Why Cannondale



  • you cant get tooth decay when you are running, the normal rules of nature go out of the window
  • hmmm.. presumably powergel isn't that good for your choppers either
  • Nor for your teeth
  • fnaaaar!


  • ahem.

    anyway, Andy - you shouldn't run with a lolly in your mouth. What if you fell over?
    It would shoot straight out the back of your throat, that's what!

    [folds arms and purses lips as only a mummy can]
  • You tell him Jj.

    Silly boy !
  • gawd it only comes as a frameset; i need to specify components

    dura ace gears then, profile strike carbon bars, HED alps wheels, and... er... Cougie - help!!!
  • and a double-flangeing hoolynut!
  • Ta-daaah !!

    Which frame is it, and what do we want it for ?

    Are we doing Tris on it ? And if so what distance. And are we training on it too ?
  • We?

    Is it a forum bicycle thingy then? C'n i have a go? I'm nearly six-foot-and-three-quartersofaninch...give or take eight inches or so.
  • Hey - I got posting 100 !! Yaaaay !

    I'm thinking a forum tandem Jj - you can sit on the back with no need for stabilisers !
  • TiPhoon frame

    Just for Ironmans (Ironmen?) and suitably long training rides
  • If it's got a li'l basket that would be perfect.
  • hence the wheels... i erred on the side of general purpose rather than going for sexy 3 spokes
  • V sensible - Tri spokes are best for competition only. Are you having tribars on the bike full time ?
  • yip - bar end shifters
  • [snigger]
  • come on then mr expert give us a list of components

    if you can rob or ram raid them for me locally that would be a bonus, otherwise i'll 'buy' them from trisports (if a scouser can get his head round the concept ;-) )
  • Tee hee hee.

    Sounds like you have it sorted !

    Dura Ace will last you forever - v reliable and light. If you wanna save a bit of money then Ultegra is pretty similar, but not as long lasting.

    As for wheels - lots out there. I was tempted by the Rolf Vector type wheels, but if you snap a spoke, then the wheel is unrideable. With conventional spoked wheels - you can still manage it.

    (mate bust a spoke in his rear Vector on his first climb up Alpe d'Huez this year, and to carry on riding - had to buy a pair of Ksyriums !)

    Mavic are good wheels - hubs are sooo smooth. I use the cheaper Cosmos for Road stuff with some deeper rim Cosmics for TT's. Stay away from deep rims though as they aren't a good all rounder, and can be lethal in cross winds.

    Stems are personal choice - lots out there, but the flip flop ones can give you a choice of angles.

    Bars - I quite like wide and deep bars to help open the lungs up. Cinelli are very good.

    Seatpost - having pulled the insert out of two lightweight seatposts I'm not that keen on saving weight here - I prefer to know that my saddle will still be there when I sit down, so I'd go for a one piece. I think mine is Dura Ace.

    Pedals - most people ride Look, but depends what you are used to really.
  • ok thanks

    i got the impression there were loads of other bits to specify though, like the thing that connects the bars to the top of the forks

    if not, then fine and dandy
  • are 45mm rims considered deep, or are these ok for general use??
  • Aaah - the headset. No strong opinions on that - in fact - I can't recall any of mine !

    Only other things left would be saddle, bottle cages, tyres, gear ratios, spokey dokeys.

    45mm rims are fairly deep, and I'd imagine they deflect a fair bit in the wind. I was getting blown about a bit on Sunday, and that was just with conventional wheels.
  • Ah spokey dokeys- something I know about- need any help choosing make, shape, colours just let me know.
  • i suppose i could get 45mm ones, and then switch the bontrager ones from my trek across if it was windy

    but practically, how much difference would they make? is it something like 1lb of drag and therefore 0.2 mph difference, in which case i'd forget it its not worth the hassle

    what about those tinselly things that danglr from the handlebars? which do you recommend?
  • The headset will come with the frame, thats providing you want the 'ti-phoon'.
    It will be a Cane Creek IS headset which is integral.

  • If you are doing an 'ironman'such as Austria then deep section wheels wil make quite a differance. The course is very fast(sub 5 hrs) so if your average speed is up then the aerodynamics of the wheels should give you an advantage.

  • Might it be worth getting two sets of wheels ?

    A lightweight set for hilly courses and a set of deeper aero wheels for the flatter ones ? Quite a few of the Tri courses I've seen have been very hilly.
  • It is worth having 2 sets if you can afford to buy two. I live in Cornwall and most of the Tri's are hilly though when i travel i do seem to use my 'Hed Alpes'alot. The wheels i use for climbing are ksyrium's, which are a realy good alrounder.

  • ok then - HED alps, and i can switch the bontragers off my other bike if it gets windy

    or maybe HED 3 spoke???

    or maybe 3 spoke rear, alps front??

    i'm doing austria and florida this year, both of which are fast
  • There are so many wheels out there and it is agony tring to decide which ones to go for?!

    The reason i went for the Hed's is due to the fact they are very light, using Ti spokes and more importantly for me was the hope hub that they use. Hope hubs use cartrige bearings for the axle and the free-hub body which are very available.

    Some wheels come with Free-hubs, that if were to fail, getting hold of a replacement could prove difficult!!!!!!!!!

    Forgive the spelling as im typing this without looking at the screen!!!
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