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Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 03:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 523
Posted By rubiksoval

I had two stock PowerTap rims do something...

I had two stock PowerTap rims do something similar. Always the nondrive side. Both were replaced under warranty. This third one came with a DT Swiss rim instead of their old rim, and it's been fine...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 03:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 792
Posted By rubiksoval

I use 165mm cranks and I have no toe overlap ever...

I use 165mm cranks and I have no toe overlap ever with size 45 shoes.
09-03-21, 05:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 386
Posted By rubiksoval

You don't. You leave it to the racers. They put...

You don't. You leave it to the racers. They put their wheels in and they're responsible for knowing where the wheels are to get them out.

It's simply impossible for you to keep track of a truck...
09-03-21, 05:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 609
Posted By rubiksoval

Warm up well, line up on the front, and mentally...

Warm up well, line up on the front, and mentally prepare yourself to go really hard for the first 2-3 minutes to get and stay towards the front (not at the front). This will get you significantly...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-21, 04:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 497
Posted By rubiksoval

Nooooo. They flex like nothing I've ever...

Nooooo.

They flex like nothing I've ever seen. And when I say flex, I mean standing with your hand in the drop and moving the bars vertically by a centimeter plus. And mine even made a few...
08-19-21, 06:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,247
Posted By rubiksoval

Yep. All the time. Not much success with anything...

Yep. All the time. Not much success with anything over 90 minutes/a lot of intensity (I don't even try anymore, and make sure I either eat the night before or morning of and have food on the bike),...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-21, 05:55 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 4,812
Posted By rubiksoval

Biggest factor in garnering/losing respect: ...

Biggest factor in garnering/losing respect:
thinking group rides are races that you can "win" or "break away from" or "drop people" and actively riding like such.

Then:
smoothness and...
08-15-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,047
Posted By rubiksoval

That's their made up number. I've only ever done...

That's their made up number. I've only ever done 30 minutes at 350, and that was up a mountain.
08-15-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,540
Posted By rubiksoval

But I'd question why CTL would matter during your...

But I'd question why CTL would matter during your periods of higher performance, anyway.

CTL doesn't win bike races or take KOMs. What happens to CTL during performance phases simply shouldn't...
08-15-21, 02:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,540
Posted By rubiksoval

Some may get some use from it. I don't. Or TSS....

Some may get some use from it. I don't. Or TSS. Or TSB.

I think it's been marketed as much more than it actually is. Same for TSS, TSB, ATL, and every other metric that WKO and Cusick and Coggan...
08-15-21, 02:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,047
Posted By rubiksoval

Mine from the last 6-7 years. All done in...

Mine from the last 6-7 years. All done in training. Races don't tend to lend themselves to max efforts for my style of riding.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-21, 07:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 707
Posted By rubiksoval

Yes. I've been super impressed. Within a 1w...

Yes. I've been super impressed. Within a 1w difference in rolling resistance compared to latex, but only weigh 42-43 grams (700x23) AND don't lose much air... only have to pump the tires once a week...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-21, 02:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 707
Posted By rubiksoval

aerothan

aerothan
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-21, 01:44 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,165
Posted By rubiksoval

Event rides are like races in which it doesn't...

Event rides are like races in which it doesn't really matter if you "win" because there's usually nothing to sprint to. So go as fast as possible without dropping the other people pulling, and then...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,450
Posted By rubiksoval

Latex, too? I've noticed it's been nigh...

Latex, too?

I've noticed it's been nigh impossible to find latex under $8 bucks in the last year or so, but did manage to pick up a few for $11 a while back and haven't gone through those. Also...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-21, 05:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,063
Posted By rubiksoval

Ti skewers for all my bikes. Have Zipp, KCNC, and...

Ti skewers for all my bikes. Have Zipp, KCNC, and TriRig. Haven't had any issues at all. Good place to drop 50-100 grams.
06-27-21, 11:12 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,163
Posted By rubiksoval

Eh, that stuff happens to world tour guys all the...

Eh, that stuff happens to world tour guys all the time. Sometimes it's just part of racing.

Once you start getting in to p/1 races and beyond, there's only so much room at the front.
06-23-21, 04:09 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,163
Posted By rubiksoval

Yeah, this is good. It's essentially my go-to. ...

Yeah, this is good. It's essentially my go-to.

In training, pedal as much as possible and put out as many kJ as possible (including group rides, which may necessitate riding at the front or off...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-21, 03:46 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,305
Posted By rubiksoval

What a ridiculous group ride. I do group rides,...

What a ridiculous group ride. I do group rides, but would never do this one.

There are plenty of races in GA. Some people need to try one of those.
06-08-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,091
Posted By rubiksoval

That's been the traditional thinking. That's why...

That's been the traditional thinking. That's why Gastin's work was so interesting. It showed that aerobic changeover happening substantially earlier than anyone else believed. Maybe it's not 40....
06-07-21, 06:45 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,091
Posted By rubiksoval

Yeah, you definitely can go do a max 40 second...

Yeah, you definitely can go do a max 40 second effort. And a max 40 minute effort. And a max four hour effort. And all of those are increasingly aerobic efforts.

So nah, I'm exactly right, and it...
06-07-21, 04:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,091
Posted By rubiksoval

What, as in, I don't understand what you're...

What, as in, I don't understand what you're writing because it was in response to something I didn't write. And your assertion that it depends on the effort doesn't make sense, either.

I never,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-06-21, 04:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,094
Posted By rubiksoval

Just ride more. Doesn't sound like you're used to...

Just ride more. Doesn't sound like you're used to sitting and pedaling.
06-05-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,091
Posted By rubiksoval

What? I'm not sure what that has to do the...

What?

I'm not sure what that has to do the majority (over 50%) of your energy being supplied aerobically for efforts over ~40ish seconds.

The longer you go, the higher the percentage of...
06-05-21, 06:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,731
Posted By rubiksoval

Caffeine is proven. There's also substantial...

Caffeine is proven.

There's also substantial evidence for nitric oxide (beets) and beta-alanine and creatine and a couple of other things.

Nothing will have the same impact as something...
06-05-21, 06:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,091
Posted By rubiksoval

Not even that long. According to Gastin, after...

Not even that long. According to Gastin, after only about 40 seconds of a max effort, most of the energy will be supplied aerobically.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-21, 01:59 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,425
Posted By rubiksoval

Yep. I know the numbers. So again, the...

Yep. I know the numbers.

So again, the tubular tires are heavier, and then you add glue on top of that. If you're going with a whole system weight, you definitely don't want Shimano, as it's...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-21, 01:51 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,425
Posted By rubiksoval

That's without rings. Add another ~150 + grams on...

That's without rings. Add another ~150 + grams on top of that.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-03-21, 09:21 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,349
Posted By rubiksoval

I don't use the same saddle or the same length...

I don't use the same saddle or the same length stem, handlebars, or cranksets.

It's why I only build. Have to swap out far too many things.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-03-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,425
Posted By rubiksoval

The true benefit of latex is less rolling...

The true benefit of latex is less rolling resistance.

The weight loss is a secondary (though fairly insignificant) benefit.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-03-21, 09:17 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,425
Posted By rubiksoval

Tubular is heavier. Plus you have to add glue. ...

Tubular is heavier. Plus you have to add glue.

Tubeless tires are heavier depending on make. Plus you have to add sealant.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-21, 10:53 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,425
Posted By rubiksoval

Ti Skewers can be around 50 grams (saving you...

Ti Skewers can be around 50 grams (saving you 80-100 grams) for less than $50.

Aerothan tubes are 85 gram total (saving you 110-130ish grams) for about $60. Or Latex would be 125 gram total for...
05-23-21, 06:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,479
Posted By rubiksoval

8-12 would be ideal for me. I can't imagine doing...

8-12 would be ideal for me. I can't imagine doing 14+hours a week for a 60 minute effort. That's what I'd do for 100+ mile road races.

Just doesn't make much sense from a practical standpoint...
05-18-21, 04:25 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,188
Posted By rubiksoval

No, you don't. You have to have a cycling...

No, you don't. You have to have a cycling computer that receives info from your power meter.

That's it. Tells you right on your screen.
05-17-21, 04:08 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,188
Posted By rubiksoval

Hr strap doesn't matter in the least. Power...

Hr strap doesn't matter in the least.

Power meter measures actual kJ. As good as you're going to get on the open road.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-02-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,032
Posted By rubiksoval

I've used tubular glue and then some sealant on...

I've used tubular glue and then some sealant on the inside. This has worked once out of two tries, so, eh, not too sure.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-02-21, 07:50 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,032
Posted By rubiksoval

Josh Poertner briefly mentioned/alluded to...

Josh Poertner briefly mentioned/alluded to something like this in this thread:
...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,032
Posted By rubiksoval

:lol: "High performance group rides."...

:lol: "High performance group rides." :lol:
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-21, 01:06 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 6,457
Posted By rubiksoval

The peloton is what makes or breaks most break...

The peloton is what makes or breaks most break away attempts.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-21, 05:19 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,032
Posted By rubiksoval

I just got a pair last month! So far, pretty...

I just got a pair last month! So far, pretty impressive. They hold air like a butyl, but mine came in at 43 and 44 grams, so shed almost 70 grams total off the Vittoria latex I usually roll.

I've...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-21, 05:13 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,032
Posted By rubiksoval

Rolling resistance affects you all the time....

Rolling resistance affects you all the time. Always. Uphill, downhill, solo, in the pack.

It's why there's so much focus on it, because it's a consistent constant unlike wind resistance.
...
04-27-21, 07:04 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 9,828
Posted By rubiksoval

Because it's not a substantial amount of power...

Because it's not a substantial amount of power that requires a substantial amount of energy. Pretty simple.
04-26-21, 06:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,764
Posted By rubiksoval

I had no noticeable side effects from Pfizer...

I had no noticeable side effects from Pfizer except when trying to push hard after my second dose. Messed up 2 weeks of my training. Easy was fine; anything threshold or above just wasn't happening
04-26-21, 06:41 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 11,768
Posted By rubiksoval

You might convince yourself of something you made...

You might convince yourself of something you made up, but expecting other people to go long with it is folly.
04-23-21, 04:05 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 11,768
Posted By rubiksoval

That's obviously completely wrong.

That's obviously completely wrong.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-22-21, 04:36 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,727
Posted By rubiksoval

Some types of bar tape can get very slippery from...

Some types of bar tape can get very slippery from sweat. I will never ride without gloves in the summer because there's such a risk of my hands slipping off the bars. And that's a disaster at speed....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-21, 03:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,013
Posted By rubiksoval

Not common at all.

Not common at all.
04-15-21, 03:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,357
Posted By rubiksoval

It's only controversial if you don't understand...

It's only controversial if you don't understand what it is or the point of it.

Which can be said about every training methodology out there.

Now which is most effective in a given...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,267
Posted By rubiksoval

Yes. For all of the same reasons unless you ride...

Yes. For all of the same reasons unless you ride with the exact same clothing/equipment on the exact same course in the exact same position every time. And maybe up a long, steady climb. That'd...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-21, 03:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,196
Posted By rubiksoval

If you're not using kJ for caloric expenditure,...

If you're not using kJ for caloric expenditure, you're just guessing. It's a pointless exercise.

Use a powermeter or don't worry about it is my advice.
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