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08-19-18, 09:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 649
Posted By ambro

I can only comment on the Macho Man - as that is...

I can only comment on the Macho Man - as that is my only bike and I love it. I enjoy the lower BB (7MM) and somewhat race oriented geometry (although with slacker head and seat angles than a true...
01-12-18, 06:01 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 22,715
Posted By ambro

I'm with you on this one. When I got my new CX...

I'm with you on this one. When I got my new CX bike 3 years ago - the manufacturer had already started making the switch to disc - but I had 3 perfectly good wheelsets (one of them cost over $600)...
12-25-17, 06:23 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 11,636
Posted By ambro

I didn't read the full article but I know that...

I didn't read the full article but I know that extreme endurance athletes have heart issues - I'm talking about marathoners, and century racers, or those in Ultra class that double the distance - and...
12-12-17, 05:00 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,576
Posted By ambro

Personally, I am a Canti fan and when I built up...

Personally, I am a Canti fan and when I built up my Cross/ Gravel bike - which came with the option for Disc - I stayed with the Cantis for the reasons mentioned above. Much easier to maintain and I...
11-15-17, 05:00 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,338
Posted By ambro

FWIW - I replaced a Ritchey Comp carbon fork on...

FWIW - I replaced a Ritchey Comp carbon fork on my All City Macho - with the OEM steel fork. it actually improved the ride quality. I love the all city fork - and steel in general - only added...
08-05-16, 05:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,873
Posted By ambro

My experience differs somewhat than the others...

My experience differs somewhat than the others here. I typically run 28mm Panaracer Pacela's on the road but also have a wheelset with 35mm Maxxis Raze. The Maxxis seems rather piggish on the road...
03-07-16, 04:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,566
Posted By ambro

I have had knee problems from multiple sport...

I have had knee problems from multiple sport injuries my entire life - which got worse from racing cyclocross so I'll share some thoughts. For me, I had pain in the front of my knee - behind the...
03-06-16, 04:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,928
Posted By ambro

I built up a steel cyclocross bike with a...

I built up a steel cyclocross bike with a Ritchie carbon fork - because I had one from an older race bike. It was fine - but finally, I decided to put the OEM steel fork back on to settle the same...
01-04-16, 07:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,063
Posted By ambro

It depends on what you want to do with your bike....

It depends on what you want to do with your bike. I swapped my 46/36 to a 48/34 to give me a higher end while also providing some good gearing for the hills we have here in the North East. In both...
10-13-15, 03:07 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,446
Posted By ambro

Congrats on your race! Believe me - CX racing...

Congrats on your race! Believe me - CX racing and training will get you in-shape - FAST. I dropped over 35lbs from August to November just training and doing weekend races. Like you - I was...
10-13-15, 02:53 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 11,358
Posted By ambro

I run 28mm Panaracer Pacelas on my Macho Man. I...

I run 28mm Panaracer Pacelas on my Macho Man. I have another wheelset with 35mm Maxxix Raze for racing or riding off road. I know there are differences between a Cross bike geo and a dedicated...
09-19-15, 05:31 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,429
Posted By ambro

generally – there is increased quality with...

generally – there is increased quality with increased price – so a $600 carbon frame and fork will not be as strong as one that's $1200. That's the basis for that observation.

Re: Cx bikes –...
09-16-15, 04:03 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,429
Posted By ambro

Firstly, congrats on the new weight! Personally,...

Firstly, congrats on the new weight! Personally, I would not go with carbon - even though it technically would be fine, you would need a very high-end carbon frame (I'm not familiar with the...
09-16-15, 03:51 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 11,358
Posted By ambro

perfectly fine. I've been riding this way for...

perfectly fine. I've been riding this way for years. I keep two sets of wheelsets for easy switching. I actually run 28mm Panaracer Pacelas now - which is more of a touring tire but fairly light...
09-16-15, 03:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,030
Posted By ambro

Back in 2010 - I was in the exact same position...

Back in 2010 - I was in the exact same position you were in. In my experience - go where you can be competitive - which will likely be the open Cat5. Trust me - if you think that race category was...
09-16-15, 03:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,325
Posted By ambro

105 is an outstanding groupset. FWIW - I have...

105 is an outstanding groupset. FWIW - I have been using the same pair of Shifter/Brake Levers since 2008 - switching from my old cross bike to the new one. Over time, I upgraded to an Ultegra rear...
08-05-15, 02:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,916
Posted By ambro

If you want to bike that really climbs well –...

If you want to bike that really climbs well – you're probably looking at something with a carbon frame. Personally, I would save the money – and upgrade the wheels on the space horse and some of the...
08-04-15, 07:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,148
Posted By ambro

Steel CX Bike w/ Carbon Fork or Chro-mo?

I had purchased the All City Macho Man frame and fork last year and moved over all of my older bike's equipment, including a Ritchey carbon cyclocross fork.

The OEM fork is a very nicely built...
06-02-15, 03:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,949
Posted By ambro

I have the exact opposite experience. I moved my...

I have the exact opposite experience. I moved my shimano spd cleats all the way back and finally found relief for knee pain. I have large feet - size 14 US - so that may have something to do with...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-15, 06:20 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 43,710
Posted By ambro

6"1 / 195lbs 35.5 inch inseam 58.5 TT 72.5...

6"1 / 195lbs
35.5 inch inseam
58.5 TT
72.5 degree sta
5.5 cm drop
17.5 cm HT
110 mm stem

because of my long legs relative to my height, I have more drop than I care for. On a similar bike,...
12-13-14, 12:43 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 15,251
Posted By ambro

I know this is an old thread but I thought I'd...

I know this is an old thread but I thought I'd add my 2 cents for future readers looking into these items. I just completed my first ride with 20mm pedal extenders and I am impressed but still need...
10-04-14, 04:12 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 56,162
Posted By ambro

I'm 6 foot with 36 in inseam and long arms. I...

I'm 6 foot with 36 in inseam and long arms. I just purchased a bike with a 60cm c-c Seat tube and a 58.5 eTT. I run it with a 120 stem at a +17 degree angle. Seems to fit fine, although I do have...
09-07-14, 04:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,216
Posted By ambro

I have been obsessing with seat height for years...

I have been obsessing with seat height for years until I finally measured myself using a free app (Coach My video: CoachMyVideo - Anytime, Anywhere Video Analysis? (http://www.coachmyvideo.mobi/)). ...
09-07-14, 04:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,091
Posted By ambro

For touring - I wouldn't bother. If you were...

For touring - I wouldn't bother. If you were going to do anything else, then you might want to consider it. The problem with some steel forks on lower-end bikes is fork shudder. I run a Richey...
08-10-14, 04:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 7,566
Posted By ambro

All-City Macho Man: first ride review

I just picked up my new All-City Macho Man yesterday and wanted to post some quick impressions.

Actually - I ordered a new frame from them - size 58 and had my existing components from my old...
07-11-14, 03:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,223
Posted By ambro

Thanks for all the replies. Also - check out...

Thanks for all the replies. Also - check out this awesome frame geometry comparison tool.

GearInches.com Bike Geometry Comparator (http://gearinches.com/blog/misc/bike-geometry-comparator)
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07-09-14, 04:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,223
Posted By ambro

My current fork is practically brand new - and is...

My current fork is practically brand new - and is carbon. The one on the macho man is steel. No comparison there. The bikes have the exact same BB drop and ETT (though the TT on the Macho man is...
07-06-14, 05:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,223
Posted By ambro

Fork Length relative to Head Tube and Seat Tube - need advice

I'm looking at getting a new cross frame and would swap components from my old one to the new frame - but I'm confused about how my current fork will work in the new geometries.

My current bike...
07-04-14, 05:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,385
Posted By ambro

Thank you very much for your insight. I'll...

Thank you very much for your insight. I'll definitely avoid this frame.
07-01-14, 05:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 25,888
Posted By ambro

I realize this is an old post but thought I'd...

I realize this is an old post but thought I'd jump in. The only leg exercise you should do is a Goblet Squat (3 sets of 8-10 reps). (Google it - it's very simple). The reason is that it will help...
06-30-14, 06:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,385
Posted By ambro

Thoughts on Nashbar CX Aluminum frame

Has anyone built up a bike using this frame - and what are your experiences with racing it - if any?

It's about time to upgrade my trusted 2008 Van Dessel Hole Shot - but here's the deal:

Last...
06-14-14, 05:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,517
Posted By ambro

It would be if I knew they would do a better job...

It would be if I knew they would do a better job than what I can do myself. The trouble is finding experienced fitters who really know what they are doing. I wound up eliminating about 90% of my...
05-21-14, 04:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,517
Posted By ambro

I've weighed the pros and cons of a professional...

I've weighed the pros and cons of a professional fitting for some time - especially after experiencing knee pain. Where I am - a fitting will range from $150 for just a spot check to $300 for where...
05-21-14, 03:53 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,008
Posted By ambro

I would go with the Cross Bike for your...

I would go with the Cross Bike for your situation. I did the same thing several years ago - wanted to step up to my first 'real' bike and was torn between a road bike and Cross. I went with the...
03-10-14, 01:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,432
Posted By ambro

Let me put it this way - my FTP wattage (as...

Let me put it this way - my FTP wattage (as measured by the CTS Field test) jumped from 285 watts to 320 in 6 weeks. By the time I was done with the program - I was around 305. I also got the...
10-15-13, 05:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,958
Posted By ambro

I just got the Novice Cyclocross and Novice Road...

I just got the Novice Cyclocross and Novice Road Plan. The plans provide a nice structure but you need a lot of videos - (although the Novice Road plan isn't that bad). I didn't use the plans yet,...
10-10-13, 02:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,487
Posted By ambro

How do they compare to Shimano? My concern with...

How do they compare to Shimano? My concern with them was not having a large enough platform to support a larger rider (like me) - however the Smarty and Candy options seem reasonably wide. Not sure...
10-10-13, 02:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,867
Posted By ambro

You might want to consider a 48/34 with a 28/11...

You might want to consider a 48/34 with a 28/11 in the rear. That combo will give you a very wide range of gearing and help with both fast road rides and steep hills. For CX racing - going from a...
10-07-13, 11:56 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,722
Posted By ambro

I have had several due to family history and some...

I have had several due to family history and some chest pains. What the others said pretty much sums it up - go on a treadmill till your heart rate gets pinned - hold for a few minutes - then they...
10-07-13, 11:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,409
Posted By ambro

High Intensity Training for 50+ to Late Seniors - Thoughts?

Hi - I'm not quite 50 (but close :-) so I hope you don't mind me posting here -

I have been reading quite a bit about the benefits of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) for 50+ and especially...
10-01-13, 03:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,057
Posted By ambro

Steel CX bike - too heavy for racing?

Hi -

I am considering getting an All-City Macho Man or Surly Crosscheck frame, and swapping over my components. The reason is that my current AL CX frame is 6 years old, and ridden hard- so I'm...
10-01-13, 03:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,021
Posted By ambro

Very nice set up. Actually, a sub 20lb bike is...

Very nice set up. Actually, a sub 20lb bike is pretty light by Cyclocross standards. My rig is 20.5lbs - I shaved off a full pound by going to the Velocity 23mm wheels/hubs (28 spoke) from an older...
09-07-13, 01:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 737
Posted By ambro

The only thing I don't like about the Bourney...

The only thing I don't like about the Bourney plan is that it assumes a relatively long season and has the threshold-level or zone 5 workouts towards November - as if to peak for races in December. ...
09-03-13, 04:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,849
Posted By ambro

Personally, I like the lower BB too. My Cross...

Personally, I like the lower BB too. My Cross bike has a 70mm, similar to a road geometry - what that does is allow me to take sharp corners when riding on the road. Do I occasionally nick a tree...
08-23-13, 01:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 989
Posted By ambro

Forget the pit crew / bike. Only CAT 1's and...

Forget the pit crew / bike. Only CAT 1's and pro's do that. Also, if even if you flat, by the time you ran your bike a mile or more to the pit area to change a tire (or even get on a new bike) you...
08-23-13, 01:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 833
Posted By ambro

I dunno - personally, I would not trust them, but...

I dunno - personally, I would not trust them, but I have not had great luck with tubulars, mostly from racing in thick mud an/or lots of rain. If you live in a dry climate, and are not that heavy,...
08-23-13, 01:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 383
Posted By ambro

Category Help

Hi -

I've been racing for a few years (still a lower Cat 4) and would like some advice on categories for an upcoming race.

I just turned 45 - so, I'm considering racing Masters 45+ CAT 1/2/3/4,...
07-26-13, 10:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 706
Posted By ambro

I say try it - assuming you have the similar...

I say try it - assuming you have the similar crank as listed - you'll probably leave it in the 39 chain ring. Yes, it will be very heavy, and the geometry sucks for cyclocross racing - but remember,...
07-25-13, 02:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 382
Posted By ambro

New Frame Now or New Bike Later?

Hi - I've been riding a 2008 Van Dessel Hole Shot and am due for an upgrade (looking into Ti or Steel).

Last season, while cleaning my bike, I noticed that my seatpost and handlebars were bending...
01-12-13, 06:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,432
Posted By ambro

I got them and love 'em. In fact, I ordered the...

I got them and love 'em. In fact, I ordered the entire Cyclo 90 base plan, which has the HIT sessions and 5 Core / Yoga /Resistance workouts and a 90 day plan (similar to p90x) that tells you what...
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