Cycling Crew 2021 - need moar miles

Alias

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Dec 1, 2004
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NorCal
Well guys it's that time of year. Maybe we should begin this thread talking about where we ended 2020?

After screwing up my knee in January I finally got back to cranking out some good (for me) FTP numbers by year end.

Stats for 2020 are as follows:

Distance6,793.3 mi
Time358h 35m
Elev Gain214,649 ft
Rides299

Within a couple years I'd like to be biking as many miles as I'm driving, that could be fun.
I already ride more than I drive but that's because I barely drive :o

I got a little over 4k miles last year. Pretty happy with that considering I only ride 3 days a week. More than I did 2017, 2018, or 2019. 2015 and 2016 were over 5k though.
 

DieselUV

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Aug 31, 2004
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LoCo, VA
Carbon wheel quality can be all over the map and if your aluminum wheels were close in weight and have better hubs, that will affect how much difference there is. I have aluminum wheels that weigh 1460 grams (advertised, they definitely feel light) and have quality hubs. May go with a slightly deeper carbon wheel (38 mm vs 31 mm) from the same builder. Won't save much weight (10 grams) but should get a small aero advantage.
my buddy is a mechanic so i run things by him. he's poo-poo'd the Mercury S5s. Reynolds AR41, said they should be like $500. Enve and any that have internal nipples. He recommended Light Bicycle but those ended up being $1400 on the build I put together.
 
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Alias

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Dec 1, 2004
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my buddy is a mechanic so i run things by him. he's poo-poo'd the Mercury S5s. Reynolds AR41, said they should be like $500. Enve and any that have internal nipples. He recommended Light Bicycle but those ended up being $1400 on the build I put together.
How? I got a set of LB’s on my cross bike last year and with DT240’s and CX Rays they were like $900 shipped. Did you spec DT180’s?
 

Alias

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Dec 1, 2004
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NorCal
Oh damn. I've been trying to hike and such while in the off season instead of riding the trainer. I completely forgot about the impending doom of my chode. :wtc:
What trainer setup do you have?

I had a “dumb” trainer until like 4 months ago and would ride in 30-40 degrees and rain to avoid the suicidally boring trainer I loathed.

Now I have a ”smart” trainer and zwift and if it’s below 45 I’m riding the trainer and don’t even mind. Total game changer. The structured workouts are a game changer too. I’m feeling strong like I haven’t in years and the power meter confirms the increase.
 

Alias

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Dec 1, 2004
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What's y'all's chain maintenance routine? I was reading some bikeradar article the other day that said if you do the lazy method (1 drop per link, pedal backwards through a rag) you should do it every single ride. Seems excessive. That's my method but I do it every 3-5 hours of ride time or after a wet ride.
 

CopenKagan

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Feb 27, 2003
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Salt Lake City, Utah
What trainer setup do you have?

I had a “dumb” trainer until like 4 months ago and would ride in 30-40 degrees and rain to avoid the suicidally boring trainer I loathed.

Now I have a ”smart” trainer and zwift and if it’s below 45 I’m riding the trainer and don’t even mind. Total game changer. The structured workouts are a game changer too. I’m feeling strong like I haven’t in years and the power meter confirms the increase.
I have a smart trainer. I've been a POS and haven't touched it once since the riding season ended. :o
 

CopenKagan

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Feb 27, 2003
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What's y'all's chain maintenance routine? I was reading some bikeradar article the other day that said if you do the lazy method (1 drop per link, pedal backwards through a rag) you should do it every single ride. Seems excessive. That's my method but I do it every 3-5 hours of ride time or after a wet ride.
On my roadie, I only lube it once every few hundred miles. My mountain bike gets lubed once every 3-5 rides.
 

Alias

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Dec 1, 2004
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NorCal
On my roadie, I only lube it once every few hundred miles. My mountain bike gets lubed once every 3-5 rides.
Is your process like mine? One drop on each link, pedal backwards through a rag? I do every 3-5 hours or every wet ride. All my mtb rides are 2-5 hours so I do that bike every ride.
 

Alias

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Dec 1, 2004
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I have a smart trainer. I've been a POS and haven't touched it once since the riding season ended. :o
That’s the whole point of the trainer, to extend riding season :o

here in CA riding season is year round but I like riding in the morning and it can be 30-40.
 

CopenKagan

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Feb 27, 2003
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Salt Lake City, Utah
Is your process like mine? One drop on each link, pedal backwards through a rag? I do every 3-5 hours or every wet ride. All my mtb rides are 2-5 hours so I do that bike every ride.
I use a really thin dry lube. So I just blast it with piss until I get the whole chain, then wipe the excess, then let dry.
 
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diaper eater

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I blast my chain with lotsa lube (probably more than 1 drop per link) once it starts getting squeaky, then wipe with rag.

once its squeaky is approximately every 5-10 rides
 
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6SpeedTA95

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My road bike gets lube every couple hundred miles, sometimes every 300 miles, basically about every 2 or so weeks during the peak of riding outdoors.
My trainer bike not nearly enough :o
 
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CraneCamsOU

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My road bike gets lube every couple hundred miles, sometimes every 300 miles, basically about every 2 or so weeks during the peak of riding outdoors.
My trainer bike not nearly enough :o
About the same here. I use a homebrew of chainsaw bar & chain lube cut with odorless mineral spirits. Chains are cheap and get replaced every year anyway.
 
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black jesus

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Cannondale is giving up on my Scalpel SE. However they are sending me the orange/black Scalpel frame with the 120/120 Lefty Ocho and Fox rear they give the pros for the marathon races, XTR, carbon fiber wheels and bars. Could be worse.
 
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