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08-10-22, 04:29 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 963
Posted By Branko D

Cycling cap worn under the helmet exists for a...

Cycling cap worn under the helmet exists for a reason. Peak down and you can see in the rain, peak up and it doesn't bother you when the weather is nice. Also useful if sun is getting in your eyes.
08-10-22, 04:24 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,523
Posted By Branko D

Rigid bikes are fine on the road because with an...

Rigid bikes are fine on the road because with an adequately chosen tire pressure (I run about 88-90 psi* on my road bike, anything more would be excessive) and if the bike fits you well, you've got...
08-08-22, 09:22 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 2,634
Posted By Branko D

At first it seemed scary to ride on the main...

At first it seemed scary to ride on the main roads, but you simply get accustomed to it. Of the 35000km I've ridden over the last years, nearly all of it was in places with normal traffic.

Donít...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-22, 05:01 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,147
Posted By Branko D

If you want to average 20+ mph over a triathlon...

If you want to average 20+ mph over a triathlon on a road bike without clip-on aerobars, you're looking at 200W of output over flat-ish terrain. This is going to take training, but should be doable...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-29-22, 10:47 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,205
Posted By Branko D

"Empty wallet", imagine. Not all of us are poor....

"Empty wallet", imagine. Not all of us are poor. 😉

If you can't afford a modern bike without impoverishing yourself, by all means, ride what you have. There's nothing wrong with it. Preaching to...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-22, 05:45 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,205
Posted By Branko D

Maths (for a relatively average weight rider of...

Maths (for a relatively average weight rider of say 75kg dressed) and my measurements with a heavy touring bike suggests that 1kg of bike weight slows you down about 1% up a typical climb.

15lbs...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-22, 03:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 951
Posted By Branko D

Fashion, to a degree. They undoubtedly work for...

Fashion, to a degree. They undoubtedly work for some, but for me personally they are no more comfortable.

The local randonneur community is pretty big on Infinity saddles (I got one for my wife,...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-22, 12:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 951
Posted By Branko D

Leather tensioned saddles are overrated in my...

Leather tensioned saddles are overrated in my experience. I tossed one in the bin after 12000km and went to Specialized saddles (Power on road and gravel, Sitero on TT bike). All day comfort, even...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-22, 03:42 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,109
Posted By Branko D

No, but I do say a "hello" while passing. ...

No, but I do say a "hello" while passing.

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Forum: Road Cycling
03-24-22, 02:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 461
Posted By Branko D

I would pick a 45-50mm deep carbon rim with no...

I would pick a 45-50mm deep carbon rim with no nipple holes for ease and reliability with a tubeless setup, with a relatively supple road race tire with some puncture protection (eg GP5000S or...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-22-22, 01:27 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 15,987
Posted By Branko D

I need shoes because the alternative of duct...

I need shoes because the alternative of duct taping cleats to my feet sounds rather uncomfortable.
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Forum: Road Cycling
03-21-22, 01:05 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 6,002
Posted By Branko D

Donít hate us just because we have the money, the...

Donít hate us just because we have the money, the looks and the fast bikes 😘
02-15-22, 03:18 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,217
Posted By Branko D

Use BB7 on gravel bike and TRP Spyre (flat mount)...

Use BB7 on gravel bike and TRP Spyre (flat mount) on road bike at the moment.

Both work, but prefer TRP Spyres which I really like. I've upgraded the group from 105 to Dura-ace but didn't feel...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-14-22, 01:00 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,508
Posted By Branko D

Would have thought that testing by Zero Friction...

Would have thought that testing by Zero Friction Cycling, friction facts (since bought by ceramicspeed), Silca and others were common knowledge by now. Of course you could choose not to believe any...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-12-22, 10:40 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,605
Posted By Branko D

Preferences rather than a nefarious plot. ...

Preferences rather than a nefarious plot.

Personally, I don't grasp how could someone not want a 11t. Going downhill on a compact - which is better matched to my power than anything larger -...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-07-22, 05:59 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 8,025
Posted By Branko D

That tire looks nearing retirement but not quite...

That tire looks nearing retirement but not quite there yet. When the wear marks are invisible, it's time to bin it imo.
02-06-22, 03:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 859
Posted By Branko D

What to do in the south of Croatia in winter? ...

What to do in the south of Croatia in winter?

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Ride your bike, of...
02-04-22, 03:22 AM
Replies: 254
Views: 11,209
Posted By Branko D

Thanks; it's the coast of Croatia. Definitely...

Thanks; it's the coast of Croatia. Definitely worth renting a bike or bringing one with you if you ever visit this corner of Europe.
01-31-22, 04:11 AM
Replies: 254
Views: 11,209
Posted By Branko D

There's just not much "ideal" gravel bike ground...

There's just not much "ideal" gravel bike ground to be had around here; we have fire roads criss-crossing the hills, but they have a tendency to be a bit too gnarly and rocky to be comfortably doable...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-31-22, 02:24 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,503
Posted By Branko D

If it is Look Keos, they can be serviced quite...

If it is Look Keos, they can be serviced quite easily and it shuts them up.

The cassette might be loose, one of the spokes could be loose on the rear wheel, the crankset could be loose (one of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-25-22, 04:23 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,794
Posted By Branko D

Yes. ​​​​​Aerobars haven't been allowed in...

Yes.

​​​​​Aerobars haven't been allowed in mass start racing for thirty plus years now. They are not allowed in any (including things like granfondos which do not care about the other UCI rules)...
01-25-22, 12:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 977
Posted By Branko D

Well, given the price it's not bad, and my...

Well, given the price it's not bad, and my experience with Decathlon products has been consistently good and good value, too.

That said, I'd look at one of their better bikes with STIs - the RC120...
01-23-22, 02:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,076
Posted By Branko D

Triathlon shorts or trisuits and no problem, at...

Triathlon shorts or trisuits and no problem, at all. Triathlons are regularly held in the sea and you swim for a hour and something and then ride the bike for five hours without issue. Of course I do...
01-21-22, 05:34 AM
Replies: 254
Views: 11,209
Posted By Branko D

If you're reading this, do try to slash your tire...

If you're reading this, do try to slash your tire pressure, even dramatically, if you find you are uncomfortable on your current bike / tires.

Itís much cheaper than buying a new bike. 28s at 100...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-21-22, 03:53 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,089
Posted By Branko D

The way I try to maximize speed downhill - and I...

The way I try to maximize speed downhill - and I run a compact 50-34, too - for me is to go briefly well in the red on the flatter bits - spin out if need be - then tuck in as best I can to recover....
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-22, 08:48 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 14,623
Posted By Branko D

Well, you could satisfy yourself with less... but...

Well, you could satisfy yourself with less... but you won't. There's a perfectly functioning road bike, in stock, in the local Decathlon store with 105, rim brakes, Fulcrum racing 6 wheels, alloy...
01-12-22, 07:37 AM
Replies: 254
Views: 11,209
Posted By Branko D

A lot really depends on the location. Where I...

A lot really depends on the location. Where I live,most everywhere I need or want to go there's a road leading there and southern European roads are overall quite good. At least the main roads are...
01-10-22, 07:43 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,584
Posted By Branko D

Actually, doing overgeared sprints from a near...

Actually, doing overgeared sprints from a near stop is a reasonable training method, essentially like strength training on the bike. You start from a near stop in a tall gear which is hard yet...
01-07-22, 05:04 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,017
Posted By Branko D

Meh. At least where I am, the odds that they have...

Meh. At least where I am, the odds that they have a model you are interested in stock in a size which isn't 56 are next to zero. The last bike I bought at a LBS I ordered sight unseen and except for...
12-29-21, 04:36 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,312
Posted By Branko D

I have metal valve caps in blue to match the...

I have metal valve caps in blue to match the decals on the bike.

If you have to have a fault, vanity isn't the worst choice.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-22-21, 12:55 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,975
Posted By Branko D

Fit. MIPS is a (fractional, overall)...

Fit.

MIPS is a (fractional, overall) improvement, but if I'm not happy with the fit and comfort I wouldn't consider it, myself.
12-20-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,005
Posted By Branko D

Well, mostly because they are better for riding...

Well, mostly because they are better for riding on the open road. Lighter, less bulky, bigger contact area, firmer grip. There are no real downsides in the context of road riding except shorter cleat...
12-20-21, 06:37 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,005
Posted By Branko D

When I commute, I use my bike with flat pedals...

When I commute, I use my bike with flat pedals and use all sorts of shoes which are ideal for walking, but I see absolutely no problems in walking on Look Keo grip cleats.

Hell, last weekend I was...
12-19-21, 03:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,512
Posted By Branko D

I budget training (actually Garmin does a good...

I budget training (actually Garmin does a good job), myself. However it is easy to overestimate if doing it by yourself.
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With a powermeter I have a pretty accurate gauge of actual...
12-15-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 7,065
Posted By Branko D

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I think my CF road bike looks dashing, myself....
Forum: Road Cycling
12-12-21, 07:40 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 9,560
Posted By Branko D

Well, in that case, what you're doing is actually...

Well, in that case, what you're doing is actually sensibly aligned with your goals.


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Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-21, 04:36 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 9,560
Posted By Branko D

I still don't understand what's the point of...

I still don't understand what's the point of spinning like a crazed hamster on meth on a road bike where you have, you know, gears 🤔
12-10-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 23,179
Posted By Branko D

Studies which compare fit amateurs to elite...

Studies which compare fit amateurs to elite athletes tend to find that their fat oxydation ramps down earlier and is less at any power output than it is for elite level riders (which to a great...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-09-21, 06:53 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 9,560
Posted By Branko D

I don't think anyone of sound mind would call...

I don't think anyone of sound mind would call 83rpm average for a ride to be "grinding". My last weekend ride solo 103km and 781m of climbing, average cadence was 76rpm @ 203W average. I don't have...
12-08-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,149
Posted By Branko D

36/46 is an odd choice for road and inferior to...

36/46 is an odd choice for road and inferior to the more common 50/34 or 52/36 which offer lower or similar climbing gears but more of a top end when you discover the joys of going downhill fast and...
12-08-21, 12:51 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 23,179
Posted By Branko D

Sure. Mind you this all involves getting athletes...

Sure. Mind you this all involves getting athletes back on carbs following a stint of low carb diet leading up to a race than a lot of carbs to replenish glycogen stores in the day up to the test, not...
12-07-21, 02:33 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 23,179
Posted By Branko D

The problem is that the carb metabolism gets...

The problem is that the carb metabolism gets regulated down when you do keto fat adaptation stuff.

So there's no net gain to be had from an bicycle racing point of view - if anything possibly a...
12-06-21, 12:45 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,551
Posted By Branko D

You can just use 11 speed chains on 10 speed...

You can just use 11 speed chains on 10 speed drivetrains. Works without issue.

Eh. For me most bikes in the house but kids' bikes is 11 speed and so is my parts cache, but when it's new bike time,...
11-28-21, 12:10 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,627
Posted By Branko D

Yes. Taught four kids how to ride without buying...

Yes. Taught four kids how to ride without buying a special bike which is made to not function like a bike 🤔
11-25-21, 03:14 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,627
Posted By Branko D

I learned to ride a bike at a tender age of 34. ...

I learned to ride a bike at a tender age of 34.

The way I did it was take my wife's bike, lower the saddle until I felt safe, and went to the local bike path every couple of days. The locals were...
11-21-21, 01:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,020
Posted By Branko D

Used both shops, no complaints at all. Warranty...

Used both shops, no complaints at all. Warranty service was also honoured without issue. Also used two German based online shops, Bike24 and bike-components.de, both are top notch.
11-16-21, 06:06 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 23,179
Posted By Branko D

However, the graph points out that at 85% of VO2...

However, the graph points out that at 85% of VO2 max intensity - which for an elite athlete corresponds to FTP, roughly - we're talking about 2/3rds of energy being derived from carbohydrates. That's...
11-16-21, 05:47 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,084
Posted By Branko D

I prefer steady front light, and rear flashing if...

I prefer steady front light, and rear flashing if solo or steady in a group; flashing front light bothers me.

Anyway, in traffic I'd shy away from the unexpected - tons of lights in confusing...
11-15-21, 12:10 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 6,045
Posted By Branko D

Yeah, no problem with that. I have a 3x10...

Yeah, no problem with that.

I have a 3x10 on my gravel bike simply because it is what I had on hand and there is no sense in throwing away something which works without issue (and I wanted to...
11-14-21, 03:43 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 22,091
Posted By Branko D

​​​​ 52 x 13?!? That's 60.6 km/hr at 120 rpm on...

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52 x 13?!? That's 60.6 km/hr at 120 rpm on a standard road tire size and 50.5 km/hr at the (more comfortable, I can only spin like a hamster on meth for so long) 100 rpm. You are giving up at...
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