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10-15-19, 04:35 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By brawlo

I'm 6'5" and 285lb, started racing when I was 310...

I'm 6'5" and 285lb, started racing when I was 310 and worked my way down to 245 when I was my most competitive n the road, and I can hold my own. I'm carrying a lot more upper body muscle coming into...
10-14-19, 09:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 654
Posted By brawlo

First and foremost, narrower slicker tyres will...

First and foremost, narrower slicker tyres will make a world of difference to the speed that you can ride and the effort required. When I was at university I used to commute on 26x1.75 high pressure...
Replies: 30
Views: 1,162
Posted By brawlo

Track is dying everywhere, not just the US....

Track is dying everywhere, not just the US. Sports participation in general is dying out from a combination of busy parents/people, cotton wool parenting, technology and costs. I've been involved in...
Replies: 2,519
Views: 255,502
Posted By brawlo

Back up and running now

Back up and running now
Replies: 121
Views: 14,830
Posted By brawlo

That depends where you look. The reality is that...

That depends where you look. The reality is that the vast majority of track bikes wonít be ridden like that so itís a small market to sell to. At the top of the tree where the real development...
Replies: 2,519
Views: 255,502
Posted By brawlo

ABOC site is down/gone = no UpUpUp :( I was...

ABOC site is down/gone = no UpUpUp :(

I was only on there last week, so it's recent
Replies: 17
Views: 695
Posted By brawlo

Because as a friend put it to me, I'm like a...

Because as a friend put it to me, I'm like a piano with a parachute. As a 6'5" rig that sees aero as some fairytale story, that "2500" watts still won't get me terribly fast. That is a peaky short...
Replies: 17
Views: 695
Posted By brawlo

This is right on the money. There's lots of guys...

This is right on the money. There's lots of guys waving their things around with high peak wattages that just can't deliver with F200 times. The big boppers that I know don't give a damn about a peak...
Replies: 121
Views: 14,830
Posted By brawlo

Look at reach numbers rather than bare frame...

Look at reach numbers rather than bare frame "sizes". The reach number will tell you if you are actually getting a longer bike or not. There's stacks of "big" sized frames out there that aren't...
09-29-19, 06:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,088
Posted By brawlo

If you're just riding gravel paths, so nice and...

If you're just riding gravel paths, so nice and flat and smooth and not much "offroad" style then any frame of any material should be enough to handle your weight. Do shy away from the superlight...
Replies: 121
Views: 14,830
Posted By brawlo

Another thing to consider in relation to bar...

Another thing to consider in relation to bar reach is the shape of the bars. Traditional bend bars require you to have your hands basically vertical at the front to the bend to take advantage of that...
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Views: 512,454
Posted By brawlo

Nice concept on the lockring tool. Their gear...

Nice concept on the lockring tool. Their gear looks to be pricey and only getting your hands on some will tell you if it's worth it. In saying that, there's damn good quality gear out there for...
Replies: 5,652
Views: 512,454
Posted By brawlo

I think this is the telling comment. I read...

I think this is the telling comment.

I read this as "we don't want to be seen putting a series of prototype wheels under the athletes. When you see them riding our wheels we will have documented...
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Views: 512,454
Posted By brawlo

What if the Mavic/Campag combo used by Glaetzer...

What if the Mavic/Campag combo used by Glaetzer was fast(er)est? Wouldn't that be a headf*%# for sponsorship deals
Replies: 6
Views: 275
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...
Replies: 21
Views: 983
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...
Replies: 21
Views: 983
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
Replies: 20
Views: 1,233
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...
Replies: 7
Views: 530
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
Replies: 11
Views: 1,677
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
Replies: 11
Views: 1,677
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
Replies: 198
Views: 23,776
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
Replies: 55
Views: 6,735
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 donít have anyone to rely on in your vicinity.

My...
08-10-19, 04:45 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,735
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
Replies: 4
Views: 1,923
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
Replies: 16
Views: 1,413
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: 55
Views: 6,735
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: 55
Views: 6,735
Posted By brawlo

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

This is a really important point. That dead weight is ďunsprungĒ 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: 55
Views: 6,735
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: 3,347
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: 55
Views: 6,735
Posted By brawlo

Thatís a crap run. It takes me back to something...

Thatís 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. ďLots of people can build a wheel, but not...
07-10-19, 10:48 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,735
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: 1,980
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: 26
Views: 4,832
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: 2,328
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: 2,506
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: 1,973
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: 25,880
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: 3,594
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....
Replies: 2,519
Views: 255,502
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:
Replies: 7
Views: 4,296
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: 2,950
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: 2,950
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: 2,543
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...
Replies: 5,652
Views: 512,454
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: 656
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: 2,506
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: 3,620
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: 3,620
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: 3,620
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...
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