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04-11-21, 08:06 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 981
Posted By Hiro11

Anything without deep-section carbon wheels. My...

Anything without deep-section carbon wheels. My primary road bike has low profile 30mm wheels even though deeper section wheels are likely more aero. I purchased the lower profile wheels because of...
04-11-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,192
Posted By Hiro11

Essentially everything you buy likely has at...

Essentially everything you buy likely has at least some component that was made in China. Is it all junk?
04-11-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,192
Posted By Hiro11

What are you talking about? Giant carbon fiber...

What are you talking about? Giant carbon fiber frames are often cited as some of the highest quality carbon you can buy at any price point. Giant has some of the most advanced, vertically integrated...
04-09-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,419
Posted By Hiro11

A lot of what Jan Heine says jibes with my...

A lot of what Jan Heine says jibes with my experience and I happen to absolutely love Rene Herse tires... but I still tend to take what he says with a grain of salt. Who knows what the testing...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-21, 01:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 460
Posted By Hiro11

I use various types of Panaracer Gravelkings on a...

I use various types of Panaracer Gravelkings on a set of ENVE SES AR 4.5 wheels, which are hookless rims. These tires are on ENVE's approved list. Gravelkings are my favorite gravel tires anyway,...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-21, 08:27 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 4,411
Posted By Hiro11

1. Weight weenieism. For example, 200g of frame...

1. Weight weenieism. For example, 200g of frame weight doesn't matter, at all. Sacrificing durability to cut 200g off of a frame's weight is dumb. This is how you wind up with ultra expensive, tough...
04-07-21, 07:54 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,151
Posted By Hiro11

He doesn't say that at all. He says that for...

He doesn't say that at all. He says that for urban commuting, the omafiets is more practical and better suited to the task. He then goes through the features of the bike to bolster his case. I think...
04-06-21, 08:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 754
Posted By Hiro11

PD-540s or PD-M8100 if you're fancy. Both are...

PD-540s or PD-M8100 if you're fancy. Both are bulletproof and both are perfect for their intended purpose.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-21, 07:52 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,568
Posted By Hiro11

I bought a pair of the $80 Black Bibs Ultimate as...

I bought a pair of the $80 Black Bibs Ultimate as a low cost test. I really like these. The fit is really well sorted with good "support" (something too many shorts get wrong). I don't get chafed in...
04-05-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 304
Posted By Hiro11

Using the example of Finish Line Dry: Upsides:...

Using the example of Finish Line Dry:
Upsides: easy to apply without making a mess, keeps everything super clean, does not attract dirt, very easy to wash off and reapply
Downsides: doesn't last...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-21, 09:12 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,101
Posted By Hiro11

Totally agree. I've been tubeless on all bikes...

Totally agree. I've been tubeless on all bikes for three years. I'm never going back to tubes, for all the reasons you list. I've done probably 15 setups myself so far. At this point, I actually find...
04-02-21, 11:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 405
Posted By Hiro11

*spends $4,000 on a high performance road bike* ...

*spends $4,000 on a high performance road bike*
*has a hangup with cycling shorts and plans to wear baggies on a $4K road bike*
*thinks $70 is tough to swallow for a pair of shorts*

I'm not...
04-02-21, 06:48 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,110
Posted By Hiro11

In the US: Cyclists call it "cycling", everyone...

In the US:
Cyclists call it "cycling", everyone else calls it "biking"
Cyclists call themselves "cyclists", everyone else calls them "bikers" (or various other names)
Everyone calls it a "bike...
04-01-21, 09:24 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,213
Posted By Hiro11

Impossible to recommend tires as gravel varies so...

Impossible to recommend tires as gravel varies so widely. I ride slick tires in most dry conditions (either Rene Herse or Gravelking slicks), regardless of the size of the rocks. I use Gravelking SKs...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-31-21, 07:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,055
Posted By Hiro11

Lol. This is me as well with Panaracer...

Lol. This is me as well with Panaracer Gravelkings on my various gravel bikes:
"Let me try every other tire even though I know I like Gravelkings."

*tries every other tire*

"Well, that was...
03-31-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,704
Posted By Hiro11

The trails / bike paths here in the Chicago area...

The trails / bike paths here in the Chicago area are all crushed limestone. It's absolutely fantastic stuff for riding on: smooth enough for a road bike, drains water well, packs tightly. There's an...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-31-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 788
Posted By Hiro11

One tip: keep the Dart/pulg in your jersey...

One tip: keep the Dart/pulg in your jersey pocket. The last thing you want is to be fumbling around in a saddlebag while sealant is spraying everywhere and you're losing pressure.

I ride with a...
03-31-21, 08:22 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,451
Posted By Hiro11

What a fantastic idea for a thread.

What a fantastic idea for a thread.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-29-21, 06:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 753
Posted By Hiro11

I have a set of SES AR 4.5s. My understanding is...

I have a set of SES AR 4.5s. My understanding is this has to do with bead diameter, profile and stiffness. Giant, Zipp and Corima all sell hookless rims and all have published similar lists. I'll bet...
03-28-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,372
Posted By Hiro11

To generalize: - higher BB, the actual effect...

To generalize:
- higher BB, the actual effect this has on handling is debatable and I won't argue about it here
- steeper head angle and higher trail leading possibly to more responsive handling,...
03-28-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,501
Posted By Hiro11

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAYL5H46QnQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAYL5H46QnQ
03-27-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 5,664
Posted By Hiro11

Cheap good bikes exist, they are called "used...

Cheap good bikes exist, they are called "used mountain bikes". Regardless, I think a far bigger barrier than price is that most people either don't want to commute by bike or can't commute by bike....
03-27-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,501
Posted By Hiro11

My bikes all have names: - Eliot - my...

My bikes all have names:

- Eliot - my fatbike named after the FedEx delivery guy named Eliot who got scared in 1/2" of snow on delivery day and failed to deliver the bike, causing me to spend an...
03-25-21, 11:42 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,081
Posted By Hiro11

If I remember high school trigonometry, the...

If I remember high school trigonometry, the tangent of the angle of the grade is the percentage grade. For example, the tangent of 45 degrees is 1 (or 100%).
Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-21, 09:35 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,871
Posted By Hiro11

On my road bike I'm on my second set of 28mm...

On my road bike I'm on my second set of 28mm GP5000TLs tubeless at an extremely comfortable ~75psi. Maybe 7k miles total between the two (second set still going strong). No flats on either set, the...
03-10-21, 09:46 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,718
Posted By Hiro11

No, there is no way you can improve upon a 1986...

No, there is no way you can improve upon a 1986 Schwinn Traveler. This is true for elite crit racing, cross-continental loaded touring, Red Bull Rampage, underwater cycling, professional Keirin and...
03-10-21, 05:42 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,245
Posted By Hiro11

King Cage Stainless or Ti. Basically the perfect...

King Cage Stainless or Ti. Basically the perfect cages.

If you absolutely insist on a plastic cage:
Modern carbon road bikes: Elite Vico or the cheaper Custom Race Plus which looks and works...
03-10-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 224
Views: 6,889
Posted By Hiro11

Group riding is tricky. I only ride in road...

Group riding is tricky. I only ride in road groups that I know well. I only ride with people with similar experience levels, similar fitness and similar respect for the rules when compared to me. I'm...
03-09-21, 07:06 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,583
Posted By Hiro11

I have found that Lycra is far more sensible and...

I have found that Lycra is far more sensible and comfortable for fast XC-style rides through the stifling, airless woods on hot, humid days. I see the enduro bros sweating like pigs in baggies on my...
03-09-21, 06:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 546
Posted By Hiro11

I have one. It's comfortable and well made. While...

I have one. It's comfortable and well made. While it's ok in cold weather or for slow riding, but it's much too poorly ventilated for vigorous cycling. A hot helmet is an absolute deal killer for me....
03-08-21, 07:52 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,774
Posted By Hiro11

Part of it is the relative lack of popularity of...

Part of it is the relative lack of popularity of cycling in Germany when compared to France or Italy, but I think a far bigger factor was the fallout of the various doping scandals. The most notable...
03-08-21, 10:32 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 967
Posted By Hiro11

There are several people in my area who go...

There are several people in my area who go tearing around my local MUPs with Amazon-bought e-fatbikes with throttles and defeated limiters. They're not pedaling and pass you at 28 mph with no...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-08-21, 09:56 AM
Replies: 2,882
Views: 362,625
Posted By Hiro11

I've been riding in groups for almost 35 years....

I've been riding in groups for almost 35 years. The "rules" of group riding have been the same for that entire time. There's an unquestionably right way to do it. I had a coach in high school who was...
03-04-21, 03:13 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,340
Posted By Hiro11

I have the Outvi on my gravel bike. It works well...

I have the Outvi on my gravel bike. It works well for me as I use saddlebags just for spares and tools. I have complete spare/cartridge/tools setups for all of the bikes I own that I don't move...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-27-21, 08:52 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 6,352
Posted By Hiro11

Watched the video. 1. This video is focused on...

Watched the video.
1. This video is focused on stiffness (which he properly calls "modulus"). Implicit in his argument seems to be that higher modulus=better, although he complicates the issue by...
02-26-21, 06:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 424
Posted By Hiro11

Yes, agreed. I should have been more clear: what...

Yes, agreed. I should have been more clear: what I meant by "adaptor" is a press-in or screw-together BB. In general, it's probably easiest to stick with a 30mm crank.
02-25-21, 03:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 424
Posted By Hiro11

The good news is that BB386 Evo was developed by...

The good news is that BB386 Evo was developed by FSA to be compatible with pretty much any 30mm crank standard (exception: old school BB30 "narrow", which no one really uses any more anyway). In a...
02-20-21, 10:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,111
Posted By Hiro11

Try compressionless housing. I use Jagwire KEB-SL...

Try compressionless housing. I use Jagwire KEB-SL on the bike I have with Spyres, it's pricey but it makes a big difference.
02-20-21, 09:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,023
Posted By Hiro11

First: the title of this thread is misleading....

First: the title of this thread is misleading. He's not saying "forget upgrading, go buy a new bike", he is saying "spend more upfront to get a better bike, it's worth it". These are two different...
Replies: 11
Views: 573
Posted By Hiro11

In fairness, they are a large, well known German...

In fairness, they are a large, well known German brand of direct sales mountain bikes. If you ask a mountain biker, odds are they will be very familiar with this brand (I'm assuming you're not a...
02-17-21, 01:47 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,811
Posted By Hiro11

One tip from my experience: for regular sealant,...

One tip from my experience: for regular sealant, forget the injector. The small 2oz bottles with the narrow nozzle most brands sell sealant in are far easier to use. Just refill them and reuse....
02-17-21, 01:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 874
Posted By Hiro11

I like how all of them have terrible positions on...

I like how all of them have terrible positions on the bike. Saddles far too low and much too far back. This jibes with my experience with the average spin class.
02-17-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,111
Posted By Hiro11

No, he's right. The Spyre is designed to work...

No, he's right. The Spyre is designed to work with Shimano road levers, which have ~12mm longer lever pivot and a resulting longer cable pull than Campy road levers. Having said that, I haven't...
02-15-21, 10:13 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 967
Posted By Hiro11

1. Practice sitting astride your bike, resting...

1. Practice sitting astride your bike, resting lightly on the top tube with hands and wrists draped loosely over bars in an insouciant, "tranquillo" manner. Do this in the mirror to perfect stoplight...
02-14-21, 10:26 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 7,312
Posted By Hiro11

We should go back to spoon brakes.

We should go back to spoon brakes.
02-14-21, 12:44 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,247
Posted By Hiro11

I have a 2017 Quarq DZero Carbon on one bike and...

I have a 2017 Quarq DZero Carbon on one bike and a 2019 Giant Power Pro (which is a rebadged Pioneer unit, I believe) on another bike. The Quarq is spider-based, the Giant has two strain guages on...
02-13-21, 07:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,826
Posted By Hiro11

Lol, this is soooooo true. I love the...

Lol, this is soooooo true.

I love the Gravelking slicks and SKs which you've already used. They are my two go-to tires

I used Donnelly MSOs of various sizes for years. They are very durable,...
02-12-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,111
Posted By Hiro11

I have Spyre SLCs on one bike and really like...

I have Spyre SLCs on one bike and really like them. They are simple to install and maintain, they operate very smoothly, they're not prone to squealing, they're easy to set up to avoid rub and they...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-12-21, 10:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,760
Posted By Hiro11

I've been using 3MM Fizik Tempo Microtex Bondcush...

I've been using 3MM Fizik Tempo Microtex Bondcush Classic for a while now. Fizik offers a ton of different, confusingly named tapes but this one is my favorite:
- perforated glossy leather-like...
02-12-21, 09:43 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,068
Posted By Hiro11

A few years ago, I dug into this because I didn't...

A few years ago, I dug into this because I didn't understand why bike manufacturers had tried to fix what wasn't broken.

As Raoul Luescher points out in one of his videos, an important thing to...
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