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Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-11, 06:07 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 10,758
Posted By djohannsen

Just wanted to say that I loved your "Go,...

Just wanted to say that I loved your "Go, Racing!" blog post. I keep a printed copy at my desk at work - great stuff. The last couple of paragraphs really get to the heart of what it's all about.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-11, 12:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,616
Posted By djohannsen

My optometrist put me in Zeal frames with...

My optometrist put me in Zeal frames with Transition lenses (Zeal is what he carried). This is a great solution. I wouldnt want to go the prescription insert route (for me, it would be too heavy,...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-11, 05:34 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 3,372
Posted By djohannsen

Correct! If you take their time, getting their...

Correct! If you take their time, getting their advice and expertise, and then buy online, you are way uncool...
04-07-11, 09:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 598
Posted By djohannsen

The print edition is (IIRC) $15.95 for USAC...

The print edition is (IIRC) $15.95 for USAC license holders. I went ahead and subscribed when I saw this offer. Print subscriptions are what will attract advertisers to this great magazine, so I...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-11, 09:07 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,411
Posted By djohannsen

More important: Only blow your nose when you are...

More important: Only blow your nose when you are last in the paceline!
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-11, 11:11 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,081
Posted By djohannsen

Agreed! If you hesitate for even a second, many...

Agreed! If you hesitate for even a second, many drivers will assume that you are yielding. Know your rights and responsibilities and exercise them.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-11, 08:44 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,104
Posted By djohannsen

Thanks everyone for relating your experiences. I...

Thanks everyone for relating your experiences. I think that I will make the jump to stainless Speedplay Zeros next month. Despite my irrational attachment to Look (forged over about two decades of...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-11, 04:25 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,914
Posted By djohannsen

I'm still a fan of Michelin Krylion for that...

I'm still a fan of Michelin Krylion for that sweet spot in the performance/durability/puncture resistance triangle.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-11, 02:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,104
Posted By djohannsen

I'm still riding old A5.1s. I've still not had...

I'm still riding old A5.1s. I've still not had any premature releases, so I think that they are still functioning well. However, the black finish has almost entirely come off, leaving the oxidized...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-01-11, 07:41 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,104
Posted By djohannsen

Thanks everyone. I do have some concerns about...

Thanks everyone. I do have some concerns about the Speedplay cleats, but probably these are unfounded as I am pretty anal about not walking in my cycling shoes (I even wear sandals to the driveway...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-01-11, 09:09 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,104
Posted By djohannsen

The additional clearance is one of the chief...

The additional clearance is one of the chief reasons that I would consider switching. Twice in crits I've clipped a pedal when exiting a turn (once going down hard, and once with no great...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-01-11, 07:56 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,104
Posted By djohannsen

Look -> Speedplay Who's made the switch?

I have been riding Look pedals since they first came on the market in the late '80s (trading my old toe clips for those new fangled clipless). I generally feel like at a given price point most...
03-28-11, 11:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 409
Posted By djohannsen

Congrats on the successful race. I'm a Cat 5...

Congrats on the successful race. I'm a Cat 5 with Richmond Velo (formerly Nature's Path) and really wanted to make this race (too many committments). I heard very positive things from teamates who...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-11, 11:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 368
Posted By djohannsen

You aren't using this on a trainer, are you? My...

You aren't using this on a trainer, are you? My Cat Eye wireless doesn't work if I'm on the trainer and the TV/DVD player are on (interference). I find that if I remove the computer from the stem...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-09-11, 08:03 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,724
Posted By djohannsen

Exactly! I agree with both reasons (with slightly...

Exactly! I agree with both reasons (with slightly more emphasis on sweaty hand on bartape grip issue than the padding consideration).
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-11, 11:48 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 10,758
Posted By djohannsen

I'm a Virginia racer and know of these guys... ...

I'm a Virginia racer and know of these guys... When I can get the money together for some crabon fibre' clinchers, these are the guys who will get my money.


Dave
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-11, 12:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,125
Posted By djohannsen

Structure is your friend. I make sure that I...

Structure is your friend. I make sure that I have a very specific workout planned before I mount the trainer. For me, this makes the time spent both bearable and productive.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-18-11, 06:59 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,302
Posted By djohannsen

Ordered a pair of tires on 02 January from Chain...

Ordered a pair of tires on 02 January from Chain Reaction. They finally arrived on 16 February. So, a bit more than six weeks for my order to make it from the UK to the east coast of the US... ...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-11, 07:59 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 970
Posted By djohannsen

Recently finished my third time. You're right,...

Recently finished my third time. You're right, it does get better each time.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-14-11, 02:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,980
Posted By djohannsen

Aki, I certainly didn't mean to be...

Aki, I certainly didn't mean to be confrontational or take strong exception to what you said, it's just for those of us whose terminal ambition is to be pack fodder in the fours, fighting not to get...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-14-11, 12:53 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,980
Posted By djohannsen

Speaking from bitter experience, a Cat 5 crit...

Speaking from bitter experience, a Cat 5 crit will probably feel pretty intense to a typical Cat 5 racer. However, since the duration is typically only about 30 minutes, I think that the OP will...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-20-11, 07:18 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,662
Posted By djohannsen

They may be... In order to be an authorized...

They may be... In order to be an authorized dealer of brand "X" a bike shop is usually committed to buy a minimum number of bikes each year from the distributor. When a shop reaches the end of a...
01-10-11, 09:36 AM
Replies: 25,990
Views: 1,221,222
Posted By djohannsen

Local racers organized back-to-back 30 minute...

Local racers organized back-to-back 30 minute "crits" (about a dozen "racers") on Sunday. I was reasonably happy with how things went (especially as it was a 25 degree day in January), but today I...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-11, 10:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 426
Posted By djohannsen

I believe that there is now a second set of...

I believe that there is now a second set of these... The original series ("Race Day," "Power, "Speed," and "Force") seem now also to have different DVD cases, whether the content has changed I...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-30-10, 11:54 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,872
Posted By djohannsen

Time... I am already way too busy and have to...

Time... I am already way too busy and have to work too hard to find time in the saddle. If I attempt a repair myself, it can take me forever (since I don't know what I am doing). A recent stem and...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-30-10, 10:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 559
Posted By djohannsen

I recently bought a Deda Newton Anatomic, after...

I recently bought a Deda Newton Anatomic, after getting tired of the bends on my previous bars being too small for my hands. I find the 46cm Newton accomodates my hands quite comfortably (I'm 6' 2"...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-23-10, 10:24 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,594
Posted By djohannsen

I felt this way even about bladed spokes (vs...

I felt this way even about bladed spokes (vs traditional round). Probably all in my head, but I felt like my jumps were much slower with bladed spokes...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-29-10, 04:33 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,613
Posted By djohannsen

Agree fully. I would say one benefit that...

Agree fully.

I would say one benefit that I achieve from a trainer is focus. On the road, I have a much harder time doing highly structured workouts... Wind, hills, just the joy of riding all...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-24-10, 03:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 328
Posted By djohannsen

Thanks for the suggestion, but I've already got...

Thanks for the suggestion, but I've already got all of Robbie's training DVDs (I especially love his "Power" DVD).


Dave
Forum: Road Cycling
11-24-10, 01:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 328
Posted By djohannsen

Helmet Cam Racing DVDs for purchase?

I am hoping that someone can point me to some DVDs for the trainer... Specifically, I would like to be able to watch some helmet cam racing action or hard group training rides while I am on the...
07-01-10, 09:41 AM
Replies: 1,557
Views: 39,056
Posted By djohannsen

Horner is at least third fiddle on that team. ...

Horner is at least third fiddle on that team. Also, he's the type who will tear his still beating heart out of his chest to do his duty, and then roll in when he can. He won't even be near the top...
06-30-10, 01:01 PM
Replies: 1,557
Views: 39,056
Posted By djohannsen

1. Contador 2. Evans 3. A. Schleck 4. Basso...

1. Contador
2. Evans
3. A. Schleck
4. Basso
5. Rogers
6. Wiggins
7. Van de Velde
8. Menchov
9. Nocentini
10. Leipheimer
06-30-10, 10:53 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,029
Posted By djohannsen

As a cat 5 noob myself (so I know of what I...

As a cat 5 noob myself (so I know of what I speak), I need to give another hearty "Amen!" This one might be "sig material..."
06-30-10, 10:50 AM
Replies: 1,557
Views: 39,056
Posted By djohannsen

Barring the unforeseen on the cobbles (crash or...

Barring the unforeseen on the cobbles (crash or split in the field), I can't see ayone being even close to Contador. For a prediction that's a bit out on a limb, I say that Armstrong will withdraw...
06-30-10, 09:46 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,029
Posted By djohannsen

Amen! Also, if you're near the back, expect...

Amen!

Also, if you're near the back, expect the riders around you not to know what it means to hold their line in the turns.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-10, 08:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 447
Posted By djohannsen

I log about 4-6 hours a week on my trainer. A...

I log about 4-6 hours a week on my trainer. A couple of things that help me...

The Robbie Ventura "Real Rides" series. Take a look at the trailer for "Power": http://www.realrides.tv/ These...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-10, 01:23 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,922
Posted By djohannsen

I've had great luck with De Marchi bibs. You can...

I've had great luck with De Marchi bibs. You can pick-up a previous year's bib on closeout at Nashbar:

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes//Product_10053_10052_143719_-1___

I think that you would be...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-10, 06:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 497
Posted By djohannsen

I would also strongly consider renting. In...

I would also strongly consider renting. In addition to the risk to your own bike of damage in transit, there is also the risk of theft. Maybe more important a consideration is how you will live...
06-17-10, 11:13 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 854
Posted By djohannsen

I survive on a diet of WCP races, training DVDs...

I survive on a diet of WCP races, training DVDs (the Robbie Ventura "Real Rides" series is very motivating), and some of the "first person" cycling DVDs (that and my well worn copy of "Workouts in a...
06-17-10, 11:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 854
Posted By djohannsen

About 190 lbs. Doh! Stupid metric system... My...

About 190 lbs. Doh! Stupid metric system... My bad.


Dave
06-17-10, 11:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 854
Posted By djohannsen

It can get pretty tough to keep the motivation...

It can get pretty tough to keep the motivation up. However, it also helps keep me from accumulating a bunch of junk miles (if I don't go out there with a plan and stick to it, the garage really...
06-17-10, 10:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 854
Posted By djohannsen

Glad that I'm only a lowly cat 5. Ain't no way...

Glad that I'm only a lowly cat 5. Ain't no way that my tall marshmallow of a body is going to put out almost 1000 watts for five minutes.


Dave
06-17-10, 10:49 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 854
Posted By djohannsen

Thanks for taking the time to suggest a...

Thanks for taking the time to suggest a particular workout. I tend to fall into doing intervals all of the same duration in a particular workout. I guess I do this so that I can see when my speed...
06-17-10, 10:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 854
Posted By djohannsen

Kurt Kinetic trainer and "P = (5.244820) * S ...

Kurt Kinetic trainer and "P = (5.244820) * S + (0.01968) * S^3 "


Unfortunately, I'm out in the garage most weekday mornings for about an hour at 5:00am (too busy a life to get on the...
06-17-10, 10:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 854
Posted By djohannsen

What? I'm confused... What means...

What? I'm confused... What means "Orly?"
06-17-10, 09:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 854
Posted By djohannsen

Last year when I did this race (my first race,...

Last year when I did this race (my first race, ever), I was completely unprepared for the speed on the climbs. I had done lots of threshold intervals, but very few efforts above that. Needless to...
06-17-10, 09:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 854
Posted By djohannsen

I often do both shorter (RPE 9-10) efforts and...

I often do both shorter (RPE 9-10) efforts and longer (threshold efforts). Since the duration that you've recommended is probably about the length of the climbs, this ought to have been a "no...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-10, 08:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,813
Posted By djohannsen

At a given price point, do you really think that...

At a given price point, do you really think that there is a significant performance or quality difference? Colnago and Pinarello have adopted a certain "exclusive" attitude in their marketing, but...
06-17-10, 06:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 854
Posted By djohannsen

Thanks for the suggestion. I've got one of the...

Thanks for the suggestion. I've got one of the Kurt Kinetic riser rings, so I can easily elevate my front wheel (and will start doing this on my threshold days).


Dave
06-17-10, 06:07 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 854
Posted By djohannsen

I do realize that weight loss will pay the...

I do realize that weight loss will pay the biggest dividend. I'm currently about "average" build in a cat 5 pack - meaning that I'm a big fat load. Dropping eight to ten pounds before the race will...
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