2.0 and they fit my feet fine. I sold them when I switched to Vitoria. Have you tried a pair of regular width ones on yet?
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Old 12-03-19, 02:17 PM
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I had the regular width Torch 2.0 and they fit my feet fine. I sold them when I switched to Vitoria. Have you tried a pair of regular width ones on yet?
Not lately. Current shoes are ~2012 Spec (and they could stand to be a hair wider) but Spec didn't fit when I tried on some new ones a couple years ago - they'd changed the last sometime in there. Not sure if they've changed again in the last couple years. I assume that the wides would be the better bet, but I guess I could just pop over to the lbs to try on the regular.
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Old 12-03-19, 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by burnthesheep View Post
My shoes came in the mail. Giro SLX's for $150 plus tax. Normally a $300 shoe, or more. They're stunningly light. Even compared to my 2 year old Fizik carbon soled shoes they're stunningly light. They're lighter with the cleats on them than the Fizik shoes without cleats.

Also, the color combo of the dark blue/purple with white laces is nice.

I hope they also sent a matching left shoe for all of those.
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Old 12-03-19, 06:46 PM
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I said I'd never spend good-used-bike-price money on an indoor trainer, but then I broke my collar bone and the doc said I couldn't ride rollers for two months... So


(I didn't pay anywhere near retail price)
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Old 12-03-19, 08:14 PM
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HJC Furion, because it's 190gr and aero.
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Old 12-04-19, 07:31 AM
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Here's the "new to me" wheels. Sold the old ones at the weeknight group ride last night at a fair price. Could have gotten more online looking at the sales, but knowing someone in the group got a good deal is nice. I had some Giant PSLR's, which are great, but just wanted to try the wider wheel fad. I like so far.

They came with the GP5000's. I know new wheel day placebo effect always feels faster, but what caught me off was the reduction in power requirement or increase in speed at lower power outputs. Like sitting in in the group or going only 19 or so on the flat. Makes me think the tire/width thing and CRR does matter.

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Redshift Shockstop Stem. I'm hoping this'll be even half as comfortable as the Roubaix I rented with the FutureShock headset.
Stem came today and I can't immediately use it because the height is shorter and I need more spacers. I was already short one and used a headset bearing race as a spacer, now at least I'll have a proper set. I may also flip it. I'm getting older and riding crouched may not be optimal for me anymore. It is also shorter by 5mm, my current stem is 105 and I went with 100.

All of these little things may add up to a more comfortable ride. I'd like to put a 28mm tire on too but I can only do that in the front, the rear will barely fit a 25 and then only if it is perfectly centered and even when it is it doesn't stay that way an entire ride or at least the stress moves it.
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