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    How long are you mashing? I can certainly climb a...

    How long are you mashing? I can certainly climb a 1000' hill in high gear at a cadence below 40 RPM without suffering ill effects. But what you can do for a short time and what you can do for a long...
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    That you experience pain and get out of breath so...

    That you experience pain and get out of breath so quickly suggest you might be pushing yourself too hard. Trying too hard can actually make your technique worse and aggravate other problems.
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    Two thoughts come to mind. The first is that...

    Two thoughts come to mind.

    The first is that it sounds like there's something wrong with the setup of the bike. Knee pain should decrease, not increase with cadence. You are measuring cadence...
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    Big hill.

    Big hill.
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    Quite the opposite. Everyone seems to think they...

    Quite the opposite. Everyone seems to think they need one tooth jumps -- presumably to adjust for minor variations in wind and slope. I understand that logic as I like tight cassettes myself and do...
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    Chances of actually needing the lowest gear are...

    Chances of actually needing the lowest gear are considerably greater than needing the highest gear.

    Why people insist on gears that correspond with a cadence they'd never use on flat ground is...
  7. He might be going after a different audience,...

    He might be going after a different audience, maybe 'bent riders. You can buy recumbent trainers with his name on them...

    http://www.bikingbis.com/_photos/Lemond.sized.jpg
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    Absolutely. There is a running comic...

    Absolutely.

    There is a running comic I'm particularly fond of. It's every bit as much relevant to cycling or any other endurance sport.
  9. For what sorts of conditions do you drop tire pressures, and then by how much?

    Just wondering what works best for most people.

    I tend to drop 5-10 psi if I plan to do a lot of descending and 10-15 psi for particularly rough roads or if the aformentioned descents involve...
  10. To be honest, I don't remember which one but it...

    To be honest, I don't remember which one but it was in the southwest hills (which are generally a lot of fun). I was retracing the de Ronde course which gives a number of 40mph+ descents. If you're...
  11. Seems like everyone waves in Portland. And it's...

    Seems like everyone waves in Portland. And it's not like there's a shortage of cyclists out here. But yeah, I usually wave back. Cars out here play nice to the point that I worry about becoming...
  12. Blocked a car, received and returned a one finger salute, and everyone was happy

    I normally play nice with cars, but there are a few times when I'm pretty assertive. For example, I don't share lanes or move over for cars on high speed descents, particularly when exceeding posted...
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    120 is unnecessary. But the numbers on this chart...

    120 is unnecessary. But the numbers on this chart are lower than minimum recommended pressures by the tire manufacturers for many riders. I am skeptical of the value of maintaining such high...
  14. If you have to ask any question relating to the...

    If you have to ask any question relating to the dork disk or would consider using any method of removal other than taking the cassette off first, it's probably better to leave it on.
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    It has nothing to do with aero. But having the...

    It has nothing to do with aero. But having the right glasses is useful. A good quality pair will wrap around to provide protection (also useful when descending at high speeds), have nose grips that...
  16. The problem is that I lose every time I try...

    The problem is that I lose every time I try this...
  17. For short rides that go someplace where I have to...

    For short rides that go someplace where I have to deal with people, I just wear convertible pants and a technical button down shirt. Once I arrive, I just zip on the legs and look presentable enough...
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    The reason we've been giving you a bad time is...

    The reason we've been giving you a bad time is that you seem to be thinking of this as bad luck. The right hook is just as much a part of cycling as flat tires -- it sucks, but it's just one of those...
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    Rain's no biggie. If you get caught in a...

    Rain's no biggie. If you get caught in a downpour, just relube the chain. Then regrease connections, replace your cables and housings, and repack any bearings (RD pulleys, headset, bottom bracket,...
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    I would have hoped for a bit quicker. But...

    I would have hoped for a bit quicker.

    But then again, I work literally next door to the ER of a hospital (i.e. we're talking less than 50 yards) and it took considerably longer than that to get...
  21. You'll be fine. You've done endurance events...

    You'll be fine. You've done endurance events before so you must know how to pace yourself. Unless there are no stores or places to get food, I wouldn't bother to plan stops. You can always get water....
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    Again, merlin nails it. Some things are a...

    Again, merlin nails it.

    Some things are a matter of simple risk/reward assessment. But getting hooked is incredibly common/dangerous as well as easy to avoid. If you hang around here long, you'll...
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    I can't believe no one has mentioned The Hard...

    I can't believe no one has mentioned The Hard Road yet. Decent flick.
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    Rather than thinking about avoiding crashes,...

    Rather than thinking about avoiding crashes, think about it as just being in tune with your environment.

    If you're dealing with gravel and culverts, that suggests rural roads and probably...
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    This. I assume everyone will turn in on me...

    This.

    I assume everyone will turn in on me and that everyone pulling out will pull right in front of you. It might sound paranoid, but you'll be right once every few thousand times which is often...
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