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09-30-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 60
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.
09-30-20, 11:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 94
Posted By surak

Rear does little for braking purposes, I would...

Rear does little for braking purposes, I would just change your bike to take the 140mm instead. Bonus is you also shave off some weight that way.
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09-29-20, 05:39 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,906
Posted By surak

What phone do you have? I think since it uses...

What phone do you have? I think since it uses BTLE, on Android at least you need location turned on as well as Bluetooth.
09-29-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 168
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: 12
Views: 303
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: 39
Views: 1,652
Posted By surak

Saw this on SlowTwitch:...

Saw this on SlowTwitch: https://mid-foot-cycling.com/
09-28-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 588
Posted By surak

A frame can make a difference, actually. The...

A frame can make a difference, actually. The Kickr is a static trainer, so if you ride for more than an hour, any amount of frame compliance (including seatpost and front end) is going to be...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-20, 10:48 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,519
Posted By surak

I've got to amend this since I realized that...

I've got to amend this since I realized that long-press also performs the up and down functions on the Wahoo. I found it super useful on the map screen to toggle zoom levels.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-20, 06:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 358
Posted By surak

GP5K has lower Crr but some have said it wears...

GP5K has lower Crr but some have said it wears faster than the 4Kiis. I would run it on the rear if you want to optimize for speed over longevity. It also inflates on modern rims truer than the GP4K,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 11:09 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,519
Posted By surak

Nope, the only battery fields are still the...

Nope, the only battery fields are still the computer and phone ones.
09-23-20, 07:22 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,156
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, 05:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 505
Posted By surak

Maelochs I did not say there were more than one...

Maelochs I did not say there were more than one car per household, I said there are more cars than adults. How often have you felt it necessary to personally drive more than 1 car simultaneously,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 05:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 850
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, 04:53 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 7,668
Posted By surak

​​​​​​ Wonder if Phil needs that bag for the...

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Wonder if Phil needs that bag for the extra GoPro batteries, selfie stick, gimbal, etc. Having them at the front means he doesn't have to stop to switch recording modes. Don't think he...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 04:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 850
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...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 505
Posted By surak

Maelochs I was with you until the end, but I...

Maelochs I was with you until the end, but I disagree that the average adult is not worth marketing to because of low potential earnings from them due to thinking $200 is a lot for a bike. Even...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 04:07 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 850
Posted By surak

Right on, that's a much better price. I have only...

Right on, that's a much better price. I have only thought about an aero bike recently so haven't explored beyond the major new options. I'm leaning toward waiting for this newer generation of...
09-23-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,156
Posted By surak

Yes, I still remember watching Pogacar pip...

Yes, I still remember watching Pogacar pip Higuita at the end of the Mt Baldy stage at the ToC and thinking that boy had the killer instinct. Impeccable racing. But in making sure my memory was...
09-23-20, 01:53 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,156
Posted By surak

The sad thing is, had Pogacar come in second to...

The sad thing is, had Pogacar come in second to Roglic like 99% of people expected, there would still be plenty of questions about Jumbo-Visma's riders being able to put a stranglehold on the entire...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 01:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 850
Posted By surak

I also want an aero bike, but for different...

I also want an aero bike, but for different reasons. Many of the nicer climbs are a ways out from where I live. Most of my riding time is just getting there on uninteresting, flattish roads that I've...
09-23-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 787
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...
09-23-20, 12:29 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 9,126
Posted By surak

Living well is the best revenge.

Living well is the best revenge.
09-23-20, 12:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 787
Posted By surak

Both pedaling out of the saddle for an extended...

Both pedaling out of the saddle for an extended time and seated climbing are skills you can get better at. Neither is wrong unless one causes you to go too hard and burn out (usually it would be the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,454
Posted By surak

Just because you can run a narrow tire on gravel...

Just because you can run a narrow tire on gravel doesn't mean it's a good idea (cf. Annemiek van Vleuten, Giro Rosa Stage 2), and racing a mixed terrain course has very different constraints than...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 10:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 877
Posted By surak

What I do is shop around for deals on previous...

What I do is shop around for deals on previous seasons' $150-$200 bibs and other kit for a mere fraction of the original price. Have high-end bibs from Rapha, Assos, Castelli, and Sportful, paid...
09-22-20, 09:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 707
Posted By surak

I like the Castelli Perfetto convertible. Can...

I like the Castelli Perfetto convertible. Can detach the long sleeves when warmed up and wear as a good-fitting SS. Also somewhat rain repellant, though can get soaked through in a downpour.

I'm...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 505
Posted By surak

I have no suggestions, since my abilities are...

I have no suggestions, since my abilities are farthest from marketing as could be. I don't pretend that my way of cycling is the best or only way. I just think that people sometimes accuse trends of...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 08:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 505
Posted By surak

Maybe it's a local thing, or a reaction to the...

Maybe it's a local thing, or a reaction to the stereotype of bike shops being pushy and telling people they need all the gear, but I've been to a number of LBSes and never has anyone tried to upsell...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 07:36 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,454
Posted By surak

Besides my experience with 23s being easily...

Besides my experience with 23s being easily caught in bad pavement grooves, I also had more snake bites running them (I'm bad at bunny hopping) -- 23s are also significantly more annoying to repair a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 07:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 505
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: 231
Views: 9,126
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,...
09-22-20, 01:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 304
Posted By surak

Thanks for the insights. I think I also read...

Thanks for the insights. I think I also read somewhere that they've made a big push around e-bikes recently. Does anyone know about that? I didn't see anything obvious in skimming one of their...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,454
Posted By surak

I do. I tried using a 23 front to avoid fender...

I do. I tried using a 23 front to avoid fender rub on the road bike I used for commuting. Had one too many scares with the tire riding into pavement grooves (some of the worst pavement in the city...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 12:18 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,519
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...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 11:51 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,519
Posted By surak

Wahoo doesn't support that. Are you telling me it...

Wahoo doesn't support that. Are you telling me it will work? This is what their documentation...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,519
Posted By surak

Pretty sure you can add the Di2 battery field to...

Pretty sure you can add the Di2 battery field to a Wahoo page.

Edit: or maybe not. Can't find it in the settings, oops.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,519
Posted By surak

I was convinced that I needed it for the hood...

I was convinced that I needed it for the hood button support, because the silicone cover for my Edge 520 (which I needed because the Garmin's altimeter would go crazy whenever it rained) made the...
09-21-20, 09:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 578
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: 145
Views: 5,163
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...
09-21-20, 03:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 304
Posted By surak

League of American Bicyclists

Anyone know much about this organization? I got on their email list through some Strava challenge a while back, but I don't read their newsletters closely. Very few mentions of them on BF, so just...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-20, 11:11 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,953
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
09-19-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 13,363
Posted By surak

300 replies in and it's clear that thread title...

300 replies in and it's clear that thread title should have been "Why are Gatorskins defenders such martyrs?" :rolleyes:
09-18-20, 08:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 250
Posted By surak

It depends on what you want to do. W/kg is a good...

It depends on what you want to do. W/kg is a good measuring stick for climbing and fitness, but on flatter ground raw power is better because your frontal area isn't linearly proportional to weight.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 05:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,037
Posted By surak

Two weeks back I was riding along the MUP and saw...

Two weeks back I was riding along the MUP and saw an older guy riding wearing a long sleeve jersey... and Assos Cento bibs over it. I really couldn't work out why he'd do that, other than Assos'...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 12:57 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 13,363
Posted By surak

Some more science. The slower one goes, the more...

Some more science. The slower one goes, the more slogging around slower tires is like carrying additional weight. When riding up a 10% grade, even going from a fast last-generation tire like the...
09-18-20, 10:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 383
Posted By surak

A newish Roubaix or a different bike? There are...

A newish Roubaix or a different bike? There are many reasons not to get the 58 at your size. Less seatpost extension means less rear compliance. Farther reach means your arms will have to be...
09-18-20, 12:02 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 833
Posted By surak

32mm. Would choose between the grates and the...

32mm. Would choose between the grates and the sidewalk when on 28mm depending on how many pedestrians were on the sidewalk (the bridge I most frequently cross actually has the bike lane merge onto...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-20, 04:01 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,673
Posted By surak

If you see both power and heart rate, why would...

If you see both power and heart rate, why would the uncertainty range be that large? If two riders are on a break riding at steady power, HR drift is an indication that it isn't really steady. Is it...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,673
Posted By surak

Just thinking of the acting job Kamna did on...

Just thinking of the acting job Kamna did on yesterday's stage, he definitely fooled Carapaz. And I would think for HR, you could guess if you saw it drifting up that they're past threshold. But good...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,673
Posted By surak

I've seen people posit this question before, but...

I've seen people posit this question before, but never answered, but since wireless powermeter/HRM broadcasts unauthenticated readings over standard ANT+, couldn't someone pair their head unit to a...
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