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08-03-22, 04:01 AM
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Posted By Herzlos

I thought you loved going as fast as possible? ...

I thought you loved going as fast as possible?



I think we'd all feel better if you got rid of the spike. Even if you trim the steerer tube down to size, you can always invert your stem if you...
08-02-22, 06:12 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 42,129
Posted By Herzlos

I do most of my cycling on my own too. Group...

I do most of my cycling on my own too. Group rides are nice and all and push me a little bit further, but I'm in that weird position where I'm too advanced for the totally open beginners rides, but...
08-02-22, 05:54 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 42,129
Posted By Herzlos

I like Strava for motivation and performance...

I like Strava for motivation and performance tracking, but what I'm really tracking is how well my fitness is or isn't improving, and would find it sort of cheating to get better times by changing...
08-02-22, 04:20 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 42,129
Posted By Herzlos

No. The only vague resemblance between amateur...

No. The only vague resemblance between amateur cyclists and time trialists is that they often ride on their own so don't have any advantage of group riding. Period. End of.

Time trialists are...
08-02-22, 04:07 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 928
Posted By Herzlos

Cheaper ones are usually still 26", but the...

Cheaper ones are usually still 26", but the higher end ones are usually 29" for cross-country ability or 27.5" for agility.
08-01-22, 02:24 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,126
Posted By Herzlos

It's a lot easier to go to the bathroom with the...

It's a lot easier to go to the bathroom with the bib on top - you don't need to take the shirt off first!
07-28-22, 12:46 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,839
Posted By Herzlos

I thought that consumables were just...

I thought that consumables were just wear-and-tear type stuff - stuff you'd eventually need to replace just through use rather than defect or damage.

So any bearings, springs and friction parts.
...
07-27-22, 09:53 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 42,129
Posted By Herzlos

Almost no-one outside of a closed road race is...

Almost no-one outside of a closed road race is riding in something resembling a pro peleton. They may ride in groups but they'll still generally be much further spaced to avoid crashing into each...
07-27-22, 07:20 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 42,129
Posted By Herzlos

Why? I assume most riders don't ride any...

Why? I assume most riders don't ride any differently in a group to when they are on their own, except they might go a bit faster/further in a group. Unless you're in a peloton conserving energy in a...
07-27-22, 05:06 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 42,129
Posted By Herzlos

I've watched the video and a few points jump out...

I've watched the video and a few points jump out at me. He says that position is good for A style backs, but not B style backs, where the B style backs are about 75% of riders, thus the advice is...
07-26-22, 09:34 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 42,129
Posted By Herzlos

Genetics must have some impact, but given obesity...

Genetics must have some impact, but given obesity is getting significantly worse over time I'm sure there must be more to it.

I agree that lecturing people about exercise and diet is a waste of...
07-26-22, 09:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 607
Posted By Herzlos

Everyone loves a mystery box, but you're...

Everyone loves a mystery box, but you're delusional to think that the seller hasn't already filtered out the valuable stuff :)
07-26-22, 08:25 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 42,129
Posted By Herzlos

Aggressive road bikes are still available, but it...

Aggressive road bikes are still available, but it seems from the explosion of gravel bikes that the cyclists want something a bit more relaxed.
...
07-26-22, 06:26 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 42,129
Posted By Herzlos

There's definitely an obesity problem in the...

There's definitely an obesity problem in the West, but to think that even part of the problem is because bikes are too comfortable is bonkers. Comfortable bikes are actually part of the solution,...
07-26-22, 06:21 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 42,129
Posted By Herzlos

How much do you reckon Trek spend on research and...

How much do you reckon Trek spend on research and design, both in terms of performance, aerodynamics and market?

I would be stunned if they didn't know what they were talking about.

I've never...
07-23-22, 01:17 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 42,129
Posted By Herzlos

I'm pretty sure you mentioned training, but OK. ...

I'm pretty sure you mentioned training, but OK.

The bike goals for pros and amateur riders are completely different. Amateurs are largely riding for fun so generally favor comfort. No-one is going...
07-22-22, 10:49 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 42,129
Posted By Herzlos

Do you not find it suspicious that the people...

Do you not find it suspicious that the people who'd have the biggest gain from following him, and the most investment, are also choosing to ignore him? Is there maybe something their R&D teams know...
07-22-22, 01:05 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 42,129
Posted By Herzlos

But not beginners, and the people paying...

But not beginners, and the people paying thousands of dollars to get max performance clearly aren't using these super aero "tricks", so are you saying the entire top end of the industry is wrong and...
07-21-22, 10:50 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 42,129
Posted By Herzlos

I especially love the idea that bike shops are...

I especially love the idea that bike shops are selling people bikes they don't want, as some kind of business model. Because we all know unhappy customers come back and spend the most, right?

Also...
07-20-22, 03:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 731
Posted By Herzlos

Oh I'm not saying they are bad bikes, I'm just...

Oh I'm not saying they are bad bikes, I'm just saying that the bulk of 26" bikes being made now are pretty low end and will likely never have high end tires fitted, whilst the number of nicer 26ers...
07-20-22, 11:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 731
Posted By Herzlos

Whilst there's enough demand for them, sure. But...

Whilst there's enough demand for them, sure. But eventually they'll get rare and expensive, and companies will dedicated production facilities to better selling products.

I'm also not sure how...
07-20-22, 02:53 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 731
Posted By Herzlos

The vast majority of those 26" bikes in existance...

The vast majority of those 26" bikes in existance already will never see a new tyre fitted, or if they do it'll be the cheapest one they can find at the time.

So whilst it's always going to be...
07-19-22, 06:54 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,315
Posted By Herzlos

Solid point. If you've got the thing on display...

Solid point. If you've got the thing on display anyway then you may as well put a price sticker on it and keep a couple of them in a box in the back.
07-19-22, 03:30 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,444
Posted By Herzlos

It's like converting any A into a B - it's...

It's like converting any A into a B - it's usually a lot cheaper and better to just buy a good B in the first place. It can be a fun project, and gives you something unique, but unless you can source...
07-14-22, 01:44 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,315
Posted By Herzlos

Why? For a cheap steel bike 28lbs isn't actually...

Why? For a cheap steel bike 28lbs isn't actually that bad. My wifes' city bike was 38lbs.

My lightweight alloy $1200 road bike is 23lbs, and I don't think you really get much lower than that...
07-13-22, 03:00 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,753
Posted By Herzlos

My 15kg 29er mountain bike feels a lot slower...

My 15kg 29er mountain bike feels a lot slower than my 10kg road bike, but I haven't done any direct comparisons to prove it. I suspect the difference is slight.
I did an experiment before with a...
07-12-22, 09:05 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 854
Posted By Herzlos

Wouldn't you just be easier with a regular nut...

Wouldn't you just be easier with a regular nut and wrench, if you're carrying a tool anyway?
07-12-22, 07:24 AM
Replies: 147
Views: 3,284
Posted By Herzlos

I'm largely stretching to find a reason why more...

I'm largely stretching to find a reason why more gears can be bad; I agree you just need to shift more.

I've only had the shifting problem recently on a new 11 speed bike, where there's a fast...
07-12-22, 06:02 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 898
Posted By Herzlos

There are too many variables. You want to try and...

There are too many variables. You want to try and get to the end without cramping up, feeling faint, or peeing yourself.

I normally take 1 bottle for shorter/easier rides or cooler days, and 2...
07-12-22, 05:59 AM
Replies: 147
Views: 3,284
Posted By Herzlos

If you're lurching between surfaces on a...

If you're lurching between surfaces on a too-many-gear bike then you've got a lot of shifting to do. Like if you're dealing with a steep valley, you may be in a very high gear on approaching the...
07-07-22, 07:18 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 42,129
Posted By Herzlos

Ignoring the teeth removing stem, I can't look at...

Ignoring the teeth removing stem, I can't look at that without feeling uncomfortable. I'm not the fittest but I'd hate to try and ride that, even over short distances.

I can't imagine that's...
07-07-22, 07:05 AM
Replies: 357
Views: 4,952
Posted By Herzlos

Literally everything you've posted here proves...

Literally everything you've posted here proves otherwise.


Assuming, somehow you're serious about riding a bike that's totally overloaded, at a rating above the tires safe limit, have you...
07-07-22, 04:21 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 2,870
Posted By Herzlos

One of mine is a lease, sorta. There's a tax free...

One of mine is a lease, sorta. There's a tax free scheme in the UK where you rent the bike for 12 months and then can buy it at the end for some puny sum. It means you can get a bike for about 30%...
07-06-22, 03:23 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 42,129
Posted By Herzlos

Of course, bikes (and everything else) would...

Of course, bikes (and everything else) would still be stuck in the past if we stuck to standards forever. The new standards are (almost always) objectively better for everything except compatibility,...
07-05-22, 06:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 777
Posted By Herzlos

You can get tents designed to store bikes. Not...

You can get tents designed to store bikes. Not exactly secure but they'll keep the elements off.

Or at least just throw some covers over the bikes in the garage to keep the sawdust off. Have you...
07-05-22, 05:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 931
Posted By Herzlos

When it stops being worth the hassle. ...

When it stops being worth the hassle.

Basically, if it's to get cleaned up and donated to someone, then one that'll need no more than maybe $20 in parts - new inner tubes, brake pads and maybe a...
06-30-22, 07:35 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 1,983
Posted By Herzlos

You can probably attach it to the top tube, but...

You can probably attach it to the top tube, but it might be easier to just walk.

I'd also recommend finding somewhere better to hit golf balls about, like a proper driving range (who may even loan...
06-26-22, 11:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 492
Posted By Herzlos

Cadence sensors - cheap vs expensive?

So I've decided to get a cadence sensor, because more numbers must be good :)

I'd normally just default to a Garmin Cadence Sensor 2, but I can buy a Magene sensor for half the price, which means...
06-26-22, 11:44 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 1,458
Posted By Herzlos

Why? Would people seriously not buy a shifter...

Why? Would people seriously not buy a shifter because it had an indicator on it?
06-24-22, 06:20 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 42,129
Posted By Herzlos

And now more relaxed comfortable frames are...

And now more relaxed comfortable frames are available people are moving over to them in droves, because they just like them better.
So I'm not surprised that there's less demand for more aggressive...
06-24-22, 04:27 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 42,129
Posted By Herzlos

Of course by 2060 bicycles may also no longer...

Of course by 2060 bicycles may also no longer need any kind of service or maintenance. Who knows?
Maybe we'll have fully cordless shifting/brakes with self adjustment and 10 year batter lives, tyres...
06-24-22, 03:21 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 1,458
Posted By Herzlos

So why don't the higher end systems have it? It...

So why don't the higher end systems have it? It doesn't strike me as something particularly expensive to do, and whilst not everyone will use them all of the time it wouldn't hurt. They seem standard...
06-23-22, 07:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 639
Posted By Herzlos

That's a pretty odd comment; what would you do...

That's a pretty odd comment; what would you do *beyond* riding around? Racing?

Both of those are pretty good bikes at the upper end of what most riders would use regularly, so I don't think either...
06-22-22, 03:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 639
Posted By Herzlos

Unless you really want drop bars, I'd go for the...

Unless you really want drop bars, I'd go for the hybrid. It's 300 cheaper which will let you get a lot of extras, and it'll be better all round.
06-16-22, 06:55 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 42,129
Posted By Herzlos

I don't think many beyond the most serious of...

I don't think many beyond the most serious of enthusaists (which will be over-represented here) will be in particularly high end bikes. Most of the bikes I see on group rides and Strava friends are...
06-16-22, 06:52 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 42,129
Posted By Herzlos

That's a very good point, but not just for the...

That's a very good point, but not just for the top end stuff; Halfords offer credit plans on all of their bike ranges, and most of the online retailers do similar.
I usually buy 2nd hand bikes so...
06-16-22, 05:45 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 42,129
Posted By Herzlos

I think that's a very strange quirk of the UK,...

I think that's a very strange quirk of the UK, that having a new car on a lease/purchase deal that refreshes every 3 years is desirable. It doesn't seem as bad as anywhere else in the world where...
06-16-22, 04:06 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 42,129
Posted By Herzlos

Cheapest UK car is 15k new, so you could manage...

Cheapest UK car is 15k new, so you could manage to spend more on a bike than a car, but it's a bit of a stretch.
06-15-22, 04:58 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 805
Posted By Herzlos

My main bike (gravel) definitely gets the bulk of...

My main bike (gravel) definitely gets the bulk of the usage, but the other 2 do get used where it suits (road and mountain). I could live with 1 if space/money dictated, but that wouldn't be so much...
06-14-22, 09:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 889
Posted By Herzlos

If nothings broken then don't replace anything....

If nothings broken then don't replace anything. Just give it a good wash, oil the parts that need oiled, and make sure everything else is suitably adjusted. You're selling a 10 year old bike, so...
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