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comment How much speed can I buy
+1 for mechanical doping. Seriously, if money is no obect and all you care about is going fast, then a motor is probably a good solution. You could probably get a Trek Emonda SLR 10 which weighs in at 10.25 lbs, and not even get close to the gains that a motor would give you. The real answer to go faster is to have a decent bike and increase your fitness through training. But if you want to throw money at the problem, then a motor cannot be beat.
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comment Is a used 1998 LeMond Buenos Aires worth $450?
That price might be fine depending on the area. I was recently helping a coworker look for bikes. $450 would have been similar to the asking price for similar stuff in my area. Anything with real components (RSX, 105, Ultegra) as opposed to generic Shimano or even worse components was at least $400 asking price.
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comment Safety comparison, downhill mountain bike vs. downhill ski
I agree with this. Ski/Ride within your limits. I skied from the time I was 8 to when I was 18, basically every weekend in the winter. Only once did I hear of a catastrophic injury (still survived) on my local hill. And it was because the person in question was doing something stupid. I don't think me or any of my friends even ended up with a broken bone. "Extreme" sports can be done in a safe way. There's no reason to stay away from them completely.
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comment Switching from a mountain bike to a road bike
I don't think that lack of mountains or hills automatically means there are no places to use mountain bikes. Old dirt roads, nature trails (assuming bikes aren't prohibited), indoor/outdoor bike parks, and many other attractions can be plenty of fun on a mountain bike. You might want to switch up the gearing if you aren't dealing with too many hills, but look into the area to see if there are places you can utilize the bike you already have.
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comment Is it acceptable to wear kit from old team?
I think the only case where you shouldn't wear your old team kit is if there was a case of dishonorable discharge, like being kicked off the team for some reason. That's the only time I could see it being in bad taste. From the way you worded the question I'm quite certain this is not the case.
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answered Is it acceptable to wear kit from old team?
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accepted Why do riders not take advantage of other riders misfortune
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comment Why do riders not take advantage of other riders misfortune
I think the problem with the examples it's seen as going above and beyond what they are expected to do. They would comment how nice it was for them to do that, but on the other hand I get the feeling they wouldn't fault them if they didn't do it. For instance, it's newsworthy when a skier is given a replacement ski by an opposing coach, but nobody thinks it is exemplary to wait up for opponents in a bike race having mechanical problems, it's just simply the way things are done.
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comment Why do riders not take advantage of other riders misfortune
@Lohoris I agree with you on this one. Early in the race this year there was a big crash, and it seemed like everyone who made it through wanted to take advantage of it, and many of them were quite annoyed that they stopped the race. The reason for the stop was that there was no medical cars available to follow the race. Had there been medical cars available, most of the racers would have happily left the others behind.
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comment Why do riders not take advantage of other riders misfortune
I was looking for a little more history on the subject as well as why it's considered unsportsmanlike. I don't think it has always been the case that riders were supposed to wait for others when they had a mechanical. They used to be entirely self sufficient, and Eugène Christophe even had to find his way to a blacksmith to fix his own fork. Nobody waited for him.
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comment Hole in road bike tire
I've had these on my tires Grand Prix 4000 sII (perhaps a bit smaller) from the day I got them. I've ridden them a couple thousand kilometers and haven't experienced any problems.
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comment Is it possible to find the actual GPS coordinates of roads, rather than the surface they're on?
@ROIMaison I was just wondering if you had some ideas about riding across it as the riders in the Tour de France rode by there, although not on it, and the TV commentators were stating that they should have used the bridge, as it would have made for great television.
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comment Is it possible to find the actual GPS coordinates of roads, rather than the surface they're on?
Just checked Strava, and it looks like they use ground heights for the bridges as well, which is kind of surprising since they should have the road elevation data for roads ridden by cyclists. Also worth noting that I'm not so sure how good the bridge of Millau is for riding. I couldn't get Strata to let me use that road for a route, and from the aerial view it looks like a pretty major road which is probably high speed with lots of traffic.
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reviewed Close Best outdoor bike storage?
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reviewed Leave Open Is there a title that refers to the person who selects the athletes who will join the national team?