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carpediemracing

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Re: Post your latest cycling purchase
« Reply #30 on: January 20, 2011, 02:01:43 PM »
Put in an order that blows away my cycling budget for a while.

3t fork, the nice one.
Nokons for brakes, derailleurs
Something other than an N-Gear Jumpstop since one won't fit on the new frame
A slew of replacement parts - chains mainly.
BB30 stuff (bearings and tools)

Also sent out a check for the second half of the Tsunami #2.

Problem is all of it has to be assembled by Tuesday night, preferably Mon night so I can try it on the trainer/rollers before I pack the bike on Tues night.

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Re: Post your latest cycling purchase
« Reply #31 on: January 20, 2011, 02:06:06 PM »
when will the stuff arrive?
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« Reply #32 on: January 20, 2011, 02:49:37 PM »
Friday maybe. Or Monday. I'm really hoping Friday.

Because it's an industry contact thing, I have to drive 1.5+ hours each way to get the stuff. The price I pay, but it's my fault it was so late, there was some communication lapse when I was delirious and I totally forgot about all this stuff (I gave right for first refusal to another person first and didn't hear back).

If I can pick it up Sat night I can work on it Sunday, finish on Monday, and pack it on Tues. Or pack it on Monday night.

If it's Monday then I'm pretty well screwed. I'll pick up Monday night, be home by... 10 PM? and try and get the bike together. I may just fly out with a semi-complete bike and finish it on Wednesday (my home base there has a fully equipped workshop).

I guess my first ride in SoCal will be loops relatively close to home base. lol. Don't want to be 3 hours out when I realize I forgot to tighten something critical.

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Re: Post your latest cycling purchase
« Reply #33 on: January 20, 2011, 04:41:35 PM »

Anyone ever tried Rapha's gloves.  I have given up on all the over distributed crap you can get in every bike store.  Namely PI but the rest of the stuff in the + $40 category has fallen apart in 100 miles of gentle use.  I noticed that I automatically keep my hands an inch behind the hoods because I was so used to being pinched by the fabric around the holes at the base of the thumbs.  I had to do surgery at a gas station the fingers were so shredded on this pair.  You can't see all the holes in the palm but trust me they are there.

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Re: Post your latest cycling purchase
« Reply #34 on: January 20, 2011, 05:27:38 PM »
Just picked up a new pair of Oakley Half Jackets.  Too bad I already have 8 lenses or the Flak Jackets would have been nice.

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« Reply #35 on: January 20, 2011, 06:02:01 PM »
I have done great with my PI gloves, Gel Vent.  I have over 5,000 miles over the last year on them with washing them  every 3 - 4 weeks.  They look like they have a lot of milage left. 

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« Reply #36 on: January 20, 2011, 06:17:21 PM »
The one in the picture is a gel-lite.  This has been a good 5 year problem.  These were about the worst of it.  I'm ready to try the old school leather ones in the hopes they don't shred from the friction of setting against the hoods.  I ran my arcteryx Summer mountaineering gloves over with a lawn mower and have worn them for two years since with no further degradation.  Bad luck and bought from the wrong sources for quality bike stuff I guess.

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Re: Post your latest cycling purchase
« Reply #37 on: January 20, 2011, 06:36:13 PM »
try these.


I have had mine for three seasons and they are still holding together somehow.  I like to buy the larger sizes in biking gloves.
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Re: Post your latest cycling purchase
« Reply #38 on: January 20, 2011, 06:48:45 PM »
Maybe my problem was looking for a higher quality of materials and QC in the higher priced offerings.  I always used to buy the cheapest thing I could find for mountain biking.  Maybe I'll try those out and see if I'm subconsciously doing something destructive with my hands that is ruining a pair of gloves in less than half a day.

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« Reply #39 on: January 20, 2011, 06:57:39 PM »
just bought this;and This

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« Reply #40 on: January 20, 2011, 07:33:06 PM »
CDR, do you use Nokon often?  Thinking I might give it a whirl sometime this year.  I'm using Yokozuna, which I really like for shifting, but the brake housing is literally stiff enough that it broke one of my cable stops, so I think it's a bit overkill there :)

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« Reply #41 on: January 21, 2011, 07:50:18 PM »
CDR, do you use Nokon often?  Thinking I might give it a whirl sometime this year.  I'm using Yokozuna, which I really like for shifting, but the brake housing is literally stiff enough that it broke one of my cable stops, so I think it's a bit overkill there :)

I have Nokons on the Tsunami, and I brought them over to the Tsunami from the Cannondale. Also on my Giant TCR (my first bike with Nokons).

The zero flex is important to me, ditto the fact that I run the skinny shaved down cables inside of regular teflon lining (supplied by Nokon). I also White Lightning the cables. Seems to cut down on friction - it's really easy to shift.

I also have to turn my bars more than 90 deg to get into the back of the blue car and regular housings blow out within a few months. Nokons, by definition, can't blow out.

Someone was talking up some ceramic version of the Nokons but I haven't heard of anyone using them.

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Re: Post your latest cycling purchase
« Reply #42 on: January 22, 2011, 02:18:02 PM »
Am taking delivery of frame in CA. I'll fly out with Tsunami#1 plus a few parts (fork, tools for fork and BB30, chain, bar, stem, Nokons  :) , headset, chain guard thing, some other new stuff, some other used stuff). I'm also bringing used derailleurs, Ergo levers, extra Nokon segments, used, off of my TCR.  On Day 2 or 3 I'll swap the parts over and start training on the Tsunami#2. Then send Tsunami#1 back home with its fork and whatever else.

I pick up the parts for #2 Monday night.

I do need to get a zero set back post where I don't feel guilty cutting all but 10 cm of the post off (2.5 cm exposed, whatever is left is below). I don't want to cut a good Thomson but that's all I have.

My friend in SoCal is very particular in bike assembly - it ought to be interesting compared to my own "if it works don't fix it" approach.

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Re: Post your latest cycling purchase
« Reply #43 on: January 22, 2011, 02:41:46 PM »
I've always wondered if the enterprising sort couldn't halve a seat post and somehow fix a seat clamp to the bare end using a plug and glue or something.

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« Reply #44 on: January 22, 2011, 07:56:25 PM »
Finally joined the GPS group. My LBS gave me a lot off on a new Garmin Edge 500. They're really great people, looking out for those who go to their shop. I got it with the bundle and the regular heart rate strap is surprisingly comfortable (coming from my dad's 90's era one). The speed and cadence update quickly. Now I just have to ride it a little.