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Forum: Road Cycling 05-03-16, 12:10 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 807
Posted By Brian Ratliff
I think you'll have better luck in the triathlete...

I think you'll have better luck in the triathlete subforum. Roadies have never heard of "race number belts"; it's mostly a running thing I think. I had to google it. Bike racers typically pin numbers...
Forum: Road Cycling 04-18-16, 08:44 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,217
Posted By Brian Ratliff
Lots of kids start cycling and racing on bikes...

Lots of kids start cycling and racing on bikes that aren't anywhere close to $5k. Start looking for used stuff. See if your friend has an old bike you can buy or borrow. Also, ask this question in...
Forum: Track Cycling: Velodrome Racing and Training Area 04-16-16, 12:31 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,408
Posted By Brian Ratliff
Just catching up on watching races... Don't know...

Just catching up on watching races... Don't know if anyone caught this, but with Bradley Wiggins and Cavendish in the Madison (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDScj91sBQs), did anyone see what...
Forum: Road Cycling 02-09-16, 11:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 395
Posted By Brian Ratliff
It's fine. If your frame breaks at that, it'll...

It's fine. If your frame breaks at that, it'll break going over a bump. Each stay only moves 2.5mm over a length of something like 400mm for an angular deformation of something like 0.36 degrees....
Forum: Road Cycling 01-31-16, 06:04 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 2,665
Posted By Brian Ratliff
Your saddle is pretty low. Your legs should come...

Your saddle is pretty low. Your legs should come to nearly full extension at the bottom of the pedal stroke. This might help your back since a low saddle will keep your hamstrings and glutes from...
Forum: Road Cycling 01-26-16, 12:35 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,141
Posted By Brian Ratliff
Take it from a guy who races and has crashed many...

Take it from a guy who races and has crashed many times over the last several years. I have the scars on my knees, hips, elbows, and shoulders to prove it. Nothing good can come from going down the...
Forum: Road Cycling 01-25-16, 10:25 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 5,451
Posted By Brian Ratliff
GTFO with that ad hominem. Particularly egregious...

GTFO with that ad hominem. Particularly egregious when coming from a lurker.
Forum: Road Cycling 01-24-16, 04:09 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 5,451
Posted By Brian Ratliff
They tell themselves this to justify spending $8k...

They tell themselves this to justify spending $8k on the latest frame that trades stiffness (and weight) for the latest in aero design. It is all situational though. in a triathlon, yea, aero wins...
Forum: Road Cycling 01-24-16, 03:53 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 5,451
Posted By Brian Ratliff
Yea... So, there are, like, three "ifs" in my...

Yea... So, there are, like, three "ifs" in my post, and they are all referring to situational conditionals. I do not need to guess about physics nor do I resort to arguments by analogy.
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Forum: Road Cycling 01-23-16, 08:43 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 5,451
Posted By Brian Ratliff
So, I've weighed in on this discussion many times...

So, I've weighed in on this discussion many times in the past. I'll just put this here:

Yes, a spring returns energy. If that energy is returned out of phase to the torque pulses from the legs,...
Forum: Road Cycling 01-13-16, 01:25 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,377
Posted By Brian Ratliff
Wind will blow you around a bit more. Not a huge...

Wind will blow you around a bit more. Not a huge deal until you are trying to put on a raincoat while riding no-handed in a rainstorm.

As others have said, braking is not great with carbon rims. ...
Forum: Road Cycling 01-05-16, 03:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 329
Posted By Brian Ratliff
The derailleur has pivot points that can gum up....

The derailleur has pivot points that can gum up. If you just replaced your shift cable and housing, I'd lube the derailleur itself.
Forum: Track Cycling: Velodrome Racing and Training Area 12-31-15, 01:25 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 43,975
Posted By Brian Ratliff
It's the other direction I had trouble with in...

It's the other direction I had trouble with in the past. Mounting a Tufo onto a rim with a channel.
Forum: Track Cycling: Velodrome Racing and Training Area 12-30-15, 04:41 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 43,975
Posted By Brian Ratliff
Pretty much all of them except Tufo and some...

Pretty much all of them except Tufo and some Continentals.
Forum: Track Cycling: Velodrome Racing and Training Area 12-29-15, 09:16 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 43,975
Posted By Brian Ratliff
My method is: one layer on the rim. While that...

My method is: one layer on the rim. While that dries, one or two layers on the tire (one layer if the basetape is latex impregnated, two if not), then one wet layer on the rim and immediately mount....
Forum: Track Cycling: Velodrome Racing and Training Area 12-22-15, 09:02 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,639
Posted By Brian Ratliff
I saw nothing wrong with any of that race. Pretty...

I saw nothing wrong with any of that race. Pretty tame. The only person obligated to the sprinters lane is the lead rider if he's there when the sprint starts; the rest can use the rest of the track....
Forum: Track Cycling: Velodrome Racing and Training Area 12-21-15, 09:55 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 43,975
Posted By Brian Ratliff
Lots of guys at Alpenrose (particularly...

Lots of guys at Alpenrose (particularly sprinters) use Vittoria Pistas for race day tires where durability is not a concern, and the CS is Vittoria's new "concrete track" tire. If you want a durable...
Forum: Road Cycling 12-19-15, 12:12 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,939
Posted By Brian Ratliff
I rode my bike out about 15 miles to a crit....

I rode my bike out about 15 miles to a crit. Raced the crit; didn't do as well as I wanted. Crit had a beer garden. Had a couple IPAs with my teammates; it started raining slightly and got on my bike...
Forum: Road Cycling 12-11-15, 11:49 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,710
Posted By Brian Ratliff
Since 9 speed came out, cross chaining has been...

Since 9 speed came out, cross chaining has been an entire non-issue. The entire mythology of cross chaining was developed during the bad old days of 8 speed and lower. Chains are really good now.
Forum: Road Cycling 12-10-15, 12:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,288
Posted By Brian Ratliff
I actually don't follow pro cycling much, but...

I actually don't follow pro cycling much, but this happens all the time in the amateur ranks, particularly on flat, windy courses. Sprinters know how to hide from wind better than your average bear.
Forum: Road Cycling 12-09-15, 08:50 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,288
Posted By Brian Ratliff
Many times a sprinter will get into a break with...

Many times a sprinter will get into a break with other rider types, especially during the classics... at the finish, if they stay away, they are racing head to head.
Forum: Road Cycling 12-09-15, 02:50 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,265
Posted By Brian Ratliff
So... Err... What's with the obsession with...

So... Err... What's with the obsession with cassette cleanliness?
Forum: Track Cycling: Velodrome Racing and Training Area 12-08-15, 04:15 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 15,416
Posted By Brian Ratliff
I think you are going too high on the bank. You...

I think you are going too high on the bank. You need to be just high enough so you can float and get back to the end of the line by the end of the turn. You shouldn't be accelerating up the bank....
Forum: Track Cycling: Velodrome Racing and Training Area 12-07-15, 09:53 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 15,416
Posted By Brian Ratliff
Going up track to gain a gap and accelerating...

Going up track to gain a gap and accelerating into it still works. It's a risky strategy though. I'm pretty sure most of the big gears and top-end dragster racing at the upper levels are just due to...
Forum: "The 33"-Road Bike Racing 12-07-15, 09:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,351
Posted By Brian Ratliff
To increase sprint power, you must increase...

To increase sprint power, you must increase strength. There is no good way around this. This does affect your ftp though... stronger generally means heavier, and increased time spent training sprint...
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