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12-27-22, 02:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 542
Posted By Hiro11

Checking out.

Checking out.
12-26-22, 11:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 321
Posted By Hiro11

If you look down the headtube with the fork...

If you look down the headtube with the fork removed, you can see the headtube and the extensions of the top tube and down tube are all a single piece of hydroformed aluminium. There's what appears to...
12-26-22, 11:27 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 882
Posted By Hiro11

Bike-related haul for this year: Garmin Edge...

Bike-related haul for this year:
Garmin Edge 1040 computer to replace my aging 520 who's battery is fried
Garmin Varia RTL515 radar tail light, something I should have bought years ago
2x Pactimo...
12-26-22, 10:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 542
Posted By Hiro11

Edge 1040 - metal mounting tabs are a questionable idea

I bought myself an Edge 1040 and I have encountered a minor issue. The 1040 has precision-machined aluminum mounting tabs, likely to strengthen the tabs. Every review mentions this feature as a...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-24-22, 11:03 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,657
Posted By Hiro11

Di2 seems pretty bulletproof to me. I wash my 11...

Di2 seems pretty bulletproof to me. I wash my 11 speed Ultegra Di2 bike normally with MucOff cleaner and a garden sprayer. I use the Finish Line electronic drivetrain cleaner spray occasionally to...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-23-22, 03:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 468
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.
...
12-22-22, 09:00 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,444
Posted By Hiro11

Every bike I have is tubeless. Every ride: ...

Every bike I have is tubeless.

Every ride:
1. Dynaplug Racer, in jersey pocket. Stan's Darts and generic bacon strips both are inferior to Dynaplugs. Dynaplugs are expensive but worth it.
2. 16g...
12-21-22, 01:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 282
Posted By Hiro11

Regular WD40 was designed as a very similar type...

Regular WD40 was designed as a very similar type of corrosion protectant. If you need lubricant:

I've never used any of the following, but they look similar to GT85...
12-21-22, 11:26 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,058
Posted By Hiro11

This is probably my favorite gravel bike on the...

This is probably my favorite gravel bike on the market. Racy geometry, top quality with no ******** and understated good looks. A friend has a Time road bike with the exposed weave, that finish is...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-22, 11:22 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,338
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
12-21-22, 11:12 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,114
Posted By Hiro11

Honestly, they were the only bike tech podcasters...

Honestly, they were the only bike tech podcasters I trusted. Every time they had a strong opinion, it backed up what I have seen in my experience as well as what my mechanic friends have told me....
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-22, 08:43 AM
Replies: 726
Views: 21,004
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.
12-18-22, 08:18 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,096
Posted By Hiro11

All of the dinosaurs, deserts and Japanese tea...

All of the dinosaurs, deserts and Japanese tea houses irritate me in Zwift. I find it distracting, unnecessary and annoying. I much prefer the stripped down, structured and adaptive approach of...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-22, 08:15 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,855
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: 3,162
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: 3,162
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
12-10-22, 09:09 AM
Replies: 20,585
Views: 4,834,062
Posted By Hiro11

Christmas haul: 2 pairs of Pactimo Summit 12...

Christmas haul:
2 pairs of Pactimo Summit 12 Hour bibs (~40% off sale)
2 summer undershirts from Pactimo (~40% off sale)
Garmin Edge 1040 ($100 off from Ascent Cycling)
Garmin Varia RTL515 ($25...
12-09-22, 11:01 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,009
Posted By Hiro11

I assume these hand held compressors are loud....

I assume these hand held compressors are loud. I'm always pumping tires before early morning rides and that's a deal killer.

I went the splurge direction and bought a Silca Superpista Digital with...
12-04-22, 02:50 PM
Forum: Road Cycling
12-04-22, 09:37 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,666
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: 4,348
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: 21,004
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, 11:50 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,414
Posted By Hiro11

Good point, I have no idea who is actually...

Good point, I have no idea who is actually running the "Shimano Store" on Amazon. Maybe the ones I got were legit, but I've never had an Ultegra chain snap before. Let alone TWO after less than 100...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-22, 11:24 AM
Replies: 726
Views: 21,004
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, 10:56 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,414
Posted By Hiro11

Last year, I bought two "Ultegra" chains from...

Last year, I bought two "Ultegra" chains from Amazon and BOTH snapped after only a few miles of riding. Both were purchased from what appears to be the actual Shimano store on Amazon, at least the...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-22, 10:48 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,666
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
11-24-22, 08:38 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,414
Posted By Hiro11

The Wipperman chains are remarkably durable and...

The Wipperman chains are remarkably durable and come with the best quick link available. If you periodically take off your chain for cleaning or waxing, it's ideal.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-22, 07:59 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 4,546
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...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-22, 09:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 452
Posted By Hiro11

Seconded. Both great options.

Seconded. Both great options.
11-06-22, 07:42 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,409
Posted By Hiro11

I live in the Midwest. Fatbike I bought in...

I live in the Midwest.

Fatbike I bought in 2016 for the when it's cold but not icy. This is rare, but it's especially good with a few inches of fresh snow. Taking the fatbike out rarely happens,...
10-19-22, 07:26 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,176
Posted By Hiro11

I bought a bike from TPC in Feb 2020 and had a...

I bought a bike from TPC in Feb 2020 and had a great experience. Their prices were reasonable at that time (maybe 10% higher than comparable Craigslist/Pinkbike prices) and they were running a 15%...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-22, 06:21 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,456
Posted By Hiro11

Dude, 3300/1700 is damned close to 2x. If you go...

Dude, 3300/1700 is damned close to 2x. If you go for an SWorks Tarmac, that's 5500/1700 or 3.2x. That's my point. Your points about complete bikes are irrelevant. Your point about the Allez being a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-22, 07:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,456
Posted By Hiro11

I've got ~200 miles on this build now. Honestly,...

I've got ~200 miles on this build now. Honestly, someone would have to explain to me why it's worth spending 2x-3x the cost to buy a Tarmac because this is a bloody fantastic race bike. Very...
09-18-22, 07:29 PM
Replies: 445
Views: 13,565
Posted By Hiro11

This is a straw man. No one here is saying that...

This is a straw man. No one here is saying that "ebikes are ALWAYS cheating" or that "the ONLY valid type of cycling is a suffer fest" or that "you CAN'T use a bike to just get around/have fun/see...
09-12-22, 09:07 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,586
Posted By Hiro11

2022 Specialized Allez Sprint custom build-...

2022 Specialized Allez Sprint custom build- aluminum frame, 12sp Rival AXS, 2x Force crank/power meter, Farsports Revo / DT Swiss 240 EXP wheels, Specialized and Pro everything else - brand new road...
09-11-22, 01:48 PM
Replies: 445
Views: 13,565
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...
09-11-22, 01:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 633
Posted By Hiro11

I haven't had a great experience with standard RH...

I haven't had a great experience with standard RH Snoqualmie Pass tubeless. The initial setup wasn't bad, but the sidewalls weeped sealant constantly, they lost pressure quickly and the tires are...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-22, 07:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 348
Posted By Hiro11

To answer the question: GCN+ through a VPN set to...

To answer the question: GCN+ through a VPN set to UK. You get every race and you get UK commentators, who generally are much better than US commentators.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-22, 06:39 AM
Replies: 726
Views: 21,004
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...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-22, 07:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 10,727
Posted By Hiro11

To reiterate for the OP: the bike is the TCR...

To reiterate for the OP: the bike is the TCR model, not the "ONCE". This particular bike is a team replica in ONCE livery. ONCE was a great, dominant Spanish pro team in the 90s and early 00s. ONCE...
08-12-22, 06:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 761
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.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-22, 04:47 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,456
Posted By Hiro11

I ended up buying a 2022 frame ("water effect"...

I ended up buying a 2022 frame ("water effect" paint) which I'll build up crit pig style with 1x Rival AXS, Quarq 4D, some 50mm wheels (various options), Romin Evo saddle and a Tarmac stem / bars. I...
06-20-22, 06:12 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,806
Posted By Hiro11

I have a top-of-the-line 2019 Giant road bike and...

I have a top-of-the-line 2019 Giant road bike and it's a great bike. Not only does it ride and handle very well, I haven't touched the BB, nothing rattles, the seatpost doesn't slip, the finish is...
06-18-22, 04:05 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,499
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: 7,666
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: 3,862
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...
06-01-22, 06:28 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,324
Posted By Hiro11

Around here MTBs and gravel bikes are both fairly...

Around here MTBs and gravel bikes are both fairly available. Road bikes, especially high end ones, are still largely unavailable. I see lots of newer-looking riders on '20-'22 gravel bikes around...
05-22-22, 08:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 785
Posted By Hiro11

I bought a $12 1.5 quart from Amazon. Doing...

I bought a $12 1.5 quart from Amazon. Doing multiple chains at once may save a couple of minutes but it's a bit a hassle to get them properly submerged unless you have lots of wax. No big deal either...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-17-22, 01:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,235
Posted By Hiro11

I've come to believe that unless you are...

I've come to believe that unless you are constantly riding in the rain, hot melt wax + three chain rotation is the way to go with bikes. You never, ever have to clean (let alone degrease) your...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-17-22, 01:22 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 13,466
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...
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