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Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-21, 02:28 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,125
Posted By DaveSSS

Balanced means having your body weight balanced...

Balanced means having your body weight balanced over the saddle such that there's no excessive weight on your hands.
If you can't ride with one finger on each brake hood, you're not balanced.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-21, 02:23 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 988
Posted By DaveSSS

My SMP Stratos saddles cost about $250 each. ...

My SMP Stratos saddles cost about $250 each. That’s the most I've ever paid, but they're the most comfortable I've ever owned.
09-22-21, 07:22 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,474
Posted By DaveSSS

I switched to tubeless to enjoy the big...

I switched to tubeless to enjoy the big improvement in ride that I get from riding 28mm michelin tires with a pressure in the 60's, as recommended by the pressure calculator at zipp.com. Before...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-21, 03:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 530
Posted By DaveSSS

We're talking about the two smallest sizes. I'd...

We're talking about the two smallest sizes. I'd rather have a bike that fits. I'm really pleased with my bike when it fits. My saddle height is 7-8 cm greater than the OP's, so I'd buy the 52 and...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-21, 07:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 530
Posted By DaveSSS

A 63mm trail is not suboptimal. It's done to...

A 63mm trail is not suboptimal. It's done to avoid handling that would be too quick with a short wheelbase. My Cinelli superstar has a 71 degree sta and 45mm fork offset for a 67mm trail and it...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-21, 07:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 189
Posted By DaveSSS

I've got no info for you on off brand 12 speed...

I've got no info for you on off brand 12 speed chains, but I have used Campy, shimano xt and sram force axs chains. Force axs chains worked great on my Campy 12 and sram axs drivetrains. They only...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 07:06 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,125
Posted By DaveSSS

Never expect a change to magically feel great...

Never expect a change to magically feel great after one ride. I changed from 170mm cranks to 175mm. It took me about 1000km with a few tweaks to feel comfortable, but they're working great for me...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 06:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 530
Posted By DaveSSS

Actually, it's the opposite. Your lower saddle...

Actually, it's the opposite. Your lower saddle height moves the saddle forward, even though you have a longer torso, then you want the saddle even further forward, with little seatpost setback. In...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 06:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 530
Posted By DaveSSS

Sizing up might be done to raise the bars 20mm...

Sizing up might be done to raise the bars 20mm and only require a 10mm shorter stem to get the same reach.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 01:34 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,125
Posted By DaveSSS

All of the specialized frames are a bit long on...

All of the specialized frames are a bit long on reach, but so are Colnago and others. Usually it means a 10mm shorter stem. I had to use a 100mm stem instead of a 110mm on my last Colnago frames.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 11:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 530
Posted By DaveSSS

The difference in STA has nothing to do with...

The difference in STA has nothing to do with weight balance. Both bikes have the same chainstay length and nearly identical wheelbase. Your body should be placed in the same position relative to...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 07:59 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,125
Posted By DaveSSS

The OP has a saddle height that's 3cm greater...

The OP has a saddle height that's 3cm greater than mine and a that height is 5cm greater. When I look for a frame, I want a stack close to 525mm and a reach around 375mm. I then use a 100-110mm...
09-18-21, 04:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 145
Posted By DaveSSS

My setup is force axs 2x with shimano grx crank,...

My setup is force axs 2x with shimano grx crank, so my shifters, RD and cassette all match. Shimano 12 sprocket spacing might be a bit wider, but I've never read anything about it. Sram axs and...
09-18-21, 03:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 145
Posted By DaveSSS

You made the right choice to match the axs chain...

You made the right choice to match the axs chain with the xplr cassette. I tried a shimano xt 12 speed chain with my force axs 10-36 and 10-33 cassettes. It didn't work terribly with the 10-33, but...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-21, 12:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 473
Posted By DaveSSS

I have a wind breaker jacket that wads up enough...

I have a wind breaker jacket that wads up enough to fit in a jersey pocket. I put that on if I'm going up to Estes Park when it's 50. No need for anything else other than a summer jersey.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-21, 03:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 571
Posted By DaveSSS

As I noted long ago, the STA is only relevant...

As I noted long ago, the STA is only relevant with regard to the seatpost setback that might be required. One degree of STA is worth about 12mm of setback, so IF a frame had an unusual STA or a post...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,125
Posted By DaveSSS

If the saddle is moved back, then it needs to...

If the saddle is moved back, then it needs to come down a little too. I always make sure that I can drop my heel around 2cm below horizontal, with my leg fully extended. I pedal at least 5 degrees...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-21, 06:36 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,125
Posted By DaveSSS

FWIW, my height to inseam ratio is nearly...

FWIW, my height to inseam ratio is nearly identical to yours. There is absolutely no reason for your saddle to be shoved forward like that. Any fitter who would do that isn't real sharp. Moving...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,125
Posted By DaveSSS

Don't overlook handlebar reach. I've seen new...

Don't overlook handlebar reach. I've seen new bikes with 100mm reach bars and 80mm stems. I have a 110mm stem and 80mm reach bars on my smallest XS size Cinelli superstar frames. I also use a 10cm...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 571
Posted By DaveSSS

STA does not affect reach, if the saddle is...

STA does not affect reach, if the saddle is placed in the same position relative to the BB. It only affects the seatpost setback that might be needed. There's no need to even look at TT length.
09-15-21, 03:27 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 2,506
Posted By DaveSSS

Gasoline stinks. Get a little on your hands and...

Gasoline stinks. Get a little on your hands and the smell lasts a long time. Otherwise,it works fine.

If I burn off some old solvent, it's only a few ounces. Not worth recycling.

I have a 2...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-21, 02:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 571
Posted By DaveSSS

Stack and reach tell the story with regard to...

Stack and reach tell the story with regard to fit, but reach must be corrected to the same stack height on any group of frames being compared. I always assume that spacers would be used on the...
09-15-21, 02:24 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 2,506
Posted By DaveSSS

Buying cleaning solvent by the quart is far more...

Buying cleaning solvent by the quart is far more expensive than by the gallon. I pay about $8.50 a gallon for crown camp stove fuel - half the price of OMS. If gasoline and camp stove fuel are so...
09-14-21, 05:19 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 2,506
Posted By DaveSSS

Mineral spirits works, but crown brand camp stove...

Mineral spirits works, but crown brand camp stove fuel at Walmart is a lot cheaper.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-21, 11:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,333
Posted By DaveSSS

If you can't do your own repair work, you're at...

If you can't do your own repair work, you're at the mercy of the experts you take the bike to. I've always wondered if the sram cranks were part of the problem, but I've never used sram cranks and...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-21, 06:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 490
Posted By DaveSSS

One thing that prompted me to switch from Campy...

One thing that prompted me to switch from Campy chorus 12 after 25 years of Campy only was the internal cable routing on frames that caused some cable friction problems. Electronic shifting fixed...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-21, 06:49 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,413
Posted By DaveSSS

My solution for my frames with bb86 press fit...

My solution for my frames with bb86 press fit bottom brackets is a wheels manufacturing thread together BB with angular contact bearings for shimano 24mm spindle cranks. The two halves of the BB...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-21, 01:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 490
Posted By DaveSSS

The current chorus 12 mechanical won't be much,...

The current chorus 12 mechanical won't be much, if any cheaper than sram force axs electronic. I made the switch from chorus 12 to force axs electronic last July. Absolutely no regrets. I've now...
09-13-21, 10:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 484
Posted By DaveSSS

Anything I'd call a stream would waste a lot of...

Anything I'd call a stream would waste a lot of lube. It's a stupid way to apply lube. My lube is in a plastic bottle with a hole the size of a straight pin for precise application. It doesn't smell...
09-13-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 484
Posted By DaveSSS

From what I just read, my homemade liquid...

From what I just read, my homemade liquid paraffin based lube works better than squirt and costs pennies per ounce. The formula is secret: 1 part paraffin with 20-30% automotive gear lube,...
09-08-21, 06:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 273
Posted By DaveSSS

The grx cranks have a +2.5mm chainline. I used...

The grx cranks have a +2.5mm chainline. I used some spacing washers and longer chain ring bolts to correct it. I used McMaster-Carr 98370A015 washers. A little thinner washers won't require longer...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-21, 06:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 259
Posted By DaveSSS

So you installed a smaller rotor, but failed to...

So you installed a smaller rotor, but failed to relocate the caliper to fit properly. Not real smart. An adapter is usually needed to use a 160mm rear rotor. Most wheels don't come with rotors, so...
09-05-21, 07:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 677
Posted By DaveSSS

A sram red axs RD retails for $724. Shimano DA 12...

A sram red axs RD retails for $724. Shimano DA 12 retails for $815. Force costs $350 and rival axs is only $255. What an 11 speed shimano RD costs is irrelevant.
...
09-05-21, 04:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 677
Posted By DaveSSS

Show me where the shimano derailleurs are sold...

Show me where the shimano derailleurs are sold for less than sram, at the same level. There is no third level shimano 12 electronic. The total battery weight is the same 50 grams. I like...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-05-21, 04:40 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,623
Posted By DaveSSS

Rival axs is the third level of 12 speed axs. 105...

Rival axs is the third level of 12 speed axs. 105 is third level shimano. Seems comparable. Comparing mechanical to electronic makes no sense. You won't get 12 speeds and electronic shifting for free.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,623
Posted By DaveSSS

Regarding 105 electronic, it would seem...

Regarding 105 electronic, it would seem inevitable since sram already has rival axs at a reasonable price. Shimano has some catching up to do. I've already used Campy 12 mechanical for a year and...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 499
Posted By DaveSSS

Microspline is Shimano and XD/XDR are SRAM. No...

Microspline is Shimano and XD/XDR are SRAM. No compatibility there. The new Shimano DA 12 is not Microspline. As I understand it, it accepts both the new Shimano 12 road cassettes and previous 11...
09-02-21, 07:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 267
Posted By DaveSSS

Cable pulls are not the same.

Cable pulls are not the same.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-21, 06:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 499
Posted By DaveSSS

Most users spend very little time in the smallest...

Most users spend very little time in the smallest sprocket, whether it's a 10 or 11. I've heard of the smaller sprockets wearing out first, on bikes ridden on flat lands, but never heard of...
09-01-21, 05:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 749
Posted By DaveSSS

To use a 48/31, all it takes is some spacing...

To use a 48/31, all it takes is some spacing washers to correct the chainline. I use the 48/31 with my sram force axs 12 speed drivetrains and force axs chains. I just ordered an XT 12 speed chain...
08-31-21, 06:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 773
Posted By DaveSSS

Unless you have the cable incorrectly fastened to...

Unless you have the cable incorrectly fastened to the RD, shifts to the larger sprockets should not be a problem, if the cable tension is set correctly. It's usually shifts to smaller sprockets...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-21, 03:00 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,623
Posted By DaveSSS

No mention of brake lever reach adjustment. Not...

No mention of brake lever reach adjustment. Not being a shimano user, I don't know if this is available. I use it with my sram force axs levers. With sram, having only two contact points...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-21, 02:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,126
Posted By DaveSSS

A shimano grx 46/30 crank is $145. There is a FD...

A shimano grx 46/30 crank is $145. There is a FD dropping adapter, if needed. Google front derailleur lowering adapter.

I use grx 48/31 and 46/30 cranks with my sram force axs 12 speed drive...
08-30-21, 03:10 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,401
Posted By DaveSSS

I'm 68 years old and use a 10cm or 4 inch saddle...

I'm 68 years old and use a 10cm or 4 inch saddle to bar drop. I use Easton ec-90 bars with 80mm reach and 120mm drop. I ride steep hills and winding mountain roads. On the descents I use the drops...
08-29-21, 04:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 797
Posted By DaveSSS

Once again you're making a big deal over nothing....

Once again you're making a big deal over nothing. If I want a new frame, it only takes me a few seconds to look at the two sizes that might produce the fit I want. With today's sloping top tubes...
08-29-21, 05:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 797
Posted By DaveSSS

Stack and reach are the two dimensions that...

Stack and reach are the two dimensions that matter. Once you get those figured out, picking the right size is simple, except that reach can only be compared directly at the same stack height. When...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-21, 04:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 396
Posted By DaveSSS

Only pump with the valve around 6 o'clock. I...

Only pump with the valve around 6 o'clock. I never use a pump head that pushes down and breaks the presta seal. Tap the lock
nut to let a little air out, then use a head like a hirame or push on...
08-28-21, 05:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,154
Posted By DaveSSS

Total waste of time for me.

Total waste of time for me.
08-27-21, 11:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,154
Posted By DaveSSS

You're a bit confused. I don't claim to know...

You're a bit confused. I don't claim to know what torque I've applied but after assembling carbon fiber bikes for 25 years, I know that I won't break anything and nothing will come loose. I done...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-21, 12:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 370
Posted By DaveSSS

I go by frame stack and reach. From there you...

I go by frame stack and reach. From there you need to know how much the headset top adds. On all of my frames, that's been 15mm and at least 30mm of spacer can be added. Handlebar stack can be...
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