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Why participate in an organized century ride when I can ride the route on my own?

I have never ridden a century ride before. This June, a friend and I plan to ride our first: The Montauk Century Ride. But I'm wondering, why should we commit to paying $100+ to ride this route in ...
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Software for time-trial race

I'm looking for a piece of software to conduct a local time-trial race. There will be some 50 riders: large enough to make the job of preparing race results with bare pen and paper rather hard and ...
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Why are riders allowed to draft behind cars in Grand Tours?

During one of this week's stages of the Giro d'Italia, Richie Porte had a 'technical' issue with his bike that caused him to lose a number of minutes from the peloton. It was of significance as it was ...
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How to choose between a race bike like a Madone and a classics bike like a Domane

I ride regularly for exercise in New York City but do not race. I currently ride on a steel frame that handles the rough roads easily. I want to buy a carbon bike and am torn between a "classics" bike ...
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Can I enter an enduro race on a hardtail mountain bike?

I really like the idea of enduro racing but I cant currently afford an enduro specific bike. Is it acceptable to enter an enduro event on an aggressive XC/trail hardtail mountain bike? Are there any ...
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Why can't the gear ratio be something like 100:1? Is it practically possible?

I am planning to develop a bicycle on my own for a competition. But the main requirement of it is that it must be able to develop a maximum speed. If I am able to cast the sprockets with gear ratio ...
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I don't want to be the next Eddy Merckx; Is competitive cycling right for me?

I've been toying with the idea of joining competitive amateur (road) cycling for a while, but am unsure as to if the sport is right for me: I'm in very good shape and enjoy "basic" road cycling as ...
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First Cyclocross Race - Riding a Mountain Bike

I'm participating in my first ever bike race this weekend. It's a cyclocross race, and I'm riding a full suspension mountain bike, because I started looking into races late this season and a fully is ...
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Going to race a 29er MTB in a 200 mile / 320 km gravel race. Bike preparation?

I have a Specialized Camber Comp 29er full suspension MTB. I want to use this bike for the DK200 (a one day 200 mile / 320 kilometre gravel race through the Flint Hills of Kansas, USA) and would like ...
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First cyclocross race - strategy

Next weekend there is a cyclocross race at a park near my house. My first organized bicycle race ever. I would like advice / links on strategy, rules, and protocol. I am over 50, in good bicycle ...
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when does the pace bike leave in Keirin?

I understand the pace bike gets the pack up to speed, but of the 8 lap race how do they decide which lap to bring the pace bike off? Is it based on speed?
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Advice/Tips for first time racers

I have entered a 30km mtb race that will take place in a couple of weeks time. I don't know much about the route and won't be able to get on it beforehand as it goes through private farms that will ...
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First cyclocross race - how to choose and set up the bike

I have never raced but there is a cyclocross race at a park near me next weekend. All it said is some sand and some drop offs. I would like some advice on selecting a bike and setting it up. I ...
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Recovery from surgery, and want to race in November

I'm six months after a double ankle joint fusion surgery. Both my surgeon and my physio have suggested cycling. I have a wind trainer and have plinked my road bike on it and being working on my ...
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I have a trekking bike. Should I buy a road bike to train for a race?

I have a trekking bike (similar to this one : http://www.hervis.at/products/product?code=BASE:1842986&referer=at-bike-cross ) and I plan to join some triathlon events in the future. I try to do ...
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Why are there BMX off road races

I was always curious about this, but I never found the answer. Originally I only knew freestyle BMX bikes, but then found there are official races offroad. What is the idea behind this? Sounds like ...