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Forum: Road Cycling
10-05-17, 09:54 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 15,514
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Even discounting efficiency questions, I wouldn't...

Even discounting efficiency questions, I wouldn't want to race next to someone without some sort of pedal/foot retention system (clipless, toe clips, whatever). A pedal strike in a corner is bad...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-17, 04:13 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,926
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I can't imagine that the server this forum is...

I can't imagine that the server this forum is hosted on moves at all.

So: 0.00.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-17, 06:54 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,892
Posted By Andy Somnifac

No, I won't. I have carbon bikes. I have titanium...

No, I won't. I have carbon bikes. I have titanium bikes. You know what they all have in common? They're all bikes. They're not flowers.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-17, 07:14 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,008
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Last time I tried anything waxing related, there...

Last time I tried anything waxing related, there was blood. Will not do again.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-17, 12:26 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,290
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Depends on SOOOOOOO many things. Now? Slow...

Depends on SOOOOOOO many things.

Now? Slow as a snail. Group or solo, doesn't matter. I'm fat and I haven't had any saddle time in recent memory.

When I was in shape? Depends on the distance....
Forum: Road Cycling
01-23-17, 06:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 737
Posted By Andy Somnifac

When? When it's uncomfortable and you've made...

When? When it's uncomfortable and you've made reasonable effort to adjust it and it still doesn't work. It's not rocket science. If your taint isn't happy, find a new one (saddle that is).
Forum: Road Cycling
12-22-16, 10:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,324
Posted By Andy Somnifac

This seems to fall into the "Does it save enough...

This seems to fall into the "Does it save enough money to be worth the effort, time, and chance of failure?" category.

Rim tape is cheap enough that replacing it seems to be a no-brainer.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-16, 09:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,237
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Truth. I had a teammate sell a frame a couple...

Truth. I had a teammate sell a frame a couple seasons ago, but tried to get one more race in on it. It didn't end well.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-30-16, 02:03 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 9,288
Posted By Andy Somnifac

No one owes anyone else a wave. If 3 guys in...

No one owes anyone else a wave. If 3 guys in matching kits are out there riding and don't want to worry about the outside world, fine. Maybe 2 of them are having their legs ripped off by the 3rd and...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-16, 02:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,541
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Sooo, you're telling us that you don't like...

Sooo, you're telling us that you don't like something that other people do? Solid post.
08-05-16, 07:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,691
Posted By Andy Somnifac

He's part of the Eurosport team. And he (still?)...

He's part of the Eurosport team. And he (still?) has a monthly program, Lemond of Cycling that can sometimes be pretty cringeworthy.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-16, 07:37 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,862
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I've never experienced the tape becoming soaked...

I've never experienced the tape becoming soaked with sealant. The stuff just sticks like hell to whatever you press it against. Zero adhesion issues. They've been doing this in the MTB world for a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-16, 07:04 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,862
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I go the Gorilla Tape method on my MTB. Trimming...

I go the Gorilla Tape method on my MTB. Trimming is easy. Measure the width, notch it on the tape, peel. It peels where you notched it.

As for why not buy the proper width? A roll of Gorilla Tape...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-16, 01:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,284
Posted By Andy Somnifac

The only thing that matters is that however the...

The only thing that matters is that however the OP quantifies it, he's having fun. He could quantify it as turtle sightings per mile, and if that makes him happy that's the perfect metric.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-29-16, 05:30 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,097
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I've laid down a demo mountain bike while riding,...

I've laid down a demo mountain bike while riding, but I think that was to be expected. I took more bumps than the bike did.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-02-16, 12:10 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 4,457
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I never thought (and I'm just playing the odds...

I never thought (and I'm just playing the odds here, based on how the demographics of this forum tend to lean) that I'd say this to another man:

You have a beautiful schnoodlebiken.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-02-16, 10:41 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 4,457
Posted By Andy Somnifac

You're right. I humbly suggest we should now...

You're right.

I humbly suggest we should now use:

Schnoodlebiken to refer to the area formerly known as the "cockpit."

Post your schnoodlebiken photos everyone!
Forum: Road Cycling
02-02-16, 10:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 376
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Best way to find out is to go to all the local...

Best way to find out is to go to all the local hammerfest rides, and local races. You'll see who the competitive teams are. You'll also see if they're recruiting if they approach you.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-26-16, 09:23 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,785
Posted By Andy Somnifac

The scene: Crossing a main road divided (3...

The scene:

Crossing a main road divided (3 lanes plus 2 turn lanes in each direction, so a total of 10 lanes) with the light. I was in the middle lane to go straight (left lane turned left, middle...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-15, 09:58 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,415
Posted By Andy Somnifac

It is possible that things are different. The...

It is possible that things are different. The overwhelming bulk of my travel is within the US. Your experience may vary worldwide.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-15, 09:47 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,415
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Yes. I rarely see an airline that doesn't take...

Yes. I rarely see an airline that doesn't take any opportunity to tack on an extra fee.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-15, 07:55 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,639
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Shimano on my cx bike, SRAM on everything else....

Shimano on my cx bike, SRAM on everything else. I'd swap the cx bike over to SRAM, but I don't have an 11s SRAM drivetrain sitting around. Not because it's annoying, just that SRAM is my preference....
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-15, 07:50 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,415
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I would say a sealed system is pretty much always...

I would say a sealed system is pretty much always going to be better, but not always easily possible depending upon the bike. Unless you're riding in wet or muddy conditions, it's not something I...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-15, 06:59 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,415
Posted By Andy Somnifac

As they are both actuated with a typical cable, I...

As they are both actuated with a typical cable, I don't see why they wouldn't work. As for which, that's your call. I have the Spyres on my cx bike, and they're fine. I grabbed a pair of the HY-RD...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-15, 09:03 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,114
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Stud? Hardly. I just rode a lot. A few years ago,...

Stud? Hardly. I just rode a lot. A few years ago, 8k miles wasn't an unusual year. I didn't have anything else to do.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-15, 04:20 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,114
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Just seems like a long time to me. I've had years...

Just seems like a long time to me. I've had years I've gone through at least 2-3 chains.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-15, 03:56 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,114
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Every 2-3 years? :twitchy:

Every 2-3 years? :twitchy:
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-15, 03:51 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,114
Posted By Andy Somnifac

https://i.imgflip.com/vmj10.jpg Actually, I...

https://i.imgflip.com/vmj10.jpg

Actually, I don't think about it. If it takes 10% of life off a chain, I really don't care. Chains are not expensive.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-13-15, 08:25 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,901
Posted By Andy Somnifac

That just led to increasing incompatibility...

That just led to increasing incompatibility between manufacturers.

That's not to say Shimano hasn't had an impact. I'd put my money on shifter/brake integration, with their STI system.
10-08-15, 01:40 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 28,629
Posted By Andy Somnifac

You and I know that, but Jack and Jill...

You and I know that, but Jack and Jill Every(wo)man don't.

I say that because nearly every person who asked me what I was doing with my time off work invariably asked if I was racing when I...
10-06-15, 11:25 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,187
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I guess the UCI thinks that black shorts would be...

I guess the UCI thinks that black shorts would be performance enhancing, or something.
10-06-15, 06:11 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,187
Posted By Andy Somnifac

481044 481045 There you go, the new WC kit.

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There you go, the new WC kit.
10-05-15, 02:04 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,187
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Yes, there is. Team shorts, or white shorts.

Yes, there is. Team shorts, or white shorts.
10-01-15, 05:48 AM
Replies: 305
Views: 28,629
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Yep, remember you coming around. I spy a very...

Yep, remember you coming around. I spy a very blurry me about 20 seconds in.

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09-30-15, 05:50 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,187
Posted By Andy Somnifac

And he WILL be paying him when he races in the...

And he WILL be paying him when he races in the rainbow jersey.
09-29-15, 08:44 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,187
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Of course there will be a Tinkoff label on it. He...

Of course there will be a Tinkoff label on it. He is on the team after all, and Tinkoff is paying his salary.

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09-29-15, 10:16 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 24,090
Posted By Andy Somnifac

It's an international site. You'll have your...

It's an international site. You'll have your choice of languages and commentators.
09-28-15, 07:47 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,187
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Someone probably died in the ensuing scrum. ...

Someone probably died in the ensuing scrum.

A junior on my team got the last bottle he dropped before Governors Street.
09-28-15, 07:44 AM
Replies: 305
Views: 28,629
Posted By Andy Somnifac

It was a great time. I can see myself ringing the...

It was a great time. I can see myself ringing the hell out of my cowbell down in front of the screen.

The atmosphere was amazing, I thought the course was laid out great. I challenge another...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-15, 03:44 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,673
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Top down, with no finishing tape is the classic...

Top down, with no finishing tape is the classic way of wrapping your bars. Nothing Fred about going with tradition.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-15, 03:11 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,673
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I've wrapped my bars this way for literally tens...

I've wrapped my bars this way for literally tens of thousands of miles (20k+), across multiple bikes and it has never been an issue. The surface of the tape is worn down and through (and thus needs...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-15, 10:06 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,673
Posted By Andy Somnifac

The question is: Why are you stroking your...

The question is:

Why are you stroking your bars up and down?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-15, 09:56 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,673
Posted By Andy Somnifac

It is just as smooth as every other wrap around...

It is just as smooth as every other wrap around the bars, the first wrap you happen to encounter happens to go bar surface to tape, instead of tape to tape.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-15, 09:12 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,673
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Been doing it for years with no issues. If you...

Been doing it for years with no issues. If you start it right, this should not happen.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-15, 06:31 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,673
Posted By Andy Somnifac

Or start at the top and wrap it so that it...

Or start at the top and wrap it so that it secures itself, no finishing tape needed.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-15, 12:16 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 8,006
Posted By Andy Somnifac

If cross chaining increases wear by a couple...

If cross chaining increases wear by a couple percent, I can live with that.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-15, 05:34 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,709
Posted By Andy Somnifac

If insurance and a lawyer is going to be...

If insurance and a lawyer is going to be involved, the most important thing is to:

Not talk about it on the internet, on a publicly accessible forum.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-15, 10:35 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,669
Posted By Andy Somnifac

I can't say I'd want to ride behind or next to...

I can't say I'd want to ride behind or next to someone who'd just had 32oz of beer and hopped on a bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-15, 02:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,118
Posted By Andy Somnifac

On the hoods allows your to open your chest...

On the hoods allows your to open your chest better, but do what is most comfortable for you. You're not in le Tour, so comfort wins.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-15, 08:51 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,728
Posted By Andy Somnifac

A+ That should conclude this thread.

A+

That should conclude this thread.
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