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Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-22, 09:51 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,988
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I like the Prestacycle Uniblock 11s 12-28...

I like the Prestacycle Uniblock 11s 12-28 cassette so much that I bought a second one as a spare or for the other bike I am building; have not decided yet.

Prestacycle is down to a single 11s...
09-28-22, 09:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 162
Posted By SoSmellyAir

1. Because the OEM spring rate is presumably...

1. Because the OEM spring rate is presumably designed to open the brake caliper even if the pivots get a little grimy or corroded?

2. On a cable-actuated brake system, the OEM spring rate has a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-22, 12:23 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 487
Posted By SoSmellyAir

All this, plus you also mentioned that you are...

All this, plus you also mentioned that you are using a 120 mm stem. Not having even a photo of your position on the bike, the following is just conjecture; but here goes:

Maybe the effective reach...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-22, 12:23 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 487
Posted By SoSmellyAir

All this, plus you also mentioned that you are...

All this, plus you also mentioned that you are using a 120 mm stem. Not having even a photo of your position on the bike, the following is just conjecture; but here goes:

Maybe the effective reach...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-22, 09:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 736
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I don't have a power meter, but I must generate...

I don't have a power meter, but I must generate even less watts than you do; the splines on my freehubs look pristine.
09-27-22, 09:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 237
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I do not own a bike with disc brakes so the...

I do not own a bike with disc brakes so the following is not a definite answer.

Common sense says no. Even if you get both the disc brake caliper and the rack mounted perfectly initially, any load...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-22, 10:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 736
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I have been researching cassettes and gearing...

I have been researching cassettes and gearing since joining BF in late 2020. My very first post here was about building an 11 speed Frankenstein cassette from two Ultegra cassettes: Bike Forums -...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-22, 09:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 736
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Good luck. When I ordered my Prestacycle Uniblock...

Good luck. When I ordered my Prestacycle Uniblock 12-28 cassette, I saw that Excel Sports has the Dura-Ace version for $198. Just in case you need it:

Shimano Dura-Ace CS-R9100 11-Speed Cassette...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-22, 01:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 736
Posted By SoSmellyAir

The above shifting symptoms may also be explained...

The above shifting symptoms may also be explained by a cassette and chain that have worn together, such that the worn chain does not play nice with a new (Miche) cassette. Have you tried a new...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-22, 12:53 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 736
Posted By SoSmellyAir

aliasfox Like you, I don't need an 11T cog or a...

aliasfox Like you, I don't need an 11T cog or a 32T cog. Shimano 11s 12-28 cassette is only available in Dura-Ace. It has recently dropped in price (now < $200), but I am concerned about the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-22, 04:11 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 894
Posted By SoSmellyAir

You are absolutely right. The saddle height of...

You are absolutely right. The saddle height of the guy on the right of the photo is definitely worse. Look at how high up and far out his right knee is.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-22, 04:08 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 894
Posted By SoSmellyAir

No IQ test needed when I see two teenagers,...

No IQ test needed when I see two teenagers, neither wearing a helmet, simultaneously riding on the same e-bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-22, 02:05 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 894
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Unlike squirrels, the bunnies in Irvine mostly...

Unlike squirrels, the bunnies in Irvine mostly veer away as I approach.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-22, 01:59 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 894
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Inattentive teenage morons (am I being redundant...

Inattentive teenage morons (am I being redundant here?) on e-bikes scare me more than either clowns or squirrels.

That said, I have only seen one clown when riding. He was waving one of those...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-22, 11:53 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 894
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Heh, I did not even know spoke count can > 32!

Heh, I did not even know spoke count can > 32!
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-22, 11:50 AM
Replies: 479
Views: 10,578
Posted By SoSmellyAir

When I first started to wax, I observed (here in...

When I first started to wax, I observed (here in BF) that the RD shifting is hesitant during the first few miles after a fresh wax. I was told (by a more experienced waxer) to give both sides of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-22, 11:38 AM
Replies: 479
Views: 10,578
Posted By SoSmellyAir

This is a brilliant idea, except I will apply it...

This is a brilliant idea, except I will apply it to the odorless mineral spirits (OMS) rather than the wax; I usually put my chain through two baths of OMS before I wax it.

I always thought that...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-22, 11:32 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 894
Posted By SoSmellyAir

1. Glad to hear you have recovered and are riding...

1. Glad to hear you have recovered and are riding about.

2. I think this is just post crash jitters. I think the chances of a dashing squirrel caught in the spokes are pretty low. But if you are...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-22, 06:52 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,524
Posted By SoSmellyAir

the sci guy Your bike looks so good! Barely 18...

the sci guy Your bike looks so good! Barely 18 lbs. and that's with a 11-34 cassette! (I have a feeling that mine may end up lighter than my CF bike.) What brake cables are those?

I have made...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-22, 08:03 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,365
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Ultegra mechanical has gone away? What are these:...

Ultegra mechanical has gone away? What are these:

Shimano Ultegra R8000 Road Bike Gear Levers - 11 Speed | Merlin Cycles...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-22, 05:23 PM
Replies: 479
Views: 10,578
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I use DuPont Non-Stick Dry-Film Lubricant spray...

I use DuPont Non-Stick Dry-Film Lubricant spray on the bearings of the RD pulleys:

Amazon.com : DuPont Non-Stick Dry-Film Lubricant Aerosol, 10 oz : Power Tool Lubricants : Sports & Outdoors...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-22, 10:34 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,365
Posted By SoSmellyAir

This is an unusual wear pattern.

This is an unusual wear pattern.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-22, 10:29 AM
Replies: 479
Views: 10,578
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Heck, yes. From what I have read and...

Heck, yes.



From what I have read and from my (limited) personal experience, I understand that the main advantage of wax is that there is little to no penetration by road contamination into the...
09-19-22, 10:18 AM
Replies: 1,977
Views: 207,389
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Rode Santiago Canyon Road on Sunday afternoon...

Rode Santiago Canyon Road on Sunday afternoon eastbound, just missing ooga-booga and the vintage cars. Having a 28T really helps compensate for my lost fitness this year.
09-19-22, 10:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 465
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I got to try that one day but I live so much...

I got to try that one day but I live so much closer to the west end of SCR.



I wish something like the OCIR was still available; there are a lot of fast, modified cars in Irvine. On a quiet...
09-17-22, 08:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 465
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I see. There was once (in the past 10 years?)...

I see. There was once (in the past 10 years?) where the northern half of Peters Canyon Park was burnt.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-22, 07:00 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,988
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Prestacycle states that its cassette is "machined...

Prestacycle states that its cassette is "machined from a solid block of cold-forged Chrome Molybdenum alloy steel, then heat-treated, tumble-finished and electroplated." Recon states that its...
09-17-22, 04:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 465
Posted By SoSmellyAir

That is inevitable. When I first moved to Irvine...

That is inevitable. When I first moved to Irvine 21 years ago, there was little north of Irvine Blvd. and nothing north of Portola Pkwy.



I also agree that there is a fire risk there; I only...
09-17-22, 03:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 226
Posted By SoSmellyAir

The height of the handlebar cannot be raised from...

The height of the handlebar cannot be raised from what is shown in the above photograph without buying a new stem.

Either (or both) of the spacers below the stem may be removed and reinstalled...
09-17-22, 03:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 283
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Are you sure that those are not 64 mm BCD rings? ...

Are you sure that those are not 64 mm BCD rings?

"Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Crank/Chainring Bolt Circle Diameter Crib Sheet" (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/cribsheet-bcd.html)

Here are some links...
09-16-22, 11:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 291
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Why does the drivetrain need to be replaced? Is...

Why does the drivetrain need to be replaced? Is it rusted or otherwise damaged? If neither, start with just a thorough cleaning and lubrication, then calibrate the derailleurs

I would say tires,...
09-16-22, 11:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 291
Posted By SoSmellyAir

It is not difficult. You just need the right...

It is not difficult. You just need the right tools, patience, and time. You can do it!



I have no experience with Microshift shifters except for a bike (for my son) which I had to return...
09-16-22, 10:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 291
Posted By SoSmellyAir

My own experience in this thread; most relevant...

My own experience in this thread; most relevant portion starts at post #17:

Converting Trek FX2 to 1x - Bike Forums...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-22, 10:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 582
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Handlebar angle from the side does not look too...

Handlebar angle from the side does not look too bad in this photo, but you can try to rotating it to have the ends parallel to the top tube.

I see so many drop handlebars setup with the ramps...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-22, 01:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 582
Posted By SoSmellyAir

When you say you have to bend your wrist too...

When you say you have to bend your wrist too much, which way?

Your handlebar has a 70 mm reach, which is a relatively short distance: Service Course 70 Ergo Handlebar | HB-DBSC-7E-B2 | Zipp...
09-16-22, 12:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 465
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I did not know there is another project at the...

I did not know there is another project at the other end of SCR. Probably too tired to see straight when I got there last time.



West end of SCR does not seem like a more fire prone area than...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-22, 09:37 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 731
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I bought these Supacaz Asanoha socks (each pair...

I bought these Supacaz Asanoha socks (each pair for $2.79 + tax) on Labor Day:

Supacaz Asanoha Socks Black & Neon Pink Large/X- | The Pro's Closet (theproscloset.com)...
09-15-22, 09:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 301
Posted By SoSmellyAir

While you are at it, will you please confirm...

While you are at it, will you please confirm whether Canyon installed a compression plug in the steerer?

I am also considering this bike, but I passed on it once (the last time a size S was...
09-15-22, 09:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 465
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Irvine Co. to Develop New Community on Santiago Canyon Road

Between Jamboree and the CA-241/CA-261 toll roads.

Irvine Co. readies land in Orange for 1,180 new homes Orange County Register (ocregister.com)...
09-14-22, 09:35 PM
Replies: 1,977
Views: 207,389
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Finally, riding weather again! Yesterday I did my...

Finally, riding weather again! Yesterday I did my usual 25 mile loop to Irvine and back on my new 12-28 cassette.



Too few people wave, but sneering after losing is definitely uncalled for,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-22, 09:22 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,365
Posted By SoSmellyAir

They do. At least the deeper CF wheels make a...

They do. At least the deeper CF wheels make a froosh sound which sounds faster.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-22, 12:50 AM
Replies: 479
Views: 10,578
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Don't Wax the Quick Link?

Polaris OBark yaw If I don't wax the chain with the Quick Link in place, would there be too much wax on the inner plates for me to install the Quick Link later?

For reference, I am using plain...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-22, 01:12 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 4,278
Posted By SoSmellyAir

True! Yes, I find that my feet slide...

True!



Yes, I find that my feet slide around slightly when climbing out of the saddle on flat pedals with pins. That is why I have been planning to go clipless.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-22, 10:25 AM
Replies: 479
Views: 10,578
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I clamp an old wooden broom handle in my Feedback...

I clamp an old wooden broom handle in my Feedback Sports Ultralight work stand, rotate the clamp so that the broom handle is horizontal (and parallel to the ground). I drape the chain over the broom...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-22, 04:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 213
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Then I have a difficult time believing that it is...

Then I have a difficult time believing that it is 8 kg approx.

[/QUOTE]My insem lenght is 74, how can I use it to check if this frame/size fits me?[/QUOTE]

There is no direct correlation. You...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-22, 11:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 213
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Yes, that seems to be a good price for a Synapse...

Yes, that seems to be a good price for a Synapse Carbon 105 in good condition.



As just one point of reference, I am 178 cm and ride a 2017 Synapse Carbon in size 54. However, I must also note...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-22, 11:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 847
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Now that you have clarified that it is 3/4 (not...

Now that you have clarified that it is 3/4 (not 2/3 as originally stated), then yes, I suppose that is a bit high (at least in the $1,000 price range).



Many wheel builders break down the price...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-22, 10:59 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 4,278
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Can one somehow fit Time ATAC cleats onto 3 hole...

Can one somehow fit Time ATAC cleats onto 3 hole (SPD-SL) shoes?

I was planning to go clipless this summer on (pre-Wahoo) Speedplay ultralight action, but two non-cycling feet injuries intervened....
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-22, 10:49 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 847
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I don't know much about Psimet's (or any other...

I don't know much about Psimet's (or any other wheel builders') pricing for a standalone rear wheel, since I always shop for a wheelset, but disagree with the premise of your question, i.e., that it...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-22, 09:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 847
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Psimet2001 is knowledgeable as heck and I would...

Psimet2001 is knowledgeable as heck and I would have bought his wheels, but I was (and still am) strangely fixated on having wheels with straight pull spokes. I cannot explain why.
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