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  1. AyeYo

    When does the ride get TOO comfortable?

    My first road bike was full carbon with carbon fork/steerer/seat post (Felt Z5) so for awhile I didn't have much of a frame of reference. I went carbon because the guys at the LBS kept talking about the superior ride quality, plus in the price range I was looking at there weren't any aluminum...
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    What's happening to road frame shapes these days?

    Is it just me or are road frames starting to look more and more like mountain bikes with massively sloped top tubes that are nearly a straight shot (same angle) right into the rapidly shriveling seat stays? The odd thing is that in most cases this seems (at least from eyeballing without...
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    Tubeless wheels/tires with tubes

    Last night I picked up a 2010 Scott CX Team for $300 on good old Craigslist (best deal ever? ). The only issue with an otherwise very nice and clean bike is that it's rolling (more like not rolling) on some stupid Stan's No Tubes rims and tires. I don't want to deal with the hassle of tubeless...
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    Tire rub on chainstay?

    I'm back from vacation and not enjoying the shitty weather - day three of on/off rain and no sun now. I didn't want that to stop me from riding, so I figured I'd do a little spin on the trainer. When I was swapping rear wheels, something caught my eye. BOTH chainstays have significant gouges...
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    Ultegra 6800 really that much better than 105 5700?

    So I'm on vacation and riding a rented CAAD10 with Ultegra 6800 and an FSA SLK carbon crank. First off, I'm very impressed at how light this bike is for an aluminum frame, but that's beside the point. What really blew my mind in the first mile was the drivetrain. Cross chaining any combo...
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    Suddenly my pedal stroke is ruined.

    Somehow, some way, I can no longer pedal. I'm not sure what did it, because there was a combination of changes at once. I've adjusted the bars to a more aggressive position, got new pedals, new saddle, and the bike shop messed with my seat position and it took me a couple rides to notice and...
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    Disc road bikes - your opinion

    This seems to be the trend in 2014 and will likely gather steam going foward. Personally, I just don't see the point. Here's how I see it... Pros: - Better all weather stopping (machined surface rim brakes already work just fine in the rain and I don't ride my road bike in the mud, i.e...
  8. AyeYo

    Spacers above the stem

    In preparation for my clip on aero bars, I decided to take the massive stack of spacers out from under my stem. The bike came from the shop with a good 20mm+ in spacers on top of a massive headtube bearing cap, topped off with Felt's variable angle stem in the upward orientation with the shim...
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    Noob question: How much does leg strength actually matter?

    Before I got into biking a year ago, I assumed having strong legs would make biking cake. Obviously that gets proved more wrong with each passing day of riding and the more reading I do about cycling training. Now I'm beginning to wonder if leg strength really matters much at all. I don't see...
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    Some definitions of "hills" and "climbs"

    So I'm pretty new to cycling (this is only my second season riding), cycling lingo, and everything cycling related. I've been doing a lot of reading and reading up on this forum as well. I see people talking about hills and climbs. Short and steep, long and gradual, etc. I have no idea what...
  11. AyeYo

    Recommendations: Wheel upgrade on a budget

    Hey guys, just looking for some advice here. I have a 2012 Felt Z5 that currently has the stock Mavic CXP22s on Felt hubs. These wheels are ~2200g. I do a lot of very hilly riding and I like doing hill climbs, so I'm looking for something lighter. I'm only 175lbs so I don't need anything that's...