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Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-20, 08:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 515
Posted By Leinster

Anything wrong with just sticking with the...

Anything wrong with just sticking with the downtube shifter? I mean, it’s the Front derailleur, it doesn’t need indexing or anything.
07-31-20, 09:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 492
Posted By Leinster

Get a 80s/90s steel 26" wheel rigid mtb off...

Get a 80s/90s steel 26" wheel rigid mtb off craigslist for $100 or less. Add 2" slick tires. Personalize with whatever tech-du-jour touches you feel like (Drop bar conversion! 1x drivetrain!...
07-30-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,039
Posted By Leinster

+1 on this. But at the same time, do check...

+1 on this.

But at the same time, do check that your saddle fits correctly, and that your bike is set up correctly. Both of these can lead to discomfort. I've sat on multiple saddles that were...
07-27-20, 08:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,411
Posted By Leinster

But Mavic were innovating, and they were coming...

But Mavic were innovating, and they were coming up with creative new products and designs, and weren’t playing it safe. And they weren’t using market position to prevent other innovators; or if they...
07-27-20, 12:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 685
Posted By Leinster

Drive to Tracy. Do some loop that involves...

Drive to Tracy. Do some loop that involves Modesto, Manteca, and a barrel of sunsreen.

Bart to Pittsburg, Ride via Rio Vista to Stockton and via Hwy 4 back to Pittsburg.

Drive up to Sac. Ride...
07-27-20, 11:49 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 7,272
Posted By Leinster

Has anyone mentioned yet the obvious point that...

Has anyone mentioned yet the obvious point that Italian names just sound cooler? Colnago and Bianchi and Tomassini and Battaglin and Bottechia all just sound exciting. (By contrast, Fondriest...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-20, 06:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 547
Posted By Leinster

I don't know, but tell me more about stripping...

I don't know, but tell me more about stripping the anodizing? I would absolutely like to do that on my Athena shifters.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-20, 02:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 688
Posted By Leinster

A couple of LBS near here have the demo saddle;...

A couple of LBS near here have the demo saddle; usually in an outrageous funky colour with STORE DEMO printed on the side so nobody gets any ideas about keeping them, and you put down a deposit when...
07-24-20, 12:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 414
Posted By Leinster

My Giro Apeckx were under your $150 budget, and...

My Giro Apeckx were under your $150 budget, and have lasted me 6+ years. Comfortable, the ratchet closure is robust, not too heavy, and a good selection of colors.

If I were buying shoes again,...
07-23-20, 06:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,411
Posted By Leinster

It does sound like it's exactly what happened in...

It does sound like it's exactly what happened in the original purchase of the company that led to the problems, though. The company was bought, the new owners were then completely absent from any...
07-23-20, 06:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 837
Posted By Leinster

Keep the numbering system as-is. Allow teams...

Keep the numbering system as-is.

Allow teams to put names in 2"/50mm high letters across a rider's shoulders, per soccer/American sports. If some teams try it and feel it works, more teams will...
07-23-20, 06:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 609
Posted By Leinster

Sagan isn't the climber he used to be. Or at...

Sagan isn't the climber he used to be. Or at least, he hasn't been the last couple of seasons. I can't see him winning races as tough as this at this stage of his career.

Alaphilippe, Van Aert,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,143
Posted By Leinster

If I ever use the 12, be it with a 50 or 53 up...

If I ever use the 12, be it with a 50 or 53 up front, it's down a steep, steep hill. And I pretty much bypass the 13 on the way there and back up again once the road flattens out.

I have never...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-20, 02:04 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,143
Posted By Leinster

Most cassettes don't, but I've found mine...

Most cassettes don't, but I've found mine valuable enough that I don't want to miss out. I'll accept 3t gaps elsewhere, but the 14-19 range is where I spend 80-90% of my riding. Because as much as I...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-20, 11:44 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,143
Posted By Leinster

On my 2 geared road bikes I have 11 speed 12-29...

On my 2 geared road bikes I have 11 speed 12-29 and 10 speed 12-27. Both are straight through to the 17. I recently upgraded the 11 from 8 speed 13-26.

My most used cogs are the ones between 14...
07-23-20, 11:26 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,411
Posted By Leinster

You'd hope that the new ownership would improve...

You'd hope that the new ownership would improve that, while not allowing a reduction in quality of product.
07-22-20, 10:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 135
Posted By Leinster

Strava Challenges on HomeTrainer with a Garmin Edge

My wife has no interest in signing up to Zwift or similar Virtual Riding system, but wants her time on the home trainer, with an Edge 25 and speed sensor, to count towards Strava challenges. Strava...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-20, 03:16 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 14,908
Posted By Leinster

For 5 years I worked around the corner from a...

For 5 years I worked around the corner from a Pearl Izumi outlet. I’ve got loads of their gear, all usually at 50% or more off, so I tend to think of them as a “budget” brand.

Their N3 running...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-20, 12:32 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 14,908
Posted By Leinster

"Kit" usually includes socks, gloves,...

"Kit" usually includes socks, gloves, arm-warmers, rain jacket, shoes, helmet, hat/headband etc etc. Though obviously you wouldn't wear/bring all of those on every ride.

I wouldn't say "cycling...
07-22-20, 12:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 777
Posted By Leinster

Tifosi Swank or Goodr. $25. Don't get the...

Tifosi Swank or Goodr. $25.

Don't get the ones with the reflective lenses, though; whatever coating they use for those can scratch, peel, or just get messed up. The matt lenses are fine, I wear...
07-22-20, 12:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 562
Posted By Leinster

I've been storing a bike on the back deck,...

I've been storing a bike on the back deck, mounted in my Cycleops trainer, since late last year. A bike cover to keep the rain and sun off (Got mine off Amazon for $30ish, IIRC) is all you need. In...
07-22-20, 12:01 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,799
Posted By Leinster

Most of them with an 11-30 as stock, some even...

Most of them with an 11-30 as stock, some even with 11-28.

Thing is, with most of these bikes, they're trying to build something that will sell in multiple regions. Yes, if you're biking in the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-20, 05:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 241
Posted By Leinster

If you want to choose your seatpost, carbon bars,...

If you want to choose your seatpost, carbon bars, and PM, then upgrade.

If you find a stock Di2 bike that has the exact bars, stem, seatpost that you're looking for, and comes with a PM, (which is...
07-20-20, 04:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 706
Posted By Leinster

105 went to 11 speed less than a year after I...

105 went to 11 speed less than a year after I bought my CAAD10. Cannondale just went ahead and released the next CAAD10 on schedule with 11 speed and a different paintjob, changed nothing about the...
07-20-20, 04:06 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,799
Posted By Leinster

A short wheelbase might also be easier to whip...

A short wheelbase might also be easier to whip around high-speed tight corners on steep winding descents, much like riding a Crit. I love climbing on my Criterium, and on my CAAD10, with their...
07-20-20, 02:55 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,319
Posted By Leinster

My point is that, eventually, they may have...

My point is that, eventually, they may have little choice. Manufacturing has fled from the developed nations, to developing nation after developing nation, and each time abandoning said developing...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-20, 12:01 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,850
Posted By Leinster

I would hope someone tagging onto a group ride...

I would hope someone tagging onto a group ride would introduce themselves.

But it doesn’t take long watching someone ride to determine if they’re worth drafting or not. If they’re riding at about...
07-18-20, 12:20 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,319
Posted By Leinster

I'm sure this is a toe-in-the-water for Dorel. Is...

I'm sure this is a toe-in-the-water for Dorel. Is it economically feasible/viable to manufacture in the US in the current/future economic climate? If this run works out, maybe look at future...
07-18-20, 11:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 254
Posted By Leinster

Ever Strip Black Paint From Alloy Parts?

It's hard to find silver/alloy parts these days, especially on a budget, so on my current bike I have a few black parts which I'd rather were the bare metal finish. Eg, a black cannondale stem and...
07-18-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,131
Posted By Leinster

High weight, low reps = strength, power workout. ...

High weight, low reps = strength, power workout.
Low weight, high reps = endurance
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-20, 01:30 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,143
Posted By Leinster

My road bikes have low of 39-29 and 34-27. I...

My road bikes have low of 39-29 and 34-27.

I avoid certain roads. Especially with my current fitness. I suffer a lot when I choose to tackle them. In between I have plenty of gears to choose from,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-20, 03:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,040
Posted By Leinster

This. What matters more is that your pumps...

This.

What matters more is that your pumps are consistent with each other, and that they repeatably and accurately pump your tires to your desired specification.

The pumps may be empirically...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-20, 02:01 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,143
Posted By Leinster

Woah, hey now, that's over the top. He hasn't...

Woah, hey now, that's over the top. He hasn't done much climbing, by his own admission. So he probably won't be able to go up Mt Baldy this weekend or next, but there's no reason it wouldn't be...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-20, 10:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 853
Posted By Leinster

Buy the complete bike that is closest to the spec...

Buy the complete bike that is closest to the spec you want. Then adapt and adjust and upgrade as you go. Parts will wear out, get damaged, need replacement, and that’s when you start to customize
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-20, 07:53 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,143
Posted By Leinster

You have the 34 now, on your current bike. I...

You have the 34 now, on your current bike. I would say take it up some hills this weekend. Work out a manageable 1-2 hour loop within, say, 20-30 miles of home with about 1,500-2,000ft of climbing,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-20, 10:54 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,143
Posted By Leinster

1) Presumably you're already on a compact crank...

1) Presumably you're already on a compact crank or smaller? Have you thought of switching to a 46-30, which would give you the same 1/1 low gear as a 50-34/11-34?
2) Are there any climbs around you...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,471
Posted By Leinster

There was a hill near where I grew up, about 100m...

There was a hill near where I grew up, about 100m at 5%, that I used to do repeats on at night. I just checked on google maps and the loop was about 1.7km. The hill going the other way around would...
07-14-20, 09:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 738
Posted By Leinster

You should be able to find a used complete bike...

You should be able to find a used complete bike for something similar to your price range, maybe slightly above. Then switch across the parts you want to keep and put what's left on eBay.

If you...
07-13-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 359
Posted By Leinster

Here's my Strava file for the ride I did down...

Here's my Strava file for the ride I did down that way;

https://www.strava.com/activities/3460730142

As you can see, I took a bit of a detour before getting out of Kennedy, but if you come up...
07-13-20, 10:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 359
Posted By Leinster

Something like this? I can see it working... ...

Something like this? I can see it working...
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/640x454/image_e81c4fc9b32e3e3e788a38494fbe14a80428c26c.png

Just had a look at my Strava from my...
07-13-20, 08:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 359
Posted By Leinster

It's coming along. From Napa You can ride through...

It's coming along. From Napa You can ride through Kennedy Park, skirt the back of the homeless encampments, and connect to Kaiser Rd, and then Corporate Dr. Devlin Rd is connected all the way down to...
07-12-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 929
Posted By Leinster

Short answer, yes. Longer answer, it is...

Short answer, yes.


Longer answer, it is possible to improve your climbing, even (especially?) if you start from a low baseline; so don't be surprised if one day, one of the guys who you are...
07-12-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 929
Posted By Leinster

That's only simple if you have a power meter. A...

That's only simple if you have a power meter. A much simpler version is "someone who does better going uphill than on flat terrain." And the OP seems to follow that definition, certainly as far as...
07-10-20, 02:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 590
Posted By Leinster

I don't think 105 cheapens any frame. I've...

I don't think 105 cheapens any frame.

I've just built up a steel frame of similar vintage with Athena parts that I was able to find on the Bay, and I love it. I went with the silver finish where I...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,585
Posted By Leinster

There is a bit of "getting used to climbing" that...

There is a bit of "getting used to climbing" that isn't just about fitness. But it is easier, the fitter you are. Also, as the others have suggested, it's really not something that can be replicated...
07-08-20, 02:15 PM
Replies: 1,408
Views: 93,906
Posted By Leinster

Slightspeed , I don't care if you won this...

Slightspeed , I don't care if you won this mission or not, I just want to know where this place is, and how good is their chilli dog?

Also, your bike is the perfect bike to be in this pic.
07-07-20, 04:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 373
Posted By Leinster

Do the Foxy's Fall route. It gets a bit lumpy as...

Do the Foxy's Fall route. It gets a bit lumpy as you get towards the back side of Napa and up towards Berryessa, but there's only a couple of proper hills, and it's a beautiful ride. I saw people...
07-07-20, 04:37 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,427
Posted By Leinster

Oh I'm completely with you on everything you say...

Oh I'm completely with you on everything you say (except my 23c tire bike probably weighs 19-20ish, so that's why you'll fly past me uphill...). The trails I struggled with on my skinny tires,...
07-07-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,747
Posted By Leinster

But the part of the market where SRAM road and...

But the part of the market where SRAM road and MTB groups are compatible (ie electronic shifting) is tiny, and you haven't acknowledged that, at all.
07-07-20, 10:27 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,427
Posted By Leinster

I don't have an off-road-suitable bike in my...

I don't have an off-road-suitable bike in my quiver, and I've taken my Columbus steel frame, Campag 11-speed, single-pivot-rim-brakes, 23c tire road bike through some hard-pack dirt trails in recent...
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