Made the leap to SRAM

Built up the Trek Project One Madone over the weekend with SRAM Force. Earlier this year, the DA parts from the Madone had been dispersed to the Hotspur and Modal and I’ve been wanting to test SRAM. The summary report is “very good” with these observations

  • Solid – there’s no “light action” of any sort on SRAM. It shifts similar to Campy way back in the 90s. You not only feel a shift, but hear it, and know it occurred without a cable shift indicator to tell you so. I also appreciate another group that opens up the cockpit by running the cables along the bar.
  • Loud – carbon derailleur cages, with carbon wheels, on a carbon bike is loud. The drivetrain ironically sounds like a fishing reel.
  • Responsive – I’ve never shifted from the big ring to the little and back faster. Wham it’s there and same thing with the rear.

I figured out the DoubleTap shifting in about 17 seconds. I did periodically grab the brake lever while shifting and I also a few times wanted to shift a button with my thumb like Campy. Cable actuation and all the engineering didn’t matter much to me, but I did wonder what was happening between my index finger and brain to figure out that a short tap meant a rapid upshift and a longer double-click meant a downshift. I didn’t really have to think about it is the point. It just works.

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Critical Mass Budapest Video


Reported 80K cyclist riding Critical Mass Budapest … they’re all in green shirts, shooting video on the bike, Bike Hugger LOVES Budapest Critical Mass!

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Sea Otter Link Love

Some link love for the bloggers at Sea Otter

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Revolutionary Bike Rides

Gergely wrote to tell us that Budapest, traditionally one of the most bicycle-unfriendly cities, has experienced a major boost in the numbers of bike-commuters and cycling is emerging in their mainstream media from the work of a small group of bike activists.

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Critical Mass in Budapest include tens of thousands, from diverse backgrounds: “whole families, white collar workers, as well as messengers, young guys on bmxes, etc.” Their next ride is tomorrow and 30 thousand are expected.

RideCivil: Hold the Date for 5/9

img033.jpgOur Next RideCivil is just 3 weeks away, so drop an appointment on to your calendars for May 9 around 5:30 at Westlake Center park as always.

April’s ride went well, starting off with some bicycle diversity – me on the folding fixie, Eric on the dutch bike + schlumpf mountain drive, and a nice gentlemen who showed up to on is 192 speed tricycle (sorry, missed your name!) and Michael representing for the rest of you on a non-folding, 2 wheeled, non-internally geared bike. Micheal and Eric and I had a great ride around the city, including Bikestation, the water front, and eventually all the way up Capitol Hill for a meal and some suds at the Elysian. Many good vibes were spread, including to the tow-truck drivers with the moutain bike on the back. The weather did not cooperate for the aquatic theme – it was gorgeous, sunny, and warm. All future RideCivils will bear the aquatic banner in hope of similar conditions.

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