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05-12-11, 09:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,197
Posted By hocker

Handling is supposed to be better, but I think...

Handling is supposed to be better, but I think the true benefit of wider rims is gluing contact area. With the narrower rims you will notice tire base tape extending over the rim, with the 303s,...
04-20-11, 08:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,035
Posted By hocker

Candy's have been known to fail, however, I've...

Candy's have been known to fail, however, I've done 30 races and roughly a 50 Wednesday Worlds type training rides on one set with NO problems. The Candy 1s are inexpensive, so a very good choice.
04-20-11, 08:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,079
Posted By hocker

Paul stuff is very high quality. I unequivocally...

Paul stuff is very high quality. I unequivocally endorse.
12-21-10, 05:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,764
Posted By hocker

Those numbers are a bit low, but remember you're...

Those numbers are a bit low, but remember you're only 145 pounds so your power to weight ratio is different from someone who is 165 pounds. Also, I wouldn't trust wattage or HRM from your stationary...
12-16-10, 10:39 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,020
Posted By hocker

OP, If you were a 2 in mountain bike and upgraded...

OP, If you were a 2 in mountain bike and upgraded on the road you should have never been a 4 in CX. It's not apples to apples, but...

I upgraded after a couple podiums and winning a huge field in...
09-30-10, 12:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 968
Posted By hocker

Nobody's mentioned width, which is huge. I...

Nobody's mentioned width, which is huge. I imagine Norcal is probably pretty similar to Colorado: bumpy, rocky, dusty, single track? If so I would go Primus or Fango in a 34mm. I will assume you are...
09-30-10, 11:52 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 24,871
Posted By hocker

I say go with the alu this year and reward...

I say go with the alu this year and reward yourself next year with carbon. Take the $ and buy some wheels.

However, I went carbon this year and stiffness, agility are measurably better over my...
08-11-10, 01:05 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 921
Posted By hocker

CX workouts

I thought I would share some workouts that have been working for me lately. Please share yours as we could all benefit from mixing things up a bit and learning a bit more about CX specific training....
08-11-10, 12:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,576
Posted By hocker

Built a new bike, put together a training plan,...

Built a new bike, put together a training plan, glued-up some tubies and bought a 12 pack of Hoegaarden this weekend. I'm ready to go.
06-29-10, 11:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,032
Posted By hocker

I've put in a few thousand miles this year on my...

I've put in a few thousand miles this year on my bike and just last week I decided to run for the first time...ouch. I used to be a runner too. I think 20 minutes is a good amount to get back into...
06-21-10, 12:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,102
Posted By hocker

I did this race last year for the first time and...

I did this race last year for the first time and my best advice is to at least ride the route once before race day. I didn't, and blew myself up fairly quickly and barely made it up to the top. I...
06-02-10, 01:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,103
Posted By hocker

I think a file tread clincher is pointless. The...

I think a file tread clincher is pointless. The cool thing about file treads is low rolling resistance and great traction at low pressures. Pinch flats would limit these benefits with a clincher. ...
06-02-10, 10:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 918
Posted By hocker

You could get some other crossers together at a...

You could get some other crossers together at a local park and practice. Meetup.com has groups in practically every city, join and suggest a CX meetup. Not sure if this would work, but you could...
06-02-10, 10:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,110
Posted By hocker

Articles by Matt Pacocha and Zinn from Velonews...

Articles by Matt Pacocha and Zinn from Velonews say the same thing. Challenge puts the same width tread on different size casings which make their 32s 'much better' than their 34s.

I think it...
05-05-10, 08:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 697
Posted By hocker

ToC start list

I know the teams, but I can't find who is racing the Tour of California. I saw the Giro start list this morning and noticed a lot of big names missing, so I assume they will be in Cali.

Could...
04-28-10, 02:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 653
Posted By hocker

Frame choice: big vs. small

I always seem to be right between sizes on bikes. I am deciding between a small and medium 29er frame for racing this year. I've tested the same bike in both sizes and I can't tell the difference....
04-27-10, 10:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,932
Posted By hocker

Awesome plan Andy. My plan is real simple: ...

Awesome plan Andy.

My plan is real simple:
Base - January to July 1st = ride lots. I've been doing about 100-150 a week
Rest - Early July take a week or two off = chillax
Build - July through...
04-27-10, 10:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 660
Posted By hocker

What bigfo said. Ultegra is awesome, a lot of...

What bigfo said. Ultegra is awesome, a lot of people use Ultegra with great success. I like Rival and will never leave SRAM as I believe it is close to the perfect cx group - light, cheap...
Forum: Great Lakes
03-01-10, 09:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 776
Posted By hocker

They have a "beginner" category and in my...

They have a "beginner" category and in my experience you see pretty much everything in the beginner groups. So yes, I would just just register, show up and race. I imagine since the race is on...
02-22-10, 07:53 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,295
Posted By hocker

Yes, I am looking at both of those races and...

Yes, I am looking at both of those races and another race out East when I visit my family. So possibly three. My cross bike would be undergeared, you are right. I am looking at the Vittoria...
02-22-10, 05:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,295
Posted By hocker

Tire recommendations for gravel/dirt road races

There are few races this spring that have be intrigued, and they are all primarily on gravel roads. One option would be to use my cross bike, but I only have knobby 34mm tires for it. The other...
02-18-10, 05:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,851
Posted By hocker

E-rock is okay, but it seems like a lot of folks...

E-rock is okay, but it seems like a lot of folks get hurt. Just saying, but I guess with 4500 the odds are someone will. There are a ton of great centuries in Colorado to choose from. My personal...
02-18-10, 05:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,497
Posted By hocker

My team does a Golden to Interlocken ride quite a...

My team does a Golden to Interlocken ride quite a bit. The way we do it is really nice too, adequate shoulders, good roads, actually a pretty killer ride. It may not be ideal for a commute, but I...
02-18-10, 05:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 569
Posted By hocker

This would be great.

This would be great.
02-18-10, 05:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 569
Posted By hocker

I agree, this is what I would do. But, although...

I agree, this is what I would do. But, although my wife is a strong cyclist she gets nervous on busy roads. Ride the Rockies chooses routes with wide shoulders, there are areas with police escorts...
02-18-10, 02:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 569
Posted By hocker

Multi day ride in Cali?

My wife and I are thinking about registering for one of the big rides here in Colorado this year. However, we both love California and if there is a ride similar to Ride the Rockies or even RAGBRAI...
02-08-10, 03:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 718
Posted By hocker

Weird, gross and definitely controversial...hook...

Weird, gross and definitely controversial...hook worms cure asthma and allergies. I'm in public health, so I only know about the benefits, I won't condone the use. I guess human bodies and...
02-05-10, 05:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,080
Posted By hocker

Aeroness: spoke count vs. rims

I was thinking of purchasing some tubular road tires to put on my deep section carbon cross wheels. The rims are 50mm, with 24f 28r spokes. Given the spoke count, would I really get an advantage...
Forum: Great Lakes
02-05-10, 11:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 776
Posted By hocker

Barry-Roubaix

I am visiting my family in Michigan for a week around March 27th. I was thinking about bringing my bike out so I don't loose training time. I saw that this race was happening, it looks really cool....
11-09-09, 12:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 832
Posted By hocker

The more trite answer: are you sure you are...

The more trite answer: are you sure you are getting in a good enough warm-up? If you get some energy back after blowing up, it makes me think you are finally getting warmed up but you never had a...
11-04-09, 11:06 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,261
Posted By hocker

I did spin-yoga with the wife last night. 30...

I did spin-yoga with the wife last night. 30 minutes pedaling as hard as you can while standing, then sitting every few minutes. Then 30 minutes of power yoga. I was soaked by the end. This will...
11-03-09, 03:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,762
Posted By hocker

Actually, Calfee and others have had a lot of...

Actually, Calfee and others have had a lot of success fixing carbon frames, and some will argue that fixing a carbon frame is sometimes easier than steel/alu/ti because you don't have to replace a...
11-03-09, 03:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 979
Posted By hocker

I think it's a great move. Look at Cervelo, they...

I think it's a great move. Look at Cervelo, they have done pretty well and are built similarly to BMC sans the sprinters. They have Evans, Big George, Ballan, Marcus Burghardt (Columbia-HTC) and...
11-03-09, 02:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 962
Posted By hocker

No pro tour, but it doesn't matter because they...

No pro tour, but it doesn't matter because they could still get invited to a lot of big races like Cervelo does. They may have to miss Australia though which would suck for Evans given he would like...
11-03-09, 09:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,762
Posted By hocker

The rear brake mount on the Hakkalugi is pretty...

The rear brake mount on the Hakkalugi is pretty cool, and the Flanders symbol is a nice touch. The price isn't bad either for what you get.
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11-02-09, 11:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,762
Posted By hocker

Don't have a carbon cross bike, but a lot of...

Don't have a carbon cross bike, but a lot of people here in Colorado do. I've never heard of one breaking, at least not yet and I see a lot of X Nights and Scott RCs out there. The Hakkalugi is one...
10-26-09, 08:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,168
Posted By hocker

I agree. I picked up a set of Easton 70x's and...

I agree. I picked up a set of Easton 70x's and some Fango's and it really has made a world of difference. I'm just a beginner so I was a little reluctant to spend the $$.
10-26-09, 07:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 857
Posted By hocker

Stellar! First off, the Portland cross...

Stellar!

First off, the Portland cross scene puts Colorado to shame. Not that it isn’t great in Colorado, but I can't imagine something like Cross Crusade happening every weekend over a season in...
10-21-09, 01:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 857
Posted By hocker

I registered for this weekends races, after...

I registered for this weekends races, after Sunday we'll see. At Battlecreek I am in with the beginner men, and on Sunday the Master C 35+. An 8:50 am start on a Sunday is a little too early for...
10-19-09, 10:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 461
Posted By hocker

Congrats on the first race! 1-2) No kidding. I...

Congrats on the first race!
1-2) No kidding. I can't believe how fast some people are in the 4s. I think there should be a Cat 5, or "beginner" category and after 3-5 races you should be forced to...
10-19-09, 10:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,768
Posted By hocker

I got mine for $300. They seem nice, I think...

I got mine for $300. They seem nice, I think Easton hubs are strong and feel I got a pretty good deal. I am not a fan of the front spoke pattern and they seem a little heavy. I would get...
10-16-09, 10:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,775
Posted By hocker

I thought the Jump Stop was designed so your...

I thought the Jump Stop was designed so your chain can't fall off to the inside? With a single chain ring in front it would make sense if it fell off to the outside because you aren't running a chain...
10-16-09, 10:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 958
Posted By hocker

You are not the first person to get this wrong. ...

You are not the first person to get this wrong. I got lucky as my LBS made the mistake of ordering a couple wrong sized frames prior to ordering mine.

Jwible, it looks like you have a couple...
10-16-09, 08:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 958
Posted By hocker

Here is mine. I liked the green a bit better at...

Here is mine. I liked the green a bit better at first, but after getting it built-up I grew to love the red. The Clif development team rides this frame, but in the team colors. ...
10-15-09, 12:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 512
Posted By hocker

Lol, I love the girl yelling "oh s%$t" at the...

Lol, I love the girl yelling "oh s%$t" at the end. Great course.
10-15-09, 08:19 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,459
Posted By hocker

This is good question, because it all seems like...

This is good question, because it all seems like a blur afterwards. I guess I think about energy meaning how I feel and what I have left in the tank.
10-14-09, 09:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 512
Posted By hocker

Sweet cross vids

Some of you that follow the Mud and Cowbells blog may have seen this, but in case you haven't you should check it out. It's a good lesson in braking prior to corners, attacking on straights and...
10-14-09, 09:37 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,906
Posted By hocker

Thinking more about this...if you don't have...

Thinking more about this...if you don't have speed already or the surface is muddy (or icy like last Sunday in Colorado), then wide-apex-wide isn't really going to matter. If I have to slow down to...
10-14-09, 08:25 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,906
Posted By hocker

yep...balls. Go in fast and wide, brake hard...

yep...balls. Go in fast and wide, brake hard right before, hit the apex, exit wide and punch it. Inside pedal should be up, bend your inside elbow - watch a crit race to see how it is done.
10-12-09, 11:48 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 310
Posted By hocker

Murphy's law - report on my Sunday race

Hey all.
I raced the Boulder CX series this weekend, I thought I would share my troubled experience.

First off, I went to the wrong location. I wasn't alone, a few people were standing around...
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