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What's going on with the seat angle? Did it slip, or does he always run it like that?

1 year, 3 months ago on Bike Profile: Jake Wells’ Ridley X-Fire Disc with Stan’s NoTubes New Carbon Valor Rims


This is a bit misleading. Powers spent the 2 weeks prior to the race in Boulder, specifically to acclimatize (2 weeks is minimum for that), and Trebon spent a lot of the 2 weeks prior to the race at sea level in Southern California. I tweeted at him about that and he said something like 'I don't bitch about things like altitude.'

Of the women, all of them except Gould, Lloyd & Woodruff went to Belgium for the Christmas races. Of the 3 that didn't go, only Gould was at altitude similar to Boulder. While two weeks is minimum to acclimatize, you also lose about as much acclimatization in that time if you're at sea level.

1 year, 3 months ago on Altitude, Altitude, Always Altitude: A Look at the Locales of the Top 10, and How They Measure Up


I've been running full rear housing on a Ridley since last year. There's a way to do it that doesn't involve drilling out the cable stops (potentially lowering resale value, since now the bike can only be used with full rear housing).


The cable stops on my (2009) X-Fire are drilled through the middle, presumably to shave a couple grams. So I just run the cable on the other (back side) of the seatstay, and I zip tie through the existing stops and around the housing to keep it all in place. You can stick some protective tape on the stay before you do this if you want.


Besides keeping the stops intact, this also gives me better cable/housing angle to my rear derailleur.


I don't even use gucci housing, just cheap Jagwire housing and Jagwire SS cable, with a bit of Tri-Flow on it when I assemble it.

2 years, 8 months ago on Mechanical Mondays: Custom Cable Housing Solution


I've set up a couple Ridleys by drilling out the plastic pulley it comes with, then fitting a metal bushing (hacked from an old, worn out Campy jockey pulley) in there so that the pulley spins freely. I got one of the covered pulleys from Cyclocrossworld, but the cover required trimming in order to not rub the cable, and my homemade fix seemed to work better - so I eventually sent it back.

3 years, 7 months ago on Mechanical Mondays: Pre-Season Equipment Improvements; A Case Study