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    No. It's not. In SCUBA, it would seem to me...

    No. It's not. In SCUBA, it would seem to me that the primary danger is a mistake in procedure and unfamiliarity with the equipment. I think in bike racing, the primary danger is a lack of skill. ...
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    The first time someone breaks a collarbone...

    The first time someone breaks a collarbone performing a mandatory bumping drill, there might be trouble. Waivers work in races because it transfers accountability from the race organizer to the...
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    I said this before in the track forum and I'll...

    I said this before in the track forum and I'll say it again here, I don't think there is any substitute for a strong junior racing program. Guys 25 years old and older are simply never going to be...
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    Another way of saying what I'm trying to say, is...

    Another way of saying what I'm trying to say, is that to fix the issues we are talking about, we need more youth cycling. Juniors should be the largest field at any race. I don't think tacking on a...
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    Maybe you're right. Maybe the focus should...

    Maybe you're right. Maybe the focus should purely be on safety. But, the sport is tiny, the racers are mostly middle-aged white collar, rather wealthy men playing bikes, and most of these people...
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    Maybe require teams to hold clinics to be able to...

    Maybe require teams to hold clinics to be able to register as teams. Clinics have to be in conjunction with a certified coach (whatever that might be made to mean) and they have to be advertised in...
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    Also, most of my comments are regarding road...

    Also, most of my comments are regarding road cycling. I think track faces different obstacles and a track run cert program for new racers is essential.
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    I think we can all agree that a basic equipment...

    I think we can all agree that a basic equipment check before the Cat5's roll might be something worth bringing back.

    And I don't necessarily disagree with the notion of a cert. But I don't...
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    I dunno. I would say that probably the most...

    I dunno. I would say that probably the most dangerous rider at any race is the recently upgraded Cat4. Noobs know they don't know sht, and human nature means they are naturally conservative. The...
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    An hour, as you well know, is a race. Who's...

    An hour, as you well know, is a race. Who's going to sacrifice their field? Women's 4's? M40+ 4/5?
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    Didn't coaches used to mostly train kids? Modern...

    Didn't coaches used to mostly train kids? Modern coaches mostly train adults.

    I'm not USAC, so my vote doesn't count, but I'd sure like to spend a season or two finding out if this is actually...
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    So, uh, has anyone bothered to find out if this...

    So, uh, has anyone bothered to find out if this is an actual problem needing solving before rushing out to put up yet another barrier to entry to this sport? Right now, track beginner cert programs...
  13. There is a schedule; some coaches are better at...

    There is a schedule; some coaches are better at working with outside riders than others. But it is an open track. You can ride any time absent a scheduled race. However, if the track is reserved,...
  14. I change gears all the time. Usually I'll have...

    I change gears all the time. Usually I'll have two rear wheels with flip hubs for the possibility of four different cogs, and I'll change rings as needed. Also, there is a vast difference in the...
  15. Now now, none of that. Surely you can...

    Now now, none of that. Surely you can differentiate between primary causes and exacerbating circumstances. But, hey, if it's a comfortable position, then okay.
  16. This... ...might be related to this: ...

    This...



    ...might be related to this:



    Applying power with the back that rounded out might be hell on the spine.
  17. Aero frames and aero wheels are not going to...

    Aero frames and aero wheels are not going to close a 500+W difference. RX is in a very special time trial position on a special bike with special cloths and a special helmet and special parts he can...
  18. Nobody, including RX, has these Cd numbers during...

    Nobody, including RX, has these Cd numbers during a road race. 565W for 40mph on a mass start legal road bike is ludicrous.
  19. The Dolan seatpost has a clamp based on the...

    The Dolan seatpost has a clamp based on the Thompson design. It is two bolts in a rocker pattern and doesn't rely on friction in any way. Since I got my Dolan Forza (similar seatpost as the new DF4...
  20. Red loctite was a mistake. If you can get the...

    Red loctite was a mistake. If you can get the bolt out again, find a new bolt and just use grease. Never use anything other than blue loctite if you ever want the bolt to move again.
  21. Sticky: An update: I've had the bike out a couple...

    An update:

    I've had the bike out a couple times on the track now... My main fear was the seatpost slipping as some have experienced. I am happy to report there has been no seatpost slipping. ...
  22. Well, he ain't a noob... but he is modest.

    Well, he ain't a noob... but he is modest.
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    Sticky: What's on the palm?

    What's on the palm?
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    Sticky: 1+ I like Under Armour brand batting gloves....

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    I like Under Armour brand batting gloves. Full leather palm and there is relatively good protection on the back of the hand and fingers.
  25. Hilarious ;).

    Hilarious ;).
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