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    For the Cyclists in Tribeland.

    SportTracks
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    Road Rash

    Road rash sucks. You might want to add your question to the cyclists' thread. Lots of us in there have experience with it... I'd recommend the new wet bandages. Clean the wound really, really well. It will be super painful. If it's a small area, you can get a wet bandage from a regular drug...
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    For the Cyclists in Tribeland.

    I keep a front brake on my fixed, not because I use it regularly, but for that one case where a pedestrian jumps in front of me or my chain breaks... Redundancy is good. There's no sense taking chances, especially when it's not just yourself that you are responsible for....
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    FS: Fully Loaded Yamaha SU700

    Bump for a really fun workstation.
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    For the Cyclists in Tribeland.

    Most competitive mountain bikers spend most of their time on the road - it's the most efficient way to train. That said, you could join a club. There are lots of clubs downtown. I'm a member of the Lapdogs, which is mostly recreational mountain bikers. Of about 80 members, perhaps 5-10...
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    For the Cyclists in Tribeland.

    No brakes on a fixie in the city is just plain stupid. The only reason anyone rides like that is pure, selfish machismo. Ya, you don't need them on a day to day basis, but what about if your chain breaks or even falls off? What about when a pedestrian turns and walks right in front of you when...
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    For the Cyclists in Tribeland.

    Thanks! Although lap 2 (mine) was actually 50:50 (we won 175+). The lap that really killed me was my last at 55:15. I couldn't really stand up without wobbling for about an hour after finishing! I just ran out of gas and held on as best I could through the pain for the last 20 minutes of that...
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    For the Cyclists in Tribeland.

    It was an amazing weekend. The course was fast, twisty and fun (if a little dusty, especially before the dew set in). Our team won our division (lapdogs - mixed, over 175) with 25 laps. This was my first 24 hr race organized by chico racing. It was far, far better than the previous ones I'd...
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    For the Cyclists in Tribeland.

    Best of luck to you and any other tribe cyclists doing the 24 hr! Go lapdogs!
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    For the Cyclists in Tribeland.

    WTF?!? The guy just spent thousands of dollars on a fantastic bike and you're recommending he spend another 500-700 because what he's got isn't good enough? How much money do you people have??? Damn, you might want to get new cranks when you wear out your chainrings after about 20 000 km or so...
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    For the Cyclists in Tribeland.

    It's an [ahem] Aquila. I bought it from a guy who used to race for Racer Sportif, the store with the most obnoxious employees ever. They don't have a very good reputation for their bikes either, but it's what I could afford. Fortunately, mine is unpainted and I was able to remove all the...
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    For the Cyclists in Tribeland.

    heh heh, that surprises me, but as I've said, I've never really tried out the new dual susp. bikes. I've bounced around on a friend's but not had a good long xc ride on one. Regardless, right now I don't have any extra money, so if it did perform well for me, I'd probably do something stupid...
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    For the Cyclists in Tribeland.

    Hmmm. Point taken. I hadn't considered that. I'm actually an XC rider/racer with a soft-tail (~3/4 inch travel on the rear) and my specialty (and, perhaps a little freakishly, what I enjoy most) is climbing. I use my bar ends all the time. I've never really ridden a dual suspension bike...
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    For the Cyclists in Tribeland.

    If your chain is stretched more than 1/8" over 12 inches you should replace it. Much more than that and your whole drivetrain is probably pooched. If any of the teeth look asymmetric or like sharks teeth your likely out of luck. If you're an average cyclist, 1.5 years is about right to change...
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    For the Cyclists in Tribeland.

    Sorry to bring this nasty discussion back up, but you're wrong. Riser bars are to make your riding position more upright (comfortable) and give you a range of options (by rotating the handlebar). Bar ends are to help with climbing and to give you a variety in hand positions for long rides...
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    MPC4000? anyone got one?

    There's a Yamaha RS7000 on sale right now at Songbird for something ridiculous like 600 bucks. Far more capability than an MPC1000 or 2500 for bupkes.
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    For the Cyclists in Tribeland.

    http://toronto.craigslist.org/bik/157262482.html
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    For the Cyclists in Tribeland.

    If you're just trail riding and occasionally riding downhill, rim v-brakes are fine. Disc brakes are great, but, provided whatcha got ain't broke, there's no need to replace them. A downhill fork will be counterproductive to cross country riding. It'll just add a lot of weight and likely...
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    For the Cyclists in Tribeland.

    I think the most important lesson is "Stay the fuck out of truckers' blind spots!!!!" A cycling helmet is NOT going to protect your head from being crushed by a tire. Period. The only thing a helmet can ever do is reduce injuries. It's simply not designed to save lives, otherwise it would...
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    For the Cyclists in Tribeland.

    Take a look at the classifieds at http://www.canadiancyclist.com There's quite a few wheelsets available there.
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