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Old 03-30-20, 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
I assumed that he's done that already since he said it's just the most minuscule bit of contact. At that point, I'd just make sure the gap is backlit so that I could ID the point of rub and give it some love.
Yeah, lighting is key. I put a white cloth on the floor for sighting mine. However, I've always been able to deal with point rub non-surgically, so far.
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I had two that I really liked when I bought/built them. Then I realized I basically dig Strats and that's just how it is. I have 4 strats, but I really only play two of them. And two acoustics, but I really only play one of those. I might sell more.
4? Your not even trying...
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Make sure brakes are aligned and pistons are retracting well first. In my admittedly limited experience (2 bikes) a proper setup should accommodate a mm or two of runout.
will do.
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Good news: set a new absolute 20 minute power record this morning.

Bad news: I will now certainly fail my goal of setting a new yearly real mileage record.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Good news: set a new absolute 20 minute power record this morning.
Did you set out to do it or was it incidental during a 2hr flail?
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Old 03-30-20, 08:51 AM
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How much easier is it to inadvertently mangle a latex tube when installing? Thinking about lightening up my flat kit with one.

(Yes, being stuck inside has me thinking about all kinds of dumb marginal gains.)
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Old 03-30-20, 08:53 AM
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How much easier is it to inadvertently mangle a latex tube when installing? Thinking about lightening up my flat kit with one.
As long as you have a little air in it as you install it, it shouldn't be boogered up at all.
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In other news, to effect quick passes of other cyclists out this morning, I did dial it up to 400w to pass several times. It doesn't actually feel like much of anything for that duration. Not sure what that guy was on about.
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How much easier is it to inadvertently mangle a latex tube when installing? Thinking about lightening up my flat kit with one.

(Yes, being stuck inside has me thinking about all kinds of dumb marginal gains.)
Easier, much easier if itís not inflated to fully round ahead of installation. And they leak CO2 like crazy. Latex in the flat kit is on the do-not-try list.
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Did you set out to do it or was it incidental during a 2hr flail?
Intended, though only such that there was a 20í perfect uphill on the sim course. Iíll probably be upping my FTP soon, as the whole workout was .95 IF for an hour and I did a short run after. Hoping I can get up to 300W this year.
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Might look for a place where they're controlling entry and marking the floor to maintain interpersonal distance at checkouts. Makes a hell of a lot of sense.
Went to Target which was nearly vacant and fairly well stocked. They also seem to be doing most things right like cart cleaning, spacing, etc.

Also went to Aldis but my local Aldis is so small that it was a trick avoiding people and I saw several violators. Glad to be home.

Weíre going to violate the ďdistancingĒ rules as my wife wants to get the tandem out this afternoon.
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As long as you have a little air in it as you install it, it shouldn't be boogered up at all.
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Easier, much easier if itís not inflated to fully round ahead of installation. And they leak CO2 like crazy. Latex in the flat kit is on the do-not-try list.
Would something like a Conti SuperSonic be a better idea? And yeah, I always have some air in the tube during install. And no CO2.
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Old 03-30-20, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Intended, though only such that there was a 20í perfect uphill on the sim course. Iíll probably be upping my FTP soon, as the whole workout was .95 IF for an hour and I did a short run after. Hoping I can get up to 300W this year.
Wow. I assume you don't weigh very much either.
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Old 03-30-20, 09:07 AM
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Also, my local bike path is getting so crowded that I'm afraid the park district might close it. I use it quite a bit as a sheltered part of my normal rides but I'm going to have to start avoiding it.
There is a main road into the center of the city that is normally closed to cars on weekend days between April and October. Nice, four-lane drive along the river. With so few people driving into the city, the city decided to close it to cars 24/7 starting a week or two ago so people would have more exercise options. My ex rode it late last week. She said it was extremely crowded. More so than on a nice weekend day in the summer.
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Wow. I assume you don't weigh very much either.
He's a pizza and ice cream diet away from killin' it in the big boy tri races.
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Would something like a Conti SuperSonic be a better idea? And yeah, I always have some air in the tube during install. And no CO2.
Thatís the way Iíd go. I use Race28s just because theyíre cheap in bulk.
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commonly referred to a fayettnam.
Oh? What's the story behind that?
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Intended, though only such that there was a 20í perfect uphill on the sim course. Iíll probably be upping my FTP soon, as the whole workout was .95 IF for an hour and I did a short run after. Hoping I can get up to 300W this year.
Excellent! And congratulations. This is really the only way I can do an indoor threshold test, up a simulated hill. Or try a Zwift crit race. A little different than a climb, but still a full out 20 min.
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That must be why she's not wearing any.
Any what?

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Wow. I assume you don't weigh very much either.
The diet hasnít been as strict as normal during all of this, so Iím probably around 175. I also havenít bothered checking as often. What I will say is Iím probably heavier and thicker than most of you expect; at every running race Iíve run in the past decade Iím thicker and heavier than anyone finishing around me.
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He's a pizza and ice cream diet away from killin' it in the big boy tri races.
Iíll have you know we had Thai for lunch yesterday.

There was a time, back in Boulder, when I did consider eating a ton and winning the Clydesdale tris. Then they bumped the weight from 200 to 220, and thatís just too big for me.
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Shopping gives me the heebie jeebies.
Ditto. Like I gotta go out right now.
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How much easier is it to inadvertently mangle a latex tube when installing? Thinking about lightening up my flat kit with one.

(Yes, being stuck inside has me thinking about all kinds of dumb marginal gains.)
What about lightening the whole bike by running latex tubes in both tires? So instead of the combined weight of 2x butyl + 1 latex flat kit you would have 2x latex + 1 butyl flat kit.

Plus the latex is more suppler and more faster.

Naturally, I'm assuming you are running butyl tubes since you don't have experience installing latex tubes. I've never used them, either. Although super-thin "open tubular" style 38mm tires with latex tubes sounds absolutely heavenly.

Or are you tubeless on your road bike?
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Then they bumped the weight from 200 to 220, and thatís just too big for me.
And they did it because of people like you. Let the fatties have their fun!
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Excellent! And congratulations. This is really the only way I can do an indoor threshold test, up a simulated hill. Or try a Zwift crit race. A little different than a climb, but still a full out 20 min.
Thanks! And yeah, Iím finding the same - erg mode kills me at higher power. When Iím ready Iíll make my test protocol in slope mode (2x20í, take lower, take 95%). Itís a little conservative compared to the standard 20í test but Iím too good at gaming that one.
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Iíll have you know we had Thai for lunch yesterday.
What did you have?

I like Thai food a lot.
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