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Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-21, 12:54 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,388
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Pissing off drivers during a descent really isn't...

Pissing off drivers during a descent really isn't a concern for me. My safety is worth more than the minor slowdown they may experience.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-11-21, 03:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,137
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I've run into this after a really hard ride where...

I've run into this after a really hard ride where I probably dehydrated myself pretty badly. I was busy holding on for dear life and seriously neglected proper hydration. I was down for a couple of...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-09-21, 07:56 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,865
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I grab another bike off the wall. I have 2 road...

I grab another bike off the wall. I have 2 road bikes, a cx bike, a mountain bike, 2 single speeds, and if it really comes down to it I have a TT bike. I'll always have something to ride.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-05-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,297
Posted By Andy Somnifac

What else did you think Rule #5 referred to?

What else did you think Rule #5 referred to?
Forum: Road Cycling
03-05-21, 08:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,437
Posted By Andy Somnifac

If an image is displayed, it can be captured in...

If an image is displayed, it can be captured in some form or another. Sure, you can stop right click and save, but if the image is being displayed, it's on your local machine somewhere in some form...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-18-21, 12:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 379
Posted By Andy Somnifac

When looking at the trainer, at least on smart...

When looking at the trainer, at least on smart trainers, they will specify what sort of power output they can handle. I have a Saris H3 and it says it can handle up to 2000w, so it's unlikely I'll...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-18-21, 12:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 978
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Solution: A new skinsuit, made by the Tron...

Solution:

A new skinsuit, made by the Tron Guy. It'd be far more visible:

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Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 374
Posted By Andy Somnifac

No, it runs on wires.

No, it runs on wires.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-21, 02:43 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 10,423
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Sure, rim brakes are definitely as good for the...

Sure, rim brakes are definitely as good for the standard schmoe like us. Except for in the wet. And mud. Oh, and descents.

If someone is concerned about the weight difference between disc and rim...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-12-21, 10:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,878
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Maybe I'll go with one of the oil slick/reflecty...

Maybe I'll go with one of the oil slick/reflecty versions when it's time to replace mine. It'd probably look good on my Ti frame.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-12-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 6,204
Posted By Andy Somnifac

This more than anything. I have a cousin who...

This more than anything. I have a cousin who owned and ran a bike shop for ~30 years. Past tense because he closed up shop last year, citing the difficulty in getting parts, both for retail and...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-11-21, 12:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 721
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Expensive:...

Expensive: https://www.amazon.com/Speedplay-13040-X-Serie-Pedal-Cleats/dp/B004V33HMA
Less expensive: https://www.velopro.com/product/speedplay-x-series-cleats-390059-1.htm
Forum: Road Cycling
02-11-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 6,204
Posted By Andy Somnifac

The shop I used to almost exclusively use closed...

The shop I used to almost exclusively use closed down a few years ago. It was a full-service shop, retail/repair/fitting. Since then, two of those involved in the shop have opened up a new venture...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-11-21, 08:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,878
Posted By Andy Somnifac

It'd better for the price. Looks great, feels...

It'd better for the price. Looks great, feels great, not priced great.

But I don't replace my tape every month, so it's worth it.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-11-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,049
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Because we all know that faceless strangers on...

Because we all know that faceless strangers on the internet are FAR more reliable.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-11-21, 08:28 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 10,423
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Pshaw... What does Bernard Hinault know about...

Pshaw... What does Bernard Hinault know about bikes?

Wait, I'm getting a phone call...

"Hello? Yes? Oh, that Bernard Hinault? He won the TdF how many times? OK, thanks..."

Never mind, carry...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-11-21, 08:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 515
Posted By Andy Somnifac

As for Zwift, speed and distance don't really...

As for Zwift, speed and distance don't really matter much. Indoor training is far better measured in time and power/effort. Sure, while there's a rough correlation w/ speed and distance, it's just...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-11-21, 08:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 515
Posted By Andy Somnifac

As others have said, yes, it overrides speed and...

As others have said, yes, it overrides speed and distance, but when combined with GPS and a computer that can auto calculate wheel size, it will be more accurate.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-11-21, 08:07 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,878
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I'm a fan of the Supacaz Super Sticky Kush bar...

I'm a fan of the Supacaz Super Sticky Kush bar tape. Comfortable and grippy.

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Forum: Road Cycling
02-11-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,002
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Personally, I'd welcome well designed and...

Personally, I'd welcome well designed and integrated storage built into the frame. Storage that handles a standard pair of tire levers, a tube, etc. The normal things you'd always want with you on a...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-08-21, 10:50 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 10,423
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Exactly. I will never be in the TdF. My bike, and...

Exactly. I will never be in the TdF. My bike, and the gear on it, is not what is holding me back.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-08-21, 10:47 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 10,423
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I'd love to hear his thoughts on running shoes...

I'd love to hear his thoughts on running shoes too.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-08-21, 10:17 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 12,862
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Yes, it's an old thread, and I had the first...

Yes, it's an old thread, and I had the first reply all those many years ago. I still feel it holds as true today as it did in 2012.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-28-21, 08:57 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,561
Posted By Andy Somnifac

There was a Lynskey R210 Custom built up with...

There was a Lynskey R210 Custom built up with Ultegra 6600 in a local shop many years (2010? 2011? something like that) ago. I have no idea who'd ordered it and why a custom-ordered frame was on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-27-21, 03:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,680
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Rats...

Rats...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-27-21, 01:58 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,680
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Are we calling the 40s "younger"? If so, I'll...

Are we calling the 40s "younger"? If so, I'll take it.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-27-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,171
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I see no reason why you couldn't mix up whatever...

I see no reason why you couldn't mix up whatever you wish, as long as you get get the materials. Personally, I just use a homemade mix of standard paraffin and PTFE powder for outside use. I'm happy...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-27-21, 12:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,680
Posted By Andy Somnifac

And I just paid extra for a Chris King titanium...

And I just paid extra for a Chris King titanium crown race, so I can see myself being crazy enough to eventually shell out the insane cost for a pair of these...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,118
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I hadn't ridden much for the previous 2-3 years....

I hadn't ridden much for the previous 2-3 years. I picked up a smart trainer and have been riding regularly on it since late June. So, I went from 0 in 2019 to ~3600 in 2020. I rode outside 3 times,...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-08-21, 02:30 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,886
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I'd rather wax my legs than read another one...

I'd rather wax my legs than read another one...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-08-21, 02:17 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,886
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Definitely seems like a group activity. Not...

Definitely seems like a group activity.

Not going to lie, waxing is certainly more time consuming, but when done regularly it keeps everything so nice and clean and quiet. Not that I want to get...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-08-21, 02:07 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,886
Posted By Andy Somnifac

If I ever get back to group rides outside, I...

If I ever get back to group rides outside, I figure I'll be back to waxing every other week. There's something nice and relaxing about the process.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-08-21, 02:05 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,886
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I think that Giant actually owns a lot of the...

I think that Giant actually owns a lot of the manufacturing facilities that make a lot of bikes for other manufacturers.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-08-21, 10:41 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,886
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Forever, or until I want another bike. Whichever...

Forever, or until I want another bike. Whichever comes first.

Short of crash damage or a defective product, you're not going to wear out or break your frame.

Edited after thinking about it: I...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,830
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I have 6 bikes hanging in 48" of space. They will...

I have 6 bikes hanging in 48" of space. They will live if they touch each other a bit.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-21, 10:00 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,830
Posted By Andy Somnifac

You're telling me. I have one I want to get rid...

You're telling me. I have one I want to get rid of...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-21, 03:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,762
Posted By Andy Somnifac

My current pair of glasses for riding is a pair...

My current pair of glasses for riding is a pair of Oakley Holbrooks w/ grey transitions lenses. They're comfortable, stay put, and don't look like Oakley Blades (or anything derived thereof).
...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-21, 02:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,898
Posted By Andy Somnifac

My rule of thumb: If I see something that...

My rule of thumb:

If I see something that makes me think "Is this a scam?" then I treat it as a scam.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,489
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Run them through intervals.icu...

Run them through intervals.icu (http://intervals.icu) and see if they calculate the load any differently. Or download the files and upload them to Training Peaks. Checking Strava's calculation...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-20, 12:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,489
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Did you recently update your FTP on Strava or...

Did you recently update your FTP on Strava or anything like that? If RE is calculated similarly to TSS, that could be an explanation.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-13-20, 11:16 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 9,816
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I don't dispute that there aren't differences...

I don't dispute that there aren't differences with expensive equipment in a professional environment. This would be the case for both bikes and audio gear. But when it comes to the consumer, there...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-09-20, 09:42 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 9,816
Posted By Andy Somnifac

High-end audio is the perfect comparison. Both...

High-end audio is the perfect comparison. Both can be phenomenally expensive (audio more so), are full of snake oil, and the realm of marginal gains is a discussion in and of itself.

But, cool, if...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-09-20, 06:54 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 9,816
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I've never understood why people seem to think...

I've never understood why people seem to think that all products should appeal to them. There are plenty of insanely priced cars, watches, houses, wines, electronics, etc. that don't deliver much...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 06:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,003
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Find a straw of appropriate width (I find the...

Find a straw of appropriate width (I find the green Starbucks straws to be narrower than average straws and work well), cut it to length (so that it only sticks up a tiny bit above the valve stem...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-20, 06:46 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,314
Posted By Andy Somnifac

If there is air in the system so that air bubbles...

If there is air in the system so that air bubbles form, bleed your brakes. If air is entering the system because of how the bike is hanging, there are issues beyond the hanging of the bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 6,707
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Agree. If I crashed and damaged my Lynskey I'd...

Agree. If I crashed and damaged my Lynskey I'd cry. First, because it probably hurt, and then again for the damage.

Then it would get packaged up and sent in for an inspection.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 12,398
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I have a $65 single speed (fixed/freewheel...

I have a $65 single speed (fixed/freewheel flip-flop hub) I bought from Target years ago. It's ugly and it's a boat anchor and it's the worst bike I've ever owned. And I still love it.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 08:06 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,072
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I think that getting hit by a car would suddenly...

I think that getting hit by a car would suddenly make you faster followed by a sudden deceleration.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 08:04 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 5,637
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Not much, within reason. I'm not chasing every...

Not much, within reason. I'm not chasing every gram savings possible. Losing it off my body is cheaper.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-20, 06:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 576
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I'm still on all 10s vintage gear, so I don't...

I'm still on all 10s vintage gear, so I don't know which spacers are needed were, but if it needs to come further in towards the hub, it sounds like the spacers have moved the entire cassette farther...
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