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Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-21, 08:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 616
Posted By smashndash

It depends a lot on how steep the climbs are, how...

It depends a lot on how steep the climbs are, how technical the descents are, and how much traffic you hit. Ie - how much you brake.

Flatter rides I average somewhere around 18 but I've averaged...
06-10-21, 12:08 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,727
Posted By smashndash

For what it is worth, I am not saying that wheel...

For what it is worth, I am not saying that wheel balancing is the problem. Your bicycle mechanics are right that many wheels (especially deep carbon wheels with big valves) are highly out of balance...
06-10-21, 12:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 706
Posted By smashndash

I'd say another video is in order. Show us the...

I'd say another video is in order. Show us the springiness of the rear derailleur.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-21, 11:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 670
Posted By smashndash

Interesting. I can't pull that thing off if I...

Interesting. I can't pull that thing off if I WANT (slight exaggeration). I have 4 bottles with the new V3 cap. How seriously should I take this?

I am also not a child.
06-07-21, 10:54 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,727
Posted By smashndash

Interesting. Can you upload a video of this? What...

Interesting. Can you upload a video of this? What you're describing sounds like a wheel that is out of balance. Cars need to get their wheels balanced due to high rpms but almost all cyclists ignore...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-21, 10:39 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,294
Posted By smashndash

That's for thermals as far as I know. Does almost...

That's for thermals as far as I know. Does almost nothing to actually make it easier to stop in a normal situation.

But actually I did some research. Looks like motorcycles have around 3x more...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-21, 10:54 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,191
Posted By smashndash

Ehhh. You can get very light hubs from Chinese...

Ehhh. You can get very light hubs from Chinese brands like Bitex or Arc or Novatec. The quality is gonna be questionable but if you're willing to put in your own bearings eventually and don't ride...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-21, 10:46 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,530
Posted By smashndash

Leg imbalances exist. They also aren't constant....

Leg imbalances exist. They also aren't constant. Depending on your current power output and fatigue level, your imbalance might change. This can make maintaining a certain power level by feel...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-21, 11:14 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 24,205
Posted By smashndash

There have only been 4 incarnations of the Allez...

There have only been 4 incarnations of the Allez Sprint. 3 of them (OG 1x, the 2x and the track version) have the same tire clearance and are based off the same frame/fork. The only exception is the...
05-10-21, 12:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,478
Posted By smashndash

Things that make me and my bike faster than...

Things that make me and my bike faster than yours:

Aero helmet
aero kit (jersey + bibs)
cleat pedals (I hate the word clipless)
"Tour de france" riding position
narrow handlebars
Waxed chain...
05-09-21, 11:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 485
Posted By smashndash

If you're in 8-9-10 80% of the time, maybe you...

If you're in 8-9-10 80% of the time, maybe you need something bigger than a 48T top end. Or maybe you just need to shift to the big ring more often? Or are you saying that you're in your big ring and...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-07-21, 09:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,034
Posted By smashndash

USAC allows one day licenses too, I believe. ...

USAC allows one day licenses too, I believe.

OP, have you done any fast group rides? Find one that has some racers in it. They'll be able to tell you what the local scene is like better than any...
05-06-21, 12:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 424
Posted By smashndash

Just wanna point out that with Eagle, I believe...

Just wanna point out that with Eagle, I believe you have to use a 1x setup officially. I think I've seen a 2x eagle floating around somewhere. Maybe it's possible with some modifications. But I...
05-06-21, 12:30 PM
Replies: 492
Views: 22,558
Posted By smashndash

Well... you've certainly come to the right place....

Well... you've certainly come to the right place.

I'd say don't knock it until you've tried it. Riding in a big group with a bunch of strong guys (and gals) all riding very expensive bikes and...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-04-21, 09:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 687
Posted By smashndash

Above two are right of course. Nothing more to be...

Above two are right of course. Nothing more to be said about this topic specifically.

But I'd like to say that this is a FANTASTIC example of how good design improves lives with almost no...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-21, 07:29 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 5,925
Posted By smashndash

So riding a fixie doesn't give you a better pedal...

So riding a fixie doesn't give you a better pedal stroke. Riding a fixie with the intent to specifically work on your pedal stroke gives you a better pedal stroke. Sure, I can get with that.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-21, 04:11 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 5,925
Posted By smashndash

I will also say that this effect is much more...

I will also say that this effect is much more apparent on fixed gear bikes. I started riding on a fixie with 3000+g 50mm deep alloy wheels. When I switched to a road bike, my legs would literally...
04-28-21, 01:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 532
Posted By smashndash

PF86 and BB86 are the same thing

PF86 and BB86 are the same thing
04-23-21, 07:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,209
Posted By smashndash

A couple of things. First is that people tend to...

A couple of things. First is that people tend to see all fear as irrational. That if they're afraid of something, it's because their monkey brain is all messed up and they just need to go for it.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-21, 04:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 905
Posted By smashndash

I can't imagine choosing a groupset purely based...

I can't imagine choosing a groupset purely based on which one I can get first. There is probably going to be some difference in quality or features between DA and Red.

If I were you, I'd get any...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-22-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,192
Posted By smashndash

I had a rear wheel once with a half radial, half...

I had a rear wheel once with a half radial, half 2x lacing. It was so torsionally flexy that, under load, the spokes would bow outwards into the rear mech. I weighed 135lbs at the time. No idea how...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-21-21, 11:46 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,707
Posted By smashndash

I'd also like to add that HR profiles will vary...

I'd also like to add that HR profiles will vary between people even for a given exertion level. If you have a strong weightlifting background but not a lot of endurance, you could feasibly see much...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-21-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,504
Posted By smashndash

Exactly. If Zipp didn't make wheels like this,...

Exactly. If Zipp didn't make wheels like this, they'd lose their brand appeal. Regardless of whether it makes sense for one to buy it (ie - is this wheelset measurably faster than cheaper...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-21, 10:56 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 8,715
Posted By smashndash

I guess I'll be the devil's advocate here. ...

I guess I'll be the devil's advocate here.

I've owned a walmart bike. It was great for what I did with it - ride it around my apartment complex.

My friend owned a GMC amazon bike - basically a...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-21, 11:01 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,165
Posted By smashndash

Email Light Bicycle. They can probably special...

Email Light Bicycle. They can probably special order a Bitex or Novatec hub with more spokes if that is what you want.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,240
Posted By smashndash

Well, yeah. But I highly doubt you'll find a bike...

Well, yeah. But I highly doubt you'll find a bike manufacturer that only charges a couple hundred bucks for the upgrade to carbon wheels, no matter how crappy they are. Even low end chinese rims...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-21, 12:05 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,240
Posted By smashndash

I'll respond to the original prompt. I think...

I'll respond to the original prompt. I think roadies have a weird obsession with not storing things on the bike. Bikes ship with 2 bottle cage mounts and 0 storage for your CO2, food, tube(s),...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-21, 11:46 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,885
Posted By smashndash

I think the complications that arise from a high...

I think the complications that arise from a high knee depend on how much pelvic rotation you have. If you rotate really far forward, you will run into hip impingement issues. That's usually solved by...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-21, 08:39 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,885
Posted By smashndash

Sorry for the bad math. You're right. I guess...

Sorry for the bad math. You're right. I guess even 170 is under the "rule". Especially considering that I'm slightly underestimating my inseam.

I'm 5' 7" ie 1700mm. My inseam would then be...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-12-21, 12:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 548
Posted By smashndash

https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/components/pedal...

https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/components/pedals/raleigh-rsp-road-pedals-review/

If these are your pedals, you have the wrong cleats. The only pedals that work with shimano road cleats are...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-27-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,417
Posted By smashndash

I'm 5' 7" and people have an aneurysm when I tell...

I'm 5' 7" and people have an aneurysm when I tell them I ride 165mm cranks. I watched a bike fitter have a meltdown over it. I have a friend who's 5' 5" with legs so short that he couldn't ride a...
02-25-21, 06:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 519
Posted By smashndash

I highly recommend looking at wheels mfg or...

I highly recommend looking at wheels mfg or Hambini for a 24mm BB386Evo solution, rather than sticking adapters in a 30mm bearing.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-25-21, 08:37 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,417
Posted By smashndash

I'm mostly afraid of one piece bar/stems getting...

I'm mostly afraid of one piece bar/stems getting really cheap. Cheaper than 2 piece systems like specialized's.

I bet you'd hear stuff like "your stem length doesn't matter as much as you think"...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-23-21, 12:38 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,774
Posted By smashndash

This sounds like a trainer question, and I know...

This sounds like a trainer question, and I know nothing about sprinting on a trainer. But for me, peak power is way, way easier at 120+ rpm. For reference, my race weight is around 135lbs (currently...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-19-21, 01:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,320
Posted By smashndash

Shimano officially says your brake levers are not...

Shimano officially says your brake levers are not compatible with 4700 brakes:

...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-21, 06:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,614
Posted By smashndash

https://cyclingtips.com/2021/02/heres-what-the-dis...

https://cyclingtips.com/2021/02/heres-what-the-disappearance-of-powertap-might-mean/

Maybe all hope is not lost
Forum: Road Cycling
02-01-21, 11:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,504
Posted By smashndash

Second the salmons. Softer pads tend to wear...

Second the salmons. Softer pads tend to wear faster but they offer way more bite and tbh salmons are cheap and long lasting compared to carbon pads like black prince, which cost like $35 and you can...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-26-21, 08:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 323
Posted By smashndash

I have a friend who was sponsored by them for a...

I have a friend who was sponsored by them for a while. I can ask him any questions you might have. More than likely, all you'll get is a "they were fine", though.
01-24-21, 08:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,405
Posted By smashndash

Sounds like you have a GP5000. Try reinstalling...

Sounds like you have a GP5000. Try reinstalling it. That's much more reliable than anything we can tell you.

I haven't ever heard of anyone describing the GP5000 as an easy to mount tire. The TL...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-18-21, 09:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,625
Posted By smashndash

Digging up this thread. Just bought a pair of...

Digging up this thread. Just bought a pair of Race D Evo4 tires. Will post impressions here.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-21, 05:32 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,413
Posted By smashndash

None of the reasons I mentioned for using TL tape...

None of the reasons I mentioned for using TL tape were related to whether your rim has holes. But yes, you probably don't need tape.
01-13-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 368
Posted By smashndash

If you haven't adjusted your derailleur tension...

If you haven't adjusted your derailleur tension using the barrel adjuster, you almost certainly will have to. You used the same cassette (not entirely necessary but sure) but the issue is that hub...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-12-21, 06:08 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,405
Posted By smashndash

OK I promised to make a video so here it is: ...

OK I promised to make a video so here it is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAndXiqsf_8

I'm fully prepared to be mercilessly roasted over this. But the point is that 150ish RPM out of the saddle...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-12-21, 03:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,574
Posted By smashndash

I think that the industry has gone a bit hog-wild...

I think that the industry has gone a bit hog-wild on the low pressure thing. ENVE, Zipp and even Giant don't recommend pressures above 5 bar or so. In the near future, tire and wheel technology will...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-06-21, 05:36 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,405
Posted By smashndash

Covid makes this a bit complicated, but I would...

Covid makes this a bit complicated, but I would recommend trying out a close friend's bike if possible. Ideally a high end one that you know is stiff.

My biggest reason for using SPD-SL pedals is...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-06-21, 01:33 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,405
Posted By smashndash

I'm gonna be a contrarian in this thread. This...

I'm gonna be a contrarian in this thread. This should be fun.

I weigh more than you. 145ish lbs. I run narrower tires than you (25mm). I run similar pressure to you (55ish psi, but I've run 45...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-30-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,675
Posted By smashndash

XDR and DUB imply you are using Force or Red eTap...

XDR and DUB imply you are using Force or Red eTap AXS. Those groups run for $1800+. If you're spending that kind of money, you probably don't have an older bike with 135mm QR or even rim brakes. If...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-20, 10:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 576
Posted By smashndash

I think getting glasses that go higher up on your...

I think getting glasses that go higher up on your face like a visor/shield can help. It reduces the need to absolutely crank your neck when descending.

The alternative is to sit very upright.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-20, 03:57 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,533
Posted By smashndash

LOL. The straight arms position keeps your...

LOL.

The straight arms position keeps your torso low without fatiguing your arms. The bent elbow position is faster but will blow out your triceps/elbows pretty quick.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,582
Posted By smashndash

There's nothing wrong with wanting something...

There's nothing wrong with wanting something different. Keep in mind that road bikes, especially road race bikes (which is presumably what you have) are designed for professionals with expert...
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