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    Question about first full carbon bike

    I am looking to buy a full carbon bike. I looked at some in the price range of $1800-$3000, and I found they didn't really feel much lighter than aluminum bikes. Is that just the reality of carbon bikes in this price range? Because I just remember a while back picking up someone's carbon bike...
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    Power Meters Don't Actually Measure Power: Part I

    It measures your power output on the bike. Improve your riding position and sure you'll see a higher power output.
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    Why no geared bikes on the track?

    Having no brakes is the main thing. It's for safety because everyone is going at very high speeds, and extremely close to one another, so of course with brakes you could stop a bike way faster than the reaction time of the rider behind you and that would cause a crash. And if you took the...
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    How do you train for hills when you have no hills to train on?

    Okay cool, I know what I'll be doing then. And as for the mental part of it, I know I'm up to it because it is what I want out of my body so I'm not going to get off the bike until my legs don't push anymore, and after like 10 years of this I'll be happy I worked as hard as I did. This should...
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    How do you train for hills when you have no hills to train on?

    Oh I see. Thanks. Hmm, what about attacking on hills, like riding off the saddle? Is that it's own thing, or does that use the same muscles I will already be building? And you say don't bother with squats, but doesn't that help with sprinting? Like if squats don't help with hill climbing...
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    How do you train for hills when you have no hills to train on?

    I don't have any real hills around here to train on, so I've been wanting to find a way to build my muscles for that with some workouts. So I figure I'll have to do weights and also I'll be getting an indoor trainer soon. So by riding on the trainer for a couple hours a day practicing cadence...
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    Photos of the great roads

    whaaaat... I need to move.
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    Medium cage vs short cage

    the cage is where the two pulleys are, and a longer cage derailleur means there is more distance between those two pulleys, meaning it will take up more chain slack over a higher range of gears, like on a mountain bike. On a road bike built for racing you will have a shorter range of gears, so...
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    Show Me A Photo Of Your Road Bike

    nice bike! how do those wheels work? how do you adjust those things and what do you call them?
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    So can somebody explain team racing to me?

    Thanks! That makes sense now. And wow, up to 90% of a rider's energy to be spent on fighting the wind is a lot, but man around here with so much wind it really does exhaust me so I believe you on that. I guess drafting would make the difference, the difference between fighting the wind the...
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    So can somebody explain team racing to me?

    I always hear that if you have multiple riders of the same team riding against one solo guy, the solo guy always loses that battle. Can anyone explain why this is? I'm not saying it doesn't work that way, but I would think that the best rider should win. Even if a team keeps attacking him, I...
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    Broke first spoke today... when this happens are you pretty much screwed?

    hmm, that's true maybe. but I think when a spoke breaks and the wheel potato chips, that means the wheel sort of re-balanced itself out. So the spokes surrounding the one that broke maybe aren't really stressed that much more because the wheel changed shape in their favor, to relieve the new...
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    Broke first spoke today... when this happens are you pretty much screwed?

    thanks for the response. These wheels are kind of low spoke count. That's a good idea to carry a spoke wrench though. I'm not sure if there are enough spokes on the wheel to compensate for a broken spoke, but still it could help just enough for the tire to clear the frame. I'm definitely...
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    Broke first spoke today... when this happens are you pretty much screwed?

    I broke one today and it sucked! I didn't bang the wheel or do anything out of the ordinary. The wheel was so potato chipped that it rubbed up against the frame and couldn't turn, so instead of walking the bike which would skid the tire, I carried the bike home. That took a long time and now...
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    How much do tires affect speed?

    but I thought when tires are at high pressure it's better because debris deflects off it, whereas with soft tires it allows debris to puncture into it with less resistance. I dunno, high pressure tires always works for me.