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Hobbies and Pastimes / Re: Bicycles
« on: October 11, 2021, 09:15:56 pm »
I’ve been racing road for a few years now, but finally decided to try out a cyclocross race two weekends ago.  Totally out of my element as I spend very little time off road.  Was an absolute blast.


General Chat / Re: Seawolf's Pacific Coast Highway Trip!
« on: October 04, 2021, 06:47:57 pm »
@seawolf here are some Seattle suggestions:

Paseo - Best sandwich in Seattle, period. - https://www.paseo.com/

Discovery park (good spot for a walk and awesome views of the sound).  Grab a Paseo sandwich, a beer from one of the local breweries in Fremont, then drive over to the park and eat on the beach.  -  Fort Lawton Beach, 122.434422, Seattle, WA 98199

Depending on how much time you're spending in the area I've got a lot more.  But honestly, if I was just passing through this is what I'd do.

Hobbies and Pastimes / Re: Bicycles
« on: September 22, 2021, 06:03:28 pm »
Anyone using a Quad Lock? Or is there something better I should know about before picking one of these up?

I'd encourage you to go with a bike specific computer over using your phone.  They are much smaller and more compact, many have GPS capability if that's what you're looking for, are weatherproof, and much easier to replace should a crash happen.

Hobbies and Pastimes / Re: Bicycles
« on: September 20, 2021, 08:15:47 pm »
@Nkwkfld Yes.  Jumbo-Visma races the S5 on most single day and stage race stages that don't have massive elevation gain (they'll race the R5 on those days).

Hobbies and Pastimes / Re: Bicycles
« on: September 20, 2021, 07:29:22 pm »
Thanks @henry_david.  Yeah most observers have their mind blown when they get a look at the cockpit up close.  It's, umm, unique.

Hobbies and Pastimes / Re: Bicycles
« on: September 20, 2021, 06:27:46 pm »
This dream bike has been years in the making.  Outside of a possible upgrade to the brake rotors it’s finally complete.


Hobbies and Pastimes / Re: Bicycles
« on: September 15, 2021, 10:26:08 pm »
Switching to Assioma pedal based power.  I've been using them a bit on my Exploro and they work really well.

Hobbies and Pastimes / Re: Bicycles
« on: September 14, 2021, 07:11:13 pm »
New crank for the S5 came in yesterday.  Absolute work of art, is super stiff, and weighs half as much as a Dura Ace crank.


Hobbies and Pastimes / Re: Bicycles
« on: September 09, 2021, 09:02:08 pm »
@motojobobo Thanks!  Just a cheap camera trick.  iPhone is set to 0.5x zoom which gives it a bit of a fish eye effect.  Looks like I'm not close to the bike at all but I'm standing just outside of view to the left.  Hand on the saddle, pull hand off, click photo, hand on saddle.  Bike has to stay upright on it's own for maybe 1-2 seconds. 

Hobbies and Pastimes / Re: Bicycles
« on: September 09, 2021, 08:21:35 pm »
Having ridden and raced both I can say I marginally favor disc.  Rim brakes are very easy to deal with as compared to disc and, I personally think, look better.  But, disc has noticeably better stopping power, especially in wet conditions.  Brake rub on disc brakes makes me want to stab myself in the ear.  You can get rub on either type of brake but only one type (disc) sounds like you're sharpening a knife for the entire ride.

This summer racing stage one of the Baker City Classic down in Oregon having disc brakes probably saved me from a very serious crash.  Going somewhere between 50 and 55MPH I was leading the group into a blind right hand corner that until you began the turn you couldn't get a look at the road.  Turns out it was covered in gravel and the line I had chosen was leading me right into it.  Rather than chance riding through it with a solid lean, as we were hauling ass, I sat up and rode straight into the other lane (there was no oncoming traffic) which gave me enough time to grab a ton of brake and keep the wheels down and stay on the road.  There's a legitimate chance I would have gone off the road into the barbed wire cattle fence had I not been riding disc.

Rim also tends to be more aero and lighter, but those two factors are pointless reasons to choose one over the other unless you're a highly competitive bike racer.   

Hobbies and Pastimes / Re: Bicycles
« on: September 09, 2021, 07:00:19 pm »
@Nkwkfld last race is tonight.  This is only my second full season racing but it's been a busy one.  Tonight will be roughly race 25 of the season.

Hobbies and Pastimes / Re: Bicycles
« on: September 09, 2021, 06:54:31 pm »
I'd have preferred it a bit blacker.

Ha!  I love black bikes.  The above photo does the paint no justice.  It has a really cool glitter effect in the sun.


Hobbies and Pastimes / Re: Bicycles
« on: September 09, 2021, 06:49:27 pm »
@henry_david Thanks!  It's an incredible bike.  Stupidly fast.

Hobbies and Pastimes / Re: Bicycles
« on: September 09, 2021, 06:40:49 pm »
Last Crit of the season tonight.  The S5 has been a privilege to race this year.


Hobbies and Pastimes / Re: Bicycles
« on: August 23, 2021, 09:31:43 pm »
For what it's worth a buddy of mine has a Surly Straggler and loves it.  If weight isn't a concern then this is a great option.  It's got plenty of tire clearance for running a larger tire and with the stem run at the very top of your steerer tube you can get into a very relaxed position if that's the goal.  There are plenty of fancier steel bikes out there but there is really no need to bother.  If you end up falling in love with cycling then that's when upgrading becomes something to consider.

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