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08-14-22, 05:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 396
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: 22
Views: 396
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: 21
Views: 380
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: 448
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: 448
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: 76
Views: 2,517
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: 16
Views: 453
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: 4,246
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: 4,246
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.
Forum: Foo
07-19-22, 05:46 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 841
Posted By scottfsmith

I've had to trap squirrels for years to keep them...

I've had to trap squirrels for years to keep them from taking all my fruit and veggies. My favorite live trap is the Squirrelinator, it is better than the standard Havahart type. My favorite kill...
07-18-22, 06:40 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 2,721
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...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-22, 10:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,090
Posted By scottfsmith

Those Shoe Goo products must have been designed...

Those Shoe Goo products must have been designed for old leather shoes/soles, they don't last for long on modern shoes. I use epoxy, never had to redo a shoe repair if done well with epoxy. It is...
07-03-22, 04:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 672
Posted By scottfsmith

OOS is more inefficient so yes you are losing...

OOS is more inefficient so yes you are losing energy relative to other riders if you stand too much. Lots of studies have been done on that, they all come to the same conclusion. It could just be...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-22, 11:06 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,090
Posted By scottfsmith

As others have already pointed out, the key...

As others have already pointed out, the key limitation in your system is not the gearing or the cadence on the bike, it is your arbitrary bpm limitation. I'm another 60+-er who would get up no big...
07-02-22, 12:07 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,347
Posted By scottfsmith

I don't have much problem with this and it can be...

I don't have much problem with this and it can be extremely hot and humid where I am (90F and 60% humidity right now). My helmet has large cooling vents in it, I expect that helps.. it is a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-22, 11:29 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 2,450
Posted By scottfsmith

Sweet, thanks! It looks like the apps may in...

Sweet, thanks! It looks like the apps may in fact be reporting the median.. It gives me a 50% of 89 which is my average in Strava. Here is my ride this morning .. no super steep hills so my cadence...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-22, 10:58 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 2,450
Posted By scottfsmith

Oops you are right about the 120 in the article...

Oops you are right about the 120 in the article .. I skimmed over that.

Hey on a related topic it seems like the apps are reporting mean cadence, not median, right? I have Strava and Wahoo apps...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-22, 09:24 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 2,450
Posted By scottfsmith

I didn't see 120 mentioned anywhere in that...

I didn't see 120 mentioned anywhere in that article, only 80-90 being optimal for serious riders.

That said I do like spinning. I average high 80s according to my Wahoo reading my pedal power...
06-29-22, 10:43 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,465
Posted By scottfsmith

Please do follow up. I wanted some 16" TPU tubes...

Please do follow up. I wanted some 16" TPU tubes but it seems like the only company making them is in China. So I held off.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 07:46 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 2,450
Posted By scottfsmith

Every rider has a different sense of personal...

Every rider has a different sense of personal pace. I am like you in that I crank up the hills, I view them as my "intervals". The watts can be double up the hill for me (yes I have a power meter)....
06-25-22, 09:07 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,384
Posted By scottfsmith

The weight is similar to roller blades.. each...

The weight is similar to roller blades.. each roller blade on average is about 2kg. Each nordic cross-skate weighs from 2 to 2.5kg depending on the make and model. So, a little heavier but not...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-24-22, 10:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 754
Posted By scottfsmith

I did look into some boots, those Seba boots for...

I did look into some boots, those Seba boots for example are 773 grams plus you need a binding to attach which I found was around 250g. That is 1000g whereas my setup is 160g shoes plus 280g binding...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-23-22, 06:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 754
Posted By scottfsmith

No big reason really. Both ways can work well. I...

No big reason really. Both ways can work well. I think my design is lighter since I can wear lightweight shoes, the boots are quite heavy. The biggest NCS brands don't use boots: Ski-ke and SRB....
06-23-22, 09:57 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,384
Posted By scottfsmith

My latest cross-training is nordic cross-skates. ...

My latest cross-training is nordic cross-skates. Think roller skates with much bigger wheels and also poles, more like cross-country skiing. You can take them anywhere so instead of going to a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-23-22, 08:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 754
Posted By scottfsmith

Its not a bike, its a "quike" (four wheels)....

Its not a bike, its a "quike" (four wheels). Actually it is something called a Nordic cross-skate, it is like roller skis but with larger wheels. You attach one to each foot. The commercial ones come...
06-14-22, 11:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 508
Posted By scottfsmith

Thanks for the tip. Here is the link if anyone...

Thanks for the tip. Here is the link if anyone else is curious: https://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=169274

It is good to see it is not just me, lots of people there are...
06-13-22, 12:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 508
Posted By scottfsmith

Following up here on my own thread, I had my...

Following up here on my own thread, I had my first significant puncture today. It was 1/16-1/8" long and the Silca stuff didn't seal it super well.. it sprayed a lot for maybe ten seconds, then some...
06-11-22, 06:02 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,170
Posted By scottfsmith

Thanks for the heads-up. I wouldn't be super...

Thanks for the heads-up. I wouldn't be super surprised if I had some Afib going on. I am in fact wearing a Holter monitor right now. The problem is my events are so far apart that I doubt it will...
Forum: Touring
06-09-22, 03:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 859
Posted By scottfsmith

+1 My latest bike has a higher lowest gear...

+1

My latest bike has a higher lowest gear than my previous (~26 gear inches now, ~20 before). I was concerned I would have to stand on any really steep hill but I can do up to about 15% seated...
06-08-22, 05:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 207
Posted By scottfsmith

You are close .. I took the rear wheel off and as...

You are close .. I took the rear wheel off and as I was turning the end caps with my fingers I got a little squeak which sounded verrrry familiar. I am pretty sure that is the spot. I took off the...
06-08-22, 11:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 207
Posted By scottfsmith

Um .. gotta roll that back. I only had 6% max...

Um .. gotta roll that back. I only had 6% max hills going home, the 8-12% are on the way in to work only. It was squeaking again this morning. But, I did notice that it only happens in the biggest...
06-07-22, 04:46 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,170
Posted By scottfsmith

If its not killing a lot of people it is unknown...

If its not killing a lot of people it is unknown to cardiologists... the primary focus of the field is on avoiding death since a whole lot of people die from heart issues. These days individuals are...
06-07-22, 03:17 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,647
Posted By scottfsmith

White Lightning is not a good lube. See...

White Lightning is not a good lube. See https://zerofrictioncycling.com.au/lubetesting/ for way more than you ever wanted to know about chain lube. White Lightning came in 55th place out of 55 lubes...
06-07-22, 02:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 207
Posted By scottfsmith

OK the verdict is in .. chain ring bolts! It was...

OK the verdict is in .. chain ring bolts! It was completely silent up all the hills. Thanks Clyde it would have taken me a long time to get to that point at the rate I was going.
06-07-22, 01:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 207
Posted By scottfsmith

Doh! I think that rules out the pulley wheels. My...

Doh! I think that rules out the pulley wheels. My next guess is the chain ring bolts as you suggest, they are on the right side obviously so that aligns with the asymmetry as well. I had changed the...
06-07-22, 11:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 207
Posted By scottfsmith

Squeaky rear derailleur under force

I think my rear derailleur is squeaking. It only happens under stronger forces, like 8% grade pedaling. I thought it was my bike shoes/cleats but I lubed that to no effect and it seems like the...
06-07-22, 06:06 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,667
Posted By scottfsmith

The need for a nap is definitely a gauge of what...

The need for a nap is definitely a gauge of what condition you are in. I did 40 miles with half a mile of climbing on Sunday; I didn't require a nap but I enjoyed one. A few years ago I was in less...
06-01-22, 12:56 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,522
Posted By scottfsmith

Right.. one narrow wheel set one wide, definitely...

Right.. one narrow wheel set one wide, definitely with disc brakes. Ideally I would run 30mm road and 42-ish mm gravel. What I have currently is 30mm road and 35mm gravel, I am hacking my gravel bike...
06-01-22, 06:49 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,522
Posted By scottfsmith

I bet if Strava ran a data analysis on all the...

I bet if Strava ran a data analysis on all the miles in their database done on so-called gravel bikes they would see that 95% of those miles were on pavement. Personally for me it is a lot of work to...
Forum: Foo
05-28-22, 06:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 370
Posted By scottfsmith

My impression is that any Apple device (iPhone,...

My impression is that any Apple device (iPhone, iPad, Mac) which has recent enough software with Bluetooth on and is not powered off or sleeping will be able to detect AirTags, and if it has an...
05-26-22, 08:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 406
Posted By scottfsmith

Maybe on those nice California roads it is, but...

Maybe on those nice California roads it is, but in Baltimore I get a lot of punctures in my tires and some don't seal well. I put on new tires recently and there were four plugs in my rear tire when...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-22, 07:51 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,829
Posted By scottfsmith

I am close to you (weight, bike model, tire...

I am close to you (weight, bike model, tire model) and am at a similar spot on pressures as where you are at now. I run them a bit less in wet conditions.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-22, 07:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,144
Posted By scottfsmith

Here is what the article in fact states: ...

Here is what the article in fact states:



It doesn't mention Roval specifically in any way, only wheel companies in general. The "my" here is Cyclingtips, it is their own conjecture about how...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-22, 06:24 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,144
Posted By scottfsmith

I agree, they were backed into a corner. I feel...

I agree, they were backed into a corner. I feel fine with owning a Specialized bike given what they did here.

What doesn't make me feel good about owning one of their bikes is the recent nose...
05-11-22, 12:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 724
Posted By scottfsmith

Leave it plugged in for a day and if no fix then...

Leave it plugged in for a day and if no fix then call Wahoo support. It might be able to get a micro-charge each cycle and enough of them will get it over the low voltage hump.
05-11-22, 06:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,070
Posted By scottfsmith

If I want a sound sleep I need to wait about an...

If I want a sound sleep I need to wait about an hour after finishing my ride before I go to sleep. I want to do my summer night rides as late as I can, because each hour you wait gets cooler. This...
05-10-22, 09:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,070
Posted By scottfsmith

I do a lot of summer training at night. I am a...

I do a lot of summer training at night. I am a night person and have tons of energy then so it works great. The only downside I find is I don't push it quite as hard in flats/downhills due to...
05-10-22, 08:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 857
Posted By scottfsmith

I'm a huge fan of multiple wheel sets. I have one...

I'm a huge fan of multiple wheel sets. I have one bike (Specialized Roubaix, endurance) and use it for road (30mm Conti GP5000 S TR, Roval CLX50), gravel (35mm Conti Terra Speed, Light Bicycle WR50),...
05-09-22, 05:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 286
Posted By scottfsmith

I am no expert but my carbon rim had less damage...

I am no expert but my carbon rim had less damage than that and my LBS said I should replace it. The bad part is where it has delaminated at the rim. Your LBS seems particularly ignorant in suggesting...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-22, 08:54 AM
Replies: 1,392
Views: 324,510
Posted By scottfsmith

I have run tubeless 30mm tires on my WR50s. My...

I have run tubeless 30mm tires on my WR50s. My feeling just based on riding is the wider rims are not as aero, they slope too much and the flow detaches earlier. I think you need to go to something...
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