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  1. Getting a Coach. Following a well thought out...

    Getting a Coach. Following a well thought out training plan trumps any equipment purchase.
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    Very sorry to hear this. RIP

    Very sorry to hear this. RIP
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    Cushion is a very bad idea. It will in all...

    Cushion is a very bad idea. It will in all likelyhood lead to chafing and do more harm than good.

    I think your insane for trying this. As other have said, 32 to 168 is a huge jump. And being...
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    Cross Florida. 168 mile. 8 hours 28 minutes. ...

    Cross Florida. 168 mile. 8 hours 28 minutes.

    Dirty Kanza, 224 miles of gravel ( I got lost and added 20 miles) 16 hours.
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    This.

    This.
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    So since the Thread's been bumped into 2015, I'll...

    So since the Thread's been bumped into 2015, I'll update:

    http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i165/bobstewart/jan2012.jpg


    I did buy the replacement decals, but decided to go with just the bare...
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    Also true cross bikes are different from gravel...

    Also true cross bikes are different from gravel grinders. A true cross bike is designed for cyclocross racing, comes with a maximum of 32mm wide tires (UCI rule) has no water bottle cages, and is...
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    Biggest issue is tire clearence. Most caliper...

    Biggest issue is tire clearence. Most caliper brakes on racing bikes will only take 28mm tires. Many frames on road bikes only have clearence for 25mm tires.

    My bet is that you'd be lucky to...
  9. But Bill will explain to you ad nasuem why these...

    But Bill will explain to you ad nasuem why these aren't odd ball, and its the rest of the industry that is missing the boat.:rolleyes:
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    It's do it yourself, with batteries available at...

    It's do it yourself, with batteries available at the drug store, under $10. There's a tool for it, but a rubber grip designed to open jar lids works as well.
  11. Don't know if anyone has ever actually studied...

    Don't know if anyone has ever actually studied this. Anecdotal accounts are going to be pretty worthless, because there will be confirmation bias. (i.e. if you get a flat with a light tube, you'll...
  12. I had a Viscount Fork of Death. Fortunately...

    I had a Viscount Fork of Death.

    Fortunately for me, I bought the bike from a shop in another city, and had it shipped Greyhound. The fork broke in shipping, Greyhound paid for it, and I replaced...
  13. Or just understand how to use a QR lever. The...

    Or just understand how to use a QR lever. The problem that lead to the recall is that the lever can go into the disc when it is completely open.

    Apparently, the crashes resulted from people not...
  14. i like that!

    i like that!
  15. In 16 years, with almost a million bikes, there...

    In 16 years, with almost a million bikes, there appear to be 3 reported incidents. These are mostly low end bikes so they may not be ridden a lot, so assume an average of 500 miles per year. ...
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    A better crank set with better chainrings will...

    A better crank set with better chainrings will shift better than what came on your bike. The problem is a crankset that would be a significant upgrade would approach the original purchase price of...
  17. A substantial portion of the owners won't ever...

    A substantial portion of the owners won't ever here of the recall; given that this goes back 16 years, a good number of the bikes are no longer in use; a good number will hear of the recall and not...
  18. Properly tightend QR's don't just fly open. ...

    Properly tightend QR's don't just fly open. Dollars to donuts, the few that have had issues were "tightened" with the QR lever open, and the nut screwed down to tighten.

    ...
  19. For the design to be a problem, you have to be...

    For the design to be a problem, you have to be riding the bike with the QR completely open, and in a position where it should be obvious that it could interfere with the brake.

    So while the...
  20. But if we assumed people actually knew how to use...

    But if we assumed people actually knew how to use a QR, we wouldn't have lawyer tabs
  21. So enlighten me, what Pro Tour team is using...

    So enlighten me, what Pro Tour team is using Mavis R Sys clinchers in Flanders or Roubaix.

    Lots of Carbon Fiber tubulars such as Zipps, but I haven't seen anyone running R Sys's. In fact the Mavic...
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    Velofest Races pulled. "In 2011 when our...

    Velofest Races pulled.

    "In 2011 when our friend Bryan Wrigley (a racer), was murdered in a still unsolved hit & run, we decided to put on a bike race to raise awareness to the people who live in...
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    what's the goal of the upgrade? If it's improved...

    what's the goal of the upgrade? If it's improved shifting, simpler answer is a set of Praxis chainrings.
  24. Why do these wheels still exist? Expensive,...

    Why do these wheels still exist? Expensive, comparitively heavy, as aerodynamic as the broadside of the barn, and a history of catastrophic failure, even post recall.

    There may be a reason no one...
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    I really don't think that's true. I think BD...

    I really don't think that's true. I think BD appeals mostly to people that are very price conscious.

    I obviously like to shop for bikes if you look at the number I own.

    I bought 2 bikes from...
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