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Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-22, 03:08 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 4,240
Posted By aliasfox

I hate to be the one to say it, but I think it...

I hate to be the one to say it, but I think it might be time that this thread gets closed. I'm not sure the original premise was positioned in a way that allowed for good discourse, and while the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-22, 02:06 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 725
Posted By aliasfox

That's the one! It's not the longest climb, but...

That's the one! It's not the longest climb, but it has a grade that just won't quit! That said, rising up 800ft, almost straight up from the shoreline, is a magnificent site. I rode it twice as part...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-22, 12:47 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 725
Posted By aliasfox

A 30T ring might be too low if your cassette goes...

A 30T ring might be too low if your cassette goes up to a 30, but your cassette right now looks to be a 25T. 30/25 = a gear ratio of 1.2; that's pretty close to a 34/28 (1.21). It's also a lot...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-22, 11:47 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 725
Posted By aliasfox

Before changing out cassette or cranks, you may...

Before changing out cassette or cranks, you may want to double check how much wear is on the chain. A chain checker would do this, but a ruler should be able to tell you as well. If you put one pin...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-22, 09:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 543
Posted By aliasfox

Great! Is the current stem too long/short?

Great! Is the current stem too long/short?
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-22, 09:18 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,179
Posted By aliasfox

My reference point is the 18lbs Cannondale that I...

My reference point is the 18lbs Cannondale that I built up last year. NOS 2016 CAAD8 frame and fork for $500, SRAM Force drivetrain with a Praxis Zayante S crank, Campy Zonda wheels, entry level...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-22, 03:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 543
Posted By aliasfox

Weird, I didn't think anybody really used miles...

Weird, I didn't think anybody really used miles anymore, outside the US and a few instances in the UK.

Do you have to buy it before it gets to Morocco, or are you able to test ride it before...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-22, 02:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 543
Posted By aliasfox

Yes, you can replace the 105 if needed. I think...

Yes, you can replace the 105 if needed. I think 9-speed Sora, which is currently on the market, would be the drop-in replacement. However, if you're thinking that the 105 is high-mileage, and too old...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-22, 01:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 543
Posted By aliasfox

It looks like 9-speed 105, which puts the...

It looks like 9-speed 105, which puts the components at around 18 yrs old, IIRC? Ultegra went with the integrated axle crank and 10-speed in 2005, so I can't imagine 105 would've been that far...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-22, 06:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,043
Posted By aliasfox

Itís not just cycling shoes. Try going into your...

Itís not just cycling shoes. Try going into your typical store and ordering wide dress shoes - never in stock. I have a few Allen Edmonds that I rotated through when I went into the office, mainly...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-22, 08:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 973
Posted By aliasfox

That's not a Bianchi titanium, is it? My...

That's not a Bianchi titanium, is it?

My 2004 Bianchi Vigorelli lives in CA at my sister's house. I didn't get to take her out (the Bianchi) for a long while due to the pandemic, but made it out...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-22, 01:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 789
Posted By aliasfox

Please. Many of us have to work to be able to...

Please. Many of us have to work to be able to afford the toys (including bikes) that we want, and many of us have family obligations, as well. Not to mention we don't all live in climates where it's...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-22, 11:02 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 2,516
Posted By aliasfox

So, did 28 miles yesterday, including three laps...

So, did 28 miles yesterday, including three laps of Central Park. Didn't have anyone going my pace, so can't comment on that, but have a few other observations:

- I apparently pedal faster in real...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 12:08 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 2,516
Posted By aliasfox

The FD probably just needs a little limit...

The FD probably just needs a little limit adjustment - she's a new build, almost all of her 250 miles has been this year, in Manhattan. The FD cable went a bit slack a couple of weeks ago - I pulled...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 11:55 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 2,516
Posted By aliasfox

Who's worrying? Would love to ride more....

Who's worrying?

Would love to ride more. This job thing kind of gets in the way. As do sunset and rain.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 11:23 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 2,516
Posted By aliasfox

The horse **** below 72nd is ever present! As are...

The horse **** below 72nd is ever present! As are the tourists trying out city bikes at 4mph...

I'm definitely avoiding coasting for more than the few seconds it takes to get some water. I think I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-22, 12:17 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,601
Posted By aliasfox

Individual generational changes might not amount...

Individual generational changes might not amount to much, and you may not like some of them, but taken as a whole across time, things are definitely getting better. My R8000 crank is lighter and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-22, 02:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 442
Posted By aliasfox

Thanks! Just ordered the Michelin Light Primato...

Thanks! Just ordered the Michelin Light Primato 12-29 last night. Coincidentally, Light Bicycle sent me a few shots of my completed wheels this morning, so gratuitous wheel shot here :-)...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-22, 06:42 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,578
Posted By aliasfox

Oh - apologies for writing that in a confusing...

Oh - apologies for writing that in a confusing manner. I DO NOT recommend going beyond the recommended limits for the tire or the rim. What I meant to say is that I've put my numbers into tire...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-22, 11:42 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,282
Posted By aliasfox

I have an 11-34 HG800 cassette, mated to a 50-34...

I have an 11-34 HG800 cassette, mated to a 50-34 crank on my Lynskey. My biggest distaste for this combination are the 2-tooth gaps in the starting through cruising part of the cassette, the 13-19t...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-22, 08:20 AM
Replies: 1,402
Views: 328,183
Posted By aliasfox

Just bit the bullet. R45s laced to DT Swiss 240s...

Just bit the bullet. R45s laced to DT Swiss 240s via Sapim CX Rays, with red alloy nipples to match the red badge on my Lynskey.

Likely picking up a new cassette (SRAM-1170 11-28 or Ultegra...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-22, 06:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 877
Posted By aliasfox

One thing I learned while riding in The Bay Area...

One thing I learned while riding in The Bay Area last fall is that 55-60F weather isn't all the same. Cloudy, dreary, or blustery 55F on the east coast is for some reason much less pleasant than...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-09-22, 02:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 877
Posted By aliasfox

I spend winter with a bike on an old Minoura Mag...

I spend winter with a bike on an old Minoura Mag Trainer in the basement watching old TV shows on an iPad... so yes, not only happy that the first few weekends with 60F weather are starting to...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-28-22, 11:06 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,113
Posted By aliasfox

I just ordered a pair of Adidas Velosambas,...

I just ordered a pair of Adidas Velosambas, mainly because I saw them and I wanted them (not usually an impulse buyer). Will be good for shorter rides, or any ride where I may expect to walk around a...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-21, 02:43 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,043
Posted By aliasfox

+1 on white vinegar. Regardless of what it is -...

+1 on white vinegar. Regardless of what it is - cycling gear, running gear, working in the yard gear - I'll run the wash with vinegar first, then run again with detergent. The acid in the vinegar...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-13-21, 03:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,318
Posted By aliasfox

Well, here's an update: Wheels: Ended up...

Well, here's an update:

Wheels:
Ended up picking Campagnolo Zondas. With skewers, they came it just over 1700g. Nice looking wheels, and spin up faster than the Vision wheels.

Drivetrain:...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,688
Posted By aliasfox

Yes, there really shouldn't be any changes. the...

Yes, there really shouldn't be any changes. the PG-1170 is a drop-in replacement for Shimano 11-speed systems.

As for chain length, as long as your minimum number of teeth are the same (11t back,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-21, 11:23 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,688
Posted By aliasfox

I've been riding a lot of rail trails this year,...

I've been riding a lot of rail trails this year, and have come to the same conclusion - the 11-34 (HG800, in my case) has a lot of gears at the top end that I don't use. But the 11-28 or 11-30 don't...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-21, 09:12 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,340
Posted By aliasfox

Lynskey's lineup (R300, R500, Sportive, Helix...

Lynskey's lineup (R300, R500, Sportive, Helix models) are all BSA threaded, I believe.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,087
Posted By aliasfox

These conversations about prices do make me...

These conversations about prices do make me regret not buying up stocks of leftovers at the end of 2019 - I remember seeing ads at NYC bike shops where one could get a CAAD10 w/105 for $1000 out the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,926
Posted By aliasfox

Geometry-wise, it's definitely on the Endurance...

Geometry-wise, it's definitely on the Endurance end. That said, definitely test ride it. I rented a Roubaix Comp Di2 back in 2019, and it wasn't really the bike for me - ambivalent about the disc...
08-25-21, 06:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,286
Posted By aliasfox

When I worked at a couple of shops, there was...

When I worked at a couple of shops, there was usually one head mechanic who could do just about everything from fitting a customer to lacing wheels. Then there were usually one or two guys who could...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-21, 07:20 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,087
Posted By aliasfox

At 2k miles per year, you will definitely...

At 2k miles per year, you will definitely appreciate better shifting and tighter tolerances. I actually have trouble getting in ~1000-1500 miles per year, but I appreciate my Ultegra bikes when I'm...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,918
Posted By aliasfox

I think I remember seeing that bike, new, in the...

I think I remember seeing that bike, new, in the 1999 Trek catalog - remember those? Sheets of paper stapled together into a little book?

Anyway, as much as I wanted one of those (or a 1998 Klein...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-21, 09:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,465
Posted By aliasfox

My understanding is that you should always have a...

My understanding is that you should always have a spacer above your stem for a carbon fiber steerer. The issue (as I've read) is that if you put the top bolt of the stem too close to the edge of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-21, 02:51 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,711
Posted By aliasfox

There's definitely a bit of street riding to get...

There's definitely a bit of street riding to get to the West Side Greenway, even if you dive east under the bridges and go past South Street Seaport. Stopping and starting at intersections is...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-21, 09:34 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,711
Posted By aliasfox

You say you're riding in NYC - are you riding...

You say you're riding in NYC - are you riding surface streets, laps of Central Park, or Greenways? Surface streets and greenways have a lot of stop and go, especially if you're trying to keep pace...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-21, 09:19 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,622
Posted By aliasfox

I want to thank everyone for contributing their...

I want to thank everyone for contributing their suggestions. I ended up picking the Zondas earlier this evening:
- Reviews say they're stiff and fast
- Consensus here on BF is that the cup/cone...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-21, 11:05 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,095
Posted By aliasfox

PBK has GP5Ks for $80/pair, and Rubinos for...

PBK has GP5Ks for $80/pair, and Rubinos for $67/pair. I still have an old Rubino, a GP4k, and an Ultra Sport 2 lying around, so none for me right now, but I think $40/each for GP5Ks is pretty good -...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-21, 04:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,508
Posted By aliasfox

I like this. On my Lynskey, depending on terrain,...

I like this. On my Lynskey, depending on terrain, I'm in the 15, 17, or 19 tooth cog in the back. Mind you, this is all on -0.5% through 0.5% grades, so practically flat. Depending on wind (and how I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-06-21, 07:48 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,564
Posted By aliasfox

That's a level of configuration that no shop will...

That's a level of configuration that no shop will want to deal with. My last experience working in bike shops was back in high school/college, but I can't imagine it's that different these days: A...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-21, 11:42 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,689
Posted By aliasfox

I've wanted a cassette with different ratios....

I've wanted a cassette with different ratios. It's weird - my older bike has an Ultegra triple, lowest gear is 32-27; the Lynskey, with its double, has a 34-34 low end. I rarely granny-geared it on...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-21, 01:09 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,689
Posted By aliasfox

Nobody's suggested it. Though to be honest, were...

Nobody's suggested it. Though to be honest, were I to change cranks, I'd probably splurge on a power meter and not save any weight.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-21, 07:17 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,689
Posted By aliasfox

Brainstorm: Help me save 1000g!

Before people jump down my throat here - this isn't for performance. Not trying to go faster with this, and I know the best way to go faster is to shed that off my 185lbs body and hold a better aero...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-11-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 926
Posted By aliasfox

I think the best bet is to more or less see who...

I think the best bet is to more or less see who has the bikes you want, in your size, and is willing to work with you to adjust fit. For your riding, you're likely looking at the endurance lines for...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-19-21, 03:39 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,344
Posted By aliasfox

If the vaccines get distributed as they plan and...

If the vaccines get distributed as they plan and no truly vaccine resistant COVID variant surfaces, I expect we’re likely to see a flood of lightly used mid-priced bikes hit the market sometime...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-20, 12:38 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 9,626
Posted By aliasfox

If you're comparing low end to high end in the...

If you're comparing low end to high end in the same brand and product family, you'll generally get lighter weight and more aero as you go up the scale. Different carbon fiber can help with that (ie,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-20, 12:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,428
Posted By aliasfox

I actually have Look X-Tracks on my Lynskey,...

I actually have Look X-Tracks on my Lynskey, because I wanted to use the same shoes I already had - and I have Shimano PD-M5x0 on my Bianchi, which came off of my Giant mountain bike from high...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-20, 10:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,057
Posted By aliasfox

According to roadbikereview, The DT Swiss RR 1850...

According to roadbikereview, The DT Swiss RR 1850 is a 1850g wheelset, with 19mm outer width and ~31mm tall rims, with bladed spokes. You can probably gain a bit of width on the rim (aiding comfort),...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-20, 10:10 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,581
Posted By aliasfox

I tried the Synthe and the Cinder, ended up with...

I tried the Synthe and the Cinder, ended up with the Syntax. I remember that they all fit similarly on my very round/wide head. My budget didnít really stretch to the Synthe, and while the Cinder...
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