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Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-22, 04:02 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 3,381
Posted By oldbobcat

Pilots had a reputation for going noodly. Maybe...

Pilots had a reputation for going noodly. Maybe they were made alongside Giant TCRs.of that perioid.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-22, 10:50 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 3,381
Posted By oldbobcat

Yeah, many bikes have add-ons to prevent...

Yeah, many bikes have add-ons to prevent chain-drops or protect the frame from chain-drops, like the "wolf tooth," the SRAM front derailleur chain-catcher, and the foil protector on the drive side...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-22, 10:40 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 3,381
Posted By oldbobcat

I was hearing "micro-tears in the resin." Maybe...

I was hearing "micro-tears in the resin." Maybe somebody mixed a bad batch.

The "modular monocoque" construction used by the major mass producers certainly improves the consistency of carbon...
11-25-22, 09:57 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,090
Posted By oldbobcat

By all means. As for pads, they are available....

By all means. As for pads, they are available. The two shops where I worked had Avid or Jagwire in stock.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-22, 03:56 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 3,381
Posted By oldbobcat

Like detumescent? It was a 2008. I bought it in...

Like detumescent? It was a 2008. I bought it in 2009. I started noticing changes around 2011, and by 2012 I knew it was a lost cause.

It's crossed my mind that the seller might have known the...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-22, 03:40 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 3,381
Posted By oldbobcat

There's a series on YouTube about carbon frames,...

There's a series on YouTube about carbon frames, by Raoul Leuscher. He splits damaged or warrantied frames to examine how they're made. It's difficult to draw definitive conclusions from these...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-22, 03:15 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 3,381
Posted By oldbobcat

Yeah, but there was no build-up before bottoming...

Yeah, but there was no build-up before bottoming out.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-22, 03:13 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 3,381
Posted By oldbobcat

Well it obviously wasn't done this way...

Well it obviously wasn't done this way deliberately.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-22, 01:22 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 3,381
Posted By oldbobcat

No, because I used the wheels with no trouble on...

No, because I used the wheels with no trouble on the Madone for Ride the Rockies in 2013. As for the wheelbase, I didn't measure the spread, as I was sitting on the bike. But I observed the wheel...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-22, 10:50 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 3,381
Posted By oldbobcat

From the start I could tell the bike was less...

From the start I could tell the bike was less stiff than the Felt F5 that it replaced. But it had a nice snap and it fit perfectly, and it was all Dura-Ace with Mavic wheels. I liked it. The decline...
11-25-22, 10:26 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,090
Posted By oldbobcat

The posts are positioned for cantilevers, not...

The posts are positioned for cantilevers, not linear-pulls.
11-24-22, 10:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 395
Posted By oldbobcat

Yeah, Shimano makes banded direct-mount adapters,...

Yeah, Shimano makes banded direct-mount adapters, but you'd still have to buy a new 6800 or 8000 direct mount front derailleur. And even if it does reach, if the chainline is wrong, it will never be...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-24-22, 09:41 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 3,381
Posted By oldbobcat

I had a 2008 Giant TCR, purchased slightly used,...

I had a 2008 Giant TCR, purchased slightly used, that went saggy on me starting my third year with it. I'd heard from many that the TCRs of this era had issues and Giant was replacing these frames,...
11-24-22, 09:24 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,090
Posted By oldbobcat

Buy better brakes. Shimano, Tektro, and Avid all...

Buy better brakes. Shimano, Tektro, and Avid all make good cantilever brakes with stiff calipers. Available at your local shop or a reputable internet dealer. And don't forget to replace the cables.
11-24-22, 09:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 395
Posted By oldbobcat

On another forum I found some concern that the...

On another forum I found some concern that the band mount unit doesn't reach as far as the direct mount. But I don't know if there's anything you can do about it. Anyway, good on you for figuring out...
11-24-22, 11:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 395
Posted By oldbobcat

You don't want to open another can of worms with...

You don't want to open another can of worms with MTB derailleur compatibility with your STI levers. I'd recommend chucking the whole 6800/FSA mix and buy a full GRX kit before you go throwing in MTB...
11-23-22, 10:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 395
Posted By oldbobcat

Presumably, this is a road bike. Yes or no? FSA...

Presumably, this is a road bike. Yes or no? FSA Gossamer came in two spindle configurations, 24 mm and 30 mm. Which one is it? Bearings for these spindles can be either press-fit or outboard...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-23-22, 08:33 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,083
Posted By oldbobcat

Here we go again. I've been riding drop bar bikes...

Here we go again. I've been riding drop bar bikes for over 50 years, but I can't tell you whether you're going to like it or not, only that the new bikes are more comfortable and easier to use.

Go...
11-23-22, 12:16 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,090
Posted By oldbobcat

Well, I doubt shaving a couple hundred grams of...

Well, I doubt shaving a couple hundred grams of frame weight is going to buy you much.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-23-22, 11:25 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,702
Posted By oldbobcat

No, just a lot lighter and stronger 50 years ago....

No, just a lot lighter and stronger 50 years ago. I think that's understandable. A 2x7 friction drivetrain with a bottom gear of 42/24 doesn't get me where I want to go anymore. And clipless pedals,...
11-23-22, 11:11 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,090
Posted By oldbobcat

It's a 35 year-old price-point step-through...

It's a 35 year-old price-point step-through "mountain bike" being ridden as a commuter. Maintain it, ride it, enjoy it, or buy a new bike. There is nothing worth upgrading here.It already has a nice...
11-23-22, 10:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 395
Posted By oldbobcat

Take it to a shop where somebody who can...

Take it to a shop where somebody who can understand the problem can actually see what the problem is. Or submit some photos.
11-22-22, 10:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 490
Posted By oldbobcat

By any measure, a 42t rear cog is HUGE. Yes, you...

By any measure, a 42t rear cog is HUGE. Yes, you do.
11-21-22, 09:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 347
Posted By oldbobcat

Well, I imagine they do, but it this case the...

Well, I imagine they do, but it this case the noise was emanating from a bike leaning against a wall being pedaled backwards excruciatingly slowly. Which is why I requested a video of the rear of the...
11-21-22, 12:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 355
Posted By oldbobcat

Sometimes the pivot on that side gets tight...

Sometimes the pivot on that side gets tight because of dirt, wear, or loss of lubrication on the bushing. Sometimes a thorough cleaning plus a shot of thin lubricant will loosen it. If that doesn't...
11-21-22, 12:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 185
Posted By oldbobcat

The Defy will take tires up to 35 mm. I don't...

The Defy will take tires up to 35 mm. I don't know how single-tracky your gravel ride is so you'll have to decide between this and a dedicated gravel bike. But I liked the Defy I rented because it...
11-21-22, 11:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 347
Posted By oldbobcat

I have embarrassing experience with this. The...

I have embarrassing experience with this. The chain exerts more force on the axle-frame interface than rocking the bike.
11-20-22, 10:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 185
Posted By oldbobcat

Some of those new gravel bikes have really slack...

Some of those new gravel bikes have really slack head tubes. I become suspicious of any road bike with a trail figure exceeding 60 mm. Your Gunnar is at the short side of the spectrum, so I can see...
11-20-22, 09:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 186
Posted By oldbobcat

Magnesium alloys are porous. The true mag wheels...

Magnesium alloys are porous. The true mag wheels on automobiles are not tubeless.
11-20-22, 09:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 347
Posted By oldbobcat

OK, so the spinning crank is smooth and silent....

OK, so the spinning crank is smooth and silent. That means the noise is coming from the rear. Let's have a video of that same action but at the rear wheel. I want to see how the chain is passing...
11-19-22, 08:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 126
Posted By oldbobcat

Why is this in the bike fit group? You might get...

Why is this in the bike fit group? You might get more responses if you post it in the mechanics group.
11-19-22, 08:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 130
Posted By oldbobcat

Check your hanger alignment and cables.

Check your hanger alignment and cables.
11-19-22, 06:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 233
Posted By oldbobcat

I used to sneak into QBP using my old employer's...

I used to sneak into QBP using my old employer's login, just to see what's available. But that account is gone. If you have a local shop I always recommend checking with them first. Unless you hate...
11-18-22, 10:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 233
Posted By oldbobcat

Here's one: rim brake & QR, 1 1/8 at the stem, 1...

Here's one: rim brake & QR, 1 1/8 at the stem, 1 1/4 at the crown, 43 or 45 mm offset. https://www.jensonusa.com/ENVE-Carbon-20-Road-Fork
11-17-22, 02:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 263
Posted By oldbobcat

The only way to know for sure, unless you have...

The only way to know for sure, unless you have the crank manufacturer's data sheet, is to put the rear wheel with cassette on the bike, install the bottom bracket and crank, and determine that the...
11-17-22, 01:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 233
Posted By oldbobcat

Offset, or rake, is the span between the...

Offset, or rake, is the span between the centerline of the steerer to the centerline of the axle. Trail is the span between the the intersect of the centerline of the steerer and the contact point of...
11-17-22, 01:23 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,505
Posted By oldbobcat

Yeah, I used mine to put a down payment on a...

Yeah, I used mine to put a down payment on a rental property.
11-16-22, 09:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 626
Posted By oldbobcat

I see it now. The bar is flipped upside down, the...

I see it now. The bar is flipped upside down, the steerer broke right at the stem, and it's an alloy steerer because there are no stray fibers at the break. Should've used carbon.
11-15-22, 03:39 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,505
Posted By oldbobcat

It's been about a year since I worked in a shop,...

It's been about a year since I worked in a shop, but I can tell you that the bikes arriving in the fall were ordered the previous winter or early spring.
11-15-22, 11:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 626
Posted By oldbobcat

In the same search, I found this example from...

In the same search, I found this example from "local strongman racer." He said he "pulled a Hincapie."...
11-15-22, 11:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 626
Posted By oldbobcat

I just found this. www.cyclingnews.com presents...

I just found this. www.cyclingnews.com presents the 104th Paris-Roubaix (http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/road/2006/apr06/roubaix06/?id=/tech/2006/features/hincapie_trek)
Hincapie was using a custom...
11-14-22, 09:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 218
Posted By oldbobcat

There are numerous videos on YouTube on basic...

There are numerous videos on YouTube on basic bike frame sizing and fitting. My suggestion is to try to set up your bike according to their guidelines, starting with saddle height and setback. If you...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-22, 01:17 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,066
Posted By oldbobcat

From the book of cycling mythology. I've heard it...

From the book of cycling mythology. I've heard it so many times, but I never bothered to track it down.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-22, 08:26 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,702
Posted By oldbobcat

With so many cogs on the rear wheel, it isn't...

With so many cogs on the rear wheel, it isn't about the location, it's about the lack of indexing. With 9 or 10 cogs, you want an indexed downtube shifter. And remember, if you're going to spread...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-22, 01:17 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,702
Posted By oldbobcat

Back in the day we didn't dare shift in the...

Back in the day we didn't dare shift in the middle of a sprint. You chose a gear for the wind-up and hoped it was the right one.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-22, 01:12 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,066
Posted By oldbobcat

But that requires work. This is about buying more...

But that requires work. This is about buying more speed. Ha ha.

Eddy Merckx said, "Instead of buying more upgrades, ride up more grades."
11-11-22, 09:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,278
Posted By oldbobcat

I've always maintained that life is too short to...

I've always maintained that life is too short to spend it riding a bike that doesn't fit. But if that's what you want to do, be my guest.
11-11-22, 08:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 153
Posted By oldbobcat

You might get it to hold for a while, but lycra...

You might get it to hold for a while, but lycra is porous and it stretches. I imagine after a few hundred miles of sweaty rides you'll be trying to glue it all over again. Seriously, consider...
11-11-22, 08:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 626
Posted By oldbobcat

Apology accepted. For everybody's...

Apology accepted.

For everybody's edification, here's what I found on carbon steerer failure, from Luescher Teknik: https://youtu.be/muukpjzb5Jw
Some of this is from user error, like...
11-09-22, 11:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 133
Posted By oldbobcat

​​​​​​That would void of your warranty, too.

​​​​​​That would void of your warranty, too.
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