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Forum: Road Cycling
03-26-24, 09:51 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 8,325
Posted By surak

Switching to cycling from another sport after...

Switching to cycling from another sport after determining that it's possible to turn pro is about as accessible as it gets. It's low-impact (or at least, not likely to induce permanent injuries that...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-24, 11:34 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 8,325
Posted By surak

Just because it's less obviously important in...

Just because it's less obviously important in road racing, doesn't mean skill isn't important. Descending skill made a heck of difference to Remco during the 2022 Giro, Joao Almeida before this year,...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-18-24, 03:53 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,053
Posted By surak

Note that the Rule of 105 isn't a hard and fast...

Note that the Rule of 105 isn't a hard and fast rule, and that it's calculated based on the measured width of the tire, not stamped width. So a 32mm tire on that Roval's 21mm internal width rim may...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-07-24, 02:07 PM
Replies: 608
Views: 20,449
Posted By surak

I found this SlowTwitch article from 2023 between...

I found this SlowTwitch article from 2023 between Dan Empfield and Josh Poertner on hookless safety...
03-05-24, 07:40 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 6,630
Posted By surak

The technology to reach the 6.8 kg limit on pro...

The technology to reach the 6.8 kg limit on pro bikes was reached years ago, but pro teams trying to win bike races by being fastest to the finish line are purposely using heavier bikes because of...
03-05-24, 03:41 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 6,630
Posted By surak

Pro cycling's no longer obsessed with bike...

Pro cycling's no longer obsessed with bike weight, but seems that too many BFers are still slow on the uptake. Recommending anything with round tubes and shallow rims and thinking it'll make a...
02-29-24, 01:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,351
Posted By surak

If you want a Synapse w/ Tiagra, you can pick one...

If you want a Synapse w/ Tiagra, you can pick one up from REI.
https://www.rei.com/product/208188/cannondale-synapse-al-2-bike
02-28-24, 01:17 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 6,630
Posted By surak

Consider that the experts on Silca's Marginal...

Consider that the experts on Silca's Marginal Gains podcast estimated that modern equipment (clothing, helmet, bike) would have 15% less drag than 2014 Tour de France-winning Vincenzo Nibali's setup,...
02-26-24, 03:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 769
Posted By surak

DOT fluid absorbs water over time. I've seen...

DOT fluid absorbs water over time. I've seen recommendations to bleed them twice a year, especially if they've been exposed to wetter conditions, but minimum of a year is the common guideline.

I...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-26-24, 12:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,263
Posted By surak

Better check that you have that better reputable...

Better check that you have that better reputable build set up correctly then.

Enve wheel blowout - Weight Weenies thread (https://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=132&t=174276)
02-23-24, 11:31 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,136
Posted By surak

I recently put new pads in my rain bike -- metal...

I recently put new pads in my rain bike -- metal pads for the front and resin for the rear. Metal tends to be stronger and fades less, but is louder with a tendency to squeal when wet. Organic is...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-12-24, 12:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 799
Posted By surak

In my experience Castelli is for short people, at...

In my experience Castelli is for short people, at least their bottoms. I have one aero jersey (small) that fits exactly as the size chart indicates but two totally different-fitting bibs and tights...
12-11-23, 06:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 979
Posted By surak

This thread should be in...

This thread should be in https://www.bikeforums.net/indoor-stationary-cycling-forum/ .

Are you riding in TT or Just Ride mode? Just Ride mode allows for drafting, which would benefit the rider...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-23, 06:56 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,000
Posted By surak

As Sy Reene pasted, Silca's usually is...

As Sy Reene pasted, Silca's usually is race-focused and gives you the estimated breakpoint pressure -- meaning the maximum pressure before rolling resistance is expected to increase. Note that going...
11-14-23, 11:25 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,556
Posted By surak

I haven't had a flat since switching to tubeless....

I haven't had a flat since switching to tubeless. Sealant did its job the only noticeable time I had a puncture. Initially I carried bacon strips and a spare tube, neither of which I ever had to use....
Forum: Commuting
10-12-23, 11:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,081
Posted By surak

Digging a little into it, the chainring that...

Digging a little into it, the chainring that Priority puts on the Continuum Onyx is too large, and by all accounts on a different forum website that gets censored here on BF (that site sounds like...
Forum: Commuting
10-12-23, 10:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,081
Posted By surak

I'm in Seattle, have an Onyx, and am a relatively...

I'm in Seattle, have an Onyx, and am a relatively strong rider. I don't ride it much at all because I find that CVT's low gear inadequate (edit: mine is an older model with Nuvinci N330 hub, don't...
10-11-23, 11:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,895
Posted By surak

Pro teams aren't as smart as people want to give...

Pro teams aren't as smart as people want to give them credit for when it comes to new tech. I've both read and heard that some teams use (arguably less than) the bare minimum of sealant because...
10-11-23, 03:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 622
Posted By surak

The new Zwift Hub One might match your use-case,...

The new Zwift Hub One might match your use-case, although I don't know if 7 speed works with it: https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2023/10/zwift-hub-one-zwift-cog-clicks-review.html .

Alternatively get...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-07-23, 09:53 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,342
Posted By surak

Pinned flat pedals are definitely not for me on a...

Pinned flat pedals are definitely not for me on a road bike. Always have to hunt around for the right foot placement, need to be careful not to come off and get shin or calf gouged out. I use them...
10-02-23, 04:16 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,094
Posted By surak

Wouldn't think twice about it. Brands that fit me...

Wouldn't think twice about it. Brands that fit me well and feel comfortable above and below the waist tend to differ significantly. And that's not including accessories like gloves, warmers, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-23, 11:23 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,113
Posted By surak

That looks fantastic! Giant for me seemed like a...

That looks fantastic! Giant for me seemed like a head vs. heart thing. Even though my first road bike was a Giant Contend SL Disc (which I bought on clearance for an absolute bargain) that took me on...
09-14-23, 04:06 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 6,823
Posted By surak

I had a slow commuter bike, actually 2 of them in...

I had a slow commuter bike, actually 2 of them in succession (won the nicer but still slow second bike in a raffle). They were so slow that I never rode them all the way to or from work because it...
09-05-23, 09:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 565
Posted By surak

Orange Seal Endurance lasts longer but doesn't...

Orange Seal Endurance lasts longer but doesn't seal as well as regular. I used to use Endurance, and with Seattle's temperate climate plus storing my bikes indoors, it seemed to last half a year at...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-23, 10:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 592
Posted By surak

You should be able to use whatever combo mount is...

You should be able to use whatever combo mount is GoPro compatible. I had a bad experience with K-Edge so now use KOM Cycling mounts, which use a handy quick release for the underside.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-23, 11:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,297
Posted By surak

The shorter wheelbase and much shorter chainstays...

The shorter wheelbase and much shorter chainstays will make that BMC feel a lot different from your Lynskey. Whether that's worth putting money towards vs. adapting your existing bike setup,...
08-22-23, 10:02 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,379
Posted By surak

I'm not familiar with Campy shifting, but Di2 can...

I'm not familiar with Campy shifting, but Di2 can multi shift just fine. You can even configure it to shift continuously up and down the whole cassette if desired.
08-01-23, 02:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,369
Posted By surak

OP is confusing Omnimode with panoramic view...

OP is confusing Omnimode with panoramic view (https://support.rouvy.com/hc/en-us/articles/4408652998033-Panoramic-view). Both can be disabled in the settings...
07-28-23, 04:39 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,960
Posted By surak

The Silca calculator gives the optimal tire...

The Silca calculator gives the optimal tire pressure as that estimated breakpoint pressure for the conditions: https://silca.cc/blogs/silca/tire-pressure-calculator-explained

Crr losses increase...
07-14-23, 12:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 570
Posted By surak

It's more obvious when there's a silicone ring...

It's more obvious when there's a silicone ring under the nut to form a seal, but I guess your Stan's valves didn't have that so it's inconclusive. Honestly would be easier to just shake or spin the...
07-13-23, 04:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 570
Posted By surak

​​​​​​Look for a valve nut sealing the valve on...

​​​​​​Look for a valve nut sealing the valve on the rim. Take the wheels off and shake them. Look through the small parts that came with the bike for tubeless valves, which is how my Inflite came.
07-13-23, 11:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 570
Posted By surak

Wouldn't your Canyon come with DT Swiss tubeless...

Wouldn't your Canyon come with DT Swiss tubeless valves? My Inflite did, and it was a 2017 model.
07-06-23, 01:04 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,968
Posted By surak

As Sepp says, it's unbelievable that it's only...

As Sepp says, it's unbelievable that it's only been six stages. Wow.
06-23-23, 03:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,366
Posted By surak

Based on the title, thought OP was going to...

Based on the title, thought OP was going to mention these: https://www.camelbak.com/recreation/shop/accessories/caps/podium-mud-cap/CB-1947.html

I have the older version and bought caps on...
06-15-23, 07:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 516
Posted By surak

I use them on my Fizik winter boots where the...

I use them on my Fizik winter boots where the cleat holes are ridiculously far forward compared to every other bike shoe I've ever had, including another pair of Fiziks. They're expensive for what...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-23, 11:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 932
Posted By surak

https://www.bicycling.com/training/a20021387/how-c...

https://www.bicycling.com/training/a20021387/how-changing-your-breathing-can-improve-your-performance/
Forum: Road Cycling
05-28-23, 09:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 714
Posted By surak

You'll notice a difference in weight and hub...

You'll notice a difference in weight and hub engagement on those Hunts, but I would recommend finding a wheelset with wider outer rim width to pair with 32mm tires. I have a Hunt Aero Disc Light...
05-18-23, 09:31 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,878
Posted By surak

Lefevere has a long term plan that Remco has...

Lefevere has a long term plan that Remco has publicly bought into to get him to be a serious contender for the TdF, not finish 5 minutes down on the clear favorites. There's no denying that Remco has...
05-16-23, 09:14 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,878
Posted By surak

Yeah Remco could go to the Tour for stage wins,...

Yeah Remco could go to the Tour for stage wins, but they want to develop him into a premier GC rider and I don't know how stage hunting fits in that plan. The way to develop a GC rider is to have...
05-16-23, 06:17 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,878
Posted By surak

I doubt his team wants Remco to go, because they...

I doubt his team wants Remco to go, because they barely had the climbing horses needed to support him in the Giro let alone against the top JV squad with Vinegaard and UAE's improving roster to give...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-15-23, 09:30 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,406
Posted By surak

Straw-man much? You'll have to show where I wrote...

Straw-man much? You'll have to show where I wrote any of what you think you're refuting. I was disagreeing with your statement that they're unhealthily thin and will keel over if they don't eat, just...
05-02-23, 10:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 604
Posted By surak

Are you going to do any extended braking? Then...

Are you going to do any extended braking? Then latex inner tubes are a no-no too, for the risk of them overheating and bursting.
04-09-23, 02:12 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 6,354
Posted By surak

Not going back to tubes. Only had one puncture...

Not going back to tubes. Only had one puncture running tubeless in 3 years, which sealed and has stayed sealed ever since. Will probably stop carrying a tube on rides soon.

Comparing roadside...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-23, 06:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,107
Posted By surak

Doesn't seem to have bothered Pogacar on the...

Doesn't seem to have bothered Pogacar on the narrow Belgian roads.

The Enve aero bar design incorporates a flared drop, with Pogačar’s particular size offering a 37 cm width at the hoods and 42 cm...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-23, 10:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,786
Posted By surak

Cross chaining is little-little or big-big....

Cross chaining is little-little or big-big. Assuming you mean one of the latter, at least for 11sp cross-chaining is allowed for certain combinations of front and rear cog sizes. If you configured...
Forum: Commuting
04-03-23, 05:32 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 10,092
Posted By surak

My commute is over 15 miles one-way. It's too...

My commute is over 15 miles one-way. It's too long to sit upright and catch wind, or get low and hurt my wrists on flat bars. I've ridden it with flat bars and the only thing better was how slow and...
03-27-23, 03:42 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,606
Posted By surak

As a fan, both women's and men's G-W winners were...

As a fan, both women's and men's G-W winners were impressive but the chase, or lack thereof, not entertaining.

I recall that last year Laporte was getting plaudits as one of the best domestiques...
03-21-23, 03:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,089
Posted By surak

How badly do the real grand tour GC contenders...

How badly do the real grand tour GC contenders want to win Catalunya vs treat it as a tune-up/test before the Giro? I didn't see much in Roglic's or Evenepoel's body language that they desperately...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-18-23, 05:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 426
Posted By surak

I've had mechanical disk, they left much to be...

I've had mechanical disk, they left much to be desired. Tried upgrading the front to hybrid TRP HY/RD, didn't help much. Sold that bike and have 4 hydraulic disk brake bikes that stop so much better....
Forum: Road Cycling
02-27-23, 09:24 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,992
Posted By surak

https://www.aero-coach.co.uk/aerodynamics-of-racin...

https://www.aero-coach.co.uk/aerodynamics-of-racing-tyres
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