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  1. But the whole point is maximum speed for the...

    But the whole point is maximum speed for the 1-mile course. You can't start on that bike with the gearing it has, from a standing start. Hell I probably can't turnover a 54x11, much less a 200x11
  2. No, I'm sure they now use disc brakes. Disc...

    No, I'm sure they now use disc brakes. Disc brakes came onto racing bicycles about 10-12 years ago and are much better at stopping. I recently bought a new bike but opted not to get disc brakes for a...
  3. For those wondering about Mile-a-Minute Murphy he...

    For those wondering about Mile-a-Minute Murphy he was the first cyclist to better 60 mph on a bike. He did it in 1899 riding behind a train on a special course with planks laid between the railroad...
  4. The 1995 record by the Dutch guy (Fred...

    The 1995 record by the Dutch guy (Fred Rompelberg) broke the record of John Howard. Howard is a cycling legend for numerous feats. He was a three-time US Olympian in road racings. He was a gold...
  5. Read the article Conor Dary referenced for a good...

    Read the article Conor Dary referenced for a good description of the bikes - https://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear...breaking-bike/
  6. Yes, they draft a specially adapted car. It has a...

    Yes, they draft a specially adapted car. It has a hood set up in the back of the car and the rider basically rides the bike in that hood for maximum protection from wind resistance.

    The bike is...
  7. Here's a picture of the bike ridden by the Dutch...

    Here's a picture of the bike ridden by the Dutch guy back in 1995. Note the double set of big rings.
  8. No. She doesn't have to pedal super fast because...

    No. She doesn't have to pedal super fast because these land speeds have a dual set of big rings, unlike a regular bike with a single big ring. So a Tour de France rider may ride a big gear of 54 x...
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    And of course, he made the 1956 Olympic team in...

    And of course, he made the 1956 Olympic team in the long jump as well (3rd at the trials), but withdrew from that event as he was injured in Melbourne.
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    Rafer also played basketball at UCLA under John...

    Rafer also played basketball at UCLA under John Wooden.
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    Was there a girl in that flatbed Ford?

    Was there a girl in that flatbed Ford?
  12. Well, you could have had the Duke University...

    Well, you could have had the Duke University Marching Band, which loves to go by its acronym of DUMB
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    I agree that 1967 was the greatest year ever for...

    I agree that 1967 was the greatest year ever for pop music
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    Having just visited West Point a few weeks ago,...

    Having just visited West Point a few weeks ago, hard to beat that. Have never seen USAFA although I've been to Colorado Springs several times.
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    Atticus is right that Get Together by the...

    Atticus is right that Get Together by the Youngbloods was the anthem of the last few years of the 60s
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    Didn't Pearl Jam and Lou Reed do covers of...

    Didn't Pearl Jam and Lou Reed do covers of Vaillant's double-texted ballade for 3 voices?
  17. Thread: 1964 AAU's

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    Men's and women's AAUs were not held concurrently...

    Men's and women's AAUs were not held concurrently until the late 70s (?exact date)
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    For those who might think measles cannot be a...

    For those who might think measles cannot be a serious disease - this was an otherwise healhty 43 yo woman -...
  19. About 10-15 yrs ago I was at a meeting in...

    About 10-15 yrs ago I was at a meeting in Keystone, which is almost as high as Leadville (9,000 feet). I went for a run in the afternoon and that nite I had a blinding headache - I mean blinding. Did...
  20. While I was at a meeting in Vail, I drove up to...

    While I was at a meeting in Vail, I drove up to Leadville to see it, and my ears popped the whole way up there from the change in pressure.
  21. I agree, Conor Dary. Very good writer and good...

    I agree, Conor Dary. Very good writer and good book. Highly recommend it. I think most people of this MB would enjoy it.
  22. Thread: Brazil

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    As a Brit, Richard, I'm amazed that you knew that...

    As a Brit, Richard, I'm amazed that you knew that about Frenchy Fuqua. I will now have to start studying up on cricket stats and trivia to keep up with you
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    Bill Nieder later became a professional boxer....

    Bill Nieder later became a professional boxer. What was his pro record as a boxer?
  24. Thread: Brazil

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    I think this is a hard one. If I can give a hint,...

    I think this is a hard one. If I can give a hint, think Frenchy.
  25. Yeah, Curt was a good distance runner. Ran the...

    Yeah, Curt was a good distance runner. Ran the 1980 US Olympic Trials in the marathon, and as I mentioned, later became a pretty good triathlete
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