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How Can I Get Better At HILLS?

Posted on Jun 7, 2016

The most common question that I get is “how can I get better at doing hills?” The answer to this is in 3 parts; 1) Change your gearing CASSETTE: Probably the easiest of the ‘big-3’ to implement, especially with Shimano’s new 68xx and 90xx derailleurs that can handle larger cassette gears right out of the box. For larger gearing, the CS-6800 offers several viable options, 11-28T, 14-28T and 11-32T. Since the CS-9000 includes several sprockets made from titanium, it is considered a racing cassette, therefore, it has fewer options. 11-28T and 12-28T are its largest offerings. I recommend the Ultegra CS-6800 as the best price/performance. 11-28T: 11-12-13-14-15-17-19-21-23-25-28 (my configuration) PROs: Gives a good spread in gearing. 11T for go fast and 28T for climbing CONs: From 15 to 25, there is a 2 gear jump and from 25 to 28 there is a 3 gear jump.   14-28T: 14-15-16-17-18-19-20-21-23-25-28 PROs: Also known as junior gearing which makes it USAC legal for juniors who run a 52 front chainring. Gives the tightest group of gearing. CONs: From 21 to 25...

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Posted on Apr 29, 2016

As a Bike Fitter and USA Cycling Coach, one thing I get asked all of the time is “what can you tell me about ROTOR Q-Rings and will they work for me?” The short answer is yes. Q-Rings will work for most people, but, there are several exceptions which I will go over later. For those that don’t know what a ROTOR Q-Ring is, it is an elliptical chainring that helps increase your performance by varying drive-train resistance during pedaling. ROTOR’s elliptical rings maximize the strong muscles and minimize resistance during the weaker part of the pedal stroke. During one complete revolution of the crank, the cyclist experiences 2 ‘dead spots’. One is located at top-dead-center (TDC), the other at bottom-dead-center (BDC). This occurs at these 2 spots because you are not pushing anymore on the down stroke leg but not yet pulling up for the up stroke. In other words, these 2 points in the pedal stroke are where you are transitioning from pulling to pushing muscles on the ‘upper leg’, and transitioning from pushing to pulling muscles...

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About Me

Posted on Dec 24, 2014

30 years ago, I graduated college with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and started my career in the aerospace industry as a software developer. Advancing in my career, I was given roles with ever increasing responsibilities such as software development manager, project manager and even program manager. I was always assigned troubled projects since I had the ability to assemble and lead highly specialized teams making successes out of what seemed like doomed projects. While working full time, I went back to school and received my MBA, followed by a DBA – Doctor Business Administration. I’m an engineer by trade and an entrepreneur at heart and when I retired from the aerospace industry, I started a specialty cutlery company where I developed a formula and process to heat treat highly-alloyed titanium. This led to me working directly with the US Navy SEALs, USMC Recon, and EOD teams creating their non-magnetic multi-purpose knife which is still being ordered and used to this day. I also designed and developed several anti-mine probes for US Army and Navy EOD. These products as well as others...

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