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marginal gains

Old 09-18-15, 09:39 AM
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marginal gains

The picture with the headline for this story was a B-17 bomber but click the link and it's Dave Brailsford:

Viewpoint: Should we all be looking for marginal gains? - BBC News

By experimenting in a wind tunnel, he noted that the bike was not sufficiently aerodynamic. By analysing the mechanics area in the team truck, he discovered that dust was accumulating on the floor, undermining bike maintenance. So he had the floor painted pristine white, in order to spot any impurities.

Each weakness was not a threat, but an opportunity to make adaptations, and create marginal gains. Rapidly, they began to accumulate.
and speed eating:

But in 2001, Takeru Kobayashi, a Japanese student, approached the contest with a marginal-gains mindset. Instead of eating the hot dog whole, he tried breaking it in half. He found that it gave him more options for chewing, and freed his hands to improve loading. It was a marginal gain.
they do get to B-17s eventually

edit: so maybe I do need a tubeless wheelset for my fall/spring commuter!
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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg
edit: so maybe I do need a tubeless wheelset for my fall/spring commuter!
Did you even have to ask?
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As I posted elsewhere, marginal gains is what Friction Facts is all about. Once the big gains have been made, what remains is to eke out any small gains which may have been overlooked or ignored.

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When combined, the Friction Facts reports can save you up to 20 watts, simply by selecting the fastest chain, pulleys, bottom bracket, and pedals, and performing the proper techniques. This is upwards of almost 8% of 'free' power. The Report Package also includes a quick-read "cheat sheet" of summary results and top performing components.
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What are the 'proper techniques?'
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What are the 'proper techniques?'
'Proper' cleaning, lubing, and tuning
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