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    dear carleton,

    what is your favorite documentary?

    ps. i've read this entire thread, and i would like to say, i respect you for not being an ***.
    pss. thank you for teaching me Godwin's law... so on the day, Carleton 1. Reddit 0

    i don't like flatwounds. i like roundwounds on all my electric basses. roundwounds on a fretless sound notorious.
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    A picture, or even a vague description, would help.
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    Dear carleton,
    I just started noticing some threads coming off my rear Gatorskin, no strange bulges at the moment, but a long strand running around the circumference is coming off in certain areas. Is it time for a new tire? Should I pull it off/cut it off and ride on? It's about a year old, and I only skid on it occasionally. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherblock View Post
    Why do some track bikes have toe clips over the cleats? Is this like a back up safety mechanism so if they unclip they might be able to catch themselves?
    I am no Carleton but your right in your assumption.
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    And all that skidding would make you pretty tyred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docboyd View Post
    I am no Carleton but your right in your assumption.
    why u no carleton.


    But thanks, that was the only way it could make sense.
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    we all know badasses go with chris king headsets... are you a badass or weaksauce?

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    I'm pretty sure I learned that from Carleton lol and yea they aren't necessary just an added protection. There are plenty of pros that don't use them too.
    Ex. Hoy no, other dudes yea
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    And all that skidding would make you pretty tyred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docboyd View Post
    I'm pretty sure I learned that from Carleton lol and yea they aren't necessary just an added protection. There are plenty of pros that don't use them too.
    Ex. Hoy no, other dudes yea
    Actually...you aren't 100% right.

    Chris Hoy attached the strap then puts the shoe covers over them

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    Quote Originally Posted by davismatson10 View Post
    Dear Carleton,

    I've seen people use a spacer between their stem and top cap with a carbon fork, and then talk about how it's important/good to do. But then I've seen way more people not do that...what do you think?
    I think there should be at least a thin spacer between the top of the cap and the stem. This is because there has to be a gap between the top of the fork and the stem cap in order for the stem cap to pull the fork snugly into the stem via the top cap bolt. If there were no thin spacer on top that means the stem would clasp a few mm of nothing at the top.

    Quote Originally Posted by bryyando View Post
    Dear Carleton,

    Is it possible to use a bmx headset on a fixed frame? I'm interested in putting one on an ftp. As far as I can tell they are 1 1/8th, integrated and are campy spec as is the ftp.
    I'm not sure.

    Just buy a BMX. It's not smart to use a frame that's designed to be light and only deal with forces in one direction for tricks.

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    I say yes to spacer, but I'm not carleton so who knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    Dear Carleton - do you know of any liner shorts that have minimal padding?

    I'm looking for a little cushion for longer rides but really don't like feeling like I'm wearing a diaper.
    No, but I'm looking for some, too. I've been wearing team kits lately, but I'm thinking of not riding for a team next year.

    I'm a lone wolf.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherblock View Post
    Why do some track bikes have toe clips over the cleats? Is this like a back up safety mechanism so if they unclip they might be able to catch themselves?
    You are right in that it's a backup safety mechanism. Really strong guys can pull out of the grasp of some pedals. Especially during standing starts. I can pull out of Shimano and LOOK pedals. The strap is to keep the pedal/cleat engagement double-secure.

    Quote Originally Posted by andrizzle View Post
    dear carleton,

    what is your favorite documentary?

    ps. i've read this entire thread, and i would like to say, i respect you for not being an ***.
    pss. thank you for teaching me Godwin's law... so on the day, Carleton 1. Reddit 0

    i don't like flatwounds. i like roundwounds on all my electric basses. roundwounds on a fretless sound notorious.
    Favorite Documentary? That's a good one. Let me think on that.

    PS. Thanks.
    PPS. No problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by oeuf View Post
    Dear carleton,
    I just started noticing some threads coming off my rear Gatorskin, no strange bulges at the moment, but a long strand running around the circumference is coming off in certain areas. Is it time for a new tire? Should I pull it off/cut it off and ride on? It's about a year old, and I only skid on it occasionally. Thanks.
    It's probably fine. Part of the casing.

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    As for the spacer thing, I say yes...then no when your headset is full loaded then put the top cap back on.


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    Dear Carleton,

    Any tips for improving form? Is this a stupid question?

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    Quote Originally Posted by streetdude View Post
    Dear Carleton,

    Any tips for improving form? Is this a stupid question?
    What form? Pedaling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squirrelli View Post
    As for the spacer thing, I say yes...then no when your headset is full loaded then put the top cap back on.

    Huh?

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    Yes, sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by streetdude View Post
    Yes, sorry.
    1) Get a proper bike fitting. Your bike position may hinder your pedal stroke.

    2) Use rollers, preferably with the big drums that provide lower resistance so high-cadence work doesn't hurt so much and you can work on form without getting tired as quickly. You'd be amazed at how you can dial-in your pedal stroke using rollers. You can relax so many muscles down to the bare minimum to pedal and stay on the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Huh?
    My bad...let me elaborate.

    I use a spacer above my stem to preload the headset then I remove the spacer and put the cap back on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squirrelli View Post
    My bad...let me elaborate.

    I use a spacer above my stem to preload the headset then I remove the spacer and put the cap back on.
    Got it. Yeah, that works, too.

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    The spacer is only needed if the steer tube is flush (or sticking out) with the top of the stem to pull the steer tube against the stem, as Carlton said.


    Where is my Dear Hairnet thread? Why am I asking you?
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    I'd rather ride a greasy bowling ball than one of those things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    The spacer is only needed if the steer tube is flush (or sticking out) with the top of the stem to pull the steer tube against the stem, as Carlton said.


    Where is my Dear Hairnet thread? Why am I asking you?
    I'm waiting for Scrod to start it. Not sure.

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    How does it feel?
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    I'd rather ride a greasy bowling ball than one of those things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    How does it feel?
    She makes me feel kinda funny, like when we used to climb the rope in gym class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Actually...you aren't 100% right.

    Chris Hoy attached the strap then puts the shoe covers over them
    Haha darn, but visually it looks convincing no? I just remember you posted some pic of guys without it awhile ago.
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    And all that skidding would make you pretty tyred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docboyd View Post
    Haha darn, but visually it looks convincing no? I just remember you posted some pic of guys without it awhile ago.
    I can't think of a world-class sprinter that doesn't use them. Maybe it was an endurance guy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    I can't think of a world-class sprinter that doesn't use them. Maybe it was an endurance guy?
    Must've been, all I remember is it made your point of the are not necessary especially for us regular folk cause we don't put out nearly as much power as some people who don't use them
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    And all that skidding would make you pretty tyred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post



    I'm not sure.

    Just buy a BMX. It's not smart to use a frame that's designed to be light and only deal with forces in one direction for tricks.



    My friend wasn't planning on doing tricks or anything. It's just you can get those headsets for 20-30, and he is cutting costs wherever possible. Hence the nashbar special

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryyando View Post
    My friend wasn't planning on doing tricks or anything. It's just you can get those headsets for 20-30, and he is cutting costs wherever possible. Hence the nashbar special
    Don't ask me about how to do stuff on the cheap. Seriously. When it comes to bikes, the cheap way is often not the best way...or even a decent way to do things.

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