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Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-20, 01:59 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 1,924
Posted By topflightpro

That's fascinating. I'm guessing the fact that...

That's fascinating. I'm guessing the fact that the velodromes are indoors is a big factor in that?
07-13-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 383
Views: 26,205
Posted By topflightpro

I opted not to race this past weekend. Just...

I opted not to race this past weekend. Just didn't seem necessary for me to travel to race right now. All my races are cancelled for the year. I'm looking at 2021.

I like racing, but I'm OK with...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-20, 07:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 167
Posted By topflightpro

You can also try a Wolf Tooth adapter rather than...

You can also try a Wolf Tooth adapter rather than buying a new RD. It's a cheaper way to get the extension you need for a larger cassette.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-20, 07:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 200
Posted By topflightpro

They can be great, but you have to make sure you...

They can be great, but you have to make sure you get the appropriate one. The POC above is a TT helmet. It has no ventilation and covers your ears, so you can't hear traffic as well. It is great for...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-20, 06:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 457
Posted By topflightpro

On single lane roundabouts, take the lane. Move...

On single lane roundabouts, take the lane. Move out enough that a car cannot pass you. And if the roundabout has medians leading up to it - as the normally do - take the lane far enough out so that...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-20, 06:55 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 1,924
Posted By topflightpro

20 meters? Really? Even with no wind, that's way...

20 meters? Really? Even with no wind, that's way too far back. At one bike length off a field, you're feeling the wind. At two bike lengths, you'll be struggling. At three, you're dropped.

And as...
07-13-20, 06:49 AM
Replies: 15,099
Views: 849,386
Posted By topflightpro

I'm guessing Fudgy is too busy taking care of two...

I'm guessing Fudgy is too busy taking care of two toddlers to spend time here.
07-12-20, 05:47 AM
Replies: 383
Views: 26,205
Posted By topflightpro

I've also heard very loud and negative feedback...

I've also heard very loud and negative feedback about some races/race series being cancelled.
Replies: 4
Views: 268
Posted By topflightpro

I've been using my wife's Kickr the last few...

I've been using my wife's Kickr the last few weeks. It works pretty well, though I did have to put some bags of concrete on the legs to keep it from lifting on starts.

Velobike makes adapters for...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 09:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 603
Posted By topflightpro

I say go SeaSucker. My gas mileage is so...

I say go SeaSucker.

My gas mileage is so much better when I don't have the roof rack on - without a bike. It's not a huge hassle to put it on or take it off - just four screws - but it's enough of...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 346
Posted By topflightpro

Start stretching your hamstrings and hip flexors.

Start stretching your hamstrings and hip flexors.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 647
Posted By topflightpro

At this point, I think all bikes within a class...

At this point, I think all bikes within a class are probably 95% the same. The differences are so minor as to be almost irrelevant. Figure out what size bike you need - note, just because you ride a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 264
Posted By topflightpro

Specialized makes baggie shorts for kids with a...

Specialized makes baggie shorts for kids with a chamois and liner.
Replies: 33
Views: 1,381
Posted By topflightpro

Last time I tried to order Pista Speeds from my...

Last time I tried to order Pista Speeds from my sponsor LBS, Vitoria was completely sold out - of all Pista Speed sizes. Had to order from Europe.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-20, 08:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 416
Posted By topflightpro

Front derailleur should work. It may not work...

Front derailleur should work. It may not work great, but it should work.

As already stated, you may need to change your wheels. You may have the same rims as your friend, but the freehub might not...
Replies: 22
Views: 1,283
Posted By topflightpro

I agree that the cancellations were the right...

I agree that the cancellations were the right call.

The local track races are still on, as scheduled. I'm not sure whether I want to participate. Over the last couple years, turnout hasn't been...
Replies: 22
Views: 1,283
Posted By topflightpro

CANCELLED....

CANCELLED. (https://usacycling.org/article/national-championship-update-july-1)
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-20, 08:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 825
Posted By topflightpro

Other things to think about in regards to fixed...

Other things to think about in regards to fixed vs. single speed: On a fixed gear bike, if you stop pedaling, the bike stops - if you try doing this when moving quickly, the bicycle will buck and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 541
Posted By topflightpro

I plugged the numbers into BikeGeo too. Fork...

I plugged the numbers into BikeGeo too. Fork length was not listed for Cervelo and Offset was not listed for the Orbea. I adjusted those numbers (386 and 52) until the tool gave me almost the exact...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 313
Posted By topflightpro

It probably depends on what a pro team has in...

It probably depends on what a pro team has in stock. But changing a crank is a lot quicker and easier than chainrings. And in some cases, one has to remove the crank to remove the chainrings.
Replies: 33
Views: 1,381
Posted By topflightpro

Would be like rolling a tubular.:twitchy:

Would be like rolling a tubular.:twitchy:
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 541
Posted By topflightpro

Have you tried any of the online caclulators? ...

Have you tried any of the online caclulators?

Bikegeo.net is a good place to start.

And Stem Comparison Tool | yojimg.net (http://yojimg.net/bike/web_tools/stem.php) is a great stem comparison...
Replies: 33
Views: 1,381
Posted By topflightpro

I would not expect any narrow tubeless rims any...

I would not expect any narrow tubeless rims any time soon. It's been discussed in the past, but track is not a target market for most manufacturers. If they can pass something on from road to track,...
Replies: 11
Views: 416
Posted By topflightpro

I thought it would be right up your alley, since...

I thought it would be right up your alley, since you've already done an hour record.
06-24-20, 06:55 AM
Replies: 4,985
Views: 276,993
Posted By topflightpro

Since the velodrome is not terribly close, I will...

Since the velodrome is not terribly close, I will often do track bike workouts in a local business park on the weekends - when there is no car traffic. But all the deer I see there scare the crap out...
06-24-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 4,985
Views: 276,993
Posted By topflightpro

Congratulations! That's fantastic news. And...

Congratulations! That's fantastic news.

And don't worry about not having the big wedding. Just throw a big party or something for your first anniversary
Replies: 11
Views: 416
Posted By topflightpro

Ah. Good points. And here I thought I'd come up...

Ah. Good points. And here I thought I'd come up with a decent topic of discussion while bored at work.
Replies: 11
Views: 416
Posted By topflightpro

Everesting!

Since races aren't really happening right now, Everesting has become the new big thing.

Which got me thinking: Could one Everest on a track?

Assuming a track is 25 feet high, one could gain 50...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,906
Posted By topflightpro

One big advantage to tall rims when riding cross...

One big advantage to tall rims when riding cross or gravel is that if you are going through mud, you have more room to sink before the mud comes over the rim. It's easier to pedal through mud when...
06-22-20, 12:47 PM
Replies: 4,985
Views: 276,993
Posted By topflightpro

Jagwire has a couple options:...

Jagwire has a couple options: https://jagwire.com/products/diy-cable-kits and https://jagwire.com/products/housing
06-22-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 4,985
Views: 276,993
Posted By topflightpro

Even if racing comes back this year -- and I'm...

Even if racing comes back this year -- and I'm not yet sure my big target race will happen -- I'm not sure I will be participating. Yes, I've been training for the past year for this event, but I'm...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-20, 09:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 401
Posted By topflightpro

Your helmet should come down onto your forehead...

Your helmet should come down onto your forehead so that if you go face first, your face is somewhat protected. My glasses and helmet pretty much touch each other - granted, they are large glasses.
...
06-22-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 4,985
Views: 276,993
Posted By topflightpro

I've had this issue too. My Camelback is at least...

I've had this issue too. My Camelback is at least 15 years old. I think newer ones are better than older ones, and they sit off the body, allowing for some airflow between.




It depends. If...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,350
Posted By topflightpro

I'll be honest, I don't know. I don't have enough...

I'll be honest, I don't know. I don't have enough experience with them to say.

But I know many people use homemade presses made from nuts, washers and bolts purchased at hardware stores.
Replies: 22
Views: 1,283
Posted By topflightpro

Well, it looks like we will know by July 1...

Well, it looks like we will know by July 1 whether this is actually happening.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-20, 01:07 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,642
Posted By topflightpro

I'm not sure the answer to your question, but I...

I'm not sure the answer to your question, but I do know that they know the bike industry well, unlike car insurers, and are quite reluctant to pay out claims. You crash and break your RD, you are...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,642
Posted By topflightpro

I looked into insurance a couple years ago. It...

I looked into insurance a couple years ago. It was about $500 per year per bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 421
Posted By topflightpro

Are you sure it's a 9-speed set up? Nine speed...

Are you sure it's a 9-speed set up? Nine speed was old technology by the time disc brakes were on road bikes. Even 10-speed was on its way out when the first disc road bikes were introduced.
Replies: 19
Views: 8,411
Posted By topflightpro

It depends. I'm basing this off road cranks, but...

It depends. I'm basing this off road cranks, but for awhile, Sram, Shimano, FSA and Rotor all had 24 mm cranks, but all required different BBs. For example, Sram tapered to 22 at the NDS. I think FSA...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-20, 09:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 626
Posted By topflightpro

The standard spider rings can be replaced with a...

The standard spider rings can be replaced with a compact spider and rings. You don't need to replace the whole crankset.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 804
Posted By topflightpro

Depending on what car you have, a hitch can be as...

Depending on what car you have, a hitch can be as little as $100. Figure out which hitch you need at Curtmfg. Check on the instructions to see how difficult it is to install - most SUVs are pretty...
06-11-20, 09:20 AM
Replies: 15,099
Views: 849,386
Posted By topflightpro

Lucky. Not sure when our gyms will reopen.

Lucky. Not sure when our gyms will reopen.
06-11-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 4,985
Views: 276,993
Posted By topflightpro

When I was in middle school, my father's business...

When I was in middle school, my father's business partner in Montreal sent his son, who was a year or two younger than me, down to live with us for the summer. Basically, the kid refused to learn...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 804
Posted By topflightpro

Go tow hitch rack if you can. My wife's car...

Go tow hitch rack if you can.

My wife's car has the hitch rack. I have the roof rack. Hitch is much easier to deal with, and it doesn't have a negative impact on fuel economy. I drop 1-2 mpg just...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-20, 10:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 242
Posted By topflightpro

Teflon grease is fine, but it sort of depends on...

Teflon grease is fine, but it sort of depends on the use.

For general things, I use basic Teflon grease. For BBs and bearings, I use Phil Wood grease.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,821
Posted By topflightpro

Aero is faster. Until you're going uphill. Then...

Aero is faster. Until you're going uphill. Then weight matters.

Aero bikes have typically been on the heavier side, though weights have been coming down. But if you're not doing a ton of climbing,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-20, 09:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 776
Posted By topflightpro

My track shoes are laced. It's fantastic how...

My track shoes are laced. It's fantastic how snug and secure I can make them, so my foot stays locked in the shoe when pulling up on the pedals.

On my road bikes, I would hate laced shoes. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-20, 05:33 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,350
Posted By topflightpro

Yeah, if you're popping out the bearings, you...

Yeah, if you're popping out the bearings, you should put new ones in. Generally, it's not recommended to remove and reinstall BB30 bearings.

As far as which bearings are best, I have had a lot of...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-20, 03:06 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,350
Posted By topflightpro

It's not hard to do at home, but the proper tools...

It's not hard to do at home, but the proper tools are rather pricey. People have used large bolts, nuts and washers to create home versions of bearing presses, which is much more affordable though...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-20, 01:53 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,350
Posted By topflightpro

It's not the quality of the bearings that is the...

It's not the quality of the bearings that is the problem but how they are installed. To do it correctly, you need to used Green Loctite Bearing Retention Compound when putting the bearings in, AND...
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