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01-19-21, 05:37 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,088
Posted By surak

The answer is in the article I previously...

The answer is in the article I previously mentioned. Highlights the vast differece in air movement experienced outdoors vs indoors.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-19-21, 03:10 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,345
Posted By surak

Also running lower pressure without risking pinch...

Also running lower pressure without risking pinch flats, which can make a noticeable difference in comfort and even speed if the ride surface is rough.
Forum: Commuting
01-15-21, 12:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 620
Posted By surak

Depends. Do you already have a road bike or...

Depends. Do you already have a road bike or something else? Are you comfortable riding one for the route you'd need to take? How will it be stored at your workplace? What weather conditions will you...
01-12-21, 11:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 285
Posted By surak

Did you enter your bike in as an MTB on Strava?...

Did you enter your bike in as an MTB on Strava? Despite higher RR and potentially higher drag with your flappy clothes, I just don't believe that Strava power is anything but a significant...
01-12-21, 02:59 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,817
Posted By surak

The difficulty setting in Zwift scales the...

The difficulty setting in Zwift scales the resistance sent to the smart trainer on climbs (and descents), but not how much power is needed to move at a given speed. While it helps alleviate the...
01-02-21, 12:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 478
Posted By surak

Are you asking for a gravel bike that can be...

Are you asking for a gravel bike that can be ridden on gravel, or a commuter bike, or one that can do both? I'm confused by your criteria.

You won't get anything except platform or crappy cage...
12-17-20, 04:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 965
Posted By surak

You can see instantaneous and averaged power,...

You can see instantaneous and averaged power, among other calculations, using a head unit or a mobile app like Wahoo Fitness, just like you can with any other bike sensor.

Unless you are already...
12-07-20, 08:24 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 5,637
Posted By surak

Sorry, but wrong. Had Nuun tabs or Nuun-water...

Sorry, but wrong. Had Nuun tabs or Nuun-water (might've been Gatorade, I don't remember the sponsor) in every other bottle, they had plenty at every rest stop. Ate real food, even the disgustingly...
12-04-20, 01:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,651
Posted By surak

It's simple, ebikes appeal to those who derive a...

It's simple, ebikes appeal to those who derive a benefit from having one who would otherwise not ride a non-motorized bike in certain situations. People who want to be outside and go places but lack...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-03-20, 05:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,045
Posted By surak

Well, what people -- specifically, pros on closed...

Well, what people -- specifically, pros on closed courses and amateur imitators -- do on a road bike without a dropper is constrained by the fixed position of saddle and post, so it isn't exactly a...
12-03-20, 01:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 952
Posted By surak

There's too much variation in physique to give a...

There's too much variation in physique to give a general saddle recommendation. Your best bet is to buy from a store that allows free exchanges and has a decent range of shapes. Getting a bike fit...
11-28-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 894
Posted By surak

A Wahoo... what? They make 4 different trainers,...

A Wahoo... what? They make 4 different trainers, 3 if you consider the Kickr and Kickr Core the same tech.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-20, 12:56 AM
Replies: 19,814
Views: 4,278,667
Posted By surak

While browsing generic deals, picked these up...

While browsing generic deals, picked these up from Nordstrom Rack that my partner promptly claimed will be my Xmas present....
Forum: Road Cycling
11-24-20, 04:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 620
Posted By surak

Zipp and Pro (Shimano) make alloy bars predrilled...

Zipp and Pro (Shimano) make alloy bars predrilled for the RS910 junction box. I use Zipp Service Course 80 Ergo. $55 new.
11-23-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 802
Posted By surak

You should consider getting a Kickr Climb. I...

You should consider getting a Kickr Climb. I don't know of any rocker plates that are compatible with the Climb, so unfortunately it might be an either or situation. With the Climb, I don't feel the...
11-22-20, 11:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,214
Posted By surak

Use an e-bike, scooter, moto, car, or move?

Use an e-bike, scooter, moto, car, or move?
11-22-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,214
Posted By surak

You don't have to do recovery rides in a...

You don't have to do recovery rides in a structured training plan. Do they help with recovery? Evidence suggests so, but your body can recover just by not riding at all.

Doing long base miles at...
11-20-20, 06:04 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,326
Posted By surak

Even if you won't be racing, trainer accuracy is...

Even if you won't be racing, trainer accuracy is going to affect your experience. The reason dumb trainers and virtual power are problematic is because they produce unrealistic speeds and give people...
11-19-20, 06:55 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,319
Posted By surak

You'll want shoes that are 2-bolt compatible....

You'll want shoes that are 2-bolt compatible. Road style use 3-bolt cleats. Cleat adapters exist, but there's no reason you would want to get the wrong style shoe and then use one when you already...
11-18-20, 02:08 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,326
Posted By surak

You only need a smart trainer. Alternatively, a...

You only need a smart trainer. Alternatively, a dumb trainer with power meter OR speed sensor. You will get the best experience out of Zwift with a smart trainer, because then it will be simulating...
11-13-20, 04:31 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,180
Posted By surak

Agree with your sentiment, but doubtful that most...

Agree with your sentiment, but doubtful that most of the supply of broken down cheap bikes right now are coming from commuters. More likely that they're all hardly ridden bikes neglected for years,...
11-13-20, 04:14 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,180
Posted By surak

The only time I think someone might deserve...

The only time I think someone might deserve fast-lane service would be if they were a very loyal customer who brought significant income to the shop and had a pressing need to get something fixed (a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-30-20, 12:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,892
Posted By surak

Another benefit to going wider is that it makes...

Another benefit to going wider is that it makes downhills a lot less sketchy. I enjoy going uphill but don't see the appeal of risking life and limb descending, so I appreciate the extra rubber...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-20, 11:24 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,856
Posted By surak

Nobody noticed this? :foo:

Nobody noticed this? :foo:
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-20, 12:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 661
Posted By surak

Yeah at the same weight as you, OP, I think a...

Yeah at the same weight as you, OP, I think a 32mm GP5K at that pressure is about as wide and low as I'd want to go to still enjoy a fast but comfortable ride on the road. You have to be attentive if...
10-16-20, 04:02 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 5,858
Posted By surak

The idea of needing a protein drink after a ride...

The idea of needing a protein drink after a ride is probably promulgated by pros needing something convenient to get needed nutrients, since post-race stages often have a lengthy transfer process...
10-15-20, 11:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,142
Posted By surak

That's the excuse Lance would have everybody...

That's the excuse Lance would have everybody believe, and how he justified his cheating, but it's not how EPO works. Lance benefitted because his natural hemacrit level was well below the UCI...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-09-20, 01:36 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,746
Posted By surak

Some of the Aethos lineup comes with the Power...

Some of the Aethos lineup comes with the Power saddle, which my Retul fitter/LBS owner told me is usually more comfortable tilted down, based on Retul data. I've found that to be the case personally...
10-09-20, 01:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 613
Posted By surak

If you're using the mobile E-tube app, you have...

If you're using the mobile E-tube app, you have to disconnect it from there first before you can shift.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-20, 12:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,650
Posted By surak

My disc brake bikes all came with 160/160, but I...

My disc brake bikes all came with 160/160, but I converted to 140 on the rear because I much prefer having less of a chance of locking it up. A slight squeeze can still cause a skid just rolling to a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-20, 01:41 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 5,863
Posted By surak

New alleged UCI rules will relax some...

New alleged UCI rules will relax some requirements on things that should open up road bike frame design a bit more:...
09-30-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,037
Posted By surak

FloBikes. Warning that their subscription is for...

FloBikes. Warning that their subscription is for a year, even though they say you can cancel anytime, what they mean is you can cancel the annual renewal at any time.
09-29-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,058
Posted By surak

They're the Yankees of pro cycling....

They're the Yankees of pro cycling. https://sports.theonion.com/yankees-ensure-2003-pennant-by-signing-every-player-in-1819566731
09-29-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 673
Posted By surak

A trainer takes up less space than a smart bike...

A trainer takes up less space than a smart bike when not in use, and you can move it around much more easily. Putting a bike on is also easy, you can just use the bike you have and get a second bike...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,593
Posted By surak

Saw this on SlowTwitch:...

Saw this on SlowTwitch: https://mid-foot-cycling.com/
09-23-20, 07:22 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,025
Posted By surak

Back to Pogacar's amazing recovery blood, I'm...

Back to Pogacar's amazing recovery blood, I'm listening to the Real Science of Sport podcast where they mentioned the UAE team doctor had talked to them about it. This after FloSports had an...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 05:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,246
Posted By surak

I'm sure you have an excellent suggestion that I...

I'm sure you have an excellent suggestion that I will have to ride. :thumb: Whether I have the means to ride it depends on the tires and gearing that I'd need. The max clearance on any of my single...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 04:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,246
Posted By surak

Tiger is actually where I last rode to. :lol: ...

Tiger is actually where I last rode to. :lol:
Won the lottery to ride RAMROD this year and I would've found a place to stay the night before, but anything over 1 hr drive to is something I'd lean...
09-23-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,044
Posted By surak

GCN likes to poke fun at GTN by suggesting a rule...

GCN likes to poke fun at GTN by suggesting a rule for roadies to live by: if triathletes do it, don't. There should be a corollary to that: if Emma Pooley can do it, you cannot. :Wayne's World...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 07:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,377
Posted By surak

Marketing's influence on road cycling, or lack thereof

I've seen people dismiss changes and trends in cycling by saying they're marketing-driven and made-up to get the easily-manipulated to spend more money. Now obviously marketing exists to try and do...
09-22-20, 04:49 PM
Replies: 271
Views: 15,617
Posted By surak

What a sweeping, oversimplified statement. Within...

What a sweeping, oversimplified statement. Within months of changing nothing in my routine except adding some bike commuting trips each week, I went from an already light BMI of a shade over 21,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 12:18 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,461
Posted By surak

Gotcha. Yeah, I'm aware Wahoo supports default...

Gotcha. Yeah, I'm aware Wahoo supports default actions for the hood buttons. But because they are just mapped to the l/r computer buttons that are easy to press, they aren't that useful compared to...
09-21-20, 09:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 804
Posted By surak

You'll get massive improvements at first. Then...

You'll get massive improvements at first. Then the rate of improvement will slow and your fitness will plateau unless you make a concerted effort to go harder. That is because the human body is...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-20, 04:39 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 7,328
Posted By surak

I'm in the cold fingers/sweaty palms category, so...

I'm in the cold fingers/sweaty palms category, so gloves for me always, but other than some people preferring the feeling of bare skin on bar tape, there's also folks who don't want to proudly show...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-20, 11:11 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,814
Posted By surak

I don't think anyone else in Road Cycling can...

I don't think anyone else in Road Cycling can relate, because we don't ride everywhere pretending to be in a Rad Race. Keeping rubber side down is not what we consider "high maintenance."
...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 09:11 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,156
Posted By surak

The goal for the GC types on flat stages is to...

The goal for the GC types on flat stages is to see as little wind as possible and ride safely to the last km with minimal drama so they don't lose time. They save their energy for the mountains where...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,156
Posted By surak

They aren't slow, especially not at the World...

They aren't slow, especially not at the World Tour level. They're just not quite as fast as the fastest climbers in the world. If the climbers are riding at or beyond threshold, then of course those...
09-14-20, 10:10 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,317
Posted By surak

​​​​​​90 rpm is a reasonable max cadence. It's...

​​​​​​90 rpm is a reasonable max cadence. It's common on this site for people to claim they need World Tour gearing when in actuality they are nowhere close to spinning out. To put it in your terms,...
09-13-20, 09:25 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,317
Posted By surak

Bicycle Bike Gear Ratio Speed and Cadence...

Bicycle Bike Gear Ratio Speed and Cadence Calculator (http://www.machars.net/bikecalc.htm) with 32mm tires.
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09-13-20, 08:16 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,317
Posted By surak

40-11 is 26mph @ 90 rpm. 48-11 is 32mph. Good on...

40-11 is 26mph @ 90 rpm. 48-11 is 32mph. Good on you to ride at your age (hope I can be as lucky), but anyone slower than a pro who actually pedals would be fine with a 40t chainring.
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