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    1. The chinese carbon bike has been fantastic. Its...

      The chinese carbon bike has been fantastic. Its only weak point has been that you need to really clamp the rear wheel in to make sure it doesn't bounce out. If I were getting it again I'd go 142x12...
    2. Yup. Race XC on a no-name Chinese carbon HT frame...

      Yup. Race XC on a no-name Chinese carbon HT frame (HF-FM136) w/SRAM X0 drivetrain, brakes, etc., no-name Chinese carbon wheels. Comes in at about 21lb. I also race cyclocross on a Specialized Crux...
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      You can use a SRAM PG-1070 12-27 or 12-28, or the...

      You can use a SRAM PG-1070 12-27 or 12-28, or the XG 1090 CX cassette if you really want the 16 tooth option. Works fine with a Shimano drive train.
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      Sounds like it could be a tight IT band causing...

      Sounds like it could be a tight IT band causing the problem. Google IT band syndrome, or ITB syndrome. Get a foam roller and start using it before and after every ride. Also, like jnm2.0t said, your...
    5. I've got a 2011 S4 with manual transmission. It's...

      I've got a 2011 S4 with manual transmission. It's my daily driver and I've had to drive in tons of traffic. With the amount of torque in the engine, I don't have to shift all the time. Even if I did,...
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      I believe you're talking about "The Power of One"...

      I believe you're talking about "The Power of One" by Bryce Courtenay - http://www.amazon.com/Power-One-Novel-Bryce-Courtenay/dp/034541005X/ref=la_B000APTGP0_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1393860805&sr=1-1
    7. I've done the CSS 2 day course at VIR as well as...

      I've done the CSS 2 day course at VIR as well as a one day CSS course. There definitely is a tangible difference in the instructor-to-student ratio between the two. On the 2-day course I felt that I...
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      I'm going through the same thing - unlimited VZW...

      I'm going through the same thing - unlimited VZW data, but very spotty coverage at work. When I do get LTE, it's not very fast. I've gotta wonder if Verizon are throttling unlimited customers in an...
    9. Anyone tried smartauto24.com or oemcargps.com?

      I've just purchased a 2002 Passat GLS 4Motion wagon as a beater car. It does NOT have the monsson sound, but does have the premium double-DIN system.

      I want to rip that out and replace it with an...
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      Depends on the race. If the race is overly...

      Depends on the race. If the race is overly technical, expect crashes. I was less worried about crashes in cat 5 races than I was in cat 4 races, because every new young cat 4 racer thinks the only...
    11. T-mobile offers unlimited, no-contract data plans.

      T-mobile offers unlimited, no-contract data plans.
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      Why do you want to do that? They're not...

      Why do you want to do that? They're not comfortable and it takes a while to get used to them. Most group rides won't let you use aero bars either.
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      Only if you don't maintain them properly. Keep...

      Only if you don't maintain them properly. Keep the o-ring lubed and it keeps water out.
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      Not sure I agree with that. I've used my powertap...

      Not sure I agree with that. I've used my powertap for something like 10,000 miles in all kinds of weather, including thunderstorms. I've had no problems with it at all.
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      I'll definitely second the thought about training...

      I'll definitely second the thought about training with power not being for everyone. I'll put in a plug for a PowerTap simply because it's easily portable from bike to bike.

      Here's my cautionary...
    16. I've got a Hongfu HF-FM136 MTB and I've got...

      I've got a Hongfu HF-FM136 MTB and I've got light-bicycles.com carbon MTB wheels. I've been anything but easy on them and I have no complaints at all. I just ripped the rear derailleur off over the...
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      You forget that cyclists who race are cheap. I...

      You forget that cyclists who race are cheap. I know a number of photographers who tried to sell their pics and failed miserably because racers are cheap.
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      Did my first MTB race ever today. Got 4th and a...

      Did my first MTB race ever today. Got 4th and a separated shoulder for my troubles.
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      It's really not that bad - we did it in July 2011...

      It's really not that bad - we did it in July 2011 and had a blast. It was cold and raining, but that didn't detract from the fun.

      This year:
      - Start racing MTBs - XC. See if I can get some...
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      Nope, because I tried riding yesterday and this...

      Nope, because I tried riding yesterday and this was the result:

      http://i48.tinypic.com/2hpnh21.jpg
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