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Road Cycling

Discussion in 'Pedal Powered' started by FrenchTart, 29 Jun 2016.

  1. One More Solo

    Capodecina

    Joined: 29 Dec 2004

    Posts: 15,927

    Location: Manchester

    I’ve been really happy with mine. On crap Cheshire roads I’ve been running them at 60psi and they’ve made a huge difference to ride comfort, especially given my frame is quite unforgiving.

    I’ve had a couple of small punctures that sealed fine and saved me stopping, and the one that didn’t was only because the Lifeline sealant is crap rather than a fault of the system. I’m a convert, you should see ride comfort as the primary gain rather than puncture protection. They’re like 100x more practical tubulars.
     
  2. Trox

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,866

    Location: Fife, Scotland

    Roads around here are poor in areas as well but running 20psi lower than my last set of tyres helps.

    I'm using Stan's Sealant, not sure how good it is but it was a coin flip between Stan's and schwalbe at the time.
     
  3. One More Solo

    Capodecina

    Joined: 29 Dec 2004

    Posts: 15,927

    Location: Manchester

    Stan’s and Orange seem to get equally good reviews so I’m going to try one of those next.
     
  4. SDK^

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 19,269

    With my speed my bike sounds like a car so people move out the way :)
     
  5. Berger

    Capodecina

    Joined: 22 May 2003

    Posts: 10,539

    Location: Wigan

    Temporarily n-1 :(
     
  6. Feek

    Commissario

    Joined: 16 Oct 2002

    Posts: 231,379

    Location: In the radio shack

    I'm starting to fancy a road bike so if you're giving it away.......... ;)
     
  7. Robzere31

    Mobster

    Joined: 20 Nov 2005

    Posts: 4,489

    Location: Redditch

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    Snapped the bolt in the headset compression top last night.......**** :(
    Ordered a new one but missing riding the Wiggle Tempest today.

    So annoyed with myself for such a basic mistake.
     
  8. Conanius

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 12,496

    Looking at getting a new commute bike.

    I think its probably between a Trek Checkpoint ALR 5, or a Genesis Croix-de-fer 30

    Will sort out some test rides, but just wondering if anyone has either and what their thoughts are...
     
  9. uv

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 16 May 2006

    Posts: 8,435

    Location: Manchester

    I don't have a CDF but I've got a Genesis Equilibrium and it's a lovely frameset imo.

    Have you thought about building your own? I paid less than those bikes for a Genesis frameset with Di2 hydraulic and deep section carbon so if you don't mind DIY it's definitely great value (maybe slightly less so since brexit).
     
  10. merlin

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 20,674

    Location: England

    Ok I've got my saddle sorted now - send me an email through trust. The arione is a R7 mang rails if that's what you're after.
     
  11. SDK^

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 19,269

    Ouch - very unlucky :(
     
  12. Conanius

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 12,496

    I haven't thought about building myself, but tbh I'm after low hassle. I'll almost certainly buy from a local shop and get them to service it.

    Foolish that may be, but with two little ones I simple don't have the time.
     
  13. Feek

    Commissario

    Joined: 16 Oct 2002

    Posts: 231,379

    Location: In the radio shack

    Only twenty miles today but a new high average speed for me, I'm slowly building it up. Boy was I sweaty afterwards!
     
  14. Jimbeam3678

    Capodecina

    Joined: 8 Dec 2002

    Posts: 18,185

    Location: North Yorkshire

    Not sure if you are overly concerned but I'd sort the privacy on Strava, with a little of bit thought you can work out where you live... Good to see the rides are getting faster
     
  15. Fusion

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 10,574

    Location: Notts

    Really enjoying the riding at the minute and noticing some good power and fitness gains, which is really making a difference. Weight seems to have plateaued, but everything else is improving, so it's all good!
     
  16. Berger

    Capodecina

    Joined: 22 May 2003

    Posts: 10,539

    Location: Wigan

    Don’t you just love tracking down clicks and creaks. Had a click when pedalling under load only. Already swapped wheels, skewers, cleaned up the chain, tried it by hand on the work stand and it was fine.

    Thought maybe BB or chainring bolts, however noticed the left pedal has a rattle that appears to be from the clip in rear body section (when spinning them over individually by hand, left hand pedal as I turn the right one in the stand so can adjust the RD) the bearings appear to be smooth.

    Fortunately I have a spare good set from my other bike I can borrow and test with! Fingers crossed it fixes it as untraceable noise is the worst!

    Edit: mine are exactly the same as this and they are the R540s. https://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-mechanics/1106431-spd-sl-pedals-rattling-noise.html
     
    Last edited: 22 Jul 2018
  17. Roady

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,058

    Location: Hereford

    Fully interchangeable. Everything of mine is Shimano but I constantly run SRAM PC1130 chains as I get 30% extra life out of them for 80% the cost of Shimano. Win:win.

    'up on the goods'. Love it :D

    Yup and those with their Dogma F10 XLITE's and beer bellies.

    Roady sick, not roadie sick? :D

    I'm on your level bud - running a gravel bike as a road bike! No shame in it, I let my legs do the talking and there's not many guys I ride with who can keep with me on the hills. An aero frame won't make much difference to you, aero and lighter wheels may. Although at your price point the only way to go carbon would be cheaper chinese import lottery (and on the cheaper end of carbon weight isn't really light). You might be better at looking around 'premium' alu wheelsets, Campag Zonda's/Hunt aero light etc. Although the won't be a huge amount lighter than what you're running, they'll be stiffer and 'feel' lighter/faster. Encouraging you to ride harder/faster, which is what you're after! If you also look for slightly wider internal rims (your PX ones are probably 17mm) you can also benefit from running wider tyres, with no speed loss. :)

    Almost exactly the same place my Arione is cracked right through! Not really rideable as think it would flex too much to judge fit...

    Then don't! Or do like I do... Very clicky freehub (Zipp) and ease as I overtake people... :D ;)

    Same! Although gives me a good excuse for not owning an aero bike... ;)

    30mm there are not many options. 28mm there are a few, 32mm there are far more!

    Tubeless may seem pointless, as around the 25mm (and slightly at 28mm) the pressures you need to run for comfort there is a very fine line to pinch puncture territory. That's around 60psi for me and I tend to run my rear 28mm gp2ksii higher than I'd like (75psi) just so when it drops I don't puncture. Usually find myself topping it up once it feels close, if it drops any lower pressure drops really fast and feels squishy quick. Can feel it bottom out occasionally and that's not hitting any real edges! A tyre with stronger sidewalls may hold up better and run at 60-65 without losing the air these continentals do. The Specialized Roubaix Pro's I ran through the last couple of winters would.

    What happened?! :(

    Rubbish but glad you got it out and it didn't happen when you where out riding! :)

    Not heard much about the Checkpoint but they are quite new.

    Croix are very well regarded but getting quite old now, should mean some good deals on them, or alternatives at the retail price point with better/newer specs.

    With a LBS doing any of the work for you, assume you've got one in mind or a good relationship with one? Speak to them and see what they recommend and what they're trying to push you towards, there will be good reasons (brands they carry/prefer/best margins on) but also do your own research. They may even have some quality trade-ins.
     
  18. UTmaniac

    Soldato

    Joined: 9 Nov 2005

    Posts: 6,212

    Location: Southampton

    Fight the heatwave, while power training up hills with extra weight... Add an additional cage mount to the bars/seatpost of your steed! ;)

    Now carrying three bottles, ~2.75 litres for rides over ~2 hours unless they are first thing on a "cool" morning with <18C at ~0700 (which hasn't happened often recently)... I've lost all the weight I lost by the new set of wheels, tubes and tyres until I sweat it off each ride! :eek: :D
     
  19. Roady

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,058

    Location: Hereford

    Went out yesterday afternoon just after 4 and it was baking hot! Dropped a jersey off I'd flogged and intended on doing a ~15 mile loop afterwards but it was so hot that even only 4-5 miles into it I'd drunk 90% of my 800ml bottle so sacked it off and headed home. Heading North-West the wind was like an oven, as soon as I turned South-West it was cooler. Too hot to be out putting some seated power efforts in! :o

    I've got a ringpull from Redbull for a free months Premium if anyone wants it? Only 1 per acct and already done one on mine. Competitive pricing, just trust me! ;)
     
  20. SDK^

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 19,269

    It’s not often that even the lightest, thinnest summer clothing is too much, even before you start riding.