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10-20-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 83
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Posted By Syscrush

Hill Hunting

For today's Sunday training ride, I decided to keep it short but intense, so it was just 20k, but with 10 repeats of a short nearby hill (https://www.strava.com/segments/726126) that averages 5% but...
10-07-19, 07:35 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

12% doesn't jibe with my own experience there or...

12% doesn't jibe with my own experience there or this chart:
https://veloviewer.com/segments/638944

EDIT: Actually, looking closer, there are some kicks to that 10%+ range there on the...
10-07-19, 07:32 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

I finally got out for a dedicated training ride -...

I finally got out for a dedicated training ride - I consider this a "pre-baseline", where my real baseline ride will be once I'm set up with a power meter & computer (hopefully before the snow...
10-01-19, 12:18 PM
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Views: 28,385
Posted By Syscrush

Well, it took a while, but this week the Sputnik...

Well, it took a while, but this week the Sputnik got the 2x5 IGH drivetrain, and the Gios got a new owner.

My dadbike (Surly 1x1 26'er with Alfine 8) became my city bike, and I basically stopped...
09-30-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

It fit by removing one spacer and re-dishing the...

It fit by removing one spacer and re-dishing the wheel. You're right about the cable stays, but that was addressed with some clips and a hanger. I picked up the bike and went for a shakedown ride...
09-25-19, 09:00 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

Because this is a training & nutrition forum, I...

Because this is a training & nutrition forum, I wanna share a bit about my experience so far with doing intermittent fasting for weight loss plus cycling for fitness.

First, like anything related...
09-25-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

I'm 100% with you on this. This is exactly my...

I'm 100% with you on this. This is exactly my thinking.


That makes sense, thanks.
09-24-19, 07:02 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

This is actually a great idea.

This is actually a great idea.
09-23-19, 01:44 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

My focus right now is on cutting weight and...

My focus right now is on cutting weight and riding when I can (which right now is not enough). I do not expect to make this work via gear, but I'm sharing my ramblings on gear selection because it'll...
09-23-19, 07:38 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

Another quick note about the DEXA scan results....

Another quick note about the DEXA scan results. First, my scoliosis is clearly visible in the scan, but it's not gotten worse so I'm not worried about it. Second, my right leg has 0.8 lbs more lean...
09-23-19, 05:41 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

I have multiple IGH bikes. The Schlumpf + XRF-5...

I have multiple IGH bikes. The Schlumpf + XRF-5 that are going on the Sputnik are currently in a 1988 Gios Compact frame. It will take a bit of work to fit them to the track frame, but it's doable....
09-22-19, 06:56 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

OK, this was a big week for me with 2 important...

OK, this was a big week for me with 2 important developments.

The first is that I finally had my DEXA scan and found that my fat-free mass is almost 10 lbs higher than I thought. This means that...
09-20-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

Would it be stupid to set up a C3 with a 1x12...

Would it be stupid to set up a C3 with a 1x12 drivetrain so I can throw a really small chainring on there for the big day? Yes. But getting a 105 bike and swapping the crankset so I can run a smaller...
09-19-19, 02:20 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

I rode an RS 10 years ago and it blew my mind....

I rode an RS 10 years ago and it blew my mind. When I was riding it, I thought "This is the most comfortable road seat I've ever been on - I'm getting one no matter what." When I got off and checked,...
09-19-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

Those are amazing photos - thanks so much for...

Those are amazing photos - thanks so much for sharing them.

So, like, I should just stop worrying and get a C3?
09-18-19, 07:48 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

So, I just made the mistake of watching this...

So, I just made the mistake of watching this Hambini video where he just excoriates the engineering and manufacturing of the post-PON Cervelo bikes:

VIDEO

It's not enough to derail my fanhood...
09-17-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

It's the overarching unifying principle of my...

It's the overarching unifying principle of my life for the next 16 months. I think of it every time I want a snack or a beer, or consider taking the streetcar to work instead of the bike.


This...
09-17-19, 09:19 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

This is really helpful, thanks. My plan does not...

This is really helpful, thanks. My plan does not include the descent for the reason you give.

I won't be able to get to 6000 training miles in the year leading up to the ride, nor will I be...
09-16-19, 11:19 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

Thanks all for the pointers on relevant...

Thanks all for the pointers on relevant resources, I really appreciate it.

I won't be getting an indoor trainer for 2 reasons: first, there's no place to fit one in my house. Second, I think it's...
09-09-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

Another week, another 3 lbs cut. Enjoying the...

Another week, another 3 lbs cut. Enjoying the easy progress while I can. Scheduled for a DEXA scan tomorrow afternoon, which should serve as a very interesting baseline.
09-07-19, 12:01 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

OK, after giving the subject of gear a lot of...

OK, after giving the subject of gear a lot of thought, I've decided to sell my 2 weird bikes (IGH road bike that needs new dropouts, and my fixie) and buy a nice comfortable entry-level carbon road...
09-02-19, 05:39 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

Quick update

I'm a week in to my strict weight loss regimen now. I gave up booze 2 weeks ago, and have been doing IF for weight loss. I'm not one of these "IF makes you stronger, smarter, and cures cancer" types,...
08-29-19, 11:16 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

Thanks - I really appreciate your insights and...

Thanks - I really appreciate your insights and experiences on this.

Honestly, I'm inclined towards an analytical and measured approach, but I don't want to turn this pursuit into a job. I think...
08-29-19, 11:00 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

Thanks for the pointer, I'll look into it. But...

Thanks for the pointer, I'll look into it. But given that my main training bike has a Schlumpf Drive, I have doubts about working out fitment.



Because cycling computers are garbage. I'm...
08-27-19, 11:10 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

I'm doing a bit of research and finding that...

I'm doing a bit of research and finding that despite there being an explosion in the number and type of available power meters, they're all still stupid expensive and require the use of a dumb head...
08-26-19, 10:11 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

OK, so this weekend I had the last beer of my...

OK, so this weekend I had the last beer of my 40's, and I also braced myself and hit the scale to check out the damage. It looks like I'll need to cut more like 70 lbs rather than 60. If I can cut...
08-22-19, 02:18 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

I feel like there would be value in getting a...

I feel like there would be value in getting a power meter, so I'll have some idea of the effort I'm able to put down vs. what will be required to haul myself up above the clouds. Is there any good...
08-13-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

Thanks. By "wearing actual cycling clothes for my...

Thanks. By "wearing actual cycling clothes for my commute", I basically just mean cycling shorts. Depending on weather and mood, I'll wear my Club Ride shorts or leggings over them. I have all this...
08-12-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

This is a great writeup, thanks for sharing it.

This is a great writeup, thanks for sharing it.
08-12-19, 11:44 AM
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Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

Thanks to all for the support and advice. The...

Thanks to all for the support and advice. The following are small steps, but I want this to be a document of my preparation, so here it goes:

First is that I'm gonna start wearing actual cycling...
07-27-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

A little update on my hardware: The Jamis is...

A little update on my hardware:

The Jamis is really nice, and I love it, but it's a bit punishing to ride right now - even with its kinda low gear ratio. I think it'll stay in the basement until...
07-27-19, 12:49 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,779
Posted By Syscrush

My road to Haleakala

Hi all. I decided a few years ago that I want to ride up Haleakala for my 50th birthday. I still have that goal but I'm up against a few challenges:

I'm about 60 lbs heavier than I should be for...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-17, 08:50 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,083
Posted By Syscrush

I missed this before and don't know if anyone's...

I missed this before and don't know if anyone's still interested, but after 2 years I'm very happy with the Kojak 26x2.0 tires.


I'm really just a fair-weather rider, so I can't comment on how...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-17, 12:13 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,083
Posted By Syscrush

Here's a quicky update: 1. The more I ride...

Here's a quicky update:

1. The more I ride this bike, the more I love it.

2. At a bit over 2 years old now, my son is really into riding in the baby seat on Pinky and in the trailer behind...
10-11-16, 11:21 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,654
Posted By Syscrush

I care more about a tapered headset than about...

I care more about a tapered headset than about internal bearings, but this bike will never have either and it's fine.

I would like to put a nice modern road disc carbon fork on this bike, but it...
10-10-16, 07:10 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,654
Posted By Syscrush

I assume it's because the SS/FG crowd are very...

I assume it's because the SS/FG crowd are very budget conscious. I think that the old/good Sputnik was one of those hidden gem kind of bikes that you just don't see very often - where a manufacturer...
10-07-16, 01:21 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,654
Posted By Syscrush

Went out for a 75k ride yesterday and brought my...

Went out for a 75k ride yesterday and brought my good camera. Shame that the bike is filthy:

https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5070/29880445700_3f247567d1_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Mwr6uh)

...
07-19-16, 11:31 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,654
Posted By Syscrush

This bike was living with a buddy of mine as a...

This bike was living with a buddy of mine as a backup bike since I got my Gios Compact built up with IGH. This spring I finally took it back. It wanted a new set of tires, bartape, and brake pads,...
07-19-16, 11:28 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 12,915
Posted By Syscrush

4 years on and for those who are interested, she...

4 years on and for those who are interested, she is still riding and really liking this bike.
07-19-16, 11:26 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,366
Posted By Syscrush

This is such an interesting project. Any word on...

This is such an interesting project. Any word on what's happening, or planned to happen?
Forum: Commuting
05-05-16, 09:17 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,083
Posted By Syscrush

Well, yesterday I got out for 71k solo ride (baby...

Well, yesterday I got out for 71k solo ride (baby seat removed) - mostly waterfront but with a total of 450m of climbing.

It was a nice ride, and I've been having fun putting miles on this bike,...
Forum: Commuting
04-25-16, 06:23 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,083
Posted By Syscrush

Today I pulled the seat off (left the rack on),...

Today I pulled the seat off (left the rack on), and went out for a 40 km ride. Weather was 6C and rainy, wind was blowing at a steady 30 kph. The bike is a joy in almost every scenario except...
Forum: Commuting
04-25-16, 06:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,083
Posted By Syscrush

Surly builds their stuff for abuse much more than...

Surly builds their stuff for abuse much more than for light weight or performance. The rear rack that they sell is rated (by them) for 80 lbs. There are no notes about the frame, but I'm confident...
Forum: Commuting
04-21-16, 07:01 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,083
Posted By Syscrush

No, no, no, no. Not every day. One day. :) I...

No, no, no, no. Not every day. One day. :) I agree with you that all of the stars would have to align for it to work. There's an event here in Toronto called the Ride for Heart, and I've been...
Forum: Commuting
04-18-16, 08:10 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,083
Posted By Syscrush

On a lark, I've started using Runtastic to...

On a lark, I've started using Runtastic to measure & track my rides on this bike - it has no computer of its own. I suspected that I was maxing out in the low 40kph range coming down Broadview and...
Forum: Commuting
04-18-16, 08:07 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,083
Posted By Syscrush

Dan, here are some pics of the rear rack mount...

Dan, here are some pics of the rear rack mount and clearance around the disc & caliper. NOTE that this is the standard Blackburn rack, not the (slightly more expensive) one sold for disc-specific...
Forum: Commuting
04-17-16, 05:55 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,083
Posted By Syscrush

Thanks! I'm getting a trailer for use with...

Thanks!

I'm getting a trailer for use with Fredo, my faster bike. Pinky here is used for commuting and as a runabout, which includes morning drop off at daycare. I opted for the seat in large...
Forum: Commuting
04-15-16, 01:08 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,083
Posted By Syscrush

I think he wants to see how it fits to the frame...

I think he wants to see how it fits to the frame and clears the disc brake caliper and the Alfine hardware.

Dan, I'll post something today or tomorrow. Blackburn makes a disc-specific rack, but...
Forum: Commuting
04-15-16, 06:25 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,083
Posted By Syscrush

Thanks for that pointer, Lefty. I think that...

Thanks for that pointer, Lefty.

I think that what I'd really like is something like the HANS device that's used in motorsport:
...
Forum: Commuting
04-14-16, 11:11 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,083
Posted By Syscrush

When we went for a longer, but ill-timed ride, he...

When we went for a longer, but ill-timed ride, he passed out and it caused me a lot of stress. The only thing keeping his torso up at that point is the harness, and his head is bobbing up and down...
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