"Concur, technique is off if you are hitting yourself in the head with your saddle. The book Skills Drills and Bellyaches has some great photos (and text) demonstrating the correct method.
The muscle issue gets better with time as your ride cross…"
"I don't think it should be used for training, or at least not as a substitute for clothing. I use embro in training but mainly because I'm old and have joint issues. I don't know that I have a lower temperature barrier. I use non…"
"3 years seems pretty early. Depends on how thin the tubes were and the quality of the bike. I've seen them crack sooner but most manufacturers are better than that.
AL usually cracks at the welds if it's going to crack. Certain bikes are…"
Funny... I had a 42, single ring, in 2007. Always felt I wasn't able to keep up on the road sections, and wished I had the bigger ring. Went to Nats and got outsprinted (for 27th...) Went to the 46/38 for 2008 and had one of my best seasons ever. I've been thinking of going to a 44/36, though. Been struggling a tad this year with the climbs. Got married, took time off, had family in town... and it's all crashing down now!
See you on the start line somewhere along the way!