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  1. kuss

    SRAM Red vs Red-Black

    Right, sorry, I wasn't clear. I know they are the same functionally, but they do not LOOK the same, right? The Red-Black shifter is actually BLACK and the Red shifter is NOT BLACK, right? I want the black one. I ordered Red-Black and I think I got the Red shifter (it looks like very...
  2. kuss

    SRAM Red vs Red-Black

    Comparing the two 2011 road groups (not the new SRAM ergo stuff), can anybody tell me if the shifters are identical? I had an eBay seller tell me that they were. I was under the impression that the Red-Black shifters were, well, black. Not carbon looking like the regular group. Can anybody...
  3. kuss

    SRAM Red vs Red-Black

    Comparing the two 2011 road groups (not the new SRAM ergo stuff), can anybody tell me if the shifters are identical? I had an eBay seller tell me that they were. I was under the impression that the Red-Black shifters were, well, black. Not carbon looking like the regular group. Can anybody...
  4. kuss

    Roadie has lighting questions, mount to FSA K-wing??

    Depends on time of year!! With Daylights Savings, sometimes it's 2 hrs of darkness, sometimes just one... So no huge battery requirements...
  5. kuss

    Roadie has lighting questions, mount to FSA K-wing??

    Try searching a cycling forum for "light"... you might as well hit home. I have 2 questions. #1, I am going to start riding earlier (before dawn) since work and family demand all my sunlit hours. My normal route is 2-3 hours consisting of mostly streetlamp-lit surface streets through the...
  6. kuss

    Need a hill route, Newport Bch, CA

    I'll be out in the Newport Beach area for 2 weeks at the beginning of August, looking for a route with hills, relatively safe traffic-wise for early morning rides. Anything 30-70 miles would be great. Just don't know the area at all, looks like some contour lines to the south down the coast??
  7. kuss

    Fondriest bikes

    My dad has a carbon fiber Fondriest, not sure of the model name, and he swears by it. This is a guy who has rode for 30+ years on every type of material, steel, ti, alum, alum/carbon, and now the Fondriest carbon. He's a very serious rider, has won masters level world championships... for...
  8. kuss

    Where do you store your bike?

    I bought a $30 oak wall rack from CO cyclist, then convinced my wife it was the nicest piece of art we own and should be on the wall... albeit in the "office" (spare bedroom)... good enough for me! Nothing like leaving from the front door on a cold morning, that garage floor can get cold!!
  9. kuss

    "Compact" cranks - front derailleur issue?

    I'm putting the FSA compact (50-34) crankset on my new frame. Everything else will be Record-10. The standard Record front derailleur will work, right? I ask because now Campy is coming out with a compact crank for 2005 and they are marketing a new front derailleur to go with it... thanks...
  10. kuss

    Best internet shopping in the USA?

    I've always had great luck with www.coloradocyclist.com as far as wheel building goes...
  11. kuss

    What stem do you use w/ your K-wing??

    OK, been checking out the FSA website and there are too many stem choices! K-Force: carbon, 160g K-Force Lite: carbon, 135g OS-115: alum, 138g ... and 3 other heavier aluminums... I ask because I noticed Saeco uses the OS-115 with the K-wing... any reason not to use a carbon stem other...
  12. kuss

    FSA K-wing or Easton Equipe?

    Thanks all for the input. Did any of you with the K-wing look at the Equipe and decide against it? Also, it appears that FSA now has a computer mount for the K-wing http://www.fullspeedahead.com/fly.aspx?layout=product&taxid=41&pid=241
  13. kuss

    FSA K-wing or Easton Equipe?

    This is for a road bike, no tris or racing, but alot of climbing and the occasional century. I'm definitely going with a carbon bar, leaning towards the Equipe but thinking about the K-wing because I might be able to get a deal... I like the traditional shape of the Equipe, just looking for...
  14. kuss

    Don't start out by buying a $5000 bike

    I agree in theory and it worked out for me. But I was lucky that my dad is a real experienced cyclist and I was able to start out on some of his older frames, primarily a steel DeRosa. Most of us get into cycling because we know someone who loves it... maybe if you're lucky like me, you can...