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Old 05-18-22, 09:04 AM
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With concerns over obsolescence with sram 11spd etap, would you avoid upgrading a mech shifted road bike using that? I was tempted by used prices and the wireless aspect for ease of upgrade and fact I could keep the Shimano/SRAM wheelsets I have.

I have a rim brake Giant Propel that I despise the shift feel on due to wonky OEM and my personal tries at recabling it. It shifts fine now, but I think I would keep it a good while longer if I converted it to electronic.

The semi wireless new Shimano 12spd Ultegra is a bit spendy for a rim brake upgrade IMO.

I'm thinking trying to find a used Ultegra 11spd rim brake shift kit is my best bet.
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Old 05-18-22, 10:24 AM
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carpediemracing I wonder if a costco near you is looking for a manager for their automotive ish. Could be a good fit. They seem to take care of their workers.
Thanks for thinking of me. I was thinking of them but they only do tires, although I did submit an application (because they have a lot of other things they do). And you're right, they seem to be good to their employees.

I think it's time for an industry change, meaning *I* need to make a change. I applied to a few places already but today I actually met with a potential employer. If it happens it's a couple months out so won't know for a while. Position / company sounds like it ticks my boxes so we'll see. This is the first one where I felt like, oh, this would be nice.
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Old 05-18-22, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by burnthesheep View Post
With concerns over obsolescence with sram 11spd etap, would you avoid upgrading a mech shifted road bike using that? I was tempted by used prices and the wireless aspect for ease of upgrade and fact I could keep the Shimano/SRAM wheelsets I have.

I have a rim brake Giant Propel that I despise the shift feel on due to wonky OEM and my personal tries at recabling it. It shifts fine now, but I think I would keep it a good while longer if I converted it to electronic.

The semi wireless new Shimano 12spd Ultegra is a bit spendy for a rim brake upgrade IMO.

I'm thinking trying to find a used Ultegra 11spd rim brake shift kit is my best bet.
I love my eTap 11, I have it on both my road bikes. As far as the batteries and other tech going bad in 10 years, thats a possibility, but tbh I would be fine charging it nightly if need be. The batteries last me a while, I only charge them every 2 weeks.
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Old 05-18-22, 10:46 AM
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My company has an unofficial No Meetings on Fridays policy.

But all that means is that Fridays are the days I can actually schedule all the meetings I NEED to have each week. (My computer recently let me know that I am averaging 35 hours a week in meetings. So, that's nice.)
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Old 05-18-22, 02:40 PM
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burnthesheep and furiousferret I think they made the new 12 speed AXS blip boxes backwards compatible w 11 speed with a recent firmware update. That was the big pinch point. A buddy one mine also runs etap 11 on the TT rig (like me) and has the new AXS box on his bike. Or at least he did at the TT last weekend.
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Old 05-19-22, 01:50 PM
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Trying to psych myself up for tonight's workout: 6x5' vo2max intervals. It's not the workout so much as the conditions:

Today
Sunny, with a high near 91. North northwest wind 18 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
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Old 05-19-22, 09:55 PM
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yikes. that's a lot of time in zone too. how'd it go caloso?

double ride day for me. 1 hr MTB in the AM. After work, I rode home (~10 mi) then hopped on Zwift for about 70 minutes. I rode a 28 km A race (Neokyo crit) and made the front group but lost internet connection at 1.2 miles to go, lol. After I rode to Fuego Flats in Watopia and put in a ~9.5 minute dig at 4.6 w/kg to go for the KOM. Got 2nd, but still I was happy with my power/RPE ratio after having a good effort in the legs already.
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Old 05-19-22, 10:01 PM
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Selling the old ass Crockett and going modern. I enjoy logging gravel miles for z2/tempo and even some threshold stuff when riding "in town". I can just keep a much steadier burn going without all the stop signs, lights, turns, and such.

Given that, I wanted a nice cross bike. Modern electronic, fancy, slicker slightly aero look.

Got a 2020 TCX Pro 0, Quarq on the way. Nicest spd pedals on way. It was ridden once by a guy who bought a few bikes to race cross........as a 4/5 master's category guy......who wound up not liking racing cross. So, good price, next to zero miles on it. Local test ride and purchase. Really nice guy. Worked out for both of us! It's got the fancy modern 40mm deep cross wheels on it also. Hnnnnggg..
Out of curiosity what size Crockett? Price?

I bought a used giant tcx (alum) which turned out to have a cracked chainstay. Seller worked with me to get a warranty since I'd never even ridden it. Ended up with a tcx advanced sx frame that I rebuilt with the old parts. Yet to ride it on actual gravel. I think I've only ridden it out twice and it's been built for a year and a half. Ugh.
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Old 05-19-22, 11:25 PM
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Shoot, I just realized that I did a training post in the chitchat thread. Oh well. It sucked but I finished. I couldn’t have done one more, so that’s probably a good sign.
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Old 05-20-22, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
Out of curiosity what size Crockett? Price?

I bought a used giant tcx (alum) which turned out to have a cracked chainstay. Seller worked with me to get a warranty since I'd never even ridden it. Ended up with a tcx advanced sx frame that I rebuilt with the old parts. Yet to ride it on actual gravel. I think I've only ridden it out twice and it's been built for a year and a half. Ugh.
Meeting a local Sunday. It's old, it's like a 2014 or 2015. $750. I'd hate to go thru trouble to ship something at that price, versus just make it single speed and keep it if it doesn't sell local. If you understand, I see you location listed on BF says New Jersey?
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Old 05-21-22, 01:05 PM
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Just need a semi-neutral place to vent on this stuff in Austin. I understand it's a tragedy all around. I know NOTHING about the people directly involved. This is internet speculation but... 1. I fear they won't be able to arrest Kaitlin or find her alive. 2. The fact that she is from Austin and her last name is Armstrong and she has left a horrible mark on cycling isn't lost on me. 3. I believe Colin is way more involved that he is trying to make is seem. No he didn't pull the trigger but he's a class A d***** canoe and I feel his actions preyed on some individuals with questionable mental health stability. 4. I feel like everyone who excels at "professional" cycling is pre-disposed to having mental health concerns that just aren't being acknowledged, addressed, or helped/treated. 5. I feel like there's more to all of this and it's all just going to get worse (if that's even possible).
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Old 05-21-22, 06:35 PM
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Just need a semi-neutral place to vent on this stuff in Austin. I understand it's a tragedy all around. I know NOTHING about the people directly involved. This is internet speculation but... 1. I fear they won't be able to arrest Kaitlin or find her alive. 2. The fact that she is from Austin and her last name is Armstrong and she has left a horrible mark on cycling isn't lost on me. 3. I believe Colin is way more involved that he is trying to make is seem. No he didn't pull the trigger but he's a class A d***** canoe and I feel his actions preyed on some individuals with questionable mental health stability. 4. I feel like everyone who excels at "professional" cycling is pre-disposed to having mental health concerns that just aren't being acknowledged, addressed, or helped/treated. 5. I feel like there's more to all of this and it's all just going to get worse (if that's even possible).
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For point 4, this is true of basically all professional athletes, and doubly true of individual sports, and triple true of sports where you have to enjoy suffering in order to be good.

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Old 05-23-22, 07:05 AM
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Just need a semi-neutral place to vent on this stuff in Austin. I understand it's a tragedy all around. I know NOTHING about the people directly involved. This is internet speculation but... 1. I fear they won't be able to arrest Kaitlin or find her alive. 2. The fact that she is from Austin and her last name is Armstrong and she has left a horrible mark on cycling isn't lost on me. 3. I believe Colin is way more involved that he is trying to make is seem. No he didn't pull the trigger but he's a class A d***** canoe and I feel his actions preyed on some individuals with questionable mental health stability. 4. I feel like everyone who excels at "professional" cycling is pre-disposed to having mental health concerns that just aren't being acknowledged, addressed, or helped/treated. 5. I feel like there's more to all of this and it's all just going to get worse (if that's even possible).
Point No. 3 crossed my mind too when reading the stories of the weekend. He seems like a real POS.
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Old 05-24-22, 10:15 AM
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Meeting a local Sunday. It's old, it's like a 2014 or 2015. $750. I'd hate to go thru trouble to ship something at that price, versus just make it single speed and keep it if it doesn't sell local. If you understand, I see you location listed on BF says New Jersey?
No problemo! Hope it's gone.
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Old 05-24-22, 10:46 AM
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No problemo! Hope it's gone.
He bought it, cash. I threw in some barely used tires I would never use just given my preference on what I like. And a 1x 11spd chainring. I feel it was a price both good for the current inflated market but also for me.
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