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carleton 04-02-15 11:32 AM


Originally Posted by myth001 (Post 17684107)
That article was published on 2015/04/01, i.e., on April Fool's Day. Can we really trust it??? :p

I've been trusting it for years...not sure if it works, though :(

Dalai 04-02-15 07:30 PM


Originally Posted by queerpunk (Post 17683720)
seriously do.
10 days of long, hard, fast crits that draw national-level attendance.

it's killer.

Would love to! Did look into the cost of an International UCI race licence so I could race whilst on holidays just to experiencing racing in other countries. Even Masters I'd be looking at an additional $435 for just 14 days plus and another extra $300 (if under 3 months) if North America! So as you can guess I just went on training rides instead... Thanks Cycling Australia! :rolleyes:

wens 04-02-15 08:35 PM

Wow. How much is a domestic license?

gtrob 04-02-15 10:09 PM

crazy, I thought it was a lot here. Its about $120 for a full international license, plus an extra $25 for a track 'add on'. Im surprised by your cost, I thought it was a pretty universal price based on UCI with each governing body adding their overhead.


Speaking of dairy land, looks like 11 races this year, and I think Im going to head out for it. Only a 9hr drive from here and 11 days of crits sounds awesome. Just not sure what category to ride, if I sandbag the 4s or go up to 3 or even the 1/2s. Always hard to compare the local race scene to others.

700wheel 04-03-15 08:21 AM


Originally Posted by Dalai (Post 17685706)
Would love to! Did look into the cost of an International UCI race licence so I could race whilst on holidays just to experiencing racing in other countries. Even Masters I'd be looking at an additional $435 for just 14 days plus and another extra $300 (if under 3 months) if North America! So as you can guess I just went on training rides instead... Thanks Cycling Australia! :rolleyes:

You can buy a one day license for USA-Cycling road or track events in the USA for $15.

slindell 04-03-15 08:39 PM


Originally Posted by 700wheel (Post 17686706)
You can buy a one day license for USA-Cycling road or track events in the USA for $15.

Only if you are racing cat 5. One day licenses are limited to intro races.

For road, track and cyclo-cross events, riders may purchase a one-day racing license for $15 and be permitted to enter races open to men’s category 5 or women’s category 4.

Dalai 04-03-15 10:06 PM


Originally Posted by wens (Post 17685880)
Wow. How much is a domestic license?

Including club membership (a requirement but would only amount to around $40 of the total):

Masters 65+ -$200
Masters Under 65 - $282
Elite & U23 - $363
U19 - $265
U15 &U17 - $165
U13 and below $85

Race entries are still reasonable. Club race entries are around $10 - $20. Open races usually from $20 to over $100 for multi day races.

wens 04-04-15 05:18 AM

Wow. I think I'm going to link to cycling Australia the next time somebody throws a fit about $70 for a usac license. Not that I think usac does everything right, but licensing fees aren't one of my issues.

Hida Yanra 04-04-15 10:09 AM


Originally Posted by wens (Post 17689133)
Wow. I think I'm going to link to cycling Australia the next time somebody throws a fit about $70 for a usac license. Not that I think usac does everything right, but licensing fees aren't one of my issues.

don't forget - they have to use wheels from the UCI approved list over there and lots of other hoop-jumping-through...
not all is peachy-keen

carleton 04-16-15 09:27 PM

Shanaze Reade is back on the GB Track Team during their big buildup to the 2016 Olympics.

https://twitter.com/ShanazeReade/sta...68089786998784

Excited to join the GB track sprint team! BMX has been my life.. But I am now ready for a new challenge in Rio 2016!
This is interesting.

For those who aren't familiar, Reade is a BMX Superstar...but she tried the track a few years ago and did very well.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanaz...e#Track_racing


Reade started track racing on 24 February 2007, her first ever competition on the velodrome was in the Manchester round of the 2006–2007 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics. She took second place with Anna Blyth in the Team Sprint in a time of 34.294 seconds. The Gold Medal winning Dutch team of Yvonne Hijgenaar and Willy Kanis' time was 33.966 seconds. Like Reade, Kanis is also a champion BMX racer. Reade and Blyth's qualifying time was the fastest of the event at 33.802 seconds.

A month later, on 29 March, Reade went on to take first place in Team Sprint at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Palma de Mallorca along with Victoria Pendleton. It was also the first ever Women's Team Sprint Gold Medal title in that event. Their winning time was 33.631 seconds. Reade was a last minute replacement for Anna Blyth, Reade's partner at her first track racing event a month prior.
Jamie Staff once commented that it's hard to get BMXers to leave BMX for track even though the skillsets are very similar because there is so much money in BMX and little to none in track.

I wonder what event(s) she'll ride.

taras0000 04-16-15 11:27 PM

TS and 500 like her last run I'm thinking?

Soil_Sampler 04-17-15 05:51 PM

Rotor
 
Rotor Componentes

carleton 04-17-15 07:05 PM


Originally Posted by taras0000 (Post 17727300)
TS and 500 like her last run I'm thinking?

Team Sprint for sure. She's taller and wider than the other ladies, so I'm sure she provides great shelter as "Man 1".

Maybe 500 for World Cup and World Championships, but there isn't a 500 in the Olympics.

Keirin maybe? I mean, she's probably got killer bike handling skills from BMX and Jamie Staff won a World Championship in the Keirin when he was relatively new to the track (less than 3 years as a trackie).


I guess we'll have to see what events she rides in World Cups as a clue.


Originally Posted by Soil_Sampler (Post 17729691)

No mention of track stuff there. Did they drop the track cranks from their line?

Soil_Sampler 04-18-15 03:57 PM

Rotor
 

Originally Posted by carleton (Post 17729811)
No mention of track stuff there.
Did they drop the track cranks from their line?

Different website.
Just a matter of time before they offer it on their track crankset.

Rotor Bike Components

taras0000 04-18-15 04:45 PM


Originally Posted by Soil_Sampler (Post 17731380)
Different website.
Just a matter of time before they offer it on their track crankset.

Rotor Bike Components

Are you talking about their InPower BB spindle meter? I wonder if it can handle/compute the negative tourque that a fixed drivetrain exhibits.

Dalai 04-18-15 07:55 PM


Originally Posted by taras0000 (Post 17731471)
Are you talking about their InPower BB spindle meter? I wonder if it can handle/compute the negative tourque that a fixed drivetrain exhibits.

Again like the Stages only measuring left leg power...

carleton 04-18-15 08:41 PM

Looks like more marketing than substance to me.

taras0000 04-19-15 12:43 AM

All-New Rotor INpower hides power meter tech inside crank spindle

Interesting thing going on with this crankset. I wonder if the inclinometer will be thrown off by the banking of a drome. Pretty decent sampling rate at 200Hz.

Speaking of BB PMs, whatever happened to Ergomo?

Dalai 04-19-15 04:01 AM

Ergomo - went bankrupt - came back and are still trading... Mobile Power Measurement in Watts - ergomo- THE POWER METER!

carleton 04-19-15 06:00 AM


Originally Posted by Dalai (Post 17732149)
Ergomo - went bankrupt - came back and are still trading... Mobile Power Measurement in Watts - ergomo- THE POWER METER!

Yeah, that's right. Ergomo did do the BB deflection power meter. I'm not sure why they didn't take off. My buddy here in ATL had one for his track bike. It wasn't very stable. He said that he sent it back a few times.

I personally think that power meters should get closer to the feet (i.e. measure using crank arms, pedal spindles, or force plates/cleats on pedals) than further away.

taras0000 04-19-15 10:13 AM

I agree. Either put them at the source of the input (more accurate input measurement, fewer variable along the way), or put them at the the rear wheel so you know how much Wattage is being put to pavement after it's gone through the drivetrain.


It doesn't really matter where you put it in the end, as long as that's where you will consistently have your PM.

Hida Yanra 04-20-15 03:08 PM

fwiw - a close friend of mine is a pro-mech for a team that used Rotor PMs last year - he said that even with the extra support they got as a premium-sponsored-team, their PMs were a living nightmare.
Wouldn't calibrate, wouldn't hold calibration, weren't stable...


he's still with that team, so I'm afraid I can't get into other details that would incriminate him... but I'd recommend on giving them a pass unless their units start getting vastly better engineering.

Velocirapture 04-21-15 02:26 PM

Mazda concept bike.

Very pretty, but for some reason the handlebars are just a bit dissonant (for me)

Mazda unveils this stunning concept track bike - Cycling Weekly

carleton 04-21-15 02:45 PM


Originally Posted by Velocirapture (Post 17739101)
Mazda concept bike.

Very pretty, but for some reason the handlebars are just a bit dissonant (for me)

Mazda unveils this stunning concept track bike - Cycling Weekly

http://www.motorsportchannel.com/wp-...19l_resize.jpg

Interesting, but those "concept" bikes and "industrial design school senior project" bikes are always designed by people who have never ridden a bike :D


Whether this Mazda bike will ever make it to production and competition is yet to be seen, but if it does it will certainly be one of the best looking machines on the track.

The “Bike by KODO concept” is composed of the least possible parts, according to Mazda, with the frame being hammered out of one piece of metal.
There are so many reasons why this wouldn't work.

Muddlfuc 04-21-15 06:55 PM

it mostly looks ridable except for that front end... would be worse than over cooked canned spaghetti

gtrob 04-21-15 07:47 PM

"least possible parts"

in other words...the same amount of parts as every other bike on the track? :P

And that front end looks like its about to fold under its own weight, let alone a rider into a turn.

Soil_Sampler 04-22-15 05:54 PM

Ridea
 
First time I have seen these.
https://scontent-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hp...05440898_o.jpg

Muddlfuc 04-22-15 06:22 PM

is it made from vibranium adamantium alloy?

you need matching Captain america speed suit to ride that

taras0000 04-23-15 06:19 PM

@carleton, this company (Ridea) makes a double bolted seat post collar. Top half clamps around the seat post, the bottom half around the seat tube. A little more elegant than the hacked double Thompson set up. ;)

carleton 04-23-15 09:47 PM


Originally Posted by taras0000 (Post 17745653)
@carleton, this company (Ridea) makes a double bolted seat post collar. Top half clamps around the seat post, the bottom half around the seat tube. A little more elegant than the hacked double Thompson set up. ;)

"hacked"!!! Whatever! My setup is a stroke of genius :D

I'm looking around Google and I can't seem to find the particular clamp to which you are referring. Do you have a pic or link?


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