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08-28-16, 10:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 949
Posted By sstorkel

When I was in my 30's every training method...

When I was in my 30's every training method worked well for me. Now that I'm in my 40's, I have to pay more attention to training properly if I want to get the same results I did when I was...
08-08-16, 09:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 930
Posted By sstorkel

Sounds like you just need to tweak the placement...

Sounds like you just need to tweak the placement of your cleat on the shoe...



If you've bought shoes that don't have a stiff enough sole, switching to SPD-SL might help resolve hot spots...
07-26-16, 09:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,036
Posted By sstorkel

Bull****.

Bull****.
07-23-16, 09:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,023
Posted By sstorkel

I think the bigger problem, other than the bike...

I think the bigger problem, other than the bike being over-priced, will be the race-oriented geometry. If you not young and flexible, you probably want to look for a bike with "endurance" geometry....
07-20-16, 09:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,058
Posted By sstorkel

Not usually, but you mentioned Shimano's 105 road...

Not usually, but you mentioned Shimano's 105 road gruppo so I thought I'd mention Tiagra just in case you were thinking about road bikes for some reason.

Occasionally, you'll see a mixture of road...
07-20-16, 09:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,058
Posted By sstorkel

You probably don't need SLX parts if you're not...

You probably don't need SLX parts if you're not going to be riding off-road. Shimano Deore is right where you want to be. If you need road bike components, look at Shimano Tiagra.
07-12-16, 09:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 684
Posted By sstorkel

Unless you're buying a recumbent tricycle, I...

Unless you're buying a recumbent tricycle, I would think that a 2-wheeled recumbent would have all the same balance problems as a normal upright bicycle: you still need to balance and if you lose...
07-12-16, 08:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,107
Posted By sstorkel

The mountain bike pedal is SPD: SPD -...

The mountain bike pedal is SPD:

SPD - TECHNOLOGIES - CYCLING FOOTWEAR AND PEDALS - LIFESTYLE GEAR - SHIMANO (http://www.shimano-lifestylegear.com/us/pd/technologies/spd.php)

The road variant is...
07-08-16, 09:29 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,206
Posted By sstorkel

Which may be accurate: Newton's First Law being...

Which may be accurate: Newton's First Law being what it is, bicycling on flat ground is fairly efficient once you're up to speed. Changes in weight generally don't have a huge impact unless they also...
07-07-16, 08:40 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,206
Posted By sstorkel

Sure there is: Bicycle Speed (Velocity) And Power...

Sure there is: Bicycle Speed (Velocity) And Power Calculator (http://www.kreuzotter.de/english/espeed.htm)
07-01-16, 08:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 805
Posted By sstorkel

Unless you're a savvy shopper and willing to...

Unless you're a savvy shopper and willing to spend a long time hunting for bargains, building a bike from a frame and parts will usually end up costing more money than buying a complete bike. Figure...
06-10-16, 09:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 950
Posted By sstorkel

You'll get a bunch of replies to these questions,...

You'll get a bunch of replies to these questions, all of it different an contradictory. With that said, I offer the following advice:

1) Maybe. Does it fit? Is the carbon fiber frame sound? Is the...
06-10-16, 09:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,074
Posted By sstorkel

It sounds to me like you have three choices: ...

It sounds to me like you have three choices:

1) Buy shorts locally
2) Reschedule your appointment
3) Wear your current shorts to your fit and hope for the best

You haven't told us where you...
06-09-16, 09:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,057
Posted By sstorkel

Agree with this completely. At 220 pounds, there...

Agree with this completely. At 220 pounds, there should be plenty of 24-spoke wheel builds that could be perfectly adequate for the OP. Heck, at that weight I was riding on a set of ultra-cheap...
06-08-16, 09:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,057
Posted By sstorkel

What wheels are you currently riding? I'm 40-50...

What wheels are you currently riding? I'm 40-50 pounds lighter than you and I use 24/28-spoke wheel sets. At around 1600g/set (claimed) they're 200+g heavier than the lightest 16/20-spoke tubular...
06-08-16, 09:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 635
Posted By sstorkel

Once I have my saddle at the right height, I wrap...

Once I have my saddle at the right height, I wrap a piece of black electrical tape around the seat post right where it meets the seat post collar. One or two wraps of tape around the seat post and...
06-02-16, 09:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,465
Posted By sstorkel

I own a set of Shimano XTR PD-M970 pedals....

I own a set of Shimano XTR PD-M970 pedals. Honestly, without looking at them or weighing them on a gram scale I couldn't tell the difference from the inexpensive PD-M520s. I got them for a great...
06-02-16, 09:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,074
Posted By sstorkel

Unfortunately, there are dozens of different...

Unfortunately, there are dozens of different things that can cause knee pain.

Improper saddle height is the biggest problem for a lot of people. The saddle should be as high as possible while...
06-02-16, 01:16 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,465
Posted By sstorkel

M520's are the best! I have them on all of my...

M520's are the best! I have them on all of my bikes, including my $5000 road bike...
06-01-16, 09:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,465
Posted By sstorkel

The big difference between the Crank Brothers...

The big difference between the Crank Brothers pedals and Shimano SPDs is the release angle. With Crank Brothers pedals, the release angle is 15- or 20-degrees. SPDs are something like 3- or...
05-27-16, 03:03 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,727
Posted By sstorkel

No, I did not. As a point of fact, which you seem...

No, I did not. As a point of fact, which you seem to have a tenuous grasp on, I didn't say anything about weight until after you posted your two bogus photos. At no time did I say that a steel bike...
05-26-16, 10:30 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,727
Posted By sstorkel

Sounds good. Feel free to point to name-brand,...

Sounds good. Feel free to point to name-brand, LBS-sold steel bikes that include a carbon fiber fork. I've already pointed to numerous examples of readily available steel bikes within the OP's budget...
05-26-16, 09:56 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,727
Posted By sstorkel

Sounds like we agree. I guess you didn't bother...

Sounds like we agree. I guess you didn't bother to read the last paragraph of my post? The one where I said, "Do an apples-to-apples comparison without a fork swap and the "steel" bike ends up with a...
05-25-16, 11:23 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,727
Posted By sstorkel

I think that's only true if you believe the...

I think that's only true if you believe the manufacturer's lies. In the real world, the weight difference is a half-pound or more, not the tenth of a pound you're claiming. I installed Ultegra Di2 on...
05-25-16, 11:28 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,727
Posted By sstorkel

The OP can't afford high-end exotic steel alloys,...

The OP can't afford high-end exotic steel alloys, so the disadvantages of a 4130/chromly steel frame are:

- It weighs more than an aluminum or carbon frame
- It's more flexible than an aluminum...
05-24-16, 10:22 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,727
Posted By sstorkel

No, he isn't. In this particular case, I think...

No, he isn't. In this particular case, I think you've drunk a little too much of the "steel is real" Kool-aid to be at all objective on the subject. You repeatedly sing the praises of steel, without...
05-24-16, 09:38 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,727
Posted By sstorkel

Personally, I ride carbon and aluminum frames and...

Personally, I ride carbon and aluminum frames and love them. I'm not a fan of steel; too heavy and too flexible in my experience. Aluminum frames work well with carbon fiber forks and slightly wider...
05-19-16, 09:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,220
Posted By sstorkel

I've thought about buying Specialized bikes on...

I've thought about buying Specialized bikes on several occasions, but could never get past their high prices. A friend of mine bought a Fuji road bike, got a great deal on it, and has had absolutely...
05-13-16, 10:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 802
Posted By sstorkel

I own a Nashbar aluminum touring frame. For $100...

I own a Nashbar aluminum touring frame. For $100 (frame+fork) it was a great value and built up into a terrific bike. That said, there were a few small dings in the paint when it was delivered to me....
05-11-16, 09:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,358
Posted By sstorkel

I wouldn't trust anything that uses a cell phone,...

I wouldn't trust anything that uses a cell phone, unless you have some way to charge the phone while you're riding (ex: external battery pack that you recharge every night). Smart phones aren't...
05-09-16, 09:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 664
Posted By sstorkel

New tires are cheap insurance. Replace it.

New tires are cheap insurance. Replace it.
05-06-16, 08:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 609
Posted By sstorkel

Given the price I doubt these are visible during...

Given the price I doubt these are visible during the day, doubt they work well at night and doubt a car driver would understand what the lines mean. If you want to buy a light, buy the brightest...
05-03-16, 11:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,174
Posted By sstorkel

Doubt it. When I plug the PowerTap numbers into a...

Doubt it. When I plug the PowerTap numbers into a weight-loss plan, I lose weight at almost precisely the rate that would be expected. When I plug the calorie estimates from the HRM into the same...
05-02-16, 09:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,174
Posted By sstorkel

Which power meter are you using? With...

Which power meter are you using?



With my PowerTap power meters, I assume KJ ~= kcal. My last ride was 28.5 miles with 1100 feet of elevation gain and an average speed of 15mph. I used a Garmin...
05-01-16, 07:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,443
Posted By sstorkel

This is the conventional wisdom, but I found the...

This is the conventional wisdom, but I found the opposite to be true. With pedals that allow a large degree of float, my knees track all over the place which eventually leads to knee pain. I'm...
05-01-16, 09:12 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,018
Posted By sstorkel

As others have mentioned, you probably need to...

As others have mentioned, you probably need to get your local bike shop to help you with the fit. Honestly, they should have done this before they let you take the bike home. You might need a shorter...
04-30-16, 01:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,174
Posted By sstorkel

The calorie estimates from the 2-3 HRMs that I've...

The calorie estimates from the 2-3 HRMs that I've tried were always 50-100% higher than the work estimate (KJ) provided by my power meter. If you've compared your HRM to a power meter and see numbers...
04-27-16, 08:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,002
Posted By sstorkel

Yes. But I think the majority of the weight...

Yes. But I think the majority of the weight difference comes from the component selection (an Ultegra drive-train left-over from another bike) plus wheels and tires that were built for riding on...
04-27-16, 09:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,002
Posted By sstorkel

Yep, cheap touring bikes are heavy. Touring bikes...

Yep, cheap touring bikes are heavy. Touring bikes don't have to be heavy, though. Mine weighs 22 pounds versus my road bike which is around 17 pounds.
04-26-16, 10:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,002
Posted By sstorkel

Touring bikes are described as "tank-like"...

Touring bikes are described as "tank-like" because they tend to be slow to maneuver. When you've got a bunch of weigh strapped to the front and rear of the bike, this is exactly what you want! Strap...
04-26-16, 09:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,174
Posted By sstorkel

Even the calorie number from the HRM sounds...

Even the calorie number from the HRM sounds pretty optimistic to me. I've yet to find a HRM that didn't report far more calories than my power meter, though I haven't tried anything that was released...
04-25-16, 09:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,501
Posted By sstorkel

The other option for increasing tension on the...

The other option for increasing tension on the NDS is to look for rims with an offset drilling. I used Velocity's Synergy OC wheels for my touring bike, which have a 4mm offset. On the rear wheel,...
04-24-16, 08:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,501
Posted By sstorkel

It all depends on the rim! Most of the rims I'm...

It all depends on the rim! Most of the rims I'm familiar with suggest 110-120 kgf as the maximum spoke tension. 150-160 kgf sounds quite high!

You can use the DT Swiss Spoke Calculator:
...
04-21-16, 08:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 971
Posted By sstorkel

I can't make out anything from the picture you...

I can't make out anything from the picture you attached; even the full-sized version is very small. What are the specs?
04-15-16, 08:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 837
Posted By sstorkel

Why not ask them for examples of their routes and...

Why not ask them for examples of their routes and then pre-ride them to see if you can manage their pace without the pressure of having to keep up with a group? I dunno about anyone else, but I...
03-15-16, 09:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,539
Posted By sstorkel

Any decent trainer should be able to support a...

Any decent trainer should be able to support a Clyde. Fluid trainers generally provide the most realistic feel and the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine is generally acknowledged to be one of the best fluid...
02-27-16, 10:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,021
Posted By sstorkel

I'm a Type 1 diabetic. My endocrinologist seems...

I'm a Type 1 diabetic. My endocrinologist seems to think that One Touch meters are very accurate. I recently switched to using a Contour Next Link, mostly because it will communicate with my insulin...
02-26-16, 09:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 610
Posted By sstorkel

I don't do business with shops that only let you...

I don't do business with shops that only let you ride around the parking lot...
02-26-16, 10:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 610
Posted By sstorkel

My thoughts on test-rides:...

My thoughts on test-rides: http://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/499486-test-ride-what-look.html#post8127515

In terms of what to wear, I usually wear bicycling shorts or bibs under regular...
02-23-16, 10:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 923
Posted By sstorkel

There aren't many options here: 1) Run...

There aren't many options here:

1) Run U-lock through helmet vents if the vents are large enough
2) Buy a lock specifically for the helmet (ex: a cable lock designed to work for luggage...
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