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Old 10-09-23, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by datlas
Bike review. The Cannondale is clearly an entry level road bike but on the whole it’s perfectly fine. The handling is stable and predictable. The 8 speed Sora drivetrain shifts crisply and reliably, although a bit noisy in the bigger two cogs in back. My only minor gripe is the crap-quality brakes are nowhere near what I am used to. They clearly cheaped out on these to hit their price point.

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Maybe some better pads would help those stoppers?
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Highlights from the women's gravel race. Gravel World Championships 2023 [Highlights] (ladies) – Tiz-Cycling


I scrolled to the #3 mirror and it worked fine. The men's race is up in it's entirety, as well.

The top women used road shoes and pedals but no road bikes.
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Originally Posted by big john
Maybe some better pads would help those stoppers?
I expect so. If I owned this I would definitely get a set of Kool stop or Swiss stop or even Shimano pads.

Since it’s a rental I will just mention it when I return it but I doubt the rental place will appreciate the suggestion.
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Originally Posted by datlas
I expect so. If I owned this I would definitely get a set of Kool stop or Swiss stop or even Shimano pads.

Since it’s a rental I will just mention it when I return it but I doubt the rental place will appreciate the suggestion.
What day is your last ride here?
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Gravel World Championships 2023 [FULL RACE] – Tiz-Cycling

Says full race but it's not. Fantastic course!
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Originally Posted by big john
What day is your last ride here?
Wednesday. Plan is to do the 6:30AM La Grange ride up Mandeville Canyon, ride back to the apartment to shower/change into street clothes, ride rental back to downtown Santa Monica, take the Big Blue Bus to the apartment, and get ready to make our exit via LAX. Flight leaves Wednesday at 3PM.

It’s been a good trip so far.
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Originally Posted by big john
Maybe some better pads would help those stoppers?
I've been very pleased with the results from putting Kool Stop pads on my older bikes with single-pivot brakes. Not that I'd take them down an alpine pass or anything, but for my rides they're fine.
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Y'all talking about fall weather reminds me that we've been having typical October weather here, too. Three days in the 90s, followed by a day where it doesn't get quite so high before onshore flow takes over. Thursday, I rode outside, but Friday when I got to work with bike, clothes, etc. I realized I had forgotten to bring a water bottle. I figured 90 minutes at 90+ degrees with no water might not be a great idea, so I settled for riding ITG. I did Stage 1 of the Tour of Watopia on Zwift, the long ride (24"miles").

The garage is divided into the Pantry and the Shop, with the Shop having finished walls, floor, and ceiling and more electrical outlets than anyone has a right to. The Shop was the coolest room in the house, while the Pantry was the hottest - at least equal to ambient. So I closed the door, set up 3 fans, and rode. When I was done, I stepped out of the Shop, and the Pantry was COOLER! I must have raised the temp in the Shop by at least 5 degrees, not to mention the increase in Relative Humidity! It's a wonder there was no dewfall!

Saturday was the monthly C&V ride. We had a big crowd - 6 of us! - and the temps got into the 90s again. But I must be pretty well acclimated to the heat, because it never felt oppressive, even at 94 degrees climbing Canada Rd out of Woodside, with no breeze!
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
nice time- what was the temp and elevation change?
Thanks! Warmer than I'd have liked - cold on the way there but warmed up to 50* by the start and then up from there. Elevation +217 -164, profile is ugly with a starting descent and then uphill from 2.5miles to the finish. Net elevation gain due to finishing west of the start. However, running form metrics were outstanding and it's another big step closer to where I was. Today is a sore and stiff day though.
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I gotta start upping my mileage so I can finish off this tyre. I don't know if I have the patience to take it down to the cords...

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I’m here to brag about my kick-ass wife. She’s a marathoner and a perennial Boston qualifier, but has lately started getting into trails and ultras. Yesterday was the Midstate Massive Ultra and she did the 50K length. She came in second overall female!!! The winner was a professional trail runner and third place was ~30 minutes off my wife’s pace. She kept saying her training didn’t feel good but I knew she would settle into a groove and boy did she ever!

All in, 32.87mi, 3.2K of elevation in 5:26:XX. First in age group and 8th overall 50K finisher. So proud of and pumped for her.
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[QUOTE=big john;23037523]There are blowouts and there are ass whoopin's. Apologies to Billy D.[/QUOT
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Originally Posted by thin_concrete
I’m here to brag about my kick-ass wife. She’s a marathoner and a perennial Boston qualifier, but has lately started getting into trails and ultras. Yesterday was the Midstate Massive Ultra and she did the 50K length. She came in second overall female!!! The winner was a professional trail runner and third place was ~30 minutes off my wife’s pace. She kept saying her training didn’t feel good but I knew she would settle into a groove and boy did she ever!

All in, 32.87mi, 3.2K of elevation in 5:26:XX. So proud of and pumped for her.
Nice! If she's ever looking for something the American River Trail 50 (American River 50 Mile Endurance Run | NorCalUltras) in Folsom is excellent; AG did it this spring an it was great both for her and the spectators.
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Originally Posted by datlas
Bike review. The Cannondale is clearly an entry level road bike but on the whole it’s perfectly fine. The handling is stable and predictable. The 8 speed Sora drivetrain shifts crisply and reliably, although a bit noisy in the bigger two cogs in back. My only minor gripe is the crap-quality brakes are nowhere near what I am used to. They clearly cheaped out on these to hit their price point.

Brakes in question:


They might work better with the quick release closed. Just a thought
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
Nice! If she's ever looking for something the American River Trail 50 (American River 50 Mile Endurance Run | NorCalUltras) in Folsom is excellent; AG did it this spring an it was great both for her and the spectators.
I’ll have to let her know. I will say the vibe at the ultra for the spectators is amazing. I met her at two aid stations and the finish and it was very chill throughout. Much different than my tris and her marathons for sure.
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Originally Posted by TMonk
Not sure what the lever pull is like on Sora, but that is easily up-gradable by getting some used Ultegra or DA brakes, as I'm sure you're aware. Shimano brakes are the best IME, as far as rim brakes go.
I would argue TRP or THM but you can buy that cannondale for the cost of THM…….
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
They might work better with the quick release closed. Just a thought
The pads look close enough to the rim that the QR could be used as a bike lock.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
The pads look close enough to the rim that the QR could be used as a bike lock.
Could be. But could be a very simple fix. Of course with the qr closed and the adjusting screw adjusted, it might be six of one and half dozen of the other, until it comes tome to pull the wheel. As we all know, that can be a pain in a situation like this. But now we're off the subject and rambling.....
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Originally Posted by genejockey
The pads look close enough to the rim that the QR could be used as a bike lock.
Hill brake.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
Could be. But could be a very simple fix. Of course with the qr closed and the adjusting screw adjusted, it might be six of one and half dozen of the other, until it comes tome to pull the wheel. As we all know, that can be a pain in a situation like this.But now we're off the subject and rambling.....
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Oh, so THAT'S what this thread is about!
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
They might work better with the quick release closed. Just a thought
I had the same thought but flipping the QR locks the wheel up. So no.
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Finally finished watching the end of the men's gravel WC race. Great result for 43 year old Valverde, sprinting against Keegan Swenson. Swenson chose the wrong tires and went down twice and spent a lot of time chasing. Would have liked to see how he could have done without the falls. He destroys everybody in the U.S.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
Thanks! Warmer than I'd have liked - cold on the way there but warmed up to 50* by the start and then up from there. Elevation +217 -164, profile is ugly with a starting descent and then uphill from 2.5miles to the finish. Net elevation gain due to finishing west of the start. However, running form metrics were outstanding and it's another big step closer to where I was. Today is a sore and stiff day though.
Nice, last one I did was hot- 70 degrees at the start- with roughly 350 feet of climbing with a finish mile up a decent hill. I was doing great but had some pretty nasty foot pain about mile three and had to stop, take my shoe and sock off and sit for about 3 minutes
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This guy became mobile this week. From henceforth this week shall be known as hell week.
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There are blowouts and there are ass whoopin's. Apologies to Billy D.
No need, I've been telling people for a year now, Dak got to go. He should have been jettisoned the same time Zeke was.
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