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  1. biker7

    Servicing hubs and BB's....

    A question about servicing the hubs in particular on my new bike. I have a Campy G3 Vento wheelset. Can anybody confirm the hubs are sealed/have cartridge bearings and are not serviceable? If so, what is the maintenance drill if any? Replace the cartridge if they get noisy? Any grease...
  2. biker7

    Handlebar over front axle....

    Hi Guys, Hope everybody is enjoying the good spring weather that has been long overdue in the mid-west...I sure have. Have a few miles on my new buggy and have swapped out the long stock 130mm stem for a shorter one and now my handlebars is covering the front axle while on the hoods. Wonder...
  3. biker7

    Which seat is getting broken or broken in?

    Guys, Have a few short rides under my belt on my new sled and need some words of incouragement. Have to say this new Selle Italia XO Sudy on my Bike feels like I am wedging a triangular brick up my sit bones...:eek: pretty rough. The ride on the bike is wonderful BTW. I am resisting putting a...
  4. biker7

    How to fit a bicycle...

    Wanted to share one of the best written articles on bike fit I have read out on the web and I have read as others have conservatively hundreds of sometimes conflicting articles and can spout fit formulas ad nasseum. Being analytical by nature, it is easy to get caught up in the theoretical abyss...
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    Campy Veloce 10 speed Newb Adjustment Questions.....

    Gang, As mentioned, I have a new Campy Veloce 10 speed driveline on my new bike. Am trying to adjust it an get through the early cable stretch break in. Have a question about how the brifters work. In particular I find the front derailleur a bit perplexing because I have never seen the inside...
  6. biker7

    New shoes and pedals...

    Need a new pair of cycling shoes and pedals...and need some advice on cleat drilling. I am leaning toward the Mtn Bike shoes for their recessed cleats and am considering the Sidi Dominator 5 SPD style clipless design and matching pedals. The issue is I can order both the pedals and shoes on...
  7. biker7

    Does matter if you are 5 or 70 years young...

    it is always exciting to get a new bike. You guys have all graciously endured my comparison questions over the last few weeks for which I am grateful. I have had the itch for a new road bike and have pulled the trigger and am pretty stoked. I looked hard at a lot of bikes and am environmentally...
  8. biker7

    Helmet Bling....

    Gonna pony up for a new helmet in the spring and the Giro Pneumo seems to be a hell of a nice lid. The issue is...to bling or not to bling. What do you guys think? Be a Lance wanna bee and show the flag and apple pie or is the general consensus this is too transparent a statement and best to...
  9. biker7

    How to store bike between rides?....

    Hey Guys, Would like to ask how you keep your high price steeds upright when not in the saddle. I like to keep my bikes in the house where its dry and leaning them up against the wall is precarious at best as most road bikes do not have a kick stand. Would prefer a floor rack/stand (not a...
  10. biker7

    Calling all frame fairies....

    I know there are quite a few out there :p...so will open up the discussion/debate. There have been many references to the difference between conventional and new fangled compact frames with sloping top tube geometry. Want to take a deeper dive as I am considering a new bike and in particular the...
  11. biker7

    Trek 5000 Revisited...

    Gang, Will be heading to my LBS shortly...or perhaps more than one bike shop :) in pursuit of buying an '05 Trek 5000. I simply can't find a bike I like better nor can I build a better bike out of parts for less money. There are better bikes out there of course and a few members of this board...
  12. biker7

    Figuring out lastest frame sizing trend...

    Much has been written about frame size from crank center to top of top tube but wanted to poll the board as to top bar length or effective length with sloped top bars from seat tube center to steerer tube center relative to rider height. I am 6'1" and ride a 23 inch or 58.5 cm top bar length...
  13. biker7

    Purchase of Bianchi On-line...

    My LBS doesn't carry Bianchi and am leaning toward a Bianchi for my spring purchase. Does anybody know of reputable on-line source for Bianchi bikes that perhaps they have had good luck with? Thank you, George
  14. biker7

    Bianchi Giro versus Trek 2300

    Gang, My pursuit continues to find a road bike for the spring. :) So expanding my search a bit to include the vaunted Bianchi name. Aside from 105 versus Ultegra compoents...has anybody done an A to B comparison between the Giro and 2300? I have read some good things about the Giro with its...
  15. biker7

    2005 Trek 2300 Bontrager Race Wheels

    Gang, Am looking at a new Trek 2300 with stock Bontrager Race Wheels. I am 190 lbs and will likely be riding the bike all over, including over speed bumps (slowing down of course ;) ) and some less than stellar road condition...trying to avoid the bad stuff as much as possible. How robust is...
  16. biker7

    2005 Mercier Corvus

    Anybody have an opinion on the 105 equipped, Reynolds steel, Mercier Corvus? Seems like a lot of bike for the dollar and I am in the market for a nice but not too expensive road bike. Couldn't learn much in the archives and would appreciate any advice if someone owns one on this forum. My...
  17. biker7

    Orbea Aspin opinions...

    Gang, Would like the collective group's opinion on an 2003 Orbea Aspin bike with short seat tube. Bike is equipped with Campy Xenon group components and don't know where they rate in the scheme of Campy's line up or relative to say Shimano. Thanks for any and all opinions that know a bit about...
  18. biker7

    Removing handlebar support post....

    Hello, I am a lowly newb in a new realm and would greatly appreciate some advice from this great collection of cycling enthusiasts. I recently obtained a 1979 Schwinn Continental II big frame bike in relatively good shape and am going through it. Have a background in engineering and am...