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    It depends on what you want to do with your bike....

    It depends on what you want to do with your bike. I swapped my 46/36 to a 48/34 to give me a higher end while also providing some good gearing for the hills we have here in the North East. In both...
  2. Congrats on your race! Believe me - CX racing...

    Congrats on your race! Believe me - CX racing and training will get you in-shape - FAST. I dropped over 35lbs from August to November just training and doing weekend races. Like you - I was...
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    I run 28mm Panaracer Pacelas on my Macho Man. I...

    I run 28mm Panaracer Pacelas on my Macho Man. I have another wheelset with 35mm Maxxix Raze for racing or riding off road. I know there are differences between a Cross bike geo and a dedicated...
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    generally – there is increased quality with...

    generally – there is increased quality with increased price – so a $600 carbon frame and fork will not be as strong as one that's $1200. That's the basis for that observation.

    Re: Cx bikes –...
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    Firstly, congrats on the new weight! Personally,...

    Firstly, congrats on the new weight! Personally, I would not go with carbon - even though it technically would be fine, you would need a very high-end carbon frame (I'm not familiar with the...
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    perfectly fine. I've been riding this way for...

    perfectly fine. I've been riding this way for years. I keep two sets of wheelsets for easy switching. I actually run 28mm Panaracer Pacelas now - which is more of a touring tire but fairly light...
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    Back in 2010 - I was in the exact same position...

    Back in 2010 - I was in the exact same position you were in. In my experience - go where you can be competitive - which will likely be the open Cat5. Trust me - if you think that race category was...
  8. Thread: Gear questions

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    105 is an outstanding groupset. FWIW - I have...

    105 is an outstanding groupset. FWIW - I have been using the same pair of Shifter/Brake Levers since 2008 - switching from my old cross bike to the new one. Over time, I upgraded to an Ultegra rear...
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    If you want to bike that really climbs well –...

    If you want to bike that really climbs well – you're probably looking at something with a carbon frame. Personally, I would save the money – and upgrade the wheels on the space horse and some of the...
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    Steel CX Bike w/ Carbon Fork or Chro-mo?

    I had purchased the All City Macho Man frame and fork last year and moved over all of my older bike's equipment, including a Ritchey carbon cyclocross fork.

    The OEM fork is a very nicely built...
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    I have the exact opposite experience. I moved my...

    I have the exact opposite experience. I moved my shimano spd cleats all the way back and finally found relief for knee pain. I have large feet - size 14 US - so that may have something to do with...
  12. 6"1 / 195lbs 35.5 inch inseam 58.5 TT 72.5...

    6"1 / 195lbs
    35.5 inch inseam
    58.5 TT
    72.5 degree sta
    5.5 cm drop
    17.5 cm HT
    110 mm stem

    because of my long legs relative to my height, I have more drop than I care for. On a similar bike,...
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    I know this is an old thread but I thought I'd...

    I know this is an old thread but I thought I'd add my 2 cents for future readers looking into these items. I just completed my first ride with 20mm pedal extenders and I am impressed but still need...
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    I'm 6 foot with 36 in inseam and long arms. I...

    I'm 6 foot with 36 in inseam and long arms. I just purchased a bike with a 60cm c-c Seat tube and a 58.5 eTT. I run it with a 120 stem at a +17 degree angle. Seems to fit fine, although I do have...
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    I have been obsessing with seat height for years...

    I have been obsessing with seat height for years until I finally measured myself using a free app (Coach My video: CoachMyVideo - Anytime, Anywhere Video Analysis?). When I set myself up on a...
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    For touring - I wouldn't bother. If you were...

    For touring - I wouldn't bother. If you were going to do anything else, then you might want to consider it. The problem with some steel forks on lower-end bikes is fork shudder. I run a Richey...
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    All-City Macho Man: first ride review

    I just picked up my new All-City Macho Man yesterday and wanted to post some quick impressions.

    Actually - I ordered a new frame from them - size 58 and had my existing components from my old...
  18. Thanks for all the replies. Also - check out...

    Thanks for all the replies. Also - check out this awesome frame geometry comparison tool.

    GearInches.com Bike Geometry Comparator

    I downloaded it and put in the numbers and it seems my...
  19. My current fork is practically brand new - and is...

    My current fork is practically brand new - and is carbon. The one on the macho man is steel. No comparison there. The bikes have the exact same BB drop and ETT (though the TT on the Macho man is...
  20. Fork Length relative to Head Tube and Seat Tube - need advice

    I'm looking at getting a new cross frame and would swap components from my old one to the new frame - but I'm confused about how my current fork will work in the new geometries.

    My current bike...
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    Thank you very much for your insight. I'll...

    Thank you very much for your insight. I'll definitely avoid this frame.
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    I realize this is an old post but thought I'd...

    I realize this is an old post but thought I'd jump in. The only leg exercise you should do is a Goblet Squat (3 sets of 8-10 reps). (Google it - it's very simple). The reason is that it will help...
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    Thoughts on Nashbar CX Aluminum frame

    Has anyone built up a bike using this frame - and what are your experiences with racing it - if any?

    It's about time to upgrade my trusted 2008 Van Dessel Hole Shot - but here's the deal:

    Last...
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    It would be if I knew they would do a better job...

    It would be if I knew they would do a better job than what I can do myself. The trouble is finding experienced fitters who really know what they are doing. I wound up eliminating about 90% of my...
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    I've weighed the pros and cons of a professional...

    I've weighed the pros and cons of a professional fitting for some time - especially after experiencing knee pain. Where I am - a fitting will range from $150 for just a spot check to $300 for where...
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