Recent content by rakkun



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    Wheelset around 1500g for under $USD900

    I don't see what's wrong with el cheapo wheels that provide performance. I'm now riding a pair of Xero Lite XR-1s (virtually identical to the Xero Centauri XCR-1s except for the spoke lacing and decals) and have gone about 6000km on them with only one event (a spoke breaking 150km into use...
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    Is My Chain.. Bent?

    Ok thanks for the feedback everyone, given me some ideas about how to approach this. heh. Will get it sorted out soon!
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    Is My Chain.. Bent?

    Hey everyone, thought I'ld post up a concern about my chain and see what you all have to say about it (thanks in advance!) I ride a 9-speed Ultegra grouppo that's about 3-4 years old and has around 5,000 miles on it. My chain snapped off on a climb 2 months back and I got it changed to a...
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    Calf muscles - is it worth working on them?

    hello....... This is a classic example of a forum thread gone wrong. The OP asks if he should be doing calf work, in his topic. He then asks two questions : 1) "Do calf muscles fitness/strength have a lot to do with on bike performance?" 2) "pro riders usually have great looking calves...
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    sore back without my miles

    wow that's the most whacked out advice I've heard for awhile.
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    Can a Bianchi Grizzly take road bike caliper brakes? + More

    Thanks again george, You really don't think I should be fiddling around with the wheels and the brakes? :D Admittedly, there's no real need to, but I suppose it might be a lot easier to keep with my mates on rides with the much much lower rotating weight (my wheels now weigh around 3 kilograms...
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    Can a Bianchi Grizzly take road bike caliper brakes? + More

    Thanks boudreaux and george for your opinions. boudreaux : I'm trying my best to work with what I have :) I like this frame a lot, and I really don't mind spending the time to work on it, if it's possible. I note that there's a hole up at the bridge between the seatstays, would that work in...
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    Can a Bianchi Grizzly take road bike caliper brakes? + More

    Hello everyone, I've been riding my a 2001ish Bianchi Grizzly (steel MTB hybridish frame) for awhile, and I've been thinking of making a jump to a more road-suitable configuration since I never go off-road. I'm currently riding on 26" wheels, and the big step that I'm considering...
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    No Alpe Duez this year?

    Hello M_A_F, I speak only English and Mandarin. I have bothered to spell the name of a landmark in the host country that has legend written all over it, despite my shortcoming in European linguistics. Bothering with spelling means a lot more than merely being anal. It reflects reverence and...
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    No Alpe Duez this year?

    Hello M_A_F, For starters, your misspelling of the alpine ski resort is searing on the eye. L'Alpe D'Huez it is. And, in the light of what you said, about this being LA's last TdF (" A little strange considering this is LA's final TdF. ")..... I don't see what else anyone could have...