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So I ordered a few extra items from Wiggle. Look at what these sneaky fuckers pulled on me:
Originally Posted by Wiggle.co.uk
Hi Mr. bcrdukes,
The following items have been sent out for you via the delivery method selected.
2 x Elite Custom Race Bottle Cage - 2013 Black/White/Red
2 x Michelin Pro4 Service Course Folding Road Tyre Black 700x23c
1 x Shimano 105 PD-5700 SPD SL Road Pedals Chrome
Really? You couldn't just ship them all in one package and provide me with a tracking number?
On a related note - for those of you who bought the Continental GP4000s tires... tl;dr versioin: Michelin Pro Race 3 = High performance tire. Continental GP4000s = awesome daily rider for training and possibly racing tire
I rode Alphamale's bike today and felt that it is a softer tire compared to the Michelin Pro Race 3. It's got a nice cushy feel yet a smooth rolling resistance. It travels nicely and personally, for every day riding and training, these tires are pretty good.
Mind you, the Micheline Pro Race 3 has a bit less rolling resistance and is almost effortless when you get going. You feel a lot more of the bumps but in the end, I believe that comparing the Pro Race 3 and GP4000s are like comparing apples and oranges. They are two very different tires with very different intentions but for some reason fall under the "racing tire" category. The Pro Race 3 is a racing tire, not meant for daily riding. I haven't put much time into the GP4000s to say whether I like them or not but I definitely do like the Pro Race 3. Again, two different tires but whatever floats your boat and whatever doesn't break the bank.
I ordered the Pro Race 4 Service Course to try them out and compare them to the Pro Race 3 and the GP4000s. Stay tuned for a review and my thoughts on the tires!
Edit: For those of you who intend to order the Michelin Pro Race 4 - remember there are two kinds! There is the Service Course and the Endurance. The Endurance is made to be longer lasting as opposed to the Service Course.
Separate shipping could be due to their warehousing and distribution system. I've ordered hockey stuff online from the US from one company, but it comes from two different physical locations. I'm sure its cheaper for them to ship everything in one box as opposed to two boxes, and they would do that whenever possible as long as its logistically feasible.
Nobody's trying to scam you out of your tracking number
how necessary do you guys think professional bike fitting is? Is it a must when you have a road bike? I'm just a casual rider, more for working out and riding around close to home then going on crazy long rides out
I was caught in the moment and purchased single speed road bike through craigslist. I got an awesome deal, but the bike really didnt fit me too well. I gave up on it after a few months cause I would get back pains even after a short 30 minute ride.
Check out CC, they have a pretty good user guide for bike fitting. But I think is worth getting it done if you are planning to drop 1-2k on a new bike.
Last year, I willingly convinced myself that I would only "ride casually." Yeah, let's just say a "casual ride" turned into 40 to 80km rides. 30 minutes turned into 60. 60 turned into 4 hour rides. Not sure if that' still casual. I ignored the bike fit thinking it was just a scam.
During and after every ride, I would be in pain, either my back, wrists, my knees, quads, calves, shoulders, arms - you name it. It wasn't until I switched to the CAAD10 and got a proper fitting, things started to work better. I also struggled at the beginning of the season because of all sorts of complications built up from last season but now, it's getting better. Now, I am pain free.