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Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-19, 07:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 283
Posted By surak

I had a 23c in front when I wanted fender...

I had a 23c in front when I wanted fender clearance. I swapped it for a 25c after deciding some fender rub was better than the sketchy handling I experienced with the 23c in urban environments.
07-19-19, 06:24 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,444
Posted By surak

My untrained cadence was high 90s. Even on climbs...

My untrained cadence was high 90s. Even on climbs I'm a spinner, sometimes spinning even higher past 100 rpm if I have sufficiently low gearing. I bought a power meter and started noticing that I put...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-19, 06:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 472
Posted By surak

We cleared up -- HTupolev was referring to my...

We cleared up -- HTupolev was referring to my implication that someone (the LBS) told me the D-Fuse seat post eases saddle alignment, which isn't true but is something that I've also seen bandied...
07-19-19, 01:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 470
Posted By surak

They've treated me well, so I never brought it...

They've treated me well, so I never brought it up. And to be honest, if it weren't bunched up next to the stem after they swapped the OEM bar for a narrower one I provided a few weeks after I bought...
07-19-19, 01:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 501
Posted By surak

Just starting out with power, I expect that...

Just starting out with power, I expect that riding a bunch of miles to collect data points on your critical power curve will be more useful than estimating your FTP accurately. If you really want to...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-19, 12:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 472
Posted By surak

Well we may not disagree with each other, but...

Well we may not disagree with each other, but it's a stretch to interpret what I wrote to mean that the reason the D-shape exists is for saddle alignment.
07-19-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 470
Posted By surak

My LBS wrapped the tops of my bars the wrong way...

My LBS wrapped the tops of my bars the wrong way and too close to the stem, making it nearly impossible to attach the headlight I wanted to take on STP. I was too lazy to do anything about it for 2...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 472
Posted By surak

Nobody said the D-shape was "for alignment," so I...

Nobody said the D-shape was "for alignment," so I find it odd that you use quotation marks as though you're quoting someone (in this case, implying me, since you're quoting my post). :foo: It is...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 472
Posted By surak

Future Shock is proprietary. It's the only...

Future Shock is proprietary. It's the only non-trivial proprietary part on my 2019 Roubaix. Hasn't bothered me yet, though it's easy to find plenty of wailing and gnashing of teeth about it on BF.
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Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 502
Posted By surak

It seems like brands will offer discounts in a...

It seems like brands will offer discounts in a staggered fashion. Back in April, Specialized had a decent sale, then a few weeks later Giant had one. IIRC, Trek had theirs later. So if you have an...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-19, 06:01 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,793
Posted By surak

I agree with redlude, separated lanes are...

I agree with redlude, separated lanes are infrastructure that encourages more riding by people who perceive riding in urban environments to be dangerous. I'm also in the camp that having more biking...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,216
Posted By surak

Wrong by nearly 3 years...

Wrong by nearly 3 years (https://road.cc/content/review/214587-specialized-roubaix-expert-2017).
07-17-19, 10:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 406
Posted By surak

Obligatory get a Kool Stop tire bead jack reply. ...

Obligatory get a Kool Stop tire bead jack reply.

The 4-season doesn't have a reputation for being the most comfortable, supple ride, if that's what you're going for. There are plenty of other...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-19, 04:53 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 9,081
Posted By surak

Bump to +1 this as the cheapest and easiest...

Bump to +1 this as the cheapest and easiest option. And if you go the TRP HY/RD route (converting to fully mechanical instead of hybrid hydraulic won't be worth it), you wouldn't even need to change...
07-16-19, 05:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 497
Posted By surak

I haven't had an issue with the chain breaker on...

I haven't had an issue with the chain breaker on my Topeak Hexus II multitool, which costs less than those fancy dedicated chain breakers. I only need to break some pins off a new chain once before...
07-16-19, 05:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,341
Posted By surak

First off, you sure you didn't ride all the way...

First off, you sure you didn't ride all the way to South America? :lol:

My group met up and rolled out from Husky Stadium at around 5am and it was definitely packed to the gills. There was a bad...
07-16-19, 03:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,341
Posted By surak

I rode it this past Saturday for my first STP and...

I rode it this past Saturday for my first STP and double imperial century. Really good weather conditions. Didn't see any egregiously bad behavior from riders or drivers (there was a road rage...
07-15-19, 04:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 973
Posted By surak

GCN asked Chris King about the angry bees sound,...

GCN asked Chris King about the angry bees sound, he said that he originally planned to make his hubs silent but got feedback that everybody liked the noise.
https://youtu.be/vgPLJSTWuV4?t=692
07-11-19, 05:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 534
Posted By surak

US$2,500 new in 2006 -- if it is 2006, since...

US$2,500 new in 2006 -- if it is 2006, since research shows 2005 was the model year that came with Paselas for US$2,200 --and asking for CDN$2,000 13 years later? Likely too small for you and/or too...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-19, 05:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 883
Posted By surak

I thought I would love Di2, test rode a Di2...

I thought I would love Di2, test rode a Di2 equipped bike and also felt disconnected from shifting the way Forrest described, but eventually bought it anyway because it was the better deal.

I've...
07-08-19, 09:30 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,646
Posted By surak

Some lube also just wipes up black. I realized...

Some lube also just wipes up black. I realized this is the case for Tri-flow after trying to be meticulous and having a degreased chain that I wiped before and after applying it.
07-08-19, 11:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 724
Posted By surak

Tour de France 2018 on PS4

It's on sale for $10 for PS Plus subscribers in the PlayStation store. My wife isn't an avid cyclist, but is an avid gamer, and decided to buy it. She may have been influenced through second-hand...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-19, 11:49 AM
Replies: 2,600
Views: 614,227
Posted By surak

Competitive Cyclist has 24-hr Stage sales running...

Competitive Cyclist has 24-hr Stage sales running during the TdF. Today it's shorts and bibs (https://www.competitivecyclist.com/rc/annual-tour-sale-daily-deal?INT_ID=IB25452), most 50%+ off. Any...
07-05-19, 11:26 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,547
Posted By surak

Have you read this thread?...

Have you read this thread? https://www.bikeforums.net/commuting/632008-quad-pain-hiking-down-hill-could-related-commuting-too-much.html
Never happened to me while biking, but triggered by walking...
07-05-19, 03:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 653
Posted By surak

I didn't inquire deeply but I think the issue was...

I didn't inquire deeply but I think the issue was the fixing bolt.
07-05-19, 12:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,306
Posted By surak

My shop owner told me to spray it with isopropyl...

My shop owner told me to spray it with isopropyl and wipe with a microfiber cloth. Water will blotch. My carbon bike is matte black, so I haven't actually bothered to use anything other than regular...
07-05-19, 09:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 964
Posted By surak

Be careful of making large changes. I'm extremely...

Be careful of making large changes. I'm extremely guilty of this, but playing with saddle height can have a massive impact, especially. If your knee angle and reach are good then it might be better...
07-05-19, 12:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 653
Posted By surak

Strange coincidence that my Di2 FD also suddenly...

Strange coincidence that my Di2 FD also suddenly went too far outboard and I had the chain drop off the big ring this past Saturday in the middle of a ride. My LBS said the bolts were loose and the...
07-05-19, 12:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 964
Posted By surak

You made the right decision. Start riding more,...

You made the right decision. Start riding more, experiment with your fit if you have obvious discomfort anywhere (give your body time to adjust to anything new), and hopefully you'll be fine. If you...
07-04-19, 07:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,222
Posted By surak

Starting her off on a tandem may have the...

Starting her off on a tandem may have the opposite effect. My stoker hasn't touched her bike since we bought our first of two tandems. We rented a hybrid tandem while on vacation and liked it enough...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 18,641
Views: 3,688,759
Posted By surak

Clever Training gave me 25 VIP Points as a July...

Clever Training gave me 25 VIP Points as a July 4th promo. I ordered a 3 month Zwift membership card for $20. Will come in useful this winter.
07-03-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,664
Posted By surak

The Ballista is a fantastic helmet. Aero, well...

The Ballista is a fantastic helmet. Aero, well ventilated, looks good, not heavy. Strap design is its weakest point as it's not super premium. If one result from the CR testing is that Trek comes out...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,823
Posted By surak

How about the opposite behavior- zip up the climb...

How about the opposite behavior- zip up the climb and then filter back on the descent? That's me, as climbing is easier at my W/kg but I don't dig descending.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-19, 10:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 765
Posted By surak

Are you wanting a bike primarily for triathlons?...

Are you wanting a bike primarily for triathlons? Both are endurance frames and have high stack to reach ratios, which mean you'll have a hard time getting very aero unless you size smaller. Have you...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-19, 05:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,320
Posted By surak

Congrats! Last year I decided to get into road...

Congrats! Last year I decided to get into road cycling and bought the lil brother of your Contend, the SL Disc 2. Had a blast and rode way more than I ever expected, set myself endurance goals and...
07-01-19, 01:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 812
Posted By surak

I crashed two days after buying a Lazer Cyclone...

I crashed two days after buying a Lazer Cyclone MIPS, top of the VTech safety ratings. No concussion, but a small dent and scratch on the Lazer. It's no longer readily available to buy, which is a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-19, 10:19 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,248
Posted By surak

Sun sleeves. Long sleeve jerseys are hit or miss...

Sun sleeves. Long sleeve jerseys are hit or miss with sleeve length and fit, way too unreliable for me to use. Plus, sleeves go with any jersey.
06-30-19, 10:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 875
Posted By surak

I think this has been covered before, and I'll...

I think this has been covered before, and I'll repeat myself. Lithium ion batteries should not be run down, that is one way to kill its lifespan. Not sure what you're trying to accomplish.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-19, 05:13 PM
Replies: 18,641
Views: 3,688,759
Posted By surak

Prepping to ride STP (Seattle to Portland) in one...

Prepping to ride STP (Seattle to Portland) in one day, need to tweak some gear.

My Rapha Classic bibs haven't been cutting it after 80 miles so I'm giving Assos a try. Ordered Assos T.cento_s7...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-19, 07:52 PM
Replies: 717
Views: 46,820
Posted By surak

Light Bicycles builds all their wheels by hand...

Light Bicycles builds all their wheels by hand these days. (https://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=113&t=152443&start=570#p1496848)
06-28-19, 04:31 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 10,656
Posted By surak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE31ghxnLf4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE31ghxnLf4
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,193
Posted By surak

It's my understanding that Tiagra 4700 has the...

It's my understanding that Tiagra 4700 has the same cable pull ratio as Shimano's 11-speed groupsets, so you could mix and match shifters or derailleurs if you want to upgrade piecemeal. I don't...
06-27-19, 10:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,156
Posted By surak

Unless your pm and mine differ wildly, I have a...

Unless your pm and mine differ wildly, I have a much, much higher FTP and am lighter but wouldn't expect to keep up with that A group. So I agree with the comment about bottle rocket vs space...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-19, 07:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,235
Posted By surak

Interesting, I probably made it to about 250 on...

Interesting, I probably made it to about 250 on my new G+ and flatted. Compared to thousands of miles on a mix of GP4Kiis and Pro4 Endurance tires with only 1 puncture. I'm going to try tubeless...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-19, 11:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 922
Posted By surak

Nah, too lazy and I don't have a reason to...

Nah, too lazy and I don't have a reason to experiment. Saw some folks on the tandem forum use it for the stoker, though, over suspension, which says a lot.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-19, 07:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 922
Posted By surak

Yeah the CG-R really works. It's ugly, but I'm...

Yeah the CG-R really works. It's ugly, but I'm happy with mine. And anyway, it's a standard sized tube, unlike the proprietary D-shaped ones introduced for the 2020 model, so you can easily change it...
06-22-19, 07:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 538
Posted By surak

I don't do gels but I would say eat at least one...

I don't do gels but I would say eat at least one Clif bar an hour, usually people who hit a wall do so because they aren't fueling enough.

Also, are you pacing yourself to go slower than you...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-19, 04:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,537
Posted By surak

For sure, if I'm grinding up a climb and notice...

For sure, if I'm grinding up a climb and notice my balance out of whack, I usually gain watts by just focusing more on smoothing out my pedal stroke rather than push harder. Seeing the power and L/R...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-19, 04:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,537
Posted By surak

If you have multiple bikes, haven't heavily...

If you have multiple bikes, haven't heavily invested in a specific non-PM pedal and cleat type, and are willing to spend a few minutes swapping pedals, then it's hard to beat the price of a single...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-19, 03:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,822
Posted By surak

Assos sizing confuses me. They say go by height,...

Assos sizing confuses me. They say go by height, but their own size guide (https://us.assos.com/size-guide) would have me at XS by waist, S by weight, M by height. And then I'm looking at the T.Cento...
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