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Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-08, 10:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 453
Posted By MSC

Modest upgrade (compact crank, compact bar) report - huge improvements

So, I took my first brief ride yesterday after debating and finally pursuing this summer's upgrades, along with having my bike (Litespeed Firenze 2004) fully overhauled. What a huge difference these...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-08, 11:40 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 316
Posted By MSC

New FSA compact bar: swap stem, too?

I have a new FSA Omega compact bar on the way, which I'll be installing on my '04 Litespeed Firenze as a replacement for an ITM Super Over 330. Currently, I'm running a Felt ST stem (like this one,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-14-08, 10:26 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,545
Posted By MSC

It's just what we did as kids. Ride bikes, all...

It's just what we did as kids. Ride bikes, all the time.

But this helped, too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs02oztH0S4
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-08, 10:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 642
Posted By MSC

Perhaps, but then we should all ride Sora, right?...

Perhaps, but then we should all ride Sora, right? Of course, the R4550, R600, Ritchey, and my 6500 are all quality components. The question is, are there any noticeable differences (even if they're...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-08, 09:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 642
Posted By MSC

Yes, I've seen that Tiagra/4550 deal in PBK. ...

Yes, I've seen that Tiagra/4550 deal in PBK. Seems almost too good to pass up, but am I sacrificing quality/stiffness in going to that from Ultegra 6500? The Shimano specs show that the outer...
08-13-08, 07:50 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 980
Posted By MSC

Compact crank/bottom bracket: Ritchey WCS 110V vs. Shimano R600 vs. Shimano Ultegra?

Hi all,

I'm currently running Ultegra 9 (39/53 in front, 12-25 in back) on my 2004 Litespeed Firenze. I'm replacing the cassette with an Ultegra 12-27, but I'd also like to go compact up front....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-08, 12:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 642
Posted By MSC

Ritchey WCS 110 V compact vs. Shimano R600?

I'm currently running Ultegra 9 (39/53 in front, 12-25 in back) on my 2004 Litespeed Firenze. I'm replacing the cassette with an Ultegra 12-27, but I'd also like to go compact up front. After much...
Forum: Great Lakes
08-05-08, 09:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,482
Posted By MSC

These posts are extremely helpful - thanks for...

These posts are extremely helpful - thanks for the tips!
Forum: Great Lakes
08-04-08, 02:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,482
Posted By MSC

Best shop for service in Madison, WI?

Hi all,

I'm looking for advice on the bike shops in Madison. It will be time to give the 3-year old Litespeed a full overhaul come the fall. With two little ones running about, I don't really have...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-08, 02:20 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 195
Posted By MSC

Best shop for service in Madison, WI?

Hi all,

I'm looking for advice on the bike shops in Madison. It will be time to give the 3-year old Litespeed a full overhaul come the fall. With two little ones running about, I don't really...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-08, 11:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,901
Posted By MSC

Shimano compact cranks: R700 vs. R600 vs. R4550. How much difference (really)?

In the hopes of making an informed decision about a possible compact crank upgrade, I've been searching through the many threads on Shimano compact cranks here, as well as browsing Shimano's website....
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-08, 12:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 366
Posted By MSC

Compact crank vs. new cassette?

Speed at 80 RPM
50-34/12-25 53-39/12-25 53-39/12-27

50 34 53 39 53 39
12 26.1 17.7 12 27.6 20.3 12 27.6 20.3
13 24.1 16.4 13 25.5 18.8 13 25.5 18.8...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-07, 12:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,647
Posted By MSC

To answer the original question: I'm not...

To answer the original question:

I'm not sure on used prices, but new 2004 and 2005 (all Ultegra) Firenzes, like mine, were usually listed at ~$2000. I got my 2004 new in June '05 for $1800. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-07, 11:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 628
Posted By MSC

I've ordered gloves from them before, with no...

I've ordered gloves from them before, with no problems. Great deal, ordering/shipping with no problems. Most online LBS sites that stock Specialized don't ship, so this is one of the only ways to...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-07, 10:55 AM
Replies: 288
Views: 27,300
Posted By MSC

+1 on the Terry Falcon. Just replaced my...

+1 on the Terry Falcon. Just replaced my Performance Forte Pro SLX with it, and all the numbness/pain problems disappeared. Turns out the narrow 130mm saddles don't fit me. I've had good success...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-07, 08:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,226
Posted By MSC

Bolle Paroles. 4 interchangeable lens colors,...

Bolle Paroles. 4 interchangeable lens colors, and the inserts fit nicely. A bit large and bulky, but I've had them for 3 years and they've worked great.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-07, 11:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 630
Posted By MSC

Great deals on carbon road shoes - but which one?

I'm looking for a new pair of road shoes to pair with my Crank Brothers Quattros. I'm currently using Pearl Izumi Vagabond III's, which are fine (fairly stiff, no hot spots), but not wearing...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-28-07, 09:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 664
Posted By MSC

Handlebar upgrade - wing/not, shallow/not, Easton/FSA/other, etc.

Hi all,

I'm looking to upgrade to a new set of allow handlebars. The stock ITM Super Over 330 (44 cm) on my Litespeed is fine on the hoods/tops, but not at all comfortable for me in the drops. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-06, 09:43 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,736
Posted By MSC

Hi all, Thanks to everyone for the...

Hi all,

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. I'm glad to hear others like the Performance Ultras - I like my shorts and my first thought was to go for the bibs. On the other hand, it might be...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-06, 10:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,736
Posted By MSC

In search of quality, affordable bibs

Hi all,

I'm looking for recommendations on a quality pair of bibs that doesn't break the bank. I'm using Performance Ultra and Elite shorts right now that have worn fine and been fairly...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-06, 09:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 800
Posted By MSC

+1 on the Bolles. Four different lens colors,...

+1 on the Bolles. Four different lens colors, comfortable and durable frames, insert that won't drive you crazy, and not too expensive.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-06, 09:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 758
Posted By MSC

"I am not to thrilled with the braking on my 105...

"I am not to thrilled with the braking on my 105 equipped Felt. What can be done to improve the braking? Are there any aftermarket brake pads to improve performance?"

Not sure what year your Felt...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-06, 05:11 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,873
Posted By MSC

Viperz, The Craft picture's misleading. The...

Viperz,

The Craft picture's misleading. The sleeves aren't that baggy on me - I'm 5'9" and the medium fit nicely in both length and sleeves.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-06, 01:38 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,873
Posted By MSC

Take a look at the Craft Courier jacket at...

Take a look at the Craft Courier jacket at GearWest (gearwest.com). $55 with mesh vents in pits and back. It's a hybrid bike/XC ski/run jacket, but I just got one and love it. Quality and features...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-06, 01:28 PM
Replies: 3,119
Views: 937,324
Posted By MSC

Aw, c'mon Viper. You killed the thread right off...

Aw, c'mon Viper. You killed the thread right off the bat! It's possible there's never been a Ti bike as beautiful as that Tuscany of yours. My Firenze with Ultegra, which I love dearly and have...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-06, 10:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,761
Posted By MSC

Here's one more vote for the Firenze. Don't...

Here's one more vote for the Firenze. Don't believe the hype/criticism about it being "flexy" - it's not the stiffest frame in the world, but by no means is it flexy (check out the 2004 bikes on...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-09-06, 11:06 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,830
Posted By MSC

+1 on the Vagabond II mountain shoes for the...

+1 on the Vagabond II mountain shoes for the road. Great shoes, stiff as you'll find at that price point, and they really are identical to the road shoes - except that you don't have to slip and...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-08-06, 10:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 774
Posted By MSC

I've got non-bit shorts in each type. The Ultra...

I've got non-bit shorts in each type. The Ultra fabric is nicer and it has more panels than the Elite, but I find the Elite chamois more comfortable. This is largely due to the fact that the Ultras...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-06, 11:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 743
Posted By MSC

Dave: You'll want the medium. My Pearl Izumi...

Dave: You'll want the medium. My Pearl Izumi jerseys fit like Performance - both mediums in the 38-40 chest range. My Giordana jersey is a large/size 4 but is tighter than the other two.
12-26-05, 09:01 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 445
Posted By MSC

Early 80s Raleigh Gran Sport?

Hi all,

I've been riding this old Raleigh for several years, mostly as my commuter bike, but I've never been able to identify its age (my cousin, who gave it to me said it was early 80s, but was...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-05, 09:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 395
Posted By MSC

Cycling in Princeton, NJ...

Hi all,

I'm moving next week from Boston (Cambridge) to Princeton, NJ. I've been riding seriously for about 4 years now, and I generally ride about 25-30 miles at least 3 times a week. If anyone...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-05, 08:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 679
Posted By MSC

Good coverage, comfortable, and have held up...

Good coverage, comfortable, and have held up pretty well. Mine came with 4 different lenses, but I only have used the grey/mirrored ones in the sun and the clear ones in cloudy conditions. Eyelash...
07-19-05, 01:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,418
Posted By MSC

Levi and Totschnig were co-leaders at the start,...

Levi and Totschnig were co-leaders at the start, and he himself said his goal was a top 5 finish. He's a much better TT'er than Mancebo, so odds are he finishes 5th, and he's notably better on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-05, 10:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 960
Posted By MSC

Serfas makes a nice one that I use. It fits very...

Serfas makes a nice one that I use. It fits very snugly to the seatpost/rails and doesn't move at all (attached properly, it has nowhere to go). It's also quite narrow (but still has enough room),...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-05, 01:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 339
Posted By MSC

Web stores' house brand saddles?

Just bought and tested a Terry Fly (the cheaper CrMo version) saddle on my new road bike, to replace the medieval torture device that passed as a stock saddle. I liked it quite a lot, but it's a bit...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-05, 10:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,350
Posted By MSC

Everyone will tell you this: buy what fits and...

Everyone will tell you this: buy what fits and rides best for you. They're right, of course, but I'll share my thoughts as I've just gone through this same experience and do a similar amount of...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-05, 08:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,373
Posted By MSC

Thanks for the note. Could I ask what other...

Thanks for the note. Could I ask what other bikes did you try before choosing the Litespeed? What made the difference for you?
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-05, 07:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,373
Posted By MSC

Fit was good on 52-53 cm bikes on all but the...

Fit was good on 52-53 cm bikes on all but the Felt, which was long in the top tube. The Trek and Cannondale's felt more natural, but I've never ridden a compact bike before and think maybe that's...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-05, 05:19 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,373
Posted By MSC

$1800-2000 road bike: buyer's advice

Hi all,

So the 30th birthday present will be a new road bike to FINALLY upgrade the trusty 1980s steel Raleigh Gran Sport. Great bike, especially for commuting, but not for the more serious road...
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