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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
Replies: 21
Views: 936
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
Replies: 21
Views: 936
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
Replies: 21
Views: 936
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
Replies: 26
Views: 1,195
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
Replies: 21
Views: 936
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
Replies: 21
Views: 936
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
Replies: 15
Views: 800
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
Replies: 19
Views: 1,334
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
Replies: 14
Views: 2,104
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...
Replies: 30
Views: 2,225
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
Replies: 2
Views: 1,847
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
Replies: 164
Views: 24,512
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...
Replies: 8
Views: 2,106
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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Views: 2,442
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
Replies: 18
Views: 2,530
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
Replies: 18
Views: 2,530
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
Replies: 25
Views: 2,295
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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Views: 495,314
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....
Replies: 5
Views: 529
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
Replies: 30
Views: 2,225
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
Replies: 32
Views: 3,057
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
Replies: 32
Views: 3,057
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
Replies: 32
Views: 3,057
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
Replies: 32
Views: 3,057
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
Replies: 13
Views: 1,714
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...
Replies: 1,005
Views: 106,224
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:
Replies: 11
Views: 664
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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Views: 106,224
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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Views: 106,224
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
Replies: 21
Views: 2,316
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...
Replies: 2,486
Views: 239,123
Posted By brawlo

They're standard with a number of chains these...

They're standard with a number of chains these days. I've had them on SRAM and KMC chains and been using them for maybe 7yrs now. If you change/break chains a lot they can get sloppy, but they're...
Replies: 58
Views: 8,731
Posted By brawlo

We had our local open track carnival the weekend...

We had our local open track carnival the weekend before last and saw a couple of riders issued warnings for riding in the sphinx position
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Posted By brawlo

I don't have enormous dimensions, but they are...

I don't have enormous dimensions, but they are big just by virtue of my 6'5" frame. I have bibs from Pearl Izumi, Sugoi, DeMarchi, Castelli and Shimano. I had some nice Castelli bibs and accordingly...
Replies: 21
Views: 2,182
Posted By brawlo

I came across a little mention on this issue and...

I came across a little mention on this issue and it stuck in my head as I was having a similar issue many years ago. Basically the DA cranks that came on my first track bike about 11yrs ago never...
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Posted By brawlo

I have the Miche Monolithic crankset for my...

I have the Miche Monolithic crankset for my daughter in 145mm. But it has the massive PITA 116BCD. Ok for the next year and a half until she ages up and then finding the right chainring for her will...
02-03-19, 08:08 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 24,512
Posted By brawlo

Sounds like exactly what I was talking about. You...

Sounds like exactly what I was talking about. You should have supplemented with another energy source to get you through and you would have been fine. On my social ride days, I work on a coffee pre...
02-02-19, 04:03 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 24,512
Posted By brawlo

What kind of riding are you doing. When I was...

What kind of riding are you doing. When I was low/no carb I was in season training for track sprinting state and national masters. I did really well and continued to get faster. But that was...
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Posted By brawlo

Have you been racing? If so, how far behind...

Have you been racing? If so, how far behind 1st/2nd/3rd are you?

If you’ve got a decent amount of time to make up yet, your money and time could be better spent elsewhere. Bike bling is cool, but...
Replies: 2,486
Views: 239,123
Posted By brawlo

On my interval timer that I use for UpUpUp...

On my interval timer that I use for UpUpUp sessions I label the rest intervals with that info for that reason, so I know what is coming up
Replies: 50
Views: 2,677
Posted By brawlo

For me, I would look at a second hand frame that...

For me, I would look at a second hand frame that fits and with some nice components attached. You are highly likely to change your frame if you stick with the sport, but the attachments like cranks,...
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Views: 495,314
Posted By brawlo

In my knowledge, that is the general intention of...

In my knowledge, that is the general intention of the rule. But as anyone knows, or will learn, it depends on the commissaries. There have been some high level races affected by hard core...
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