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    45 seconds or so, but that was a cyclocross race....

    45 seconds or so, but that was a cyclocross race. No wins on the road, so that's all I've got.
  2. That was not a tight corner and the only reason...

    That was not a tight corner and the only reason that guy came anywhere near those barriers was because he straightened out and looked back after causing the crash.
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    You look fine on the TCR Advanced. On the...

    You look fine on the TCR Advanced. On the Composite, you clearly don't have the right reach to the handlebars, you look very cramped. The geometry of these bicycles is exactly the same. I assume the...
  4. Sucks, man. Heal up. Regarding the video: I...

    Sucks, man. Heal up.

    Regarding the video: I can't find anything to criticize with what you did that isn't nitpicking, honestly. Maybe you could have reacted better, but that guy came right into...
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    Yes. And you think the reaction to unfair...

    Yes.



    And you think the reaction to unfair stereotypes not based in reality is to act as though they are justified by insisting that cyclists be more obedient to traffic laws? That's an...
  6. Yeah, if I'd do a RR in the rain, I'd do a crit,...

    Yeah, if I'd do a RR in the rain, I'd do a crit, too. If anything, the crit would be safer. I've crashed in a rainy road race in the past, wet bumpy train tracks resulted in a yardsale for basically...
  7. Huh, for some reason I thought I remembered you...

    Huh, for some reason I thought I remembered you saying you didn't bother with RRs anymore, but I must have misremembered. The promoter is the guy who took down CDR a few years ago, right?
  8. You would probably be able to do well, but I know...

    You would probably be able to do well, but I know it's not really your thing. And a long drive.
  9. Rain jackets are for Z2 rides and commuting....

    Rain jackets are for Z2 rides and commuting. Don't race with one, you'll end up hating yourself.

    You need to wear a bit more than you would in the same temperature if it were dry. At 45 degrees,...
  10. Yikes. Hoping for the fullest possible recovery.

    Yikes. Hoping for the fullest possible recovery.
  11. Yeah. I didn't have any problems when I raced it...

    Yeah. I didn't have any problems when I raced it five years ago (holy crap, has it been that long!?), but I've heard of some nasty stuff before. The condition of the roads is definitely something I'm...
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    The current 11-speed parts shift better than the...

    The current 11-speed parts shift better than the 8-speed stuff did back in its day. Fair enough, I suppose you could have more robust shifting with modern precision in an 8-speed component set, but...
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    Let's cut through all the longwinded nonsense and...

    Let's cut through all the longwinded nonsense and get straight to the point - are motorists' negative opinions of cyclists the result of cyclist behavior? Can cyclists receive better treatment and...
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    I like being able to participate in a race. That...

    I like being able to participate in a race. That means more than just sitting in, that means actually racing my bike and trying to get a result. Because I'm not particularly talented, that requires...
  15. Northeasterners - anyone have any thoughts on...

    Northeasterners - anyone have any thoughts on whether the Quabbin RR is a good idea to do? I last raced it back in 2009, when it was a USAC event. I liked it then (though I had no fitness and got...
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    As mentioned, gravel bikes are basically the new...

    As mentioned, gravel bikes are basically the new sport-touring bikes. A lot of the innovation in the bike industry over the last decade has been in market identification - they've realized that...
  17. Keep on believing, it's no skin off my nose....

    Keep on believing, it's no skin off my nose. Embarrassing? Yeah, ok, whatever you say. All I'm saying is that when I ride a triple, I don't end up shifting it any more than I do a double. I don't...
  18. LOL. How do you figure that? 120 RPM in that gear...

    LOL. How do you figure that? 120 RPM in that gear is only 30.5 mph, and that's a pretty ridiculous cadence to maintain for longer than a minute or so. 100 RPM in a 53x12 isn't even 36 mph, and you...
  19. I'm arguing that there's an actual mental cost...

    I'm arguing that there's an actual mental cost that makes using a triple is more complicated based on the real world, both my experience of avoiding lots of front shifts, and the sheer number of new...
  20. Just the phrase that came to mind, it's not a...

    Just the phrase that came to mind, it's not a term of art or anything.

    Is it hard? Obviously it's pretty simple to think about how you should use a triple chainring. And yet, a lot of people just...
  21. That's more-or-less what I would say. The...

    That's more-or-less what I would say.

    The major benefit of a triple, the ability to have both closely-spaced cogs in the rear cluster and a wide overall gear range, is becoming much less relevant...
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    The narrowness of Boston's roads is irrelevant to...

    The narrowness of Boston's roads is irrelevant to the dangerous behavior of drivers (or cyclists for that matter), and in fact probably is a significant contributing factor to fact that Boston has an...
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    Why? How does that promote your self-interest?

    Why? How does that promote your self-interest?
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    These are single-release cleats. I do not know...

    These are single-release cleats. I do not know exactly how they were letting go in sprints, but the release angle of SPD cleats is much smaller than most road cleats, so even a little bit of twisting...
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    Yes, but I was talking specifically about SPDs,...

    Yes, but I was talking specifically about SPDs, and the OP was asking this question specifically because a friend is offering him/her a pair of Shimano M540s for free. So it seemed somewhat relevant...
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