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07-18-24, 11:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 319
Posted By Mtracer

I have a Trek Domane SLR, and I assume the fork...

I have a Trek Domane SLR, and I assume the fork or at least steerer tube is the same. As I recall the manual for the bike shows the maximum amount of spacers on top of the stem and I think that...
07-15-24, 09:59 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 564
Posted By Mtracer

My Cannondale Topstone came with a 105 FD and I...

My Cannondale Topstone came with a 105 FD and I put a GRX crank on it and it worked fine. I suspect you can go the other way around. It might not be ideal for the derailleur but I bet it would work....
07-14-24, 05:36 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,388
Posted By Mtracer

The clipless pedals are really just no big deal....

The clipless pedals are really just no big deal. Understandably most people have concerns about being "attached" to the to bike. And it's possible you may brain fart sometime and have a spill. But,...
07-14-24, 05:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 300
Posted By Mtracer

I've been using Squirt drip wax for years and...

I've been using Squirt drip wax for years and have recently just bought the Silca wax system. I have yet to use it. The Squirt has worked very well. I'm mostly just curious if the hot melt wax is...
07-10-24, 10:55 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,388
Posted By Mtracer

I did just what you mentioned. Some Shimano...

I did just what you mentioned. Some Shimano pedals with SPD (MTB bike cleats) on one side and flats on the other. Never made much use of the flats and quickly went to double sided SPD because then I...
07-10-24, 10:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 617
Posted By Mtracer

Best of luck getting back in the saddle. And...

Best of luck getting back in the saddle. And welcome to BF.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-24, 05:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 568
Posted By Mtracer

I'm a big fan of GP 5000 S TR tubeless. I'd go...

I'm a big fan of GP 5000 S TR tubeless. I'd go with the widest tire you can fit. Of course make sure it is appropriate for your rim width.

If that's a 32, go for it. I recently put on 32 mm after...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-24, 04:59 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,208
Posted By Mtracer

I have heard that some woman get put out when a...

I have heard that some woman get put out when a guy passes as they think the guy is flexing. Which some might be, but of course those people will do the same to men.

I do find passing someone...
07-09-24, 06:10 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,271
Posted By Mtracer

I won't argue that data to prove this or that is...

I won't argue that data to prove this or that is best. But simply because there is an added layer doesn't mean that layer is a net thermal insulator. For example, a layer of thermal compound between...
07-08-24, 10:32 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,388
Posted By Mtracer

I don't think the difference between these carbon...

I don't think the difference between these carbon and aluminum Domane is specifically because of the materials. But that's a whole discussion/BF argument in itself. I think the difference is probably...
07-07-24, 10:23 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,388
Posted By Mtracer

To start you'll need sealant and a plug kit. ...

To start you'll need sealant and a plug kit.

Main thing is you'll want to keep the sealant topped off. It will dry out over time. Some people can go months, I need to add a bit every 4-6 weeks....
07-07-24, 09:05 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,388
Posted By Mtracer

I have the Domane SLR and I think the SL frame...

I have the Domane SLR and I think the SL frame has the same down-tube storage. While this feature is certainly not a reason itself to spend more, it's a nice feature. Much more useful than I thought...
07-05-24, 04:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,504
Posted By Mtracer

I find drinking my fuel to work best for me. So,...

I find drinking my fuel to work best for me. So, unless a ride is easy and under 90 minutes, I'll drink a home brew mix that is 1 part Gatorade, 1 part fructose, and 2 part maltodextrin by weight....
07-05-24, 03:56 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,651
Posted By Mtracer

I'd say I sort of had this same thing happen over...

I'd say I sort of had this same thing happen over the first 6 months after I started riding, 5 years ago. At first, my heart rate was easily pushed into the red and and I'd often have to stop and...
07-05-24, 02:39 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,271
Posted By Mtracer

It's very dry where I live too, and that's the...

It's very dry where I live too, and that's the very reason you get great cooling with tight fitting sleeves. The sweat spreads out and evaporates causing cooling. This works better for me as...
07-04-24, 09:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,201
Posted By Mtracer

This forum software was already pretty...

This forum software was already pretty amateurish. Basically with a nearly useless search feature and unusable on a tablet. I always assumed it was because it was started and run by someone in their...
07-04-24, 09:21 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,612
Posted By Mtracer

Heck, I run 52 front, 55 rear on 32 mm GP 5000 S...

Heck, I run 52 front, 55 rear on 32 mm GP 5000 S TR and it's fast. 55 PSI on 44 mm tires seems like too high a pressure. I run around 40 PSI on 40 mm tires.

Me and the bike weigh about 220 lbs....
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-24, 05:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,208
Posted By Mtracer

Another vote for the OP did things right. No one...

Another vote for the OP did things right. No one should jump on or stay someone's wheel without asking first.

I have limited experience drafting, and I'm usually doing some sort of targeted power,...
06-30-24, 02:20 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 6,510
Posted By Mtracer

We all have our personal threshold for what is...

We all have our personal threshold for what is "not worth the money". The mistake is assuming our personal preferences should apply to everyone else.

I spent 9k+ on my last bike, I could have...
06-25-24, 02:07 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,271
Posted By Mtracer

I've used the Rockbros cooling sun sleeves for 4+...

I've used the Rockbros cooling sun sleeves for 4+ years now. Love them. They are bright white, so reflect some light. They definitely cool compared to bare skin. I've tried others and there is...
06-24-24, 07:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 417
Posted By Mtracer

Consistent riding is the key. Perhaps consider...

Consistent riding is the key. Perhaps consider getting setup with an indoor trainer for those days you can’t ride outside.

Keep at it and I hope you get hooked on riding.
06-20-24, 02:23 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,496
Posted By Mtracer

No reason for the bikes to ride single file in...

No reason for the bikes to ride single file in this situation. The lane is in use by the bikes, there is no shoulder or other place for them to be. The car had an entire other lane to use and very...
06-19-24, 05:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,533
Posted By Mtracer

I got into cycling about 5 years ago. I settled...

I got into cycling about 5 years ago. I settled on a gravel bike after riding my dad-bike hybrid for several months. Certainly for the mixed conditions I might ride were part of the choice, another...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-24, 03:56 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,277
Posted By Mtracer

I'd almost rather go to the dentist than ride...

I'd almost rather go to the dentist than ride indoors, which I do, only if riding outside is not an option due to bad weather. And even then, any indoor riding will be a high-intensity session that I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-24, 01:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 894
Posted By Mtracer

I have Ultegra Di2 12-speed on a bike and it is...

I have Ultegra Di2 12-speed on a bike and it is extremely quiet when pedaling and rear shifts are essentially silent as well. The front derailleur has that cyborg sound when shifting. The only time I...
06-16-24, 07:43 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,509
Posted By Mtracer

I got a new Trek Checkpoint SL carbon frame last...

I got a new Trek Checkpoint SL carbon frame last year under warranty, no hassle at all. Problem was checked finish on seat tube. Worked out well as I liked the new color much better.
I deal with my...
06-03-24, 03:09 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,673
Posted By Mtracer

I don't doubt the industry errs on the side of...

I don't doubt the industry errs on the side of replacing sooner rather than later for several reasons. Obviously, it is to their advantage to encourage the sale of more helmets, but they have skin in...
06-02-24, 04:12 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,610
Posted By Mtracer

This ^^^^ While I got lost on "milk crate",...

This ^^^^

While I got lost on "milk crate", I agree completely about positioning the saddle relative to the bottom bracket as needed, then adjust bars via bar type, stem length and angle, and...
06-01-24, 01:42 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,965
Posted By Mtracer

I call out "passing" rather than "on your left."...

I call out "passing" rather than "on your left." Most people don't really seem to understand their right from their left, at least not quickly. On our MUPs it's standard practice for all to move...
05-31-24, 05:10 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,233
Posted By Mtracer

I carry the same things on all road rides which...

I carry the same things on all road rides which are from 1 hour to 5 hours and can have me 35+ miles from home on a long out and back. I run tubeless, I occasionally have to insert a plug (Dynaplug)...
05-25-24, 06:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,257
Posted By Mtracer

It certainly wouldn't hurt to call out stopping,....

It certainly wouldn't hurt to call out stopping,. But if he was that far back, I doubt he would have heard you or heard you clearly enough for him to think it applied to him. That guy was clearly...
05-25-24, 10:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,257
Posted By Mtracer

There’s the legal fault to consider, and I could...

There’s the legal fault to consider, and I could see that going several ways. But I think the OP is really asking, did I screw up? The answer is yes. You weren’t looking where you were going. Was the...
05-14-24, 03:44 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,352
Posted By Mtracer

I run tubeless road tires. I carry a Dynaplug...

I run tubeless road tires. I carry a Dynaplug Race kit, I do carry a spare tube. In 5 years, I've never come close to needing to use the tube. I have plugged a tire a few times. In the last year I...
05-13-24, 03:26 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,483
Posted By Mtracer

I can't recommend the Hirobel Frame Clamp enough....

I can't recommend the Hirobel Frame Clamp enough. While it is a very safe way to hold a carbon frame, it's just plain easier than farting around clamping a seat post for any bike. I rarely even need...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-24, 08:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,529
Posted By Mtracer

I think it was in a Hammer Nutrition article that...

I think it was in a Hammer Nutrition article that recommended NOT eating a meal within 3 hours of a ride. The idea being you don't want to be digesting a full meal while riding. On the other hand,...
05-04-24, 10:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 765
Posted By Mtracer

I have the Garmin 715 on the rear and a Fly 12...

I have the Garmin 715 on the rear and a Fly 12 camera/light on the front.

The Fly 12 works well enough. Battery life is okay at about 4.5 hours while running the light in a daytime random flash...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-02-24, 12:45 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 7,523
Posted By Mtracer

My main bike, a Trek Domane SLR 7, with my power...

My main bike, a Trek Domane SLR 7, with my power meter pedals, radar, lights and cycling computer is right around $10,000 and worth every penny of it, to me.

Pretty much any additional amount of...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-02-24, 12:02 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,488
Posted By Mtracer

According to bicyclingrollingresistance.com, the...

According to bicyclingrollingresistance.com, the Bontrager R3 Hard Case Light 25 mm tires are use about 8-10 W more per tire than Continental GP 5000 S TR. Now, these aren't the Bontragers that the...
05-01-24, 11:08 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,078
Posted By Mtracer

Sounds like she is coming along just fine. Good...

Sounds like she is coming along just fine. Good on her for being a trooper and giving this a serious try.

I also agree that shifting is a skill to work on after she develops basic riding ability.
05-01-24, 11:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 701
Posted By Mtracer

USB ports do have varying charge ability. And my...

USB ports do have varying charge ability. And my own experience is PCs tend to have the least amount of current available for charging. And I'm sure I've had devices that would not charge from a PC....
05-01-24, 10:44 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,715
Posted By Mtracer

What is this big picture you speak of? I'm...

What is this big picture you speak of?

I'm thinking it's your own version of "the big picture" and if other's don't share your version of the big picture, they are somehow missing the "big...
04-30-24, 03:06 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,560
Posted By Mtracer

The problem with the 220 - age calculation is it...

The problem with the 220 - age calculation is it is known to be a poor fit for older riders and it's just an average. While it's been a while since I looked into this I think it is something like 220...
04-29-24, 10:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 439
Posted By Mtracer

Have you check the derailleur hanger? If it's...

Have you check the derailleur hanger? If it's bent, you can get noises in different gear combinations.

Noises can be really hard to locate. You may think it's coming from the rear or cassette but...
04-29-24, 09:14 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,715
Posted By Mtracer

I'm not sure you're saying what you meant to say....

I'm not sure you're saying what you meant to say. If by "producing consistent power" you mean the same power. Your rate of climbing (elevation change per unit time) is essentially going to be the...
04-24-24, 10:41 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,820
Posted By Mtracer

I think a lot of people get power meters, to some...

I think a lot of people get power meters, to some degree, because they like gadgets. This is a large part of why I use them. I like to play with data. As for an actual reason, I think it should...
04-23-24, 10:44 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,560
Posted By Mtracer

While Gatorade has some sugar/carbs, you might...

While Gatorade has some sugar/carbs, you might need more than you can get from that. Though I do like drinking my fuel rather than chewing it while on the bike. You might want to find something to...
04-22-24, 10:50 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,560
Posted By Mtracer

It sounds to me like you're simply pushing too...

It sounds to me like you're simply pushing too hard and running out of gas. No matter how fit a cyclist is, there's always an intensity they can ride that will exhaust them in an hour. Better to ride...
04-21-24, 09:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,298
Posted By Mtracer

I'm not sure if a last-second glance has saved me...

I'm not sure if a last-second glance has saved me on a bike or not. But I know for sure, I've been surprised by seeing a car at the last moment that just wasn't there before. In one case it was a...
04-19-24, 10:20 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,480
Posted By Mtracer

Nice, bike. Congrats! I still encourage you...

Nice, bike. Congrats!

I still encourage you to put on the 28 mm GP 5000 tires. At a speed of 20 MPH, you would save around 20 W of power running GP 5000 S TR versus the Bontrager R3s (if that's...
04-16-24, 07:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,093
Posted By Mtracer

Well, when I first had odd behavior in 11th and...

Well, when I first had odd behavior in 11th and 12th gears, it was about 5 miles into a ~70-mile ride. I'm sure the skipping was caused by a fully broken inner plate. Point being, I put 60+ miles on...
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