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Old 04-08-12, 06:33 PM
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I went with the team that was open, had a few good placings at the last track event, and didn't have a disgusting looking kit. Hahaha. Seems good? I met some of the members at a novice session, and they're trying to grow their track team. Hopefully it pans out.

Are there any politics with clubs like that? Like if I wanted to leave for a different one, or just be a member of multiple clubs?
Most stay with a club for the full season then make moves in the off-season (winter).

Don't over think this.
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Old 04-08-12, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
Most stay with a club for the full season then make moves in the off-season (winter).

Don't over think this.
Your advice to get out on the roadie has helped my speed on the track immensely btw. I do my base miles during the week mon-fri, track saturday, then roadie hill repeats on sundays (for the past 3 weeks) and my speed has gone up a ton. Thanks Carleton.
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Sweet!
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Old 04-08-12, 08:46 PM
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Often times there equiptment sharing between teams, especially for track. Road teams share stuff sometimes when one or a few members are traveling.
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Old 04-09-12, 06:53 PM
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Carleton,

I want to get my road bike fitted at my LBS. I'm currently comfortable doing 30 mile rides on it; however, I honestly don't know if I'm getting everything out of it. I don't really know what I want. What should I say to the guy who fits me?
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Old 04-09-12, 07:01 PM
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You should go to a bike fitter, unless your LBS is a specialist.

Assuming you really need it, of course.
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My LBS has a room and people dedicated to fitting. Two rooms, actually.
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Originally Posted by homebrewk View Post
My LBS has a room and people dedicated to fitting. Two rooms, actually.
That's a good indication, but it really comes down to the people, not the equipment.
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I've looked into a fitter as my next "purchase". There are a few in my area (SF bay), and they're all expensive :\
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That's a good indication, but it really comes down to the people, not the equipment.
I totally see what you're saying. I know that they are legit.
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Old 04-09-12, 09:05 PM
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I've looked into a fitter as my next "purchase". There are a few in my area (SF bay), and they're all expensive :\
City Cycles in Corte Madera does awesome fits.
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Originally Posted by homebrewk View Post
I want to get my road bike fitted at my LBS. I'm currently comfortable doing 30 mile rides on it; however, I honestly don't know if I'm getting everything out of it.
Fittings are helpful but not required. I never got my road bike professionally fitted and was perfectly happy doing a major, lengthy tour on it.

I'm not saying you shouldn't get a fitting; I'm just pointing out that you might not need one. It varies by person.
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Originally Posted by homebrewk View Post
Carleton,

I want to get my road bike fitted at my LBS. I'm currently comfortable doing 30 mile rides on it; however, I honestly don't know if I'm getting everything out of it. I don't really know what I want. What should I say to the guy who fits me?
Simply ask what they think of your current setup.

There are different fits for different types of riding: Touring, commuting, group rides, road racing, crit racing, track endurance racing, and track sprinting. Each one is more aggressive and aerodynamic than the previous...and also less comfortable.

The first question a good fitter will ask is, "What kind of riding are you going to do?"

Also, if you do get a new riding position, give it about a week or two to settle in. Your body will sometimes want the old position, but if your fitter is adamant that you should trust him/her, then trust.
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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
Simply ask what they think of your current setup.

There are different fits for different types of riding: Touring, commuting, group rides, road racing, crit racing, track endurance racing, and track sprinting. Each one is more aggressive and aerodynamic than the previous...and also less comfortable.

The first question a good fitter will ask is, "What kind of riding are you going to do?"

Also, if you do get a new riding position, give it about a week or two to settle in. Your body will sometimes want the old position, but if your fitter is adamant that you should trust him/her, then trust.
Ok. I'll tell them that I'll be riding 4-5 days a week with my team (they know my coach well) and I'm going to do 4 crits later this spring. Do you think that would help them?
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Originally Posted by homebrewk View Post
Ok. I'll tell them that I'll be riding 4-5 days a week with my team (they know my coach well) and I'm going to do 4 crits later this spring. Do you think that would help them?
I can't say whether it will help or not. Your position my already be optimal.

Talk to your coach and the fitter about different riding positions for different events (group rides vs crits).
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Will do!
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Have you ever seen a more polite way to bully some one out of position? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_5Y-huPAcU

I mostly just wanted to show people this race.
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Originally Posted by Kayce View Post
Have you ever seen a more polite way to bully some one out of position? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_5Y-huPAcU

I mostly just wanted to show people this race.
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Originally Posted by Kayce View Post
Have you ever seen a more polite way to bully some one out of position?
"Excuse me, sir, I have a race to win. Jolly good."
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My gf has a lady bonar for Chris Hoy, but after that, so do I.
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Originally Posted by Kayce View Post
Have you ever seen a more polite way to bully some one out of position? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_5Y-huPAcU

I mostly just wanted to show people this race.
That was an AMAZING move. People will talk about that for years. That took balls, instinct, skill, and power.

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My gf has a lady bonar for Chris Hoy, but after that, so do I.
Also +1. My boyfriend rolled his eyes at me when I said that I just watched a world-class track race, and the cyclists all had very nice butts.
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Also +1. My boyfriend rolled his eyes at me when I said that I just watched a world-class track race, and the cyclists all had very nice butts.
That's a little more lady-like than what mine said.... The phrase "man-handled" was used... hahaha
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Dear Ricky Ricardo,

Fan of Assos brand clothing?
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Dear Ricky Ricardo,

Fan of Assos brand clothing?
It's nice stuff, but over-priced. High quality, low value. Plus it sort of has a d-bag vibe to it, mainly because people know it's over-priced. Most racers that I know don't wear it. It's usually the rich guys who associate expensive with better.

I'd wear it if I got it for free or as a gift I guess.

Maybe consider Specialized, Castelli, or Hincapie with Specialized providing high quality with the best value, in my humble opinion.
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