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  1. frenk

    creaking PT SL hub

    Hi all, a couple of months ago I got a brand new PT SL that I laced 3x with 32 dt comp spokes to a dt rr 1.1 rim. Now the wheel started making a creaking/ticking noise when I pedal, not loud but I can hear it. I think I isolated the problem, IMO the noise comes from the spokes/hub flange...
  2. frenk

    Opinions on this file

    Hi all, here is the file from a race I did yesterday (powertap sl). The race was a little less than 20 km, starting with a steep hill, then a little flat, a second hill, some flat and a third very steep hill. Almost no downhill. I felt pretty well and I was definitely pushing to the limit, so...
  3. frenk

    questions about Powertap SL

    Hi all, After almost two years of trying to justify a powermeter I finally decided that I don't need to justify it, so I got a powertap sl :D The device is GREAT and so is cyclingpeaks (as a software engineer I say it's one of the most impressive sw I've seen lately). I have a couple of...
  4. frenk

    short trainings

    Hi all, life as student finished for me some days ago, I started a full-time job which makes training a bit more difficult. I work from 9am to 6pm, which means that I can train either early in the morning before 8.15 or in the evenig after 6.45. The duration allowed by sunlight is about the...
  5. frenk

    Particle pollution - how much is too much (to train)?

    Hi all, these days particle pollution has been extremely high around here (as high as 170 µg/m^3 for PM10 in some areas -- Laws here set a limit of 50 µg/m^3, beyond which they must do something, for ex. reduce speed limits on highways, etc.). A short introduction to particle pollution aka...
  6. frenk

    Share your training arsenal here (please)

    Hi all, for some months I've started adding structure to my training. I have read several times Joe Friel's book and many threads in this forum and on the wattage list, so now I guess I got the basics and a little more. What I find most difficult at this point is finding the right workout to...
  7. frenk

    heels down

    Watching some videos of me climbing this summer I noticed that I drop my heels quite a bit below level at the bottom of the stroke. This occurs in particular during high-intensity efforts, like uphill races. It looks like I pulls the pedal down with the heel more than pushing down on the pedal...
  8. frenk

    max cadence

    Until today the max speed I reached on my fixed gear (39x16) was a little less than 46km/h. Today I set my new record at 52.8 km/h which makes 172 rpm. I was spinning like hell on a short downhill. I guess I could do better with some more fixed gear training, but 200rpm seems very hard! What...
  9. frenk

    Is this safe? (vert. dropouts

    Hi everybody, I'm finishing my single speed project :D and I have a question. The frame has vertical dropouts but they allow a bit of adjustment. Now, to get the chain tension right, I have to insert the hub only partially in the dropouts. You can see some pictures here...
  10. frenk

    improving training

    Hi everybody, At the moment my main limiter is climbing (I mean climbing longish/quite steep hills). My training for climbing has always been the same: going to a long, hard climb (not too difficult to find something like 8km at 9% here), climb it at a steady pace (the higher pace I can keep for...
  11. frenk

    Look cx6 vs. Dura-Ace SPD-SL

    Look CX6 vs. Dura-Ace SPD-SL... I can get them at the same price and cannot decide... opinions please! TIA Francesco
  12. frenk

    where do you keep your heartrate monitor?

    Where do you keep your heartrate monitor? --another silly poll :p
  13. frenk

    Powerlink and CN-7701

    I couldn't find an answer to this question, and before taking risks I just want to be sure. Is it safe to use a SRAM Powerlink (9spd gold) with a Dura Ace CN-7701 chain? It seems to fit well, but I can open it really easily. So will it stay closed, even on bumps? If no, is there another...
  14. frenk

    freewheel - pawls

    Yesterday I removed the freewheel of my Campy Mirage 8s (a traditional hub) and I did a mistake. One of the three springs (the ones that holds the pawls, those little pieces that hold the wheel in one direction and let it go in the other one) gets destroyed. Now my wheel only have 2 pawls. The...
  15. frenk

    brakes upgrade

    Hi everybody! I've been reading this forums since long time but this is my first post. Here's the question: I'm riding a student-budget Pinarello cadore, steel frame, Campy Mirage (the old one, Ergopower but still with single-pivot calipers). For a new complete bike I'll have to wait one...
  16. frenk

    brakes upgrade

    Hi everybody! I've been reading this forums since long time but this is my first post. Here's the question: I'm riding a student-budget Pinarello cadore, steel frame, Campy Mirage (the old one, Ergopower but still with single-pivot calipers). For a new complete bike I'll have to wait one year...