Those torque keys are notoriously inaccurate. The park tool tw-1/tw-2 torque wrenches are only $40 and work great.
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yeah, When I got my new bikes last year I bought a torque key for my seat post as recommended on the the frame and immediately broke the bolt. I use a size down instead now.
I inadvertently produced a near-textbook example of cardiac drift yesterday. The workout was 2:00 at endurance pace with 5x8' threshold intervals. If you want to chuckle over what passes for threshold for this geezer, it's here.
Demain, on roule!
This is more of what cardiac drift looks like: Bike Ride Profile | Solo Century near Mableton | Times and Records | Strava
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For the 1/4 I have the Performance Spin Doctor set. 1-24Nm non-micrometer direct read. Origin unknown but most likely offshore. On sale for $60. The extension is very handy.
I also have a Ritchey Torque Key which I never use anymore and will sell eventually.
Just noticed that the Spin Doctor set is on sale today for 25% off.
I recommend buying an old Sturdevant-Richmont on ebay and using it for 50 years.
inch pounds are fine. just print out a scale and keep it in your toolbox. it's gotten to the point where I have most of the values memorized anyway.
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During the TdF viewing of a TT stage, which is similar to watching paint dry, I tweaked my back scrubbing the kitchen floor. Much yoga posing for stretching and cold packs ensued. Lately I have been imbibing gin with olives and a bit of vermouth as a muscle relaxant. Perhaps tomorrow I can get in a training ride.
I'm the world's forgotten boy. The one who's searchin', searchin' to destroy.
set all-time power marks today from 1:15-2:00min, which is great given that I cracked super hard around 1:40.
I happen to have my $20 Ritchey logic 5nm torque key at work so I tested it on a calibrated meter and measured 4.8 - 5.1 nm on each of about 6 tests. Maybe I just I got lucky and got a good one, but that seems pretty accurate to me.
Accidental, short, flat, wind-aided KOMs.
Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!
Many power PRs the past 2 weeks and weight is down. Anyone else assume that the PM is reading high when they PR? or is it just my self doubting pessimistic outlook haha!
with all this talk of torque wrenches, be sure you take the time to learn how to properly use it. that may vary with the model you select. i've seen plenty of people break parts by thinking the torque wrench would magically protect them from over tightening things.
hint: setting one's wrench to 6nm for a 6nm part then hitting 6nm and checking it a few times (e.g., the next day or before a race) can easily cause one to go beyond 6nm.
it's sort of like power: the more experienced one is, the more one intuitively knows what 300w feels like. same for 5nm, 8nm, etc.
of course, sometimes one can be wrong.....
300w the day after a race sure feels a lot different than 300w during a race.
Tuesday Night Worlds - I have a month and a half to get in the high-intensity stuff before cyclocross starts, and I think this qualifies. Very painful ride, thought I was going to hurl for much of it. Part of the problem is crap fitness, but Strava tells me that was the fastest I've ever done most of the hardest sections of that ride, so there's that. Tomorrow will be hill climb intervals. Is there a puking smiley?