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Posted By cvskates

Another vote for the Wahoo Element Bolt - it does...

Another vote for the Wahoo Element Bolt - it does exactly what you described - The fields are hugely customizable through the app, and it does all the uploading at the end of a ride on its own, no...
05-15-18, 12:04 AM
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Views: 5,854
Posted By cvskates

I have the 2017 Roubaix and I love it (but...

I have the 2017 Roubaix and I love it (but haven't test rode the other bike you mentioned). After a year I have not noticed any noise or issue from the future shock.
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Views: 2,732
Posted By cvskates

That's interesting you say that - the wheels on...

That's interesting you say that - the wheels on my new Roubaix are tubeless ready and I had been toying with the idea of going that route.
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Posted By cvskates

Trans Am Bike Race 2018

Who's in? Anyone else here planning on doing the race?

Anyone done the race and have advice?

Something you wish you'd known, or brought with you, or left at home?
Forum: Touring
09-10-17, 10:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 485
Posted By cvskates

Yeah, AC is funny. You really have to take the...

Yeah, AC is funny. You really have to take the time to go to their page with baggage allowances, put in where you're going to and from, and then do some math.

My wife and I flew to San Fran and...
Forum: Touring
09-08-17, 07:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 485
Posted By cvskates

There is an agreement between Canada and the Cuba...

There is an agreement between Canada and the Cuba that bikes are not charged either way (at least according to the woman at Air Canada). I was there last year for a triathlon and took my bike down in...
09-08-17, 07:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,637
Posted By cvskates

To be honest, I'm usually riding a TrainerRoad...

To be honest, I'm usually riding a TrainerRoad workout while using Zwift. I have 2 ANT+ keys in my laptop, and TrainerRoad reads my power meter and controls the Kickr, while Zwift just reads the...
09-07-17, 06:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,637
Posted By cvskates

I'n not going to debate you, as I agree with...

I'n not going to debate you, as I agree with everything you've written.

Two things I would add, though:
1. If you look at the Zwift racing/group ride schedule, they start frequently, like every...
07-11-17, 02:53 PM
Replies: 24
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Posted By cvskates

If you just went as hard as you could for 20...

If you just went as hard as you could for 20 minutes, you're probably not that close.


If you do something like TrainerRoad's 20 minutes test (that takes 60'), you're probably quite close. For...
Forum: Touring
05-11-17, 10:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,009
Posted By cvskates

Here's the link to the ACA detour: ...

Here's the link to the ACA detour:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19189649
05-10-17, 10:18 AM
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Views: 2,364
Posted By cvskates

I'm no cycling coach, but I would answer your 3...

I'm no cycling coach, but I would answer your 3 questions as:


1. These types of high intensity efforts will improve your over-all fitness, including aerobic capacity, FTP and VO2 Max.


2....
Forum: Touring
04-23-17, 08:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 700
Posted By cvskates

I've done that route as part of the Victoria Gran...

I've done that route as part of the Victoria Gran Fondo: The Doppio - Victoria Gran Fondo (http://www.victoriagranfondo.com/page/the-doppio)


I remember being miserable during the ride - I was...
04-22-17, 07:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,369
Posted By cvskates

Reading through this thread I was going to...

Reading through this thread I was going to suggest the same thing until I saw you beat me to it (I have to admit I felt quite clever when this occurred to me). This is how I protect the top tube on...
Forum: Commuting
04-20-17, 08:27 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,375
Posted By cvskates

Do you see how hypocritical this post is? :foo:

Do you see how hypocritical this post is? :foo:
Forum: Commuting
04-10-17, 10:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,739
Posted By cvskates

I ride Marathon Supremes and quite like them. ...

I ride Marathon Supremes and quite like them.


I've been slowly lowering the pressure in them and find it helps not only ride but also seems to make them roll better (though that might be in my...
04-07-17, 10:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,061
Posted By cvskates

I suppose you could provided your bike has a...

I suppose you could provided your bike has a power meter and you want a phone or tablet taped to your top tube :)

In all honesty it's not really practical.

Some of the options I've used if I...
04-06-17, 12:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,061
Posted By cvskates

I was using a triathlon coach last season and...

I was using a triathlon coach last season and gave it up. Now I cobble my own program, but for cycling use TrainerRoad.



I see much greater increases in FTP from TrainerRoad than I did from my...
12-17-16, 05:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,644
Posted By cvskates

I don't know how poorly your day is going that...

I don't know how poorly your day is going that you managed to make the inference, but I hope things get a bit better for you.
12-16-16, 11:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,644
Posted By cvskates

Thank you! I just moved back to Vancouver from...

Thank you! I just moved back to Vancouver from the Island and my family can't get over what I paid for a condo. As I tell them; it's expensive to live here because lots of people want to live here.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-09-16, 09:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,719
Posted By cvskates

Right after I got my Kickr I tried Zwift on my...

Right after I got my Kickr I tried Zwift on my iMac - it ran just fine (performance wise), but I was shocked at how hot my computer was after 10 minutes. Had I been doing more than trying it out I...
Forum: Triathlon
12-05-16, 11:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 874
Posted By cvskates

I like the idea of the integrated storage, it's...

I like the idea of the integrated storage, it's one of the reasons I bought a Shiv. The Andean is just a little over the top for me, though.


Also, just to nit-pick a little; setting the bike...
11-29-16, 05:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,827
Posted By cvskates

I had a triathlon coach last year. We took over a...

I had a triathlon coach last year. We took over a 1/2 hour off my 1/2 IM PR, and my FTP went up 40 watts.


Having a coach was great for:
* Not planning anything, just do the work outs
* Having...
11-24-16, 09:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 9,674
Posted By cvskates

I have the first generation Kickr, using it for...

I have the first generation Kickr, using it for about a year. I'd guess I've put somewhere in the neighborhood of 500-600 hours on it (the joys of Ironman training over the winter).


In that time...
11-13-16, 11:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 368
Posted By cvskates

If you're using Zwift as your primary...

If you're using Zwift as your primary "distraction", the smart trainer changing resistance does take the experience to another level. Using your gears makes the simulation much more engaging.

I...
Forum: Triathlon
08-25-16, 10:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,506
Posted By cvskates

I wish i had bought my first bike used. $1900 in...

I wish i had bought my first bike used. $1900 in the used market gets you a super nice bike.
Forum: Triathlon
06-02-16, 11:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,221
Posted By cvskates

The force on the aerobars depends on use: For...

The force on the aerobars depends on use: For triathlon (particularly longer races), they are more a place to rest your hands / rest your elbows (efficient riders will be able to relax their upper...
05-25-16, 01:42 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,141
Posted By cvskates

Water for rides under 2 hours. Over 2 hours I use...

Water for rides under 2 hours. Over 2 hours I use Infinit - it covers everything, and I'm using the same thing I use on race day.
03-26-16, 01:05 AM
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Posted By cvskates

For what the OP wants to do (improving core...

For what the OP wants to do (improving core strength), yoga will be more effective than lifting weights.
01-19-16, 11:11 AM
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Views: 904
Posted By cvskates

I recently went the massage route on the advice...

I recently went the massage route on the advice of my coach. Here's what she said about the rationale of getting a the****** who specializes in Sports Massage: "A 60 to 90 minute massage will do...
01-06-16, 01:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 853
Posted By cvskates

What is it that is feeding speed to TrainerRoad?...

What is it that is feeding speed to TrainerRoad? If you're using a speed sensor on your rear wheel, then moving your resistance up or down will change the speed achieved at a given power.
Forum: Triathlon
12-04-15, 04:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,287
Posted By cvskates

Yeah, the Speedmax CF SLX is supposed to be...

Yeah, the Speedmax CF SLX is supposed to be available to order in December. I'm waiting to see the pricing.

Also, mybikeshop.com gets good deals if you're okay to go used - I've been watching them...
Forum: Triathlon
12-04-15, 12:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,287
Posted By cvskates

The shiv is a beautiful bike that from what I...

The shiv is a beautiful bike that from what I understand tests very well in terms of aero.

I have a 2014 Cannondale slice that I do like, but am upgrading my bike this season. I'm watching for a...
Forum: Triathlon
11-24-15, 06:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,013
Posted By cvskates

It seems like that bike came in more than one...

It seems like that bike came in more than one configuration, and the prices varied pretty widely.

If you're getting the base model: Editors' Choice | Bicycling...
Forum: Commuting
10-06-15, 01:19 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 10,550
Posted By cvskates

If the music is played at a reasonable volume I...

If the music is played at a reasonable volume I don't have a big issue with it, I just don't get it; I can't identify the need to have music going all the time.

Not sure why the world around you...
10-01-15, 03:53 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 18,627
Posted By cvskates

Issues: It will change your life. I can't say...

Issues: It will change your life. I can't say enough good things about this trailer. Even my wife, who originally balked at the price got on board.

Tows like a dream, far better than my Bob Yak...
09-29-15, 02:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 870
Posted By cvskates

My guess is price and feel. Good winter...

My guess is price and feel.

Good winter cycling boots are [at least in my limited experience] more expensive than regular cycling shoes.

Even the more expensive cycling boots don't have the...
09-15-15, 10:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,548
Posted By cvskates

I really see this as something they could be...

I really see this as something they could be doing on bikes now (but for a different purpose). It would esentially give you ERG mode on your bike. You tell the computer you're doing your ironman at...
Forum: Triathlon
09-10-15, 12:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,230
Posted By cvskates

You're going to love triathlon, especially if...

You're going to love triathlon, especially if you're a goal oriented person.

Only advice I would have is don't over-do the pace on the running (8 minute miles is pretty brisk for a new runner),...
Forum: Touring
08-31-15, 10:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 926
Posted By cvskates

I have the Sutra - did one tour with it so far -...

I have the Sutra - did one tour with it so far - bike did beautifully - absolutely no complaints. In the 2 years since my last tour (can't believe it's been that long :() I've been using it as my...
08-30-15, 09:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 914
Posted By cvskates

I get the same thing, now. I bike to work, bike...

I get the same thing, now. I bike to work, bike for most of my errands, and try to use transit for everything else. On the rare occasions when I drive (except at 1 AM on the way home from work the...
08-30-15, 07:34 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 18,627
Posted By cvskates

You probably won't like my solution then; I...

You probably won't like my solution then; I bought a Burley Travoy and the upper & lower market bags.

Funded by the sale of my truck (along with a bunch of ther biking goodies), that trailer has...
Forum: Triathlon
08-29-15, 10:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 25,235
Posted By cvskates

It will also free up your schedule for the...

It will also free up your schedule for the training you need to do to be successful in triathlon :)

When I bought my slice the stock saddle did exactly what you're talking about. I went to a very...
Forum: Commuting
08-25-15, 03:10 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,229
Posted By cvskates

I used to do that. 20 free minutes when your...

I used to do that. 20 free minutes when your commute takes 17 minutes, I got quite a few trips for free :)

One of my recent disappointments was when Car2Go in Vancouver got rid of that policy. Now...
Forum: Commuting
08-25-15, 12:40 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,229
Posted By cvskates

He means he ends the trip at whole foods, does...

He means he ends the trip at whole foods, does his shopping, then loads what he bought into a different Car2Go. He's not simultaneously using two cars.

You don't have to use, or like, or approve...
Forum: Commuting
08-25-15, 10:39 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,229
Posted By cvskates

Just to make this more fun, the numbers I'm...

Just to make this more fun, the numbers I'm using are Canadian. $6729 US = $8956 CDN at the current exchange. I know it's not that simple, we're really comparing apples to oranges.

I always like...
Forum: Commuting
08-25-15, 08:07 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,229
Posted By cvskates

So, just to throw it out there: My commute...

So, just to throw it out there:

My commute by Car2Go varies from 16 minutes to 18 minutes. That means the one way cost is $8.37, and the daily round trip is $16.74 (were I inclined to drive both...
Forum: Commuting
08-24-15, 08:27 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,229
Posted By cvskates

I have seen this, but it's literally the only...

I have seen this, but it's literally the only place I've seen the no-bike-racks rule. I checked the terms and conditions and FAQ on the Car2Go Vancouver site but couldn't find any restriction against...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-15, 11:32 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,229
Posted By cvskates

I know that I've read before about the policy...

I know that I've read before about the policy prohibiting the use of bike racks, and have never been able to find it on the actual Vancouver Car2Go website.

I figured I wouldn't likely have any...
08-23-15, 03:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 796
Posted By cvskates

I can't believe it took 2 weeks to replace a...

I can't believe it took 2 weeks to replace a chain.
Forum: Commuting
08-23-15, 01:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,229
Posted By cvskates

Free2Go and Car2Go

Short Version of this post: I bought this bike rack: Free2Go - The Bike Rack For The Smart (http://forthesmart.com) (Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyms3-sH0dQ) for use with Car2Go, and I...
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