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Forum: Commuting
06-22-14, 10:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 10,368
Posted By brianappleby

The axiom and tubus look about the same. Is...

The axiom and tubus look about the same. Is there really going to be a difference in strength/durability? Do racks (realistically) break?
01-25-13, 04:04 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,219
Posted By brianappleby

Cyclists, like normal people, tend to come in...

Cyclists, like normal people, tend to come in many shapes.

Are you built like Cancellarra? Frandy? McEwen?
06-12-12, 08:18 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,067
Posted By brianappleby

Get on a team for the carpool benefits if nothing...

Get on a team for the carpool benefits if nothing else.
05-16-12, 02:16 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,034
Posted By brianappleby

I have a specialized Allez ($400 aluminum frame) ...

I have a specialized Allez ($400 aluminum frame) and a Cevelo SLC (the precursor to the S2).

I race the Allez in crits and in the rain. I won a race on it (a rainy RR). That said, I'd still...
05-16-12, 10:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,845
Posted By brianappleby

+1 to wheel touching/bar touching. Also,...

+1 to wheel touching/bar touching.

Also, teach people how to stand up without throwing their bike backward. Or at least make them aware that it happens.

I never quite understood what was so...
05-10-12, 10:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,552
Posted By brianappleby

Also, there are ways to win without having to...

Also, there are ways to win without having to sprint in your highest gear.
05-09-12, 08:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,552
Posted By brianappleby

A few names to look up: Gregory Daniel ...

A few names to look up:

Gregory Daniel
Yannick and Robin Eckmann
Taylor Phinney (awhile ago)
Mac Cassin
Lachlan Morton

Most of these guys aren't famous, but one was wearing a pink shirt on...
05-07-12, 04:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 520
Posted By brianappleby

what Badhat said. With the clarification that...

what Badhat said. With the clarification that you're moving your saddle position up & forward, not rotating the actual saddle.
05-07-12, 12:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,835
Posted By brianappleby

Hey, I wrote a very long blog post about how to...

Hey, I wrote a very long blog post about how to win a rolling road race: http://physicsofsuffering.blogspot.com/ Ignore the first two paragraphs and it should be a worthwhile read about racing...
04-25-12, 11:50 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,568
Posted By brianappleby

I admit that I have only anecdotal evidence, same...

I admit that I have only anecdotal evidence, same as you, but my personal experience and the experiences of those on my team would imply that the most dangerous races are crits, and road races with...
04-25-12, 11:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 932
Posted By brianappleby

+1 to group rides and racing first. You don't...

+1 to group rides and racing first. You don't want to get on a team you'll dislike, and the only way to find which team you want to be on is to ride/race with as many as you can, and learn as much...
04-25-12, 11:35 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,568
Posted By brianappleby

To answer your question, yes I think so. It is...

To answer your question, yes I think so. It is possible to upgrade and win races and have fun and (almost ) never race crits. Notable exceptions are crits in stage races. But generally (IME) the...
03-26-12, 04:58 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,438
Posted By brianappleby

Fully justifying my 'never sprint' mentality. ...

Fully justifying my 'never sprint' mentality. Most of the people who have it naturally just can't understand that I don't.
03-21-12, 12:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 916
Posted By brianappleby

+1 to everything said so far. A group of guys...

+1 to everything said so far. A group of guys tried this at the local hammerfest this weekend. I saw 5 of them congregating at the front before the turn onto the crosswind section of the road and...
02-06-12, 04:21 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,646
Posted By brianappleby

+1 to everything. Learn to do it yourself. ...

+1 to everything. Learn to do it yourself.
My opinion with anything maintenance related is that while the shop guys may have more experience than you, you care about your stuff way more than they...
02-06-12, 04:16 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,491
Posted By brianappleby

I've followed two rules. My one crash in a race...

I've followed two rules. My one crash in a race happened in a crit as a 4, and I've been able to stay out of trouble ever since.
#1. Avoid Crits at all costs. My one race crash was because of...
01-23-12, 12:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 508
Posted By brianappleby

Badhat, I believe/agree with you, but I really...

Badhat, I believe/agree with you, but I really wonder why. Perhaps permitting is difficult? Perhaps there's not enough of a racing community to make it happen? Maybe there's a short window of...
01-19-12, 01:58 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,494
Posted By brianappleby

I can't speak for the rest of the country, but...

I can't speak for the rest of the country, but out here, the Cat 3 peloton is lazy.

Exploit that.

Teammates can help, but they aren't necessary.
12-25-11, 05:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,429
Posted By brianappleby

Bike racers don't care what your quads look like....

Bike racers don't care what your quads look like. They care whether or not they can drop you.
12-25-11, 09:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,578
Posted By brianappleby

For all training intervals, I just try to keep a...

For all training intervals, I just try to keep a steady power, while only displaying at the average for that interval.

If you're supposed to be doing 250 W, a few seconds at 280 isn't going to...
12-21-11, 09:37 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,887
Posted By brianappleby

That. Increasing FTPower = training like a time...

That. Increasing FTPower = training like a time trialist. Increasing w/kg @FTP is just that plus the fun of always being hungry.

No matter what you do, chances of winning are slim. For some...
12-20-11, 01:49 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,383
Posted By brianappleby

LSD is great and all, but if you're riding 2x/wk,...

LSD is great and all, but if you're riding 2x/wk, you'll be faster if you focus on intensity.
12-20-11, 01:12 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,887
Posted By brianappleby

I won a race in Las Vegas on a solo attack this...

I won a race in Las Vegas on a solo attack this year. Most of the guys in that field were from SoCal.
I really don't buy the "you can't pull that trick more than once," because it's the only trick...
11-28-11, 04:02 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,060
Posted By brianappleby

that line about crashes not happening in the...

that line about crashes not happening in the first 10 guys in the final lap is just wrong in my experience. The first guys into the final corner are taking it hotter than they have all day, and this...
11-15-11, 11:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,005
Posted By brianappleby

another +1 for honeyvillegrain

another +1 for honeyvillegrain
10-04-11, 08:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 736
Posted By brianappleby

If someone is getting dropped on a flat road, the...

If someone is getting dropped on a flat road, the shelter of you in front of them isn't going to help when the shelter of the entire pack wasn't enough while they were getting dropped.

If they're...
10-03-11, 09:26 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,206
Posted By brianappleby

I don't doubt that others have had different...

I don't doubt that others have had different experiences regarding pinch flats. I'm just offering my own opinion and experience. As far as the weight is concerned, I admit that I've never actually...
10-02-11, 10:21 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,206
Posted By brianappleby

I raced the last 4 years on carbon tubulars. ...

I raced the last 4 years on carbon tubulars. Given that good carbon clinchers these days have a small weight penalty over their tubular counterparts, I'd go with carbon clinchers if I had to buy...
09-14-11, 10:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 505
Posted By brianappleby

I can justify it many ways, but when it comes...

I can justify it many ways, but when it comes down to it, my pre-race protocal has arisen from the scientifically lacking, and slightly superstitious "it works for me" method.

I think that lots...
09-14-11, 09:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 505
Posted By brianappleby

As long as you don't get sick or drunk, you'll be...

As long as you don't get sick or drunk, you'll be fine.
People respond differently to this type of stuff, but if it were me, I'd do a short/hard day 2 days before. (1-2hr z2 with 4x4 at z5), and...
09-13-11, 04:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,175
Posted By brianappleby

argh, my responses are lagging your questions. ...

argh, my responses are lagging your questions.
In response to your post #18

A) Efficiency is trainable in the "untrained" person. That means you can take a fat slob off the couch and get easy...
09-13-11, 04:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,175
Posted By brianappleby

re-read the last paragraph of my last post (#16)....

re-read the last paragraph of my last post (#16). I think that has the answers you want.

In an attempt to be more specific:
A) If we define economy as oxygen used/watt, than this is indeed a...
09-13-11, 03:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,175
Posted By brianappleby

V02 Max defines the maximum amount of oxygen you...

V02 Max defines the maximum amount of oxygen you can take in. This maximum intake happens at much higher effort than anybody can sustain for more than a few minutes. While you're at V02 Max, you're...
09-13-11, 12:49 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,175
Posted By brianappleby

And that is what separates the "typical cat 5,"...

And that is what separates the "typical cat 5," from the one that develops into a successful amateur bike racer.
09-13-11, 12:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,175
Posted By brianappleby

Who told you this? Many of my friends/training...

Who told you this? Many of my friends/training buddies believe this too, but all winter they were doing z2 and I was doing z3, and all racing season I'm faster than them. To a point, I suppose it...
09-13-11, 09:42 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,175
Posted By brianappleby

V02 max is a fun number to know, but it doesn't...

V02 max is a fun number to know, but it doesn't actually effect how you should train. Same goes for hematocrit, max HR if you train with power, and anything having to do with cadence.
My VO2 max...
09-06-11, 12:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,036
Posted By brianappleby

why do people think that threads about a specific...

why do people think that threads about a specific diet are an invitation to tell everybody what they ate last week?

I haven't read the book but I think that cyclists more so than runners need a...
09-04-11, 09:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,074
Posted By brianappleby

215 is suspiciously high. Make sure it's not...

215 is suspiciously high. Make sure it's not anomalous before using it as your max.

I'm pretty sure the best way to hit max HR is to do 30 s on at max effort, 30 s off intervals for as long as...
08-27-11, 09:29 PM
Replies: 9,288
Views: 3,572,398
Posted By brianappleby

Do I have a gap? ...

Do I have a gap?
http://sethbecktonphoto.smugmug.com/RoadCycling-3/FCCF-Road-Race-by-Robinson/i-9GCw4DM/0/M/IMG4920-M.jpg...
08-25-11, 03:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 766
Posted By brianappleby

FWIW, specialized makes a shoe cover that's...

FWIW, specialized makes a shoe cover that's airtight.

Airtight = no way for your feet to breathe = sweaty effing feet. Not worth it IMO, but maybe for short and/or cool TT's?
08-25-11, 11:21 AM
Replies: 12,012
Views: 672,133
Posted By brianappleby

I know... and it's not just Jeannie Longo, it's...

I know... and it's not just Jeannie Longo, it's Jeannie Longo cheating.
http://sethbecktonphoto.smugmug.com/Photos/Road-Cycling/Rist-Canyon-Road-Race/18672605_zDt6tn#1443691751_dnxPShr-A-LB
and...
08-24-11, 08:50 AM
Replies: 12,012
Views: 672,133
Posted By brianappleby

I too was at the Rist Canyon race in Fort...

I too was at the Rist Canyon race in Fort Collins.
I knew that I wasn't going to make it up the hill with the group, so I took a chance and attacked from the parking lot. I had a 2 minute gap about...
08-19-11, 01:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,570
Posted By brianappleby

again, everybody's priorities are different, but...

again, everybody's priorities are different, but the 380 weighs 100g more than the 300, and costs twice as much.
08-19-11, 08:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,570
Posted By brianappleby

There is no magic number (or speed for that...

There is no magic number (or speed for that matter) where aero gains suddently become significant. A 30mm rim is going to be more aerodynamic than a 20mm one, and less so than a 40mm one.
Of the...
08-18-11, 11:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,570
Posted By brianappleby

I'd bet dollars to donuts that those boyd wheels...

I'd bet dollars to donuts that those boyd wheels use the kinlin xr-300 rim.
08-14-11, 08:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,570
Posted By brianappleby

kinlin xr-300 it isn't tubeless, but it's the...

kinlin xr-300
it isn't tubeless, but it's the best day in day out rim there is.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-11, 08:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,260
Posted By brianappleby

all of my best performances have come the morning...

all of my best performances have come the morning after eating half of a large papa johns pepperoni pizza.

nutrition the night before... not so much, for me at least.
08-10-11, 03:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,218
Posted By brianappleby

actually, the data from that would only be valid...

actually, the data from that would only be valid if you had a control where you did jumping jacks while drinking chocolate milk in zero gravity.
08-10-11, 10:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 562
Posted By brianappleby

i'm amazed that this has gone unanswered for so...

i'm amazed that this has gone unanswered for so long.

There's a guy named Ashley, goes by Ash, who works at Pacific Bikes just next to the whole foods downtown. I've never been fitted by him. ...
08-09-11, 06:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,218
Posted By brianappleby

Here is why science is so awesome. An example...

Here is why science is so awesome.
An example of a study that says Ice baths are better than active recovery: (pm me for the actual article)

Effect of cold water immersion on repeated cycling...
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