wyorider

Former Expert (XC) and Cat 2 road racer. I like to ride technical trails all summer and backcountry ski all winter.

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wyorider alicialeggett's article
Apr 15, 2021 at 14:10
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Pets of Pinkbike - Pond Beaver 2021
Best feature I’ve seen in awhile. Gotta love the fur friends (and the one with a shell)!!
wyorider mikekazimer's article
Apr 14, 2021 at 18:42
2 days
Boone's Aluminum Cranks Look Like They're From a 1950's Sci-Fi Film - Pond Beaver 2021
@Blackhat: but modern bikes all have hella low bottom brackets. The articles I’m posting suggest that crank length isn’t a huge determinant of performance. So......if we’re riding modern bikes with the bb close to the ground, and crank length has a minimal (if any) effect on performance, then yeah, 175s are outdated. Might as well not be snapping pins or grinding cleat retention bits as much.
wyorider alicialeggett's article
Apr 14, 2021 at 17:57
2 days
Ribble Cycles Introduces 2 New Aluminum Hardtails - Pond Beaver 2021
Calfee schmalfee. This is what modern hardtails should be. Affordable, progressive geometry. A great starter bike or addition to the quiver.
wyorider mikekazimer's article
Apr 14, 2021 at 16:07
2 days
Boone's Aluminum Cranks Look Like They're From a 1950's Sci-Fi Film - Pond Beaver 2021
@ryan77777: Most studies show that conditioning is the most important factor in how hard you can pedal. Skills need to be developed through practice (skill drills/sessioning challenging features). A shorter crank isn't a miracle or magic bullet, but especially as bottom brackets have gotten lower, trails have gotten burlier, and riders are more likely to be on full suspension bikes that sit EVEN lower when the suspension compresses, a little shorter crankset helps reduce pedal strikes (a little). 165mm may feel too short (they do to me, except on a track bike and I haven't been on a velodrome in 17 years) but 170s still give plenty of leverage and a bit more forgiveness.
wyorider mikekazimer's article
Apr 14, 2021 at 16:01
2 days
Boone's Aluminum Cranks Look Like They're From a 1950's Sci-Fi Film - Pond Beaver 2021
@ryan77777: https://www.redbull.com/us-en/how-long-should-mtb-cranks-be#:~:text=Shorter%20cranks%20can%20help%20with%20acceleration&text=The%20results%20showed%20that%20there,accelerate%20up%20to%20maximal%20power.
wyorider danielsapp's article
Apr 14, 2021 at 14:41
2 days
wyorider danielsapp's article
Apr 14, 2021 at 14:40
2 days
First Look: Calfee Design's Ultra-Adaptable Cephal Hardtail - Pond Beaver 2021
@riklassen: if you send 2m and bugger drops, yeah, your ankles will hurt. Especially if those drops are on natural style trails with short transitions.
wyorider mikekazimer's article
Apr 14, 2021 at 14:38
2 days
Boone's Aluminum Cranks Look Like They're From a 1950's Sci-Fi Film - Pond Beaver 2021
@justwaki: false. Bike racers are often deeply conservative and superstitious about their component selections. That’s why they were reluctant to use full suspension bikes, disc brakes, tubeless tires long after those technologies had been proven to be superior. Ditto for droppers even to this day for XC. Accepted crank length per discipline isn’t based on any research, just hearsay from over 20 years ago. The only cycling discipline where crank length has a logical reason is track racing, where longer cranks would mean pedal strikes on the banking. And even the biggest track racers put out big watts on 165s.
wyorider mikekazimer's article
Apr 14, 2021 at 14:00
2 days
Boone's Aluminum Cranks Look Like They're From a 1950's Sci-Fi Film - Pond Beaver 2021
@justwaki: https://www.trainingpeaks.com/blog/the-benefits-of-reducing-your-crank-length/ Here you go. And a sample size of one (very good) rider proves nothing. And yes, 5mm extra clearance dramatically reduces rock strikes. And no, it’s not really a “highly individual” thing. Even tall riders with long femurs benefit from shorter cranks. Try some.
wyorider mikekazimer's article
Apr 14, 2021 at 13:53
2 days
Boone's Aluminum Cranks Look Like They're From a 1950's Sci-Fi Film - Pond Beaver 2021
@sean916: so you can break them!? Like every pair that was ridden hard when new??
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