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    Lighting etiquette?

    What's the etiquette for lighting, esp. off road? Can we please adopt some?

    I get it, we all love lumens, are very impressed with the size of each others' lumens and it's everything with the...
  2. Reason NOT to use road tubes w long valve stems

    The stems tend to bust in half when pumping them up with a hand pump, leaving you stranded and quite sad.

    Some bike shops only carry 48mm or longer, but you should insist on shorter stems for...
  3. Just my everyday helmet. Wait, let me...

    Just my everyday helmet.




    Wait, let me run a quick simulation and produce a brainwave plot on that theory. It is sure to expose your ignorance and quash your boyish enthusiasm.
  4. Whoa. You don't play fair. Is that actually...

    Whoa. You don't play fair. Is that actually simulating the wheel rotations or just the linear velocity?
  5. Mildly interesting wheel disc observation

    I just tried out a rear wheel disc for the 1st time on a long practice outing and noticed that something was oddly different -- the wind noise around the ears from my everyday helmet was virtually...
  6. Maybe that's the essence of the question. A...

    Maybe that's the essence of the question. A simple bike fitting is one example (improves efficiency). Getting out of the saddle is another example (we've all heard that it is not as efficient). ...
  7. Can you please reword or explain your question? ...

    Can you please reword or explain your question? Oh wait, I started this thread...

    Thanks for tolerating my nerdy questions. Or not. There are so many cycling analogies to other mechanical and...
  8. Cyclophysics: Efficiency vs. power metering

    Anyone have some time to kill here...

    So I've been troubled by the notion that power metering is this uber ultimate training tool, which I suppose it is if we are merely out there for fitness and...
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    This also happens to be a brilliant pick-up...

    This also happens to be a brilliant pick-up strategy. Or just a pleasant ice-breaker for us married guys. :innocent:
  10. Thanks, guys, sounds really promising (and...

    Thanks, guys, sounds really promising (and yummy). Tucson is what I keep thinking. I've been to some of the outlying Phoenix suburbs and they can be really drab & depressing. I'm just afraid they...
  11. Seeking bike-friendly AZ snowbird spot

    My snowbird parents are looking for a suitable area in Arizona in which to spend Jan-April. They are hard-core cyclists both for recreation and transportation and of course want someplace warm. The...
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    You will only fuss over the rain bike as much as...

    You will only fuss over the rain bike as much as the dry bike anyway because no one likes to hang a crapped-up bike in the garage. This is one of cycling's sacred mysteries. Do not reveal to your...
  13. Wow, we and our families are like cosmic twins. ...

    Wow, we and our families are like cosmic twins. Until just recently I also had a 35-mile commute I did in TT mode, once or twice a week. Thought I was the only one commuting on a TT bike! I'm the...
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    ItsJustMe, dude, what/when/where/how are you...

    ItsJustMe, dude, what/when/where/how are you riding?
  15. 1) Bike to work, 25 miles/day 2) Bring kids to...

    1) Bike to work, 25 miles/day
    2) Bring kids to aquatic center on weekend
    3) Take run, xtra bike or xtra swim during actual me-time (maybe only 4-6 hours/week)
    4) Doesn't the Tri itself count as...
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    OK, so it sounds like we cyclists may have more...

    OK, so it sounds like we cyclists may have more mechanical sympathy. Seems true enough. Wonder if you can measure that. Also, we in the USA may be biased toward more high-performance, but less...
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    Why do bikes need so much tweaking?

    So as an everyday bike commuter, I'm just used to the idea now that "bikes need work." Even on top brands, something could always use a good wrenching: brakes, BB, wheels, cables, whatever. Don't...
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    You finished, you had fun, you overcame fear, you...

    You finished, you had fun, you overcame fear, you established your personal best, you've got a new obsession. What could have gone better?! Congrats!!!

    The fun part for me is figuring out all...
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    I had a similar thing recently, a noise at a...

    I had a similar thing recently, a noise at a certain clock angle. Took several minutes of head scratching. One screw had come loose from the right crankarm spider. Now I don't have a screw loose...
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    First I would do the Tri-a-Tri. The only...

    First I would do the Tri-a-Tri. The only question mark would be the swim, where unlike run & bike, there is a measurable minimum effort required to keep going. I would make sure you can swim...
  21. Thanks for the advice. Since I can't seem to...

    Thanks for the advice. Since I can't seem to find reference to this situation in any rules anywhere, I think I'll just stick with Be Safe. Hate to be paranoid but it seems like there may be a...
  22. Passing motor vehicles on bike stage

    On a couple occasions, I've been held up on the bike stage behind some hapless motorist on some highly necessary early Saturday AM trip. Sucks because:

    * I'm going slower
    * I'm afraid of a DQ...
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    Illegitimus non carborundrum (Don't let the...

    Illegitimus non carborundrum

    (Don't let the b*stards grind you down!)

    It ticks me off that having or not having the right "stuff" has to interfere with the noble human passion to connect the...
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    Sticky: Here's one of those "they never told me" things I...

    Here's one of those "they never told me" things I learned last night: Getting dropped seems to be more of a rookie mistake, a mental lapse, not necessarily blowing up physically. Sure it may FEEL...
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    Swim in 4' canal (downtown Indy)?

    Even though it's been recently cleaned, the Central Canal downtown still has bit of a yuck factor: inexplicable color, suspicious flotsam, organic odor. I always thought of a canal as something you...
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