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Old 07-13-12, 11:09 AM
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Carleton what do you think about people who dont race or Cat 5's shaving their legs? I dont get it, I was under the impression pros do it because of something to do with massages why does the average Joe do it?
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Old 07-13-12, 11:15 AM
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Carleton what do you think about people who dont race or Cat 5's shaving their legs? I dont get it, I was under the impression pros do it because of something to do with massages why does the average Joe do it?
I always thought shaving made your moar aero. Not something I need at might speed and I imagine the extra aeroness isn't all that great, but for a sprinter, maybe every little bit helps. But then I don't live with the lovely Miss Hilary Banks like the person this thread is directed at, so I don't know squat.
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Old 07-13-12, 11:25 AM
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It is a comunity and tradition thing, there is no aero advantage. Most racers(of any catigory) shave their legs, so to do so is a small symbol of being a part of that group. Any group has similar things.
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Old 07-13-12, 11:29 AM
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There isn't some argument about road rash? I have this road rash on my arm today and I was wondering if pros shave their arms as well.
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Old 07-13-12, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Kayce View Post
It is a comunity and tradition thing, there is no aero advantage. Most racers(of any catigory) shave their legs, so to do so is a small symbol of being a part of that group. Any group has similar things.
+1

It's more tradition than anything. Plus it makes one's legs look more muscular, so it's a vanity thing, too.

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There isn't some argument about road rash? I have this road rash on my arm today and I was wondering if pros shave their arms as well.
Yes, road rash is easier to treat with shaven legs.

Massages are easier with shaven legs, too.
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Old 07-13-12, 01:04 PM
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Huh, I guess all the swimmers I knew shaved all their body hair before a big meet saying it was more hydrodynamic or whatever so I just assumed it was the same for cyclists.
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Old 07-13-12, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by himespau View Post
Huh, I guess all the swimmers I knew shaved all their body hair before a big meet saying it was more hydrodynamic or whatever so I just assumed it was the same for cyclists.
It may be true for them. Cyclists say "It's more aero" to make it seem like they'll do anything to get an advantage. It's really just to show off the legs...which can actually be intimidating to opponents. Believe me, I've shown up at sprint tournaments and seen guys legs and thought to myself, "Holy Sh*t. I've got my work cut out for me."
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Old 07-13-12, 01:15 PM
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Air is much "thinner" than water. So little things in water make a much bigger difference.
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Old 07-19-12, 02:58 PM
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Dear Carleton,

What sort of adjustments does one generally make when switching from 170mm to 165mm crank arms? Only thing I've seen mentioned is raising the saddle. Anything else I should be aware of?

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Old 07-19-12, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Spoonrobot View Post
Dear Carleton,

What sort of adjustments does one generally make when switching from 170mm to 165mm crank arms? Only thing I've seen mentioned is raising the saddle. Anything else I should be aware of?

xoxo
The saddle will go up approximately 5mm to account for the pedal being 5mm higher at the furthest part of the pedal stroke.

The saddle will go back 5mm to account for the foot being 5mm closer when the pedal is furthest away from you.
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Dear carleton,

Is it normal for some people to be able to sprint better when there is a bit of a rise to the road compared to it being flat as a pancake?
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Old 08-04-12, 12:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Dannihilator View Post
Dear carleton,

Is it normal for some people to be able to sprint better when there is a bit of a rise to the road compared to it being flat as a pancake?
Yeah, that's normal. It's tough to explain why, but I know the feeling when it happens.
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Old 08-04-12, 02:29 PM
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Carleton,

have you seen chris hoy's fork on his bike in the current olympics? it's huge!
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Old 08-04-12, 03:32 PM
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Carleton,

have you seen chris hoy's fork on his bike in the current olympics? it's huge!
Yeah, all of his team use that fork. Apparently, the Mavic Io creates some adverse pressure or something with narrow forks resulting in resistance. The open fork keeps that from happening. I think the Felt TK1 has a wide fork for the same reason.
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Old 08-06-12, 04:44 PM
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http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2...mid=tw-nytimes
this was a pretty cool article i thought
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Old 08-06-12, 05:15 PM
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http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2...mid=tw-nytimes
this was a pretty cool article i thought
Yeah, that was nice! People sometimes underestimate how much tactics play into such a short race.
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Old 08-06-12, 06:06 PM
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Dear Carleton,

i recently tested this 12 speed road bike i got commuting to/from work. as it turns out im actually slower when i have gears. any idea why this would happen? is it just because the roadie is 10 pounds heavier? i thought i would be flying to work with gears and brakes to stop later.
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Old 08-06-12, 06:40 PM
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Dear Carleton,

i recently tested this 12 speed road bike i got commuting to/from work. as it turns out im actually slower when i have gears. any idea why this would happen? is it just because the roadie is 10 pounds heavier? i thought i would be flying to work with gears and brakes to stop later.
It could be a lot of things. But, 10lbs is significant.

It could also be that you aren't familiar with the bike.

Old bikes are old bikes. If it's an old city bike, then it won't be very efficient or quick.
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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
It could be a lot of things. But, 10lbs is significant.

It could also be that you aren't familiar with the bike.

Old bikes are old bikes. If it's an old city bike, then it won't be very efficient or quick.
Is this just due to weight, or also due to other factors like geometry?
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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
It could be a lot of things. But, 10lbs is significant.

It could also be that you aren't familiar with the bike.

Old bikes are old bikes. If it's an old city bike, then it won't be very efficient or quick.
thank you good sir

im definitely not as familiar with it as my 722 but i took it out a few times for a couple hours at a time to get a feel for it, but its definitely too small for me, 38cm drops make me feel like im crammed in a box.

its most likely from '87ish and doesnt look like its been taken care of very well, all the bearings were lubed with rust powder. probably just not the most "speed" friendly bike out there, the 6 speed freewheel has too big of jumps between gears i feel too.

i should try to testride my friends giant defy and see how that feels
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Old 08-06-12, 09:12 PM
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Dear Carleton,

I've only recently increased the mileage I am riding (to a measly 100 miles a week), and have been consistently doing some weight training at the gym. Because it is "new" for me, when I do longer rides (30-40 miles), my legs are tired the day of and sore the next day, when I do the weights, they are sore the next day.

Any tips for a "beginner" on scheduling my weight training and riding, so I can effectively progress at both? I am not training for anything in particular, just want to get into better shape and be stronger.

Skipped the Trainng and Nutrition section because your answer will be better.
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Originally Posted by Jaytron View Post
Is this just due to weight, or also due to other factors like geometry?
It's really hard to say without more info.
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Are bolt-on cogs used on track at all? If not, do you think they'll be? If not, why so?
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