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    Not for a bike racer, it's not. For someone with...

    Not for a bike racer, it's not. For someone with 2 months of riding under their belt, assuming no prior experience in endurance sports, it's pretty excellent, especially if that's riding along...
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    Blah, blah, blah. Well I can tell you that...

    Blah, blah, blah. Well I can tell you that bostongarden has been a decent racer in his time, so he actually has some experience to know what he's talking about. What are your credentials, exactly?...
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    I hear from my MTB friends that wheel changes...

    I hear from my MTB friends that wheel changes with a thru-axle aren't much slower, and having seen it demonstrated, that seems true. Though that's for the front wheel, where the lawyer lips really...
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    Out of curiosity, what was your low gear last...

    Out of curiosity, what was your low gear last Saturday? Building some muscle isn't a bad idea, but I've been finding that I do better if I suck it up and use a slightly lower gear for the steep...
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    That's what the turtles want you to think.

    That's what the turtles want you to think.
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    hack congrats! furiousferret heal up!

    hack congrats! furiousferret heal up!
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    For at least a couple years they were...

    For at least a couple years they were Huffy-labeled Serottas.
  8. Maybe because it's stupid?

    Maybe because it's stupid?
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    Third day totally off the bike. My back is...

    Third day totally off the bike. My back is definitely appreciating the respite, hopefully I'm doing some actual healing right now. Have to commute tomorrow, so I'll see how that feels. I think my...
  10. Not what I had heard. But it hardly matters. It's...

    Not what I had heard. But it hardly matters. It's the Tour de France. It's bike racing. Big crashes happen and pinning them on a single rider seldom makes much sense. There's a whole mix of factors...
  11. Huh? He made a pretty dumb move in that corner,...

    Huh? He made a pretty dumb move in that corner, but I'm not sure what else you're talking about. He's reputed to be a pretty good bike handler, generally, at least among his colleagues. **** happens...
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    I've raced in Tennessee, the lower Southeast...

    I've raced in Tennessee, the lower Southeast (minus Florida) and the Northeast. Tennessee is easier to get results in, but probably only because field sizes are smaller. Expand the circle to Georgia...
  13. You are still just making suppositions out of...

    You are still just making suppositions out of ignorance, not actual knowledge of the materials science or engineering of newer components. You think thinner plates on the newer chains "surely take...
  14. Sure, but the test you proposed doesn't actually...

    Sure, but the test you proposed doesn't actually tell you anything about differences in performance between wheels of different sizes in the real world. But I think we agree that the difference in...
  15. You assume that the engineering and metallurgy of...

    You assume that the engineering and metallurgy of these parts are identical and do not progress between updates. That assumption is false. And because of the way chains wear, making them narrower...
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    Didn't think of that. Yeah, I had an unpleasant...

    Didn't think of that. Yeah, I had an unpleasant run in 2012 with bad shifting, it would be practically impossible to downshift one day, fine the next. 6700 was not Shimano's best work.
  17. Accelerating a bicycle with a hundred-something...

    Accelerating a bicycle with a hundred-something or two hundred-something pound human being on it up to speed bears pretty much no resemblance to spinning up a pair of unloaded wheels.
  18. There's no actual difference in durability or...

    There's no actual difference in durability or wear life between 9 and 10 speed.
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    Or the little plastic piece that had snapped and...

    Or the little plastic piece that had snapped and was clogging it up dropped out, and it technically works but the shift action is now mushy. Happened to me last year. The little plastic guide holding...
  20. Wow, Barguil had an inside-line divebomb fail,...

    Wow, Barguil had an inside-line divebomb fail, followed by a tripod fail, followed by a don't bodyslam Geraint Thomas fail. That's a lot of fail for one corner. Seriously, WTF was he doing on the...
  21. It's important to remember when making economic...

    It's important to remember when making economic arguments about the USA anyway that there is in fact a very large black middle class here! It's just as wrong to essentially imply that all black...
  22. Already such epic levels of facepalm in this...

    Already such epic levels of facepalm in this thread.

    Anyway the answer is complicated, just like the reasons for East African* dominance in long distance running are complicated. East Africans do...
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    It's tempting at this point to make some crack...

    It's tempting at this point to make some crack about California Cat 3s, but seriously... people bring their A-game to this race, and there are some very, very strong Cat 3s around here. TKP may have...
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    Among the things I undertook today was...

    Among the things I undertook today was overhauling the FD and RD on my cyclocross bike. Yeah. A lot of those pivots are apparently none too fond of a winter of snow riding followed by a failure to...
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    Yes, the aerodynamic hit concerns me and at

    Yes, the aerodynamic hit concerns me and at <130 I find 23s perfectly adequate in comfort and rolling resistance. I do ride on wide rims now, which helps a bit (though the main difference I detect...
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