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Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-22, 06:45 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 1,830
Posted By aliasfox

I reported back in post #60. My takeaway right...

I reported back in post #60. My takeaway right now is that I donít like going slow on climbs, and the energy saved on the short burst climbs doesnít really seem like enough to make the rest of my...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-22, 02:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 356
Posted By aliasfox

Very impressive. I haven't done much north of the...

Very impressive. I haven't done much north of the Golden Gate Bridge, but there's plenty down on the peninsula that you can explore in the 2nd half of the year!
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-22, 01:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 623
Posted By aliasfox

Please. Many of us have to work to be able to...

Please. Many of us have to work to be able to afford the toys (including bikes) that we want, and many of us have family obligations, as well. Not to mention we don't all live in climates where it's...
06-30-22, 02:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 465
Posted By aliasfox

+1 on the Thomson - it is so choice. If you have...

+1 on the Thomson - it is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.

I got a Thomson Elite to replace the single bolt seatpost on my hardtail 20 years ago. It's now the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-22, 11:02 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 1,830
Posted By aliasfox

So, did 28 miles yesterday, including three laps...

So, did 28 miles yesterday, including three laps of Central Park. Didn't have anyone going my pace, so can't comment on that, but have a few other observations:

- I apparently pedal faster in real...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-22, 01:39 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 1,830
Posted By aliasfox

I have trouble with cadences outside of 65-80...

I have trouble with cadences outside of 65-80 (rough estimate). Spinning at or above 90rpm for even a short amount of time has always gotten me winded.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-22, 01:36 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 1,830
Posted By aliasfox

Funnily enough... the bike I keep on the west...

Funnily enough... the bike I keep on the west coast (at my sister's) is closer to a corncob in the back, and has the steepest granny gear of in my stable. That bike has a 12-27, 9 speed cassette, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-22, 01:18 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 1,830
Posted By aliasfox

The cassette is an 11-28, but is a corncob...

The cassette is an 11-28, but is a corncob between 11-17, which is where I spend most of my time. Climbing isn't the issue for me here, rather flats performance.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-22, 12:51 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 1,830
Posted By aliasfox

One of my rides when I'm outside of the city...

One of my rides when I'm outside of the city includes an 8 mile climb at a heady 0.5-1%, would chugging up that be considered a 'constant power session?'
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-22, 09:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 543
Posted By aliasfox

As far as I can tell, the Shimano Road and...

As far as I can tell, the Shimano Road and Mountain disc rotors are functionally close enough that I wouldn't be able to feel a difference - so between the two, I'd likely pick based on aesthetics or...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-22, 09:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 218
Posted By aliasfox

There used to be a lot of aluminum bikes with...

There used to be a lot of aluminum bikes with carbon stays, as well. Not to mention forks that have alloy steerers or crowns, bonded to carbon legs, which are then bonded to alloy dropouts. You just...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-22, 08:55 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 1,830
Posted By aliasfox

I'm going to see how 'steady state effort' feels...

I'm going to see how 'steady state effort' feels after work today, at least on one of my laps. I'm just worried I'll get bored trying to do steady state, especially without a power meter for an...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-22, 08:50 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 1,830
Posted By aliasfox

I haven't done Tunitas yet, my riding buddy out...

I haven't done Tunitas yet, my riding buddy out there tells me it's a bear. But the Pescadero loop has probably the best views I've seen on the peninsula. Probably not getting a rental car this time...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-22, 08:45 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 1,830
Posted By aliasfox

Apparently, according to one of the other...

Apparently, according to one of the other posters, I probably am doing interval training, to a degree, without really trying to. Will try to be more even on one of my laps after work today.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-22, 08:42 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 1,830
Posted By aliasfox

Lol. I'll try different things on the hills to...

Lol. I'll try different things on the hills to see how they feel - low gear spinning, higher gear cranking, standing, sitting, maintaining one gear, shifting up and down just to vary the cadence -...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-22, 08:38 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 1,830
Posted By aliasfox

Definitely view lapping CP as a workout, so...

Definitely view lapping CP as a workout, so that's (generally) a good thing.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 04:35 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 1,830
Posted By aliasfox

1. Doubtful my power to weight's any good - in...

1. Doubtful my power to weight's any good - in fact, I'm almost certain I'm pitiful here :-P. I usually ride on the hoods, but even with bent elbows (tucked in) riding in the drops, I rarely reel...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 03:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 242
Posted By aliasfox

XDR is the standard needed to run SRAM 12 speed...

XDR is the standard needed to run SRAM 12 speed cassettes that have a 10T gear. If you're running Shimano, you'll want Shimano 11-speed (listed as Shimano or maybe as HG). Shimano 11sp freehubs can...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 02:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 242
Posted By aliasfox

I run Campy Zondas on a rim brake bike, and think...

I run Campy Zondas on a rim brake bike, and think they're pretty sweet. They seem light, spin up quickly, and the G3 lacing pattern is different. The hub on these is also very, very quiet when...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 12:13 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 1,830
Posted By aliasfox

lol. I'm really just riding my pace, and curious...

lol. I'm really just riding my pace, and curious as to why I notice what I notice. I've definitely seen others give 'the look,' however!
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 12:08 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 1,830
Posted By aliasfox

The FD probably just needs a little limit...

The FD probably just needs a little limit adjustment - she's a new build, almost all of her 250 miles has been this year, in Manhattan. The FD cable went a bit slack a couple of weeks ago - I pulled...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 11:55 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 1,830
Posted By aliasfox

Who's worrying? Would love to ride more....

Who's worrying?

Would love to ride more. This job thing kind of gets in the way. As do sunset and rain.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 11:42 AM
Replies: 10,551
Views: 134,868
Posted By aliasfox

Time to get more? They never have the sale and...

Time to get more? They never have the sale and 28mm tires in stock at the same time, so no stocking up for me.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 11:38 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 1,830
Posted By aliasfox

Could you explain the CAT 6 racing bit? I've...

Could you explain the CAT 6 racing bit? I've never looked into it (aside from following the TdF on TV), so I'm not sure how any of this would relate.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 11:26 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 1,830
Posted By aliasfox

There are riders that I'm faster than, and once I...

There are riders that I'm faster than, and once I pass them, I don't generally see them again
There are riders that I'm slower than, and once they pass me, I rarely see them until they sit up to do...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 11:23 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 1,830
Posted By aliasfox

The horse **** below 72nd is ever present! As are...

The horse **** below 72nd is ever present! As are the tourists trying out city bikes at 4mph...

I'm definitely avoiding coasting for more than the few seconds it takes to get some water. I think I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 10:22 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 1,830
Posted By aliasfox

I've been road riding for about 17 years, own...

I've been road riding for about 17 years, own three bikes, and have participated in metric centuries. I conquered Old La Honda in an embarrassingly slow time just before the pandemic, so you could...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 09:54 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 1,830
Posted By aliasfox

Why do I feel slow on flat-ish terrain?

Hi everyone,

Now that my wife is in the office a couple of days a week, we've started spending part of our time in Manhattan again. So instead of riding suburban and rural rail trails, I've...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 09:33 AM
Replies: 10,551
Views: 134,868
Posted By aliasfox

I'd try that before I just spray paint the...

I'd try that before I just spray paint the ceiling, at least.

My headliner's still in place at the moment - that said, I drive a VW and park it in Manhattan half the time. I think the likelihood...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 09:11 AM
Replies: 10,551
Views: 134,868
Posted By aliasfox

If it's the fabric itself that's falling apart,...

If it's the fabric itself that's falling apart, could you get a bolt of black/grey/beige/whatever color from a fabric store, some double sided tape (or glue), and maybe an industrial stapler? I'm...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-22, 01:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 543
Posted By aliasfox

Clearance has always seemed to be a hydraulic...

Clearance has always seemed to be a hydraulic brake issue - even the Magura rim brakes on my mountain bike back in the late 90s had trouble dealing with a wheel that was even slightly out of true....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-22, 01:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 543
Posted By aliasfox

How do I know which brake pads I have? I haven't...

How do I know which brake pads I have? I haven't changed out my brake pads yet, so that much is new to me.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-22, 01:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 543
Posted By aliasfox

I think I read your thread when I was looking for...

I think I read your thread when I was looking for information on this. I'll keep the MT rotors in mind, but I think I actually like how the road ones look a little bit better. Still have a little...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-22, 06:36 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,689
Posted By aliasfox

If your wheels are deeper, with a gravel friendly...

If your wheels are deeper, with a gravel friendly cassette and tires, a switch to lower profile rims, an 11-30 cassette, and Vittoria Corsas could net you similar weight savings, with much less work...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-22, 02:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 431
Posted By aliasfox

If you have the budget, new carbon wheels (like...

If you have the budget, new carbon wheels (like Hunt Aero Lights) could also save you a pound or more, and likely improve your aerodynamics slightly.

Tubes or tubeless is an ongoing war here.
-...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-22, 11:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 431
Posted By aliasfox

In which case, pick up some Continental GP5000...

In which case, pick up some Continental GP5000 kevlar bead tires, and if you're mildly adventurous, some latex tubes. Between the tires and tubes, you'll save about a pound (450g) of rotating weight,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-22, 10:25 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,780
Posted By aliasfox

Both have their upsides. Shorts: less...

Both have their upsides.

Shorts: less expensive, easier to pee, no elastic on shoulder
Bibs: stay in place far better, no need for a snug waistband

I usually grab the bibs for longer rides to...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-22, 09:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 431
Posted By aliasfox

It's a very good week when I can spare enough...

It's a very good week when I can spare enough time to crest 100mi - 300mi is huge!

I presume you've changed tires already? Switching to nice kevlar (folding) bead tires is an easy way to save 1/2...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-22, 12:17 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,396
Posted By aliasfox

Individual generational changes might not amount...

Individual generational changes might not amount to much, and you may not like some of them, but taken as a whole across time, things are definitely getting better. My R8000 crank is lighter and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-22, 11:08 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,396
Posted By aliasfox

Less expensive materials and lower tolerances -...

Less expensive materials and lower tolerances - sounds like a new group to me.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-22, 03:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 543
Posted By aliasfox

Brake Disc Questions

Hi all!


Getting new wheels soon, and as my old wheels are 6-bolt and the new wheels are center lock, I'm looking to zero in on new brake rotors. I don't think I saw any threads on this in my...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-22, 02:29 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 795
Posted By aliasfox

Figure out what width seat works for you, and...

Figure out what width seat works for you, and decide on shape from there. See if there are any shops that will loan you seats for a ride or a weekend.

I've decided that 132mm is far too narrow for...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-22, 02:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 377
Posted By aliasfox

Thanks! Just ordered the Michelin Light Primato...

Thanks! Just ordered the Michelin Light Primato 12-29 last night. Coincidentally, Light Bicycle sent me a few shots of my completed wheels this morning, so gratuitous wheel shot here :-)...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-22, 02:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 783
Posted By aliasfox

Qualifications: Assembled bikes from boxes for...

Qualifications: Assembled bikes from boxes for three years at two different shops in high school and college, and built one of my bikes frame-up last year.

So a few pointers on getting your bike...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-22, 01:56 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,788
Posted By aliasfox

I have three bikes, one each with: -...

I have three bikes, one each with:

- Vittoria Rubinos

- Michelin Pro4 Endurance

- Continental GP4k S2 (rear), Ultra Sport 2 kevlar (front)

I'm least happy with the Vittorias. They stick...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-22, 08:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 783
Posted By aliasfox

Welcome! I would have WalMart deliver the...

Welcome!

I would have WalMart deliver the boxed bike to your door rather than getting it assembled in-store. There honestly isn't a huge amount different between a $250 Walmart bike and a $300...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-22, 12:37 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,018
Posted By aliasfox

You wouldn't happen to be pinch flatting, would...

You wouldn't happen to be pinch flatting, would you? Low pressures for comfort, then hit a patch of square-edged broken pavement at-speed?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-22, 09:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 377
Posted By aliasfox

Thanks all! Sounds like I shouldn’t be concerned...

Thanks all! Sounds like I shouldn’t be concerned about performance - if it can shift well for Campy, I don’t really see a reason why it wouldn’t shift well for Shimano.

As for nickel plating - is...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-22, 03:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 377
Posted By aliasfox

Miche Cassette Experience

As the title says - anybody have any experience with a Miche cassette, relative to standard Shimano or SRAM options?

I'm hopefully getting my new wheels in a few weeks (Light Bicycle 45mm laced to...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-22, 06:42 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,474
Posted By aliasfox

Oh - apologies for writing that in a confusing...

Oh - apologies for writing that in a confusing manner. I DO NOT recommend going beyond the recommended limits for the tire or the rim. What I meant to say is that I've put my numbers into tire...
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