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Anyone remember Rovals? Way ahead of their time!(8 posts)

Anyone remember Rovals? Way ahead of their time!Alpine
May 16, 2001 8:09 PM
Yeah the photo is from my time trial and triathlon days back in the eighties. One of my bikes used for the purpose. C Record crank with one ring, straight cogset and 180psi Conti GP sewups on Rovals. These wheels were used heavily in during the first years of the RAAM. I think `82 or `83 was the first year for that race.
re: Anyone remember Rovals? Way ahead of their time!dustin73
May 16, 2001 9:27 PM
good god, 180psi? i bet that felt wonderful...and must've been real easy to pump up...
sure, 180Alpine
May 16, 2001 10:25 PM
Actually the tires are still being made if I'm not mistaken and I'm sure others are rated at that pressure.
Did you ever wonder why Silca floor pump guages go up to 220 psi? There are plenty of folks that don't stop at the tire's 180 rating.
track tires....brian n
May 17, 2001 7:46 AM
i get my track tires up to about 190 psi...

you can't do that with clinchers. thats why it sounds odd these days.

-brian
track tires....dustin73
May 17, 2001 1:18 PM
man, i can barely get my tires to 120 before i start taking my feet off the ground to get all my weight into it...
150 is no problem with my clinchersAlpine
May 17, 2001 3:50 PM
What pump are you using? I have a Silca (the old standard) and I put my Conti clinchers up to 150-160 often. I air down to 130 in the rain but have no problem getting to these pressures and have never split a casing or blown a tire off the rim in many years of doing this.
re: Anyone remember Rovals? Way ahead of their time!JAMMM
May 17, 2001 10:37 AM
How old is that picture? It sure looks like dual pivot calipers on the front. I thought those first came about in around 1990.
re: Anyone remember Rovals? Way ahead of their time!Alpine
May 17, 2001 4:03 PM
Yep, you must be right because those are dual pivots that I ordered as soon a they became available.
I have many photos of this bike and it is hard to tell what year they all are. Equipment was updated all the time and I finally sold it to a friend from Ireland when it had about 35,000 miles on it with full Record and set up as a standard road bike. I gave it to him for $300.
Those pedals are the same old school Shimano D/A (Look compatible) model that Lance Armstrong still insists on using. If I could find some I'd be too. I was using them into the mid-90s and the many I have tried since have not been as trouble free.