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    I just got the Novice Cyclocross and Novice Road...

    I just got the Novice Cyclocross and Novice Road Plan. The plans provide a nice structure but you need a lot of videos - (although the Novice Road plan isn't that bad). I didn't use the plans yet,...
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    How do they compare to Shimano? My concern with...

    How do they compare to Shimano? My concern with them was not having a large enough platform to support a larger rider (like me) - however the Smarty and Candy options seem reasonably wide. Not sure...
  3. You might want to consider a 48/34 with a 28/11...

    You might want to consider a 48/34 with a 28/11 in the rear. That combo will give you a very wide range of gearing and help with both fast road rides and steep hills. For CX racing - going from a...
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    I have had several due to family history and some...

    I have had several due to family history and some chest pains. What the others said pretty much sums it up - go on a treadmill till your heart rate gets pinned - hold for a few minutes - then they...
  5. High Intensity Training for 50+ to Late Seniors - Thoughts?

    Hi - I'm not quite 50 (but close :-) so I hope you don't mind me posting here -

    I have been reading quite a bit about the benefits of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) for 50+ and especially...
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    Steel CX bike - too heavy for racing?

    Hi -

    I am considering getting an All-City Macho Man or Surly Crosscheck frame, and swapping over my components. The reason is that my current AL CX frame is 6 years old, and ridden hard- so I'm...
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    Very nice set up. Actually, a sub 20lb bike is...

    Very nice set up. Actually, a sub 20lb bike is pretty light by Cyclocross standards. My rig is 20.5lbs - I shaved off a full pound by going to the Velocity 23mm wheels/hubs (28 spoke) from an older...
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    The only thing I don't like about the Bourney...

    The only thing I don't like about the Bourney plan is that it assumes a relatively long season and has the threshold-level or zone 5 workouts towards November - as if to peak for races in December. ...
  9. Personally, I like the lower BB too. My Cross...

    Personally, I like the lower BB too. My Cross bike has a 70mm, similar to a road geometry - what that does is allow me to take sharp corners when riding on the road. Do I occasionally nick a tree...
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    Forget the pit crew / bike. Only CAT 1's and...

    Forget the pit crew / bike. Only CAT 1's and pro's do that. Also, if even if you flat, by the time you ran your bike a mile or more to the pit area to change a tire (or even get on a new bike) you...
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    I dunno - personally, I would not trust them, but...

    I dunno - personally, I would not trust them, but I have not had great luck with tubulars, mostly from racing in thick mud an/or lots of rain. If you live in a dry climate, and are not that heavy,...
  12. Thread: Category Help

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    Category Help

    Hi -

    I've been racing for a few years (still a lower Cat 4) and would like some advice on categories for an upcoming race.

    I just turned 45 - so, I'm considering racing Masters 45+ CAT 1/2/3/4,...
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    I say try it - assuming you have the similar...

    I say try it - assuming you have the similar crank as listed - you'll probably leave it in the 39 chain ring. Yes, it will be very heavy, and the geometry sucks for cyclocross racing - but remember,...
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    New Frame Now or New Bike Later?

    Hi - I've been riding a 2008 Van Dessel Hole Shot and am due for an upgrade (looking into Ti or Steel).

    Last season, while cleaning my bike, I noticed that my seatpost and handlebars were bending...
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    I got them and love 'em. In fact, I ordered the...

    I got them and love 'em. In fact, I ordered the entire Cyclo 90 base plan, which has the HIT sessions and 5 Core / Yoga /Resistance workouts and a 90 day plan (similar to p90x) that tells you what...
  16. Maintaining Cycling Fitness while travelling

    Any tips / suggestions with this? I will be starting a new job that may require frequent 2-3 day trips (by plane so no way I can take the bike). I got spoiled because with my current job, I was...
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    Congratulations! That is a big accomplishment if...

    Congratulations! That is a big accomplishment if you ask me. You got tons of good experience and had a great time. I'm a lower Cat 4 racer and finished behind my share of riders too - believe me,...
  18. Cycling performance - is it really more genetics?

    Hi There - I originally posted this in the Cyclocross forums because that's what I race - but wanted some road racers to weigh in...

    So I'm wondering: How much of bike racing performance is...
  19. Thread: Is it Genetics?

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    Is it Genetics?

    How much of racing performance is genetics vs actual training? I'm curious because it seems the top place guys have always done well and the bottom of the pack racers always seem to stay there. ...
  20. Thread: Pinch flats!

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    I'm 6'1 190lbs and ran both tubbies and...

    I'm 6'1 190lbs and ran both tubbies and clinchers. I went back to clinchers this year because the tubulars were not worh the hassle for my level of racing (lower cat 4). I typically run clinchers...
  21. Yes it would. Going from 13 to 11 is almost 20%. ...

    Yes it would. Going from 13 to 11 is almost 20%. I run an 11-28 on mine and I love having the adding gearing for both flats (11) and the 28 to get up big hills. Stay away from anything higher than a...
  22. Hey I thought I'd pass on something I found...

    Hey I thought I'd pass on something I found interesting. I was discussing this debate with some guys at the LBS. Turns out - there's a guy there who races crits on his carbon CX bike and has even...
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    Personally, for the money, I would always go with...

    Personally, for the money, I would always go with a new bike - so I'm recommending BD. All of them have similar components and I've heard good things about all of them - especially the Tricross. ...
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    +1 for My Fitness Pal. I reached the point where...

    +1 for My Fitness Pal. I reached the point where no matter how hard I trained or watched what I ate - the weight stayed on. using that app to count calories and beefing up my bike rides and weight...
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    Sand Pits: Run or power through?

    just curious how you deal with the dreaded sand pits. If they are short and deep, I will pick up my bike and run it - and in fact, I always try to run on sand because I hate what it does to my drive...
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