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02-20-24, 04:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 263
Posted By ljsense

Yeah, that's what I'm interested in -- what you...

Yeah, that's what I'm interested in -- what you consider a finesse job.

Back in the golden days when I got a summer job at the local bike shop, I considered getting indexed shifting to work...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-24, 09:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,369
Posted By ljsense

I'd hazard a guess that the OP is installing an...

I'd hazard a guess that the OP is installing an FC-9100 era crank or later -- the way those arms are shaped makes it easy to second guess whether they are 180 degrees apart.
Replies: 10
Views: 333
Posted By ljsense

This is a fun challenge to have, and since you're...

This is a fun challenge to have, and since you're soliciting opinions, here's one:

Based on the photos, I'd pick the Atala first, then the Ciocc. The others are good too, but I don't like how the...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-14-24, 08:27 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,600
Posted By ljsense

I feel like Eben should have kept going. When you...

I feel like Eben should have kept going. When you tell people to buy a steel frame, that's not the whole message -- what you're really saying is don't buy a new bike at all.

Because the least...
10-20-23, 07:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 405
Posted By ljsense

Yeah, I'd guess spoke too. As you true and...

Yeah, I'd guess spoke too. As you true and tension your wheels, you can also hit the spoke crossings with a little silicon spray lube, or Boeshield or something like that.
Replies: 14
Views: 1,002
Posted By ljsense

Getting a value on a bike from this board is sort...

Getting a value on a bike from this board is sort of like getting a quote from a pawn shop.

If you need to sell it in a matter of days or weeks, maybe their lowball estimates have some merit.
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10-02-23, 12:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,012
Posted By ljsense

It's better to have your rear tire lose traction...

It's better to have your rear tire lose traction before your front tire does.
09-27-23, 08:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 552
Posted By ljsense

That's good wheelset and, if they're still in...

That's good wheelset and, if they're still in halfway decent shape, a good price.

Plenty of secondhand wheels never saw much action -- particularly high-end race wheels -- and go on to provide...
09-21-23, 12:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 620
Posted By ljsense

Since it only happens when seated, I'd start by...

Since it only happens when seated, I'd start by removing your seatpost and saddle, cleaning them, and greasing the seatpost.

I'd look at how tight the Brooks saddle tension is, and inspect the...
09-21-23, 11:01 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,334
Posted By ljsense

Shoot. Both my road bikes have FC-9000 cranksets,...

Shoot. Both my road bikes have FC-9000 cranksets, each with a matching Stages power meter. I'll have to check the letter codes when I get home.

I really like the looks of the 9000 and I'm not...
09-19-23, 12:36 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,718
Posted By ljsense

The potential danger is if the front quick...

The potential danger is if the front quick release skewer lever opens all the way, wider than 180 degrees, and gets caught in the disc brake rotor.

After reports of three skewers somehow getting...
09-18-23, 02:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,400
Posted By ljsense

They used to say that the handlebar should block...

They used to say that the handlebar should block the view of the front hub when you're riding on the hoods. Maybe they still do.

I don't know how much value that advice has in general, but it's...
09-14-23, 03:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 530
Posted By ljsense

I just ordered a quart of ATF to mix with some...

I just ordered a quart of ATF to mix with some acetone. I'd read that is the best solution for rusted steel threads. We'll see how it goes.
09-14-23, 03:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,181
Posted By ljsense

We've had some "Merckx style" time trial events...

We've had some "Merckx style" time trial events around here that require a traditional drop bar road bike with no aero bars of any kind.

Maybe those events will gain traction. I hope they do --...
08-29-23, 03:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 445
Posted By ljsense

Lots of great advice in that Shimano derailleur...

Lots of great advice in that Shimano derailleur manual, such as this:

"Be careful not to let the hemming of your clothes get caught in the chain while riding. Otherwise you may fall off the...
08-29-23, 01:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 445
Posted By ljsense

Yeah, you're right, the chain will be slackest...

Yeah, you're right, the chain will be slackest with the small chain ring and smallest cog. I said second smallest because the convention is not to cross chain, but it happens. You definitely want a...
08-29-23, 08:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 445
Posted By ljsense

It's not necessary to shorten your chain. It will...

It's not necessary to shorten your chain. It will be the slackest at 39x12, or whatever your small chainring and second smallest cog is, and those haven't changed.

And I agree, it is ridiculous...
08-28-23, 09:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 629
Posted By ljsense

I don't think there was a Dura Ace compact crank...

I don't think there was a Dura Ace compact crank until the 7900 series; the 7800 series offered a triple.
08-22-23, 08:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 979
Posted By ljsense

Of course -- it's at Excel Sports. Someone...

Of course -- it's at Excel Sports. Someone pointed me to it in the Totally Tubular thread.

https://www.excelsports.com/vittoria-corsa-control-g2-0-tubular-road-tire-2-pack

I ordered a pair and...
08-18-23, 09:37 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,716
Posted By ljsense

Came to see if anyone recommended Roger Musson's...

Came to see if anyone recommended Roger Musson's wheel building manual, which has a section on building a great truing stand pretty inexpensively if you have access to some basic woodworking tools. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-23, 12:10 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,963
Posted By ljsense

The 2016 Madone has a range of levels. The...

The 2016 Madone has a range of levels.

The flagship Race Shop Limited Madone with the H1 fit and 700 series carbon was the last Trek frame built by hand in Wisconsin. Production went through 2017....
07-19-23, 03:27 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,404
Posted By ljsense

I don't think anyone makes a mechanical SLR...

I don't think anyone makes a mechanical SLR camera anymore, despite their fans. The good ones are quite collectible.

It seems odd to me that there'd be no more Dura Ace or Record or Red...
07-18-23, 08:58 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,282
Posted By ljsense

Yeah, if you're good with your dog's claws, I bet...

Yeah, if you're good with your dog's claws, I bet you'll be fine with the paint. Some people might come at you and say that's crazy, you'll accidentally burn through the carbon or drill a hole.
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07-05-23, 06:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,730
Posted By ljsense

Andrew sold me my first racing bike about 30...

Andrew sold me my first racing bike about 30 years ago.

They remain super helpful, well stocked and experts in their passions, which include everyday tubular tires.

Back in the day, when it had...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-23, 02:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 942
Posted By ljsense

Either bike will be great. The Cannondale...

Either bike will be great.

The Cannondale will fit 700x28 tires and the Canyon will do 32s.

If you like/tolerate rim brakes, the Cannondale's Dura Ace calipers on alloy rims are hard to beat....
Forum: Framebuilders
07-02-23, 06:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 863
Posted By ljsense

Yeah, for $500 you can do way way better than...

Yeah, for $500 you can do way way better than that.
07-02-23, 06:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 886
Posted By ljsense

What's going to cost $500? Even if it were,...

What's going to cost $500?

Even if it were, say, an Merckx 7-Eleven frame in Columbus SLX made by Serotta, I'd say $500 is too much given that nasty bite.

If that frame is not down around $100...
06-26-23, 08:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,003
Posted By ljsense

I guess I can't claim that the shops I worked at...

I guess I can't claim that the shops I worked at were good without sounding like a braggart or glue sniffer, but they had those big heavy duty Park stands bolted to the steel plates that were under...
06-26-23, 07:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,003
Posted By ljsense

For sure -- for some work, you can just throw the...

For sure -- for some work, you can just throw the saddle over the camp and let the bike suspend with no pressure on anything.

Some bike manufacturers make adapters to put their proprietary seat...
06-26-23, 02:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,003
Posted By ljsense

I just went to that style out of caution since...

I just went to that style out of caution since I'm not convinced all carbon aero seatposts love a repair stand clamp that applies pressure a lot differently than the proprietary wedge bolts.

No...
06-23-23, 08:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,395
Posted By ljsense

I'd look for a 26" hardtail mountain bike; one...

I'd look for a 26" hardtail mountain bike; one with a rigid fork could tackle all the terrain you mention and be comfortable, sturdy and economical.

This category should accommodate any budget. A...
06-23-23, 02:00 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,282
Posted By ljsense

Skip steel wool; it's not very good versus paint....

Skip steel wool; it's not very good versus paint. My advice would be to start with a fairly coarse paper, like 150-200, and lightly work your way through the clearcoat and top coat of paint. You can...
06-23-23, 12:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,348
Posted By ljsense

Yeah, no problem going to a 46T big ring -- makes...

Yeah, no problem going to a 46T big ring -- makes it more like a cyclocross double. Should help the front shifts a bit.
06-23-23, 12:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,348
Posted By ljsense

If you have a typical 5-bolt road crankset with a...

If you have a typical 5-bolt road crankset with a bolt center diameter of 110 mm, the 34-tooth chainring is as small as you can go.

Can you picture why? The 30-tooth ring just isn't big enough to...
06-22-23, 09:04 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,282
Posted By ljsense

I'd guess with about 90 percent confidence that...

I'd guess with about 90 percent confidence that that is not a crack in the carbon. It looks much more like a scratch.

The overall bias I've seen is to suspect carbon of cracking. Metal is...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-23, 02:32 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,478
Posted By ljsense

Lost a lot of market share and hype, sure. ...

Lost a lot of market share and hype, sure.

Still, the Grand Tour teams that aren't being pressured by sponsors -- Roval and Shimano, namely -- mostly run tubulars.

I could join Dan and spout my...
06-16-23, 04:54 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 6,921
Posted By ljsense

I take the same approach wolfchild laid out above...

I take the same approach wolfchild laid out above -- I like to patch in a clean controlled workroom. Then I carry one patched tube and one new one as spares. If a riding buddy or a stranger needs a...
05-31-23, 11:19 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,804
Posted By ljsense

Yeah, those bikes are really undervalued in my...

Yeah, those bikes are really undervalued in my opinion.

It's not that challenging to find one a few years newer, after the switch to 1 1/8" headsets, with full 7700 Dura Ace for significantly...
05-31-23, 08:31 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,804
Posted By ljsense

Frame durability -- A great study shines light on retro frames

Probably a lot of you have run across this article (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/rinard/frame_fatigue_test.htm), which was translated from a 1997 German magazine article and posted on Sheldon Brown,...
11-10-22, 12:26 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,867
Posted By ljsense

Yeah, that's a good example of the 70s to 80s...

Yeah, that's a good example of the 70s to 80s riders who went on to have wealth chasing the dream group of their racing days.

Granted, a lot of cyclists from that era (and other eras!) are just...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 10,579
Posted By ljsense

I like my traditional, all mechanical rim-braked...

I like my traditional, all mechanical rim-braked road bikes, yet these are the improvements I think would be neat:

Improved materials:

Spider silk -- Once this stuff can be manufactured...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-20, 09:37 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 10,579
Posted By ljsense

If "Dark Ages" is a period without dramatic...

If "Dark Ages" is a period without dramatic innovation, I'd say road bikes had been there, more or less, for many decades and we've just started to really depart from the norms over maybe the last...
08-25-20, 02:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,219
Posted By ljsense

I think this is how A.I. starts to reveal itself....

I think this is how A.I. starts to reveal itself. Some computer somewhere is like, hey, I think I can start a conversation on a forum. Like a toddler walking the first steps.

Watch how quickly it...
08-25-20, 02:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,702
Posted By ljsense

I have a Feedback repair stand, and my guess is...

I have a Feedback repair stand, and my guess is that the clamping mechanism made the noise, not your frame.

Does it have a ratcheting slide, and then you turn the handle to tighten it up? If...
08-19-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,362
Posted By ljsense

It would surprise me if it were the headset. I've...

It would surprise me if it were the headset. I've had them on several bikes and have never experienced any noise.

I'd check the brake lever clamps, maybe, if you think it's coming from the...
07-20-20, 02:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,886
Posted By ljsense

One more thought, since I haven't seen it...

One more thought, since I haven't seen it offered, is just to sell them as is, with the damage clearly labeled and pictured.

Then if the spokes or nipples or a busted carbon hoop are worth...
07-20-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,316
Posted By ljsense

This is a giant cliff hanger. I can't wait to...

This is a giant cliff hanger. I can't wait to hear how it turns out.
07-17-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,623
Posted By ljsense

Instead of glue, you might try a shim, if you're...

Instead of glue, you might try a shim, if you're looking for a quick and dirty solution, and you really have that loose of a gap. I'd try a soda or beer can. Cut a big section, wrap it around the...
07-15-20, 12:14 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 10,396
Posted By ljsense

I can't take this thread anymore. This case...

I can't take this thread anymore.

This case comes down to a well-educated attorney who experienced frustration after buying a pair of bicycles and decided to make spurious accusations against the...
07-14-20, 10:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 700
Posted By ljsense

wgscott is right -- the design specs would put...

wgscott is right -- the design specs would put the rotor in the same place, whether it's 6-bolt or centerlock. If one rotor has worn thinner or is off in some way, you'd just adjust the caliper a...
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