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Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-19, 07:05 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,684
Posted By rubiksoval

A 5% improvement for a 60 min 40k time trial is 3...

A 5% improvement for a 60 min 40k time trial is 3 mins, for a 50 min 40k time trial is 2.5 mins.

3 mins is more than 2.5 mins.

Simple math.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-19, 06:50 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,684
Posted By rubiksoval

Doesn't matter. Slower people save more time with...

Doesn't matter. Slower people save more time with aero equipment than fast people. Simple fact.

The adage that you need to be able to go a certain speed or be at a certain weight to benefit is...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,684
Posted By rubiksoval

Not really. Slower people get more of an...

Not really. Slower people get more of an advantage (total time saved) from aero equipment than faster people.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-19, 03:06 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,684
Posted By rubiksoval

No, it wouldn't. I wouldn't ride harder...

No, it wouldn't.

I wouldn't ride harder because I was on a crappier bike. I'd ride the same and just be slower.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-19, 05:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,063
Posted By rubiksoval

I don't walk in my cycling shoes.

I don't walk in my cycling shoes.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-19, 07:03 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,723
Posted By rubiksoval

My rule of thumb: if it's raining, don't ride.

My rule of thumb: if it's raining, don't ride.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-19, 06:05 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,695
Posted By rubiksoval

Don't worry. People advocating for a specific FTP...

Don't worry. People advocating for a specific FTP for a particular aspect of technical performance probably don't know what FTP is, period.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-19, 06:04 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,695
Posted By rubiksoval

:rolleyes: I love the completely random and...

:rolleyes:

I love the completely random and arbitrary numbers you selected.

It's diabolical to think that you can train, lose weight, AND have better technical performance all at the same time,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-19, 05:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 686
Posted By rubiksoval

Saw a rear hub last season.

Saw a rear hub last season.
06-15-19, 05:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 643
Posted By rubiksoval

You're inside. You're massively overheating. Very...

You're inside. You're massively overheating. Very common.

Get more fans and/or stronger AC.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-19, 05:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 686
Posted By rubiksoval

The flanges rip apart. They're not repaired....

The flanges rip apart. They're not repaired. They're toast. Have to get a complete rebuild. Hopefully of just the wheel.
06-14-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 612
Posted By rubiksoval

Ha! Same! But 9 speed. But then I did Athens...

Ha! Same! But 9 speed. But then I did Athens Twilight and had a crash and flat and they only had 10 speed neutral wheels. I took the wheel anyway but every gear I tried jumped around so much... I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,787
Posted By rubiksoval

You realize there are a lot of people that race...

You realize there are a lot of people that race in amateur races, right?

And then there are a lot of people that don't do USAC races, but a whole bunch of very competitive group rides?

Speed is...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-19, 01:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 686
Posted By rubiksoval

I've seen enough hub failures to not ever buy...

I've seen enough hub failures to not ever buy another set of Zipps, used or new.

I'd go the Light Bicycle wheels route 10x over.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-19, 12:51 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,695
Posted By rubiksoval

No. But I'd probably spend about half that money...

No. But I'd probably spend about half that money on some wide-rimmed, 50+ mm carbon wheels if my intentions were maximizing speed.
06-10-19, 02:45 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 19,010
Posted By rubiksoval

But your perspective is incredibly skewed in that...

But your perspective is incredibly skewed in that you think a one-size-fits-all approach has anything to do with anything.

It really doesn't.

Talent is the trump card that you keep playing...
06-10-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 19,010
Posted By rubiksoval

It only confirms that HE doesn't need a lot of...

It only confirms that HE doesn't need a lot of hours on the bike.

Take anyone else in this forum, give us those hours, 2x the hours, 3x the hours, whatever, and it still won't make us that fast.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-19, 06:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,018
Posted By rubiksoval

Usually our primes are cash, $20-100 being most...

Usually our primes are cash, $20-100 being most common, though I've won a $200 prime and lost a few $300 primes. I've done a number of races that had (though I wasn't in contention for them) $300-...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-19, 06:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,018
Posted By rubiksoval

They're not going to make much of a difference...

They're not going to make much of a difference other than perhaps making you push a bit harder to justify the new expense.

You want actual performance gains, latex tubes and fast tires will get...
06-09-19, 05:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 678
Posted By rubiksoval

I only use Strava. Never ever heard of the 1st...

I only use Strava. Never ever heard of the 1st and 3rd ones before, and have never needed to use mapmyride. A lot of people I know who plan routes only use ridewithgps.

I just use Strava to find...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 890
Posted By rubiksoval

Probably fine. I went through the same thing...

Probably fine. I went through the same thing after a mult-year hiatus. Keep going. If you ride enough, more things will get sore.
06-07-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 19,010
Posted By rubiksoval

????????? Why???? If you could get to...

?????????

Why????

If you could get to the front on the last lap and pull for 1/4 of a lap, you sure as hell could have stuck yourself in to the front of the group and gone for the sprint....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 7,827
Posted By rubiksoval

You're not convincing anyone. People with...

You're not convincing anyone.

People with powermeters know this. And people without powermeters have no use for this. It's completely meaningless.
06-06-19, 07:45 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 19,010
Posted By rubiksoval

Yes. Pretty much always. Easier to shift before...

Yes. Pretty much always. Easier to shift before sprinting than it is while sprinting (though you get used to that, too).
Forum: Road Cycling
06-06-19, 05:09 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 7,827
Posted By rubiksoval

Even a broken clock...

Even a broken clock...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-19, 01:54 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 7,827
Posted By rubiksoval

There's a larger variation from that in a solo...

There's a larger variation from that in a solo ride versus sitting in the middle of a large pack.

How does Strava know?

That's just one of a multitude of significant factors that Strava can't...
06-05-19, 11:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 860
Posted By rubiksoval

Your first option does not include a power meter,...

Your first option does not include a power meter, so it wouldn't measure power.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,873
Posted By rubiksoval

Normalized power doesn't work as well for...

Normalized power doesn't work as well for intervals under 20 minutes, and the shorter the duration under that, the less useful it is. The NP for a 29 sec interval is...0.

Definitely not what I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-19, 11:45 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 7,827
Posted By rubiksoval

That really doesn't matter.

That really doesn't matter.
06-05-19, 07:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 392
Posted By rubiksoval

TT bikes usually result in lower front ends which...

TT bikes usually result in lower front ends which result in more acute hip angles. If you're having trouble sustaining the position, or producing typical power, then shorter cranks can open up the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-19, 12:25 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 7,827
Posted By rubiksoval

Without power, you have no evidence. Nothing...

Without power, you have no evidence.

Nothing to discuss.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-19, 12:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 936
Posted By rubiksoval

I seriously question the assertion that crank...

I seriously question the assertion that crank length (especially in the 160-175 range) affects power in any way. I track power like a second job and there was ZERO difference going from 172.5 to...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-19, 09:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 936
Posted By rubiksoval

I run a 165mm crank on my 56cm bike. Big game...

I run a 165mm crank on my 56cm bike. Big game changer position-wise as I can ride a lower position with a wider hip angle.
06-03-19, 07:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,613
Posted By rubiksoval

This. And to go with this, you don't move up...

This.

And to go with this, you don't move up from the middle of the pack. You surf the sides, ideally behind other dudes as they're moving up. It's easy to get stuck in the middle when you start...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-03-19, 10:30 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,873
Posted By rubiksoval

I'd go with that as being a significant potential...

I'd go with that as being a significant potential issue.

Without riding the same course, it doesn't really matter.
06-03-19, 05:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,379
Posted By rubiksoval

So would that be allowed in the letter of the...

So would that be allowed in the letter of the rules?

A mechanical incident or crash warrants assistance. Even in WT stage races within the last 3k no GC penalty is given.

That's a really...
06-02-19, 06:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,379
Posted By rubiksoval

Why did he not just take a free lap?

Why did he not just take a free lap?
05-31-19, 07:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,379
Posted By rubiksoval

I always lap up when the opportunity is there. If...

I always lap up when the opportunity is there. If other people in the break don't, I just attack until we're close enough to bridge. Rifling back through the field is a lot of fun.

But anyway, it...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-19, 02:31 PM
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-19, 05:51 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,873
Posted By rubiksoval

:foo: Learn something new every day.

:foo:
Learn something new every day.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-19, 05:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 830
Posted By rubiksoval

Took me well over 1.5 hours to swap out SL 70s...

Took me well over 1.5 hours to swap out SL 70s (from another internally routed bar on an aero bike), and I've worked in 3 different bike shops. You'll have to completely recable your bike.

Take it...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-19, 04:51 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,873
Posted By rubiksoval

Good enough for what? Might as well just pick the...

Good enough for what? Might as well just pick the number you want it to be at that point.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-29-19, 03:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 798
Posted By rubiksoval

If by compensate you mean double the measured...

If by compensate you mean double the measured output, yes.

No idea why it's attributing power to the wrong side, though. Interesting!
Forum: Road Cycling
05-29-19, 03:36 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,873
Posted By rubiksoval

220 watts usually buys me 19.5-20 mph with ~50...

220 watts usually buys me 19.5-20 mph with ~50 feet of climbing a mile at 165 lbs in not-super-windy conditions with an aero bike and fast tire setup and generally more-aggressive riding position....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-29-19, 03:34 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,873
Posted By rubiksoval

Can't buy them anymore as of last week (though...

Can't buy them anymore as of last week (though you can buy them for 700 from various places). SRAM took over. I emailed the guy, pissed I missed the switch over. Said they're only providing warranty;...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-28-19, 04:30 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,178
Posted By rubiksoval

Hendersonville collectively has some of the worst...

Hendersonville collectively has some of the worst roads I've come across at the moment. Seems they just dumped random strips of asphalt out the back of a truck on most of the popular cycling roads.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-28-19, 10:58 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,393
Posted By rubiksoval

Seriously. Those toseek aeronova ripoffs are the...

Seriously. Those toseek aeronova ripoffs are the worst bars I've ever had the misfortune of installing on my bike. I was hearing audible cracks when sprinting, and that's in addition to them being so...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-28-19, 10:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 977
Posted By rubiksoval

Burgers and beer. Or cookies and donuts. Or...

Burgers and beer. Or cookies and donuts. Or whatever is leftover in the fridge from the night before.

Build muscle strength by riding more. Eat on rides in order to ride more.
05-28-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,320
Posted By rubiksoval

I always say race up. But, it doesn't matter. Do...

I always say race up. But, it doesn't matter. Do what you enjoy and have fun with it. It's not like you're riding off the front of a B race every time you line up. That's the type of thing that...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-28-19, 05:20 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,881
Posted By rubiksoval

:rolleyes: As an aside, I find it...

:rolleyes:

As an aside, I find it flabbergasting that you drink the cool-aide of a decade-old fad like powercranks but go on and on about data and results and the like, and yet you still don't use...
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