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07-30-21, 11:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 259
Posted By surak

Forrest, you need to ride over the 520. It is far...

Forrest, you need to ride over the 520. It is far superior to I-90 in every way except it misses Mercer Island's parks. It's far wider, quieter to vehicle traffic, has turnouts with benches, and on...
07-24-21, 11:42 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,468
Posted By surak

NBC is showing the replay right now with 34 km to...

NBC is showing the replay right now with 34 km to go on the West Coast.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-21, 03:59 PM
Replies: 20,102
Views: 4,442,712
Posted By surak

Negative. Need a handlebar or bum bag to complete...

Negative. Need a handlebar or bum bag to complete the look.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-21, 03:47 PM
Replies: 20,102
Views: 4,442,712
Posted By surak

Caught my eye when looking for things to use some...

Caught my eye when looking for things to use some REI gift card balance on, figured it'll be perfect when riding to the neighborhood microbreweries....
07-23-21, 10:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 381
Posted By surak

You can filter the official UCI rankings...

You can filter the official UCI rankings (https://www.uci.org/road/rankings) by nationality. Some notable other Americans are Matteo Jorgensen, Larry Warbasse, Chad Haga, and Will Barta. The first 2...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-21, 07:25 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,757
Posted By surak

I haven't done any structured training since the...

I haven't done any structured training since the pandemic started, unless strict recovery or endurance efforts count. I decided that I'd lose motivation to flog myself with intervals when I had no...
07-22-21, 12:06 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,468
Posted By surak

On the men's side Remco isn't gassed, Primosz is...

On the men's side Remco isn't gassed, Primosz is banged up but not gassed, and let's be real, Pogacar broke a sweat no more than 4 times the entire TdF (3 wins and one double Ventoux stage). Plus if...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-21, 11:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 686
Posted By surak

You're not always going to be hot even when it's...

You're not always going to be hot even when it's hot out. A base layer can help regulate temperature.

Also some of my bib straps and jerseys feel scratchy against bare skin.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,591
Posted By surak

Having a spare wheelset is a fine idea. My point...

Having a spare wheelset is a fine idea. My point is that you shouldn't expect any noticeable upgrade (that word that's in your title) at your self-imposed price point. Nor will saving weight, which...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-21, 12:57 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 3,632
Posted By surak

I didn't have good luck with Squirt, and I have...

I didn't have good luck with Squirt, and I have reason to believe ZFC when they say it's actually not that great unless you can work it into the chain, which takes a very long time. My experience was...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-21, 12:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,188
Posted By surak

I have a 50km long, 450m elev gain round-trip...

I have a 50km long, 450m elev gain round-trip commute. I've ridden it on 3 different bikes, 2 using the same powermeter pedals. Unless you "upgrade" to a TT bike, a nicer bike with no other changes...
07-09-21, 03:05 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,211
Posted By surak

Unless something's changed very recently, there...

Unless something's changed very recently, there is no profit-sharing at the TdF between the organizers and the teams. It's actually one of the aspects of professional cycling that many consider...
07-06-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,058
Posted By surak

Everyone has their days, it's not easy to compare...

Everyone has their days, it's not easy to compare riders based on results because a one-day format is so different from Grand Tour overall or even individual stages, and that's just in road racing....
07-05-21, 10:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 836
Posted By surak

If you can hear anything clearly over your fans,...

If you can hear anything clearly over your fans, you aren't riding hard enough.
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07-02-21, 02:42 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 7,721
Posted By surak

When MdvP won and took the yellow jersey, I read...

When MdvP won and took the yellow jersey, I read or heard somewhere the wisecrack "now that's how you properly honor your grandparents...
07-02-21, 12:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,406
Posted By surak

41 miles is nothing to worry about. For someone...

41 miles is nothing to worry about. For someone young and healthy, you don't even need any serious training for it provided you pace yourself. Go slower than your 10-mile pace, try to consistently...
07-02-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 7,216
Posted By surak

Believe whatever you want, pro teams already know...

Believe whatever you want, pro teams already know indoor training is effective (https://pca.st/episode/81ea9dfc-d85f-4d35-a83d-cdf44f94b646)(and triathletes have known for even longer).
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07-01-21, 06:30 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 7,216
Posted By surak

It's essentially virtual gearing. It only takes...

It's essentially virtual gearing. It only takes twice as long if you put out half the power you would on something twice as steep, which is not what people do. And yes of course you can set it to...
07-01-21, 06:07 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 7,216
Posted By surak

You are misinformed. Zwift climbs feel half as...

You are misinformed. Zwift climbs feel half as steep if you leave the trainer difficulty setting at 50%, but it takes the same amount of power to cover whatever the route is and you would simply go...
06-30-21, 11:28 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 7,216
Posted By surak

He's not riding a 'bent.

He's not riding a 'bent.
06-30-21, 10:18 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 5,037
Posted By surak

Spot on with Pogacar's performance and...

Spot on with Pogacar's performance and WvA/Alaphilippe hype deflation. The commentators said there were issues with his radio, but that didn't seem to throw him off at all. He's making a habit out of...
06-28-21, 12:56 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 7,216
Posted By surak

Does your bike look like it cost $15,000? Do you...

Does your bike look like it cost $15,000? Do you wear socks and do they match the rest of your kit, which you refer to as your kit?
06-26-21, 08:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 593
Posted By surak

Without a power estimate there is no way to...

Without a power estimate there is no way to simulate the speed of your avatar. Without an FTP figure there's no binning your race category nor ability to properly use zones for workouts. That it can...
06-23-21, 06:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 724
Posted By surak

I'm sorry the tires are Corsa 2.0s, especially if...

I'm sorry the tires are Corsa 2.0s, especially if they're Speeds. I'm not the only one here whose Corsas flatted after approximately 250 miles, making them by far the least durable clincher I've...
06-23-21, 04:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 967
Posted By surak

There was a half mile stretch averaging 12% that...

There was a half mile stretch averaging 12% that I did last week on 34/32 at 5 mph, never felt close to needing to unclip although I wouldn't say that was spinning. You can easily get 1:1 ratio these...
06-18-21, 11:23 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,126
Posted By surak

I like my Spurcycle and Incredibell Adjustabell 2...

I like my Spurcycle and Incredibell Adjustabell 2 bells. Both only ring once per strike, so I generally ring them twice (not a postman) when passing. Easy to do because I mount my bell under the...
06-15-21, 02:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,718
Posted By surak

Food and hydration are really tricky to get right...

Food and hydration are really tricky to get right for a vEveresting, bummer that you got so close. I'm sure when you try again, you'll have a better handle on it and pacing.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-21, 03:15 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 9,027
Posted By surak

Just what the thread needed, a poster known to...

Just what the thread needed, a poster known to make up B.S. arguments defending Gatorskins when he admitted to never having ridden them, now B.S.ing about tubeless ready tires that I'm equally sure...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-21, 12:35 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 9,027
Posted By surak

I've had good success with road tubeless, 2 sets...

I've had good success with road tubeless, 2 sets of different tires on 2 different rims, 3 out of 4 seated with a floor pump, last took a blast of CO2 that is considerably cheaper than buying a...
06-07-21, 02:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 744
Posted By surak

I watched a lot of the coverage. The moto footage...

I watched a lot of the coverage. The moto footage was sparse, didn't see the attacks and mechanicals that occurred before the select group was split with the two who came to the line. On one descent,...
06-07-21, 12:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,328
Posted By surak

I've heard more than a few stories of pros'...

I've heard more than a few stories of pros' hardest days in the saddle being part of the grupetto struggling to make the time cut, with some even being reduced to tears.

The only story I know of...
06-03-21, 05:13 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,384
Posted By surak

Already a lot of good suggestions, so I just want...

Already a lot of good suggestions, so I just want to point out some other things.

5-10 lbs dropped in only 2 hours riding at your weight? Maybe you aren't properly hydrating. You can ride along on...
06-01-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 5,130
Posted By surak

They get your email address from friends'...

They get your email address from friends' contacts and friends lists. If you value your privacy, don't use the same email address or phone number that you give those who don't care if Strava or other...
06-01-21, 11:24 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,597
Posted By surak

The pad manufacturer specifies the minimum...

The pad manufacturer specifies the minimum thickness. I just eyeball it. If they start making a clunking sound against the rotor, then they're past due for replacement. And no, the level travel won't...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 629
Posted By surak

A bike used for that long indoors would be the...

A bike used for that long indoors would be the perfect target for corrosion from sweat. I've seen the horror stories on SlowTwitch.
05-29-21, 01:07 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,835
Posted By surak

https://cyclingtips.com/2021/05/sagan-wont-join-de...

https://cyclingtips.com/2021/05/sagan-wont-join-deceuninck-quickstep/

Levefere squashing the dream and suggests Total-Direct Energie is willing to take Sagan's total entourage.
05-29-21, 11:08 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 7,552
Posted By surak

Almeida has impressed this Giro. Last year's...

Almeida has impressed this Giro. Last year's edition had a weaker field and he struggled in the high mountains, but this time he's hung in there up until the end while many others were distanced. A...
05-28-21, 04:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 744
Posted By surak

FloBikes will broadcast Unbound Gravel

Not exactly a professional race, but the big hitters are pros or ex-pros.

https://www.velonews.com/news/gravel/unbound-gravel-to-be-broadcast-live/

I think this is good news as all the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-27-21, 03:18 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,541
Posted By surak

I'm in Seattle and regularly wear sun sleeves and...

I'm in Seattle and regularly wear sun sleeves and knee sleeves (rest of calf just gets sunscreen). I don't trust the fit of any alternative long-sleeve option because in my experience they're all the...
05-26-21, 03:05 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 7,552
Posted By surak

So glad that I didn't say that Yates had no...

So glad that I didn't say that Yates had no powder to keep dry before the rest day, which I'd almost posted. Really would be something if he pulled a reversal of 2018, but he's so on and off that any...
05-19-21, 04:10 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,714
Posted By surak

Yes, Wahoo fixed it so it would use the...

Yes, Wahoo fixed it so it would use the powermeter numbers. The estimate from HR was ludicrously inaccurate for me.
05-19-21, 11:56 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,835
Posted By surak

https://cyclingtips.com/2021/05/lefevere-looks-for...

https://cyclingtips.com/2021/05/lefevere-looks-for-new-sponsors-to-possibly-sign-sagan/

Lefevere admits interest in Sagan but wary about price tag to bring his whole entourage (brother, Oss,...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-21, 12:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,673
Posted By surak

I had a 33 mile roundtrip commute with roughly...

I had a 33 mile roundtrip commute with roughly 1700 ft elevation gain (more on the way in). Most I ever did was 4 days before I felt shattered, but that's because I have a habit of going hard...
05-17-21, 11:28 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,257
Posted By surak

Inner-city Chicago, officially something like...

Inner-city Chicago, officially something like Near Westside between the medical district and Little Italy. Rode all over my neighborhood and over to Little Italy often, also would ride to downtown,...
05-17-21, 11:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 622
Posted By surak

Speaking of the Irish and GCN, I'm too lazy to go...

Speaking of the Irish and GCN, I'm too lazy to go back to the earliest introduction videos with Conor Dunne, but I could've sworn his accent was quite noticeable but quickly became erased to sound...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-14-21, 05:04 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,243
Posted By surak

Shorter nose saddle is less likely to catch when...

Shorter nose saddle is less likely to catch when riding out of the saddle or getting back on the saddle after having gotten off at a stop. For people who still supertuck, also makes it easier to move...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-14-21, 01:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,591
Posted By surak

OP clearly hasn't gotten his Eurobike and tried...

OP clearly hasn't gotten his Eurobike and tried riding it uphill yet, which is why he's throwing down insults about people with the ability to climb that are far above what his limited imagination...
05-12-21, 09:58 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 7,552
Posted By surak

Bad day for Sivakov, even worse for Landa and...

Bad day for Sivakov, even worse for Landa and Dombrowski.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-21, 07:15 PM
Replies: 2,933
Views: 814,008
Posted By surak

Pactimo extra 10% off outlet items with code...

Pactimo extra 10% off outlet items with code EXTRA10OFF (https://www.pactimo.com/collections/cycling-clothing-bike-jersey-sale).

Good prices but some of the more common sized are already sold out....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,091
Posted By surak

I echo the suggestion of finding a good shop you...

I echo the suggestion of finding a good shop you will like to work with in the future. You don't have to buy a bike from them, especially with the supply issues there's a good chance you can't even...
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