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29er / Re: Two hole?
« on: July 10, 2017, 10:06:49 PM »
I believe you can have some experienced mechanic widen the holes to accommodate that but that would entail some structural risk. Plus probably void your warranty.  I only suggest that because I did saw on FB some local guy had his cf frame drilled to accomodate DI2 system.

Personally, I suggest to just go with 1 chainring and ditch the fd altogether. Makes your cycling life easier.

Things I would NOT buy again:

Any carbon part with ASIACOM brand on it.  My seatpost broke on the 3rd ride which was me just doing bunny hops in my front yard.  It broke in the air when I pulled the bike up underneath me and the seat slapped my butt.   I tried some handlebars... Seemed to be a little sketchy.  After about a dozen rides, I took them off to inspect them and the were cracked under the controls on both sides!!!! Glad I pulled that part.  The stem would not stay tight.  Every time crashed my handlebars would spin.  Kinda sucks because it was a 60mm x 15 degree which I used inverted to get my bars lower.  I really liked the positioning.  Now I'm on a Strynge 60mm x 7 degree inverted.

Thanks for the AsiaCom product heads up. I actually had their carbon fork on my eBay Watchlist, was intending to get it for my fixie.

This one's a bit off topic. I read some of you have been quantifying a period of time as "season".  I understand that can mean a number of things. It could mean the four seasons like Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall/Autumn, but where I'm from we only got 2 seasons, wet and dry. We do have "Summer" (mid-March to mid-June) but it simply meant vacation time for students, or the hottest time of the year, meaning lots of beach outings to do. Our school calender is June-March. We also have the "Ber months/season", it's the months ending in "ber". And Christmas decors tends to start cropping at the start of the Ber months. Folks tend to start getting excited with Christmas at the start of the Ber season. Christmas does come early over here. But that's really nothing as I've seen Christmas decor shops open all year round in some Asian countries. So as you can see, we are operating on a completely different definition of seasons... meteorologically,  periodically and/or culturally speaking.

And to compound things, to some folks, a season could mean an event/tournament period, like say the NBA (the basketball league), that have an off season and a regular season in a year.  Our local basketball league, the PBA have 3 seasons (All-Filipino, Reinforced, and Governor's Cup) a year.  Then some of you have the "cycling/biking" season that I honestly am not sure what period it encompasses as the whole year is biking season over here. Of course, I'm refering to a non-pro kind of biking.

Anyway, perhaps we can use months or years for the sake of clarity when defining lenght of time a certain part is/was used. Hope that isn't too much to ask.

Some new updates.

Pedals are now Crank Brothers Candy 2, a shorter stem with wider angle. Which puts it in a more upright position and more comfty for me.  Also got a brighter orange Fizik bartape, I didn't remove the old bartape, had it double wrapped instead. Resulting in a more comfty feel.

This is actually a new frame. Had a mysterious crack and a patch of chipping cf on the right seat stay on the original frame (pic 2). Had it disassembled last Feb (or March) for painting and discovered the crack. So I reported it to Peter. After a few emails of pictures he told me he would replace it but I had to wait a while as he doesn't have an available replacement. Didn't really had any problem with Peter except for the waiting time. But then again, I wasn't in a hurry. Anyway, did a couple of 100km plus a few sub-50km on it already.

Oh yeah, the painting. It was actually a very bad experience for me. Commissioned this local guy who actually got a lot of praises on his facebook account. He charges $100 for it. Turned out to be very unprofessional. Couldn't keep his own schedules, no updates or communications. The 2 weeks job turned out to be a disaster. His $100 paint job wasn't worth $10. I told I would not accept such a mediocre paint job and had him redo it. He pretty much had 3 extensions, and after a month was still asking for another one. So I told him I'm tired of his excuses and gave him 1 day to return the frame to me in it's original state. 1 whole month wasted.

Road Bike Frames, Wheels & Components / Re: BXT?
« on: June 30, 2017, 12:40:05 PM »
It looks similar to Peter's (Xiamen Carbon Speed) CS-686 frame set.

I've no experience with this frame but I have another frame from Peter which I really love. Not to mention his great after sales service. Peter also offers custom painting if you want it to look like the BXT.

Road Bike Frames, Wheels & Components / Re: Essential Tool List
« on: June 29, 2017, 11:51:34 AM »
rpnyc, locations really have their dis/advantages. Where I'm from, no bike shop can last a month with a US$70 tune-up. Bikes and bike parts (the expensive ones) are usually 10-15% more expensive here but service is cheap. You can have one assembled, repaired or tune-up for under $10... no kidding. Personally, I only have a bike-specific multi-tool, a small leatherman, and a wrench (for the fixie). That's it, any problems beyond those tool is passed on to the bike shop.  But l totally understand your situation.

I guess what you can do, aside from identifying what tools are needed, is which tools you must absolutely have and which tools you can source out (borrow, DIY or bike shop service). I mentioned DIY, as I have seen some YouTube videos with folks building their own tools/stand. I believe I saw a guy made a diy press-fit tool. Although, l would have some reservations using it on a brand new cf frame.

Road Bike Frames, Wheels & Components / Re: Essential Tool List
« on: June 29, 2017, 03:26:14 AM »
Are you assembling your bike because you want to or is it because you don't have much of a choice (i.e. bike shops too far, too expensive, you hate the mechanic, or you slept with the mechanic's wife... errr, just kidding there). You might want to check out the local bike shops, they may offer full or partial services that may save you some money. There are some tools that are too expensive in relation to the number of times you'd use them. Like say a press-fit tool, it might be more economical to have it done by a mechanic.

Component Deals & Selection / Re: VYRO, new shifting technology
« on: June 19, 2017, 03:11:02 AM »
... however, it came out at a time when everyone is moving to 1x setups and getting rid of the front derailleur altogether.

Was thinking about that too, if they set it up on a road or CX bike, that would have made more sense.

Component Deals & Selection / VYRO, new shifting technology
« on: June 17, 2017, 08:54:35 PM »
Just saw this VYRO Components video. It's actually over a year old but I'm guessing it is gonna be new news to some (or most) of us here.

So what's your opinion? Love it, hate it or hmmmm, I don't know? Personally, more points of failure.

29er / Re: Workswell WCB-M-062
« on: June 12, 2017, 11:56:04 PM »
I'm gonna take back what I said about the 38T, turns out that it fits because of a pair of spacers for my press fit bb.  Hope I didn't misled anyone.

29er / Re: Workswell WCB-M-062
« on: June 08, 2017, 11:24:02 PM »
I have 38T on mine. Althought a different model (no idea what as it was from Taiwan and sold to me by third party) but it does have a very similar geometry. So I'm guessing yours can handle it too.

29+ & 27+ / Re: CS-496 Build / 27.5+
« on: June 06, 2017, 11:07:28 PM »
What's the height of the rider and frame size?  I'm trying to choose between getting a custom Ti touring/adventure bike or this 29+ for my nextv project. But I'm not exactly that tall, just a bit shy of 5'10. And a concern that I'd look funny in a large 29+ bike.

Here is a picture of the finished bike:

Cyclocross Frames, Wheels & Components / Re: How Do I Make This Work?
« on: June 03, 2017, 04:52:20 AM »
Never heard of the others from your list except for Workswell. And Workswell had a good reputation here. But I'm in no way saying the others are bad, they all probably have the same quality frame, probably from the same source. So it is more of a how they would deal with you (i.e. being helpful, polite, and generally good communication and after sales service.

You might also want to check with Peter (Xiamen Carbon Speed) or Deng-Fu if they have a similar frame. These 2 have very good reputations here in ChinerTown.

As for the custom painting, it's pretty much you submit a design (either copied from other bikes or from your own vreative mind) and they follow it and bills you accordingly. I believe they will give you a template for it. Painting is also limited, I mean no elaborate or complicated art. You might want to check out other sections here, some folks had their frames painted so you see for yourself.

Not exactly a recent ride, it's my exploration ride that consists of a couple of Sundays and a 2-day Holy Week ride (basically March to April).

There's this island called Samal that's about 15min by ferry boat from where I live. I've been riding there for a few years now but have mostly stick to a few familiar loops. So I decided to explore the island and a nearby smaller island (Talicud) with a series of rides. That means going farther or taking routes I haven't took.

Each of the Sunday ride is 70-80km, while the 2-day ride was a total of around 150km.

These are just a few of the places I've been to, there's still a lot of trails to explore. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did... okay, there are some sections that I started to ask myself "This isn't easy... why am I doing this again?"

From Samal Island...

From Talicud Island...

There's actually a bunch of cemented road but who wants to see them.

29+ & 27+ / Re: CS-FS27 Build
« on: May 27, 2017, 12:31:50 AM »
3 weeks?  Is he wrapping every bolts and nuts individually too?

Road Bike Frames, Wheels & Components / Re: Road Carbon Frames
« on: May 22, 2017, 02:17:18 AM »
Got mine from Peter (Carbon Speed).  You can check my build by clicking here.

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