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05-19-11, 02:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,052
Posted By bitterken

There are races just about every weekend starting...

There are races just about every weekend starting at the end of August. You can race just about every Sat and Sun if you're willing to drive an hour or a little more.

Also, keep an eye out for...
12-01-10, 08:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 715
Posted By bitterken

And here I thought you meant dry as in no...

And here I thought you meant dry as in no booze...and I was like, "To hell with that!" What's cross without beer? :beer:
11-24-10, 10:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 747
Posted By bitterken

single speed mountain biking = built in strength...

single speed mountain biking = built in strength intervals
11-01-10, 07:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 707
Posted By bitterken

Dude, go single ring. I have an other guard and...

Dude, go single ring. I have an other guard and chain keeper if you want it from before I went with the Paul solution.
11-01-10, 07:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 923
Posted By bitterken

It seemed pretty flat to me. The back section...

It seemed pretty flat to me. The back section was a good place to pass and get some recovery in too. I was on the gas for almost all of the front half.

I had an ok race, I guess - finished 22 in...
09-10-10, 12:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 718
Posted By bitterken

I love my Sidi Dominators. Unlike the Dragon or...

I love my Sidi Dominators. Unlike the Dragon or other super high-end all carbon-sole'd shoes, you can actually run in them. Add the toe spikes, and you can climb just about anything as well.
09-09-10, 07:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 897
Posted By bitterken

At 30min to 60min, you don't really need it...

At 30min to 60min, you don't really need it unless it's really really hot. If it's hot, the race officials may allow handups. Otherwise, hydrate well the night before and day of the race. Being...
08-31-10, 01:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,031
Posted By bitterken

If you can, attend a clinic and/or a practice...

If you can, attend a clinic and/or a practice race. Cross is big in the DC area, so there are actually lots of them right now. Check out http://www.mabracross.org/ for a list.

Have fun and stay...
08-29-10, 02:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 953
Posted By bitterken

Someone needs a hug. ;)

Someone needs a hug. ;)
08-29-10, 11:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 832
Posted By bitterken

Once I got a small pebble stuck in the ratcheting...

Once I got a small pebble stuck in the ratcheting system after crashing in a sand pit and it wouldn't release. I had to wedge my foot out the hard way and perform surgery to get the damn thing out. ...
08-26-10, 07:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 876
Posted By bitterken

Hmm...the article says Hushovd is likely going to...

Hmm...the article says Hushovd is likely going to Garmin. That's going to interesting.
08-25-10, 09:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 801
Posted By bitterken

Challenge Fango's in 32 did me fine until I went...

Challenge Fango's in 32 did me fine until I went tubulars.
08-24-10, 02:48 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 5,003
Posted By bitterken

Sweet! Can we get more articles about Willow? ...

Sweet! Can we get more articles about Willow? Oh, and awesome results!
08-24-10, 07:52 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 5,003
Posted By bitterken

Nonexistent. I did a few of the early season...

Nonexistent. I did a few of the early season races, but I just wasn't in the mood nor did I have a lot of fitness and ended up just phoning it in. So I just stopped racing did some focused training...
08-23-10, 10:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,028
Posted By bitterken

Running workouts? Unless you're using them for...

Running workouts? Unless you're using them for general conditioning, I don't really see much benefit to them. If you attend a weekly practice, that should be enough. Also, if you're redlining from...
08-23-10, 10:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,887
Posted By bitterken

Umm, so I would recommend not getting a bike that...

Umm, so I would recommend not getting a bike that is specific to crit racing. Just get a good solid road bike in your price range that fits and works well. Seriously, don't put too much though into...
08-12-10, 09:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,062
Posted By bitterken

^^^ Gear for a fast, flat race as there are long...

^^^ Gear for a fast, flat race as there are long stretches where you can use your road fitness to your advantage. There's a couple of hills, but only may give you problems - it's short and a bit...
08-10-10, 10:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,062
Posted By bitterken

In for B Masters both days.

In for B Masters both days.
08-04-10, 12:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,487
Posted By bitterken

I'm just giddy at the thought of it. Next...

I'm just giddy at the thought of it. Next weekend will be when I get the bike in race mode and start pestering friends to host a tubular gluing party. I can't wait.
08-03-10, 08:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 580
Posted By bitterken

Some cross bikes have a higher BB height then...

Some cross bikes have a higher BB height then road bikes. This results in sitting higher off the ground even though the saddle to pedal distance is the same.

As for falling, even the pros fall....
08-03-10, 07:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,062
Posted By bitterken

I raced both days of Gloucester for a couple of...

I raced both days of Gloucester for a couple of years (before I stopped racing cross for awhile) and one year, the second day was just run the other direction and in another year, they just added a...
08-03-10, 01:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 692
Posted By bitterken

Me likely. I'm loving what you're doing.

Me likely. I'm loving what you're doing.
08-03-10, 11:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,206
Posted By bitterken

Charm City in B-more 9/18 and 9/19.

Charm City in B-more 9/18 and 9/19.
06-21-10, 11:46 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,750
Posted By bitterken

Likely. I've been doing 3-4 hr rides in...

Likely.

I've been doing 3-4 hr rides in our neck of the woods (with a good dose of SST/FTP work and socializing) on the weekends (oh, and lots of wine with non-bike peeps - very important!) and...
06-21-10, 06:53 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,750
Posted By bitterken

I was at the same place a few weeks ago. As...

I was at the same place a few weeks ago. As such, I'm taking the rest of the road racing season off. I'm still training a lot, but just not racing. In fact, without the pressures of racing, the...
06-17-10, 12:11 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,784
Posted By bitterken

L, I've seem you destroy courses that would be...

L, I've seem you destroy courses that would be considered hilly around here (Sterling, etc.) so don't you dare say you're too fat for this sport!

As MD said, pick your races. You can still race...
05-27-10, 11:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,453
Posted By bitterken

Nice. I'm bringing a Sharpie and asking for an...

Nice. I'm bringing a Sharpie and asking for an autograph next time I see you.
05-26-10, 09:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,199
Posted By bitterken

Woot!

Woot!
05-25-10, 09:20 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,548
Posted By bitterken

I'll let you know this cross season, T. ;) ...

I'll let you know this cross season, T. ;)

I just got a used Powertap and started to learn how to use it. But honestly, it in itself will do nothing for me. However, I think the coaching and...
05-22-10, 04:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 531
Posted By bitterken

I don't think it would hurt to talk to various...

I don't think it would hurt to talk to various coaches and see if they can work with your schedule.

Can your bring your bike to work so you can ride right after you get out and then go home?
...
05-19-10, 08:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 990
Posted By bitterken

I think your races have a slightly different set...

I think your races have a slightly different set of expectations, dude. ;)
05-19-10, 11:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 334
Posted By bitterken

You can check on USA Cycling, or if you are more...

You can check on USA Cycling, or if you are more daring...here's a blog post from someone I used to race with when I lived up in Boston:...
05-17-10, 09:02 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,823
Posted By bitterken

Yeah dude, when I heard about that it made me so...

Yeah dude, when I heard about that it made me so freaking mad. I can't believe a bunch of a-holes would actually pull that kind of crap. They could have killed someone.
05-14-10, 05:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 310
Posted By bitterken

I would ride in your situation. If I don't at...

I would ride in your situation. If I don't at least get a 45min spin with a few openers the day before a hard group ride or race, I don't sleep well and I feel all wooden the next day.
05-14-10, 04:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 671
Posted By bitterken

Almost 30 minutes and no mention of a CAAD9...

Almost 30 minutes and no mention of a CAAD9 yet?!??! Shocking.

But srsly, I would get something on the less expensive side of the spectrum if I had to do it over again and spend the rest on...
05-12-10, 11:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,484
Posted By bitterken

Shouldn't. Lot's of cross bikes are spec'd with...

Shouldn't. Lot's of cross bikes are spec'd with Sram and canti brakes these days
05-12-10, 09:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,321
Posted By bitterken

Nice! I miss Wells Ave. I wish we had a local...

Nice! I miss Wells Ave. I wish we had a local training race on the weekends here in the DC area.

While living in Boston, I must have raced Wells 20 or so times - mostly B and maybe a...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-10, 09:40 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,261
Posted By bitterken

I'm not trying to be snarky, but I think it would...

I'm not trying to be snarky, but I think it would depend on what you mean by an all around bike and what you see yourself doing most with the bike. Like most things, there are compromises with each...
05-12-10, 09:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,181
Posted By bitterken

Yeah, for the cost of just the Red shifters, you...

Yeah, for the cost of just the Red shifters, you can prob. get Rival shifters, Rival RD and some new brake pads.
05-05-10, 11:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,220
Posted By bitterken

If time gaps are recorded, then it'll be pretty...

If time gaps are recorded, then it'll be pretty obvious - but I don't think everyone does that. Up in NE-BRA (New England) times were almost always used, down here in MABRA-land (Mid-Atlantic) I...
05-02-10, 02:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 911
Posted By bitterken

Ride both on grass and dirt and then tell us...

Ride both on grass and dirt and then tell us which handles better.

Seriously, a road bike and cyclocross bike are different in many ways. The cross bike geometry of the cross bike is a bit more...
04-29-10, 02:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 590
Posted By bitterken

I'm not sure if I'll be there for the 5th, but I...

I'm not sure if I'll be there for the 5th, but I plan on being there for the B races whenever possible. Is there a good place to warm up around there?
04-20-10, 08:27 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 3,954
Posted By bitterken

I want this on a T-shirt.

I want this on a T-shirt.
12-31-09, 08:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,540
Posted By bitterken

There aren't that many wide road rims that have...

There aren't that many wide road rims that have been specifically designed for wider cross tires. I think it's mostly because the use of tubular tires becomes more common as you get more serious...
12-28-09, 07:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,437
Posted By bitterken

Thanks for the replies folks. Both my...

Thanks for the replies folks.

Both my current road and cross bikes have 56.5cm ETT's with 11cm stems. Both are on the shorter side of my fitted reach range, but I find it to be great for the way...
12-28-09, 01:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,437
Posted By bitterken

MTB TT length compared to road bike TT length (for XC)

Hey folks.

I'm planning on getting my 1st mountain bike and wanted to get a better feel for how sizing works. I'm usually focused on TT length as my primary size indicator on road and CX frames,...
12-22-09, 11:45 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,652
Posted By bitterken

Nice. I've wanted one of those for a while too. ...

Nice. I've wanted one of those for a while too.

With zip ties, you can do wonders with full fenders for bikes without fender mounts, though p-clips...
12-21-09, 02:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,674
Posted By bitterken

Both JHK and his wife, Heather Irmiger, race...

Both JHK and his wife, Heather Irmiger, race cross on Presideo's...seeing as they both race XC for Subaru-Gary Fisher, it sort of makes sense.

Also, Velo News talked about it briefly a couple of...
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