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    Agree that drivetrain cleaning is number one....

    Agree that drivetrain cleaning is number one. There's no set time interval of how often to do it. I'm pretty anal about it and I like to clean it before a big ride. It's part of the preparation...
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    Assos is the best I've tried. The Euro style...

    Assos is the best I've tried. The Euro style Chamois Buttr isn't as good, but it's cheaper and good enough, so that's what I'm using these days.
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    Cycling Inquisition...

    Cycling Inquisition
  4. It's not about how expensive the bike is. It's...

    It's not about how expensive the bike is. It's about how well it's maintained. I did my 500-miler on a Ritchey Breakaway, which is a nice frame and all but not top of the line. My drivetrain was a...
  5. You're going to have your haters. It's the...

    You're going to have your haters. It's the Internet. Just ignore them.

    The training will be the easy part. If you don't even have a road bike yet you have to dial in your fit, which may or may not...
  6. Thread: Everesting

    by DXchulo
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    Which is harder- short, steep sections or longer...

    Which is harder- short, steep sections or longer climbs? I found out my answer.

    I tried a 0.4 mile, 10% hill and quit about halfway in. My legs felt pretty good but I found the mental challenge of...
  7. That chart is interesting. Even when acclimated...

    That chart is interesting. Even when acclimated I'm missing about 4% of my power.

    There's not as much of a difference between being acclimated and not. So is your body getting used to the altitude...
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    Small world. I lived in Toledo for 2 years. I had...

    Small world. I lived in Toledo for 2 years. I had mostly good riding experiences there because I lived close to the University of Toledo and I could take the bike path out to country roads. I did...
  9. Reno is ~4500 feet. Before I moved here I did...

    Reno is ~4500 feet. Before I moved here I did quite a few trips from sea level to 4500. I never really noticed a difference on flat rides. On climbing rides it's hard to say because there weren't any...
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    I used to be quick with the finger, but the...

    I used to be quick with the finger, but the driver wins if you do that. You're giving them what they want. The best way to piss people off is to ignore them. It works on the road and in day-to-day...
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    http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x26/DXchulo/Alp...

    http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x26/DXchulo/AlpenglowfromMonitorPass726_zps5665032b.jpg

    Monitor Pass
  12. I never fell over when I was learning to ride...

    I never fell over when I was learning to ride clipless pedals. I had a couple close calls, but never hit the ground once. I bet you can make it without falling over.
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    As mentioned, it all depends on your goals. A...

    As mentioned, it all depends on your goals. A little extra lean mass won't hurt too much unless you do a lot of climbing.

    I love climbing, so I lost 10 pounds of muscle. Doesn't sound like much,...
  14. Thread: Strava fail !

    by DXchulo
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    About a month ago I drove down to Markleeville...

    About a month ago I drove down to Markleeville for a 100+ mile ride that included Carson pass and both sides of Ebbetts & Monitor. As I was getting my bike out of the car I realized that I forgot my...
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    I was counting rider + gear. I'm in the low 130s...

    I was counting rider + gear. I'm in the low 130s and I don't carry a ton of stuff.

    Granted, I did hit a pretty big pothole when I got my pinch flat, but I've hit worse since then without any...
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    I have a hard time believing I could use the...

    I have a hard time believing I could use the Berto chart without getting a pinch flat. I've had one at 80 PSI on the front, and I'd have to gain over 50 pounds just to get up to that recommendation.
  17. Thread: Opinion/Poll

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    If you go with white tape you should switch to...

    If you go with white tape you should switch to white hoods, too.

    I think it will be white overload.
  18. I don't know what's worse, riding a Specialized...

    I don't know what's worse, riding a Specialized or flying Malaysia Airlines.
  19. https://twitter.com/Matxin_/status/489045633001873...

    https://twitter.com/Matxin_/status/489045633001873408/photo/1

    That one convinces me.

    Porino sucks at journalism, Specialized sucks at PR, and whoever was driving that particular team car sucks...
  20. Sounds like a plan to me. Like merlin said, you...

    Sounds like a plan to me. Like merlin said, you could probably do it without the planned stops unless you're really far into BFE with no gas stations around. However, the planned stops might be a...
  21. Let's see, their very first statement said that...

    Let's see, their very first statement said that Contador's bike wasn't broken at all. That's obviously not true. Either their information was terribly wrong or they were lying.

    They followed that...
  22. You can see that it's broken in the picture. Look...

    You can see that it's broken in the picture. Look at the K in S-Works.
  23. I didn't decide anything a priori. I decided not...

    I didn't decide anything a priori. I decided not to trust Specialized after their first lie ("Specialized, Tinkoff-Saxo’s bike sponsor, initially denied reports that Contador’s bike had broken at...
  24. That blurry picture doesn't prove anything. It...

    That blurry picture doesn't prove anything. It could have been broken already.

    Like I said, the roof rack thing is plausible. NBC Sports seems to have ****ed up on their reporting. No real...
  25. I've read the whole thread. THE COVER-UP:...

    I've read the whole thread.

    THE COVER-UP: Specialized's initial lie that Contador's bike wasn't broken. (This added fuel to conspiracy theorists' fire.)

    THE CRIME: The broken frame. (Yes,...
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