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  1. Stanners77

    A cheap folding tyre

    I don't think it's so much the roads - I'm just uber anal about maintaining them. I check the pressure 2-3 times a week and keep them at max. (120psi). I check them for glass and debris after most rides. You'd be surprised how much you find that doesn't constitute an immediate puncture threat...
  2. Stanners77

    A cheap folding tyre

    It's a good thing for lbs's that they don't rely solely on tyre sales to stay afloat these days, huh? In my experience, Rubinos are poor - they get cuts quite easily. Michelins (I have not tried the Speedium variety) are generally v light but not very puncture resistant. My pick would be the...
  3. Stanners77

    A cheap folding tyre

    www.probikekit.com It works out roughly half price for most tyres, even at the top end of the spectrum. If you can get something like a lower end Continental tyre cheaply there, you may as well do so and leave the nasty cheap stuff on the lbs shelf... All the best, Stanners
  4. Stanners77

    Gold Coast Road Rides?

    Thanks for the replies guys! I sincerely hope Fraggle is exaggerating the part about a 45km/h average! Do you really mean that you check your speedo after the ride and it will say the average for the total ride is 45km/h or is that just the pace it 'gets to' in the latter part of the ride...
  5. Stanners77

    Gold Coast Road Rides?

    Hi all, I'm a Melbourne roadie, moving up north to study at Bond Uni in Jan '07. Since I can't take my beloved Beach Rd with me, I need to get the low down on the popular routes and bunch rides on the Gold Coast. Anyone with any info please respond! (I'll probably be living close to the...
  6. Stanners77

    Beach Road Cyclist - Clearway Campaign

    Knock yourself out, pal. If you decide you want to take up the whole left lane in peak hour and completely p*ss off hundreds of motorists, please - don't let my opions hold you back. Sure, any cyclist with some nouse takes up as much as possible of the left lane for safety when riding solo, but...
  7. Stanners77

    Beach Road Cyclist - Clearway Campaign

    I think the moral of the story is that you're never going to please everyone. I agree that a clearway 6-10am at weekends is a good compromise, as you should endeavour to ride as early as possible anyway. I think it's become an unwritten rule (although some do ignore it) that you should be off...
  8. Stanners77

    Beach Road Cyclist - Clearway Campaign

    Really? I don't think the time of day has anything to do with it :D . I reckon big bunches are ALWAYS potentially dangerous unless you're at the front! Unless of course they need to overtake a parked car that is!:) In my view, the main problem is that bunches make no effort to signal that they...
  9. Stanners77

    Beach Road Cyclist - Clearway Campaign

    Hi all, Please see below an extract from the lastest St Kilda Cycling Club newsletter: CLEARWAY ON WORLD’S PREMIER CYCLING ROUTE On any given weekend – even in the middle of winter – thousands of cyclists use Beach Road for training and social rides. For the past three years Beach Road...
  10. Stanners77

    Entry level bike for women

    You could also try a few triathlete websites and clubs for something second hand. Plenty of triathletes buy a new ~$1,000 road bike and upgrade reasonably quickly once they're hooked on the sport... Oh, you might also want to check the gearing on the bike (number of teeth on the rear sprockets...
  11. Stanners77

    Ocr 0, 1

    Albert's dead right. You don't want to get stuck with a gear ratio that doesn't suit you. If the shop won't let you test ride at least two different bikes, they don't deserve your business... Good luck!
  12. Stanners77

    Ocr 0, 1

    Good question... Sizing up a bike can be as simple as throwing your leg over and pedalling or as complex as spending a few hundred dollars with a professional to get you into the most comfortable/efficient position possible. If you're just starting out, I'd focus on 3 basic things: 1. Seat...
  13. Stanners77

    Ocr 0, 1

    I agree. Definitely go for 10 speed. After 3 seasons, it's hardly 'new' technology any more, making anything 9 speed pretty much prehistoric equipment. Sad but true. It's just a shame this bike doesn't have the Ultegra crankset (IMHO the best part of this great groupset)... Something for you...
  14. Stanners77

    Pls help need some advise re new road bike

    All good points offer by Aussie and Rek... Cannondales are good quality bikes and I think the old 'Crack 'n' Fail' tag is bandied around undeservedly! However, I think that at 6'2" and 120kg the key issue is indeed the type of riding you intend on doing, which may or may not include serious...
  15. Stanners77

    what is a good brand/model of helmets?

    Specialized Decibel for mine...
  16. Stanners77

    Wheel building, wheelset options

    As per other comments... HELL YOU GUYS ARE KEEN... BUILDING YOUR OWN WHEELS!!! I commend you on your thirst for knowledge and eagerness to develop a skill that most people (including my good self) don't have the time or the inclination to do. Kudos to you! My thoughts on this thread are...
  17. Stanners77

    Mavic Ksyrium ES Wheels - Losing paint

    Hey all, I washed my bike today for the first time since upgrading my wheels to a set of Mavic Ksyrium ES's a few weeks ago. I always err on the side of caution with degreasers and I use Citro Clean (Citrus Degreaser) diluted in a bucket of Meguiar's car wash and warm water. To my horror...
  18. Stanners77

    Melbourne Roadie Gear Ratios?

    All interesting replies so far... I don't get out the the Dandenongs as often as I like (I'm in St Kilda) but this is going to change in the coming weeks... Not being in super shape (about 3 or 4 kgs over my 'fit' weight) I'll probably struggle a bit with the 39/23 combo but I guess it will do...
  19. Stanners77

    Melbourne Roadie Gear Ratios?

    I just wanted to do a bit of a poll to see what gear combos people are riding these days. I guess I'm most interested in comments from other Melbourne roadies but those in other states - feel free to post your two cents! Like most, I do plenty of Beach Rd with some climbing trips to...
  20. Stanners77

    Cycling computer

    The new Cateye Double Wireless computers are supposed to be pretty good (although battery life not outstanding. I have a wireless Shimano Flight Deck and can certainly recommend it. Cadence is certainly a great feature to have (a whole other discussion thread in itself) if your budget will...