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    Have you used those weird Sugino cogs that are these:

    Is this just a gimmick or have they been around a while/ have some credibility?
    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by max5480 View Post
    Have you used those weird Sugino cogs that are these:

    Is this just a gimmick or have they been around a while/ have some credibility?
    Thanks
    That's similar to the Miche and the Easton TKO system. It facilitates quick gear changes because all you need is a lockring tool. No need for a chain whip. The people I know who use the system seem to like it.

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    Don't forget my ellipse questions plz
    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    It's a fixie, reasonablility was never a factor.
    My poser bike

    my non-poser bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by max5480 View Post
    Have you used those weird Sugino cogs that are these:

    Is this just a gimmick or have they been around a while/ have some credibility?
    Thanks
    More reading on the topic: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...1#post13189473

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    Quote Originally Posted by hamish5178 View Post
    From that other thread:


    Also, I'm going to add a spacer on my rear hub to avoid the thread-stripping issue with Ellipses. I was thinking it would make more sense to put it between the cog and lockring then between the cog and hub, as hopefully the cog will put less force in that direction and not destroy the spacer?

    edit: one more question. The rear axle is smaller than the front, and also smaller than the rear axle on my origin8 hubs and stock kilo wheelset. Does this mean the axle was replaced at some point? I'd like to get new track nuts as the ones that are on there are all gunked up. Don't have calipers but the axles seem to be somewhere around 8 mm?
    I've heard of the spacers being destroyed even when the spacer is between the cog and lockring.

    I just measured the axles of my Ellipse using calipers and they are the same. My Novatec rear wheel, Dura Ace front and rear wheels, & Mavic Comet disc are all the same at less than 1mm thicker than the Ellipse.

    I would imagine that, yes, it has been replaced at some point. Do you have calipers? How are you determining the difference in thickness, or is it very apparent just by eyeballing it?

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    edit: doh. I figured out the axle issue. It was pilot error. Too much back to school drinking/studying.

    However:

    I got the bearings adjusted on the rear at my LBS and now the rear spins for dayzzzz with it bolted into my track ends. However I'm still hearing a weird rubbing noise. It almost sounds like the tire is rubbing my frame but I've looked at it from all possible angles and I've got plenty of clearance everywhere. . .?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    It's a fixie, reasonablility was never a factor.
    My poser bike

    my non-poser bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hamish5178 View Post
    edit: doh. I figured out the axle issue. It was pilot error. Too much back to school drinking/studying.

    However:

    I got the bearings adjusted on the rear at my LBS and now the rear spins for dayzzzz with it bolted into my track ends. However I'm still hearing a weird rubbing noise. It almost sounds like the tire is rubbing my frame but I've looked at it from all possible angles and I've got plenty of clearance everywhere. . .?
    Ask your mechanic for the Mavic bearing adjustment tool. It's just a cheap piece of plastic that comes with any Mavic wheels. Most shops have a drawer full of them.

    The rubbing sound might be the bearing cover.

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    alright thanks!
    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    It's a fixie, reasonablility was never a factor.
    My poser bike

    my non-poser bike?

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    While we're taking Ellipses, how to the Novatec Forces stack up to the Ellipses?

    I'm looking into new wheels and am torn between the two.
    How are the hubs on the Novatecs? Decent? Obviously the Mavics are better, but are they significantly better?

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    Wait, didn't the Novatecs used to be like $250? Now they're $530 with shipping??? And machined sidewalls?

    http://www.bdopcycling.com/Wheels-FGSS.asp
    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    It's a fixie, reasonablility was never a factor.
    My poser bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by hamish5178 View Post
    Wait, didn't the Novatecs used to be like $250? Now they're $530 with shipping??? And machined sidewalls?

    http://www.bdopcycling.com/Wheels-FGSS.asp
    srsly, like... wtf? dude bra?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hamish5178 View Post
    Wait, didn't the Novatecs used to be like $250? Now they're $530 with shipping??? And machined sidewalls?

    http://www.bdopcycling.com/Wheels-FGSS.asp
    Quote Originally Posted by max5480 View Post
    srsly, like... wtf? dude bra?
    The guy is a BF member. I don't know his username (BDOP-something). But, I've seen him in the road and road race forums. Just PM him and ask what's up.

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    I've dealt with Bob and he's a cool guy. Not sure what's up with that price increase though...

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    Dear Carleton,
    Not sure if you answered this already, but I read that you stick to a polyphasic sleeping routine, something like three one-hour naps spaced throughout the 24h day. How did you force your body to adjust to this change? Did you gradually move from monophasic sleep, or did you just decide one day to take three hour-long naps and stick to it cold-turkey, so to speak?
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    Quote Originally Posted by snicker7 View Post
    Dear Carleton,
    Not sure if you answered this already, but I read that you stick to a polyphasic sleeping routine, something like three one-hour naps spaced throughout the 24h day. How did you force your body to adjust to this change? Did you gradually move from monophasic sleep, or did you just decide one day to take three hour-long naps and stick to it cold-turkey, so to speak?
    Believe me, it wasn't on purpose. I was always a "night owl" since maybe middle school with a delayed sleep phase. Just like there are "morning people" that wake before their alarm clocks, there must naturally also exist the opposite, right?. But, when I started working a 9-5 after college, I was always cranky after work (cranky baby needed a nap) and would never get into happy hour type activities. I found that a quick nap after work totally revitalized me. Thinking back, on days that I didn't have baseball or tennis practice, I also liked to nap after high school as soon as I got home but before dinner.

    A 30 minute nap evolved into 1.5 or 3 hours. Then I'd be totally awake. When I worked from home (as a programmer) I'd become SUPER DOOPER productive at this time. This was actually great for my career. The boss-man would give me a task late in the day and it would be complete and in his inbox by the time he'd get to work the next day. Everybody was happy. Had I been in the office, he'd have to wait till the end of the 2nd day or later.

    It's not ideal. It bites me in the butt when I have to be in the office at 8AM. But, if I explain to my employer that I may not be there at 8AM, but I have no problem working into the night, they are usually cool with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    A 30 minute nap evolved into 1.5 or 3 hours. Then I'd be totally awake.
    How I envy you. I can't nap for crap without being thrown off for an hour or more
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    I'd rather ride a greasy bowling ball than one of those things.
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    Dear Carleton,

    How does cat5-cat1 work etc? If somebody moves from cat5 to cat4 racing on a velodrome, does that apply to any other races he/she enters (such as a road race)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaytron View Post
    Dear Carleton,

    How does cat5-cat1 work etc? If somebody moves from cat5 to cat4 racing on a velodrome, does that apply to any other races he/she enters (such as a road race)?
    Here are the rules: http://www.usacycling.org/news/user/story.php?id=2626

    It's sort of like an exponential system. The more you upgrade, the harder it is to upgrade to the next level. It's tough to get to CAT3, harder to get to CAT2, really really hard to get CAT1 because, remember, you have to be an exceptional CAT3 to get to CAT2, and exceptional 2 to get to 1. The fields get tougher as you progress.

    Here are the types of licenses. They all exist independently (except CX) where a guy can be a CAT1 in MTB Endurance and CAT5 in MTB Gravity:

    (I think this is how it works, I could be mistaken)
    MTB:
    Endurance/XC
    Gravity/DH
    Mtn Cross/DS
    Observed Trials
    CX

    Road:
    Road
    Track
    CX (I think this is the same as the MTB CX)


    For example, I'm a CAT5 on the road. I've never done a road race or crit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Here are the rules: http://www.usacycling.org/news/user/story.php?id=2626

    It's sort of like an exponential system. The more you upgrade, the harder it is to upgrade to the next level. It's tough to get to CAT3, harder to get to CAT2, really really hard to get CAT1 because, remember, you have to be an exceptional CAT3 to get to CAT2, and exceptional 2 to get to 1. The fields get tougher as you progress.

    Here are the types of licenses. They all exist independently (except CX) where a guy can be a CAT1 in MTB Endurance and CAT5 in MTB Gravity:

    (I think this is how it works, I could be mistaken)
    MTB:
    Endurance/XC
    Gravity/DH
    Mtn Cross/DS
    Observed Trials
    CX

    Road:
    Road
    Track
    CX (I think this is the same as the MTB CX)


    For example, I'm a CAT5 on the road. I've never done a road race or crit.
    Ah ok so they are independent. Thanks for the clarification again Carleton.

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    Dear Carleton, since my non-drive side crank arm is cracked and it'll be a few days before I can get that sorted out, would flip-flopping back to SS do me any good at all in terms of it not snapping right off of my spindle on me if I have to ride somewhere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Street rider View Post
    Dear Carleton, since my non-drive side crank arm is cracked and it'll be a few days before I can get that sorted out, would flip-flopping back to SS do me any good at all in terms of it not snapping right off of my spindle on me if I have to ride somewhere?
    Probably not. You apply more force in the forward direction than backwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Probably not. You apply more force in the forward direction than backwards.
    Thats kind of what I figured. But from what the guy at my LBS and I talked about and the sh*t that was shot, our best combined guess was that it could have loosened and then cracked from applying back pressure when slowing down? Would that make any sense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Street rider View Post
    Thats kind of what I figured. But from what the guy at my LBS and I talked about and the sh*t that was shot, our best combined guess was that it could have loosened and then cracked from applying back pressure when slowing down? Would that make any sense?
    Who knows.

    Look into getting some higher quality cranks.

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    Thats the plan. As soon as I make a few more payments for school and figure out how much I have left, I'm sorting that out. Thanks for the insight and answers

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