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Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-19, 10:36 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 12,137
Posted By hsuehhwa

I totally understand. As I mentioned earlier, I...

I totally understand. As I mentioned earlier, I have had no problem at all with my previous two garmin 500 & 800. The first six months of Garmin 520 ownership was great until a firmware upgrade....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-19, 11:03 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,267
Posted By hsuehhwa

Definitely, but only if it's related to safety.

Definitely, but only if it's related to safety.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 12,137
Posted By hsuehhwa

Got the startup frozen screen again yesterday on...

Got the startup frozen screen again yesterday on my Garmin 520. Tried multiple reset but didnít work . Finally it was able to get to the start screen 60 min into the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,480
Posted By hsuehhwa

I have had experiences with the following power...

I have had experiences with the following power meters:

1. Favero Assioma Duo pedals: great PM at its price range, if you're OK with Look-style pedals.

2. Stages: left only or dual side. Make...
06-19-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,890
Posted By hsuehhwa

Make sure you start with Alicia and PIDs (from...

Make sure you start with Alicia and PIDs (from both directions): some consistent 8-10% grade x ~ 1 mi.

Nyes has a long ~15% x ~0.4 mi stretch.

Blue Bird/Summit has a ~15-18% x ~0.3 mi stretch...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-19, 08:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 736
Posted By hsuehhwa

I've had the Favero Assioma DUO for a bit over a...

I've had the Favero Assioma DUO for a bit over a month, ~200 miles of ride. I love them as power meters: very consistent reading at its price range and easy to switch between bikes.

However, I've...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-19, 03:15 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 12,137
Posted By hsuehhwa

I've been riding years with Garmin 500 and 800...

I've been riding years with Garmin 500 and 800 without any problems, as far as I could remember.

Garmin 520 only started to have problems after Mar 2018. The screen froze periodically,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-19, 09:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,456
Posted By hsuehhwa

Voler Black Label + 1. In addition to proper...

Voler Black Label + 1.

In addition to proper bike fit and bibs, the best way to reduce saddle discomfort is always to improve your own fitness, particularly the core strength.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-19, 09:43 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 12,137
Posted By hsuehhwa

If you like long rides (> 6 hrs), you're more...

If you like long rides (> 6 hrs), you're more likely to experience Garmin failure in your rides. My Garmin 520 crashed approximately once of every six century rides. That is, one Garmin failure...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-19, 08:03 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,095
Posted By hsuehhwa

My first ultegra di2 set came with 2013...

My first ultegra di2 set came with 2013 Cannondale Evo. I had premium bike shops do overhaul once/twice a year. Our of curiosity, among the hundreds di2 you worked with, how many had >~20k miles +...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,095
Posted By hsuehhwa

di2 is all good until it's not. For the...

di2 is all good until it's not.

For the record, I've been riding di2 for six years and am currently on my second group set.

When my first di2 group set (2013 ultegra di2) became problematic...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,305
Posted By hsuehhwa

Yes, if FTP > 3.5 watts/kg 3.5 -- 2.8 : yes...

Yes, if FTP > 3.5 watts/kg

3.5 -- 2.8 : yes or no.

No, if FTP < 2.8 watts/kg, the money could be better spent improving oneself.

If you don't have a power meter to measure FTP yet, the money...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-19, 12:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 433
Posted By hsuehhwa

good deal. Make sure it fits.

good deal.

Make sure it fits.
06-13-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,237
Posted By hsuehhwa

The Baldly Village Post Office fountain has been...

The Baldly Village Post Office fountain has been on and off in the past year. To be exact, 3 out ~8 times it was off last year.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-19, 11:42 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,153
Posted By hsuehhwa

I drive to ride all the time. Where I live is 20...

I drive to ride all the time. Where I live is 20 miles away from ~900 ft hills or 40 miles away from the foothills of 7000 ft mountains.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-19, 11:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,043
Posted By hsuehhwa

1. Ride it as is + 1 2. Don't descend >10% x...

1. Ride it as is + 1
2. Don't descend >10% x >0.5 mi segments, until you meet the wheel weight requirement.
06-06-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,752
Posted By hsuehhwa

Nice ride! I was considering Onyx last Sat, but...

Nice ride! I was considering Onyx last Sat, but ~50% chance of rain was forecasted. I did Crystal Lake instead.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-19, 08:12 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 9,021
Posted By hsuehhwa

The powers are different, and without heart...

The powers are different, and without heart rate/cadence data, in the climb. LOL. It would be nice if the carbon bike is faster with: 1) lower power 2) lower heart rate.

BTW, I have an Evo and a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-19, 03:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,979
Posted By hsuehhwa

IMHO, Baldy Ski Lift is more challenging. 1....

IMHO, Baldy Ski Lift is more challenging.

1. Most riders stop at the Tramway gate, making it ~3.0 mile x ~9%

2. One can survive the continuous 9-12% grade in Tramway with a lower FTP/weight...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-19, 03:13 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 9,021
Posted By hsuehhwa

It's hard to draw any conclusion with the data...

It's hard to draw any conclusion with the data being presented: 1. huge difference in average powers, measured by two different methods: power meters and strava estimates based velocity and weight.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-19, 07:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,979
Posted By hsuehhwa

I too did the Solvang this year. The highest...

I too did the Solvang this year. The highest elevation in Solvang is merely ~1500 ft. The 5500 ft overall climb included lots of 3-5% rolling hills. The Baldy Ski Lift is one big climb. (900 ft...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-19, 05:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,979
Posted By hsuehhwa

I've never participated in the event, but I rode...

I've never participated in the event, but I rode the route all the time. It's really challenging from Baldy Village (~4300' elev) to Ski Life (~6400' elev) in ~4.5 mi. The average grade is ~9% with...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-19, 04:51 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 12,352
Posted By hsuehhwa

And an AeroPod that links to the power meter and...

And an AeroPod that links to the power meter and speed sensor, measures wind velocity, and calculates the drag coefficient (times the front area) in real time.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-19, 02:23 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 12,352
Posted By hsuehhwa

If you're so good, you are able to notice a...

If you're so good, you are able to notice a justifiable difference with the $100 upgrade. BTW, there's a ~$400 device, Aeropod, that could actually measure the drag coefficient.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-19, 02:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 928
Posted By hsuehhwa

I'm still riding my 2013 Evo after ~35k miles. ...

I'm still riding my 2013 Evo after ~35k miles. Make sure you measure the chainstay clearance before wheel upgrades. I know for sure the majority of the current wider rims would not fit my 2013 Evo...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-19, 02:39 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 6,494
Posted By hsuehhwa

A lot of new riders sell their bikes after a year...

A lot of new riders sell their bikes after a year or two, either to upgrade, or just to give up.

A discounted major brand such as Specialized carbon bikes, Cannondale (CAAD, Evo..) road bikes........
05-23-19, 10:14 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,752
Posted By hsuehhwa

I'm never a big fan of riding into the PCH...

I'm never a big fan of riding into the PCH North/West headwind after work.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-19, 10:04 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,092
Posted By hsuehhwa

It has a lot to do with the riders' weight and...

It has a lot to do with the riders' weight and riding style.

For example, I climbed ~400k ft every year and I was able to used the same brake pad for two years. I don't have to brake a lot when...
05-22-19, 09:02 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,752
Posted By hsuehhwa

Yesterday was too windy for me to ride solo, 15...

Yesterday was too windy for me to ride solo, 15 mph is my threshold, or 17 mph for the event I have already signed up.
05-15-19, 02:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 869
Posted By hsuehhwa

If it's the same seller doing it for a long time,...

If it's the same seller doing it for a long time, most likely it's legit.
05-14-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 676
Posted By hsuehhwa

I started from Sunset Beach (Warner & PCH) around...

I started from Sunset Beach (Warner & PCH) around 8 AM and followed the ToB century route this year. There seemed to be less riders. There was a strong headwind from PCH at Laguna Beach to Sunset...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-19, 02:41 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,113
Posted By hsuehhwa

I have had the Shimano Ultegra SPD-SL carbon...

I have had the Shimano Ultegra SPD-SL carbon pedal for 6 years and ~30k miles. I'm very lean (<140 lb), unable to generate a lot of torque. I did experience clipping-out problems with brand new...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-19, 02:20 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,288
Posted By hsuehhwa

It's only comparable to power meters when...

It's only comparable to power meters when climbing steep grades (aero resistance is minimum).

It tends to be very inaccurate when you're riding with a big group (over-estimate) or in an extremely...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-19, 02:03 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,876
Posted By hsuehhwa

Spend a fraction of the money on instrument...

Spend a fraction of the money on instrument (power meter + drag meter) which you would otherwise spend on all the bikes.

You'll be able to measure the drag coefficient (aerodynamic) with less than...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-19, 01:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 765
Posted By hsuehhwa

A lot of friends I know have been using Eliel for...

A lot of friends I know have been using Eliel for years, good stuff. A bit too pricey for me. I'm more of a Voler Black (when they're on sale) person.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-07-19, 08:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,288
Posted By hsuehhwa

re. "numb" 1. move the cleats backward a bit...

re. "numb"

1. move the cleats backward a bit
2. try bigger road cleats and more stiff road shoes.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-07-19, 08:28 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,113
Posted By hsuehhwa

1. It will get a lot easier after tens of clip in...

1. It will get a lot easier after tens of clip in and outs. I've been using SPD-SL for years and I still have periodically problems with the new cleats. I'm used to clipping out with my left foot,...
05-02-19, 12:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,678
Posted By hsuehhwa

On paper it's "only" ~20 mi + ~2600 ft elevation...

On paper it's "only" ~20 mi + ~2600 ft elevation gain from Angelus Oaks to Onyx Peak, plus most riders just rested and drank tons of liquid at Angelus Oaks. Some might choose not to carry the extra...
05-01-19, 08:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,678
Posted By hsuehhwa

I too agree GMR/GRR/Baldy/Ski Lift (~6500'...

I too agree GMR/GRR/Baldy/Ski Lift (~6500' Altitude) and Crystal Lake (~5600' altitude) are just sexier, more bike friendly, more challenging, and therefore more fun. A Caffe at the top with ice...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-26-19, 04:46 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,825
Posted By hsuehhwa

Using nowadays affordable technology/terminology:...

Using nowadays affordable technology/terminology:

my bailout gear: 34 x 28
20 min FTP: ~3.1 watts per kg
I can climb continuous 15% grade (no break) for ~0.4 miles. But no longer no steeper...
04-26-19, 04:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,678
Posted By hsuehhwa

If it's the first time to Big Bear Lake (~6700...

If it's the first time to Big Bear Lake (~6700 ft), I wouldn't miss Onyx Peak (~8400 ft). Very basic long climb, nowhere is particularly steep. Altitude could play a significant role since the...
03-19-19, 01:13 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,026
Posted By hsuehhwa

I did the Lobster last year in April with a bit...

I did the Lobster last year in April with a bit less than 10 hrs, (including ~40 min rest). The garmin said slightly over 11k-ft elecation. Strava gave it 13.5k ft.

I'm not in lobster shape...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-19, 04:40 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,053
Posted By hsuehhwa

I followed all the orange signs correctly, except...

I followed all the orange signs correctly, except making a left back to Marriott on McMurray parking lot at mile 98-99.
I've done quite a few centuries. I found it's lot easier for me to ride at a...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-19, 04:14 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,053
Posted By hsuehhwa

I started at 6:30 AM sharp and finished at 1:37...

I started at 6:30 AM sharp and finished at 1:37 PM (6:50 moving time + 27 min rest) with 102.8 miles.

I missed the finish left turn the first time, since I was under the impression it's supposed...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-19, 02:44 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,053
Posted By hsuehhwa

Congrats on your first century! I also did...

Congrats on your first century!

I also did Solvang for the first time. I felt it's almost more difficult than Mammoth century (I spent an overall 7:17 for 102 mi in Solvang and 7:47 for 102 mi in...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-18, 01:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 989
Posted By hsuehhwa

this

this
11-13-18, 01:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 693
Posted By hsuehhwa

To dodge the wind, I drove to Palos Verdes to...

To dodge the wind, I drove to Palos Verdes to ride yesterday. Due to the coastal hills, PV is rarely being affected by Santa Ana wind.

There are lots of challenging climbs: Big One, Crownview,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-05-18, 09:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 297
Posted By hsuehhwa

Don't worry about the virtual climbs and virtual...

Don't worry about the virtual climbs and virtual grade.
Focus on the watts and your weight instead. >3 watts/kg for 40 min will get you through most tough climbs in real world. >3.5 watts/kg for...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-05-18, 09:20 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,180
Posted By hsuehhwa

I was on tubeless for 2 yrs and ~10k miles, from...

I was on tubeless for 2 yrs and ~10k miles, from 2013 to 2015. It was all good until Schwalbe made a bunch of Schwalbe Ones that would blow off the rim. If you go to Amazon, you could probably read...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-26-18, 08:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,690
Posted By hsuehhwa

You will need road cycling experiences and core...

You will need road cycling experiences and core strength to appreciate the difference.

Test ride both. If you can't tell the difference, they just don't make a difference for you yet.
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