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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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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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    I would go with the Cross Bike for your...

    I would go with the Cross Bike for your situation. I did the same thing several years ago - wanted to step up to my first 'real' bike and was torn between a road bike and Cross. I went with the...
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    Let me put it this way - my FTP wattage (as...

    Let me put it this way - my FTP wattage (as measured by the CTS Field test) jumped from 285 watts to 320 in 6 weeks. By the time I was done with the program - I was around 305. I also got the...
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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...
  14. 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...
  16. 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. ...
  20. 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,...
  23. 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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