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Forum: Texas
04-10-13, 09:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,173
Posted By alpha_bravo

I work in Laredo and have yet to see a goat head...

I work in Laredo and have yet to see a goat head (be kind Cycling Gods). I think you'll be fine riding with normal tires in South Texas. I would spend your time preparing yourself for the heat... My...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-13, 10:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,462
Posted By alpha_bravo

I have an item like that called The Stick...

I have an item like that called The Stick (https://www.thestick.com) which I like for my calves and achilles. But it's no replacement for a true foam roller. You just can't get the same pressure with...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-13, 03:27 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 10,779
Posted By alpha_bravo

This is so true. Modern cameras have such great...

This is so true. Modern cameras have such great high-ISO performance, having a big maximum aperture isn't as important as it was in the film days. On top of that, controlling depth of field wide open...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-13, 03:21 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 10,779
Posted By alpha_bravo

Photography and cycling are pretty much the only...

Photography and cycling are pretty much the only hobbies I have any more. I've got a D7000, and a few lenses, but the two I use the most are the 50 f1.8 and 70-200 zoom.
...
Forum: Texas
04-04-13, 12:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 17,133
Posted By alpha_bravo

Has anyone ridden out in Big Bend? I'd really...

Has anyone ridden out in Big Bend? I'd really like to plan a trip out there to ride some of the real mountains there. I've hear there are a few good 1000-1500 foot climbs. I don't think there's...
Forum: Foo
03-15-13, 11:43 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,199
Posted By alpha_bravo

How about adding it to the top of the thread so...

How about adding it to the top of the thread so we know what we're expected to post instead of three posts down...
Forum: Foo
03-10-13, 12:12 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,199
Posted By alpha_bravo

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7191/6873603375_7ddd...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7191/6873603375_7ddd3625ca_z.jpg

Invading
Forum: Road Cycling
03-04-13, 01:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 14,622
Posted By alpha_bravo

Thanks, that sounds like it's going to work well....

Thanks, that sounds like it's going to work well. Just out of curiosity, what seat post are you running?
Forum: Road Cycling
03-04-13, 12:15 AM
Replies: 2,094
Views: 412,845
Posted By alpha_bravo

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7179/6929524201_a18f...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7179/6929524201_a18fe1e265_z.jpg

My CAAD9 with Campy Corus. Very soon I plan on finally swapping out the cockpit for Zipp SC and ditching that silly carbon wrapped C2...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-13, 11:57 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,842
Posted By alpha_bravo

At first thought I rolled my eyes at this post....

At first thought I rolled my eyes at this post. But after thinking about it a bit more, this doesn't sound that crazy to me at all. My health insurance (Fed Blue Cross Blue Shield) pays $30 a month...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-13, 11:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 484
Posted By alpha_bravo

It's mostly a weight / marketing thing. ...

It's mostly a weight / marketing thing.

Adjusting tire pressure to the bare minimum required will do far more to soak up the bumps than trading out for carbon saddle, seatpost, handlebar, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-13, 10:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 902
Posted By alpha_bravo

Rode 30 miles today in bright sun and 78 degree...

Rode 30 miles today in bright sun and 78 degree weather. The only bad part was the wind... my god the wind.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8088/8527284076_bff691aabf.jpg
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-13, 09:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 14,622
Posted By alpha_bravo

Any New Fizik Arione R1 and R3 Reviews?

The Arione and I have a solid relationship on the road (hate it while on the rollers). But my two year old saddle is getting pretty torn up around the nose and is in need of replacement.

Has...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-09-13, 09:35 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,014
Posted By alpha_bravo

Copyright on YouTube has become a nightmare....

Copyright on YouTube has become a nightmare. Since the pendulum has swung so far in favor of the copyright holders it's really difficult for content holders to fight. Usually you get an offer to...
Forum: Texas
02-09-13, 09:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 972
Posted By alpha_bravo

I am really excited about this ride as it was one...

I am really excited about this ride as it was one of my favorites before the devastating wild fires. I'm excited to see how the park has recovered from them.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-06-13, 01:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 463
Posted By alpha_bravo

The Garmins have heart rate function built in and...

The Garmins have heart rate function built in and you can buy them as a bundle with heart rate strap and or cadence meter as well. Personally if I were in your shoes, I would look at getting a...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-01-13, 12:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,686
Posted By alpha_bravo

These guys still win in my book: ...

These guys still win in my book:

http://www.boingboing.net/2010/02/09/norwe.jpg

But seriously, that's pretty dang cool!
Forum: Road Cycling
01-16-13, 10:38 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,088
Posted By alpha_bravo

Seriously? I guess satire is against the rules in...

Seriously? I guess satire is against the rules in BF now? I've never seen a humorously edited quote be taken down like that...
Forum: Texas
01-14-13, 12:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,024
Posted By alpha_bravo

Apologies for the late reply, I just saw this...

Apologies for the late reply, I just saw this post.

The best bet would simply be to drive down to Gruene and park in the lot there. From San Marcos, there really isn't a short way to get down to...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-25-12, 02:39 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 6,064
Posted By alpha_bravo

New shoes! My old Shimanos were in dire need of...

New shoes! My old Shimanos were in dire need of retirement.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8352/8308383672_60b9628666.jpg

I love that Cat-5 case, that was previously posted as well. I'm not...
Forum: Texas
12-25-12, 02:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,024
Posted By alpha_bravo

East of I-35 is considerably flatter than the...

East of I-35 is considerably flatter than the West side which is where most of the contours are. With that said, there's nothing too hilly. The first place I would ride is River Road. Park in the...
Forum: Foo
12-23-12, 11:47 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,647
Posted By alpha_bravo

Bump

Bump
Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-12, 02:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,679
Posted By alpha_bravo

I really agree with this post. I'd also add that...

I really agree with this post. I'd also add that since it sounds like you spend a lot of time riding in group rides I'd say go with the Tarmac. If you're drafting off someone else for a large part of...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-12, 01:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,033
Posted By alpha_bravo

It's going to be tough since the new model just...

It's going to be tough since the new model just came out. On top of that Specialized has some tricky rules which don't allow dealers to sell certain items online at certain prices. If you don't have...
12-07-12, 12:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 647
Posted By alpha_bravo

A Year in Yellow - Wiggins Documentary

Saw this on my twitter feed. It's an obvious publicity piece Sky put together to commemorate Wiggo's wonderful year. I never really was a fan of Wiggins but I still found this to be an entertaining...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-12, 01:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,212
Posted By alpha_bravo

I've had my two flimsy rubber bands holding my...

I've had my two flimsy rubber bands holding my Garmin onto my bike for 2 years and 9,000 miles on Texas chip seal and heat. I haven't had a single issue so far. The new Garmin mount is a major...
Forum: Foo
12-04-12, 12:42 AM
Replies: 3,713
Views: 295,154
Posted By alpha_bravo

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8203/8240433422_7d2f...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8203/8240433422_7d2f92e868_z.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8482/8239343453_09958e3972_z.jpg
Forum: Foo
12-04-12, 12:38 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,647
Posted By alpha_bravo

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8344/8239356909_b0d3...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8344/8239356909_b0d3f3c69c_z.jpg

A warm entrance on a cold December night at the Gristmill Restaurant in Gruene, TX.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-20-12, 05:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,130
Posted By alpha_bravo

I was in the same boat as you a couple of years...

I was in the same boat as you a couple of years ago when I bought my CAAD9. Personally I'd go with a smaller size in the CAAD. The Soloist/S1 is a nice bike, it's definitely stiff enough for...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-18-12, 10:12 PM
Replies: 10,247
Views: 2,706,087
Posted By alpha_bravo

Yikes, that's a bummer. I'm sure Cannondale will...

Yikes, that's a bummer. I'm sure Cannondale will make good on it.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-18-12, 09:36 PM
Replies: 10,247
Views: 2,706,087
Posted By alpha_bravo

Just out of curiosity, is the dent near the...

Just out of curiosity, is the dent near the chainring? The drive side chainstay naturally flattens out to provide clearance for the chainrings. That's the way it is on my 9, I doubt the 10's are any...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-18-12, 03:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,620
Posted By alpha_bravo

Get the Argon for sure. It may not be a one off,...

Get the Argon for sure. It may not be a one off, but it's definitely going to stick out among the sea of Specialized, Trek, and Cervelo.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-28-12, 02:23 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,887
Posted By alpha_bravo

I like Strava and use it. They do have some...

I like Strava and use it. They do have some common sense stuff that helps minimize the gaming such as requiring heart rate data for KOM's. However, there are two things that bug me. First are random...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-27-12, 01:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,460
Posted By alpha_bravo

The best way to increase resistance would be to...

The best way to increase resistance would be to get smaller drums. I think getting a 3" model would be a better choice if you're spinning out the 4".
Forum: Road Cycling
10-18-12, 12:18 PM
Replies: 10,247
Views: 2,706,087
Posted By alpha_bravo

I would say ride until something breaks then...

I would say ride until something breaks then replace it. I'm your same weight and had no issues with the RS-10's for quite a while until a nasty pothole dented the brake track.

While I don't think...
10-17-12, 12:51 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 7,764
Posted By alpha_bravo

Agreed, and with Honey Stinger, SRAM, and FRS...

Agreed, and with Honey Stinger, SRAM, and FRS Armstrong is not just and endorsed athlete, he is a partial owner...
Forum: Texas
10-17-12, 11:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,650
Posted By alpha_bravo

They really aren't an issue. However, the times...

They really aren't an issue. However, the times I've ridden them were with the Mad Duck Group so we were able to take a lane. Hall Johnson is where the Buon Giorno coffee shop is (for which the ride...
10-14-12, 10:19 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 17,403
Posted By alpha_bravo

I wonder if Lance will have to vacate his...

I wonder if Lance will have to vacate his Leadville 100 victory? I would pay if someone could get a comment from Dave Weins with all this new information.
10-14-12, 10:14 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 7,764
Posted By alpha_bravo

Cycle Sport (from which this list originates) is...

Cycle Sport (from which this list originates) is a GREAT magazine. I think most of the cycling magazines are true rubbish, but Cycle Sport America is different. It's quite a bit more expensive, but...
10-14-12, 09:54 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 7,764
Posted By alpha_bravo

If you draw the line around simply the doping, I...

If you draw the line around simply the doping, I agree with Pcad's thesis completely. He did what he had to do and leveled the playing field.

However, what really surprised me was about the USADA...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-12, 08:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 12,008
Posted By alpha_bravo

If you've got the cash to burn, by all means go...

If you've got the cash to burn, by all means go for super record. But for all practical purposes record is the same group with just a fraction more weight and some substantial cash savings. I'd buy...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-12, 02:26 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,382
Posted By alpha_bravo

Another thing I like about the thumb lever is the...

Another thing I like about the thumb lever is the stealth pinky shift to a smaller cog when you're ready to drop the hammer while climbing and riding on the tops (not that I've ever been able to do...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-13-12, 10:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 948
Posted By alpha_bravo

I think people are finally realizing the benefits...

I think people are finally realizing the benefits of wider tires at lower pressures for overall comfort and durability. I'd say you did really well with your purchase.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-09-12, 12:40 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 9,075
Posted By alpha_bravo

True it's not always the prettiest, but Shimano...

True it's not always the prettiest, but Shimano far and away has the best front shifting on the market (I have yet to try the new SRAM Red). I'll take the odd looks for that smooth shifting even...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-09-12, 12:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,291
Posted By alpha_bravo

Wise words these are...

Wise words these are...
Forum: Texas
10-09-12, 12:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,650
Posted By alpha_bravo

Here are two routes I've done in Grapevine: ...

Here are two routes I've done in Grapevine:

The Mad Duck Coffee shop ride:
http://app.strava.com/activities/1414807

Another of my own invention that takes you across the Grapevine dam. I...
Forum: Foo
10-03-12, 11:54 AM
Replies: 3,713
Views: 295,154
Posted By alpha_bravo

A couple from the Dale Chihuly glass sculptures...

A couple from the Dale Chihuly glass sculptures exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8452/8051068519_e2d997bfff_z.jpg
...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-12, 06:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,163
Posted By alpha_bravo

Taylor Phinney likes his laces. I've never tried...

Taylor Phinney likes his laces. I've never tried them, but I can't really complain about my buckle/Velcro shoe combination I use now.
...
Forum: Texas
09-09-12, 08:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,205
Posted By alpha_bravo

I would ride dam loop clockwise, at the halfway...

I would ride dam loop clockwise, at the halfway point head northwest on Bullick Hollow road and ride Volente loop clockwise. Head back down to finish off dam loop and head up Jester, then Cuernavaca...
08-30-12, 07:46 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,384
Posted By alpha_bravo

I would seriously consider renting a bike and...

I would seriously consider renting a bike and riding Red Rock Canyon loop. Great views and a pretty fun challenge although the loop isn't that long.
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