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04-08-21, 11:56 AM
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Posted By topflightpro

I've seen Velocity, H-Plus Son, Hed, Kinlin and...

I've seen Velocity, H-Plus Son, Hed, Kinlin and DT rims on various sites in 32 hole options.
04-08-21, 11:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 352
Posted By topflightpro

Yeah, you're right, but just because it may come...

Yeah, you're right, but just because it may come with no real risk of liability does not mean someone will not still try to file a suit against, which can cost you thousands of dollars in attorney...
04-08-21, 09:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 352
Posted By topflightpro

One would think so, but I have not found that to...

One would think so, but I have not found that to be the case.

Just coordinating a kit order can be a real PITA.
04-08-21, 09:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 352
Posted By topflightpro

There are a lot of things to consider, and some...

There are a lot of things to consider, and some of these items have been touched on already.

As mentioned, liability is a big concern. If you are organizing rides, you can be held personally...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 2,933
Posted By topflightpro

Carbon is fine. They make cars, airplanes...

Carbon is fine.

They make cars, airplanes and boats out of it too.
04-08-21, 06:46 AM
Replies: 5,923
Views: 357,041
Posted By topflightpro

The Hincapie Series in Greenville, SC is starting...

The Hincapie Series in Greenville, SC is starting soon. And I think the local weeknight parking lot series near here started this week.
04-07-21, 01:36 PM
Replies: 16,202
Views: 963,304
Posted By topflightpro

The last pieces of my home gym arrived. So, it is...

The last pieces of my home gym arrived. So, it is together and functional.

I need to bolt the rack to the platform I constructed, and I need to get some more weights - really just need 2.5 and 5...
04-07-21, 01:35 PM
Replies: 5,923
Views: 357,041
Posted By topflightpro

I should clarify. They are plenty of 32 hole rims...

I should clarify. They are plenty of 32 hole rims still being manufactured and largely available via distributors. I would not expect you to be able to walk into any bike shop in the US, except for...
04-06-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 5,923
Views: 357,041
Posted By topflightpro

There are still plenty of 32 hole rims available.

There are still plenty of 32 hole rims available.
04-06-21, 08:35 AM
Replies: 5,923
Views: 357,041
Posted By topflightpro

I actually found it very calming to build the...

I actually found it very calming to build the wheel. Just sitting there working on getting the wheel trued and dished properly was somewhat mindless but also required some skill. I can't really...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-21, 07:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 342
Posted By topflightpro

Are you sure your cleats are in the best spot? ...

Are you sure your cleats are in the best spot?

If so, I've gone to full custom shoes. Yes, they are expensive, but they are so worth it.
04-06-21, 06:59 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 14,295
Posted By topflightpro

Grade is a big factor though. For me, if things...

Grade is a big factor though. For me, if things start going up hill, I have a harder time keeping my cadence up, which means my power drops. I often end up climbing by grinding it out, even in an...
04-05-21, 08:27 AM
Replies: 5,923
Views: 357,041
Posted By topflightpro

Built up my first set of wheels this weekend. A...

Built up my first set of wheels this weekend. A good friend walked me through the process. I'm pretty excited about it. I've got the first layer of glue on the rims and tires, and I am optimistic...
04-02-21, 11:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 415
Posted By topflightpro

90% of a bike build can be done with a set of...

90% of a bike build can be done with a set of Allen wrenches. Beyond that, you will probably just need a chain tool, cable cutters, cassette tools and BB tools.
04-02-21, 06:24 AM
Replies: 5,923
Views: 357,041
Posted By topflightpro

I've found FB groups to be the best place to sell...

I've found FB groups to be the best place to sell things - much better than Craigslist. With CL, I'm guaranteed at least a couple offers at 50% of asking. But really, I've reached the point that...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-31-21, 02:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 426
Posted By topflightpro

I agree. Specialized offers a few tops, but there...

I agree. Specialized offers a few tops, but there is one I like better than the others. I don't recall what it is called, but I know it when I see it. Also, I have some cheap tail lights and some...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-29-21, 06:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 316
Posted By topflightpro

Saddle should be set based on your fit and...

Saddle should be set based on your fit and position relative to the bottom bracket. You do not move the saddle to adjust reach.

If you need shorter reach, try a shorter stem, or flip your stem up.
Replies: 31
Views: 2,584
Posted By topflightpro

Look at Zipp aerobars. The Vuka Bull base bar is...

Look at Zipp aerobars. The Vuka Bull base bar is available with a 40mm drop, which will help him get his hands low for a good starting position. And the Vuka skis offer a lot of flexibility for...
03-29-21, 06:36 AM
Replies: 2,116
Views: 246,823
Posted By topflightpro

As someone who has lost hearing in one ear, I...

As someone who has lost hearing in one ear, I encourage you to do whatever you can to protect it. Hearing aids help, but they are not perfect.
03-27-21, 02:12 PM
Replies: 5,923
Views: 357,041
Posted By topflightpro

Over the years, Iíve slowly added to the...

Over the years, Iíve slowly added to the equipment I keep in the car, including a selection of tools, baby wipes, toilet paper, pump and shoes.

Now Iíll be adding an extra kit, since I forgot my...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-26-21, 09:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 432
Posted By topflightpro

Switch to Speedplays and buy an extender kit:...

Switch to Speedplays and buy an extender kit: https://www.westernbikeworks.com/product/speedplay-cleat-extender-base-plate-kit
Forum: Road Cycling
03-26-21, 09:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 387
Posted By topflightpro

I already did. I sold three bikes, a frameset and...

I already did. I sold three bikes, a frameset and a wheelset in the past year. (I also bought one bike and one frameset, so I'm net down two bikes.)

My wife also sold one of her bikes this past...
03-23-21, 08:27 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 868
Posted By topflightpro

Don't overthink it. Take her to the shop and let...

Don't overthink it. Take her to the shop and let her try some things out. Let her figure out what kind of shifting set up she likes, and find something that fits her comfortably and meets your...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 864
Posted By topflightpro

What do you want from your bike? The Tarmac...

What do you want from your bike?

The Tarmac is designed to be a stiffer, more aero race bike.

The Roubaix is designed to be a more compliant riding bicycle for racing over rougher roads.

The...
03-23-21, 08:17 AM
Replies: 16,202
Views: 963,304
Posted By topflightpro

I also had the Pfizer. From what I hear, the...

I also had the Pfizer. From what I hear, the vaccine seems to hit some people hard and others not at all, though everyone seems to say the second shot is worse than the first.

So I've got that...
03-22-21, 06:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 248
Posted By topflightpro

Continental Sprinters are great tubular tires.

Continental Sprinters are great tubular tires.
03-22-21, 06:36 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,791
Posted By topflightpro

I think Rubik hits on something we haven't yet...

I think Rubik hits on something we haven't yet discussed - the psychological effect of equipment. I know early in my career, I definitely let it get to me that some guys had better equipment and...
03-22-21, 06:09 AM
Replies: 16,202
Views: 963,304
Posted By topflightpro

I got my first shot on Wednesday night. On...

I got my first shot on Wednesday night. On Thursday, I felt absolutely fine, but on Friday, everything fell apart. I just felt exhausted and off balance. I skipped my workout. Saturday, I felt...
03-19-21, 12:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 467
Posted By topflightpro

Will a Topstone take a Fox AX gravel suspension...

Will a Topstone take a Fox AX gravel suspension fork?

If you go with a Lefty, you'll also need a new front wheel.
03-19-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,442
Posted By topflightpro

Not putting the chain on the big ring when taking...

Not putting the chain on the big ring when taking off a pedal.

Did you know it's possible to pierce your fingernails and then bleed through them?
03-19-21, 12:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 786
Posted By topflightpro

OEM parts generally just come in plastic bags. I...

OEM parts generally just come in plastic bags. I had a Thomson stem arrive like that once from an eBay seller, and it definitely raised concerns for me that it was a knock-off. (Thomson confirmed it...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-19-21, 12:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 819
Posted By topflightpro

Really, at that price range, there are no bad...

Really, at that price range, there are no bad options. Zipp, Enve, Hed, Roval, Bontrager, I9... They're all good.

I suggest going with whichever set best matches the look of your bike - e.g. decal...
03-19-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,240
Posted By topflightpro

OP, hanging out in the back of a Cat 5 race isn't...

OP, hanging out in the back of a Cat 5 race isn't a great plan. Do what you can to stay near the front. (Everyone will be trying to do that though.)
03-18-21, 03:54 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,791
Posted By topflightpro

OP, look up Japanese Keirin racing.

OP, look up Japanese Keirin racing.
03-18-21, 01:32 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,240
Posted By topflightpro

As others noted, the Masters race will be much,...

As others noted, the Masters race will be much, much faster and more difficult than you expect.

That said, do not expect Cat 5 to be a cake walk either. There may be some very strong guys showing...
03-18-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,996
Posted By topflightpro

Find another doc and get it bolted back together....

Find another doc and get it bolted back together. You'll be back on the bike 2 days later.

Or if your break doesn't justify surgery, just get on the trainer without using the arm with the broken...
03-17-21, 08:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 470
Posted By topflightpro

When we last hired movers, they were incredibly...

When we last hired movers, they were incredibly professional, and they wrapped my two MTBs in pads/blankets and packed them into the truck. (We took our two road bikes in the back of my truck.) There...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-21, 08:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 990
Posted By topflightpro

Looks like I misread that. I thought they were...

Looks like I misread that. I thought they were replacing the Phillips screws used on the cleats with hex screws. That is not the case. They are putting a hex pattern on the spindle for install of the...
03-16-21, 07:41 AM
Replies: 16,202
Views: 963,304
Posted By topflightpro

Glad to hear you're OK. Good luck dealing with...

Glad to hear you're OK. Good luck dealing with that crap. Raleigh PD?
Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,141
Posted By topflightpro

Track racers still do.

Track racers still do.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-21, 07:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 990
Posted By topflightpro

New Speedplay Pedals

Looks like Wahoo released details on its new Speedplay pedal line.

https://www.wahoofitness.com/devices/pedals/view-all#seciton-63

Glad to see hex bolts for installing cleats over the previous...
03-15-21, 12:21 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,562
Posted By topflightpro

This. Once you're at 32 spokes, aerodynamics and...

This. Once you're at 32 spokes, aerodynamics and wind resistance are pretty much irrelevant discussions. If we're talking 20 vs. 32, then yes, it's relevant. But if you're building wheels with 32...
Replies: 9
Views: 525
Posted By topflightpro

Also, you noted that you are finding that you are...

Also, you noted that you are finding that you are diving down track on your starts. Some people actually use that to help them gain speed and move back up to black line before the sponges start.
03-15-21, 12:09 PM
Replies: 5,923
Views: 357,041
Posted By topflightpro

Yes, the Element is a great option. I even looked...

Yes, the Element is a great option. I even looked at finding an old one to keep as a third-car, bike mobile. But the newest ones are now 10 years old and they are increasingly difficult to find.
Replies: 9
Views: 525
Posted By topflightpro

You can practice starts in an empty parking lot...

You can practice starts in an empty parking lot or quiet street on the track bike from a slow roll. I've also seen people set a 2x4 by the wheel of their car, put their rear wheel against the 2x4,...
03-15-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 865
Views: 167,227
Posted By topflightpro

BTS or the bike?

BTS or the bike?
03-15-21, 09:17 AM
Replies: 5,923
Views: 357,041
Posted By topflightpro

I watched "Sound of Metal" this weekend on Amazon...

I watched "Sound of Metal" this weekend on Amazon Prime. It's a movie about a drummer who loses his hearing.

I've mentioned before that I lost most of my hearing in my left ear about 5 years ago...
03-15-21, 09:14 AM
Replies: 5,923
Views: 357,041
Posted By topflightpro

True, but Tacomas are so expensive. They retain...

True, but Tacomas are so expensive. They retain their value so well that it's almost not even worth it to buy used.



My wife has a CR-V. Yes, you can fit at least a 56 bike with the wheels on....
03-14-21, 07:12 AM
Replies: 16,202
Views: 963,304
Posted By topflightpro

And that is why I took up track sprinting.

And that is why I took up track sprinting.
03-14-21, 07:09 AM
Replies: 5,923
Views: 357,041
Posted By topflightpro

I briefly considered the Buick Tour X, which is a...

I briefly considered the Buick Tour X, which is a wagon version of a Regal, when I got a new car last year. It seemed nice, but I opted for the Honda Passport instead.

My only complaint about the...
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