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    I don't think you understand the scenario. I'm...

    I don't think you understand the scenario.

    I'm just one of the (former) participants of a training crit that was going on for many, many years before I even started riding or racing a road bike....
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    Thanks for the info cdr. That looks like a good...

    Thanks for the info cdr. That looks like a good breakdown for an "official" crit. We would need / want something much less formal. No promotion, no numbers, no lap cards (yelling works fine) and no...
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    I agree. We've been looking for a new location...

    I agree. We've been looking for a new location but haven't found anything suitable. Since the police now seem determined to shut down our crit (they've faxed bike shops, contacted local club...
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    Our course was on public roads in the middle of a...

    Our course was on public roads in the middle of a residential area. It had 3 stop signs per lap that had to be "ignored", but there is little traffic and the streets are very wide and include a wide...
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    Weekly practice crit

    We've had some trouble with our local police department lately and we are unable to use the course that's been used for around 20 years. They seem determined to put an end to our weekly crit, so I'm...
  6. Exactly. The reason for comparing those two...

    Exactly.

    The reason for comparing those two gear sets is that it doesn't make much sense to have a larger gear than what they offer.

    A 53/12 at 110 RPM is 38.1 MPH and a 50/11 is 39.2 MPH. If...
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    I crashed about a month ago and my Garmin broke....

    I crashed about a month ago and my Garmin broke. I haven't decided if I'm going to repair or replace it, so in the meantime, I've been riding computer-less. I don't mind it at all for races or group...
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    This. Cat 4 races seem to be filled primarily...

    This.

    Cat 4 races seem to be filled primarily with people that want to be near the front to avoid the accordion effect or getting caught behind a crash. The problem is that 80% of them want to be...
  9. That's awesome. I wouldn't say the new paint...

    That's awesome.

    I wouldn't say the new paint scheme is ugly, but it looks like it belongs on a cheap bike.
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    I still have a pretty decent amount of drop for...

    I still have a pretty decent amount of drop for my height (~4.5 in), just less than I had before (~6.5 in).

    My inseam is about an inch shorter than yours and saddle height is ~77.5cm. The...
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    If you're locking your arms (which you would be...

    If you're locking your arms (which you would be to bear the weight on your skeleton), you're doing it wrong.

    The point I was making is if your drop is such that your back is completely horizontal...
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    I'm not saying the 90 degree figure is set in...

    I'm not saying the 90 degree figure is set in stone, but somewhere near there is about as aero as you're going to get your arms when you're in the drops. I don't have any trouble keeping my knees...
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    I learned most of what I know about the subject...

    I learned most of what I know about the subject of cycling from BF (I know, poor me...) and everything I read seemed to suggest that as far as drop is concerned, MOAR = better!!111!

    So, I got a...
  14. My only concern here is that he is competing in...

    My only concern here is that he is competing in an inline-skate race, rather than a bicycle race. Get him a little BMX bike and let him ride it for fun for a few years, then worry about racing if he...
  15. I do. It's not so much crashing that I'm worried...

    I do. It's not so much crashing that I'm worried about, but my last smart phone got moisture underneath the screen and generally started acting strange after I took it on a lot of rides. I don't like...
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    Did you test in a wind tunnel? I think Merlin...

    Did you test in a wind tunnel?

    I think Merlin put it pretty clearly: loosing fat (not muscle) will make you faster on the flats, but not nearly the difference it will make on hills.
  17. I got the subscription e-mail, so here I am. ...

    I got the subscription e-mail, so here I am.

    Still don't shave my legs. Still think it's a waste of time. Teammates shut up about it after roughly a year.
  18. Thread: leg shaving

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    For anyone else that decides to take a stand...

    For anyone else that decides to take a stand against the pointlessness that is shaving your legs (unless you happen to get massages very frequently), the comments seem to die down significantly after...
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    I've gotten many flats while training and none...

    I've gotten many flats while training and none while racing. Usually there is at least some effort made to clean up a race course before a race, so you should be less likely to encounter debris.
  20. Upgrade whichever one you currently feel is less...

    Upgrade whichever one you currently feel is less comfortable. My opinion going from a cheap helmet to an Ionos is that the helmet is the better investment. It will keep you cooler and you'll feel...
  21. Thread: Token X-Wing

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    I just noticed the link points to the generic...

    I just noticed the link points to the generic products page. Here is one on eBay.

    Does anyone have experience with this saddle, or have a recommendation for something similar? I'm looking for...
  22. Thread: Token X-Wing

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    Token X-Wing

    Link

    Any opinions from owners? I want a minimal carbon saddle that has a cutout. This saddle looks like one of the better options. They have some interesting marketing speak about flexing to allow...
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    They should just cut the nose off that SMP...

    They should just cut the nose off that SMP saddle. What purpose does it serve besides making the saddle look ridiculous?
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    What else would they be referring to as "spoke...

    What else would they be referring to as "spoke covers"? I'm pretty sure they are referring to exactly what you're talking about.

    Edit: I'm assuming you're referring to a USAC time trial. I'm...
  25. It's hard to tell for sure, but it sounds like...

    It's hard to tell for sure, but it sounds like the OP requested that the order be cancelled before it was shipped. If that's the case, I think he has a right to complain. I don't think the wait time...
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