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Forum: Road Cycling
01-17-22, 11:24 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,023
Posted By Psimet2001

Ugh... FFS guys - wheel company here: people...

Ugh... FFS guys - wheel company here: people break both types of rims.

As for which one is stronger? Tubular. No question about it. Not even close. Tubular is stronger and more durable. You're...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-17-22, 11:08 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

Yup. People really feel this strange need to come...

Yup. People really feel this strange need to come up with a single explanation for everything they see. I think it's because it allows them to feel as though they somehow understand a very large and...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-17-22, 11:01 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

The bubble refers to demand. There was a rapid...

The bubble refers to demand. There was a rapid increase in demand that started at the beginning of the pandemic. I more than outstripped supply and capacity by an order of magnitude. That demand has...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-15-22, 12:43 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

Yup - that's where the market and growth is. As...

Yup - that's where the market and growth is. As much as all us enthusiasts want to believe that just because the stuff we like is expensive and there seems to be a short supply of it that we are...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-15-22, 12:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 428
Posted By Psimet2001

"It's a tool, not a jewel." Don't want...

"It's a tool, not a jewel."

Don't want residue then spend money on other solutions. Want something fast, cheap and easy then use duct tape. You can try goo gone after you're done but I personally...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-15-22, 12:34 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

The trend was over pretty much the entire last...

The trend was over pretty much the entire last quarter of last year. Had nothing to do with this January. The thing of note is that we "returned" to demand levels we would see in a "normal" or...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-22, 03:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 428
Posted By Psimet2001

If you're going to ride in cold weather...

If you're going to ride in cold weather consistently then having a pair of winter shoes/boots is a huge benefit. The rules of thumb mentioned above do apply -

Make sure you can move your toes....
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-22, 03:17 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

let me apologize up front for not riding often...

let me apologize up front for not riding often and being immensely slow when I do. :lol:
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-22, 03:04 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

HAHAHAHA - yeah. Pat McClarty. on our team. I've...

HAHAHAHA - yeah. Pat McClarty. on our team. I've been told he does well in the make believe racing stuff. ;) - He's always going on about Zwift in the team chat.

EDIT - I was out there yesterday,...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-22, 03:00 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,023
Posted By Psimet2001

I'm not trying to take the fun out of it. I've...

I'm not trying to take the fun out of it. I've just been around this stuff too long - at races. The strong guys with good engines win. They win so many times despite the equipment they're on. In the...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-22, 02:39 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

75% of Chicagoland is 30 minutes southeast of me....

75% of Chicagoland is 30 minutes southeast of me. If you're talking southwest burbs then maybe you're implying Spokes in Wheaton? They're pretty much a Giant store though I thought. They charge an...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 03:59 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

Long ago on here I used to quote a bunch of...

Long ago on here I used to quote a bunch of numbers from the NBDA that stated the average net profit for bike shop operations being in the 3-5% range on average for a well functioning store. That was...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 03:08 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

It's the non-warranty stuff too. Example - guy...

It's the non-warranty stuff too. Example - guy bought a set of ENVE wheels used off Pros closet. Took them to a local shop because one, that was set up tubeless, was slowly losing air. it was a trek...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 02:01 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,023
Posted By Psimet2001

Kind of offended noone tagged me in this. I still...

Kind of offended noone tagged me in this. I still design and build molds for and sell tubular wheels.

No.

Not all tubulars are narrow. Its just that at one point in time we used to race on...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 01:43 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

One of my favorites that even a few of us locals...

One of my favorites that even a few of us locals often contribute to - https://www.facebook.com/groups/567464943318095
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 11:02 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

HAHAHA I was hoping you'd come in here on this...

HAHAHA I was hoping you'd come in here on this one!
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 11:02 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

HAHAHAHAHAHAaaaaa..... Yeah. OK -...

HAHAHAHAHAHAaaaaa.....

Yeah.

OK - Normal shop rates for bike shops have been in the $60/hr range for at least 20 years. I still charge $60/hr and I'm on the low end. As many also know - that...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 10:43 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

TBH nothing has actually changed except for maybe...

TBH nothing has actually changed except for maybe your perception of Chinese direct and how prevalent it is. I started importing open mold rims and building custom wheels like 14 years ago. They were...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 10:06 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

In my shop - the spoke would have been ~$3.50....

In my shop - the spoke would have been ~$3.50. The truing most likely $15. The re-tape and tubeless setup would be about $35. ...but you implied this wouldn't be able to be repaired in an independent...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-12-22, 11:58 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

...and to me that seems like a really quick turn....

...and to me that seems like a really quick turn. HAHAHA. Seriously though it's because of the brand/model. Honestly you could probably get it before then if you buy it off that brand's consumer...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-22, 01:05 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

HAHAHAHA - yeah I bought a bike shop to store...

HAHAHAHA - yeah I bought a bike shop to store mine. :D
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-22, 12:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 165
Posted By Psimet2001

You should be fine. I am a Van Dessel dealer and...

You should be fine. I am a Van Dessel dealer and I ride a Motivus myself. The sizing is odd sized but matched up to what you would normally think of as the next even size up. Going from a 70mm stem...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-22, 12:18 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

You're not alone. Have fun getting the parts to...

You're not alone. Have fun getting the parts to build it.

I just sent out a Lynskey a customer ordered up. She mentioned how she was happy to wait for the frame. It took like 8 months or...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-22, 12:15 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

Here's the kicker - prices haven't actually "gone...

Here's the kicker - prices haven't actually "gone up" it's just that we are now able to actually get the MSRP for an item. Those prices are never going back down except for like Shimano with the OE...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-22, 12:08 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

This will still be handled. ...

This will still be handled.

trek/giant/specialized will take over all the retail space they want. Independent dealers of theirs will either cease to exist or simply exist in territories that the...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-22, 11:54 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

This is what I am talking about. not only is trek...

This is what I am talking about. not only is trek doing it but Giant as well. Giant and Specialized are doing it through their Direct to Consumer (DTC) web portals. Giant sent out a letter to all...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-22, 02:10 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

The article is pointing out that demand for the...

The article is pointing out that demand for the last few months is back to the levels it was pre-pandemic for these same winter months. The demand in the last few years was about an order of...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-22, 01:57 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

HAHAHAHA - I was all over the what'sapp this...

HAHAHAHA - I was all over the what'sapp this morning trying to figure out a better podcasting calendar. We know we need steady content but it's like wrangling cats. Used to be easier when people were...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-22, 01:25 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

You'd hope but it will still take a year or two...

You'd hope but it will still take a year or two for all this to start settling down. Even if everything was back in stock tomorrow it takes months to get out to all the end places in the stream.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-22, 12:52 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,863
Posted By Psimet2001

The bubble is upon us?

For those that don't already know - yes I am in the industry. Most of us have been talking about the impending bubble of inventory that is coming. You see when the shortages first hit just about...
01-07-22, 12:21 PM
Replies: 6,783
Views: 454,427
Posted By Psimet2001

Teammate broke her leg at Cross Nationals. Has...

Teammate broke her leg at Cross Nationals. Has been laid up at home. Just told us she is positive. Got it from her daughter as her daughter is positive. Daughter only goes to school. Masks the whole...
01-06-22, 06:33 PM
Replies: 6,783
Views: 454,427
Posted By Psimet2001

My wife is an RN/Manager in an immediate care....

My wife is an RN/Manager in an immediate care. Their patient load is 200% their normal load. All covid. Few hospitalizations. Most are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic. Only reason most are there...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-22, 01:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,312
Posted By Psimet2001

^- This. I cringe anytime a new racer says the...

^- This. I cringe anytime a new racer says the words "tactics". I can only think of maybe 2 people that needed to actually consider tactics in a "cat 5" race. One was the brother of a world tour pro...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-22, 12:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 801
Posted By Psimet2001

7800 is the best though. Always was and always...

7800 is the best though. Always was and always will be....although it's old enough now that anyone who still has it probably is getting some sticking shifting every now and then - the grease they use...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-22, 12:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 801
Posted By Psimet2001

Even with Merlin I would question if they...

Even with Merlin I would question if they actually have them on hand and can ship it. Most of us in the industry have been reduced to buying retail wherever we can find parts and even then when the...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-22, 12:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 801
Posted By Psimet2001

Parts in the industry just aren't available. As...

Parts in the industry just aren't available. As such no one is selling them below MSRP as a minimum. If they are then they either don't actually have the parts in hand and are hoping to get them at...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-04-22, 10:44 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,032
Posted By Psimet2001

The biggest regret/mistake is always not choosing...

The biggest regret/mistake is always not choosing to ride more and while I consciously try to be mindful and present in each ride I always feel like maybe I didn't actively enjoy each ride as much as...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-04-22, 10:41 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,032
Posted By Psimet2001

This is sooooo so true. My wife will be like,...

This is sooooo so true. My wife will be like, "It's going to rain at the race next weekend." To which I only respond with, "If you go that from a forecast then there's no chance it's going to rain....
Forum: Road Cycling
01-03-22, 03:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,312
Posted By Psimet2001

I don't disagree completely but I'd posit that...

I don't disagree completely but I'd posit that times have changed. Let me see if I can summarize what I am thinking:

1. Group rides are not as easy to find as they used to be. In our continually...
01-03-22, 01:34 PM
Replies: 6,783
Views: 454,427
Posted By Psimet2001

I've been stuffed up since CX nationals. Chalked...

I've been stuffed up since CX nationals. Chalked it all up to being outside in the cold and wind for over a week. It's ben dragging on. Definitely not like the COVID I had last year. Looked all over...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-03-22, 12:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,312
Posted By Psimet2001

I hate the internet hand wringing that comes...

I hate the internet hand wringing that comes along with "thinking" about racing. It's kind of what's killing our sport.

It's a bike race. You're not signing up to parachute behind enemy lines...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-21, 01:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,415
Posted By Psimet2001

I'm not a fan of overly powerful lights anymore....

I'm not a fan of overly powerful lights anymore. Really too much blinding going on out there. Riders really have no concept of where they are pointing their lights and there's a reason car lights are...
09-23-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 6,783
Views: 454,427
Posted By Psimet2001

I don't think it's any surprise to anyone but my...

I don't think it's any surprise to anyone but my company grew out of my screen name here and most of my early business was from this site. At one point almost everyone I rode with was from...
09-16-21, 04:40 PM
Replies: 6,783
Views: 454,427
Posted By Psimet2001

Funny - a memory just came up in Facebook of when...

Funny - a memory just came up in Facebook of when I met up with CDR at Interbike and we all went out to dinner like 10 years ago. Aki is good people. Cycling is a small world.
09-16-21, 01:56 PM
Replies: 6,783
Views: 454,427
Posted By Psimet2001

First race I did on them was super dry and longer...

First race I did on them was super dry and longer grass. Jackson Park - South side chicago on the shore of lake Michigan. It's where they are building the Obama Presidential Library so they seem to...
09-14-21, 12:23 PM
Replies: 6,783
Views: 454,427
Posted By Psimet2001

Every area is different but in the Chicago area...

Every area is different but in the Chicago area almost everyone has been on PDX for all conditions. There are a few who swear by the MXP but tbh in all of the years I have been selling and gluing and...
09-07-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,184
Posted By Psimet2001

11 speed - will work for 10 and 11 speed rim...

11 speed - will work for 10 and 11 speed rim brake as well as campy.

12? They better have put a wheel in.

Disc? same... you will not be able to cover all of the combinations of gearing, axles,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,280
Posted By Psimet2001

:lol: I haven't' changed. It's a horrible system...

:lol: I haven't' changed. It's a horrible system if you aren't having problems with flats. If flats find you and it's the worst thing that could ever happen to you then time to think of tubeless.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-21, 11:52 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,367
Posted By Psimet2001

It's probably been 40 years but the...

It's probably been 40 years but the disappointment on my sister's face coupled with my realization that the world is full of lies is still burned into my psyche.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-21, 11:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,280
Posted By Psimet2001

If you're having a lot of flats and can't seem to...

If you're having a lot of flats and can't seem to get it under control then you are a candidate for tubeless.

You can blame the tires, conditions, and ultimately the rider for how they ride and...
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