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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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In what sense are UCI Pro teams 'national' teams?

This page on wikipedia lists the UCI Pro teams and has a column listing their Country. It is sourced from this page on the UCI official site. What significance does this hold? Clearly each team ...
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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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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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Should I get a performance bike or an endurance bike for 180 km rides?

I want to do the 180 km of cycling in general, that is the 2nd leg of Ironman. I don't have a bicycle, as of now. I am planning to buy a road bike (not the one used for triathlon). People ask me to ...
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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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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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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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What are the side effects of blood doping?

It has been in the news that endurance athletes such as cyclists sometimes increase their red blood cell count by blood doping. I don't understand how you can just pump more blood into yourself, there ...
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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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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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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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Change-over rules for women's team sprint

I have just been watching the women's team sprint finals, and sawsaw China lose the final race due to a rule infringement. Earlier the Great British team were disqualified for the same reason. There ...
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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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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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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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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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Why is it easier to follow a cyclist up-hill

Watching the Tour de France on TV I notice that the riders like to ride close behind other riders when going up a steep hill. I understand that rider can benefit from a slipstream on the flat ...
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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 ...
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List of UK hill climbs

Can anyone provide a brief list of some graded climbs in England, Scotland and Wales, please? I tackled a few hills some 30 years ago (as a tourist), which I thought were quite tough - would they be a ...
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Why don't Tour de France riders always ride their TT bikes?

When the tour riders are doing time trials, they ride their super aerodynamic, aggressively positioned bikes for maximum efficiency. However, on normal stages, there are many cyclists who could also ...
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UK Category 4 Road Racing

I am seriously considering road racing, I am wondering what level of fitness I should get myself to before considering entering races. I intend to do TT races next year anyhow, but I was wondering ...
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Learning more about racing

I don't race and never will race. However, I am very interested in learning more about it. I read a number of cycling magazines, and I read about so many different racing terms, strategy etc. but they ...
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What are the “monument” races?

I heard recently that Simon Gerrans of the new Green Edge cycling team had won one of the monuments. What are these races?
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Competing against a 10 Speed Bike with 7 Speed bike?

I have been cycling for almost about 9 years now. I believe, I have worked myself up to become quite a efficient cyclist. Still, I never felt the need to upgrade my gears to 10 speed, except in races. ...
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Crosswind effect on an aerodynamic front wheel vs a rear wheel

I am looking to purchase a new wheelset in the not too distant future and am debating between wheels that are 58mm and 85mm deep. Or, and this is the part I'm curious about, a hybrid of the two. (58 ...
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Why aren't Tour de France riders going any faster?

I was having a look at the average speeds of the winner of the Tour de France over the years on this page. To help things along I put the data into LibreOffice and produced a plot: I put on the ...
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Looking for a first race worthy road bike - What should I look for?

I am a runner and have been getting into biking just to add some additional flavor to my workout schedule and racing. I am wondering what I should look for when purchasing a new road bike. Is the ...