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I'm a self-teaching geek. teaching because that process is far from over. I don't know a ton, but what I know, I'll share, and I won't answer a question if I'm not confident I'm correct.


Jul
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comment Why are there no team breakaways in road racing?
@onestop: Yes, but it could as easily ruin the chances of a sprinter, or a GC contender. Push a team breakaway and you have guys that are doing jobs they aren't training for. And that is always a risk.
Jul
10
comment Why are there no team breakaways in road racing?
@wdypdx22: Check the edit above. I added your comment into my answer. If you'd refer I didn't revert the edit, or let me know.
Jul
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revised Why are there no team breakaways in road racing?
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Jul
10
comment Best value for money on aero wheels
Wheels that are improperly cared for can be consumables. But when you're talking about wheels that are equal in cost to a decent bicycle, no. It becomes cost effective to repair, rather than replace a wheel set. A Zipp Firecrest 808 Carbon Clincher set in our area sells for about 11500 dirhams, depending on Euro exchange rates. I can buy a replacement rim, and have it installed for about 2500. Also, although I'm getting close to needing to replace the rear rim on my wheels, I've yet to have to do so. If the wheels were 500, and the rim was 200, plus 450 labor, that would be a consumable wheel.
Jul
10
answered Best value for money on aero wheels
Jul
10
comment Why are there no team breakaways in road racing?
It gives the teams a lever to play rivals against. Who's going to be the ones to expend the energy and manpower to reel in the break. How is that going to affect their chances tomorrow?
Jul
10
comment Why are there no team breakaways in road racing?
Even better. Do it yourself, then watch the pros...
Jul
9
comment Why are there no team breakaways in road racing?
...gotta go watch the tour?
Jul
9
answered Can I put 700c tires on rims made for 27 x 1.25"?
Jul
9
answered Why are there no team breakaways in road racing?
Jul
9
comment What hand signals are there for communicating with others when cycling in a group?
Refraining from gestures without substance is probably a good idea. We used to carry concrete filled water bottles to add "substance" to the back window of particularly dangerous or clueless drivers. Never had to use one personally, but I had a kid hit me with a crutch stuck out his passenger window once on an urban MTB ride, and my riding buddies decorated his car pretty good. Can't say I really felt bad about it.
Jul
9
comment What hand signals are there for communicating with others when cycling in a group?
Yep, they surely do. I'd appreciate it if everyone would add photos of any signaling that is relevant, as there are some incredibly complex and informative systems available, for use between cyclists. I'm trying to find my book which had info on Pro Peloton signals from before the advent of race radios.
Jul
9
comment What hand signals are there for communicating with others when cycling in a group?
Can you post a reference? FTR, I am nowhere near 60, and was taught these same signals in a cycling class in high school, 15 years ago. The alternate is more immediately understandable, IMHO, especially to non-cyclists, but not discouraged in my county. (Seattle)
Jul
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answered What hand signals are there for communicating with others when cycling in a group?
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revised Experience with Fizik R3 Road shoes?
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accepted Is there a device for protecting your carbon-soled road shoes from the cleats?
Jul
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revised Is there a device for protecting your carbon-soled road shoes from the cleats?
Added info from comments, so i cold accept the answer as the stickers described will do what I want.
Jul
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comment Carbon bikes make me nervous. Can you ease the tension?
...with their bike early enough to do something about it, and a lot more respect for a good shop mechanic.
Jul
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comment Carbon bikes make me nervous. Can you ease the tension?
Current frame failures for Trek, Scott, or Specialized are in the 1 to 25,000 range, and maybe 1 to 100,000 for catastrophic failures. And this still includes abuse or improper setup. The one thing I would caution against is setting up your new bike yourself, without very careful attention to the warnings, torque settings, and skill level of the mechanic involved. Which isn't to say you shouldn't learn to do your own maintenance. Every rider should. Once you know what needs to be done, regularly on your bike, most people have better emergency options, a better feel for what is going wrong...