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Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 11:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 495
Posted By dalava

PowerTap C1 works great for that crankset, and...

PowerTap C1 works great for that crankset, and you can probably find a really good deal since it's no longer made. It's very accurate.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-19, 12:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,041
Posted By dalava

This... give it a read and you will be informed.

This... give it a read and you will be informed.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-19, 12:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,275
Posted By dalava

If you intend to get nice wheels, go disc, they...

If you intend to get nice wheels, go disc, they last a lot longer because there is no brake track to wear out.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-04-19, 08:55 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,940
Posted By dalava

What are you guys talking about this "full...

What are you guys talking about this "full synchro but shift manually"? You always shift manually, the Di2 never shifts on its own. In full synchro mode the Di2 system find the next gear combo for...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-04-19, 08:46 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 43,294
Posted By dalava

I don't think your "gravel" is the gravel people...

I don't think your "gravel" is the gravel people are talking about these days... the newer gravel bike can almost tackle nice single tracks. I don't think your pre-1985 bike would do that.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-04-19, 08:44 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 43,294
Posted By dalava

I didn't read the entire thread, so not sure if...

I didn't read the entire thread, so not sure if it has been mentioned already.

The answer to your question is yes, by that I mean you can get a 100% gravel bike and 90% of a road bike with a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-04-19, 08:31 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,719
Posted By dalava

You are fine with the GP5k TL with the SES 4.5,...

You are fine with the GP5k TL with the SES 4.5, but make you check with ENVE's page on recommended tires, especially for their newer and wider rims, e.g. the 4.5AR. Those are hookless, and they...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-04-19, 08:28 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,719
Posted By dalava

eTap shifts A LOT slower than Di2, just saying....

eTap shifts A LOT slower than Di2, just saying. If you are used to the Di2 action, you will be in for a big surprise with eTap. Same goes for Shimano disc vs SRAM, the Shimano disc is a lot more...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-19, 08:52 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 10,554
Posted By dalava

After riding wider rims (>19mm) with 28c tires, I...

After riding wider rims (>19mm) with 28c tires, I am sold. Recently got the new ENVE 4.5AR which is even wider at 25mm internal. Pump the tires to 60psi, it's a game changer. I could never go back to...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-19, 03:53 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 10,554
Posted By dalava

Saddle bag is so yesterday... with the tubeless...

Saddle bag is so yesterday... with the tubeless tire and sealant setup, you only need to carry a plug tool (like the Dynaplug) and maybe a couple of co2 cartridges and you are set. Al that you can...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-14-19, 01:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,677
Posted By dalava

I build my own bikes. When I route the hydraulic...

I build my own bikes. When I route the hydraulic hoses internally, I jam as much the hose as I can into the aero handlebar (for front) and frame (for rear) just for this purpose. Usually the aero...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-14-19, 01:41 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,181
Posted By dalava

you are dreaming... Canti is done for. Disc...

you are dreaming...

Canti is done for. Disc is taking over.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-19, 04:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,677
Posted By dalava

All the new "integrated" cockpit for hydraulic...

All the new "integrated" cockpit for hydraulic disc is PITA to pack for travel. One of the best cases I saw recently is BikeBoxAlan's new tri bike aero fit box. Even though it's built for easy...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-19, 08:36 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 10,554
Posted By dalava

The best thing the OP could do for serious...

The best thing the OP could do for serious training is to get a power meter with the new bike (looks like the Giant TCR has one) and a HR strap, some some FTP test, and find a good power based...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-19, 07:06 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 10,554
Posted By dalava

Giant TCR is their tried and true road bike, and...

Giant TCR is their tried and true road bike, and it's a great bike. But for whatever reason, Giant never gained traction as a premium brand and their resale value is quite poor (if that's something...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-07-19, 09:54 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,459
Posted By dalava

You just decided you don't care enough. But for...

You just decided you don't care enough. But for most people, there is a value in going fast(er).
Forum: Road Cycling
08-07-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 9,948
Posted By dalava

Without question, aero. Unless you are doing...

Without question, aero. Unless you are doing grand tour climbing stages, there is not reason to go for lightweight at the expense of aero. BTW, the bike is not the only piece in the puzzle, a lot of...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-19, 02:30 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,695
Posted By dalava

Here is what gets me: Strava has raised $55...

Here is what gets me: Strava has raised $55 million venture capital so far (since 2010), and has about 150 employees. The new CEO came on board in late 2017 with stints in Facebook/Instagram. Strava...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-19, 05:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,187
Posted By dalava

And forgot to mention, the great Chianti Classico...

And forgot to mention, the great Chianti Classico you can drink for a song. There are a lot of family owned Agriturismo/hotel with a vineyard where you can stay... they are better than Four Seasons...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-19, 10:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,187
Posted By dalava

The Chianti region in Tuscany is riding heaven....

The Chianti region in Tuscany is riding heaven. The InGamba cycling tour operates out of there, and check out their routes on Strava, and you will have a great time. The road are winding but...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-19, 09:29 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 16,737
Posted By dalava

Yes... they are like 10 years behind in watches

Yes... they are like 10 years behind in watches
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-19, 08:17 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 16,737
Posted By dalava

It really depends on your point of view. If...

It really depends on your point of view.

If you have decided "Garmin isn't going to listen", sure then it is of no value to you.

But for me, DCRM calling out Garmin on their software issue is...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-19, 07:13 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 16,737
Posted By dalava

I fail to grasp the point of this post. Far as I...

I fail to grasp the point of this post. Far as I can see, this has not turned into a Garmin bug rant vs "I've never had a problem with my Garmin" thread.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-19, 07:12 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 16,737
Posted By dalava

Life360 can track you by your wife if you carry a...

Life360 can track you by your wife if you carry a phone with you anyway. I tried the LiveTracking on Garmin but stopped using it for the exact reason you described - who wants to stop in the middle...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-19, 02:46 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 16,737
Posted By dalava

No they are not. We have had several of their...

No they are not. We have had several of their watches, FR325/FR735/Fenix5/FR645 (between my daughter and I), for example, the bluetooth connection to the phone is never reliable, and it's across the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,146
Posted By dalava

Before you think about new wheels, there are...

Before you think about new wheels, there are several things to check or clarify.

First, is the flat spot on the tire? If so, a new tire would fix that if it's really bad and/or you are concerned...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-19, 09:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,398
Posted By dalava

This one always gets me, and it's the laziness or...

This one always gets me, and it's the laziness or the ignorance of the LBS salespeople. The Conti 4Season is just as puncture proof but more comfortable. The Gatorskins are just an overkill for more...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-19, 09:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,398
Posted By dalava

Besides the engine which is the main source of...

Besides the engine which is the main source of power, all others are "marginal gains" in comparison. For most of riding more riders do, the name of the game is be aero, which includes reduce frontal...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-19, 09:29 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 16,737
Posted By dalava

The thing is, for a lot of us Garmin users we are...

The thing is, for a lot of us Garmin users we are kind of OCD about our data. If you couldn't reliably handle that over a well-established bluetooth connection, it undermines the users confidence in...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-19, 09:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,447
Posted By dalava

Maybe that's why they are heavily discounting the...

Maybe that's why they are heavily discounting the 2018 models.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-19, 09:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,398
Posted By dalava

Looks like you already got the XXX4s, so here is...

Looks like you already got the XXX4s, so here is my recommendation: put the Conti GP5000 Tubeless, either 25c (more aero) or 28c (more comfort) on them with either Orange or Stan's sealant. These...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-19, 04:23 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,815
Posted By dalava

54cm, done up right with Cervelo carbon aero road...

54cm, done up right with Cervelo carbon aero road bar and aero stem, Schwalbe Pro One tubeless 25c tires. All ready to go.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-19, 03:54 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,815
Posted By dalava

Let me put some context in this, I’m selling an...

Let me put some context in this, I’m selling an almost new Cervelo S3 disc with Bontrager 5 D3 and Dura Ace mechanical for less than what your upgrade cost is... and so far no takers. So $3200 is a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-19, 11:40 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 8,186
Posted By dalava

The money would be much better spent with...

The money would be much better spent with something deeper, e.g. 40-50mm, while keep the weight the same or a bit less than your current wheelset. Personally, I would just get a set of used but great...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-19, 11:23 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 8,186
Posted By dalava

shallow or deep aero wheels?

shallow or deep aero wheels?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-19, 11:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,447
Posted By dalava

Functionally, it's hard to modulate and performs...

Functionally, it's hard to modulate and performs more like on/off switch. It kind of negates the whole disc brake advantage. Also, it adds a bit of weight to the front end which impacts handling.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,312
Posted By dalava

didn't they change the design completely in 2018?...

didn't they change the design completely in 2018? if so, I would get the new design.

I had an S-Works version of the 2017 tarmac disc, it was meh, the disc brakes bugged me - making me feel slow...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,447
Posted By dalava

If this is the bike you are looking at:...

If this is the bike you are looking at: https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/defy-advanced-1-2018, don't do it. The brakes is a deal breaker. They suck and are ugly.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,447
Posted By dalava

If the Giant has their weird Conduct disc brakes,...

If the Giant has their weird Conduct disc brakes, stay away!
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,398
Posted By dalava

These are good wheels. What tires are you using?...

These are good wheels. What tires are you using? It's pretty important if you want to optimze the aero advantage.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-19, 10:04 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,815
Posted By dalava

Let's see: you only need shifters, derailleurs,...

Let's see: you only need shifters, derailleurs, junction boxes, cables (e-tubes) and battery. Existing crankset and brakes will still be good. So that should run you about $800. The XXX4 retails for...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-19, 09:57 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,815
Posted By dalava

From what I understand, the hubs on the XXX are...

From what I understand, the hubs on the XXX are DT Swiss internals including the free hub body. I have the older D3 and they are definitely DT Swiss.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,745
Posted By dalava

I have the C5, almost identical to the C3. Rear...

I have the C5, almost identical to the C3. Rear clearance is about 33mm actual (measured), not the number on your tires. So it's all depending on the wheel rim width (internal). With the wider ENVE...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-18, 01:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 369
Posted By dalava

NCVC Rock Creek Velo Kelly Benefit

NCVC
Rock Creek Velo
Kelly Benefit
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-18, 12:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,452
Posted By dalava

Slowtwitch and Paceline are really good places....

Slowtwitch and Paceline are really good places. For some locales, there are Facebook groups also work well. Criagslist is kind of useless. When all else fails, eBay.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-17, 11:43 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,925
Posted By dalava

Seems like we have a lot of "used to be" 5mm...

Seems like we have a lot of "used to be" 5mm runners on this board
Forum: Road Cycling
03-30-17, 05:41 PM
Replies: 19,634
Views: 4,181,836
Posted By dalava

Where did you get the face plate?

Where did you get the face plate?
Forum: Road Cycling
03-21-17, 02:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,784
Posted By dalava

I am thinking about use the $35 dividend and 20%...

I am thinking about use the $35 dividend and 20% off on a Wahoo Kickr
Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-17, 07:59 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 11,536
Posted By dalava

you meant "a college near Boston"?

you meant "a college near Boston"?
Forum: Road Cycling
03-05-17, 06:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,175
Posted By dalava

I use the spoke length calculator from...

I use the spoke length calculator from Prowheelbuilder.com. I like it better than the DT Swiss one.
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