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Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-22, 04:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,878
Posted By Hiro11

I ended up buying a 2022 frame ("water effect"...

I ended up buying a 2022 frame ("water effect" paint) which I'll build up crit pig style with 1x Rival AXS, Quarq 4D, some 50mm wheels (various options), Romin Evo saddle and a Tarmac stem / bars. I...
06-20-22, 06:12 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,511
Posted By Hiro11

I have a top-of-the-line 2019 Giant road bike and...

I have a top-of-the-line 2019 Giant road bike and it's a great bike. Not only does it ride and handle very well, I haven't touched the BB, nothing rattles, the seatpost doesn't slip, the finish is...
06-18-22, 04:05 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 2,785
Posted By Hiro11

I've had the obvious ones ("get on the sidewalk",...

I've had the obvious ones ("get on the sidewalk", "it's not legal to ride on the road", "you don't pay 'road tax' (whatever that is)" etc) My favorite was probably the guy who pulled up behind a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-22, 02:26 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,229
Posted By Hiro11

Thought I'd provide some updated thinking here. ...

Thought I'd provide some updated thinking here.

As mentioned above, I bought a bike from The Pro's Closet last year. This is a high end ti/carbon cyclocross bike. Yesterday, I noticed a crack in...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-22, 06:16 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 3,068
Posted By Hiro11

I have two sets of hookless road wheels: a set...

I have two sets of hookless road wheels: a set with ENVE SES 4.5AR rims and a wheelset from Cadex. I usually run the tires on the ENVEs at 35-50 psi depending on what I'm doing and 60-65 on the Cadex...
06-01-22, 06:28 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,064
Posted By Hiro11

Around here MTBs and gravel bikes are both fairly...

Around here MTBs and gravel bikes are both fairly available. Road bikes, especially high end ones, are still largely unavailable. I see lots of newer-looking riders on '20-'22 gravel bikes around...
05-22-22, 08:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 633
Posted By Hiro11

I bought a $12 1.5 quart from Amazon. Doing...

I bought a $12 1.5 quart from Amazon. Doing multiple chains at once may save a couple of minutes but it's a bit a hassle to get them properly submerged unless you have lots of wax. No big deal either...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-17-22, 01:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,208
Posted By Hiro11

I've come to believe that unless you are...

I've come to believe that unless you are constantly riding in the rain, hot melt wax + three chain rotation is the way to go with bikes. You never, ever have to clean (let alone degrease) your...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-17-22, 01:22 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 10,809
Posted By Hiro11

This is an interesting lawsuit because I think it...

This is an interesting lawsuit because I think it does expose some legitimate issues in the bike industry right now. On one hand, I think the plaintiff was kind of an idiot for trying to run RH tires...
04-04-22, 06:05 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,474
Posted By Hiro11

Leaving a bunch of chains in mineral spirits and...

Leaving a bunch of chains in mineral spirits and then shaking in isopropyl alcohol is "complicated"? This is maybe five minutes total "work". Doing six chains is the same amount of work as one chain,...
04-03-22, 04:00 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 4,651
Posted By Hiro11

All absolutely true. All these guys do this...

All absolutely true.

All these guys do this stuff too, in fact most of their respective content has nothing to do with endangering others. This past winter, Lucas Brunelle shot an absolutely crazy...
04-02-22, 01:15 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 4,651
Posted By Hiro11

The most insane Terry B video I've seen is him...

The most insane Terry B video I've seen is him following the (now well known) Safa Brian in the rain in Mexico City:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxVQFUTywIQ&t=1036s

This starts getting...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-01-22, 03:19 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,961
Posted By Hiro11

I have five tubeless bikes (road, cross, gravel,...

I have five tubeless bikes (road, cross, gravel, MTB, fat) and (knocks wood) I've never flatted any of them in the four years I've been using exclusively tubeless. I still ride with a (regular) spare...
03-30-22, 10:31 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 4,873
Posted By Hiro11

My experiences and opinions on position and...

My experiences and opinions on position and saddle-to-bar drop:

When I was racing back in the late 80s / early 90s, I rode a 55 Italian racing frame with a quill stem and had the bars set maybe...
03-26-22, 01:12 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,474
Posted By Hiro11

My pre-wax routine, I do at least three chains at...

My pre-wax routine, I do at least three chains at a time:
1. Soak for 1-2 days in mineral spirits, drain.
2. Soak for another 1-2 days in fresh mineral spirits.
3. Put the chains in a fresh...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-24-22, 08:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,878
Posted By Hiro11

I mostly like this bike: - Much higher price...

I mostly like this bike:
- Much higher price than competing bikes (Emonda ALR5, CAAD 13) but still a better deal than currently outrageous pricing on Tarmacs
- More of an all-around road race bike...
03-24-22, 08:19 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 6,380
Posted By Hiro11

Every Specialized road model has seen a 30%-40%...

Every Specialized road model has seen a 30%-40% increase in pricing over the past two years... and people keep buying. The SWorks Tarmac is now a ridiculous $13,750, it was $10K in 2020, and yet...
03-20-22, 08:02 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 43,600
Posted By Hiro11

Three chains in rotation all waxed with Silca...

Three chains in rotation all waxed with Silca Secret Wax.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-22, 10:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,277
Posted By Hiro11

28s should be slightly less aero but offer more...

28s should be slightly less aero but offer more grip and less chance of pinch flatting. I'd go with 28s. Also, I agree with the poster above: I'm never riding anything below a 28 again. I'll bet we...
03-07-22, 08:12 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,213
Posted By Hiro11

Adding to the chorus, I have King Ti's on my...

Adding to the chorus, I have King Ti's on my cross bike. They weigh nothing, they don't mark up bottles, they're basically impossible to deform, they're made in the US by a small business and no cage...
03-06-22, 05:20 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 3,901
Posted By Hiro11

The irony of this thread is that in my...

The irony of this thread is that in my experience, good tires are probably the cheapest way to markedly improve the actual performance of a bike. This has been proven true to me in every type of bike...
03-03-22, 06:45 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,511
Posted By Hiro11

I bought a high end used bike from them last year...

I bought a high end used bike from them last year before used prices went completely insane. The bike was well packaged, in terrific shape and ready to ride in a few minutes. I'll definitely do...
03-03-22, 06:33 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,964
Posted By Hiro11

I just toss my cycling clothes in with everything...

I just toss my cycling clothes in with everything else. We have a washing machine without a conventional agitator.

The three keys to washing cycling clothing:
- use cool or cold water
- wash...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-28-22, 07:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,076
Posted By Hiro11

I have 5000TLs on two road wheelsets. These tires...

I have 5000TLs on two road wheelsets. These tires offer great grip, great durability, high resistance to cuts, and are fast rolling. Terrific tires. They mounted easily with my thumbs on one...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-28-22, 04:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 528
Posted By Hiro11

It's difficult to find bikes right now, as you...

It's difficult to find bikes right now, as you probably know. You likely will have difficulty finding the exact model you're looking for and prices are inflated.

I would recommend a versatile...
02-25-22, 07:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,307
Posted By Hiro11

28" 7,400 CFM industrial fan I got for $129 off...

28" 7,400 CFM industrial fan I got for $129 off of Amazon. That's likely at least 10x the airflow of the fans I see here. I recommend getting a powerful fan, it makes a huge difference.
02-25-22, 07:16 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,232
Posted By Hiro11

I don't understand why people care.

I don't understand why people care.
02-20-22, 10:54 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,668
Posted By Hiro11

My opinions for road bikes. Rim brakes: -...

My opinions for road bikes.

Rim brakes:
- work fine in 95% of situations
- are somewhat easier to initially set up and somewhat easier to maintain
- are very tolerant of slight misalignment
-...
02-19-22, 08:07 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 20,190
Posted By Hiro11

I'm exactly 5'10" with a slightly longer than...

I'm exactly 5'10" with a slightly longer than average for my height ~33" cycling inseam and a slightly shorter than average torso and arms.

For road and cross bikes, I generally buy a 54 or a...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-22, 07:57 AM
Replies: 1,386
Views: 319,238
Posted By Hiro11

I'm considering both the Falcon Pro WR50 and...

I'm considering both the Falcon Pro WR50 and AR50s for a road bike. I want to run 28s on them. I think the WR50s will be a bit more aerodynamic while offering a wider footprint, has anyone tried to...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-22, 07:48 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 14,325
Posted By Hiro11

I didn't "imply" anything. I live ~30...

I didn't "imply" anything.

I live ~30 minutes to the southeast from you. You can probably guess which shop I'm talking about, it's well known. I've had similar bad experiences with another shop in...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-22, 07:44 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 14,325
Posted By Hiro11

Yes, I posted here to "misrepresent" for......

Yes, I posted here to "misrepresent" for... reasons? You guys are ridiculous: you call me a liar, say I'm "laughable" and then when you get called out, resort to goalpost shifting and name calling.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 10:04 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 14,325
Posted By Hiro11

Nice goalpost shifting. Now you agree that what I...

Nice goalpost shifting. Now you agree that what I said wasn't a "lie" and have moved on to your opinions on what's "about right" and value judgments about me "complaining" (note: complaining here,...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 09:58 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 14,325
Posted By Hiro11

"Very very different?" In that I had a broken...

"Very very different?" In that I had a broken spoke and it required $95 and 10 days to fix? That is exactly what happened. Also, having a broken spoke on a tubeless wheel is something fairly common...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 09:53 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 14,325
Posted By Hiro11

:lol: I'm terribly sorry Senator for "lying by...

:lol: I'm terribly sorry Senator for "lying by omission".
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 09:52 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 14,325
Posted By Hiro11

I'm saying I brought a wheel in with a broken...

I'm saying I brought a wheel in with a broken spoke and 10 days and $95 later I walked out with the wheel fixed.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 09:20 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 14,325
Posted By Hiro11

I'm a laughable liar, apparently.

I'm a laughable liar, apparently.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 09:19 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 14,325
Posted By Hiro11

Store owner is a guy I ride with semi-frequently....

Store owner is a guy I ride with semi-frequently. I have purchased two bikes at his shop in the past two years and had planned to buy a third but they couldn't get it (mainly bought from them because...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 09:15 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 14,325
Posted By Hiro11

Spoke broken on an ENVE SES AR. They had the...

Spoke broken on an ENVE SES AR. They had the spoke in stock. They charged me for replacement and a "major truing". Tire mounted tubeless and required removal and retaping. In fairness, it was a lot...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 07:55 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 14,325
Posted By Hiro11

Random, wildly uninformed opinions about the bike...

Random, wildly uninformed opinions about the bike industry in 2022/2023. Long story short: I think 2023 is going to be the time to buy bikes. Tons of stuff is aligning.

1. Tons of people...
01-11-22, 07:25 AM
Replies: 254
Views: 10,629
Posted By Hiro11

The whole "gravel bikes are a marketing exercise"...

The whole "gravel bikes are a marketing exercise" isn't really fair. Any bike can be a gravel bike but if you're doing five hour rides on surfaces that are rougher than pavement but not as rough as...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-08-22, 09:39 AM
Replies: 20,447
Views: 4,745,968
Posted By Hiro11

I thought about getting the Abus Airbreaker to...

I thought about getting the Abus Airbreaker to get the full MVDP look, lol. A friend has the Met Trenta MIPS, that's one of the best looking helmets on the market.

Even though I get sketchy vibes...
01-08-22, 09:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 758
Posted By Hiro11

This is a really weird version you've selected:...

This is a really weird version you've selected: Schrader valve with a kPa primary scale going up to 160 psi? Really? Maybe pick a different model, lol.

I like these Accu-Gage gauges, they're...
01-07-22, 08:05 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,937
Posted By Hiro11

The cycling metric development path: Phase...

The cycling metric development path:

Phase one: obsession with speed. Let me see how fast I can go down this hill! Let me see what kind of rolling speed I can hold today! Then you realize that...
01-02-22, 10:24 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,216
Posted By Hiro11

Lots of people posting road bikes with rim brakes...

Lots of people posting road bikes with rim brakes and 25s or 28s. As has been repeated a few times now, the OP does not want a road bike. The OP is looking for a steel gravel bike. Rim brakes will...
01-01-22, 09:49 PM
Forum: Road Cycling
01-01-22, 09:12 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,607
Posted By Hiro11

Trusting Chicagoland weather forecasts. The...

Trusting Chicagoland weather forecasts. The forecast for anything more than 18 hours into the future in the Chicago area is always, always, always wrong. In fact, Chicago weather forecasting is...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-01-22, 07:53 PM
Replies: 20,447
Views: 4,745,968
Posted By Hiro11

Interesting. It says "linear and rotational...

Interesting. It says "linear and rotational impacts" on the box so I assumed it was some sort of pad like Spin or insert like Kask.

Yeah, I was careful about this as I know Euro helmet brands...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-01-22, 10:45 AM
Replies: 20,447
Views: 4,745,968
Posted By Hiro11

A few things from the last few months: 1....

A few things from the last few months:

1. Stages SB20. If you want a simple, durable, rock solid indoor trainer that the entire household can use look no further. It's $2,700,so not for everyone....
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-21, 09:27 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,229
Posted By Hiro11

I bought a high end bike from them last year and...

I bought a high end bike from them last year and was very pleased. I will definitely buy from TPC again once used bike prices become more sane again. Before buying, I sent them an email with some...
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