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Forum: Road Cycling
01-23-23, 12:47 PM
Replies: 1,772
Views: 284,658
Posted By Phatman

Good to know about the Enve brake track--the...

Good to know about the Enve brake track--the carbon rim brake wheels I used circa 2015 were terrifying dry or wet. And I live in the mountains and I'm 195-200 pounds, so heat buildup is a big...
01-18-23, 07:49 PM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,404
Posted By Phatman

I totally thought this was a pregnancy test when...

I totally thought this was a pregnancy test when I first looked at it.

Iíd go easy if I were you, no need to unnecessarily f*ck yourself over, covid is no joke.
01-18-23, 02:14 PM
Replies: 5,297
Views: 3,724,190
Posted By Phatman

I put on some Farsports carbon wheels, Iím...

I put on some Farsports carbon wheels, Iím officially a huge fan of wide internal width. Seriously, I can run 10 psi less without any wiggle, improve grip and ride quality with no rolling resistance...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-23, 03:56 PM
Replies: 1,772
Views: 284,658
Posted By Phatman

So, I got a CAAD8 full bike a couple months ago...

So, I got a CAAD8 full bike a couple months ago for $200, and it came with 9-speed Shimano hoods. 9-speed Shimano is what my first road "modern" bike had on it back in 2002, so it felt like home,...
Forum: Commuting
09-26-22, 08:17 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,768
Posted By Phatman

Normal credit card rates are in the high teens...

Normal credit card rates are in the high teens and $3000 at 19% APR for 5 years is $4669. Its not THAT unusual, but that doesn't mean it isn't crazy. Compound interest is a ***** if you're on the...
08-31-22, 07:52 AM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,404
Posted By Phatman

Yeah, going to play it safe with this one, going...

Yeah, going to play it safe with this one, going to leave the bike on the rack until I'm symptom free. With that said, RHR is back to normal now, low 50s instead of the 75(!) it was on Saturday and...
08-30-22, 03:06 PM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,404
Posted By Phatman

Well add me to the Covid club. Kinda sucks since...

Well add me to the Covid club. Kinda sucks since I was sick with regular colds for a lot of July and August.

The thing that surprised me is how fast Covid kicked in--I had a great interval...
08-22-22, 08:49 AM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,404
Posted By Phatman

sounds like all of those things would contribute...

sounds like all of those things would contribute to higher resting HR. I wouldn't worry about too much. Wait a while before stringing two big days back to back, and don't be afraid to see high z1 AP....
06-14-22, 12:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 800
Posted By Phatman

I'm not sure if this is helpful or not, but I...

I'm not sure if this is helpful or not, but I find that on the gravel bike, I tend to ride bigger gears with a lower cadence (70-80 instead of 85-90ish) because it tends to make bumpy roads more...
05-25-22, 10:46 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,694
Posted By Phatman

You're oversimplifying though, there's so much...

You're oversimplifying though, there's so much that goes into steering and handling besides HTA. Wheelbase, BB drop, FORK OFFSET, tire size/design, etc etc all factor in. My 72.5* HTA Crux feels...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-22, 07:37 AM
Replies: 10,391
Views: 3,170,129
Posted By Phatman

Man, so Iím realizing that I never posted any...

Man, so Iím realizing that I never posted any pics of my old CAADs from back in the day.

First up is my CAAD8ĖI loved this thing. I won my first race on it and had it for 8 years, from 2006 to...
04-04-22, 07:34 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 45,081
Posted By Phatman

Oh, what's that? You want to see mine too? ...

Oh, what's that? You want to see mine too?

Mine is a 2002 Alpe d'Huez. I bought it new and rode the crap out of it until I got a team deal on a Cannondale. It wasn't until I quit racing that I...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-22, 06:51 AM
Replies: 10,391
Views: 3,170,129
Posted By Phatman

Maybe I'm just weird, but I think I would...

Maybe I'm just weird, but I think I would probably just update the contact points (saddle, bars, pedals) to the current ones I'm riding and get a stem that fits and just ride it like that. Open Pros...
11-02-21, 03:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,611
Posted By Phatman

C'mon bro! :D I'm not getting rid of the...

C'mon bro! :D

I'm not getting rid of the SRAM shifters, but I do see what you're saying. Anyways, backcountry.com is taking the bars back even though they're used, which is pretty awesome. Not...
10-30-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,611
Posted By Phatman

Lol. Theyíre not on the wrong sides. I know this...

Lol. Theyíre not on the wrong sides. I know this is Bikeforums.net, but putting the levers on the wrong side is pretty hard to do when your bike is 1x.
10-30-21, 06:42 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,611
Posted By Phatman

This is something I considered, but this is where...

This is something I considered, but this is where they need to be to be comfortable in the hoods. Iíve thought that maybe Iíve got them too far up the bar where itís still transitioning into the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-21, 12:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 635
Posted By Phatman

I've found that the fit that Shimano has is...

I've found that the fit that Shimano has is pretty unusual. Shimano shoes tend to run wide in both the heel and the forefoot, has a very flat footbed, and tends to cater towards a lower volume (lower...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-21, 07:12 AM
Replies: 477
Views: 142,398
Posted By Phatman

Here is my 2002 Alpe D'Huez, I bought it new. ...

Here is my 2002 Alpe D'Huez, I bought it new. The headtube to toptube weld cracked, so she's no longer in use, but I miss riding it a lot. I've been using my gravel bike with road wheels and while...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-21, 06:59 AM
Replies: 1,772
Views: 284,658
Posted By Phatman

What is going on with the bike fits on these two...

What is going on with the bike fits on these two bikes? The Specialized has the seat slammed like a bmx bike, but the stem is a 120 with 50mm of spacers underneath. Just FYI, you don't have to...
08-17-21, 06:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,144
Posted By Phatman

Enh, you'll be back. FWIW, I've felt the same way...

Enh, you'll be back. FWIW, I've felt the same way you feel about gravel on my mountain bike many times--I'll spend a bunch of rides in a row on the mountain bike and just feel beat up, that's how I...
08-11-21, 06:27 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 20,412
Posted By Phatman

Yup, its these little efforts that I've always...

Yup, its these little efforts that I've always struggled with. They're small individual efforts but doing a bunch of them over the course of the race means I'm cooked. The FTP training mentioned...
08-10-21, 02:39 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 20,412
Posted By Phatman

I definitely agree, and I've done a lot of 20...

I definitely agree, and I've done a lot of 20 minute intervals to specifically train my ability to recover from repeated efforts. But I guess what I was trying to say is that CDR seems to have the...
06-22-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 20,412
Posted By Phatman

That's super unusual, and the complete opposite...

That's super unusual, and the complete opposite of every cat 4/5 race I've ever done. Then again, the last 4/5 race I did was in 2010, so things might've changed since then. As for the technicality...
06-21-21, 06:35 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 20,412
Posted By Phatman

I'm surprised that nobody mentioned the initial...

I'm surprised that nobody mentioned the initial surge. Its been a long ass time since I've raced a 4/5 crit, but one thing I do recall was that if I could hang for the first ~5 laps, I could usually...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-21, 07:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,520
Posted By Phatman

You don't need a 10-speed specific crank. ...

You don't need a 10-speed specific crank. 11-speed will do just fine.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-21, 06:47 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,755
Posted By Phatman

Hey hey now, I'm only 34, I'm not dead yet! ...

Hey hey now, I'm only 34, I'm not dead yet!



Did either of them really win in that exchange?



I was firmly with the C's back then - the first time up, most of the field was zig zagging up...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-21, 03:10 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,755
Posted By Phatman

Yep, sure was. I raced 2004-2008, but I only got...

Yep, sure was. I raced 2004-2008, but I only got to race that VT course once, they stopped holding it on that course starting ~2005. That 4 mile climb at the end was rough.



I've definitely...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,755
Posted By Phatman

Bumping this thread up, almost 20 years later....

Bumping this thread up, almost 20 years later. Iíve owned this bike for the duration, and yesterday I went to take it for a ride and realized my poor bike had a crack in the headtube/toptube weld....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-21, 06:50 AM
Replies: 10,391
Views: 3,170,129
Posted By Phatman

I used 28s on my CAAD10 with no issues. And they...

I used 28s on my CAAD10 with no issues. And they were Michelin Pro4 Endurance models which are known for running large, so they were probably more like 30mm tires.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,576
Posted By Phatman

I mean, I know youíre exaggerating, but I donít...

I mean, I know youíre exaggerating, but I donít 100% disagree with the first two statements. I donít think niches are necessarily created out of thin air, but I do think theyíre exploited, perhaps...
03-22-21, 01:26 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 14,603
Posted By Phatman

https://youtu.be/u7ITjHbFG3I

https://youtu.be/u7ITjHbFG3I
03-19-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 14,603
Posted By Phatman

The practical aspect is definitely a massive...

The practical aspect is definitely a massive impediment to implementation, I'm sure that's why it hasn't been done yet. As far as that particular Merckx TT is concerned though, if that was the...
01-12-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 42,501
Posted By Phatman

I put flat bars on my Kona so that it would feel...

I put flat bars on my Kona so that it would feel a bit more casual for "townie" type rides and pulling the trailer with my 14 month old son. To be honest though, I'm not crazy about it and haven't...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-21, 09:41 AM
Replies: 3,010
Views: 568,001
Posted By Phatman

The Blue Ridge Parkway is currently closed for...

The Blue Ridge Parkway is currently closed for weather at the higher elevations, but one fun thing about WNC is that the weather might be terrible in one spot but perfectly decent in another. It was...
01-04-21, 02:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,341
Posted By Phatman

I've found the biggest issue with road tires on a gravel bike!

I got a 2021 Crux a few months ago, and its awesome. Its lighter, stiffer, and dare I say better riding than my current steel roadie. Despite the 38mm knobbies, its faster a lot of the climbs around...
10-09-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 5,297
Views: 3,724,190
Posted By Phatman

So I bought this: ...

So I bought this:
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_6234_9ca3ad08fe5abc84a9d7c66a090f0d86ce926fd8.jpg


so I took this:
...
10-05-20, 08:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,691
Posted By Phatman

I'm a white lightning devotee--I apply it every...

I'm a white lightning devotee--I apply it every couple of rides, and clean every month-ish. My drivetrain usually doesn't look that pretty, but its quiet and the chain wear isn't too bad. I'm not...
09-21-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,823
Posted By Phatman

Well so after all of this analysis paralysis, I...

Well so after all of this analysis paralysis, I test rode 0 bikes, remained frozen in place, and then just ponied up and bought a Specialized Crux. First, I'll start with what it doesn't do. It is...
08-18-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,854
Posted By Phatman

I've got one on the back, and I think its pretty...

I've got one on the back, and I think its pretty spooky on gravel descents. It rolls fast on the road, but that slick section has a bit of a drop in the transition to the shoulder. I can run lower...
Replies: 63
Views: 20,065
Posted By Phatman

I mean, that's kinda the point. Where I work, we...

I mean, that's kinda the point. Where I work, we might have a 50 micron or less tolerance on something, because we've done the testing to know that if we're outside of it, it'll cause problems. In...
07-22-20, 02:03 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,823
Posted By Phatman

Enh, reviews aren't foolproof either. If the...

Enh, reviews aren't foolproof either. If the person paid for their bike, they won't trash it too much because it makes them look like an idiot for spending too much money on something that sucks. ...
05-12-20, 11:27 AM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,404
Posted By Phatman

I said what I did because he mentioned he had...

I said what I did because he mentioned he had moved his seat up and forward on the new bike with a steeper seat tube angle. Weight distribution is a really important part of a bike fit, and if he...
05-11-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,584
Posted By Phatman

Yeah. but that's not a gravel bike. Sorry. ...

Yeah. but that's not a gravel bike. Sorry.



Not a #gravelbike (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=gravelbike) either. Lame.



I don't see "gravel" in the...
05-08-20, 08:43 AM
Replies: 5,297
Views: 3,724,190
Posted By Phatman

Here's mine. Its a 2015 Kona Jake the Snake. ...

Here's mine. Its a 2015 Kona Jake the Snake.
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1290/img_e5503_e00e90f9743116cf305fc8d37db146cdf27b6d00.jpg

I impulse bought this frame...
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