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Forum: Touring
10-02-17, 07:04 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,673
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Been there, done that. Got lost a bunch of times,...

Been there, done that. Got lost a bunch of times, got stuck in the middle of nowhere without water, got in late to hotels. Hard pass.
Forum: Touring
10-02-17, 07:00 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,604
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Surprise! Brooks works well for some people,...

Surprise!

Brooks works well for some people, not for others. As noted, it depends on position, individual preferences, bone structure and so forth. The same is true for any saddle, though.
Replies: 5
Views: 1,593
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Yep, pretty insane. Sounds like he was lucky not...

Yep, pretty insane. Sounds like he was lucky not to have any serious crashes or medical issues en route. Of course, now he has to come up with an encore. ;)

Koga has been around for some time, I...
Replies: 21
Views: 2,042
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Maybe. But maybe not. Different people need...

Maybe. But maybe not.

Different people need different amounts of hydration. If you drink a lot of water, and/or are doing long rides (4+ hours), it's going to be a challenge to carry all the water...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-17, 09:51 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,107
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Sure, if you're Romain Bardet. In that case, K is...

Sure, if you're Romain Bardet. In that case, K is at 15 seconds. Even given that K is a relatively simple model, that parameter change actually reinforces my position that the numbers the teams were...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-17, 07:40 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,107
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Oh? I'm not so sure about that. Using the...

Oh? I'm not so sure about that.

Using the good ol' Kreuzotter: 140lb rider, 200 watts, 20lb bike, 9% grade, 3.4km = 19m 46s. Chop the bike down to 15 lbs, and it's 19m 11s. Assume you lose 15s to...
Forum: Touring
09-19-17, 01:52 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,607
Posted By Bacciagalupe

FWIW, I concur with some of the above posters....

FWIW, I concur with some of the above posters. Speaking from experience, a 40 degree bag will keep you alive in 37 degree weather. It'll also be miserable.

Use the right tool for the job. I.e....
Replies: 12
Views: 4,080
Posted By Bacciagalupe

So, I did an informal test to compare the bikes,...

So, I did an informal test to compare the bikes, doing 55 mile rides. There were a few differences (e.g. weather, fewer stops on the Diverge ride) and many similarities (same position, same tires,...
Replies: 5
Views: 1,593
Posted By Bacciagalupe

No one's talking about this guy? 240 miles a...

No one's talking about this guy?

240 miles a day, riding from 4AM to 10PM at night. Round the world in 80 days via bike (plus plane ;)) He should be done in a few days now. Currently in the middle...
Replies: 12
Views: 4,080
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Maybe This is not exactly new, but in 2007,...

Maybe

This is not exactly new, but in 2007, Bicycle Quarterly did a survey of PBP riders. What they found was that time at controls was a bigger variable than equipment choices. They also suggest...
Replies: 12
Views: 4,080
Posted By Bacciagalupe

I have both an older Roubaix and the new Diverge....

I have both an older Roubaix and the new Diverge. TLDR: They're about the same.


I haven't done any 600ks lately, and have no interest in 650B so get your grains of salt ready. ;)

I picked up...
Forum: Touring
09-09-17, 05:03 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,066
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Yeah, I don't think that's how it works. If...

Yeah, I don't think that's how it works.

If you ride 8 hours a day close to your LT, you will have less physical fatigue (e.g. back, arms, muscles contact points) than if you ride 14 hours a day....
Forum: Touring
09-01-17, 02:12 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,304
Posted By Bacciagalupe

"Don't go to grad school" ?

"Don't go to grad school" ?
Forum: Touring
08-31-17, 09:11 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,304
Posted By Bacciagalupe

I'm in no position to tell you how to prioritize...

I'm in no position to tell you how to prioritize your time. I can't tell you to sacrifice your work or family or whatever. But if you can't take 1 week off for an active vacation, then that sounds...
Replies: 15
Views: 1,901
Posted By Bacciagalupe

What about cell phones with unlimited plans? :D ...

What about cell phones with unlimited plans? :D

More seriously, aren't there still Push To Talk phone options?
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-17, 12:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,556
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Y'know, this doesn't really make sense to me. ...

Y'know, this doesn't really make sense to me.

To make the Space Horse into a somewhat typical road bike, you'd have to swap out pretty much everything except the frame -- which, by the way, is one...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-17, 12:19 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,077
Posted By Bacciagalupe

I use Road ID. I usually bring it when I'm...

I use Road ID. I usually bring it when I'm cycling or hiking. IMO it's a good thing to have, especially if you are older and have any medical conditions.
07-04-17, 09:32 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,676
Posted By Bacciagalupe

No one "needs" smartphones either. Good luck...

No one "needs" smartphones either. Good luck convincing people to give them up.

Having used downtube, bar-end and STI shifters: "Need" is extreme. However, brifters are a huge improvement over...
07-04-17, 09:12 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,676
Posted By Bacciagalupe

"Force?" That seems a tad extreme. They...

"Force?" That seems a tad extreme.

They offer options, and try to persuade people to buy them. But that is not force. If a manufacturer offers something that buyers don't want, it won't sell....
07-04-17, 08:51 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,676
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Or, not Bike manufacturers were putting disc...

Or, not

Bike manufacturers were putting disc brakes on road and endurance bikes several years before they were allowed into races by the UCI. If they were still barred from competition,...
07-04-17, 08:10 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 17,290
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Uh huh Again, Tweets are a whopping 140...

Uh huh

Again, Tweets are a whopping 140 characters. That's an expression of an opinion, not an argument.

Meanwhile, many of the pros and ex-pros -- Lemond, Voight, Greipel, McEwen, Millar --...
07-04-17, 07:55 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 17,290
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Cav may be a lot of things, including excessively...

Cav may be a lot of things, including excessively aggressive. I'm not a fan of his.

That said, Cav is an experienced sprinter, one of the best in the business, and he isn't going to run up the...
07-04-17, 03:41 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 17,290
Posted By Bacciagalupe

My apologies. Still, I am happy to change my...

My apologies.

Still, I am happy to change my position... if provided with evidence. I can take opinions of riders into account, but their views have to be a tad more specific than 140 characters...
07-04-17, 03:37 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 17,290
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Yup. I watched the race, I watched the replays...

Yup. I watched the race, I watched the replays numerous times, including before posting.

In fact, if you watch Stage 3, you see Sagan do the same thing yesterday that Demare did today -- he swung...
07-04-17, 03:21 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 17,290
Posted By Bacciagalupe

And yet, you continue to argue with me. Hmmm. ...

And yet, you continue to argue with me. Hmmm.



It's true, I am usually right. :D

However, when someone does prove I'm wrong, I admit it. The trick is, they actually have to present...
07-04-17, 03:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,203
Posted By Bacciagalupe

I don't think Sagan deliberately tried to KO Cav....

I don't think Sagan deliberately tried to KO Cav. I think he was just trying to shut him out, and was too reckless. Apparently he acted similarly yesterday, cutting off Greipel iirc.

Demare...
07-04-17, 03:06 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,607
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Cav wasn't moving to the right. There was no room...

Cav wasn't moving to the right. There was no room for him to move to the right.

Sagan came up behind Cav, then started moving to the right. Sagan was trying to shut the door on Cav, but wasn't far...
07-04-17, 03:00 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 17,290
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Uh, hello? Sagan was moving to the right. He was...

Uh, hello? Sagan was moving to the right. He was not holding his line, and was not forced to the right by any other cyclists; his left side was clear. He came from behind Cav, then tried to shut the...
07-04-17, 02:56 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 17,290
Posted By Bacciagalupe

:rolleyes: I'm pretty sure I'm right....

:rolleyes:



I'm pretty sure I'm right. If you bump wheels, it's the person behind who is going down.

It's different if you T-bone someone, sure, but nothing of the sort happened today. Not...
07-04-17, 02:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,203
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Sagan got DQ'ed, and deserved it. This isn't...

Sagan got DQ'ed, and deserved it.

This isn't about making anyone slow down. If they had all been riding 10% slower, the outcome would have been the same. Sagan is usually an excellent rider,...
07-04-17, 02:16 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,607
Posted By Bacciagalupe

The overhead shot is a bit obscured because of...

The overhead shot is a bit obscured because of some trees.

However, it's clear from the footage that Sagan deliberately moved to the right; had plenty of room on his left; and threw an elbow...
07-04-17, 02:13 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 17,290
Posted By Bacciagalupe

You might want to rethink that. If Demare...

You might want to rethink that.

If Demare had actually touched the wheel in front of him, Demare would have hit the deck. The rider whose rear wheel gets touched is usually fine.



:rolleyes:...
07-04-17, 02:06 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 17,290
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Oh, whatever. The politics did not change in the...

Oh, whatever. The politics did not change in the space of a few hours.

There is nothing wrong with officials refining -- or in rare cases, overturning -- a decision after further review, shortly...
07-04-17, 12:11 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 17,290
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Sorry, but you are incorrect. From the overhead...

Sorry, but you are incorrect. From the overhead and oncoming shots, you can see how Sagan flicked his elbow before Cav started going down.

I'd agree Sagan was already in the process of cutting off...
07-04-17, 12:08 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 17,290
Posted By Bacciagalupe

DQ seems justified to me, albeit based on fewer...

DQ seems justified to me, albeit based on fewer watchings than the race jury. Sagan had plenty of room on his left. If he had stuck to his line, Cav would have had room. Instead, Sagan moved to his...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-23-15, 01:32 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,906
Posted By Bacciagalupe

I'm not sold on MIPS. I don't think 10-15mm of...

I'm not sold on MIPS. I don't think 10-15mm of travel is going to make a difference in most impacts.

Not a huge fan of Giro either. They're OK, but I found Bell and Specialized fit me better. I...
Replies: 6
Views: 1,220
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Busy around here lately, I see.... The All...

Busy around here lately, I see....

The All City is an option, the 49cm looks like it has nearly the same stack & reach as the Roubaix 52. Unfortunately, I hate the color. ;)

Anything else come...
Replies: 6
Views: 1,220
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Lookin' for a frame....

I've had some decent luck with the fit of my 2014 Specialized Roubaix, and am looking for a backup bike. I don't plan to use it much, so I'm going to swap parts off of my current cross bike. Gearing...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-03-15, 10:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 733
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Lots of medical conditions can cause nausea and...

Lots of medical conditions can cause nausea and vomiting. Hyponatremia is also pretty serious, he'd get whacked by a bunch of other symptoms as well such as confusion and headaches.

You need to...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-03-15, 10:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 733
Posted By Bacciagalupe

It's not a good thing. I'd get some rest,...

It's not a good thing.

I'd get some rest, dial back the intensity, and experiment with different foods and liquids. In particular, I'd try to avoid slamming your digestive system with sugars,...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-15, 07:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,356
Posted By Bacciagalupe

1) Use the lap feature. Manually pick the laps....

1) Use the lap feature. Manually pick the laps. Treat the laps like a "ride."

2) Stop caring about silly stuff. Seriously.

Moving average is a terrible way to measure your efforts. Variations...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-13-15, 05:58 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,399
Posted By Bacciagalupe

As with some others, IMO it depends on your...

As with some others, IMO it depends on your riding habits, budget, tolerances etc.

If you're doing longer rides (4 hours +), higher-quality bibs are usually worth it.

On shorter rides, you can...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-15, 12:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 466
Posted By Bacciagalupe

A web forum is not a substitute for a doctor. ...

A web forum is not a substitute for a doctor.

Call your previous rheumatologist. Should be a pretty quick yes or no answer.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-07-15, 07:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,583
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Thanks for the input. Just FYI - Fuji might...

Thanks for the input.

Just FYI - Fuji might be possible, depends on where local dealers are.

Not a Scott fan. I test rode a CR1 years ago, and found it way too stiff.

As to buying a new...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-15, 01:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,583
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Backup Endurance Bike Suggestions

I've used a Specialized Roubaix fairly successfully for the past 2 years. I don't race, I just do a lot of solo and club rides, often over chipseal and the occasional bit of gravel.

My previous...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-15, 09:42 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 10,553
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Of course it can. Anything can fail, no matter...

Of course it can. Anything can fail, no matter what it's made of, or the level of quality.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-15, 08:03 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,660
Posted By Bacciagalupe

I don't recall ever seeing a secure bike check at...

I don't recall ever seeing a secure bike check at a century.



Uh.... no.



Uh.... no.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-15, 06:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,409
Posted By Bacciagalupe

USA Cycling has less than 50,000 members. Most...

USA Cycling has less than 50,000 members. Most (40,000) are men.

That includes road, track, mountain, cross.

Around 21 million Americans cycled in 2010. Of those, 3 million rode more than 100...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-15, 08:02 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 9,320
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Disc brakes do just as well as rim brakes on long...

Disc brakes do just as well as rim brakes on long descents. Rim brakes can also heat up too much on descents, resulting in tires blowing off the rim.

Also, carbon rims are not a great braking...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-15, 07:53 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 9,320
Posted By Bacciagalupe

Manufacturers have put disc brakes on road bikes...

Manufacturers have put disc brakes on road bikes for a few years now. It's not exactly new.

It is highly unlikely that anyone is running out and buying a new bike purely because they now make...
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