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Forum: Road Cycling
01-16-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,087
Posted By firebird854

Currently, my 2016 Tarmac Expert is my dedicated...

Currently, my 2016 Tarmac Expert is my dedicated trainer bike, I use it's powertap g3 as the powermeter and have a Cycleops Magnus configured with zwift to be used as the smart trainer (i.e. this...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-16-20, 09:08 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 616
Posted By firebird854

I've been hit by a car and crashed numerous...

I've been hit by a car and crashed numerous times, breaking bones, dislocating a shoulder, destroying my bike, etc.

First, I absolutely love cycling soooo much and really don't intend on giving it...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-16-20, 08:05 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 616
Posted By firebird854

Do not incite people driving a multi-ton weapon.

Do not incite people driving a multi-ton weapon.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-15-20, 07:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 285
Posted By firebird854

Yeah, I'd recommend option 3, buy some sweet...

Yeah, I'd recommend option 3, buy some sweet deep-section carbon wheels, these actually improve speed...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-20, 03:38 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 845
Posted By firebird854

1 SPD-SL Bontrager pair. I bought them with my...

1 SPD-SL Bontrager pair. I bought them with my first road bike back in 2017, some XXX carbon-soled ones, few modal years back, for a decent price. THEY'VE SURVIVED basically everything, 3 different...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-20, 07:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 408
Posted By firebird854

I agree on the electronic shifting aspect, I've...

I agree on the electronic shifting aspect, I've looked into the etap HRD where I could easily place satellite sifters on the extensions. The obvious issue is the price... if I switched to a SRM...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-08-20, 02:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 408
Posted By firebird854

I'm really interested to hear your thoughts on...

I'm really interested to hear your thoughts on the Redshift system as I've been highly considering it. I also agree with many of your points and do feel that more integration can cause more...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-08-20, 07:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 408
Posted By firebird854

Nice Link! I really appreciate the feedback.

Nice Link! I really appreciate the feedback.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 408
Posted By firebird854

Ah, I see your point, Hmm, I'll check some local...

Ah, I see your point, Hmm, I'll check some local listings and do some math.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-20, 11:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 408
Posted By firebird854

My thought process here was I already have 1 year...

My thought process here was I already have 1 year old Bontrager Aeolus 5 (50mm deep carbon wheels) that cost around $1200. These are disc brake-specific wheels, if I found a reasonably priced value...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-20, 07:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 408
Posted By firebird854

I've been considering this approach, my concerns...

I've been considering this approach, my concerns are the fact I would really like to get a disc brake compatible bike so I could swap in my current $$$$ carbon wheelset, unfortunately, all the disc...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-06-20, 12:53 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 6,176
Posted By firebird854

Oh I wasn't making the point that you need disc...

Oh I wasn't making the point that you need disc brakes in Wisconsin. I was simply describing the environment in which I rode my rim brake-equipped bike and disc brake-equipped bike in 2018 and 2019...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-06-20, 10:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 408
Posted By firebird854

Solid perspective and great advice, much...

Solid perspective and great advice, much appreciated!
Forum: Road Cycling
01-06-20, 08:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 408
Posted By firebird854

Help Me Decide - Clip On Aero Bar

Hello,

I've been mulling over this decision for an extremely long time and thought the great advice of the Bike Forum might help me pull the trigger with no regrets.

First, the following are...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-06-20, 07:36 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 6,176
Posted By firebird854

I was simply speaking from experience in the area...

I was simply speaking from experience in the area of maintenance as I have both hydraulic disc brakes and rim brakes on two different road bikes that have been ridden for a year each in the same, not...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-20, 09:43 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 646
Posted By firebird854

Ah, I didn't look that closely.

Ah, I didn't look that closely.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 646
Posted By firebird854

For the seatpost situation you might want to...

For the seatpost situation you might want to consider https://redshiftsports.com/dual-position-seatpost as this lets you easily swap between positions.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-19, 01:43 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,836
Posted By firebird854

I also want to point out Bicycling.com just made...

I also want to point out Bicycling.com just made an article on this subject: https://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/a20036682/bike-commuter-backpacks/
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-19, 01:33 PM
Replies: 217
Views: 11,156
Posted By firebird854

Do virtual miles count?

Do virtual miles count?
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-19, 01:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,836
Posted By firebird854

You never mentioned budget so I have an extremely...

You never mentioned budget so I have an extremely expensive but pretty awesome recommendation: https://www.tailfin.cc/product/rack-and-bag-sets/x-series-rack-bag-sets/
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 6,176
Posted By firebird854

I've had the fun situation of melting my rim...

I've had the fun situation of melting my rim brakes on descents before. I also wanted carbon wheels without the sloppy breaking or heat build-up issue, so I decided to go disc brake with carbon...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-30-19, 02:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 867
Posted By firebird854

In my experience cross chaining creates a...

In my experience cross chaining creates a distinct clicking sound, if I hear this, I simply look down, take stock of which gear I'm in, and fix it.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-26-19, 08:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 452
Posted By firebird854

cav·al·cade /ˌkavəlˈkād/ noun a formal...

cav·al·cade
/ˌkavəlˈkād/
noun

a formal procession of people walking, on horseback, or riding in vehicles.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-26-19, 07:32 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,008
Posted By firebird854

I'm sorry to hear that! Drivers seriously have to...

I'm sorry to hear that! Drivers seriously have to be more cautious, it was a great experience and I did meet all sorts of interesting cyclists. You could always come on out next year!
Forum: Road Cycling
12-24-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,008
Posted By firebird854

I had a couple of epic rides this year, super...

I had a couple of epic rides this year, super hard to decide on "Fave" because they all have their own interesting qualities.

1. Horribly Hilly Hundreds 200k 2019
121.34 miles, 6:59:30 moving...
12-20-19, 07:46 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 10,530
Posted By firebird854

I've only been cycling for 3 years and was hit by...

I've only been cycling for 3 years and was hit by a car and had a nasty crash on the road. I predominantly bike in the country and have only recently had any close calls when I accidentally mapped a...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-20-19, 07:30 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 5,633
Posted By firebird854

Annnnnnnnnnnndd I'm jealous of where you live.

Annnnnnnnnnnndd I'm jealous of where you live.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-19-19, 11:42 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 5,633
Posted By firebird854

When it comes to cycling the only thing I'm...

When it comes to cycling the only thing I'm particularly good at is climbing, definitely not cornering, descending, sprinting, etc. so I've done a significant amount of research in this area and do...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-12-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 261
Views: 11,631
Posted By firebird854

The only time I care about people drafting off me...

The only time I care about people drafting off me in Zwift is when I and that person happen to be simultaneously going for a segment jersey, however that can spice things up too. I also mind in a...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-19, 10:42 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,069
Posted By firebird854

Sounds like all sorts of fun, wish we had events...

Sounds like all sorts of fun, wish we had events like that here... I'm gearing up for long-distance this year though, goals like a successful Everesting, a moderately fast 300mi ride... even taking...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 7,449
Posted By firebird854

I used to have a trek 1.1, I never washed or...

I used to have a trek 1.1, I never washed or greased it, I don't think I even put air on the tires for basically the whole year I had it. That was the first year I began cycling. Unfortunately, it...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-19, 07:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 654
Posted By firebird854

At $1000 your options are going to be pretty much...

At $1000 your options are going to be pretty much the same across the board. My thoughts, look for a bike with Shimano 105 rim brake. On a road bike, in particular, disc brakes that are not...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-19, 02:47 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,069
Posted By firebird854

Yea, I've had to point this out before, I weigh...

Yea, I've had to point this out before, I weigh 61kg so 4.8 is really only around 285 watts, 5 minute power being around 340s. My best 5 second power is a paltry 817 watts, I'm also pretty darn...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-19, 08:36 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,069
Posted By firebird854

I'd be careful with that, I have a 4.8 w/kg FTP...

I'd be careful with that, I have a 4.8 w/kg FTP (tested to the full hour), 5.5 w/kg 5-minute power (actually held that for 7 minutes in a recent zwift race) I'm only a cat 4 whose best placement was...
11-29-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,117
Posted By firebird854

Trainer tires are very legitimate. When first...

Trainer tires are very legitimate. When first getting an on wheel smart trainer (Cycleops Magnus) I went through two ordinary tires within the first month. I have since bought a single trainer tire,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-29-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 13,696
Posted By firebird854

It's not derived from FTP, it's derived from...

It's not derived from FTP, it's derived from Heart Rate Variability and % of maximum HR at submaximal steady-state exercise sampled at the beginning of a workout. If you use the data field...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-29-19, 09:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 13,696
Posted By firebird854

You need a powermeter and a chest heart rate...

You need a powermeter and a chest heart rate monitor (capable of HRV readings) or a footpod and a heartrate monitor (for running), then after a month or so of collecting data it will give you...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,895
Posted By firebird854

I find a power meter to be a must have on my...

I find a power meter to be a must have on my bikes, so this always ups the cost. Something to add to the list is a TCR Advanced Pro 1 Disc by Giant. It's a bit up there at $5400 but comes with a full...
11-27-19, 09:35 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,283
Posted By firebird854

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x971/20190524_080738_af3890eff81bb7ccce730928fefe64cf377910e5.jpg
This is the very first picture of my bike, before I even rode it, only...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-19-19, 01:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 958
Posted By firebird854

Yay! I'm glad I could help, also, keep in mind...

Yay! I'm glad I could help, also, keep in mind you can choose "rider's choice" workouts in Zwift which will give very nice zone information and simply ride around where you want while maintaining the...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-19-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 958
Posted By firebird854

Oh an OP (or anyone else that wants to), feel...

Oh an OP (or anyone else that wants to), feel free to add me on Zwift, I'm Eric Semianczuk, I'm on fairly often rolling around in long sweet spot intervals, it's always more fun with more people!...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-19-19, 10:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 958
Posted By firebird854

I can win a road race if it ends in a very large...

I can win a road race if it ends in a very large hill or mountain, I have a couple of problems, 1, I'm quite timid in a pack and usually end up in bad position only to regain it on a climb then...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-19-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 958
Posted By firebird854

To actually answer the OP's question though, I'm...

To actually answer the OP's question though, I'm in a similar boat, in years past I've done Trainerroad, Today's plan, zwift works, and Xert workouts.

When I initially knew nothing about zones,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-19-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 958
Posted By firebird854

Also, there's quite a bit of controversy as to...

Also, there's quite a bit of controversy as to the effectivity of Zwift workouts:
https://www.bicycling.com/training/a26429358/cts-vs-zwift-youtube-video/
Forum: Road Cycling
11-19-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 958
Posted By firebird854

Oh that is bull, IRL I'm a Cat 4 but my FTP...

Oh that is bull, IRL I'm a Cat 4 but my FTP (measured multiple different ways with multiple power sources on multiple occasions) is 290 which, since I weigh 135lbs is 4.7 w/kg. I can place top 10 in...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-19-19, 07:54 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,067
Posted By firebird854

I completely disagree with point number 2. There...

I completely disagree with point number 2. There are many high-end aluminum bikes that are significantly better than low-to medium-end carbon bikes. If you're a beginner your first priority would be...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-12-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 609
Posted By firebird854

A video would have been nice...

A video would have been nice...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-11-19, 08:24 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,537
Posted By firebird854

I was hit by a car in 2017, the car turned right...

I was hit by a car in 2017, the car turned right into me, it was entirely their fault. My bike was a 2017 Trek 1.1, I had bought new for $900 and put about 3k miles on. The bike was destroyed and my...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-19, 07:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,900
Posted By firebird854

For real FTP tests I don't bother with a ramp...

For real FTP tests I don't bother with a ramp test or 20 minute test, they simply don't provide enough motivation and are not long enough to be truly representative in my mind. A race certainly is,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-19, 07:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 741
Posted By firebird854

An actual response! Nice

An actual response! Nice
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