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Old 01-28-2013, 12:13 AM   #16
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Dirt only for me!
Not bad at all, but I like to go for a long and fast ride. Here is my '09 Allez with a full shimano 105. Picked up the frame with a carbon stays at the back as well. Pitched in a few bills on cateye, fizik doble and SPD pedals to top up 2K in total back than.
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:12 PM   #17
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+1, now about when you clamp it on a carbon frame?
At the shop we just use a microfibre cloth around the carbon tube and don't clamp it super tight, or we have a totally different stand that attaches to the bike at the front or rear dropouts:
http://www.parktool.com/product/team-race-stand-prs-20

If you have multiple bikes with different sized seat tubes there is also this tool that allows you to clamp to the inside of the seat tube:
http://www.parktool.com/product/inte...be-clamp-isc-4
This tool doesn't really work if you have an aero shaped seat tube
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:25 PM   #18
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At the shop we just use a microfibre cloth around the carbon tube and don't clamp it super tight, or we have a totally different stand that attaches to the bike at the front or rear dropouts:
http://www.parktool.com/product/team-race-stand-prs-20

If you have multiple bikes with different sized seat tubes there is also this tool that allows you to clamp to the inside of the seat tube:
http://www.parktool.com/product/inte...be-clamp-isc-4
This tool doesn't really work if you have an aero shaped seat tube
That's what I tried to do. BTW Whats the best way to learn how to true the wheels. It seems easy, not not so easy when you start. Thanks
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:00 PM   #19
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http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/default.aspx

I picked up a some tools from here...
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http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/default.aspx

I picked up a some tools from here...
Sweet webpage, but how they do on shipping? For example, www.nashbar.com is very good with pricing, but they rape you on shipping.
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BTW Whats the best way to learn how to true the wheels. It seems easy, not not so easy when you start. Thanks
The best way to learn is with a crappy wheel, a good spoke wrench, and a ton of patience.

There are a few sites online with basics, like this:
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/tech-tu...-101-2010.html
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Sweet webpage, but how they do on shipping? For example, www.nashbar.com is very good with pricing, but they rape you on shipping.
free shipping over $100cdn plus %90 of time no duties!...
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The best way to learn is with a crappy wheel, a good spoke wrench, and a ton of patience.
This is Key.

I still suck at truing hops though.
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^Yup. Thanks guys. See many shops will do it for $10 a wheel, but it takes time when they are busy, so I would rather do it myself.
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I still suck at truing hops though.
BMX wheels are kind of a pain due to the number of spokes, small diameter and inherit beefiness. Outside of small warps they usually bend/dent.

Road wheels are the easiest to true I find, unless they're super high-end high tension wheels.

Really though I have yet to need to true wheels on either of my road bikes, I'm over 200lbs, run 130-150psi tires, and I bunnyhop over curbs and railway tracks.
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BMX wheels are kind of a pain due to the number of spokes, small diameter and inherit beefiness. Outside of small warps they usually bend/dent.

Road wheels are the easiest to true I find, unless they're super high-end high tension wheels.

Really though I have yet to need to true wheels on either of my road bikes, I'm over 200lbs, run 130-150psi tires, and I bunnyhop over curbs and railway tracks.
Btw since we are touching on the bikes and wheelsets, how do I know what's a decent road bike carbon frame? I think these days the carbon frames with 105 shimano go for around $2000. Are these frames any good? I want to try a full carbon frame, but I don't want to get one just because it's a carbon one. Is there a certain grade to look for?
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From what I've noticed pretty much every brand has their own proprietary flavour of carbon they like to say is the best. Some lower end full carbon fibre frames still have internal aluminum lugs at the head tube, bottom bracket and seat clamp. I really don't know enough to say that Pinarello's carbon is better than Look's carbon for example, or any brand for that matter. My general rule is see what technologies the top end bikes use for their frame for a particular brand, and see how far down the models those technologies trickle down to. It's not uncommon to see an $8000 road bike spec'd with Dura-Ace, and then have the same or similar frame with 105 for sell for $2500 within the same brand.
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^Thanks for the detailed write up.
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