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Old 04-30-08, 02:46 PM   #1
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Being a Junior SUCKS

I'm 18 years old. I have buy a stupid junior cassete and chainring. I'm going with a 52x15. Dude WTF i'm i gonna do with that? This is going to cost me $$. Plus i don't use that tiny of a gear for anything above 14 mph. DAMN DAMN DAMN. i have to go 120 mile round trip to the LBS to get it. I can't wait till i can use what ever gear i want. PLUS - the cat 5 men that are not juniors can have normal size gears. I'm just gonna go for it though.

Only good thing is been a junior is your young.
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I think you can run 52x14. But seriously learn how to spin, and it won't matter. I get to use big boy gears this year and I've used my 13t cog almost twice. Its not a big deal.
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seriously, the worst part about being a junior is the lack of maturity.
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Adjust the derailer limit screws to lock out your 11-14t cogs and quit whining.
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I do feel bad for juniors in the races I do, cuz a lot of em are strong enough to need more than a 52-14 top gear. Stupid rule, IMO.
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I'm 18 years old. I have buy a stupid junior cassete and chainring. I'm going with a 52x15. Dude WTF i'm i gonna do with that? This is going to cost me $$. Plus i don't use that tiny of a gear for anything above 14 mph. DAMN DAMN DAMN. i have to go 120 mile round trip to the LBS to get it. I can't wait till i can use what ever gear i want. PLUS - the cat 5 men that are not juniors can have normal size gears. I'm just gonna go for it though.

Only good thing is been a junior is your young.
Then you would witness the wonderful and quite clear "POP" sound that would occur as the pack rode away from you on the very first acceleration. In addition, this would seem to indicate that even for flat training rides you use only 4 of 20 gears (53x14, 53x13, 53x12, 53x11)? Or do you prefer a 60t for the front?
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Block your 12 and 13. Don't complain as much.
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Let's trade places. I'll be 18, you can be 50, and I'll give you all my 11-23 cassettes too.

Deal or what kid?
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Then you would witness the wonderful and quite clear "POP" sound that would occur as the pack rode away from you on the very first acceleration. In addition, this would seem to indicate that even for flat training rides you use only 4 of 20 gears (53x14, 53x13, 53x12, 53x11)? Or do you prefer a 60t for the front?
I've been spinning like a mad man in a 53X16 training for it. I can ride over 20mph but races go at more than 30 mph i'm going to be spinning out. for flat land the only gear i need is a 53x12. Accelerations are not a problem. some lady was walking 3 dogs in the middle of the road yesterday. I slowed to a walking speed. I took about 2 seconds to get back up to 27 mph.
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Let's trade places. I'll be 18, you can be 50, and I'll give you all my 11-23 cassettes too.

Deal or what kid?
You don't look 50. I look more like 50.
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You don't look 50. I look more like 50.
Kid, you just made my week.
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I can't even do ONE push up.
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Adjust the derailer limit screws to lock out your 11-14t cogs and quit whining.
I have a 53 tooth. so a 14 is to big. I would have to have the derailer blocked so far over that i don't think it's possible.
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I've been spinning like a mad man in a 53X16 training for it. I can ride over 20mph but races go at more than 30 mph i'm going to be spinning out. for flat land the only gear i need is a 53x12. Accelerations are not a problem. some lady was walking 3 dogs in the middle of the road yesterday. I slowed to a walking speed. I took about 2 seconds to get back up to 27 mph.
I did a crit on Sunday with a compact crank (50) and never got into the 14, let alone the 11. I was there for the sprint. Im told that one can pedal up to and over 40mph with a compact. You should be able to ride 20mph in the small ring.
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the other good thing about being a junior is the 18 year old girls
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If you can't spin your 52/14 past 35 mph, you shouldn't bother racing.

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I did a crit on Sunday with a compact crank (50) and never got into the 14, let alone the 11. I was there for the sprint. Im told that one can pedal up to and over 40mph with a compact. You should be able to ride 20mph in the small ring.
Yep, I frequently spin my 50/11 past 42 mph. Of course, this is going down a 7% grade for about 3 miles.

edit: Oh and 11-28 is my training and road race cassette. I use a 12-25 for crits and don't think I have used the 12 yet.

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the other good thing about being a junior is the 18 year old girls
It's legal for any age man. The question is if the 18 year old girls would go for Botero or Pcad first.
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It's legal for any age man. The question is if the 18 year old girls would go for Botero or Pcad first.
uk, you just made my month.

I was at the Third Eye Blind show in NY City last night and it was overflowing with 18 year old girls. They tried to avoid looking at me, much as they would avoid looking at their own Dads.

My delusions may indeed be grandiose, but they do not involve college age women.
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If you can't spin your 52/14 past 35 mph, you shouldn't bother racing.


Yep, I frequently spin my 50/11 past 42 mph. Of course, this is going down a 7% grade for about 3 miles.
I'll try. I'll go out today and put it in my 53x16 and spin it up to 35.
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Botero, if you can get ahold of a fixed gear bike, that would do wonders for your spinning abilities. I started racing on a velodrome, so that took care of it for me.

As a junior, I never lost a sprint due to gear restrictions. The exception, however, is when a junior enters in a senior race. Not much of a problem in flat crits, but anything with a hill leaves the junior with no way to keep up on the descents.
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Tell me about it. On any descent on group rides every one flys by me like i'm standing still even with out gear restrictions. but i am very light and there fat. Like 170 pounds. I can't believe how they go down so fast.
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Tell me about it. On any descent on group rides every one flys by me like i'm standing still even with out gear restrictions. but i am very light and there fat. Like 170 pounds. I can't believe how they go down so fast.
You think 170 lbs is fat?

I told you guys I'm too fat for this sport.
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ok beefy.
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You think 170 lbs is fat?

I told you guys I'm too fat for this sport.
I weigh 145
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