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10-15-19, 02:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 925
Posted By msu2001la

I'm always surprised at how many riders fail to...

I'm always surprised at how many riders fail to use the whole course on tight corners. I see a lot of racers approaching 180 degree hairpins on the middle or even inside half of the track only to...
10-15-19, 01:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 925
Posted By msu2001la

Funny story about this one. We've gotten a ton of...

Funny story about this one. We've gotten a ton of rain in Chicago the last few weeks and had venues cancel on the series 3 weekends in a row. This epic mud-fest was at a backup venue at an old golf...
10-15-19, 12:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 925
Posted By msu2001la

Hey thanks! And totally agree about the technical...

Hey thanks! And totally agree about the technical bike handling vs. power thing. I grew up riding BMX and mountain bikes, and usually do pretty well in the more technical twisty sections.

This...
09-30-19, 07:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 925
Posted By msu2001la

One of the better heckles I got at the end of the...

One of the better heckles I got at the end of the race was "your bike used to be white".
09-30-19, 10:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 925
Posted By msu2001la

Obligatory muddy bike photo, post race: ...

Obligatory muddy bike photo, post race:

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1440x1440/5c39caa0_d4db_4a35_bbc5_4458cb05cb04_d4923e1a47c0779b90f5fd928abae8d2badb8eac.jpg

And a...
09-30-19, 10:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 925
Posted By msu2001la

Whoo boy was that crazy. We got like 4 inches of...

Whoo boy was that crazy. We got like 4 inches of rain and it was an absolute mud fest. A ton of fun and I'm glad I showed up and raced.

I was staged 39th and managed to finish 35th in a field of...
09-26-19, 03:24 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,278
Posted By msu2001la

I love this thread. I'm pretty sure the only...

I love this thread.

I'm pretty sure the only way a BMX rider is 45mph is with a pro level rider clipped in, track standing on the barriers, and sprinting down a start ramp with a huge gravity...
09-26-19, 10:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 925
Posted By msu2001la

I'm racing this weekend, are you?

I'm going to race cyclocross this coming Sunday. It'll be my first race since 2017.

I'm in my mid 40's with a young kid and a full time job, so my training time has been pretty limited this...
09-24-19, 02:08 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,278
Posted By msu2001la

I don't know that much about BMX bikes, but...

I don't know that much about BMX bikes, but according to google if they're set up for racing, they run gears in the neighborhood of 46t up front and 16t in the rear.
Assuming it's a 20" BMX bike,...
09-23-19, 08:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 651
Posted By msu2001la

Does the crank itself need to be replaced? You...

Does the crank itself need to be replaced? You could likely upgrade everything else (new bottom bracket, new chainrings) and just run the old crank with pretty much any setup you want. Unless...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,308
Posted By msu2001la

Congrats on 10 years. My Psimet tubular CX...

Congrats on 10 years.

My Psimet tubular CX race wheels are awesome.
09-18-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 762
Posted By msu2001la

Oh wow. That sucks, and your warning is noted. I...

Oh wow. That sucks, and your warning is noted. I haven't run mine below 30psi yet, but was gonna mess around in a park this weekend and see how low I could go with them.

I'll watch out for curbs....
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-19, 01:31 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,633
Posted By msu2001la

This is the most surprising (and impressive?)...

This is the most surprising (and impressive?) thing about this video to me. His bars are visibly loose almost as soon as he comes into the frame. You see him look down at them as they're wobbling...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-19, 01:23 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,633
Posted By msu2001la

Not taking anything away from his bike handling...

Not taking anything away from his bike handling skills here, but the cables are all being stretched to the max once the bar breaks off. The rear wheel probably locked up on it's own because of that,...
09-16-19, 11:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 762
Posted By msu2001la

Every tire, rider and course is a bit different,...

Every tire, rider and course is a bit different, so it's something you should experiment with, but generally speaking your teammates are probably correct in saying that 30-35psi will be faster than...
09-13-19, 01:30 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,399
Posted By msu2001la

Good call. Also bikes are (usually) a...

Good call.
Also bikes are (usually) a recreational activity that many people enjoy spending money on and learning about. Most people don't like buying new brakes for their mainstream car, or...
09-13-19, 12:48 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,399
Posted By msu2001la

When I was growing up in the 90's it was a pretty...

When I was growing up in the 90's it was a pretty normal activity for me and my friends to "hang out" at local ski and bike shops. We had favorite shops that we'd visit every few weeks, even if we...
09-06-19, 11:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,102
Posted By msu2001la

I'm pretty sure all the Shimano MTB pedals are...

I'm pretty sure all the Shimano MTB pedals are basically the same design, just in varying weights. I've had the same pair of XT's on my CX bike for years and the only time I've had trouble was in a...
09-05-19, 10:17 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 11,462
Posted By msu2001la

Mine look similar to that. I had a shop do them....

Mine look similar to that. I had a shop do them. I can see a tiny bit of glue around the edge of the rim and the shop told me I could pull it off as it dried. I can't see the base tape on the tire...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-19, 01:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 870
Posted By msu2001la

How do you get the glued tire off the wheel? ...

How do you get the glued tire off the wheel?
I'm a bit naive on this topic, but I feel like there's no way I could rip off one of my shop-glued CX tubulars by hand. I've never tried, but I assume...
09-03-19, 11:42 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 11,462
Posted By msu2001la

I just got a new set of PDX tubulars a few weeks...

I just got a new set of PDX tubulars a few weeks ago. I've only done one ride on them so far, but they seem good. The last few years I've used Challenge Baby Limus, which worked great for dry races...
08-14-19, 09:29 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,044
Posted By msu2001la

I occasionally ride with strangers. Sometimes...

I occasionally ride with strangers. Sometimes it's a verbal "hey do you mind if I hop on for a bit?" and sometimes it's just a non-verbal situation where I get swallowed up by (or catch up with) a...
08-12-19, 08:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,048
Posted By msu2001la

LBS Cost to glue tubulars?

I haven't done this in a few years, but was a little surprised that my LBS is charging $60/wheel to glue up new tubulars.

Two new Donnelly PDX tires @ $129.99/ea + $120 for glue job = $380. ...
08-12-19, 08:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 598
Posted By msu2001la

MSRP on a new Synapse (not Hi-Mod) with Ultegra...

MSRP on a new Synapse (not Hi-Mod) with Ultegra is $3,150, with 105 is $2625 (according to their website, I suspect LBS's have prices slightly below those). Those specs seem more comparable to a SRAM...
08-09-19, 03:36 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,388
Posted By msu2001la

When I first moved to DC, I thought one of my new...

When I first moved to DC, I thought one of my new co-workers was messing with me when he told me he left his car unlocked every night parked in his alley.
This was a strategy to avoid replacing cut...
08-09-19, 03:26 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,388
Posted By msu2001la

The answer obviously depends on where you are and...

The answer obviously depends on where you are and what kind of situation you're parking in.


If you are parking at a suburban office during the day, or for a short time while shopping in a store,...
08-09-19, 09:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,022
Posted By msu2001la

I'm about to take a set to the shop to ask them...

I'm about to take a set to the shop to ask them if the 4 year old glue job they did is still good.
The tires still have lots of tread and hold air fine. I store them in my basement and use them for...
08-06-19, 01:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,346
Posted By msu2001la

Just chiming in here. Every tire is different,...

Just chiming in here. Every tire is different, but I run 33mm Challenge Baby Limus tubulars on a 23mm rim (Major Tom) typically around 25-28psi and feel some slight folding over on the rear when...
07-29-19, 09:38 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 9,265
Posted By msu2001la

This thread is a bit confusing to me. There were...

This thread is a bit confusing to me. There were lots of non-racers, kids, families, etc enjoying the racing at the Elmhurst venue of the Intelligentsia Cup on Friday:
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-19, 08:46 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,430
Posted By msu2001la

I recently put a new Sram Force 1x drivetrain...

I recently put a new Sram Force 1x drivetrain onto a 5 year old aluminum CAADX frame, and it's awesome. I've ridden a comparably equipped carbon fiber SuperX bike and while there is a difference...
07-25-18, 07:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 390
Posted By msu2001la

Thanks again for the info. I hadn't considered...

Thanks again for the info. I hadn't considered how this setup would be more sensitive compared to a 2x10 speed setup with 11-25 or 11-28 cassette. With the 2x setup I rarely used the extreme ends of...
07-24-18, 02:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 390
Posted By msu2001la

Thanks. I didn't reuse housing. I reused an old...

Thanks.
I didn't reuse housing. I reused an old ferrule on the shifter end of new housing. I'll take out the ferrule and see if that changes anything. I still have the removed links from the chain...
07-24-18, 08:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 390
Posted By msu2001la

1x conversion - question about setup and clutch rear mech

I recently installed a new SRAM Force 1x 11 groupset to replace my old 105 2x10sp on my CX bike and am having trouble getting it shifting correctly.

Rear Derailleur: SRAM Force 1 type 3.0 medium...
02-05-18, 01:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,401
Posted By msu2001la

I think about this topic a lot. Carbon Fiber vs...

I think about this topic a lot. Carbon Fiber vs Aluminum frames.

My bike is a 5 year old aluminum CAADX with 105 components. I bought a set of aluminum tubular race wheels with challenge tires,...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-05-18, 12:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,114
Posted By msu2001la

If you are feeling hip pain, I would highly...

If you are feeling hip pain, I would highly recommend you visit a qualified PT for an evaluation.

I rode (and ran) through hip pain for about 9 months. It would come and go, usually towards the...
10-16-17, 09:43 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,412
Posted By msu2001la

Awesome, plus you're clearing those with little...

Awesome, plus you're clearing those with little run-up speed.

You look like you're ready for a race day bunny hopping.
10-13-17, 10:44 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,412
Posted By msu2001la

Nicely done. I've played around with stacking up...

Nicely done. I've played around with stacking up limbs to see how high I could go and I can hop pretty high, but a rigid squared off barrier is a little more intimidating. Have not had the guts to...
10-09-17, 12:05 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,005
Posted By msu2001la

I just bought a new pair of XT's (M8000 race) a...

I just bought a new pair of XT's (M8000 race) a few weeks ago.

I've been riding Shimano MTB pedals on every bike (MTB, Cross and Road) for around 15 years now. The XT is the sweet spot, IMO....
10-06-17, 02:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,769
Posted By msu2001la

Whenever I hear someone telling me how they run...

Whenever I hear someone telling me how they run CX tubies below 20psi, I'm always suspicious that their gauge is just off.
10-03-17, 01:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,769
Posted By msu2001la

Not sure, but my Meiser PSI guage and my Joe Blow...

Not sure, but my Meiser PSI guage and my Joe Blow floor pump are usually both pretty close to each other.
I've never checked anything above 30-35psi though.
10-03-17, 01:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,123
Posted By msu2001la

This is how my local series works too. I see guys...

This is how my local series works too. I see guys riding fatbikes in the Cat 4/5 race all the time, and it seems like there's a few MTB's in just about every race except for the 1/2/3's. Probably...
10-03-17, 12:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,072
Posted By msu2001la

My CAAD X came with 35mm Sammy Slicks too. I...

My CAAD X came with 35mm Sammy Slicks too. I swapped them out for Clement MDX clinchers and saw a huge improvement. The MDX is way better on just about any surface and is also lighter weight than the...
09-22-17, 02:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,783
Posted By msu2001la

This motion is going to be all about core, and...

This motion is going to be all about core, and not as much about arm strength.

In addition to the kettle bells mentioned above, try adding in things like planks, side planks, bird dogs (with a...
09-22-17, 02:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,783
Posted By msu2001la

This. Also work on setting the bike down...

This.
Also work on setting the bike down smoothly so it doesn't bounce. This will ensure you don't drop the chain.
In general, when I watch the pros do barriers, I'm always amazed at how smooth it...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-17, 09:38 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,615
Posted By msu2001la

Aren't CX bikes actually the answer to your...

Aren't CX bikes actually the answer to your dislike of specific bikes though? A CX bike is like a swiss army knife. With a couple of different wheelsets and some fenders you can go from a road...
09-19-17, 08:40 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,938
Posted By msu2001la

This conversation seems really to depend on what...

This conversation seems really to depend on what type of riding are you doing, and what your end goal is.

If your goal is to minimize weight and ride as fast as possible, you will probably...
09-18-17, 11:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,973
Posted By msu2001la

Just checked the link above, the gauge I have is...

Just checked the link above, the gauge I have is the Meiser one as well. It was $14 on Amazon.
Mine only goes to 60psi and has a little button to let air out slowly, so it's super easy to dial in...
09-18-17, 11:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,758
Posted By msu2001la

Schwalbe has a bunch of gravel tires in the 35-40...

Schwalbe has a bunch of gravel tires in the 35-40 range that might work.
G-One Bite, G-One Allround, Hurricane, CX-Comp, Sammy Slick, etc.

I have a set of Sammy Slick clinchers, I think they're...
09-18-17, 10:11 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,973
Posted By msu2001la

I have a set of Clement MXP clinchers that I run...

I have a set of Clement MXP clinchers that I run on Ultegra wheels. I will run them around 40psi most of the time with no issues. The feeling between those and my tubulars (even at 40psi) is...
09-18-17, 10:10 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,973
Posted By msu2001la

Just some random additions to the conversation: ...

Just some random additions to the conversation:

I'm about 165lbs, my tubular race setup is on a Major Tom rim (23mm width I think?), with 33mm Challenge Baby Limus tires.

For regular trail...
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