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  1. Yeah, you want the 1h Record. Jens Voight...

    Yeah, you want the 1h Record.

    Jens Voight nabbed it with 51.115km in September.

    http://cdn.velonews.competitor.com/files/2014/09/DSC_8611.jpg
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    I picked up a Kona Rove AL recently. Mechanical...

    I picked up a Kona Rove AL recently. Mechanical disc brakes, front and rear rack mounts, robust frame, fairly low gearing, tire clearing up to 40c's.

    List price is around $900, which gives you...
  3. You mean, partially quoting from the abstract. I...

    You mean, partially quoting from the abstract. I explicitly stated that this study showed an increase in watts -- but no changes in velocity. The very next line reads:

    "In contrast, the maximal...
  4. Well.... ;) This is clipped in. By now, the...

    Well.... ;)

    This is clipped in. By now, the shape of the graph should be familiar. Since riders still aren't applying much power to the drivetrain, I don't see much reason to assume pulling up...
  5. Whenever I give people a link to these kinds of...

    Whenever I give people a link to these kinds of papers, they usually ignore it. Let's see what happens. ;)

    These papers cover various topics. Some address issues like cadence, but also include...
  6. Researchers have, in fact, used pedal-based power...

    Researchers have, in fact, used pedal-based power meters for years. There is a lot of research which proves that when you're pulling up, you are not contributing power directly to the drivetrain. I...
  7. Yep. Lots of 'em, based on pedal-based power...

    Yep. Lots of 'em, based on pedal-based power meters. Researchers have been using pedal-based power meters for years, and the results are consistent and clear. They all look like this:
    ...
  8. Yeah, I've discussed similar studies before. ...

    Yeah, I've discussed similar studies before. There's lots of data to this effect. I'm pretty sure I've referenced this study too.

    Foot retention does offer benefits over platforms, namely:
    It...
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    A few Surly bikes use ovalized tubes. I don't...

    A few Surly bikes use ovalized tubes. I don't know if they use hydroforming specifically, but the effect is similar.
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    Ideally, you'd show a table or chart of various...

    Ideally, you'd show a table or chart of various yaw angles.

    However, we should keep in mind that because the bike is moving forward, most of the time the yaw is below 10, and rarely goes above...
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    When was the last time you owned a retail...

    When was the last time you owned a retail store...?

    Out of that 36-48%, you have to pay for: salaries, rent, advertising, insurance, legal, taxes, communications, inventory.... And of course,...
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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 ...
  16. 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...
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    Raleigh Bicycles - Advocacy
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    What are they supposed to do? Sue the...
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