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11-29-19, 11:30 PM
11-22-19, 10:56 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 9,530
Posted By Sapperc

I bought my 2016 Specialized Roubaix when the...

I bought my 2016 Specialized Roubaix when the jury was still out on whether or not disc brakes were right for road bikes. Amount other issues, disc brake rotor scrub from too much flex in forks and...
11-22-19, 09:45 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,900
Posted By Sapperc

Donít dismiss inexpensive saddles. A 2019 EC-90...

Donít dismiss inexpensive saddles. A 2019 EC-90 model Chinese ďpower saddleĒ nock-off bought on Amazon for under $40 after taxes, is the absolute best saddle Iíve ridden. So far Iíve got 2,271 miles...
11-19-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 416
Posted By Sapperc

Zertz inserts do have a design effect on frame...

Zertz inserts do have a design effect on frame dampening. Some are replaceable some are not. Problem is availability. Even Specialized has left zertz behind with their newer frames. How effective...
11-19-19, 09:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 447
Posted By Sapperc

Your experience is normal. There is no standard...

Your experience is normal. There is no standard in bicycle sizing, sometimes even within the same brand, especially when comparing frames from different years. What fits really depends on overall...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-17-19, 09:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 283
Posted By Sapperc

Photos might help. I suppose stranger things can...

Photos might help. I suppose stranger things can happen. Still itís hard to believe that you managed to break a crank arm without doing damage to a carbon frame. Iíd be careful. You might want to get...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-19, 10:07 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 54,634
Posted By Sapperc

3 versions of the future shock already exist....

3 versions of the future shock already exist. They are not interchangeable according to Specialized, although one forum member said in a previous thread that his LBS swapped out a 1.5 for a 2 which...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-19, 09:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 543
Posted By Sapperc

I would be careful trying to compare newer 700c...

I would be careful trying to compare newer 700c wheels to old 27Ē wheels. They arenít built the same externally or internally. Same goes for the associated tires. But then Iím not an advocate for...
11-14-19, 09:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 268
Posted By Sapperc

Yes, it should work if the hub is in good...

Yes, it should work if the hub is in good condition, but youíll need to change the rear derailleur to one that accommodates the new cassette too. Depending on type and design, you might need new...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,572
Posted By Sapperc

Interesting for sure, at least at the current...

Interesting for sure, at least at the current sale prices. At regular MSRP not so much. Specs are only available for the frame sets not the built up bikes, so no info on stem lengths, crank...
11-10-19, 12:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 953
Posted By Sapperc

Sounds like your rear wheel is binding. Could be...

Sounds like your rear wheel is binding. Could be a number of things. Since you donít know how to troubleshoot the problem you probably canít fix it. Take it to a bike shop. Good luck.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-19, 07:15 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,739
Posted By Sapperc

I often see cyclists dressed both warmer and...

I often see cyclists dressed both warmer and lighter than myself. It really comes down to your tolerance and acclimation to your local riding conditions, how long youíll be cycling, and how quickly...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 838
Posted By Sapperc

I donít think it is particularly unusual for...

I donít think it is particularly unusual for similarly built bikes to feel slightly different. But in this case, the bikes are not even identical, so I would expect to notice at least slight...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-11-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,180
Posted By Sapperc

Humm. Doesnít ring as a true answer, especially...

Humm. Doesnít ring as a true answer, especially given that at least one swap out between a 1.0 and 2.0 has been done successfully. I suspect there is more going on here than ďit wonít fit.Ē The...
10-07-19, 04:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,234
Posted By Sapperc

Sounds like you are not starting with a good...

Sounds like you are not starting with a good basic bike fit. Lots of online instructions exist on how to accomplish a good starting position for an initial basic fit from which you can then make one...
10-05-19, 07:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 610
Posted By Sapperc

Might want to see your doctor. Perhaps even...

Might want to see your doctor. Perhaps even specialists. Might be more going on in your shoulder and hand than you realize. Injury might have aggravated other problems. Might or might not be a quick...
10-02-19, 08:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 758
Posted By Sapperc

This. Add to that good health or more precisely...

This. Add to that good health or more precisely the lack there of and you have your answer(s).
10-02-19, 07:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 735
Posted By Sapperc

Agree with the OP. There are lots of options for...

Agree with the OP. There are lots of options for less expensive non-sport specific clothing items. I use a compression undershirt from Costco when the need arises.
10-02-19, 07:29 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,369
Posted By Sapperc

Give Specialized gel gloves a try. They are the...

Give Specialized gel gloves a try. They are the best at reducing road shock Iíve used. I also recommend Firelion gel gloves (available through Amazon) as a much less expensive alternative. Both do a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-19, 07:22 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,900
Posted By Sapperc

Maybe Iím missing something here or maybe Iím...

Maybe Iím missing something here or maybe Iím jumping to a wrong conclusion, but if the OP is concerned about busting a 245 pound total rider/bike weight limit, then bike weight is not even the right...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-19, 10:36 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,777
Posted By Sapperc

Road bikes are not inherently slow or fast as...

Road bikes are not inherently slow or fast as long as they are well built and maintained. Speed is mostly a function of the cyclist ó conditioning, positioning, technical skill ó and somewhat...
09-23-19, 09:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 705
Posted By Sapperc

Iíd consider riser type bars and an adjustable...

Iíd consider riser type bars and an adjustable angle stem to try to find a good height.

But first, Iíd consider whether or not you may be chasing a problem that a cruiser type riding position...
09-22-19, 12:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 485
Posted By Sapperc

You should be able to fit your helmet the way you...

You should be able to fit your helmet the way you prefer. If youíre out of adjustment range with that particular helmet, then it simply doesnít fit. Advertised helmet size is only part of fitting a...
09-19-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 309
Posted By Sapperc

+1 to the post above. Iíve done this type of...

+1 to the post above. Iíve done this type of repair at home myself with common tools, a large washer and a long bolt. If you are nervous about attempting a repair, any decent bike repair shop can fix...
09-10-19, 11:35 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 9,528
Posted By Sapperc

Yawn all you want, but I always use obnoxiously...

Yawn all you want, but I always use obnoxiously bright daytime flashing running lights front and rear. My experience is that it definitely grabs motorists attention even more so than my fluorescent...
09-04-19, 09:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 870
Posted By Sapperc

To determine a reasonable tire pressure you need...

To determine a reasonable tire pressure you need to consider the total weight of bike, gear and rider and tire size. Then stay as close to minimum recommended pressure as you can without over flexing...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 651
Posted By Sapperc

Cycling shorts are very personal and youíll have...

Cycling shorts are very personal and youíll have to figure out what fits you and what chamois you prefer. I donít care for the ones you mentioned. Iíve had good luck with Bpbtti, Open Road and Areo...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 651
Posted By Sapperc

Yes! And you also forgot to ask if wearing...

Yes! And you also forgot to ask if wearing regular shorts over your cycling shorts can cause issues. Yes again!

Seriously though, there is a certain amount of saddle discomfort as you get used to...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-19, 07:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 697
Posted By Sapperc

Well, like the OP, my go to road tire for the...

Well, like the OP, my go to road tire for the past year and a half has been the Specialized Roubaix Pro only in 25/28. Great mileage, good protection from road hazards, decent rolling and...
08-28-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 820
Posted By Sapperc

If you want to know what used bicycles are really...

If you want to know what used bicycles are really selling for, check out the used dealers near a university campus. Also check bike co-ops. Then knock off another 10% or so for dealer markup if...
08-28-19, 09:00 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,862
Posted By Sapperc

Cyclists will do what they want, I certainly do....

Cyclists will do what they want, I certainly do. However, you should at least be aware of the possible consequences.

Shimano instructions for their derailleurs still warn against cross-chaining....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-19, 06:10 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,854
Posted By Sapperc

Often ďcreakingĒ noises can be difficult to...

Often ďcreakingĒ noises can be difficult to isolate due to the tendency of sounds to resonate through carbon frames. However, if it is the BB, you should be able to confirm that on a maintenance...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-19, 08:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 892
Posted By Sapperc

Thereís a lot of hype over sitbone measurement as...

Thereís a lot of hype over sitbone measurement as definitive in determining saddle width. And yet there is no standard across saddles from various brands that bear out this idea. Narrow to wide...
08-15-19, 11:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,989
Posted By Sapperc

Sounds about right. Bike fit for more serious...

Sounds about right. Bike fit for more serious cycling needs to be individually designed, but you can most certainly fit yourself. I would add that during step #2 you should focus on getting the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,454
Posted By Sapperc

Thatís a 13 model year old bike. Iíd be concerned...

Thatís a 13 model year old bike. Iíd be concerned about the wear and tear you canít see (BB, headset and hub bearings, etc.) Also, choice of wheelset and tire width will be limited as compared to...
08-12-19, 08:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,100
Posted By Sapperc

Everyone is physically asymmetric to some degree...

Everyone is physically asymmetric to some degree or other. Interesting that it took you this long to notice, but since it doesnít cause any discomfort or affect your cycling I suspect you can...
08-12-19, 07:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 611
Posted By Sapperc

Niterider Sabre 80. Still available on EBay. ...

Niterider Sabre 80. Still available on EBay. Search the various vendors to find the best current price. I picked up a new one for under $18 about two months ago.

Good luck.
08-09-19, 09:18 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 5,999
Posted By Sapperc

Enough already! Anyone ever hear of yoga? Yoga...

Enough already! Anyone ever hear of yoga? Yoga relies heavily on flexibility training exercises ó thatís a fancy name for stretching!

Moreover, any and every activity that elongates muscles,...
08-02-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,076
Posted By Sapperc

Message was for the OP. You also obviously...

Message was for the OP. You also obviously havenít tried it. Your attempt to invalidate my experience is sad and so typical of anonymous internet communication these days.

Maybe you can tell me...
Replies: 31
Views: 3,468
Posted By Sapperc

To the OP. There are a lot of bones, ligaments,...

To the OP. There are a lot of bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves associated with the wrists and hands. Damage from use, overuse and trauma can be acute and repairable with...
08-01-19, 10:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,076
Posted By Sapperc

+1! Right on target! Wholeheartedly agree about...

+1! Right on target! Wholeheartedly agree about stretching (or not stretching) and nutrition and hydration experience and advice.
08-01-19, 09:54 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,076
Posted By Sapperc

Odd. 29 posts obviously from no one who has...

Odd. 29 posts obviously from no one who has actually tried AMP Human PR Cream.

To the OP: I do in fact use this product. When used as recommended, it does indeed afford relief as described. Itís...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 711
Posted By Sapperc

Dinging any bike will chip the paint. Carbon...

Dinging any bike will chip the paint. Carbon fiber bikes all have a painted finish, even the matte black ones. Any dings that expose the actual carbon fiber layup is cause for concern. You cannot...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-19, 09:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 485
Posted By Sapperc

Start by test riding any and all road bikes that...

Start by test riding any and all road bikes that are in your price range. None will fit as upright as your hybrid bike. You might not like the riding position.

Also, you actually do not want to...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-19, 08:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,269
Posted By Sapperc

Personally, I donít like the name S-Works. It...

Personally, I donít like the name S-Works. It just sounds childish and cheesy. Same with their SWAT line of accessories. Very odd. Itís like they are marketing to kids , but kids probably arenít...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-19, 03:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 632
Posted By Sapperc

Will they fit : yes. But the tire profile will be...

Will they fit : yes. But the tire profile will be distorted, not round. Only way to actually know the dimensions will be to try it.

Is it safe : maybe. Depends on what you mean by Iím a big guy....
Forum: Commuting
07-14-19, 06:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,363
Posted By Sapperc

A couple of things to consider: First, does the...

A couple of things to consider: First, does the bike even fit? Second, how large a tire is large to you, because 23c - 25c is probably the widest that will fit that frame. Third, $500 for an 12-year...
07-14-19, 08:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,487
Posted By Sapperc

How about just converting your hybrid bikes with...

How about just converting your hybrid bikes with dropbars?
07-12-19, 11:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 868
Posted By Sapperc

X11SL is KMCís lightest chain. It has hollow...

X11SL is KMCís lightest chain. It has hollow pins. Itís their top line uncoated chain. The EL series has solid pins, and is their mid level chain. X11L is their least expensive chain for 11 cog...
07-11-19, 08:17 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 9,810
Posted By Sapperc

Exactly! So can we all. The good news is I have...

Exactly! So can we all. The good news is I have control over what I watch.
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