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Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-10, 09:47 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,869
Posted By agarose2000

I find roadies have a predilection to overly...

I find roadies have a predilection to overly blame others for being directly at fault. In reality, NOBODY wants to crash, and in fact, takes all precautions to avoid it. Yes, there are some...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-11-10, 07:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,635
Posted By agarose2000

You'd be surprised how fast the tire wears down...

You'd be surprised how fast the tire wears down if you using it regularly. I've never let mine get down to the point where it 'pops' on the trainer, but I've had tires wear down enough to be...
10-11-10, 06:25 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,104
Posted By agarose2000

Wow someone needs to relax. I'll bet that SAG...

Wow someone needs to relax. I'll bet that SAG slowed you down for what - 3 seconds, if even that? Foothill is a 2-lane, low-traffic road that isn't even that long. It's particularly good for...
Forum: Commuting
10-11-10, 06:19 AM
Replies: 231
Views: 6,373
Posted By agarose2000

If there's one thing the US desperately needs,...

If there's one thing the US desperately needs, it's an INCREASE in gas prices. Perhaps not at the peak of the recession, but in general, gas prices are so subsidized in the US that it crushes any...
Forum: Commuting
10-10-10, 11:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,025
Posted By agarose2000

Road bikes make it SIGNIFICANTLY easier to go 20+...

Road bikes make it SIGNIFICANTLY easier to go 20+ compared to a hybrid, which is still yet faster than a mtn bike. The difference is not trivial - I can hold 24mph for an hour solo on FLAT course on...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-10-10, 06:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,272
Posted By agarose2000

You can "learn" to like only top-end gruppos, but...

You can "learn" to like only top-end gruppos, but there's nothing wrong at all with intro-level gruppos. I've got a Sora triple bike and a DA Cervelo, and the Sora is excellent - I don't miss my DA...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-10-10, 12:36 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,517
Posted By agarose2000

Those wheels came stock on my Cervelo. Absolutely...

Those wheels came stock on my Cervelo. Absolutely no problems with them here even after some serious riding on them, including some pretty rough roads. I'm only 155lbs though, so that may be a...
Forum: Commuting
10-08-10, 10:50 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,667
Posted By agarose2000

I'm surprised at all the negative advice about...

I'm surprised at all the negative advice about the carbon fiber bikes for commuting. Come on now - it's fine - MORE than fine. Carbon fiber is not like glass - it doesn't just "explode" on you. These...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-10, 07:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 955
Posted By agarose2000

Get the Magicshine front 900 watt headlight and...

Get the Magicshine front 900 watt headlight and the magicshine tail-light. Both run off a single battery, and you can get the whole setup for about $100ish from geomangear.com who ships it FAST and...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-05-10, 11:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,635
Posted By agarose2000

I've got one and it works totally fine. Yes, a...

I've got one and it works totally fine. Yes, a bit hard to get on, but that's par for these tires. I've been riding the crap out of mine and I haven't noticed any premature wear, as compared to...
Forum: Commuting
10-04-10, 07:34 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,483
Posted By agarose2000

2-3x per week for me, 36 miles round trip. Takes...

2-3x per week for me, 36 miles round trip. Takes 2 hours, and it's a great workout. Unfortunately, takes about 45 minutes longer than if I did it by car, since traffic isn't so bad around here during...
10-03-10, 06:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,070
Posted By agarose2000

The ring isn't that bad at all. Why are you...

The ring isn't that bad at all. Why are you changing modes in the middle of a ride anyway?
Forum: Road Cycling
10-03-10, 06:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 917
Posted By agarose2000

Man, it's not that complicated. Flat surface...

Man, it's not that complicated.

Flat surface at near eye level on the bike, and you're done. I used my washing machine in my garage - put the laptop on top, and I'm good to go.

One thing that I...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-10, 03:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,108
Posted By agarose2000

You won't break your bike / bike trainer by...

You won't break your bike / bike trainer by sprinting on it. I've done loads of sprints on my Cycleops2 in the biggest gear at 90+rpm (I've hit 35mph on the rear wheel sensor on it) no problem.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-10, 09:02 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,248
Posted By agarose2000

+1. You NEVER need a carbon frame. Ever. But...

+1. You NEVER need a carbon frame. Ever.

But that doesn't mean you shouldn't get one if that's what excited you and fires you up about cycling. Go for it if your wallet can deal with it - I...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-10, 08:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,108
Posted By agarose2000

The trainer with no additional devices/dvds is...

The trainer with no additional devices/dvds is mental death. I'm a die-hard user, and I can't do it for more than a week if I'm just on a trainer with nothing else.

3 things that are key, and have...
09-30-10, 06:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,070
Posted By agarose2000

Please further enlighten us - I'm looking for a...

Please further enlighten us - I'm looking for a way do put in a wedge that doesn't interfere with the quick on/off of the O-ring and won't break off by accident.
09-29-10, 10:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,070
Posted By agarose2000

I just got one of those tail-lights (and the...

I just got one of those tail-lights (and the front). I wasn't able to buy it as a kit , so I ordered them individually (they all came together anyway.)

I'm not as handy with the DIY mounts, so I...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-10, 10:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 798
Posted By agarose2000

I've got a Giant Defy3 that rides great - the...

I've got a Giant Defy3 that rides great - the frame is really impressively designed - not just round aluminum tubing, and looks the same as their hi-end frames. I use it for hammering with the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-10, 06:50 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,357
Posted By agarose2000

And despite this video, I GUARANTEE that these...

And despite this video, I GUARANTEE that these guys can put out more power if they went all-out on a fixed trainer vs rolllers. That's my point - I never said rollers couldn't give you a hard workout...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-10, 11:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 606
Posted By agarose2000

It all depends on your background, age and...

It all depends on your background, age and fitness level, but if you're a relativively young (<45yrs) healthy male, that workout schedule is eminently doable with some adaptation time.

Consider...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-10, 11:02 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,357
Posted By agarose2000

I don't know if rollers necessarily improve your...

I don't know if rollers necessarily improve your handling ina lot of real-world situations. I know, it seems counterintuitive, since it's definitely harder to ride rollers than to ride on road, but...
09-28-10, 09:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 850
Posted By agarose2000

Where do you mount your MS battery and wrap the cables?

Wondering how y'all MagicShine users mount your MS battery and secure the cabling?

The battery is smaller than a standard water bottle, so I've been velcroing to the frame, and running the...
09-24-10, 10:12 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,714
Posted By agarose2000

I just got the MS and the tail-light, and it's...

I just got the MS and the tail-light, and it's awesome. It's replacing my dual FENIX setup which was good, but not great.

Interestingly, the Fenix throws as far as the MS , but the spread is much...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-10, 08:31 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,229
Posted By agarose2000

Economically, unless you ditch the car...

Economically, unless you ditch the car completely, it's hard to justify bike commuting.

Ironically, the CLOSER your commuter, the better the bike becomes, because you don't have to warm up the car...
09-22-10, 09:00 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,519
Posted By agarose2000

+1 on Geomangear BTW - ordered Sunday (US) and...

+1 on Geomangear BTW - ordered Sunday (US) and received Wednesday via UPS. Impressive.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-10, 11:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 493
Posted By agarose2000

I both swear AT, and swear BY my Spinervals DVDs....

I both swear AT, and swear BY my Spinervals DVDs.

They are god-awful hard. When I actually do them as instructed, they're harder than all the hammerfest rides I try and keep up on around here,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-10, 10:46 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,544
Posted By agarose2000

Cost isn't that primary issue for me - I just...

Cost isn't that primary issue for me - I just feel that it's a tragic waste sometimes when you do a flat-happy ride and get 2, even 3 flats in one ride. If you use hi-quality Bontrager inner tubes...
Forum: Commuting
09-21-10, 10:33 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 5,999
Posted By agarose2000

I speak from direct experience (as I'm sure you...

I speak from direct experience (as I'm sure you will relate to yourself) having seen dozens of would-be commuters attempt a measly 10 mile commute with impromptu gear and get so frustrated they never...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-10, 10:15 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,544
Posted By agarose2000

Patching tubes to "revive" them - good idea or not?

Just wondering if folks have had any problems patching tubes for future re-use after getting home.

This is for AT-HOME patching, not on-the-ride patching; I carry 2 extra inner tubes for fast...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-10, 08:23 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 5,999
Posted By agarose2000

Y'all keeping forgetting the OP. I GUARANTEE...

Y'all keeping forgetting the OP.

I GUARANTEE that recommending her to keep it simple and to just "wing it" with minimal accessories for a 13 mile ride on hairy roads in evening hours will cause...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-10, 01:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,676
Posted By agarose2000

Those aren't noobs in the video - they are elite...

Those aren't noobs in the video - they are elite female triathletes who could probably outride 90% of the people in the road racing forum. It's that hard when you're tired and moving fast to get the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-10, 09:08 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,676
Posted By agarose2000

Heh heh. Although to be fair, it's tough to try...

Heh heh. Although to be fair, it's tough to try and steer while still on top of your shoes and trying to strap in. That's one thing that I'll NEVER be able to do on rollers!
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-10, 12:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 650
Posted By agarose2000

Go to your LBS and just buy an intro-level road...

Go to your LBS and just buy an intro-level road bike with drop bars. You will be able to race with the best riders with no problem if you're strong enough.

I own a Giant Defy3 ($695 at LBS in...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-10, 04:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 734
Posted By agarose2000

Couple clarifications here: - I'm NOT...

Couple clarifications here:

- I'm NOT asserting that Running is much better than cycling. You obviously need sport-specific training in each sport to do your best. At the highest levels, it's...
09-18-10, 03:41 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,519
Posted By agarose2000

It's true that pretty much anything can go bust,...

It's true that pretty much anything can go bust, even from great retailers, but when you're dealing with a store like REI, which has high prices but AWESOME cust service, it's as close to a guarantee...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-10, 03:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 522
Posted By agarose2000

You've got an easy one with the shower at work. ...

You've got an easy one with the shower at work.

Stock up on cookies and stuff before your bike commute so you don't have to carry it.

Put all your repair stuff in a medium sized seatpack, and...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-10, 11:55 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 5,999
Posted By agarose2000

Are you doing 13 miles each way on a mtn bike?

Are you doing 13 miles each way on a mtn bike?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-10, 08:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 767
Posted By agarose2000

I ride a $700 Giant Defy3 alu-xx with Sora/2200...

I ride a $700 Giant Defy3 alu-xx with Sora/2200 Shimano parts all stock with no problem with roadie hammerfests at 25+mph and mountain climbs. Thought it would be a lot worse than my $$$ Cervelo P2C,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-10, 08:36 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,043
Posted By agarose2000

It's way more aero to bring your knees in close...

It's way more aero to bring your knees in close than to flare them out wide.

Might seem trivial to us mortals, but for the top pros, every aero advantage counts a lot. There's a lot of debate on...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-10, 08:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 734
Posted By agarose2000

For someone actively training with a PM, I'm...

For someone actively training with a PM, I'm assuming you're trying to race or push your limits. If so, 3x/week is minimal training, and you should go as hard as you can for as long as you can on all...
09-18-10, 08:22 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,519
Posted By agarose2000

Gotta agree here in terms of DX - the QC I've...

Gotta agree here in terms of DX - the QC I've experience is sufficiently off that I'm avoiding it from now on despite my love of lower-priced alternative goods. I consider bike-lights a...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-10, 08:17 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 8,949
Posted By agarose2000

No friggin' way. Seriously folks, you gotta...

No friggin' way.

Seriously folks, you gotta stop looking at these bike-specific lights and actually read the flashlight reviews on this forum.

FENIX or Terralux AAs for 220 lumens x 1 hr, run...
09-18-10, 08:10 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,141
Posted By agarose2000

I've been disappointed with my chain cleaner +...

I've been disappointed with my chain cleaner + Simplegreen so far. Even with like 5 refills/runs, it still gives off tons of black gunk.
09-18-10, 08:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,008
Posted By agarose2000

Dude - he was probably nodding to give you props...

Dude - he was probably nodding to give you props for even being out there on a bike at all. Intentional rude looks are pretty rare, but misinterpreted looks are common.

I nod and smile to most of...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-10, 08:03 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 5,999
Posted By agarose2000

I'd argue that for someone commuting regularly 13...

I'd argue that for someone commuting regularly 13 miles each way on a mountain bike, on the East Coast where rain, sleet, and now darkness are the norm before/after work, and a bike newb on top of it...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-10, 07:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,435
Posted By agarose2000

I recall being 16 and all skinny and all. Ate...

I recall being 16 and all skinny and all. Ate whatever I could and pumped as much iron as I could to beef up, and still stayed on the "slim" side.

Now over twice as old, and finding that I'm...
09-18-10, 07:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,312
Posted By agarose2000

But is simple green + drivetrain oil & grease...

But is simple green + drivetrain oil & grease safe to discard into the sewer?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-10, 07:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 616
Posted By agarose2000

I don't think you can go wrong with the $120ish...

I don't think you can go wrong with the $120ish rollers from Performance. It sounds like you're not doing "hardcore" type indoor type training sessions, and with minimal practice, you'll be doing...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-10, 07:40 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 5,999
Posted By agarose2000

I think a cell phone for phone a friend is a much...

I think a cell phone for phone a friend is a much better solution.

You'll be lucky if buses in your area will accept a bike on the bus. (They'll need to have a front bike rack.) Plus, odds of you...
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