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@JosephRatliff I'm wasn't necessarily making a value judgement here. As it happens, I don't like how they do business--I think driving prices down to the ultimate floor possible actually has undesirable knock-on effects down the road--but neither being a monopoly nor a monopsony is inherently bad. It's never been illegal to be a monopoly, it's only illegal to abuse your monopoly leverage to keep other players out of the market. I don't think there are any laws on the books to handle what Amazon is. 


We'll see how it plays out. For my part, as an informed consumer, I've stopped using them for books and have shifted my business elsewhere. I still use them to buy things that I find hard to get in some other way. I buy water filters from them because most shops don't carry the ones that I use.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119769/amazons-monopoly-must-be-broken-radical-plan-tech-giant

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@JosephRatliff I've heard it said that they're actually a 'monopsony' (in the book market). They're not the only place you can go to buy books, but they're the only meaningful player in the market if you want to sell books. You can go with Amazon and survive without the other guys, and that's why you'll cut a deal, even if it looks bad on the surface. Even a bad deal from Amazon might theoretically be better than a good deal from anyone else.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119769/amazons-monopoly-must-be-broken-radical-plan-tech-giant

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"Sick of the sight," not "site."

1 year, 8 months ago on Judge allows Apple Siri vs. Samsung patent case to continue

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 @MarcDettman I've had 3 sets of Candies fail on me in exactly the same way: the pedal body separated from the spindle. The first time, I thought it was just a bad set. The second time, I sent them back, and they repaired them. Then that set failed again.

 

I've never had any other set of MTB/CX pedals fail on me before, period. I always retired them in favour of something else. Shimano, Time and now Look have all weathered multiple seasons of riding and racing (straight through Canadian winters no less) with no problems at all. 

 

I don't know what the deal is with Crankbrother pedals, but I know I'm not the only one that has those troubles. I'm glad your pedals have worked out, but that variability and inconsistency will keep me away forever.

1 year, 9 months ago on Introducing the Mallet DH/Race: New Downhill Race Pedal from Crankbrothers

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I'm almost certain that her original file was in metric. Care to post that for us Canadians? :)

1 year, 9 months ago on Mical Dyck’s Garmin Data File from the Women’s Race at Cyclocross World Championships

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More gear, especially complete bikes, and tyres. 

2 years, 8 months ago on Reader Requests: What Do You Want in the Off-Season

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 @daniel.dj.cox It's true; I didn't say it was easy. I don't think that anything we do is easy. But the beauty of being an athlete is that before you hit the extremely elite level, there's actually a lot of wiggle room. I've finished days with well over 1000 calories to spare, just by being on the bike for a couple hours, even after eating a nearly obscene amount of food. 50g of potato chips is a lot of chips, and it'll cost you about 250 calories--that's not so bad, if you know you have 250 calories to spare that day. Knowing what and how much you eat is a substantial part of the battle.

 

In any case, what you say is true, but I think it's important to make and push home the point that ultimately, it comes down to calories in and calories out. No fad diet can change that. No weight loss plan will work without that simple realisation. Everything hinges on it, and to meet people that still actually think that it's JUST about cutting out carbs or fat means that fundamentally, that message has failed. 

 

And if you reach a plateau where you're struggling to lose weight and eat right, you probably need to sit down and ask whether it's actually NECESSARY or healthy to lose that weight. Each person will have a fundamental limit beyond which it will be effectively impossible to be healthy; we still have bones and organs and this big ol' lump of a brain (20% of your calorie intake!) to maintain.

2 years, 8 months ago on Training Tuesday: Matt Fitzgerald Talks Off-Season Weight Loss

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Thermodynamics ALWAYS wins. 100% of the time, no exceptions. Studies have shown that it's very difficult to measure calories and caloric burn accurately, but that's it. If you're not losing weight, your measurements are wrong. It's not an easy problem to solve, but it's not intractable. If you can't lose weight, see your doctor. I know he said it 'seems' like thermodynamics is being violated, but I've run into so many people that think that weight loss is  somehow not about that calorie-in/calorie-out balance and it makes me nuts.

 

I've lost 3kg in the last 5 weeks. All I needed was a kitchen scale, a few formulae and some approximations of calorie burn and food energy content. 

2 years, 8 months ago on Training Tuesday: Matt Fitzgerald Talks Off-Season Weight Loss

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I'm cheering for anyone BUT Stybar so I don't have to hear anymore about Specialized for the rest of the year.

2 years, 9 months ago on Pro Bike Profile: Zdeněk Štybar’s Pink Specialized Crux Cyclocross Bike

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Did someone's autocorrect change 'Sanne Cant' to 'Sanne Cannot'? :/

2 years, 11 months ago on Vos Continues to Dominate World Cup at Heusden-Zolder – UPDATED: Photo Gallery, Full Report

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Is there really that little to say about the women's race? Surely the race was more interesting than 2 short paragraphs of commentary.

3 years ago on Sanne van Paassen Surpasses Herself – Superprestige Gavere Women’s Cyclocross Classic UPDATED: Full Results, Photos

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I had to click the 'local ride' link to find out that the race was actually in BC. It's a big country; saying the ride was 'in Canada' doesn't really mean much. BC is over 4000km away from where I live!

3 years ago on Halloween Hijinks Start Early in Canada with Pumpkin ’Cross

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Never bet against a Belgian when it comes to mud. Leave it to Vanderbeeken to ride the pit. Awesome!

3 years, 2 months ago on UPDATED: Jeremy Powers and Helen Wyman Open UCI Cyclocross Season with Wins at Nittany Lion Cross – Brief Report

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The 2012 X-Fire in the picture is a bit misleading; obviously some of the problems that you were having wouldn't be present in the 2012 due to the internal routing of the cable, and the fact that the front derailleur cable comes up through the frame and eliminates the need for an external pulley.

3 years, 2 months ago on Mechanical Mondays: Pre-Season Equipment Improvements; A Case Study

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Amusingly, the image on the cover of that book has the racer's elbow on the outside of lift, which I've been told is bad technique. :)

(Ostensibly, a proper suitcase lift has your elbow in between you and the bike, which avoids having to waste energy on the rotation of the bike outward to clear the obstacles, and keeps the bike from banging against you because it's too close.)

3 years, 2 months ago on In The Saddle With Simon Burney: Cyclocross Author, Coach and Manager

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@MollyCX Hah, you're on. We'll make it a section without barriers so my height advantage isn't as big a factor. ;)

3 years, 2 months ago on The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo: Ready To Race

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Actually, there were 4 rows, and we were starting 30s apart. In the third row, it was Junior and Master men. If you'd had a minute head start on me, I don't think I would have caught you. The elites started 30s back of us.

3 years, 3 months ago on The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo: Ready To Race

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Oh, I didn't realize that Shaun's your coach, too.

Do you find yourself looking forward to training rides now that you've got some structure to them? I'm still punched from the camp, but I'm more excited than is reasonable for my interval night tonight.

3 years, 3 months ago on The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo: Gonna Fly Now

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I run as a part of interval training. There's a ~12 minute dirt path climb that I live near. During CX season, I get off the bike every two minutes, and sprint with the bike to the next obstacle, or until I pass a group of people. That way I get intervals in and do a little dismount/remount training. I switch the way I run or carry the bike each time, so I do some running with it beside me, in a simple carry, and in a shoulder carry.

CX running is almost always about a short, intense run. I don't know why I'd go for a 15 minute run when almost none of those factors will be the same in an actual race.

3 years, 4 months ago on Prepping for the Season: To Run or Not to Run

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