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  1. dabac

    Barmitts.com and customer care

    Hi all, Don't really know where to put a supplier review. So if a moderator would like to move it, go ahead. Anyhow: I ordered a pair of bar mitts from barmitts.com. Delivery didn't go well. Took forever. But Barmitts.com stepped up and compensated me very nicely, despite USPS being the ones...
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    Help finding replacement for odd BB

    Hi all, There's a guy on a local site trying to find a replacement BB for his "Gazelle Olympic Race" road bike. Current BB looks like this: And sits in a BB shell that's about 39 mm inner diameter. 68 mm width. What's this version called, and where do you get a replacement? Other...
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    Another BB(length) choice question

    Hi guys, This is my first foray into Italian thread BBs, which means my earlier approach of either straight off replacements or test fitting stuff until it lines up isn't working for me, as I haven't got any parts apart from the take-off to tinker with. And what has come off is a bit suspect...
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    Training tips based on HRT data and race results?

    Hi all, I did a 60 mile MTB XC race this summer, got through on 4.14 averaging 89% of max heart rate. Seems like I put a decent effort in even if the time isn't much to brag about. If I'd like to squeeze by in less than 4 hours, is it possible to say anything sensible about how to train to...
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    Greasing cycle chain

    Read here:http://www.sheldonbrown.com/chains.html
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    What does cycling equipment include?

    Huh? Just start at the morning and think yourself through the day, note everything you'll be using. Maybe it's a bit chilly at first, so you might want some warm riding clothes. Then both you and the day warms up, so you want to shed a layer. You'll need something to drink soon. Means...
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    Lost link to special saddle

    Hi guys, I stumbled across an ad for a somehat special saddle some time ago, but apparently I didn't manage to save the link - so I'm hoping someone her emight be able to identify it for me. The overall impression was pretty much like a traditional saddle, but it consisted of an Y-shaped...
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    dodgy knees - gotta get some strength back

    Hi all, In an effort to improve things with my dodgy knees I've worked rather dilligently on improving my spinning. I got shorter cranks, tweaked the gearing and every ride is a worship at the altar of cadence. So far it's beena mixed success I suppose. The knees are definitely happier...
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    spoke count concerns for XC wheels

    Hi guys, I'm looking at building up a new light-ish wheelset, but is having trouble deciding on spoke count. Last pair was 36H rear and 32H front, which held up really well. Finding 32H stuff is easy, but the color/weight range I'm looking at doesn't seem to have any 36H. Question is...
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    Anyone familiar with LINUS wheels?

    Hi guys, Came across an ad for a pair of wheels featuring Linus DSS hubs and Linus Disc rims. I did try googling them but all I get is hits for bikes that come with them, not anything about them as separate entities. Anyone here who knows anything about them? Overall quality...
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    Knees going weak

    Hi guys, I have some issues with my knees due to old overexertion injuries. To try to improve things I've switched to shorter cranks (from 175 to 170), and just about gotten religious about keeping the cadence up. I take my stretching exercises pretty seriously too. This seemed to improve...
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    rim replacement option for Mavic?

    Hi guys, I've got a Mavic ksyrium Elite rear with a badly busted rim, and is deb ating whether to bin it or to replace the rim. Replacement rims from Mavic are dangerously close to what a whole wheelset would cost 2nd hand, so I'm fishing around for options. I can get a rim for a shimano R500...
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    Help sourcing unusual part, 1 1/4" quill stem

    Hi guys, I'm looking for either a riser quill stem in 1 1/4, or an adapter from 1 1/4 quill to 1 1/8 threadless. Harris cyclery has the adapter, but poor order/shipping options for Europe. SJS cycles has stems, but none with enough rise. Can anyone help suggesting either a European source for...
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    Training for higher cadence - crank length

    Hi guys, About 6 months ago I discovered that I tend to ride at fairly low cadences (70-75). As my knees are kinda sensitive this seems like an unwise thing to do, so I've spent a few months now trying to rev up. This is going so-so. By now I'm getting into an average of 85 or so, which is...
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    Swapping internals in S-A hub?

    Hi guys, Are S-A hub shells identical across the range? Aided by this forum I've been toying with various ideas on how to improve the usefulness of a composite wheel with a 3-speed hub. And although I now have a a fairly good idea on how to get a slightly wider range and a few more...
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    interleaving the spokes- what good does it actually do?

    Hi guys, Read some loose claims on another site about how beneficial it was for a 3X wheel to have the heads-in spoke go under the heads-out spoke at the last crossing. It didn't sound altogether credible. but it got me thinking - what good does the (lateral?) spoke crossing actually do? I...
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    Chain skipping under load(for no obvious reason)

    Hi guys, I built up a wheel around an old Sachs hub this winter. The cassette had been used before, but still looked good with no obvious changes in tooth shape. Anyhow, since this one is from way before shifting ramps and all that I figured I'd flip the sprockets over to be really certain that...
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    which generation Campys for bullhorn bars?

    Hi guys, I'm looking to buy some used Campy brifters for a bullhorn frankenbike commuter I'm putting together, and I'm a bit undecided about which generation to aim for. The rounded ones (post -97 or so) are said to be more comfy when riding on the hoods, which shouldn't be a concern for me...
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    Campy doubles and triples shifters?

    Hi guys. I'm looking to buy some used Campy shifters, but being very much a Campy rookie there are things that are quite unclear to me. Ebay lists some front shifters as being for doubles only, but looking at catalouges I don't see any current shifters that are listed as either double or triple...
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    expanding gear ratio on 3-speed revisited

    I'm resurrecting an old project of mine, which requires expanding the gear ratio of a 3 speed. Thanks to helpful posters I now have an idea on how to tackle the problem( adding a front tripple, or maybe even a front quad conversion), which tooth counts to use, and where to get the chainwheels...