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07-12-20, 05:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 567
Posted By surak

The simplest definition of a natural climber is...

The simplest definition of a natural climber is someone with above average W/kg over an extended period of time compared to shorter duration efforts.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,583
Posted By surak

Meh, it doesn't matter how "innovative" you think...

Meh, it doesn't matter how "innovative" you think they are if their business model can't stand on its own, instead falling back on guilting people to use it.

What the Strava defense force doesn't...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,106
Posted By surak

​​​​​​It's arbitrary because without a semblance...

​​​​​​It's arbitrary because without a semblance of a protocol, Garmin misses many confounding factors like the fact that I wasn't riding to exhaustion. Those 20 minutes were during a climb that...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 402
Posted By surak

Only guessing the specs from models approximately...

Only guessing the specs from models approximately named that on 99spokes, but I wouldn't recommend that bike at that price point for a first road bike. You don't ride nearly enough to know what you...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-20, 09:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 722
Posted By surak

If you're in LA and don't plan to ride in the...

If you're in LA and don't plan to ride in the rain, getting disc brakes is not an absolute necessity. The only downsides to rim brakes would be less tire clearance -- you can run wider tires at lower...
06-23-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,003
Posted By surak

The first time I went out with friends, we took a...

The first time I went out with friends, we took a double black diamond trail where every jump had a bypass. As a complete MTB noob, I chose to bypass every one. A guy rides up behind me, so I stand...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-20, 11:25 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,106
Posted By surak

I'm in the camp of 3-4 hours is too short of a...

I'm in the camp of 3-4 hours is too short of a ride to care too much about zones when starting out. Provided you properly eat and hydrate, you can always fall back to Z2/Z1 when you burn all your...
06-03-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,001
Posted By surak

I didn't realize the Elemnt was discontinued, but...

I didn't realize the Elemnt was discontinued, but you can still find it at significantly less than $150 over the Bolt. https://www.eriksbikeshop.com/wahoo-fitness-elemnt-gps-computer-pr3e7459/p
06-02-20, 11:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 310
Posted By surak

Laser cut, less bunching and more aero.

Laser cut, less bunching and more aero.
06-01-20, 06:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 711
Posted By surak

You're wrong, you should not skip exercising when...

You're wrong, you should not skip exercising when your muscles are sore, in fact that's counterproductive if you're trying to get fitter.

https://youtu.be/9Yt_haNPmfQ
05-25-20, 11:11 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,268
Posted By surak

Only time I had an issue was when I first got it...

Only time I had an issue was when I first got it and didn't realize I had to disconnect it from the etube app before it would start shifting again, which is probably what your LBS guy was refering to.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,042
Posted By surak

I can't stand flats for road cycling, and despise...

I can't stand flats for road cycling, and despise pinned even more. Constantly hunting for the right foot position (which pins make harder since I can't make any adjustments without completely taking...
05-22-20, 02:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 583
Posted By surak

A benefit to going with the -deg stem and leaving...

A benefit to going with the -deg stem and leaving spacers underneath is that it leaves more steerer tube intact for future adjustment, assuming you cut the tube so you're not running a stack of...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-20, 05:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 494
Posted By surak

If liking the looks on your wheels motivates you,...

If liking the looks on your wheels motivates you, and you aren't going into debt splurging, more power to ya.

Take a look at Light Bicycle AR56 rims, you can get red i9 hubs and nipples and...
05-18-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 771
Posted By surak

Less padding in your caboose and more weight on...

Less padding in your caboose and more weight on it compared to when you where heavier and putting more load on your legs could be causes. Or if you wear padded bibs/shorts, the chamois could be worn...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 12,020
Posted By surak

I don't pay for Strava. I'm not a segment hunter,...

I don't pay for Strava. I'm not a segment hunter, so the only thing I lose is not seeing who I follow on leaderboards. Strava is the de facto social network for cycling (but good luck making people...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-20, 06:55 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,490
Posted By surak

If you have integrated shifters in those brake...

If you have integrated shifters in those brake levers, they look placed too far down.
05-14-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 795
Posted By surak

I live by one street that closed. It already had...

I live by one street that closed. It already had traffic restrictions that drivers flaunt regularly. Never saw enforcement of the previous restrictions, doubt there will be any going forward. The...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-20, 05:55 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,200
Posted By surak

Every post I've read about tubeless tires failing...

Every post I've read about tubeless tires failing have actually been about Stan's failing to seal. Also the case IRL. Unless Stan's has completely dominant market share on road sealant, that's a...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-20, 12:46 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,004
Posted By surak

Starting out, prioritize being prepared and...

Starting out, prioritize being prepared and self-sufficient. Especially if you're riding solo and aren't familiar with your options for rest stops to refill water. Style can come later, and anyways...
05-11-20, 08:39 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,663
Posted By surak

Not that BF needs yet another discs vs rim...

Not that BF needs yet another discs vs rim debate, but the search for problems have looong ago come back with findings. They are rain, carbon rims, and as you said, tire size.
05-07-20, 06:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 463
Posted By surak

I've noticed a big difference in comfort between...

I've noticed a big difference in comfort between 2 different composite seatposts (S-Works CG-r >> Giant D-fuse) but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy one to only use it indoors. Stand regularly is...
05-05-20, 04:30 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,054
Posted By surak

Maybe she can put out more power upright,...

Maybe she can put out more power upright, relatively speaking.

Be careful with how you word it if you suspect her, uhh, "glutes" may be disproportionally more powerful than yours, though....
05-05-20, 04:15 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,054
Posted By surak

Are you two riding in aero position when she...

Are you two riding in aero position when she drops you? Women tend to have lower CdA as they are smaller and more compact when tucked in than men. Plus, accelerating less mass is easier. Finally, she...
05-04-20, 11:27 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,027
Posted By surak

Do you have small hands? Lever reach from the...

Do you have small hands? Lever reach from the drops can be an issue, even with reach adjusted, depending on the model. That's why Shimano came out with a smaller size R7000 shifter option. The shape...
05-02-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,816
Posted By surak

That average speed is meaningless without...

That average speed is meaningless without context.

What do you ride (beach cruiser, time trial bike, single speed, mtb, unicycle)?
Where are you riding (up Alpe d'Huez, on a flat trail, downhill,...
05-02-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,229
Posted By surak

Garmin Speed Sensor 2 and Wahoo RPM Speed Sensor...

Garmin Speed Sensor 2 and Wahoo RPM Speed Sensor both support Bluetooth and ANT+.
05-01-20, 08:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 493
Posted By surak

I'm not familiar with the online shops, but...

I'm not familiar with the online shops, but appears Profile Design (https://www.bike-discount.de/en/shop/triathlon-aerobar-484/l-24) is available. If you use the tops of your bars, you'll want...
04-28-20, 04:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 493
Posted By surak

Consider clip-on aerobars. Rest your arms on them...

Consider clip-on aerobars. Rest your arms on them when conditions are clear and you won't be doing any quick maneuvering.
04-28-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 739
Posted By surak

If you're using ANT+, it's a broadcast protocol...

If you're using ANT+, it's a broadcast protocol so there's no limit to the number of devices that can pick up readings other than signal range. I was going to recommend the Wahoo Fitness app as well....
04-16-20, 11:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,646
Posted By surak

Your body gets stronger through the process of...

Your body gets stronger through the process of overloading and recovering. If you can go faster for the same perceived effort, then you're getting stronger. However, you may not be doing so...
04-15-20, 04:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,118
Posted By surak

Wahoo wishes they were within 5%. 🙄 ...

Wahoo wishes they were within 5%. 🙄

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1080x1005/screenshot_20200415_154213_2_474b90dfb61af0bb5c3841711b2ffe6590ca534c.png...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-20, 11:59 AM
Replies: 240
Views: 15,371
Posted By surak

Some online business models are set up to price...

Some online business models are set up to price pressure brick & mortar competition by supplying a long tail of less popular products that would be impractical to stock on limited physical store...
04-13-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,118
Posted By surak

https://www.bikeforums.net/electronics-lighting-ga...

https://www.bikeforums.net/electronics-lighting-gadgets/1181170-rwgps-calories-vs-wahoo-bolt-w-power-meter.html

Anything using just heart rate is going to be inaccurate because there's such a huge...
04-10-20, 05:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,243
Posted By surak

The only thing I changed for my first century was...

The only thing I changed for my first century was raising my stem. Other things to try would be thicker bar tape, wider tires run at lower pressure, clip-on aero bars to give your arms somewhere to...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-10-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 536
Posted By surak

If she's going to be riding up mountains or...

If she's going to be riding up mountains or participating in hill climbs, then shaving grams by lightening the cockpit helps, but that's hardly cost effective. Tires with lower rolling resistance...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-09-20, 11:16 PM
Replies: 240
Views: 15,371
Posted By surak

A lot of ignorance in this thread. :lol: Canyon...

A lot of ignorance in this thread. :lol: Canyon US is in California, it's not like you have to deal with the mothership in Deustchland. They have some offerings that are differentiated enough that...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 293
Posted By surak

A few reasons to consider a full smart bike- you...

A few reasons to consider a full smart bike- you can adjust the bike so multiple people can use it, you don't have a spare bike or want to be taking the bike on and off the trainer, you want to...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-20, 11:49 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,877
Posted By surak

Tires are one of the most cost effective items to...

Tires are one of the most cost effective items to upgrade, but not because of any weight savings. Lower rolling resistance and improved comfort from more supple tires are.

​​​​OP, rather than...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-20, 09:38 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,877
Posted By surak

It's trivial to swap between 140 and 160 rotors....

It's trivial to swap between 140 and 160 rotors. But agree on avoiding the Conduct mech/hydro brake system.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-20, 05:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 655
Posted By surak

If you haven't already studied DC Rainmaker's...

If you haven't already studied DC Rainmaker's smart trainer guide (https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2019/10/the-smart-trainer-recommendations-guide-winter-2019-2020.html), I highly recommend it.

As far...
04-02-20, 12:33 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,447
Posted By surak

For those who don't know, you can ride alone or...

For those who don't know, you can ride alone or at least not with the masses on Zwift. ZwiftInsider: How to ride alone on Zwift (https://zwiftinsider.com/zwift-alone/)
Forum: Road Cycling
04-01-20, 10:41 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,441
Posted By surak

I get irritable when I'm under-fueled...

I get irritable when I'm under-fueled (https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/cyclings-hidden-fuelling-epidemic-446422).

From TrainingPeaks...
03-23-20, 11:33 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 648
Posted By surak

DC Rainmaker's list of current training promos

DC Rainmaker has a list of promos and specials going on, many spurred on by the curtailment of outdoor training due to pandemic:...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-20, 07:38 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,270
Posted By surak

I installed 32mm GP5Ks on my rain bike today. It...

I installed 32mm GP5Ks on my rain bike today. It still has plenty of fender clearance, which is a wonderful feeling.

Mounting the tires was a bit time-consuming, but nothing a bit of patience and...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-21-20, 11:55 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,362
Posted By surak

The way I see it, you want to go faster on a...

The way I see it, you want to go faster on a bike. The ways to go faster are to produce more power, get more aero, and/or get lighter (if there's a lot of climbing).

For most people a combination...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-20, 10:53 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,957
Posted By surak

^ Yup. I briefly used 32mm Gatorskins. I thought...

^ Yup. I briefly used 32mm Gatorskins. I thought I could run them at lower pressure, but they felt terrible. Once pumped up firm, they felt terrible in a different way. Nowhere near as smooth riding...
03-13-20, 08:58 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,946
Posted By surak

Cascade posted on Facebook that they'll make an...

Cascade posted on Facebook that they'll make an announcement regarding STP March 20th. One of the things they're working on behind the scenes now is changing the refund policy.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-20, 12:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,131
Posted By surak

I haven't used the 530, have a 520 and recently...

I haven't used the 530, have a 520 and recently bought a Bolt after being fed up by issues with the 520, with the last straw being a well-known issue where the Varia radar will stop reporting if the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-09-20, 06:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 582
Posted By surak

The answer is always multiple bikes. But...

The answer is always multiple bikes.

But seriously, your problem is you don't even have one bike, which you must remedy immediately. Just buy the Synapse and have it meet all the near-term...
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