Technical Stuff

Seen some great tech stuff?  Seen some dreadful tech stuff?  Have some tech questions?  Then this is the page for you.

If you have tech questions then, if you are lucky you may get some answers.  You never know but the answers may even be useful.

Note that for any advice given then it is up to the reader to use that advice advisedly at their own risk.

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Teocalli
Admin
September 15, 2021 1:05 pm

I have a WAHOO ELEMNT and it has developed an annoying issue. When I turn it on it goes INSTALLING for some minutes then goes ERROR INSTALL FAILED before going into ride mode. I have contacted WAHOO support and they came back with this :- >>>> I would ask you to connect your Elemnt to a hotspot if possible: * To do this, please set up a hotspot on a phone that does not have your Elemnt app installed and that you normally do not use with your Elemnt * Then please go to the Elemnt app on your own… Read more »

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chuckp
September 15, 2021 6:35 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Have you tried a hard reset?

Press the front, lower right hand corner button + the Power button on the Left side of the unit for 10 seconds.

You may or may not lose all your settings and any ride data stored on the unit. It’s considered a “last resort” whenever a unit freezes up, gets stuck, or won’t turn back on.

And if that doesn’t fix your problem, doing a hard reset should allow you to access Settings and do a factory reset.

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Teocalli
Admin
September 15, 2021 7:32 pm
Reply to  chuckp

Thanks. I’lll give Wahoo a couple of days to come back to me and if they don’t then I’ll give that a go.

Teocalli
Admin
September 16, 2021 12:56 pm
Reply to  chuckp

Thanks, they have come back with these suggestion. Will try it later.

chuckp
September 16, 2021 1:10 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Whenever I’ve had an issue (only a few times) with either my BOLT or ROAM, a hard reset has solved it.

Teocalli
Admin
September 16, 2021 6:09 pm
Reply to  chuckp

Finally fixed it. The Factory reset did not fix the problem in itself but after doing that and repairing with my phone and then initiating the update from the companion Ap on my phone is installed OK and now seems to turn on/off normally. Phew!

Wiscot
Wiscot
September 6, 2021 2:02 pm

A wee blast from the past concerning Battaglin (and Tommy Prim).

https://www.velominati.com/guest-article/guest-article-prim-and-proper/

MangoDave
September 6, 2021 5:49 pm
Reply to  Wiscot

A good re-read.

MangoDave
August 26, 2021 10:31 pm

I liked the new Pez review of Sportful kit. I was unfamiliar with the brand. I’ll let Chuck do the honors of providing a link if he’s so inclined.
Bonus question – Can anyone identify the blue and white bike in the review photos?

Teocalli
Admin
August 27, 2021 8:42 am
Reply to  MangoDave
MangoDave
August 27, 2021 9:00 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

I believe you called it correctly. I tried a quick search for Power + bike and all I got was a list of e-bikes. Very nice looking frames, too bad they’re so expensive. Not that I need another bike!

Teocalli
Admin
August 28, 2021 11:58 am
Reply to  MangoDave

When did “need” become a factor in getting a new bike………?

MangoDave
September 6, 2021 5:52 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

In the form of “need” to maintain domestic tranquility and “need” to keep a roof over my head. I’m pretty sure I’m at S-1, and plan on parting with 2 or 3 bikes due to lack of space.

chuckp
August 27, 2021 7:32 pm
Reply to  MangoDave

Review was done by the PEZ himself aka Richard Pestes. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/sportful-evo-jersey-ltd-bibshort-review/

chuckp
August 13, 2021 2:18 pm

More new kit! MAAP OffCuts jersey make with “leftovers” from prior production runs. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/maap-offcuts-review-enviro-conscious-jersey/

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chuckp
July 28, 2021 1:36 pm

I know these are ridiculously expensive, but they are also ridiculously good/great shoes IMHO. My review of the Lake CX403s for PEZ. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/lake-cx403-shoes-review-the-carbitex-difference/

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chuckp
July 28, 2021 1:32 pm

If you know anyone with a disc brake bike looking for “bargain” carbon fiber wheels, e11even is worth a look-see. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/e11even-disc-brake-wheels-review/

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chuckp
June 16, 2021 11:13 am

Another shoe review! But at least this pair is a little more wallet friendly. Northwave Extreme GT2. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/northwave-extreme-gt2-shoe-review/

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MangoDave
June 16, 2021 8:27 pm
Reply to  chuckp

Nice review. Detailed and thoughtful write-up.

chuckp
June 16, 2021 8:55 pm
Reply to  MangoDave

Thank you! Appreciate the kind words.

chuckp
June 11, 2021 11:09 am

If anyone is in the market for a new cycling computer, here’s my review of the new Wahoo BOLT. It now has color. Wahoo have upped their game to take on Garmin. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/the-new-wahoo-elemnt-bolt/ Oh … and we’re in the midst of the every 17 year cycle of Brood X cicadas here. My second experience. Truly a marvel of nature. Cheers!

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chuckp
May 26, 2021 11:17 am

And more new kit! My review of the La Passione RVV jersey and bibs. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/la-passione-rvv-collection-review/

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chuckp
May 17, 2021 3:35 pm

More new kit! This time, GORE’s new take on their Fabian Cancellara kit. I am Spartacus! https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/gore-cancellara-jersey-bibshorts-review/

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chuckp
April 28, 2021 11:46 am

I know I risk ridicule from some of y’all, but my latest for PEZ. Review of Specialized HyprViz kit. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/specialized-hyprviz-go-with-the-fluo/

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Teocalli
Admin
April 28, 2021 2:50 pm
Reply to  chuckp

I have nothing against Fluoro/High Viz. I don’t understand folk wearing camouflage gear and I’m not keen on black either.

A few years back on a slightly misty morning a cyclist was going the other way with a flashing light and a bright jersey. It was only when he was nearly up to me that I spotted the other guy infront of him with no light and all black gear.

chuckp
April 28, 2021 8:04 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

That’s called a death wish.

sthilzy
April 19, 2021 12:48 pm

Forgot to shift gear into Neutral?!
https://fb.watch/4ZdpJSlUKM/

Teocalli
Admin
April 19, 2021 5:22 pm
Reply to  sthilzy

That is weird to say the least as you’d expect the pedals to continue to turn after the wheel hit the deck if it was spinning due to momentum. Would like to see the video from a bit earlier as to how he dismounted.

chuckp
April 16, 2021 2:17 pm

My “mini review” of the new Pirelli P ZERO Race clinchers in PEZ Gear Break today. As well as a bunch of other stuff for this Friday. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/gear-break-16-04-2021-pirelli-myvelofit-komcycling-rapha-efeducation-nippo-abus-sockguy/

chuckp
April 9, 2021 1:14 pm

Another shoe review. This time, the new Shimano S-PHYRE RC902. Totally flash in blue. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/shimano-s-phyre-rc902-shoe-review/

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Teocalli
Admin
April 10, 2021 11:10 am
Reply to  chuckp

I like the variable arch support. I have very high arches and most standard insoles don’t give me sufficient support. I’ve done some of my own customisations with variable results. Anyone know of similar aftermarket customisable solutions that fit road shoes? I’ve tried SOLE which are are a good system but I found the basic sole was too thick for lying shoes and I was getting too compressed around the widest part of my foot. I did have ideal with the Stelbel to get custom inners within the price but with Covid lockdowns etc I’ve not been able to take… Read more »

chuckp
April 10, 2021 1:26 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

– I use Bontrager insoles in my Lakes. I have low arches and the OEM insoles had too much arch support. I know Lake makes a custom insole but I wanted to see if something off the shelf would work for me. Not custom, but the Bontrager insoles work well for me. https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/bontrager/inform_biodynamic_insoles/ I don’t have any experience with these, but both SOLE and Surefoot make cycling specific custom insoles.

Wiscot
Wiscot
April 13, 2021 5:58 pm
Reply to  chuckp

AIIRC you can return the Bontrager insoles if they don’t work which is nice.

Wiscot
Wiscot
April 13, 2021 5:58 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Giro do a sole with three levels of arch support. I have very low arches and use only the lowest option, so if you’d like the “highest” options let me know and I’ll send them to you.

Teocalli
Admin
April 13, 2021 7:14 pm
Reply to  Wiscot

I’ve found an aftermarket solution. Will save the details to see how they work out and can be the basis of an article if they turn out OK. It’s a very similar solution.

MangoDave
April 14, 2021 7:49 pm
Reply to  chuckp

This comment doesn’t really belong here but… I had just finished reading this shoe review on PEZ a couple days ago and went out to get my mail. I was pleasantly surprised to find my OTR prize waiting for me, forwarded by Chuck since it was sent to him accidentally. So thanks to Teocalli for the original prize and thanks, Chuck, for taking the time to send it along. Just like dancollins, the phone/tool wallet will be a step up from the zip lock bag I had been using.

Teocalli
Admin
April 14, 2021 8:00 pm
Reply to  MangoDave

Excellent. Sorry for the cockup in sending via Chuck!

chuckp
April 16, 2021 1:12 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Happy to pay it forward!

Haldy34
April 3, 2021 10:20 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Sadly…most likely. Really ticks me off.

Teocalli
Admin
March 4, 2021 3:24 pm

Hmm – one for all those happy to buy Far East ‘knock offs’. Mavic find 100% failure rate in fake wheels.

https://road.cc/content/tech-news/mavic-warns-against-buying-counterfeit-wheels-281435?fbclid=IwAR2KkoPVGdWkGvwZMa4C-pKnmO0wCGo414WcTC9GcGoOmcHchSqOT4-46T0

Teocalli
Admin
March 5, 2021 10:33 am
Reply to  sthilzy

Not great PR for Canyon. This may show up some issues in the ‘direct to customer’ model vs using a LBS. Not least that I wonder how many of their customers would be capable of swapping out bars so any fix will likely require some form of credit/claim to have an LBS replace the bars – once they’ve worked out what they are going to do.

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chuckp
March 5, 2021 2:49 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

At least one report I’ve read says that the culprit may have been an overtightened brake lever. Given where it broke, a plausible explanation. At least Canyon is taking it seriously and addressing the problem. If there actually is a problem with the bars, direct to consumer vs LBS isn’t the issue, i.e., faulty bars are faulty bars and not a function of the business model. But yes, replacing them could be an issue for those who aren’t mechanically inclined. If not installed by Canyon, then a question of future liability. And maybe a LBS wouldn’t want to touch them… Read more »

Teocalli
Admin
March 6, 2021 5:59 pm
Reply to  sthilzy
Last edited 6 months ago by Teocalli
chuckp
February 18, 2021 3:19 pm

Another review on PEZ. Specialized S-Works Ares road shoe. Worn by the likes of Sam Bennett and Julian Alaphilippe. Won’t be surprised if Sagan ends up wearing them too. But for us mere mortals … bloody expensive! Also, the styling/look might not appeal to everyone. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/specialized-s-works-ares-shoes-review-channeling-your-inner-sam-bennett/

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Teocalli
Admin
February 18, 2021 4:37 pm
Reply to  chuckp

Black shoes should be lace up!

Haldy34
February 18, 2021 12:00 am

Waiting for MangoDave’s Golden Tickets to show up, so taking the time to give these beauties a right proper cleaning.

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Teocalli
Admin
February 18, 2021 11:29 am
Reply to  Haldy34

I’ve got a couple of those on worn out Shamal rims that I am thinking about rebuilding with new rims, though not sure whether anyone makes the ‘3 group” spoke pattern that matches Campag so my only option may be to rebuild with Shamal rims. The only thing putting me off is the internal nipples on the Campag rims which look like being a ‘mare to lace.

Last edited 6 months ago by Teocalli
Haldy34
February 18, 2021 4:38 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Campagnolo sells a little magnet that slides into the spoke nipple, so you can then use another to guide it to the spoke hole. It works quite well actually.

Teocalli
Admin
February 18, 2021 4:43 pm
Reply to  Haldy34

Yes I saw that. Will have to look at rim options but might be best to stick with Shamal and then I can reuse my existing spokes. Hopefully.

MangoDave
February 18, 2021 5:09 pm
Reply to  Haldy34

Oh, very nice! They felt smooth, didn’t think they would need a proper cleaning. How do they look inside?

Haldy34
February 18, 2021 5:25 pm
Reply to  MangoDave

The hub bearings were still really clean actually, dirt had worked its way into the freehub area, so good to get that cleaned out. I also pulled and re lubed the cartridge bearing in the freehub body itself, will be super smooth when you get them back. 🙂

chuckp
February 9, 2021 1:03 pm

Anyone in the market for a new helmet? My review of the new Lazer Sphere MIPS. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/lazer-sphere-mips-helmet-review/ Next in the review queue for me are the new Specialized Ares road shoes.

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chuckp
January 21, 2021 1:08 pm

Another review for PEZ. Wahoo ELEMNT RIVAL GPS watch. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/wahoo-elemnt-rival-review-and-set-up-guide/

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chuckp
January 13, 2021 12:38 pm
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chuckp
January 14, 2021 3:50 pm
Reply to  chuckp

My pic didn’t post. Trying again.

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chuckp
January 11, 2021 2:49 pm

If anyone is still looking to buy winter kit. My review of La Passione on PEZ. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/la-passione-winter-kit-review-baby-its-cold-outside/

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chuckp
December 22, 2020 1:40 pm

For those who are contemplating buying a smart trainer and doing indoor riding over the winter, my latest review on PEZ. Wahoo KICKR AXIS. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/wahoo-kickr-axis-the-joys-of-indoor-riding/

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Teocalli
Admin
October 6, 2020 6:49 pm

The quill stem is making a comeback – if it ever went away…….

https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/new-canyon-aeroad-2021/

chuckp
October 7, 2020 4:34 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Actually a f*ing cool bike with some neat tech. And the price is right. Would be on my short list if I was in the market for an aero road bike.

Quasar
October 8, 2020 1:06 pm
Reply to  chuckp

Canyon know what they’re doing.

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