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  1. velomanct

    Nine weeks to Mt. Washington

    What are they charging for entry now? Probably something like $500 I bet. 11 years ago they got $300 out of me for it. If you know the right people, you can ride it anytime you want, a little bird told me. And go down it too.
  2. velomanct

    Powertap repair (old Pro model)

    FIXED After all these years and going to about 5 different bike shops, I thought it was hopeless to fix my wheel. I decided to get to the bottom of it and so I took apart the axle and go to the sealed bearing. It had play in it. I knocked it out and it fell to pieces, ball bearings on the...
  3. velomanct

    INCREDIBLE WATTAGE!- Stage 2- WINNING POWER FILE- Greg Henderson.

    Been there, done that. I'm surprised that you think 1500w up an 18% grade is comparable to 1500w on a flat road. They aren't the same. I'm currently looking at a print out I did of a power profile from an event a few years ago. 1436w average for the duration of the event, which they recorded...
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    INCREDIBLE WATTAGE!- Stage 2- WINNING POWER FILE- Greg Henderson.

    Well his WR kilo was at 11,000 feet, so I'm sure his power was less than it was at normal elevations. I've read that such kilo riders do average around 1000w for that minute. Riding a kilo is a lot different than sprinting a hill too. I'd estimate that if I were to do a kilo, I'd average maybe...
  5. velomanct

    FTP test road vs trainer

    Wattage on the trainer is not equal to wattage on the road. IMO it's harder to hold 300w on the trainer than on the road. The resistance is just different. And that was with a Kurt Kinetic road machine (fluid). No matter what the duration, wattage on the trainer was always lower, even sprints.
  6. velomanct

    INCREDIBLE WATTAGE!- Stage 2- WINNING POWER FILE- Greg Henderson.

    Hunter, You are a coach, am I right? Neuromuscular power is not the prominent ability during the final 27 seconds of a road race, especially when you consider how hard the rider was likely going before this effort started. IMO, neuromuscular power is displayed accurately only when the...
  7. velomanct

    INCREDIBLE WATTAGE!- Stage 2- WINNING POWER FILE- Greg Henderson.

    It really doesn't matter, there are very few races that give first place to the highest wattage. I have nothing to gain by lying. It's an ability I was specifically training, as I was focusing on the Major Taylor Hillclimb which is a 23 second hill sprint. My point is that you aren't going...
  8. velomanct

    Powertap repair (old Pro model)

    It seems no matter how many times I replaced the axle and cones/bearings on the hub, it's never right again. Is there suppose to be a locknut on the drive side, to keep the right adjustment? The one screw on the axle on the drive side seems to always be either too loose or too tight, and never...
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    INCREDIBLE WATTAGE!- Stage 2- WINNING POWER FILE- Greg Henderson.

    It's pretty impressive, given it was at the end of 5hrs of racing and the final 30 minutes were obviously pretty intense. Is what makes it more impressive is that it was on flat roads (high speed). It's fairly more difficult to keep the wattage up at high speed, compared to on a hill. If you...
  10. velomanct

    Cycling muscles

    I've been off the bike for about a month (only a couple rides) because I am sick with mono, and I've been living an otherwise sedentary life. At 6'2" I was holding around 176lbs with just biking about 7 hours a week, and doing a fair amount of sprints on those rides. But now I'm down to 167lbs...
  11. velomanct

    4000 watts...... well yes.....

    I know I pull up hard during sprints, because I often chirp the rear tire on those hill accelerations. The only way I'd be able to do that is due to my upstroke unweighting the rear tire for a split second. but my form is not pretty, so I assume. My pedal stroke is, I'm quite sure, very choppy...
  12. velomanct

    Adjusting rear travel on Specialized FSR 1998

    I checked and the shock is the original, Deluxe Rock Shox. It makes no sense, I can't see the linkage having been replaced either. I'm going to stop in a LBS that sells specialized and see what they say. I'm almost certain I can solve it by drilling a new hole for the upper mount bolt, it...
  13. velomanct

    4000 watts...... well yes.....

    I actually may have to alter my stance on that weight lifting arguement. I still don't support it for normal road cycling. But since I essentially stopped resistence training, I feel a little weaker (upper body especially), and my peak power is 5-8% lower. I did get sick for two weeks, which...
  14. velomanct

    Adjusting rear travel on Specialized FSR 1998

    Sure, here's some pics. As you can see, the spring is touching the chrome linkage, and keeping itself from extending any further. Is this shock the wrong one for the bike? I just bought the bike off craigslist from someone.
  15. velomanct

    Adjusting rear travel on Specialized FSR 1998

    I have the spring adjusted as far as it will go, so it hits the rear linkage when resting (no compression). It seems I can't get it to move any further due to this. And my travel is only 1.5" or so before it hits that rubber stopper. What gives? Do I need to drill a new hole for the front end...
  16. velomanct

    4000 watts...... well yes.....

    Take a top level track sprinter. They produce likely over 2000 watts for a couple seconds. But is that their true power output, when you closely analyze it down to the fractions of a second? Nope! Using the data shown from Metrigear on this link, you can see that true peak watts are about...
  17. velomanct

    Safeness of older carbon fork

    I'm just replaying that video in my head of the guy riding down the volcano and his fork separating at 100mph..... I've hit bumps in the road or caught air off uneven pavement at 50mph, seems like a similar stress for the fork.
  18. velomanct

    Safeness of older carbon fork

    I picked up an older caad3 with carbon fork (aluminum steerer) off craigslist. I'm not sure if it's an original fork or not. But the frame is about 12 years old I'd say. Assuming there are no cracks or anything in the fork, would you say it's safe to ride and can handle 50mph descents on...
  19. velomanct

    Sprinting on Biopace chainrings?

    What's it like? Worse, odd, better? I'm talking lower rpm sprints like up hills at 80-110rpm max. I'm just curious and see a bunch of these for sale in my area, might try it out.
  20. velomanct

    Bianchi Premio - what's it worth?

    I came across this nice Bianchi Premio from 1986-7, and I'm wondering how much I should try selling it for. I cleaned it all up and tuned it up so it rides like new. Real nice looking bike. The original tires had no visible wear, I don't think this was every really ridden. Also, I live in a...