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Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 621
Posted By Hiro11

I really like hydrophobic, skin-tight mesh...

I really like hydrophobic, skin-tight mesh undershirts. I have a shirts from Craft and Giordana I wear most often, the cheap ones from Amazon are fine too. I'm a particularly heavy sweater and prone...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 168
Posted By Hiro11

Barge cement.

Barge cement.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,376
Posted By Hiro11

The roads here in Illinois are terrible and I...

The roads here in Illinois are terrible and I ride with lots of groups so I have several opinions here:
1. You don't need to call out every hole, but you should call out the particularly large ones...
07-20-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,755
Posted By Hiro11

"Gravel bikes are just cross bikes"... except for...

"Gravel bikes are just cross bikes"... except for geometry, riding position, riding characteristics, tire clearance, gearing and sometimes brakes.

"Gravel bikes are just 90s mountain bikes"......
07-18-21, 09:02 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,755
Posted By Hiro11

"Gravel grinder" is such a Fred-tastic term to...

"Gravel grinder" is such a Fred-tastic term to use. Sort of like calling a cyclist a "biker".

Oh, I'm sorry...was this already discussed?
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-21, 11:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 545
Posted By Hiro11

I think you'd be surprised. In any manufacturing...

I think you'd be surprised. In any manufacturing organization production is planned several years in advance and I'm sure Shimano is no different. Any workflow disruption takes forever to correct,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-21, 07:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 545
Posted By Hiro11

In fairness, setting aside the usual supply chain...

In fairness, setting aside the usual supply chain issues every manufacturing company has experienced Shimano has had some unique additional challenges recently:
1. a huge fire in their main Japan...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-21, 09:00 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,455
Posted By Hiro11

These as the "worst bibs ever" because the size...

These as the "worst bibs ever" because the size you bought doesn't fit?

For what it's worth, mediums fit me (5'10", 165lbs) well.

Also bought one of their Starlight design jerseys, it's a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-21, 06:13 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,689
Posted By Hiro11

Road tubeless had a bumpy start ~10 years ago....

Road tubeless had a bumpy start ~10 years ago. Memories of the utter pain of trying to get some first gen Hutchinson Atoms mounted on some first gen tubeless Shimano rims are vivid in my mind. About...
07-08-21, 06:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 489
Posted By Hiro11

Another vote for Pace.

Another vote for Pace.
07-05-21, 03:57 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 10,871
Posted By Hiro11

Came here to say this. Also, maybe I've had...

Came here to say this.

Also, maybe I've had good luck but I've purchased stuff (not much bike stuff, but lots of other stuff) from all kinds of sketchy vendors on Aliexpress over the years and...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-21, 01:18 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 21,998
Posted By Hiro11

Summer jerseys I like: Ornot House Jersey ...

Summer jerseys I like:
Ornot House Jersey
Rapha Pro Team
La Passione PSN

I just bought a Black Bibs x Starlight special edition jersey. Haven't worn it yet but it looks awesome for $70.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-21, 01:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 419
Posted By Hiro11

I like minimalist full finger gloves with no...

I like minimalist full finger gloves with no padding and no velcro. I view gloves as essentially disposable and have lots of pairs on hand at any one time.

Some options I've tried:

Specialized...
07-05-21, 12:47 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 5,911
Posted By Hiro11

Weight weenieism can become truly bizarre and...

Weight weenieism can become truly bizarre and self-defeating, especially once you start getting into bad ideas like carbon chainrings. I will say I can appreciate the feel of a light, snappy bike. My...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-21, 12:30 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,722
Posted By Hiro11

Because in the winter, bike demand falls. Also,...

Because in the winter, bike demand falls. Also, supply/logistics constraints will likely start loosening up towards the end of this year. I believe 2022 is going to be a great year to buy a bike. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-21, 04:13 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,722
Posted By Hiro11

The Tarmac is a great bike, but to me the SWorks...

The Tarmac is a great bike, but to me the SWorks premium makes absolutely no sense from a cost/performance perspective. Thousands of dollars for a slightly lighter frame and a different logo on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-21, 06:02 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,441
Posted By Hiro11

Giant makes frames for the bigger brands too....

Giant makes frames for the bigger brands too. Trek, Scott and Colnago for example. Specialized doesn't make any of their own frames, as far as I know.

One of the reasons I bought a Giant is...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,441
Posted By Hiro11

Preface: you will not be able to buy anything...

Preface: you will not be able to buy anything unless you find a shop that has something you want in stock.

I'll set aside the obvious Domane and Roubaix, although both a great bikes. Also, I have...
06-25-21, 02:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 950
Posted By Hiro11

To answer the OPs question: no, it's not worth...

To answer the OPs question: no, it's not worth it. When your tires wear out,just buy the 5000s then.

Personally, I'm currently on my second set of 28mm GP5000TLs. I weigh about 165 and I run them...
06-24-21, 02:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 309
Posted By Hiro11

1. Buy a $90 6 gallon compressor. I got mine...

1. Buy a $90 6 gallon compressor. I got mine (Porter Cable) on sale from Amazon during prime days several year ago,also useful for inflating car tires and running tools
2. Buy a $20 Prestaflator...
06-22-21, 03:35 PM
Replies: 492
Views: 22,533
Posted By Hiro11

I love this movie. It's a terrific movie about...

I love this movie. It's a terrific movie about young men transitioning into adulthood, right when responsibility and reality start to bite. It captures that period when you start to figure out who...
06-21-21, 09:48 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 7,268
Posted By Hiro11

My current road bike has a BB86 pressfit BB,...

My current road bike has a BB86 pressfit BB, pressfit hub bearings, a freehub mechanism I don't understand and a proprietary drop in headset in an oddball size. It has an electronic drivetrain with...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-21, 09:31 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 8,918
Posted By Hiro11

One tip: I've been using Scotch 8898 tape on my...

One tip: I've been using Scotch 8898 tape on my wheels for several years. It's $8-$12 for 60 yards of the stuff online, which is about a 1/10th the cost of Stan's tape. I think Stan's tape is just...
06-20-21, 01:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,265
Posted By Hiro11

*- lives in Wilmette, average home price $750K+,...

*- lives in Wilmette, average home price $750K+, avg, household income $165K+
*- owns not one but two $1,500 cars

Huh?
06-07-21, 06:39 AM
Replies: 3,317
Views: 341,531
Posted By Hiro11

All helmet testing is debatable, including the...

All helmet testing is debatable, including the much respected (but probably pretty good) VT testing. The "official" safety standards are similarly debatable.

I have a couple of inexpensive (~$50)...
06-01-21, 06:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 584
Posted By Hiro11

A 10 second Google reveals: ...

A 10 second Google reveals:

https://cyclingtips.com/2017/12/mixing-road-groupsets-what-works-together-and-what-doesnt-2/

Mixing and matching 10sp Shimano/Campagnolo seems to be a bit...
05-30-21, 05:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,116
Posted By Hiro11

100% agree. I don't mess around with anything...

100% agree. I don't mess around with anything unless it's truly broken.
I carefully wipe down all my bikes after every ride and fully clean them when they need it. Things I do check:
1. Bolts. Make...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-29-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,455
Posted By Hiro11

I like the $80 Black Bibs Ultimate bibs enough to...

I like the $80 Black Bibs Ultimate bibs enough to have bought two pairs, but they're honestly not as good as the Rapha Pro Team, Ornot House, Giordana FR-C Pros or Pas Normal Studios Essentials I...
05-28-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,095
Posted By Hiro11

I don't stretch as I've found over the years that...

I don't stretch as I've found over the years that more stretching = more injuries for me.

On the other hand, 45 minutes of daily foam rolling, massage sticks and lacrosse balls do seem to help me....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,481
Posted By Hiro11

I get your point, but if you very specifically...

I get your point, but if you very specifically want an Aethos, you can get one for a far lower price than the SWorks that will ride extremely similarly to the SWorks version (example: the Pro is...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-21, 06:42 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,481
Posted By Hiro11

Yes, differing opinions are allowed. I don't...

Yes, differing opinions are allowed.

I don't believe that ride quality is intrinsic to frame material, it's all down to how the frame was designed.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-21, 10:12 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,481
Posted By Hiro11

The S-Works is $13K. I say this as someone who...

The S-Works is $13K. I say this as someone who owns a bike that cost that much when new: to me that's stupid money for an off the peg, mass produced bike. At that price, the bike had better be...
05-18-21, 09:56 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,799
Posted By Hiro11

As opposed to my (already discussed) preference...

As opposed to my (already discussed) preference for cheap sunglasses, I don't believe in cheap jerseys. I buy the good stuff, to me it's easily worth the extra money with the better fit, better...
05-18-21, 09:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,423
Posted By Hiro11

For context, I'm talking primarily about the "big...

For context, I'm talking primarily about the "big triangle" Wheaton/South Elgin/Aurora Prairie Path/Great Western/FRT complex of paths. I've also seen a ton of ebikes on the Centennial and in...
05-15-21, 03:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,423
Posted By Hiro11

There is NOOOOO .... rule six.

There is NOOOOO .... rule six.
05-15-21, 03:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,423
Posted By Hiro11

Setting aside singletrack, the crushed limestone...

Setting aside singletrack, the crushed limestone paths around Chicagoland are packed this year with inexpensive e-bikes purchased online. I'd say one out of every four bikes you see now is an ebike....
05-15-21, 03:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,057
Posted By Hiro11

Let me get this straight, you want a lightweight,...

Let me get this straight, you want a lightweight, fast, aero touring bike setup for a thousand pounds in 2021?

Sorry to be blunt, but that's ...improbable?
05-15-21, 03:17 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,669
Posted By Hiro11

I didn't recommend Tifosi. I find Tifosi to be up...

I didn't recommend Tifosi. I find Tifosi to be up there with Primal Wear in the Fred-tastic sweepstakes, but I wear $15 sunglasses so what do I know.

Also, I understand what you speak of. I also...
05-15-21, 03:07 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,669
Posted By Hiro11

First, I listed the model: ...

First, I listed the model:
https://www.amazon.com/KAPVOE-Cycling-Sunglasses-Polarized-Glasses/dp/B08F9WCVTM

Secondly, they're not glass lenses. The listing is obviously wrong.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-15-21, 10:19 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,087
Posted By Hiro11

I've used Finish Line Dry for decades. It's easy...

I've used Finish Line Dry for decades. It's easy to apply: you can just sort of slop it on your chain, let it dry a bit and wipe off the excess. It's almost entirely solvent so it almost acts as a...
05-15-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,669
Posted By Hiro11

Have you tried the options I listed?

Have you tried the options I listed?
05-15-21, 09:49 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,669
Posted By Hiro11

Five years ago, no. Then I actually tried the...

Five years ago, no. Then I actually tried the cheap glasses. Never going back.


In over 30 years of cycling I've never experienced or even heard of glasses shattering from an impact while riding....
05-15-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,669
Posted By Hiro11

I would not describe any of the options I...

I would not describe any of the options I mentioned as "cheap and nasty". I own three pairs of real Oakley Jawbreakers I purchased in years past, they're not some sort of magical creation and they're...
05-15-21, 06:30 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,669
Posted By Hiro11

I see cycling sunglasses as essentially...

I see cycling sunglasses as essentially disposable items. Even though I have many fancy bikes, helmets, pairs of shoes, kits etc I can't bring myself to spend more than $50 on sunglasses. I like to...
05-12-21, 05:01 AM
Replies: 492
Views: 22,533
Posted By Hiro11

What I learned from this thread: - people that...

What I learned from this thread:
- people that ride faster than many here are entitled jerks with a death wish who should slow down. They just don't "get cycling". The concept of using a bike for...
05-09-21, 01:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,030
Posted By Hiro11

I've been using the past few generations of...

I've been using the past few generations of Shimano XC7s and I like them a lot.
05-08-21, 12:26 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,547
Posted By Hiro11

None of that justifies the pricing here. You're...

None of that justifies the pricing here. You're paying for the style. Also, the whole "frame was designed in 1930" thing isn't exactly a selling point to me.

My $450 Mercier Kilo WT came with the...
05-07-21, 03:45 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,547
Posted By Hiro11

(Asked for) opinion ahead: The cutesy name,...

(Asked for) opinion ahead:

The cutesy name, cornball retro design and no-name/garbage componentry indicate to me that we are looking at a triumph of (questionable) style over substance here. If...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-21, 06:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 436
Posted By Hiro11

I also have three Ornot "House" jerseys. I really...

I also have three Ornot "House" jerseys. I really like these jerseys. They fit me perfectly, thy don't flap, they have the longer sleeves I like, have perfect pockets, are cut so it doesn't bunch in...
05-04-21, 07:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,058
Posted By Hiro11

My opinions: Currently I carry a spare tube,...

My opinions:

Currently I carry a spare tube, a patch kit, tire levers, and a pump on rides. I assume I need to continue carrying all this in case of flats that the sealant won't fix - likely, yes...
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