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Old July 18th, 2013, 01:34 PM
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Old July 18th, 2013, 02:20 PM
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Old July 18th, 2013, 02:24 PM
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That bike is pure:

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Old July 18th, 2013, 02:24 PM
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Old July 18th, 2013, 02:46 PM
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Old July 19th, 2013, 09:15 AM
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Great pics-
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Old August 12th, 2013, 09:14 PM
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Old August 15th, 2013, 11:57 AM
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Unboxed: Garmin re-launches Vector pedal-based power meter:

http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/...r-meter_298062

I'm a caveman. I'm just not into electronic stuff on a bicycle. To me, one of the appeals of the bicycle is that it's a human-powered machine. Batteries and electronics sort of ruin that for me. But those pedals are certainly interesting. I can't stand those SRM cranks and Powertap hubs. They're so hideously ugly. These pedals look a lot cleaner or at least they have the potential to be cleaner as technology progresses.

Another advantage of those pedals:

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That future holds host of possibilities for additional data crunching. In addition to features like left-right power balance, which will be available on this Vector version 1.0, Garmin’s engineers hope that the Vector will someday be able to tell you precisely how you’re pedaling, and, more importantly, how it can be improved.

That's something the ugly Powertap and SRM meters won't do. One of the reasons rollers are difficult to ride at first is because people are naturally "legged", with one leg doing more work than the other. These pedals could actually measure differences in leg strength and souplesse.

I wonder if in the future they can measure strain on the pedals and measure cadence and then link up to the electronic derailleurs to have the bike shift automatically. I'm not into that either but it would certainly be interesting.
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Old September 17th, 2013, 09:39 AM
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These crank arm power meters are even cleaner than the pedal variants:

http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/...-meters_303106



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The Stages meter is permanently attached to a left-side crank arm, calculating power based on the flex of that arm. The technology only works with aluminum cranks, and only measures power generated by the left leg, but the Stages meters are also among the least expensive on the market. It features a temperature compensation system that keeps power readings consistent as temperature fluctuates, and adds less than 20 grams to total crankset weight.
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Old October 13th, 2013, 07:43 PM
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I had an interesting conversation with a German cyclist this afternoon about helmets while I was putting my chain back on my bike during a ride this afternoon (yes I need to adjust my derailleur). I actually got off my ass today and went for a late afternoon bike ride on my usual 18 or so miles around Lake Matthews near my house.

While I was fixing my bike this guy came riding up on a touring bike and no helmet but his bike did have a light.

He thought it was amusing that here in California most cyclists wore helmets but hardly anyone had lights or even reflectors (like me).

So I did some research when I got home:

http://www.ecf.com/advocary/road-saf...lective-vests/

http://www.ecf.com/wp-content/upload...ntro_Final.pdf

http://bicycletouringpro.com/blog/bi...oven-not-safe/

http://www.cyclehelmets.org/1012.html

http://www.cyclehelmets.org/1213.html
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Old October 14th, 2013, 10:32 AM
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At least you two had a conversation about it.

All I've heard thus far is:

"Hey man, where's your helmet?"

"I shouldn't be talking to you; you're not wearing a helmet."

"Nice skid."

"Helmet!"

"You need to get a helmet for that head of yours."
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Old October 14th, 2013, 09:47 PM
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At least you two had a conversation about it.

All I've heard thus far is:

"Hey man, where's your helmet?"

"I shouldn't be talking to you; you're not wearing a helmet."

"Nice skid."

"Helmet!"

"You need to get a helmet for that head of yours."

I like this quote from the cyclehelmets.org:

Conclusions

Despite the considerable effort that has been put into research about cycle helmets, there is no real-world evidence that helmets have ever resulted in the net saving of even a single life. However, if helmets were actually effective, then many more pedestrian and motor vehicle occupant lives could be expected to be saved if these groups wore helmets.
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Old October 15th, 2013, 08:53 AM
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Both my girls play soccer. This just made the news last week.



http://offwing.com/2006/07/the-whole...soccer-helmets

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An 8-year-old girl wears Storelli headguard while practicing with the Manhasset Soccer Club in Long Island, N.Y.
Most parents wouldn’t dream of sending a child on to the football field minus a helmet. But many of us are quite comfortable when our kid plays soccer or field hockey without protective headgear — despite some of the grisly collisions we may have seen from the sidelines.

This fall, though, Princeton, N.J., schools have taken a bold step and required students, for both practice and competition, grades six through 12, to wear a soft helmet during boys and girls soccer, as well as girls field hockey and lacrosse. According to Timothy Quinn, president of the Princeton school board, the headgear retails for about $70 but is provided to students at no charge by the school district .

For the first year, it’s mandatory for all sixth-grade players, while parents in higher grades can formally opt-out of the rule for their child.

And so far, the vast majority of Princeton parents, grades seven through 12, are opting out. “Right now, very few are doing it,” said John Miranda, Princeton’s athletic director. “Change is hard. Many of these parents have spent a lifetime playing without anything and I’m not surprised there’s initial resistance.”
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Old October 15th, 2013, 10:42 AM
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Helmet laws remind me of gun laws.
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Old October 15th, 2013, 11:19 AM
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Please! Won't someone save us from ourselves?? It's for the children!™
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Old October 15th, 2013, 12:26 PM
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Those kids are going to discover that they can now use their heads as weapons, especially against players without helmets.

I make my kids wear helmets while riding their bikes because they aren't very good riders. They've all taken hits to the head while learning. Bashing your head doesn't have to kill you to be unpleasant.
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Old October 15th, 2013, 12:33 PM
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I have crashed bikes many times (motorcycles and bicycles). I have badly damaged a couple moto helmets and have no doubt that they saved me from some sort of head injury. I have also broken two different bicycle helmets into pieces as the result of a head impact during a crash.

In my mind, helmets are worth while and I wear one every time I ride.

But that is my choice. We should all be given the choice. We should not judge others who make a different choice.
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Old October 15th, 2013, 02:01 PM
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Growing up, I never wore a helmet. Nobody did. It's ironic that the worst injury I ever got was when I was wearing a helmet. I was mountain biking in New Hampshire and bailed hard. I landed flat and bashed my face in the rocky ground. I looked like someone who got his ass kicked by Mike Tyson. The helmet never touched the ground.

Anyways, to each his own. I could care less if anyone wears a helmet or not, but it pisses me off that I have to wear one here in Washington.

Aaron, not to split hairs, but we all have the choice until it's taken from us.
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Old October 15th, 2013, 06:31 PM
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Aaron, not to split hairs, but we all have the choice until it's taken from us.

Agreed, it was poorly worded. The choice is ours and should remain ours.
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Old October 16th, 2013, 10:57 AM
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I've banged and scraped my head on the pavement a few times in spills. Fortunately, I never cracked my skull or anything.

What's weird is that my racing helmet didn't have a mark on it. It was one of those original foam Giro helmets with the lycra cover. Like most cycling clothing, both of these would show the signs of the slightest impact or scrape. But neither one did.
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Old October 16th, 2013, 11:42 AM
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I'm digging these Yakkay helmets:



As far as I know, the hard shell is the same and the covers are interchangeable.

This idea wouldn't seem suitable for racers, but these helmets seem ideal for commuters and recreational riders. I think the full-brimmed covers look especially good:



I might get some for my nephews. I think this:



looks a hell of a lot better than this:

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Old October 16th, 2013, 03:04 PM
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This is pretty funny:

http://www.drianwalker.com/overtakin...ngprobrief.pdf

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KEY FINDINGS

When overtaking the test bicycle, drivers passed closer when the experimenter:

• rode towards the centre of the lane rather than the edge

• wore a helmet

• appeared male rather than female

If you take the findings at face value and want to minimize your chances of getting clobbered by a car, you want to ride on the side of the road, not wear a helmet, and look like a woman.

The first two are easy, but looking like a woman is much harder to achieve. Score the old school jerseys with front pockets:


Fill all of the pockets with food and you will go a long way toward looking like a woman.
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Old October 18th, 2013, 06:46 AM
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I might get some for my nephews.

I don't know how old your nephews are, but if they're older than the kid in the photo, you might want to rethink that. What looks good to their old uncle *might* not be cool to them. Think: Christmas sweater from grandma.
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Old March 10th, 2014, 02:14 PM
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Nice pics from Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne:


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Up the Oude Kwaremont. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com



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Some like the cobbles; others like the bike path. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com



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Tom Boonen bounces back from a poor Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to win Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com



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The spoils of victory. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com


And Strade Bianche:


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At 200km, the Strade Bianche is a long and winding (and dusty) road. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com



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Riders were either making dust or eating it. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com



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Michal Kwiatkowski can't believe he's done it. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com



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Alejandro Valverde finally escaped the chase to take third. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com


The Quick Step boys are booming once again. We'll see if they can score a victory at Flanders or Roubaix.
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Old March 10th, 2014, 10:03 PM
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Octagenarian Campagnolo:




Eddy Merckx on a compact crankset? Please. He is the greatest rider who ever lived:


Eddy Merckx doesn't need no compact crankset.
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