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03-21-19, 10:02 PM
Replies: 17
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Posted By surak

So I was told the yet-unannounced Roubaix Expert...

So I was told the yet-unannounced Roubaix Expert and S-Works Roubaix will have a new Future Shock (assume that means no major change to the lower tiers, or at least they won't come out anytime soon)....
03-21-19, 11:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,129
Posted By surak

Yes the Bicycle Blue Book notoriously lowballs...

Yes the Bicycle Blue Book notoriously lowballs bike values. Bike shops will happily do trade-ins to blue book values and sometimes even over it.
03-21-19, 11:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 633
Posted By surak

That timing lines up with their current sale...

That timing lines up with their current sale ending at the end of March. I'm going in to a Specialized dealer this afternoon to test ride a 2019 Roubaix. Will see if I can get any info on the 2020....
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 412
Views: 14,908
Posted By surak

I have to tip my hat to Trek's marketing. I...

I have to tip my hat to Trek's marketing. I definitely wouldn't have thought it'd be so easy to fool people into willfully ignoring the existence of Trek's own Ballista helmet. It's not expensive...
03-19-19, 06:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 633
Posted By surak

Well, Specialized is running a sale and also...

Well, Specialized is running a sale and also giving out rebates on a bunch of models. https://www.specializedrebates.com/

Why they're fine with selling them out, I don't know. Maybe they didn't...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-19-19, 02:52 PM
Replies: 412
Views: 14,908
Posted By surak

How is only 1 of the 4 new helmets managing to...

How is only 1 of the 4 new helmets managing to score a whopping 0.9% better on an independent helmet safety test than a helmet that's been around for several years a big deal? I guess it's great that...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-19-19, 11:26 AM
Replies: 412
Views: 14,908
Posted By surak

Whew, I can continue to use my Ballista. Time to...

Whew, I can continue to use my Ballista. Time to email my fitter, who sells Specialized, and inquire bout that spring sale they got goin'.
Replies: 3
Views: 7,480
Posted By surak

I had to poke them again after a week went by...

I had to poke them again after a week went by from the time they said they'd issue a refund, then that finally did the trick. Satisfied with the outcome, although they could have been a bit quicker.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-19, 07:17 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,111
Posted By surak

I have the disc version of those, and I have no...

I have the disc version of those, and I have no complaints, but something deeper and wider like the LB wheels are pretty damn tempting, especially since they offer better hub options. I don't have...
03-15-19, 06:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 640
Posted By surak

I'm on the same boat in terms of looking for N+1...

I'm on the same boat in terms of looking for N+1 race vs. endurance, and have mostly focused on headtube height/stack, which is why I'm curious about your reason for discounting a shorter stem as a...
03-15-19, 03:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 640
Posted By surak

I plugged in the geos of the 2019 Propel and Defy...

I plugged in the geos of the 2019 Propel and Defy size M/L into bikegeocalc.com and do not see a 4cm difference for the same saddle dimensions from tip to tops, assuming same bar drop. Seeing that...
03-15-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 640
Posted By surak

I'm also confused. Putting geometries into a...

I'm also confused. Putting geometries into a visualizer and for the same fit, it's always been size up for a race geo (stack:reach <=1.45) or size down for an endurance geo (stack:reach >=1.55)...
03-14-19, 06:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 636
Posted By surak

I upgraded my Giant Contend SL from stock Spyre...

I upgraded my Giant Contend SL from stock Spyre rotors to Shimano Ice-Tech, and tried sintered metallic Truckerco pads. That seemed better until something got contaminated, then braking was awful...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-14-19, 02:16 PM
Replies: 235
Views: 5,847
Posted By surak

Out of curiosity, was his dislike the specific...

Out of curiosity, was his dislike the specific alloy nipples used, or the fact that they were alloy and not brass? Does LB have a brass option? Just wondering if going alloy instead of brass means...
03-14-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,927
Posted By surak

I've done one unstructured roller session and...

I've done one unstructured roller session and another structured interval session back on the fork mount to gauge the pain more closely.

The unstructured roller session was relatively pain-free....
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-19, 06:36 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,020
Posted By surak

I'm sorry you think I was trying to explain group...

I'm sorry you think I was trying to explain group ride pacing to you, rather than to the OP. I was merely pointing out that a PM can be used to do more than push over one's limits. In fact, as many...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-19, 04:57 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,020
Posted By surak

OP has a Kickr, so training indoors is always an...

OP has a Kickr, so training indoors is always an option to make the power go up. Pacing outside with a PM doesn't mean s/he goes slower over a whole ride or even a climb, in fact it can make all the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-11-19, 07:25 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,020
Posted By surak

Yes! I also have a tendency to go too hard...

Yes!

I also have a tendency to go too hard on climbs. This weekend group ride had some nasty ones, including one they say is known as Vomit Hill. I went by feel for as long as I could. In the last...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-08-19, 12:59 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,436
Posted By surak

I've only done one organized century and would...

I've only done one organized century and would definitively say NO, do not rely on anyone unless they first prove to be reliable. I was riding solo when some guy caught up after a stop light and got...
03-07-19, 07:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,927
Posted By surak

Good advice, I'll try to stand more often....

Good advice, I'll try to stand more often. Unfortunately moving around isn't an option because the Power only has one comfortable spot to sit in, perhaps why people agree it sucks for indoor riding....
03-07-19, 06:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,927
Posted By surak

I do stand when it gets unbearable, suppose I...

I do stand when it gets unbearable, suppose I should stand more often and for longer, though it messes up my power output when trying to hold steady, e.g., doing SST. I'm riding rollers with a fork...
03-07-19, 03:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,927
Posted By surak

Lessening indoor training saddle pain?

Anyone have tips on how to make a saddle more comfortable for indoor training?

I used to have discomfort whether indoors or outdoors until I got a bike fit. Now my butt is happy outside on a...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-07-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 533
Posted By surak

I bought a 1-1/4" stem off ebay for my tandem,...

I bought a 1-1/4" stem off ebay for my tandem, selection actually isn't too bad (no problem getting anything from 90-130mm and 0, 6, 7, 15, or 30 deg) and prices are half what tandem specialty shops...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-02-19, 05:58 PM
Replies: 18,310
Views: 3,546,983
Posted By surak

Splurged at Competitive Cyclist on some needed...

Splurged at Competitive Cyclist on some needed upgrades:
Castelli Perfetto Convertible jacket to replace my poorly made and too baggy Gore Phantom.
Spurcycle black bell as an upgrade over my...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-02-19, 03:05 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 994
Posted By surak

That site looks neat, I like the simplicity. I...

That site looks neat, I like the simplicity. I found another bike geometry site (https://www.bikegeocalc.com/) that can calculate everything, so one can specify a partial set of values (lots of...
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