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    Can you share a cue sheet or map of the route you...

    Can you share a cue sheet or map of the route you used? Sounds like a great ride.
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    FYI - just got an email from "Kathy" @ BNY in...

    FYI - just got an email from "Kathy" @ BNY in response to a message I sent them inquiring about refunds. They said if riders want to cancel they can convert their event fee into a charitable donation...
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    I agree - these new policies are really a crock....

    I agree - these new policies are really a crock. I've posted several comments on the security policy webpage asking (very politely) about getting a refund. Those comments were deleted and never saw...
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    I agree -- as someone looking to get into racing,...

    I agree -- as someone looking to get into racing, I am intimidated by all of the basic stuff I don't know and the prospect of learning on the course. A classroom course combined with skill drills...
  5. Except for the fact the LBS spent 10 minutes...

    Except for the fact the LBS spent 10 minutes telling me how they NEVER recommend changing a chain without also replacing the cassette at the same time...that's the part that has me scratching my...
  6. So do you replace your chains when they are worn?...

    So do you replace your chains when they are worn? My bike is functioning fine right now, but my concern is the smarter way to approach long-term maintenance. I can definitely see the LBS having a bit...
  7. Newb chain/cassette replacement question - is my LBS full of &#!%?

    Hi all,

    I have a 2010 Bianchi Vigorelli I bought 2 years ago, probably around 2,000 miles total on it so far (I know, slacker... :( ). I measured my chain recently and found it was pretty worn,...
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    I'm just joined RUSA a few months ago and am...

    I'm just joined RUSA a few months ago and am hoping to ride my first brevet this season. I've done a few centuries before but never anything much longer than 100 miles at one time. Looking to start...
  9. Ahh, yes, I thought you were talking about the...

    Ahh, yes, I thought you were talking about the resistance calibration per ride, not the overall calibration of the unit from the factory. I've heard there is a way to adjust this by manipulating a...
  10. This is interesting. I have no idea if the CT is...

    This is interesting. I have no idea if the CT is accurate with power measurements as I have no other way to measure this. My bike computer matches up almost exactly to the CT readouts for speed and...
  11. Yes, this was using an ErgVideo and I made sure...

    Yes, this was using an ErgVideo and I made sure to calibrate after a warmup and re-calibrated every 15-20 minutes during the ride.

    Thanks for all the responses. Looks like I'll (reluctantly) ditch...
  12. Calories burned - just started using power readings

    Hi all,

    In the past, I've used a Polar HRM to track calories burned when cycling. I always knew these were wildly inaccurate, but it was the only method I had available, so I figured as long as it...
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    VR trainer recommendation needed...

    Hi guys,

    I've been scouring the Internet and reading reviews and articles on the various VR trainers out there, but I'm looking for a few real-world use stories to help me decide. I am looking to...
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    Great story, congrats on the finish and getting...

    Great story, congrats on the finish and getting your badge! I'd love to come over to the West Coast someday and give that ride a shot
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    @drmweaver2 - thanks, and I agree - everyone is...

    @drmweaver2 - thanks, and I agree - everyone is going to react to things differently.

    Well, for what it's worth, I didn't notice any ill effects from the burger and beers...I made sure to drink...
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    Thanks for the advice. I guess I was so intent on...

    Thanks for the advice. I guess I was so intent on just getting some solid food (as opposed to gels and such) that I just went with my cravings as opposed to thinking it through...

    I hope this was...
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    Finished my first century

    Well, I took down my first century this past Saturday. Left Norwalk, CT a little late @ 7am, rode along the coastline to New Haven, CT, and then back west to Stamford.

    Man oh man, it was a bit of...
  18. Well, I am now the happy owner of a 2010 Bianchi...

    Well, I am now the happy owner of a 2010 Bianchi Vigorelli

    http://www.bianchiusa.com/archives/2010/gran-fondo/vigorelli/

    It was on sale @ the LBS. They thought they were going to have to order...
  19. Newbie looking for mid-level road bike, for distance more than speed...

    Hi all -

    I'm a cycling newb who is currently riding a Giant Escape hybrid that I bought last fall as a fitness/commuter bike. I love that bike, and have been slowly getting used to longer and...
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    Thanks. I'm technically overweight (166lbs @...

    Thanks. I'm technically overweight (166lbs @ ~5'8" = ~25 BMI), but not by much. I am looking to get down to around 155. So far I'm down 12 lbs from January, so about halfway to my goal. My real goal...
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    Training and diet advice for beginner

    Hi all -

    My goal is to become a long distance cyclist, and right now I am working on training for my first century. I'm starting to find ways to work cycling into my lifestyle and find more time...
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    Thanks for the detailed responses, guys! Looks...

    Thanks for the detailed responses, guys! Looks like sound advice, and I'll start off as Machka recommends. I'll let you know how it goes!
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    valygrl, I definitely see your point, but Rowan...

    valygrl, I definitely see your point, but Rowan sort of hit it on the head. While I realize a hybrid is not the right tool for the job, it's what I have to work with right now. When I say I want to...
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    Hey all - ex New Yawker here currently living in...

    Hey all - ex New Yawker here currently living in Norwalk, CT. Been out exploring the local roads a bit (mostly in Darien). Anyone know any nice, low-traffic routes around?

    Any members of Sound...
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    Finding your training distance?

    So I have read, and been referred to, several training guides for brevets and centuries. They all seem to indicate that one:

    1) shouldn't try and increase distance too quickly, most recommending...
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