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07-29-18, 04:56 AM
Replies: 2
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Posted By 12strings

First time on singletrack!

Wow! Lots of fun. I might be hooked. Iíve ridden on roads for years, and did a couple cyclocross races last year.

I took my road bike out with 30mm cyclocross tires. It did really well. ...
04-19-18, 08:39 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,644
Posted By 12strings

Yes, I agree, though putting some weight on their...

Yes, I agree, though putting some weight on their also has some benefits...here is what I have found in my experience:

1. Bodyweight deep squats, both normal stance, and feet/knees together, helps...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-18, 12:07 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,136
Posted By 12strings

I rode a tourney equipped hybrid (trigger...

I rode a tourney equipped hybrid (trigger shifters) for several years, then I test rode lots of Claris bikes before purchasing a Sora bike (old Sora, 2015...very similar to Claris except 9 speed).
...
04-17-18, 05:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,885
Posted By 12strings

I don't do it for a mile, but practice it for...

I don't do it for a mile, but practice it for 30-60 seconds...track sprinters will do well above that out of the saddle.
04-16-18, 08:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,885
Posted By 12strings

I'm going to disagree a bit with some, in that I...

I'm going to disagree a bit with some, in that I think everyone who is seeking to improve at cycling should work on their weaknesses...for many, that is standing at a 80-90rpm cadence. Simply...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-16-18, 10:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,063
Posted By 12strings

Not sure which model, but my bike came with...

Not sure which model, but my bike came with Tektro long reach calipers. I can fit 35mm no problem. (can't fit more than 28 through without undoing the brake quick release.).
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-18, 08:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,054
Posted By 12strings

Also, just my perspective, but I think this...

Also, just my perspective, but I think this set-up is the best balance of function, cost, and versatility for most people who want to do both road and gravel/cx.

Get a bike with good tire...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-18, 08:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,054
Posted By 12strings

I did the 2-wheelset thing, but not with disk...

I did the 2-wheelset thing, but not with disk brakes. Cx tires for off-road and cx races...road tires with lighter wheels for the road. Get a 2nd cassette, and in your case, the exact same disk...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-18, 10:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,206
Posted By 12strings

the fulcrum Racing 7 were an upgrade on my entry...

the fulcrum Racing 7 were an upgrade on my entry level bike...lighter, true...no problems after 15 months...
04-10-18, 10:07 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,318
Posted By 12strings

I've made a mix of water, salt, and sugar for my...

I've made a mix of water, salt, and sugar for my bike bottles that works great, super cheap....just find a balance that tastes ok to you...it tastes surprisingly like Gatorade...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-30-18, 08:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 656
Posted By 12strings

Apex 1 is it. Gets good reviews...just heavier. ...

Apex 1 is it. Gets good reviews...just heavier. Still not cheap compared to Shimano 105.
03-28-18, 09:16 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,190
Posted By 12strings

I use the GCN sprint and power workouts on...

I use the GCN sprint and power workouts on you-tube. There are a bunch. They work well for me, many of them are about 30 minutes.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-18, 12:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,280
Posted By 12strings

I didn't read the thread. The answer is...

I didn't read the thread. The answer is yes...it's always yes.
:-)
03-22-18, 08:54 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,230
Posted By 12strings

Indy-cross: A Shameless plug

For those in the Indianapolis area, Indycross 2018 has announced their fall race dates on facebook: August 25, September 1,8,15,22. 5 Saturdays in a row.

I can't say enough good things about...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-12-18, 07:08 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 7,238
Posted By 12strings

Yes, I see I may have miss-read some comments. ...

Yes, I see I may have miss-read some comments.

I was speaking of a cc bike, with road tires. In this set-up, I think there is a very small difference.

With cx tires, the difference will be...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-12-18, 05:30 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 7,238
Posted By 12strings

I'd say your over estimating things a bit...

I'd say your over estimating things a bit here...maybe if you are thinking with off-road tires...30mph down to 23mph?

I'd even say your "not suitable for road racing" is not entirely accurate. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-10-18, 08:31 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,606
Posted By 12strings

Me too...steel only! Oops, I forgot my...

Me too...steel only!

Oops, I forgot my Aluminum wheels...and Bars, stem, seatpost...ok, I guess I'm not a serious cyclist...

:-(
Forum: Road Cycling
03-07-18, 02:07 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,537
Posted By 12strings

Or, you'll be second guessing your decision with...

Or, you'll be second guessing your decision with either... :-)
03-07-18, 08:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,144
Posted By 12strings

2 additions to the Dont say "Good Job!" Rule,...

2 additions to the Dont say "Good Job!" Rule, other than if you are an aid or volunteer.

1. If you are a rider, you can say good job TO the aid or volunteer, and thank them for their work.

2. ...
03-05-18, 05:30 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,489
Posted By 12strings

30 is the small in front, with a 11-28 in the...

30 is the small in front, with a 11-28 in the back.

I would have gotten a 11-30, if money and availability were no limiters, but this is OK for what I do (Road, gravel riding, & cyclocross races)
03-02-18, 10:57 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,328
Posted By 12strings

I agree with the OP...for structured training,...

I agree with the OP...for structured training, results per time used, trainer wins. A good riding week for me is two 20-30 minute hiit sessions on a trainer, and one 2 hour fast group ride. With...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-01-18, 10:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,346
Posted By 12strings

I have no input on the Raleigh. I own a...

I have no input on the Raleigh.

I own a 2015 Jamis Quest Comp, which is steel, but outfitted similar to the Aluminum Ventura Comp, with a Carbon fork and Sora shifters.

In my opinion, The...
02-27-18, 12:26 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,428
Posted By 12strings

Lots of good advice so far, but for me, practice...

Lots of good advice so far, but for me, practice made it better.

I used to feel burnt after 10 seconds of standing, but now I try to practice it, and it gets better.

Try to stand for 15, then...
02-27-18, 12:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,078
Posted By 12strings

Crocket is a race bike. If you can't test ride...

Crocket is a race bike. If you can't test ride it...at least test some kind of cyclocross race bike and see if its too aggressive for you, and check tire clearance.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-21-18, 02:22 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,270
Posted By 12strings

If the question is "Are we being ripped off by...

If the question is "Are we being ripped off by Cycling manufacturers?"...the answer is YES! Doesn't have to be Jerseys. Whether bikes, shoes, wheels, bottle cages, pedals, computers, etc...the...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-20-18, 09:29 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,686
Posted By 12strings

If you have a power meter and want to be...

If you have a power meter and want to be objective, then setting ftp and "watts per kg", or power to weight...to really see how you compare with other of different sizes. These are the factors that...
02-20-18, 08:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 735
Posted By 12strings

QUESTION: "...can I mount the bike as is to the...

QUESTION: "...can I mount the bike as is to the trainers?"

ANSWER: Get a smart trainer with Zwift! ...also, get rollers!

I love BikeForums...
02-18-18, 12:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,754
Posted By 12strings

Sounds like a path to the pro peloton to me...

Sounds like a path to the pro peloton to me...
02-17-18, 06:53 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,388
Posted By 12strings

I would say try it. Geoupset, frame, and brakes...

I would say try it. Geoupset, frame, and brakes will likely not be an issue on your first race...tires might, if you can't get traction.

I did my first two races this past fall on my steel road...
02-14-18, 11:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,494
Posted By 12strings

I have no comments on your specific...

I have no comments on your specific measurements...

However, I did have the same experience early last fall, after a few months of several indicators that my saddle might have been a bit too high....
02-13-18, 11:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,629
Posted By 12strings

For the money difference, I would get/install a...

For the money difference, I would get/install a pull-up bar. I've heard that recommended as the first exercise equipment one should get. Other things can be done with no equipment, but that will...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-08-18, 01:00 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,006
Posted By 12strings

You sound like my kind of rider...I think I ended...

You sound like my kind of rider...I think I ended up a little higher than you last year, but under 1000 miles...only have about 3 hours a week riding time, on a good week, in season...its more like...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-07-18, 02:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 653
Posted By 12strings

My additions to what's already here: 1....

My additions to what's already here:

1. Everyone I know who has gotten a carbon synapse loves them, and they are well-reviewed. (not the same with aluminum synapse).

2. All the major makers...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-07-18, 10:33 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,948
Posted By 12strings

Forgive my total lack of knowledge in this area,...

Forgive my total lack of knowledge in this area, but...WHAT??!!

I've never even approached this being a problem, either from 95degree outside rides, or indoor training. And I sweat more than most...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-06-18, 12:10 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,948
Posted By 12strings

I'm pretty happy with my Richey comp logic curve...

I'm pretty happy with my Richey comp logic curve bars that came with my bike, though I recently took a tip from a BikeFitAdvisor YouTube video and added a couple layers of bar tape on the side of the...
02-02-18, 06:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 643
Posted By 12strings

Minimum vintage upgrade?

I'd like to upgrade an early 1980s trek road bike that has friction shifters, Suntour BL derrailers and 6 rear cogs...

Want to upgrade to brifters.

I want to spend as little as possible, so...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-30-18, 12:32 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,094
Posted By 12strings

One thought, I've heard the Carbon Domane can...

One thought, I've heard the Carbon Domane can take 30-32 or bigger tires...not sure that the others do, and not sure if the AL Domane has the same clearance...if so, that just adds another aspect of...
01-23-18, 12:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,613
Posted By 12strings

I haven't had to replace a cassette yet, but...

I haven't had to replace a cassette yet, but 3,000 miles for a chain sounds pretty typical. Maybe some people get 5,000 with really good maintenance, I don't know.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-23-18, 12:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 732
Posted By 12strings

At your price, get a giant contend...ride it for...

At your price, get a giant contend...ride it for 2 yrs, then you'll know what you want for your next one.
01-23-18, 06:49 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 6,884
Posted By 12strings

As I said, the categories can easily be broken...

As I said, the categories can easily be broken down more...

...and I left of recumbents completely, totally on purpose, because they are ugly. :-)
Forum: Road Cycling
01-22-18, 02:49 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,692
Posted By 12strings

Sorry to hear it. I love my club's "fast" Monday...

Sorry to hear it. I love my club's "fast" Monday night route, and the "medium" Thursday night route.

Our Monday night route does have a pretty fast descent winds for a half mile, then...
01-22-18, 11:32 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 6,884
Posted By 12strings

Also, as the OP, my personal choice is a drop bar...

Also, as the OP, my personal choice is a drop bar bike with off-road tires, so a gravel or cyclocross bike...steel prefered...Salsa has some good ones.
01-22-18, 11:28 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 6,884
Posted By 12strings

Wow, new to me too...is I possible to find a bike...

Wow, new to me too...is I possible to find a bike both cool, and ugly?
01-22-18, 10:57 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 720
Posted By 12strings

magnetic trainer questions

Just got my first magnetic trainer for Xmas...have a few questions:

1. Is it more advisable to adjust tension on the magnet within a session or just set it and only use the bikes gears? (I can...
01-22-18, 08:12 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 6,884
Posted By 12strings

The Bike Type Attractiveness Poll

Based only on looks, which TYPE of bike looks the most awesome? If you take the best looking bike of any given category, which makes your drool the most?

I know some have one of each of these...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-17-18, 01:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 879
Posted By 12strings

Aim higher for $2000. Either Carbon with 105, or...

Aim higher for $2000. Either Carbon with 105, or Aluminum with ultegra. Or both. Last fall my brother got a last year model Carbon Synapse with ultegra for $2000.

Depending on the brands your...
01-15-18, 12:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,256
Posted By 12strings

Lose traction, slide sideways into a fast moving...

Lose traction, slide sideways into a fast moving car, get injured but not killed, then slowly freeze to death...?
Forum: Road Cycling
01-15-18, 08:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 992
Posted By 12strings

Not to brag, but if you take the average speed of...

Not to brag, but if you take the average speed of the fastest riders I know in my area...

...I can sprint even faster than that!

So there.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-15-18, 08:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,303
Posted By 12strings

Yep, you haven't mentioned size...it my not fit. ...

Yep, you haven't mentioned size...it my not fit.

Also, I agree about looking into a flexy, seatpost. You can also likely replace the bars with a traditional stem/bar combo, to raise the bars a...
01-15-18, 07:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,256
Posted By 12strings

Thin(ish) cross tires in snow?

Thinking about today's weather in The Midwest (Indiana)...If the roads have snow, much of it packed, but no ice...how are 30-33mm cyclocross tires going to fair?

Doable, sketchy, or "don't try...
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