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01-03-20, 08:24 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 15,321
Posted By CarloM

I'd just caution that you put a lot of ride time...

I'd just caution that you put a lot of ride time in before deciding. A hybrid sounds like a cross between a gravel and an MTB but in reality it's kind of a bad compromise between both if you like one...
01-03-20, 01:39 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 15,321
Posted By CarloM

I hadn't ridden in nearly 30 years (from my teens...

I hadn't ridden in nearly 30 years (from my teens to my mid-forties), and had lived a sedentary life recently. I never let myself get overweight--BMI was always within the normal range, but waist-hip...
01-02-20, 06:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 15,321
Posted By CarloM

I was in the exact same position seven months...

I was in the exact same position seven months ago. I made some purchases I regret, so here's hoping my experiences save you money and time (in terms of trial and error).

First: assess your fitness...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-19, 12:22 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 7,629
Posted By CarloM

So yes, nothing is "maintenance free". In any...

So yes, nothing is "maintenance free". In any mechanical thing, not just bikes.

But there is a big difference between having to manage cable tension changes, whether it's indexing gears, or...
12-16-19, 09:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,637
Posted By CarloM

Hope their next bike is a Diamond Dave.

Hope their next bike is a Diamond Dave.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-19, 05:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 803
Posted By CarloM

Good to hear...although that must have just...

Good to hear...although that must have just happened as my chat was literally last week. :lol: Or else that info is slowly making it's way through to all their CSRs.

Either way, I'd be interested...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-19, 08:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,179
Posted By CarloM

Sweet ride! I own a TCR as well, and like others...

Sweet ride! I own a TCR as well, and like others have said, I've never regretted spending more for the better bike. Safe riding!
12-04-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,219
Posted By CarloM

Agree on the boat anchor wheels! :lol: I thought...

Agree on the boat anchor wheels! :lol: I thought the Revolt was just a heavy bike until I swapped to my Aeolus Pro 3 carbon wheels and Panaracer GK slicks (which I'm sure also weigh much less than...
12-04-19, 01:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 13,163
Posted By CarloM

If you have a need or use for it, yes it's...

If you have a need or use for it, yes it's definitely a good bike. For me it was just languishing and I don't have anyone else who would make use of it, so off it went. Surprisingly few of my friends...
12-04-19, 12:00 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 13,163
Posted By CarloM

I just got an email saying they received and...

I just got an email saying they received and checked out the bike and are honoring the quote, so "the check will soon be in the mail". The quotes are non-binding (you have 72 hours to take action) so...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-04-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 9,371
Posted By CarloM

I agree that a short test ride won't tell you...

I agree that a short test ride won't tell you everything you need to know about a bike. Fortunately, for one thing my LBSs now know me so I'm free to take it out on extended rides. Nothing crazy, but...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-03-19, 05:49 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 9,371
Posted By CarloM

Same. Worked at food service in college, and...

Same. Worked at food service in college, and right after graduating lived with a friend who was a waitress for a couple of years who would bring home nightmare stories of customer behavior. It...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-19, 08:14 PM
Replies: 19,534
Views: 4,139,357
Posted By CarloM

Black Friday deals from Excel Sports. ...

Black Friday deals from Excel Sports.
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because......
12-01-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 1,756
Views: 522,516
Posted By CarloM

Congratulations! Can't wait to see it, especially...

Congratulations! Can't wait to see it, especially in that color!
Forum: Road Cycling
11-29-19, 12:49 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 10,133
Posted By CarloM

Just to give you an idea of the look of the DA...

Just to give you an idea of the look of the DA rotors on an all black bike (sorry about the poor quality night photo, and not staging the cranks at 3 and 9 o'clock and valves at 6 o'clock :lol: was...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-29-19, 12:40 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 10,133
Posted By CarloM

Some Dura Ace rotors would really complete that...

Some Dura Ace rotors would really complete that all black look :thumb:
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-19, 04:52 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 7,629
Posted By CarloM

Had to google the Cube. Very nice looking bike,...

Had to google the Cube. Very nice looking bike, although that transition from top tube to seat stays is...an interesting design. I have both a TCR with Di2 and an S3 with the older 11spd Red eTap. I...
11-22-19, 12:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,219
Posted By CarloM

NBD: Giant Revolt Advanced 2 (soon to be Di2!)

Extremely excited to be joining the Gravel community! Just traded in two bikes to Pro's Closet that I no longer use (Trek FX S6 because I discovered I prefer riding drop bar bikes, 2018 Cannondale...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 10,133
Posted By CarloM

Those look like Ultegra rotors as part of a...

Those look like Ultegra rotors as part of a complete Ultegra drivetrain. Very sleek looking!
11-20-19, 01:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,133
Posted By CarloM

I know that there are more measurements that make...

I know that there are more measurements that make a difference other than height and inseam, but I'm 5-7 with a 30" inseam and I'm a 51 on most bikes, a 52 on some that have relatively small...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-19, 02:41 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,186
Posted By CarloM

So if price is an overriding factor, Canyon is...

So if price is an overriding factor, Canyon is pretty much best bang-for-buck, but it comes at the internet-direct, no dealer support cost. If you have a Giant shop near you, I'd recommend checking...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,186
Posted By CarloM

In all seriousness, I'm now four rides (totaling...

In all seriousness, I'm now four rides (totaling two hours and maybe 40 miles) into the new axles, and my initial impressions have held up. I've pushed the bike super hard most of the time (when I'm...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-19, 08:01 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,186
Posted By CarloM

Talk about a can of worms! :roflmao: Here's...

Talk about a can of worms! :roflmao:

Here's a nutshell of the arguments, and full disclosure, I have discs on all of my bikes so I definitely have a bias/preference.

In general, historically,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-12-19, 05:19 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 10,133
Posted By CarloM

Well, it's not like it's a step-through frame to...

Well, it's not like it's a step-through frame to accommodate a dress! ;)

If it's any consolation, I never thought it was a woman's frame. I just thought it was interesting that for apparently the...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-12-19, 04:43 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 10,133
Posted By CarloM

Here's are two 2019 Emondas, one in H1 and one in...

Here's are two 2019 Emondas, one in H1 and one in H2. If you open up the links in two different browser tabs and then cycle between them, the difference between H1 and H2 are pretty obvious (longer...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-12-19, 11:01 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,186
Posted By CarloM

I'll have to keep an eye on that, to see if I'm...

I'll have to keep an eye on that, to see if I'm not up to 12Nm if I get rub.

Brief update: I did go on a 15 minute ride this morning before work. I pushed it hard again, getting off the saddle and...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-11-19, 08:58 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,186
Posted By CarloM

Are Robert Axle Project thru axles great, or are Cervélo's bad? Probably both.

TL;DR - I bought a Robert Axle Project thru axle for the front wheel of my Cervélo S3 looking to get rid of annoying finicky tightening process of stock S3 thru axles. What it did was fix [virtually]...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-11-19, 05:49 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,986
Posted By CarloM

Have both Ultegra Di2 and Red eTap 11 speed. I...

Have both Ultegra Di2 and Red eTap 11 speed. I know SRAM have a bad reputation for tolerances (I believe Hambini uses the S-Bomb a lot to describe it :lol:) but knock on wood so far mine seems to be...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-11-19, 03:17 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,448
Posted By CarloM

How so? She says it to Sheriff Bart. (About “you...

How so? She says it to Sheriff Bart. (About “you people being gifted”...it’s twue, it’s twue...”
Forum: Road Cycling
11-11-19, 01:34 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,448
Posted By CarloM

I was about to say, if a Blazing Saddles opened...

I was about to say, if a Blazing Saddles opened up near me, short of them being price-gouging jerks, they would immediately become my LBS of choice! Of course I'd probably be kicked out pretty...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-10-19, 09:56 PM
Replies: 19,534
Views: 4,139,357
Posted By CarloM

Matching side-loading water bottle cages for my...

Matching side-loading water bottle cages for my Cervelo. Since I'm a 51 and the triangle is so small, I needed side-loading cages because pulling the bottle straight up was always tricky because it...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-05-19, 07:45 PM
Replies: 19,534
Views: 4,139,357
Posted By CarloM

DT Swiss 54T star ratchet (upgrading my DT Swiss...

DT Swiss 54T star ratchet (upgrading my DT Swiss 240s hubs from 18T)...love the new freewheel sound, can't wait to ride it tomorrow!...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-26-19, 04:55 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,173
Posted By CarloM

I’m not here to try and win you over. The vast...

I’m not here to try and win you over. The vast majority of reviews I’ve seen both here in this forum and in the web are adjective based. That’s usually what an Internet forum is for, sharing opinions...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-25-19, 01:31 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,273
Posted By CarloM

If we're gonna go there...this whole forum could...

If we're gonna go there...this whole forum could be called that.
10-24-19, 10:02 AM
Replies: 1,756
Views: 522,516
Posted By CarloM

So I took out my vernier calipers did some...

So I took out my vernier calipers did some measurements for you and took a pic. The 35c Panaracer Gravel King SK TLC set up tubeless at 55 psi, on the stock Bontrager Affinity TLR wheels (21mm...
10-23-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 1,756
Views: 522,516
Posted By CarloM

Thought I’d share. The FXS6 was my first bike....

Thought I’d share. The FXS6 was my first bike. Quickly followed by two road bikes, which had me contemplating selling the FX. It was slower than the roadies and not that much more comfortable. Then...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-13-19, 08:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,804
Posted By CarloM

I was that thread starter, and I think I also...

I was that thread starter, and I think I also said how we'd hear a lot more about BB90s if it were widespread because Trek is the #1...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-13-19, 07:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,350
Posted By CarloM

I don’t know if it will be the future, but I do...

I don’t know if it will be the future, but I do hope it is still called fUCI. :roflmao:
Forum: Road Cycling
10-03-19, 04:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,262
Posted By CarloM

Everything comes into play when attempting to...

Everything comes into play when attempting to avoid, or mitigate, an accident. Road sense, awareness, and bicycle components. That said, you can be fully aware and following all the rules, and then...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-30-19, 10:42 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,349
Posted By CarloM

I did take it for a ride! All the way home :lol: ...

I did take it for a ride! All the way home :lol:
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Pre-saddle being cut...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-19, 09:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,121
Posted By CarloM

Just be sure to also go in informed about what...

Just be sure to also go in informed about what size(s) you are really suited to, and how that differs from brand to brand (at least the big ones, like Trek, Specialized, Giant). I remember early on...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-19, 12:22 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,161
Posted By CarloM

I just wanted to acknowledge smashndash and how...

I just wanted to acknowledge smashndash and how he got "bend the knee" into his post discussing Shimano and SRAM. Well played.
09-16-19, 12:05 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,141
Posted By CarloM

Actually it’s surface streets in an affluent...

Actually it’s surface streets in an affluent area. Speed limit I believe is 40. So they’re clearly doing it at probably 4am and praying cops aren’t hanging around there.
09-15-19, 07:03 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,141
Posted By CarloM

Lol yeah, I am busting my behind in my local...

Lol yeah, I am busting my behind in my local routes to get to 30mph on some 1-2% descents...and then I see the leaderboards on Strava for that same stretch at 80+mph. :speedy:
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-19, 05:19 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,512
Posted By CarloM

tony2v yikes, that is cutting it really close!...

tony2v yikes, that is cutting it really close! Thank you for taking the time to post those pics, very informative.

I just bought digital calipers and found something really interesting.

Here's...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,912
Posted By CarloM

Had never thought of SS. I'll look into it for...

Had never thought of SS. I'll look into it for next round. For aesthetics though I do like matte black.

At the risk of jinxing myself, my hope is that if it fails the bottle will fall to the side...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,841
Posted By CarloM

I would never judge someone who relies on calling...

I would never judge someone who relies on calling a friend/Uber/Lyft, etc. I mean look at pro riders. They have entire teams following them in cars as they race. :roflmao:
09-11-19, 10:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,243
Posted By CarloM

If you're going into a reputable bike shop, trust...

If you're going into a reputable bike shop, trust their guys to order you the right overall frame size, usually based on your height and inseam. Your stack, reach, etc. is all adjusted after you get...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-19, 05:12 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,512
Posted By CarloM

Lol, I'm not fast or flexible enough to benefit...

Lol, I'm not fast or flexible enough to benefit from a slammed stem (more likely it would cause more harm than good to my body!) so no bike of mine is ever going to be submitted to Hot Or Not.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-19, 06:19 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,512
Posted By CarloM

NBD 2018 Cervélo S3 disc SRAM eTap (AKA I have a sickness)

So I’ve been wanting to add an aero bike to complement my 2019 Giant TCR Advanced SL1. A “local” bike shop (if you consider 50 miles and 1.5 hours in LA traffic local) was clearancing 2018 Cervélo S3...
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