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Forum: Road Cycling
10-19-20, 10:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 105
Posted By smashndash

"The BB-RS500 is a Tiagra level press fit bottom...

"The BB-RS500 is a Tiagra level press fit bottom bracket for BB86 frames and will work with all Shimano Hollowtech II cranksets."
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Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-20, 09:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 689
Posted By smashndash

I have no clue where you got the idea that short...

I have no clue where you got the idea that short legs = harder to ride with more saddle to bar drop. Maybe this is true if you end up needing an XXS frame, where the reduction in stack is limited by...
09-12-20, 06:43 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,130
Posted By smashndash

My LGS was incredibly elitist when I went there....

My LGS was incredibly elitist when I went there. I told them I couldn’t afford to spend $400 on Organic Cup Noodles and they basically turned me away.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-20, 01:24 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 13,998
Posted By smashndash

You know what. I visited the bike shop again...

You know what. I visited the bike shop again today. Here's a video comparison of me sliding my thumb on the rubber with roughly equal force: https://youtu.be/9PlNP3E2-9U

The Gators actually felt...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-20, 10:48 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 13,998
Posted By smashndash

Gatorskins have a really hard compound, the...

Gatorskins have a really hard compound, the opposite of what you want in cold conditions. Something like the GP4S or Michelin Power All Season probably would serve better in your situation. Similar...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-20, 06:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,466
Posted By smashndash

Alaphilippe won today's TDF stage on the turbo...

Alaphilippe won today's TDF stage on the turbo cottons. GP5k has never, and probably will never get used in a WT race. Take that for what you will.
08-26-20, 01:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,010
Posted By smashndash

The mental anguish of knowing that you have those...

The mental anguish of knowing that you have those tires just sitting there is probably more costly than the effort it takes to swap tires. The tires won't get ruined if you take them off. Just be...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-20, 12:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 342
Posted By smashndash

For my 23mm rim, 25mm tape was juuust barely not...

For my 23mm rim, 25mm tape was juuust barely not enough. So 27mm ie +4mm seems about right.

For hookless, make that closer to 2.5mm, since the bed width is narrower for the same measured internal...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-20, 10:10 PM
Replies: 1,272
Views: 186,186
Posted By smashndash

Unfortunately, you won’t find many people who...

Unfortunately, you won’t find many people who have experience with both the smooth track and the graphene track.

I have the graphene track and have done some crazy descending in absolute...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-20, 02:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,127
Posted By smashndash

Ferrouscious got it right. I reached out to...

Ferrouscious got it right. I reached out to CeramicSpeed and they replied:

“Hope you are well and thank you for your email. We have developed the 2 pc inner sleeve in order to offer a better...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-20, 04:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,127
Posted By smashndash

I’m a bit confused about what exactly the “half...

I’m a bit confused about what exactly the “half sleeves” are because from the pictures of the BB, it looks like the outer sleeve goes all the way from one end to the other... and so does the inner...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-20, 03:42 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,430
Posted By smashndash

This begs the question, why does the frame...

This begs the question, why does the frame manufacturer need to sell you the groupset? Surely Shimano would rather sell you the groupset directly, and has the ability to undercut every other...
08-05-20, 03:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 555
Posted By smashndash

Nahh you can have problems with square taper too....

Nahh you can have problems with square taper too. My crappy fixie made a spine-tingling CRACK every time I jumped on the pedals. Bad engineering knows no bounds.
08-05-20, 03:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 555
Posted By smashndash

I’ll throw in my 2c. I don’t think there’s...

I’ll throw in my 2c. I don’t think there’s anything fundamentally wrong with the DUB design. It’s possible that the crank wasn’t produced properly or that the frame wasn’t produced properly. If it’s...
08-04-20, 11:33 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 9,142
Posted By smashndash

Sorry, but do you have a source to prove that a...

Sorry, but do you have a source to prove that a bigger contact patch does not result in more grip?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tire_load_sensitivity

There is TONS of evidence to suggest that...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-20, 02:46 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,430
Posted By smashndash

Yeah the Venge Pro was/is $8000 and had the same...

Yeah the Venge Pro was/is $8000 and had the same frame as the Sworks. I’ve also heard that the bigger sizes of Venge were lighter than the SL6, but don’t quote me on that. It would be hilarious if...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-20, 06:45 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,430
Posted By smashndash

This is definitely the “sweetspot” for the SL7....

This is definitely the “sweetspot” for the SL7. But the conspiracy theorist in me says that part of the reason those $12k Sworks exist is to make a $7000 bike look like a good value... somehow.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-20, 02:55 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,142
Posted By smashndash

Agreed. You don’t want to learn to override your...

Agreed. You don’t want to learn to override your brain’s natural instinct to take it easy on the descents. I tried my absolute hardest to “unlearn” my fear of lean and kinda succeeded. It felt...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-20, 04:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 685
Posted By smashndash

Ah ok....

Ah ok. https://bicyclewheelwarehouse.com/Components/Hubs/Road-Hubs/Pure-R70-R240-Black-Hub-Set-311g.html

Seems reasonable. I'd argue that there isn't much to making a good cartridge hub these days...
07-24-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 9,142
Posted By smashndash

Yeah this a lot of hoopla over a fairly weak...

Yeah this a lot of hoopla over a fairly weak claim of “small changes in tire diameter do not measurably change rolling resistance on mostly smooth pavement as long as you use supple tires”.

People...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,182
Posted By smashndash

Bingo. There was another thread:...

Bingo.

There was another thread: https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/1207670-help-me-out-bottom-brackets.html where I posted all the reasons why BB90 sucks. But that doesn’t mean PF standards...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-20, 01:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 563
Posted By smashndash

I commend you for asking for info rather than...

I commend you for asking for info rather than pulling an opinion out of thin air.

BB90: a direct-fit BB standard. The bearings get pressed directly into the carbon frame shell. This opposed to...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-20, 09:42 AM
Replies: 1,272
Views: 186,186
Posted By smashndash

Straight pull doesn’t allow any flexibility with...

Straight pull doesn’t allow any flexibility with lacing, so my wheelset was 2x both sides. I would recommend going 2x both sides. You get more torsional stiffness that way. Ie there are more spokes...
07-08-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,377
Posted By smashndash

San Diego, especially north of Fiesta Island, is...

San Diego, especially north of Fiesta Island, is actually a fantastic place to ride. Most of it is newer development. Up here in the bay area, we have a lot of old mountain roads, though. A lot of...
07-07-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,974
Posted By smashndash

I don’t see how this is relevant to the thread....

I don’t see how this is relevant to the thread. The thread is discussing using road shifters/brake levers on flat bars and trigger shifters on drop bars, which I have never seen done before.
07-01-20, 11:23 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,716
Posted By smashndash

I’d like a bike that could hang in a crit but...

I’d like a bike that could hang in a crit but still shred singletrack. The 3T exploro racemax would probably be it. I obviously wouldn’t be able to hit black diamond trails or DH parks but I don’t do...
06-28-20, 11:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 608
Posted By smashndash

These guys get KOMs on nearly every descent they...

These guys get KOMs on nearly every descent they film in the Los Angeles mountains - one of the most competitive cycling scenes in the continent. I would hardly qualify this as “normal”.
06-27-20, 11:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 627
Posted By smashndash

Looks like nobody here (EDIT: besides tyrion)...

Looks like nobody here (EDIT: besides tyrion) got the memo yet. i25 has been in for road bikes for a while. Zipp, 3T, LB and Enve (and possibly others) make wheels with that dimension, suited to...
06-24-20, 09:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 685
Posted By smashndash

Unfortunately, that is a side effect of side-pull...

Unfortunately, that is a side effect of side-pull brake designs. If the housing is the "perfect length" when the brake is not engaged, it will be too short when the brake is engaged. I'm sure you...
06-24-20, 06:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 685
Posted By smashndash

Actually the 5800 caliper has the SLR-EV design. ...

Actually the 5800 caliper has the SLR-EV design.

https://www.wigglestatic.com/product-media/5360096321/Shimano-105-5800-Brake-Caliper-Rim-Brakes-Black-NotSet-BR5800FL.jpg?w=430&h=430&a=7
The...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-20, 01:50 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,497
Posted By smashndash

I don’t agree with this. My alloy wheels are...

I don’t agree with this. My alloy wheels are significantly “springier” on steep climbs than my deep carbon wheels. Really good carbon wheels might be better than my LB ones tho.

My alloy rims are...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-20, 05:37 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,254
Posted By smashndash

I think the research is fairly clear that, if...

I think the research is fairly clear that, if you're serious about aero, you want the rim to be wider than the tire.

Hunt, Light Bicycle, Zipp, Enve, and 3T are all good places to look. My...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-20, 10:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,246
Posted By smashndash

Not to mention the blatant Bugatti logo ripoff.

Not to mention the blatant Bugatti logo ripoff.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-20, 10:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,531
Posted By smashndash

You may as well switch to solid rubber tires with...

You may as well switch to solid rubber tires with that logic. The tires exist to deform to the road. You should go TL if you are that afraid of pinch flats.

I weigh 145lbs at my heaviest and I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-20, 01:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,466
Posted By smashndash

For a company that thinks 1x is the future, this...

For a company that thinks 1x is the future, this sure seems like a lot of investment into 2x.

I’ll bet $1.00 that even if SRAM came out with this, which is questionable, people would still prefer...
06-14-20, 06:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,110
Posted By smashndash

That’s a very strong recommendation considering...

That’s a very strong recommendation considering that 100% of cyclists need tires.

Can you list the tires that you have experience with? Is this tire better than all those tires in every single...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-20, 08:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,048
Posted By smashndash

What’s the point in having 2 sets of alloy...

What’s the point in having 2 sets of alloy wheels?

I would recommend saving up until you can afford a deep carbon rim that has a reputation for good crosswind handling. I’ve ridden my Light...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-20, 06:44 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,533
Posted By smashndash

Not sure when I did this, unless I misinterpreted...

Not sure when I did this, unless I misinterpreted what RChung said.

You’re right that I made a poor assumption. Not everyone is made happy by the same things. But the best I can do is share my...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-20, 12:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 396
Posted By smashndash

What wheels are you planning to use? What is your...

What wheels are you planning to use? What is your dropout spacing?

My suggestion is to skip over tiagra and go straight to R7000 105. The price difference should be fairly small if you shop...
06-10-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,575
Posted By smashndash

The issue is that for us experienced cyclists, if...

The issue is that for us experienced cyclists, if someone says something like “your fit is totally off” or “wear your helmet right” or “you need to get yourself a real bike”, we’re confident enough...
06-05-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 822
Posted By smashndash

OK if we’re talking commuting, that disqualifies...

OK if we’re talking commuting, that disqualifies the Rene Herse tires (unless you go for the Endurance casing, which are $85 apiece) and to a lesser extent, the Challenge Strada Bianca and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-20, 03:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,685
Posted By smashndash

I stand up when climbing quite often. I have a...

I stand up when climbing quite often. I have a friend who weighs as much as I do but can’t stand up for more than a few seconds - but he comes close to me in terms of seated power.

I think the...
06-02-20, 02:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 402
Posted By smashndash

Tire pressure choice is incredibly personal. ...

Tire pressure choice is incredibly personal.

Some people like to run lower front tire pressure because there is less weight on the front and you get a bigger contact patch that way.

Some...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-20, 09:41 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,434
Posted By smashndash

I gotta say. There are lot of weird things about...

I gotta say. There are lot of weird things about this thread.

a) what does “elite” mean? The only definition I know is to become a pro or category 1 cyclist according USAC. Maybe category 2 if...
05-21-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,758
Posted By smashndash

Yeah, anyone over 6’ tall talking about how short...

Yeah, anyone over 6’ tall talking about how short cranks are bad is not thinking very hard.

Anyone over 6’ tall saying crank length doesn’t matter? I heartily agree - there is no known benefit to...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-20, 02:48 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,106
Posted By smashndash

The reason it matters is because the asymmetry...

The reason it matters is because the asymmetry can change depending on output. So if you’re on rolling terrain, you might see your power output jump on steeper sections because you crossed threshold...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-20, 12:22 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,106
Posted By smashndash

I got a 5800 4iiii left arm power meter for a...

I got a 5800 4iiii left arm power meter for a pretty good price. I’d say 4iiii is a good bet (I have the coin cell one). Stages also recently reduced their prices significantly.

I’d like to warn...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-20, 12:37 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 964
Posted By smashndash

I have the same issue. It’s excruciatingly...

I have the same issue. It’s excruciatingly painful. I used to run my cleats wide (wider q Factor) and thought that was a good solution. But my right knee would always ominously ache after a long,...
05-08-20, 04:55 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,519
Posted By smashndash

I think people are being unnecessarily harsh on...

I think people are being unnecessarily harsh on Specialized. I personally love the idea of a proper hybrid. The dropper post might be a bit much, but my first “real bike” was a front suspension...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-08-20, 12:48 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,748
Posted By smashndash

We must have different priorities. I unclip left...

We must have different priorities. I unclip left so that if I fall, it’s on the non drive side 😄
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