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    Our weather took a DUMP here in Illinois. Did a...

    Our weather took a DUMP here in Illinois. Did a ride two thurs ago...91 with a 100 heat index. Literally one week later, high of 54. We've had highs in the 50-60 range ever since, lows in the 40's.
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    I've been running SPD-SL for a few years now and...

    I've been running SPD-SL for a few years now and for the most part, I really like them. I will mirror what others have said about the cleats breaking in. When they're new, they're tight as all get...
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    700x22? No. 700x23? Sure. All I run is slicks..I...

    700x22? No. 700x23? Sure. All I run is slicks..I guess...if a Mich Pro 4 SC is what you consider to be a slick. It has no tread grooves. I've never had a single issue running them but I must say, I...
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    Gravity works both ways... I ride with my...

    Gravity works both ways...

    I ride with my cousin...who is much heavier than I am. I am 6', 175...he is 6' 3", 250. He bombs downhills and I can't keep up with him, even when I'm spun out.

    When...
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    Like many have said...there are a ton of factors...

    Like many have said...there are a ton of factors that will change average speed. I train on a 2.25 mi loop, each lap is 100' of elevation change so fairly flat.

    I will ride a 1hr set with no...
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    My cousin has a new Domane...and yes, the rear...

    My cousin has a new Domane...and yes, the rear end of that thing flexes big time, I've actually watched it move when riding behind him when we hit the rough stuff. You're also right about the front...
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    I rode a borrowed 2009 SL2 Roubaix summer of...

    I rode a borrowed 2009 SL2 Roubaix summer of 2012. It really smoothed out the crappy Illinois back/country roads. When time came to buy my own, I decided to go with a Sl2 Tarmac...wow, what a...
  8. Got my package Thursday...no fees (and it was a...

    Got my package Thursday...no fees (and it was a heavy box, too).
  9. I get $80-100 shipments from PBK 3-4 times a...

    I get $80-100 shipments from PBK 3-4 times a year, they always come USPS and not any extra fees yet. Now...I have a box of High5 nutrition stuff that should be coming sometime here in the next week...
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    I guess I love a long story...so buckle up. -I...

    I guess I love a long story...so buckle up.

    -I started road cycling in June 2011, I had zero background in road riding at that time. My "long" for that summer was 42 miles and I managed that by...
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    Boutique brand? Not really sure...I more so...

    Boutique brand?

    Not really sure...I more so look at it as high-end vs low-end.

    GM, Ford, dodge...all make run of the mill cars, BUT...they also make seriously amazing top-end vehicles too.
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    I used them last year and just recently put on a...

    I used them last year and just recently put on a new set when my rear got a serious flat spot and my front was getting there. Not a single field flat, one small slit in the tread on one but nothing...
  13. ...and this could definitely be an option. I may...

    ...and this could definitely be an option. I may go to 6800 next year (running 5700/6700 now). I may just get a Praxis BB30 converter and go full Ultegra.
  14. I don't know how heavy the gossamer is...but my...

    I don't know how heavy the gossamer is...but my bike has a noticeable amount of bottom end weight to it...I'm assuming the crank isn't helping.
  15. I was curious...I'm not really looking for...

    I was curious...I'm not really looking for performance gains, training will do that. I was looking at it from a moving mass aspect. You have to spin that cranks hundreds of thousands of times, I...
  16. As far as upgrades go, is a crank change worth it?

    I'm slowly changing out components on my SL2 Tarmac and next on my list is replacing the heavy FSA Gossamer crank. Now...I can say that some upgrades have been really nice and others, not so much.
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    This. I use automotive wax only...forgot to...

    This.

    I use automotive wax only...forgot to mention that in my post. Furniture wax is not formulated for a cleat coat on a bike.
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    Yes...I do. I do it once a year in the winter. A...

    Yes...I do. I do it once a year in the winter. A good quality wax will protect the clear for quite some time, it works well on cars and so far it has worked well on my bike.

    My bike gets enough...
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    I'll dodge the entire question for the most part...

    I'll dodge the entire question for the most part but I'd like to say that same thing I always say about quality of bike/kit. It sounds dumb but I always tell myself:

    "Feel pro, ride pro"

    When I...
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    I love internet c-flexing!!! And I love how a...

    I love internet c-flexing!!!

    And I love how a thread on cleat types can never stay civil.

    Again...and I repeat myself...this is opinions. No amount of/lack of "hr/mile per week" riding will...
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    Aaaaand...I am very happy for you that your...

    Aaaaand...I am very happy for you that your lightweight, airy MTN shoes work well for you while road riding. Cheers.

    This thread...like 99% of the stuff on this and other public forums, is almost...
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    I'm glad you feel that way...and I'm also glad...

    I'm glad you feel that way...and I'm also glad you can "drop roadies" as well.

    Shoes/cleats is 100% personal preference....nowhere did I claim shoes will make someone a better rider. I'm also glad...
  23. Poll: Bike? Creaks....but that's minor and part of...

    Bike?

    Creaks....but that's minor and part of life. A bike is a machine, machines develop creaks over time. Such is life.

    My cycling complaint?

    Saddles.

    Damn things are silly expensive,...
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    I can see them being ok with MTN shoes. Often,...

    I can see them being ok with MTN shoes. Often, the cleat is kind of recessed or there are supports around the sole with MTN shoes:

    This:...
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    These are the pedals I used back in '12...and I...

    These are the pedals I used back in '12...and I didn't like them.

    The problem is, going to SPD forces you into one of two far less than ideal categories (for the most part).

    Wearing much...
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