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    Uh, WTF are you talking about? You might be able...

    Uh, WTF are you talking about? You might be able to utilize a bigger gear if you have long straight downhills & want to pedal at 35+mph. But on flat ground, there's no way most people are going to...
  2. If you want walkability, by far the best is SPD...

    If you want walkability, by far the best is SPD type pedal and MTB shoe or road touring shoe with recessed cleat like: Specialized Sport RBX.

    It's pointless to get a road racing type shoe without...
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    If you can wait a year there are various...

    If you can wait a year there are various companies showing solutions at recent bike expos supposedly targeting the $500 price point. Time will tell whether these make it to market or are vaporware,...
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    I agree w/ bbbean. Weighing daily makes you less...

    I agree w/ bbbean. Weighing daily makes you less likely to freak out if your weekly weigh-in happens to coincide with a "high" fluctuation, or conversely be too optimistic and relax too much if it's...
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    I don't see how you can force the transition...

    I don't see how you can force the transition between having the rider beside you to behind you if he is resisting this effort and close enough to the rider in front. Certainly there is a gap size...
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    The rider moved to the side because he had a goal...

    The rider moved to the side because he had a goal of passing the rider in front for the win. That created a slot for Chris to ride through. If the rider's goal was *not* to pass the rider in front,...
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    This is absurd. There is always a non-zero gap...

    This is absurd. There is always a non-zero gap between wheels, you aren't riding with the tire physically contacting the back tire of the rider in front. By your logic, even if rider 2 were riding...
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    Uh, so I watched that video. He sprinted between...

    Uh, so I watched that video. He sprinted between two riders sprinting on *different* lines, offset from each other, partially by getting alongside one guy & elbowing him further up the track. ...
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    I do not think it is "good" or "normal" to coast...

    I do not think it is "good" or "normal" to coast or yo-yo. If the riders in front of me were maintaining steady speed properly, I would not coast either! I also almost never use my brakes. But the...
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    But they already were forced to adjust. I was...

    But they already were forced to adjust. I was forced to adjust by the rider in front of me, who was probably forced to adjust by the rider in front of him? Everyone matches speeds again slightly...
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    I don't care what the rider in front of me is...

    I don't care what the rider in front of me is *thinking*, I care about what he is *doing*. If he stops pedaling, he's slowing down, I have to react, same as if he started soft-pedaling, except I...
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    I don't understand the antipathy to coasting vs....

    I don't understand the antipathy to coasting vs. soft pedaling to adjust speed to the rider in front. As long as you are smooth about it, and not yo-yoing speed & distance between riders...
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    It sounds like mainly you need to get the bars...

    It sounds like mainly you need to get the bars higher. That should alleviate the neck pain from having to tilt your head up to see the road. Swap stem for something with more rise, perhaps less...
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    The solution I am eagerly waiting for is WATTEAM...

    The solution I am eagerly waiting for is
    WATTEAM | Makers of PowerBeat
    works with existing crank & pedals, $499, two-sided

    A chat with the CEO of Watteam and their new $499 power meter:...
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    The hills I was thinking of are 1.5 miles long at...

    The hills I was thinking of are 1.5 miles long at least and 10+ minutes to climb, descent takes at least a couple minutes. In that case I will tend to take it easy on the downhills. If it was more...
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    This happens often, really? I don't ever see...

    This happens often, really? I don't ever see this. Maybe the groups I'm in or the area I'm in generally have people who already know how to use gears, or learn very quickly. I can't ever really...
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    Generally I coast, or pedal easily, unless I'm...

    Generally I coast, or pedal easily, unless I'm eager to catch a group that dropped me. Hills are called "nature's intervals"; I treat the downhills as my "rest between intervals". If I want a...
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    wheel = rim + spokes + hub. front + rear wheel =...

    wheel = rim + spokes + hub.
    front + rear wheel = wheelset.



    It might be your current one is lacking a good wheel builder to correct its tension issues more than any particular deficiency in...
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    I agree about the eating 7 times a day being...

    I agree about the eating 7 times a day being rubbish. I think the theory behind eating very frequently had to do with caloric expenditure for digestion. But it turns out that this is proportional...
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    Yes you should be anticipating the need to shift...

    Yes you should be anticipating the need to shift by looking at the slope of the incline coming. The front gears are called chainrings, rear ones are called cogs. Switch to small front ring earlier,...
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    As a clyde/athena, I would be asking when to...

    As a clyde/athena, I would be asking when to upshift, not when to downshift. If you aren't going 9+ mph uphill, you are probably fine parking it in your lowest 34/30 gear and just going whatever...
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    It's not for aerodynamics, it's for comfort &...

    It's not for aerodynamics, it's for comfort & convenience. Most people out there aren't wearing skin suits. Jerseys are actually quite convenient because of back pockets! Where else am I going to...
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    Don't ride to lose weight. Fix your diet to lose...

    Don't ride to lose weight. Fix your diet to lose the weight. Ride for fitness & fun. It shouldn't be a chore, you can do shorter rides, half an hour, even just 20 minutes, with some intensity (find...
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    What the hell kind of group is that? Only...

    What the hell kind of group is that? Only poseurs allowed? I wouldn't come back either. Can't imagine any valid reason for a cycling club to disallow racks. Even for a race team, as long as...
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    I disagree, for someone on a budget one bike is...

    I disagree, for someone on a budget one bike is better. A cheap used beater for commuting would make sense if you have to park at work outside in some insecure environment and have to worry about...
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