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Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-21, 10:56 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,698
Posted By smashndash

I guess I'll be the devil's advocate here. ...

I guess I'll be the devil's advocate here.

I've owned a walmart bike. It was great for what I did with it - ride it around my apartment complex.

My friend owned a GMC amazon bike - basically a...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 4,768
Posted By smashndash

Well, yeah. But I highly doubt you'll find a bike...

Well, yeah. But I highly doubt you'll find a bike manufacturer that only charges a couple hundred bucks for the upgrade to carbon wheels, no matter how crappy they are. Even low end chinese rims...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-21, 12:05 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 4,768
Posted By smashndash

I'll respond to the original prompt. I think...

I'll respond to the original prompt. I think roadies have a weird obsession with not storing things on the bike. Bikes ship with 2 bottle cage mounts and 0 storage for your CO2, food, tube(s),...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-21, 11:46 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,065
Posted By smashndash

I think the complications that arise from a high...

I think the complications that arise from a high knee depend on how much pelvic rotation you have. If you rotate really far forward, you will run into hip impingement issues. That's usually solved by...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-21, 08:39 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,065
Posted By smashndash

Sorry for the bad math. You're right. I guess...

Sorry for the bad math. You're right. I guess even 170 is under the "rule". Especially considering that I'm slightly underestimating my inseam.

I'm 5' 7" ie 1700mm. My inseam would then be...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-12-21, 12:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 384
Posted By smashndash

https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/components/pedal...

https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/components/pedals/raleigh-rsp-road-pedals-review/

If these are your pedals, you have the wrong cleats. The only pedals that work with shimano road cleats are...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-27-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,417
Posted By smashndash

I'm 5' 7" and people have an aneurysm when I tell...

I'm 5' 7" and people have an aneurysm when I tell them I ride 165mm cranks. I watched a bike fitter have a meltdown over it. I have a friend who's 5' 5" with legs so short that he couldn't ride a...
02-25-21, 06:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 428
Posted By smashndash

I highly recommend looking at wheels mfg or...

I highly recommend looking at wheels mfg or Hambini for a 24mm BB386Evo solution, rather than sticking adapters in a 30mm bearing.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-25-21, 08:37 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,417
Posted By smashndash

I'm mostly afraid of one piece bar/stems getting...

I'm mostly afraid of one piece bar/stems getting really cheap. Cheaper than 2 piece systems like specialized's.

I bet you'd hear stuff like "your stem length doesn't matter as much as you think"...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-23-21, 12:38 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,616
Posted By smashndash

This sounds like a trainer question, and I know...

This sounds like a trainer question, and I know nothing about sprinting on a trainer. But for me, peak power is way, way easier at 120+ rpm. For reference, my race weight is around 135lbs (currently...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-19-21, 01:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,761
Posted By smashndash

Shimano officially says your brake levers are not...

Shimano officially says your brake levers are not compatible with 4700 brakes:

...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-21, 06:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,357
Posted By smashndash

https://cyclingtips.com/2021/02/heres-what-the-dis...

https://cyclingtips.com/2021/02/heres-what-the-disappearance-of-powertap-might-mean/

Maybe all hope is not lost
Forum: Road Cycling
02-01-21, 11:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,323
Posted By smashndash

Second the salmons. Softer pads tend to wear...

Second the salmons. Softer pads tend to wear faster but they offer way more bite and tbh salmons are cheap and long lasting compared to carbon pads like black prince, which cost like $35 and you can...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-26-21, 08:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 300
Posted By smashndash

I have a friend who was sponsored by them for a...

I have a friend who was sponsored by them for a while. I can ask him any questions you might have. More than likely, all you'll get is a "they were fine", though.
01-24-21, 08:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 989
Posted By smashndash

Sounds like you have a GP5000. Try reinstalling...

Sounds like you have a GP5000. Try reinstalling it. That's much more reliable than anything we can tell you.

I haven't ever heard of anyone describing the GP5000 as an easy to mount tire. The TL...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-18-21, 09:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,532
Posted By smashndash

Digging up this thread. Just bought a pair of...

Digging up this thread. Just bought a pair of Race D Evo4 tires. Will post impressions here.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-21, 05:32 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,023
Posted By smashndash

None of the reasons I mentioned for using TL tape...

None of the reasons I mentioned for using TL tape were related to whether your rim has holes. But yes, you probably don't need tape.
01-13-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 326
Posted By smashndash

If you haven't adjusted your derailleur tension...

If you haven't adjusted your derailleur tension using the barrel adjuster, you almost certainly will have to. You used the same cassette (not entirely necessary but sure) but the issue is that hub...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-12-21, 06:08 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,120
Posted By smashndash

OK I promised to make a video so here it is: ...

OK I promised to make a video so here it is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAndXiqsf_8

I'm fully prepared to be mercilessly roasted over this. But the point is that 150ish RPM out of the saddle...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-12-21, 03:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,456
Posted By smashndash

I think that the industry has gone a bit hog-wild...

I think that the industry has gone a bit hog-wild on the low pressure thing. ENVE, Zipp and even Giant don't recommend pressures above 5 bar or so. In the near future, tire and wheel technology will...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-06-21, 05:36 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,120
Posted By smashndash

Covid makes this a bit complicated, but I would...

Covid makes this a bit complicated, but I would recommend trying out a close friend's bike if possible. Ideally a high end one that you know is stiff.

My biggest reason for using SPD-SL pedals is...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-06-21, 01:33 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,120
Posted By smashndash

I'm gonna be a contrarian in this thread. This...

I'm gonna be a contrarian in this thread. This should be fun.

I weigh more than you. 145ish lbs. I run narrower tires than you (25mm). I run similar pressure to you (55ish psi, but I've run 45...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-30-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,574
Posted By smashndash

XDR and DUB imply you are using Force or Red eTap...

XDR and DUB imply you are using Force or Red eTap AXS. Those groups run for $1800+. If you're spending that kind of money, you probably don't have an older bike with 135mm QR or even rim brakes. If...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-20, 10:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 545
Posted By smashndash

I think getting glasses that go higher up on your...

I think getting glasses that go higher up on your face like a visor/shield can help. It reduces the need to absolutely crank your neck when descending.

The alternative is to sit very upright.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-20, 03:57 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,778
Posted By smashndash

LOL. The straight arms position keeps your...

LOL.

The straight arms position keeps your torso low without fatiguing your arms. The bent elbow position is faster but will blow out your triceps/elbows pretty quick.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,016
Posted By smashndash

There's nothing wrong with wanting something...

There's nothing wrong with wanting something different. Keep in mind that road bikes, especially road race bikes (which is presumably what you have) are designed for professionals with expert...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-20, 10:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,016
Posted By smashndash

32mm tires for a 140lb rider is quite a lot for...

32mm tires for a 140lb rider is quite a lot for the road. I'm not sure you need a bigger tire unless your roads are reeeeaally bad. 45-50 psi is not as low as you can go. I weigh about the same and...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-20, 08:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,016
Posted By smashndash

The GP5k, along with several other tires like the...

The GP5k, along with several other tires like the P Zero race TLR and Schwalbe Pro One addix, is part of a new crop of tires that adhere to the new ETRTO standard. 32mm tires are measured on 21mm...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-19-20, 10:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,827
Posted By smashndash

Yes. As far as I know, if you have a road bike...

Yes. As far as I know, if you have a road bike that is pressfit and has a Shimano-made bottom bracket, you have BB86. The model name you indicated seems to be BB86. You can also use a ruler to...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-19-20, 10:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,827
Posted By smashndash

"The BB-RS500 is a Tiagra level press fit bottom...

"The BB-RS500 is a Tiagra level press fit bottom bracket for BB86 frames and will work with all Shimano Hollowtech II cranksets."
...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-20, 09:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 956
Posted By smashndash

I have no clue where you got the idea that short...

I have no clue where you got the idea that short legs = harder to ride with more saddle to bar drop. Maybe this is true if you end up needing an XXS frame, where the reduction in stack is limited by...
09-12-20, 06:43 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 6,544
Posted By smashndash

My LGS was incredibly elitist when I went there....

My LGS was incredibly elitist when I went there. I told them I couldn’t afford to spend $400 on Organic Cup Noodles and they basically turned me away.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-20, 01:24 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 17,139
Posted By smashndash

You know what. I visited the bike shop again...

You know what. I visited the bike shop again today. Here's a video comparison of me sliding my thumb on the rubber with roughly equal force: https://youtu.be/9PlNP3E2-9U

The Gators actually felt...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-20, 10:48 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 17,139
Posted By smashndash

Gatorskins have a really hard compound, the...

Gatorskins have a really hard compound, the opposite of what you want in cold conditions. Something like the GP4S or Michelin Power All Season probably would serve better in your situation. Similar...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-20, 06:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,714
Posted By smashndash

Alaphilippe won today's TDF stage on the turbo...

Alaphilippe won today's TDF stage on the turbo cottons. GP5k has never, and probably will never get used in a WT race. Take that for what you will.
08-26-20, 01:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,261
Posted By smashndash

The mental anguish of knowing that you have those...

The mental anguish of knowing that you have those tires just sitting there is probably more costly than the effort it takes to swap tires. The tires won't get ruined if you take them off. Just be...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-20, 12:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 425
Posted By smashndash

For my 23mm rim, 25mm tape was juuust barely not...

For my 23mm rim, 25mm tape was juuust barely not enough. So 27mm ie +4mm seems about right.

For hookless, make that closer to 2.5mm, since the bed width is narrower for the same measured internal...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-20, 10:10 PM
Replies: 1,308
Views: 231,509
Posted By smashndash

Unfortunately, you won’t find many people who...

Unfortunately, you won’t find many people who have experience with both the smooth track and the graphene track.

I have the graphene track and have done some crazy descending in absolute...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-20, 02:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,086
Posted By smashndash

Ferrouscious got it right. I reached out to...

Ferrouscious got it right. I reached out to CeramicSpeed and they replied:

“Hope you are well and thank you for your email. We have developed the 2 pc inner sleeve in order to offer a better...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-20, 04:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,086
Posted By smashndash

I’m a bit confused about what exactly the “half...

I’m a bit confused about what exactly the “half sleeves” are because from the pictures of the BB, it looks like the outer sleeve goes all the way from one end to the other... and so does the inner...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-20, 03:42 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,131
Posted By smashndash

This begs the question, why does the frame...

This begs the question, why does the frame manufacturer need to sell you the groupset? Surely Shimano would rather sell you the groupset directly, and has the ability to undercut every other...
08-05-20, 03:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 651
Posted By smashndash

Nahh you can have problems with square taper too....

Nahh you can have problems with square taper too. My crappy fixie made a spine-tingling CRACK every time I jumped on the pedals. Bad engineering knows no bounds.
08-05-20, 03:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 651
Posted By smashndash

I’ll throw in my 2c. I don’t think there’s...

I’ll throw in my 2c. I don’t think there’s anything fundamentally wrong with the DUB design. It’s possible that the crank wasn’t produced properly or that the frame wasn’t produced properly. If it’s...
08-04-20, 11:33 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 12,131
Posted By smashndash

Sorry, but do you have a source to prove that a...

Sorry, but do you have a source to prove that a bigger contact patch does not result in more grip?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tire_load_sensitivity

There is TONS of evidence to suggest that...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-20, 02:46 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,131
Posted By smashndash

Yeah the Venge Pro was/is $8000 and had the same...

Yeah the Venge Pro was/is $8000 and had the same frame as the Sworks. I’ve also heard that the bigger sizes of Venge were lighter than the SL6, but don’t quote me on that. It would be hilarious if...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-20, 06:45 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,131
Posted By smashndash

This is definitely the “sweetspot” for the SL7....

This is definitely the “sweetspot” for the SL7. But the conspiracy theorist in me says that part of the reason those $12k Sworks exist is to make a $7000 bike look like a good value... somehow.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-20, 02:55 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,362
Posted By smashndash

Agreed. You don’t want to learn to override your...

Agreed. You don’t want to learn to override your brain’s natural instinct to take it easy on the descents. I tried my absolute hardest to “unlearn” my fear of lean and kinda succeeded. It felt...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-20, 04:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 887
Posted By smashndash

Ah ok....

Ah ok. https://bicyclewheelwarehouse.com/Components/Hubs/Road-Hubs/Pure-R70-R240-Black-Hub-Set-311g.html

Seems reasonable. I'd argue that there isn't much to making a good cartridge hub these days...
07-24-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 12,131
Posted By smashndash

Yeah this a lot of hoopla over a fairly weak...

Yeah this a lot of hoopla over a fairly weak claim of “small changes in tire diameter do not measurably change rolling resistance on mostly smooth pavement as long as you use supple tires”.

People...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,299
Posted By smashndash

Bingo. There was another thread:...

Bingo.

There was another thread: https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/1207670-help-me-out-bottom-brackets.html where I posted all the reasons why BB90 sucks. But that doesn’t mean PF standards...
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