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Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-20, 08:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 279
Posted By topflightpro

I have had a number of fits over the years, and I...

I have had a number of fits over the years, and I can say with experience that some fitters are better than others. And some fit theories work better for others.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-05-20, 03:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 378
Posted By topflightpro

Looks pretty normal to me. But it never hurts to...

Looks pretty normal to me. But it never hurts to ask your shop for their opinion.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-05-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 496
Posted By topflightpro

This. On two bikes, I've replaced the lower...

This.

On two bikes, I've replaced the lower headset bearings. One just felt rough and the other literally fell apart - I pull the bikes apart every year and check everything. Upper bearing was...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-20, 08:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 641
Posted By topflightpro

I agree that you seem quite large for a 58 frame....

I agree that you seem quite large for a 58 frame.

That said, put the figures into BikeGeo.net and see what the difference would be in terms of handlebar stack and reach.
Replies: 915
Views: 259,116
Posted By topflightpro

3T also makes the APTO in 140 and 150 - you have...

3T also makes the APTO in 140 and 150 - you have to order them from Europe. They're not listed on the US site, but I have had a 150 Apto on my bike, so I know they exist.
08-03-20, 06:39 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 22,552
Posted By topflightpro

I think these two points agree. If you do not...

I think these two points agree. If you do not nurture an innate talent or genetic advantage, you will not develop into a world class champion. Doge keeps mentioning all these kids who probably could...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 851
Posted By topflightpro

Start on smaller hills. Then work you way up to...

Start on smaller hills. Then work you way up to bigger descents. As an earlier poster noted, you just need to spend more time descending to get over it. Starting with smaller hills first can make the...
Replies: 16
Views: 1,457
Posted By topflightpro

I too have a bad sweet tooth. I have found that...

I too have a bad sweet tooth. I have found that if I can avoid sweets for about a week, I can keep it under control. But sugar is kind of like a drug, and it's hard to avoid. I've also had success...
Replies: 915
Views: 259,116
Posted By topflightpro

I also have a 57 DF4, but after my last fit, we...

I also have a 57 DF4, but after my last fit, we decided I needed a larger frame. So I am working on getting one.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-29-20, 08:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 711
Posted By topflightpro

If the 57 is available, go back and take it out...

If the 57 is available, go back and take it out for a spin.
07-29-20, 06:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 332
Posted By topflightpro

Converting 3x9 26er to 1x9?

Hello all,

I recently helped my brother in law in getting a circa 2010 Giant Reign to ride trails with his young boys. The FD didn't shift great, he started tinkering with it, and it soon became...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-20, 10:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 259
Posted By topflightpro

Given the brakes, the name Motion City, and your...

Given the brakes, the name Motion City, and your description of it having a flat bar, my guess is that it was a hybrid bike. Looks like a basic aluminum frame from about 2008-2010. I'd guess it's...
07-28-20, 07:53 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 22,552
Posted By topflightpro

I have to agree with Ken. Hard work is very...

I have to agree with Ken. Hard work is very important. But it can only take you so far if you do not have the proper genetics. Alternatively, just having the proper genetics won't guarantee you...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 532
Posted By topflightpro

You'll be fine. My wife had those...

You'll be fine.

My wife had those Specialized cranks on her bike. She crashed several years ago, and when she went down, she ground down a huge chunk off her crank arm - so much so that it also...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-20, 08:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 495
Posted By topflightpro

The tire will develop a flat spot along the outer...

The tire will develop a flat spot along the outer part of the rim as the tire wears, but that is the same wear one gets from riding on a road.

If you are getting a hop in the tire, that is from...
07-26-20, 07:02 AM
Replies: 5,041
Views: 285,948
Posted By topflightpro

TMonk, drive the Corolla til it dies. With 130k...

TMonk, drive the Corolla til it dies. With 130k on it, you're just breaking it in.

If you want a fun car, look for an old Miata and keep it as a third/weekender. They don't have much power, but...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-20, 08:06 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,602
Posted By topflightpro

For men, bibs keep everything in place better.

For men, bibs keep everything in place better.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 620
Posted By topflightpro

The 3T Exploro was my first thought too. I think...

The 3T Exploro was my first thought too. I think it will be good enough for your needs. 3T designed the frame around its aero road Strada frameset, so it's got some aerodynamic properties. It will...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-20, 08:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 675
Posted By topflightpro

Specialized has the pad for measuring hip bone...

Specialized has the pad for measuring hip bone width to help you identify which saddle width is appropriate for you.

That said, there is no real science to saddle fitting. It's really personal...
Replies: 9
Views: 803
Posted By topflightpro

My understanding is they made some substantial...

My understanding is they made some substantial improvements between Gen 1 and Gen 2. I think we have Gen 2 (maybe 3?). If you plan to put a Velobike adapter on there, I think some of the older Kickrs...
07-23-20, 08:26 AM
Replies: 15,176
Views: 860,522
Posted By topflightpro

I've run PowerTap, Quarq and SRM over the years....

I've run PowerTap, Quarq and SRM over the years. They were not comparable with each other. The Powertap was the most generous of the three. The SRM the least generous.
Replies: 9
Views: 803
Posted By topflightpro

I tried a Lemond recently with a Velobike...

I tried a Lemond recently with a Velobike adapter. It is very loud. But, they are pretty easy to find near me and the going rate is about $200-$250, which is a lot less than a Kickr.

I've used a...
07-21-20, 07:53 AM
Replies: 15,176
Views: 860,522
Posted By topflightpro

TKP, in my experience, it varies - a lot. I...

TKP, in my experience, it varies - a lot.

I got a Whoop for Christmas, so I've been trying to use that to track my training and progress. There are days when it says I'm fully recovered, and I...
07-21-20, 07:48 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 22,552
Posted By topflightpro

Rad Dog, I get your point that you made a living...

Rad Dog, I get your point that you made a living riding a bike. But Rubik is correct, you were not a professional bicycle racer, which is the context of this discussion.

Also, as I read your...
07-21-20, 07:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,160
Posted By topflightpro

As other said, go the speed of the field. Crashes...

As other said, go the speed of the field. Crashes happen when people try to go faster/slower than others through turns. And watch out for that one guy who will dive bomb the corners even if he...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,037
Posted By topflightpro

Hardest hill I have ever climbed had to be...

Hardest hill I have ever climbed had to be Suicide Hill. Eight years old on Schwinn Mini Thrasher BMX bike. Probably 15-20% for 500m.

Honestly don't recall if I ever made it all they way up on my...
07-15-20, 09:42 AM
Replies: 15,176
Views: 860,522
Posted By topflightpro

You know, a 2.5-hour drive west and you can hit...

You know, a 2.5-hour drive west and you can hit some decent climbs.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-20, 09:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,154
Posted By topflightpro

I use a towel when riding the trainer or rollers....

I use a towel when riding the trainer or rollers. I also have top-tube bra on my trainer bike to catch dripping sweat. On the road, I use the back of my glove or shoulder. But for the most part, it...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-20, 01:59 PM
Replies: 270
Views: 10,321
Posted By topflightpro

That's fascinating. I'm guessing the fact that...

That's fascinating. I'm guessing the fact that the velodromes are indoors is a big factor in that?
07-13-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 385
Views: 30,062
Posted By topflightpro

I opted not to race this past weekend. Just...

I opted not to race this past weekend. Just didn't seem necessary for me to travel to race right now. All my races are cancelled for the year. I'm looking at 2021.

I like racing, but I'm OK with...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-20, 07:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 322
Posted By topflightpro

You can also try a Wolf Tooth adapter rather than...

You can also try a Wolf Tooth adapter rather than buying a new RD. It's a cheaper way to get the extension you need for a larger cassette.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-20, 07:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 357
Posted By topflightpro

They can be great, but you have to make sure you...

They can be great, but you have to make sure you get the appropriate one. The POC above is a TT helmet. It has no ventilation and covers your ears, so you can't hear traffic as well. It is great for...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-20, 06:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,400
Posted By topflightpro

On single lane roundabouts, take the lane. Move...

On single lane roundabouts, take the lane. Move out enough that a car cannot pass you. And if the roundabout has medians leading up to it - as the normally do - take the lane far enough out so that...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-20, 06:55 AM
Replies: 270
Views: 10,321
Posted By topflightpro

20 meters? Really? Even with no wind, that's way...

20 meters? Really? Even with no wind, that's way too far back. At one bike length off a field, you're feeling the wind. At two bike lengths, you'll be struggling. At three, you're dropped.

And as...
07-13-20, 06:49 AM
Replies: 15,176
Views: 860,522
Posted By topflightpro

I'm guessing Fudgy is too busy taking care of two...

I'm guessing Fudgy is too busy taking care of two toddlers to spend time here.
07-12-20, 05:47 AM
Replies: 385
Views: 30,062
Posted By topflightpro

I've also heard very loud and negative feedback...

I've also heard very loud and negative feedback about some races/race series being cancelled.
Replies: 9
Views: 803
Posted By topflightpro

I've been using my wife's Kickr the last few...

I've been using my wife's Kickr the last few weeks. It works pretty well, though I did have to put some bags of concrete on the legs to keep it from lifting on starts.

Velobike makes adapters for...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 09:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 722
Posted By topflightpro

I say go SeaSucker. My gas mileage is so...

I say go SeaSucker.

My gas mileage is so much better when I don't have the roof rack on - without a bike. It's not a huge hassle to put it on or take it off - just four screws - but it's enough of...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,126
Posted By topflightpro

Start stretching your hamstrings and hip flexors.

Start stretching your hamstrings and hip flexors.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 760
Posted By topflightpro

At this point, I think all bikes within a class...

At this point, I think all bikes within a class are probably 95% the same. The differences are so minor as to be almost irrelevant. Figure out what size bike you need - note, just because you ride a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 340
Posted By topflightpro

Specialized makes baggie shorts for kids with a...

Specialized makes baggie shorts for kids with a chamois and liner.
Replies: 34
Views: 2,185
Posted By topflightpro

Last time I tried to order Pista Speeds from my...

Last time I tried to order Pista Speeds from my sponsor LBS, Vitoria was completely sold out - of all Pista Speed sizes. Had to order from Europe.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-20, 08:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 499
Posted By topflightpro

Front derailleur should work. It may not work...

Front derailleur should work. It may not work great, but it should work.

As already stated, you may need to change your wheels. You may have the same rims as your friend, but the freehub might not...
Replies: 22
Views: 1,716
Posted By topflightpro

I agree that the cancellations were the right...

I agree that the cancellations were the right call.

The local track races are still on, as scheduled. I'm not sure whether I want to participate. Over the last couple years, turnout hasn't been...
Replies: 22
Views: 1,716
Posted By topflightpro

CANCELLED....

CANCELLED. (https://usacycling.org/article/national-championship-update-july-1)
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-20, 08:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 914
Posted By topflightpro

Other things to think about in regards to fixed...

Other things to think about in regards to fixed vs. single speed: On a fixed gear bike, if you stop pedaling, the bike stops - if you try doing this when moving quickly, the bicycle will buck and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 617
Posted By topflightpro

I plugged the numbers into BikeGeo too. Fork...

I plugged the numbers into BikeGeo too. Fork length was not listed for Cervelo and Offset was not listed for the Orbea. I adjusted those numbers (386 and 52) until the tool gave me almost the exact...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 332
Posted By topflightpro

It probably depends on what a pro team has in...

It probably depends on what a pro team has in stock. But changing a crank is a lot quicker and easier than chainrings. And in some cases, one has to remove the crank to remove the chainrings.
Replies: 34
Views: 2,185
Posted By topflightpro

Would be like rolling a tubular.:twitchy:

Would be like rolling a tubular.:twitchy:
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 617
Posted By topflightpro

Have you tried any of the online caclulators? ...

Have you tried any of the online caclulators?

Bikegeo.net is a good place to start.

And Stem Comparison Tool | yojimg.net (http://yojimg.net/bike/web_tools/stem.php) is a great stem comparison...
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