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Thanksgiving(14 posts)

Dec 1, 2003 4:59 PM
Didn't do any long ride this week-end, although the weather was perfect. But I cycled a few times. The ride report with pictures is on


Below: What's this wheel so that I don't buy it ? Jay broke a spoke on it on a downhill. I was just behind him and heard the "boing !", then saw the wheel wobbling a lot. At first I thought something was caught in it, then realized it was a spoke. The guy in the picture is not the owner looking mad at me, but the other one who helped, blind from the sun.

The spoke broke on the drive-side close to the axle. Those wheels are awfully annoying. I had a spoke wrench, but impossible to access the nipples on the driveside while the cassette is on. We opened the brakes completely and put the wheel a bit off, but it was still rubbing against the frame.
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Dec 1, 2003 4:59 PM
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Dec 1, 2003 5:01 PM
Great report...hudsonite
Dec 1, 2003 5:20 PM
Thanks for the photos. Could not ride this weekend as we had snow, ice and strong winds. I am jealous of your weather at this time of the year.

Btw, it looks like you are riding on tubular tires? What type/brand do you use and do you like them?
Dec 1, 2003 7:15 PM
Those are Vittoria Corsa CX. This is the first time I try tubulars and I've done only 60-70 miles, so I cannot really tell - actually I concluded the deal on the bike before knowing it had tubulars. This is a very nice ride, but I have no idea if it is to be attributed to the tires, the wheels or the frame. And the wheels are not compatible with any of my other bikes (what the f*, I have 4 bikes and nothing compatible with each other) so I cannot even switch to test.

I'll probably sell them, repairing tubulars seems to be a major surgical operation.

Tubulars ... not as bad as you thinkhudsonite
Dec 1, 2003 7:31 PM
Tubulars ride nice. You should try them for a while. They do not flat often, and when the do, they are easily repaired. Fixing them is a little different than a tube, but it does not take as much time as common forklore.

Here are a couple URL's on fixing a tubular.
Yellow Jersey!Asiago
Dec 2, 2003 8:57 AM
Hey, that shop is just down the street from where I work. Great wrenches there. Bought my first road bike from them a decade ago. Andy, the owner, is a huge fan of everything retro...

How do you like that Radius saddle? (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Dec 2, 2003 5:38 AM
Not bad for such a small seatPeterRider
Dec 2, 2003 9:58 AM
The snake on it is fun.

I like that it feels like it's "flat". As far as small "race-type" seats go, I've used the basic Flite, the Flite "genuine gel", the Bianchi "bodyfit", and this one compares favorably, even if the padding seems pretty thin. If they make a "genuine gel" version of it, it must be a nice seat.

I wouldn't use it for centuries+ rides though, I need larger stuff. Too bad large means heavy, but when mileage has 3 digits I don't care any more :-) Right now I'm using a 10$ seat from Bianchi, when I'll be fed up with it I'll probably try Brooks.