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Forum: Road Cycling
11-01-16, 07:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,489
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

I'm not a product loyalist as it doesn't really...

I'm not a product loyalist as it doesn't really make much sense to me to invest so much support in a faceless corporation (although most of my bikes are giant because they're pretty cheap for what...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-04-16, 11:08 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,426
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

I do shift work so it's a must, I use Urban...

I do shift work so it's a must, I use Urban lights because they have a rubber strap that is easy and quick to put on any width bar. I did have an issue with one breaking (the plastic knob that goes...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-15, 03:05 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,299
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

Giant road bikes are great, they're just not...

Giant road bikes are great, they're just not glam. I personally like giant bikes because I feel you get a lot of bang for your buck.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-15, 03:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,489
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

The stronger rider will win every time

The stronger rider will win every time
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-15, 10:46 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,424
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

I like to match my bar tape to the saddle, that...

I like to match my bar tape to the saddle, that said, as much as I love the white bar tape look, I eventually went black as I find it too hard to maintain clean white.

Murphy always seemed to...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-15, 07:13 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,985
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

started as a mural painter and freelance artist...

started as a mural painter and freelance artist out of art school, but it was difficult living. Went and did my Ed degree and started teaching. After realizing that wasn't for me, I drifted for a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-15, 07:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 437
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

You'd only need a specific shifter for hydro...

You'd only need a specific shifter for hydro brakes.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-15, 05:08 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,361
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

well...I would say touche, except that it's a...

well...I would say touche, except that it's a perfectly acceptable use of the term, as slang is susceptible to memetics. The term has long been broadened to except people wearing kit beyond their...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-15, 03:51 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,361
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

Perfect! Now edit the subject header using this...

Perfect! Now edit the subject header using this exact quote, or maybe just "I have a visor on my helmet", to bait people in and draw mystique to the post! I'm going with "I have a visor on my...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-15, 02:57 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,361
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

Just calling out BS. The subject of the thread...

Just calling out BS. The subject of the thread is purely self indulgent, you have no genuine concern for the question you pose, otherwise you would not have done it with such derision towards the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-15, 11:29 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,361
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

Lol...insecure much?

Lol...insecure much?
08-12-15, 11:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,609
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

Whenever winter comes I start getting the fat...

Whenever winter comes I start getting the fat bike fever. I've never tried one, and I feel like it would allow me to ride recreationally in the winter, instead of just doing my usual 26km daily...
08-11-15, 10:17 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,804
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

I ride 25s, because my frame allows it. I have...

I ride 25s, because my frame allows it. I have fit 28 contis on my bike but clearance was so sliver thin, I felt nervous about it and went 25. My next roadbike purchase will have to tick the box on...
08-11-15, 10:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,100
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

i love my 2014 defy advanced 0! Got a great deal...

i love my 2014 defy advanced 0! Got a great deal on it in the winter and sold my roubaix, licking my chops at the di2. I think the first thing I noticed was how much snappier the bike was, but...
08-06-15, 07:23 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 17,471
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

it was a crude analogy, but the logic is still...

it was a crude analogy, but the logic is still sound, the more weight you lose, the harder it is to make a drastic calorie deficit. If you lose weight and keep all your other numbers the same as...
08-06-15, 03:21 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 17,471
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

If you're eating the same as you were 30 pounds...

If you're eating the same as you were 30 pounds ago, then you are most likely consuming too many calories. As your body gets smaller, you require less calories to function (metabolic functions). ...
08-04-15, 08:57 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,060
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

I guess it's easier for someone to blame his...

I guess it's easier for someone to blame his shoddy mechanic work on someone's weight...sorry for your bad experience. Unfortunately ******** are everywhere, the best way to overcome it is to just...
08-03-15, 10:19 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,322
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

I definitely have similar relationships with...

I definitely have similar relationships with coworkers, who are otherwise bored to death with incessant cycle ramblings, but they're always interested in clever concepts, and to me that is some of...
08-02-15, 01:05 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,322
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

Well if we're including fancy versions of...

Well if we're including fancy versions of necessity...then I am totally on the gadgety side😜

I also forgot, I got a d-fly for my di2 that Bluetooth connects my drivetrain to my garmin lol...that...
08-02-15, 12:39 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,322
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

I like to think I'm balanced. There are gadgets...

I like to think I'm balanced. There are gadgets I feel I need, I have a 550 lumen light...totally overkill, but I do shift work, and about 3km of my commute is in total darkness in an area ripe with...
08-02-15, 10:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,189
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

I feel like if you buy an aero bike, you gotta go...

I feel like if you buy an aero bike, you gotta go all in; ride low profile, stop buying club fit jerseys and only wearing skin suits, shaving my arms and legs (which would result in my girlfriend not...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-15, 12:33 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,623
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

When the first -30 C day hits in the winter, and...

When the first -30 C day hits in the winter, and the only tracks through the snow are from your morning ride into work...
07-31-15, 11:49 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,014
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

On the low end of tall at 6'2, with a short...

On the low end of tall at 6'2, with a short inseam.

Running on a med/large giant defy adv 0 with 110mm stem.

Kona Jake CX is a 59cm, giant anthem large.

Quite comfy on all of them. I've...
07-30-15, 09:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,143
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

I find adjusting the volume on my ipod reduces...

I find adjusting the volume on my ipod reduces creaking dramatically!

My first entry into carbon was a 2014 roubaix, no issues, over 10000km on it. There was a creaking in the first month due to...
07-30-15, 07:37 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,490
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

I can't suggest any non clipless, but when/if you...

I can't suggest any non clipless, but when/if you make the switch I have the same problem (size 14 wide feet). I run fiziks size 48 and they fit perfectly, also heard sidi megas are good
07-30-15, 09:08 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,490
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

Clipless is a tool that improves efficiency, and...

Clipless is a tool that improves efficiency, and it's a relatively inexpensive way to improve it. Just because you're not racing, isn't a reason not to get them. You use the tools that are best...
07-27-15, 10:33 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,602
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

Yep, agreed, I have a fizik bull with big fat...

Yep, agreed, I have a fizik bull with big fat lizard skin tape, very plush!
07-27-15, 08:09 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,602
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

I will say my drop bars are always more...

I will say my drop bars are always more comfortable on longer rides than my flats, I tend to feel more road vibe and pressure points on my flat bar bikes. That said, my road bike is the only one...
07-27-15, 07:49 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,490
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

lol I remember my first 'forgot I'm running...

lol I remember my first 'forgot I'm running clipless' moment...I just came to a dead drop at a steep intersection right in front of this guy crossing the street. The look on his face suggested he...
07-27-15, 12:32 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,223
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

I assume you already have an existing back pack? ...

I assume you already have an existing back pack? You could just buy a hydration bladder for it and run the tube between the zippers, or fill it with extra water bottles, or if you have a jersey with...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-15, 11:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,979
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

uhm yeah, that's kind of the point...all these...

uhm yeah, that's kind of the point...all these bikes can be raced on...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-15, 04:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,979
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

Not to mention the defy won roubaix this...

Not to mention the defy won roubaix this year...well the rider mounted on it did 😁
07-23-15, 04:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,734
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

If you're not comfy wearing Lycra, Izumi and I'm...

If you're not comfy wearing Lycra, Izumi and I'm sure other brands make liner bibs designed to go under your street clothes, then make sure you pull um up towards your gut before heading out
07-20-15, 04:30 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,804
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

I'm 100% in agreement with you, but the original...

I'm 100% in agreement with you, but the original post is in fact about physical fortitude, and that is the context I'm adressing this in.
07-20-15, 08:56 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,410
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

Most people in the market for a 2-3000 dollar...

Most people in the market for a 2-3000 dollar bike aren't looking for ultra lightweight frames, which yes, are going to be more prone to breaks (same is true of any frame material trying to go ultra...
07-20-15, 05:59 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,410
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

Got my first carbon when I was around 275, no...

Got my first carbon when I was around 275, no issues, was a roubaix. Popped 1 spoke on the stock fulcrum wheels, switched to shimano wheels, never had a problem after that.

On a giant defy now...
07-19-15, 06:42 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,804
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

we as a herd, yes, but as individuals, no. First...

we as a herd, yes, but as individuals, no. First world countries in general create a bubble. I don't have to hunt for food so my eyesight doesn't matter, I can purchase food at the grocery store. ...
07-19-15, 03:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,141
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

Hmm I'm at 250...not sure what the limit is. ...

Hmm I'm at 250...not sure what the limit is. With the 2014 model (carbon shell) there was a known cracking issue which you can google.

In fact my shell cracked in May on some very rough roads...
07-19-15, 12:03 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,141
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

If you can, find a shop that has a saddle rental...

If you can, find a shop that has a saddle rental plan, usually fizik dealers have um, and others as well.

Once I sat on a kurve chameleon I never wanted to sit on anything else.
07-19-15, 10:42 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,804
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

Well on a purely Darwinian level, every...

Well on a purely Darwinian level, every generation since we managed to pluck ourselves from the food chain is getting wimpier and wimpier.

Every previous generation always has the same criticism...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-15, 01:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,881
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

My di2 bike has little plastic caps that plug the...

My di2 bike has little plastic caps that plug the internal cable routes...wonder if something like that might work to plug them without any direct augmentation of the frame. I would avoid anything...
07-17-15, 10:29 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,558
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

I have some good ones, my work is in the seedier...

I have some good ones, my work is in the seedier part of the city and so the train through there draws in some colourful folks. In the winter, I always take friday off from riding in, and take the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-15, 01:11 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,054
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

I find it easy when at a steady cadence, I...

I find it easy when at a steady cadence, I usually shift one up to steady myself so I'm not bobbing around in the saddle.

When it's windy, the road conditions are iffy or the road is windy, I'm a...
07-17-15, 12:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,397
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

I think, if anything it makes me more optimistic,...

I think, if anything it makes me more optimistic, and as cheesy as it sounds gives me a "can do" attitude that I see a lot of my friends who are chained to cars as a source of transportation seem to...
07-14-15, 09:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,623
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

I have the same setup with the gravity stands. I...

I have the same setup with the gravity stands. I used to dismantle them and put them in the closet, and then I moved all my clothes to the linen closet because I'm a guy and don't have...
07-13-15, 11:32 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,743
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

When I was in art school in the late 90s living...

When I was in art school in the late 90s living in my parents house, my car broke down and I couldn't afford insurance anymore (this is a weird loophole with car insurance when it's tied to your...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-15, 11:21 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,691
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

4 bikes here: 1. Defy advanced 0 main...

4 bikes here:


1. Defy advanced 0 main bike and money sink for upgrades


2. Anthem X2 29er full suspension mountain bike for my XC ventures


3. Jake CX bike, muddy/rainy commuter or round...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-15, 04:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,764
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

If you like the roubaix and the feel of that...

If you like the roubaix and the feel of that upright style, but plan to do not so serious racing, maybe consider a more zippy all rounder with less cost associated to mark up like a giant defy or a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-15, 12:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 409
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

To add to all that has been mentioned above,...

To add to all that has been mentioned above, avoid cotton socks as they don't wick the moisture away very well and could lead to chafing if there is movement in your shoe. Arch position, sole width...
07-05-15, 05:32 PM
Replies: 771
Views: 231,802
Posted By Van Goghs Ear

Hello, Car free since 1998 (though only...

Hello,

Car free since 1998 (though only started riding and cycle commuting 3 years ago), and 2 years ago was my first time winter riding, doing as low as -34 degrees celcius (without wind chill)...
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