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    Help a Beginner Buy a Bike!

    Check out the Trek 1.2, Felt Z100 (or Z95), Cannondale CAAD8 Sora, and Giant Defy 3. Those are all great bikes under $1,000. Snow/cold riding is all about proper clothing, which will cost you a small fortune. A non-slick tire will also be a requirement. Something like this...
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    Help a Beginner Buy a Bike!

    What's your budget?
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    Climbing Steep (25%+) Hills on road bikes

    100% is 45*. I could easily see some off-road areas exceeding 40%. I can't imagine cycling up that though. The 28% I did ride was steep enough that putting down some torque could flip you over backwards if you weren't leaned forward enough.
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    GP 4000 S(hit)...

    All of my Pro4s have come out of the box with the waxy coating. They are miserable to ride on (pick up and throw gravel like crazy) for the first 50-100 miles until this coating wears off.
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    Climbing Steep (25%+) Hills on road bikes

    - I've used a 12/30 on a 5700 RD without issue. That is the largest cog it will officially support. The 30 was unnecessarily low for all but extreme hills and basically a wasted gear. - You might need some more chain. Don't try to add links, get a new chain. - I've climbed a half mile...
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    Which bike for me?

    $200 Chinese bike rebadged as an REI brand and sold for $500. http://www.rei.com/product/857581/novara-corsa-bike-2015#specsTab It'll get the job done though and has mounts for racks and fenders which you'll likely want if you're planning on using it as a grocery getter. Nicer bike...
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    Trek Madone 3.1 vs. Trek Madone 4.3

    What's your price range? Wheelsets range from $200 to bankrupt, so price is the #1 consideration.
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    Road vs. Mountain Clipless with Foot Supination

    It depends what shoes and what cleat covers. I have rubbery covers that grip very well and my shoes have heel and toe pads that also grip very well. It's certainly not comfortable, but it's also not unsafe.
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    How deep of a reduction is too deep?

    That's entirely relative to where you're riding. You'd be hard pressed to find a gear that's too low when going up a 25%+ grade on dirt or gravel. Plenty of mountain bikes have gears low enough to lift the front end on flat ground if you take off too hard, but those cease to be too low when you...
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    Road vs. Mountain Clipless with Foot Supination

    Float is only yaw. There is no cleat style I know of that offers roll because that wwould be very unstable while standing and would probably lead to knee issues if your foot was able to rock while pedaling. Walking in road shoes isn't really as big of a deal as people make it out to be. Get...
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    Trek Madone 3.1 vs. Trek Madone 4.3

    You're looking at pretty minimal differences between them. Ride both. If you can even tell the difference, get the one you think rides better. If the deal on the 3.1 is good and it's significantly cheaper, that's your deciding factor right there. Use the money you saved to get a decent set of...
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    Buying a powermeter-Garmin Vector, Stages, PowerTap

    That's beyond insane. How is that even possible?? His moving time on that ride is 30 hours with a total elapsed time of only 32.5 hours. He did that ride with only two and a half hours worth of break time?
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    Buying a powermeter-Garmin Vector, Stages, PowerTap

    That guy's weekly mileages are INSANE. How does he find time to work a normal job and cycle for almost 40 hours per week?? He has FORTY SIX pages of KOMs... jesus.
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    RACE PREPERATION

    Ideally, like this: http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/photos/tour-de-france-tech-inside-bmcs-team-bus/313780 Realistically... who's paying for it, me?
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    Side knee pain - advice appreciated

    I have the same type of issue as you. I've never gotten it diagnosed, but it's pretty clearly tendonitis. It's fine as long as I'm riding regularly and keeping my knees moving. I recently had a decline in my average weekly miles due to weather. I went from doing 150+ miles per week to 40-60...