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Carbon fibre vs aluminium for racing

I've been commuting on a mountain bike these past 3 years. Now I want to get into road bike racing. Is it worth saving up money over a few months for a carbon fibre bike? Or should I just go and buy a ...
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How do I go about choosing a bike for commuting? [closed]

I am absolutely lost in the world of bicycles! I have long ridden a MTB, but now I am a good 16kms(10+ miles) away from work.(where I wish to commute too) and i just need more speed. I'm confused by ...
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Source for statistics from pro cycle races

I've been searching all over the web for statistics from bike races, starting with the Tour de France because it is the largest. Stats I have been able to find include each stage's winner with their ...
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Professional Rider Database

I'm looking for a downloadable database of professional (road) riders, containing age, height, weight, etc. The only thing I've found so far is ...
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How to start a grassroots DH race?

I'd like to start a DH race at my local ski hill (which has a few DH trails) and I'd like to know how to setup the following: Registration Practice/Qualis/Race runs Timing/Results I realize this ...
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When Mark Cavendish says he's sprints at 1500 watts how long is that for?

In an interview with Cycle Sport, Cavendish said he puts out over 1500 watts of power. “You’d be surprised at my watts,” Cavendish says. “Most people who say that their maximum is 1,600 watts ...
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Speed and comfort of a racing bicycle?

I just saw this guy called Jason Rourke breaking the record of 112.94mph (181km/h) on his bicycle. I wish I could have such a bicycle to ride, but I have never ridden a racing bicycle with gears. I ...
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What is considered the maximum safe downhill speed on a road bike?

I've heard between 30-40mph, but I am pretty sure I have hit 45 and felt safe and in solid control of my bike. If you look down and see you are above XXmph, you decide it is time to put on the ...
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Reason behind the Tour Down Under “People's Choice Classic”

The Tour Down Under (TDU) is technically a 6-stage race, but the day before is the "People's Choice Classic", The People's Choice Classic, also known as the Down Under Classic, is a single day ...
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would you use vo2 max intervals increase your functional threshold power using a power meter?

As described in this blog post below: http://www.training4cyclists.com/threshold-power/ Example: 3 x (3+3min) at VO2max / recovery. If you use a heart rate monitor, your heart rate should be above 95% ...
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How do you use a power meter to pace yourself during steep hill time trial events?

The events in questions are no longer than one kilometer and have a gradient that fluctuates between 7% and 13%.
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hill climb tt pacing strategy for short steep hills?

There are several hill climb events in my area towards the end of the year, from august onward. Most of the hills are no longer than 0.8km long and well above an average 6% gradient. The main ones I ...
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What are the differences in mountain bike hubs (With wheelset recommendation)?

I'm possibly getting a disc brake, 2013 Specialized Camber 29er without the wheelset. I was looking on wheelbuilder to see how much a wheelset might be (to save weight over factory replacement), and ...
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Does group riding negate the aero benefit of deep rim wheels?

I've been weighing up some options over wheels and in doing my research I've noticed that rim depth may be a bigger factor than I had previously considered. On the one hand, shallow rims are typically ...
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Why don't race bikes have solid front triangles?

I know that cutting material out makes a bike lighter, but at some point there must be a crossover between weight and aerodynamics. Since tri-bikes and track bikes have more oval/flat shaped tubes, ...
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Why do racing cyclists wobble when furiously pedalling?

In all pro-cycling races, they start wobbling towards the finish line instead of biking steadily (e.g., in this video: http://youtu.be/wJE69beIIoI). Why do they do that? Note: I have no experience ...
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Where can I purchase/download UCI Pro Tour/pro cycling race footage? [closed]

I love watching old races - they're especially great for long sessions on the trainer. However, I can find only a few stages/races on Youtube, and most of the videos are simply highlights. Where might ...
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Y-Foil Frames Rear Suspension?

I have a few questions about the Y-Foil frame (beam frame) Firstly as far as i have seen, there is no rear suspension system, does the fact that there is no seat tube offer suspension and dampening, ...
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What are the 'easiest' ways to determine functional threshold power?

I recently picked up a powertap and have done a fair bit of riding around and a few races now with it on, so I've started to get familiar with some of the numbers. I would like to figure out what my ...
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Teams in the Age of Specificity

Specificity, periodization, power meters - training for competitive cycling has changed a lot over the last few years. I am wondering about the effects of the movement towards training alone on ...
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what should my training schedule look like if I'm racing every sunday?

I plan to do as many cyclocross races as I can until the season ends in early march and the next few weeks have at least one race every Sunday for the next six weeks. How should my training schedule ...
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How does a mountain racing team work together?

For a road race, I can imagine riding in a pelton has an advantage against air drag. However, for MTB this does not make sense. XC races are slower than road races, and in a DH race having someone ...
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Tips for getting sponsored as an individual racer?

I'm currently racing a state XC MTB series and will be moving up to Cat. 2 next year. As part of my goals, I'd like to get some sponsorship for the 2014 season. I have a few questions about this ...
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What will be the time to close a gap to catch a breakaway? [closed]

how much time is required to close a gap of 100 metres, in a cycling race, for different differences in speed of leading and chasing group. i need a tool to do the math on the fly. so that if one ...
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Is there a minimum weight limit for mountain bikes for USAC riders who are not UCI?

Basically the title is the questions, but to repeat is there a bike weight limit for riders who belong to a national association such as USAC, but are not riding for UCI points or registered with UCI? ...
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How to achieve a tighter turning radius?

I'm having trouble making the rather tight turns on one of the tracks I ride on. I am already leaning inward while I'm turning, but very often either I still can't turn sharply enough, or I lean too ...
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How does one become an official for bicycle races?

What's the process? Are there classes? Fees? Do they get paid, or is it voluntary? Edit based on comments: I was hoping to get an overview of the process that wasn't based on any given country ...
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Time Gaps and Race Strategy

In a race this weekend I found myself in a breakaway with another rider. We were getting updates on the size of the gap we had opened from the race official who was on a motorcycle. This was ...
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Smartphone racing bike mount [closed]

I have a Samsung S Advance smartphone, and I want to mount it on my racing bike. The only bike mounts I can find are either iphone mounts, or a few universal bike mounts, but these are all too small ...
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Why are the rear wheels of Time Trial Bikes disc shaped rather than having spokes?

Won't having disk shaped wheels cause more wind resistance with crosswinds? What are the benefits of having these sort of wheels?
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Does the term “domestique” have negative connotations?

As far as I understand, the cycling term "domestique" (referring to a supporting member of a professional cycling team) comes from the French word for "servant". According to Wikipedia, it was first ...
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What bikes will be used by the competitors in the Mountain Bike Olympics?

I'm just curious to know what bike models and setups will be used by the competitors? Is there any data out there on the web?
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Why is wearing a skin suit in the Tour de France risky?

I was watching Stage 1 of the tour and the commentators said that it was 'risky' for Cav to wear a skin suit. As far as I'm aware, the benefits of a skinsuit are that it's lighter and more aero. ...
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I'm a CAT 4 racer, will I be suspended from racing by UCI / USAC if I participate in non-sanctioned races?

I'm not a pro, just a CAT 4 racer with a USA Cycling License. Can I be suspended and fined by UCI / USAC if I participate in non-sanctioned races? I've heard they are cracking down on licensed pros ...
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What is the most efficient way to ride up or down hills, and into or away from wind?

I'm trying to work out how hard I should push myself when riding up or down a hill. Similarly, how hard should I push myself when riding into, or away from, or perpendicular to wind? My aim is to ...
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A famous cycling Race, Place or Climb beginning with the letter “D” [closed]

I'm trying to think of either a famous cycling town, race or climb that begins with the letter "D" but I'm having problems coming up with any and google isn't much help either. So I thought I'd open ...
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Time trial improvement from new bike

I can average 21.7mph for a 20 mile time trial (00:55:15), on my 2001 Rockhopper with 1.25" fatboy slicks, no lock out on shock. My bike weighs 25.25 lbs. I'm planning on buying a Cervelo 2012 r3, ...
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Why choose a traditional frame over an aerodynamically streamlined frame?

I'm not talking specifically about triathlon frames, just frames which have aerodynamically shaped tubes. As I understand it, both types of frame are legal for road-racing under UCI rules. So, why ...
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The Scope Of The Lance Armstrong Doping Scandal

I know that Lance Armstrong has decided not to fight the allegations of his doping; while technically not an admission of guilt - he is being sanctioned/punished for doping. I've also read that ...
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Cycle training to prepare for first racing season

I wish to improve as a cyclist, I have a goal that I want to start racing by next summer. I want to know what is the best start I can give myself in or order to prepare. The hard part, it's coming ...
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Does the USADA have the authority to strip Lance Armstrong of his Tour de France titles?

Lance Armstrong has announced that he will no longer fight charges brought against him by the US anti-doping agency. The USADA says it will ban him for life and strip him of his 7 Tour de France ...
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What type of brakes are best for mountain bike racing?

Disc brakes are more expensive than v-brakes, but in a heavy rain they will break down. V-Brakes are becoming harder to find, but they're much easier to maintain and don't break down as easily. What ...
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In road racing, what are “rolling attacks”?

Rider_X referred to rolling attacks in an answer to this question. What are they?
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Why do track cyclers start slow?

I was watching the Olympics today and happened to catch track cycling (sprint). I understand that they have fixed gear bikes which is a reason they start slow, however, I did not understand why they ...
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Elimination race tactics

I saw a bit of the Omnium racing televised this week, and while most of the events are straightforward, the Elimination race seems to require far deeper tactics than the others. This may be just ...
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What skills must cyclists master to succeed at racing?

In addition to power, stamina, endurance, what skills must you master to succeed in professional cycling?
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How do you estimate the speed of Tour de France riders on tv?

I was watching Tour de France with my father (who is a cat 3 racer), and he claimed to be able to estimate how fast the riders were going by observing the cyclist on the screen. I didn't believe him ...
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Were there always teams in road racing?

Did bicycle road racing always have teams? Were the early road races competed by individuals who were racing for themselves? At what point was it realized that having a team would confer huge ...
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What is guttering the peloton

Rider_X refers to "guttering the Peleton" in his answer to this question. What is "Guttering the peloton"?
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Do brakes provide full power when used from the hoods?

I have been riding mountain bikes for over 20 years and am just going back to a road bike. I find the modern bars and hoods and combined levers a very strange position. I have actually loosened them ...