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Which country has the cheapest top-end mountain bikes? [closed]

I'm living in Brazil where top-end mountain bikes are very expensive, due to high import tariffs. I'd like to know which country has the cheapest top-end mountain bikes? top-end would mean a bike ...
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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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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 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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Why don't women have Cat. 5?

For road racing in the US, USA Cycling has women divided into four categories (4,3,2,1) and men divided into five categories (5,4,3,2,1). The procedures for category upgrades for 4-3, 3-2 and 2-1 are ...
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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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50/34 vs 52/36 crankset for 11-32 cassette (shimano 105 5800FC)

Following up on this enlightening answer, I would like to know the differences between 50/34(compact), 52/36(mid-compact) and 53/39 (standard). The cassette I am choosing is 11-32 to give me a wider ...
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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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Flat land speed development

I guess I'll start off by saying that I am not a necessarily experienced rider. After years of doing ultra-marathon running I decided to move to triathlon to cross train. I signed up for a 70.3 a few ...
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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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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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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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What causes the noise that race wheels make when you are not pedaling?

A friend just got a new tri bike with Zipp wheels and they are loud when she is coasting. What causes that?
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Why are aero bars usually disallowed in gran fondos?

Why are aero bars usually disallowed in Gran Fondos (cyclosportive events)? I'm just curious. I would think it would be a useful piece of equipment when riding 100 miles.
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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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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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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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Validity of UCI motor concerns

In the wake of the seemingly renewed post-race examinations for 'mechanical doping' by the UCI, I was wondering if anyone has experience with the motors in question (like the Vivax Assist - thanks, ...
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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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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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what are good training program for offroad racing?

I am just getting into racing, and like offroad more. I'm also a runner so I'm used to training programs. I wondered are there any of these for bike racing, and specifically offroad?
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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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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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Pacing for 90km time trial with heart rate monitor

I'm participating in my first race by doing the 90km bike part of a half-iron man relay - I'm hoping to complete within 3 hours. I would like to know how I should pace myself with a heart rate ...
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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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What pedals should I upgrade to for racing on the road and possibly track?

I currently have SPD pedals on all of my bikes. I've stuck with them so far as they worked relatively well and I couldn't justify having two types of shoes. I can justify two types of shoes now. ...
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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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BMX: Training routine for a beginner?

At the ripe old age of 20, I finally moved to an area with a BMX track, so this summer I'm finally going to be able to follow my life-long dream of racing. Other than spending a lot of time riding ...
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What is a good daytime nutrition plan for evening racing

I've joined a local road racing league, it's lots of fun. I'm pushing myself and breaking lots of PBs in the process of trying not to get dropped (which I inevitably do). As well as the craft of ...
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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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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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Amateur Bicycle Racing outside of the US

I'm interested in taking a trip to Europe (although perhaps this question can apply to other areas of the world) and do some bike racing at a really amateur level like the equivalent of Cat 4 or Cat 3 ...
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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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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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(racer) Standard vs compact crankset: Increased leverage for same gear ratios true?

I'm a road and mtb regional racer about to have a go at my first road endurance nationals very soon. I'd like some educated scientifically validated answer on a matter that has been on my mind ever ...
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BMX: Freestyle vs Supercross?

So I understand the difference between the sports but how diifferent are the bikes? are they essentialy interchangeable or are there special racing BMXs?
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What to look for in a good entry-level CX bike?

I am in the market for a new bike. It is really my first bike, I am borrowing an old 1980's Cannondale road bike from a friend currently. I have an 8-mile daily commute (1-way, 16 total miles put on 4 ...
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How do I choose a light GPS device supporting Strava? [closed]

Up til now I have ridden with Strava running on my mobile phone sitting in a special mobile phone holder which sits up on my handlebars. Now I am looking for a better solution, both more aerodynamic ...
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What are criteria for a team to get UCI World Tour license for the next season?

I do not know much about this question, the only thing I have heard is that commentator on Eurosport mentioned a few times that UCI points one rider obtains are counted for the team which signed him ...
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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 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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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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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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Why am I not seeing improvement in my bike split time?

My training went up significantly between half-iron events. There was improvement in the swim and run. But no improvement in the bike... In fact I could say I did worse because there was little ...
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Tour de France RV/Campervan parking policy

Are there any rules regarding parking an RV/Campervan alongside the Tour de France course? Can you just park anywhere that isn't yet closed off? How long before the race comes by do you need to get ...
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Why some companies stop supplying frames to pro teams?

Nowadays TIME hardly sponsors professional cycling teams at least with their frames, and I feel others like LOOK, De Rosa or Cervélo are also leaning away from it. Why it happens? Do they think their ...
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Race organizers: how much does it cost to put on a stage race?

Background: I recently competed in the Tour of the Catskills in New York. Unfortunately, this year was the last year that this event will be held, due to financial stresses. I'm not very familiar with ...
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Is running 46t front chain ring with an 11t on the back such a huge disadvantage for flat cat 4 crits?

To flesh out the question with more (hopefully useful) information: The average speed of this particular local flat criterium race is 47 kph (achievable with a cadence of 90rpm in 46-11) and a peak ...
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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 ...