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  1. Sounds like a good plan. Don't use the mtb frame...

    Sounds like a good plan. Don't use the mtb frame as a reference. Not only are you in a wildly different CG balance on a mtb, you have, like, 4-5cm (at least) of reach built into the drop bars. The...
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    I'll add another data point. I am 5'11" with a...

    I'll add another data point. I am 5'11" with a 32" pants inseam and ride either 58cm bikes with 120mm stems or 56cm bikes with 130mm stems, depending on the brand and exact geometry of bike and...
  3. I defer to the late Sheldon Brown: Revisionist...

    I defer to the late Sheldon Brown: Revisionist Theory of Bicycle Sizing

    The gist is, in the old days (from which the Rivenell folk harken from), apparently different sized factory bikes didn't...
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    How do they seed that race? Seems like there...

    How do they seed that race? Seems like there would be a strong motivation to sandbag the seeding round.
  5. Thread: Chains

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    I think the deal is when you put back pressure,...

    I think the deal is when you put back pressure, the change in tension can be dramatic and very snappy because it is driven by momentum. Like hitting the brakes hard on a car and everything flies...
  6. On a regular road, because of the variable...

    On a regular road, because of the variable terrain, it would be hard to discern a single tooth difference in the chainring. On the track, you will notice, which is why many track sprinters carry all...
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    This is probably really wrong. According to the...

    This is probably really wrong. According to the NYTimes back when he was near his peak (2005), he was holding 6.8W/kg for 20 minutes. At a bodyweight of 155lbs, that's about 475W.

    Most of the...
  8. Those are brand new. What do they look like now?...

    Those are brand new. What do they look like now? Brake pad material isn't in the habit of gouging aluminum.
  9. This just doesn't happen with brake pads unless...

    This just doesn't happen with brake pads unless they are installed incorrectly. How about a picture of your brakes and brake pads?
  10. Thread: Chains

    by Brian Ratliff
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    So, how did 3-in-1 oil do? That's what I use on...

    So, how did 3-in-1 oil do? That's what I use on my track chains, since I don't have to worry about rain. I use ProLink for my road bike chains.
  11. If you use anything other than the Omnium ring,...

    If you use anything other than the Omnium ring, you have to replace the double chainring nut with a "single" chainring nut.

    The knurled nuts are really nice. Dealing with both nuts and bolts...
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    I think Venezuela's rear wheel actually came off...

    I think Venezuela's rear wheel actually came off the track and I'm pretty sure he almost went down. Probably a knee to the handlebar. There was definitely contact.

    Looking again, it looks like...
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    EDIT: He should have been relegated (I was...

    EDIT: He should have been relegated (I was thinking of the wrong race). He came up out of the lane and into the Venezuela's line.

    He did get hit with a warning (a second warning is an automatic...
  14. Just make sure your frame can accept the Omniums....

    Just make sure your frame can accept the Omniums. They seem to have extra thick arms which interferes with some frames.
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    So, anyone want to comment on the New Zealander's...

    So, anyone want to comment on the New Zealander's tactics in the bronze medal race of the UCI World Cup? Just me, but it seemed atrocious.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXLtPovCCwk

    The...
  16. My prediction is more subtle. Most FD hangers are...

    My prediction is more subtle. Most FD hangers are held onto the frame by two bolts or rivets. I think it's a crack between the two bolt holes. Causes the FD mount to flex when shifting into the big...
  17. I've got my money on it being a frame crack in...

    I've got my money on it being a frame crack in the seat tube near the front derailleur hanger... You heard it here first! Once you are done replacing every component, it's time to start looking to...
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    Seems from the video they get two, so they are...

    Seems from the video they get two, so they are able to adjust between riders. Also, since they are using platform pedals, saddle height doesn't have to be so precise.
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    Eh... screw it... I keep forgetting the saying...

    Eh... screw it... I keep forgetting the saying about arguing with fools.
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    That was a crazy finish. Hopefully it hurts less...

    That was a crazy finish. Hopefully it hurts less to crash on cinders...

    Interesting concept, kind of like a Madison with standing start exchanges and extreme gear restrictions.
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    Cool. You got connections to a team? Or maybe...

    Cool. You got connections to a team? Or maybe lots of friends who are pro riders? That's neat.
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    The funny part is these fellows keep trying to...

    The funny part is these fellows keep trying to convince others of their irrationality. I wonder if Jiggles and bt actually work for a disc brake company and are doing a bit of social media...
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    It's funny. At 200+ lbs. I can't ride any of...

    It's funny. At 200+ lbs. I can't ride any of these lightweight rims or wheels. But riding down a long hill last summer I did make my front rim really hot.
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    You sound really sure of yourself. Good thing...

    You sound really sure of yourself. Good thing nobody is forcing you to ride this stuff.
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    Wow. He reaches for the magnesium rim. Say, why...

    Wow. He reaches for the magnesium rim. Say, why does it matter? Any rim you can use for rim brakes can also be used for disc brakes. Removing material for the brake track will always make for a...
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