I'm wanting to do my own fiberglass repair and painting. Got any good info on paint or painting tips
I have done both but I am far from an expert at it. Fiberglass repair isnt terribly difficult. Bondo and paint, well, that is an art and a skill that I really havent gotten down all that much as I spend my time elsewhere.
I can do enough fiberglass work to make it functional but it wont be pretty. I leave that stuff to the professionals.
My time is also worth money so by the time I get a new body panel fixed, smooth, and painted I could have paid someone to do it for less.
I myself is guilty about making excuses about getting into racing but reading this i just need to tell myself "just do it"
But great write up man. Glad you can share this with us. It's funny how you mention about weight. Last season I weighed 185lbs(my suspension is set up to this weight). Now I'm up to the 205 lbs range due to the gym (gained some muscles, mainly in the legs)now i want to bring the weight down I'm assuming more cardio than anything else. So I'm wondering about fitness and nutrition fit this sport.
This sport absolutely rewards 'wiry' people. You want strong legs and core muscles. Upper body needs to be in good enough shape to muscle the bike around but you don't want much past that as it is unnecessary bulk. Think reverse popeye: big legs, smaller upper body. Cardio is hugely important and overall physical health is key. Lean muscle mass, not bulk.
That is not to say that heavier or less fit people cannot race, but you will get tired more quickly. Thankfully most club races are 'sprints'. Usually about 8-12 laps which means somewhere between 12-20 minutes of racing.
To give you an example, I am reasonably physically fit. I could be better, but I am not carrying around an extra 20+lbs.
Our regular races are 8 laps but I also do an 'endurance' race each weekend which is 25 minutes or around 18 laps. When I see the halfway flag in that race I would swear that I have already been on the track for an hour.
For those that run track days, one race is about the equivalent of the entire day of riding in terms of physical demands. I hear this comparison from nearly every rider that comes from the track day world.
The good news is that I can now ride a track day like it was nothing =)
I will do a separate writeup for trackday/racing food and exercise.