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    Here I am in the middle of a rest night 2 years...

    Here I am in the middle of a rest night 2 years later. I've raced about 30 times at the regional and state level since that last post, trained about 20,000 miles, all with modest results. But I love...
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    A stronger acid solution (~1 cup concentrated...

    A stronger acid solution (~1 cup concentrated muriatic in about 1/2 gal water) did the trick and dissolved the nasty stuff, revealing the deeply pitted (but now very clean) aluminum below. I could...
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    Gibbsite! Of course. Soluble in acids and bases,...

    Gibbsite! Of course. Soluble in acids and bases, just maybe not immediately. I'll mix up some stronger HCl and have at it. The density of gibbsite is very low, and so even a lot of it doesn't mean...
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    Sweatstone incrustation on handlebars

    I ride a lot in hot weather (10K mi in Houston last year), and my handlebars suffer, because the sweat congeals to a hard white rock-like substance underneath the bar tape. Mostly, it's just powdery...
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    DIY bib shorts repair

    OK, you ride a ton and it's tough on your gear. Bib shorts, which easily top $150 each are a particular hassle, since they wear out so fast and are so expensive. Mine seem to wear out on the thigh,...
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    DA 7900 shift lever won't shift up

    After about 3 years of (heavy) use, I'm having some serious issues with my
    Shimano Dura Ace 7900 setup. The mechs front and rear are working correctly,
    clean and lubed, the cables run easily,...
  7. BulkyRider-san Konnichi-wa ... I would exactly...

    BulkyRider-san Konnichi-wa ...

    I would exactly like to find a Sohoku High School team kit, as shown in
    Yowamushi-pedaru. If you can help me I would appreciate it very much.

    Yowamushi...
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    I was on my way from Bloomington IN to Washington...

    I was on my way from Bloomington IN to Washington DC (yes, it was a long ride) and when approaching the outskirts of Williamsburg VA (I didn't go direct) on a very deserted stretch or road stopped to...
  9. Ca va! I learned it in the middle of a cycling...

    Ca va! I learned it in the middle of a cycling club, that helps. They do a lot more joking and kidding than the brits, and are more tuned in to what people are saying in private behind the scenes. On...
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    I ride ~300K/week, and can vouch for the padded...

    I ride ~300K/week, and can vouch for the padded shorts. Don't skimp on these. Even if you find yourself laying out some money. My most comfy pair cost $350 from Assos and was worth it. that's not...
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    Hi SSTX, welcome back! Since nobody's done it,...

    Hi SSTX, welcome back! Since nobody's done it, let me suggest riding with a group. They will be a great source of help, encouragement, camaraderie, and advice, as you become fitter. Find a nice...
  12. I didn't ask for my money back, because frankly,...

    I didn't ask for my money back, because frankly, a crappy video is better than none, and the illicit euro rebroadcasts are quite iffy. I would pay twice that to see it HD on France 2 streaming!
  13. NBC tour de france 2012 coverage and linux -- poor performance

    The last couple of years we linux people have been able to watch the Tour on Versus and now on NBC sports.

    Unfortunately, NBC has moved to using the Microsoft silverlight framework to stream the...
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    It does seem to get better once I've built a...

    It does seem to get better once I've built a decent base and my RHR is down. I had it mildly friday night after a brutal killer group ride thursday evening, so maybe things are looking up.
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    I like Myosmith's answer: Preparation,...

    I like Myosmith's answer: Preparation, acclimation. I ride 20 miles to work and back in Houston (not every day), and also ride the infamous Paperclip 25mph+ group ride/road race in 100+ heat with...
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    OP here: I tend to agree with rbart4506 -- I have...

    OP here: I tend to agree with rbart4506 -- I have *also* overtrained from time to time, and the symptoms there are different. Especially the refusal of my heart rate to go down over many days, the...
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    An ordinary recovery ride doesn't do anything....

    An ordinary recovery ride doesn't do anything. Anyway, I'm usually too hammered on Monday to get near a bike.

    From the underwhelming number of "this happens to me too!" posts, it sounds like I'm...
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    Rest Day Insomnia

    I also call this "Monday Night Syndrome":

    Go hard all weekend, get in some good training, or race. Then Monday night you have trouble sleeping. I'm an insomniac anyway, but this is a different...
  19. Thread: Chain Lube

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    Chain Lube

    Clean the chain on the bike with Brakleen parts degreaser. Yes this is death to the environment and Bad For You. It's mostly TCE, which if you don't know what that is you don't want to know. On the...
  20. VVS? Naw, it's just a 50 degree roll.

    VVS? Naw, it's just a 50 degree roll.
  21. Enough suspense, here's the video: ...

    Enough suspense, here's the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhPjqHhE9_Y
    12kts, fair weather, oriented fore-aft. Hellishly difficult. I'm sure it's been accomplished before, but I'll bet...
  22. Is it possible to ride rollers on a moving ship?

    I was thinking of taking bike and rollers to sea with me. Riding rollers is pretty f-ing hard when the ground *isn't* moving. Is it even possible on a ship at sea? Which way would be better, aligned...
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    My Shimergo (sounds lik "chimera") bike is alive...

    My Shimergo (sounds lik "chimera") bike is alive and well after ~1K miles. The veloce levers are plastic and bendy, and seem to require a lot of force to move the Shimano mechs. I have not had the...
  24. As it happens male. A female friend of mine...

    As it happens male. A female friend of mine complained that when she attacked the womens field, the 50+ men worked to pull her back. I thought since I can enter that race too, if the fields were...
  25. Racing rules: Can racers in a combined race work for each other?

    The 50+ and womens 1/2/3 often get combined. Can I lead out my female teammate for the sprint? Ride her away from the pack for a solo breakaway? Is this against the rules, just impolite, or good...
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