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  1. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    Dave, yeah luxury and recreational goods are at an all time low due to the pandemic and people picking up new hobbies. Bikes are scarce. Guitars are scarce. Two of my most passionate non-home-theater hobbies. Don't give up. Just curious, what type of bike are you looking for and what's your...
  2. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    Adding to this, as what I'm about to write doesn't totally fit into either COVID threads... I admit I probably could have kept cycling during the pandemic. But the truth is, early on when not a lot was known about how easily the virus spread, the concept of riding at speed behind other riders...
  3. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    Yeah I'm fortunate enough to have pretty wide and open surface streets in WLA, not sure which part of the Bay Area you're in, but I know SF proper can be very densely packed. So I've been avoiding the usual routes and it's been about getting my heart rate up in the 140s, which is admittedly...
  4. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    Hi Nelson - definitely stay safe and good to hear you're riding indoors. I've eased off trying to train for a century (for obvious reasons) and just do a daily ride of about the same length you are on your trainer. I wouldn't worry at all about your endurance, it's all about staying healthy and...
  5. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    Sounds like you had a great ride! Nothing wrong with really pushing yourself, as long as you don't border on doing anything that may go past what's healthy. But usually your body will tell you when you're red-lining and when to back off. Regarding clothing fit: I will say I thought tighter...
  6. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    My two places for cycling kit are Competitive Cycling and Excel Sports. Both have fairly regular sales so just wait for around 30-50% off. I'm a huge fan of De Marchi and Castelli. I think they give you high quality stuff and when they go on sale they're competitive with the Pearl Izumi stuff in...
  7. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    Oh I agree. By far the most important part of a bike (assuming everything's working a-ok) is it's engine (the rider). And yes, with all the talk of "aero" this and that, the least aero thing on any bike is...it's engine. Hence why most pro cyclists are built like string beans (very few are...
  8. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    Oh, if you are committed to the "one bike for 10 years" and don't mind spending the coin, my buddy who is an absolute cycling fanatic, and has owned (and re-sold) so many bikes that he's probably totaled six figures in expenditures...his #1 (I think he currently has 4 bikes) is similar to your...
  9. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    re: electronic shifting running out of batteries. SRAM: you can buy spares. The batteries plug into the derailleurs. Shimano: when the battery starts to run too low, first it shuts down the front derailleur and keeps the rear going. You'll have a fair amount of juice to get home. I mean if...
  10. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    Welcome to the Rabbit Hole, Nelson! I've been stuck down here for a while, it's good to have company! :rolling-smiley: i'm happy to share my opinions, so that maybe if you find you agree with them, it may help narrow your new bike focus. Let me start with the obvious: I love my Giant TCR (road...
  11. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    Good on you though for plowing ahead! I know for me personally, it's always toughest just to get started on something, but once I actually get going, I wonder why motivation was even a problem. And yes, if I've not been on the bike for a while, the first couple of miles suck, until the blood...
  12. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    I think most PMs that you buy and add-on won't have a fee. I think Cannondale (and maybe another manufacturer or two) is just being a cheap mo-fo and doing that. It's "free" with the bike, just like Giant...but it's not really free. It shocked me when I saw Cannondale was doing that because...
  13. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    Power meters are a good way to track effort, I'm a fan of the one on my TCR (and I miss the data when I ride my other bikes). But they can be pricey, so if you find you're at a certain price point where it may make sense to see if there's a new bike that comes with a PM, maybe take a look at...
  14. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    Hey Nelson, yeah I'm now down to those three. I actually sold my first Trek to Pro's Closet and my Cannondale is disassembled and being sold for parts. So I'm going to ride these three for the foreseeable future. The only possible addition, and it's not likely because I have no one in my circle...
  15. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    Very nice looking ride! Cool before-n-after shots too. Hope you get a chance to hit the trails soon! Keep me posted!
  16. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    Okay I think I'm finally in the spot where I want to be with regards to the bikes I own. These are the three I'm going to roll with for a while. My "best" bike in terms of overall mix of comfort, speed, climbing ability, lightweight, etc. is the Giant TCR Advanced SL1. A great mix of...
  17. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    So with my 2 road bikes, the racing TCR and the aero S3...I was really struggling with what to do with my first bike, the Trek FXS6. Obviously being a hybrid/flat bar bike, I can't get anywhere near as fast as I can on the TCR and S3. And yet, it wasn't significantly more comfortable on badly...
  18. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    Weather is much cooler today and the AQI is only about 75, which is in "moderate" territory but to be honest in L.A that is about as good as it gets, so I will ride in a bit later this afternoon...assuming the AQI doesn't spike. I haven't been following how contained the fire is, so now would be...
  19. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    Haha yeah, I actually am standing pat on all of my tech (2 year old iPhone X and mid-2015 MBP) because to be honest, they are still functioning like champs and the new ones aren't worth the extra cost. In terms of the 11, the improvements over the X don't justify $1K+ expenditure. For the new...
  20. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    Hi @Nelson Au - hope all is going well, or improving, with the things you're taking care of. Cycling can wait, it'll be there and just as sweet when you're ready to come back to it. Oh yeah I forgot I hadn't updated this thread with the new bike. Another half-off sale off of a 2018 model. It's...
  21. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    My obligatory semi-regular update, and well-wishes to you @Nelson Au ! Sometimes I forget that I live in a touristy area. From my weekend ride to Venice, CA. Was testing out the new tubeless tire setup on my S3. Thought the white matched the bridge well. I will say this: had a pretty decent...
  22. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    Hey Nelson--hope everything goes well for you with those issues! No worries at all, whenever you have time to pop in and say hello please do so. Until Apple and/or Shimano get their Bluetooth LE ducks in a row, I don't think I'll have much luck, but with D-Fly now working I essentially have 100%...
  23. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    @Nelson Au any interest in this for November 2020? http://perimeterbicycling.com/el-tour-de-tucson/ I'm starting to train now for it. One of my close friends who got his PhD from UofA says this is a huge event, and he even said if I do it, he'll come out for support. It's a bit too close to...
  24. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    Update: it's clearly the Shimano iPhone app (or the fact I'm on beta iOS 13.1) that's broken. I just got D-Fly to work on my Di2 wireless unit, so now I can change pages on the fly on my Wahoo Roam, as well as display all gear information on there. It's the app that's failing to connect via BT...
  25. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    So first tech fail...and I'm going to blame it on the iPhone Shimano E-Tube app. I can't get it to pair over Bluetooth to the EW-WU111. I think it may be because I'm running a beta iOS version and the Shimano app hasn't been updated in a few months. I know the beta versions have broken a couple...
  26. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    I don't fully know the engineer, but yes I believe both the front and rear derailleurs have a motor inside (you can hear the motorized sound as it shifts). Not sure where "the brains" live, it must be the junction box. On my Cannondale the junction box is a rectangular block that is attached...
  27. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    To address this question specifically, no there isn't. As I mentioned, the system gives you many opportunities to confirm power prior to running out. From just holding down the button and understanding what the flashing LED responses mean (I think there's a different one for 50% and 25% power...
  28. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    Nelson: I felt totally the same when I first heard of Di2. I was super-skeptical. My first cars, 1989 Toyota pickup, 2000 Nissan Altima, were both stick-shifts. It wasn't until 2012 that I got my first automatic transmission because I finally had the career and income I wanted and was going to...
  29. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    Because of the Di2 being mounted at the bar endcap, I can't actually secure my bar tape via endcaps. I have to do one of those diagonal cuts (similar to how you cut the tape diagonally at the end to make it parallel with the front tire/top tube so that it looks clean when you use the...
  30. Carlo_M

    Cycling, my new addiction...er...hobby (or, I finally am taking my doctor's advice)

    I think next time I'm going to try wrapping "towards the body" rather than away from. Most shops, and online cycling sites like GCN, seem to say go outward (away) but I noticed both the Cannondale and Giant wraps went towards the frame. Also some of the "pro team" mechanics I've seen YouTube...
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