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    Heh I don't do retail, but I've concluded...

    Heh

    I don't do retail, but I've concluded from other business ventures that customers like that are not worth having. The ones who berate you to get the lowest prices also tend to be the most...
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    Inaccurately calling me a Luddite, instead of...

    Inaccurately calling me a Luddite, instead of responding to my objections, was supposed to change my mind?

    And I do grasp the concept. It's not that complex. You're proposing a system where...
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    I suggest you read what I actually wrote. I'm...

    I suggest you read what I actually wrote. I'm not resisting any "technological changes."

    I'm pointing out that the management structure, the cost structure and incentives don't make a lot of...
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    Yep. Who pays for it? Who pays for the IT guy...

    Yep. Who pays for it? Who pays for the IT guy to fix it? Who can see which shops requested what? Who collects the payments?

    What if Store #1 requests a hot item from Store #2 ? Why would #2 ...
  5. I for one dislike that look, though a couple of...

    I for one dislike that look, though a couple of my bikes have top tubes like that. Either go swoopy, or straight across.

    Fortunately, I'm not the one buying it. :D
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    Yes, and everyone uses suspension forks in the...

    Yes, and everyone uses suspension forks in the Spring Classics now. Lol ;)

    Re-read what you quoted. Equipment choices make a difference. Brand choices do not.

    Someone might win or lose...
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    I don't think the differences will be that...

    I don't think the differences will be that significant.

    Materials science has its limits. Bikes will get a little bit lighter. They might switch to another frame material. The gains will be...
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    I don't claim to have any foresight at all. I'm...

    I don't claim to have any foresight at all. I'm simply pointing out that this type of competition already exists. I don't actually know enough about the retail mechanics of it, I can only guess...
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    In Manhattan, REI moved in around the corner from...

    In Manhattan, REI moved in around the corner from an established bike shop (Bicycle Habitat) about 3 years ago. The local shop seems to be doing just fine.

    REI has a similar selection of bikes,...
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    What "larger retailers?" Walmart? Target? They...

    What "larger retailers?" Walmart? Target? They already do, on the low end.

    Internet sales? They already do.

    Performance Bike? Big chain, but unless sales quadruple, the market can't...
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    It's probably shifted in the past few years, but:...

    It's probably shifted in the past few years, but:

    http://www.statista.com/graphic/1/255601/market-share-of-major-bicycle-brands-in-the-us.jpg


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    No single entity is whacking consumers with a...

    No single entity is whacking consumers with a 400% markup. And yes, a lot of companies need someone in the middle to handle critical tasks like retail and distribution.



    Funny thing, margins...
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    I don't have Bob's experience, but: No, the...

    I don't have Bob's experience, but:

    No, the bike industry doesn't have a "400% markup." If it did, one major company could seriously underprice another, there would be a price war, and eventually...
  14. Specialized Bicycle Components...

    Specialized Bicycle Components
    Advocacy - Trek Bicycle
    Cannondale Advocacy
    Advocacy | Giant Bicycles | United States
    Raleigh Bicycles - Advocacy
    etc



    What are they supposed to do? Sue the...
  15. Yeah, you get a little "Auto Paused" thing at the...

    Yeah, you get a little "Auto Paused" thing at the bottom.

    Also if you press the "Start/Stop" button during an active ride, you get a screen asking if you want to discard or save the ride.
  16. Yes. Using aero wheels might save you a tiny...

    Yes.

    Using aero wheels might save you a tiny bit of energy. As in, you'd save, I dunno... 1 minute out of an hour, maybe 2 minutes tops, by switching to aero wheels. You can also fool your brain...
  17. Just put the light on your seatstay.... problem...

    Just put the light on your seatstay.... problem solved
  18. *shrug* Someone somewhere is always going to be...

    *shrug* Someone somewhere is always going to be snobby about something. IMO you're better off not worrying about it.
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    Smoother shifting, better shifting under load,...

    Smoother shifting, better shifting under load, more consistent shifting, less maintenance.

    XTR electronic has "Synchro Shift," which automatically shifts both front and rear derailleurs for you.
    ...
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    Every piece? No. Check for rack mounts within...

    Every piece? No. Check for rack mounts within the first week? On a race bike, you plan to use as a commuter?


    http://youtu.be/z5U9QRiY46I

    I'd have no qualms about the Axiom Streamliner...
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    I can't stand people who complain and moan and...

    I can't stand people who complain and moan and rant all day long.

    Erm. Never mind.

    :D
  22. And yet, the manufacturers have been screaming...

    And yet, the manufacturers have been screaming for years to lower the weight limits, and allow disc brakes, and drop the 3:1 rule, and it keeps not happening.

    The UCI has many constituents. ...
  23. 1) A team can't help you if you've popped. 2) In...

    1) A team can't help you if you've popped.
    2) In most cases, the top riders will be lucky to have 1 teammate left at that decisive moment.
    3) If you go anaerobic early in the ride, because you...
  24. No. Changing the weight limit is pointless. ...

    No.

    Changing the weight limit is pointless. Any such arms race will be over before it begins.

    They'll all use bikes that are as light as possible, and will always go for a power meter. No...
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    Get a good, insulated pad and a warm sleeping...

    Get a good, insulated pad and a warm sleeping bag.

    A small fan in a small tent is not going to circulate a lot of heat.

    I cannot imagine that it is safe to run a propane heater inside a tent. ...
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