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Posted By brawlo

IMO overpriced and not all that practical. ...

IMO overpriced and not all that practical.

You're tied to their cogs that only go down to 13t (up to you whether you'd use a 12t) and they only do fixed or fixed/free. You can't borrow standard...
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Posted By brawlo

It's more of a case of not looking at it like gym...

It's more of a case of not looking at it like gym = bike, but rather gym helps the bike.

Training is personal and there's lots of things that just work, and there's lots of things that work for...
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Posted By brawlo

I think it's fairly widely acknowledged that the...

I think it's fairly widely acknowledged that the only thing that comes anywhere near a gym workout similarity is a standing start. The reality is that even a slow cadence is in the 70-90rpm range for...
09-16-19, 06:34 PM
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Posted By brawlo

I love my VP Harriers (current equivalent is the...

I love my VP Harriers (current equivalent is the VP Matador). They're really wide with a huge platform.

I made the switch after getting sick of pedaling around on the small platform when not in my...
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Posted By brawlo

I'd be measuring the chainline first before you...

I'd be measuring the chainline first before you went changing any alignments.

In my own experience, different chainrings, cogs and chains make for different noise levels. Some combos are almost...
08-20-19, 08:36 PM
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Posted By brawlo

I would look at the resistance units for quality....

I would look at the resistance units for quality. My trainer work was centred around track sprint cycling and I ended up with a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine. Pretty much all designs will cope with your...
08-19-19, 05:35 PM
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Posted By brawlo

If you can afford it, a smart trainer and Zwift...

If you can afford it, a smart trainer and Zwift are definitely worth it. If not, it's not the be all and end all and there's many more ways to go about it. Just get yourself some sort of training...
08-11-19, 07:46 PM
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Posted By brawlo

It comes down to what you really want to use the...

It comes down to what you really want to use the bike for. Truth be told 99% of riders running Ultegra and DA would be happy with 105 level gear if they were all about function over form.

For me,...
08-11-19, 03:43 PM
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Posted By brawlo

Maybe look for a MTB rim with the same or within...

Maybe look for a MTB rim with the same or within 2mm ERD. Then just swap the rim over. Lots stronger and built to take abuse. Pretty sad that you don’t have anyone to rely on in your vicinity.

My...
08-10-19, 04:45 PM
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Posted By brawlo

Not to rain on your parade but you should have...

Not to rain on your parade but you should have shelled out the extra for the Park or equivalent tension meter. For what you’ve spent on wheel builds, a quality TM would have been a cheap investment....
07-31-19, 04:10 AM
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Posted By brawlo

Are you really wide footed or just an in...

Are you really wide footed or just an in betweener like me? I have Giro Riddance flat sole shoes that go up ta a EU50. They make an SPD version with the same look.

As for Lake shoes, I really like...
07-16-19, 10:36 PM
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Posted By brawlo

Just communicate with the other riders. If it's...

Just communicate with the other riders. If it's just a downhill, stick with them. If it's a downhill running to an uphill, tell them you will break off the front to gain your momentum for the uphill...
07-13-19, 06:43 PM
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Posted By brawlo

Turn your attention towards bike shops that deal...

Turn your attention towards bike shops that deal with bike packing, I’m sure there’s lots of options in the US or one UK shop I’ve dealt with for some hard to find parts is SJS Cycles. Bike packing...
07-13-19, 06:19 PM
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Posted By brawlo

This is a really important point. That dead...

This is a really important point. That dead weight is “unsprung” and so every gram of it hits your rear wheel for every bump, pothole and kerb. Those Dutch style bikes also generally put your body...
07-11-19, 09:48 PM
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Posted By brawlo

Both of those failure modes point to fatigue....

Both of those failure modes point to fatigue. Spokes breaking at the bend is purely fatigue and can be solved by higher tension. Higher tension is a clyde/heavy weight necessity (but staying withing...
07-11-19, 09:25 PM
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Posted By brawlo

I heard of an AIS study on this and seated was...

I heard of an AIS study on this and seated was the most efficient. BUT seated means nice relaxed upper body, eliminate the tension, especially in the shoulders, and hands resting lightly on the tops...
07-11-19, 03:42 PM
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Posted By brawlo

That’s a crap run. It takes me back to something...

That’s a crap run. It takes me back to something the guy who was working in my LBS and built my first custom track wheels told me. He used to work for Zipp. “Lots of people can build a wheel, but not...
07-10-19, 10:48 PM
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Posted By brawlo

Seconded! You either have an issue with...

Seconded!

You either have an issue with build components, or build quality, or both. The right wheel built for the right purpose in the right manner should not be breaking spokes so frequently. If...
07-10-19, 10:06 PM
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Posted By brawlo

This ^^ along with some carbon paste as mentioned...

This ^^ along with some carbon paste as mentioned a few times as well. My first carbon bike was a Felt F4. It came with the double clamp and never had any slip (nor did I on my previous alu bike). My...
07-04-19, 10:32 PM
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Posted By brawlo

At your weight, 700x23 is more than fine. ~240 is...

At your weight, 700x23 is more than fine. ~240 is the lightest I've been in my adult life at 6'5" and I've been happily riding 23s all the way up and over 300lb.

From what you say re road surface...
06-05-19, 04:31 PM
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Posted By brawlo

Do you use chamois cream? I have plenty of time...

Do you use chamois cream? I have plenty of time in the saddle, but there's no way now that I would even contemplate a ride of that distance without it. Now that I do use it, I even use it on my...
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Posted By brawlo

Until you really know you're a sprinter, any one...

Until you really know you're a sprinter, any one of those frames will be fine. Seeing as you're in the UK, I would be looking around for one of those Hoy bikes/frames

When I got my first track...
06-04-19, 04:11 AM
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Posted By brawlo

For sure leave early. I had a bunch ride...

For sure leave early.

I had a bunch ride almost exactly the same. The first time I drove to the LBS and went with the bunch. I was spat out before we even hit the first climb partly because I...
06-03-19, 10:05 PM
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Posted By brawlo

Losing weight quick is cool, but to sustain it...

Losing weight quick is cool, but to sustain it you have to break the habits that got you to that weight gain. Depending on how long you've had those bad habits, and your personal fortitude, they can...
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Posted By brawlo

It could just be your muscles getting used to...

It could just be your muscles getting used to things and working hard. Sprinting on the bike would typically involve muscles working in a different plane than you would hit them in a gym workout....
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Posted By brawlo

At least you shouldn't have to worry about losing...

At least you shouldn't have to worry about losing any nipples inside the rim :lol:
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Posted By brawlo

Get whichever you like the look of most and/or...

Get whichever you like the look of most and/or whichever you can get the best deal on. They're much of a muchness and far more crank than any normal human can pick the difference between
05-30-19, 08:29 PM
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Posted By brawlo

Check this out to do some comparing of the sizes...

Check this out to do some comparing of the sizes of bikes and to see what other options are out there...
05-30-19, 01:50 AM
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Posted By brawlo

Check out the Clyde section of the MTBR forums....

Check out the Clyde section of the MTBR forums. There's heaps of helpful info in there.

At 6'5" myself, fit was a huge issue for me and I'm now on a Pole Taival hardtail. Bigger fork to handle my...
05-20-19, 10:15 PM
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Posted By brawlo

In earlier life, while I was at University, I had...

In earlier life, while I was at University, I had the motivation (and the time) to turn my fatness into strength. I'm a big guy at 6'5" and I was always relatively strong, but I made the choice to...
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Posted By brawlo

No. For the regular Joe, the claimed (I've never...

No. For the regular Joe, the claimed (I've never personally come across any substantiation to the various claims) benefits are miniscule and your money will be better spent on things that mean more....
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Posted By brawlo

The whole geoblocking thing is just pure...

The whole geoblocking thing is just pure stupidity, especially seeing as how easy it can be to go with a VPN to get around it
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Posted By brawlo

Your physiology says, you've got big gains ahead,...

Your physiology says, you've got big gains ahead, so grab the bull by the horns and immerse yourself.

From your program standpoint, you have a lot of workload in there. You're young-ish, so you...
05-07-19, 04:26 PM
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Posted By brawlo

I had to do some searching, but I found this link...

I had to do some searching, but I found this link again. It's a bit incomplete as there's some bike that I know of that aren't in there, but it's still a useful resource all the same
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05-07-19, 03:26 PM
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Posted By brawlo

Perhaps you are a candidate for a 29er. But if...

Perhaps you are a candidate for a 29er. But if you were set on drop bars I’d stick with the gravel bike. 29ers are extremely versatile if set up correctly. They have 700c wheels so you get to choose...
05-06-19, 05:49 PM
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Posted By brawlo

I have been around for a long time, and I have...

I have been around for a long time, and I have read posts ad nauseum re frame materials. There's lots and lots of opinion out there, but something you really have to dig hard for is context. When...
05-05-19, 05:37 PM
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Posted By brawlo

I'd have a serious look at the Canyon Grail. I...

I'd have a serious look at the Canyon Grail. I have an Ultimate in 3XL (equivalent to 2XL in current models) and it's a totally awesome bike. I'm a long leg and arm 6'5". I had a Felt prior to that...
04-28-19, 07:40 PM
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Posted By brawlo

Don't waste too much of your time trying to...

Don't waste too much of your time trying to correlate the gym work with your cycling strength. I've been into track racing for a long time now and there's this huge (old school) thought process that...
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Posted By brawlo

I don't have super wide feet, they're kind of in...

I don't have super wide feet, they're kind of in between, but I do have wide toes. I dealt with skate shoes for a long time, but a couple of years ago, I found Merrell Trail Glove 4 shoes. They are...
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Posted By brawlo

I'd be guessing, but I would assume that most, if...

I'd be guessing, but I would assume that most, if not all chainrings are now CNC machined. They should all be good for roundness which was one of the biggest failings in the past. So nowadays, the...
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Posted By brawlo

I believe (from what I have read) that these are...

I believe (from what I have read) that these are different. Not so much "cheat" moves as the differing movement uses different muscles and there is a lot of conjecture that the movements require...
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Posted By brawlo

Ermahgherd :crash: I think a blood vessel in my...

Ermahgherd :crash: I think a blood vessel in my brain exploded :foo:
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Posted By brawlo

The trainer frame flexes the more tension that...

The trainer frame flexes the more tension that you put in. I used one for years. You don't need to screw the absolute crap out of it, you just need it to engage firmly. You will see what I mean when...
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Posted By brawlo

When you consider that the vast majority of...

When you consider that the vast majority of weight work is in a single plane then you just have to be careful about putting the arms just outside your ROM so that if failure occurs then they’re still...
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Posted By brawlo

I was going to say a full rack but that half rack...

I was going to say a full rack but that half rack actually looks good. It has the additional weight storage within the same footprint as a standard rack. Adding weight storage to a full rack ups the...
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Posted By brawlo

Another +1 for the Ogio bags. My bag is pretty...

Another +1 for the Ogio bags. My bag is pretty much the equivalent of Dalai's system, but the handle and wheels are contained in the bag. Motocross gear bags are well suited to what we need. They can...
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Posted By brawlo

Laptop bag - one made for the older larger...

Laptop bag - one made for the older larger laptops. Mine cost me $15 and I have too much room, thus allowing me to carry much more than I'll probably ever need :roflmao2: I purchased based on...
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Posted By brawlo

It would be interesting to try set wattages with...

It would be interesting to try set wattages with the kickr but TBH I’ve never felt a want or need to do so. I’ve done a lot of kickr Upupup workouts and never set anything. I have an interval trainer...
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Posted By brawlo

Are you using your track bike on the kickr? If so...

Are you using your track bike on the kickr? If so how?

2nd - Don't overthink it. The proper fast guys I know of don't worry about any of that sort of level of detail. Having hung around them for a...
02-17-19, 11:59 PM
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Posted By brawlo

You just need to ride more, as a few others have...

You just need to ride more, as a few others have mentioned. I pretty much started out just like you are, but I was a lot younger at 30. I'm 6'5" also, and I was 140kg (~310lb) when I got my first...
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