I have a Cannondale R700. I bought it 3 years ago to do a charity ride from San Francisco to LA over 7 days! It was AWESOME.
I do have an awesome Siemens jersey that my friend and colleague Juergen Hasselbeck gave me. The shorts are a men's sling so I don't wear them but I do sport the jersey every once in a while.
Haven't rode yet this summer because I am into training...for nothing in particular. Thinking about doing the Tough Mudder. Anyone compete in it?
Cannondale R700; sounds like a nice ride! I'm sure with a small investment (tires perhaps) you could have a great tool for your summer training. Bring it by your local bike shop and have them give it a once over to tell you what is needed.
Clothing is always fun; getting shorts that fit and shoes can be an investment (you have cleats on your pedals right?).
I have everything I need...and do my own work on my bike. I just haven't been riding.
Yes, I have cleats!
If you want to talk bicycles... this is your thread. If you are just thinking about getting started and need advice on what to buy or how to start... or are long time cyclists, we want to hear from you!
Riding a 2007 Kona Kula Deluxe in the mountains and foothills of the Colorado Rockies (and occasionally the plains). The rig sports Hayes Nine hydraulic disk brakes which I need some help with:
Last year the brakes really started acting as though they needed new pads. So I got Hayes replacements and installed them myself. I was very careful not to touch the pads or rotors, I’ve heard all the warnings about doing that. I even used rubber gloves. The pads, by the way, were shot.
After I replaced them, they started squeaking pretty badly. I took it to a bike shop, explained the situation and asked them to check it out. They cleaned them and said they couldn’t find anything wrong. Well, even after the cleaning they continued to squeak.
So after some research and chatting with others, it was recommended to replace the rotors and pads, all with Hayes parts of course. Surprisingly, this didn’t change anything!
So my first ride this year, about a month ago, they were so bad I just couldn’t ride it. I would have needed to wear hearing protection. Well, it was just the front, the rear were silent.
So, I took it to another shop, explained the whole story and asked them to clean the rotors and replace the pads, got a tune-up too. $180 later, now the back brakes are squeaking and the fronts aren’t too bad … at least it’s ridable. The pads, by the way, were gooped up pretty bad, the rotors were still in good shape.
So what’s a good procedure for replacing disc brakes? How to stop squeaking? I’ve heard various views on “breaking-in” brakes … any advice on a break-in? Is it required/suggested?
5) I'm surprised that they are advising you to handle the pads with white gloves... I mean really? These things are going to see mud and rain and dirt like all get out! I would not be opposed to scuff them up a bit before installing.