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I wouldn't use sewups for time trials. Road sewups have higher rolling resistance than clinchers. The problem is the rubbery glue. The glue causes hysteresis loses that don't occur with clinchers. Track sewups use shellac to glue the tire on instead of mastic so they do not have this problem.

Sewups do have some advantages though. Since they are almost immune to pinch flats you can run lower pressure for a cushy ride. If you puncture, riding on a flat sewup is more practical than riding on a flat clincher because the glued tire will usually stay on the rim. I have actually finished races when I flatted close to the end. Doing so on clinchers would have been more dangerous and would no doubt have destroyed my rim. I also get fewer punctures on sewups though some other riders have the opposite luck.

Even if they are no longer practical I just like the way sewups feel. I'm a bit of a cornering wimp but I notice that when I ride sewups I have more confidence and corner faster; I don't know if sewups actually corner better but I know I corner better on them. Sewups are also lighter than clinchers. A good sewup is usually lighter than the equivalent clincher tire/tube/rimstrip combination and sewup rims are much lighter. A 400gm box section sewup rim is bulletproof while a 400gm box clincher rim is fragile. I'm a big guy and rode 320gm rims (Ambrosio Cronos were my favorite). Such light wheels made your bike feel lively; something I miss with heavier wheels.

28mm tires just barely fit my Cinelli. The front goes on fine but with 28s I have to pump up my rear tire after putting my wheel on the frame. If I had vertical dropouts or even 1mm longer chainstays I think it wouldn't be a problem. If I ever have a custom road bike built I think I'll specify clearance for 32mm tires. I really doubt I would loose any races because of this and it would give me more tire options in the off season when I like to ride wider tires for comfort and reliability.

My Gitaine road racing bike from the 1970's has clearance for 35mm 'cross knobbies and fenders. It has standard reach brakes instead of cantilevers so mud quickly ends off-road fun though.

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Unfortunately 28s don't fit. Unless it's my CX bike. I'm saving up the cash for a TT frame next year (~$1000, I think, but I have practically an entire gruppo and a spare wheelset sitting around). I don't think 25s fit into some of those, so I'm keeping my last set of 23 Pro Races for that bike...

I definitely do want to watt-shave but improving my TT position is going to be the biggest gainer I think. I seem to remember reading on Slowtwitch.com or some other triathlon forum that one should address bike position, helmet, skinsuit, wheels in that order to increase aerodynamic gains. Lurking around the power forums has given me a good idea how to optimise body position using a PT which should be fun once I get the cash together for a TT bike...

Maybe once I get a TT frame I'll save for some tubbies the year after. Man, this sport can get expensive in a hurry!

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9/23/09 7:11 P

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There are 28mm tires as well assuming they fit your frame.

I remember the old Clement Champione Del Mundo sewups. These were light tires that looked as big as a 27x1-1/4 clincher. I don't think they would even fit through the fork and chainstays of modern racing bikes. They were like riding on a magic carpet they were so smooth.

Andre Dugast makes a 29mm cotton sewup that sells for $140 each and a 27mm silk for $220. Those are probably the closest modern equivalent to the old Del Mundos. If price was no object I'd build up a set of sewup wheels and try them out.

I never tried Conti Gatorskins because when I looked at them at my LBS they felt heavy and the belt made the tread area very stiff so I expected high rolling resistance.

Of course there is a tradeoff of aerodynamics vs. rolling resistance. A wider tire has lower rolling resistance but a larger cross section though some rims may actually be more aero with a 23mm tire than 20mm if the tire is too narrow to blend with the rim. 25mm rims do have an aerodynamic tradeoff. Someone racing against the clock has to consider this and nobody wants to race at a disadvantage.

Since rolling resistance increases linearly with respect to speed while aerodynamic drag increases at the square of speed there is probably a speed where below which a wider tire is more efficient and above the narrower is better.

If you aren't concerned with saving every possible watt than ride what feels best and all else being equal wider tires are more comfortable, durable, and less susceptible to punctures and pinch flats.

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Yeah I've never been one for coloured tires. The more black the better for me! I actually heard about that Specialized tire story before but didn't believe it at first...

I run 25mm Conti Ultra Gatorskins as my commuting tire. I dread to think how many k's I have on that set (2+ years commuting, generally and still going strong). They were also fantastic when I went to ride the IMLP course back in June, that was 2 days of decent mileage for me.

I actually suspect that it's because they're 25mm wide that I like 'em, rather than anything. If you believe the hype, Continental now adds this "Black Chili" carbon-black like compound to their GP4000 line (black tires only) that is meant to make the ride less harsh and more grippy with no weight penalty. Whether it's true or not is another matter - I'm going to get my hands on a set of 25s and try them out. However, I'm ready to make the switch to 25s a permanent one. More comfort, lower pressures, and equivalent speed at a given (albeit low) wattage, what's not to like?

I thought about rotating but I like the idea of fresh rubber at the beginning of every season. I just put on a fresh set of Michelin CX tires last weekend and after the initial break-in period, the bike now hooks up like nobodys business.

With my mileage on the road, my last 2 sets of Michelin Pro Race2s have lasted me the season before starting to square off in the back. Front looks great.

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9/22/09 7:01 P

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WONGERCHI: I average 1,000 miles out of a rear tire and 2,500 out of a front. Lately I've been rotating my tires. When my rear tire wears out I move my front tire to the rear then put a new tire on front. Since fronts and rears wear differently they seem to last longer though I haven't been doing this long enough to have an idea just how long yet.

My most amazing tire story is a Vittoria CX sewup that I got 3,000 miles on the rear without even a flat. The tread had almost worn to the cassing and the top was flat instead of rounded. I was riding along bragging to another rider about my 3,000 mile rear when I heard the old fiss-fiss-fiss of a flat. One must never anger the bicycle gods!

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Your suspicion of colored tires is justified. Carbon black is the best material for reinforcing tire rubber. Using carbon black does not allow tread colors though. My first experience with colored tires was in the freestyle area. We had a whole rainbow of tires. We knew the colors were for show, the black version of the tire was both more durable and got better traction (especially wet). Long ago Specialized supplied gray Umma Gumma tires to their team in Europe. Riders crashed whenever it got wet because these tires didn't have near the traction of the black tires they were used to. In general professional bike racers ride whatever they are paid to but this is one of the few exceptions where cyclists refused to use their sponsor's equipment.

Colored tires have improved a great deal since then. They no longer get noticeably less traction than black tires though they do not last as long as they would have if they used carbon black instead of silica. Since most cyclists neither ride near the limits of adhesion nor ride enough to wear out their tires tire choice is largely determined by how receptive they are to marketing.

I'll admit that the first time I saw someone ride a Bianchi with matching celest tires I thought it was really cool looking; he was definitely styling.

I've always thought Continental tires were overrated. I did love their expensive Competition sewups though they fit so tight they were murder to glue on. Their Sprinters were a good but expensive training tire. Conti clinchers are durable but they use a low thread count carcas that doesn't ride as well as it should. Their Ultra Sport is a good inexpensive but durable training tire (I often ride these).

Overall the best clincher tire I ever rode was the old Michelin SuperComp HDs. They were durable and rode great especially in the rain where their traction was top notch. These have long been discontinued to be replaced with lesser tires that are more expensive and gimicy.

I've never tried Vredstein or Veloflex tires. Next time I buy tires I'll probably try Vredsteins since even Veloflex's Pave model is too narrow for my fat arse.

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WONGERCHI:

I've got a guy at work who said he only gets 500 miles on a set of the 3's.

I was going to go with the 4000's, but the part of the tire that contacts the road was red and I thought that after a few miles they'd be blacked out anyway.

Thanks for the information and I guess I'll post how many miles I get out of them.

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I am a HUGE fan of the Michelin Pro Race 2s and was kinda excited about the 3's. However, I've heard and seen nasty things happening to the sidewalls of the Pro3, sometimes after as little as 3-400 miles. Watch for cuts and nicks! They are designed more as a race-only tire as opposed to the Pro2 which was a race-but-train-on-them-too tire.

That said, I know some folk who get the same awesome mileage out of their Pro3s as their Pro2s (I easily get 5000+k out of a set of Pro2s).

After my last set of Pro2s I'm not moving to Pro3s. Instead I'm switching to Conti 4000S tires instead...

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Red huh? Cool! Of course on my bike then I would look like red/white/blue and black to add a touch of something different. ;) I'll stick with black for now. :)

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Due to the double blowouts yesterday on my rear tire, it was time for fresh rubber. Since I have a Trek it had Bontrager tires. A fellow rider yesterday asked if I was going to put the same type of tires back on. When I told him no he said "he'd helped about 7 people in the past week with Bontrager tires."

Well, the new tires are Michelin Pro3's; in red no less. They really changed the look of my bike and ride like a dream.

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Ok,

I've rode several times now with the Jawbones and much like other Oakleys they're great. I love this new coating that they put on many of the newer glasses. It allows water (sweat) to run right off and not leave streaks.

I don't think that they sit so close to my face that eye lashes would hit them. They are pretty flat straight across the face. I ordered the Transitions lenses and they seem to work pretty well. There are times when I wish they were a little darker, but when it comes down to it I'd rather have them be a bit light rather than have constantly dark lenses.

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Let us know how those work out for you.

The last Oakleys I owned were prescription Straight Jackets. The problem I had was that after I tried the frames on and loved them I ordered them with my prescription but the lenses sat so close to my face that with the thicker prescription lenses my eyelashes brushed the lens which drove me crazy. With this design there was no way to adjust them farther from my face. I wore them for a while even though I hated them because they were so expensive and looked cool. A car wash attendant did me a favor by stealing them apparently not realizing they were prescription (it was a very weak prescription not obvious at first but hopefully it gave the theif heaedaches). I replaced the Oakleys with some cheap wrap sunglasses that have worked admirably ever since.

I understand jawbones have a prescription option but I wonder if these sit so close that I'll have the same problem I had with the straight jackets.

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Just got my new birthday present to myself; Oakley Jawbones!

They've been back ordered for a month, but the shipped them on my birthday and I was hoping to have them by Monday. Well, they showed up yesterday and are gorgeous. I went with Transition lenses so they are more versatile.

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Thanks Wongerchi you always have the best Bike solutions



also when you have time can you post how you wash your bike?
or should we post it under a new thread titled Care & Maintenance?

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John:
When commuting I use both a U-lock and a cable lock. Both go into a backpack which I always wear when commuting. You're absolutely right about the plastic clamp - never seen a worse clamp ever!

When I'm not commuting I don't wear a backpack and don't bring my locks. I also don't stop at stores.

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I got Kryptonite cable lock
the u lock one is a problem to store on bike the plastic clamp breaks

the cable one you can wrap around
if wear a back pack can always carry Ulock in bag, but dont alsways wear a back pack on road bike

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I use a Krypton U-lock, but I live in Davis, CA where bike theft is the most well known crime issue.

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hello gang any lock advice?

I still need to buy a lock
the LBS recommended cable one the other is too heavy and the mount piece breaks, this way can wrap cable lock around seat I will be using it mostly to lock it at condo bike room rack, some people throw a cover over it

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Hi ya people! I just joined your team. Wow, all your gadgets sound fab. I bought a cycle computer about 2yrs ago. I fell off my bike & wrecked it a while back. Was good 4 temp, speed, distance. No altitude tho. That sounds like a fab idea.
Down under, it's the end of winter (Thank God). I am only just getting outside again now that it's warming up a bit. I'm hoping to really crank the mileage up & the weight down!

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Hey everyone! I just got the Trek Incite. It was on clearance at my local bike shop so I decided to give it a try. I'm not sure which model I have but I love it so far. Has wireless speed, heart rate, time, temperature, grade, altitude, and wired cadence. So far I love it! Its even more fun biking because I push myself harder when I'm under a certain speed, telling myself "that's too slow!!" The heart rate is tricky. I think I need to make it tighter because 75% of the time it says 0. I don't know how it compares to other gadgets but I like it for my purposes!

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Funny, but I do something very similar. I cut a terry head band and wrapped it around the bars then buckled the forerunner over it. Worked fine. I like the idea of the quick connect because the band on the forerunner gets replaced with a velcro strap so its easy to put on the bike fitting plus easy to put on your wrist for running. I hate the buckle thing, mine fits on my wrist so one hole its too tight the other one a bit too loose. Hoping when I get the new forerunner and the bike connect with strap it will be way more convenient.

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I use the forerunner with the cadence and heart rate monitor. I love it. I didn't know they made handlebar mounts when I bought my bike. I increased the size of my handlebar with an old black sock and electrical tape. It actually looks alright. Forerunner gets two thumbs up from me! Also love it running!

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Thanks for your input, I think you are right, and I'll just stick with the forerunner. I had to send mine back to the place I bought it from for a replacement since the beep wasn't working. Then after telling me to send it back, they got it and charged me 20% restocking fee and refunded me the diff. If I'd known that I could have just as easily sent it back to Garmin and they probably would have sent me a ship label to boot. So I'm out the 20% plus the cost to return it. I found another good buy on one and ordered it all over again from a diff company then ordered the cadence and quick connect from another co. Probably will be a wk or so before I'm back up and running again. I sure do miss it, especially for running since I still have my cateye for the bike to at least give me an idea of what I'm doing.

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I'm a huge Shimano fan but I have to say that Flightdeck SUCKS. I fiddled with one a couple of years ago and it was far too easy to change modes while shifting and the software was kinda flaky. The gear thing is nice but hey, you can always look down...

If I were you, I'd get the cadence/speed sensor for the Forerunner. Also get the handlebar mount and you're good to go. Probably cheaper in the long run and you've got the perfect multisport setup!

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Thus far the Cateye V2c has not failed me yet. I've been greatly impressed with the information that it provides.

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currently I use a Cateye but have a forerunner 305 for running. I had intended to get a cadence sensor for it and the connect for the handlebars. But now I am looking at the Flightdeck, I think it would be very cool to be able to look and see what gear I'm in and to change modes without having to move my hands from the bars. I would still have to use the 305 for the HRM but I'm not thrilled with the reviews the Flightdeck has received. Although they all seem to be from a few years ago. I'm wondering if the newer models have changed to make them better, does anyone have one and do you like it?

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I have a Nokia N95 phone with the Nokia Sportstracker (GPS) software installed. This works well and gives me all ride info I need.

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I'm impressed that you managed to drown your Forerunner! I've taken my 301 out in monsoons and it's been totally fine... For multisport I'd still go with the 305, or the 310XT if you want to upgrade.

I had a long chat with the Garmin rep at one of our running expos the other month about the differences between the 305 and the newer models. To me there's not a whole lot of functional differences apart from the waterproofing - more HR zones, the calorie burn thing, is just cosmetic.

I've found both my Garmin units to be consistently 40% too high on cal burn (I've tested this with a power meter). To me, the whole cal calc using HR opens up another can of worms simply because the vast majority of people do not know the correct way of calculating HR zones. So you're going to stick more variables on top of an inaccurate system? No thanks!

That said, I do LOVE my Garmins. I don't ride or run without them, and would recommend Garmin to anyone.

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last week my Garmin Forerunner 305 died after 3 good years. My father took it cycling and got caught in pouring rains- we then realized the thing is not waterproof

I want to get a new Garmin (I already have the Cadence sensor on the bike) so sticking with Garmin is easier. Anyone own the new Forerunner® 310XT or the Forerunner® 405CX? I run as well as bike and I would like to use the same device and easily switch modes

I also hated that the 305 didn't calculate calories based on HR (what gives?) but I guess they fixed that with the new versions.

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Got the V2c installed and set out on a ride today. It took about 45 minutes to set everything up and program the computer. I rode 44 miles only limited by time, but the V2c seemed to work flawlessly. I ride mostly country roads near different power lines and train tracks without any incident.

Overall I'm very impressed with the unit. I guess we'll see after it has a few miles on it.

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Thanks I will definitely have to get the sensor. Yesterday I was going at what I thought was a good cadence and I counted only 80 while timing it on my cat eye. Maybe when I get my new bike I can get it up to 90 and above. It will be fun to keep track at any rate.

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I use Garmin equipment (Forerunner 301 and Edge 305). I know several triathletes who do Forerunner 305 + cadence sensor and they all say it works pretty well.

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I have a forerunner 305 that I use for running and I'm thinking of getting the cadence sensor and quick connect, does anyone use this?

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I've been looking at bike computers for some time now and finally pulled the trigger last night. No on near by had it in stock, but since I'm a Team Performance member they said I would have it Wednesday.

I decided on the Cateye V2C. With it using 2.4 GHz and the speed/cadence in one unit I thought this was the best choice. I'll let you know how it works out once it's installed.

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Thanks!

When I called it sounded like something they might have to special order, but when I dropped in they just pulled one out of the drawer.

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SARAHGMD - Happens to me on occasion also. My LBS just replaces it with any brand of magnet and it seems to work the same ( same mileage, cadence and speed) or at least close enough that I cannot tell a difference. I use different magnets on different wheels with the same comp. for this reason.

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I have a question. I apparently threw the magnet on my wheel for my speed monitor off early in my ride home last night. (I didn't notice immediately, because I've been having issues with getting the sensor positioned just right, so I assumed it'd just waggled out of position.) Are there any suggestions for a magnet replacement? I'd hate to replace the whole system since that seems wasteful and minorly expensive.

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Ok, I have another question....I am posting this on all my tri/cycling teams to see if someone can help.

I just got clips and Specialized Trivent shoes for my bike, my next tri is in less than 2 weeks and I am trying to get some practice in them before the race. I worked on getting in and out of them on the bike last night and my shoe flipped under the pedel and was scuffed up, not a big deal but how do I get in and out of the shoes on the bike without this happening again?

The guys at the bike shop told me I have to put a rubber band on the shoe and connect it to the bike to keep the shoe upright, then when I step on the band snaps off. But what about when I go to get out of the shoe? I tried today and I had to carry my bike barefoot b/c if I do not the shoes will fall back again and get caught under the clip. Does this make sense?

Does anyone have experience with this? Any help is greatly appreciated! Also I rode today for the first time with them and I was surprised that my times where SLOWER than when I was biking with my running shoes. My seat was raised and the handles lowered yesterday because they said I was riding far too low, so is it because I am riding in a new form and I just have to get used to it....is that why I was slower today?

Thanks for your help!

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I just upgraded my brakes to the Shimano 105's. I cannot believe the difference. the ride of my bike is VERY much improved. It is actually better in tight corners at speed and I don't have to use the brakes as often because their stopping power is so much better than the cheap tektro brakes I had been using. I was hesitant about spending the money on them because I thought that just stopping the bike was enough. these brakes made me more confident, faster throughout the ride and kept my bike more stable.

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I've finally joined the 20th century! (yes, I mean the 20th)

I got shoes with CLEATS this weekend and wore them for the first time in spinning tonight. What a difference! :-)

I can sprint with a much higher cadence, and my feet stay exactly where they belong...

Next step is to install the pedals on my (ancient - but comfortable and familiar) Peugeot U-O9 road bike.

When I eventually get a new bike the pedals will go on there, I suppose.

woo-hoo! technology! LOL.

P.S. In keeping with this thread, I suppose I should mention that they're Shimano M52s.

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I bought new Pearl Izumi PRO shorts and they seem to be really nice. I wore them on a 63-miler over the weekend and they were very comfortable. Spending the money on good shorts seems essential.

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I realized tonight that I need grips! You know, the little extensions on the end of the handle bars? I had them on my old bike but I don't have them on the new bike. I know that they would make my life easier when we do start back on the longer rides, which we haven't done since I've had the new bike. *sigh* I know for a fact I won't be doing the aero bars because I have a mountain bike, not a road bike. :)

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Jen:
I have the T2+ aerobars on my bike too. They're very nice indeed, good choice, not that I'm biased or anything!

The aero position on a roadbike makes it much more twitchy - that and the "where are the brakes/gears?" syndrome are the biggest things. Don't use the aerobars in the city, if you're riding in a group, or anywhere where you have to stop suddenly. Generally, I'll tool out of the city streets as a warmup and then when I get into more open roads then I'll use the aerobars. You'll soon figure out where you can use them and where you really shouldn't.

Tips? Practise, practise, practise. When I got mine I went to a quiet spot and just practised getting into and out of the aero position while holding a straight line. Then I went round the loop in the aero position, in an easy gear. Once I could do that, I started changing gears. Then I went out onto the road.

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Thanks for the tip regarding the profile design areobars, I just had the T2 + put on today along with the water bottle in b/n them and a cadence/mph computer. I rode today for the first time with them and I was a bit scared so I kept it slower but I did manage to get to 20 mph in the bars. I need to get more comfortable in them for sure.

Any tips??


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Thanks! And I did mean pool, like I swallowed a mouthful at the neighborhood pool. Rather yucky.

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CARLATL:
Camelbaks - regular cleaning and some bicarbonate of soda. Did the trick for me, but I'm used to the semi-plastic taste I really don't mind it.

When you say "pool water" I'm assuming you mean "tap water", right?

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CARLATL - about the water reservoir, I have tried the Camelbak tablets and they are ok. Mostly you can still tell you are drinking out of plastic. I usually add some of the Real Lemon juice to any water bottle or bag to give it some flavor.
Do you have more than one bag? You could wash one, dry and toss in the freezer to see if that helps freeze out some of the poo flavor.

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You know I looked at grips like that last time I was in my bike shop, I wondered if they would really help. Might have to try them out. Thanks for the tip!

Ah yes, the gloves are a wonderful thing!

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I bought some Ergon grips www.ergon-bike.com/us/grips/gp1.html and they have made such a huge difference. My hands used to get numb and I also have wrist problems. I also got some gel palmed bike gloves and they really help too. The combination has made it so I don't even notice my handle bars any more. The only pain I have is from my legs screaming at me for going up hills.
The grips are so easy to install and takes seconds to adjust with an hex wrench.

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