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Old 05-28-08, 06:29 PM   #1
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Getting My Rig Ready.....

Soup everyone. I guess I'll be racing this summer in the 14-16 (?) category, and I was wondering what I should do to get my bike prepped. I've changed my gearing to be under the roll-out limit and replaced my noodley stem with a stiff Thomson, but thats about it. Anything else I should consider besides wheels?
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A.) Leg veins
B.) Get HAMMERED drunk the night before the race






But on a more serious note, that's about it.
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Old 05-28-08, 06:42 PM   #3
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Soup does indeed rule...

I would only recommend checking and making sure your tires are up to snuff. Nothing stinks worse than getting a flat during a race. It's almost worth it getting fresh tubes/tires and putting them on the week before. Ride them a few times to make sure you mounted them correctly and RACE!

Every other ounce of energy should be put into riding. Aside from a bike that won't let you down when you need it, saddle time is all that matters.
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You should be alright with the rig you currently have. Always be sure that your bike is properly torqued before the race, and check quick releases and brake alignment.

On a side note I'm surprised a 14-16 yr old rider, let alone any rider, can describe a stem as "noodley". You may have been feeling your bars more than anything as a stem is one of the least likely spots on your bike where you feel any noticeable flex.
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The stock bontrager tires on your 1600 suck.
Get some Conti GP4000S's.
They're the biggest upgrade you can make for $100, assuming your position is good.
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To quote words immortalized by the great one himself..

"Measure guads, Get on bike, Win"
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To quote words immortalized by the great one himself..

"Measure guads, Get on bike, Win"
That is still one of the greatest quotes ever.

Conti GP4000's kinda suck too though. For racing, the Michelin PR2's are decent....haven't used/heard much about the PR3's yet so I can't comment on them. My only gripe about the PR2's is that they seem to puncture pretty easily compared to the Bonty tires I've used in the past. I like the higher-end Bonty tires a lot, BTW.
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That is still one of the greatest quotes ever.

Conti GP4000's kinda suck too though. For racing, the Michelin PR2's are decent....haven't used/heard much about the PR3's yet so I can't comment on them. My only gripe about the PR2's is that they seem to puncture pretty easily compared to the Bonty tires I've used in the past. I like the higher-end Bonty tires a lot, BTW.
pfft.
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michelin = epic fail
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Conti GP4000's kinda suck too though.
Although you are usually on point, in this case I definitely don't agree. My 4000s (chili compound, never rode the older ones) are amazing. Only one flat after running over a sharp rock and running 70 psi (too lazy to pump up before training ride), and they corner like I'm glued to the ground. This last weekend I was on a guys wheel taking the same line as him into the final corner before the sprint. He wiped out in front of me (I have no idea what tires he was running, so I'm not blaming those) while I was able to turn even further into the turn without braking and still didn't slide out. I love me my 4000s.
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^^ And I've sold my soul to Vittoria. I love the Rubino Pros.
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I dislike the Michelins due to the fact that I had like 2-3 punctures in like 1000 miles or so.....but other than that, they are fine. They are ok for racing, not so much for training I have found. My favorite training tire of choice is actually the Bontrager Race Lite Harcase tires. You can run pretty much anything over with those things and not get a flat.

When I had the GP4000's, I dunno.....kinda felt like my tires were stuck to the pavement. It was weird. Between that and the fact they were a mother****er to mount.....I just wasn't happy with them.
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P3R's, they are awesome. Not one puncture yet in 1000 miles, and they grip SO well.
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On a side note I'm surprised a 14-16 yr old rider, let alone any rider, can describe a stem as "noodley". You may have been feeling your bars more than anything as a stem is one of the least likely spots on your bike where you feel any noticeable flex.
Bonty Select Stems suck butt in about everything. I'm not going to pretend I'm a super-duper sprinter but get get out of the saddle on a hill and you'll feel the stem flexing and creaking.



I run PR2s in the front and Krylions in the back, with barely any flats. Also, I run Selle Italia Flites on all my bikes. I previously run Open Pros and 4000s and was not impressed (in terms of difference between my current set-up). I have yet to try PR3s.
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