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08-10-22, 10:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 818
Posted By Sapperc

Years ago, When I used strapless toe clips on...

Years ago, When I used strapless toe clips on cage-type pedals I used spring steel and bonded foam insole inserts inside soft-soled walking shoes (sneakers). Worked really well!

Good luck and...
08-10-22, 10:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 433
Posted By Sapperc

Sorry you are having issues while cycling. ...

Sorry you are having issues while cycling.

More detail would help. Did you just start cycling two years ago or had you been cycling without pain previously? Are you the same weight and in the...
08-07-22, 08:26 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,686
Posted By Sapperc

I use a left side handlebar end mirror on all of...

I use a left side handlebar end mirror on all of my bikes. I use flat glass mirrors as the nonbreakable metal and concave mirrors distort and haze the image. On my favorite road bike I cobbled...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-22, 11:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 398
Posted By Sapperc

Im guessing from the lack of response, no one...

Im guessing from the lack of response, no one wants to state the obvious, but Iíll bite.

Position has to do with how you set the bike up for yourself. As far as actual geometry differences, look...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-22, 04:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 574
Posted By Sapperc

But I would caution that overall cycling...

But I would caution that overall cycling enjoyment comes down to a lot of intangibles like personal fitting preferences, experience, skill, health, fitness and personal expectations. Many, many bike...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-22, 04:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 574
Posted By Sapperc

Agreed! Drop bars offer more possible hand...

Agreed! Drop bars offer more possible hand positions ó which also changes your body position ó allowing opportunities to reduce hand fatigue and pain. It also offers easier ability to ride more areo...
08-01-22, 10:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 519
Posted By Sapperc

Bibs vs. shorts is one of those debates that...

Bibs vs. shorts is one of those debates that keeps going on and on. I donít like bibs, but many, many road cyclists do. Give them a try. But whether you go with bibs or shorts they need to be snug....
07-29-22, 05:22 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,902
Posted By Sapperc

If your question is actually serious, try...

If your question is actually serious, try searching a bit. Youíll find lots of info on drive train maintenance.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-22, 09:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 566
Posted By Sapperc

I generally agree that your knee pain is probably...

I generally agree that your knee pain is probably at least partially due to a rigid unnatural position for your leg. Set your cleats in a more natural position that allows your knee to rotate easier...
07-27-22, 09:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,029
Posted By Sapperc

Judging from your profile fitting photos, you...

Judging from your profile fitting photos, you want a very upright riding position. But your shoulders appear to be rolled forward. That may be causing at least some of your neck pain. If you canít...
07-25-21, 11:53 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,423
Posted By Sapperc

Someone already said it earlier in this thread...

Someone already said it earlier in this thread and itís worth repeating. Unencrypted GPS data ó in other words, GPS available to the public through commercial products ó was initially only accurate...
03-06-20, 12:20 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,500
Posted By Sapperc

How about getting back to the actual topic of...

How about getting back to the actual topic of this thread.

Some things to consider. Viathon doesnít make anything. It is a brand only. Bikes were designed under contract by a firm in Canada....
03-04-20, 11:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 691
Posted By Sapperc

I prefer Challenge latex tubes as they are very...

I prefer Challenge latex tubes as they are very light and supple. Hard to change on the side of the road though should you get a puncture. For that chore I usually carry a lightweight Specialized...
03-02-20, 11:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,551
Posted By Sapperc

Like other maintenance issues there really is no...

Like other maintenance issues there really is no typical. Depends on your inner tubes and how demanding you are of your bike. Best practice is to check the pressure prior to every outing. Or at least...
02-29-20, 12:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 731
Posted By Sapperc

A few observations from my personal experience...

A few observations from my personal experience that may or may not have the same results for you due to any number of factors such as age, flexibility, conditioning, skill and so on.

I have a...
02-27-20, 09:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 503
Posted By Sapperc

You lost me on the using oil as a degreaser. Oil,...

You lost me on the using oil as a degreaser. Oil, especially very thin penetrating oil, will thin greasy crud, but itís not a degreaser. Itís possible you are not getting the internal parts of your...
02-26-20, 12:02 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 12,215
Posted By Sapperc

Iíve used both as well as several other...

Iíve used both as well as several other supposedly dry film, wax based lubes. There is only one bike chain specific, wax based lube that actually had a liquid film carrier that drys leaving the chain...
02-09-20, 11:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,487
Posted By Sapperc

Leznye Road Drive is an excellent pump. A bit...

Leznye Road Drive is an excellent pump. A bit pricey, but extremely light weight and gets the job done on road bike tires.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-05-20, 09:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,318
Posted By Sapperc

Yes to all the above. Also, check your ďBĒ screw...

Yes to all the above. Also, check your ďBĒ screw adjustment. Insure chain wrap around your small cog is not binding or too loose. Lastly, check your chain length for proper length. Might be a bit...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-05-20, 08:46 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 9,921
Posted By Sapperc

And what exactly is wrong with SPD pedals on a...

And what exactly is wrong with SPD pedals on a road bike? Some of us actually prefer to be able to walk and ride.
02-01-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,788
Posted By Sapperc

I like Areotech Designs touring cycling shorts. I...

I like Areotech Designs touring cycling shorts. I have a couple of pairs. One pair is close to two years old and still fits and rides like new. I have not tried their other models.

Not sure what...
01-24-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 12,161
Posted By Sapperc

If I were in the market for a new endurance /...

If I were in the market for a new endurance / gravel bike with a sizeable budget, Iíd test ride everything I could find in my size that has a more relaxed geometry than a purpose built road racer.
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01-20-20, 08:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,386
Posted By Sapperc

Iíve got three bikes. A vintage 1993Trek 930 MTB,...

Iíve got three bikes. A vintage 1993Trek 930 MTB, a vintage 1981 Nishiki International and a 2016 Specialized Roubaix Comp. Saddles are similar in design, but not the same. MTB has the...
01-19-20, 05:40 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,266
Posted By Sapperc

On my road bike, by 40 - 45 miles of continuous...

On my road bike, by 40 - 45 miles of continuous cycling Iím ready ó sometimes overdue ó for a short break. 5-10 minutes standing rest off the bike and Iím ready to go again. But by 85 miles Iím...
01-19-20, 11:59 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,519
Posted By Sapperc

Iíve discovered that Silicaís pressure calculator...

Iíve discovered that Silicaís pressure calculator chart provides a good starting point for finding good tire pressure. It is worth checking out and comparing against what you might be currently...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-20, 08:31 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 17,025
Posted By Sapperc

I only use SPD pedals for MTB and road bikes. I...

I only use SPD pedals for MTB and road bikes. I have no use for cycling shoes that I canít also easily do a little walking in. I have only one pair of shoes, Specialized Sport MTB. They are about 3...
01-03-20, 10:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,132
Posted By Sapperc

Without more information no one here could...

Without more information no one here could comment on your technique other than to suggest that possibly you missed spotting and avoiding debri on the road.

Hope you heal well and rapidly and can...
12-26-19, 10:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,929
Posted By Sapperc

Sorry, no deep knowledge about this particular...

Sorry, no deep knowledge about this particular patented fabric. No one will have any because itís patented. You may eventually find some some independent testing and user experience testimonials for...
12-12-19, 11:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,171
Posted By Sapperc

Not quite sure what your concern is all about....

Not quite sure what your concern is all about. Active Military installations are generally closed to civilians without official business.
11-29-19, 11:30 PM
11-22-19, 10:56 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 17,394
Posted By Sapperc

I bought my 2016 Specialized Roubaix when the...

I bought my 2016 Specialized Roubaix when the jury was still out on whether or not disc brakes were right for road bikes. Amount other issues, disc brake rotor scrub from too much flex in forks and...
11-22-19, 09:45 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 8,443
Posted By Sapperc

Donít dismiss inexpensive saddles. A 2019 EC-90...

Donít dismiss inexpensive saddles. A 2019 EC-90 model Chinese ďpower saddleĒ nock-off bought on Amazon for under $40 after taxes, is the absolute best saddle Iíve ridden. So far Iíve got 2,271 miles...
11-19-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,263
Posted By Sapperc

Zertz inserts do have a design effect on frame...

Zertz inserts do have a design effect on frame dampening. Some are replaceable some are not. Problem is availability. Even Specialized has left zertz behind with their newer frames. How effective...
11-19-19, 09:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,164
Posted By Sapperc

Your experience is normal. There is no standard...

Your experience is normal. There is no standard in bicycle sizing, sometimes even within the same brand, especially when comparing frames from different years. What fits really depends on overall...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-17-19, 09:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 509
Posted By Sapperc

Photos might help. I suppose stranger things can...

Photos might help. I suppose stranger things can happen. Still itís hard to believe that you managed to break a crank arm without doing damage to a carbon frame. Iíd be careful. You might want to get...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-19, 10:07 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 94,072
Posted By Sapperc

3 versions of the future shock already exist....

3 versions of the future shock already exist. They are not interchangeable according to Specialized, although one forum member said in a previous thread that his LBS swapped out a 1.5 for a 2 which...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-19, 09:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,088
Posted By Sapperc

I would be careful trying to compare newer 700c...

I would be careful trying to compare newer 700c wheels to old 27Ē wheels. They arenít built the same externally or internally. Same goes for the associated tires. But then Iím not an advocate for...
11-14-19, 09:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 794
Posted By Sapperc

Yes, it should work if the hub is in good...

Yes, it should work if the hub is in good condition, but youíll need to change the rear derailleur to one that accommodates the new cassette too. Depending on type and design, you might need new...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 9,810
Posted By Sapperc

Interesting for sure, at least at the current...

Interesting for sure, at least at the current sale prices. At regular MSRP not so much. Specs are only available for the frame sets not the built up bikes, so no info on stem lengths, crank...
11-10-19, 12:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 12,417
Posted By Sapperc

Sounds like your rear wheel is binding. Could be...

Sounds like your rear wheel is binding. Could be a number of things. Since you donít know how to troubleshoot the problem you probably canít fix it. Take it to a bike shop. Good luck.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-19, 07:15 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,729
Posted By Sapperc

I often see cyclists dressed both warmer and...

I often see cyclists dressed both warmer and lighter than myself. It really comes down to your tolerance and acclimation to your local riding conditions, how long youíll be cycling, and how quickly...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,440
Posted By Sapperc

I donít think it is particularly unusual for...

I donít think it is particularly unusual for similarly built bikes to feel slightly different. But in this case, the bikes are not even identical, so I would expect to notice at least slight...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-11-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 25,590
Posted By Sapperc

Humm. Doesnít ring as a true answer, especially...

Humm. Doesnít ring as a true answer, especially given that at least one swap out between a 1.0 and 2.0 has been done successfully. I suspect there is more going on here than ďit wonít fit.Ē The...
10-07-19, 04:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,868
Posted By Sapperc

Sounds like you are not starting with a good...

Sounds like you are not starting with a good basic bike fit. Lots of online instructions exist on how to accomplish a good starting position for an initial basic fit from which you can then make one...
10-05-19, 07:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,389
Posted By Sapperc

Might want to see your doctor. Perhaps even...

Might want to see your doctor. Perhaps even specialists. Might be more going on in your shoulder and hand than you realize. Injury might have aggravated other problems. Might or might not be a quick...
10-02-19, 08:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,139
Posted By Sapperc

This. Add to that good health or more precisely...

This. Add to that good health or more precisely the lack there of and you have your answer(s).
10-02-19, 07:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,122
Posted By Sapperc

Agree with the OP. There are lots of options for...

Agree with the OP. There are lots of options for less expensive non-sport specific clothing items. I use a compression undershirt from Costco when the need arises.
10-02-19, 07:29 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,970
Posted By Sapperc

Give Specialized gel gloves a try. They are the...

Give Specialized gel gloves a try. They are the best at reducing road shock Iíve used. I also recommend Firelion gel gloves (available through Amazon) as a much less expensive alternative. Both do a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-19, 07:22 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 11,078
Posted By Sapperc

Maybe Iím missing something here or maybe Iím...

Maybe Iím missing something here or maybe Iím jumping to a wrong conclusion, but if the OP is concerned about busting a 245 pound total rider/bike weight limit, then bike weight is not even the right...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-19, 10:36 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,997
Posted By Sapperc

Road bikes are not inherently slow or fast as...

Road bikes are not inherently slow or fast as long as they are well built and maintained. Speed is mostly a function of the cyclist ó conditioning, positioning, technical skill ó and somewhat...
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