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Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-19, 07:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,743
Posted By jrobe

I also wouldn't be surprised if it was just a...

I also wouldn't be surprised if it was just a crack in the paint or clear coat (or whatever finish they use).

If it is a true carbon crack, it could be repaired. I snapped off a seat stay on a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-18, 08:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,180
Posted By jrobe

LOL. I would sure like to ride a cheap Chinese...

LOL. I would sure like to ride a cheap Chinese frame down a hill at 40+ mph that had cracked and that I had repaired with a cheap $30 self-repair kit. That makes perfect sense.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-18, 06:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 787
Posted By jrobe

The best bike I ever bought for my wife was the...

The best bike I ever bought for my wife was the e-bike I bought her this spring. Now she can ride at a speed similar to me and she can pick the work effort that she wishes to use. She even likes...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-10-18, 04:34 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,936
Posted By jrobe

Best Bike Pump = Lezyne Pump with a Hirame Pump...

Best Bike Pump = Lezyne Pump with a Hirame Pump Head. I have bought at least 6 different pumps and this combo is by far the best. Mine has lasted many years now.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-01-18, 10:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,698
Posted By jrobe

My 2012 and 2008 Cervelo R3ís are both going...

My 2012 and 2008 Cervelo R3ís are both going strong with about 60,000 miles on them combined. No issues whatsoever. My tires are 23ís though and even then they are a little tight. I liked the...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-12-18, 07:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 775
Posted By jrobe

Leave the bike on the trainer in your dorm room...

Leave the bike on the trainer in your dorm room or appt so you can use it inside in the winter (and outside when it is nicer).
Forum: Road Cycling
11-10-16, 06:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,625
Posted By jrobe

On my KK trainer, I tighten the tension till the...

On my KK trainer, I tighten the tension till the roller just touches the tire and then tighten it another 2 1/4 turns. I can get over 1000 watts without slippage. The tire pressure doesn't matter...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-15, 01:58 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 8,160
Posted By jrobe

Makes me want to buy a no-name carbon frame on Ebay.

Not all frames are created equal. A look deep inside the carbon in counterfeit bikes - VeloNews.com...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-14, 06:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,409
Posted By jrobe

I wonder why the guys that ride the most (the...

I wonder why the guys that ride the most (the pros) never use saddles like this.

It took me about a year and 8-10 saddles bought and sold on Ebay before I found the perfect one for me.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-14, 05:13 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,137
Posted By jrobe

Go for it with the pepper spray. The...

Go for it with the pepper spray.

The problem that I have had with it is that the stuff that works the best is the "bear spray" type canisters are too big and bulky to carry easily. They work...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-14, 06:29 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,223
Posted By jrobe

If you are this interested in monitoring your HR,...

If you are this interested in monitoring your HR, you should probably spend a little money and get a Powertap. I am 56 and have no intention of racing anymore but I bought one a few years ago and it...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-14, 06:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,431
Posted By jrobe

I would say the exact opposite. I have one bike...

I would say the exact opposite. I have one bike with Dura Ace and one with 105 and they both shift exactly the same. I couldn't care less about the slight weight difference. I would much rather...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-25-14, 11:25 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 6,492
Posted By jrobe

I agree also. You need to develop the skill of a...

I agree also. You need to develop the skill of a higher cadence and the problem will probably be solved.

A compact double works perfect for me with a natural cadence of 90.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-14, 11:28 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,918
Posted By jrobe

I live quite a bit further north than you and...

I live quite a bit further north than you and spend 4-5 months on the indoor trainer almost every day for 1-3 hours. I have tried most of these indoor trainer bikes and have even owned a...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-14, 06:10 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 7,399
Posted By jrobe

The problem with "bike fitting" is that there are...

The problem with "bike fitting" is that there are no standards. Anyone can call himself a "bike fitter" and start charging for his services. From my experience it is hit or miss depending on...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-27-14, 07:36 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,161
Posted By jrobe

The admission criteria at U Mass Loyal must be...

The admission criteria at U Mass Loyal must be damn low.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-02-14, 12:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,418
Posted By jrobe

I have spent a lot of time in Maui and have...

I have spent a lot of time in Maui and have ridden Haleakala (great ride with very little traffic) but I would cringe if I had to fight the traffic on some of these other rides like the Hana Highway...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-28-14, 06:38 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,611
Posted By jrobe

I agree. I would rather have the R3 than the S2.

I agree. I would rather have the R3 than the S2.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-27-14, 03:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,953
Posted By jrobe

Sitting on a Lazy-Boy recliner is exactly the...

Sitting on a Lazy-Boy recliner is exactly the same whether it is inside or outside :)

The difference is that you just don't pay as much attention outside because of the other distractions. It...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-22-14, 09:06 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,265
Posted By jrobe

I would buy a power meter and commit yourself to...

I would buy a power meter and commit yourself to a power based training program. This will improve your riding far more than any "upgrades" you mentioned above. What did they used to say - it is...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-20-14, 07:32 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,243
Posted By jrobe

My speed and power output (with a Powertap) are...

My speed and power output (with a Powertap) are pretty close on the road and on my KK trainer.

I do about 30% of my yearly riding on my trainer. They way to make this useful and to keep my sanity...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-20-14, 08:33 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,349
Posted By jrobe

You can buy the best trainer they make on Ebay...

You can buy the best trainer they make on Ebay for $289 with free shipping and no tax - Kurt Kinetic Road Machine. Look up the Kurt Kinetic's magnetic coupling mechanism and you will see why they...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-16-14, 03:16 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,074
Posted By jrobe

That is easy - the background music on the...

That is easy - the background music on the Sufferfest, CTS or Spinervals videos.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-15-14, 09:55 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 12,808
Posted By jrobe

The biggest flaw of the "ass-o-meter" is that it...

The biggest flaw of the "ass-o-meter" is that it doesn't take into account personal preference and personal comfort. I use a very narrow saddle because I am not comfortable with most of my weight on...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-01-14, 07:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 549
Posted By jrobe

You are really limiting yourself by only looking...

You are really limiting yourself by only looking at Specialized saddles. My favorite LBS sells Specialized but their saddles suck for me.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-29-13, 09:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,550
Posted By jrobe

I agree that the trial and error approach is the...

I agree that the trial and error approach is the only way to find the perfect saddle. The "ass meters" were completely useless for me.

The shop demos are nice if you have a local shop that will...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-25-13, 10:11 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,199
Posted By jrobe

I fell for the Bike Forum Bib religious rant once...

I fell for the Bike Forum Bib religious rant once myself and wasted money on bibs. Went back to shorts and never looked back. To each his own but for me bibs are a solution without a problem.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-13, 08:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,151
Posted By jrobe

I seriously doubt that Saris will fix a problem...

I seriously doubt that Saris will fix a problem with a Kurt Kinetic Trainer. Kurt Kinetic will take good care of you though.

I have 2 KK Road Machines with thousands of hours on one of them. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-20-13, 10:18 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,566
Posted By jrobe

Not sure what you mean about a video-game...

Not sure what you mean about a video-game experience. I am talking about a home spin class-like video where a cycling coach walks you through a interval workout. They work great on a laptop. For...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-20-13, 06:58 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,566
Posted By jrobe

Get a selection of training videos and the...

Get a selection of training videos and the trainer becomes even more enjoyable.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-12-13, 02:49 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,251
Posted By jrobe

I will buy rollers when I need to practice my...

I will buy rollers when I need to practice my singing. For now though I will do indoor workouts on the trainer that make it difficult to talk much less sing.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-05-13, 09:37 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,722
Posted By jrobe

Why would anyone spend even a dime on a trainer...

Why would anyone spend even a dime on a trainer tire when you can use old worn out road tires for the same thing. I run my old tires right down to the threads in the winter on the trainer.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-13, 04:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,387
Posted By jrobe

The "4 foot wide Afro" comment actually made this...

The "4 foot wide Afro" comment actually made this thread worth reading.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-12-13, 01:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,249
Posted By jrobe

Why don't you wear the cheap Ebay helmet yourself...

Why don't you wear the cheap Ebay helmet yourself and give the good one to your guests.

You bought it on Ebay so it must be as good as any other helmet that a reputable manufacturer would put his...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-01-13, 07:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,344
Posted By jrobe

I bought a used house once that needed a new...

I bought a used house once that needed a new furnace - so it is best to never buy a used house.

I have probably bought 10-12 different used saddles on Ebay just to try them out. I eventually...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-13, 05:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,870
Posted By jrobe

I live on my trainer all winter (Wisconsin) but...

I live on my trainer all winter (Wisconsin) but couldn't do it effectively without a series of training DVD's to guide me and make it more interesting (ie. Spinervals, CTS training videos and...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-13-13, 09:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,859
Posted By jrobe

I just spent 2 weeks in Colorado riding over the...

I just spent 2 weeks in Colorado riding over the big passes (awesome trip with the fall colors). I bet I didn't spend 5 min total in 2 weeks standing up.

I would concentrate on longer lactate...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-13, 08:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,139
Posted By jrobe

The advantage for me of the Powertap wheel is...

The advantage for me of the Powertap wheel is that I can change it between 3 bikes including my road and TT bike. I use the same wheel set on all the bikes so the crank system wouldn't work well for...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-10-13, 09:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 675
Posted By jrobe

I would want to know this because it would tell...

I would want to know this because it would tell me when I could maybe buy a 2013 at a discount now in the fall.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-07-13, 11:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,663
Posted By jrobe

Anybody who doesn't think disc brakes will...

Anybody who doesn't think disc brakes will eventually become the norm on road bikes is going to be in for a surprise.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-13, 07:41 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,910
Posted By jrobe

Most people here don't get anywhere near 6000...

Most people here don't get anywhere near 6000 miles on their chains because they use solvents on it every other day and completely remove the lubicant from places that it can't be replaced easily.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-13, 05:22 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,960
Posted By jrobe

That is a scumbag answer. It is amazing that you...

That is a scumbag answer. It is amazing that you have absolutely no problem lying and taking advantage of a company that had nothing to do with the problem. We all know quite a bit about you.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-13, 12:12 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,037
Posted By jrobe

I went from a Trek 1.2 to a Cervelo R3 and found...

I went from a Trek 1.2 to a Cervelo R3 and found it to be in a completely different league. I almost fell the first time I rode it when I hammered the pedals and almost pulled the bars out of my...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-13, 01:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,231
Posted By jrobe

There is absolutely no evidence that compression,...

There is absolutely no evidence that compression, drugs or chiropractic adjustments do anything. There are simple and safe meds that are well. Of course, you can avoid science and just live with no...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-13, 10:16 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,231
Posted By jrobe

This is not difficult to treat. I usually start...

This is not difficult to treat. I usually start my patients on Mirapex first. See your doctor.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-13, 10:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,156
Posted By jrobe

I would buy the book if you don't have it. ...

I would buy the book if you don't have it. http://www.amazon.com/Training-Racing-Power-Meter-Hunter/dp/1934030554

I don't think your average watts per Kg for long rides is very meaningful.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-13, 11:58 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 24,339
Posted By jrobe

How are you going to write a review when you have...

How are you going to write a review when you have probably never even ridden a decent road bike. You bought a generic, no-name frame on the internet for a low price. Nothing wrong with that but the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-13, 03:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,619
Posted By jrobe

I agree. What good is a powermeter for training...

I agree. What good is a powermeter for training if it is worthless in real time. How can you do an interval at a particular training zone if you can't look down and see a reliable power output. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-13, 10:43 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,619
Posted By jrobe

At least HR is reproducible and isn't dependent...

At least HR is reproducible and isn't dependent on riding terrain. I would do much rather have HR.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-13, 10:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,619
Posted By jrobe

What is the old saying - bad data is worse than...

What is the old saying - bad data is worse than no data. Those seem like completely useless numbers.
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