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Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-17, 11:17 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,045
Posted By silversx80

Clean drivetrain methods

just curious what everyone does to get that chain looking new.

I've tried dozens of methods, but have settled on Dawn dish soap. Apply directly to chain, let sit for a few minutes, scrub with a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-17, 06:13 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,379
Posted By silversx80

Giro Factor HV. They fit so nice, with no hot...

Giro Factor HV. They fit so nice, with no hot spots, and the sole stiffer than a teenager's sock drawer.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-17, 09:56 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,862
Posted By silversx80

Not with those cycling gloves.

Not with those cycling gloves.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-19-17, 07:40 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,465
Posted By silversx80

When I lived out west, yuge problem. Very big. ...

When I lived out west, yuge problem. Very big. The worst.

Honestly, when I would ride in the Albuquerque and Salt Lake City areas, I'd run gatorskins, tubes with sealant and still get flats on...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-19-17, 05:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 881
Posted By silversx80

... and that's why you only dial it up to 400...

... and that's why you only dial it up to 400 Watts to drope the hamer on the MUP when someone is trying to steal your draft. Just watch out for little girls.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-19-17, 05:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,976
Posted By silversx80

fi'zi:k Antares R3 is the saddle for me, no...

fi'zi:k Antares R3 is the saddle for me, no matter what the distance. When I wear some Pearl Izumi Pro, or Elite bibs, the saddle just disappears.

Now with the Arione coming in a large (142mm...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-16-17, 08:05 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 4,509
Posted By silversx80

The first year I started road riding I was living...

The first year I started road riding I was living in Albuquerque. I left my apartment and rode to Sandia Peak on a whim, in the middle of the summer. It was 35 miles to the top, and over 6,000 ft...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-16-17, 07:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 714
Posted By silversx80

I'd be more worried about that filthy chain and...

I'd be more worried about that filthy chain and corresponding chain stay.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-17, 06:00 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,228
Posted By silversx80

Everything with the exception of forming raw...

Everything with the exception of forming raw materials into bicycle-like shapes.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-17, 05:14 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,378
Posted By silversx80

I stopped worrying about speed numbers after my...

I stopped worrying about speed numbers after my first race. Then it became, "how can I conserve enough energy, while simultaneously putting hurt on others so I can be the first across the line."
...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-17, 11:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 480
Posted By silversx80

I have them with the cables running under the...

I have them with the cables running under the tape on the front end. I spend most of my time on the hoods, or in the drops, do no comfort issues there. Great bars, and look really nice.

My only...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-17, 07:37 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,533
Posted By silversx80

My first piece of advice would be that if you're...

My first piece of advice would be that if you're enjoying the bike, and it's meeting your needs, there is no need for an upgrade.

Wheels do make a significant improvement, but not in ways you'd...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-17, 07:06 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 11,404
Posted By silversx80

Here's my take on the analogy between bike prices...

Here's my take on the analogy between bike prices and helmet prices: it's a p**s poor analogy

My current main ride (which I'd call a race-worthy road bike), had I paid full retail, would have cost...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-17, 12:58 PM
Replies: 18,873
Views: 3,803,886
Posted By silversx80

Bought a Stages PM from a teammate a few weeks...

Bought a Stages PM from a teammate a few weeks ago in 175mm. I had been meaning to switch from 172.5mm, so I bought a Rival22 crankset from Ribble (spent <$100) in 175mm. Should get here any day.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-17, 10:04 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 11,404
Posted By silversx80

I can add my little anecdote that I've crashed...

I can add my little anecdote that I've crashed with expensive and cheap helmets. One of the most significant impacts I was riding in Utah, caught a goathead in the front tire without noticing, took...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-17, 09:49 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,466
Posted By silversx80

That's been my experience too, and a recent...

That's been my experience too, and a recent change for me as well. Baby #2 came along, and my weekly average went from 10-15 hrs, down to 4-6. I eat about 1,000 to 1,500 fewer calories per day. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-17, 07:26 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,466
Posted By silversx80

Depending on the ride and intensity, I may need...

Depending on the ride and intensity, I may need to replenish glycogen stores, so complex and simple carbs. Proteins and fats are also important to have.

So, oatmeal with flax, pecans, and maple...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-14-17, 11:17 AM
Replies: 195
Views: 33,113
Posted By silversx80

The computer will be perfect for me. I've been...

The computer will be perfect for me. I've been looking for something to replace an old Edge 500 that was lost in an accident, and have been using a RFLKT+, which is lacking for what I want. I do...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-14-17, 07:35 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,791
Posted By silversx80

Check out Lynskey. They have stock frames...

Check out Lynskey. They have stock frames (standard frame sizes), programs to modify those stock frames, and fully custom options. I've got a bit over 700 hours on mine since August of 2014 and...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-10-17, 11:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 22,853
Posted By silversx80

This comment deserves a trophy. :thumb:

This comment deserves a trophy. :thumb:
Forum: Road Cycling
03-09-17, 11:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,255
Posted By silversx80

When riding outdoors, I sweat a little bit. I...

When riding outdoors, I sweat a little bit. I mean, I can be out in 95°F weather with 90% relative humidity and I may get a drip to trickle from my temple. At a stop, in the sun, I may get a few...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-06-17, 08:14 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 21,022
Posted By silversx80

fiximacated. That's what happens when I get too...

fiximacated. That's what happens when I get too excited about a joke. :innocent:
Forum: Road Cycling
01-06-17, 08:05 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 21,022
Posted By silversx80

So does this technically mean that I could launch...

So does this technically mean that I could launch Zwift on my iPhone, attach a foot pod, and run outside while logging miles into Zwift? Say, on the Richmond course, while running the Richmond...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-06-17, 08:03 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 21,022
Posted By silversx80

Awesome :thumb:. If you're anything like me,...

Awesome :thumb:. If you're anything like me, then you'll never do intervals outside again (with exception to sprints and the occasional hill repeat set). The pain is in the cave, and the reward is...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-17, 10:21 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 21,022
Posted By silversx80

If you're using your Quarq as your power source,...

If you're using your Quarq as your power source, then you're good to go. If you're relying on the Kickr fora power read, you may still want to do a quick FTP test. Also, the 3sec is only the...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-17, 08:27 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 21,022
Posted By silversx80

That's the kicker... tee hee. I have the 1st gen...

That's the kicker... tee hee. I have the 1st gen Kickr and it's much the same, as it will increase/decrease resistance to maintain power in erg mode... no matter what. At lower rpm, that means...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-01-17, 12:32 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,609
Posted By silversx80

Second child is due any day now, so I'm keeping...

Second child is due any day now, so I'm keeping mine realistic. Do lose so much the first 6 months that I can't pass my current fitness in the second 6 months. And I'd like to break 70 kg.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-30-16, 09:16 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,902
Posted By silversx80

3 for 4, so not bad. 4 if you count Zwift races,...

3 for 4, so not bad. 4 if you count Zwift races, but they're just not the same. My only excuse is I didn't want to travel every weekend with a 2 year old, and the closest race to me was still over...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-22-16, 08:37 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 7,925
Posted By silversx80

I have a set of 3" rollers I bought from...

I have a set of 3" rollers I bought from Performance several years ago for ~$100 and they've been champs. With a compact crank (50/34) and an 11-26 cassette I can sustain well over 300W, but I do...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-16, 05:14 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 5,372
Posted By silversx80

Watch Indy instead.

Watch Indy instead.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-16, 04:26 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 5,372
Posted By silversx80

Kind of a tongue in cheek from me there. Kind of...

Kind of a tongue in cheek from me there. Kind of not. While I prefer many more visceral things (like manual transmission, mechanical switches, a purely mechanical machine like a bicycle, etc.),...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-16, 12:57 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 5,372
Posted By silversx80

And I always like it better when motorcycles had...

And I always like it better when motorcycles had kick starters, phones had a rotary dial, cars were referred to as a "horseless carriage", and monarchy was the only recognized form of government.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-28-16, 01:03 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 13,436
Posted By silversx80

SpeedPlay Zero Stainless pedals. It's not that...

SpeedPlay Zero Stainless pedals. It's not that they were bad pedals, but the float was almost useless for me (I only used about 3°) because I'd dial it in so my heels didn't clip the chainstay, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-16-16, 11:27 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,374
Posted By silversx80

One could argue that you can't really measure...

One could argue that you can't really measure power. In fact, you can only directly measure displacement and time, and all other measurements are inferred, or derived from those two.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-16-16, 10:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,374
Posted By silversx80

Engineers agreeing in the same forum, using logic...

Engineers agreeing in the same forum, using logic for arguments? Witchcraft, I say!
Forum: Road Cycling
11-16-16, 10:53 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,374
Posted By silversx80

As an engineer, I agree. As a cyclist, I don't. ...

As an engineer, I agree. As a cyclist, I don't. The higher your FTP, the bigger the jumps with those ranges. My FTP right now is about 340W (using the 95% method), so my VO2 range is 357W to 408W....
Forum: Road Cycling
11-16-16, 10:41 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,374
Posted By silversx80

When I bought mine in 2005 I remember the...

When I bought mine in 2005 I remember the included literature stating it was a silicone-based fluid... or that may have been an email conversation with the company. I can't remember which one it...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-16-16, 09:39 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,374
Posted By silversx80

Well, there we go. :thumb: Having worked...

Well, there we go. :thumb:

Having worked with silicone-based fluids when I was in a research lab, I can say that they do break down. Noticeable? No. Measurable? Yes. The point I was trying to...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-16-16, 09:26 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,374
Posted By silversx80

<----- Engineer :p

<----- Engineer :p
Forum: Road Cycling
11-16-16, 08:43 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,374
Posted By silversx80

No such thing... that's what happens when you let...

No such thing... that's what happens when you let marketing into engineering.

Over time using the trainer will mean the chemical composition in the fluid solution will break down, and will be less...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-02-16, 08:24 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,569
Posted By silversx80

I have a Lynskey R240 without discs and SRAM...

I have a Lynskey R240 without discs and SRAM Force22. Absolute bicycle love. And, after more than 500 hours on the frame I still feel as good about it as the first day I took it out of its...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-28-16, 05:41 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,067
Posted By silversx80

My ability to carb load before an event. And...

My ability to carb load before an event. And even better, my ability to carb load before no event.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-27-16, 12:05 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,198
Posted By silversx80

I guess that wasn't a fair example, just a recent...

I guess that wasn't a fair example, just a recent one. Still, it's pretty much what I'd anticipate in a 5-man break… which it was.

You're right, though. There isn't as much coasting in many of...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-26-16, 08:40 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,198
Posted By silversx80

A big +1 to Zwift speeds, but I think that since...

A big +1 to Zwift speeds, but I think that since everyone gets that ego boost power is pretty much the best reading. I can tell you that I'm just as beat up after a Zwift race than the real deal…...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-26-16, 07:05 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,198
Posted By silversx80

It's really tough to say that any one metric...

It's really tough to say that any one metric matters more because it depends on your goals. Someone who does gran fondos will have a different set of needs than a crit racer. FTP is really good for...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-25-16, 09:13 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,198
Posted By silversx80

Well, I really enjoy the direct drive of the...

Well, I really enjoy the direct drive of the Kickr, vs a wheel-on trainer, but I don't think it's that critical. There are a few other trainers you may want to consider, so check out dcrainmaker's...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-25-16, 06:17 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,198
Posted By silversx80

A smart trainer can still make sense. There's...

A smart trainer can still make sense. There's TrainerRoad, CycleOps Virtual Training, Full Gaz, etc. You don't need Zwift to get a tremendous structured training program.

So, in 2010 I was i...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-25-16, 05:53 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,198
Posted By silversx80

Comparing anecdote to anecdote, I have nothing...

Comparing anecdote to anecdote, I have nothing but positive experiences with Wahoo products and service (only needed to contact service once, and more due to my idiocy than their products). Don't...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-25-16, 03:46 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,198
Posted By silversx80

It's kinda difficult to fully express the...

It's kinda difficult to fully express the differences between a smart and dumb trainer for me. Essentially, the Kickr keeps me honest. The preset target is hard to cheat on, and I have no choice...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-25-16, 03:09 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,198
Posted By silversx80

I've been on both ends, and I have to say that...

I've been on both ends, and I have to say that the Kickr is for me. I love riding outdoors, but I hate training outdoors. I also hate training on a dumb trainer. Fact it that there are so many...
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