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  1. bigringking

    Who got new toys for Christmas?

    easyrider...no, I am not.<br /><br />ouzo...I sincerely hope that in 20 years you are still as excited as you are now.
  2. bigringking

    Who got new toys for Christmas?

    Congratulations, Easyrider!
  3. bigringking

    Who got new toys for Christmas?

    Although the forum time is 1:17am on the 26th, here its 9:17am Christmas morning. <br /><br />Anybody get new bike toys? <br /><br />I received HED Alps wheels. Clinchers, 55mm deep, bladed Ti spokes, 1565 g.
  4. bigringking

    2004 Dura-Ace goes all the way to eleven?

    Whenever I (or anyone else, I would think) writes something, its understood its IMO. Who else's opinion would I be stating?<br /><br />nuff said...
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    2004 Dura-Ace goes all the way to eleven?

    Exactly!<br /><br />But when one criticizes another because of his gear ratio, crankset, or the direction his stem is pointed, IT IS personal to the guy on the other end. I sometimes harshly ridecule a couple of my riding buddies, but only when they do or say something stupid and bring it on...
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    2004 Dura-Ace goes all the way to eleven?

    Its my bike and I can have whatever I want.<br /><br />Nothing wrong with a third ring...if you already have one. If not, change the cassette, and maybe the inside chainring, to whatever is needed. Fitness has nothing to do with it. Changing a double crankset to a triple is trouble and...
  7. bigringking

    Campy vs. Shimano

    The difference is more pronounced in the US.<br /><br />A Record 10 group is about $350 more than DA, and Chorus 10 is $300 more than Ultegra.
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    Campy vs. Shimano

    I don't understand why everyone is so down on Shimano. Maybe they send their rejects and seconds to you developing nations. Here in the good old USA, I've never heard of the number of bad experiences like I see posted from other places. Maybe my friends and I have been lucky.<br /><br />I've...
  9. bigringking

    Chainwear

    you aren't very clear in your message. <br /><br />are you changing your bottom bracket, but have never changed your chain? if that's the case then I'd say you're long overdue! a bottom bracket, unless you **** it up somehow, should outlast several chains.<br /><br />mtb chain life depends...
  10. bigringking

    help!!!!!!!!!!!!

    rv is right in what he says...all those things will make it better, but upgrades cost real money. It would have been much better to have saved a little more and bought a &quot;more complete&quot; bike. <br /><br />Also...a carbon fork is a necessity if it doesn't already have one.
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    Cranks

    I ride 172.5, not because I'm shortish - I'm 1.85m - but because that's what the fit system said I needed.<br /><br />175s might give a little more leverage and you can extend your leg a little more at the bottom of your pedal stroke, but your knee bends more at the top.<br /><br />2.5mm might...
  12. bigringking

    Upgrading a new bike

    23s at higher pressure will be better; I run about 120#. But keep the 25s till they're worn out. At this point, they aren't the limiter.
  13. bigringking

    Upgrading a new bike

    OCR3...must weigh a ton.<br /><br />The most bang for your buck will be new, lightweight wheels. Rotational weight is more important than static weight. 23 tires are pretty much the clincher standard for road training and racing; smaller sizes primarily are used for TTs.<br /><br />You can...