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  1. roadhog

    which compact? (on a budget)

    I've decided to go compact (50/34). Currently running full ultegra 9 speed setup with a 53/39. My funds are somewhat limited and I'd like to keep it under $200 so I know my choices might be limited. Is it possible to get at least a 105-quality comparable crankset? I'm not loyal to any...
  2. roadhog

    swapping cranks - good time to change to 10?

    I'm currently running a full Ultegra group, 9-speed, conventional crank (53/39) with 12-25 cassette. For various reasons, I'm about to take the leap to a compact crankset (50/34) with 11-23 cassette. While nothing bothers me about running an "old school" 9-speed setup - I'm wondering if I...
  3. roadhog

    Grand Plans judged by expenditure. What gives?

    Does this phenomenon bother anybody else?.... Why is it that every time some grand new government plan or even aid package is announced it is almost always described in terms of expenditure... I contend this means very little at best to anyone really. Example. Headlines today report that the...
  4. roadhog

    motorpacing... what of it?

    Okay, so here's a question that has always bothered me...but have never asked because I was sure something obvious must not be occuring to me, but I still don't get it... What is the benefit of motor pacing? I often read of pros riding behind their coach's/wife's/friend's car at fast pace as...
  5. roadhog

    First Solo Century Chronicle (by accident)

    I have enjoyed reading stories of others' first century experiences, etc, so I thought I'd describe a tad of my experience from a few days ago in case others are about to try. Just rode my first century and did so solo and unorganized. I usually ride about 3-4 days a week with distances...
  6. roadhog

    Performance roof rack bike cover...

    I just purchased a car roof rack bike cover from Performance (the XPORT cover) which works on fork mounted roof racks. When it arrived it had a couple spots where the seams are not completely stiched together (about half inch hole in each spot). I'm going to return it as I'm sure the wind...
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    Road shoe with MTB shoe walking amenities?

    Apologize in advance if this is a stupid question... Is there such a thing as a road shoe that is also semi normal to walk in? Every road shoe I've seen (including my current pair) causes you to walk directly on the cleat when unmounted. Many mountain bike shoes have rubber treads that...
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    Magnet for mavic bladed spokes?

    I recently upgraded wheelsets to mavic ksyrium elite. I previously did not have bladed spokes, and I like my current computer. So I need to find a magnet to put on my new spokes to keep using my original computer. I've done minimal shopping around online, and all I can find is the Shimano...