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Forum: Road Cycling
03-09-21, 11:39 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,736
Posted By Branko D

Vittoria Corsa Speed 2.0 TLR. Running 23mm...

Vittoria Corsa Speed 2.0 TLR.

Running 23mm in front and 25mm in rear for a month and a half or about 1700km now, training on all sorts of roads, mostly good ones. They are fast, rather comfortable...
03-08-21, 11:13 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,064
Posted By Branko D

In my neck of the woods, if it has a throttle or...

In my neck of the woods, if it has a throttle or deregulated, it's legally a motorcycle. Riding an uninsured, unregistered motorcycle on a bike path means a suspension of your driving license plus a...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-21, 01:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 654
Posted By Branko D

I just tore off or cut off any loose threads off...

I just tore off or cut off any loose threads off Contis, never thought twice of it. It hasn't created any issues.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-01-21, 11:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,328
Posted By Branko D

Swimming in sleeves is banned by ITU rules on...

Swimming in sleeves is banned by ITU rules on everything shorter than medium and long course triathlon (half and full IM distance). Mostly it doesn't get enforced at local competition but it's there...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-25-21, 01:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 917
Posted By Branko D

I don't have a bell on my road bike. I have one...

I don't have a bell on my road bike. I have one on my touring bike but if there's a pedestrian or a car on the way, I hit the brakes or avoid instead, none of which I could do while ringing a bell.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-21-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,553
Posted By Branko D

There's GP5000s for that, all around tire which...

There's GP5000s for that, all around tire which has a puncture protection layer which works well, rolls well and grip is good in all sorts of conditions.

If it's not good enough, I'd try that in...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-19-21, 03:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,399
Posted By Branko D

Sounds like you addressed the height (too high...

Sounds like you addressed the height (too high saddles increase saddle pressure). I would try a wider saddle which also tends to decrease pressure - to properly support the backside you want it wider...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-21, 08:01 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 6,706
Posted By Branko D

I listened to it (using Youtube premium and just...

I listened to it (using Youtube premium and just listen to various cycling videos while driving) and, frankly, meh - the gist of it is that CF isn't as stiff advertising would suggest and advantage...
02-14-21, 01:19 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 7,780
Posted By Branko D

It doesn't take a big conspiracy to sell people a...

It doesn't take a big conspiracy to sell people a better braking system.
02-14-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,303
Posted By Branko D

I run TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes on my road...

I run TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes on my road bike, paired with Deore XT rotors (which are surprisingly light) and they're really, really good. Using mechanical Dura-ace levers at the moment....
02-06-21, 04:30 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,313
Posted By Branko D

It is a testament to horrible QC and...

It is a testament to horrible QC and manufacturing tolerances of the bike industry, in multi thousand dollar frames no less, that press fit was a problem to begin with.

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02-05-21, 03:01 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,931
Posted By Branko D

Here's a simple experiment to run. Set an alarm...

Here's a simple experiment to run. Set an alarm clock early in the morning this Sunday, make breakfast and coffee and go ride for, say, six hours. That's not an exceptionally long ride, but is long...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-04-21, 07:44 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,251
Posted By Branko D

No. It's not an a well answered question how...

No. It's not an a well answered question how accurate are the pressures to achieve 15% tire drop across various tires, even.

Bicyclerollingresistance.com guys tested GP5000s and to achieve 15%...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-03-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,498
Posted By Branko D

I ran a 52-36 with a 11-30, it was perfect short...

I ran a 52-36 with a 11-30, it was perfect short of the most rediculous climbs and works with a modern short cage derailleur. Swapped it for a 50-34 for those climbs.

I do miss the 52-11 combo on...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-02-21, 12:26 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,251
Posted By Branko D

Every tire is going to feel way better if...

Every tire is going to feel way better if inflated to a pressure which is on the "comfort" side of optimal pressure rather than inflated to maximum possible, that holds for good tires as well as...
01-31-21, 01:45 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 8,732
Posted By Branko D

One difference between doing squats and deadlifts...

One difference between doing squats and deadlifts and doing strength work on the bike is the range of motion, which is much bigger when actually lifting weights. So, if you are trying to improve...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-29-21, 01:05 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,251
Posted By Branko D

It's fine. Lots of people run 28s at 80-ish psi....

It's fine. Lots of people run 28s at 80-ish psi. At your weight I wouldn't worry about pinch flats on 28s at that pressure.

28s at 80 psi are about the equivalent to running 23s at 90-95 psi in...
01-27-21, 02:59 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 14,098
Posted By Branko D

The intended way to interpret 80/20 split is...

The intended way to interpret 80/20 split is split of sessions, but it does bear in mind that the studied athletes were elite ones who often did two in a day. So, if you're doing 10-15 training...
01-25-21, 12:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 592
Posted By Branko D

Would prefer 50-34 with a 11-30 or 11-32 for...

Would prefer 50-34 with a 11-30 or 11-32 for lightweight travel, wide range but still very modest jumps between gears. Or a 12 speed double, even better.

I find it ideal to try to maintain a...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-20-21, 11:42 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 4,745
Posted By Branko D

That is pretty good as a starting point, imo. I...

That is pretty good as a starting point, imo. I started riding in fall of 2017 at a tender age of 34 and after a year of progressively riding more and more, my FTP in fall of 2018 was 227W on my...
01-06-21, 02:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,232
Posted By Branko D

Saddle discomfort can be a product of saddle...

Saddle discomfort can be a product of saddle height which is too high. I am supremely comfortable on my saddle (Specialized Power in 155mm width) but all it takes for it to become uncomfortable is...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-29-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 581
Posted By Branko D

Yeah, that's something to watch for. I got a...

Yeah, that's something to watch for. I got a number of flats on these super light latex tubes (Vredestein) which are very flexible and hence liable to get pinched by the bead - sometimes after riding...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-27-20, 02:19 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,763
Posted By Branko D

I have a merino base layer and a merino jersey...

I have a merino base layer and a merino jersey and the experience tells me I wouldn't want merino shorts; the feeling on skin is slightly scratchy and it just doesn't wick as well as synthetics. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-20, 12:12 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,594
Posted By Branko D

I gently clamp the top tube with just enough grip...

I gently clamp the top tube with just enough grip so it doesn't fall off. The clamp has rubber on it and frankly I've never worried about it, if you can grab and carry the bike by the top tube,...
11-30-20, 02:28 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,128
Posted By Branko D

My Fuji Supreme weighs in at 7.8kg with pedals,...

My Fuji Supreme weighs in at 7.8kg with pedals, bottle cages and computer mount, or 17,2 lbs.​​​​Pretty decent for an aero road bike with disc brakes.

My steel touring bike weighs in at 16kg, or a...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-10-20, 11:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,473
Posted By Branko D

It is mildly irritating that they don't offer you...

It is mildly irritating that they don't offer you the option to specify length and width of the integrated bar and stem when ordering, which would be a much better solution than the three piece...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-02-20, 03:12 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,263
Posted By Branko D

Basically, the more you get used to it, the more...

Basically, the more you get used to it, the more confidence you gain, and the more roads will become "safe" consequently. Roads which I considered worrisome when I started riding on the road are now...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-27-20, 11:10 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,522
Posted By Branko D

Pedal just to get up to speed - just go all out...

Pedal just to get up to speed - just go all out until I spin out on 50-11 (after all, going to recover downhill) - and then get in aero tuck when I spin out or go out of gas.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-20, 02:00 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,743
Posted By Branko D

Ignoring a couple of times my GPS unit got...

Ignoring a couple of times my GPS unit got confused, Strava says 79,2 km/hr (49,5 mph) during a half-IM race recently, which was pretty much in a "nose on the stem" position, hunkering down deep in...
10-14-20, 11:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,851
Posted By Branko D

Very interesting, although going to wait for some...

Very interesting, although going to wait for some reviews and tests before swapping out my Vredestein latex tubes (which do ride a slight bit better than the Conti Supersonics they replaced) with...
10-13-20, 11:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,925
Posted By Branko D

Thanks for the heads up, turned them back on.

Thanks for the heads up, turned them back on.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-09-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 9,840
Posted By Branko D

For me funniest thing is that they have turned...

For me funniest thing is that they have turned not being willing to pay the production costs of doing pressfit correctly (because if they did, it would never cause issues) into a marketing advantage...
10-08-20, 06:35 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,950
Posted By Branko D

Toe overlap, if that concerns you at all, depends...

Toe overlap, if that concerns you at all, depends on the geometry of the particular bike. Here's a neat tool to compare it: https://geometrygeeks.bike/
Essentially, the longer the wheelbase -...
10-07-20, 01:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,950
Posted By Branko D

As a rule, a longer or more negative rise stem...

As a rule, a longer or more negative rise stem impacts handling less significantly than a shorter or a more positive rise stem. There is nothing unusual about a 120mm stem and the difference in...
10-06-20, 01:11 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,945
Posted By Branko D

The guy wasn't necessarily trying to scam you. ...

The guy wasn't necessarily trying to scam you.

Bike frame size depends on what you're looking for. If you want a low front end, then you size smaller (and put a longer stem on it). The fork...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-20, 12:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,826
Posted By Branko D

I haven't entirely worn out a set yet, but one...

I haven't entirely worn out a set yet, but one set of GP5000s I have has 7000km on them and the tire wear markings on the rear tire are barely visible now. The front is somewhat better. I'd estimate...
10-02-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,304
Posted By Branko D

The Aria is an aero race bike (that's what makes...

The Aria is an aero race bike (that's what makes it good for triathlons, too). Of course, you can do long endurance rides on a racing bike just fine. This year I went with my wife for a 300km...
10-01-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 8,930
Posted By Branko D

Quite honestly, it has never occurred to me to...

Quite honestly, it has never occurred to me to count the number of fingers I have on the brakes, but to the best of my recollection, it varies between one and four. I never realized it was something...
09-28-20, 08:02 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,168
Posted By Branko D

Well, I'd expect that to be so - the rule change...

Well, I'd expect that to be so - the rule change is relatively recent and most of these people have found their comfortable fits already. You don't gain any power messing with the saddle angle, so...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-20, 03:46 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,750
Posted By Branko D

It depends a lot on the road. I'm 72kg and ride...

It depends a lot on the road. I'm 72kg and ride on 23F / 25R GP5000s (which are a hair smaller than their older tires, or as they say - more true to size), latex inner tubes and a set of LB wheels...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 01:52 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,400
Posted By Branko D

Yes. Road maintenance doing their job, imagine.

Yes. Road maintenance doing their job, imagine.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-20, 12:35 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,400
Posted By Branko D

There's no indication of 23 being discontinued....

There's no indication of 23 being discontinued. The top shelf tires are available as 23s (except Specialized Turbo Cottons in 24s). If you buy one of the Canyon aero or triathlon bikes, they come...
09-15-20, 03:29 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 5,700
Posted By Branko D

Doesn't work on my van and it makes it too long...

Doesn't work on my van and it makes it too long for normal parking spots (it's about as long as is practical already), interferes with the rear view parking camera and the parking sensors which are...
09-14-20, 01:29 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 8,101
Posted By Branko D

Yes, let's look at them. Those look like 23mm...

Yes, let's look at them. Those look like 23mm tires, so I guess the typical modern road bike has wider tires (it also has better brakes, easier gearing, more functional gearing with STIs, wider...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-20, 04:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,838
Posted By Branko D

Find the stack and the reach of your current bike...

Find the stack and the reach of your current bike and compare to the geometry charts of what you are looking at, bearing in mind that if you want to replicate the fit you have without a stack of...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-20, 02:53 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,545
Posted By Branko D

I like to spend a lot of time in the drops and...

I like to spend a lot of time in the drops and having the levers straight makes it more natural to operate everything from the drops.

If you like spending a lot of time in aero hoods position,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-20, 06:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,577
Posted By Branko D

While I don't agree with people who say that it...

While I don't agree with people who say that it doesn't matter what the pros do, it doesn't hurt to analyze why they do or don't do something.

When it comes to tires, use of clinchers at all is...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,048
Posted By Branko D

The Specialized Power comes in 168mm width for...

The Specialized Power comes in 168mm width for the wider bottoms also and is one hell of a saddle, very comfortable. I rode the 168mm and the 155mm (after I broke the first in a crash), it's nice...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-20, 03:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,812
Posted By Branko D

It certainly saves them money: you have one rim...

It certainly saves them money: you have one rim for gravel and road racing and endurance and everything. Increases profits over making a hundred variations. Look at Specialized, you had rim Venge,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 1,338
Views: 240,091
Posted By Branko D

Received my set of R45s with Carbon-Ti disc hubs...

Received my set of R45s with Carbon-Ti disc hubs after waiting for about a month and a half, gloss UD finish, no holes nor rim tape.



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