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  1. I think everyone is different, and you have to...

    I think everyone is different, and you have to listen to your body. I have a screaming metabolism (I'm one of those lucky ones who eat all day and don't gain a pound). When I first got into cycling,...
  2. Thread: The Rules?

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    You're already off to a bad start. Biker: ...

    You're already off to a bad start.

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    Cyclist:

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  3. Aw...gee....the thought of me inspiring someone...

    Aw...gee....the thought of me inspiring someone else sounds strange, but I'll definitely take the compliment. (From your user name I assume you're either a musician or fisherman).
  4. I didn't mean to brag, but I've found that in...

    I didn't mean to brag, but I've found that in climbing, you have to go at your own pace to hit that magic 90-100 cadence. Trying to go too slow to stay with your group just means mashing the pedals...
  5. We rolled out at 0730, and crossed the finish...

    We rolled out at 0730, and crossed the finish line around 1530 (that's 7:30 am and 3:30 pm for you civilian types). Of course, that includes time spent at the rest and lunch stops.
  6. I remember the couple in the matching New Zealand...

    I remember the couple in the matching New Zealand kits quite well!
  7. Here's a couple of pics from yesterday: 399934...

    Here's a couple of pics from yesterday:
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    Thought about taking a few laps around the parking lot at the end, but my right knee and ass said "NO!"


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    Pre-ride photo. My club had one...
  8. Finished my first century ride with tears in my eyes...

    ...but perhaps not for the reason you'd think.

    Remember in junior high and high school when you'd pick teams to play baseball, basketball or football? Remember the awkward, nerdy kid who was...
  9. Probably a good idea not to blow through stop signs in Redondo Beach.

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  11. And the hang of the wang, plus the sag of the bag...

    And the hang of the wang, plus the sag of the bag and the heat of the meat.
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    I'd worn shorts for years, and when my latest...

    I'd worn shorts for years, and when my latest pair wore out I figured I'd try bibs since many cyclists rave about them.

    Well, I tried two different brands and didn't like either pair. The straps...
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    Top Giro Bike Helmets & Road Bike Helmets - #1 in...

    Top Giro Bike Helmets & Road Bike Helmets - #1 in Bike Helmet Reviews
  14. I've worked in Public Relations before...the way...

    I've worked in Public Relations before...the way Specialized (mis)handled this is a textbook example of how NOT to respond to an incident.
  15. So, Specialized is claiming that the team car...

    So, Specialized is claiming that the team car rode over Contador's bike. Rode over it without leaving a tire mark on the yellow paint, rode over it without bending either wheel, rode over it without...
  16. The Magic Pothole Theory.

    The Magic Pothole Theory.
  17. Exactly. That's the stuff that starts rumors and...

    Exactly. That's the stuff that starts rumors and conspiracy theories.
  18. Specialized is doing some serious PR spin on this...

    Specialized is doing some serious PR spin on this one.
  19. That would be a hell of a hard hit to do that...

    That would be a hell of a hard hit to do that much damage--a pothole or stone wouldn't do that. Besides, if it was a huge pothole, one of the other riders would have seen it.
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    Microfiber cloths are the way to go. Regular road...

    Microfiber cloths are the way to go. Regular road dust and grime will wipe off surprisingly easy with just plain water. For grease or oil, I use Windex with a microfiber cloth. No issues at all with...
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    Agreed, but the OP also wrote "This was much...

    Agreed, but the OP also wrote "This was much faster than my normal training." So from the get-go he was already out of his comfort zone.
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    That was your first mistake. 21 MPH average is a...

    That was your first mistake. 21 MPH average is a very fast pace for a century ride (it's pretty brisk even for a shorter ride).
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  24. Only if you do it the wrong way. I was changing a...

    Only if you do it the wrong way. I was changing a flat, and the chain slopped on the downtube and put a big greasy mark on my matte black/matte yellow Domane. I tried soap and water, Simple Green,...
  25. +1 on that. I don't have a heart rate monitor or...

    +1 on that. I don't have a heart rate monitor or a power meter. When I first got into cycling, I was dismayed that the old guys with gray hair would consistently leave me in the dust on group rides....
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