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10-02-22, 02:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 346
Posted By scottfsmith

Not a lot I don't think, unless your pressures...

Not a lot I don't think, unless your pressures are extra low. Note that things can "feel" slower with wider tires since it is a lot easier to handle, less jerky. I use 30s on my Roubaix myself, the...
09-30-22, 02:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 200
Posted By scottfsmith

Based on how often my TICKR seems completely off...

Based on how often my TICKR seems completely off on the heart rate I don't think the sensors are powerful enough to pick up actual heart glitches .. they must be getting a very noisy signal which...
09-29-22, 08:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 200
Posted By scottfsmith

The Fourth Frontier chest strap does that, you...

The Fourth Frontier chest strap does that, you get an EKG and it automatically detect anomalies. I bought one for the same reason you want one. Unfortunately it doesn't connect with my Wahoo head...
09-29-22, 07:51 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,744
Posted By scottfsmith

Pros are heading to 26mm now, for example Remco...

Pros are heading to 26mm now, for example Remco recently won the worlds on 26mm. That might be as big as it gets for the pros, it is harder to make things aero with 28+mm.. the rim depth needs to...
09-27-22, 07:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 373
Posted By scottfsmith

I use Castelli Estremo...

I use Castelli Estremo (https://www.castelli-cycling.com/US/en/Woman/Cycling/Accessories/Gloves/Winter/ESTREMO-GLOVE/p/4512539_010_02_L) gloves with Tourmaster silk glove liners. The gloves are not...
09-27-22, 06:54 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,911
Posted By scottfsmith

For me it was 10 days from positive test for the...

For me it was 10 days from positive test for the first negative test, and then it took another week from that negative before I felt like I was back to 100% on the bike. I got 6 PRs on my regular...
09-22-22, 11:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 346
Posted By scottfsmith

There is a Roubaix Facebook group and people...

There is a Roubaix Facebook group and people posted their height and what frame they have. It is all over the map, I was surprised the degree of difference. I am 5'11" and am on a 58 myself, probably...
Forum: Commuting
09-21-22, 07:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 442
Posted By scottfsmith

I took the second wheel set route as there are...

I took the second wheel set route as there are very few days a year when I need studs. And I find them very annoying when not needed, it feels like having an extra 50 pounds loaded on your bike,...
09-12-22, 01:38 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,068
Posted By scottfsmith

I saw the urologist, I am considered low-grade at...

I saw the urologist, I am considered low-grade at this point with surgery not recommended.
09-11-22, 11:12 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,068
Posted By scottfsmith

Thats interesting and surprising to hear, but...

Thats interesting and surprising to hear, but what works works.

mdarnton, I think I was also chronically under-hydrated from trying to avoid peeing so often. It doesn't sound as extreme as your...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-22, 03:31 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,524
Posted By scottfsmith

The listings are not showing all the sizes now,...

The listings are not showing all the sizes now, not sure why but maybe they have not made any yet. They will have up to 62 I think plus small sizes as well. You can see some SL bikes and the SLR...
09-07-22, 08:22 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,068
Posted By scottfsmith

I eat a fair amount .. lately my eating is a...

I eat a fair amount .. lately my eating is a small granola bar every 45minutes and a gel about 45 minutes from the end of the ride. I have found my performance suffers if I don't keep to a schedule...
09-06-22, 10:49 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,068
Posted By scottfsmith

There are some studies showing that paying close...

There are some studies showing that paying close attention to hydration can help. Here is one for example:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5987390/

They looked at how much...
09-06-22, 07:52 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,068
Posted By scottfsmith

That is a bit of an oversimplification, while the...

That is a bit of an oversimplification, while the average increased I have been doing 35, 40, 45 mile rides all summer. It is more what the average ride was. I probably made a little bit too big a...
09-06-22, 07:28 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,068
Posted By scottfsmith

Part of the factor for me is I was doing more...

Part of the factor for me is I was doing more 30-mile kinds of rides and a month or two ago I bumped it up to 45 miles. So in fact it could primarily be me gradually adapting to the longer rides and...
09-06-22, 06:54 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,068
Posted By scottfsmith

Thanks for all the comments. I was expecting to...

Thanks for all the comments. I was expecting to see more people hydrating before or after but it seems like that is not a thing.

I think my issue may be more that I am not drinking enough water...
09-05-22, 01:23 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,068
Posted By scottfsmith

Before, during, and after ride hydration

I am your typical old guy with prostate issues.. I don't want to be stopping all the time for pee breaks so I aim to cut it fairly close, not too much and not too little water is the goal .. which is...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-22, 07:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 671
Posted By scottfsmith

Bike Fit Tuesdays this week is on this topic: ...

Bike Fit Tuesdays this week is on this topic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zSd1tjmtRI

There are lots of different potential reasons as this video enumerates.
08-31-22, 01:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 637
Posted By scottfsmith

You should be able to get one of those thick...

You should be able to get one of those thick plastic drop cloths and just do it inside. Put and old towel on top if you need a margin of safely against it dripping off (e.g. floor is wood). Since the...
08-31-22, 01:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 637
Posted By scottfsmith

I do it in my garage which is above freezing. ...

I do it in my garage which is above freezing. The sprayer doesn't put out a whole lot of water, something like a pint is all that is needed so it doesn't make too much of a mess. That option may...
08-30-22, 08:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 650
Posted By scottfsmith

I promised an update so here it is. It took me...

I promised an update so here it is. It took me awhile to get the fit right, it turns out this saddle sits ~1cm higher than the non-mirror Power. I should have checked that but I blithely assumed...
08-30-22, 07:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 637
Posted By scottfsmith

I have a spare one-gallon hand sprayer for my...

I have a spare one-gallon hand sprayer for my yard which I keep full of water. After any salty ride I spray it down, then I blow dry with my air compressor.

The idea of having all the extra hassle...
08-29-22, 03:12 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,744
Posted By scottfsmith

You are throwing away both watts and comfort with...

You are throwing away both watts and comfort with those high inflation pressures. Try 60psi on the 32s and 50psi on the 35s. Or at least something closer to that.
08-27-22, 08:33 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 11,560
Posted By scottfsmith

Some studies have been done to see if this...

Some studies have been done to see if this activation is a problem. Here is a study on mice tumors for example:...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-22, 11:07 AM
Replies: 482
Views: 10,893
Posted By scottfsmith

The header there is "dry contamination".. he is...

The header there is "dry contamination".. he is adding in abrasive dry contaminants at seven points during the test. See the full write-ups for details.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-22, 11:01 AM
Replies: 482
Views: 10,893
Posted By scottfsmith

I already mentioned it three times above but will...

I already mentioned it three times above but will try one more time: wax chains are not any better if you are riding in dry conditions. ZFC has data on that which I posted above. Here it is again:
...
08-26-22, 11:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 314
Posted By scottfsmith

I carry both dyna-plugs and darts, they are each...

I carry both dyna-plugs and darts, they are each small enough that there is no problem fitting both in my saddle bag. There isn't one best from my experience, sometimes one does better and sometimes...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-22, 04:33 PM
Replies: 482
Views: 10,893
Posted By scottfsmith

If you look at the various total cost tables...

If you look at the various total cost tables above you will see that the Mariposa "tree hugger" lube actually saves you a lot of money. The lube is more expensive but your chains and cassettes will...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-22, 10:31 AM
Replies: 482
Views: 10,893
Posted By scottfsmith

Even the road chart includes the wet riding...

Even the road chart includes the wet riding conditions. If you are doing dry riding only, Silca SS drip is very similar to the hot waxes as I mentioned above. Just look at column 3 in the original...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-22, 07:36 AM
Replies: 482
Views: 10,893
Posted By scottfsmith

You should not necessarily take those ZFC chain...

You should not necessarily take those ZFC chain lifetimes literally, they are including the fact that the chain runs through extreme contamination conditions. For dry road riding there is not much...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-22, 08:24 PM
Replies: 482
Views: 10,893
Posted By scottfsmith

Yes hot waxing is clearly the best for friction,...

Yes hot waxing is clearly the best for friction, chain wear, etc. But it takes more time to maintain, and the gains can be marginal. The Zero Friction tests of Silca SS drip lube showed it is...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-22, 03:21 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 2,473
Posted By scottfsmith

I had two times my ride last weekend where I did...

I had two times my ride last weekend where I did this trading places thing. I passed these riders on a flat, then on the uphill they passed me, then I passed them on the way down and that was that. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-22, 11:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,141
Posted By scottfsmith

I got a similar thing for my regular shoe...

I got a similar thing for my regular shoe orthotics and had a similar reaction so didn't get any MetaDomes for my G8s. Those things work for some people but not for others.

Re: the Body Geometry...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-22, 07:44 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,141
Posted By scottfsmith

Yes don't forget the insoles. I have a high arch...

Yes don't forget the insoles. I have a high arch and the G8 tuning system got me to a perfect fit after only a couple adjustments. I was not even thinking about insoles when I went in for a bike...
08-19-22, 11:01 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,488
Posted By scottfsmith

My cassette goes to 34 and I love it, also I have...

My cassette goes to 34 and I love it, also I have 50-34 in front. I only need to stand when the grade is 20+% which is almost never. Similarly the 50 in front is occasionally too small, but so what...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-22, 08:57 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,541
Posted By scottfsmith

Your Silca link above is a test with tubes. In...

Your Silca link above is a test with tubes. In that test 90 psi was only 1W different than 100psi on 25c tires which is in the noise, so 90psi is about optimal. My link above shows some pros are...
08-16-22, 03:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 650
Posted By scottfsmith

Sure, I will come back here and add a report. So...

Sure, I will come back here and add a report. So far now that it is set level it is doing well, I did an hour today with zero discomfort. It will be on the three-hour ride this weekend that I will...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-22, 08:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,970
Posted By scottfsmith

Put it on your Xmas list :-) I am pretty...

Put it on your Xmas list :-)

I am pretty much in the same situation and after years of commuting with a big bag on my back with everything in it I got the Tailfin. It is a truly amazing product,...
08-16-22, 06:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 650
Posted By scottfsmith

Good question! I went back and re-read the report...

Good question! I went back and re-read the report I got and it looks like I mis-read it, argh!!! It had data for field "Saddle (Fore-Aft/Angle)" and just had "-8.4", but in reading the report it...
08-15-22, 03:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 650
Posted By scottfsmith

How do you tune your saddle?

How do you personally fine-tune your saddle fit? I got a bike fit a year ago and while the fit there helped with many things I would still have to stand for relief after about an hour. In retrospect...
08-14-22, 05:55 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,744
Posted By scottfsmith

If you are racing sure. But the speed difference...

If you are racing sure. But the speed difference is so small that it really does not matter to anyone not racing. Pro races are also generally on good pavement, something us regular riders may not...
08-13-22, 01:35 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,744
Posted By scottfsmith

It still is more like 25 for nearly all pro...

It still is more like 25 for nearly all pro races. Roubaix saw more 28-32 as did the cobbles stretch on the TdF this year.

That said I totally agree that for the rest of us we don't need such...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-22, 12:47 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,541
Posted By scottfsmith

If you are interested in speed speed speed it is...

If you are interested in speed speed speed it is always good to look to what the pros are doing. They want to win and have tons of consultants looking at all the science. I have read some articles...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-22, 02:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 656
Posted By scottfsmith

Good to hear. I have found Wahoo to be super for...

Good to hear. I have found Wahoo to be super for warranty replacements. My BOLT v1 recently had the temperature/altitude sensors flake out and after a bit of Q&A they replaced it .. with a v2,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-22, 10:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 656
Posted By scottfsmith

My first TICKR went wonky after about six months....

My first TICKR went wonky after about six months. After trying all of their ideas without any improvement I got a warranty replacement. My second TICKR worked flawlessly for maybe six months but is...
07-26-22, 05:52 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,361
Posted By scottfsmith

That is good advice you have given yourself. But...

That is good advice you have given yourself. But in all of it your original attitude still applies, keep it fun! One thing I have found after a couple years of more regular riding and being in better...
07-25-22, 10:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 799
Posted By scottfsmith

You might try a Halo headband, it has a silicone...

You might try a Halo headband, it has a silicone strip above the face which channels drips around to the back - it sits right against the skin. Only sweat starting below the band makes it on to your...
07-24-22, 08:48 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 4,642
Posted By scottfsmith

Or, losers are getting sore. There are...

Or, losers are getting sore.

There are thousands of perfectly legal supplements, my guess is their nutritionist is as much on game as every other aspect of the team we have seen. Jonas also...
07-20-22, 08:01 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 4,642
Posted By scottfsmith

It definitely looked like the UAE team burned all...

It definitely looked like the UAE team burned all their matches. Pog could still have a good day tomorrow, he has had some very good days in past tours with no support to speak of.
07-18-22, 06:40 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 2,834
Posted By scottfsmith

If you read your original question the...

If you read your original question the temperature is a major issue, and there is a constant energy spent just to stay cool. Also going faster will in fact make it easier to stay cool, a couple mph...
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