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Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-20, 06:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 661
Posted By surak

It wasn't just to make it better, it was...

It wasn't just to make it better, it was deliberately to get more users. Classic Internet startup business plan: Step 1) burn a lot of cash by giving something away for free to get lots of users,...
07-02-20, 06:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 695
Posted By surak

I can vouch for this. My first real ride on my...

I can vouch for this. My first real ride on my road bike was 2mph faster over the same ~3 mile flat segment than on my flat-bar commuter bike with stiff puncture-resistant tires, and it felt easier...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-20, 08:47 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,874
Posted By surak

It seems that you misunderstand me when I say the...

It seems that you misunderstand me when I say the Garmin FTP estimate is arbitrary. I have no issue with the theory of using best 20 min power to approximate FTP. But I wouldn't give someone a Garmin...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-20, 04:57 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,874
Posted By surak

Except the context is getting an accurate...

Except the context is getting an accurate estimate of FTP, wherein it's already been noted that a 20-min block is difficult to pace properly in the best of conditions. Garmin's automagical...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-20, 04:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 326
Posted By surak

Specialized equips Roubaix with Ultegra R8050...

Specialized equips Roubaix with Ultegra R8050 with 11-34t rear cassette.

Disc brakes and electronic shifting are both very nice to have.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,874
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
06-30-20, 11:34 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,874
Posted By surak

I've done TR and Zwift ramp tests, the Sufferfest...

I've done TR and Zwift ramp tests, the Sufferfest 4DP test, and had Garmin autocalculate FTP. The Garmin estimate, as far as I can tell, just took my best 20 min avg power during a longer ride, so I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 10:35 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,363
Posted By surak

I have multiple bikes so a single dual-sided...

I have multiple bikes so a single dual-sided pedal PM is cheaper that multiple PMs for every bike I want.

The conundrum of dual-sided vs single is that one won't know for sure whether a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 366
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: 661
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, 11:14 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,173
Posted By surak

Thinking that I wanted to try something different...

Thinking that I wanted to try something different from Chamois Butt'r, I recently bought some Assos Creme. And found that I'm allergic to it.

On the Zwift vEveresting FB group there was a recent...
06-23-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 847
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
06-23-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 19,472
Views: 4,101,650
Posted By surak

My wife started riding indoors for exercise and...

My wife started riding indoors for exercise and liked mine, so I had to order another. If yours doesn't work out for you, I'd gladly take it off your hands. I have a Power Elaston that I use as a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-20, 11:25 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,874
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...
06-22-20, 07:43 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 6,545
Posted By surak

Even using your friend's argument of exercise and...

Even using your friend's argument of exercise and scenery seriously rather than as an absurd reductive debate position made in bad faith, a better bike can get you more motivated to ride because it...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-20, 07:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 349
Posted By surak

Are you properly eating and hydrating while...

Are you properly eating and hydrating while riding? The human body does not store enough glycogen to fuel more than 2 hours of intense riding, and even of you ride at lower intensity, your body is...
06-19-20, 10:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 864
Posted By surak

Small crank length differences don't change power...

Small crank length differences don't change power output, only preferred cadence. And small differences to crank length only change that preferred cadence a small amount. If you were in your smallest...
06-18-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 864
Posted By surak

Physiologically it may be more comfortable, but...

Physiologically it may be more comfortable, but you aren't changing your gearing range, so shorter cranks alone aren't going to make it easier to spin. You need the same cadence to go the same speed...
06-16-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 7,770
Posted By surak

If you can't get nav going on your 520, you're...

If you can't get nav going on your 520, you're doing it wrong.

I agree that the 520 has bad limitations. I don't think any other modern bike computer has nearly as bad battery life and map storage...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-20, 12:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 455
Posted By surak

I think the cog size doesn't matter as long as...

I think the cog size doesn't matter as long as you stick to manual shifting. Are you asking if you can still get synchro or semi-synchro with unsupported gear ranges?
06-13-20, 07:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 117
Posted By surak

Ideas on how to make a gripper grippier?

I have a pair of water resistant tights with silicone gripper around the cuffs, unfortunately one side isn't grippy enough and the cuff slides up and off my boot when riding. Short of sewing a strap...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-20, 12:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 180
Posted By surak

Opinions are going to vary on such a vague...

Opinions are going to vary on such a vague question without any specific criteria. If there were one set of pedals best for your bike, why would there be any other choices?

Do you have experience...
06-03-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,844
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
06-03-20, 10:11 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,010
Posted By surak

I think the crank lengths could be a major...

I think the crank lengths could be a major factor. People always suggest shortening the stoker cranks to make it easier for them.

You could try shortening the front cranks, tall riders can use...
06-03-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,844
Posted By surak

Why not consider the larger Elemnt then?...

Why not consider the larger Elemnt then? Functionally identical except has two LED strips over the Bolt's single row.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-20, 11:54 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,554
Posted By surak

I don't use Garmin Connect for much, but it's...

I don't use Garmin Connect for much, but it's pretty easy to use Golden Cheetah as an intermediary between Strava and it. Sync (download) activities from Strava, batch export them as .fit files,...
06-02-20, 11:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 302
Posted By surak

Laser cut, less bunching and more aero.

Laser cut, less bunching and more aero.
06-02-20, 01:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 547
Posted By surak

Yup. Also, how has no one mentioned that...

Yup.

Also, how has no one mentioned that tubeless rims have a central channel that you should press the beads into to get more section of tire around the rim?
06-01-20, 06:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 686
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
06-01-20, 05:58 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,651
Posted By surak

The Bontrager NCS fender stays may look ugly to...

The Bontrager NCS fender stays may look ugly to some of the more armchair judgmental types, but they're so freaking easy to install compared to every other fender set I've had the displeasure of...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-20, 05:37 PM
Replies: 19,472
Views: 4,101,650
Posted By surak

I decided to go out over the weekend for my first...

I decided to go out over the weekend for my first outdoor ride since March when it promised to be cool and rainy (fewer crowds). Put to the test a slew of pre-Covid purchases: Fizik Artica R5 boots,...
06-01-20, 04:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 323
Posted By surak

Nope. I've ridden with even more dual BTLE/ANT+...

Nope. I've ridden with even more dual BTLE/ANT+ devices (PowerTap pedals, Varia radar), BT headset (LG Tone Active), and BT smartwatch. The only dropouts I ever had were with my Gamin Edge 520...
06-01-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,068
Posted By surak

Get some deep section rims to cut through the...

Get some deep section rims to cut through the wind and replace those Gatorskins with Conti GP5ks to massively reduce rolling resistance. I would suggest getting the widest GP5k you can fit, and also...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-29-20, 01:04 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,934
Posted By surak

I see your one old video and raise you 2 more...

I see your one old video and raise you 2 more recent ones.

https://youtu.be/AkMCYYNTWUY
https://youtu.be/CVUnngkENeA
05-28-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 179
Posted By surak

Canyon and Giant OD2 stems are $50 and under....

Canyon and Giant OD2 stems are $50 and under. I've bought new Giant stems off eBay for under $40.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-27-20, 04:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 273
Posted By surak

Right now it's hard to find new/NOS bikes at that...

Right now it's hard to find new/NOS bikes at that price and especially at the 105 level because everyone is buying up inventory. If you could time travel back 2-3 years ago, Diamondback put the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-27-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 273
Posted By surak

Great price in these days of bike scarcity. Are...

Great price in these days of bike scarcity. Are you getting it directly from Diamondback? I ask because they only have one size left in stock, and you really need to make sure it fits you because no...
05-26-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,235
Posted By surak

It's not really an issue, it's just how Shimano...

It's not really an issue, it's just how Shimano programmed Di2 to lock out when the Dfly is connected to Etube. I've never had it "short out", or heard of that happening to anyone.
05-25-20, 11:11 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,235
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: 3,934
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...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,376
Posted By surak

I primarily use an Evoc bag that fits a lot but...

I primarily use an Evoc bag that fits a lot but is light and has never caused me any issues. I also have a heavier, bigger Topeak and a 7L Ortlieb seatpack if I really need to haul.

Typically I'd...
05-22-20, 02:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 558
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...
Replies: 29
Views: 9,499
Posted By surak

Did you buy a lot? I ordered about $100 back in...

Did you buy a lot? I ordered about $100 back in January and didn't need to do that.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 265
Posted By surak

The TCR and Roubaix have carbon frames. Pros of...

The TCR and Roubaix have carbon frames. Pros of that are that they ought to be lighter and feel more comfortable than the alloy Contend. Con is that you run a real risk of buying used carbon since...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-20, 11:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 265
Posted By surak

I'm surprised you didn't feel cramped on the 52cm...

I'm surprised you didn't feel cramped on the 52cm frames. I need longer stems than what came on my 54cm bikes (2017 Contend SL Disc 2 medium and 2019 Roubaix) and I'm 5'9" with slightly above average...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-20, 05:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 482
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, 05:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 353
Posted By surak

^This. ​​​​​I got a cobwebbed Kinetic Road...

^This. ​​​​​I got a cobwebbed Kinetic Road Machine and climbing block for free off Craigslist from someone who recently bought a Peloton. Two years ago, I bought rollers and a pair of training tires...
05-18-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 730
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: 11,708
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
05-18-20, 10:50 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,239
Posted By surak

You don't have to ride every day, but you should...

You don't have to ride every day, but you should expect to be sore and still ride through it sometimes. You have to push your body harder if you want to get fitter, but resting is how your body...
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