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Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-19, 12:57 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,443
Posted By bikebreak

If you want to save grams and $ go carbon...

If you want to save grams and $ go carbon tubular.
Tubular rims are less popular than clincher, so resale prices are lower, you can pick up zipp 303 or nice Reynolds rims for $500ish on ebay. I've...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-19, 02:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 404
Posted By bikebreak

Enve 2.2 brake pads?

The Enve 2.2 have the newer textured brake track, from my research Enve released a new black brake pad to use on these. Is the new Enve pad the same as the Swissstop Black Prince? They look pretty...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-19, 09:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,755
Posted By bikebreak

Yes, but when I bought mine the Control was not...

Yes, but when I bought mine the Control was not out yet. caveat is the Corsa Control is much much heavier than the old Pave, especially in tubular.
The Corsa G is only a bit heaver than the old...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-19, 12:34 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,569
Posted By bikebreak

Skinsuit saves you time both on the bike and just...

Skinsuit saves you time both on the bike and just getting dressed!

recommend Castelli San Remo and Ale
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-19, 12:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,755
Posted By bikebreak

same story with the tubular, the tubular G+ seem...

same story with the tubular, the tubular G+ seem faster and more durable than old corsa but I notice less grip than the old Pave. even in dry.

I have killed a G+ tire by skid, making an emergency...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-19, 06:38 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,242
Posted By bikebreak

I read somewhere that using the big ring with a...

I read somewhere that using the big ring with a big cog is more mechanically efficient than small ring small cog. eg 50x25 is somehow better than 34x17. Is that not the case?
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-19, 06:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,242
Posted By bikebreak

I wouldn't worry about it with the Shimano, the...

I wouldn't worry about it with the Shimano, the shift ramps are only on the big ring, going 34 to 36 should not mess up anything. I run 52-34 on one bike and that is a little slower than 52-36 or...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-19, 06:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 610
Posted By bikebreak

I like Caffelatex in tubular tyres

I like Caffelatex in tubular tyres
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-19, 06:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 799
Posted By bikebreak

Bontrager Ballista MIPS got best marks for safety...

Bontrager Ballista MIPS got best marks for safety testing
I like mine, but it does not have quite as good ventilation as other helmets, the LG Course helmet being my gold standard for ventilation
Forum: Road Cycling
03-01-19, 11:47 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,378
Posted By bikebreak

I use the corsa G+ rear and speed front. They are...

I use the corsa G+ rear and speed front. They are fast. About as good as the Veloflex

I needed an emergency stop on a downhill when a car passed me then wanted to stop and turn... I braked hard...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-25-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,588
Posted By bikebreak

I did a group ride on a rented Roubaix with the...

I did a group ride on a rented Roubaix with the new future shock, and could just roll over small potholes that everyone else avoided, so that helped
First upgrade would be lighter faster rolling...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-25-19, 07:55 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,378
Posted By bikebreak

The tape is really good, I used it on a set of...

The tape is really good, I used it on a set of Easton ec90 55 rims with 25mm vittoria. When I had to pull a tire to true a rim (internal spoke nipples), it was easy enough to remove, then retape...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-25-19, 07:48 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,378
Posted By bikebreak

I put caffelatex sealant in tubs and usually ride...

I put caffelatex sealant in tubs and usually ride with no spare, but with a caffelatex espresso co2 + sealant cannister
When I did some 80 or 100+ mile events I brought a spare, for good luck. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-13-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 5,747
Posted By bikebreak

I bet we (bikeforums) could scare up 20-30...

I bet we (bikeforums) could scare up 20-30 "amateur" riders with power meters and cadence sensors and compare power output vs average cadence
I hypothesize higher cadence is correlated with higher...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-30-19, 01:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,481
Posted By bikebreak

SPD-m, even 2 sided, is not much heavier than...

SPD-m, even 2 sided, is not much heavier than SPD-SL since the cleats are lighter
If your shoes are nice and stiff sprinting is just fine, you shouldn't be twisting your feet enough to unclip
Forum: Road Cycling
01-29-19, 03:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 424
Posted By bikebreak

I picked up a new Chinese Aspide via ebay, so...

I picked up a new Chinese Aspide via ebay, so there would be some recourse if it was junk.
It's actually a very nice saddle, as it is a decent copy of a very very nice saddle. I have an older model...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-08-19, 09:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 962
Posted By bikebreak

the new Easton EC90 wheels are like this, using a...

the new Easton EC90 wheels are like this, using a special nipple
I had a set but in tubular, they are fantastic rims

I imagine you can source rims from china but you need to check into their...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-08-19, 09:21 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,666
Posted By bikebreak

The Gore Shakedry is pretty amazing, makes every...

The Gore Shakedry is pretty amazing, makes every other rain jacket seem like a plastic bag
11-08-18, 08:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 283
Posted By bikebreak

650b conversion drop and tire clearance?

question on 650b conversions
How much lower to the ground would BB get going from 700x28 to 650x28?

Is there a general rule that going 700 to 650b adds about 10mm in tire clearance? eg a frame...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-18, 08:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 418
Posted By bikebreak

caad12 disc 650b conversion?

Is that possible with a CAAD12?
Anyone tried?
Any ideas on tire clearance?
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-18, 07:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 640
Posted By bikebreak

This is accurate, with the caveat that shorter...

This is accurate, with the caveat that shorter crank arms will be a bit more aero, if you're doing TT or tri that may save seconds
I found going to slightly shorter crank arms made it easier to spin...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-18, 02:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 168
Posted By bikebreak

frames with lower BB for 32mm tires

I have bikes with 70 and 72mm BB drop, which feel great with 23-25mm tires but feel off with 28 or 32mm tires

I'm playing with the idea of building up a frame (prefer used) for winter or rain use...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-30-18, 04:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 497
Posted By bikebreak

Got a stages power meter. It cut out after 20 miles

https://www.strava.com/activities/1876527472/analysis

Got a great deal on brand new stages, it connected OK to phone and I updated firmware and calibrated.

But first real ride it just stopped...
09-21-18, 11:10 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,072
Posted By bikebreak

specialized Tricross, fits 45mm tires and BB is...

specialized Tricross, fits 45mm tires and BB is low enough that it feels right
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-18, 11:02 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,598
Posted By bikebreak

I rented the new Roubaix (lower end Sport model)...

I rented the new Roubaix (lower end Sport model) for a week and really liked it, I would say it's ideal for rougher roads. I went up some mountain roads that were not well maintained, and some dirt...
09-17-18, 07:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 255
Posted By bikebreak

Wheelbuilding broke spoke, what is margin or error on length

I'm building a carbon rim up and managed to break a cx-ray at the nipple over tightening.
I am using 260mm based on an online calculator. I didn't see 260 singles for sale on ebay or a other couple...
09-06-18, 12:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 151
Posted By bikebreak

Sora 9 chainring on ultegra 11 crank?

I want to get a 34t for a 6800 set, and noticed the sora now uses the same bdc as the 11 speed cranks
Anything wrong with getting the cheaper Sora 9sp ring for 11sp drivetrain? Is it any thicker?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-18, 08:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 363
Posted By bikebreak

I have mini V front brakes on a cyclocross bike,...

I have mini V front brakes on a cyclocross bike, cantilever on bake. The mini V is much stronger, probably as good or better than caliper in stopping power. Takes more adjusting to get it right though
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-18, 06:59 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,736
Posted By bikebreak

I rented the Roubaix sport, which is low end and...

I rented the Roubaix sport, which is low end and felt fairly heavy (I didn't have a scale on vacation. I usually ride a 14 pound bike). A lot of that weight was the saddle, wheels, tires, low end...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-18, 06:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 562
Posted By bikebreak

I had good luck with vittoria Pave, with...

I had good luck with vittoria Pave, with caffelatex sealant. No flats in 5000 miles or so on good roads. When tire wore thin I started to see some moisture where it had punctured but sealant fixed it
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-18, 07:27 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,736
Posted By bikebreak

Before you try dropping the stem try riding while...

Before you try dropping the stem try riding while bending your elbows more to get the torso lower, if that works then drop it some. Then bend elbows again and drop again
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-18, 07:24 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,736
Posted By bikebreak

I just rented a 2018 Roubaix for a week, I liked...

I just rented a 2018 Roubaix for a week, I liked the shock but it is heavy. The FS assembly alone is easily about a pound. I was able to keep up, mostly, with a fast group ride where most guys had...
08-17-18, 03:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 341
Posted By bikebreak

In Santa Barbara for a few days, rides?

Did Gibraltar. Great!

Any group rides or shop rides Sunday or Monday? Do they still have a fast ride Sunday? Anything out of Goleta?

thanks locals
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-18, 08:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 908
Posted By bikebreak

165mm is great for inseam of 29-1/2". I'm...

165mm is great for inseam of 29-1/2".

I'm about the same, and have 165 167.5 and 170 cranks. My main road bike has the 167.5, but the 165 spin up to cadence easier. I have used 172 but they feel...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-29-18, 12:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,218
Posted By bikebreak

deeper is faster, but yes, you will feel the...

deeper is faster, but yes, you will feel the wind. a modern, rounder wider rim will have less problems with crosswinds than old skinny V shape rims. a longer stem putting more weight on the front...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-18, 01:38 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,087
Posted By bikebreak

Spin faster or get an 11-28 cassette. 50->52 is...

Spin faster or get an 11-28 cassette. 50->52 is 4% faster, barely noticeable.
Even assuming you run a shimano crankset that can handle 50 or 52 big ring with a quick swap, the new chainrings cost as...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-18, 12:31 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,647
Posted By bikebreak

I recommend the vittoria corsa G+ as a rear tire,...

I recommend the vittoria corsa G+ as a rear tire, it's about 255g, and the corsa speed for front, 195g very pliable and "silky" for a modern tire. similar to the veloflex record.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-18, 11:11 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 5,568
Posted By bikebreak

If you have Strava or GPS unit set to auto-pause...

If you have Strava or GPS unit set to auto-pause when you stop.

Even with that set, it takes at least few seconds for the GPS and strava to realize you stopped, so city riding with frequent stops...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-18, 11:03 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 772
Posted By bikebreak

No pinch flats with tubular. If you have latex...

No pinch flats with tubular. If you have latex tube in your tubular you should top off air every day or two, I have forgotten a few times and went out with 60psi. squishy feeling but no danger of...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-18, 02:58 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,647
Posted By bikebreak

Yeah with good tires, had over 5000 on a 25mm...

Yeah with good tires, had over 5000 on a 25mm vittoria Pave, now have about 4k on a 25mm vittoria corsa G. using caffelatex sealant
The regular Sprinter feels slow compared to the 320tpi Pave (now...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-18, 02:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 772
Posted By bikebreak

YES caffelatex in vittoria tubulars works...

YES
caffelatex in vittoria tubulars

works great. year+ between problem punctures. I ride with clincher guys who flat tubes every few weeks...

have used the caffelatex espressor (pit stop...
06-11-18, 08:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,217
Posted By bikebreak

My wife just got a human sized Himalayan pink...

My wife just got a human sized Himalayan pink salt grinder, it's great stuff, very salty
I use 3/4 water 1/4 Gatorade and a dash of salt on hot days

The Dead Sea salt from Israel is also high in...
06-11-18, 08:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,298
Posted By bikebreak

If they wash off 99% of the bacteria, the 1%...

If they wash off 99% of the bacteria, the 1% remaining can still reproduce and be a threat
same deal with hand sanitizers that kill 99.99% of pathogens. It's that .01% that it really nasty and hard...
06-11-18, 08:09 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,868
Posted By bikebreak

A 150lb guy isn't "equally fit" with a 250lb pro...

A 150lb guy isn't "equally fit" with a 250lb pro bodybuilder. Apples and oranges.
The 150lb guy, if he rides or runs for fitness, can obviously ride or run faster and farther than the bodybuilder,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-18, 07:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,016
Posted By bikebreak

Joe Breeze makes great frames It seems the...

Joe Breeze makes great frames

It seems the Breezer Radar is meant to use with a shorter stem, more like a MTB, so they have very long ETT
06-11-18, 07:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,158
Posted By bikebreak

I don't think I'm ever really keto, but I eat low...

I don't think I'm ever really keto, but I eat low carb days when not riding or lifting and regular carb other days

I have limited time for riding so I ride hard and burn the carbs. I have done...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-18, 06:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,247
Posted By bikebreak

I like Shimano shoes, and Lake, these tend to be...

I like Shimano shoes, and Lake, these tend to be a bit more generous in the toe box. This is good because toes can swell a bit riding
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-18, 06:21 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,869
Posted By bikebreak

How are winds at Sri Lanka? I would assume...

How are winds at Sri Lanka? I would assume everything being close to the ocean it gets windy.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-18, 06:15 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,675
Posted By bikebreak

I read the title and thought you wanted 1000g for...

I read the title and thought you wanted 1000g for both wheels. Which is quite possible with tubular carbon rims
At 50kg you can get away with some very light rims
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-18, 12:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 17,319
Posted By bikebreak

More recent Lemond frames were Reynolds 853 but...

More recent Lemond frames were Reynolds 853 but older vintage frames are other varieties of steel. They also used True Temper Ox Platinum for a couple years, which probably just as good as 853

The...
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