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Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-21, 07:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 273
Posted By surak

Congrats! I'm in the beginning stages of selling...

Congrats! I'm in the beginning stages of selling mine to someone who would put it to good use, and even though I haven't had it long, it's gotten far worse wear than it looks like yours has. Fwiw,...
04-14-21, 02:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 588
Posted By surak

Cavendish's bonuses are being paid by...

Cavendish's bonuses are being paid by Specialized/Mike Sinyard. Would not be surprised if they don't try to swing a deal to keep Sagan riding Specialized when the bridges between him and Bora are...
04-14-21, 01:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 446
Posted By surak

One thing to keep in mind besides gearing is that...

One thing to keep in mind besides gearing is that people unaccustomed to climbing often go way too hard uphill and exhaust themselves quickly. Pace your climbs and avoid pushing so hard that you feel...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,621
Posted By surak

I read that Shimano's patents expired recently,...

I read that Shimano's patents expired recently, possibly Favero has been having supply issues that prevented them from coming out with versions and Garmin beat them?
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-21, 12:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 750
Posted By surak

That's been my experience with the Road Drive...

That's been my experience with the Road Drive specifically and why I recommend it - compared to other mini-pumps, it is much more effective once you reach higher pressures. I have the medium size one...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-21, 12:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 452
Posted By surak

Yeah, I do suspect it's a combination of not...

Yeah, I do suspect it's a combination of not totally clean drivetrain and maybe too much lube leftover. Last year I decided to follow the multiple OMS and denatured alcohol cleaning steps, but still...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-21, 10:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 452
Posted By surak

Define "thoroughly cleaned". You might be...

Define "thoroughly cleaned". You might be surprised by what a real thorough cleaning entails (https://cyclingtips.com/2018/05/chain-cleaning-and-maintenance-how-to/).
04-13-21, 07:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 409
Posted By surak

Yes, although with modern oversized downtubes it...

Yes, although with modern oversized downtubes it can be annoying because those pump brackets are often not outbound enough to prevent the pump from rubbing against the frame. I usually need to use...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-21, 12:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 750
Posted By surak

Very recent thread:...

Very recent thread: https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/1226381-roadie-pump.html
04-12-21, 04:34 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,550
Posted By surak

https://www.cyclingnews.com/features/dutch-dominan...

https://www.cyclingnews.com/features/dutch-dominance-what-makes-the-netherlands-so-successful/

https://dutchreview.com/culture/cycling/col-du-vam-the-dutch-made-a-mountain-for-cycling/
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Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-21, 03:27 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,961
Posted By surak

I was going to waste my energy by writing a more...

I was going to waste my energy by writing a more detailed response to this ongoing saga, but something was nagging me about why no rationale was getting through to the OP.

Then I realized what it...
04-12-21, 03:01 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 3,317
Posted By surak

Maybe capt was ambiguous, but the Elemnt will...

Maybe capt was ambiguous, but the Elemnt will function without a phone, except obviously losing the ability to sync over the Internet for new routes or LiveTrack (no built-in routing or sim card...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-21, 06:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 398
Posted By surak

OP has been riding a hybrid for 15 years...

OP has been riding a hybrid for 15 years (https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/1227775-want-carbon-fiber-bike-but-nervous.html) and doesn't understand gears, oh boy. Look, not my intention to...
04-08-21, 04:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 920
Posted By surak

When you buy a complete bike, you can ride it...

When you buy a complete bike, you can ride it immediately even if you intend to upgrade or replace parts over time. When you start with only a frameset, you have nothing to ride until you install all...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,285
Posted By surak

I used my 520 with 2 different flagship Android...

I used my 520 with 2 different flagship Android phones, an LG V-series and a Google Pixel 3a XL and had BT dropouts with both. I don't doubt that it's worse on Apple, but I am not going to forgive...
04-08-21, 03:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 327
Posted By surak

This was some years ago, but the only comparable...

This was some years ago, but the only comparable I could find at the time were custom wheel builds using something like the Boyd Altamont or Kinlin X31 rims, but getting a light hub with more...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-21, 03:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,285
Posted By surak

+1, same as my experience. I am not usually...

+1, same as my experience. I am not usually someone who prefers the easier experience over what is allegedly more powerful, but going from a 520 to a Bolt was eye-opening. I can understand why people...
04-08-21, 03:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 327
Posted By surak

I have the Hunts. They've been faultless for me....

I have the Hunts. They've been faultless for me. Lighter than OEM wheels, good hub engagement, very head-turning freewheel buzz that is polarizing but in my experience has only received compliments,...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 6,308
Posted By surak

Buying your first road bike without ever having...

Buying your first road bike without ever having draped a leg over it is a bad idea even before talking about the choices being potentially unknown, unestablished bike brands. Your two overriding...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-21, 06:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,189
Posted By surak

The new Rovals were described in some old docs as...

The new Rovals were described in some old docs as being tubeless-compatible, so as CyclingTips' James Huang says, there's probably more to the story behind why they aren't officially tubeless.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-21, 07:27 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 4,797
Posted By surak

I must've been the only person to have fallen...

I must've been the only person to have fallen through the long arm of Big Bike's marketing machine, since I've never heard of those shorts despite actively reading Bike Forums and listening to...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-21, 06:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 384
Posted By surak

My front Corsa (also running 25mm) was the one...

My front Corsa (also running 25mm) was the one that flatted after ~250 mi. Have seen that it's not uncommon for them to last so few miles, which is too bad because I loved the look and feel. Most of...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-21, 05:57 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 4,797
Posted By surak

Just remembered two more. A. If pros are...

Just remembered two more.

A. If pros are slow to adopt some tech, then it's obviously bad and what they're using before must be the best.
B. Nothing the pros use can be referenced when debating...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-21, 05:50 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 4,797
Posted By surak

1. Road bikes were perfected in <arbitrary...

1. Road bikes were perfected in <arbitrary year*>; all new bike technologies are Big Bike's conspiracy to force people to ditch their perfect bikes and buy more expensive new ones. We can obviously...
04-05-21, 12:57 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 3,317
Posted By surak

Center jersey pocket inside a Rapha waterproof...

Center jersey pocket inside a Rapha waterproof essentials case along with my wallet. Need the phone anyway for Wahoo live tracking.

Tried a ziploc bag, those don't last and I think it's wasteful...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-21, 10:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,189
Posted By surak

Nailed it! ...

Nailed it!
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Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-21, 10:54 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,155
Posted By surak

What's this I see? Oh, just another thread about...

What's this I see? Oh, just another thread about how people who spend more than OP are idiots, masquerading as a thread where the OP insincerely asks a question as if they had any intention of being...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-21, 07:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,189
Posted By surak

You know the saying, tight tubeless ready tires...

You know the saying, tight tubeless ready tires are criminal, and only criminals have bead jacks.
04-03-21, 10:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 175
Posted By surak

Rouvy took out the ability to change bike weight...

Rouvy took out the ability to change bike weight a while back. Yes, changing your body weight should be equivalent in the app. Don't fake your weight in races or time trials if you don't want to be...
03-31-21, 04:33 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,119
Posted By surak

There are some riders who gain weight while...

There are some riders who gain weight while competing in the Tour de France, which shows that it's possible to eat more than one can burn even at the most extreme end of endurance cycling.

On the...
03-27-21, 10:08 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,395
Posted By surak

You can, and I did, although it looks a bit...

You can, and I did, although it looks a bit dorky. Oakley Labs will create a prescription lens and pop it into the center of the regular lens. I learned about it from SportRx but went with a local...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-21, 11:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 397
Posted By surak

I wouldn't think so except the LBSes here are...

I wouldn't think so except the LBSes here are still begging for any and all non-BSOs to trade-in, even the shops that never dealt with bikes until $2k pre-pandemic.

Anyway, mine's not that old. A...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-21, 10:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 397
Posted By surak

Would you thin the herd?

Over a year on in the global pandemic, LBSes are still struggling to stock bikes and say they're selling the ones they do manage to get immediately. I have a surplus of bikes, but specifically...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-24-21, 04:39 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,722
Posted By surak

I wish I could say Swiftwick, but I lost the one...

I wish I could say Swiftwick, but I lost the one pair I tried out on the first day I used them by accidentally leaving them mixed up with some towels that I threw into the towel laundry bin at work....
03-22-21, 05:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 903
Posted By surak

I've tried to shop for my wife and I've been...

I've tried to shop for my wife and I've been surprised by her feedback at times. She's not much into cycling so I wouldn't say her preferences necessarily match your wife's, but there are some...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-22-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,225
Posted By surak

I've had good experience with the Lezyne Road...

I've had good experience with the Lezyne Road Drive. My weak arms have had no trouble inflating tires to road pressures, which I couldn't say has been the case with other mini-pumps.

I've had a...
03-21-21, 10:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 198
Posted By surak

Full race video on GCN+. Interesting double for...

Full race video on GCN+. Interesting double for Trek over the weekend, both times the rest of the favorites lost out by not working together because of the clear favorite in a bunch sprint was...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-21-21, 01:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 892
Posted By surak

At that price range, you'd better test ride them...

At that price range, you'd better test ride them rather than ask strangers on the Internet. If your Specialized dealer doesn't have them in-stock, then don't blind buy, especially with only a vague...
03-20-21, 10:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 455
Posted By surak

It's the storage box.

It's the storage box.
03-20-21, 12:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 455
Posted By surak

Could be off the mark, but I at least know the...

Could be off the mark, but I at least know the bike ain't worth $3600 except for desperate COVID-influenced buyers with more money than patience. I already explained that the exact same fact 10r...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-19-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 10,034
Posted By surak

Abusing the word "clear" does not strengthen what...

Abusing the word "clear" does not strengthen what is essentially a tin-foil hat conspiracy theory. Actual sales of bikes have heavily tilted toward disc because people who aren't riding grand tours...
03-18-21, 09:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 455
Posted By surak

That's a last generation Roubaix frame, and...

That's a last generation Roubaix frame, and unless you're getting the storage box, same fact 10r carbon as the Comp level. A bunch of us on BF got in on the sale they had on Comp Di2 Roubaixes before...
03-18-21, 06:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 403
Posted By surak

I can't imagine that you'd wreck them if you slap...

I can't imagine that you'd wreck them if you slap on some fat tubeless tires inflated to a low but not too low pressure. I've had sub-1500g Hunt Aero Light Disc wheels to ride on crummy, potholed...
03-18-21, 05:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 314
Posted By surak

Gotcha, yeah unfortunately (well, fortunately for...

Gotcha, yeah unfortunately (well, fortunately for me maybe) I don't have experience with the Vector 3s because I was scared off by the issues and went with PowerTap P1 (aside: my right pedal crapped...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-18-21, 04:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 233
Posted By surak

If it was a small accident, are you sure you...

If it was a small accident, are you sure you didn't bend the derailleur hanger, and not the RD itself? The hanger is designed to protect the RD from impact by bending more easily, and be easily...
03-18-21, 04:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 314
Posted By surak

Vector 3s had a notoriously bad battery cap issue...

Vector 3s had a notoriously bad battery cap issue causing dropouts that Garmin tried to fix, several times even. Maybe check that yours has the latest caps? If not, you'll want to figure out how to...
03-18-21, 04:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 557
Posted By surak

Imagine sourcing a stem in desired length and...

Imagine sourcing a stem in desired length and angle. Yeah, there's a list of ones that were made in limited quantities, but actually finding a place that sells them is another matter entirely. You...
03-18-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 557
Posted By surak

I assume your passive-agggressive name-calling is...

I assume your passive-agggressive name-calling is aimed at me, in which case I question whether you even considered that a) OP doesn't know their fit, and b) in the US Canyon does not swap components...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-18-21, 01:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,170
Posted By surak

I tried running a 23mm front tire on my road bike...

I tried running a 23mm front tire on my road bike in order to have enough clearance to fit a fender. Too many times it'd nearly take me down going over metal bridge joints or getting caught between...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-18-21, 01:03 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,263
Posted By surak

When vaccinated, yeah. I have done some rides at...

When vaccinated, yeah. I have done some rides at casual pace with groups, masked, but no fast pacelining where I have to breathe hard. I suspect outdoor activities are very unlikely to lead to...
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