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07-28-21, 08:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 247
Posted By chaadster

Yeah caffeine… from a Monster if you don’t like...

Yeah caffeine… from a Monster if you don’t like coffee.

Also, you may need to plan on a longer warm up period in the morning, but for
myself, the morning start is more of a psychological barrier...
07-28-21, 06:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 250
Posted By chaadster

No, and yes. It’s all about chainline…and...

No, and yes.

It’s all about chainline…and you’ll hear if your bike doesn’t have a good one for cross chaining.

That said, while I do it typically and without concern— I’m gonna get up that damn...
07-28-21, 05:27 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 893
Posted By chaadster

The complexity is in the system design, and the...

The complexity is in the system design, and the difficulty is in the setup process.

If we accept that anything on a bike is hard to doó something I think we mustó then Iíd say that canti setup is...
07-26-21, 08:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 254
Posted By chaadster

I donít know what the collar is, but I do know...

I donít know what the collar is, but I do know big, complex, custom titanium bars are expensive, so Iím not surprised at all. HellÖeven a simple, production MTB flat bar from a company with deep...
07-26-21, 07:28 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 893
Posted By chaadster

I’m from back in the day when all there was were...

I’m from back in the day when all there was were cantis, u-brakes, and center bolt calipers, so I got a bad case of BTDT and don’t want to do that again. Back then, I tried so many, from Shimano XT...
07-26-21, 02:30 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 893
Posted By chaadster

OMG, if I never have to touch another canti...

OMG, if I never have to touch another canti again, it’ll be too soon.

Any rim brake I’m happy to see go, if only because those ***** make a filthy mess, but cantis suck worst of all.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-21, 07:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 464
Posted By chaadster

Troubleshooting a slow leak, I was reminded that...

Troubleshooting a slow leak, I was reminded that I was running Panaracer R’air innertubes in one of my bikes. Thinking of this thread, I threw the 23-25c tube on my scale and got 70g.

I did...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,661
Posted By chaadster

Using a PM on the road has helped me determine...

Using a PM on the road has helped me determine that [on the Dedacciai] in the fast cruising range, Iím more efficiently positioned with my elbows in and grabbing the bar close to the stem than I am...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-21, 09:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 464
Posted By chaadster

Aerothan are plastic as well; dunno of Tubolito...

Aerothan are plastic as well; dunno of Tubolito is patchable with self-adhesive patches like Aerothan is, though.

Anyway, I’ve been using Aerothan for a short while now, having bailed out on...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-21, 12:31 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,455
Posted By chaadster

GBK233 sub-$600 is a tough pricepoint in the...

GBK233 sub-$600 is a tough pricepoint in the sense that you donít top out in any attribute category, by which I mean that you donít best the best of anything. Like at some pricepoints, you may get,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-21, 08:12 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,865
Posted By chaadster

Joking?! I use battery powered electric socks...

Joking?! I use battery powered electric socks for my winter riding! With heating elements both above and below the toes, they work great, and are both easier to use and more comfy than chemical...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-21, 09:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 357
Posted By chaadster

I don’t run any steerer above my stem; I always...

I don’t run any steerer above my stem; I always cut just under flush, but I also use use a long expander plug, specifically Deda plugs, so the entire clamp area is supported.

Assuming use of such...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-21, 08:43 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,865
Posted By chaadster

To the OP, the resolution to your space problem...

To the OP, the resolution to your space problem is obviously a folding bike or a minivelo! I’m lucky to have one each of those among my current 10 bikes.

My stable is determined by style and use:...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-21, 04:42 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,888
Posted By chaadster

IMO, reviewers like DC Rainmaker and GPLama...

IMO, reviewers like DC Rainmaker and GPLama offer deeper insights and more sophisticated bases for purchase decision making than a crude X/Y plot of precision vs. cost would. I mean, thereís just a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-21, 08:38 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,888
Posted By chaadster

There was no pointing out, only obtuse,...

There was no pointing out, only obtuse, unsubstantiated assertion. You may find that kind of childish stuff compelling, but Iím still not interested.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-21, 05:01 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,888
Posted By chaadster

I’ve been swapping my Assiomas between bikes...

I’ve been swapping my Assiomas between bikes regularly since ‘18. No issues with longevity/durability insofar as I can tell. My experience isn’t definitive, but we see a lot of folks swapping, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-21, 10:56 AM
Replies: 249
Views: 5,627
Posted By chaadster

There’s a lot of assumption that discs are...

There’s a lot of assumption that discs are hydraulic, but that’s not necessarily true. I rode cable actuated Avid BB7 for 16 years and loved them. Wheel swaps were easier than resetting rim brakes,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,888
Posted By chaadster

Uh, the very first sentence in the OP says...

Uh, the very first sentence in the OP says theyíre not sold on power meters at all, and for a total PM noob with cost concerns, fitting single-sided is a great place to start. For the OPís...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-21, 08:43 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,888
Posted By chaadster

The solution here is getting two, left-side crank...

The solution here is getting two, left-side crank power meters, probably from either 4iiii or Stages. $300 - $400 apiece, call it $800 all-in, and you’re done, keeping your shoes and no swapping...
07-16-21, 12:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 708
Posted By chaadster

60x11, baby! ;) ...

60x11, baby! ;)


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Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-21, 09:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 367
Posted By chaadster

Oh for sure… Tweetsie and Creeper are rail...

Oh for sure… Tweetsie and Creeper are rail trails, right? Yeah, you’ll be crushin’ those; the Diverge isn’t the most gravelly of gravel bikes in terms of geometry, so it’ll feel like a road bike. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 486
Posted By chaadster

Right proper blowout!

We were doing hill repeats last night when, braking hard on a descent, I locked up the rear and *boom* it blew like gunshot. Some say it sounded like a car backfire, but you get the idea either way:...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-21, 02:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 428
Posted By chaadster

Pain? You made it look easy! Kudos!

Pain? You made it look easy! Kudos!
07-14-21, 11:16 AM
Replies: 874
Views: 209,954
Posted By chaadster

Theyíre vinyl decals, which I get from...

Theyíre vinyl decals, which I get from https://www.customvinyllettering.net/

Here are some of my other bikes:

...
07-13-21, 03:13 PM
Replies: 874
Views: 209,954
Posted By chaadster

I finally got my name on the T-Lab: ...

I finally got my name on the T-Lab:


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07-12-21, 08:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 789
Posted By chaadster

A little more tube material should help resist...

A little more tube material should help resist punctures, a litle less tube material should weigh less, roll more efficiently, and be better for performance, but who knows if the marginal differences...
07-12-21, 08:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 935
Posted By chaadster

Iím not talking about that, Iím talking about how...

Iím not talking about that, Iím talking about how in the OP you said the hub was ďabsolutely rusted awayĒ and the only solution for a quick fix was wheel replacement. Now youíre saying that the shop...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-21, 08:43 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,691
Posted By chaadster

You keep using that ďwhat it says on the boxĒ...

You keep using that ďwhat it says on the boxĒ phrase as if thereís actually box. Or maybe you only read the box and not the instructions?
07-12-21, 06:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 935
Posted By chaadster

The freehub cannot be removed and everything just...

The freehub cannot be removed and everything just cleaned, relubed, and reassembled? I’m surprised that any hub, in normal use, could rust to a total loss in 9 months. I feel like a crucial piece...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-21, 11:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 484
Posted By chaadster

Like the long wheelbase sedan compared to the...

Like the long wheelbase sedan compared to the short wheelbase sports car; t’s a classic analogue to 1970 Cadillac vs. 1970 Porsche. Do you want more plush, luxurious, ride characteristics, or do you...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-21, 12:07 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,691
Posted By chaadster

I donít think thatís necessarily true. When I...

I donít think thatís necessarily true. When I went road tubeless in Ď13, I was well informed and had realistic expectations for the system, and you know what? It was the holy grail in anti-flat...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-21, 11:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 484
Posted By chaadster

Chainstay length is less about tire clearance...

Chainstay length is less about tire clearance these days than it is about overall feel of the bike. Shaping and construction technology allow comparatively short stays with huge tire capacity.

As...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-21, 10:35 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,894
Posted By chaadster

It’s just conditioning, I think, and perfectly...

It’s just conditioning, I think, and perfectly typically to be exhausted after a couple of hours of hard effort.

Keep at it, and you’ll get more fit and less tired afterwards.

Unless you’re...
07-11-21, 10:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 260
Posted By chaadster

I popped in this thread to see if I could learn...

I popped in this thread to see if I could learn anything about this brand, because although I’ve seen their online ads for years, I’ve never seen one of their bikes in the flesh, not that I can...
07-09-21, 08:13 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,244
Posted By chaadster

Be careful of going too wide with the rubber on...

Be careful of going too wide with the rubber on insufficiently wide rims; as a dyed-in-the-wool roadie (or should that be stained-in-the-chamois!), the feel of a fat, bulbous tire on the pavement is...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-21, 10:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 578
Posted By chaadster

If the tape is non-absorbent, it needs either...

If the tape is non-absorbent, it needs either raised texture to provide draining and prevent filming, or it needs that grippy, rubber-like surface feel. Lizardskins DSP has both, and is the best wet...
07-04-21, 05:21 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,188
Posted By chaadster

I think it’s technologically possible without...

I think it’s technologically possible without much trouble. Given that I can make calls from my iPad when it’s on the same wifi network as my phone, and that the iPad doesn’t have a SIM, it seems...
07-04-21, 04:34 PM
Replies: 2,957
Views: 719,958
Posted By chaadster

Sweet! I used to want one of those PDG bikes! I...

Sweet! I used to want one of those PDG bikes! I guess I still do!!
07-03-21, 08:30 PM
Replies: 2,957
Views: 719,958
Posted By chaadster

I often roll neo-retro with my Tern Rally. ...

I often roll neo-retro with my Tern Rally.

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Tern...
07-03-21, 07:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,029
Posted By chaadster

Well, I think BCA is still doing just parts...

Well, I think BCA is still doing just parts assembly, not actually welding up frames, and their "Made in USA" badge also contains the wording, "from domestic and imported parts," so they're still...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-21, 09:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 928
Posted By chaadster

Ooh, thatís a cool piece of kit!

Ooh, thatís a cool piece of kit!
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 426
Posted By chaadster

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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07-01-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 996
Posted By chaadster

The Bolt user interface is way better, in every...

The Bolt user interface is way better, in every way, than the 530. The system organization is better, the phone app integration is better (in terms of controllimg the unit), and the ergonomics are...
06-29-21, 08:11 AM
Replies: 2,957
Views: 719,958
Posted By chaadster

My main roadie is this ‘17 Dedacciai Gladiatore...

My main roadie is this ‘17 Dedacciai Gladiatore 2.

I was reluctant to move into carbon fiber because I had that “steel is real” mentality, a bit of retro-grouchiness, I suppose. I was...
06-28-21, 10:07 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,480
Posted By chaadster

Another thought, Wilmingtech , is silver. It’s...

Another thought, Wilmingtech , is silver. It’s just a riff on the grey theme, but if you can find the right one, it might give that splash of flair [I think] you want without going too far off...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-21, 08:27 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 8,940
Posted By chaadster

Yeah, I mean, c’mon….we’re talking about a rare,...

Yeah, I mean, c’mon….we’re talking about a rare, emergency roadside repair; toughen up and get it done. The sealant does make it a bit more messy than a tubed tire, but the stuff just dries up...
06-27-21, 09:27 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,480
Posted By chaadster

As a concept, I’m not feelin’ the matching of bar...

As a concept, I’m not feelin’ the matching of bar tape to sidewalls; the basis for the practice is so fleetingly temporal it seems silly. Sure, have a stylistic theme, but basing it on the most...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-21, 06:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 630
Posted By chaadster

The differences can be noticeable, the gains...

The differences can be noticeable, the gains tiny. I wouldn’t worry about losing performance; 23s will keep you on front of the A group if that’s where you ride…or midpack C if that’s where you...
06-25-21, 01:26 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 2,522
Posted By chaadster

Yeah, it's called a hose. ;) Having a...

Yeah, it's called a hose. ;) Having a hose-equipped pump is way more efficient, allowing the user to more comfortably work, without having to manage the wheel. Much easier to wail on for those last...
06-25-21, 08:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 769
Posted By chaadster

That doesn't look like a steel frame, it looks...

That doesn't look like a steel frame, it looks aluminum.
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