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08-25-17, 09:53 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,184
Posted By grwoolf

Zwift racing is extremely unfriendly to those...

Zwift racing is extremely unfriendly to those with a pure sprinter power profile and racers that rely heavily pack efficiency. The draft effect just isn't that generous, particularly on the flats...
08-24-17, 10:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,184
Posted By grwoolf

I'm a big fan of Zwift racing. It's the most fun...

I'm a big fan of Zwift racing. It's the most fun you can on a trainer/rollers in my opinion. It makes a really hard hour on the trainer go by quickly.

Some aspects are similar to real racing -...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-16, 04:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,173
Posted By grwoolf

I assume you don't run a power meter based on...

I assume you don't run a power meter based on your original post, but a quick comparison on both bikes would answer your question in a hurry.

I suspect you are putting out significantly less...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-16, 04:59 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 6,062
Posted By grwoolf

I look at this as a $'s per watt question more...

I look at this as a $'s per watt question more than $ to speed.

If I could add x watts to my current FTP, 5 minute, 3 minute, etc. power, I would pay a lot to do it. It's basically like buying...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-16, 09:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,838
Posted By grwoolf

I find the the heat zaps my motivation more than...

I find the the heat zaps my motivation more than anything. I can race or do fast group rides when it's 100F+ and I'm OK as long as I hydrate, etc. When I start getting the cold chills or feel...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-16, 05:48 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,209
Posted By grwoolf

You need to take a look at the aero bars that are...

You need to take a look at the aero bars that are currently available. I'm not talking about "ovalized" bars like the K-wings. They are great bars and probably more aero than a round bar, but...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-16, 09:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,279
Posted By grwoolf

They are a real company with some good deals, but...

They are a real company with some good deals, but I've had some slimy interactions with them.

For groups/components, I prefer Merlin (another UK vendor). I've found their prices to be similar...
06-21-16, 09:44 PM
Replies: 1,691
Views: 91,159
Posted By grwoolf

Congrats, that's a great result against some...

Congrats, that's a great result against some really strong guys in the 35+ group this year. Times did look a little lower across the board this year, but 55:02 is crazy fast and would have beat all...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-16, 06:29 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,209
Posted By grwoolf

The biggest upside to an integrated stem is that...

The biggest upside to an integrated stem is that you eliminate all the round sections on the top of the bar and the bulky clamping area. On the Madone and Venge, they also get the cables out of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-16, 12:00 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,209
Posted By grwoolf

That's kind of like saying "The new high def....

That's kind of like saying "The new high def. TV's have going for it is the great picture". Yes, there are other things that matter for a bike like comfort, ease of maintenance, etc., but an aero...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-16, 07:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,941
Posted By grwoolf

Combination of fashion, wear, wrecks, and smell. ...

Combination of fashion, wear, wrecks, and smell. If you looked at or smelled my shoes after a year or so, you would not want to wear them either.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-16, 05:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,941
Posted By grwoolf

One more note/correction - I just looked at my...

One more note/correction - I just looked at my 2014 shoes and it looks like Specialized changed size/scale between 2014 and 2015. My 2014's are size 46eu and size 13us. My 2015's and 2016's are...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-16, 02:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,941
Posted By grwoolf

One more thing - the jury is still out for me...

One more thing - the jury is still out for me whether I like the new heal or not. They are much harder to get into without scrunching socks, etc., but I think I like them while riding. Still early....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-16, 02:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,941
Posted By grwoolf

I don't notice the 2016 being wider in the toe...

I don't notice the 2016 being wider in the toe box, but they are brand new and my 2015's probably have 8k+ miles on them. I don't remember the 2015's really changing fit over time in the toe box, but...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-16, 02:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,941
Posted By grwoolf

I can't speak to the SIDI's, but I've got S-works...

I can't speak to the SIDI's, but I've got S-works road shoes in 2014, 2015, and now 2016 models and wear the same size across all. The toe box is pretty similar on all, but they totally redesigned...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-16, 01:46 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,582
Posted By grwoolf

That all makes sense for a training ride. I guess...

That all makes sense for a training ride. I guess it's just a terminology thing and there are plenty of great types of group rides that are fun and have different objectives.

My only pet peeve is...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-16, 10:27 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,582
Posted By grwoolf

I've been on group rides where people are trying...

I've been on group rides where people are trying to "finish the ride in the least amount of time", but I don't think that's the objective of most good group rides. I guess it's the BF mentality to...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-16, 08:48 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,209
Posted By grwoolf

The roubaix doesn't have many miles since getting...

The roubaix doesn't have many miles since getting the Madone, it is primarily a backup bike now. I put some aluminum rims and bigger tires on it, so I'll grab it on rainy days. I'll also take it...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-16, 07:35 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,209
Posted By grwoolf

Yep, I've still got the 56cm s-works Roubaix. I...

Yep, I've still got the 56cm s-works Roubaix. I went with a 58 H2 frame on the Madone with the low setback seat post and 120mm stem/bar (part of project 1 frame build). The fit is basically...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-16, 09:39 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,209
Posted By grwoolf

I bought an aero bike (Madone) earlier this year...

I bought an aero bike (Madone) earlier this year and the difference is real, but not 1-2 mph real (unless you are starting at 30+mph). 1 mph at ~25mph translates to about 30 watts. I think my...
06-07-16, 09:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,224
Posted By grwoolf

From my experience, road races are generally...

From my experience, road races are generally easier for a fit "beginner" racer to jump in and stay with the pack. It probably depends on your strengths, but I found crits much harder starting out. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-16, 08:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,003
Posted By grwoolf

Bigger fan(s)

Bigger fan(s)
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-16, 07:40 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 10,263
Posted By grwoolf

It's hard for me to think of anything new as a...

It's hard for me to think of anything new as a "bucket list" bike. I buy new bikes because I like nice gear and they perform better than the old stuff, but my bucket list bike would be something...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-16, 09:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,705
Posted By grwoolf

50 unless you are riding in howling winds. ...

50 unless you are riding in howling winds. Don't expect to see 2mph improvement, you'll be doing really great to see .5 mph improvement over a typical shallow rim.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-16, 06:11 PM
Replies: 337
Views: 16,744
Posted By grwoolf

I'm usually not a fan of "knee jerk" reactions,...

I'm usually not a fan of "knee jerk" reactions, but I like this move by the uci . it seems like common sense to me that disc brakes have no place in road racing unless they can find a way to remove...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-16, 07:58 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,207
Posted By grwoolf

I find the dynamic of Tuesday night rides to be...

I find the dynamic of Tuesday night rides to be about as tough as it gets. Rides are usually short and intense and everyone is really aggressive. I was able to easily hang in a 3/4 crit before I...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-09-16, 03:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,117
Posted By grwoolf

+1, really like that color scheme.

+1, really like that color scheme.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-16, 05:18 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,294
Posted By grwoolf

200 miles a week in 1 hour increments isn't ideal...

200 miles a week in 1 hour increments isn't ideal from a "structured" training perspective, but it's workable for short crits. Lots of good advice already given, I'd just suggest doing 2 rides a week...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-16, 04:27 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 9,905
Posted By grwoolf

Best performance( unless you are a weight...

Best performance( unless you are a weight fanatic) = electronic. Best electronic for the $ = ultegra.

Once you get into any of the decent mechanical groups, they are all fine and it comes down to...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-16, 06:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,062
Posted By grwoolf

Another vote for a 202 front. Call wheelbuilder...

Another vote for a 202 front. Call wheelbuilder and they will put one together with whatever front hub you like.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-16, 07:13 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 7,822
Posted By grwoolf

Enve has a pretty good reputation For customer...

Enve has a pretty good reputation For customer support. If the guy was rude or something, I'd understand getting upset. It seems totally reasonable to me that enve would have different policies for...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-16, 05:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,553
Posted By grwoolf

There are lots of "nice to haves", but all the...

There are lots of "nice to haves", but all the really good TT guys I know have the following:

Big aerobic engine
Good body position (low drag)
Good pacing skills

I've seen lots of guys with...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-16, 09:48 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 8,957
Posted By grwoolf

Is there any type of warning on etap before the...

Is there any type of warning on etap before the shifter batteries die? The wireless thing has appeal, but I would hope they give a warning rather than the batteries just quitting. Even if you...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-16, 04:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,278
Posted By grwoolf

You should have no issue getting 20k+ miles out...

You should have no issue getting 20k+ miles out of a set of 404's, probably much more. I've been riding firecrests as my everyday wheel for years and have hit a bunch of nasty stuff with no issues....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-16, 08:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,338
Posted By grwoolf

It's a 16. In a straight line over rough road,...

It's a 16. In a straight line over rough road, I'd give the Madone a significant ride advantage. As a bigger guy, I love to power over rough sections and the Madone is super planted in the rear...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-16, 03:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,338
Posted By grwoolf

No pics handy, but I did a project 1 frame-only...

No pics handy, but I did a project 1 frame-only build in matte white with minimal logos (boring, but a bit stealthy looking). Zipp 404's and ultegra di2 came over from my tarmac (which now has my...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-16, 11:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,338
Posted By grwoolf

I'm also a big specialized fan, but when I got...

I'm also a big specialized fan, but when I got the itch to replace my current Tarmac SL4 pro, I ended up going with the Madone (built up from frame 2 weeks ago).

I was originally going to do an...
04-01-16, 12:18 PM
Replies: 5,908
Views: 432,441
Posted By grwoolf

No, 4/5, but I heard there was a wreck in the 3/4...

No, 4/5, but I heard there was a wreck in the 3/4 there as well.

That is absolutely the place you need to have position, but our race was already getting strung out at that point and there was a...
04-01-16, 11:08 AM
Replies: 5,908
Views: 432,441
Posted By grwoolf

Yep, that was the spot. I heard there were...

Yep, that was the spot. I heard there were multiple wrecks at that same spot last night.

I ended up in the Emergency room until 3am after my headache was getting more intense/dizzy and I was...
03-31-16, 09:22 PM
Replies: 5,908
Views: 432,441
Posted By grwoolf

Thanks man, I think I'll just be sore for a bit. ...

Thanks man, I think I'll just be sore for a bit. EMT's checked me out.
03-31-16, 08:25 PM
Replies: 5,908
Views: 432,441
Posted By grwoolf

I spoke too soon. Murphy raised his head...

I spoke too soon. Murphy raised his head tonight. Went down hard at 30+mph on the last lap tonight. Race was strung out and I was near the front (should have been safe), guy went down across the...
03-31-16, 08:58 AM
Replies: 5,908
Views: 432,441
Posted By grwoolf

I normally don't worry much about crunching a...

I normally don't worry much about crunching a frame, but I gave this one some thought before taking it out to the Driveway just 6 days after building it up. There were 2 wrecks in the first 5...
03-30-16, 08:12 PM
Replies: 5,908
Views: 432,441
Posted By grwoolf

This report (link below) has a heavy bias, but...

This report (link below) has a heavy bias, but still interesting. It doesn't answer the acceleration question, but they claim 19 watts saving between their edmonda road bike and the aero madone with...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-29-16, 08:08 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,023
Posted By grwoolf

I agree that there is a psychological component,...

I agree that there is a psychological component, but I think there is more to it than that. For me, a headwind is similar to climbing vs. riding the flats or with tailwind. I am better at holding...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-26-16, 08:24 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,400
Posted By grwoolf

Took a road bike for a test ride about 8 years...

Took a road bike for a test ride about 8 years ago. I brought my MTB shoes and they slapped on some pedals and off I went. I got to a place where I had to stop and I could not clip out. I fell...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-16, 11:08 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,383
Posted By grwoolf

My "baby" is a 993s, definitely of the garage...

My "baby" is a 993s, definitely of the garage queen variety. It's certainly not the performance car that a 991 is, but still a blast to drive. I'll probably get it to the track some day, but life...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-16, 09:56 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,383
Posted By grwoolf

I get your point, but I don't think it's a...

I get your point, but I don't think it's a terrible analogy. It's just a matter of perspective.

For some people, spending $4k+ on tires and brake pads for a weekend of fun on the track is...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-22-16, 09:17 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,383
Posted By grwoolf

Why is the madone not a race bike? If you want...

Why is the madone not a race bike? If you want another bike for the sake of having another bike, I can appreciate that, but you seem to have a few in your stable that would work.

I've been on...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-18-16, 12:32 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,993
Posted By grwoolf

Unless you are swimming in the shallow end of the...

Unless you are swimming in the shallow end of the aerobic gene pool, you should be able to build enough fitness to be "pack fodder" in a 4/5 race on ~5 hours of training per week.

As others have...
03-14-16, 09:12 AM
Replies: 1,691
Views: 91,159
Posted By grwoolf

JSK - Great racing this weekend, your TT was...

JSK - Great racing this weekend, your TT was lights out and a great effort in the RR as well. Looking at TT times for the day, your time would have been top 10 in the P12 field.



cb3 - It...
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