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Posted By carleton

The lure of getting stronger is so tempting...

The lure of getting stronger is so tempting because it seems (and is) so attainable, especially for bigger riders who excel in the gym. My goal for this summer was to get my (non-sumo) deadlift to...
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Posted By carleton

I would guess that your speed went up because...

I would guess that your speed went up because your aero gains outweighed your torque losses for a given gear.

We are built about the same.

For guys our size, wind is our biggest challenge, not...
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Posted By carleton

I've raced on 172.5, 170, 167.5, and 165mm. Only...

I've raced on 172.5, 170, 167.5, and 165mm. Only on 165mm can I "run on the pedals" where I hold high RPMs out of the saddle. With the other crank lengths, I would have to sit at certain RPMs in...
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Posted By carleton

If you click the red circle under a post, this...

If you click the red circle under a post, this will compose a note to the site admins, if you feel like something is inappropriate in a thread. They will evaluate your request and possibly remove the...
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Posted By carleton

"other people" is plural. "another person"...

"other people" is plural.

"another person" is more accurate.

Let's stay on topic. Do you have comments about what I've said or how I've said it? The former people want to hear. The latter, not...
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Posted By carleton

Basically, @sothernfox, you don't like it when I...

Basically, @sothernfox, you don't like it when I (in particular) state my objection to something you write.

You write a lot and I have only objected to maybe 10% and I state why during the...
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Posted By carleton

Yes. I've read most, if not all of the studies. ...

Yes. I've read most, if not all of the studies. I have the PDFs on my hard drive and can quote them if you like.




Yes. This is true. Since you bring it up, do you wish to expound on this?
...
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Posted By carleton

lol "becoming a pattern"? I state fairly...

lol "becoming a pattern"?

I state fairly clearly my objection to your sweeping statements.

1) You declare what works for you should work for everyone.
2) You write as though every athlete...
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Posted By carleton

Again, everything is relative. Your comments...

Again, everything is relative.

Your comments about gearing (in other threads as well) are from your anecdotal POV and you seem to offer what works for you as what everyone else should do. e.g....
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Posted By carleton

It depends. 52x15 is a 93.6" gear. I've...

It depends.

52x15 is a 93.6" gear. I've seen plenty of elites that ride the hell out of that gear as their race gear for the day.

Gearing is relative. There are so many factors.

- Track...
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Posted By carleton

1) Try not to overthink it. 2) Your competitors...

1) Try not to overthink it.
2) Your competitors are wondering the same thing.
3) Feel it out. Your gearing can change based on current fitness, where you are in your annual training, energy level...
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Posted By carleton

As a broad rule of thumb: Mass Start /...

As a broad rule of thumb:

Mass Start / Enduro: Err on the side of a smaller gear. It's easier to carry a higher cadence longer than it is to be stuck "behind" a big gear that you can't "turn...
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Posted By carleton

My favorite is Dumonde Tech Lite:...

My favorite is Dumonde Tech Lite: https://www.dumondetech.com/portfolio/bicycle-chain-lube-bcl-lite-formula/

Nice smell, too.
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Posted By carleton

A small shop rag in your track sack is great for...

A small shop rag in your track sack is great for wiping down chainrings and cogs when you remove them. (When I remember to bring one) it's a great habit to get into while resting between efforts. It...
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Posted By carleton

New racer and donít know what to get? Start here...

New racer and donít know what to get? Start here with the track essentials kit: https://www.retro-gression.com/products/track-essentials-kit

The price is great for wha you get. Iíve ordered from...
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Posted By carleton

If you have issues with your cleats moving...

If you have issues with your cleats moving position or if you are simply worried about it:

- Take a light colored paint pen and trace the outline of your cleats on to the bottom of your shoe. This...
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Posted By carleton

Many of you will know this and many will not. ...

Many of you will know this and many will not.

You can get metric allen bolts to replace stripped stem bolts, seat clamp bolts, etc... from Home Depot and other hardware stores. The metric section...
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Posted By carleton

For new racers looking to buy a set of...

For new racers looking to buy a set of chainrings, I highly recommend FSA Pro.

https://www.retro-gression.com/collections/best-sellers/products/fsa-pro-track-chainring

They are high quality...
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Posted By carleton

(I can't recall if I've mentioned this in this...

(I can't recall if I've mentioned this in this thread or not.)

If you have an extra helmet and shoes (with cleats attached), stow them in a small bag in your car. These are the most common things...
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Posted By carleton

For those considering getting roof racks for the...

For those considering getting roof racks for the car, or if you already have them and you have a garage:

It's easy to come home from a hard track or road workout and be totally exhausted and just...
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Posted By carleton

I kept all of this advice in my head as I avoided...

I kept all of this advice in my head as I avoided buying boas this weekend.

I was looking for a new set of shoes and the salesman brought out 4 pair, 2 had boa lacing systems. I said that I didn't...
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Posted By carleton

Will you remember to come back and post an update...

Will you remember to come back and post an update when your boa cord breaks and you have to sit out the rest of the night's racing :D
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Posted By carleton

Regarding grip tape:

Regarding grip tape:
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Posted By carleton

Honey is a great (and inexpensive) sports gel. I...

Honey is a great (and inexpensive) sports gel. I can't find it now, but I recall reading a scientific study that concluded that honey was as good or better than name-brand sports gels. I guess it's...
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Posted By carleton

I'd have them done professionally, too. Any...

I'd have them done professionally, too. Any cobler from the mall or whatever can do them for less than the cost of the tools if you did them yourself. Plus, if you did them yourself, I'd suggest...
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Posted By carleton

If you live near a Nike store, they have a wall...

If you live near a Nike store, they have a wall of laces of all colors, patterns, and lengths. Those are Nike laces that I'm using.

The length of the laces is determined by the number of holes.
...
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Posted By carleton

Top: http://i.imgur.com/3elCNtS.jpg ...

Top:
http://i.imgur.com/3elCNtS.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/e7bX5x5.jpg

Side:
http://i.imgur.com/eNOiWfq.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/BnGX3T7.jpg

Notes:
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Posted By carleton

If you have abnormal proportions, maybe...

If you have abnormal proportions, maybe commission a custom aluminum or steel bike. Believe it or not, quality carbon, aluminum, and steel bikes all weigh about the same on the track.

Riding a...
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Posted By carleton

Use the rental for a while while you do your...

Use the rental for a while while you do your research.

Buying a bike can take time. The key is to buy a bike that is "faster than you", something that you can grow into. Also, generally...
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Posted By carleton

New Pro Tip: Make your own Lace-up "track" shoes....

New Pro Tip: Make your own Lace-up "track" shoes.

"Track" shoes are called such because they use laces. Why laces? Because normal velcro straps are uncomfortable and don't seat well under leather...
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Posted By carleton

Fitting is not an exact science. It will...

Fitting is not an exact science. It will ultimately come down to months/years of trail and error to decide what is best for you, your events, and your style of riding.

There are several ways...
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Posted By carleton

When training indoors in the winter, I found...

When training indoors in the winter, I found these two invaluable:

http://www.promusicaustralia.com/other/On-Stage/OS-Products/band/SM7222_Tubular_Sheet_Music_Stand.jpg

$10 or less. Used for...
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Posted By carleton

A good PDF is linked here:...

A good PDF is linked here: http://www.bikeforums.net/track-cycling-velodrome-racing-training-area/671103-track-cycling-introduction.html
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Posted By carleton

A tip that I may not have mentioned: I run...

A tip that I may not have mentioned:

I run my pedals relatively tight. Obviously, "Tight vs Loose" tension is more relative to the riders strength. What is tight for a 140lb rider will be really...
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Posted By carleton

If these youngsters can do it, you can, too! ...

If these youngsters can do it, you can, too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmGd4FL2jPo
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Posted By carleton

Hahaha!

Hahaha!
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Posted By carleton

Gloves: For sprinting, you don't need Keirin...

Gloves:

For sprinting, you don't need Keirin gloves, or "track sprinting" gloves, or even cycling gloves. Baseball Batting Gloves are cheap and easy to find and are made of good leather. Golf...
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Posted By carleton

When in doubt, HOLD YOUR LINE. I've seen so...

When in doubt, HOLD YOUR LINE.

I've seen so many beginners see a faster rider approaching and try to do the right thing by getting out of their way. That is the wrong thing to do. Just hold your...
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Posted By carleton

Other stuff to take to the track: - Camping...

Other stuff to take to the track:

- Camping Chair. Most tracks don't have infield seating.
- Water or Sports drink. You don't need a $5 bicycle water bottle because it doesn't have to hang on...
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Posted By carleton

I'd like to bump this thread and add more info: ...

I'd like to bump this thread and add more info:

But there were gaps that I'd like to touch upon and ask for help from others on the topics. So, here goes:

Pedals:

Pedals are very important...
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Posted By carleton

I'd like to add more tips: Sprinters and...

I'd like to add more tips:

Sprinters and wanna-be sprinters (like myself) talk a lot about weightlifting, poundage, reps, etc...

Don't get so caught up in lifting that you lose sight of the...
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Posted By carleton

Hi and welcome to the sport! DO NOT go on to...

Hi and welcome to the sport!

DO NOT go on to the track before you attend a beginner's course. This goes for any track. Imagine if you bought a new sports car then took it to a local racetrack...
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Posted By carleton

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll look into getting...

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll look into getting that book.
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Posted By carleton

Great Gear Chart by Brian Ratliff: ...

Great Gear Chart by Brian Ratliff:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/886357-Gear-Chart
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Posted By carleton

Keto works. But it is terribly inconvenient and...

Keto works. But it is terribly inconvenient and somewhat expensive.

I'm still trying to find the right program for me. It is elusive for sure.
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Posted By carleton

Done! :)

Done! :)
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Posted By carleton

It also depends on the track. Smaller gears for...

It also depends on the track. Smaller gears for smaller tracks, bigger gears for bigger tracks.

My gear suggestions aren't the end-all, be-all. They are suggestions for the new track racer.
...
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Posted By carleton

Yes!

Yes!
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Posted By carleton

:)

:)
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