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    This may be too personal, but do you coach at all? Either beginner/drop in stuff, or sending plans? That, and would you consider writing a book on how to do everything about racing track? I'd buy a copy or six.
    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Doing one-legged squats while holding chickens in each hand will make someone strong...that doesn't mean it's the best way to train for track racing.
    Quote Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
    That would be spectacular. A trail of blood and sealant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Broon View Post
    This may be too personal, but do you coach at all? Either beginner/drop in stuff, or sending plans? That, and would you consider writing a book on how to do everything about racing track? I'd buy a copy or six.
    Ha! I'm flattered.

    I'm a USA Cycling Category C official and I passed the USA Cycling Coaching Certification test but I didn't pay for the background check because I decided that I really didn't want to pursue coaching. My background is 100% clean. I just didn't want to spend the $ for a cert that I wasn't going to use.

    Over the past few years I've been coached by some of the best in the US. Without naming names, their palmarès include: Olympic Medalist, Olympian in 3 Olympic Games, Elite World Champion, Jr World Champion, Masters World Champion, Elite National Champion. They also coached athletes to similar heights (I'm the slowest of them all). When they spoke, I listened

    I, myself, have done limited coaching. I coached one person who did reasonably well on the elite national level for a brief moment before she quit racing due to personal commitments. I (as well as many others) thought she had what it takes to make it to the next level, but life got in the way.

    So, no, I don't coach. And as far as a book may go, this thread is about as much as you can get from me
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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Ha! I'm flattered.

    I'm a USA Cycling Category C official and I passed the USA Cycling Coaching Certification test but I didn't pay for the background check because I decided that I really didn't want to pursue coaching. My background is 100% clean. I just didn't want to spend the $ for a cert that I wasn't going to use.

    Over the past few years I've been coached by some of the best in the US. Without naming names, their palmarès include: Olympic Medalist, Olympian in 3 Olympic Games, Elite World Champion, Jr World Champion, Masters World Champion, Elite National Champion. They also coached athletes to similar heights (I'm the slowest of them all). When they spoke, I listened

    I, myself, have done limited coaching. I coached one person who did reasonably well on the elite national level for a brief moment before she quit racing due to personal commitments. I (as well as many others) thought she had what it takes to make it to the next level, but life got in the way.

    So, no, I don't coach. And as far as a book may go, this thread is about as much as you can get from me
    So much appreciation for all of this.
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    Doing one-legged squats while holding chickens in each hand will make someone strong...that doesn't mean it's the best way to train for track racing.
    Quote Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
    That would be spectacular. A trail of blood and sealant.

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    Carleton...

    Lurker but first poster... Could you give me your thoughts on this as a bike for sprint/endurance type velodrome riding at least regarding geo. The geometry looks comparable to a lot of the more specific track bikes with aero tubing and such. Not much has been written about the AC Thunderdome yet and I'd like a second opinion from somewhere other than All-City's website from someone who knows track bikes. Much appreciated.

    http://allcitycycles.com/bikes/thunderdome

    Appreciate all you've written here... BTW, I grew up in PDX and miss it at some point nearly every day.
    Last edited by MXLeader; 05-30-13 at 07:47 PM. Reason: Clarification.

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    What made you decide to sell the look?
    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Doing one-legged squats while holding chickens in each hand will make someone strong...that doesn't mean it's the best way to train for track racing.
    Quote Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
    That would be spectacular. A trail of blood and sealant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MXLeader View Post
    Carleton...

    Lurker but first poster... Could you give me your thoughts on this as a bike for sprint/endurance type velodrome riding at least regarding geo. The geometry looks comparable to a lot of the more specific track bikes with aero tubing and such. Not much has been written about the AC Thunderdome yet and I'd like a second opinion from somewhere other than All-City's website from someone who knows track bikes. Much appreciated.

    http://allcitycycles.com/bikes/thunderdome

    Appreciate all you've written here... BTW, I grew up in PDX and miss it at some point nearly every day.
    Sorry, I missed this one. I didn't get the email notification.

    That looks pretty good! The geometry is sort of sprint-specific. I like it.

    All City makes (and/or imports) some nice stuff. Go for it.

    Quote Originally Posted by David Broon View Post
    What made you decide to sell the look?
    The top tube is too short

    As nice as it is (and it's really, really nice) it doesn't fit me well. The TT is 56 and I thought that with my new saddle position (much further back than before) that I could use it, but nope. I need a 58cm TT.

    As I've always said: Frames are like shoes in that it doesn't matter how nice they are, if they are too big or too small, you won't like them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post

    The top tube is too short

    As nice as it is (and it's really, really nice) it doesn't fit me well. The TT is 56 and I thought that with my new saddle position (much further back than before) that I could use it, but nope. I need a 58cm TT.

    As I've always said: Frames are like shoes in that it doesn't matter how nice they are, if they are too big or too small, you won't like them.
    Back to the Custom? Again?
    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Doing one-legged squats while holding chickens in each hand will make someone strong...that doesn't mean it's the best way to train for track racing.
    Quote Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
    That would be spectacular. A trail of blood and sealant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Broon View Post
    Back to the Custom? Again?
    Yup! Fit wins over Fancy every time

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    All City Frame and Fork are on it's way... Thanks for the little push to pull the trigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Yup! Fit wins over Fancy every time
    so what are you getting now?
    '11 allez Comp, very specialized & '09 Pinarello Pista, that only turns left
    It doesn't hurt any less, you just go faster

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    Quote Originally Posted by MXLeader View Post
    All City Frame and Fork are on it's way... Thanks for the little push to pull the trigger.
    Good luck!

    Quote Originally Posted by spazegun2213 View Post
    so what are you getting now?
    I'm riding my Tiemeyer.

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    "Dear Carleton" did you know that every Monday is now Sprint Mania at Marymoor?

    hugz an stuff,
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    If it comes down to a field sprint, you probably won't win, so don't let it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hida Yanra View Post
    "Dear Carleton" did you know that every Monday is now Sprint Mania at Marymoor?

    hugz an stuff,
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    Nice!

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    What workout would you recommend to increase your sprint speed ?
    currently at 46kph-ish want to get up towards 50kph, I am youth so hope that explains slower speeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas47 View Post
    What workout would you recommend to increase your sprint speed ?
    currently at 46kph-ish want to get up towards 50kph, I am youth so hope that explains slower speeds.
    Hi, Thomas. You are asking for a training program. It is very difficult to prescribe a program over the internet. There is a lot involved. This is like a young football player asking, "How do I become a better quarterback?"

    Do you have a local track? Are you on a team? Do you ride/race on the road?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Hi, Thomas. You are asking for a training program. It is very difficult to prescribe a program over the internet. There is a lot involved. This is like a young football player asking, "How do I become a better quarterback?"

    Do you have a local track? Are you on a team? Do you ride/race on the road?
    Thanks for replying so quickly. I live within 45 min drive to national cycling centre-where the track world cup was held the other day. And I belong to a club, I have started to race on the road and can just about keep up, ( 40 kph avg. speed usually) on a crit circuit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas47 View Post
    What workout would you recommend to increase your sprint speed ?
    currently at 46kph-ish want to get up towards 50kph, I am youth so hope that explains slower speeds.
    Last year, about mid season I had the same desire. So on the track training night that I would normally do strength work like standing starts and jumps, I would just do a couple of standing starts and then go into max speed revouts. Basically jump from 30km/h and go for broke. If you do them right, you're stuffed, and they're not the sort of thing you can do repeats of every couple of minutes. I could only really do 3 of good quality in a 1hr session. Doing these over the course of about 1 1/2 months saw me go from a top speed of 56 up to 58.8. I would suggest you try that out, but having done it, I think it has the most benefit during a race season. I probably wouldn't do much of that type of work in off season.

    That is just one technique that worked for me to achieve the same thing you say you want. As Carleton said, I think getting a coach will help you to gain in all areas rather than just one facet of the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brawlo View Post
    Last year, about mid season I had the same desire. So on the track training night that I would normally do strength work like standing starts and jumps, I would just do a couple of standing starts and then go into max speed revouts. Basically jump from 30km/h and go for broke. If you do them right, you're stuffed, and they're not the sort of thing you can do repeats of every couple of minutes. I could only really do 3 of good quality in a 1hr session. Doing these over the course of about 1 1/2 months saw me go from a top speed of 56 up to 58.8. I would suggest you try that out, but having done it, I think it has the most benefit during a race season. I probably wouldn't do much of that type of work in off season.

    That is just one technique that worked for me to achieve the same thing you say you want. As Carleton said, I think getting a coach will help you to gain in all areas rather than just one facet of the game.
    Thanks

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    Looking at rollers for winter training. Any suggestions? I like the idea of the sportcrafters one that has the progressive resistance inside the drum, but I'm not sure I want to drop that much coin as I'm not sure whether I'll be able to stick with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by himespau View Post
    Looking at rollers for winter training. Any suggestions? I like the idea of the sportcrafters one that has the progressive resistance inside the drum, but I'm not sure I want to drop that much coin as I'm not sure whether I'll be able to stick with them.
    Most trackies like rollers with big drums like Kreitler 4.5 inch. These are great for warming up, active recovery, or cadence drills. They use normal trainers for resistance work.

    I don't know many who use resistance rollers for winter resistance workouts. I wouldn't suggest it. Save your money and buy a set of quality big-drum rollers and a quality trainer and have the best of both worlds.

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    Yo,

    Thoughts on generic laminated leather straps: http://www.retro-gression.com/produc...-double-straps vs Toshi's?

    I feel that since MOST of the holding power is still in the clipless system, and that the straps are more of an assistance/backup system, it shouldn't really matter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaytron View Post
    Yo,

    Thoughts on generic laminated leather straps: http://www.retro-gression.com/produc...-double-straps vs Toshi's?

    I feel that since MOST of the holding power is still in the clipless system, and that the straps are more of an assistance/backup system, it shouldn't really matter?
    I find that the generic ones don't hold very well. Not sure if it's the clasp or the strap or the combination of the two. They also wear out quickly. The ones in the photo are simple leather that will stretch immediately and continue to do so. There is no laminate there.

    Toshi, Kashimax, and the like are two pieces of sueade (for grip) with laminate (for inelasticity). They are expensive probably because they require more material and effort to produce.

    I have used Toshi's for more than a season of regular use. I only replace them when they look bad aesthetically. They still function very well even after more than a full season.

    I'd pass on the generic ones. You can feel them loosen on the first hard effort.

    To save a bit of money, I have purchased a set of Toshi doubles and simply cut them in half, giving me two sets of singles.

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    Thoughts on the guys using hold fast straps and what not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaytron View Post
    Thoughts on the guys using hold fast straps and what not?
    I tried Hold Fast straps back in 2010.

    Pros:

    - The feel great. No focused pressure or pinching that you might get from straps.
    - They are very snug.
    - They are inexpensive.
    - They come in lots of colors

    Cons:
    - The way you open them, towards the bike, brings your fingers close to the finger-eating machine (the chainwheel)
    - They don't open fully with one swipe like you can with Toshi type straps. You have to undo the velcro them pull the strap out of the buckle to make slack. So, it's a 2-step process.
    - They seemed to be harder to get into (I guess that can be overcome with training)


    I gave them a fair shot in 2010 and in 2013 and both times went back to the leather Toshi straps. I still have the Hold Fast straps.

    I would use them if they opened from the top of the foot outward (away from the bike) using a similar motion that one uses to exit normal leather straps.

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    Noted. Thanks Carleton! I think I'll be going with Toshis.
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