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Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-20, 12:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 447
Posted By surak

I weigh 140lb and started with 60/65 psi f/r in...

I weigh 140lb and started with 60/65 psi f/r in my 32mm GP5k TLs. During my first long ride with them on my new Al bike, I noticed the ride quality was a lot rougher than I've grown accustomed to...
07-07-20, 04:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 193
Posted By surak

What model year Allez? The recent ones seem to...

What model year Allez? The recent ones seem to have 170mm cranks on both sizes. At your height you should be closer to a 56 than to 52. If you're buying from an LBS, they should swap out the stem if...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-20, 02:26 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,357
Posted By surak

If you want to comfortably cruise at 22-24mph,...

If you want to comfortably cruise at 22-24mph, your second bike should be a recumbent or TT bike.

For more speed on your Surly you'll want to optimize your aerodynamics (practically free: body...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 290
Posted By surak

Chain wear tool (a newer one from Park and...

Chain wear tool (a newer one from Park and Pedro's since 11sp requires more accurate measurement).

Chain whip, lockring tool, adjustable wrench.
07-07-20, 12:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 545
Posted By surak

I would recommend buying a used fluid trainer....

I would recommend buying a used fluid trainer. Prices have gone up, but they're still well below your budget and most trainers are being sold by people who rarely used them before sticking them in a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 11:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 250
Posted By surak

The AR 3 looks fine. The biggest thing that jumps...

The AR 3 looks fine. The biggest thing that jumps out is the price. It is very hard to find much selection at that price point right now, with so many people buying bikes during the pandemic. If he's...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 03:42 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,550
Posted By surak

I suggest you actually read this thread before...

I suggest you actually read this thread before you post and prove that you don't understand the context by somehow missing the salience of my post. You can start with the first post and the article...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,550
Posted By surak

Meh, it doesn't matter how "innovative" you think...

Meh, it doesn't matter how "innovative" you think they are if their business model can't stand on its own, instead falling back on guilting people to use it.

What the Strava defense force doesn't...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-20, 06:34 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,550
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: 37
Views: 1,668
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: 4,078
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: 4,078
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: 396
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: 4,078
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: 4,078
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: 3,661
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: 401
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: 713
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: 2,453
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: 968
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: 19,495
Views: 4,111,984
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: 4,078
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: 178
Views: 8,013
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: 385
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: 931
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: 931
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: 8,091
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: 490
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: 119
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: 187
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: 1,990
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: 2,318
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: 1,990
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: 1,587
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: 307
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: 558
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: 706
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: 1,734
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: 19,495
Views: 4,111,984
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: 329
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: 2,350
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: 4,028
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: 180
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: 279
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: 279
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: 1,263
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: 1,263
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: 4,028
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: 2,432
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: 573
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...
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