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  1. Thread: Saddle Issues

    by Sangetsu
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    Your problem is simple, you haven't been riding...

    Your problem is simple, you haven't been riding long enough to acclimate your backside to riding. When I have been off the bike for a long time, when I start riding again I will limit myself to three...
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    I got to work as a clerk in a law office after my...

    I got to work as a clerk in a law office after my second year of law school. The firm specialised in personal injury lawsuits, and it was a busy place. A friend of mine worked there as an attorney...
  3. I have done decades of riding, and a few years of...

    I have done decades of riding, and a few years of racing, even spending a year in Europe racing on a team. In all that time I have never used a heart rate monitor. I am quite aware of my heart rate...
  4. Clipless pedals (or clips with straps) will allow...

    Clipless pedals (or clips with straps) will allow you to use your entire leg when peddling. Right now you pedal stroke is not much different than climbing stairs, which builds up the fronts of your...
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    A decent sense of direction will get you to most...

    A decent sense of direction will get you to most places without a map. For riding around the French countryside (one of my favourite places in the world to ride) I can usually get to where I want to...
  6. I like trigger shifters best for mountain or flat...

    I like trigger shifters best for mountain or flat bar bikes, they are quite fast and precise, and I much prefer them over grip shift systems. You can get a set of XTR shifters for under $300. I like...
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    I will argue that drop bars are the best option...

    I will argue that drop bars are the best option for any commuting bike, particularly if your commute is a longer one. But like any thing else bike-related, setting up the bar and brake levers is...
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    Most lawyers will charge 1/3 plus expenses. Every...

    Most lawyers will charge 1/3 plus expenses. Every piece of paper printed (and there will be many), and every copy made (at least 3 of any document) you will pay for. Every meeting you have with your...
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    It has happened to me more than once. Contact the...

    It has happened to me more than once. Contact the driver's insurance company, they will pay you something for the damage, in exchange that you agree not to sue them in the future. They'll likely give...
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    Watch Lance Armstrong's videotaped testimony when...

    Watch Lance Armstrong's videotaped testimony when he sued SCA promotions when they accused him of cheating, you can find it on Youtube. "What part of 'I have never used performance enhancing drugs'...
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    I was racing during Lance's earlier years, when...

    I was racing during Lance's earlier years, when he won his first two tours. The Festina scandal might have opened the public's eyes about doping in cycling, but anyone in the sport knew that it was...
  12. The SL and SLX frames were made by Pinarello, the...

    The SL and SLX frames were made by Pinarello, the Dedacciai bike was a Gios Compact Pro. These three had the same geometry, as all three were custom made for me using the same specifications. The...
  13. Absolutely not. Think about the energy which was...

    Absolutely not. Think about the energy which was consumed to grow and transport the food you ate, and that this food provides the basic energy you expend on the bike.
  14. I have had a few bikes with different types of...

    I have had a few bikes with different types of steel, 531, SL and SLX, Dedacciai, and Tange Prestige. I find that 531 and SL tubes give the most comfortable ride, the SLX and Dedaccia frames were...
  15. Sounds like a standard British-thread bottom...

    Sounds like a standard British-thread bottom bracket. There are three measurements you need to be aware of, first is the type of thread (which is British), the next is the width (measure the width of...
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    "Low-end" is a relative term. Compared to Huffy,...

    "Low-end" is a relative term. Compared to Huffy, Murray, or Free Spirit bikes, the Shogun is worlds better. The frame is good quality steel, with decent geometry. Here in Japan you could get $200 to...
  17. Yes. Sweat is your body's reaction to...

    Yes.

    Sweat is your body's reaction to excessive heat. The amount of sweat depends on a few things, the first being how hot your body is, and next, the air around you. If you live in a dry...
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    Getting Started in Commuting by Bicycle

    Commuting by bicycle might seem as strange to some people as playing golf on a skating rink, but recently it seems to be catching on in popularity. My only thought is "why has it taken so long?"
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  19. Not in my experience. As an unfit rider, or a fit...

    Not in my experience. As an unfit rider, or a fit rider (or runner) I have noticed no change in how much I sweat. On a bicycle I sweat less than when running because moving quickly through the air...
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    A good drop bar is a necessity, as it allows you...

    A good drop bar is a necessity, as it allows you to change hand positions from time to time. The bar should be the proper width, and the the amount of drop between the top and bottom should not be...
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    I started commuting to school around the time...

    I started commuting to school around the time Reagan came into office. I took a break from riding when I got my license and my first car, but got back into cycling again in my university days. Once I...
  22. Thread: 70 km Ride

    by Sangetsu
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    Keep up the good work! Ride regularly, and if you...

    Keep up the good work! Ride regularly, and if you want to improve your fitness and speed, add a few intervals. That means bump up your speed to 30kph for a minute or so, then go back down to your...
  23. Here in Japan many people use a bicycle...

    Here in Japan many people use a bicycle regularly, and though there are belt-driven bikes, and even a few shaft-driven versions, 99.9% of bikes use chains. The simple solution to chains is a chain...
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    Make sure that the tube isn't twisted, that can...

    Make sure that the tube isn't twisted, that can make a low spot. To set the beads properly, inflate the tire until it is a little firm, and then push the sidewall of tire upward, away from the rim....
  25. My wife bought a steel Gios Ampio at a large bike...

    My wife bought a steel Gios Ampio at a large bike shop. Looking around the shop I found that there were several "Italian" (made in Taiwan) bikes which had the same frame; De Rosa, Bianchi, and...
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