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    Quote Originally Posted by teufelhunden222 View Post
    I just don't want to fail horribly on race day #1 .
    The only "fail" is failing to pin on a number and line up.

    After dumping too much money into stuff I didn't need, 90% of my riding is on bombproof aluminum wheels. When I race, I use 50mm carbon tubulars, not because they're that much faster (for me), but because I think they're sexy and I'm old enough to admit I'm vain. If I didn't buy them when I was throwing around money, I probably wouldn't own them today. Much like the dedicated TT bike, disc wheel, and all of the other stuff I use a handful of times a year, although these things actually do have an effect on my performance. Bang-for-the-buck, even allowing for the fact that none of it was retail, I'm shooting blanks.

    1 thing made me faster:
    A structured training plan (especially in the off-season). Instead of getting fatter, I get lighter and stronger. I hired a coach, because my attention to detail and follow-through is weak in this regard unless I think someone is looking over my shoulder. Again, I'm old enough to admit it. I first trained by perceived exertion, then by heartrate, then by power. Each has taught me a lot about my capabilities and potential, but only when put in proper context. Otherwise, you just end up with an expensive eWang. A power meter doesn't make you faster. It's an indicator, not a generator. Without the training plans and analysis tools, it only adds weight to the bike.

    Do a few races. Get dropped. Make stupid attacks. Play with pack positioning. Figure out where you are weak and work on that. Don't waste a lot of money for incremental gains when there's still a whole lot of low-hanging fruit out there. You have years to waste money- don't be like me and rush it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teufelhunden222 View Post
    I don't understand. I made a list of thigs I would need when I had my steel bike and I have it about half completed. Why are you poking fun? I am not saying I am going to be cavendish or anything. I just want good stuff. I am trying to learn from your guys mistakes in buying the wrong wheelset.
    If you are heavy like I am then just don't buy super light weight stuff. I break stuff like that all the time and have decided it's better for me to just race and ride on 3 cross AL wheels. I like to race on tubulars though. If you want to go with carbon wheels look for ones designed for cyclocross as they tend to be built stronger.
    If you don't talk to your cat about catnip, who will? =^.^=

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfmckenna View Post
    If you are heavy like I am then just don't buy super light weight stuff. I break stuff like that all the time and have decided it's better for me to just race and ride on 3 cross AL wheels. I like to race on tubulars though. If you want to go with carbon wheels look for ones designed for cyclocross as they tend to be built stronger.
    Hey mckenna,
    How fat you is?
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    Making a kilometer blurry waterrockets's Avatar
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    Let's just say that, like you, the telephoto was much more flattering than wide angle.

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    I remember a recent road race where we were racing up a cat3 or cat 2 climb and this guy comes by and just completely drops me... I mean shelled. I do however remember what he was riding. An old steel bianchi with aluminum clinchers. I wanted to be that person that day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
    Let's just say that, like you, the telephoto was much more flattering than wide angle.
    If you were standing in front of me right now I would punch you in the face...
    None of that spanking that you normally like...
    "if you ride it the way it's meant to be ridden there's no way any wife is less of a ***** than a bicycle." - gstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by thechemist View Post
    I remember a recent road race where we were racing up a cat3 or cat 2 climb and this guy comes by and just completely drops me... I mean shelled. I do however remember what he was riding. An old steel bianchi with aluminum clinchers. I wanted to be that person that day.
    How would you fell if a big fat ass like me did the same thing?
    "if you ride it the way it's meant to be ridden there's no way any wife is less of a ***** than a bicycle." - gstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkwaki View Post
    If you were standing in front of me right now I would punch you in the face...
    None of that spanking that you normally like...
    Oh, so we're moving on to blood now? Hmm.

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    As Eddy supposedly once said, "Don't buy..." aw screw it I'm too tired to even finish that thought.
    Punctuation is important. It's the difference between "I helped my uncle, Jack, off a horse" and "I helped my uncle Jack off a horse"


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    I'd be careful with WR, he's liable to start posting surgery pics.
    Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike

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    Oh, so he's using another photographer now too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
    Oh, so he's using another photographer now too?
    I would never cheat on you WR, there's been too much intimacy...

    BTW if I had $1,500 to spend on wheels I would have two sets of used 404s or similar...
    "if you ride it the way it's meant to be ridden there's no way any wife is less of a ***** than a bicycle." - gstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkwaki View Post
    How would you fell if a big fat ass like me did the same thing?
    I've been getting beat by many a large man this year so my ego is low.I certianly wouldn't get any ideas of catching you on the decent. I bet you power down those suckers
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    Quote Originally Posted by thechemist View Post
    I've been getting beat by many a large man this year so my ego is low.I certianly wouldn't get any ideas of catching you on the decent. I bet you power down those suckers
    Put it this way, the streamers on my handlebars are straight out...
    "if you ride it the way it's meant to be ridden there's no way any wife is less of a ***** than a bicycle." - gstein

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    What's your first planned race?

    There are some courses down here that I'd less than recommend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    What's your first planned race?

    There are some courses down here that I'd less than recommend.
    The San Marcos Crit should be right up his alley. With new wheels it would be no problem!

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    Quote Originally Posted by agoodale View Post
    The San Marcos Crit should be right up his alley. With new wheels it would be no problem!
    You bad bad man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkwaki View Post
    Hey mckenna,
    How fat you is?
    Since I am not racing this year unfortunately... too fat. I am 6'3" and when in the best of shape about 190lbs, sadly I am 210lbs now. Once I get settled into the new house and a lot of the stuff going on settles down I'm going to make a run for cyclocross season and hopefully get down to 200 by then. Point being at about 200lbs I find the uber light weight low spoke count wheels to break.
    If you don't talk to your cat about catnip, who will? =^.^=

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    Quote Originally Posted by agoodale View Post
    The San Marcos Crit should be right up his alley. With new wheels it would be no problem!
    terrific first race

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    Quote Originally Posted by zitter View Post
    terrific first race, especially for a bigger rider
    Context.

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    exactly

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    Quote Originally Posted by teufelhunden222 View Post
    Basically I am looking for ever advantage I can get to make me fast on the down hills and the flats because I am going to get raped on the hills.-David
    Me and you both. I hate hills.

    To the OP: lose 15 lbs, it will make you faster than any wheelset worth $1,500. If you still want to fork out some money, get a pair of chinese clincher carbon rims. I have a pair and they out-perform my Mavic Carbonnes which I sold for race money. If you do, clean the brake pads often though. A useful tip I got from another fellow racer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
    I'd be careful with WR, he's liable to start posting surgery pics.
    Work takes me to the OR now. I could top him
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    They're pretty bad. My surgeon said he hadn't see worse ruptured appendix images than mine for any patients who survived O_o

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