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    I'd say it's about half marketing, half genuine...

    I'd say it's about half marketing, half genuine need.

    A gravel bike is basically a cross bike, with a handful of geometry tweaks specifically designed for racing on gravel. Gravel racing and...
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    Start with a group that is much slower than the...

    Start with a group that is much slower than the pace you think you can hold. That gives you time to build up skills and better gauge the club's speed, without getting left in the dust.
  3. http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTYwMFgxMjAw/z/X2cAAMXQe...

    http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTYwMFgxMjAw/z/X2cAAMXQeW5TZX9Y/$_35.JPG



    Too heavy.



    I'm fortunate enough that I have what I need.
  4. Yes and no. The Synapse will be a little less...

    Yes and no.

    The Synapse will be a little less aerodynamic -- it's more upright by default, it presumably won't have aero wheels. The Synapse will be heavier, and that will result in a very small...
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    As others are indicating by now: Frame...

    As others are indicating by now:

    Frame material won't make a difference. Geometry will.

    A longer wheelbase or more stable bike will descend a bit better. However, you can also just slow...
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    Probably little or none. First and foremost,...

    Probably little or none.

    First and foremost, any perceived lack of stiffness is almost certainly just in your head. The FOIL is extremely stiff at the BB, seat post and head tube. It is very...
  7. Because Americans love their cars. Many also...

    Because Americans love their cars. Many also live in suburbs where bike commuting is more difficult.



    Wrong. I'd recommend a hybrid at an LBS, which are in $500 range last I checked.


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  8. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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:
    ...
  15. 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 ...
  23. 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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