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Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 1,558
Views: 211,356
Posted By Phatman

I like the bike overall, but if you've got to run...

I like the bike overall, but if you've got to run your saddle that pointed down to alleviate pressure, you've got the wrong saddle or the wrong position on your bike. Have you tried one of those...
04-12-21, 09:25 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 567
Posted By Phatman

How different is your position between your gravel bike and road bike?

Obviously this thread is for people that have both and road bike and a gravel bike. If you've only got one, you don't need to respond that the setup is exactly the same.

Anyways, I'm fortunate...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-21, 06:50 AM
Replies: 10,318
Views: 2,936,730
Posted By Phatman

I used 28s on my CAAD10 with no issues. And they...

I used 28s on my CAAD10 with no issues. And they were Michelin Pro4 Endurance models which are known for running large, so they were probably more like 30mm tires.
04-07-21, 06:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 459
Posted By Phatman

It is possible to calculate the front center (bb...

It is possible to calculate the front center (bb to axle) measurement from a geometry chart using some trig. You need the chainstay measurement, the BB drop and the wheelbase.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 4,808
Posted By Phatman

I mean, I know you’re exaggerating, but I don’t...

I mean, I know you’re exaggerating, but I don’t 100% disagree with the first two statements. I don’t think niches are necessarily created out of thin air, but I do think they’re exploited, perhaps...
04-06-21, 12:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 666
Posted By Phatman

All three, well at least tread and durability. ...

All three, well at least tread and durability. You don't need a mountain bike tire, but I killed several Rambler Exos and WTB "Light/Fast Rolling" casings, and I don't think I'd want to run a slick...
04-06-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,874
Posted By Phatman

Man, you had better experiences with cantis than...

Man, you had better experiences with cantis than I ever did. Mine shuddered like crazy because my fork flexed, and I found that open pros on a bumpy cross course did not love staying in true, so I...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-21, 09:12 AM
Replies: 1,558
Views: 211,356
Posted By Phatman

I'll bet it matches with the ID of the aluminum...

I'll bet it matches with the ID of the aluminum tube used for the seat tube so that they don't have to use a reducing shim welded into the frame.
04-06-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,874
Posted By Phatman

I'm on a Crux also, its awesome. Its not...

I'm on a Crux also, its awesome. Its not particularly old school though with hydraulic discs, through axles, 425mm chainstays and a 65mm BB drop. It does have a nice tidy 72.5° HTA though, so it...
04-06-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 666
Posted By Phatman

Haha, yep. That's a pretty crazy route. I've...

Haha, yep. That's a pretty crazy route. I've never strung them all together like that before, but Yellow Gap Road is a big climb and so is Bent Creek Gap Road. In fact, I'd probably ride that...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-21, 03:25 PM
Replies: 1,558
Views: 211,356
Posted By Phatman

Ooh. I like that. With that said, you better be...

Ooh. I like that. With that said, you better be fast riding that thing.
03-29-21, 10:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 666
Posted By Phatman

I live south of Asheville near the arboretum. ...

I live south of Asheville near the arboretum. Caliper , where are you staying? Its not a whole lot of fun to ride out of actual Asheville city, especially in the southern direction. Its one of the...
03-26-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 4,972
Views: 3,490,884
Posted By Phatman

Nice! I was on the fence between this and the...

Nice! I was on the fence between this and the Crux, but due to the pandemic, I couldn't test ride anything. I was scared to change too much on the geometry front because of that, so I went with the...
03-26-21, 06:31 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,065
Posted By Phatman

I think you’re missing my point. Euro’s love...

I think you’re missing my point. Euro’s love “nudges” rather than outright rules. The restricted gearing is a way of saying, “We don’t want juniors racing with adults, but we’ll let you try and fail...
03-24-21, 12:03 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,065
Posted By Phatman

The gear restriction isn't a lifetime thing, and...

The gear restriction isn't a lifetime thing, and I tend to think its a good thing. I'm not sure I can definitely say that the lower gears improve pedaling technique, but I think that its probably...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-24-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,457
Posted By Phatman

I use Speedplays, but only because they have...

I use Speedplays, but only because they have custom spindles. The finicky cleats and crappy bearing life make me wish I could run SPD-SLs or Looks, though maybe the Wahoo revision has fixed the...
03-22-21, 01:26 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,065
Posted By Phatman

https://youtu.be/u7ITjHbFG3I

https://youtu.be/u7ITjHbFG3I
03-22-21, 12:25 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,065
Posted By Phatman

Relatively slower, like in comparison to the rest...

Relatively slower, like in comparison to the rest of the pack, because you would have the same gear as everyone else?



I've definitely flatted out of a break before, it was not a good feeling,...
03-22-21, 12:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,651
Posted By Phatman

Well it appears I procrastinated long enough in...

Well it appears I procrastinated long enough in buying that the weather got nice again. Maybe I'll get one next year.
03-19-21, 02:45 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,065
Posted By Phatman

I tend to agree with the breakaway being THE...

I tend to agree with the breakaway being THE exciting part of bike racing, both on a personal level (cat 3 scrub 5 years removed, so more like cat 8ish) and in pro races. So do you think that if you...
03-19-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,065
Posted By Phatman

The practical aspect is definitely a massive...

The practical aspect is definitely a massive impediment to implementation, I'm sure that's why it hasn't been done yet. As far as that particular Merckx TT is concerned though, if that was the...
03-18-21, 03:27 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,065
Posted By Phatman

Would you enjoy racing less...

If all of the gear was essentially the same? A lot of the people I ride with LOVE the techy aspect of cycling. Carbon this, aero that. It drives me nuts though. I won't go off on too much of a...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-21, 07:25 AM
Replies: 1,558
Views: 211,356
Posted By Phatman

Almost looks like you should be on a size larger...

Almost looks like you should be on a size larger frame? There's a lot of seatpost and lot of spacers under that stem.
03-05-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 4,972
Views: 3,490,884
Posted By Phatman

That bike looks awesome, my wife has a 750 that...

That bike looks awesome, my wife has a 750 that she never rides with the same paint job. I want to soup it up for her with nice components...but it would just sit in the basement with nice...
02-26-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 354
Posted By Phatman

It depends on the BB30 crank. A lot of newer...

It depends on the BB30 crank. A lot of newer cranks have a longer 30mm spindle and will work just fine with a BSA30 external BB cup. The magic number is 86mm, if the distance between the inside of...
02-17-21, 10:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,867
Posted By Phatman

I liked the Ramblers a lot, they grip well, ride...

I liked the Ramblers a lot, they grip well, ride well, and roll surprisingly well for a knobby-ish tire. With that said, I just couldn't get them to hold up, I kept getting slices in the tread, this...
02-17-21, 09:06 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,651
Posted By Phatman

Awesome, thanks for the review. I'm thinking...

Awesome, thanks for the review. I'm thinking Kickr Core and the Elite Direto XR are probably the two front runners.



Boom. This is awesome. I was looking for something like this...kinda...
02-16-21, 10:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,651
Posted By Phatman

I don't know! That's why I made a thread.

I don't know! That's why I made a thread.
02-16-21, 08:26 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,651
Posted By Phatman

Will someone just tell me what direct drive trainer to buy?

Former Cat-3 racer here, hoping to not be so much of a "former" after racing starts up again. I've been putting in way too many miles on my ~2005 era cyclops Magneto since my son was born 16 months...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-08-21, 02:09 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 10,040
Posted By Phatman

Err swap your top two on your list there. ...

Err swap your top two on your list there. Hydraulic disc brakes are so much better at stopping than rim brakes, even in dry weather. I've got a set of the cheapest road discs (SRAM Apex) and some...
01-22-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 573
Posted By Phatman

My wife's family is in Shreveport, Houston sounds...

My wife's family is in Shreveport, Houston sounds pretty similar, riding-wise, hot and flat. I can deal with that.

How hard is it to get out of town? Should I plan on living on the outskirts...
01-22-21, 08:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 573
Posted By Phatman

Houston? How's the riding?

I am an engineer and I have a feeling that I'm going to end up in the big city of Houston sometime in the next several years. It doesn't seem too too bad for living besides the heat, and I actually...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-21-21, 06:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,023
Posted By Phatman

Uh, yes? Following the disintegration of my...

Uh, yes? Following the disintegration of my beloved 2008 Specialized BG Pros, I went with a set of Giro’s, which were alright, then I got another set of Giros after that and they changed the sole to...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-20-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,023
Posted By Phatman

Hmm. Never felt that SIDIs were too tight in the...

Hmm. Never felt that SIDIs were too tight in the heels, though I haven't tried a set on in years because the rest of the shoe doesn't fit my foot. Maybe they updated them with a tighter heel cup...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-15-21, 06:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,023
Posted By Phatman

Hmm. This is all mind bending. I wonder if I’ve...

Hmm. This is all mind bending. I wonder if I’ve just ridden for so long in shoes that allow heel slip that my pedal stroke has evolved to compensate. I still can’t really fathom what movement would...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-21, 03:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,023
Posted By Phatman

Precisely. That's the only place I've ever had...

Precisely. That's the only place I've ever had heel lift show up on a road shoe, so why design a shoe that cranks down so hard to avoid it?

Are you guys saying that you regularly feel your heel...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-21, 07:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,023
Posted By Phatman

Super tight heels on road shoes?

Why does this trend exist? Newer Shimano shoes seem to be the worst offender, but Specialized seems to be working on it too. Your heels are gonna want to lift out of the shoe when you're walking on...
01-13-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,339
Posted By Phatman

I probably should've said, "normal sized ROAD...

I probably should've said, "normal sized ROAD tire". 23-25mm.

I started riding road in the early 2000s, I even owned a set of 20s! It was tough for me to even consider going to 25s on my road...
01-12-21, 09:08 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 27,437
Posted By Phatman

Is this generation of Kona known to be hard to...

Is this generation of Kona known to be hard to fit onto?
01-12-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 27,437
Posted By Phatman

I put flat bars on my Kona so that it would feel...

I put flat bars on my Kona so that it would feel a bit more casual for "townie" type rides and pulling the trailer with my 14 month old son. To be honest though, I'm not crazy about it and haven't...
01-12-21, 08:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,339
Posted By Phatman

Yeah, the 32mm GP5000s are a better look for...

Yeah, the 32mm GP5000s are a better look for sure. Do you find them any slower than a normal size tire?
01-06-21, 07:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,339
Posted By Phatman

Hey hey now. Its made in Taiwan, but engineered...

Hey hey now. Its made in Taiwan, but engineered in California like an iPhone!
Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-21, 09:41 AM
Replies: 2,682
Views: 442,040
Posted By Phatman

The Blue Ridge Parkway is currently closed for...

The Blue Ridge Parkway is currently closed for weather at the higher elevations, but one fun thing about WNC is that the weather might be terrible in one spot but perfectly decent in another. It was...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-21, 08:56 AM
Replies: 1,558
Views: 211,356
Posted By Phatman

I bought a saddle like that from a swap meet when...

I bought a saddle like that from a swap meet when I was in college, and got about a weeks worth of riding on it before I realized that the Selle San Marco badges had totally destroyed my only set of...
01-04-21, 06:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,339
Posted By Phatman

Very ashamed. The ride is kinda hard to...

Very ashamed.

The ride is kinda hard to explain. Definitely quick since the Crux is a way stiff 900 gram frame. It was definitely workable, but when compared back to back with my road bike, the...
01-04-21, 02:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,339
Posted By Phatman

I've found the biggest issue with road tires on a gravel bike!

I got a 2021 Crux a few months ago, and its awesome. Its lighter, stiffer, and dare I say better riding than my current steel roadie. Despite the 38mm knobbies, its faster a lot of the climbs around...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-20, 01:57 PM
Replies: 1,558
Views: 211,356
Posted By Phatman

I think the short stem is the other part of it...

I think the short stem is the other part of it too though. I'm guessing that you've got long femurs and T-Rex arms! As a fellow short-armed guy, I'm always a bit jealous when I see other guy's...
10-09-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 4,972
Views: 3,490,884
Posted By Phatman

So I bought this: ...

So I bought this:
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_6234_9ca3ad08fe5abc84a9d7c66a090f0d86ce926fd8.jpg


so I took this:
...
10-05-20, 08:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,004
Posted By Phatman

I'm a white lightning devotee--I apply it every...

I'm a white lightning devotee--I apply it every couple of rides, and clean every month-ish. My drivetrain usually doesn't look that pretty, but its quiet and the chain wear isn't too bad. I'm not...
10-05-20, 07:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,080
Posted By Phatman

Soo...that saddle angle though. Does it not put...

Soo...that saddle angle though. Does it not put a bunch of pressure on your arms/hands?

Love the bike by the way, that purple bass boat flake is not something I'd pick on my own, but it looks...
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