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08-02-20, 12:07 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,147
Posted By Phatman

I’ve heard that Scott is bad about warranties...

I’ve heard that Scott is bad about warranties too, and they’ve got a pretty extensive mtb lineup.

FWIW, I’ve had pretty good warranty experiences with both Specialized and Cannondale, though they...
07-30-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,147
Posted By Phatman

I mean, that's kinda the point. Where I work, we...

I mean, that's kinda the point. Where I work, we might have a 50 micron or less tolerance on something, because we've done the testing to know that if we're outside of it, it'll cause problems. In...
07-30-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,378
Posted By Phatman

When I raced collegiate a long time ago, the guys...

When I raced collegiate a long time ago, the guys and girls from the Naval Academy weren't allowed off campus to train, so 100% of their riding was on trainers. The result was as bad as you'd...
07-24-20, 07:03 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,138
Posted By Phatman

The Aspero is on the shortlist. Or long list. ...

The Aspero is on the shortlist. Or long list. Or ever-lengthening list, as it seems. The only shop that sells them in town is only allowing "concierge" type shopping though, where you have to call...
07-23-20, 05:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,138
Posted By Phatman

Couldn’t you just lengthen the top tube and keep...

Couldn’t you just lengthen the top tube and keep the steering angle the same, like Cervelo did with the Aspero? Front end geometry is the same on the Aspero as it is on the Stigmata, just with an...
07-22-20, 02:03 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,138
Posted By Phatman

Enh, reviews aren't foolproof either. If the...

Enh, reviews aren't foolproof either. If the person paid for their bike, they won't trash it too much because it makes them look like an idiot for spending too much money on something that sucks. ...
07-22-20, 11:23 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,138
Posted By Phatman

Well it wouldn't just be $80. I'd probably be...

Well it wouldn't just be $80. I'd probably be looking at $80 a test ride per day, which would probably add up if I don't narrow my shortlist significantly. But I get your point though, the feel of...
07-22-20, 09:19 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,138
Posted By Phatman

Awesome, this is the convo I think I wanted to be...

Awesome, this is the convo I think I wanted to be having. What all goes into "flop"? Can you have two bikes with identical trail and different amounts of "flop"?
07-22-20, 08:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 387
Posted By Phatman

I'm not sure the Force1 has enough chain wrap...

I'm not sure the Force1 has enough chain wrap capacity to do a double chaining though.
07-22-20, 07:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 387
Posted By Phatman

I live outside of Asheville. I've got a 42T...

I live outside of Asheville. I've got a 42T front and an 11-36 on the back, and I've not had an issue getting up anything. I've got a 205 pound dad-bod and I have trouble getting in more than 3-5...
07-21-20, 02:10 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,138
Posted By Phatman

Dude I'm way ahead of you. I've got an excel...

Dude I'm way ahead of you. I've got an excel spreadsheet. #engineer (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=engineer)...
07-21-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,147
Posted By Phatman

Its a bit frustrating to me. As an engineer, I...

Its a bit frustrating to me. As an engineer, I find that "personalities" like this normalize the behavior that being an expert with no people skills is okay. Every engineer has had a co-worker like...
07-21-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,138
Posted By Phatman

Gravel Bike Geometry Analysis Paralysis

I've been riding for a long time, road, mountain, etc. My first grownup bike was a Lemond I bought it 2002 brand new. After that bike, I mostly bought bikes based on how light they were, what...
07-21-20, 05:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,378
Posted By Phatman

If you do this, you won’t have to worry about...

If you do this, you won’t have to worry about being taken out in a crash because you will be riding by yourself off the back of the group.

Corner at the speed of the guy in front of you, following...
07-17-20, 08:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,030
Posted By Phatman

I used to do a lot of mileage when I was in...

I used to do a lot of mileage when I was in college, and I responded really well to it. Most of my rides were over 3 hours, hell even my hard interval days were around the 3 hour mark. I'd spin an...
06-24-20, 06:56 AM
Replies: 1,546
Views: 657,079
Posted By Phatman

Nice! This frame is on my short list, the...

Nice! This frame is on my short list, the geometry is exactly what I'm "LOOK"ing for. Whats the weight on the 105 model?
05-19-20, 11:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 576
Posted By Phatman

I've got a 2015 Jake the Snake, which I think is...

I've got a 2015 Jake the Snake, which I think is identical to the 2014 except for slightly different graphics. I really like mine. I take it on singletrack all the time, mostly just to cut through...
05-12-20, 11:27 AM
Replies: 15,196
Views: 863,848
Posted By Phatman

I said what I did because he mentioned he had...

I said what I did because he mentioned he had moved his seat up and forward on the new bike with a steeper seat tube angle. Weight distribution is a really important part of a bike fit, and if he...
05-12-20, 06:59 AM
Replies: 15,196
Views: 863,848
Posted By Phatman

I've had some wrist issues in the past, and what...

I've had some wrist issues in the past, and what made the difference for me was the rotation of the bars and/or the hood position. It was the style back in ~2004-2005ish when I first started racing...
05-11-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,146
Posted By Phatman

Yeah. but that's not a gravel bike. Sorry. ...

Yeah. but that's not a gravel bike. Sorry.



Not a #gravelbike (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=gravelbike) either. Lame.



I don't see "gravel" in the...
05-08-20, 01:27 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,146
Posted By Phatman

So, back in the day (only 5-6 years ago, not...

So, back in the day (only 5-6 years ago, not actually back in the day) when everyone rode ‘cross bikes and it was dorky to call it a gravel bike, I used to do a gravel loop on my carbon hardtail when...
05-08-20, 08:43 AM
Replies: 1,546
Views: 657,079
Posted By Phatman

Here's mine. Its a 2015 Kona Jake the Snake. ...

Here's mine. Its a 2015 Kona Jake the Snake.
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1290/img_e5503_e00e90f9743116cf305fc8d37db146cdf27b6d00.jpg

I impulse bought this frame...
05-08-20, 07:13 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,146
Posted By Phatman

Biggest upgrade in my mind is that the BB is a...

Biggest upgrade in my mind is that the BB is a pinch higher, though still too low. The swat box is kinda nifty too, though I wonder if it would rattle.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-05-20, 07:31 AM
Replies: 1,266
Views: 156,484
Posted By Phatman

Hey, I've got a 2002 Lemond Alpe D'Huez too, I...

Hey, I've got a 2002 Lemond Alpe D'Huez too, I bought it new and I don't plan on selling it since its got such a past.

I bought it in high school at Race Pace Bicycles in Ellicott City, MD with...
01-07-20, 07:53 AM
Replies: 15,196
Views: 863,848
Posted By Phatman

Gotcha. I've been battling this knee thing off...

Gotcha. I've been battling this knee thing off an on for the last 4 years. The last time it flared up was last winter and it responded pretty well to a week off, lots of foam rolling and some...
01-06-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 15,196
Views: 863,848
Posted By Phatman

Its been a while since I've posted on here, but I...

Its been a while since I've posted on here, but I found the sleep discussion when googling and thought it was interesting. So, with that said, what're people's thoughts on training with very little...
Forum: Touring
03-19-14, 10:02 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 26,860
Posted By Phatman

Wow, I can't believe this thread is still...

Wow, I can't believe this thread is still around. I didn't end up going on that tour, I ended up having to work that summer and my buddy that was supposed to go with me bailed. Totally shoulda'...
12-21-10, 03:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 846
Posted By Phatman

This past season I did more intensity than the...

This past season I did more intensity than the year before because (due to working full time) my training hours were cut back. I had the best season ever this past summer, but I burned out mentally...
07-15-10, 05:22 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,660
Posted By Phatman

Like I said, I didn't see the stage. I was...

Like I said, I didn't see the stage. I was thinking it was in a decent.
07-15-10, 07:44 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,660
Posted By Phatman

The secondary retention a of a tubular tire is...

The secondary retention a of a tubular tire is the fact that when the tire is inflated, it expands. The ID of the tire tries to get smaller, so it constricts onto the rim. Try installing a tubular...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-10, 11:53 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,645
Posted By Phatman

I wouldn't try for the 1000 bucks of pain and...

I wouldn't try for the 1000 bucks of pain and suffering, I'd just go for what needs to be replaced and your medical bills. If the accident was the driver's fault, they should pay for everything. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-10, 04:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 708
Posted By Phatman

Welcome to collegiate cycling.

Welcome to collegiate cycling.
07-09-10, 04:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,093
Posted By Phatman

really, just race a couple times. See how you...

really, just race a couple times. See how you like it. See where you need to improve, and what seems to work ok for you. You might get dropped in your first race, you might not, the only way to...
06-30-10, 07:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 582
Posted By Phatman

Your picture just answered your question. Crocs...

Your picture just answered your question. Crocs should never have been invented.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-10, 12:45 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 4,899
Posted By Phatman

If you aren't racing, I'd get a custom bike for...

If you aren't racing, I'd get a custom bike for $8600, don't bother with the Madone. You don't want or need carbon deep section wheels for everyday use, and you're paying a lot for the trek name.
06-26-10, 04:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,411
Posted By Phatman

Most people don't have the time to "ride lots" to...

Most people don't have the time to "ride lots" to the point of elite competition. With that said, I knew a guy who never did intervals and was a pretty decent cat 2. He rode between 30-40 hours a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-10, 12:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 763
Posted By Phatman

I had the EXACT thing happen to my dura ace 7800...

I had the EXACT thing happen to my dura ace 7800 lever, cable break and all, and Shimano replaced my shifter for free. Ask the shop people really nicely, and bring them a 6-pack of some sort of IPA....
06-24-10, 10:30 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,850
Posted By Phatman

For the first half of the season, I was just...

For the first half of the season, I was just going for top 10s, so I would basically sit in until the end, then sprint with a pack. Pretty lame racing, I know, but thats the way the system has been...
06-08-10, 06:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 758
Posted By Phatman

I appreciate the advice, but there is no need to...

I appreciate the advice, but there is no need to be a jerk.
06-08-10, 06:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 758
Posted By Phatman

I don't really want a coach, mostly becuase I...

I don't really want a coach, mostly becuase I don't want to pay for one, but also because I have a plan that is working for me right now, and I really don't want someone mucking with it mid-season. ...
06-07-10, 02:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 758
Posted By Phatman

I suppose I still do need a rest week, but would...

I suppose I still do need a rest week, but would two medium weeks in a row make me feel as rested as one easy week?
06-07-10, 11:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 758
Posted By Phatman

Screwed up my rest week, what now?

So I'm in the best shape of my life right now. I've been racing for 6 years, and while I love the comeraderie and the excitment of racing, I never really trained in a structured fashion until this...
11-16-09, 05:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,286
Posted By Phatman

and flexibility.

and flexibility.
11-11-09, 06:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 893
Posted By Phatman

Just race the Scott. If you are that worried...

Just race the Scott. If you are that worried about crashing and breaking your bike, you should not be racing.
08-03-09, 04:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,235
Posted By Phatman

Um no. Contador destroyed Andy one the stage...

Um no. Contador destroyed Andy one the stage when he took yellow. He attacked, got a 2 and half minutes on the LA group, and put a minute into Andy within something like 5k. total destruction.
07-25-09, 10:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 860
Posted By Phatman

dang dude, way to end the thread early...

dang dude, way to end the thread early...
07-23-09, 07:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,037
Posted By Phatman

You joke (I think), but french broad without...

You joke (I think), but french broad without climbs and the resulting selection makes for a crash fest. Those roads are too narrow for a cat 4 field to ride through without a selection.
07-23-09, 07:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 986
Posted By Phatman

I usually do it in the off season, mostly because...

I usually do it in the off season, mostly because I go to the gym then, and not in the season. During the season, I generally have a tough enough time fitting bike time in, so I don't go to the gym,...
07-22-09, 10:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,037
Posted By Phatman

I'm glad french broad doesn't suck anymore. I...

I'm glad french broad doesn't suck anymore. I did it two years in a row a while back, and I'm still not sure why I did it the second time. The first time included a tour of the flattest roads in...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-09, 05:32 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,176
Posted By Phatman

Well everyone else might not like your ride, but...

Well everyone else might not like your ride, but at least your bike is excited.
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