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    Quote Originally Posted by just dank View Post
    What is the best 700c gum wall tire with a high psi rating? 23 & 25 if possible.
    Panaracer Pasela TG or Michelin Erilium.

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    Now it just seems like people are using carleton to do their Googling for them...
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    Don't be so ****ing lazy, people.

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    Dear Carleton,

    I live in a hilly city and I started riding 48x18 wich is good, I can tackle flats and steep hills if I gain momentum and don't stop, but on traffic that's impossible. I started going 11pm on hilly streets to train my body and gain knowledge of what's best to do. So far in my "training" I do a full stop each block and try to go uphill as far as possible but maintaining a slow cadence.

    My question is, is this kind of training effective? Should I focus more on lifting weights? Or even change the cog size?
    Last edited by 8bits; 07-15-11 at 09:41 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8bits View Post
    Dear Carleton,

    I live in a hilly city and I started riding 48x18 wich is good, I can tackle flats and steep hills if I gain momentum and don't stop, but on traffic that's impossible. I started going 11pm on hilly streets to train my body and gain knowledge of what's best to do. So far in my "training" I do a full stop each block and try to go uphill as far as possible but maintaining a slow cadence.

    My question is, is this kind of training effective? Should I focus more on lifting weights? Or even change the cog size?

    If you are climbing hills you are going to have to lower your gearing by maybe using a 19t cog. You can also lighten your bike, but that gets expensive.

    Read and ask questions here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-Hill-climbing

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    Dear Carleton,

    What kind of difference in the ride did you experience between using the All City fork and the Alpina?

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    Quote Originally Posted by prooftheory View Post
    Dear Carleton,

    What kind of difference in the ride did you experience between using the All City fork and the Alpina?
    I never rode the All City. I bought it to use a brake for training on the road. But, found a different way to do the training, so I never used it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    I never rode the All City. I bought it to use a brake for training on the road. But, found a different way to do the training, so I never used it.
    So how _do_ you do the training? Are you not riding on the road at all?

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    Which Al rims have you found most favorable as a heavy rider? I searched around and it looks like Velocities and Kinlins come up the most. THis is more for my road bike btw
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    Quote Originally Posted by prooftheory View Post
    So how _do_ you do the training? Are you not riding on the road at all?
    I was gonna do standing starts on my track bike on the road. But I just do them at the track. I do regular road rides on the road bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    Which Al rims have you found most favorable as a heavy rider? I searched around and it looks like Velocities and Kinlins come up the most. THis is more for my road bike btw
    I like my Velocitys on the track. But there are plenty of better options. Spoke count is important. My last road front wheel was an old Campy Shamal 20 spoke. Very deep profile. My new wheel is a Bontrager Race 10 paired spokes (20 total). I use a stock PowerTap rear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    Which Al rims have you found most favorable as a heavy rider? I searched around and it looks like Velocities and Kinlins come up the most. THis is more for my road bike btw
    Dyads are always good, as are Aeroheads.

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    I'm going to go with Dyads for my touring wheels. Right now I'm looking for what to do with my roadie. I crashed my rear wheel today and after truing it the spoke tension just isn't that great anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
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    Dear Carleton,
    In regards to clipless shoes is being budget minded not a good idea as the product will be much much worse or can you still get a decent pair of shoes for maybe round 70? Like what shoes would you buy if you were first just looking into it?
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    And all that skidding would make you pretty tyred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docboyd View Post
    Dear Carleton,
    In regards to clipless shoes: is being budget minded not a good idea? Will the shoes be much, much, worse or can you still get a decent pair of shoes for maybe around $70? What shoes would you buy if you were first looking into clipless?
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    Quote Originally Posted by docboyd View Post
    can you still get a decent pair of shoes for maybe round 70?
    yes
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    wait for some Performance or REI sale or something
    make it 100
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    Dear carleton

    How often does a crash happen on the track?

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    Quote Originally Posted by evilcryalotmore View Post
    Dear carleton

    How often does a crash happen on the track?
    Much, much less often than they do on road races, road criteriums, BMX, and MTB (knock wood). Even then, "crash" is often too strong of a word. Most of the time when people wind up on their backside, they are simply riding too slow and slip and slide down the track. They dust off and are back up in a few seconds.

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    Carleton - while we're on the topic of crashes, what was your worst crash either on the track or the street?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    Carleton - while we're on the topic of crashes, what was your worst crash either on the track or the street?
    WTF, guys. Are you trying to jinx me or something?! (knock wood)

    My worst crash was when I was a kid and somehow flipped over my handlebars of my bmx while leaving a gas station after buying candy. I think I hit a pothole.

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    What is the best after ride snack, in your opinion. Not talking about indulgence, more for recovery.
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    there is a difference though because that extra weight will directly correlate with how many chicks huff your dongus.

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    Dear Carleton,

    Why did they misspell your name on the first carbon fiber bicycle?

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    I ride fixed because I'm mad at my parents. **** you Mom!

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    Dear Carleton,

    I'm having trouble with my DA 7710 Bottom bracket. I'm really confused because my bottom bracket develops alot of rolling resistance when I tighten it up to spec (50Nm). When it is just hand tightened, it spins fine, but when I tighten up the drive side to spec it gets really really rough. Could there be deformation when the it is tightened down?

    Any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vw addict View Post
    What is the best after ride snack, in your opinion. Not talking about indulgence, more for recovery.
    I like Chocolate Milk. It's got lots of good stuff in it. My roadie friends turned me on to it.

    Quote Originally Posted by sillygolem View Post
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    Why did they misspell your name on the first carbon fiber bicycle?
    Awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toosahn View Post
    Dear Carleton,

    I'm having trouble with my DA 7710 Bottom bracket. I'm really confused because my bottom bracket develops alot of rolling resistance when I tighten it up to spec (50Nm). When it is just hand tightened, it spins fine, but when I tighten up the drive side to spec it gets really really rough. Could there be deformation when the it is tightened down?

    Any thoughts?
    I had that problem with one before. There are two big thick plastic seals (one on each side) that some people remove that will free it up a bit.

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    Ah, gotcha. But why would the plastic seals be more of a problem when tightening down the bb? Is the housing deforming a little to squeeze on the seals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    I like Chocolate Milk. It's got lots of good stuff in it.
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    How do i tweak my brakes so it will be good for skidding?
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    As Minchin said, praying before a sporting event and winning does not mean that god took time out from torturing and killing babies in Africa to ensure your team's win.

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    Dear Carlton,
    wtf?

    PS. If you have chocolate cereal, the leftover milk in your bowl is chocolate milk.
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