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11-20-23, 07:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 315
Posted By merlinextraligh

Riding on a trainer to me is at least purgatory. ...

Riding on a trainer to me is at least purgatory.

on the back of a tandem on a trainer would certainly be hell.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-23, 05:43 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,329
Posted By merlinextraligh

Sounds like a country song: ď Iím not as good as...

Sounds like a country song: ď Iím not as good as once was, but Iím as good once as I ever wasĒ
10-22-23, 04:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 430
Posted By merlinextraligh

Nice bike. Enjoy. We liked both of our Co-Motions

Nice bike. Enjoy. We liked both of our Co-Motions
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-23, 04:44 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 4,446
Posted By merlinextraligh

This will sound harsh, but I think you need to...

This will sound harsh, but I think you need to work on situational awareness and bike handling skills, more than obtaining a more flat resistant tire. A sudden flat can certainly lead to a crash,...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-23, 08:15 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,329
Posted By merlinextraligh

True. Father Time is undefeated. Iím just looking...

True. Father Time is undefeated. Iím just looking to take him deep into the Fourth Quarter.
09-29-23, 10:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 583
Posted By merlinextraligh

There are several threads on here for Calfee...

There are several threads on here for Calfee builds. Our Dragonfly, with Lightning cranks, and a pretty much weight weenie build came in at 24 pounds.

Havent weighed our Tetra, but the frame...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-23, 05:15 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,329
Posted By merlinextraligh

The biggest difference for me is more time to...

The biggest difference for me is more time to train, and the opportunity to spend time in the Mountains.

The program is basically 5 days on with Monday and Friday being rest days, intervals on...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-23, 09:36 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,329
Posted By merlinextraligh

You seem to imply that there is some problem with...

You seem to imply that there is some problem with wanting to be fast, strong. I have no issue with people who do not want to be competitive, and do not care how fast they ride. This discussion was...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-23, 07:47 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,329
Posted By merlinextraligh

So, most of my life, Iíve been somewhat serious...

So, most of my life, Iíve been somewhat serious about riding, racing, being a moderately successful Cat 3 racer.

Thus, itís not that Iím more serious now, maybe a bit more focused. Itís more that,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-23, 02:40 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,329
Posted By merlinextraligh

You donít have to get slower because you get older

Obviously as we age, our physiological limits decrease. However, for the vast majority of us, we operate so far below our maximum theoretical capability, we can still get faster, stronger by...
09-20-23, 08:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,496
Posted By merlinextraligh

It is a Zombie thread. However, given advancing...

It is a Zombie thread. However, given advancing technology and the more widespread use of road tubeless, it seems worth updating. For us, we’re running 28mm Continental 5000 tubeless on Calfee,...
09-20-23, 08:42 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,048
Posted By merlinextraligh

The fact that the perpetrators would video this,...

The fact that the perpetrators would video this, and distribute the video, shows that they are truly depraved.

iIt makes you wonder, what sort of families they were raised in, what sort of schools...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-23, 05:41 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,727
Posted By merlinextraligh

Riding a trainer indoors sucks. Riding a smart...

Riding a trainer indoors sucks. Riding a smart trainer with Zwift sucks slightly less.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-23, 06:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 879
Posted By merlinextraligh

Intervals. If you want to get faster, you have to...

Intervals. If you want to get faster, you have to ride faster. Best 2 ways to do that are riding with faster people and doing intervals.

So, while doing long rides has its place , you need to mix...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-23, 12:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 513
Posted By merlinextraligh

Look at completed auctions on EBay. That said my...

Look at completed auctions on EBay. That said my guess is not much. If a buyer isnít price sensitive, theyíre not buying old used carbon. If they are price sensitive youíre competing against some...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-23, 05:07 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,387
Posted By merlinextraligh

It gets recorded as an over rev, and shows up on...

It gets recorded as an over rev, and shows up on an ecm report, reducing the resale value of the vehicle.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-23, 04:49 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 981
Posted By merlinextraligh

It’s 1.3 miles of compacted gravel. You should be...

It’s 1.3 miles of compacted gravel. You should be able to ride it on 23mm tires. Pick your line carefully if there is any rough jagged stuff to avoid flatting and you’ll be fine.

I used to ride...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-23, 07:21 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 6,210
Posted By merlinextraligh

No doubt climbing actual mountains is the best...

No doubt climbing actual mountains is the best way to prepare for climbing mountains. Raising your ftp on flat workouts will only go so far. Thus, when I was limited to riding in Florida and getting...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-05-23, 09:01 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 6,210
Posted By merlinextraligh

Again, this is a way to build power for very...

Again, this is a way to build power for very short efforts. If your race has a lot of 30 second ramps, it's great. So a really good workout for an undulating crit for example. However if you want...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-23, 05:05 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 951
Posted By merlinextraligh

Wrong answer. You lose more time in the hard...

Wrong answer. You lose more time in the hard parts than you gain in the easy parts. So you want to go a bit above your sustainable power when itís steep, and recover on the flat parts.

Without...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-23, 01:46 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 6,210
Posted By merlinextraligh

That is really not true. Sustained climbs at...

That is really not true. Sustained climbs at their essence are all about power to weight ratio. So intervals designed raise functional threshold power will definitely improve your climbing and can be...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-23, 04:29 AM
Replies: 3,219
Views: 607,320
Posted By merlinextraligh

Bormio Italy warm up ride before Haut Route...

Bormio Italy warm up ride before Haut Route Dolomites....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-23, 04:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,358
Posted By merlinextraligh

We’ll, there is still the Florabama where you con...

We’ll, there is still the Florabama where you con toss mullets.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-23, 06:04 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,570
Posted By merlinextraligh

^^ and if your bike has wide dropout spacing,...

^^ and if your bike has wide dropout spacing, there is no reason, you can’t buy a hub with disc brake capability that fits your dropouts and lace a rim to it with a brake track.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-23, 06:01 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,570
Posted By merlinextraligh

So the hub has to be correct for your dropouts,...

So the hub has to be correct for your dropouts, but that does not mean you canít use a hub that works with a disc, and still put rims on it with brake tracks for rim brakes.

in our example, our...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-23, 06:36 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,967
Posted By merlinextraligh

And the assertion that Lemond retired because he...

And the assertion that Lemond retired because he was too old to compete lacks any support. In 1991, Lemond was 30 years old. Many riders have won the TDF in the 30’s including Bartolo,, Coppi,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-23, 06:11 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,967
Posted By merlinextraligh

So, there is the slightest kernel of truth in...

So, there is the slightest kernel of truth in your post. Riders like Anquetil, Merckx, and still LeMond, focused on a year long calendar. Armstrong focused post cancer on solely the TDF.

However,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-23, 06:01 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,159
Posted By merlinextraligh

The unfortunate thing to me about this thread is...

The unfortunate thing to me about this thread is that any discussion of Lemond ultimately devolves to the Armstrong debacle.

Armstrong did not invent doping in cycling, but his approach to it,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-23, 05:11 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,464
Posted By merlinextraligh

With rest stops every 15 miles, 2, bottles would...

With rest stops every 15 miles, 2, bottles would be fine. At a bottle an hour, you could skip every other rest stop and be fine.

I did Dirty Kanza, that only has 3 places to get support for 200...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-23, 04:12 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,159
Posted By merlinextraligh

Then there’s this: ...

Then there’s this:
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/500x646/3124c629_7485_4444_8e1e_c6d2f0b271ca_e952dd917cc17c3eb31aed9162ae908238f4e641.jpeg

a little bicep there, but...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-23, 04:34 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,464
Posted By merlinextraligh

A big tub of a sports drink mix that will fill 50...

A big tub of a sports drink mix that will fill 50 bottles or so, to me is more environmentally friendly,cheaper, and more convenient than single use bottles.

However, I want some of my energy from...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-23, 04:29 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,464
Posted By merlinextraligh

if you race endurance events then youíll be on...

if you race endurance events then youíll be on your bike for 3 consecutive hours or more. Even if youíre doing long events that have stops, you want to be eating consistently in hard multi hour...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-29-23, 08:27 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,396
Posted By merlinextraligh

Up to my house in Asheville, the most direct...

Up to my house in Asheville, the most direct route has a short face of 25%. Most of the climbing on the Blue Ridge Parkway tops out around 8%, but can be quite long. A number of the climbs up to...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-23, 07:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 990
Posted By merlinextraligh

It really depends. If youíre comfortable with...

It really depends. If youíre comfortable with being an hopelessly clueless mountain bike Fred when you do road rides, keep your money in your pocket. Otherwise pony up and save yourself the...
07-23-23, 07:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 732
Posted By merlinextraligh

Also fwiw, I have a Lightning 130 bcd spider I...

Also fwiw, I have a Lightning 130 bcd spider I could part with if it helps
07-23-23, 07:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 732
Posted By merlinextraligh

Only thing I have to add is Lightning was helpful...

Only thing I have to add is Lightning was helpful to us in replacing a broken crank arm. It may take a bit of time, but in our experience they Will ultimately take care of you.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-23, 04:45 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,202
Posted By merlinextraligh

True. You. Need to think about how the gears...

True. You. Need to think about
how the gears are spaced and how that works for your riding. My post was directed at the thought that a 50 front chain ring doesnít provide a enough top end.

Once...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-23, 06:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 845
Posted By merlinextraligh

Heretic :twitchy:

Heretic


:twitchy:
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-23, 06:10 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,202
Posted By merlinextraligh

my road racing bike has 50/34 chainrings. If you...

my road racing bike has 50/34 chainrings. If you can spin a decent cadence 50/11 is all anyone short of the pro peloton needs for a top end, with the possible exception of a TT with shallow...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-23, 05:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,350
Posted By merlinextraligh

So a few years ago raced a crit in downtown Tampa...

So a few years ago raced a crit in downtown Tampa that was highly technical. Lots of cobbled corners, and some horrible traffic calming devices. The Cat 5 race was last. Bunch of my teammates...
06-27-23, 04:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 866
Posted By merlinextraligh

itís not Rocket Surgery. If you can do basic bike...

itís not Rocket Surgery. If you can do basic bike maintenance you can learn to work on hydraulic brakes, particularly with all the info available on you tube.

and you donít need the bike to be...
06-27-23, 04:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 866
Posted By merlinextraligh

I use a regular Shimano bleed kit with XT...

I use a regular Shimano bleed kit with XT calipers with no problem.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-23, 04:38 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 6,681
Posted By merlinextraligh

The 80ís called and want their tires back. Time...

The 80ís called and want their tires back. Time has moved on, and while there may still be some limited cases for tubulars, such as elite level cyclocross, they just arenít the answer for road...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-23, 04:17 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,211
Posted By merlinextraligh

When men were men and sheep were nervous.

When men were men and sheep were nervous.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-23, 05:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,167
Posted By merlinextraligh

What length stem are you using on the G7. A 1cm...

What length stem are you using on the G7. A 1cm longer stem is going to deal with the reach. Then more spacers under the stem, and or more rise will deal with the drop in seat to bar.

Unless...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-23, 05:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,537
Posted By merlinextraligh

Raced a number of mixed surface races on 23mm...

Raced a number of mixed surface races on 23mm tires. Perry-Roubaix, Webster- Roubaix, when the organizers had to call every ride with dirt a play on Roubaix.

Never had a problem flatting narrow...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-23, 01:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 695
Posted By merlinextraligh

Did the Everest Challnge bike race a couple of...

Did the Everest Challnge bike race a couple of times in that area. Amazing scenery, at least what I saw for the bit of time I didnít have my head buried suffering.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-23, 01:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 695
Posted By merlinextraligh

we have a second home in Asheville NC. I ride on...

we have a second home in Asheville NC. I ride on the parkway fairly regularly, nd have done the full length of the BRP and Skyline Drive. The scenery, and terrain are great; the road surface very...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-23, 06:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 695
Posted By merlinextraligh

Central Portugal. Almost all the population is on...

Central Portugal. Almost all the population is on the coast. So inland there are very few people, hence no traffic. Very scenic, variety of HC climbs, rolling terrain. Good weather.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-23, 06:49 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,607
Posted By merlinextraligh

This is like talking about flats; don’t use the F...

This is like talking about flats; don’t use the F word. Likewise, don’t use the C word.

that said, I think the answer here depends on how you ride. Race Crits competitively and you’re going to...
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