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  1. Aha! This enhances my understanding of what we...

    Aha! This enhances my understanding of what we were told.

    He also said the bike messengers who ride fixies on the street have the most inappropriate habits for track and are therefore hardest to...
  2. I just saw the Shimano chain whip on the...

    I just saw the Shimano chain whip on the interwebs. Looks to be good, and at that price, it better be.

    The Wipperman one looks good, to, and it's only $21.

    My LBS mechanic just uses his bench...
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    I haven't crashed in a long time, but I've fallen...

    I haven't crashed in a long time, but I've fallen a lot lately. I've literally rehearsed my falls, and now when I fall, it goes exactly according to plan, which is to use a stage (theatrical) fall....
  4. Agreed about Brean. Great guy. Are you going...

    Agreed about Brean. Great guy.

    Are you going to be in any events in NYC soon?
  5. I've always been good at 360 degree perception on...

    I've always been good at 360 degree perception on the bike, so I got it on the track quickly. Comfort in close quarters came after a few laps, and it improved over more laps.

    It was interesting...
  6. It went GREAT! I had a barrel of fun. I learned a...

    It went GREAT! I had a barrel of fun. I learned a lot about how it works, and I learned a lot of skill. It felt so good to be moving so fast on the track.

    I was in a couple of mock races and came...
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    Kissena clinic, April 13, 2014

    I'll be there at noon tomorrow (Sunday) for the clinic. This is my first time. I'm eager to see what I learn and what else I'll need to work on. Whatever happens, I'll have fun, I'm sure.

    Will...
  8. Tomorrow (Sunday) is the first clinic of the...

    Tomorrow (Sunday) is the first clinic of the season at Kissena Velodrome, and I've enrolled and will be there. The organizer sent a last minute email saying (among other things) that it would be...
  9. Altair 4, point taken. Freeloading is not a...

    Altair 4, point taken.

    Freeloading is not a strategy I recommend, though you might think it is. It's just not always completely reprehensible. Everyone takes a handout sometimes. Also, I have said...
  10. It will be worthwhile for me to buy a serious...

    It will be worthwhile for me to buy a serious chain whip. Enough with buying cheap tools. They don't save money at all.
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    Oh yeah, see if your parents' homeowners or...

    Oh yeah, see if your parents' homeowners or renters insurance covers bike theft. And don't lock up a fancy bike in public. Use a better lock than half the people use to encourage the thieves to move...
  12. My chain whip sucks. I gotta get a grown up chain...

    My chain whip sucks. I gotta get a grown up chain whip. I could have gone to the LBS to have them change the cog, but I was determined. Eventually, I got it off with a big channel lock. Wow, I didn't...
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    The Moots looks outstanding.

    The Moots looks outstanding.
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    Your ideal size is really a range. I don't know...

    Your ideal size is really a range. I don't know what that is, but I can comfortably ride a bike that is 54 to 58 cm, maybe smaller and bigger. I've discovered I like short bikes, which is nice for me...
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    :lol: Grand Bois, he's just being mean.

    :lol: Grand Bois, he's just being mean.
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    Another excellent build, fender1. I gotta try...

    Another excellent build, fender1. I gotta try those tires! They look like Hetres.
  17. Those beam pictures are incredible. I am so...

    Those beam pictures are incredible. I am so impressed.

    I agree that using a dynamo beats the pants off using a battery. Once you try it, you'll understand. I have one bike with a hub dynamo and...
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    Any bike will do the trick, honestly. It's a...

    Any bike will do the trick, honestly. It's a matter of what you like and what works for you. Spend $200 or $300 on a used bike and see what you like and what it lacks. Then you'll know what to get...
  19. Now you've touched on something that I am equally...

    Now you've touched on something that I am equally riled up about. But my enemy is not the vagabond. It is the ultra wealthy who set prices and wages for the rest of us and then claims it was the free...
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    Last night, I rode my track bike to rehearsal...

    Last night, I rode my track bike to rehearsal with a 46x19 setup (65"). It's time to step up. I just installed a 16T, bringing me up to 77". I'm scared to go out now. Will I be able to stop? Don't...
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    The bikes here are getting amazing.

    The bikes here are getting amazing.
  22. I must put that on my to-read list! Not...

    I must put that on my to-read list!


    Not buying this. It's really pretty lame. I haven't heard any stories of one last person on line at a soup kitchen being turned away because they just ran out...
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    Reynolds makes tubes of various alloys, the most...

    Reynolds makes tubes of various alloys, the most famous being 531, pronounced "five three one" not "five thirty-one." It refers to a 5:3:1 ratio of carbon, manganese, molybdenum added to the iron....
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    SJX, thanks for the reminder to get our tandem in...

    SJX, thanks for the reminder to get our tandem in working order. I've had it for over a year, and we haven't been able to ride it yet. I think it will be he next bike I work on. Carol doubts she will...
  25. After two years in college, I dropped out to...

    After two years in college, I dropped out to think about what I wanted to do with my life. I was a music major, and I wasn't putting my heart into it. I couldn't see myself making a career as an...
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