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Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-22, 03:31 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,646
Posted By ericcox

I can't believe I just read this whole thread and...

I can't believe I just read this whole thread and am going to talk about saving time...

15-20 years ago I had much less disposable income and obsessed about finding good deals. The internet was...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-26-22, 10:54 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,794
Posted By ericcox

While not scientific, it seems I can hold more...

While not scientific, it seems I can hold more speed at the same power on similar roads on aerobars than I can on the drops or hoods. I've worked to set up a position I can maintain with a flat(ish)...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-17-22, 01:41 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,713
Posted By ericcox

I was feeling good and signed up for 80 mile...

I was feeling good and signed up for 80 mile fondo on a Saturday and a 62 mile gravel ride on Sunday. The lead group on Sunday was full of people I can normally ride with, but I did too much work too...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-15-22, 05:27 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 14,623
Posted By ericcox

My reading comprehension has obviously suffered...

My reading comprehension has obviously suffered from the bike shortage / bubble.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-15-22, 04:56 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 14,623
Posted By ericcox

What time were on you on the Alpe this morning? I...

What time were on you on the Alpe this morning? I did the 9am (central US time) tour du zwift long ride. Did not see the Psimet tag - but I did see Psimet himself take umbrage with some impending...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-22, 11:09 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 14,623
Posted By ericcox

This is an excellent point. 25 years ago at age...

This is an excellent point. 25 years ago at age 22, my first road bike was a $400 Bianchi with downtube shifters. A year later, I upgraded to a steel Fuji team with 9 speed Ultegra (ok, it had 8...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-22, 12:01 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,630
Posted By ericcox

I ended up with just over 9200 total miles; I...

I ended up with just over 9200 total miles; I don't break it down but I'm guessing ~800 of that was indoors.

This year I'm getting a little more serious about structured training just to give a...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-20-21, 09:21 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,076
Posted By ericcox

I have a 2021 Prince with Di2 that I picked up in...

I have a 2021 Prince with Di2 that I picked up in November 2020. The wheels were not great; I replaced them with FFWD RYOT 55s. I've put a little over 7000 miles on that bike and absolutely love it....
Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,643
Posted By ericcox

I personally find Beats PowerBeats pros to work...

I personally find Beats PowerBeats pros to work pretty well. At really high speeds, podcast can be a little harder to hear, but for me this is only above 30mph or so. I've never used them to summon...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-01-21, 08:37 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,624
Posted By ericcox

I was really torn when I bought my new gravel...

I was really torn when I bought my new gravel bike. I could get an Ekar build or a Force XPLR AXS build with a PM for the same price. I really wanted Ekar for aesthetic reasons, but ultimately...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,012
Posted By ericcox

The short answer is synthetic fabrics tend to...

The short answer is synthetic fabrics tend to smell worse. Fabrics that do not absorb water still absorb body oils during exercise. They also are harder to clean. Lots of good articles on this on the...
11-10-21, 04:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,135
Posted By ericcox

I've just started cross racing this year. In...

I've just started cross racing this year. In every race during the first lap I think, "why am I doing this again," then I see the lap board and think, "dear God, there's really that many laps left,"...
11-02-21, 03:47 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,322
Posted By ericcox

Maybe more than you want to spend, but Lauf sells...

Maybe more than you want to spend, but Lauf sells their smoothie handlebar: Lauf Smoothie - Lauf Smoothie (laufcycling.com) (https://www.laufcycling.com/product/lauf-smoothie). Almost all Lauf builds...
10-24-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,485
Posted By ericcox

We ride here and there. I am on a cross bike - I...

We ride here and there. I am on a cross bike - I have a 38 on the front, but the rear clearance is quite limited; I have a 33 on it. The west side at gateway is definitely manageable - I did the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-21, 11:57 AM
Replies: 224
Views: 10,822
Posted By ericcox

Of all my bike purchases in the last year, the...

Of all my bike purchases in the last year, the Varia is the one that I would immediately replace if it stopped functioning. While I occasionally get annoyed when it is beeping constantly in high...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-21, 01:12 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 10,822
Posted By ericcox

This whole thread is fascinating. Personally, I'm...

This whole thread is fascinating. Personally, I'm a huge introvert, but if someone can hop on my wheel and hold it, fine. If they don't greet me, I'll usually say something to them. If someone passes...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,817
Posted By ericcox

There are a number of these rides in our area....

There are a number of these rides in our area. I've done a few - depending on the size, there is usually a sizable group up front that you can organize into a decent rotating pace line. At the bigger...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-21, 09:01 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 7,900
Posted By ericcox

A primary road bike, a cross/gravel bike, and a...

A primary road bike, a cross/gravel bike, and a backup road bike I have set up for my son, but that I can have ready to go in a few minutes if needed. So 3. I am considering a less race focused...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-21, 12:09 PM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 410,601
Posted By ericcox

I have no strategy and really don't care about...

I have no strategy and really don't care about winning most of the time - I do races and group rides to push myself and will frequently find myself on the front because I find it to be more fun.*
...
06-12-21, 06:01 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,755
Posted By ericcox

If anyone isn't familiar with Lael Wilcox's ultra...

If anyone isn't familiar with Lael Wilcox's ultra endurance exploits, do a quick search. Unbound XL was short for her. She's an absolute beast.

There's a GCN+ film on ultra endurance with Jenny...
06-05-21, 08:12 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 11,623
Posted By ericcox

I was on 33s at Hico (only the 100km). For most...

I was on 33s at Hico (only the 100km). For most of the gravel riding I do, 33s are fine, though I will probably replace these with 35s when the time comes.
06-02-21, 09:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,422
Posted By ericcox

I picked up a canyon inflite cross bike as I...

I picked up a canyon inflite cross bike as I couldn't find a new in stock gravel bike in my area * at my price point, and every used bike I contacted the seller about was sold before I could see it....
05-31-21, 06:49 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 15,361
Posted By ericcox

There aren't many long climbs around here, though...

There aren't many long climbs around here, though we have some short, punchy climbs and rolling terrain. I run a 44 X 11-32 for most rides / commuting and a 44 X 11-25 for fast, short stuff with low...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,428
Posted By ericcox

They claim the rechargeable battery should last...

They claim the rechargeable battery should last for several years (I believe they claim 500 charge cycles at a minimum). I've only had mine since last September. I ride a fair amount - I average...
05-24-21, 10:14 AM
Replies: 1,698
Views: 357,204
Posted By ericcox

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 11,181
Posted By ericcox

I can't be the only one who is often thinking...

I can't be the only one who is often thinking about what the next bike will be even if a) I love my current bike(s); and b) have no intention of making a purchase for another few years. Do I care...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-14-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,269
Posted By ericcox

I have the duos. At current prices, I'd probably...

I have the duos. At current prices, I'd probably just get the uno. You trade a little accuracy for the price, but the reality is that while I do use the power data, both for training and pacing, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-21, 11:16 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,622
Posted By ericcox

So sad - glad it served you well. Is / was...

So sad - glad it served you well.

Is / was NC State in the ACCC with UVA, West Virginia, VA Tech, etc.? I seem to remember they were - I raced very briefly for UVA when I was in grad school in...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-21, 02:12 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,100
Posted By ericcox

I don't think it will make that much difference...

I don't think it will make that much difference in stiffness. Until recent years, most bikes were QR and were plenty stiff. That said, one way to think about it is whether you plan to keep this bike...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-21, 02:06 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 11,181
Posted By ericcox

What about an Aurum (https://aurumbikes.com/)? I...

What about an Aurum (https://aurumbikes.com/)? I have no first hand experience, but the reviews have been good and I think it looks gorgeous. I want to live vicariously through someone as I won't be...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-21, 06:14 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,581
Posted By ericcox

I'm running 26mm PZeros Race TLR on FFWD RYOT 55...

I'm running 26mm PZeros Race TLR on FFWD RYOT 55 rims. They are hooked. Well, now a mullet with PZero on front and a GP5000 on the back. The GP5000s are a pain to mount. To mount the rear (which was...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-04-21, 08:41 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,581
Posted By ericcox

I cut a sidewall on a Pirelli set up tubeless....

I cut a sidewall on a Pirelli set up tubeless. Reinstalled the gp5000s I took off and remembered instantly why the new set on the shelf is Pirelli. Such a pain in the ass relative to my admittedly...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-02-21, 07:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,451
Posted By ericcox

I used a Strava coupon last year to buy a pair of...

I used a Strava coupon last year to buy a pair of Le Col bibs. I loved them so much I used a second coupon to buy a second pair. I've worn them on two centuries, gravel rides, etc. They are my go to...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-25-21, 02:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,082
Posted By ericcox

This is interesting. I cut a sidewall yesterday...

This is interesting. I cut a sidewall yesterday on a long ride including some terrible pavement. The cut was big enough that it wouldn't seal - but the tire stayed seated and the rim was protected....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-21, 05:47 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,358
Posted By ericcox

I did not realize how much I would appreciate...

I did not realize how much I would appreciate controlling my Garmin from the hoods. When I use the Garmin on a non-Di2 bike, I always mash the top of the hood a few times before I remember I have to...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-21-21, 06:12 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 23,802
Posted By ericcox

Yes, PZero Race TLR in 26mm. I'm a huge fan of...

Yes, PZero Race TLR in 26mm. I'm a huge fan of them so far.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-21-21, 02:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,508
Posted By ericcox

I was just thinking about the used Canyon Inflite...

I was just thinking about the used Canyon Inflite Al I just picked up, the light single track / gravel / road ride I used it on today, and how much fun that was.
As to moving to speedplay, no...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-16-21, 09:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,520
Posted By ericcox

Thank you for the responses. I definitely find...

Thank you for the responses. I definitely find the Assiomas harder to clip into than my old Keo pedals - they do spin if you miss. Very annoying. I've been using aftermarket cleats with little rubber...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 16,612
Posted By ericcox

I really hope these bikes work out for you. For...

I really hope these bikes work out for you. For limited riding, they very well might. When people were reacting about the quality of these bikes, it wasn't a shot at you; it was an attempt to explain...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-21, 08:00 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 23,802
Posted By ericcox

I went ahead and mounted the rear one as well...

I went ahead and mounted the rear one as well before a ~77 mile ride on some pretty rough roads Saturday. Getting it to seat took a little more time than the front, but I still managed it with my...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-21, 11:14 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 16,612
Posted By ericcox

To OP - I get that looks matter. I have a bike...

To OP - I get that looks matter. I have a bike that I bought in no small part because I loved the looks -- but that bike was also from a reputable company with full Ultregra that I bought in person....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-21, 03:48 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 23,802
Posted By ericcox

Thought I'd resurrect this. Last weekend, I got a...

Thought I'd resurrect this. Last weekend, I got a pretty deep cut on my front gp5000. my fault - I ride some pretty terrible roads, and happily incorporate light gravel roads. I can probably pinpoint...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-21, 08:22 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,269
Posted By ericcox

I'm using a 530 - I really don't miss the...

I'm using a 530 - I really don't miss the features on the 830 or 1030+. That said, the UI is a bit clunky when you do have to do something using the buttons. If you have Di2 with dfly, on any of them...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-21, 02:24 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,163
Posted By ericcox

It really depends on the hill, the road...

It really depends on the hill, the road conditions, and the bike. On a fairly straight descent I ride regularly, 40+ is no big deal. On another descent with bad pavement and a blind corner, I keep it...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-30-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 8,486
Posted By ericcox

If you can afford it and want new wheels while...

If you can afford it and want new wheels while waiting to save up for a nicer road bike, go for it. Some really great advice I've seen on this board from time to time is any upgrade is worth it if it...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-24-21, 07:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,335
Posted By ericcox

GCN actually did a pretty good episode on this. ...

GCN actually did a pretty good episode on this.

https://youtu.be/KHu0rkQ1QJM
Forum: Road Cycling
03-09-21, 02:31 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 23,802
Posted By ericcox

Counterpoint - while the stealth look may be...

Counterpoint - while the stealth look may be going out, that bike is simply gorgeous.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-09-21, 02:07 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 23,802
Posted By ericcox

My non-tubeless Rubino Pros (the Graphene 2.0) I...

My non-tubeless Rubino Pros (the Graphene 2.0) I had were pretty difficult to mount - I got one on without tools, the other took a bit of profanity/levers. Not sure how this would translate to...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-09-21, 01:58 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 23,802
Posted By ericcox

I'm in the same boat. I'm on 25s. A lot of my...

I'm in the same boat. I'm on 25s. A lot of my usual roads are pretty rough, so I was looking for a good mix of puncture resistance / performance. So far, they are very comfortable, though I don't...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-06-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,665
Posted By ericcox

Back in the day I used maps to plan new rides,...

Back in the day I used maps to plan new rides, and would even write out cue sheets for really complicated new routes with lots of turns. I also didn't have a cellphone. But technology advanced, and...
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