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  1. tx_newbie

    Carbon compression plug question

    Hi. Just picked up a used bike with carbon fork/carbon compression plug. That spring sandwiched between the stem cap/base plate--what is it for, exactly? It seems to just sit between the cap and plate--Is it absolutely necessary to use? What happens if I ride without using the spring...
  2. tx_newbie

    Mavic FTS-L hubs--How durable?

    Hi. I'm looking for opinions/experience with the Mavic FTS-L hubs (as found on the Cosmic Carbone). How often do they need to be relubed for general maintenence (how many miles), and how many miles until the bushing needs replacement (or does it)? I'm considering a set of Carbones as a TT...
  3. tx_newbie

    rivnut placement in Houston

    Hi. Does anyone in the Houston area know a bike shop that can cleanly do a rivnut placement for an aluminum road frame? I've called around and most cannot; a few said they could, even though they had no idea what a rivnut is. I'm staying away from those places. Thanks
  4. tx_newbie

    USAC regulations

    Based on personal experiences, how stringent are officials at USAC-sanctioned events (individual time trial) RE: saddle setback and bottom bracket relationships? Talking about CAT 5 level. My saddle tip sits dead center over the center of the bottom bracket, clearly not the 5cm as stated in...
  5. tx_newbie

    Campy Vento vs Xero XR1

    Hi! Does anyone have any experience (personal or heresay...even theoretical) RE: Campy Vento wheelset vs. Xero XR1? My current wheelset (2004 Campy Vento) runs smooth and true, but I'm looking for something abit lighter (hilly centuries and club ITT). I'm trying to stay under $250...
  6. tx_newbie

    (Another) Forte Titan wheelset question

    Hi! Does anyone have any opinions regarding the hubset used in the Forte Titan wheelset? From searching this forum, I understand that the rims are (probably) rebadged Neuvation M28s with a better pricepoint... My specific question deals with the hubset. To me, they seem abit light and...
  7. tx_newbie

    Dented chainstay (pics)

    I have a dented driveside chainstay (cf pics)--Is this frame toast? The dent measures 1.5 x 1 cm in surface area, to a focal depth of 0.2cm; the overall angle of the chainstay still runs "true" and is not visibly compromised on the other side. There are no shears or other visible stress to...
  8. tx_newbie

    Dented or normal

    I've read on this forum about some aluminum frames having a 'pinched' area on the driveside of the seat-tube to accomodate some derailleurs. Is this illustrated in the attached pic? This is a used frame that I would like to build up...assuming it's not broken. Thanks
  9. tx_newbie

    Courage to ITT

    Any newer cyclists out there who've ITTed "just because?" I'm not (yet) a card-carrying member of the USCF, and have only been cycling for one-year (1900 miles) but I'm hooked. I definitely plan on TT next year, but a new TT series just popped up locally (small field; 20K, 600 ft of elevation)...
  10. tx_newbie

    Male rider, cockpit reach, WSD

    At what point in shortening a stem should I think, 'The cockpit is too big?' I ride a 52cm specialized allez elite (2005) with a 537mm virtual top tube, seat tube/head tube angle 74/72.5. I dropped the stem from 100 (+6 degree) to 70 (+8 degree) with 3 spacers. The cockpit reach is much...