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02-28-12, 07:31 PM
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Posted By andre nickatina

Tzu fixed it with the quickness. He posts on the...

Tzu fixed it with the quickness. He posts on the cooler forum.
02-24-12, 09:22 PM
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Posted By andre nickatina

touring bikes on fire roads? that's the real hip...

touring bikes on fire roads? that's the real hip ****. you guys been to tarckbike lately?
02-24-12, 08:21 PM
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Posted By andre nickatina

and where does it put me if I've done it for the...

and where does it put me if I've done it for the last 3 years?
02-22-12, 10:26 AM
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Posted By andre nickatina

Had good luck running a Singleator in pushup with...

Had good luck running a Singleator in pushup with bashguard outside and inner dog-tooth over the front. Had I had the clearance, I'd love to just go double bash-guards.

A few seasons ago I did the...
02-22-12, 12:02 AM
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Posted By andre nickatina

A chain tensioner in 'push-up' mode also works...

A chain tensioner in 'push-up' mode also works really well, although I have the Surly built for 'pull-down' default so I have to use a couple zip ties against the chain stay for proper tension. You...
02-21-12, 03:41 PM
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Posted By andre nickatina

Yep, he hit it spot on. Not too much of an issue...

Yep, he hit it spot on. Not too much of an issue for me as I run mini-V's now (CX9's).

Actually, for a non-disc setup in general, I'd really recommend a front mini-V above all else for the...
02-21-12, 02:35 PM
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Posted By andre nickatina

Out of the list posted, I'd say for pure racing...

Out of the list posted, I'd say for pure racing the Felt is the most race-worthy. BB30 (not that it matters that much), a full carbon fork tapered down to 1.5" (definitely matters, especially if...
02-20-12, 01:11 PM
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Posted By andre nickatina

Rad build but... Take a drive-side photo and...

Rad build but...

Take a drive-side photo and for God's sake, tighten up that chain.
02-20-12, 01:10 PM
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Views: 2,983
Posted By andre nickatina

I can't speak for Leader stuff as of now, but in...

I can't speak for Leader stuff as of now, but in the past they had crap quality control and some of the worst thought-out geometry I've seen. I like the looks of the 735 and Kagi, but can't find any...
02-19-12, 03:00 PM
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Posted By andre nickatina

How's it feel to ride a rear wheel that weighs...

How's it feel to ride a rear wheel that weighs more than your frame and flexes like a turd?
02-19-12, 02:59 PM
Replies: 50
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Posted By andre nickatina

Ugh... I guess I'll step in to clear up the...

Ugh...

I guess I'll step in to clear up the ****-show and confusion.

First off, the OP isn't even asking about which frame would make a better road rider, so to give the answer to that is to...
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Views: 1,949
Posted By andre nickatina

I like to do box jumps and progressively add more...

I like to do box jumps and progressively add more height to the boxes.

If you don't have boxes, try lunge jumps, long jumps and high jumps.

Plyo's cool; you can do it any time, anywhere (though...
Replies: 56
Views: 15,252
Posted By andre nickatina

That dude is my new hero. Grey hair, steel bike,...

That dude is my new hero. Grey hair, steel bike, allegedly killing it.

Note that a position that aggressive, while a beautiful thing, generally takes years of riding, core exercises and...
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Posted By andre nickatina

I'm gonna say for the hell of it, go from a 120...

I'm gonna say for the hell of it, go from a 120 to 140 on the drops. Keep the saddle-to-bar drop conservative, work on flexibility and core strength in the mean time. As those improve, flip the stem....
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Posted By andre nickatina

My thoughts are, for the drops position, you...

My thoughts are, for the drops position, you could still add a cm or so to the stem and/or angle the bars slightly up to increase reach. Arm extension is improved, but could still be improved...
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Posted By andre nickatina

Yeah BMX is totally different than any other...

Yeah BMX is totally different than any other 'enduro' racing. You stomp on the pedals while standing up, coast, and repeat.

FWIW a lot of world class cross guys come out of childhoods spent BMX...
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Posted By andre nickatina

BK's a great bike from a geometry perspective....

BK's a great bike from a geometry perspective. The BB drop is sky high (if my measurements were right, it's a 45mm drop) and the front end handles as good as any track bike I've ever owned. It's...
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Posted By andre nickatina

All-arounder atmo.

All-arounder atmo.
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Posted By andre nickatina

I didn't see above if you wanted to focus on...

I didn't see above if you wanted to focus on enduro or sprint stuff, but from your background it sounds like you'd be a natural born enduro guy.

Aside from the good advice already given, I'd...
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Views: 15,252
Posted By andre nickatina

Couple good shots I found of the pure match...

Couple good shots I found of the pure match sprinter position, just for reference:

Sir Chris Hoy
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3c/Chris_Hoy.jpg/220px-Chris_Hoy.jpg

Some...
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Posted By andre nickatina

I've generally found that going from a solid...

I've generally found that going from a solid endurance fit to match sprinting, I really don't have to make any adjustments at all besides maybe rotating the bars a hair up. If you can spin fast and...
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Posted By andre nickatina

Agreed, try out the 120mm on the larger frame.

Agreed, try out the 120mm on the larger frame.
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Posted By andre nickatina

I personally run a 140mm stem on my track bike...

I personally run a 140mm stem on my track bike with short reach road compact drops. No issues at all and I prefer my stems to be in the 110-130mm range typically, using TT length and HT/ST angles as...
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Posted By andre nickatina

Thanks for backing me dudes. One more note:...

Thanks for backing me dudes.

One more note: although outsiders and those new at it (myself included a handful of years ago) often get caught up in the various divisions of track racing (sprint...
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Posted By andre nickatina

Kato, my first impression from the photo posted...

Kato, my first impression from the photo posted is you may be suffering from the classic hipster problem of saddle-too-high/bars-too-low.

I'm coming to this conclusion based on two things:
1)...
01-17-12, 01:34 PM
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Posted By andre nickatina

I raced one my first season at Alpenrose (43...

I raced one my first season at Alpenrose (43 degree banking). Stiffness left a little to be desired, but handling was fine. These days I prefer aluminum for any and all racing though, but the Kilo TT...
01-17-12, 12:21 PM
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Posted By andre nickatina

Ah, headsets can go a bit taller than that as I'm...

Ah, headsets can go a bit taller than that as I'm sure you're well aware if you check Slamthatstem.com with any consistency.

Anyways, I like to think of it as a "technical slam" - as in it's...
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Posted By andre nickatina

Buy it off a triathlete forum for bottom-bin...

Buy it off a triathlete forum for bottom-bin pricing fair and square like I did.
01-16-12, 07:46 PM
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Posted By andre nickatina

Did someone mention slamming stems? ...

Did someone mention slamming stems?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v18/rubbishheap/71f02a9f.jpg
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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v18/rubbishheap/...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v18/rubbishheap/71f02a9f.jpg
Cockpit change.
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Posted By andre nickatina

Considering the most labor intensive part...

Considering the most labor intensive part (wheelbuilding) was already done, $100 is a quite a steep price to pay for having a track bike built up.
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Posted By andre nickatina

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v18/rubbishheap/...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v18/rubbishheap/0920d398.jpg
Went from Deda Pistas and a 120mm affixed to a mountain of spacers to this. Going to try out compact road drops in due time, though.
12-25-11, 10:49 AM
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Posted By andre nickatina

Bar angle is like that for a purpose: effectively...

Bar angle is like that for a purpose: effectively adding in more reach and slightly lessening drop. When I'm in the drops, I tend to ride deep in the hooks and never use the flats - fists forward...
12-25-11, 10:19 AM
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Posted By andre nickatina

Personally speaking, 20-30 miles isn't nearly...

Personally speaking, 20-30 miles isn't nearly enough for track geometry to bother me out on the road (assuming the bike fits well). But really, if long road rides is what you have in mind for your...
12-25-11, 10:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,181
Posted By andre nickatina

Also, one thing that sets apart BK's from most...

Also, one thing that sets apart BK's from most other frames in the price range/steel frame category: they have a 45mm BB drop, so your chance of striking a pedal in the street or during match sprints...
12-25-11, 10:08 AM
Replies: 21
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Posted By andre nickatina

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v18/rubbishheap/...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v18/rubbishheap/83c66a6f.jpg
bump/Merry Xmas.
12-24-11, 09:35 PM
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Posted By andre nickatina

thought i'd stop in after a year plus absence. ...

thought i'd stop in after a year plus absence.

only this thread though. the rest of BF is still terrible... glad to see carleton kept it real in here while i was gone.
12-24-11, 03:49 PM
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Posted By andre nickatina

yep, long torso is long. i may tweak the fit a...

yep, long torso is long. i may tweak the fit a bit more before track season, but really, i can't go shorter than a 120 (nor would i want to).

i love the pearl white but i've been lusting after...
12-24-11, 12:31 PM
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Posted By andre nickatina

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v18/rubbishheap/...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v18/rubbishheap/0920d398.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v18/rubbishheap/b1c60a5f.jpg
hello again.

still my favorite track bike i've owned.
08-06-10, 01:55 AM
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Views: 1,523
Posted By andre nickatina

You can do it and it may be a fun thing one time...

You can do it and it may be a fun thing one time around, but don't plan on using the setup long term. Even with tire clearance with the axle slid all the way back in the dropout, you may not have...
07-22-10, 07:55 AM
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Views: 3,792
Posted By andre nickatina

Agreed. It's also easier to produce power at a...

Agreed. It's also easier to produce power at a high RPM on the track considering your cranks are usually 2.5 or 5mm shorter than on the road, at least at a steep track like me and B-Rat's where pedal...
07-21-10, 04:54 PM
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Posted By andre nickatina

cool story bro.

cool story bro.
07-15-10, 11:54 PM
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Posted By andre nickatina

Just race the damn bike. I raced a CX bike...

Just race the damn bike.

I raced a CX bike for my first season of road. Too poor to afford anything nicer. Hell, I remember in the 1/2 road races early this season, some pretty fast guys were out...
07-13-10, 12:25 AM
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Posted By andre nickatina

Zing! :lol:

Zing! :lol:
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-10, 02:36 AM
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Views: 1,789
Posted By andre nickatina

For the record, I used Lemond Wedges and still...

For the record, I used Lemond Wedges and still had cleat rocking. 2 in one shoe, 3 in another.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-10, 08:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,789
Posted By andre nickatina

Weird. It also happened to a friend when he...

Weird. It also happened to a friend when he continued riding worn out cleats, but in his case, his IT band took a hit.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-10, 06:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,789
Posted By andre nickatina

iClics are indeed easier to clip into than...

iClics are indeed easier to clip into than Speedplays. However, I got a cleat rocking with my iClics just as I did with Speedplays.

When my Speedplay cleats started wearing and they were allowing...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-10, 05:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,208
Posted By andre nickatina

Indeed, iClic's are the latest Time offering but...

Indeed, iClic's are the latest Time offering but RXS's haven't been phased out.

As far as I can tell from riding the two, the RXS's are a better pedal in nearly every regard except that they're...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-10, 11:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,208
Posted By andre nickatina

Ended up getting some Time RXS's. Looks like they...

Ended up getting some Time RXS's. Looks like they have slightly more clearance than Keo's and slightly less than Speedplays.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-10, 07:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,208
Posted By andre nickatina

Good point. In that case, either Time or Look...

Good point. In that case, either Time or Look would probably be best.



1) pulled out of them on the track. 2) release angle is directly correlated to how much float you run; no float means a...
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