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  1. jonathandanger

    trainers or rollers? magnetic or whatever?

    Thanks for all the help, I'll look into it.
  2. jonathandanger

    trainers or rollers? magnetic or whatever?

    I'd like to buy a trainer or roller to keep me in shape over the winter, but I'm a bit confused on options. I'm looking to spend $200 or less. For that price, what should I look for, and what is the difference between fluid, magnetic, or whatever other systems are availible for that price range?
  3. jonathandanger

    dieting advice

    Thanks for the replies, although I guess I phrased my question wrong. What steps, if there are any, can I take to train under a calorie deficit and still get enough carbohydrates to ride well? I know some of you serious racers watch your weight closely, so I hope you might have some insight...
  4. jonathandanger

    Carbon frame or shimano 105

    105 is better, but its important to be satisfied with your frame. I'm not familiar with these bikes, but I would buy the composite frame and upgrade later if Tiagra doesn't cut it.
  5. jonathandanger

    dieting advice

    I am looking for advice on a good diet, both for decent results and weight loss. Let me start with a little information. I am 20 years old, 5'7," 150-155 lbs in the morning. I have tested my body fat on a machine at a gym recently... not sure how accurate it is, but it said 13.5%. I used...
  6. jonathandanger

    HILLS Yay or Nay

    I like that sentiment... wish I shared it. I feel the same way about wind though. My favorite discipline is time-trialing. Not that I have ever competed in a time trial, but being a former distance runner-turned-cyclist, I have a time-trialist's mindset. I hate hills, they screw up my pace...
  7. jonathandanger

    Hi, need advice for newbie please

    I had almost this exact same delima not 7 or 8 months ago. try ebay or bikesdriect.com for good deals on decent entry-level bikes. Most of them are off-brand frames with entry-level name-brand components and will stand up to a surprising ammount of abuse. The important thing is that you get a...
  8. jonathandanger

    2007 Lessons learned

    With one race and half a season of real training under my belt, I now know: Hills are not HILLS (bumps in Louisville won't prepare you for a race with a cat 3 climb and 3 cat 4s) Don't ride to another city and back, covering considerably more distance than you ever have before... on a dare...
  9. jonathandanger

    Ethical question....

    I wasn't planning on taking the bike, I was posting to see how people would react. To be honest, I kinda felt bad when the thought crossed my head... However, your reply is actually a really good, legal, honest idea and I just might look into it.
  10. jonathandanger

    Ethical question....

    Yeah... I wouldn't want bad karma coming my way, but I do have a little bitterness about my own stolen bike.
  11. jonathandanger

    Motobecane Nemesis

    It does sound a little small, and I bet the top tube is shorter than the 52 frame. I'd say check a similar bike out in a shop before you commit to buying the 49
  12. jonathandanger

    Ethical question....

    Let me first say I'm not really serious, this is just kind of a "what if" kind of question... University of Louisville is in, to put it nicely, not the kind of neighborhood you'd want to leave your bike outside in. I know this, so I keep my road bike, my baby, my most pized possesion, in...
  13. jonathandanger

    upgrade.. but what??

    It all depends on how much money you can spare. I have this delima as well. I am a college student living off my parent's teet and a part time pizza delivery job that offers about 50 dollars a week to spare on my bike, so obviously I can't afford much. Nothing you buy will make you faster...
  14. jonathandanger

    Music when riding

    I ride with music most of the time, and I don't think it's a problem if the rider is responsible. It's not because cycling is boring or anything. On the contrary, I love riding. But it can get hard to do anything, even if you love it, for 3 or 4 hours at a time. Besides, the feeling of your...
  15. jonathandanger

    Motobecane Nemesis

    I'm pretty sure you can pick between several sizes when you order the Nemesis. 54cm would probably be fine for you as long as you have proportional legs to your height. As in, if you have short legs for a person your height, it would be better to size down a little. However, the size you pick...
  16. jonathandanger

    Looking for a slightly-above-entry level machine for my new race bike.

    I have narrowed my search down to a few bikes in particular, but I am open to suggestions and criticism. I am looking for a bike in the 1000-1300 dollar price range and I have been looking at a few bikes: The Cannondale CAAD 9 (that is if I bought one with the lowest level of components) I...
  17. jonathandanger

    Race coming up... but my legs need a tune up

    I am competing in my first ever bike race in less than 2 weeks. This will be the first time competing in an athletic even since youth soccer as a child. Needless to say, I don't want to mess this up, so I have been preparing myself all summer to hold my own. However, in the past few days, I...
  18. jonathandanger

    commuting saddle

    If money is an issue and style is not, you could buy a foam comfort saddle from wal mart... However, I'd say the bontrager race lux would do fine otherwise. It is a foam saddle as well, but has more of a race bike look to it than one of those giant monstrosities.
  19. jonathandanger

    Hobbies other than cycling

    Staying on top of the indie music scene, as well as enjoying fine imported beer and fine imported cigars.
  20. jonathandanger

    Carbon seatpost

    I've decided I will just stick with my current setup and buy a better pair of shorts instead... I was planning on buying a better bike this winter or early next spring anyway, so there is no point in further upgrading my bike. Thanks for all the help though.