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Forum: Road Cycling
07-30-20, 07:16 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,607
Posted By HTupolev

Just wait until you get the email about someone...

Just wait until you get the email about someone taking your Local Legend title. Oh no!
07-30-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 459
Posted By HTupolev

Depends on what you're going for. RX8 feel like...

Depends on what you're going for. RX8 feel like road shoes, both on and off the bike. If you're after stiff soles they're fantastic. They feel poor on foot, and it's difficult to coax much traction...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-20, 09:53 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,339
Posted By HTupolev

Most sounds are unwanted because they hint at...

Most sounds are unwanted because they hint at maintenance issues or similar problems. Freewheeling pawls don't, and some people like the sound. That's really all there is to it.

Not much different...
07-27-20, 09:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 688
Posted By HTupolev

Yes, easily. That crack is a serious stress...

Yes, easily. That crack is a serious stress riser. Even at fairly modest pedal forces, it'll gradually propagate itself and eventually break.
07-27-20, 01:15 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 827
Posted By HTupolev

I know a couple guys with Bacchetta high-racers...

I know a couple guys with Bacchetta high-racers who don't have tons of trouble on hills. The recumbents are somewhat heavier than their road bikes, so they do lose a bit on a consistent steep...
07-26-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 15,817
Views: 1,627,202
Posted By HTupolev

Barn at the Centennial Trail north trailhead. ...

Barn at the Centennial Trail north trailhead.

https://i.imgur.com/q2fkBmp.jpg
07-26-20, 07:43 PM
Replies: 1,326
Views: 229,808
Posted By HTupolev

There's something majestic about coming across a...

There's something majestic about coming across a tower yarder at the top of a ridge. Like the foothill wants to be a tall ship.

https://i.imgur.com/2GV31Dc.jpg
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-20, 04:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 785
Posted By HTupolev

The main limiting factor is going to be the frame...

The main limiting factor is going to be the frame and brakes, not the rims. There are some advantages to using wider rims with wider tires, but it's not a very hard requirement. Back in the early...
07-23-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,368
Posted By HTupolev

The fastest way around a corner generally...

The fastest way around a corner generally involves braking as late as practical while hitting a good line. The faster you can come to a stop, the later you can brake. Then you spend less time...
07-23-20, 06:39 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,025
Posted By HTupolev

If your only goal was increasing front center,...

If your only goal was increasing front center, yes. Although at a certain point you start to run into difficulties of what bars and stems are available.

But if you're intentionally trying to use a...
07-23-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,025
Posted By HTupolev

It's certainly a part of it. Another reason for...

It's certainly a part of it. Another reason for achieving high trail with a slack head angle is to create a large front-center, to keep the rider feeling "behind" rather than "over" the front wheel...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-20, 12:36 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,780
Posted By HTupolev

11-12-13-14-15 vs 11-13-15

11-12-13-14-15 vs 11-13-15
07-23-20, 12:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,025
Posted By HTupolev

A big part of it is that the wide stance on the...

A big part of it is that the wide stance on the handlebars gives the rider a ton of leverage on the steering. Geometries that are excessively weighty and floppy in road posture with 42cm drop bars...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-20, 11:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 575
Posted By HTupolev

Aero road bikes don't have similar geometry to TT...

Aero road bikes don't have similar geometry to TT bikes. They're road bikes, so they have geometries designed around drop handlebars and road fit. And the vast majority of the performance difference...
07-22-20, 06:36 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,368
Posted By HTupolev

Good stopping lets you spend more time going and...

Good stopping lets you spend more time going and less time stopping.
07-22-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,707
Posted By HTupolev

Inertia works in both directions. A...

Inertia works in both directions. A higher-inertia object resists acceleration, but also resists deceleration.

Increasing mass does increase gravitational drag, but there's no micro-acceleration...
Forum: Touring
07-21-20, 02:59 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,061
Posted By HTupolev

The small ring in your photographs is definitely...

The small ring in your photographs is definitely not a 20-tooth. It looks like it's closer to somewhere in the 26T neighborhood.

Also, are you sure the big ring is a 45T and not a 46T? 45T is...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-20, 07:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 404
Posted By HTupolev

If it's an old-school single-wall rim, you'll...

If it's an old-school single-wall rim, you'll want a super-narrow strip that sits nicely within the center channel. Some of the cheap "rubber band" rim strips that LBSs carry are good for this, or...
07-20-20, 05:18 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,389
Posted By HTupolev

We might be visualizing this on difference...

We might be visualizing this on difference scales. I mean compared to someone who's tucked in on a fast road descent, where it takes a huge amount of braking force to get the rear wheel to rise....
07-20-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,389
Posted By HTupolev

If you're going extremely slow and upright while...

If you're going extremely slow and upright while grabbing a fistful of brake, it's possible to rotate the system forward and bring the front wheel to a stop by the time you're pitched off the...
07-20-20, 12:22 PM
Replies: 711
Views: 150,180
Posted By HTupolev

Not quite. It's been sitting around...

Not quite. It's been sitting around half-finished.


Technomic-series stems do as well, although they use a normal hex nut rather than the specially-shaped nut on the Pearl/NP.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-20, 11:59 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 6,982
Posted By HTupolev

Probably a fairly steep road, but not entirely...

Probably a fairly steep road, but not entirely unheard of.

500W would be just over 7W/kg for a 70kg cyclist, and on a road racing bike, that rider would be looking at 12mph on something like a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-20, 12:02 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,096
Posted By HTupolev

I actually haven't been up there. I've seen...

I actually haven't been up there. I've seen people use it as part of a Rockport-Darrington connection, which seems pretty awesome. A ride out of Darrington over Segelson and back via North Mountain...
07-19-20, 11:34 PM
Replies: 711
Views: 150,180
Posted By HTupolev

I've dealing with some creaks recently, and I...

I've dealing with some creaks recently, and I think the stem is the culprit. I'm also slightly lengthening the stem reach and switching to a shorter-reach bar to try and open up some leg room at the...
07-19-20, 08:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 412
Posted By HTupolev

V-brake setups typically have a large amount of...

V-brake setups typically have a large amount of leverage, so the pads need to be set extremely close to the rims in order to ensure that the brake pads can get good engagement before the brake lever...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-20, 04:56 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,096
Posted By HTupolev

Mechanical advantage was generally lower, but the...

Mechanical advantage was generally lower, but the characteristics could be decent if things were set up well. One problem is that lots of well-designed brakes prior to the last few decades used...
07-19-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,389
Posted By HTupolev

Your advice works because the issue you're...

Your advice works because the issue you're solving isn't wheel lockup. If there was some sort of instant-stiction phenomenon happening between the pads and rim (or pads and rotor), shifting the...
07-19-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,389
Posted By HTupolev

There's no mysterious mechanism at play, if...

There's no mysterious mechanism at play, if that's what you're asking. Aside from a hard mechanical blockage like throwing a stick into your spokes, wheels don't just "lock up."

If you brake hard...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-20, 04:12 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,096
Posted By HTupolev

For new OEM products in 2020, yes. My point is...

For new OEM products in 2020, yes. My point is that this is more an issue of fashion than technology. A few decades ago it was totally normal for rim brakes to accept 32mm tires with healthy...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-20, 03:34 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,096
Posted By HTupolev

Yes they did. The technology to make lightweight,...

Yes they did. The technology to make lightweight, stiff rim brakes that can handle large (up to around 2") tires has been available since at least the 1930s. The gravel cyclists of that era put a ton...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-20, 10:01 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,780
Posted By HTupolev

You didn't word your point wrong, I addressed the...

You didn't word your point wrong, I addressed the issue of max cog size in my post. Even though racing derailleurs were limited to smaller max cogs than today's models, this did not restrict them to...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-20, 06:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 527
Posted By HTupolev

Local Legend is how Strava tries to embarrass you...

Local Legend is how Strava tries to embarrass you for riding a segment too often.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-20, 11:15 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,780
Posted By HTupolev

Racing derailleurs back then were limited to a...

Racing derailleurs back then were limited to a much narrower overall range, but not to tight spacing from cog to cog. For example, nearly all of them circa 1970 could handle at least a 24T cog; a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-20, 08:16 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,780
Posted By HTupolev

Even when bikes only had 5 cogs in back, and any...

Even when bikes only had 5 cogs in back, and any ratios came at a premium, racers still demanded tight gear spacing. To accommodate different rider's gear-spacing preferences, loads of freewheels...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-20, 08:09 PM
Replies: 16,131
Views: 309,157
Posted By HTupolev

Strawberry-rhubarb ruins both the strawberry and...

Strawberry-rhubarb ruins both the strawberry and the rhubarb. It blunts the lively rhubarb flavor and mushes the strawberry texture. I wouldn't say it's bad per se, but it's bland and mildly...
07-17-20, 12:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 622
Posted By HTupolev

Depends on you and the trails. Some...

Depends on you and the trails.

Some well-regarded gravel bikes, like the Open UP, have what's basically a traditional road geometry. It can be just fine as long as things aren't too technical.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-20, 04:47 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,780
Posted By HTupolev

Sure, but there's an important question about how...

Sure, but there's an important question about how best to achieve adequately low gearing. If you prefer tighter spacing and don't need such a high top gear, for example, reducing the size of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-20, 02:23 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 6,982
Posted By HTupolev

If the bike actually fits reasonably well, and if...

If the bike actually fits reasonably well, and if the geometry doesn't obstruct your wrist on one side from accessing the downtube shifter on the opposite side, you'd generally have no problems using...
07-15-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,707
Posted By HTupolev

In a road context, "climbing bike" doesn't refer...

In a road context, "climbing bike" doesn't refer to the gear ratios, it's a marketing term to distinguish framesets that are less optimized toward aerodynamics than "aero bikes." This tends to result...
07-13-20, 02:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 958
Posted By HTupolev

Here's a recent paved solo road ride I did on my...

Here's a recent paved solo road ride I did on my gravel bike with its supple 53mm tires:

https://i.imgur.com/lqh4QVF.png

20.6mph is about 33kph. Does that mean that my tires are 32% faster than...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-20, 01:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 301
Posted By HTupolev

If it fits you and is in reasonable working...

If it fits you and is in reasonable working order, that actually seems extremely reasonable for the current inflated bicycle market. The biggest caveat is probably that, if you don't end up liking...
07-12-20, 10:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 958
Posted By HTupolev

Marathon Plus Tours are bombproof and will...

Marathon Plus Tours are bombproof and will basically get the job done, but they are extremely slow on the road.
07-12-20, 12:42 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,324
Posted By HTupolev

If those numbers are real, and if there wasn't...

If those numbers are real, and if there wasn't treacherous wind on that day, I'd be shocked if a large majority of the speed difference wasn't due to changes in racing strategy.

I routinely ride...
07-11-20, 07:45 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 6,363
Posted By HTupolev

Probably actually better. I think one of the...

Probably actually better.

I think one of the main benefits of hydraulic disc brakes is that they save people from themselves, because there's not a lot of room to set them up between "near...
07-11-20, 12:22 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 12,886
Posted By HTupolev

They're rarely used for high-performance...

They're rarely used for high-performance applications either, because the need to use a higher volume of the material for adequate spoke bracing results in a wheel that's less aerodynamic and offers...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-20, 10:29 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,183
Posted By HTupolev

East Lake Sammamish and Sammamish River trails...

East Lake Sammamish and Sammamish River trails have an extremely long stretch of near-perfect flatness. By riding up and down it a few times, you could probably achieve a century with around 500 feet...
Forum: Triathlon
07-09-20, 01:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 644
Posted By HTupolev

The upgrades are irrelevant. In a time trialing...

The upgrades are irrelevant. In a time trialing context, downtube shifters versus STI isn't particularly impactful, unless maybe if the time trial in question is a charge up a hill with...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-20, 12:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,471
Posted By HTupolev

Heavy doesn't necessarily imply aero, but... ...

Heavy doesn't necessarily imply aero, but...


...emphasizing aerodynamic performance generally does increase weight. The simple reason for this is that the shape that is structurally optimal for...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 08:43 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,886
Posted By HTupolev

You write this as though that's something to be...

You write this as though that's something to be avoided. I road ride on my gravel bike all the time, complete with 2.1" tires at 40PSI or less:

https://i.imgur.com/0CeOj67.jpg

I did a...
07-07-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 614
Posted By HTupolev

ETRTO is a standards organization. People...

ETRTO is a standards organization. People sometimes use "the ETRTO" of a wheel when referring to its bead seat diameter (BSD), because ETRTO specifies standard BSDs. Bead seat diameter is basically...
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