New Bike! (or "I liberated my wife's old bike")

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New Bike! (or "I liberated my wife's old bike")

Postby kaNUK » Tue Apr 14, 2009 6:58 pm

Well, sort of new ...to me.
My wife told me to ride the TT on Thursday, and even offered the use of her "tri" bike. (Thankfully I'm nor smart enough to question her motives.)
It's a time trial bike circa 1995. Javelin 7000 Alu tapered tubing with Cinelli aero bars. Ultegra group with Mavic Cosmic rims. Weight is 20 pounds. I just finished switching one of my seats onto this bike and adjusting everything to "approximately right". My wife is within an inch of me height wise, but has a much longer inseam :oops: .

I was hoping to try it out on the rollers prior to the 10 km TT on Thursday. Unfortunately I can't find the rollers ...which I haven't used in a couple of years. I also found a small crack in the rear rim next to a spoke nipple. I hope the wheel gives further warnings before collapsing. (Maybe her motives are becoming more clear...):shock:

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PS - I think it's an isolated impact crack. I'm going to give it a somewhat abusive test ride to see how it holds up. Otherwise we've got a set of spinergys in the basement. I'm sure those would be safer :roll:

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Postby kaNUK » Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:14 am

Found the rollers, but went for a 40 km shake-down ride on the road yesterday. I'm not used to aero bars, so my neck is a bit sore today (just in time for the TT this evening, doh!)

Impressions: At slow(er) speeds it doesn't feel like much of an advantage, and the handling a bit awkward. Once speed gets to around 35 or 40 km/h it just keeps on accelerating ...makes sense seeing that air resistance increases exponentially with speed. I think I'll get the wheels rebuilt with some deep dish rims. Any suggestions?

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Postby enevala » Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:09 pm

kaNUK wrote: I think I'll get the wheels rebuilt with some deep dish rims. Any suggestions?

ka NUK


....well...since you saved some money on the bike.......

http://www.hedcycling.com/wheels/jet6fr.asp


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Postby Biffbradford » Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:03 pm

" Flamme Rouge". Is that a good name for a set of wheels?? :? :D
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Postby kaNUK » Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:21 am

enevala wrote:
....well...since you saved some money on the bike.......

http://www.hedcycling.com/wheels/jet6fr.asp


:roll:


Wow, nice wheels! (drool) A bit rich for my blood though. And I'm only looking for the rim, as I plan on reusing the existing Mavic hubs. Might have to build them up myself ...It's been about 12 years since I built my last wheel.

I missed my "goal" average speed of 40 km/h by a bit yesterday. Finished the 10km in 15:30, 3rd place, 45 sec behind the leader. Seeing it's my third ride this season I can't complain. :D

Must say my wife is getting a bit too supportive though. On the way out the door she stopped me "You can't wear an aero helmet and ride that bike with that amount of fur on your legs! Here's a razor." (I don't argue with my wife).

Tonight is "date night" for us = About 2 hours of zone 1 riding.

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PS - I'd rather they be called "Flamme Rouge" than "Blue Flame" :?

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Postby enevala » Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:44 am

kaNUK wrote:
Wow, nice wheels! (drool) A bit rich for my blood though. And I'm only looking for the rim, as I plan on reusing the existing Mavic hubs. Might have to build them up myself ...It's been about 12 years since I built my last wheel.

I missed my "goal" average speed of 40 km/h by a bit yesterday. Finished the 10km in 15:30, 3rd place, 45 sec behind the leader. Seeing it's my third ride this season I can't complain. :D


Then there's always these.....

http://www.wheelbuilder.com/store/produ ... 296&page=1

......sounds like you have your work cut out for you. :-) Congrats on the finish!

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Postby kaNUK » Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:09 am

Thanks for the link! That site is exactly what I'm after :D

(It's even got a spoke length calculator!)

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Postby kuan » Fri Apr 17, 2009 12:09 pm

HED sometimes has seconds. But really, a wheelbuild should only cost you $40 in labor, or call someone like Mike Garcia.

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Postby kaNUK » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:31 pm

Thanks for the link!

I'm not thinking of building my own set of wheels to save money; it's more for satisfaction. I also want to see if I still have the touch after many years of not working in a bike shop :-)

While deep V rims are relatively easy to build (especially the radial bits), I should probably do a practice set first to avoid potential costly mistakes.

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PS - Had my first roller crash in a loooong while today. Cat ran in front of my front wheel. I wasn't fast enough to overcome my instinct to avoid moving objects and rode off the side at a good speed. Gouged the rear drum and my pride a little :oops:

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Postby MN Hoser » Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:17 am

I ended up getting some C50 from Neuvation
neuvationcycling.com

I just tried them out last weekend and both the sewups and the wheels feel nice. Compared to many other wheels, these are quite reasonable in price. I swear I can feel that it's easier to maintain 23-25 mph than with my old wheels.

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Postby kaNUK » Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:51 am

Well, I crashed during last Thursday's 15 km TT. I was feeling a bit hungry (had skipped lunch) and had a banana about an hour prior to the start. Food and I don't get along when exercising. With about 2 km to go I noticed a rider a hundred yards or so ahead of me. I then proceeded to give the banana back , causing me to look down. When I looked up a mere couple of second later, I was literally on top of the other rider's wheel. I totally underestimated closing speed.

The kid (!) I hit was (is?) a close family friend. We both went down pretty hard. Thankfully he sustained only a minor cut lip and torn jersey. I've got some pretty spectacular road rash (Tegaderm [tm] ...I'm buying stocks in it!). I'm glad I got rid of the leg fur a few days earlier. The bikes were fine, as are the helmets. I've bought the other rider a large gift certificate at the local bike shop in attempt to buy back some karma points.

Keep your head up when riding!

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PS - Saw some Neuvation in person the other day. They look good!

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Postby kuan » Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:22 pm

kaNUK wrote: The bikes were fine


Phew! Good to hear. ;)
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Postby kaNUK » Sat Sep 19, 2009 10:40 pm

Killed the frame on the Javelin about a week ago while doing a TT. It was an honest-to-goodness JRA* failure. Fatigue cracked the seat tube just above the welded-on front derailleur hanger. It's cracked 3/4 of the way around. I heard suspicious sound while climbing, and thought the bottom bracket needed attention. I finished the ride, thinking the front end felt unusually squirrely ...then discovered the shocking details when putting the bike on the roof rack.

To make it worse: Not only did I forget our wedding anniversary, but I broke my wife's bike on said date :shock:

I'm still alive... barely.

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* JRA = "just riding along"

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Postby enevala » Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:52 am

So how's that working out....with you sleeping in the garage now. :shock:

I forgot my wife's birthday once..... (before we were married) and I still get grief about it almost 20 years later.

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Postby kuan » Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:35 pm

Parts are still good right? Just build her up a nice Cervelo or something. :)

You're pretty lucky it wasn't catastrophic failure.
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