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Forum: Road Cycling
05-14-21, 05:04 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,126
Posted By surak

Shorter nose saddle is less likely to catch when...

Shorter nose saddle is less likely to catch when riding out of the saddle or getting back on the saddle after having gotten off at a stop. For people who still supertuck, also makes it easier to move...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-14-21, 01:13 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,058
Posted By surak

OP clearly hasn't gotten his Eurobike and tried...

OP clearly hasn't gotten his Eurobike and tried riding it uphill yet, which is why he's throwing down insults about people with the ability to climb that are far above what his limited imagination...
05-12-21, 09:58 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,532
Posted By surak

Bad day for Sivakov, even worse for Landa and...

Bad day for Sivakov, even worse for Landa and Dombrowski.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-21, 07:15 PM
Replies: 2,923
Views: 801,344
Posted By surak

Pactimo extra 10% off outlet items with code...

Pactimo extra 10% off outlet items with code EXTRA10OFF (https://www.pactimo.com/collections/cycling-clothing-bike-jersey-sale).

Good prices but some of the more common sized are already sold out....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 659
Posted By surak

I echo the suggestion of finding a good shop you...

I echo the suggestion of finding a good shop you will like to work with in the future. You don't have to buy a bike from them, especially with the supply issues there's a good chance you can't even...
05-10-21, 11:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 411
Posted By surak

There are ways you can make your Roam more...

There are ways you can make your Roam more suitable for century-length rides if it's not quite up to snuff compared to a typical $1k road bike. Upgrade tires, invest in better bars or bar-ends for...
05-10-21, 03:41 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 9,542
Posted By surak

What alternate reality are some posters living in...

What alternate reality are some posters living in where they think that anyone would wear lycra to impress others? :roflmao:

Recreational riders overcome the embarassment of donning skintight...
05-06-21, 12:23 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 9,542
Posted By surak

Can't believe the OP missed the obvious answer...

Can't believe the OP missed the obvious answer that every non-cyclist yelling out of a car knows: they're all Lance wannabes.
05-05-21, 07:04 PM
Replies: 3,294
Views: 333,492
Posted By surak

Lazer is a Shimano brand, like Pro, so they're...

Lazer is a Shimano brand, like Pro, so they're pretty legit. I had one Lazer helmet that was for a time at the top of the VTech chart, crashed and hit my head on the dirt MTBing the first day I wore...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-04-21, 09:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,061
Posted By surak

Isn't the right sock length not so long that you...

Isn't the right sock length not so long that you get mistaken for a runner, not too short to be mistaken for a triathlete?
Forum: Road Cycling
05-04-21, 11:53 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,366
Posted By surak

I want us to celebrate excess in this thread, so...

I want us to celebrate excess in this thread, so keep 'em coming! I don't think a luxury item has to be objectively expensive, simply that there are completely usable alternatives which might not...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-21, 07:31 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,366
Posted By surak

Spot on. I have one Di2 bike that I bought...

Spot on. I have one Di2 bike that I bought because it was at a pretty great price, not because I specifically wanted it. I think I may again be in another minority subset of folks because it didn't...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-21, 07:18 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,366
Posted By surak

"Luxury" upgrades

What are some components, gear, accessories, and so forth that might not make one faster on a bike, but still feels nice to have, forget the justification (i.e., treat yo'self)?
Common ones that...
05-02-21, 01:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,451
Posted By surak

Bought from the Canyon Outlet to be my new...

Bought from the Canyon Outlet to be my new foul-weather commuter last February, but due to WFH since then, just riding it around for...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-21, 12:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 541
Posted By surak

99spokes would do a better job visualizing the...

99spokes would do a better job visualizing the differences. You don't even have the wheels the same size in the gif so the scale's obviously different.
04-30-21, 10:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 391
Posted By surak

You can try sanding the rotors to scuff up the...

You can try sanding the rotors to scuff up the surface, same with the pads, and try bedding them after. Use some Brakleen over the rotors if they're contaminated and not just improperly bedded. If...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-21, 09:53 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,261
Posted By surak

I have no experience with latex inner tubes, but...

I have no experience with latex inner tubes, but keep in mind that there's more rolling resistance on a rear tire and therefore more speed gained by going with a latex inner tube on the rear....
04-28-21, 12:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 392
Posted By surak

My phone and wallet go into a Rapha Essentials...

My phone and wallet go into a Rapha Essentials waterproof case, large. I also have various size Lezyne Caddy Sacks for when I want to carry odds and ends like keys and garage door opener, they are...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-24-21, 01:39 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,146
Posted By surak

On Bike Forums there are a whole cadre of people...

On Bike Forums there are a whole cadre of people who are absolutely disgusted that anyone would spend more than they did on anything. From everyone else, there can be appreciation when they see a...
04-21-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 467
Posted By surak

All training apps care about are watts. Zwift and...

All training apps care about are watts. Zwift and the like can estimate your watts based off of their internal power curves based on wheel speed if you pair a speed sensor. If you have an InRide...
04-19-21, 09:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,355
Posted By surak

Can confirm that VPN works.

Can confirm that VPN works.
04-18-21, 07:07 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,385
Posted By surak

There was another helmet test done in Europe, I...

There was another helmet test done in Europe, I forget what the results were but they were a bit different from VTech's. Looking it up... ah of course helmets.org summarizes the known tests:...
04-14-21, 02:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,327
Posted By surak

Cavendish's bonuses are being paid by...

Cavendish's bonuses are being paid by Specialized/Mike Sinyard. Would not be surprised if they don't try to swing a deal to keep Sagan riding Specialized when the bridges between him and Bora are...
04-14-21, 01:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 639
Posted By surak

One thing to keep in mind besides gearing is that...

One thing to keep in mind besides gearing is that people unaccustomed to climbing often go way too hard uphill and exhaust themselves quickly. Pace your climbs and avoid pushing so hard that you feel...
04-12-21, 04:34 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,918
Posted By surak

https://www.cyclingnews.com/features/dutch-dominan...

https://www.cyclingnews.com/features/dutch-dominance-what-makes-the-netherlands-so-successful/

https://dutchreview.com/culture/cycling/col-du-vam-the-dutch-made-a-mountain-for-cycling/
...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-21, 03:27 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 5,666
Posted By surak

I was going to waste my energy by writing a more...

I was going to waste my energy by writing a more detailed response to this ongoing saga, but something was nagging me about why no rationale was getting through to the OP.

Then I realized what it...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-21, 06:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 483
Posted By surak

OP has been riding a hybrid for 15 years...

OP has been riding a hybrid for 15 years (https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/1227775-want-carbon-fiber-bike-but-nervous.html) and doesn't understand gears, oh boy. Look, not my intention to...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,660
Posted By surak

I used my 520 with 2 different flagship Android...

I used my 520 with 2 different flagship Android phones, an LG V-series and a Google Pixel 3a XL and had BT dropouts with both. I don't doubt that it's worse on Apple, but I am not going to forgive...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 9,827
Posted By surak

Buying your first road bike without ever having...

Buying your first road bike without ever having draped a leg over it is a bad idea even before talking about the choices being potentially unknown, unestablished bike brands. Your two overriding...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-21, 07:27 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,370
Posted By surak

I must've been the only person to have fallen...

I must've been the only person to have fallen through the long arm of Big Bike's marketing machine, since I've never heard of those shorts despite actively reading Bike Forums and listening to...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-21, 05:57 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,370
Posted By surak

Just remembered two more. A. If pros are...

Just remembered two more.

A. If pros are slow to adopt some tech, then it's obviously bad and what they're using before must be the best.
B. Nothing the pros use can be referenced when debating...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-21, 05:50 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,370
Posted By surak

1. Road bikes were perfected in <arbitrary...

1. Road bikes were perfected in <arbitrary year*>; all new bike technologies are Big Bike's conspiracy to force people to ditch their perfect bikes and buy more expensive new ones. We can obviously...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-21, 10:54 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,390
Posted By surak

What's this I see? Oh, just another thread about...

What's this I see? Oh, just another thread about how people who spend more than OP are idiots, masquerading as a thread where the OP insincerely asks a question as if they had any intention of being...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-21, 07:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,418
Posted By surak

You know the saying, tight tubeless ready tires...

You know the saying, tight tubeless ready tires are criminal, and only criminals have bead jacks.
03-22-21, 05:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,102
Posted By surak

I've tried to shop for my wife and I've been...

I've tried to shop for my wife and I've been surprised by her feedback at times. She's not much into cycling so I wouldn't say her preferences necessarily match your wife's, but there are some...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-22-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,662
Posted By surak

I've had good experience with the Lezyne Road...

I've had good experience with the Lezyne Road Drive. My weak arms have had no trouble inflating tires to road pressures, which I couldn't say has been the case with other mini-pumps.

I've had a...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-21-21, 01:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,068
Posted By surak

At that price range, you'd better test ride them...

At that price range, you'd better test ride them rather than ask strangers on the Internet. If your Specialized dealer doesn't have them in-stock, then don't blind buy, especially with only a vague...
03-20-21, 12:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 533
Posted By surak

Could be off the mark, but I at least know the...

Could be off the mark, but I at least know the bike ain't worth $3600 except for desperate COVID-influenced buyers with more money than patience. I already explained that the exact same fact 10r...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-19-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 10,502
Posted By surak

Abusing the word "clear" does not strengthen what...

Abusing the word "clear" does not strengthen what is essentially a tin-foil hat conspiracy theory. Actual sales of bikes have heavily tilted toward disc because people who aren't riding grand tours...
03-18-21, 04:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 373
Posted By surak

Vector 3s had a notoriously bad battery cap issue...

Vector 3s had a notoriously bad battery cap issue causing dropouts that Garmin tried to fix, several times even. Maybe check that yours has the latest caps? If not, you'll want to figure out how to...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-18-21, 01:03 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,589
Posted By surak

When vaccinated, yeah. I have done some rides at...

When vaccinated, yeah. I have done some rides at casual pace with groups, masked, but no fast pacelining where I have to breathe hard. I suspect outdoor activities are very unlikely to lead to...
03-18-21, 12:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 688
Posted By surak

BTW, the Canyon 30-day return is for unused...

BTW, the Canyon 30-day return is for unused bikes. Meaning you are allowed to try it out indoors, but take it out and get it noticeably used/dirty, and there's no guarantee they'll give you a full...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-11-21, 11:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 606
Posted By surak

You'd probably be better off upgrading the wheels...

You'd probably be better off upgrading the wheels before the groupset if you want a noticeable difference in ride quality. The only thing about Tiagra 4700 that I notice at all when riding are that...
03-09-21, 07:22 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,795
Posted By surak

I'm going to write something crazy, especially...

I'm going to write something crazy, especially for Bike Forums: there's no reason to pit different types of riding behavior or riding that doesn't harm anybody against one another.
03-05-21, 10:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 852
Posted By surak

There's different road surfaces...

There's different road surfaces (https://zwiftinsider.com/crr/), the dirt roads add quite a bit of rolling resistance on regular road tires.
03-05-21, 12:32 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,969
Posted By surak

Any time a new product comes out, there's always...

Any time a new product comes out, there's always a chance for design flaws to get past internal testing and QA. Not just in bikes, but cars, electronics, everything. That something broke during a...
03-04-21, 02:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,360
Posted By surak

I don't mind a subscription service for training...

I don't mind a subscription service for training platforms that have online aspects and continually add content. Lock-in is bad, which is why I'd always prefer the more cycling-focused ecosystems...
03-04-21, 01:53 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,295
Posted By surak

I've done ramp tests, 4DP, and gotten estimates...

I've done ramp tests, 4DP, and gotten estimates from both hour-long race efforts on climbs as well as estimates from 20-min all out climbs during longer rides. I must be the rider those tests are all...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-21, 06:54 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,010
Posted By surak

For a record attempt, having a computer (or two)...

For a record attempt, having a computer (or two) is absolutely necessary to actually... record the attempt, not to mention invaluable for pacing.

And are you really suggesting riding for 7 hours...
Forum: Commuting
03-03-21, 12:47 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,229
Posted By surak

That depends on what you'll be carrying. There...

That depends on what you'll be carrying. There are seat packs that are very good at storing a lot of things. For example, Ortlieb makes light and waterproof ones, and even the smaller size (11L) was...
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