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a place for egoat to get it out of his system (doping thread)

The "who's too superhuman" discussion is one that comes up naturally and repeatedly.  FMK posts wonderfully informed posts on the history of the problem, with erudition, supporting documentation,...

Pittsburgh Roubaix

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The past year write-ups are cooler, with better pix, frankly. Wondering what other new-world cities do a cobbles race / alleycat / fun ride.

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German six day races: some leaving, some returning (and schedule)

Six day racing in germany has been hit hard by anti-doping sentiment (transfered, somewhat ironically, from the road racing world, despite the even longer history of substance use in track racing...

Will Geox strand Menchov, Sastre et al, or are they playing games?

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Is this their way of lining up grand tour invitations? Or are they really getting [ahem] cold feet?

Zaugg, Postuma are Lux-bound!

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Yay!!!!! Underrated hardworking faves to the team of coolness! Mountain flea bringing some excess Swissitude, and Postuma bringing the Dutchitude (including cobbles and TT). Yay!

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Not my local ride (New Mexico bike camping trip)

A couple of months back, I posted for suggestions and feedback on a Santa Fe to Albuquerque ride, plus possible side trips.  Here's how it went!   day -2: eat lots of good NM food ("red or green?")...

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Superprestige Gavere (almost) LIVE (9am EST, I think)

I know nothing beyond this   Sunday, 21 November: Gavere - Superprestige The 250th Superprestige race will be in Gavere on the 21st of November. There's a fair bit of asphalt, which is not to my...

Maertens, de Vlaeminck, Planckaert commercial

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Youtube told me I wanted to see this. For once, they were right.

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need route, SantaFe - Abq. and environs (bike camping, Nov.)

I'm hoping for a bit more than what i can glean from Mapmyride.   Given the wide open spaces and the not-a-lot-of-water landscape, knowing where there's an open grocery, water, or...

concept bike. Pretty, but mechanically questionable

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Do you really want your hub to be the link that closes your entire frame? Hey, well, it's a fixie, so at least it's cheap to replace. And really, how much more "eco" does a bike become by removing a couple of welds, stays, and a tube?

Bikes of amsterdam and Arnhem

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What does one do with a few hours in Amsterdam? Me, I wander around taking snapshots of the amazing ways bikes can be used in a (mostly) flat country. I want to give a particular tip of the hat to "De Fietsfabriek," A family business in Amsterdam, whose products are consistently inventive, top quality, immensely practical, and aesthetically pleasing. Go here for more of their models, artfully placed and lit.

Sierra Club Bike-haiku contest. Win a breezer bike.

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For residents of the US, 18 or older. Process: join the Bicycle group on Sierra Club's Climate Crossroads page; post a picture to the group's gallery; write a haiku about your bike and/or bike commuting and stick it in the "add a comment" section. The winner will be selected by Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, founder of the Congressional Bicycle Caucus. Deadline to enter is May 31 at noon PST. Detailed rules and criteria here. Runners up get a helmet and lock.

cyclist alvarado killed by asshat teen driver

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See also here. The San Berdoo DA's e-mail address is da@sbcda.org, for anyone who wants to let them know we're watching....

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H.R. 4722: Active Community Transportation Act of 2010

To direct the Secretary of Transportation to carry out an active transportation investment program to encourage a mode shift to active transportation within selected communities by providing safe...

Cyclist-wounding doctor wins acting award?

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This the the ER doc who slammed on his brakes after cutting in front of cyclists on a winding downhill (upper Mandeville Canyon Rd.) He now emotes and claims he wanted to get a picture so he could educate the cycling community. Luckily, there's also a 911 transcript. I suppost it'll come down to how deep bike hatred runs in the jury, I guess.

Lance to CA, not Giro (supposedly final)

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Italian press all a-twitter over his tweet. see also here.

Video from the Ghisallo--more trip description, locale pix, viddy and museum bike p*rn to folllow,...

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Video from the Ghisallo--more trip description, locale pix, viddy and museum bike p*rn to folllow, once we have a faster internet connection. in case the HTML embed fails, the link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UvcQ5toAq0

anti-bike legal stuff

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Bad idea compounded with a weak response. Where do drivers get the idea that it is more appropriate to remove cyclists than to slow down? And where do urban cyclists get the idea that cyclists, including both bike-as-transportation are recreational cyclists, don't exist outside of urban areas? Yeah, the skills needed to cycle safely and comfortably on rural roads are not quite identical to the skills needed to cycle safely and comfortably in city traffic. So what? They're both safe if done right, and dangerous if done wrong. This is getting quite some coverage on Iowa radio, it seems.

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there is no "i" in "team"--who can best say that with a straight face?

Of all the people to make the "there is no “i” in “team” comment, Lance wasn't the first to spring to my mind, or the second, for that matter.  More specifically, Jens was the first, and Renshaw...

You, I, and conflict resolution

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Some people will roll their eyes--doesn't everyone know this crap? Um...based on recent evidence? No comment. Note that this is not about weakening an opinion. It's about a) not projecting onto others and b) not claiming that our opinion is fact. "I loathe kitties and puppies and Lance with a deep personal antipathy, and every word or yip or mew they produce grates on my brainstem"--that's an "I" statement, and no-one can (or rather, no-one should) challenge your right to have, and state, that visceral reaction. "You must be nuts to hate apple pie or Cance's butt"--that's a you statement. And innocuous though it looks, it may rub the wrong way if someone is diabetic, or gluten-intolerant, or on a diet, or just doesn't like...apple pie. If someone's wrong on a fact, correct that fact. If someone's "wrong" on tone, it's harder to correct. They may know that they commonly piss people off, but not have any sense that their conversational patterns are triggering the problem. In general, remember to a) speak for yourself, not for "people" or "everyone" or your state / country. Or at least, don't confuse the two. b) avoid telling other people what's going on inside their heads or second guessing their motivations.If people wanted free, unsolicited psychoanalysis via blog post, they'd be logging in to ShrinkCafe. c) distinguish between discussions (or attacks, even) on riders and discussions (or attacks) on people posting on this board. d) if you use a rhetorical device or phrase that can be misread as an insult, and someone gets insulted, don't tell them they're idiots for being insulted. Re-read to see what you said and correct it, or go with "I said that badly, no insult intended." e) de-escalation means you win. f) White unicorn has sweetness. Black unicorn has wit. Embody one or the other most of the time, and much will be forgiven.

Just the PR cycling needs / warning to you pros

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BBC is highlighting a new study about incredibly low rates of normal sperm in cyclists. Of course, they didn't look at RR pros, they looked at triathletes...Spanish Triathletes.

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got italy / lombardy area bike info?

Details still sketchy, but spouse has a conference in Trento the week after the Giro de Lombardia, which is on Oct. 17. We're intending to do some bike touring the week before the GdL, so we'll be...

Prisoner's Tour de France--WTF?

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It doesn't seem to be dated April 1, so I suppose it's real. But, WTF? And who's paying for the bikes? And how bad do I have to be to get put into prison in France within the next couple of weeks (or get hired as a guard)?

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sicklist: Mollema has mono

Watch those water bottles, folks... and those fan smooches. Mollema reports he has the Ziekte van Pfeiffer. Which appears to be that strength-sapping, spleen-weakening disease, Mono/EBV. Which is...

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keeping an eye on "daylight use only" rules

Bikes:  racing machines, vacation toys, transportation.  They don't need much.  A bit of upkeep, a rideable surface, and...the right to ride on that surface.  Too bad that item #3 can be turned...

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The quest for the ultimate travel bike: BTC's

Anyone have a bike using torque couplings?  Or know someone who does?  Some impressive names on the list of builders who use them.  The folders are sweet, but my legs say it would be sweeter yet to...

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Impe impe impe impe...impe!

Pieter and I were chatting about today's results, and he wondered out loud whether the current Van Impe was the son of one of his old favorites, Lucien Van Impe.  A little googling turns up the...

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How to say bicycle

Found a nice site from the international association of esperanto-speaking cyclists. It allows you to pop up 70-some bike part terms, side by side, in quite a wide choice of languages.  I don't...

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For new fans: does PdC hate Lance Armstrong?

This is a historical explanation of the term "HWMNBN," a term used elsewhere to refer to the worst dark wizard of all time, and commonly used here to refer to Mr. Lance Armstrong. It strikes me...

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worthy (?) causes

Money is tight all around, right?  Major foundations are going under, humanitarian groups are going begging, as already-promised funds disappear from under them, like bad magic.  What's that got to...

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