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just got home from a 40k cruise with a buddy through Richmond and iona. Not sure what it is about night riding but the feeling is almost serene! Started at 1015 ish and took our time... Made a stop at McDonald's post ride to reclaim those calories well earned haha Posted via RS Mobile
I'd totally be down to join you for a ride if I wasn't actually running in the race!
As for that other Blossum ride, it's the usual Critical Mass-holes. Bring your cruiser bike, and don't wear your kit.
Not knowing anything about this, I find companies are just trying to come up with something new. Hydraulics started to show up in the mountain bike world in the late 90's, due to the poor performance of cantilever brakes. Understandable, even V-brakes which changed the cycling world need a little help from time to time when your are in the wet/mud. But I mean on a road bike? Come on, how much modulation/power do you really need? I have cheap brakes on my road bike, and the amount of leverage the large wheels provide is plenty to stop the bike in any situation. I don't see too many road bikers doing stoppies anyhow, even though the standard rim brake is totally capable I take this all back, if someone the hydraulic system is somehow many many grams lighter then your average rim brake. My own opinion of course
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No question about the performance and improvement offered up by disc brakes for MTB's and cyclocross bikes, anything with excesive mud/water/grime exposure. For road bikes, I don't see it happening because of increased weight and complexity, though it is nice to never have to worry about wearing rims out. Even hydro rim brakes are overkill IMO, there's such a small contact patch between tire and road, braking power is rarely the limiting factor for road bikes. Although in the mid 90's I also used to think that disc brakes for MTB's wouldn't pan out either because their were so heavy and unreliable back then.
Hopefully SRAM can get their QC hammered down. Their MTB hydraulic systems have developed a pretty bad rep the last few years for poor reliability and finicky to maintain.
I used to think that electronic shifting was gimmicky too. But its stuck around a few years, gained traction, been refined to the point where it's now pimp status
Just finished another bike. Like the other Kona, got this frame off eBay last summer and have been slowly building it up. Mash-up of Shimano parts.
The parts list:
Frame: 2006 Kona Zing Supreme (Aluminum/Carbon made by Dedacciai) 52cm
Handlebars/Stem: Cinelli Neo / Ritchey WCS
Fork/Headset: Kona Carbon / FSA Orbit integrated
Front Wheel/Tire: Shimano WH-RS10 with Schwalbe Stelvio 700x23
Rear Wheel/Tire: Shiamano WH-RS10 with Schwalbe Stelvio 700x23
Crankset/Bottom Bracket: Shimano Ultegra 6700 / Ultegra
Saddle/Seat Post: Prologo Scratch Pro Ti / Ritchey WCS Carbon
Pedals/Chain: Shimano 105 / SRAM PC-1071
Shifters/Derailleurs: Shimano Dura-Ace 7800 / Shimano Dura-Ace 7800
Cassette: Shimano Ultegra CS-6700
Brakes: Shimano Ultegra 6800
Misc: Stella Azure tap, Bontrager carbon bottle cages, Gore cables, Jagwire inline adjusters, Campagnolo seat post clamp
Wheels and tires could probably be better, but good enough for training as-is. I'll probably end up using this bike for the Gran Fondo. Haven't really put it through it's paces yet, just around the block a couple times and it felt pretty smooth. Looking forward to more rides on it!