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10-23-14, 05:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,797
Posted By SpongeDad

Psimet - I smashed my pair into the barriers and...

Psimet - I smashed my pair into the barriers and they were unmarked.
Forum: Northeast
06-22-14, 08:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 841
Posted By SpongeDad

Rides from Morristown NJ

Just moved up here from DC and looking for safe routes for long rides. Apparently NJ does not believe in road shoulders, so would prefer rides with low car density.
12-07-11, 09:34 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,246
Posted By SpongeDad

another cost conscious approach is to hang ropes...

another cost conscious approach is to hang ropes / bungee cords from the ceiling of your garage / basement and hang the bike from that. I made do with that approach for a few years. In some...
12-07-11, 09:23 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,495
Posted By SpongeDad

agree it's probably upside down link - I had that...

agree it's probably upside down link - I had that issue myself. I'm not a fan of Wipperman generally - I've had 2 snap on me, racking the jewels and forcing a not fun walk home.

Switched to KMC -...
12-06-11, 06:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,256
Posted By SpongeDad

I have close to 8000 miles on my Kinlin 300s...

I have close to 8000 miles on my Kinlin 300s (built by Psimet) with no significant problems. I weight 160lbs. My riding is generally decent roads, but there are cobble, trail and potholes out...
12-06-11, 06:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 694
Posted By SpongeDad

Wheel Building - where to buy parts?

Thinking about building some wheels, mostly for the enjoyment of it, but I'd like to save some $ too. Any recommendations on where / how to source the basic parts at good prices?

I can get most...
12-05-11, 10:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,291
Posted By SpongeDad

Check out www.psimet.com for cross tubulars - he...

Check out www.psimet.com for cross tubulars - he posts on BF, so you can PM him along with trying to contact via the website (do both).

I have a set of road clinchers from Psimet that I really...
10-24-11, 08:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,464
Posted By SpongeDad

Looks great. I've been thinking about getting...

Looks great. I've been thinking about getting one.

Mind if I ask what size frame it is? I like the short wheelbase on these bikes, but am a bit worried about toe overlap with the front wheel. ...
09-15-11, 08:53 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 708
Posted By SpongeDad

Sportif Cross Cup - MD/DC/NoVA

Just wanted to make sure everyone knows that there is a new cross series in the MD/DC/NoVA area – The Sportif ‘Cross Cup. Here’s the link. www.sportifcrosscup.com (Full disclosure, I’m pack...
09-15-11, 08:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,890
Posted By SpongeDad

I just pick the 2 or 3 guys who are finishing...

I just pick the 2 or 3 guys who are finishing right a head of me and focus on trying to stay a head of them. Took me all season last year, but it was progress. Now I'm on to the next group of 2 or...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-11, 05:36 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 7,673
Posted By SpongeDad

1. If you don't mean to give offense, don't be...

1. If you don't mean to give offense, don't be snotty.
2. If you are going to be snotty, at least read what I wrote - nothing about development costs, or how hard and expensive it was to develop....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-11, 02:35 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 7,673
Posted By SpongeDad

I suspect that $1499 has more to do with the...

I suspect that $1499 has more to do with the sales guys maximizing profit and less to do with whether they could sell it at $1000 or the cost of inputs. If Quarq drops price, I'd bet there is plenty...
08-15-11, 01:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,816
Posted By SpongeDad

5x2' climbs up a 9% grade. I know it doesn't...

5x2' climbs up a 9% grade. I know it doesn't look like a crit interval, but it sure seems to be making me more comfortable staying with the pack when we go up shallower grades.
08-13-11, 01:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,147
Posted By SpongeDad

After not dying, don't pull, ever. Hide in the...

After not dying, don't pull, ever. Hide in the pack and wheelsuck like your life depends on it.

If you get to the last 200m and you're still with the pack, you may now show your face to the...
08-13-11, 01:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,165
Posted By SpongeDad

when you're facing the accordion, you relax, roll...

when you're facing the accordion, you relax, roll off the back a bit coming into the corner, ease through the corner, catching up just as you exit and gently ramp it back up at a point where you are...
08-12-11, 10:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,165
Posted By SpongeDad

I do this in our local training crit - I think...

I do this in our local training crit - I think it's generally referred to as "tailgunning." It does leave you open to being gapped, and if you get stuck at the back, you can only sprint up so much. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-11, 06:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,092
Posted By SpongeDad

Big Wheel Bikes is not my favorite shop compared...

Big Wheel Bikes is not my favorite shop compared to Conte's (now called Freshbikes) or Capitol Hill Bikes, mostly due to BWB's small selection. BWB does rent bikes in a variety of set ups (road,...
08-04-11, 01:31 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,089
Posted By SpongeDad

I like the Conti 4000S, but have a Conti GP 4...

I like the Conti 4000S, but have a Conti GP 4 Seasons on my back wheel because it holds up to indoor trainers better.

Really comes down to roads. Decent roads - 4000S, bad roads/debris/indoor...
08-03-11, 07:57 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,378
Posted By SpongeDad

As an abysmal sprinter, I'm struggling to find...

As an abysmal sprinter, I'm struggling to find something that gets me to mediocre. The inability to throw a quick little snap into my race is killing me in corners and at the finish.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-11, 02:18 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,339
Posted By SpongeDad

Stop making cogent points. This is, as you well...

Stop making cogent points. This is, as you well know, BF.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-11, 11:16 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,339
Posted By SpongeDad

Exactly - classic case of projection. He gained...

Exactly - classic case of projection. He gained at least 1.0mph over his first win. Lemond is such a doper.
07-24-11, 09:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,019
Posted By SpongeDad

two seasons (25 races) and going on my third with...

two seasons (25 races) and going on my third with ATACS - very easy to get in and out of/never had a problem.
07-23-11, 07:56 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 4,678
Posted By SpongeDad

He was 17th out of 167. He is certainly not...

He was 17th out of 167. He is certainly not great or even very good, but quite awful is a bit much. Better to say that on a day when Cadel was excellent, Andy was only middling in a race where he...
07-22-11, 06:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,250
Posted By SpongeDad

Had he taken a less aggressive move, he'd have to...

Had he taken a less aggressive move, he'd have to pick up more time today. Hard to see how he made his chances worse. Cadel hesitated too long, but then did a monster job clawing back time so he's...
07-21-11, 04:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,283
Posted By SpongeDad

Therein lies a big part of the problem. I was in...

Therein lies a big part of the problem. I was in a training crit last night with a younger rider who would jump on the wheel I was following the second I wasn't overlapping it. I had the sense that...
07-21-11, 08:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,283
Posted By SpongeDad

I've tried that - it's fun and mentally what I'm...

I've tried that - it's fun and mentally what I'm inclined to do, but I'm not physically able to do it. This is the season where I learned to sit in, resist the temptation to go to the front, and...
07-21-11, 07:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,283
Posted By SpongeDad

Not overlapping wheels -

I understand why not to, but having trouble figuring out how not to. I've done 15 or so road and crit races (albeit Cat 5 and 4/5) over the last two years and I have yet to be in a race where the...
07-15-11, 09:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 975
Posted By SpongeDad

The course doesn't look super demanding...

The course doesn't look super demanding physically and the one 90 degree corner is on a slight uphill, which will make cornering there a bit easier. I'd guess average speed will be 23mph or so. If...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-11, 10:12 PM
Replies: 353
Views: 15,103
Posted By SpongeDad

For cross, I always figured the entry would be...

For cross, I always figured the entry would be people setting up on the front wheel as a disk and leaving the back as a canti. That way people with current frames would only have to buy a new fork /...
Forum: Foo
07-13-11, 11:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 162
Posted By SpongeDad

Netflix hates my productivity - Battlestar Galactica

Been watching the entire series on instant streaming. Not good for someone who works from home.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-11, 11:08 AM
Replies: 353
Views: 15,103
Posted By SpongeDad

1. Cheaper 2. Easier to maintain 3. ...

1. Cheaper
2. Easier to maintain
3. Already own a bunch of non-disk wheels (granted, this is dead weight loss issue - overtime this would become less important and is of no importance to new...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-11, 10:57 AM
Replies: 353
Views: 15,103
Posted By SpongeDad

Will the product be developed? Yes. And the...

Will the product be developed? Yes. And the need for modulation over sheer braking power, which isn't usable, in cross should only tend to skew the product to a lighter, more road friendly design. ...
07-10-11, 07:19 PM
Replies: 8,471
Views: 643,075
Posted By SpongeDad

Look for some old forts that have been turned...

Look for some old forts that have been turned into parks. Sometimes you can find one with a reasonably flat perimeter road / loop. Along a river is another good place - 4 to 5 miles one way and...
07-10-11, 05:49 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,209
Posted By SpongeDad

Not sure why there aren’t more Cat 5 clinics – in...

Not sure why there aren’t more Cat 5 clinics – in cyclocross, at least around DE-MD-VA, there seem to be plenty of pre-season clinics. Granted, cross has some fairly discrete skills that can be...
07-07-11, 07:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,234
Posted By SpongeDad

I've spent 3 yrs unlearning the impulse to ride...

I've spent 3 yrs unlearning the impulse to ride at the front, some of which is due to a lack of comfort riding in the pack. Over my last 3 races (same course, same average speed), my average watts...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-11, 02:34 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,868
Posted By SpongeDad

does it really take an LBS to replace cartridge...

does it really take an LBS to replace cartridge bearings?

Offer to send him new bearings if he sends you the old ones.
07-03-11, 03:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 424
Posted By SpongeDad

On a purely selfish level, I hope not. I enjoyed...

On a purely selfish level, I hope not. I enjoyed last year's Vuelta much more than this year's Giro.
07-03-11, 12:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 424
Posted By SpongeDad

Prediction: Contador Win Win or Lose Lose

That is - if he wins the Tour, he will get a pass on the "meat"; if he loses, they'll pile on and ban him. Why, because the system is totally f'ed.
06-29-11, 07:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,931
Posted By SpongeDad

I'm 48 and it seems that I always practice better...

I'm 48 and it seems that I always practice better than I race. I don't really understand it, but sometimes it seems like I'm flying at the end of 3 hard weeks and then it all falls apart when I...
06-28-11, 02:21 PM
Replies: 8,471
Views: 643,075
Posted By SpongeDad

Answer is - export as powertap file, which opens...

Answer is - export as powertap file, which opens as an Exel file.

Also, fyi, Quarq has now released the Qalvin app for all you at home chainring calibraters out there.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-11, 12:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 347
Posted By SpongeDad

Apparently, it is now approved and available.

Apparently, it is now approved and available.
06-26-11, 12:07 PM
Replies: 8,471
Views: 643,075
Posted By SpongeDad

How do I export WKO data to MS Excel? I tried...

How do I export WKO data to MS Excel? I tried copy/paste, but that didn't work.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-11, 10:04 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,367
Posted By SpongeDad

I probably have about 15,000 miles on my current...

I probably have about 15,000 miles on my current pair of speedplay zeroes. Only lubed the pedals once two years ago; dust the cleats with graphite once or twice a year. Just now having to replace...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-11, 08:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 973
Posted By SpongeDad

If it's just a commuter now, why paint it? Just...

If it's just a commuter now, why paint it? Just makes it more theft worthy. For the cost of a new paint job, I'd be more inclined to just clean it, slap some fenders, good lights and a rack on it. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-11, 01:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,729
Posted By SpongeDad

+1 on Dino - you see 1x9 or 10 in cyclocross...

+1 on Dino - you see 1x9 or 10 in cyclocross with no problem, especially if a chain guide is used.

You might want to use a long cage RD if you are putting a wide spread (eg 11-32) on the back. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-11, 06:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,107
Posted By SpongeDad

How comfortable are you riding in the drops? No...

How comfortable are you riding in the drops? No point in lowering the bars if you're not comfortable or used to that position.

I'd try the club ride while riding in the drops first before I did...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-11, 01:55 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,235
Posted By SpongeDad

Was your wife on the tandem with you? I don't...

Was your wife on the tandem with you? I don't care if you were swerving like a Kennedy, it's unprofessional for him to yell at you with your wife, his employee sitting on the bike. At most he...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-03-11, 06:03 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,446
Posted By SpongeDad

Will probably put on my cross bike for training...

Will probably put on my cross bike for training rides.


Hmm, but my cross bike is steel - will it become a giant magnet now?
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-11, 05:44 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 12,021
Posted By SpongeDad

Well, I've had it happen with Ti bolts and bottle...

Well, I've had it happen with Ti bolts and bottle cage mounts. A mech at one of our local LBSs says sheared Ti bolt aren't terribly uncommon, so it's a risk especially when normal bolts are much...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-11, 07:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,111
Posted By SpongeDad

I would figure out what pro rides an S3 with 7900...

I would figure out what pro rides an S3 with 7900 and use whatever bar they use. Sure they ride what's given, but I doubt that extends to bars that cause iffy shifting.
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