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Forum: Road Cycling
01-28-19, 05:52 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,071
Posted By VinceB

Specialized is moving some lower-end frames to...

Specialized is moving some lower-end frames to threaded (Like this Tarmac Disc):
https://www.specialized.com/us/en/mens-tarmac-disc-sport/p/154556?color=227229-154556
Forum: Commuting
12-15-18, 11:37 PM
Replies: 943
Views: 31,771
Posted By VinceB

augustgarage (CA) _________________ 8677.3 (9908...

augustgarage (CA) _________________ 8677.3 (9908 total) [198/200]
CliffordK (OR) ____________________ 7053 mi (+213 other)
Bizman (PA) _______________________ 6899 (7654 total miles YTD)
dschue5...
12-15-18, 10:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,893
Posted By VinceB

Let me be the third (fourth?) one to recommend...

Let me be the third (fourth?) one to recommend this plan. I'll add that in addition to the above, the Expo line also features a decent bike path, so you could ride all the way to USC frequently, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-18, 11:54 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,497
Posted By VinceB

It's certainly a small minority, but that...

It's certainly a small minority, but that description is a little harsh.



Why not? It works great for me. Sure, on the 4 times a year I'm doing a ride over 5 hours I need to bring an extra...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-18, 05:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,497
Posted By VinceB

You can pair it to your phone, which can be...

You can pair it to your phone, which can be mounted on your handlebars for $30.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-18, 10:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 354
Posted By VinceB

I've used it exclusively for the past 4 years...

I've used it exclusively for the past 4 years with no problems. Same stick-on "Universal Adaptor" (mine's actually the older model) that attaches to a 3rd party flat case. It works so well I'd...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-18, 09:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 828
Posted By VinceB

Shimano has a detailed compatibility chart...

Shimano has a detailed compatibility chart online: 2018-2019 SHIMANO Product Information Web (http://productinfo.shimano.com/#/com/2.4)
It's already updated with R7000 details. It looks like you'll...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-18, 12:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,819
Posted By VinceB

Most wheels will come with a spacer to fit 8/9/10...

Most wheels will come with a spacer to fit 8/9/10 speed cassettes.

For a little more, you can get a (slightly) better name behind the wheels, and 1550g:
Prime RP-50 Carbon Clincher Wheelset |...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-18, 04:24 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,485
Posted By VinceB

Looks similar to this effort: MöBIUS | Superior...

Looks similar to this effort: MöBIUS | Superior Pedal Design (http://www.mobiuscycling.com/)
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-17, 03:28 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 6,008
Posted By VinceB

I think they're great. I'll hop into their draft...

I think they're great. I'll hop into their draft into the offshore wind, and I'll save a lot of time on my commute.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-17, 12:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,063
Posted By VinceB

Agreed! For example, comparing an non high-mod...

Agreed! For example, comparing an non high-mod carbon frame with Ultegra Di2 I see they're currently priced $300-$500 cheaper than Trek/Spesh/Cdale, with better parts. We'll see if these prices...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-17, 03:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,435
Posted By VinceB

I had a Windsor Wellington a few years ago. The...

I had a Windsor Wellington a few years ago. The braking was absolutely awful. I don't know exactly which cheap part was to blame, though new pads helped a bit.

Braking has been much better on...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-17, 11:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 991
Posted By VinceB

I've had two flats on GP4kSII's in about 10k...

I've had two flats on GP4kSII's in about 10k miles of commuting. One very large staple, and one large thumbtack. The first pair lasted 8k miles, unrotated, before the rear tire wear indicators...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-17, 02:45 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 15,227
Posted By VinceB

I'm waiting to see the US pricing. Doing a...

I'm waiting to see the US pricing. Doing a straight conversion of their online prices from EUR to USD makes their bikes look very attractive. For example, their non-high-mod Ultimate with Ultegra...
Forum: Commuting
03-04-17, 12:08 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 7,286
Posted By VinceB

When they pass me, I try to tuck into their draft...

When they pass me, I try to tuck into their draft to hide from the headwind. The prevailing winds shift mid-day to commonly give me headwind in both commute directions, so I figure I'm owed a tow...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-02-17, 11:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,110
Posted By VinceB

My use case lined up with the OP's quite well. ...

My use case lined up with the OP's quite well. I'd trailer the kids to school, drop them off, stash the trailer in the bike rack, ride to work (15mi), ride home, load them and the trailer back up,...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-12-17, 04:38 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,722
Posted By VinceB

How long do you need this to go for? I use my...

How long do you need this to go for? I use my phone and a Wahoo sensor ($40), which will last 3-4 hours with the screen on, a few more with the screen off. On the (rare) occasions when I'm riding...
01-26-17, 01:08 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,715
Posted By VinceB

I've put a Knog Oi on both of my bikes, and it's...

I've put a Knog Oi on both of my bikes, and it's the perfect solution for my rides, which is mostly on a car-free bike path. Most importantly, it's small and nearly invisible (not ugly) on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-19-17, 03:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,272
Posted By VinceB

Good sleuthing. They're all listed as more now,...

Good sleuthing. They're all listed as more now, or only available in exotic sizes. You bought at the right time!
Forum: Road Cycling
01-18-17, 11:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,272
Posted By VinceB

Where's this? I see them at $800 at Bikes Direct...

Where's this? I see them at $800 at Bikes Direct and Nasbhar...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-17, 12:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 951
Posted By VinceB

There are several apps for your phone (I use...

There are several apps for your phone (I use Cyclemeter) that can show all that data, for quite a bit less $$ than buying a dedicated cycling computer. You'll need to get some Bluetooth sensors...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-16, 03:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 945
Posted By VinceB

I use a couple sites that do a decent job of...

I use a couple sites that do a decent job of factoring in which routes are most popular with other cyclists, usually a good indication they're safer.

Strava heatmap http://labs.strava.com/heatmap/...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-16, 05:25 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,260
Posted By VinceB

The 20lbs I dropped cycling sure help when...

The 20lbs I dropped cycling sure help when jumping out of the sand during my beach volleyball sessions.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-16, 12:38 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,709
Posted By VinceB

I've had very good experiences with $20...

I've had very good experiences with $20 Aliexpress bib shorts. Worst that happened was they got discolored after a couple years, and I beat up on them. Machine wash/dry at home, during the day they...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-26-16, 02:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,159
Posted By VinceB

Not only will they be fine, I doubt they'll have...

Not only will they be fine, I doubt they'll have a noticeable impact on your speed. You could also look at the Shimano A530 pedals (which I use) - basically a lighter version of the same thing.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-16, 04:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 629
Posted By VinceB

That depends a lot on your commute. It would be...

That depends a lot on your commute. It would be great for my 15 mile, separated, smooth bike path commute. If I was doing 5 miles around town with lots of cars and stops I'd go for a hybrid.
08-04-15, 12:12 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,149
Posted By VinceB

I got the Wahoo BlueSC speed/cadence sensor, a...

I got the Wahoo BlueSC speed/cadence sensor, a $20 phone mount, and the free Cyclemeter app on my iPhone (it's already in a case). That's quite a bit less than a comparable Garmin unit. I rarely...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-15, 01:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,663
Posted By VinceB

I pulled the trigger on the Vuelta Corsa Lites,...

I pulled the trigger on the Vuelta Corsa Lites, upgrading from my stock Shimano R501's (after 5k miles). They feel quite a bit faster, especially up hills and into the wind., and my rides have been...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-15, 04:53 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,960
Posted By VinceB

Unless there's data showing a proper build-up to...

Unless there's data showing a proper build-up to 68, followed by slowing down, I'd say it's an error in the GPS speed reading causing a speed spike. Happens to me all the time when I'm using GPS on...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-15, 12:21 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,877
Posted By VinceB

In-flight, this data gives me ETA, which is very...

In-flight, this data gives me ETA, which is very important as I'll get charged for every minute I'm late. Storing it all allows me to look at larger trends over time to see how much faster I've been...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-15, 12:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,706
Posted By VinceB

The RAM X-Grip has worked well for me. 5k miles...

The RAM X-Grip has worked well for me. 5k miles and my phone is not remotely coming off, adapts to any phone/case. I just wish it was a little lower profile.

RAM EZ-ON/OFF? Bicycle Mount with...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-15, 05:43 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,450
Posted By VinceB

Besides the speed improvement (2-5min on my 15...

Besides the speed improvement (2-5min on my 15 mile ride), a much bigger difference for me from going to the road bike from my hybrid is that I find it much _easier_ to got fast, allowing me to ride...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-30-15, 10:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,663
Posted By VinceB

Let us know how that goes, I've been pondering...

Let us know how that goes, I've been pondering the same move.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-20-15, 11:41 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,957
Posted By VinceB

If you pass me on the bike path on my way to...

If you pass me on the bike path on my way to work, be sure you're going quite a bit faster, (5mph or more). If it's easy enough to get on your wheel, where I'll go faster for less effort, I'm going...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-15, 12:42 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,153
Posted By VinceB

I've done about 3,000 miles on my GP4k, and just...

I've done about 3,000 miles on my GP4k, and just got my first flat a couple weeks ago after running over an industrial staple that blended in with the pavement. I bet the time these tires have saved...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-31-15, 05:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,005
Posted By VinceB

Yes, explain more the no China rule. I've gotten...

Yes, explain more the no China rule. I've gotten several sets from the Chinese manufacturers through Amazon and Aliexpress, and they're doing great after a years worth of almost weekly washes, and...
Forum: Commuting
02-27-15, 04:38 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,543
Posted By VinceB

Based off how much faster they seem when passing...

Based off how much faster they seem when passing me, I'd guess most are closer to 25mph. This is on a separated, straight, bike-only path, so it's pretty safe for them to go that fast.
Forum: Commuting
02-27-15, 01:29 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,543
Posted By VinceB

Taking a pull from E-bikes

This morning, I finally got it in me to push hard to latch on to an E-bike passing me on the path, and boy was it awesome! I only wish he had stayed on the path longer. We should pass a rule that...
Forum: Commuting
02-20-15, 05:11 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,922
Posted By VinceB

My commute is 15 miles, almost all bike path,...

My commute is 15 miles, almost all bike path, with only 4 stop signs at the beginning/end, and no lights. My first ride was 1:10, I got it under 1:00 pretty quick, down to 0:50-0:55 depending on...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-02-15, 09:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,958
Posted By VinceB

I've had great luck with the cheap Chinese...

I've had great luck with the cheap Chinese bibs/jerseys I've picked up from Amazon and Aliexpress. I wear and wash each pair once a week (frequent commuting), and they've all lasted well. Biggest...
Forum: Commuting
12-16-14, 02:35 PM
Replies: 1,796
Views: 78,026
Posted By VinceB

augustgarage (CA)__________________ 7710.3...

augustgarage (CA)__________________ 7710.3 (9997.7 total) [201/201]
f1xedgear(NC)______________________ 7538 [183]
borosen____________________________ 7426 (11312) [187/206]
gregf83...
Forum: Commuting
06-06-14, 04:47 PM
Replies: 1,796
Views: 78,026
Posted By VinceB

borosen______________________________ 4065 (5474)...

borosen______________________________ 4065 (5474) [100/102]
f1xedgear (NC)_______________________ 3403 [83]
augustgarage (CA)____________________ 3381.9 (4774.8 total) [89/89]
gregf83...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-29-14, 02:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,357
Posted By VinceB

I found there was a large cost factor in finding...

I found there was a large cost factor in finding and getting these affordable used bikes. Looking in the $300-$400 range, everything readily available in my area had downtube shifters. Perhaps it's...
Forum: Commuting
04-25-14, 08:41 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,499
Posted By VinceB

Mine is 30mi RT. Since there's no stops on the...

Mine is 30mi RT. Since there's no stops on the bike path, it's only 5-10min slower than driving each way. I ride 2-4 days each week depending on what else I have going on. Just took a few weeks...
Forum: Commuting
04-16-14, 12:09 PM
Replies: 1,796
Views: 78,026
Posted By VinceB

I waited for a nice round number! ...

I waited for a nice round number!

borosen____________________________ 2635 (2909) [65/67]
f1xedgear (NC)_____________________ 1985 [49]
augustgarage (CA)__________________ 1883.7 (2909 total)...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-06-14, 12:22 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,977
Posted By VinceB

If you're looking for longer battery life, take a...

If you're looking for longer battery life, take a look at a Mophie case (http://www.mophie.com/) or competitors. $100 to double your battery capacity, and useful when you're off the bike as well.
Forum: Commuting
02-20-14, 03:13 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,855
Posted By VinceB

I'm pushing it pretty hard (for me, 17mph avg,...

I'm pushing it pretty hard (for me, 17mph avg, 20mph cruise) on my 15 mile commute. As with any commute, I want it to be as short as possible!
Forum: Commuting
02-17-14, 10:09 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,648
Posted By VinceB

The competition for tech talent is fierce. I...

The competition for tech talent is fierce. I can't imagine a tech company that doesn't allow bike commuting would be able to hire anyone good. Even if prospective employees don't bike, seeing that...
Forum: Commuting
02-17-14, 10:04 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 5,925
Posted By VinceB

15 miles (14 on separated bike path), Los...

15 miles (14 on separated bike path), Los Angeles, CA. (+5 neighboring cities)
Forum: Road Cycling
02-13-14, 11:32 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,994
Posted By VinceB

What about tires? I'm on the same Windsor, and...

What about tires? I'm on the same Windsor, and am always looking for speed improvements (15mi commute with no stops/cars, faster I'm done with the commute the better!). The tires on that bike have...
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