- Jul 26, 2008
Joe--that first shot is obviously a good one, but there's something interesting about the fourth (colors, feel?)...
I used TRP Spyres, a cable-actuated caliper with two moving pads for about 3000km in the mountains, and that's exactly what they are like. You get good braking, because both pads move, but lots of messing about to keep them working well. That one uses a 3mm allen key, which isn't very big and has to be inserted through the spokes to adjust the inner pad. It's bad enough at home, but trying to do that with the 3mm on a multitool when you are out is fiddly. You also have to adjust cable tension as your cable stretches and also as the pads wear down and the bite point changes.The biggest difference for me is the amount of maintenance. With hydros I can replace the pads and then literally not touch the brakes again until the next set of pads will be due many months later. That's because they are self-adjusting. With mechanical brakes I'd have to fiddle with Allen keys to make up for pad wear every 200 km or so (it varies with make of brake caliper and pad type, some combinations are much worse than others). That was my biggest gripe.
In my experience at least, the amount of rust is on an entirely different level, though. My mountain bike has only a little if any rust on the chain, none on any of the cassettes. Not so for my wife‘s bike or my neighbors‘s bikes. Especially the largest cog on the Shimano’s cheapest groupsets is a rust magnet, and it doesn‘t look like surface rust. I‘m not saying this can‘t be dealt with proper maintenance, but the materials in Shimano‘s cheaper groupsets just seem to be cheaper and are more prone to rust.My experience of cassettes, even top end Dura Ace, is that if you ride them in heavy rain, and then leave them overnight, the orange will begin to show. After a wet ride, I clean the cassette, pulleys, chain ring and chain with a hard brush and household detergent. Rinse. Dry. Then treat the chain with a good lube like Exlub, run it through the gears a few times. Dry again. And you have a silky smooth drive chain.
Although overheating is exceedingly rare in normal use with proper braking technique. I don‘t think I have ever managed to overheat my brakes. My brother did, but that was with very old, very cheap brakes with tiny disc rotors. Once I had brake fade in my fingers, descending >1,000 m of elevation from Monte Tremalzo at Lake Garda.The stopping power itself was very good, and cable discs have no risk of brake fade due to oil overheating. This saves you buying expensive rotors.
Being able to make bikes cheaper is the only reason they are still around with drop bar bikes and outside of Japan they are basically extinct on flat bar bikes. (I hadn‘t seen them on a mountain bike before moving to Japan.) Like you correctly write, they have become so cheap that it makes no sense to go for cable-actuated disc brakes. In my experience, cable-actuated disc brakes also don‘t have nowhere near the same bite and require more force to generate an equivalent amount of braking power. So in Europe where mountain biking is more of a thing they are a no-no.Since cable disc calipers can be used with older and/or cheap drop handlebar shifters, they can still be a good choice for some setups. Mtb hydros are cheap and separate to shifters, so cable disc brakes have no place on a flat bar bike.
At this point, why even tell? Would his wife really notice another one? 20? 21? 30? What’s the difference? Or does she keep accurate count because of past trauma?the real question is: "if I ordered a new bike, would I be a little mad or a lot mad?" don't you have like twenty already haha
Titanium screws are great but you need to remember that a titanium screw will be stronger than any carbon or aluminum parts you are clamping it too, so there is a risk of overtightening and if you crash other parts, for example a carbon seatpost or handlebar will fail before your titanium screws.In my experience at least, the amount of rust is on an entirely different level, though. My mountain bike has only a little if any rust on the chain, none on any of the cassettes. Not so for my wife‘s bike or my neighbors‘s bikes. Especially the largest cog on the Shimano’s cheapest groupsets is a rust magnet, and it doesn‘t look like surface rust. I‘m not saying this can‘t be dealt with proper maintenance, but the materials in Shimano‘s cheaper groupsets just seem to be cheaper and are more prone to rust.
PS Surface rust of especially screws in Japan‘s weather is almost unavoidable. My mountain bike had it within two weeks of coming to Japan for the first time when it was brand new (it was literally two weeks old when I came to Fukuoka). My new road bike that I only keep indoors also has some rust on the screw for the cap on the stem. I‘m thinking of getting a titanium screw because it is somewhat of an eye sore and I get to look at it a lot while riding.
It's never really been luck - She is pretty understanding and she sees they do not collect dust.Are you (finally) running out of luck?
There is a total of 10 bikes at my home here and 2 back in the states. But of the 10 here, 6 are actually mine. My girls have 3 and my wife has 1. And at work I have 3. One is mine, one my wife's and one my oldest daughter. (we sometimes ride together after work before getting my youngest from daycare).the real question is: "if I ordered a new bike, would I be a little mad or a lot mad?" don't you have like twenty already haha
My wife doesn't really know the number. She knows I have bought a lot and she has been aware of each purchase. BUT - I have also sold a lot and she isn't aware of that number either. Depending on the day, If I told her I had 10 bikes she would either be shocked it is so many or surprised it is so few... depends on where her brain is at the moment.At this point, why even tell? Would his wife really notice another one? 20? 21? 30? What’s the difference? Or does she keep accurate count because of past trauma?
This is not silly at all, I think it is super smart. Many men (myself included) are not very smart when it comes to money.This may sound silly - but we have joint accounts on everything. So if she looks, she can see where the money goes. I never want to have an uncomofrtable conversation - so we talk about every purchase over $100 or so.
Once you have nice equipment, you get really spoiled. When I ordered my bike I wanted Red cranks, but they were backordered even more than the Force cranks (they are 200 g lighter!). And I caught myself looking at bike24.com and thinking “240 € for a pair of Red crankarms, that's not too bad …” I gotta be careful with that addiction.Financially we are OK. It was maybe just one or two weeks ago I sat down with out retirements and built out a plan that is very acheivable... except I didn't build in a bike fund. Looking at my bikes now - until I move to a different area - there is no real gap in what I have vs what is available to ride. So any purchase now is just some odd sexy bike that has caught my eye. And for the most part - if it catches my eye - it will be a > $5k USD bike.
To quote my wife: “At least you are not into cars.”So really this is $5k bike and how does it hit the retirement plan I just made and went over with my wife...
Even if she were to say yes... I would almost be upset because then I have to say 'no' to myself.
The bike in question....
umm... not in Japan.To quote my wife: “At least you are not into cars.”
There used to be a fellow on a path here that would run zigzags in bursts, I guess high intensity or something. You quickly learned who it was, and to call out well in advance. He'd suddenly go from a casual kind of walking to an as-fast-as-possible zigzagging. Yowser!... (Still at the top is the runners/joggers whose trajectories look predictable but who can and do make U-turns anywhere.)
umm... not in Japan.
I realized how much I turned into a cranky old, well, strike that, middle-aged man when I rented two cars earlier this year in Germany, and I hated them. Both were pseudo-SUVs, and they did not handle as nicely as a standard car on the Autobahn. The both had DSGs that really did not want to be driven manually (even when switching the gear box to manual mode, after a few minutes it would switch back to automatic mode). And I was fighting with all the assistants: how do I switch it on, do I really trust it, is it doing something sensible? In a sense, I was in the uncanny valley of driving aids: they were good enough most of the time, but not enough to trust them completely. And I needed to understand them, i. e. the experience was anything but seamless.I have no love for new cars - but for some of the classics - sigh
Or do that. I am not a huge friend of Ti screws for the reasons you give and because they are usually marketed at people who want to bling up their bike. That's not my jam.I have stainless steel screws on my road bike and zero rust.