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Hear ye, hear ye, get thee, and a mirror, to your indoor trainer. This is going to be a multi-part series on getting the rider and the ride to a more perfect union. Most of us have never been professionally fit for our bikes. An inseam measured, a glance at a reflection when riding by a store window is our bike fit. I’m not advocating  that,...

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  1. Get off your damm bike. XC run on rough trails or no trails at all. Jump/fall/twist repeat. Involve yourself with sports that aren’t confined in strict movement and get you body use to being used in rough/tumble way. ……do something other than being a scu… »

I suspect that whoever first put a set of downtube shifters on a bike immediately knew that while it was superior to having the shifter on the seat stay, it was a design that was going to be improved upon. Not only did it require being seated to shift, it also required taking your hands off the bars. Shimano got close with the introduction of the S...

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  1. Index shifting ruined cycling, it use to take skill and finesses to shift down tube frictions levers. Now any Fred wanker can shift. How can people marvel at what was clearly a step in the wrong direction….. How depressing. »

Cycling has been suffering a crisis every since the use of a helmet became compulsory. This crisis is rooted in the simple fact that cycling peaked aesthetically with the cycling cap perched casually deliberate atop a sweaty cranium. It was only after mandatory helmet dictum spread its tentacles into all UCI-sanctioned races in 2003 that helmet man...

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  1. @the Engine That’s why I stay in my bug out shelter and never go outside. »

  2. Could, might, maybe………. Life is risky, look at it objectively and make your choices. I have. Others won’t always make the same choices as “you”.  Learn to live [ha!] with that fact. »

  3. Never said you couldn’t get injured going 17 mph or 0 mph. At 56 I know a think or two about getting hurt including a TBI with an 8 year recovery. Million of cyclists around the world ride their entire lives and never hit their heads. Some do. I know the … »

  4. Training ride at speed? Yes. Recovery ride in the county. No. Cycling at 17 mph is not a dangerous activity, a fact proven every day outside the U S of A by millions. YMMV PS The weenier shot is smokin hot and I’m all warm and tingly inside now. »

This is possibly the most offensive piece of gear I have encountered on a bike. Do you really need a little orange wand to tell you what gear you’re in? There is only one gear to be in: the hardest one at which you can still make the pedals go around in something resembling a circle.These goofy little things were found on the bike I rented la...

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  1. Major props to the steerer tube extension. Sometimes you’re better off walking. »

This has to be one of the best photos of the 2013 Tour: Nairo Quintana at the finish on the Ventoux. Nairo gives very little away when he climbs but as he crossed the line his head dropped and the lights went out. He later admitted having gone too early again. Before that, on the slopes of the Giant of Provence, he knew he was going to win. Then h...

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  1. @TBONE Close-lining him would have been much more betterer. »

There are lots of things to like about Vroomie Froomie, like his willingness to accept the fact that people are inclined to question his performances. Aside from me resenting him for leading a Tour which everyday becomes a little less exciting, he seems quite a likable guy; he is polite, respectful of the sport, wears team-issue bibs with his yell...

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  1. “Style” goes waaaaaaaaaaay beyond kit. Way beyond. »