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Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 09:11 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,509
Posted By surak

The goal for the GC types on flat stages is to...

The goal for the GC types on flat stages is to see as little wind as possible and ride safely to the last km with minimal drama so they don't lose time. They save their energy for the mountains where...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,509
Posted By surak

They aren't slow, especially not at the World...

They aren't slow, especially not at the World Tour level. They're just not quite as fast as the fastest climbers in the world. If the climbers are riding at or beyond threshold, then of course those...
09-14-20, 10:10 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,407
Posted By surak

​​​​​​90 rpm is a reasonable max cadence. It's...

​​​​​​90 rpm is a reasonable max cadence. It's common on this site for people to claim they need World Tour gearing when in actuality they are nowhere close to spinning out. To put it in your terms,...
09-13-20, 09:25 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,407
Posted By surak

Bicycle Bike Gear Ratio Speed and Cadence...

Bicycle Bike Gear Ratio Speed and Cadence Calculator (http://www.machars.net/bikecalc.htm) with 32mm tires.
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09-13-20, 08:16 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,407
Posted By surak

40-11 is 26mph @ 90 rpm. 48-11 is 32mph. Good on...

40-11 is 26mph @ 90 rpm. 48-11 is 32mph. Good on you to ride at your age (hope I can be as lucky), but anyone slower than a pro who actually pedals would be fine with a 40t chainring.
09-13-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,407
Posted By surak

I don't have any gravel bikes, per se, but I...

I don't have any gravel bikes, per se, but I recently bought a 1x CX bike mainly for road with an option in mind to handle the tamer off-road stuff. I also have more conventional 2x bikes. My 1x is...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-20, 07:30 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,056
Posted By surak

Naw, just fix the angle on your tail light and...

Naw, just fix the angle on your tail light and keeping riding!

Why would getting a new bike be a terrible mistake? Is it an extravagance that doesn't fit in your budget? I can't think of any other...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-08-20, 11:55 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,158
Posted By surak

If you are very likely to upgrade your wheels,...

If you are very likely to upgrade your wheels, you should check the OEM wheel weight on your options and see how much an upgrade would shed to the total bike weight. Some of those are absolute boat...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-20, 07:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,116
Posted By surak

If you want to go really deep on tire pressure...

If you want to go really deep on tire pressure and its effect on optimal speed, you can start with with the Silca Pressure Calculator (https://info.silca.cc/silca-professional-pressure-calculator)....
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-20, 11:15 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,586
Posted By surak

If you haven't been riding a road bike for very...

If you haven't been riding a road bike for very long, you've got a lot more speed to gain in many ways that are cheaper than spending that much just for a groupset (which is almost always more...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-20, 09:57 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,447
Posted By surak

We'll know it's faster when the UCI bans it in...

We'll know it's faster when the UCI bans it in competition and concocts a hood-angle measuring device to check riders' handlebars.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-20, 01:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 870
Posted By surak

Use a different set of tires that are an easier...

Use a different set of tires that are an easier fit on your rims.
Get a Koolstop bead jack. Carry it with you on rides or hope the tires stretch out.

I do start opposite the valve because you can...
09-02-20, 10:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 744
Posted By surak

I very much doubt that most have tried Shakedry...

I very much doubt that most have tried Shakedry (https://cyclingtips.com/2017/10/gore-tex-shakedry-shootout-who-makes-the-best-waterproof-cycling-jacket/), especially since nearly all the replies...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-20, 12:35 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 10,985
Posted By surak

Gatorskins are pretty old tire tech at this point...

Gatorskins are pretty old tire tech at this point and yet they're not cheaper than some really excellent alternatives that have a better balance of comfort, speed, and durability.

Everyone...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 323
Posted By surak

I buy Giant OD2 stems off eBay. Don't know how...

I buy Giant OD2 stems off eBay. Don't know how much they cost for you, but they're about $35-$40 from US/Taiwan sellers to me in the US.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-07-20, 01:42 PM
Replies: 353
Views: 16,903
Posted By surak

You don't need to pay for that, you can run...

You don't need to pay for that, you can run workouts through a bike computer.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-07-20, 10:21 AM
Replies: 353
Views: 16,903
Posted By surak

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Forum: Road Cycling
08-05-20, 05:53 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,971
Posted By surak

I'm being obtuse? How do you magically calculate...

I'm being obtuse? How do you magically calculate force with just a cadence sensor?

Folks, I think this is the Strava power estimator posting as an elaborate prank. The moment our worst timeline's...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-05-20, 03:15 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,971
Posted By surak

How do you get power from cadence and gearing...

How do you get power from cadence and gearing without slope, rolling resistance, CdA, air density, wind speed and direction, and draft effect? Am I responding to a real poster or the bot powered by...
07-25-20, 10:08 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,101
Posted By surak

It's only nuts if your garage still has space to...

It's only nuts if your garage still has space to fit more.
07-25-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 710
Posted By surak

I love Golden Cheetah, even though I use (and...

I love Golden Cheetah, even though I use (and know how to use) maybe 1% of its capabilities.

I started a 60 days free trial of Strava premium just to see what I was missing and boy was I...
07-25-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 942
Posted By surak

When folks advocate for running lower pressure...

When folks advocate for running lower pressure for comfort, they are talking about suppler tires like the GP4kIIs, Vittoria Corsas, etc. in 25+ widths, not the puncture-resistant but opposite of...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-20, 03:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 707
Posted By surak

The new Cervélo Caledonia/Caledonia-5 looks like...

The new Cervélo Caledonia/Caledonia-5 looks like an option. Supposed to be aero frame with 33mm+ tire clearance.
07-20-20, 06:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By surak

I thought any bike computer with controllable...

I thought any bike computer with controllable trainer support could do this. I know it's an option on the Wahoo Elemnt, although I've never tried it.
07-19-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 992
Posted By surak

The consensus is that Stan's just doesn't work at...

The consensus is that Stan's just doesn't work at road tire pressures.
07-18-20, 09:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 992
Posted By surak

I'm going to guess you used Stan's.

I'm going to guess you used Stan's.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-20, 01:18 PM
Replies: 19,610
Views: 4,173,603
Posted By surak

Splurged on a fine...

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07-12-20, 05:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,007
Posted By surak

The simplest definition of a natural climber is...

The simplest definition of a natural climber is someone with above average W/kg over an extended period of time compared to shorter duration efforts.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,103
Posted By surak

Meh, it doesn't matter how "innovative" you think...

Meh, it doesn't matter how "innovative" you think they are if their business model can't stand on its own, instead falling back on guilting people to use it.

What the Strava defense force doesn't...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,834
Posted By surak

​​​​​​It's arbitrary because without a semblance...

​​​​​​It's arbitrary because without a semblance of a protocol, Garmin misses many confounding factors like the fact that I wasn't riding to exhaustion. Those 20 minutes were during a climb that...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 505
Posted By surak

Only guessing the specs from models approximately...

Only guessing the specs from models approximately named that on 99spokes, but I wouldn't recommend that bike at that price point for a first road bike. You don't ride nearly enough to know what you...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-20, 09:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 829
Posted By surak

If you're in LA and don't plan to ride in the...

If you're in LA and don't plan to ride in the rain, getting disc brakes is not an absolute necessity. The only downsides to rim brakes would be less tire clearance -- you can run wider tires at lower...
06-23-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,274
Posted By surak

The first time I went out with friends, we took a...

The first time I went out with friends, we took a double black diamond trail where every jump had a bypass. As a complete MTB noob, I chose to bypass every one. A guy rides up behind me, so I stand...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-20, 11:25 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,834
Posted By surak

I'm in the camp of 3-4 hours is too short of a...

I'm in the camp of 3-4 hours is too short of a ride to care too much about zones when starting out. Provided you properly eat and hydrate, you can always fall back to Z2/Z1 when you burn all your...
06-03-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,251
Posted By surak

I didn't realize the Elemnt was discontinued, but...

I didn't realize the Elemnt was discontinued, but you can still find it at significantly less than $150 over the Bolt. https://www.eriksbikeshop.com/wahoo-fitness-elemnt-gps-computer-pr3e7459/p
06-02-20, 11:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 347
Posted By surak

Laser cut, less bunching and more aero.

Laser cut, less bunching and more aero.
06-02-20, 01:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,345
Posted By surak

Yup. Also, how has no one mentioned that...

Yup.

Also, how has no one mentioned that tubeless rims have a central channel that you should press the beads into to get more section of tire around the rim?
06-01-20, 06:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 926
Posted By surak

You're wrong, you should not skip exercising when...

You're wrong, you should not skip exercising when your muscles are sore, in fact that's counterproductive if you're trying to get fitter.

https://youtu.be/9Yt_haNPmfQ
05-25-20, 11:11 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,560
Posted By surak

Only time I had an issue was when I first got it...

Only time I had an issue was when I first got it and didn't realize I had to disconnect it from the etube app before it would start shifting again, which is probably what your LBS guy was refering to.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,725
Posted By surak

I can't stand flats for road cycling, and despise...

I can't stand flats for road cycling, and despise pinned even more. Constantly hunting for the right foot position (which pins make harder since I can't make any adjustments without completely taking...
05-22-20, 02:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 631
Posted By surak

A benefit to going with the -deg stem and leaving...

A benefit to going with the -deg stem and leaving spacers underneath is that it leaves more steerer tube intact for future adjustment, assuming you cut the tube so you're not running a stack of...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-20, 05:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 549
Posted By surak

If liking the looks on your wheels motivates you,...

If liking the looks on your wheels motivates you, and you aren't going into debt splurging, more power to ya.

Take a look at Light Bicycle AR56 rims, you can get red i9 hubs and nipples and...
05-18-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 929
Posted By surak

Less padding in your caboose and more weight on...

Less padding in your caboose and more weight on it compared to when you where heavier and putting more load on your legs could be causes. Or if you wear padded bibs/shorts, the chamois could be worn...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 13,547
Posted By surak

I don't pay for Strava. I'm not a segment hunter,...

I don't pay for Strava. I'm not a segment hunter, so the only thing I lose is not seeing who I follow on leaderboards. Strava is the de facto social network for cycling (but good luck making people...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-20, 06:55 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,989
Posted By surak

If you have integrated shifters in those brake...

If you have integrated shifters in those brake levers, they look placed too far down.
05-14-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,215
Posted By surak

I live by one street that closed. It already had...

I live by one street that closed. It already had traffic restrictions that drivers flaunt regularly. Never saw enforcement of the previous restrictions, doubt there will be any going forward. The...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-20, 05:55 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,371
Posted By surak

Every post I've read about tubeless tires failing...

Every post I've read about tubeless tires failing have actually been about Stan's failing to seal. Also the case IRL. Unless Stan's has completely dominant market share on road sealant, that's a...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-20, 12:46 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,407
Posted By surak

Starting out, prioritize being prepared and...

Starting out, prioritize being prepared and self-sufficient. Especially if you're riding solo and aren't familiar with your options for rest stops to refill water. Style can come later, and anyways...
05-11-20, 08:39 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,840
Posted By surak

Not that BF needs yet another discs vs rim...

Not that BF needs yet another discs vs rim debate, but the search for problems have looong ago come back with findings. They are rain, carbon rims, and as you said, tire size.
05-07-20, 06:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 644
Posted By surak

I've noticed a big difference in comfort between...

I've noticed a big difference in comfort between 2 different composite seatposts (S-Works CG-r >> Giant D-fuse) but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy one to only use it indoors. Stand regularly is...
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