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  1. Seems to me most cyclists regard their bicycles...

    Seems to me most cyclists regard their bicycles as tools or golf clubs. You get a whole bunch of n+1's, each built for a very specific purpose, and you don't deviate. For me, this is really boring...
  2. Thanks for clearing that up, TWOcycle. You can't...

    Thanks for clearing that up, TWOcycle. You can't trust anyone anymore. I've also got a Wound Up fork (also "made in Utah") that I use with a front disc brake in the winter, so now I am wondering...
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    July results: Rodriguez fixie: 2,255 km Dolan...

    July results:

    Rodriguez fixie: 2,255 km
    Dolan track bike: 250 km
    Total for June: 2,505 km (1,565 miles)

    No really long rides in July, just one 100-miler in Whatcom County, WA. August is the...
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    Some ideas about why belt drives are not so...

    Some ideas about why belt drives are not so popular:

    An acquaintance of mine owns a Harley with a belt drive. He says it works fine, but the manual cautions against riding on loose gravel, as...
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    In my 40+ years of riding fixed gear bikes, I...

    In my 40+ years of riding fixed gear bikes, I have NEVER used a lock ring. Even on the track, where applying any kind of back pressure would cause problems in a pace line. If you're riding on the...
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    Forgot to do the June update: Rodriguez fixie:...

    Forgot to do the June update:
    Rodriguez fixie: 2,443 km
    Dolan track bike: 229 km
    Total for June: 2,672 km (1,670 miles)

    Started the month by riding the last 250 km of a weekend 600 km brevet....
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    I'm 6'1" with 34" inseam, and I use 165mm cranks...

    I'm 6'1" with 34" inseam, and I use 165mm cranks on the road fixie. The shorter cranks are an advantage spinning down hills (for a given angular velocity, your linear foot speed is slightly slower...
  8. Thread: Raam 2014

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    Pippa: ”The boys, they thought there was going to...

    Pippa: ”The boys, they thought there was going to be some sort of—some way they were going to benefit if there was a girl on the team. So I was roped in by my brother. It’s been positive having the...
  9. My wife and I had stopped at a local corner store...

    My wife and I had stopped at a local corner store to eat some ice cream on a bicycle ride near our vacation villa near Mount Vernon, WA. The store has a couple of old chairs on the front porch, so...
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    Sticky: This is when you lightly hold your gloved hand...

    This is when you lightly hold your gloved hand over the rolling tire in order to remove any little shards of glass or metal it might have picked up when you rolled thru that patch of loose crap at...
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    Went on a 12-day bike tour of western Turkey this...

    Went on a 12-day bike tour of western Turkey this past April. Friends of mine have run a bicycle touring company out of British Columbia for years; they have sold that and have now partnered with...
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    Excellent advice. The number of spoke crossings...

    Excellent advice. The number of spoke crossings is merely an artifact of how big the hub flanges are. You basically want the spokes coming off the hub flanges at a tangent (usually directly opposed...
  13. RAAM is a VERY expensive undertaking. Having the...

    RAAM is a VERY expensive undertaking. Having the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge (who will likely one day become the Queen of England) is a great strategic move by the team, as it will...
  14. The bad news is that you'll probably need to go...

    The bad news is that you'll probably need to go thru at least half a dozen bikes before you figure out the size and type of frame best suited to you, so I wouldn't spend too much on your second bike....
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    You don't really need a drop bag for a 100 mile...

    You don't really need a drop bag for a 100 mile road event. A 100 mile mtb event, though, you just might. Knowing what little I do about off-road riding, it always take longer to go any distance...
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    Thanks for this, rollie. Always nice to have...

    Thanks for this, rollie. Always nice to have someone to cheer for that's connected in some way. I'll cheer him on too!

    Luis
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    Sounds great. I think the RAAM and RAW team...

    Sounds great. I think the RAAM and RAW team events are more about strategy. For example, you always let your best descender handle the descents, no matter how long, because there's very little...
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    I ride a lot, lately it's been over 20,000 km per...

    I ride a lot, lately it's been over 20,000 km per year (12,000 miles). In the past 42 years, I have pretty much averaged 2 crashes per year (usually my own fault, and usually associated with riding...
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    RAAM Starts Today (June 10) at Noon!

    Just in case you missed all the hype, the TV sports features, the unending stream of commercials... (yeah, kidding)

    Looks like not much competition for Christoph Strasser, unless some dark horse...
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    Yeah, just what I was thinking. But I think after...

    Yeah, just what I was thinking. But I think after all these year's SPD has become a de facto standard. Don't patents expire after 17 years? Anyway, I'm sure there will be no lack of SPD availability...
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    Agree with #dbg...

    Agree with #dbg . Unless you're racing or actually have a tangible need for real cleated road shoes, you're far better off with shoes that take SPD (mtb) cleats.

    I raced for around 40 years and...
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    2014 - May completed. Rodriguez fixed gear on...

    2014 - May completed.
    Rodriguez fixed gear on the road: 2,458 km (1,536 miles)
    Dolan track bike on the Burnaby indoor Velodrome: 184 km (115 miles)
    Total for April: 2,642 km (1,651 miles)
    ...
  23. Thread: Pbp '15

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    Agree with Nick #thebulls...

    Agree with Nick #thebulls , focus on getting thru the controls. The fact that you can do a double century in 14 hours means you can maintain a 25 kmh average over a distance. Just remember though,...
  24. This wasn't a "race," it was a 600 km brevet that...

    This wasn't a "race," it was a 600 km brevet that went out and back between Maple Ridge (in BC's Lower Mainland near Vancouver) thru the wild Fraser (River) Canyon, then along the Thompson River to...
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    I've been riding a fixed gear since the early...

    I've been riding a fixed gear since the early 70's, initially as winter training and on the velodrome. Now I ride fixed pretty much all the time. I put over 20,000 km per year on my fixie, largely...
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