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10-27-20, 12:29 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,825
Posted By HTupolev

I'd say exactly the opposite. The ugliest...

I'd say exactly the opposite. The ugliest fenders, by far, are the cut-up clip-ons that are never long enough, offer poor side coverage, and flop and rattle all over the place. The amount of praise...
10-26-20, 07:45 PM
Replies: 1,376
Views: 245,252
Posted By HTupolev

https://i.imgur.com/JXrEa1V.jpg ...

https://i.imgur.com/JXrEa1V.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/XPzkWbJ.jpg
10-24-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 3,479
Posted By HTupolev

So attach them to the bike. For example: ...

So attach them to the bike. For example:

https://i.imgur.com/zCM4vk5.jpg

The saddlebag has a multitool, a set of tire levers, a Park GP-2 glueless patch kit, and a spare tube. My pump is next...
10-19-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,693
Posted By HTupolev

I'd guess that relatively few people dropping $3k...

I'd guess that relatively few people dropping $3k on a gravel bike are doing it purely for the occasional spin on a crused rock MUP.


MTBs can be a decent alternative for gravel bikes on...
10-18-20, 04:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 386
Posted By HTupolev

"Gel" cork tape means that there's a rubbery gel...

"Gel" cork tape means that there's a rubbery gel layer backing the tape. It's generally attached in the same area that the adhesive traditionally goes, and it can eliminate the need for adhesive due...
10-16-20, 10:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,005
Posted By HTupolev

Tubulars aren't about being "faster," at least...

Tubulars aren't about being "faster," at least not on the road. They have a weight advantage, but it doesn't necessarily overcome their marginal penalties to rolling resistance and aerodynamic drag....
Forum: Road Cycling
10-10-20, 05:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 830
Posted By HTupolev

I'm not in goathead territory, but if you're...

I'm not in goathead territory, but if you're trying to protect against skinny sharp stabby things while maintaining decent rolling performance, the obvious thing to try is tubeless.
10-10-20, 05:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 730
Posted By HTupolev

A 105 brifter tends to be around $100 new....

A 105 brifter tends to be around $100 new. Ultegra-series are around $140, it's really only with Dura-Ace that you start to crack $200. Furthermore, it's not really that common for Shimano brifters...
10-10-20, 03:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 395
Posted By HTupolev

If you're mostly looking at very old racing...

If you're mostly looking at very old racing bikes, yeah.

Nearly all modern road bikes come with at least 28 teeth on the big cog, with 30 or 32 also being common. Current-generation mid-cage...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-09-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,410
Posted By HTupolev

Depends on the posture you're trying to achieve,...

Depends on the posture you're trying to achieve, and on the saddle. There's no one angle that's always correct in all situations for everybody, but, the point is that "always make it perfectly level"...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-09-20, 12:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,410
Posted By HTupolev

Not if we're allowing comparisons to previous...

Not if we're allowing comparisons to previous model years. The lightest production road bikes from the lightweight push half a decade ago were under 11 pounds, like the Fuji SL 1.1 or Trek Emonda SLR...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-20, 01:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,069
Posted By HTupolev

Maybe. I know a couple guys with both Bacchetta...

Maybe. I know a couple guys with both Bacchetta high-racers and road bikes, and they're not really worse on climbs on their 'bents than on their road bikes. They're slightly slower if a hill just...
10-03-20, 08:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 553
Posted By HTupolev

I'm assuming that you have the mid-cage (GS)...

I'm assuming that you have the mid-cage (GS) derailleur.

It goes well beyond the wrap of your derailleur, so assuming you use the Shimano chain sizing method (big-big plus an inch), the drivetrain...
09-27-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,798
Posted By HTupolev

Assuming that the shot 50 seconds into this video...

Assuming that the shot 50 seconds into this video is real...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQnSKOoz7IY

...he has a 2x crankset (likely 52-42 or thereabouts) and his big cog is clearly far...
09-25-20, 02:56 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,457
Posted By HTupolev

If the "winner" was whoever completed the...

If the "winner" was whoever completed the quarter-mile in the longest time without going backwards, it could still end up being a very challenging endurance event with a strong field. Some folks are...
09-23-20, 12:52 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,457
Posted By HTupolev

Depends on your legs and the hills you're riding....

Depends on your legs and the hills you're riding.

I have sub-1:1 gears on my gravel bike and my touring bike, and they definitely get used.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,908
Posted By HTupolev

High PSI reduces the amount of energy lost due to...

High PSI reduces the amount of energy lost due to the tire deforming against the road surface. But, if the tire is pumped stiff to where it's transmitting surface irregularities to the bike and rider...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 11:37 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,646
Posted By HTupolev

Pretty much everybody taking a training plan...

Pretty much everybody taking a training plan seriously rides a certain amount of time at certain intensities. A faster bike doesn't make it easier, you just go faster (and farther).

Even outside...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 11:30 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 14,213
Posted By HTupolev

Some things can be. Rolling resistance can be...

Some things can be. Rolling resistance can be measured. The amount of time that you spend on the side of the road fixing a flat can be measured.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 01:04 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 14,213
Posted By HTupolev

If you want a specific study that gets into...

If you want a specific study that gets into bicycle performance, "Validation of a Mathematical Model for Road Cycling Power" (Martin, 1998)...
09-16-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 5,307
Posted By HTupolev

Given how our financial markets work, being able...

Given how our financial markets work, being able to spread payments out into the future at no interest generally does make something more affordable. And not just in the sense that you can buy...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 09:04 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,790
Posted By HTupolev

1-You're overestimating the gaps in...

1-You're overestimating the gaps in specialization between these athletes. They're all endurance athletes, some are just more sprint-focused than others.
2-You're (probably massively)...
09-15-20, 03:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 336
Posted By HTupolev

559mm is the diameter that the tire bead sits at....

559mm is the diameter that the tire bead sits at. This is the same as the "26er" wheel size that dominated on older mountain bikes.
1.5" is the nominal inflated width of the tire (inflated tire...
09-14-20, 03:24 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 6,090
Posted By HTupolev

Prior to the mid-1980s, outside of some "racing"...

Prior to the mid-1980s, outside of some "racing" models, it was very normal for road bikes to take tire widths comparable to what most "endurance" road bikes handle today. 28mm-32mm was pretty normal...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-20, 12:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,638
Posted By HTupolev

If you don't like how a bike looks, don't buy it.

If you don't like how a bike looks, don't buy it.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-20, 01:03 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,376
Posted By HTupolev

The point that people are making here isn't that...

The point that people are making here isn't that bicycle quality doesn't matter at all, it's that you don't seem to understand how your priorities correlate to performance.

A Walmart beach cruiser...
09-12-20, 11:49 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 6,090
Posted By HTupolev

Because some people like riding nice bikes,...

Because some people like riding nice bikes, regardless of whether or not the ride makes the bike dirty. You can ride paved roads just fine on a piece of crap bike, and you can go mountain biking on a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-20, 04:04 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,376
Posted By HTupolev

If you're not getting enough resistance while...

If you're not getting enough resistance while climbing on a lightweight bicycle, pedal harder.
09-09-20, 11:34 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,522
Posted By HTupolev

That's not a useful way to compare gear ratios,...

That's not a useful way to compare gear ratios, what your legs feel is the ratio between them. That's what tells you how much your torque and cadence will change by if you shift between them....
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-20, 01:19 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,720
Posted By HTupolev

Bummer about the crash. Considering the short...

Bummer about the crash. Considering the short span of time since the tire was installed, an installation problem is a likely culprit.

Long gashes in tubes are often the result of the tube being...
09-05-20, 01:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,421
Posted By HTupolev

Bicycles have historically often had very badly...

Bicycles have historically often had very badly inadequate bottom-end gearing. Being forced to get off and walk is far beyond the failure point; being forced 20, 30, 40% below your self-selected...
09-05-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,421
Posted By HTupolev

The most minimal change that would create a...

The most minimal change that would create a substantial difference would be to try throwing an 11-50 11-speed cassette on the bike with a longer chain and see if it just works, and if not, toss a...
09-03-20, 12:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 296
Posted By HTupolev

Yes, 11-speed GRX derailleurs use the same cable...

Yes, 11-speed GRX derailleurs use the same cable pull as all Shimano 11-speed road derailleurs, so they're compatible with all of the 11-speed road shifters.

If you really don't want a left-side...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 14,213
Posted By HTupolev

"Supple" is a more sensual form of "flexible." It...

"Supple" is a more sensual form of "flexible." It is definitely something that can be felt in your hand. If you claim that how a tire feels in the hand means "less than nothing" to how it functions...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 14,213
Posted By HTupolev

Yeah, most likely.

Yeah, most likely.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-20, 01:48 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 14,213
Posted By HTupolev

Whoa. I try not to make assumptions about what...

Whoa. I try not to make assumptions about what sorts of objections that people will raise in online discussions, but I certainly didn't see "you're using a counterfeit Gatorskin" coming.

...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-20, 03:01 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 14,213
Posted By HTupolev

No, you misread my post. I wasn't claiming that...

No, you misread my post. I wasn't claiming that you need to be at high pressure to go fast. I was pointing out that the performance differences between the tires was larger when they were pumped...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-20, 02:38 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 14,213
Posted By HTupolev

I'm familiar with the discussion around drum...

I'm familiar with the discussion around drum testing. Like, I literally have a Bicycle Quarterly subscription.

The main criticism with traditional drum testing is that it does not detect the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 14,213
Posted By HTupolev

The only impressive property of Gatorskins is...

The only impressive property of Gatorskins is that they are extremely long-wearing. They last just about forever.

For the user, this is also one of their biggest flaws.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 14,213
Posted By HTupolev

If we assume that the crr difference between a...

If we assume that the crr difference between a Gatorskin and a GP5000 in steel drum testing is comparable to the difference on an actual road, for an average bike+rider the Gatorskin is going to cost...
08-29-20, 12:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 992
Posted By HTupolev

I'm not sure that I'd call the construction...

I'm not sure that I'd call the construction "finished." The Whitehorse is supposed to extend a few miles farther west, connecting to the Centennial trail just north of Haller Park in Arlington. That...
08-27-20, 06:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,281
Posted By HTupolev

Some socks are considerably more aerodynamic than...

Some socks are considerably more aerodynamic than others!
08-25-20, 11:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 985
Posted By HTupolev

If you don't have a convenient way to stick the...

If you don't have a convenient way to stick the stop on the fork crown, another way to move the stop to the brakes is by switching to a mini-v.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-20, 01:20 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 3,703
Posted By HTupolev

To get tighter spacing over a given gearing...

To get tighter spacing over a given gearing range, and/or to facilitate a wider range.


Depends on the particular drivetrain configuration and the rider's shifting patterns. A 2x11 being worth...
08-19-20, 05:10 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,028
Posted By HTupolev

A gravel bike is a bike with a frame made out of...

A gravel bike is a bike with a frame made out of gravel.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-20, 07:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 343
Posted By HTupolev

Whole width of the inner rim. It makes a smooth...

Whole width of the inner rim. It makes a smooth transition for the tire bead, provides a more secure airtight seal, and as long as it's not so excessive that the tire cannot be mounted properly, the...
08-16-20, 09:43 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,276
Posted By HTupolev

No, it will differ. There are aftward forces...

No, it will differ. There are aftward forces transmitted from rim to hub to bike in both cases, but disc brakes also apply torsion from the hub to the rim through the spokes. That's why many...
08-15-20, 02:30 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 6,227
Posted By HTupolev

Why? Dura Ace mechanical is pretty uncommon these...

Why? Dura Ace mechanical is pretty uncommon these days because most people looking at that price point go with Ultegra Di2. But R9100 isn't significantly different in price point than Super Record...
08-14-20, 11:12 PM
Replies: 1,376
Views: 245,252
Posted By HTupolev

https://i.imgur.com/4VDI0nn.jpg ...

https://i.imgur.com/4VDI0nn.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/gyYLBlk.jpg

When they can't be bothered to bring rocky aggregate or grading equipment, they surface the road with flowers!
...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-14-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 898
Posted By HTupolev

To be clear, by "colour of bike" I hope you're...

To be clear, by "colour of bike" I hope you're talking about the secondary trim color or, in some cases, the structural component color. Matching bottle cage color to the primary paint color of a...
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