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Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 332
Posted By topflightpro

If you buy better quality electrical tape, it...

If you buy better quality electrical tape, it won't leave a gooey mess when you pull it off. 3M tape is usually pretty good.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-20, 08:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 379
Posted By topflightpro

I have had a number of fits over the years, and I...

I have had a number of fits over the years, and I can say with experience that some fitters are better than others. And some fit theories work better for others.
08-03-20, 06:39 AM
Replies: 215
Views: 22,960
Posted By topflightpro

I think these two points agree. If you do not...

I think these two points agree. If you do not nurture an innate talent or genetic advantage, you will not develop into a world class champion. Doge keeps mentioning all these kids who probably could...
07-28-20, 07:53 AM
Replies: 215
Views: 22,960
Posted By topflightpro

I have to agree with Ken. Hard work is very...

I have to agree with Ken. Hard work is very important. But it can only take you so far if you do not have the proper genetics. Alternatively, just having the proper genetics won't guarantee you...
07-26-20, 07:02 AM
Replies: 5,048
Views: 286,807
Posted By topflightpro

TMonk, drive the Corolla til it dies. With 130k...

TMonk, drive the Corolla til it dies. With 130k on it, you're just breaking it in.

If you want a fun car, look for an old Miata and keep it as a third/weekender. They don't have much power, but...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 629
Posted By topflightpro

The 3T Exploro was my first thought too. I think...

The 3T Exploro was my first thought too. I think it will be good enough for your needs. 3T designed the frame around its aero road Strada frameset, so it's got some aerodynamic properties. It will...
Replies: 9
Views: 820
Posted By topflightpro

My understanding is they made some substantial...

My understanding is they made some substantial improvements between Gen 1 and Gen 2. I think we have Gen 2 (maybe 3?). If you plan to put a Velobike adapter on there, I think some of the older Kickrs...
07-23-20, 08:26 AM
Replies: 15,186
Views: 861,591
Posted By topflightpro

I've run PowerTap, Quarq and SRM over the years....

I've run PowerTap, Quarq and SRM over the years. They were not comparable with each other. The Powertap was the most generous of the three. The SRM the least generous.
07-21-20, 07:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,231
Posted By topflightpro

As other said, go the speed of the field. Crashes...

As other said, go the speed of the field. Crashes happen when people try to go faster/slower than others through turns. And watch out for that one guy who will dive bomb the corners even if he...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-20, 09:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,179
Posted By topflightpro

I use a towel when riding the trainer or rollers....

I use a towel when riding the trainer or rollers. I also have top-tube bra on my trainer bike to catch dripping sweat. On the road, I use the back of my glove or shoulder. But for the most part, it...
07-13-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 385
Views: 30,435
Posted By topflightpro

I opted not to race this past weekend. Just...

I opted not to race this past weekend. Just didn't seem necessary for me to travel to race right now. All my races are cancelled for the year. I'm looking at 2021.

I like racing, but I'm OK with...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-20, 06:55 AM
Replies: 270
Views: 10,450
Posted By topflightpro

20 meters? Really? Even with no wind, that's way...

20 meters? Really? Even with no wind, that's way too far back. At one bike length off a field, you're feeling the wind. At two bike lengths, you'll be struggling. At three, you're dropped.

And as...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,166
Posted By topflightpro

Start stretching your hamstrings and hip flexors.

Start stretching your hamstrings and hip flexors.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-20, 08:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 509
Posted By topflightpro

Front derailleur should work. It may not work...

Front derailleur should work. It may not work great, but it should work.

As already stated, you may need to change your wheels. You may have the same rims as your friend, but the freehub might not...
06-24-20, 06:55 AM
Replies: 5,048
Views: 286,807
Posted By topflightpro

Since the velodrome is not terribly close, I will...

Since the velodrome is not terribly close, I will often do track bike workouts in a local business park on the weekends - when there is no car traffic. But all the deer I see there scare the crap out...
06-24-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 5,048
Views: 286,807
Posted By topflightpro

Congratulations! That's fantastic news. And...

Congratulations! That's fantastic news.

And don't worry about not having the big wedding. Just throw a big party or something for your first anniversary
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 9,044
Posted By topflightpro

I looked into insurance a couple years ago. It...

I looked into insurance a couple years ago. It was about $500 per year per bike.
06-11-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 5,048
Views: 286,807
Posted By topflightpro

When I was in middle school, my father's business...

When I was in middle school, my father's business partner in Montreal sent his son, who was a year or two younger than me, down to live with us for the summer. Basically, the kid refused to learn...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 884
Posted By topflightpro

Go tow hitch rack if you can. My wife's car...

Go tow hitch rack if you can.

My wife's car has the hitch rack. I have the roof rack. Hitch is much easier to deal with, and it doesn't have a negative impact on fuel economy. I drop 1-2 mpg just...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-20, 05:33 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,713
Posted By topflightpro

Yeah, if you're popping out the bearings, you...

Yeah, if you're popping out the bearings, you should put new ones in. Generally, it's not recommended to remove and reinstall BB30 bearings.

As far as which bearings are best, I have had a lot of...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-20, 03:06 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,713
Posted By topflightpro

It's not hard to do at home, but the proper tools...

It's not hard to do at home, but the proper tools are rather pricey. People have used large bolts, nuts and washers to create home versions of bearing presses, which is much more affordable though...
06-08-20, 07:33 AM
Replies: 15,186
Views: 861,591
Posted By topflightpro

About 4 hours is my longest indoor ride. It was...

About 4 hours is my longest indoor ride. It was years ago, and I was doing a lot of base building work. I remember that day in particular because I was on Season 3 of The Wire, and I started by...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-20, 06:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 414
Posted By topflightpro

Lake offers them, and their shoes are pretty...

Lake offers them, and their shoes are pretty fantastic.
06-01-20, 01:34 PM
Replies: 5,048
Views: 286,807
Posted By topflightpro

Heard/said that before. Rarely is true.

Heard/said that before.

Rarely is true.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-20, 01:31 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,499
Posted By topflightpro

Doping in cycling has been going on for as long...

Doping in cycling has been going on for as long as the Tour has been around. It started with things like caffeine pills and other stimulants and moved on from there.

But a lot of that stuff they...
06-01-20, 07:23 AM
Replies: 5,048
Views: 286,807
Posted By topflightpro

I find I have a hard time watching any sporting...

I find I have a hard time watching any sporting events without fans. There's something about the crowd noise that adds some buzz or excitement. Of course, this statement is based on college bowl...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-20, 08:28 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,857
Posted By topflightpro

If you're not familiar with him, RChung is a...

If you're not familiar with him, RChung is a legit source of information and more than likely knows more about PMs and power data than anyone else on this forum.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 08:35 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 8,601
Posted By topflightpro

With all things, I think it depends. Road...

With all things, I think it depends.

Road bike technology really hasn't changed that much in the last 15-20 years. Carbon has become more ubiquitous and we went from 9 to 10 to 11 and no 12...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,857
Posted By topflightpro

This is true, but the batteries last about 5...

This is true, but the batteries last about 5 years of regular use, so it's not a frequent requirement. Also, when they replace the batteries, they check the system and calibrate it, so you know your...
05-19-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 385
Views: 30,435
Posted By topflightpro

USAC is a non-profit. And here are their recent...

USAC is a non-profit. And here are their recent financial records: https://www.usacycling.org/index.php/about-us/fiscal-information

Looks like about 42% of their revenue comes from membership...
05-18-20, 01:23 PM
Replies: 5,048
Views: 286,807
Posted By topflightpro

Uggh. One of my neighbors (or friend of a...

Uggh. One of my neighbors (or friend of a neighbor) has a massive subwoofer in their car. Everyday, I hear the bass thumping. It's like they sit in their car for 20 min. every afternoon or evening...
05-18-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 5,048
Views: 286,807
Posted By topflightpro

They don't. All VC/PE funded.

They don't. All VC/PE funded.
05-15-20, 10:32 AM
Replies: 15,186
Views: 861,591
Posted By topflightpro

My training schedule has been way off lately, due...

My training schedule has been way off lately, due in large part to work/working from home. I've been much less regimented about getting out of bed and getting my workout in. And I've struggled some...
05-14-20, 01:57 PM
Replies: 15,186
Views: 861,591
Posted By topflightpro

I do almost all my training indoors. I have gone...

I do almost all my training indoors. I have gone back and forth between trainer, rollers and now a smart trainer. On the weekends, I do ride outside, unless my plan calls for something that would be...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-20, 01:42 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,391
Posted By topflightpro

I can't give concrete examples of what makes more...

I can't give concrete examples of what makes more expensive bibs better. All I can tell you is that every time I've bought nicer bibs, I have had absolutely 0 interest in going back to the cheaper...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 389
Posted By topflightpro

The wheels are definitely knock-offs. He's honest...

The wheels are definitely knock-offs. He's honest about what they are, but they have big Campagnolo stickers on them. I'm also concerned the Handlebar and Stem are knockoffs too. They are badged 3T,...
05-12-20, 08:13 AM
Replies: 15,186
Views: 861,591
Posted By topflightpro

Saddle position should be set based on crank...

Saddle position should be set based on crank length, leg length and BB. It should not be used to adjust reach.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,391
Posted By topflightpro

My perspective - you get what you pay for. ...

My perspective - you get what you pay for.

Most bibs are probably way overpriced, but if you want comfort, spend more. I have yet to find the more expensive bibs less comfortable than a cheaper...
05-08-20, 08:35 AM
Replies: 15,186
Views: 861,591
Posted By topflightpro

Finally figured out the Kickr. Instead of messing...

Finally figured out the Kickr. Instead of messing with the levels or resistance, I need to just plug it in and go. Then it's similar to my regular fluid trainer.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-07-20, 02:46 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,621
Posted By topflightpro

I think you also need to consider a King Red or...

I think you also need to consider a King Red or Blue headset, Salsa red or blue seatpost collar.

Mavic Heliums are red. They'd look good on there. You might find a set on Craigslist.

(I should...
05-06-20, 12:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,558
Posted By topflightpro

TSS is calculated off NP. Which in this case is...

TSS is calculated off NP. Which in this case is just 7 watts below his FTP. He also posted a max power of 1099, which greatly distorts NP. So, FTP may be fine.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-20, 07:05 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,433
Posted By topflightpro

There are so many, but some of my go tos are: ...

There are so many, but some of my go tos are:

Beatie Boys - Sabotage
Danzig - Mother
Outkast - BOB
Guns n Roses - Welcome to the Jungle
05-06-20, 07:02 AM
Replies: 15,186
Views: 861,591
Posted By topflightpro

Trying to use my wife's Kickr for sprint...

Trying to use my wife's Kickr for sprint intervals. It's not going terribly well. I'm adjusting resistance manually, but I cannot seem to hit the sweet spot for how much resistance I need. Basically,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-20, 08:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 642
Posted By topflightpro

Saddle, Bar, Stem. Contact points first to...

Saddle, Bar, Stem. Contact points first to improve comfort and fit.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-20, 05:04 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,583
Posted By topflightpro

Practice in a door frame just to get the feeling...

Practice in a door frame just to get the feeling of clipping out.

And no matter how much you practice, you're going to miss it at some point. It happens to everyone.
05-01-20, 02:01 PM
Replies: 5,048
Views: 286,807
Posted By topflightpro

A few years ago, I shaved the beard and left the...

A few years ago, I shaved the beard and left the mustache before picking my wife up to go meet friends at the bar. She was not happy with me. Had we passed a drug store, she would have made me stop...
05-01-20, 07:21 AM
Replies: 1,719
Views: 125,122
Posted By topflightpro

UPDATE: The adapter works well. I get a little...

UPDATE: The adapter works well. I get a little notice every now and again on the screen regarding resolution, but otherwise, it works fine. $60 solution to keep my receiver going.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-30-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 573
Posted By topflightpro

This is my perspective as well. And when racing,...

This is my perspective as well. And when racing, I don't look at my computer at all.



This is also true. I remember when I first started riding, I frequently ave. 85 rpm. Going above 90 was...
04-30-20, 07:46 AM
Replies: 15,186
Views: 861,591
Posted By topflightpro

A few years ago, my buddy and I were riding when...

A few years ago, my buddy and I were riding when a car passed us. We were single file, and he hollered something to me as the car passed, but I couldn't make out what he said. The car went up a bit,...
04-30-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,558
Posted By topflightpro

OP, honestly 135 AP doesn't sound too far off for...

OP, honestly 135 AP doesn't sound too far off for that ride.
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