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@chris.cleeland so basically Zach was genius in his negotiation of said tape which was not tight enough even though every other rider (at least no else was was noted as being in Zach's cyclocross Mensa group) thought to ride the barrier? Obviously, I was not there, but the way this reads and sounds is UCI rules, etiquette or not it was a dick move of which Mr McDonald is no stranger to (SSCXWC). I stand by my assertion that they should have thrown his bum ass out of the race. Nevertheless, it's nice that Zach maintaining the classy gentility that Rapha is (marketing to make you think they are) known for. 

1 year ago on Berden Repeats, Anderson Redeems on Day 2 at the Gateway Cross Cup: Controversey in the Men’s Field – Results, Photos, Report

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 That does not sound like much of a controversy. If there are barriers and everyone must ride them a torn bit of tape is not an invitation for a rider to freestyle. Mr McDonald should be thankful they did not throw his ass out of the race period.

1 year ago on Berden Repeats, Anderson Redeems on Day 2 at the Gateway Cross Cup: Controversey in the Men’s Field – Results, Photos, Report

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Uh yeah, okay. Time, the other French company got it right a long time ago. I will stick with my ATAC's which have changed very little in my 20 years on them.

1 year ago on Long-Term Review: Look S-Track MTB / Cyclocross Pedals – A Stable, Mud-proof Option

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Nate, a dozen years ago and less every other schmuck on the trail (yeah I am a mountain biker so you know already my opinion is dirty) would ask me if my steed was a downhill bike (it was not) because I had (hydraulic) disc brakes ('99 on) and a 20mm thru-axle ('01 on), why did I need those since V-brakes and QR's were lighter, blah blah blah. Now you cannot hardly find a bike outside of Wallyworld that has V's ('cept CX bikes) and thru-axles are omnipresent as well. Does a cyclocross bike "need" any of this stuff? No, but depending on the rider they do solve problems. I am a bigger guy that rides aggressively. I break stuff; lots of stuff. I could stock a bike shop with the components and frames I have destroyed. This includes many high end brands that many have over-hyped respect for. Disc brakes are a no brainer, but not the stupid heavy ass mushy cable ones. Thru-axles? Absolutely. It sucks railing a flimsy front end through a corner or any chop. I want my bike to go where I point it. I have a hard time believing that part of the mystique of cyclocross is having outdated poor-handling and lousy braking bikes. There are plenty of Luddite-driven retro racing sources for that, but I am not wearing tweed this season.  

1 year, 3 months ago on Thru Axles in Cyclocross: One Mechanic’s Take

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I have never seen anyone at a cyclocross race on DH style pedals. None, even the Cat 4's. Must be a Cali thing.

1 year, 8 months ago on Introducing the Mallet DH/Race: New Downhill Race Pedal from Crankbrothers

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CX Mag is just paying the bills with this CB write up which has zero to do with cyclocross.

1 year, 8 months ago on Introducing the Mallet DH/Race: New Downhill Race Pedal from Crankbrothers

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Is it possible to buy just the Park pump head and hose or do you have to sacrifice a floor pump?

2 years, 3 months ago on How To: Craftsman Cordless Inflator Dials In PSI To Presta Tires With Minimal Conversion

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I don't really know because I keep riding in some way or another all year long. If I am jonesing for a cyclocross-esque ride, I just do it by mixing in some dirt into my road jaunts. This a hoot and I highly recommend it.

2 years, 4 months ago on What Do You Miss About Cyclocross? ’Crossers Weigh In

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I find a great deal of irony and amusement in the thought of "cyclocrossers" discovering mountain biking. It was the exact opposite for me as I discovered the nuances of road riding from getting into cyclocross. If I had a dollar for every time a mountain bike inspired move, tactic or skill has at once come under scrutiny from roadies I was with and/or has saved my tuckus, I would have enough kale for some silly carbon wheels. No matter how much road riding (or cyclocross for that matter) I do, I will never get all of the dirt outta my veins. Is it any wonder that the best CX riders started in BMX and mountain biking and not road? I think not.

2 years, 5 months ago on The Girl with the Cowbell Tattoo: Gaining Technical Competence, One Crash at a Time

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After dusting myself off, I always either reach for whatever downed competitor is nearby giving him the "psyche!" pull away as he goes to grab my arm. I then follow this with a swift kick to their solar plexus to be sure the will not be catching back up with you anytime soon. Alternatively, bashing said competitor with your rear wheel with a sweeping motion as you simultaneously remount your steed is also a good choice. This is a more advanced move and probably should be kept in the hands of solid Cat 3's and up.

2 years, 6 months ago on Mechanical Monday: What To Do When You Crash

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Rad, my brutha! I learned a long time ago that since I happen to like cycling and I would ride whether I was racing, riding trails all day, bar-hopping or whatever. There is no need to "train" for that. When someone starts paying me to run their colors for some kind of result, then maybe I will call the riding I do everyday "training." I look at it like this...every finish is a win; if I make someone laugh or piss someone off I win. If I run someone into the tape, beat someone to a corner, blast or bash them through barriers, I win. If I heckle my peers to the point that bystanders blush, I win. I got into this to test my mettle after 2 decades of mountain biking and because the other 40-somethings' enthusiasm over triathlons seemed too manufactured as well as too mainstream. My abilities in mountain biking have improved as a result though. See ya out there and hope I ruin your race. Ha!

2 years, 7 months ago on How Did I Get Here? A New Column from Josh Schwiesow

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How about coffee brewing and cocktail mixing for serious freds, Pro kiss and tell secrets, Adult embrocation application techniques, Hangover pick me ups for raceday, Fashion do's and dont's for for the style-conscious (rhetorical, eh?) 'crosser and music recommendations to whip you into a fury before you hit the starting line-up.

2 years, 7 months ago on Reader Requests: What Do You Want in the Off-Season

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Mazel Tov!

3 years ago on Deep Thoughts: a Column by Lee Waldman

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Jeez, what an a-hole in the background wearing that stupid CRC kit.

3 years, 1 month ago on Racer Profile: the Master

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I have always thought that training was bs. Unless you are A. being paid to race or B. your singular goal is how well you will do in any particular event, then it's just another ride. So Lee, if cyclocross, mountain bike or road races vanishes tomorrow would you still ride the way you do now? I believe you would. I race XC, DH, CX, Alley cats, Crits, commute to work, booze cruises whatever. Sometimes I do well; sometimes I do not, but I do not really give a rat's tuckus because riding is fun regardless. If you were miserable riding a bike I do not think we would see your column. Your previous significant other should have asked how long you planned on continuing to ride not race. Maybe it would have worked out better. Hahaha!

3 years, 4 months ago on Tough Questions - A Column By Lee Waldman

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