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Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-21, 11:58 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,002
Posted By guadzilla

<jedi wave>No you wont. These are not the tires...

<jedi wave>No you wont. These are not the tires you are looking for.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-21, 11:08 PM
Replies: 258
Views: 9,498
Posted By guadzilla

I suspect its the same way that I was rooting for...

I suspect its the same way that I was rooting for the special needs kid who did an Ironman a few months ago.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-21, 03:35 AM
Replies: 236
Views: 11,529
Posted By guadzilla

You forgot the most important thing of all: ...

You forgot the most important thing of all: look like Lance.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-21, 02:33 AM
Replies: 258
Views: 9,498
Posted By guadzilla

Wait, wait, wait. Do you mean to say, Lawrence,...

Wait, wait, wait. Do you mean to say, Lawrence, that after all this, YOU didnt wave back to someone who gave you a nod??
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-21, 02:25 AM
Replies: 258
Views: 9,498
Posted By guadzilla

If I am occupying the elevator with an unknown...

If I am occupying the elevator with an unknown woman, I stare intently at her while singing "Love in an elevator". It helps put them in a cheery mood, as can be seen from the spring in their step...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-21, 02:39 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,989
Posted By guadzilla

I hate to be the dissenting opinion (well, not...

I hate to be the dissenting opinion (well, not really) but I sold my Ti bike last year and have no regrets sticking solely to carbon. Better ride characteristics (atleast for my preferences). If it...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-21, 10:37 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,377
Posted By guadzilla

I dont understand the question or the underlying...

I dont understand the question or the underlying point that you are trying to make. What does it take to be "$186 better" - is there some kind of objective measure for this or is this your first...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-21, 09:42 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,264
Posted By guadzilla

Handwringing. OCD. Insecurities. This is the...

Handwringing. OCD. Insecurities. This is the way.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,437
Posted By guadzilla

No one has an issue with you having a different...

No one has an issue with you having a different opinion. As a suggestion, you might want to think about how you express it, however. One set of preferences for a bike is "fetish properties" while...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,264
Posted By guadzilla

I think we can all agree - there wont be a...

I think we can all agree - there wont be a meaningful difference in the performance of the bike. It all boils down to small differences in ride feel and also perceptions - and here, I reckon that...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-21, 12:40 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,264
Posted By guadzilla

I have a couple of friends who have ordered the...

I have a couple of friends who have ordered the Ostro VAM. Plan to take try their bikes out when they get it.

In the end, i keep coming back to either the Aethos or the C64 as the frames...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-15-21, 06:00 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 5,246
Posted By guadzilla

I was debating on whether or not to add a smiley...

I was debating on whether or not to add a smiley to the post.., i guess i did NOT choose wisely :)
Forum: Road Cycling
05-15-21, 04:17 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 5,246
Posted By guadzilla

Why? Do you think you are too good for this...

Why? Do you think you are too good for this forum? Or do you think our opinions dont have any merit?

For tire sizes - I have ridden 35mm Gravelkings on endurance group rides and not had any issues...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-15-21, 04:06 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 5,246
Posted By guadzilla

That's what I do. I have (or had, till i broke...

That's what I do. I have (or had, till i broke the Venge in a race crash) a 2 bike stable:
- Venge for racing/fast group rides
- Factor LS gravel bike for everything else

The Factor is set up as...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-07-21, 08:35 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,264
Posted By guadzilla

Lol, i came here for advice on Bike #2 and i...

Lol, i came here for advice on Bike #2 and i think you guys just sold me on Bike #3. I just asked my dealer for a quote/delivery timeline :)

I was thinking of getting the SL6 as well -...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-21, 10:17 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,264
Posted By guadzilla

Hey, you are right. This one is a pretty neat...

Hey, you are right. This one is a pretty neat color as well:
| Race Bikes | Cannondale...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-21, 11:27 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,264
Posted By guadzilla

I am told they are giving me another Venge...

I am told they are giving me another Venge frameset and i really hope it is in the red/white colorway. To be honest, i am happier with that, than an SL7, if only because my OCD is happier with a...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-21, 10:49 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,264
Posted By guadzilla

The Aurum would certainly be an option if i can...

The Aurum would certainly be an option if i can read some reviews of it - Contador was/is one of my favorite riders. That said, i am a little bit hesitant to go that route, mainly because I feel...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-22-21, 12:32 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,807
Posted By guadzilla

Maybe it is my luck with Schwalbe, but they have...

Maybe it is my luck with Schwalbe, but they have been the worst effing tires I have used of late. In the past 2 years, I have had 1 flat on my Turbo Cottons, 1 flat on my GP5ks, 0 flats on my...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-21, 01:45 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 6,783
Posted By guadzilla

My take away from all of this: you are hoarding...

My take away from all of this: you are hoarding those 9170 shifters in your drawer :)
Forum: Road Cycling
01-17-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 11,152
Posted By guadzilla

Let's see if we can get away from the BF typical...

Let's see if we can get away from the BF typical dick measuring contest over some insignificant and irrelevant matter of semantics (seriously? Getting into an argument over the definition of paint?...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-03-21, 12:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,810
Posted By guadzilla

True. Sorry, i wasnt clear with my point - I...

True. Sorry, i wasnt clear with my point - I meant to say that this long Z2 ride is an example of the sort of ride that is meant by LSD/volume in traditional base. It's not riding for 3-4 hours...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-23-20, 11:02 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 9,966
Posted By guadzilla

Reality and he dont seem to have EVER crossed...

Reality and he dont seem to have EVER crossed paths.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-23-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 9,966
Posted By guadzilla

As someone who runs a small business, I can...

As someone who runs a small business, I can assure you that there ARE customers you want to lose. Simply not worth the hassle. By caving in to ridiculous demands, you only encourage this sort of...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-23-20, 10:52 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 9,966
Posted By guadzilla

Your entire argument is: "the fact that you...

Your entire argument is: "the fact that you pointed out that someone is wrong makes you wrong" - and you followed it up by "the fact that you pointed out that my argument is wrong makes you wrong".
...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-20, 12:44 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,209
Posted By guadzilla

So interestingly, there was a study a long time...

So interestingly, there was a study a long time ago which claimed that they found wind noise tends to reduce performance - apparently and paraphrasing, it makes your brain think you are working...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 10,447
Posted By guadzilla

So here is my "Cranky Old Guy Yelling At The...

So here is my "Cranky Old Guy Yelling At The Clouds" belief about resolution/image quality - I have yet to see an aesthetically compelling image where I have gone "oh, the composition is great, the...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 10,447
Posted By guadzilla

With camera gear, I seem to have settled into the...

With camera gear, I seem to have settled into the rough logic of "buy the best lenses I can afford, and the cheapest body". Back in 2004, I got myself a 500/4 and a 1Dx Mk2 or whatever. The lens...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-20, 08:25 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 10,447
Posted By guadzilla

It's been 10 years since I got that Ridley...

It's been 10 years since I got that Ridley Damocles, but i just checked it out - the MRP of the bike was $3600, CC had it on sale for $2400 and I think i got them to knock a little more off for me. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-14-20, 07:30 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,209
Posted By guadzilla

My understanding of aero helmets - from what I...

My understanding of aero helmets - from what I have read, mind you, not first hand (full disclosure) - is that the best helmet can vary a lot from person to person. That said, the Evade and the...
12-01-20, 10:16 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,439
Posted By guadzilla

Gotcha - thanks folks. That's pretty much...

Gotcha - thanks folks. That's pretty much what I had thought too - incremental gains. For medium-course triathlons, I am in the 34-35kph range and I think i would rather have lower...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-28-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,764
Posted By guadzilla

By a strange coincidence, I just had this open on...

By a strange coincidence, I just had this open on another window:
https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/wtb-exposure-700x34c-road-tcs-tanwall-folding-tyre-1063012

25 euros a pop - that's the...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-28-20, 09:20 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,747
Posted By guadzilla

It's actually a folding design, not a breakaway -...

It's actually a folding design, not a breakaway - the rear triangle folds in, similar to how Bike Fridays fold. End result is that the bike fits in a square case that is just about the size of...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-20, 12:23 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,747
Posted By guadzilla

Yeah, true - I got really lucky in scoring my R5...

Yeah, true - I got really lucky in scoring my R5 frameset for $2000 - which is pretty much what I sold it for. Taking a 30-50% bath on a full price frame would have really sucked.

And will do...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-24-20, 11:58 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 9,816
Posted By guadzilla

You mean "Incorrect". (And I see what you...

You mean "Incorrect".

(And I see what you did there....)
Forum: Road Cycling
11-24-20, 01:41 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 9,816
Posted By guadzilla

JHFC. Now i remember why i stopped reading...

JHFC.

Now i remember why i stopped reading Bikeforums all these years. People can just make their points and stop, but no, it always devolves into a ******g pissing contest where everyone has...
11-21-20, 12:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,128
Posted By guadzilla

I run 24c Turbo Cottons 26c RapidAirs and 35c...

I run 24c Turbo Cottons 26c RapidAirs and 35c Gravelking SLCs, and find the SLCs to be surprisingly good on the tarmac. I am sure they are slower, but they dont feel significantly so and unless I am...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-20-20, 09:53 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,764
Posted By guadzilla

I have been running Panaracer Gravelking Slick...

I have been running Panaracer Gravelking Slick 35s on my steel bike, and they are surprisingly fast - while I am sure they are in fact slower than my Turbo Cottons or RapidAirs, that difference isnt...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-12-20, 09:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,999
Posted By guadzilla

So a slightly longer review, after a weekend of...

So a slightly longer review, after a weekend of riding in the mountains (including a bastard of a day with 2 massive climbs of 900-1000m each, and total elevation gain of 2300m).

As I had...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,999
Posted By guadzilla

I think it should be compatible, yeah. But I...

I think it should be compatible, yeah.

But I should also confess that I am getting a custom steel bike made for myself (to replace the one I own, also by the same builder, which i plan to sell),...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-20, 09:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,999
Posted By guadzilla

Ah yes, good point. The kind of roads I have in...

Ah yes, good point. The kind of roads I have in mind are mainly unpaved or poorly paved roads. I did something similar back in 2013 in the Tibetan Himalayas on a 50/34 and 28t cog: it was...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-20, 08:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,999
Posted By guadzilla

I think the medium cage RD fits up to a 34t - but...

I think the medium cage RD fits up to a 34t - but at present, I have no plans to go more than a 32. I climbed Alpe D'Huez comfortably on a 34/30 and I dont see myself doing too many climbs that...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-20, 12:41 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,942
Posted By guadzilla

Bike frame color is a personal choice. I quite...

Bike frame color is a personal choice. I quite like it, actually. But that bar tape wiith that frame? No.

A good rule of thumb re design - dont have too many elements competing for attention. If...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-20, 12:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,999
Posted By guadzilla

NBD and first impressions: Factor LS - a gravel bike for roadies

I have been looking for a do-it-all bike to complement my Venge. I had a Cervelo R5 earlier that I flat-out loved (it was the nicest bike I have ridden in 12 years of cycling), but with only 30mm...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-02-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,742
Posted By guadzilla

So you feel "saying 'bring it on'" gives him more...

So you feel "saying 'bring it on'" gives him more credibility than providing ANY evidence that he actually conducted a test that would take up tens of hours of wind tunnel time and cost a LOT of...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-20, 06:30 AM
Replies: 340
Views: 20,157
Posted By guadzilla

90% of cycling improvements fall under this...

90% of cycling improvements fall under this category. Why have Dura Ace when 105 works just as well? Why have a 750gm frame when a 900gm frame works as well? Why have 12 speed when 10 speed...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-19-20, 11:08 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,515
Posted By guadzilla

I should modify my statement a little - I agree...

I should modify my statement a little - I agree that different wheels do ride differently.. Whether that difference is noticeable or matters is something the OP should figure out for himself.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-19-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 11,137
Posted By guadzilla

2A3 guy here... I hear ya. That's the closest I...

2A3 guy here... I hear ya. That's the closest I have come to having Reiner and CSO playing in my living room.

But cost of materials is a very small part of the overall costs, atleast on a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-20, 02:31 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 11,137
Posted By guadzilla

Yeah well, it is a halo product build precisely...

Yeah well, it is a halo product build precisely around the super low weight. If that's not your thing, why yes, Spesh does have heavier versions on sale for around $2500-3000.

Its an add-on, not a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-20, 03:33 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 20,995
Posted By guadzilla

I run 28mm WAMs on my Venge and 37mm WAMs on my...

I run 28mm WAMs on my Venge and 37mm WAMs on my custom steel bike. Riding position is fairly similar. If i had to guess, I'd say I lose about 15W or so overall between the fatter tires and lack...
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