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05-25-20, 05:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 604
Posted By jpescatore

I bought a Domane SL6 in 2017, based on my leg...

I bought a Domane SL6 in 2017, based on my leg length I went with 54cm. The ISOspeed is definitely noticeable - I could tell that in my test rides and now with over 6,000 miles on it I'm still loving...
05-22-20, 05:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 206
Posted By jpescatore

Can't speak to the Saris on Rouvy, but on my...

Can't speak to the Saris on Rouvy, but on my Wahoo Kickr on Zwift the key to avoiding the ERG death spiral in any workout, including intervals, is to keep cadence a bit higher than I would do in the...
05-21-20, 04:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 548
Posted By jpescatore

Assuming you are not riding at (or planning to...

Assuming you are not riding at (or planning to ride at) 25 mph on your new bikes, it all really depends on what types of surfaces you are riding on. If you are always riding on pristine, super smooth...
05-19-20, 04:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 585
Posted By jpescatore

I lost 50 lbs about 10 years ago had a similar...

I lost 50 lbs about 10 years ago had a similar issue. I found that seats with less padding, more cutout and firmer seats overall felt much better. I don't think a fat rear end helps much from a...
05-19-20, 04:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 282
Posted By jpescatore

Agree with the previous comments about not...

Agree with the previous comments about not upgrading much, would add:

When you need new tires, I would go wider and lower pressure. I weigh 225 and have over the years moved to 32mm at 80 psi....
05-18-20, 04:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 154
Posted By jpescatore

My indoor trainer set up is in the basement, so...

My indoor trainer set up is in the basement, so it is naturally cooler than the house temperatures upstairs. A $20 tlltable 16" floor fan has more than enough air movement to keep me cool - I still...
05-15-20, 04:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 137
Posted By jpescatore

Were you spinning out, pedaling at high RPM on...

Were you spinning out, pedaling at high RPM on the fixie at the hardest level of resistance and not a tough enough ride? Or is the resistance level too high and with the 45/16 you couldn't pedal long...
05-15-20, 04:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 555
Posted By jpescatore

Going up hills, the hills don't care if the...

Going up hills, the hills don't care if the weight is you or your bike - 10% less mass means you will be faster up hill, but it is not as dramatic as you might think.

You can go here ...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-14-20, 04:27 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,767
Posted By jpescatore

I'm still loving my v2, works fine with my Wahoo....

I'm still loving my v2, works fine with my Wahoo. Don't need Bluetooth, but I thought they might come out some more flexible mounting arrangements but looks like the same seat post adapters.

I...
05-14-20, 04:20 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 742
Posted By jpescatore

I have Selle saddles on two of my bikes. I don't...

I have Selle saddles on two of my bikes. I don't think they "break-in" at all, at least not compared to leather saddles or the ones with actual springs underneath. There is so little padding, and so...
05-13-20, 04:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 330
Posted By jpescatore

I've been using a Kickr SNAP for 4 years now,...

I've been using a Kickr SNAP for 4 years now, never had that problem unless the trainer is in erg mode where if you don't do a high cadence, the resistance gets very high.

I have found Wahoo...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-20, 04:02 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 916
Posted By jpescatore

Personally, I hate both a sweaty back and any...

Personally, I hate both a sweaty back and any weight high up on my body when cycling. I can avoid both of those and carry what I need in 1 or 2 small bags that go on my bike.

Others wear cycling...
05-13-20, 03:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 228
Posted By jpescatore

If you search DCRainmaker and/or GPLlama for...

If you search DCRainmaker and/or GPLlama for smart bike power meter tests, you'll see they have done very solid comparisons of pretty much every smart bike out there against the power (often...
05-13-20, 03:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 347
Posted By jpescatore

My daughter is now 29, I used to pull her in a...

My daughter is now 29, I used to pull her in a trail over 25 years ago and had the same questions. Back then, I found some research around motorcycle trailers that I remember as something like the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-20, 04:08 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,560
Posted By jpescatore

Two water bottles/cages and a saddle (seat bag)...

Two water bottles/cages and a saddle (seat bag) for tools/phone, etc are my preference. Two large bottles is good for 50-60 miles, on hot days there is always a place to stop and refill. I have a...
05-12-20, 03:59 AM
Replies: 3
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Views: 162
Posted By jpescatore

I intended to do a N-2+1, but it turned into a...

I intended to do a N-2+1, but it turned into a N-1+1.

Donated my 1991 Schwinn Hybrid to World Bicycle Relief and was looking to find a home for my 1995 Trek 520 touring bike. The idea was to buy a...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-20, 04:36 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 897
Posted By jpescatore

Indoor training on a smart trainer vs. a "dumb"...

Indoor training on a smart trainer vs. a "dumb" trainer is the first "is it worth it question." You could replace the magnetic trainer rollers or with a low end ($500) wheel on trainer or with a...
05-11-20, 04:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 168
Posted By jpescatore

Not really crazy - Bike Forums has an extensive...

Not really crazy - Bike Forums has an extensive FAQ but I remember I couldn't find an info about the posting/URL/private message waiting periods either!
05-11-20, 04:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 151
Posted By jpescatore

I've gone with hooks on the walls, saves so much...

I've gone with hooks on the walls, saves so much space.

If you really want to just have the bikes upright on the garage floor, places like Home Depot sell standard metal freestanding bike racks...
Forum: Touring
05-10-20, 06:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 689
Posted By jpescatore

Chrisp72 - exactly why I decided to buy this bike...

Chrisp72 - exactly why I decided to buy this bike to replace an 1995 Trek 520 touring bike and not put those bags on my carbon road bike. I tried it for an 85 mile ride and everything fits fine, but...
05-08-20, 05:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 345
Posted By jpescatore

I've put a lot of miles on Zwift with an smart...

I've put a lot of miles on Zwift with an smart trainer but found that the seat and seat position that works on the road works best for me inside, too. If you are out of the saddle a lot outdoors, you...
05-08-20, 05:23 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 29,882
Posted By jpescatore

I'm loving my Jamis Renegade Escapade with 1x...

I'm loving my Jamis Renegade Escapade with 1x SRAM Force groupset - first time I've ever used any of those....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-20, 07:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 405
Posted By jpescatore

https://wahoofitness.yonyx.com/y/conversation/?id=...

https://wahoofitness.yonyx.com/y/conversation/?id=086c1921-53dd-11e8-8f6c-bc764e10d166&did
Forum: Touring
05-06-20, 04:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,105
Posted By jpescatore

Tulsa John - I have to disagree. The particular...

Tulsa John - I have to disagree. The particular rant that caused me to leave COGoaB was initiated by Neil, had nothing to do with Trump - and pretty much expressed mistrust and fear of an entire...
05-06-20, 04:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 592
Posted By jpescatore

Good advice above, here's something to try to get...

Good advice above, here's something to try to get started: if you have a ride you do often that you average 11mph on, let's say it is an 11 mile ride you do in 1 hour. For the first 15 minutes, ride...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-20, 04:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 405
Posted By jpescatore

I had a round of support emails with Wahoo when...

I had a round of support emails with Wahoo when my Elemnt stopped uploaded to Strava, but would upload to RideWithGPS just fine. There was a Wahoo software update that seemed to fix that problem -...
05-06-20, 04:04 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,341
Posted By jpescatore

I have about 1K miles on my first SRAM driveset -...

I have about 1K miles on my first SRAM driveset - 1x11 on a Jamis Renegade - and my first KMC chain. A testing article had the KMC chain rated worse in friction (more power loss) until KMC...
Forum: Touring
05-05-20, 07:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,105
Posted By jpescatore

Exactly why I stopped doing that!

Exactly why I stopped doing that!
Forum: Touring
05-05-20, 04:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,105
Posted By jpescatore

Neil being afraid of people who are different...

Neil being afraid of people who are different from him, and Neil resorting to name calling and Neil starting a massive pissing contest is exactly why I left COGoaB!
Forum: Touring
05-05-20, 04:39 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,775
Posted By jpescatore

The 6" of rain we had in April caused the Potomac...

The 6" of rain we had in April caused the Potomac to rise, good deal of trail flooding in addition to usual quagmire spots.

Here's a shot near Williamsport by friends who have walking sections of...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-20, 04:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 456
Posted By jpescatore

Here in Maryland, we had 6 inches of rain in...

Here in Maryland, we had 6 inches of rain in April, most of it seeming to come on the weekends. When it wasn't raining there were gale force winds. Only got a few outdoor rides in. My Zwift mileage...
05-05-20, 04:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 160
Posted By jpescatore

A couple of thoughts, I suck at fixing derailleur...

A couple of thoughts, I suck at fixing derailleur issues:

A few weeks ago I saw this article online about at least two bike shops in Manhattan/Brooklyn that were open - here...
05-05-20, 04:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 95
Posted By jpescatore

The difference in calories burned as a function...

The difference in calories burned as a function of weight is minimal on flat ground and small inclines, and for normal human beings a few pounds either way in bike weight is not even that big a...
Forum: Touring
05-01-20, 06:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 689
Posted By jpescatore

Nice, I went a similar way with mixed vendors on...

Nice, I went a similar way with mixed vendors on my Jamis what today is called a gravel bike. I can use the same setup on my carbon Domane but I weigh 225 and decided that adding more weight before I...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-20, 06:00 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 50,250
Posted By jpescatore

DuoTrap on 2017 Domane using Wahoo Elemnt, never...

DuoTrap on 2017 Domane using Wahoo Elemnt, never had that problem. But, is it just me or is the only way to replace the battery to first take the rear wheel off? I can't seem to get an allen wrench...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-30-20, 04:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 173
Posted By jpescatore

The simple answer is your body responds to what...

The simple answer is your body responds to what you make it do, so lots of Zone 2 riding makes you better at Zone 2 riding. Not a bad thing at the start and the more minutes you are turning the...
04-29-20, 04:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,013
Posted By jpescatore

There is a great book called "The Time Crunched...

There is a great book called "The Time Crunched Cyclist (https://trainright.com/time-crunched-cyclist-3rd-edition/)" that explains lots of the science behind training and has some very realistic...
Forum: Touring
04-29-20, 04:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,072
Posted By jpescatore

Below is the Trek 520 I bought in 1995 or so and...

Below is the Trek 520 I bought in 1995 or so and did lots of 3-5 day tours on. That year Trek had STI shifters vs. bar end and that was the first time I had them - I know it is heresy to many...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-20, 04:31 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,245
Posted By jpescatore

You don't sound like the type of rider that would...

You don't sound like the type of rider that would notice much ride difference in carbon vs. aluminum (I'm not) so the only real gain would be any weight savings. Since you are didn't mention lots of...
04-29-20, 04:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 264
Posted By jpescatore

My bees in helmet count is pretty low, but I like...

My bees in helmet count is pretty low, but I like that idea.

Doing the Seattle to Portland ride last year I had a bee go right into my mouth and sting my inner lip before I spit it out. It started...
Forum: Touring
04-28-20, 05:41 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,775
Posted By jpescatore

Doing the Towpath in 2 days is doable if it...

Doing the Towpath in 2 days is doable if it hasn't rained for a few weeks before, tough if not. Using the WMRR for the 26 miles or so now paved east and west of Hancock will give you a good break and...
04-28-20, 05:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 431
Posted By jpescatore

I used to use SPD pedals on both my hybrid bike...

I used to use SPD pedals on both my hybrid bike (used on unpaved roads, trails) and my road bike. But, I tried SPD-SL pedals and shoes and really preferred it. So, I went to two pairs of shoes....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-27-20, 04:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 845
Posted By jpescatore

I am a 12 1/2 in real world shoes. I recently...

I am a 12 1/2 in real world shoes. I recently bought a pair of Shimano SPD shoes in 47, which is what worked for my last shoes (Lake SPD-SL) but they were a bit too tight on the Shimano shoes.
...
04-27-20, 04:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 246
Posted By jpescatore

I think the meetup function would work OK on a...

I think the meetup function would work OK on a longer, flat ride for people relatively close in w/Kg, but in that case you wouldn't need the rubber band anyway! Hills are where w/Kg differences...
04-24-20, 05:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 446
Posted By jpescatore

You can start out for free and just load the...

You can start out for free and just load the Strava or RideWithGPS or MapMyRide (or many other) free apps on your phone, start it up when you being your ride and you will be able to track your...
Forum: Touring
04-24-20, 05:12 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,083
Posted By jpescatore

Elcruxio said it all, will just add my experience...

Elcruxio said it all, will just add my experience as I weigh 225, down from a high of 275 years ago.

At my most Clydesdale, I would break constantly break spokes on the standard machine built 28...
04-24-20, 04:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 246
Posted By jpescatore

I just tried a big "rubber-banded" group ride -...

I just tried a big "rubber-banded" group ride - the Thursday 4:30PM ET Black Sheep Friday Bunchie. It is an Australian group, so I guess it was Friday there, and the "bunchie" was because the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-24-20, 04:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,055
Posted By jpescatore

One point on shoes with cleats - installing the...

One point on shoes with cleats - installing the cleats is easy, positioning them right is important.

You can find lots of YouTube videos around doing this, but if you are looking at buying shoes...
04-23-20, 07:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 889
Posted By jpescatore

Loads of decisions on shoes. At the affordable...

Loads of decisions on shoes. At the affordable level, the cheapest are good old shoe-lace lace up and then velcro. Pay more and you get ratcheting mechanisms and dial (usually by BoA) tightening...
04-23-20, 05:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 246
Posted By jpescatore

Group Meetup in Zwift - pretty slick

I have a friend who lives about 450 miles away who I convinced to get on Zwift. We tried riding together last year but he is a much slower rider than me and it really didn't work.

Tried the new...
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