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Old 08-22-2014, 03:19 AM   #34861
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Ooh! Like Mavic Zap!
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:22 AM   #34862
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Ooh! Like Mavic Zap!
I had the first 2 versions of Zap and liked em.

...which is confusing 'cause I've got little desire to go all electronical or wireless

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Old 08-22-2014, 05:29 AM   #34863
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My legs are sore an hour later, my heart rate is hanging at nearly 90 bpm after I've washed down and dried off. Laying on the floor I try to cool down. My head is on fire from the effort.

A good workout.
Weighing myself after getting dressed I'm down to a new low. I'm nearing my next goal.
This is working.
Nice effort Head! Just like those Anaerobic intervals I have to do for sustained race efforts later. It sucks madly while doing them but I'm thankful when on the rivet in a race break and not winded.

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The lunch was large and lazy with lashings of alcoholic ginger beer, something we hadn't encountered for 800 miles.

Day 13:


You had me at Ginger Beer!

I'm on the other side of the fence. If I were to make the leap (get it... SRAM) to electronic shifting; I'd much rather it be a wireless application. BT, ANT+ and wireless technology in general has come way too far for it not to be a viable alternative. Fiddly wires rub over time, pull away from connectors, moisture creeps in to the connections... just too many little potential grmlins with a wired setup.

Yes, I know there have been many, many trouble-free miles on Di2 and Campy Electric but most of those riders are either supported or not pushing big, endurance miles on an electronic drive train in all manner of conditions.

I'm honestly more excited to see the real-world application and evolution of Shimano's MTB electronic drivetrain. If that can survive the rigors of banging off trees, rocks, et al... then I'll be more convinced and likely to pull the trigger.
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:31 AM   #34864
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Fairwheel bikes has done lots of nifty things w the XTR Di2. Check em out

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Old 08-22-2014, 05:46 AM   #34865
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We woke to sunshine. Not a cloud in the sky. The first part of the day was a gentle ride up the valley to Drumnadrochit where we stopped for a light breakfast.
Nice trip report

You are getting close to the birthplace of Hot Shot Hamish. Heard he took up cycling post his football days.
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:48 AM   #34866
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This reminds me of the ridiculous power brakes BMW introduced on their motorcycles, only to abandon it a couple of years later. Even without the huge cost, the increased likelihood of failure, and the inability of bike owners to make the needed repairs, it strikes me as a solution looking for a problem.
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:53 AM   #34867
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I can feel my arteries clog just looking at that.
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:54 AM   #34868
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I had the first 2 versions of Zap and liked em.

...which is confusing 'cause I've got little desire to go all electronical or wireless

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On the previous subject of demanding customers--I had a customer insist on installing Zap the day before the enormous (limited to 10K participants) Seattle-to-Portland ride. OMFW!

He only wanted the Zappy parts, but Mavic was only selling Zap with the gruppo at the time.
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:10 AM   #34869
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5th- Elefant, Love the reports.
My wife and I were introduced to pub breakfast in Paris down in the Miron at the Auld Alliance.
I was hooked.
Salmon, yum!

Great stuff.

Auld Alliance, and MotoGP:
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:32 AM   #34870
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I put the final touch on my Roubaix yesterday. Typical under-seat bags look like shapeless, worn out socks. This hard shell Topeak bag not only looks much neater, but also more aerodynamic. I expect it will add 2mph to my top speed.

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Old 08-22-2014, 08:54 AM   #34871
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This hard shell Topeak bag not only looks much neater, but also more aerodynamic. I expect it will add 2mph to my top speed.

Sorry to be bearer of bad news but I suspect the dirty air from the seat post zigzag will interact badly with the leading edge of the bag, too much turbulence potential there. You are looking at about 1.25W lost there.

Only way to come out even is to shave; legs, arms and the beard will have to be oiled and slicked back
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Old 08-22-2014, 09:01 AM   #34872
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I used to use a toe strap and Crown Royal sack. Tools, folding tire, two tubes, tube repair and some change all fit.
A favorite great aunt used to save the sacks for me.

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I put the final touch on my Roubaix yesterday. Typical under-seat bags look like shapeless, worn out socks. This hard shell Topeak bag not only looks much neater, but also more aerodynamic. I expect it will add 2mph to my top speed.

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Old 08-22-2014, 09:43 AM   #34873
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I put the final touch on my Roubaix yesterday. Typical under-seat bags look like shapeless, worn out socks. This hard shell Topeak bag not only looks much neater, but also more aerodynamic. I expect it will add 2mph to my top speed.

I hope hornets don't fly out and bite you in the ass!!
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:24 AM   #34874
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Sorry to be bearer of bad news but I suspect the dirty air from the seat post zigzag will interact badly with the leading edge of the bag, too much turbulence potential there. You are looking at about 1.25W lost there.

Only way to come out even is to shave; legs, arms and the beard will have to be oiled and slicked back
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:36 AM   #34875
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You guys are harsh, man.
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