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Forum: Road Cycling
12-23-22, 03:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 466
Posted By Hiro11

I did 162 miles fast out in the cornfields on...

I did 162 miles fast out in the cornfields on rough gravel in temperatures approaching 100 degrees. I was helping a friend train for Unbound. We started with ten people and finished with three.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-22, 11:22 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,314
Posted By Hiro11

Riding safely is table stakes to me: hold your...

Riding safely is table stakes to me: hold your line, don't blow through stop signs, protect your front wheel, ride smoothly, don't annoy cars unnecessarily.

Beyond that, the single most important...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-22, 08:43 AM
Replies: 726
Views: 20,904
Posted By Hiro11

After one season of immersion waxing chains on...

After one season of immersion waxing chains on several bikes, this is the exact conclusion I came to.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-22, 08:15 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,848
Posted By Hiro11

Yet another tubeless thread, yet another...

Yet another tubeless thread, yet another discussion with the exact same conclusions. And yet I'm compelled to answer. I have currently have seven bikes, three of which are road bikes, and all are set...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-22, 09:58 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,135
Posted By Hiro11

I agree, the vast majority of people on Zwift are...

I agree, the vast majority of people on Zwift are just doing their workouts and posting reasonable results. Also, there are many serious athletes who ride Zwift and post some incredible things that...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-22, 09:31 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,135
Posted By Hiro11

I ignore everything on Zwift. According to Zwift,...

I ignore everything on Zwift. According to Zwift, the world is full of closeted cardio prodigies who could win World Tour races if given half a chance.

For example, if you go on any KOM...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-04-22, 09:37 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,629
Posted By Hiro11

Totally agree. I have two bikes with Quarqs. They...

Totally agree. I have two bikes with Quarqs. They are absolutely bulletproof: you get on the bike, they connect to the head unit immediately, calibrate and off you go. Replacing the battery takes...
12-04-22, 09:33 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 4,311
Posted By Hiro11

Not trying to troll, but no one can suggest a...

Not trying to troll, but no one can suggest a saddle for another person. It's like running shoes, you go through a process to find something that works and you stick with that.

Also, I've never...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-22, 07:43 PM
Replies: 726
Views: 20,904
Posted By Hiro11

1. Technically, the factory "lube" isn't lube,...

1. Technically, the factory "lube" isn't lube, it's a rust inhibitor.
2. In my experience dirt and aluminum oxide sticks to the factory "lube" very readily.
3. Wax will absolutely not stick to a...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-22, 11:24 AM
Replies: 726
Views: 20,904
Posted By Hiro11

Opinions after running a season with five bikes...

Opinions after running a season with five bikes using Molten Speed immersion wax. Context: I use KMC chains with YBN quick links. I used primarily RNR Gold previously.

Good:
Waxed drivetrains...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-22, 10:48 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,629
Posted By Hiro11

TPC's prices are no longer at the outrageous...

TPC's prices are no longer at the outrageous rip-off levels they were in the fall of 2021, but (in my opinion) they are still too damned high. I'd say they need to knock another 15%-20% off their...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-22, 07:59 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 4,532
Posted By Hiro11

I've had good luck with most materials: 1....

I've had good luck with most materials:

1. Aluminum: I suspect those who mention "aluminum harshness" have not ridden a modern aluminum bike. I have a brand new Allez Sprint custom build that is...
09-11-22, 01:48 PM
Replies: 445
Views: 13,477
Posted By Hiro11

I love the idea of ebikes: they increase the...

I love the idea of ebikes: they increase the accessibility of cycling, they enable people of differing fitness to ride together, they are great for commuting, they open up a huge range of new...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-22, 06:39 AM
Replies: 726
Views: 20,904
Posted By Hiro11

I've been immersion waxing the chains on several...

I've been immersion waxing the chains on several bikes for a while now. All of the following is opinion only. I'm using declarative sentences, but this is not because it's fact, just opinions based...
08-12-22, 06:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 749
Posted By Hiro11

700b is an obsolete, rare tire size. I'm puzzled...

700b is an obsolete, rare tire size. I'm puzzled as to how the OP found some without searcing for them deliberately. OP: stick to the six million 700c options.
06-18-22, 04:05 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,491
Posted By Hiro11

I've had the obvious ones ("get on the sidewalk",...

I've had the obvious ones ("get on the sidewalk", "it's not legal to ride on the road", "you don't pay 'road tax' (whatever that is)" etc) My favorite was probably the guy who pulled up behind a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-22, 02:26 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,629
Posted By Hiro11

Thought I'd provide some updated thinking here. ...

Thought I'd provide some updated thinking here.

As mentioned above, I bought a bike from The Pro's Closet last year. This is a high end ti/carbon cyclocross bike. Yesterday, I noticed a crack in...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-22, 06:16 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 3,847
Posted By Hiro11

I have two sets of hookless road wheels: a set...

I have two sets of hookless road wheels: a set with ENVE SES 4.5AR rims and a wheelset from Cadex. I usually run the tires on the ENVEs at 35-50 psi depending on what I'm doing and 60-65 on the Cadex...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-17-22, 01:22 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 13,423
Posted By Hiro11

This is an interesting lawsuit because I think it...

This is an interesting lawsuit because I think it does expose some legitimate issues in the bike industry right now. On one hand, I think the plaintiff was kind of an idiot for trying to run RH tires...
04-02-22, 01:15 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 5,240
Posted By Hiro11

The most insane Terry B video I've seen is him...

The most insane Terry B video I've seen is him following the (now well known) Safa Brian in the rain in Mexico City:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxVQFUTywIQ&t=1036s

This starts getting...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-24-22, 08:39 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,428
Posted By Hiro11

I mostly like this bike: - Much higher price...

I mostly like this bike:
- Much higher price than competing bikes (Emonda ALR5, CAAD 13) but still a better deal than currently outrageous pricing on Tarmacs
- More of an all-around road race bike...
03-07-22, 08:12 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,299
Posted By Hiro11

Adding to the chorus, I have King Ti's on my...

Adding to the chorus, I have King Ti's on my cross bike. They weigh nothing, they don't mark up bottles, they're basically impossible to deform, they're made in the US by a small business and no cage...
03-06-22, 05:20 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 4,872
Posted By Hiro11

The irony of this thread is that in my...

The irony of this thread is that in my experience, good tires are probably the cheapest way to markedly improve the actual performance of a bike. This has been proven true to me in every type of bike...
03-03-22, 06:33 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,130
Posted By Hiro11

I just toss my cycling clothes in with everything...

I just toss my cycling clothes in with everything else. We have a washing machine without a conventional agitator.

The three keys to washing cycling clothing:
- use cool or cold water
- wash...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-28-22, 04:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 571
Posted By Hiro11

It's difficult to find bikes right now, as you...

It's difficult to find bikes right now, as you probably know. You likely will have difficulty finding the exact model you're looking for and prices are inflated.

I would recommend a versatile...
02-25-22, 07:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,384
Posted By Hiro11

28" 7,400 CFM industrial fan I got for $129 off...

28" 7,400 CFM industrial fan I got for $129 off of Amazon. That's likely at least 10x the airflow of the fans I see here. I recommend getting a powerful fan, it makes a huge difference.
02-25-22, 07:16 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,582
Posted By Hiro11

I don't understand why people care.

I don't understand why people care.
02-20-22, 10:54 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 4,033
Posted By Hiro11

My opinions for road bikes. Rim brakes: -...

My opinions for road bikes.

Rim brakes:
- work fine in 95% of situations
- are somewhat easier to initially set up and somewhat easier to maintain
- are very tolerant of slight misalignment
-...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 07:55 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 15,075
Posted By Hiro11

Random, wildly uninformed opinions about the bike...

Random, wildly uninformed opinions about the bike industry in 2022/2023. Long story short: I think 2023 is going to be the time to buy bikes. Tons of stuff is aligning.

1. Tons of people...
01-11-22, 07:25 AM
Replies: 254
Views: 11,867
Posted By Hiro11

The whole "gravel bikes are a marketing exercise"...

The whole "gravel bikes are a marketing exercise" isn't really fair. Any bike can be a gravel bike but if you're doing five hour rides on surfaces that are rougher than pavement but not as rough as...
01-07-22, 08:05 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 5,533
Posted By Hiro11

The cycling metric development path: Phase...

The cycling metric development path:

Phase one: obsession with speed. Let me see how fast I can go down this hill! Let me see what kind of rolling speed I can hold today! Then you realize that...
01-02-22, 10:24 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 23,973
Posted By Hiro11

Lots of people posting road bikes with rim brakes...

Lots of people posting road bikes with rim brakes and 25s or 28s. As has been repeated a few times now, the OP does not want a road bike. The OP is looking for a steel gravel bike. Rim brakes will...
01-01-22, 09:49 PM
Forum: Road Cycling
01-01-22, 09:12 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,823
Posted By Hiro11

Trusting Chicagoland weather forecasts. The...

Trusting Chicagoland weather forecasts. The forecast for anything more than 18 hours into the future in the Chicago area is always, always, always wrong. In fact, Chicago weather forecasting is...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-21, 09:27 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,629
Posted By Hiro11

I bought a high end bike from them last year and...

I bought a high end bike from them last year and was very pleased. I will definitely buy from TPC again once used bike prices become more sane again. Before buying, I sent them an email with some...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-30-21, 08:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 797
Posted By Hiro11

The used bike market is insane right now. I think...

The used bike market is insane right now. I think you overpaid but in fairness to you it is a challenge to find a good deal right now. Also, this era of bikes has fairly standardized parts. You...
12-30-21, 08:35 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,008
Posted By Hiro11

The above is totally unsurprising and a great...

The above is totally unsurprising and a great example of why new cyclists should never purchase from BD (or at least not without the help of an experienced cyclist):

1. The bikes are shipped as...
12-26-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,069
Posted By Hiro11

I would just buy a pair of insulated boots, you...

I would just buy a pair of insulated boots, you really don't need anything bike specific with flat pedals. Find one with a small (meaning narrow when looking down from the top) heel so it doesn't hit...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-23-21, 06:59 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,246
Posted By Hiro11

There's a ton of stuff out there. I think there's...

There's a ton of stuff out there. I think there's increasing agreement that current standards and testing protocols are at best incomplete in measuring the effectiveness of a helmet in preventing...
12-22-21, 01:19 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,834
Posted By Hiro11

I have so many great memories from this year, but...

I have so many great memories from this year, but if I had to pick just one ride: 90 mile mixed surface mess of a ride on a drizzly, blustery day with a group of badass adventure riders and racers....
Forum: Road Cycling
12-20-21, 07:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 836
Posted By Hiro11

You seem like a charming person, what with the...

You seem like a charming person, what with the classy user name and childish insults. I'm terribly sorry some people like to go faster than you, I know how bruising that can be to a fragile ego. I'm...
12-16-21, 08:02 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 7,542
Posted By Hiro11

I've ridden and raced road and MTB since the late...

I've ridden and raced road and MTB since the late 80s.

In my opinion, three things that were better about older bikes:
- Standardization, serviceability and guaranteed swapability of almost all...
12-07-21, 10:56 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,245
Posted By Hiro11

Yeah, all those people who work hard, save money,...

Yeah, all those people who work hard, save money, learn skills and get ahead, how dare they try to keep the money they earned in their family. The very nerve. The state should get that money, they...
12-03-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 221
Views: 7,936
Posted By Hiro11

A twist on this: ebikes. I live in an area...

A twist on this: ebikes.

I live in an area with a huge, well developed network of crushed limestone rail trail paths. On warmer days, these paths are teeming with cyclists and runners. I typically...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-01-21, 06:25 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,976
Posted By Hiro11

I would get a set of wheels with hooked rims if I...

I would get a set of wheels with hooked rims if I were dead set against tubeless.
11-25-21, 08:59 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,145
Posted By Hiro11

I would just go to a bike shop and buy a $750...

I would just go to a bike shop and buy a $750 hybrid. You'll be fine on that.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-24-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 872
Posted By Hiro11

Rim brake calipers all work well and shouldn't be...

Rim brake calipers all work well and shouldn't be a deciding factor here. Tektro makes some nice brakes that work well. Replacing calipers is dirt cheap any way.These are better reasons to avoid...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-23-21, 08:34 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,144
Posted By Hiro11

I'm infamous in my group for sweating heavily on...

I'm infamous in my group for sweating heavily on the hot/humid days we get here in the Midwest. Over the years, I've learned to key to minimizing stink is to minimize the time cycling stuff is damp....
11-22-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,943
Posted By Hiro11

Hopefully you find someone local. Dealing with...

Hopefully you find someone local. Dealing with selling a bike on eBay or other solutions that will require you to ship the bike is likely going to be a pain. The Pro's Closet will be foolproof but...
11-12-21, 05:21 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,939
Posted By Hiro11

Good lights make all the difference for trail...

Good lights make all the difference for trail riding. I find you get what you pay for with lights, the cheap ones stop working quickly. I'm a big fan of Magicshine for MTB lights as they seem to...
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