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Gear Talk / Re: Good Cycling Shorts w/ Chamois
« on: July 28, 2010, 08:01:29 pm »
I will offer the countering opinion in that, like saddles and handlebars, shorts are immensely personal; in my experience, cost has no bearing on comfort.  My favorite padded bibs are Performance's Elite II.  Previously, it was the Ibex bib, but those wore out way too quickly.  I pull the pad out of many of my shorts for long riding and here I find Pricepoint's bibs to be wonderful and long-wearing.

^^^ I agree. I have stuff from Pearl, Voler, Pactimo, and Bellwether. On a Brooks saddle, I found that my cheapest bibs, with the cheapest feeling (to the hand) chamois, felt the best. Unfortunately, after 11hrs in the saddle, yesterday, the chamois has finally worn through. They were my first pair of cycling shorts.  :'(

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Gear Talk / Re: Lopsided Brooks B17 ?
« on: July 28, 2010, 07:27:45 pm »
I highly doubt your Brooks was manufactured bent. More than likely there's something going on with your anatomy or it was inadvertently bent from a drop, accident, etc. Periodically, I have to level my GF's Adamo. I don't what's going on with her, but, something about her riding style makes it lopsided.

The way to break-in a Brooks is to follow Sheldon Brown's guideline. Using neatsfoot oil allows for the saddle to have suppleness from the moment you bolt it on.
http://sheldonbrown.com/leather.html

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Gear Talk / Re: Which pedal?
« on: July 28, 2010, 07:06:07 pm »
This conversation has gone way over my head.  I was just comparing two Shimano SPD types - the A530 and M324.  Now we've got several other Shimano types I didn't know exisited along with esoteric stuff like 'eggbeaters!'  No, I checked that site, and 'eggbeaters' are not what I'm looking for.  I'm pretty clear on that at least.  Guess I'm just not at that level of cycling seriousness.  I like to keep things simple.  A choice between A and B will do for now, but thanks anyway.

I think you misread the first post on Crank Brothers pedals. He mentioned "eggbeater". There is a pedal called that, but, they have a full line that is based off the eggbeater mechanism. Eggbeater is just like SPD, in that it's a style of attachment. Take another look at the Crank Brothers site. Checkout the Acid and Mallet pedals. They are, both, a platform style pedal that allows the use of a cleat, regardless of which side of the pedal is facing up. Try 'em, you'll like 'em.

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Gear Talk / Re: For you Surly Cross Check owners
« on: April 25, 2010, 11:50:17 am »
or you can just order the LHT fork from any LBS, they are maybe $100. solves your issue w/ less screwing around.

The 2010 version of the 'Check fork has mid-blade eyelets.

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Gear Talk / Re: Salsa Fargo - Lemon of the year!
« on: April 19, 2010, 07:45:49 am »
Huge props to Tim@Salsa.

Seems that no matter what a company does, some people will never be satisfied. They'll just continue to bash whomever they can.

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Gear Talk / Re: Salsa Fargo - Lemon of the year!
« on: April 12, 2010, 08:20:28 am »
I think your bike had a defect (bent or tweaked frame-not uncommon in the industry), as I know of several people who've successfully used them for travel. Your situation is the only one I've heard of.

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Gear Talk / Re: Road Training/Touring Bike--Tricross Sport?
« on: April 12, 2010, 08:18:14 am »
Before one comments about how bad the Tricross could be, one should take a look at the geometry. The Tricross is not a true 'cross bike; it's more of an all-arounder. In a 56cm, it has similar numbers to the Surly LHT, with the exception of the chainstay length and BB drop, 20mm shorter and 10mm higher, respectively, and that's not a deal breaker. The shorter CS length will make the bike more nimble, for everything else when not loaded. And, for the average person, the BB drop will not be noticeable. It actually has a lower standover height, longer headtube length, and more fork rake than the LHT. There are more than a few people who've successfully used the Tricross for touring. Using all the "what if?" scenarios for selecting a bike and packing will result in a whole lot of unnecessary excess.

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Gear Talk / Civia Bryant-anybody have one?
« on: March 28, 2010, 10:40:09 am »
Just looking for feedback on the Civia Bryant. I'm looking at the Rival build. The geometry numbers suggest a little tighter bike, which I'm interested in.

http://www.civiacycles.com/civiacomplete_bryant.php#rival

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