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09-30-22, 10:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 380
Posted By surak

Meant to post an update after recently getting a...

Meant to post an update after recently getting a pair of Shimano sandals that I found on sale. Fit is a bit weird for me and the sole is definitely not stiff but feet are a lot cooler.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-22, 05:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 400
Posted By surak

It's not a deal breaker but you may have some...

It's not a deal breaker but you may have some issues. I've used my rain bike with 1x Rival on 30-32kph group rides. 11-42t is significantly wider than the 11-36t I run with a 40t chainring too, so...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-22, 12:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 688
Posted By surak

You know that narrower tires don't stop as well...

You know that narrower tires don't stop as well as wider ones, which is why you have to brake earlier and harder even if you were descending at the same speed, right?
09-21-22, 12:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 408
Posted By surak

Depends on how low you want to go. I'm 5'9" and...

Depends on how low you want to go. I'm 5'9" and chose the 2019 54cm Roubaix over the 56cm after testing riding both because I wanted a more aggressive fit and it definitely felt nimbler. I don't...
09-19-22, 05:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 193
Posted By surak

There's no way it can be permanently attached as...

There's no way it can be permanently attached as both front and rear should be usable with either 160 or 140 rotors.

Edit to add: when I took my bike in for some work, my LBS said the pad...
09-19-22, 01:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 485
Posted By surak

Maybe the points aren't allocated properly and...

Maybe the points aren't allocated properly and the randomness due to the past three years being during a global pandemic made the points battle unfair, but I don't have much sympathy for the teams in...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-22, 09:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 272
Posted By surak

My VPN works fine with GCN+. I use KeepSolid's...

My VPN works fine with GCN+. I use KeepSolid's VPN Unlimited, got a lifetime subscription for super cheap and essentially use it only for GCN+.
09-13-22, 12:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 266
Posted By surak

Ratio 1x12 upgrade kits...

Ratio 1x12 upgrade kits (https://ratiotechnology.com/ratio-upgrade-kits/#1x12-wide-cage) are another option. All you would need in addition to the kit is a 11-50t cassette like the PG-1230 or PG-1210...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-22, 11:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 272
Posted By surak

Flo probably has exclusive rights in the US. Use...

Flo probably has exclusive rights in the US. Use a VPN server in the UK (or whichever other territory they have it that you like) with GCN+.
09-10-22, 03:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 366
Posted By surak

Even if you'd won the lottery, there's no point...

Even if you'd won the lottery, there's no point in stocking up on inferior rotors over MT900 or CL900.
09-10-22, 11:45 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,446
Posted By surak

Roglic lost his head while being out of his...

Roglic lost his head while being out of his element against real sprinters. Reminiscent of him taking himself out when trying to move up on the grass at the TdF last year when there wasn't space,...
09-10-22, 11:34 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 909
Posted By surak

In addition to automatically changing resistance,...

In addition to automatically changing resistance, smart bikes like the Kickr Bike have shifters. Unique to the Kickr Bike is the ability to tilt to reflect gradient changes when riding.

Smart...
09-09-22, 10:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 909
Posted By surak

A Kick Bike is $3000. It's never been $5000,...

A Kick Bike is $3000. It's never been $5000, unless we're talking funny money.

I've done the dumb trainer with powermeter pedals, direct-drive trainer, and smart bike. If you have the money then...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-22, 12:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 285
Posted By surak

Kalloy Uno might come in 1-1/4, but otherwise the...

Kalloy Uno might come in 1-1/4, but otherwise the Giant OD2 alloy ones are about as low end as you can source.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-22, 10:13 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,071
Posted By surak

My first wax-based lube was Squirt and the...

My first wax-based lube was Squirt and the experience was so underwhelming that I didn't seriously make the switch to immersive waxing until I saw that ZFC started recommending CeramicSpeed...
08-30-22, 03:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 210
Posted By surak

Are there any Garmin mounts for that diameter?...

Are there any Garmin mounts for that diameter? You can always just get a Wahoo to Garmin adapter puck and then use any Garmin-compatible mount.
Forum: Commuting
08-30-22, 11:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 608
Posted By surak

Depends on whether you need a high pressure...

Depends on whether you need a high pressure (road) or high volume (MTB, really wide city/touring/urban) pump.

High pressure the Lezyne Road Drive is excellent. Lots of good reviews for the Silca...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-22, 11:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 606
Posted By surak

I have a bike with Rival 1, it's not given me any...

I have a bike with Rival 1, it's not given me any trouble in thousands of miles and other than limitations in shifting compared to Ultegra Di2 on another bike, there's nothing lacking. However, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-22, 09:50 AM
Replies: 484
Views: 11,105
Posted By surak

If you want to prolong your wax, a rinse with...

If you want to prolong your wax, a rinse with boiling water will flush out the old wax and grit from the chain. Not necessary but still easy to do and especially useful if you rode in wet conditions...
08-24-22, 11:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 252
Posted By surak

Want to go fast? GP5000 S TR. You won't find any...

Want to go fast? GP5000 S TR. You won't find any new TLs in 28mm unless you run into a hoarder.

Afraid of puncturing in a way that your sealant won't seal? Pirelli Cinturato Velo.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-22, 04:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 771
Posted By surak

I used to carry the Koolstop in one of my jersey...

I used to carry the Koolstop in one of my jersey pockets along with phone and wallet. Not much of a size difference compared to a typical minipump, it doesn't need its own pocket or anything.

I...
08-23-22, 02:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 460
Posted By surak

Yes 4700 can cross chain if you use the FD trim...

Yes 4700 can cross chain if you use the FD trim feature. But you shouldn't cross chain (I say as the friend I sold my 4700-equipped bike to uses small-small all the time on flat ground :twitchy:).
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-22, 11:58 AM
Replies: 484
Views: 11,105
Posted By surak

I've seen a rough estimate of safely being able...

I've seen a rough estimate of safely being able to reuse a quick link 5 times, so let's say I immersion wax every 500-600km, that's well short of the total expected lifetime of a waxed chain. Using...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-22, 10:20 AM
Replies: 484
Views: 11,105
Posted By surak

I've recently started chain waxing. Initially put...

I've recently started chain waxing. Initially put off by a pretty underwhelming experience using Squirt drip lube where the standard rigamarole of multiple OMS baths and denatured alcohol rinse still...
08-18-22, 03:41 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 690
Posted By surak

I was fitted with a cleat shim (aka stacker) for...

I was fitted with a cleat shim (aka stacker) for the shorter leg along with both internal and cleat wedges.
08-18-22, 03:25 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 690
Posted By surak

Surprised your fitter didn't notice a leg length...

Surprised your fitter didn't notice a leg length discrepancy. When I had a Retul fit mine did, and he gave me a cleat shim for the shorter leg.
08-16-22, 09:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 319
Posted By surak

In 3 years I've only used Orange Seal Endurance,...

In 3 years I've only used Orange Seal Endurance, which sealed the one puncture I've gotten albeit not as quickly as I expect OS Regular might've. Endurance lasts much longer in my tires than I...
08-15-22, 09:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 344
Posted By surak

Yup, it can be used either with or without the...

Yup, it can be used either with or without the valve core.
08-15-22, 04:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 344
Posted By surak

I have an Airshot because I'm too lazy to seat a...

I have an Airshot because I'm too lazy to seat a tire with tube, but I've only needed a floor pump to seat the majority of my tire-rim combos. Before I got the Airshot, I used CO2 cartridges instead,...
08-15-22, 02:36 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,446
Posted By surak

Was Dumoulin ever in the running for selection on...

Was Dumoulin ever in the running for selection on TJV's squad? I'm wondering if his exclusion had any influence on his decision to announce his immediate retirement.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-22, 02:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 848
Posted By surak

I'm not tall (175 cm), but I am skinny (64 kg),...

I'm not tall (175 cm), but I am skinny (64 kg), so my experiences tend to be in the XS and S sizes where strap length can really make a difference as they're sized for shorter people. I've gone...
Forum: Commuting
08-11-22, 12:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 851
Posted By surak

I use 28/32 GP5K S TRs on my good weather bike,...

I use 28/32 GP5K S TRs on my good weather bike, they are fast and with a front 25/32mm internal/external width rim very aero. Setting PRs fairly frequently this year on my commute, which I've ridden...
08-11-22, 09:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 471
Posted By surak

Did you push the pads out before reinstalling the...

Did you push the pads out before reinstalling the wheel? Even a little bump on the brake lever could've moved the pads inward.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-22, 11:48 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,161
Posted By surak

I always put a bit of sealant around the valve...

I always put a bit of sealant around the valve inside the rim before pushing it through the hole.

You didn't mention which sealant you used. Use Orange Seal if you aren't. Nearly every issue I've...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-05-22, 05:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 325
Posted By surak

Update if you don't mind needing a backup plan in...

Update if you don't mind needing a backup plan in case it bricks, like taking it in to the LBS.

I've done some Di2 upgrades over Bluetooth that didn't take, luckily didn't brick. Then I went a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-22, 02:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,028
Posted By surak

Light Bicycle WR series. You can configure almost...

Light Bicycle WR series. You can configure almost anything you want with the rims, including leaving them hooked rather than hookless for max tire compatibility.

I have a mixed WR50/AR56 F/R,...
08-01-22, 12:09 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,662
Posted By surak

A shirt under bibs is nothing, I see that look...

A shirt under bibs is nothing, I see that look semi-regularly.

Once was riding on the MUP where an older dude was riding with bib straps over his oversized long sleeve jersey, partially stuffed...
07-31-22, 04:34 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,639
Posted By surak

Already looking forward to next year's edition....

Already looking forward to next year's edition. Thanks Zwift!

Possible changes (http://https://www.cyclingweekly.com/racing/seven-woman-teams-a-possibility-at-the-2023-tour-de-france-femmes):

...
07-31-22, 03:36 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,639
Posted By surak

How about Veronica Ewers finishing so high up on...

How about Veronica Ewers finishing so high up on La Super Planche! Fantastic result.

Didn't notice any women falling over on the gravel. Even the camera motorbike men did. :lol:

Don't know how...
07-30-22, 05:10 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,639
Posted By surak

The more you post your armchair hot takes on how...

The more you post your armchair hot takes on how to fix women's pro cycling, the more you demonstrate that not only do you not understand the economics of the sport, but that you hardly watch any of...
07-30-22, 04:35 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,639
Posted By surak

You're still missing the point after multiple...

You're still missing the point after multiple people have already explained that it's not a question of "incentive," unless that incentive is getting paid and supported, which a large number of women...
07-27-22, 06:51 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,639
Posted By surak

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDLJTPTBTfc
https://sports.nbcsports.com/2021/09/25/elisa-balsamo-upsets-dutch-at-cycling-worlds/...
07-27-22, 06:19 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,639
Posted By surak

Doesn't make sense for pro women to have to ride...

Doesn't make sense for pro women to have to ride as far as pro men. By and large the pro women have no interest in making races longer, other than having a Monument like Milan San Remo as a once a...
07-26-22, 10:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 472
Posted By surak

Tubeless kills tubulars in both rolling...

Tubeless kills tubulars in both rolling resistance and aerodynamics, with added bonus of being able to seal some punctures. Being just plain faster is why they've already almost completely replaced...
07-21-22, 03:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 314
Posted By surak

I've only had 1 puncture since switching to...

I've only had 1 puncture since switching to tubeless two years ago. My sealant (OS endurance) leaked out but didn't seal as I rode. I pulled over and spun the wheel. Seemed like it worked, but...
07-21-22, 12:03 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 4,672
Posted By surak

Van Aert might've had a chance to take the polka...

Van Aert might've had a chance to take the polka dots along with green but seems like Vingegaard wanted to put his stamp on the race as the leader by winning today after Pogacar made his own...
07-08-22, 05:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 569
Posted By surak

Neither, both only work when the leader is the...

Neither, both only work when the leader is the strongest rider.

Ineos learned that the Sky Train just gives other teams' domestiques an easy day ever since they failed to find a replacement...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-22, 04:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,048
Posted By surak

The Real Science of Sport podcast covered this....

The Real Science of Sport podcast covered this. (https://play.acast.com/s/realscienceofsport/the-effects-of-heat-on-exercise) Pros are getting the right hydration and will do heat acclimatization...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-22, 12:59 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 877
Posted By surak

Where in the group ride are you struggling? Is it...

Where in the group ride are you struggling? Is it when the group is going fast on the flats, downhills, or on climbs? Unless they're going well over 20 mph, my guess is that your bike should be fine...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-22, 10:33 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,038
Posted By surak

If you want to go nuts on saving weight, there's...

If you want to go nuts on saving weight, there's an online forum called Weight Weenies where you'll find enthusiasts who spend a lot of money chasing minimal bike weight. Over here, I'm with the rest...
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