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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    That's new to me.

    Are you eating properly? Also, "hydration" is more than just water. You need electrolytes. But, for gym work, you shouldn't be depleted of electrolytes if you eat decently.
    I don't eat the best. lots of cereal and turkey sandwiches lol, but I do take a multivitamin and use a protein supplement that has a good amount of vitamins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theblackbullet View Post
    I don't eat the best. lots of cereal and turkey sandwiches lol, but I do take a multivitamin and use a protein supplement that has a good amount of vitamins.
    I'm not sure what's up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Spend money to solve problems.

    If you don't have a problem with the current post, then why spend the money?
    I always have to tell myself this. It's tempting to get a Thomson (moving from a 1 1/2 pound Kalin), but it's just really not worth it. I'll save the $100 for something else.
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    Dear Carleton,

    I recently purchased some used Shimano Dura Ace SPD-SL pedals and was looking into clipless shoes. From my understanding, you've tried a lot of different pedals/shoe combinations. Are there any road shoe models you recommend for people on a budget? Sorry if this is too much of a personal-shopper question, it just seemed like you've had a lot of experience.

    Thanks for the help!

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    shimano covers the price range $100+ and is available everywhere. As stated many times before, try them on before buying them.

    /personal shopper
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    Quote Originally Posted by dk2ck View Post
    Dear Carleton,

    I recently purchased some used Shimano Dura Ace SPD-SL pedals and was looking into clipless shoes. From my understanding, you've tried a lot of different pedals/shoe combinations. Are there any road shoe models you recommend for people on a budget? Sorry if this is too much of a personal-shopper question, it just seemed like you've had a lot of experience.

    Thanks for the help!
    Congrats on the pedals.

    It is too much of a personal-shopper question.

    Shimano makes some good shoes from inexpensive to expensive range.

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    Thank you (and Deputy Hairnet) for the brand recommendations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dk2ck View Post
    Thank you (and Deputy Hairnet) for the brand recommendations!
    I just want to add that some brands (Serfas, Bontrager) offer a return policy that allows you to try out the shoes risk-free for 30 days. I went with Serfas for this reason and I am very happy with my Pilot shoes (MSRP $130). I suggest going to your LBS to try on as many different shoes as you can. Comfort is most important. Also, get some cleat covers.
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    Mavic has some really nice shoes in the $130 range.
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    Dear Carleton:

    What is the most expensive article of clothing that you've purchased for cycling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mashtofu View Post
    I just want to add that some brands (Serfas, Bontrager) offer a return policy that allows you to try out the shoes risk-free for 30 days. I went with Serfas for this reason and I am very happy with my Pilot shoes (MSRP $130). I suggest going to your LBS to try on as many different shoes as you can. Comfort is most important. Also, get some cleat covers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilcphoto View Post
    Dear Carleton:

    What is the most expensive article of clothing that you've purchased for cycling?


    Fizik R1

    For me, they feel like custom shoes.

    I got a nice discount, but still came out pricey. Worth every penny.

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    Carleton,

    What do I need to measure in order to determine what size bars I need (width)? I'm assuming just armpit to armpit?

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    Shoulder to shoulder
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    Belly button to butthole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    Belly button to butthole.


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    A picture, or even a vague description, would help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaytron View Post
    Carleton,

    What do I need to measure in order to determine what size bars I need (width)? I'm assuming just armpit to armpit?
    Unfortunately, there is no exact way to determine this. It's sort of like crank arm length...go with what feels right.

    Go into a shop and sit on bikes with various width bars then buy from the bike shop. That's why they are there.

    If you want to save money by buying online, then you must assume the risk of buying the wrong sized bar.

    You have to decide if the money you save is worth the risk.

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    How often do you replace your shoes and why? Is it just the tops of the shoes stretching out or something else?

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    Dear Carleton,
    Can you do this on your rollers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by prooftheory View Post
    How often do you replace your shoes and why? Is it just the tops of the shoes stretching out or something else?
    Yeah, usually it's because the uppers are stretched to death. Also, somehow the shoes just become more mushy in general. New shoes feel fresh and firm. You don't really notice it until you put on some new shoes and realize how soft your old ones had become.

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    Dear Carlton,

    How much does weight play a part in the life span of rear hub threads? I've stripped threads 3 times just this summer. they're all-city standard track hubs and I am positive its not an installation issue. I'm pretty hefty at about 230, and I normally skid positioned over the seat. Any thoughts? thanks in advance.

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    it's the skidding and not getting your cog super damn mother f-ing tight. I weight 200lbs and routinely carry my bag with plenty stuff in it. I stripped one hub because I didnt get the cog tight enough even though I thought I had. Scrod is also a heavy guy riding brakeless without issues ,on the same hubs, I believe.
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    rota fix, and lock ring tool and then get some lock ring pliers and grip the lock ring tight, take a hammer, light tap. Make sure you dont apply too much heavy grease, use a light coat of a strong grease.

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    Hmm After it happened the first two times I've been trying to keep the cog tight by setting up against a wall and putting pressure down on the pedal, then tightening the lock ring. I did that about every other ride. should I rotafix it instead next time?

    Thanks evilcryalotmore. just saw your reply

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    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    it's the skidding and not getting your cog super damn mother f-ing tight. I weight 200lbs and routinely carry my bag with plenty stuff in it. I stripped one hub because I didnt get the cog tight enough even though I thought I had. Scrod is also a heavy guy riding brakeless without issues ,on the same hubs, I believe.
    +1

    Quote Originally Posted by evilcryalotmore View Post
    rota fix, and lock ring tool and then get some lock ring pliers and grip the lock ring tight, take a hammer, light tap. Make sure you dont apply too much heavy grease, use a light coat of a strong grease.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Grey View Post
    Hmm After it happened the first two times I've been trying to keep the cog tight by setting up against a wall and putting pressure down on the pedal, then tightening the lock ring. I did that about every other ride. should I rotafix it instead next time?

    Thanks evilcryalotmore. just saw your reply
    No. Don't rotafix anything.

    Man, I'm over 230lbs and I put a hellish amount of torque on my hubs during standing starts and have never had a problem. I would guess that you need a higher quality hub. Higher quality stuff isn't just expensive because it's a name brand. Some of it is just straight up stronger. I suggest using a Dura Ace rear hub for your next build.

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