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    Unless you're racing, a power meter is overkill....

    Unless you're racing, a power meter is overkill. The vast majority of cyclists -- even those participating on these forums -- don't have power meters.
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    There's a midpoint between wheels that aren't...

    There's a midpoint between wheels that aren't right for you and wheels that are performance oriented, cost a ton and aren't what you need. I'd say you need a good mid-range set. Depending on the...
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    Dave, I never said the world revolved around me....

    Dave, I never said the world revolved around me. But you and I -- and I think the vast majority of cyclists -- probably disagree on the issue of a "blood sport." Again, cops work for me as well as...
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    Human being are hardwired for a lot of things, as...

    Human being are hardwired for a lot of things, as evidenced by the different ways people act around the world, depending on the society in which they reside and the sophistication and education...
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    I would say don't worry about this, at least for...

    I would say don't worry about this, at least for now. Well built wheels rarely go out of true. I haven't had to touch the wheels on my primary bike in ages and they can take what our roads dish out...
  6. Honestly, if you can get an 800 for $200, I'd...

    Honestly, if you can get an 800 for $200, I'd jump on that, even though you say you don't need turn-by-turn. Why? Because it's a "nice to have" at a minimum and it could be a "it saved my butt"...
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    This question gets asked a lot here and,...

    This question gets asked a lot here and, honestly, I think it's an issue of personal preference. There's no right or wrong with anything, unless you're truly bothered by comments you may get from...
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    Piermont Bicycle Connection in Piermont, NY has...

    Piermont Bicycle Connection in Piermont, NY has about the best selection you'll find for a shop around here. Their store footprint is much larger than a typical store. Their mechanics are very good,...
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    The key question for the OP is do you want your...

    The key question for the OP is do you want your goal bad enough to work that hard. Some do, some including myself, do not. To me, once I've crossed that kind of a line, it's not fun. But to each...
  10. If you don't need turn-by-turn directions, a...

    If you don't need turn-by-turn directions, a Garmin Edge 500 will fit the bill. The 500 will allow you to upload rides to Strava, Garmin Connect, etc. and will give you a map-based rendering showing...
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    You should also post this in the South forum,...

    You should also post this in the South forum, where it's likely to get more readers.
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    In addition to price points, there are...

    In addition to price points, there are characteristics you can look for in wheels, such as spoke count, spoke used, lacing pattern, etc. All these play a role in the durability of wheels, but they...
  13. One of the useful, if underutilized, features of...

    One of the useful, if underutilized, features of Bikejournal is a component log that allows you to easily keep up with when you add/change tires and other components. Once you add them, it will...
  14. We'll never have the will to do it -- at least in...

    We'll never have the will to do it -- at least in the U.S. -- but if you jailed these idiots and made them personally responsible for associated medical costs, this stuff would stop. As it is now,...
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    Does your route have that much climbing in it? I...

    Does your route have that much climbing in it? I ask because many centuries don't, since the goal is to attract a wide audience. Obviously, Gran Fondos and similar events are a different kind of...
  16. +1 It's nuts to say this is typical LBS behavior...

    +1 It's nuts to say this is typical LBS behavior because an LBS is a small business. There are thousands of them and, just like any small business, some give better service than others. Sad to say,...
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    This has nothing to do with the Affordable Care...

    This has nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act, per se, but rather the insurance carrier who has you covered. Blue Cross Blue Shield licensees operate differently across the country, with some...
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    Stay between 110 and 120 psi if you want to...

    Stay between 110 and 120 psi if you want to reduce the risk of pinch flats.
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    I was in an accident a few weeks ago (first since...

    I was in an accident a few weeks ago (first since returning to riding in '08) where a car that had just passed me on the road turned into my path, leaving me nowhere to go. The impact caused me to...
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    25s seem to be harder to find online -- period....

    25s seem to be harder to find online -- period. Much less at a decent price. PBK has them right now for $43 a piece.
  21. Looigi is spot on. GPS devices do a fine job of...

    Looigi is spot on. GPS devices do a fine job of routing you on their own, but you lack the control that you have in auto GPS' to a degree in that the only thing that you can really specify (at least...
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    Rich, I assume you use a "pay" VPN to get...

    Rich, I assume you use a "pay" VPN to get Eurosport, right? A high-end bike shop in the NYC area does that too, but I wasn't sure how the subscription fee worked for Eurosport, since I believe their...
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    Frame stiffness is generally only going to come...

    Frame stiffness is generally only going to come into play when you're on a ride that requires a pretty hard physical effort. Stiffness is basically a way of trying to describe the efficiency at which...
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    I had a nice set of wheels built for me by Sugar...

    I had a nice set of wheels built for me by Sugar Wheel works that were based on Kinlin rims, had a great hub, etc. They cost me about $800. I've been very happy with them!
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    Only folks with iPhones would see their Strava...

    Only folks with iPhones would see their Strava speeds be wrong. A computer with a cadence sensor is going to reliably record speed and distance data. Strava doesn't do anything with the files other...
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