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08-17-15, 12:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,071
Posted By sam_cyclist

I don't have a problem with the gear indicators....

I don't have a problem with the gear indicators. I have them on my deore shifters as well. They're a fun and useful feature IMO.

I like the look of the polished cranks as well.

The exposed...
08-16-15, 11:41 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,135
Posted By sam_cyclist

It sounds like you are taking all of the right...

It sounds like you are taking all of the right steps.

Do you have flat courses you can ride on when you return?
08-15-15, 10:09 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,135
Posted By sam_cyclist

Your expectation should be to be comfortable on...

Your expectation should be to be comfortable on the bike, enjoying your ride, pain free once you are properly fitted.

I'm surprised that you haven't gone back to the bike shop where you bought...
08-15-15, 10:08 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,135
Posted By sam_cyclist

Again, you are doing yourself a disservice by...

Again, you are doing yourself a disservice by seeking medical advice here. Do yourself a favor and seek out a diagnosis from a doctor. This typically includes x rays and/or an MRI. You will get a...
08-14-15, 01:12 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,960
Posted By sam_cyclist

You are not understanding correctly. I am...

You are not understanding correctly. I am referring to walkers who are walking towards me in the opposite lane.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-15, 06:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,670
Posted By sam_cyclist

You flew over the bars and landed on your feet. ...

You flew over the bars and landed on your feet.

Just like half of all component groups equals "just about all" component groups.

Please, keep winning. You are truly the gift that keeps on...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-15, 06:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,670
Posted By sam_cyclist

Also, you wonder how experienced OP actually is...

Also, you wonder how experienced OP actually is either as a rider in general or as a disc brake user in particular.

Please tell us you were eating an ice cream cone or juggling on your bike...
08-13-15, 06:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,738
Posted By sam_cyclist

It's really ridiculous to dismiss carbon fiber...

It's really ridiculous to dismiss carbon fiber and alu.

Steel is going to be very flexy, as is titanium.

Carbon and alu are going to be stiffer, befitting a heavier rider.

Also, lower cost...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-15, 05:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,670
Posted By sam_cyclist

Just stop here. Also, you are doing a great...

Just stop here.

Also, you are doing a great job of both:

1. discrediting disc brake design (since they threw you over the bars)

2. embarrassing yourself (since you braked so hard to throw...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-15, 05:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,670
Posted By sam_cyclist

I can assure you there is absolutely no point in...

I can assure you there is absolutely no point in trying to have a rational or informed debate with that guy, much less both. Some of his gems from a previous thread:

1. $1K = $1200 = $1500

2....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-15, 05:30 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,041
Posted By sam_cyclist

NLB32, spd's are pretty easy to clip in and out...

NLB32, spd's are pretty easy to clip in and out of.

I recommend going back to your bike shop and have them install and align the cleats for you. They'll probably do a basic fitting for you at a...
08-13-15, 05:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,738
Posted By sam_cyclist

Plus tax and he's close to $2400. OP said...

Plus tax and he's close to $2400.

OP said his budget is $1K.
08-13-15, 03:44 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,135
Posted By sam_cyclist

You're doing yourself a disservice trying to get...

You're doing yourself a disservice trying to get this fit handled on your own, piecemeal.

I'll give you an example. I experimented with bicycle fit on my mtn bike (converted to hybrid) for years...
08-13-15, 11:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 748
Posted By sam_cyclist

It doesn't require any strength at all, but yeah,...

It doesn't require any strength at all, but yeah, the rims do flex with a normal squeeze at the brake levers. The rear calipers are especially funky with pads that don't align properly regardless of...
08-13-15, 11:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 748
Posted By sam_cyclist

Thanks for the feedback 70sSanO. Think I...

Thanks for the feedback 70sSanO.

Think I could pick up a few conical washers at the hardware store or at a bike shop?

These tektro's are real funky: on the rear, the left pad has toe-in and the...
08-13-15, 10:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 748
Posted By sam_cyclist

Upgrade to Tiagra or 105 Dual Pivots?

The tektro dual pivots (axis 1) I have are awful.

I've spent a couple of hours now trying to adjust them to my liking. I've already upgraded to kool stop salmon pads, which improved braking power...
08-13-15, 12:16 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,788
Posted By sam_cyclist

It depends on your level of fitness for the most...

It depends on your level of fitness for the most part.

Someone who is out of shape and basically sedentary may find a 5 or 6 mile ride a challenge when starting out.

Someone with great aerobic...
08-13-15, 12:05 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,960
Posted By sam_cyclist

People walking on the trails will occasionally...

People walking on the trails will occasionally wave and smile as I pass.

It's customary for fellow cyclists to wave briefly to one another as an acknowledgement.

There's this one "extroverted"...
08-13-15, 12:02 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,960
Posted By sam_cyclist

I'm really surprised that people aren't being...

I'm really surprised that people aren't being noticed or stared at when riding. On the rec trail, a large percentage of people walking will stare as I pass.
08-12-15, 05:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,071
Posted By sam_cyclist

I test rode at least a dozen bikes, and test rode...

I test rode at least a dozen bikes, and test rode tiagra 10, 105 11 and ultegra 11 extensively.

From what I could tell, there are no differences in shift quality between the three component...
08-12-15, 10:51 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,738
Posted By sam_cyclist

That doesn't narrow things down much. Every bike...

That doesn't narrow things down much. Every bike manufacturer offers many "solid, reliable" bikes at the $1K price point.

I was willing to drive out an hour and a half to test ride bikes. I found...
08-11-15, 11:46 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,135
Posted By sam_cyclist

I don't recommend trying to setup clipless pedals...

I don't recommend trying to setup clipless pedals on your own. Let the shop do that.

You bought both the bike and the pedals at the shop. Return and tell them that you are having problems with...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-15, 11:25 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,842
Posted By sam_cyclist

Tri Flow also gunks up the chainrings and the...

Tri Flow also gunks up the chainrings and the cassette in addition to the chain. Tri Flow'ed equipment is a pain to keep clean.

Will keep checking this thread for alternatives.
08-11-15, 10:16 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 12,432
Posted By sam_cyclist

I've ridden at least a half dozen treks (both...

I've ridden at least a half dozen treks (both road and mtn) this year, and found them all strangely generic and not fun to ride.

Their focus groups must be telling them discs are not the way to...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-15, 12:35 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,842
Posted By sam_cyclist

It's toxic though. I generally agree that...

It's toxic though.

I generally agree that just about any lube will suffice. Perhaps the only meaningful distinction is dry vs. wet lube.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-15, 12:34 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,842
Posted By sam_cyclist

For better or worse, tri flow seems to be the...

For better or worse, tri flow seems to be the standard at the better bike shops I've gone to.

The one downside of tri flow as a wet lube is that it is absolutely a dirt magnet.

In spots where...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-15, 11:29 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 9,344
Posted By sam_cyclist

Vinyl does sound better. There are different...

Vinyl does sound better. There are different theories about this, one of which is that a certain amount of distortion actually sounds better. It's hard to describe the difference but digital files...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-15, 10:52 AM
Replies: 249
Views: 9,344
Posted By sam_cyclist

No point in "debating" anyone as far as gone as...

No point in "debating" anyone as far as gone as alias.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-15, 10:48 AM
Replies: 249
Views: 9,344
Posted By sam_cyclist

No No one can make digs at something that...

No

No one can make digs at something that doesn't exist. Which is your supposed "intelligence." :)
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-15, 10:41 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 9,344
Posted By sam_cyclist

Yeah, that's the problem. You trying to "think." ...

Yeah, that's the problem. You trying to "think."

LMAO! A "comfort" bike! The roubaix is a "comfort" bike not a road bike. The domane is not a "road" bike it is a "comfort" bike. The defy and defy...
Forum: Commuting
08-09-15, 10:38 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,735
Posted By sam_cyclist

Yeah, wide platforms are a good idea. But your...

Yeah, wide platforms are a good idea. But your foot will naturally bend at the ball of the foot, no? And a flexible sole will allow far more movement than a stiff soled cycling shoe.

My sense is...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-15, 10:26 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 9,344
Posted By sam_cyclist

Again, factually incorrect. Let's take...

Again, factually incorrect. Let's take specialized's allez line. There are 9 models, and 4 of them do not have 11 speed.

Or their secteur line. There are 4 models. Exactly 0 have 11 speed.

Or...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-15, 10:15 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 9,344
Posted By sam_cyclist

As I pointed out before, you can't read your own...

As I pointed out before, you can't read your own posts correctly. I'll post it for AT LEAST THE THIRD TIME:



Since you can't read, "all" means 100% It is very obvious that this is incorrect....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-15, 10:01 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 9,344
Posted By sam_cyclist

It's unfortunate that brake spec is bifurcating...

It's unfortunate that brake spec is bifurcating into:


1. very powerful disc brakes (probably more than is necessary for an average rider) vs.

2. wonky, cheap, low tolerance shimano...
Forum: Commuting
08-09-15, 09:55 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,735
Posted By sam_cyclist

I find street shoes to be far less comfortable...

I find street shoes to be far less comfortable for any type of riding. The soles flex excessively, thereby placing excess pressure on the balls of my feet. With the stiffer soles of cycling shoes,...
08-09-15, 09:50 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,288
Posted By sam_cyclist

When you ride a lot, you become more efficient...

When you ride a lot, you become more efficient and burn fewer calories riding the same distances.

Also, lean mass is what burns a lot of calories. It's possible he still has a high body fat...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-15, 09:41 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 9,344
Posted By sam_cyclist

Like I said, you lack the ability to read. In...

Like I said, you lack the ability to read. In fact, you can't even read your own posts correctly. The fact of the matter is, just about every brand has a model above $1K without 11 speed. I know you...
Forum: Commuting
08-09-15, 09:36 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,735
Posted By sam_cyclist

Eh, not a fan of spd's at all. Shimano MTB shoes...

Eh, not a fan of spd's at all. Shimano MTB shoes aren't bad at all for road riding. They aren't as stiff or as light as road cycling shoes, that's for sure.

I've tried shimano mtb shoes with...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-15, 09:25 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 9,344
Posted By sam_cyclist

You lack the ability to read. You know, that...

You lack the ability to read. You know, that skill they taught you in first grade? Defy 1. 11 speed. $1425 before tax. Over $1500 after tax. Defy 2, 10 speed, $1125. Over $1200 with tax.

The...
Forum: Commuting
08-09-15, 09:20 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,735
Posted By sam_cyclist

Shimano makes several models of road shoes with...

Shimano makes several models of road shoes with wide models. Even their regular shoes are wider than the average cycling shoe. Their mtb shoes tend to run wide also. Prices are very reasonable.

I...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-15, 08:58 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 9,344
Posted By sam_cyclist

This is just ridiculous. Giant Defy 1 is...

This is just ridiculous.

Giant Defy 1 is one of the best deals around and their least expensive bike with 11 speed. It retails for $1425. Or over $1500 with tax.

Their defy 2 is $1125, with...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-15, 08:53 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 9,344
Posted By sam_cyclist

What type and brand of discs on the synapse? ...

What type and brand of discs on the synapse?

Tektro dual pivots are subpar. There is no question about it.

I have "axis" (specialized) dual pivots, which I assume are rebranded tektro's and...
08-09-15, 07:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 922
Posted By sam_cyclist

Will read later, but thanks for the article.

Will read later, but thanks for the article.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-15, 07:31 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 9,344
Posted By sam_cyclist

I'll consider them when quality shimano...

I'll consider them when quality shimano hydraulics are on road bikes in the $1500 range.

What's really criminal isn't the specing of discs, but the specing of extremely subpar dual pivots from...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-15, 04:51 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 21,381
Posted By sam_cyclist

The two measurements I look at first are ETT and...

The two measurements I look at first are ETT and standover. Also, I use PBH, not pants inseam as the basis for standover. In this case, a 54 specialized and 53 BD are pretty darn close.

I think I...
08-09-15, 04:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,667
Posted By sam_cyclist

That's a cool video. I've used tri flow in...

That's a cool video.

I've used tri flow in the past, but it gets so messy. I'll try finish line dry lube.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-15, 03:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,417
Posted By sam_cyclist

There should not be an issue with compatbility if...

There should not be an issue with compatbility if it's not listed.

The frogs are a fantastic but quirky design in their own right.

Unlike zero's they are super easy to clip out of, and fairly...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-15, 12:58 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 21,381
Posted By sam_cyclist

Nice write up, cale. It's always great to...

Nice write up, cale.

It's always great to see a detailed review for a BD bike. Or any other for that matter. :)
08-08-15, 11:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,667
Posted By sam_cyclist

Where do we buy this grease type lubricant?

Where do we buy this grease type lubricant?
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-15, 04:56 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,417
Posted By sam_cyclist

Nothing. Bikeforums posters splitting hairs again.

Nothing. Bikeforums posters splitting hairs again.
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