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04-13-21, 07:36 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By brawlo

What was it about the Trek that you didn't like?...

What was it about the Trek that you didn't like? I'm 6'5" too and front end height is an issue on almost anything you will buy off the shelf and I assume that was at least one of your Trek issues. If...
03-30-21, 06:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 518
Posted By brawlo

330lb ~ 150kg. That's the weight I was back at...

330lb ~ 150kg. That's the weight I was back at university when I was commuting back and forth on a regular cheap 26" mountain bike. 32 spoke wheels, 2.1inch tyres, no suspension and nothing special...
Replies: 31
Views: 2,646
Posted By brawlo

And maybe invest in an adjustable stem. It will...

And maybe invest in an adjustable stem. It will give a lot of flexibility to sort a position out before putting money towards something higher end
Replies: 31
Views: 2,646
Posted By brawlo

It is probably true that your son can win on...

It is probably true that your son can win on anything, but equipment does make a difference. When you're racing among the top 1%, equipment alone can be the difference between a podium and 10th...
03-21-21, 03:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 821
Posted By brawlo

This ^^ New wheels are an easy buy and...

This ^^

New wheels are an easy buy and upgrade. Spend the money on something quality and when/if you end up upgrading your bike, carry them over with you. They then become an investment. It's also...
03-18-21, 05:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 407
Posted By brawlo

Not too much help, but I knew a guy about 5 years...

Not too much help, but I knew a guy about 5 years ago that was always in the 90-100kg region that rode Reynolds carbons without issue.

On another note, are you sure it's your wheel that is causing...
03-17-21, 11:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 850
Posted By brawlo

I'd go for a 25mm rim in the build. That will...

I'd go for a 25mm rim in the build. That will make it pretty versatile. It will take fast rolling 25-28mm tyres and also be decent width for 30-40mm cyclocross style treads if you choose to go that...
03-17-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 850
Posted By brawlo

This!! New wheels should be looked at as an...

This!! New wheels should be looked at as an investment rather than a cost. Get a good set built or find a good wheel builder option. Wheels are super easy to transfer from one bike to another, you...
03-14-21, 11:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,164
Posted By brawlo

100% not wrong. You just need the bits built...

100% not wrong. You just need the bits built strong enough and in the right way, basically in reference to the rim. The problem is that rims generally aren't built with heavyweights in mind. What we...
03-11-21, 06:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 622
Posted By brawlo

Definitely worth crossing the larger issues off...

Definitely worth crossing the larger issues off the list, but I would say it's most likely your core muscles getting used to the workload and crying out in pain. I get similar pains if I'm out of the...
03-11-21, 06:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,253
Posted By brawlo

With that ^^^ in mind, for your inside riding try...

With that ^^^ in mind, for your inside riding try just putting a towel across your bars It will meet 2 needs and soak your sweat instead of it soaking you bar tape = longer bar tape life, plus it...
Replies: 2,768
Views: 382,083
Posted By brawlo

Phil Hindes (https://www.instagram.com/phindes/)...

Phil Hindes (https://www.instagram.com/phindes/) has pics and video on his socials of the new Hope bike
03-09-21, 04:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 640
Posted By brawlo

All good. Kind of funny that it's a Velocity rim...

All good. Kind of funny that it's a Velocity rim you cracked. The only rim I've ever broken was a Velocity A23. At the time it happened (due to hitting a pothole not pointed out in a bunch ride - the...
03-08-21, 05:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,164
Posted By brawlo

Sorry, Miche as per your 165kg claim. Sure,...

Sorry, Miche as per your 165kg claim.

Sure, I too have seen many factory wheels cope under heavier riders, but the fact remains that if you exceed the warranted weight limit you have zero recourse...
03-08-21, 04:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 640
Posted By brawlo

What make/material rims are you cracking and what...

What make/material rims are you cracking and what kind of riding are you doing on the bike? Also you say north of 200lb, how far north?

The build seems sound, however, if you have a destructive...
03-08-21, 04:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,164
Posted By brawlo

I'd suggest you take another look at that. Unless...

I'd suggest you take another look at that. Unless something's changed, their more durable wheels are only rated to 120kg and the racier ones, to 109kg.
03-03-21, 10:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,253
Posted By brawlo

You tend to be fairly stagnant on position with a...

You tend to be fairly stagnant on position with a trainer compared to real world riding, depending on what program you're following. Make sure you move around a bit, out of the saddle every so often...
02-18-21, 06:10 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,631
Posted By brawlo

Modern saddle designs don't work the same way...

Modern saddle designs don't work the same way that old school traditional saddles work. They interact differently "down there". I'm 6'5" and when I was clocking up frequent 60-100km rides was in the...
02-17-21, 07:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 490
Posted By brawlo

I would be looking at direct mount (rear wheel...

I would be looking at direct mount (rear wheel off) trainers. Well built trainers with less or no adjustments for packing away should give you a solid foundation. The Lemond Revolution is one that...
Replies: 12
Views: 1,172
Posted By brawlo

Thomson stems are great, but only go to 130mm....

Thomson stems are great, but only go to 130mm. The old 3T ARX stems with 2 bolt steerer and 4 bolt faceplate were right up there just under Thomson for stiffness and can be had in 140 & 150. They're...
01-28-21, 09:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 967
Posted By brawlo

Maybe look at ebike rated wheels. They're usually...

Maybe look at ebike rated wheels. They're usually rated for more weight due to their more robust build to cope with the elec motor torque
01-28-21, 08:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,631
Posted By brawlo

I'm your weight and have had great luck with...

I'm your weight and have had great luck with Selle SMP (Composit and Dynamic) saddles and currently riding a variety of ISM saddles on my 4 bikes but with a Breakaway (now called PL1.0) on the road...
01-28-21, 08:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 609
Posted By brawlo

What are your intentions of where/how you are...

What are your intentions of where/how you are riding that bike? From what I can gather of just looking at the bike, it's going to be for cruising/pub rides or commuting. Your saddle will likely come...
Replies: 17
Views: 1,213
Posted By brawlo

Be careful to get decent recovery as that is...

Be careful to get decent recovery as that is where the true gains come from. Do one hard day and one recovery day, rinse and repeat, but make sure that recovery is beneficial and not just junk. IMO...
Replies: 31
Views: 2,646
Posted By brawlo

Setback will possibly be an issue on most bikes...

Setback will possibly be an issue on most bikes for him. My inseam is similar and I have a BB to saddle of 895mm on 175 cranks. As you go higher on saddles, there is an increase in the distance from...
01-20-21, 04:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,386
Posted By brawlo

Uphill attacks can definitely work, but how often...

Uphill attacks can definitely work, but how often have you seen a good climber really properly attack a climb. Even when I was my fittest/fastest/lightest and pushing for B grade podiums I would get...
01-20-21, 03:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,386
Posted By brawlo

Every ride is a race, even if you don't know it...

Every ride is a race, even if you don't know it :lol: That's the motto around where I live. It's a race, but it's purely for bragging rights around the coffee table. I do race outside of bunches so...
01-19-21, 10:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,386
Posted By brawlo

Ride as hard as you can. Make sure you are...

Ride as hard as you can. Make sure you are pushing yourself hard enough to get benefit and to improve, but also hard enough that you don't die in the first 15min.

Stay smooth. Faster bunches tend...
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Views: 624,936
Posted By brawlo

You should be allowing your body to recover...

You should be allowing your body to recover properly. Hitting a bike workout one day and a lower body gym session the next only gives your body 24hrs to recover. You should be aiming to give muscle...
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Views: 624,936
Posted By brawlo

From what I know and what I've seen.......it's...

From what I know and what I've seen.......it's personal. A taper is widely prescribed, but I know a few high level masters riders that either do minimal taper, or no taper at all. It's something you...
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Posted By brawlo

That would be gain ratio, which is obviously...

That would be gain ratio, which is obviously personal depending on your crank length and also your wheel size and tyre size. The gearing charts are a nice basic way to compare gears to gears. If...
11-09-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,091
Posted By brawlo

Beautiful part of our country out there. I was...

Beautiful part of our country out there. I was through there back in 2015. Just remember to take a lot of water! I was going to be travelling by 4x4 across the top part of Australia this year.....but...
11-03-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,091
Posted By brawlo

So the rockers pretty much solve the standing...

So the rockers pretty much solve the standing issue? I might have to give them a try, they’re relatively easy to ghetto up :thumb:
11-02-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,091
Posted By brawlo

Our training needs are all different, but I...

Our training needs are all different, but I definitely wouldn't say that. For balance, yes the rollers have it, but my trainer workouts are 100% track focused and they are definitely a solid core...
10-26-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,091
Posted By brawlo

My guess is the weight rating is due to the...

My guess is the weight rating is due to the plastic construction, so I’d avoid as a heavyweight. Any particular reason you’re looking at them? Rollers have a very narrow workout usability and the...
Replies: 17
Views: 2,398
Posted By brawlo

I wouldn't worry about either the cranks or the...

I wouldn't worry about either the cranks or the wheels.

Seeing as you're looking at that size of bike, I think that 175s are fine and would think that maybe that's the same size you're running on...
10-18-20, 10:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,537
Posted By brawlo

Really!?? Are they a used wheelset then and...

Really!?? Are they a used wheelset then and therefore they should be way cheaper? 11sp has been around for many years now. I can't believe that someone would be selling a new wheelset on the market...
10-18-20, 04:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 682
Posted By brawlo

Interesting old school frame. Are you planning to...

Interesting old school frame. Are you planning to get him offroad, or just getting him out riding pavement? If pavement is the aim, the the rear suspension should give some cush to give a nicer ride,...
10-18-20, 02:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,537
Posted By brawlo

Kind of yes, kind of no. If it’s a utility wheel...

Kind of yes, kind of no. If it’s a utility wheel for now to lay down some miles, then those are more than fine. The hubs should last you a long time. My own wheels (were my fat boy race wheels but...
10-17-20, 03:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,537
Posted By brawlo

What is your aim for the wheelset? Racing,...

What is your aim for the wheelset? Racing, general everyday/training use? It seems like cost is a big concern. Looking at weight only really works if it’s purely a climbing wheelset. Everywhere else...
10-14-20, 02:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,089
Posted By brawlo

I 2nd this. Are you actually getting pinch flats?...

I 2nd this. Are you actually getting pinch flats? I’ve spent a decent portion of my 13yr road bike life in the 135-140kg (~300-310lb) and I’ve never suffered from a pinch flat. I do ride with tyre...
10-01-20, 11:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,596
Posted By brawlo

If you are considering the fit option, do you...

If you are considering the fit option, do you have access to a fitter with a 'fit' bike (one that can be changed to mimic various frame dimensions)? Using a fitter with that facility can seriously...
09-23-20, 04:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,166
Posted By brawlo

Before you went and spent the money, I think it...

Before you went and spent the money, I think it would be worth your time and money to make a small investment into maybe some bar ends or a new handlebar altogether of the touring kind with many...
09-21-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,596
Posted By brawlo

Canyon makes nice big bikes - they are legit big...

Canyon makes nice big bikes - they are legit big and they know how to make a great riding BIG bike (not a lot of manufacturers do IMO). I ride a 3yo Ultimate CFSL in 3XL (same as current 2XL size) at...
09-04-20, 05:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,494
Posted By brawlo

All good wheels. My money would be on the Mavics...

All good wheels. My money would be on the Mavics as where I live they are terrible to get spares for, especially spokes. Your experience may be different.
08-25-20, 03:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,425
Posted By brawlo

Kind of yes, kind of no. I think the seat stay -...

Kind of yes, kind of no. I think the seat stay - top tube junction layout has more to do with how strong things are, and most seat posts are a heavier walled tubing as well. Couple that with most of...
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Views: 293,215
Posted By brawlo

But it's SOOOOOOOO much more aero! You must be...

But it's SOOOOOOOO much more aero! You must be 0.00001s faster now :lol:
08-18-20, 06:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,119
Posted By brawlo

I use the ISM MTB saddle on my steed. I posted up...

I use the ISM MTB saddle on my steed. I posted up a pic on a ****** page and copped flack off a few people re how it looked. I built my bike to be ridden, not to look good while sitting on the back...
08-12-20, 05:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,172
Posted By brawlo

Everyone is of course different, but for my own...

Everyone is of course different, but for my own experience, as the ride distance got longer I found a few things worked together to make things substantially better.

First, high quality bike...
08-11-20, 03:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 867
Posted By brawlo

Everyone is different, but IMO big gearing gaps...

Everyone is different, but IMO big gearing gaps on the road are a PITA. I love how my 180 crank leverage allowed me to go for a 23/11 cassette. Off road, there’s so much speed variation that the gaps...
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