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Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-19, 11:32 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 17,993
Posted By surak

It's as you say, not all impairments are visible,...

It's as you say, not all impairments are visible, and thus I don't wish for lightning to strike down anyone just for being on an ebike. But it's pretty obvious that the huge influx of ebikes is not...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 17,993
Posted By surak

Yes, we should all endeavor to be as saintly as...

Yes, we should all endeavor to be as saintly as Lance Armstrong. :rolleyes:
Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 17,993
Posted By surak

The difference between your examples and using an...

The difference between your examples and using an ebike is that in those examples people are still expending their own energy to make it to the finish line at their chosen level of difficulty, while...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-19, 09:53 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 17,993
Posted By surak

I did not and do not demand a ban on ebikes at...

I did not and do not demand a ban on ebikes at charity events, but that doesn't mean I won't ridicule it. The e-bikers can keep enjoying that religious freedom to worship at the alter of La-Z-Boy.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-19, 08:33 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 17,993
Posted By surak

The people who have helped me raise $7,000 for...

The people who have helped me raise $7,000 for cancer research in the two organized century charity rides I've participated in since starting road cycling last year are smart enough to understand...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-19, 06:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 387
Posted By surak

Tiagra 11-32...

Tiagra 11-32 (https://www.jensonusa.com/Shimano-HG-500-10-Speed-Cassette) or 11-34
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-19, 05:48 PM
Replies: 338
Views: 17,993
Posted By surak

E-bikes have definitely exploded in popularity in...

E-bikes have definitely exploded in popularity in the Seattle area, where the appeal is obvious to people who can't or won't push hard up the hilly terrain. I have yet to see a sweating e-biker. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-19, 12:07 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,256
Posted By surak

The outcome, after many very helpful responses...

The outcome, after many very helpful responses flew right over OP's head, is a classic case of "you can lead a horse to water, but..."
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-19, 09:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,256
Posted By surak

This has been educational. I now know that there...

This has been educational. I now know that there are people whose bike decisions revolve around, well this:
09-25-19, 04:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 843
Posted By surak

What about at another racer?...

What about at another racer? https://youtu.be/F5hKDYdTkmQ?t=15
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-19, 10:37 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,256
Posted By surak

I think those bike dudes are misinterpeting the...

I think those bike dudes are misinterpeting the Roubaix's reputation for being a comfortable ride preferred by older riders as meaning it's slow. Ask them how much the Roubaix slowed down Peter Sagan...
09-24-19, 02:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,301
Posted By surak

This reminds me of an evening commute last year...

This reminds me of an evening commute last year where I rode into a bmx vs road bike race. I already had 14 miles under my tires at the point where I rang my bell to indicate that I wanted to pass a...
09-24-19, 11:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 377
Posted By surak

BTW, I found that there is a Garmin Connect...

BTW, I found that there is a Garmin Connect setting that will email you when you go over the max distance set for a piece of gear. On the website, it's under Account Settings->Messages->Receive...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-19, 05:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,474
Posted By surak

^ Same reason I use manual. I just click over...

^ Same reason I use manual. I just click over however many cogs I want the move over on the cassette, usually 1 or 2. I'm willing to lose some gear steps to stay in the big ring, using all but the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-19, 11:47 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,212
Posted By surak

https://www.huntbikewheels.cc/collections/road-cx-...

https://www.huntbikewheels.cc/collections/road-cx-disc-brake-wheels?_=pf&pf_t_material=Alloy

I have the Aero Lights, huge weight savings over my OEM Giant wheels, though I've read some mention...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 911
Posted By surak

Clip-on aerobars can definitely provide some...

Clip-on aerobars can definitely provide some relief for hands, and even something as non-aggressive as the Profile Design Airstrykes can give you a speed boost. I bought a used set for $25 last year....
09-18-19, 01:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 377
Posted By surak

In Garmin Connect you can specify max distance...

In Garmin Connect you can specify max distance for each piece of gear you assign to your rides. I don't think it alerts you, but you can see when you've exceeded the max in the app and on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,970
Posted By surak

I wanted to post something silly related to this...

I wanted to post something silly related to this a while back, asking how mixed up people's gear were brandwise. I sometimes ride my Giant with Specialized stem and saddle wearing a Trek helmet and...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-19, 04:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,240
Posted By surak

I've only had the Gore C7 ShakeDry Stretch for a...

I've only had the Gore C7 ShakeDry Stretch for a few weeks, but it is legit. Not durable, however, in the sense that Gore doesn't recommend using ShakeDry with backpacks or off-roading.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-19, 07:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 684
Posted By surak

The guy whose locker is next to mine at work wore...

The guy whose locker is next to mine at work wore out his entire drivetrain because he lubed it exactly once over a year of commuting 12 miles nearly every day rain or shine, so yeah if you have done...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-05-19, 07:40 PM
Replies: 18,873
Views: 3,805,961
Posted By surak

The same sized Classic bibs fit me perfectly, so...

The same sized Classic bibs fit me perfectly, so I was hoping the jersey would work too, esp with the Classic II supposedly being a slimmer fit than the first gen. Plus the listing had pictures of a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-05-19, 03:58 PM
Replies: 18,873
Views: 3,805,961
Posted By surak

I bought a Rapha Classic II jersey that was on...

I bought a Rapha Classic II jersey that was on sale for $75. Chest and waist are OK, less snug than I'd hoped, but it's waayyy too short -- the length fits my wife, who is more than half a foot...
09-05-19, 11:29 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 10,400
Posted By surak

No one suggested that the OP should wear a...

No one suggested that the OP should wear a skinsuit. At most people are explaining why not having flapping clothing has its advantages. But do carry on amusing us coming into threads bringing nothing...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-05-19, 09:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,169
Posted By surak

Obligatory Kool Stop tire bead jack plug. Or...

Obligatory Kool Stop tire bead jack plug. Or stick with tires you can mount by hand, that's perfectly ok too.
09-05-19, 09:04 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 10,400
Posted By surak

The only failures here are your lack of reading...

The only failures here are your lack of reading comprehension. You warped a benign explanation of why aerodynamics matter by pointing to skinsuit usage into some extreme straw man position in order...
09-04-19, 11:52 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 10,400
Posted By surak

Amusing theory, but wrong. Someone needs a little...

Amusing theory, but wrong. Someone needs a little education on the history (https://rouleur.cc/editorial/red-white-and-blue-rob-hayles/) of cycling skinsuits not being widely accepted, and even...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-19, 11:01 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,677
Posted By surak

I just set it up on my Edge 520. You probably...

I just set it up on my Edge 520. You probably need to go into pairing mode first to make it show up as a new sensor.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-19, 12:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 572
Posted By surak

I've consistently read that the AROs are more...

I've consistently read that the AROs are more suited for rounder shaped heads and that their ventilation is poor. The former would be great for me, but the latter put me off from trying one.
09-04-19, 12:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 896
Posted By surak

Get well soon! What happened, did you break it...

Get well soon! What happened, did you break it cycling, climbing, or something else?
09-03-19, 05:10 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 6,838
Posted By surak

The thread seems to have mostly been debates over...

The thread seems to have mostly been debates over cadence/gearing and gearing vs. training, but has anyone mentioned that one of the most common mistakes a newer rider makes is going too hard -- much...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-19, 04:42 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,677
Posted By surak

I can't directly compare the two, but both is...

I can't directly compare the two, but both is probably the correct answer -- if your setup allows it. I bought the Varia recently and was surprised how much vertical space it needs (it's the RTL510,...
09-03-19, 04:29 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,255
Posted By surak

Whoa, I never realized that the nubs were there...

Whoa, I never realized that the nubs were there as a feature to allow twisting them off! It's never happened accidentally for me, but I think I'll try disconnecting them that way in the future,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-19, 06:07 PM
Replies: 2,660
Views: 651,326
Posted By surak

Clever Training has additional 25% off a bunch of...

Clever Training has additional 25% off a bunch of sunglasses (https://www.clevertraining.com/25-off-sunglasses) with code SEESAVINGS. I just ordered a pair of Oakley Radar EV Advancer in Matte...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,643
Posted By surak

Didn't know about the display unit, that's pretty...

Didn't know about the display unit, that's pretty cool. FWIW, I have no issues with my EWU1111 wireless Bluetooth unit sending all the same information to my Garmin and Etube app. A lot easier than...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-19, 10:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,228
Posted By surak

The 2020 has a new, more aero frame, but the...

The 2020 has a new, more aero frame, but the 2019, which I also bought in April, is not going to hold you back. I prefer the standard seatpost of the 2019 over the proprietary D-shaped post of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-19, 12:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,891
Posted By surak

Where are you seeing the deals? The 2020 Roubaix...

Where are you seeing the deals? The 2020 Roubaix is new, while the Tarmac is due for a refresh. Just prior to the 2020 Roubaix release in April, Specialized discounted the older models. And then just...
08-23-19, 12:14 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 11,608
Posted By surak

I commute primarily on my most expensive bike,...

I commute primarily on my most expensive bike, which is still 3 or 4 tiers down from an S-Works like the one I sometimes see in the same bike cage. I don't know how using it for commuting means I'll...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 973
Posted By surak

I bought Corsa G+ tires from Merlin a few months...

I bought Corsa G+ tires from Merlin a few months ago and they also don't have the +.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-19, 09:25 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,512
Posted By surak

You didn't read his post correctly.

You didn't read his post correctly.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-19, 10:47 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 7,852
Posted By surak

As some previous posts mentioned, endurance bikes...

As some previous posts mentioned, endurance bikes are becoming more flexible with fit and less sluggish handling as buyers want the option to get aggressive. My 2019 Roubaix's saddle to bar drop is...
08-07-19, 11:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,097
Posted By surak

Lots of thumbs up in the thread for the King...

Lots of thumbs up in the thread for the King Cages, I'm convinced. Just ordered 4 of the traditional ones since I found them at a (slight) discount from BikeTiresDirect.

Thanks for all the...
08-07-19, 11:59 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,097
Posted By surak

Bending my Blackburns doesn't help. Perhaps...

Bending my Blackburns doesn't help. Perhaps they're too worn out to hold position. The Polars that I have are large and the shoulders are much higher than where the cages grab, but luckily I haven't...
08-07-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,375
Posted By surak

All that love for Vashon, hope you're all up on...

All that love for Vashon, hope you're all up on your vaccinations!
08-07-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,379
Posted By surak

Try the Power with Mimic. I moved on from the...

Try the Power with Mimic. I moved on from the standard Power, now have an Elaston saddle and one with Mimic. Agree that the Elaston isn't much of a difference. I wanted a second Power-type and bought...
08-06-19, 05:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,097
Posted By surak

Bottle cage that won't eject Podium or Polar?

I want to replace the aluminum Blackburn cages of unknown vintage on a tandem that I ride on gravel trails. The cage in the back is prone to ejecting bottles on descents, the other cages don't hold...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,245
Posted By surak

If your LBS doesn't do free test rides, then you...

If your LBS doesn't do free test rides, then you need to find another LBS. Unless you're going to take it for an entire day, you shouldn't have to pay a cent.
08-06-19, 02:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,571
Posted By surak

8-speed triple 105 STI brifters with Tektro CR710...

8-speed triple 105 STI brifters with Tektro CR710 cantilever brakes, Kool Stop dual compound pads for the front (tried Salmon, which squealed horribly even in the dry) work great on my Santana...
08-06-19, 01:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,375
Posted By surak

Do you use RideWithGPS? You can hug the...

Do you use RideWithGPS? You can hug the waterfront up to Alki Beach, then once over the West Seattle Bridge take the trail along E Marginal Way to King St. Getting across the bridge is a bit...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-19, 12:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,454
Posted By surak

Hydro brakes all the way if you live in a hilly...

Hydro brakes all the way if you live in a hilly or rainy area. Also large tire clearance makes a big difference if you want comfort while putting in your first significant miles, so probably not the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-05-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 608
Posted By surak

The Contend looks to be a great spec. An...

The Contend looks to be a great spec. An excellent bike for someone getting into cycling. Almost certainly a bit heavier than the Allez Sprint, but better suited for endurance riding. Get it if you...
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