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by Nefarious86

Ok people calm the doping/morality chat. I dont want to be giving out holidays this early in the year.

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micky wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:52 am
We're just on 14th January and already derailling strongly on the topic.

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no, we're not. it's just the usual off-season doping/slammage/tenderloins/sock lenght debate. and it's still far from getting ugly :popcorn:

on a slighty less doping note, I find this very amusing. yeah, we all know alcohol is bad for you, right, especially while you're in a 100% efficiency mode. except for situations when it's not, and you hear from a 120y.o. Cuba resident he owes his age to rum and cigars... or read how antioxidants, common in wine, make you not only healthier but also happier.. not to mention all those moments throughout the year you feel the (pretty non-canonical from medical pov, and by many psychiatrists considered downright uhealthy, but still widely established as a golden mean ) need for a "cold one" to ease up a bit...

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by maquisard

There is a lot of research that longevity is as much down to mental wellbeing. A reduction in stress in the home and at work mean less cortisol and a healthier body and immune system. Genetics and environmental factors obviously have a massive role to play as well. The key as ever is to live a balanced life. Make time for your work, for your family and also on a personal level doing things that make you happy.

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^pretty much this

it's far healthier to drink than to dope, that's for sure. and arguably it's better to be a fit amateur, than a maxed out athlete - at least that's what I'm telling myself :beerchug:
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Nicest Pro Bike 2020?

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by kgt

IMO yes, but not in this color.

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by KWalker

I might be a bit anal retentive, but the black headseat cap is an eyesore. Paint it white and we're good.
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KWalker wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:40 pm
I might be a bit anal retentive, but the black headseat cap is an eyesore. Paint it white and we're good.
Thought the same.

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by Dan Gerous

Richie Porte has 54/41 chainrings paired with a 10-28 cassette on his eTAP AXS transmission... maybe he's just using it as a 11 speed 11-28. :mrgreen:

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^ very interesting. Is this a realization that there's too much friction on the 10 cog, so they just treat it as a throw away? Meaning, 11 speeds really was enough, 12 either gives you an extreme gear you don't need, or fills a hole that doesn't need filling?

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He and a few others started using standard chainring sizes last season, but not a production looking one-piece part like this, they just machined a few sets of bolt-on chainrings.

Also interesting, most kilometres ridden by pros since Christmas, the list was originally only men but Annemiek Van Vleuten was added... almost at the top!

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spud wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:25 pm
^ very interesting. Is this a realization that there's too much friction on the 10 cog, so they just treat it as a throw away? Meaning, 11 speeds really was enough, 12 either gives you an extreme gear you don't need, or fills a hole that doesn't need filling?
Must be something like that. High gear equivalent bigger than a 59x11. When would it ever be used?

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by spud

Dan Gerous wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:03 pm
He and a few others started using standard chainring sizes last season, but not a production looking one-piece part like this, they just machined a few sets of bolt-on chainrings.

Also interesting, most kilometres ridden by pros since Christmas, the list was originally only men but Annemiek Van Vleuten was added... almost at the top!

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Seems like a rookie mistake for her to be piling up that many miles so early in the season - if the men aren't doing it, she probably shouldn't either, even if she has early season goals. How many women have we seen go from absolutely dominant (across different disciplines) to 100% burned out or worse?

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by Dan Gerous

spud wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:41 pm
Dan Gerous wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:03 pm
He and a few others started using standard chainring sizes last season, but not a production looking one-piece part like this, they just machined a few sets of bolt-on chainrings.

Also interesting, most kilometres ridden by pros since Christmas, the list was originally only men but Annemiek Van Vleuten was added... almost at the top!

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Seems like a rookie mistake for her to be piling up that many miles so early in the season - if the men aren't doing it, she probably shouldn't either, even if she has early season goals. How many women have we seen go from absolutely dominant (across different disciplines) to 100% burned out or worse?
Well, she did the same last year (maybe the year before as well) and look what kind of season she had. In a league of her own at the Giro and Worlds, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Strade Bianche, ITT National Champ, 2nd in De Ronde, Flèche, Amstel... Her 'bad day' was bronze in the Worlds ITT! :unbelievable:

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by AJS914

Interesting that Bernal's average ride is 160km (100mi) and Lachlan Morton, who rides more frequently, is averaging 91km per (56 mi).

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