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  1. Your saddle is pretty low. Your legs should come...

    Your saddle is pretty low. Your legs should come to nearly full extension at the bottom of the pedal stroke. This might help your back since a low saddle will keep your hamstrings and glutes from...
  2. Take it from a guy who races and has crashed many...

    Take it from a guy who races and has crashed many times over the last several years. I have the scars on my knees, hips, elbows, and shoulders to prove it. Nothing good can come from going down the...
  3. GTFO with that ad hominem. Particularly egregious...

    GTFO with that ad hominem. Particularly egregious when coming from a lurker.
  4. They tell themselves this to justify spending $8k...

    They tell themselves this to justify spending $8k on the latest frame that trades stiffness (and weight) for the latest in aero design. It is all situational though. in a triathlon, yea, aero wins...
  5. Yea... So, there are, like, three "ifs" in my...

    Yea... So, there are, like, three "ifs" in my post, and they are all referring to situational conditionals. I do not need to guess about physics nor do I resort to arguments by analogy.
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  6. So, I've weighed in on this discussion many times...

    So, I've weighed in on this discussion many times in the past. I'll just put this here:

    Yes, a spring returns energy. If that energy is returned out of phase to the torque pulses from the legs,...
  7. Wind will blow you around a bit more. Not a huge...

    Wind will blow you around a bit more. Not a huge deal until you are trying to put on a raincoat while riding no-handed in a rainstorm.

    As others have said, braking is not great with carbon rims. ...
  8. The derailleur has pivot points that can gum up....

    The derailleur has pivot points that can gum up. If you just replaced your shift cable and housing, I'd lube the derailleur itself.
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    Sticky: It's the other direction I had trouble with in...

    It's the other direction I had trouble with in the past. Mounting a Tufo onto a rim with a channel.
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    Sticky: Pretty much all of them except Tufo and some...

    Pretty much all of them except Tufo and some Continentals.
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    Sticky: My method is: one layer on the rim. While that...

    My method is: one layer on the rim. While that dries, one or two layers on the tire (one layer if the basetape is latex impregnated, two if not), then one wet layer on the rim and immediately mount....
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    I saw nothing wrong with any of that race. Pretty...

    I saw nothing wrong with any of that race. Pretty tame. The only person obligated to the sprinters lane is the lead rider if he's there when the sprint starts; the rest can use the rest of the track....
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    Sticky: Lots of guys at Alpenrose (particularly...

    Lots of guys at Alpenrose (particularly sprinters) use Vittoria Pistas for race day tires where durability is not a concern, and the CS is Vittoria's new "concrete track" tire. If you want a durable...
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    I rode my bike out about 15 miles to a crit....

    I rode my bike out about 15 miles to a crit. Raced the crit; didn't do as well as I wanted. Crit had a beer garden. Had a couple IPAs with my teammates; it started raining slightly and got on my bike...
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    Since 9 speed came out, cross chaining has been...

    Since 9 speed came out, cross chaining has been an entire non-issue. The entire mythology of cross chaining was developed during the bad old days of 8 speed and lower. Chains are really good now.
  16. I actually don't follow pro cycling much, but...

    I actually don't follow pro cycling much, but this happens all the time in the amateur ranks, particularly on flat, windy courses. Sprinters know how to hide from wind better than your average bear.
  17. Many times a sprinter will get into a break with...

    Many times a sprinter will get into a break with other rider types, especially during the classics... at the finish, if they stay away, they are racing head to head.
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    So... Err... What's with the obsession with...

    So... Err... What's with the obsession with cassette cleanliness?
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    I think you are going too high on the bank. You...

    I think you are going too high on the bank. You need to be just high enough so you can float and get back to the end of the line by the end of the turn. You shouldn't be accelerating up the bank....
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    Going up track to gain a gap and accelerating...

    Going up track to gain a gap and accelerating into it still works. It's a risky strategy though. I'm pretty sure most of the big gears and top-end dragster racing at the upper levels are just due to...
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    To increase sprint power, you must increase...

    To increase sprint power, you must increase strength. There is no good way around this. This does affect your ftp though... stronger generally means heavier, and increased time spent training sprint...
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    There's a big difference between being...

    There's a big difference between being competitive and racing. People who don't race tend to confuse the two. For one, while there is a whole lot more structure in racing and racing culture, there...
  23. Because of the mechanical advantage and the...

    Because of the mechanical advantage and the effects of drafting and weight, cycling is an incredibly democratized sport. Almost every athletic type can find a niche in cycling, which is why you are...
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    I've never seen a handlebar or seatpost with a...

    I've never seen a handlebar or seatpost with a stamp indicating maximum clamping force.

    5-6nm MAX is commonly printed on stems... but what does a stem know about the clamping force needs of a...
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    I wouldn't touch a Harbor Freight torque wrench....

    I wouldn't touch a Harbor Freight torque wrench. A badly calibrated torque wrench is far more dangerous than not having one at all, and Harbor Freight is not known for their quality tools.
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