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05-13-13, 02:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,183
Posted By chadteck

I don't think you understand the scenario. ...

I don't think you understand the scenario.

I'm just one of the (former) participants of a training crit that was going on for many, many years before I even started riding or racing a road bike....
05-13-13, 09:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,183
Posted By chadteck

Thanks for the info cdr. That looks like a good...

Thanks for the info cdr. That looks like a good breakdown for an "official" crit. We would need / want something much less formal. No promotion, no numbers, no lap cards (yelling works fine) and no...
05-12-13, 05:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,183
Posted By chadteck

I agree. We've been looking for a new location...

I agree. We've been looking for a new location but haven't found anything suitable. Since the police now seem determined to shut down our crit (they've faxed bike shops, contacted local club...
05-12-13, 04:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,183
Posted By chadteck

Our course was on public roads in the middle of a...

Our course was on public roads in the middle of a residential area. It had 3 stop signs per lap that had to be "ignored", but there is little traffic and the streets are very wide and include a wide...
05-11-13, 10:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,183
Posted By chadteck

Weekly practice crit

We've had some trouble with our local police department lately and we are unable to use the course that's been used for around 20 years. They seem determined to put an end to our weekly crit, so I'm...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-22-12, 09:02 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 8,717
Posted By chadteck

Exactly. The reason for comparing those two...

Exactly.

The reason for comparing those two gear sets is that it doesn't make much sense to have a larger gear than what they offer.

A 53/12 at 110 RPM is 38.1 MPH and a 50/11 is 39.2 MPH. If...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-08-12, 04:54 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,485
Posted By chadteck

I crashed about a month ago and my Garmin broke....

I crashed about a month ago and my Garmin broke. I haven't decided if I'm going to repair or replace it, so in the meantime, I've been riding computer-less. I don't mind it at all for races or group...
03-08-12, 04:03 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 5,388
Posted By chadteck

This. Cat 4 races seem to be filled...

This.

Cat 4 races seem to be filled primarily with people that want to be near the front to avoid the accordion effect or getting caught behind a crash. The problem is that 80% of them want to be...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-01-12, 09:15 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,960
Posted By chadteck

That's awesome. I wouldn't say the new paint...

That's awesome.

I wouldn't say the new paint scheme is ugly, but it looks like it belongs on a cheap bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-29-12, 11:15 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,000
Posted By chadteck

I still have a pretty decent amount of drop for...

I still have a pretty decent amount of drop for my height (~4.5 in), just less than I had before (~6.5 in).

My inseam is about an inch shorter than yours and saddle height is ~77.5cm. The...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-29-12, 10:28 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,000
Posted By chadteck

If you're locking your arms (which you would be...

If you're locking your arms (which you would be to bear the weight on your skeleton), you're doing it wrong.

The point I was making is if your drop is such that your back is completely horizontal...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-29-12, 08:14 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,000
Posted By chadteck

I'm not saying the 90 degree figure is set in...

I'm not saying the 90 degree figure is set in stone, but somewhere near there is about as aero as you're going to get your arms when you're in the drops. I don't have any trouble keeping my knees...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-29-12, 11:25 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,000
Posted By chadteck

I learned most of what I know about the subject...

I learned most of what I know about the subject of cycling from BF (I know, poor me...) and everything I read seemed to suggest that as far as drop is concerned, MOAR = better!!111!

So, I got a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-23-11, 02:23 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,891
Posted By chadteck

My only concern here is that he is competing in...

My only concern here is that he is competing in an inline-skate race, rather than a bicycle race. Get him a little BMX bike and let him ride it for fun for a few years, then worry about racing if he...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-23-11, 07:29 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 3,963
Posted By chadteck

I do. It's not so much crashing that I'm worried...

I do. It's not so much crashing that I'm worried about, but my last smart phone got moisture underneath the screen and generally started acting strange after I took it on a lot of rides. I don't like...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-11, 09:07 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,391
Posted By chadteck

Did you test in a wind tunnel? I think...

Did you test in a wind tunnel?

I think Merlin put it pretty clearly: loosing fat (not muscle) will make you faster on the flats, but not nearly the difference it will make on hills.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-11, 08:41 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 5,909
Posted By chadteck

I got the subscription e-mail, so here I am. ...

I got the subscription e-mail, so here I am.

Still don't shave my legs. Still think it's a waste of time. Teammates shut up about it after roughly a year.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-11, 12:05 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,234
Posted By chadteck

For anyone else that decides to take a stand...

For anyone else that decides to take a stand against the pointlessness that is shaving your legs (unless you happen to get massages very frequently), the comments seem to die down significantly after...
05-08-11, 08:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 553
Posted By chadteck

I've gotten many flats while training and none...

I've gotten many flats while training and none while racing. Usually there is at least some effort made to clean up a race course before a race, so you should be less likely to encounter debris.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-11, 06:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 523
Posted By chadteck

Upgrade whichever one you currently feel is less...

Upgrade whichever one you currently feel is less comfortable. My opinion going from a cheap helmet to an Ionos is that the helmet is the better investment. It will keep you cooler and you'll feel...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-11, 08:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 629
Posted By chadteck

I just noticed the link points to the generic...

I just noticed the link points to the generic products page. Here is one on eBay....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-11, 05:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 629
Posted By chadteck

Token X-Wing

Link (http://www.tokenproducts.com/htm/products.php)

Any opinions from owners? I want a minimal carbon saddle that has a cutout. This saddle looks like one of the better options. They have some...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-24-11, 10:38 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,741
Posted By chadteck

They should just cut the nose off that SMP...

They should just cut the nose off that SMP saddle. What purpose does it serve besides making the saddle look ridiculous?
04-24-11, 10:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,898
Posted By chadteck

What else would they be referring to as "spoke...

What else would they be referring to as "spoke covers"? I'm pretty sure they are referring to exactly what you're talking about.

Edit: I'm assuming you're referring to a USAC time trial. I'm...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-21-11, 03:23 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,190
Posted By chadteck

It's hard to tell for sure, but it sounds like...

It's hard to tell for sure, but it sounds like the OP requested that the order be cancelled before it was shipped. If that's the case, I think he has a right to complain. I don't think the wait time...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-11, 01:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,509
Posted By chadteck

Have you seen the 2011 QS3 paint job? It's...

Have you seen the 2011 QS3 paint job? It's currently one of my favorites:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/724754-My-very-first-build-is-finished-2011-Pedal-Force-QS3?highlight=qs3

They...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-11, 02:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,821
Posted By chadteck

A variation on this that I read on Joe Friel's...

A variation on this that I read on Joe Friel's blog is to apply a bit of additional force every 3rd stroke and let up slightly on the two in between. I suppose the actual numbers don't matter much as...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-11, 02:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,509
Posted By chadteck

The frame you linked with comparable warranty to...

The frame you linked with comparable warranty to PF is $589. A QS3 and fork costs $1000, for a difference of $411. A decent amount, but hardly $700. You've already been corrected on the weight.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-11, 11:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,509
Posted By chadteck

That frame + fork combo is ~500 grams heavier...

That frame + fork combo is ~500 grams heavier than most current PF frames. Additionally, the latest PF frames use BB30 which results in further weight savings from the crankset.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-11, 09:38 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,509
Posted By chadteck

Link a generic eBay frame with weight and...

Link a generic eBay frame with weight and warranty similar to a Pedal Force frame.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-11, 08:59 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,509
Posted By chadteck

It looks pretty similar, but that frame is about...

It looks pretty similar, but that frame is about 300 grams heavier than the CG1. The generic carbon frames I see on eBay are generally much heavier than Pedal Force frames, although it might be...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-11, 11:11 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,528
Posted By chadteck

I'm sure it's decent, but it's kinda lame to own...

I'm sure it's decent, but it's kinda lame to own a bike branded by a car manufacturer. Are GMC Denali bikes cool? Plus, it's probably the most uninteresting looking bike I've seen in a while.

I...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-11, 05:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 365
Posted By chadteck

Swiss stop yellows are recommended by a lot of...

Swiss stop yellows are recommended by a lot of people, as are Reynolds blue pads. Reynolds are cheaper, but I had a hard time finding the blue ones in stock so I went with the Swiss stops. The...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-11, 04:16 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 206
Posted By chadteck

SRAM spare parts

Does anyone have a good source for a SRAM Force BB30 left crank arm?
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-11, 04:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 678
Posted By chadteck

I know those Ergo 2's are popular, but I don't...

I know those Ergo 2's are popular, but I don't understand why they had to go with 3 different strapping methods. Go velcro or Boa for the bottom 2, not both.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-11, 04:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 678
Posted By chadteck

I went from buckle to velcro and I would say it...

I went from buckle to velcro and I would say it comes down to personal preference, but I prefer velcro.

It is easier to get it tightened perfectly, it is lighter, more aero and is not noisy (my...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-11, 09:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 952
Posted By chadteck

This, but I would also agree that your brifters...

This, but I would also agree that your brifters need to come down on the bars some.

Another advantage to setting your brakes as described is that if your wheels gets moved for any reason, you're...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-30-11, 10:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 253
Posted By chadteck

I think the typical recommendation for you budget...

I think the typical recommendation for you budget is a used bike. There doesn't seem to be much to differentiate the sub $300 BD bikes, but I would say it might be worth it to increase your budget to...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-30-11, 05:46 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 10,297
Posted By chadteck

Makes sense. I have Flak Jacket XLJs and the lens...

Makes sense. I have Flak Jacket XLJs and the lens coverage is great for me. I guess the frame isn't an issue most of the time, but my old glasses didn't have enough lens coverage and the frame was...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-30-11, 04:51 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 10,297
Posted By chadteck

Is there any reasoning behind arguing that...

Is there any reasoning behind arguing that Jawbones are better or is it just typical fanboyism? I prefer not having a frame below the lens to obstruct vision.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-29-11, 05:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 454
Posted By chadteck

A shorter stem can give you the same reach (if...

A shorter stem can give you the same reach (if you're comfortable with your current reach). You might need less saddle setback since larger frames typically have slacker seat tube angles, but would...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-29-11, 05:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 545
Posted By chadteck

Kinda hard to measure on the bike. I got 6.5" for...

Kinda hard to measure on the bike. I got 6.5" for SRAM Force but that should be slightly on the high side. I found 6.41" elsewhere for the diameter of a Shimano 39t.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-11, 09:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 735
Posted By chadteck

I'm 5'11" and just moved from a frame with a 56cm...

I'm 5'11" and just moved from a frame with a 56cm TT to a 53cm TT. Several people I ride with say the bike is too small, but it feels fine to me. I moved from the 56 because I couldn't get any more...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-11, 08:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 393
Posted By chadteck

I'm not a fit expert, but just switched from...

I'm not a fit expert, but just switched from 172.5mm to 170mm cranks and did not feel right until I moved my cleats forward a bit. It makes sense to me that cleats (along with saddle) should be...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-26-11, 11:37 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,624
Posted By chadteck

I've never used them myself, but the few people...

I've never used them myself, but the few people I've known that have used them switched away because they either felt they encouraged mashing or didn't make a difference.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-11, 10:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,166
Posted By chadteck

I'm 28 and it's rare that I have a week where my...

I'm 28 and it's rare that I have a week where my max HR isn't ~205 bpm and I occasionally hit ~210 bpm.

I think the claims that it's possible to hit a higher heart rate running than cycling are...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-24-11, 11:48 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,409
Posted By chadteck

I think the consensus is the Red chain rings are...

I think the consensus is the Red chain rings are stiffer, but my Force crank seems just fine. Actually, the crank is probably the part I'm most impressed with, but that could be because I went from...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-11, 11:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,409
Posted By chadteck

I'm still in the process of adjusting my Sram...

I'm still in the process of adjusting my Sram stuff, but I just hopped on my previous bike with Ultegra SL today and the shifting is noticeably quieter and smoother than the Sram shifting. I'm still...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-22-11, 06:37 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,104
Posted By chadteck

How did you set the old one? A chart or did you...

How did you set the old one? A chart or did you actually measure it?

If you used a chart then the GPS-calculated value is likely more accurate, but you could always measure it yourself if you're...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-22-11, 06:23 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,379
Posted By chadteck

If you're using a longish stem, have spacers...

If you're using a longish stem, have spacers under it and you don't notice the top tube being uncomfortably close when standing over the bike, I don't see a reason to move to a smaller frame assuming...
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