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  1. My first (business) trip to China in '92 included...

    My first (business) trip to China in '92 included a short, daily commute on a Flying Pigeon single-speed road bike. The bikes were courtesy loaners, owned by the hotel. The ride was totally flat, so...
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    I have two road bikes: one with a triple...

    I have two road bikes: one with a triple (52/39/30), the other with compact (50/34.) Most of the time, I have a tight (11-23) cassette on the triple, so the lower end is no lower than the compact....
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    OP bike is gorgeous! Is English a commercial...

    OP bike is gorgeous! Is English a commercial brand? Haven't heard of 'em.

    I assume there's a rear brake, at/near the chainstays.
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    Yep. Tour de France 2015: Tony Martin quits...

    Yep.

    Tour de France 2015: Tony Martin quits after breaking collarbone on stage six | Sport | The Guardian
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    Yes, unless it was a reaction from a fan, TM's...

    Yes, unless it was a reaction from a fan, TM's swerve to the right sure looks "offensive."

    Quintana also appeared injured; any word?

    What a range of emotions for these guys - dreams realized,...
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    Stranded once. Last year. Had just bought not...

    Stranded once. Last year. Had just bought not one, but two defective Gatorskins. I carry two tubes, but the sidewalks had split, over an inch long. Tried thumbing it for 10 minutes, then decided to...
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    About twice a year is all I can handle; it's just...

    About twice a year is all I can handle; it's just not that great of a ride, IMO. It's like a 1/3-scale Haleakala. Granted, it's a 90-minute drive for me to get there, but still.
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    4 stages, 4 teams in yellow. I wonder if that's a...

    4 stages, 4 teams in yellow. I wonder if that's a first.
  9. Yep; almost too unbelievable, to be believable...

    Yep; almost too unbelievable, to be believable...
  10. Tandems are the common cure. One approach I've...

    Tandems are the common cure.

    One approach I've used is to ride solo, for an hour, then meet up with my (slower) GF/date. I've also used a very large gear and used the slower ride for strength...
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    True, it's not as simple as that, if he has the...

    True, it's not as simple as that, if he has the Hyperglide rings. Still, I had a mechanic walk me through it, once and it became pretty evident to me (in my case, the 39 and 52 needed replacement,...
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    To answer OP's question: look closely at the...

    To answer OP's question: look closely at the teeth on all 3 chain rings. Once the shape of any of the teeth includes a sharp break, rather than a smooth/wave shape, it is time to replace the ring. If...
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    Wow; what a brutal Stage 3. Those post-crash...

    Wow; what a brutal Stage 3. Those post-crash photos are sickening - looks like a truck plowed through the peloton. ~200 riders on long, flat, fast stages with a variety of wind/road conditions is the...
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    I read the article to say that TJ would not...

    I read the article to say that TJ would not expect to help (or receive help from) his fellow Americans, not team mates.

    Regardless, as stated by others, his job/role/position is to pursue a GC win...
  15. Dual ceremony: they also handed out the Most...

    Dual ceremony: they also handed out the Most Oblivious Racer award. Awkward moment when the two had to stand together, for the awards photo.

    I did enjoy the 140-pounder throwdown threat, though.
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    TdF crashes: a topic unto its own. What are the...

    TdF crashes: a topic unto its own. What are the odds of the "Top 4" all making it to Paris? My estimate is 1 in 3.

    Yeah, I may have adopted Ryder, as one of our own. My apologies to our neighbors...
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    Only 3 Americans in this year's Tour (Van...

    Only 3 Americans in this year's Tour (Van Garderen, Farrar, and Talansky)? Quality over quantity, one could say. Not entirely out of the question for any of the 3 to wind up on GC podium.

    How many...
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    BMC kits in XXL never cease to crack me up. I...

    BMC kits in XXL never cease to crack me up. I don't care if the rider hears me, or not.
  19. I look awesome with my bandana. Sweat management...

    I look awesome with my bandana. Sweat management is a bonus. The envious glares from other cyclists is the only detraction...
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    Somewhat disagree. True, strength/weight are the...

    Somewhat disagree. True, strength/weight are the two main components, but there are lots of hill-specific variables to experiment with, particularly for a climbing newb. These can only be dialed in...
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    Merely opinions, of course, but I must disagree....

    Merely opinions, of course, but I must disagree. "Elbows Akimbo" would be unsightly in most recreational group rides, let alone the world tour.

    I do wonder if TJ has tried and abandoned the idea...
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    Glad to see the TTT is back, this year. Can BMC...

    Glad to see the TTT is back, this year. Can BMC (and TVG) gain time on the others, ala Dauhpine?
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    If it were a fashion contest, I know who wouldn't...

    If it were a fashion contest, I know who wouldn't win. Yuck!

    Tinkoff-Saxo unveils new kit for Tour de France - VeloNews.com
  24. Ohmagosh, that's fugly!!

    Ohmagosh, that's fugly!!
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    Yeah, during the Wiggins broadcast, there was...

    Yeah, during the Wiggins broadcast, there was mention of some miscalculation/disagreement between AD and his coach, as to pace and that AD felt he left too much in the tank. More aggressive...
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