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    There have been lots of threads about pedaling...

    There have been lots of threads about pedaling technique, and yeah, it improves but conscious effort is required even for fairly experienced riders.

    fewer threads about the drops and aero...
  2. I'd like to see TJ on the podium, but Valverde...

    I'd like to see TJ on the podium, but Valverde has been super-consistent in grand tours the last few years. I don't see him cracking. The two french guys are new to me - I don't know what they're...
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    As others have said, learning to pedal circles...

    As others have said, learning to pedal circles takes a long time - you do it better and better with time. You probably do it better when you are thinking about it, but eventually you do a fair bit...
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    Totally unhelpful and arrogant. The guy is...

    Totally unhelpful and arrogant. The guy is looking for advice on technique, not attitude.

    You ride for fun and enjoyment the way you please. Don't tell other people how they should seek their...
  5. Ya know, part of me is glad to see all the folks...

    Ya know, part of me is glad to see all the folks who show up in this sub-forum for the TdF, making it a much more lively place.

    And part of me kind of misses the way this place is during the Giro...
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    Sticky: 68 miles on a fast (20.4 MPH) club ride. So...

    68 miles on a fast (20.4 MPH) club ride. So that's both the longest and fastest ride of the year. Riding NE of the metro, where it's flat even for Minnesota and the roads are unusually smooth,...
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    I would say that you need just a little more...

    I would say that you need just a little more recovery time. Maybe just one fewer commuting days on the bike. And more of the commuting miles should be low intensity base miles. It's OK if you have...
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    OK, the other thing I don't understand is that...

    OK, the other thing I don't understand is that Sky actually had a guy in the breakaway. Well, it's true that he eventually won the race (good consolation for Sky, given that Froome folded), but...
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    Dunno, it's cool and it's also a let down, I...

    Dunno, it's cool and it's also a let down, I think. Froome and Contador battled it out all week, and Talansky won mostly because he made it in to a big breakaway. Sky and Saxo shouldn't have...
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    I love riding the driftless area. It has...

    I love riding the driftless area. It has scenery, well-paved roads with low traffic, few traffic lights or even stop signs, and challenging hills. I haven't explored it as much as I would like, but...
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    I'm not sure I understand the problem you were...

    I'm not sure I understand the problem you were having. The pedal came loose on the crank? They are self-tightening so usually this doesn't happen. If it comes off cleanly, then you can screw it...
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    As the OP said, not every ride has the same...

    As the OP said, not every ride has the same purpose. There are days when rose smelling is just what I want to do. There are days when it's not. YMMV.
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    Sticky: 37 miles on the Tuesday night club hill climbing...

    37 miles on the Tuesday night club hill climbing ride. Rain threatened but stayed away. It was for the most part a very pleasant social ride. Notably, I did it with the Felt for the first time. I...
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    Sticky: Tranquil 58 miles, 48 of which was on a social...

    Tranquil 58 miles, 48 of which was on a social "B" group ride. My idea for the weekend was to get in some easy miles on Saturday and do something more challenging on Sunday, but now it looks like it...
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    Yeah, the POC is one of those MIPS compliant...

    Yeah, the POC is one of those MIPS compliant helmets. I took a look at it and immediately thought "not well ventilated". The LAZER HELIUM MIP thing looks better. The Scott, too.
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    Yes, I see your point. A new bike and a renewed...

    Yes, I see your point. A new bike and a renewed attitude. He should go for it.
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    oh Scott, you can't resist can you? OP: You...

    oh Scott, you can't resist can you?

    OP: You can get a *tiny* edge with a better bike. Here are some totally believable statistics that I just made up: It's 75% engine, 18% technique, 5% fit,...
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    Sticky: (Yesterday, not today) I was headed out to do...

    (Yesterday, not today)

    I was headed out to do a tranquil "B" group ride and spontaneously took a turn and instead went to a different ride with the same club - the notorious hill climbing ride...
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    JohnJ80 - thanks for the very useful information...

    JohnJ80 - thanks for the very useful information (and best wishes for your son's full recovery). I wasn't aware of the MIPS technology - it looks very intriguing. Sure, no helmet will completely...
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    A timely thread b/c I've been thinking about...

    A timely thread b/c I've been thinking about replacing my helmet. It's about 4 years old and has never crashed (knock on wood), but it has been banged around a bit - dropped from the roof of my car,...
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    Oh yeah, something else. Electrolyte imbalance...

    Oh yeah, something else. Electrolyte imbalance is not something to t***** with - it can cause arrythmia. All of your heart signaling is based on Na/K ratios. So if your are mixing your own...
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    Oh, and I can take quite a few. On a 5 hour ride...

    Oh, and I can take quite a few. On a 5 hour ride in the heat, I may take 2/hour, so maybe around 10.

    It is not easy to get the mix of electrolytes right, and few have magnesium as well as Na and...
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    Endurolytes will not help your energy. They are...

    Endurolytes will not help your energy. They are to prevent muscle cramps. If you are bonking, eat something.

    I depend on Endurolytes, particularly for long/hard/hot rides . I'm like...
  24. Right, right. And the "Wrong it is you are" from...

    Right, right. And the "Wrong it is you are" from yesterday was just a little more complicated than I read. I should have understood it to mean, "wrong it is you would be if you were me, but you're...
  25. I'm sure that if you had been hit by the car but...

    I'm sure that if you had been hit by the car but not wearing clips, the experience would have been much less severe. I'm also sure that the many times where people have with falls, crashes, etc.,...
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