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  1. quenya

    Narrow Handlebars?

    So I had my race bike stolen... Super bummer, but I'm building up a new race bike and that's super exciting! Anyway I have longish arms and torso but a pretty narrow frame. So I'm hunting a narrow bar 38-40 that isn't a compact drop. I'd prefer an alloy bar as I'm not a fan of racing on...
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    First road race win!

    I totally apologize for being a braggard (...or asshole) but I'm super, over the moon, excited.  I won my first road race Saturday.  This is my 4th season racing and while I've had success in TTs I haven't been able to get it together to win a road race or crit.  Saturday was Cantua Creek...
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    130 BCD 'cross rings?

    I'm building up a cross bike to race, commute, and explore poorly paved and dirt roads on. I've got a great deal on a used frame and brakes, my shop will hook me up with a good deal on a fork and, I have an ultegra group to put on it. The crank is a standard 130mm bcd. So my question is, are...
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    Rookie Mistake!

    I'll start by saying I had my powertap SL+ serviced in early may and the internals were changed to the newer generation electronics... Previously my powertap zero offset never shifted (it changed when the firmware update messed up the numbers, and when it blew a torque tube in may otherwise it...
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    Aero wheels question...

    So... I fancy myself a strong time trialist and am looking for advice on bang for the buck in aero wheels. I use a wheelbuilder aero jacket cover on my rear (powertap) wheel. I am about to get a 40 mm front wheel (set actually) to use for training and racing. In TTs I've used a 27mm 18 spoke...
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    Micro-managing the week of a stage race.

    I have a stage race coming up.  The format/schedule will be Sat. crit first then TT, Sun. road race. I've never placed well in the GC because of disastrous road races.  The crit is a 4 corner with turns 1 and 3 narrowing the road.  In the past 2 years the group has slowed way down (15-17 mph)...
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    Where did my TT power go?

    September/October of last year my power numbers on my normal 2x20 and 35k course were very similar whether on my road bike or TT bike.   Over the winter I focused on the road bike, or neglected the TT bike.  I was without a PM for almost 3 months.  Now this spring I've found that on my TT...
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    CdA in various positions

    After a fair amount of playing and practicing I've finally done a few serious attempts at quantifying my aero drag in various positions. On my TT rig, with aero helmet (but not aero wheels, no skin suit, nor shoe covers) I measured .2236 on my road bike : on the hoods, .426 in the...
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    Practice 40k vs a 2x20 session...

    With the time it takes to get out of town, warm-up, and warm-down I find my practice 40k doesn't take a whole lot longer than a 2x20 session, with most of the differences being 20 minutes of hard work and the crawl home after a 40k. That being the case, is there any reason not to substitute a...
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    What does it feel like to run out of matches?

    I'm not 100% convinced the 'matchbook' analogy is particularly accurate but, it conveys the idea I'm asking about. So who has burnt all their matches and what did it feel like when you were out? I ask because recently I had my output plummet compared to rpe, felt like a TT but was in L1 or low...
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    Lessons Learned! Or my first season racing.

    With my newly printed authorization to race I drove to Fremont Sunday the 9th to ride in the Early Bird Crit. After the mentoring session I raced in the cat 5 30-44 yo race. I've wondered how I would do in these early crits because so much of my training has been steady state, I haven't really...
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    Base building with Ls 3 and 4?

    The upcoming 2011 season will be my first racing and training with a strict plan and performance goals. I have put together an annual training plan using Joe Friel's "Cyclist's Training Bible". I'm excited about having goals and a structured plan to achieve them. Because I have taken only a...
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    My First Time Trial

    The team TT I have been training for fell through, not the event but my team, so I tried my hand at an individual TT yesterday, 10 miles on an out and back course at 5:30pm. A buddy of mine was looking at results from last month and guessed I could be top 5 or maybe top 3, I was a bit more...
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    How does TT training transfer to Climbing?

    Hey all, I would like to hear some opinions on how training for TTs will affect my climbing? I'm 28yo. 5'10" currently 165 lbs (trying to drop this to maybe as low as 155 depending on how my body likes that weight.) I had been too sedentary for a few years until last June when I started...
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    Team Time Trial, help me prepare.

    One of the local cycling clubs is hosting a 20 mile TT for teams of 4 on Aug. 14. Myself and 3 good buddies/riding partners are considering it. The four of us trained specifically for and just finished the Climb to Kaiser, so we all have a base of endurance but our individual fitness levels...
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    Climb to Kaiser Finisher

    The Climb to Kaiser was Saturday the 26th, and I took my first stab at it. It is a tough ride, billed as 155 miles with 14,500 feet of climbing. I went into the ride with plenty of confidence because of several training rides on the exact climbs we were doing on the day of the race. I...
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    Crazy Day in the Saddle

    In preparation for the Climb to Kaiser at the end of the month, which is a 155 mile ride with five mountain passes that gains a total of 14,000 feet, my buddy and I did the hardest day I've ever had on a bike. All told it was 77 miles and climbed four of the five passes for a total of 11,000...