Recent content by Alpenrose



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    has anyone bought from Bikesdirect.com?

    I have bought 3 bikes from Bikesdirect.com. They are all well worth the money. Pay more if you want to; it's your money.
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    Windsor Bicycles

    This goes for all Bikesdirect.com bikes: They are the best deal around. I have bought three, a $345 three-year-old Windsor Dover that I commute on daily, a $1045 two-year-old Windsor Kennet that I just rode 65 miles today (I have at least 10,000 miles on it), and a $995 brand new Motobecane...
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    Windsor Bicycles

    The price difference between the Wellington and the Dover looks to be: Steel fork vs. _____(?) 7 speed double (=”14-speed”) vs. 8 speed triple (=”24-speed”) Stem shifters vs. integrated brake/shifters Wheels (?) “2200” rear derailer vs. Sora
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    Windsor Bicycles

    Yes. You get a lot for your money. I think I paid about $335. I haven’t checked the bikesdirect.com specs on the bike lately to know if it’s still got exactly the same gear on it. I bought mine from Bikesdirect.com over 2-1/2 years ago and have about 4,000 miles on it. The first year it was my...
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    Dropdown vs. Bullhorn bars

    What a great post! After 3 seasons of road racing, I'm noticing that there just aren't enough good road races, but several of the good stage races have time trial stages, and there are several pure time trial events that I could go to in addition to my road racing. So, I'm thinking about...
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    Look Pedal noise

    I’m amazed at the length of the thread here about squeaking Look pedals! I, too, have the problem. I have Look 247 pedals and the red cleats with the white plastic anti-friction surfaces. One thing I did that helped: Scrupulously clean both the pedals and cleats. It’s amazing the amount...
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    Where are you from,what do you do?

    If you "usually" go 25 to 30 and you can sprint 35, you're going to do fine.
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    Where are you from,what do you do?

    Hey, that veloroutes is really neat! Thanks from 98055
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    Is it possible to "be good" at cycling even if you were previously unathletic?

    Short answer: Yes. Cycling doesn't much coordination or skill, assuming you can actually balance a 2-wheeler, and kids 4 years old learn to do that. I don't even think it really employs much "fast twitch" muscle ability and hand-eye coordination, the way that hitting a fastball does. Can you...
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    How to Train When You Can't Maintain a Perfect Schedule

    Good question and I should have mentioned it. The season is over for road racing, so the main objective is to get ready for next year. I'm cat 4 and my main goal is to place in some races next year and move up. I never miss a chance to race.
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    How to Train When You Can't Maintain a Perfect Schedule

    Which would be the best workout for me to do today after work? Ride on the roads, in the rain, ride on the trainer in the garage, or go to the gym and lift weights? It’s Wednesday and I haven’t had a good road ride since Sunday. There really isn’t time for my typical 40+ mile circuit. It’s...
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    Brand New//overwhelmed/schedule

    You don't say how old you are, but if you are in your prime, you're not going to wear out. On the other hand, you can be very fresh after laying off a month and starting the new year with resolve. Riding through December in Chicago sounds dreadful, if not downright dangerous. If you slip on...
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    England is the most dangerous place in the world to ride a bike. T or F?

    I prefer Worchestershire -- on my steak!
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    Best value Carbon Road Bike

    I don't know if it's the best value, but it's certainly a good price. Their other bikes are great! http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/immortalforce_pre.htm
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    chamois creams?

    I've ridden about 2,500 miles so far this season with Paceline Chamois Butt'r and Nashbar Chamois Cream. No problems with either. Use plenty.