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06-22-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,086
Posted By Phatman

That's super unusual, and the complete opposite...

That's super unusual, and the complete opposite of every cat 4/5 race I've ever done. Then again, the last 4/5 race I did was in 2010, so things might've changed since then. As for the technicality...
06-21-21, 06:35 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,086
Posted By Phatman

I'm surprised that nobody mentioned the initial...

I'm surprised that nobody mentioned the initial surge. Its been a long ass time since I've raced a 4/5 crit, but one thing I do recall was that if I could hang for the first ~5 laps, I could usually...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-21, 07:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 395
Posted By Phatman

You don't need a 10-speed specific crank. ...

You don't need a 10-speed specific crank. 11-speed will do just fine.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-21, 09:06 AM
Replies: 1,631
Views: 229,399
Posted By Phatman

Hey, no hate here. People with physical...

Hey, no hate here. People with physical disabilities and/or poor conditioning should be able to ride just as much as everyone else.



:D
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-21, 08:00 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,609
Posted By Phatman

Nice! We didn't really sell many of these when I...

Nice! We didn't really sell many of these when I worked at the bike shop, they were a bit too relaxed and heavy for a pure CX race bike, but I think they were a bit ahead of their time and make for a...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-21, 07:05 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,609
Posted By Phatman

Dang, that's nice! I see in your profile that its...

Dang, that's nice! I see in your profile that its a 2003 Lemond Croix De Fer, though they didn't come out with the Croix De Fer until the 2006 model year, it was a bit of a throwback, probably...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,609
Posted By Phatman

You know, its actually bit deceptive. The top...

You know, its actually bit deceptive. The top tube IS long, but the seat tube is slack (72.5). I don't want to ignite a fitting war, but if I put my saddle in a position that allows for KOPS or...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-21, 06:47 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,609
Posted By Phatman

Hey hey now, I'm only 34, I'm not dead yet! ...

Hey hey now, I'm only 34, I'm not dead yet!



Did either of them really win in that exchange?



I was firmly with the C's back then - the first time up, most of the field was zig zagging up...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-21, 03:10 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,609
Posted By Phatman

Yep, sure was. I raced 2004-2008, but I only got...

Yep, sure was. I raced 2004-2008, but I only got to race that VT course once, they stopped holding it on that course starting ~2005. That 4 mile climb at the end was rough.



I've definitely...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,609
Posted By Phatman

Bumping this thread up, almost 20 years later....

Bumping this thread up, almost 20 years later. I’ve owned this bike for the duration, and yesterday I went to take it for a ride and realized my poor bike had a crack in the headtube/toptube weld....
05-06-21, 08:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 941
Posted By Phatman

Ah, weird. Not sure where I heard that they had...

Ah, weird. Not sure where I heard that they had a contoured footbed then. Maybe I'll try out the Fiziks if the Lakes don't work out.
05-06-21, 07:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 941
Posted By Phatman

Yeah, the shimanos are...unique. I use an...

Yeah, the shimanos are...unique. I use an orthotic insert though, and the completely flat footbed of the older shimanos works for me. I'm not crazy about the super tight heel fit, but it wasn't bad...
05-05-21, 05:39 AM
Replies: 5,043
Views: 3,539,434
Posted By Phatman

I'm impressed that there are dual pivot calipers...

I'm impressed that there are dual pivot calipers that can clear Maxxis Ramblers, I had no idea. The bike looks great btw, looks ridden!
05-03-21, 11:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 941
Posted By Phatman

Right, it says that right on the shoe. The issue...

Right, it says that right on the shoe. The issue is that the numbers don’t mean anything. I don’t have anyway to compare a Shimano to a Giro or a Lake.

on the XC501s, the main thing I was trying...
05-03-21, 08:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 941
Posted By Phatman

Well I decided that the XC501s weren't stiff...

Well I decided that the XC501s weren't stiff enough so I returned them and got a pair of the XC7s. The XC7s felt like the "right" amount of stiffness, but they jabbed me in the side of my foot, so I...
04-28-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 941
Posted By Phatman

Cool, good to know. Any other shoes you’ve used...

Cool, good to know. Any other shoes you’ve used that you can compare to? The Giros are/were super stiff and so are my (road only) RP9s that I’m currently using. With that said, I could totally see a...
04-28-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 941
Posted By Phatman

Anyone using Shimano SH-XC501 shoes?

My beloved Giro Codes from 2015 are in the process of biting the dust, and the updated last that Giro is using just doesn't work with my foot. My road shoes are Shimanos, and they work okay so I...
04-26-21, 08:09 AM
Replies: 5,043
Views: 3,539,434
Posted By Phatman

How do you like the crests for gravel? I had a...

How do you like the crests for gravel? I had a set of the previous gen crests and they were a bit flexy for my purposes (200 pounds over here) but I think the mk3s are supposed to be better.
04-21-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 5,043
Views: 3,539,434
Posted By Phatman

Man, I know these have a loyal following, but I...

Man, I know these have a loyal following, but I could never get comfortable on the flite. When I first started riding, I had same saddle problems and everyone said I need to get a Flite, so I got a ...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 1,631
Views: 229,399
Posted By Phatman

I like the bike overall, but if you've got to run...

I like the bike overall, but if you've got to run your saddle that pointed down to alleviate pressure, you've got the wrong saddle or the wrong position on your bike. Have you tried one of those...
04-12-21, 09:25 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,471
Posted By Phatman

How different is your position between your gravel bike and road bike?

Obviously this thread is for people that have both and road bike and a gravel bike. If you've only got one, you don't need to respond that the setup is exactly the same.

Anyways, I'm fortunate...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-21, 06:50 AM
Replies: 10,325
Views: 2,976,855
Posted By Phatman

I used 28s on my CAAD10 with no issues. And they...

I used 28s on my CAAD10 with no issues. And they were Michelin Pro4 Endurance models which are known for running large, so they were probably more like 30mm tires.
04-07-21, 06:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,692
Posted By Phatman

It is possible to calculate the front center (bb...

It is possible to calculate the front center (bb to axle) measurement from a geometry chart using some trig. You need the chainstay measurement, the BB drop and the wheelbase.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,237
Posted By Phatman

I mean, I know you’re exaggerating, but I don’t...

I mean, I know you’re exaggerating, but I don’t 100% disagree with the first two statements. I don’t think niches are necessarily created out of thin air, but I do think they’re exploited, perhaps...
04-06-21, 12:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 965
Posted By Phatman

All three, well at least tread and durability. ...

All three, well at least tread and durability. You don't need a mountain bike tire, but I killed several Rambler Exos and WTB "Light/Fast Rolling" casings, and I don't think I'd want to run a slick...
04-06-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,297
Posted By Phatman

Man, you had better experiences with cantis than...

Man, you had better experiences with cantis than I ever did. Mine shuddered like crazy because my fork flexed, and I found that open pros on a bumpy cross course did not love staying in true, so I...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-21, 09:12 AM
Replies: 1,631
Views: 229,399
Posted By Phatman

I'll bet it matches with the ID of the aluminum...

I'll bet it matches with the ID of the aluminum tube used for the seat tube so that they don't have to use a reducing shim welded into the frame.
04-06-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,297
Posted By Phatman

I'm on a Crux also, its awesome. Its not...

I'm on a Crux also, its awesome. Its not particularly old school though with hydraulic discs, through axles, 425mm chainstays and a 65mm BB drop. It does have a nice tidy 72.5° HTA though, so it...
04-06-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 965
Posted By Phatman

Haha, yep. That's a pretty crazy route. I've...

Haha, yep. That's a pretty crazy route. I've never strung them all together like that before, but Yellow Gap Road is a big climb and so is Bent Creek Gap Road. In fact, I'd probably ride that...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-21, 03:25 PM
Replies: 1,631
Views: 229,399
Posted By Phatman

Ooh. I like that. With that said, you better be...

Ooh. I like that. With that said, you better be fast riding that thing.
03-29-21, 10:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 965
Posted By Phatman

I live south of Asheville near the arboretum. ...

I live south of Asheville near the arboretum. Caliper , where are you staying? Its not a whole lot of fun to ride out of actual Asheville city, especially in the southern direction. Its one of the...
03-26-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 5,043
Views: 3,539,434
Posted By Phatman

Nice! I was on the fence between this and the...

Nice! I was on the fence between this and the Crux, but due to the pandemic, I couldn't test ride anything. I was scared to change too much on the geometry front because of that, so I went with the...
03-26-21, 06:31 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,710
Posted By Phatman

I think you’re missing my point. Euro’s love...

I think you’re missing my point. Euro’s love “nudges” rather than outright rules. The restricted gearing is a way of saying, “We don’t want juniors racing with adults, but we’ll let you try and fail...
03-24-21, 12:03 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,710
Posted By Phatman

The gear restriction isn't a lifetime thing, and...

The gear restriction isn't a lifetime thing, and I tend to think its a good thing. I'm not sure I can definitely say that the lower gears improve pedaling technique, but I think that its probably...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-24-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,601
Posted By Phatman

I use Speedplays, but only because they have...

I use Speedplays, but only because they have custom spindles. The finicky cleats and crappy bearing life make me wish I could run SPD-SLs or Looks, though maybe the Wahoo revision has fixed the...
03-22-21, 01:26 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,710
Posted By Phatman

https://youtu.be/u7ITjHbFG3I

https://youtu.be/u7ITjHbFG3I
03-22-21, 12:25 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,710
Posted By Phatman

Relatively slower, like in comparison to the rest...

Relatively slower, like in comparison to the rest of the pack, because you would have the same gear as everyone else?



I've definitely flatted out of a break before, it was not a good feeling,...
03-22-21, 12:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,002
Posted By Phatman

Well it appears I procrastinated long enough in...

Well it appears I procrastinated long enough in buying that the weather got nice again. Maybe I'll get one next year.
03-19-21, 02:45 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,710
Posted By Phatman

I tend to agree with the breakaway being THE...

I tend to agree with the breakaway being THE exciting part of bike racing, both on a personal level (cat 3 scrub 5 years removed, so more like cat 8ish) and in pro races. So do you think that if you...
03-19-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,710
Posted By Phatman

The practical aspect is definitely a massive...

The practical aspect is definitely a massive impediment to implementation, I'm sure that's why it hasn't been done yet. As far as that particular Merckx TT is concerned though, if that was the...
03-18-21, 03:27 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,710
Posted By Phatman

Would you enjoy racing less...

If all of the gear was essentially the same? A lot of the people I ride with LOVE the techy aspect of cycling. Carbon this, aero that. It drives me nuts though. I won't go off on too much of a...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-21, 07:25 AM
Replies: 1,631
Views: 229,399
Posted By Phatman

Almost looks like you should be on a size larger...

Almost looks like you should be on a size larger frame? There's a lot of seatpost and lot of spacers under that stem.
03-05-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 5,043
Views: 3,539,434
Posted By Phatman

That bike looks awesome, my wife has a 750 that...

That bike looks awesome, my wife has a 750 that she never rides with the same paint job. I want to soup it up for her with nice components...but it would just sit in the basement with nice...
02-26-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 405
Posted By Phatman

It depends on the BB30 crank. A lot of newer...

It depends on the BB30 crank. A lot of newer cranks have a longer 30mm spindle and will work just fine with a BSA30 external BB cup. The magic number is 86mm, if the distance between the inside of...
02-17-21, 10:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,208
Posted By Phatman

I liked the Ramblers a lot, they grip well, ride...

I liked the Ramblers a lot, they grip well, ride well, and roll surprisingly well for a knobby-ish tire. With that said, I just couldn't get them to hold up, I kept getting slices in the tread, this...
02-17-21, 09:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,002
Posted By Phatman

Awesome, thanks for the review. I'm thinking...

Awesome, thanks for the review. I'm thinking Kickr Core and the Elite Direto XR are probably the two front runners.



Boom. This is awesome. I was looking for something like this...kinda...
02-16-21, 10:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,002
Posted By Phatman

I don't know! That's why I made a thread.

I don't know! That's why I made a thread.
02-16-21, 08:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,002
Posted By Phatman

Will someone just tell me what direct drive trainer to buy?

Former Cat-3 racer here, hoping to not be so much of a "former" after racing starts up again. I've been putting in way too many miles on my ~2005 era cyclops Magneto since my son was born 16 months...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-08-21, 02:09 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 11,000
Posted By Phatman

Err swap your top two on your list there. ...

Err swap your top two on your list there. Hydraulic disc brakes are so much better at stopping than rim brakes, even in dry weather. I've got a set of the cheapest road discs (SRAM Apex) and some...
01-22-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 601
Posted By Phatman

My wife's family is in Shreveport, Houston sounds...

My wife's family is in Shreveport, Houston sounds pretty similar, riding-wise, hot and flat. I can deal with that.

How hard is it to get out of town? Should I plan on living on the outskirts...
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