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Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-21, 12:58 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,126
Posted By tankist

Tried many dry and wax lubes. Too much work and...

Tried many dry and wax lubes. Too much work and results are not that good IMHO. Then tried Chain-L and liked it the best. Quiet, chain shifts well, apply once in about 3 weeks. Disclaimer - I do wipe...
05-27-21, 09:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 252
Posted By tankist

I highly recommend the SRAM tool for FR...

I highly recommend the SRAM tool for FR installation. It is a small plastic thingy that ensures DR is at the right angle and height. I had numerous chain drops after buying my bike from LBS. After...
05-12-21, 05:59 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,461
Posted By tankist

Absolutely. Also recommended are: a frame made...

Absolutely. Also recommended are: a frame made from lead pipes and a rusty chain
05-12-21, 03:45 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,461
Posted By tankist

If they make disc brakes as light, cheap and easy...

If they make disc brakes as light, cheap and easy to maintain as rim ones - then discs all the way. Until then each system has pros and cons.

Disclaimer: I have 3 bikes with Shimano Ultegra and...
03-17-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,144
Posted By tankist

20c

20c
02-20-21, 12:03 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,868
Posted By tankist

I have a Bianchi with Chorus and another bike...

I have a Bianchi with Chorus and another bike with Ultegra, both 11 speed. Campy stuff is beautiful and feels great, but expensive and finicky. It reminds me of Alfa Romeo. Shimano is utilitarian,...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-19-21, 11:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,694
Posted By tankist

I have one bike with Ultegra 11 sp mechanical and...

I have one bike with Ultegra 11 sp mechanical and another with Force eTap AXS 12 speed. Ultegra is cheaper and simple, I can fix almost anything myself. eTap is excellent ergonomically, reliable...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-09-21, 08:07 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 11,009
Posted By tankist

Contact point - how much the brake lever is moved...

Contact point - how much the brake lever is moved until the brake pads touch the rotor. I like it to be high, meaning the lever does not move much and hits the brake sooner. With rim brakes it is...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-09-21, 06:55 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 11,009
Posted By tankist

My systems are Shimano Ultegra 11 and Campagnolo...

My systems are Shimano Ultegra 11 and Campagnolo Chorus 11 for rim brakes vs SRAM Force eTap HRD 12 for discs. I asked the LBS to take a look at low contact point on the discs which I did not like....
Forum: Road Cycling
02-09-21, 06:14 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 11,009
Posted By tankist

I'm very curious how exactly is dealing with...

I'm very curious how exactly is dealing with rubbing or the opposite, low contact point, centering and bleeding is "much easier"? I've had rim brakes all my life until recently and they never were...
02-04-21, 01:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 691
Posted By tankist

I had a similar experience with Chorus 11 speed -...

I had a similar experience with Chorus 11 speed - Campy chain silent and KMC noisy. I just went back to Campy.
01-25-21, 10:44 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,130
Posted By tankist

I like Castellie and they are also quite small....

I like Castellie and they are also quite small. Italians must be Asians or something :)
01-19-21, 11:20 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,855
Posted By tankist

Relax, they have access to the best medical...

Relax, they have access to the best medical chemistry and fresh blood on the side.
01-15-21, 11:41 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 5,779
Posted By tankist

What percentage of American population is fit? US...

What percentage of American population is fit? US and Mexico are vying for the first place in the world for population obesity.
01-07-21, 11:58 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,358
Posted By tankist

Plug kits and a pump.

Plug kits and a pump.
01-05-21, 12:02 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,166
Posted By tankist

I also was thinking about getting a compressor...

I also was thinking about getting a compressor for my new bike with tubeless tires. But then I tried CO2 cartridges and they worked wonderfully. 16 g ones were enough to sit Hutchinson Sector 32 and...
12-25-20, 01:21 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,664
Posted By tankist

I alternate, I like symmetry and fairness. I also...

I alternate, I like symmetry and fairness. I also have SRAM Force eTap AXS and like that I use both hands equally to shift.
12-09-20, 03:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,180
Posted By tankist

SRAM documentation says they have 2 types of...

SRAM documentation says they have 2 types of brake pads - organic and metal. The former are quiet, but wear faster and stop slower. The latter are loud, but wear long and stop better. You pick.
11-09-20, 01:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 318
Posted By tankist

With Canyon bicycles you can try VeloFix to help...

With Canyon bicycles you can try VeloFix to help you with bike problems: https://www.canyon.com/en-us/customer-service/velofix.html
11-06-20, 07:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 813
Posted By tankist

San Francisco Bay Area, Danville

San Francisco Bay Area, Danville
11-06-20, 01:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 813
Posted By tankist

Thank you for the link to the SRAM manual, very...

Thank you for the link to the SRAM manual, very helpful.

Where can I find a decent bike shop in Bay Area? So far I had bad experiences with all 4 I've tried. In the process of fixing their...
11-05-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 813
Posted By tankist

Thank you for the video, I've seen it already....

Thank you for the video, I've seen it already. The levers are adjusted to their limits, but still I almost pinch my fingers when I brake.
11-04-20, 06:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 813
Posted By tankist

I saw some video, though it was in Russian and...

I saw some video, though it was in Russian and for Shimano brakes, that they fixed this problem by adding a bit more of brake fluid into the system. I do not understand why it is impossible to add...
11-04-20, 01:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 813
Posted By tankist

Increase contact point for eTap AXS hydro brakes

I have a very new Orbea bike with SRAM Force eTap AXS components. After a couple of weeks of riding the brakes levers come very close to the handlebar drops when applying brakes. The brakes feel...
10-28-20, 11:41 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,844
Posted By tankist

It made me work from home. Now instead of...

It made me work from home. Now instead of spending quality time commuting 3 hours a day I suffer riding my bikes twice as much as before.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-20, 10:29 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,726
Posted By tankist

I ride just for fun and hopefully good health on...

I ride just for fun and hopefully good health on more or less good asphalt roads. I live and ride in SF Bay Area with a lot of hills. From my experience climbing Mt. Diablo is noticeably easier on...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-20, 08:59 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,726
Posted By tankist

Thank you for the insightful answer. If the frame...

Thank you for the insightful answer. If the frame is only 20% of the weight what about other bike parts contributions to the final number - wheels, components, etc? Say, if I want the best bang for...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-20, 02:26 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,726
Posted By tankist

Any lightweight Ti bikes?

Does anybody weigh their road Ti bikes? My lousy Motobecane in size 59cm, Ultegra 11sp mechanical, rim brakes and alloy wheels Campy Shamal is about 8.5 kg. A Lynskey representative wrote me that...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-04-20, 10:53 PM
Replies: 20,093
Views: 4,436,617
Posted By tankist

Garmin 530. My 3 year old Garmin 520 reports...

Garmin 530. My 3 year old Garmin 520 reports incorrect climb numbers and sometimes resets itself during the ride. I tried to do the factory reset and now it is stuck on the Garmin Logo whenever I try...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-20, 05:14 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 12,640
Posted By tankist

I just tried the bouncing on the pedal experiment...

I just tried the bouncing on the pedal experiment with my 2 bikes: carbon Bianchi Infinito (61 cm) and Titanium Motobecane (59 cm). Nothing scientific, but I got an impression that the Bianchi flexed...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-20, 04:44 PM
Replies: 2,606
Views: 387,675
Posted By tankist

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Beer is mostly water, right?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-20, 10:19 PM
Replies: 3,016
Views: 855,640
Posted By tankist

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Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-20, 10:14 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 12,640
Posted By tankist

Would be interesting to see some link to these...

Would be interesting to see some link to these studies.

I have a carbon Bianchi Infinito with Campagnolo Chorus 11 speed and a Titanium Motobecane with Ultegra 6800 11 speed . The first one was...
09-29-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 951
Posted By tankist

Yeah, their site is an ancient design. But who...

Yeah, their site is an ancient design. But who cares if it works and saves them (and you) money?

I and 2 of my friends all bought titanium bikes from them more than 3 years ago. 2 roads and 1...
09-29-20, 04:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 951
Posted By tankist

Did you check bikesdirect.com? I bought my...

Did you check bikesdirect.com? I bought my titanium road bike with Ultegra there. After 3 years of riding it I'm still quite happy. It cost $2,700 at that time, now it is cheaper since it is rim...
09-29-20, 02:57 PM
Replies: 227
Views: 10,128
Posted By tankist

What about passing pedestrians? Yesterday in...

What about passing pedestrians? Yesterday in Pebble Beach, CA I saw how a cyclist shouted at a pedestrian who was about to cross a road. On a clearly marked pedestrian crossing. The cyclist startled...
09-23-20, 06:45 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,622
Posted By tankist

These are all personal preferences, not absolute...

These are all personal preferences, not absolute facts. I, for one, want an efficient sporty bike to ride on asphalt. And I want it to be clean. But I do not push my personal tastes on everybody here.
09-22-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,622
Posted By tankist

It is fascinating to read so many recommendations...

It is fascinating to read so many recommendations for gravel bikes regardless of any particular situation. For example, where I live I'll need to drive for some time to find gravel roads. And they...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 2,606
Views: 387,675
Posted By tankist

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Lone Cypress, Monterey, CA
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-20, 03:28 PM
Replies: 2,709
Views: 460,211
Posted By tankist

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Junction on Mt Diablo
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 11:15 PM
Replies: 2,606
Views: 387,675
Posted By tankist

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Near Monterey, CA
09-19-20, 11:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,285
Posted By tankist

Would you mind sharing your secret - how did you...

Would you mind sharing your secret - how did you apply it? I followed the instructions on the bottle but somehow got extra wax everywhere which quickly got dirty.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 11:55 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 7,177
Posted By tankist

Why do you think Moto is not worth fixing while...

Why do you think Moto is not worth fixing while Litespeed is? A genuine question. One of my bikes is Ti Moto and I like how it looks and how it rides. I've never tried Litespeed though.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-20, 11:18 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 7,177
Posted By tankist

My friend crashed badly his Ti Motobecane and the...

My friend crashed badly his Ti Motobecane and the downtube slightly bent and cracked. He could not find where to repair it for any reasonable money so he bought a new carbon bike. He chose carbon...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-20, 10:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,122
Posted By tankist

This is all very interesting, but the main...

This is all very interesting, but the main question remains - which system is the best? :)
09-14-20, 04:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,285
Posted By tankist

If I remember correctly Campagnolo manual says...

If I remember correctly Campagnolo manual says there should be 8 - 12 mm gap between chain and RD roller when the chain is on the smallest cog and the small chainring. You can search Internet for...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-20, 06:20 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 12,911
Posted By tankist

A Soviet-era Ural in early 70s. It was single...

A Soviet-era Ural in early 70s. It was single speed, made out of plumbing pipes it seemed and weighted about the same as me. I was the happiest boy riding it.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-20, 02:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,122
Posted By tankist

After a few years with Campagnolo I got a bike...

After a few years with Campagnolo I got a bike with Shimano. At first Shimano interface was weird but then I got accustomed. Every few weeks I change to the other bike and muscle memory works fine.
09-08-20, 05:47 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,834
Posted By tankist

I am 188 cm in height. I have 2 bikes - 61 cm and...

I am 188 cm in height. I have 2 bikes - 61 cm and 59 cm and I prefer the second. Even though my correct size is supposed to be 61.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-20, 09:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 882
Posted By tankist

If you can afford it - why not? Life is too short...

If you can afford it - why not? Life is too short to deprive yourself of little pleasures.
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