CyclingTips Digest: UCI and Dictators, Forkmods, Temp Doping, Lefties, and More

Jun 12, 2020
by Sarah Lukas  

What's going on in the curly bar world? CyclingTips Digest showcases articles from our sister site, CyclingTips. In each installment, you might find endurance coverage, power-to-weight ratios, gravel bike tech and, of course, lycra.

The UCI just gave its highest award to this crackpot dictator
By: Iain Treloar

Last week was a big week for Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the president of Turkmenistan. The former dentist had a packed schedule of days full of adoration from his constituents, and rousing parades along the highways of the glitteringly white, eerily quiet capital city of Ashkabat.

These long days of celebration were Turkmen Carpet Day (yes, really) on Sunday, International Children’s Day on Monday, and World Bicycle Day on Wednesday. This last milestone was feted with typical autocratic flair: a massive parade of 7,400 unmasked and non-socially-distanced cyclists – because Turkmenistan claims no cases of coronavirus – to the unveiling of a massive monument titled ‘Bicycle’. It was a day to wave flags, and release thousands of balloons, and ride bikes, and sing songs. It was a day to honour Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the Great Protector of Turkmenistan, the self-proclaimed motherland of Neutrality.

Now. Let me paint you two pictures of Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

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Cannondale Topstone Carbon Lefty review: Suspension makes it better
By: James Huang

The new Cannondale Topstone Carbon Lefty is basically the same as the standard Topstone Carbon, but now with a suspension fork and a switch to 650b wheels and tires. The changes sound modest on paper but the difference you feel in the saddle is far greater than you might expect, and while that Lefty Oliver fork adds a fair bit of weight, it more than makes up for it in terms of capability and sheer fun. More importantly, it arguably makes for a more balanced and cohesive machine than the standard version.

If mixed terrain is more your style, the standard Topstone is still the better choice. But if your idea of gravel riding leans more toward the off-road end of the spectrum, this is the Topstone to get.

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Modernize your outdated 15mm thru-axle bike with Forkmods
By: James Huang

It’s an all-too-common scenario in the era of rapidly changing bike “standards”: Adrian Hodgson was recently looking to replace the wheels on his 2016 Trek Domane 6.9 Disc, but he had few good options. Despite the bike only being a handful of years old, the 15 mm-diameter thru-axle format used on the existing fork and front wheel had already been replaced by the now-dominant 12 mm one, and most wheels were already only being offered in the latter size.

“All of the wheels I looked at were fine if you had 12 mm but the choice was very limited if you had a 15 mm fork,” he said. “I Googled for hours on a number of occasions and even made contact with Trek and DT Swiss, who made the bike and standard hub components in the first place, but neither they nor anybody else could sell me something. My choices were either, buy a lower-spec wheel (which I did), or buy a new bike with a 12 mm fork.”

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Temperature doping: Are there optimal conditions for indoor training?
By: Jason Boynton

More riders than ever have turned to indoor training in recent months as the world continues to battle with COVID-19. While riding indoors offers much of what outdoor riding does, there are clear differences. The thrill of descending, the joy of being out in nature, the simple pleasure of going somewhere — none of this is possible indoors. And no matter how good your indoor fan is, the wind in your face inside can never really replicate the real thing.

As it turns out, the amount of available cooling while riding indoors might just affect your cycling performance. Which raises an interesting question: Can you adjust your indoor riding conditions to give you the edge in your next e-race?

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Who trains harder: male or female pro cyclists?
By: Matt de Neef

Say you had access to several years worth of training data from a bunch of male and female pro road cyclists. And say you went through and meticulously analysed that training data to determine how the training of elite males and females differs. What would you expect to find?

Would you expect that men train harder than women do? Would you expect the opposite? And how would you define “harder” anyway?

As it turns out, a handful of Dutch researchers did have access to several years worth of training data, and did take the time to analyse that data in detail. The result is what they claim is the first “detailed quantification of the training demands of female pro cyclists”. The results are quite interesting.

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Everesting Mount Everest
By: Andy Van Bergen

Hands gripped my nose tightly while another firmly covered my mouth.

I madly clutched and clawed at my assailant, but the vice-like hold remained. In a panic my legs jolted out as I woke suddenly, gasping for air in quick shallow breaths, my heart pounding in my chest. My time at high altitude was taking its toll. I was in a state of constant exhaustion, however in a cruel twist, every time I started to nod off I would slip into a recurring nightmare about either drowning, or being suffocated. Just being at this altitude was taxing – but that was nothing on what we had planned.

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New SR Suntour GVX fork revealed: Is suspension for gravel about to boom?
By: Iain Treloar

Gravel suspension is having a moment. With the release this week of Cannondale’s Topstone Carbon Lefty, along with existing offerings from Specialized, Fox, MRP and Lauf, there’s a growing range of options for riders who want a bit of cush for their mixed-surface riding.

Now, SR Suntour is joining the party with the announcement of a new telescoping gravel suspension fork, the GVX. And while the fork is in itself moderately interesting, there’s a much bigger story here: SR Suntour is one of the world’s biggest suspension suppliers for bike manufacturers, which suggests that we’ll be seeing a whole lot more suspension-equipped gravel bikes in the coming years.

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The many bikes of Tom Pidcock: Road, CX, MTB and gravel
By: Dave Rome

Triple threats aren’t limited to the entertainment industry — they exist in the sporting world too. There are many examples of triple threats in cycling, those riders that seamlessly transition from one discipline to another while eating the specialist riders’ lunch in the process.

Mathieu Van der Poel (MVDP) and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot are perhaps the most obvious examples of the current-day cycling triple threat. But they aren’t alone: Peter Sagan is obviously in a similar realm, as is Marianne Vos, while Aussie mountain biker Jared Graves has stood on the podiums of BMX, enduro, downhill, 4x and even cross country events. But there’s another name that should be on this list of versatile elites, an up-and-comer who’s been following a similar trajectory to MVDP for a number of years: the young Briton, Tom Pidcock.

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A balancing act, a wallaby, and a ride into the light
By: Iain Treloar

There’s a wedge of bush – a kind of island in suburbia – running over a freeway tunnel near my house, crowded with dense scrub and cut by two creeks. At the southern verge, a rough trail drops from the paved bike path and takes a serpentine route through the gum trees, over a patchwork of raised roots and clay the colour of dijon mustard.

At the bottom of the descent, four trails converge. One follows an old wire fence overhung by creepers back up to the bike path. One plunges sharply to a rocky creek crossing where the earthen banks are crumbling into the water. If you go straight, it’s rougher again, a series of tight dirt berms and ruts leading to a gully. Over the creek there is a utilitarian wooden bridge framed by tyre-shredded mud at either end.

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  • 105 2
 Highly recommend that story about the UCI and the dictator of Turkmenistan. Great read, and totally fucked. The state of sport bureaucracy, from the UCI to the IOC to the NCAA, is appalling.
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 After reading this story, i too was amused with the UCI and its lewd interactions with a dictator.

But then i looked up Turkmenistan on a map, an wholly dolly is that country located between some seriously screwed up angry war torn nations. Its easy for the West to judge a nation, an throw stones at its lack of democracy. But look at what happens to nations in this area, when the rulers are removed, like hussein & gaddafi by the West. The country and its people fall into poverty and war.

Hat’s off to Gurbanguly for bringing bicycles to the people. And I’m going out on a limb here, hats off to the UCI for awarding a developing nation, for improving cycling conditions to its people.
  • 11 1
 @up-left-down-right: Well, there is a fine line between agreeing that a dictatorship is better than a war struck nation and the arbiter of global cycling holding events in the country.
  • 59 0
 That portrait has got everything. White horse, a puppy, beige track suit, gold lame fabric everything, big f#@$*ed up hat, weird eyebrows, stars, flags.

Makes the US president look little-league posing with a Bible in front of a church in the middle of protest.
  • 10 0
 I'm now wondering if the local shooting range will let me ride back and forth on my bike while target shooting.
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 @up-left-down-right: Anyone who's done their research will agee.

Due to the remoteness and sparsness of population, combined with the heavily divided tribal traditions of a lot of the eastern European and Asian countries in that area, democracy simply doesn't work a lot of the time, they just resort to multiple political groups and constant coups.

It is niaive to judge another country we have no understanding of by our ideologies, but human rights violations are still bad mmmkay
  • 8 0
 @ICKYBOD: Straight out of a skit from Borat
  • 10 3
 @up-left-down-right: I gotta say, I feel like you missed the point of the article. Do you really think that dude cares to "improve cycling conditions to it's people"? Or could it simply be to further bolster his own self image and
  • 11 22
flag dirtyburger (Jun 12, 2020 at 15:45) (Below Threshold)
 Right, because you're country is tip top ridgy didge. You're just jealous that his profile pic shreds yours. All hail Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov!
  • 8 3
 @dirtyburger: I didn't say anything about my country or that it was perfect. Also, cute troll trying to change your location from AUS to Turkmenistan.
  • 5 7
 @BrigadierBuege: change? It's been that way for ages.
Hard to find used bikes here though.
  • 6 0
 @up-left-down-right: Watch this. It might flesh out the picture of Berdimuhamedov a bit.
  • 2 0
 @jmc361: I was going to bring that up too. And here we thought Lil Kim was crazy.
  • 3 0
 Also, he have a nice hat. And dog. And horse.
  • 7 6
 I think the US should spend trillions removing this evil man from power and leveling his capitol. Also they should take all their bikes away. It will be a massive blow to the UCI and win for whatever sitting president at the time. Also I will probably be able to purchase a cheap war bride along with my $200 slave from Libya. Man I love democracy
  • 8 0
 When I clicked to this page I seriously thought that article was a joke. Crazed dictator...temperature doping...more axel options..I seriously thought this was some sort of Cabin Fever medley of sarcasm (like the April Fools silliness)
  • 1 2
 Say nope to dope and lefty's.
  • 4 0
 @mobiller: Stefan? Is that, you?
  • 2 0
 @mobiller: :-D Spot on, mate!!!
  • 4 0
 @fruitsd79: New York's hottest club is Pinkbike. It's got everything...
  • 2 0
 @fruitsd79: omg too funny!!
  • 1 3
 Nothing wrong with turkmenistan
  • 1 0
 if anyone is handy with gold leaf, I got some inspirations
  • 3 0
 Here's the rub...if a nation, any nation, is rich with "natural resources" (read: fossil fuels esp. gas or oil) descends into autocracy. And guess who became the worlds largest natural gas producer in 2011, when it surpassed Russia?

Don't ask me...I have no idea.
  • 1 0
 Dude, I thought it was a a joke at first...
  • 3 0
 The guy's a former dentist... Just sayin'...
  • 2 0
 @powaymatt: get that feeling every time I check the headlines.
  • 3 0
 @mobiller: these are the accessories that follow from criminalizing homosexuality
  • 3 0
 @dieuci: "Americans will always do the right thing, only after they have tried everything else."

-Winston Churchill
  • 2 2
 It isn't bad that's at the best.
One sided article with pure venom from the very begining, ignorant.
Why is this coming up now?
This is the same UCI awarding many events to the USA, a country with multiple racial, sexual and democratic issues.
We all watched a policeman killing an innocent man lately - don't forget that.
Where would you rather sleep on the bank with your bike unchained in police controlled Ashbanah or whatever it's called or the glorious Los Angeles of Hollywood with 50000 gang members around?
Think for yourselves!
  • 2 1
 @8088yl0n: odelay vato
  • 51 1
 Gravel suspension, AKA going back to the beginning days of the transition of road bikes to mountain bikes. While we already have mountain bikes.

Funny how the cycle goes full loop. Next thing we know, they’re going to have 120mm of front travel and have a full suspension gravel frame.
  • 9 0
 full sus...? Something like that?
  • 24 1
 But never flatbars. Flatbars are mtb, dropper are gravel. That is the limit no one is allowed to cross.
  • 10 7
 Hey at least it's better than road biking.
  • 13 0
 63 degree head angles coming to a gravel bike near you
  • 2 0
 @downhillbrill: it's not quite 63, but you can get 67 on the Evil Chamois Hagar which is quite slack in terms of gravel bikes
  • 8 0
 Gravels are a mtb diabolic technic to bring road riders to reason.
  • 2 0
 @faul: unless you are John Tomac, racing pro downhill with drop bars. Or if you're as awesome as Tomac, or emulating Tomac
  • 7 0
 @toli-ibz: that's a 1990' stumpjumper, but in carbon. you won't fool me this time.
  • 8 1
 road cyclists refuse to be mistaken as a dumb, meathead mtn biker. Their 12mm front axles are so much more civilized and svelte than our leftover 15mm standar.
  • 3 0
 The topstone is a fs frame. Personally I like these developments because gravel bikes are faster and more fun than hardtails on the easy trails and much, much better when you're linking them together with road sections.
  • 2 0
 12mm fork axle. Am I late for the party?
  • 1 0
 @faul: No, unfortunately it isn't. 1990 Stupmjumpers were available with Suntour XC-Pro. There's nothing that good anymore.
  • 33 1
 I’ve liked seeing this content enough that I’ve started reading cycling tips occasionally throughout the month. I’m not much of a roadie but the content is seriously high quality.

I think everyone with an interest in UCI sanctioned events should be aware of their dealings with Turkmenistan, as detailed in the linked article.
  • 8 0
 I like this. Smile Cheers
  • 1 0
 agree. the tech section of cycling tips is top notch
  • 34 0
 The guy is a tyrannical, billionaire, dictator and there is no Kashima in sight. What's even the point.
  • 10 0
 you kidding mate? he's got a kashima jacket!
  • 6 0
 Fox's new tagline: "Kashima, warlord-chic for the weekend warrior."
And are these stanchions Kashima? (Even if they are, you still win comment of the day in my book.)
  • 1 1
 sick bike trails doh
  • 5 0
 @Veloscente: *stanctions

dw i got your back @mikelevy
  • 26 0
 UCI article deserves to be posted as its own story here. Full corruption from a wanna be FIFA.
  • 3 0
 living in a corrupt country i can tell you, there's 99.9% chance the UCI is dirty AF, at this point, they'd have proove they're not corrupt and not the other way around!!

If you ask me there's very little chance they were not involved in the whole road cycling doping scheme, cheers
  • 4 0
 UCI is trash. We don't need them. Drop them.
  • 24 0
 The photographs of Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov riding his E-bike and his adornment of gold robes an white horses are quite surreal.

Also thought provoking.

Is this the endgame, the ultimate goal, of E-bikers?
  • 18 0
 15mm and now 12mm from gravel? How about going back to 9mm qr to save even more weight
  • 13 0
 wait theres a new axle standard?
  • 4 0
 I know that's probably not your point, but I highly doubt 9mm qr is actually lighter. The 12mm thru-axle is hollow aluminum whereas the hollow 9mm qr axle is filled with a steel or ti rod with cams and levers attached to one end.
  • 3 0
 Afraid you have that backwards: 9mm hub/QR setups are heavier. My hollow allow 12mm thru-axles weigh 43g per set, the exact same amount as the traditional, carbon & titanium Tune QRs I have on another bike w/ 9mm axles, and the Tune design is among the lightest ever made.
The traditional QR setup is *heavier* because a 9mm QR setup still requires an axle and endcap assembly to support the bearings, center the QR, and center the hub vertically and laterally in the dropouts. A thru-axle accomplishes all of the above w/ the aid of just a pair of spacers to for lateral centering. This holds true for the DT 240 hubs I have as well as any other modular hub design that can be reconfigured to work with different axle standards.
  • 3 0
 Sounds like the shift/split from mostly 20mm to mostly 15mm front axles. That said, the Curnutt 30mm axle and the Specialized 25mm axles have mostly disappeared so we've actually reduced the number of diameters on mtb forks. But seeing they now have 12mm front axles too and the drift of gravel into XC mtb territory, this is making me worried.
  • 19 0
 Honestly, the UCI can f*ck right off
  • 1 0
Where should we move the event to?
USA - where news of racism, shootings, violent demos, corruption, hate and struggles are coming from daily? Not to speak of their war crimes worldwide.
You were silent then, why are you loud now?
  • 8 0
 Very interesting read about Turkmenistan.

What struck a chord most was the comment regarding the funding that teams, brands and organisations receive from sources that they'd rather not do too much digging into.

During the many conversations happening over the last few weeks (BLM), one of the common threads is standing up or speaking out when you see something that is clearly wrong. Quite often that involves some sort of sacrifice (if it didn't, i'm sure we'd all get to where we need the world to be a lot quicker).

We all know that money makes the world go around. And we all know that it takes money for events we love to happen. It's easy look at a dictator getting awards and say it's wrong. But when you have international organisations funding national organisations, national funding regional, regional funding local; something happening far away can have a trickle-down effect close to home. Quite aside from the spectating aspect, the effect that elite racing has on product developement - in terms of experience/feedback and the desire to have your products win - can not be overstated.

This doesn't even delve in to the rabbit hole of brands manufacturing in countries with dubious human rights issues in order to reduce costs (in an industry where high cost to the consumer is already a constant complaint).

If funding and profit is partly achieved from dubious sources, then cutting this out will have consequences - competition could be set back years, athlete career opportunities might dwindle and cost to the consumer may increase. The exact nature and severity of consequence is hard to predict without knowing how much money would be lost. But the indisputable fact is that nothing could stay the same with less money available.

Ultimately, so much of what we have in our lives comes with a cost - be it social, economic or envrionmental. And this is where everyone (organisations, teams, brands, consumers) has to make a decision of how much they're prepared to give up or concede.

I don't have any suggestions or answers - i'm not anywhere near informed about such things. Nor am i making any judgements here - if money has come into the sport from morally questionable sources; we have all enjoyed the benefit of it in some way. This is also a problem that is certainly not unique to cycling either.

I referenced BLM earlier. Please note that i am not trying to associate or make this topic equivalent with BLM. I reference it only because now, speaking out and doing the right thing, is at the forefront of people's conciousness and is being spoken about more than ever (or at least in a very long time).
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 @HB208: "If funding and profit is partly achieved from dubious sources, then cutting this out will have consequences - competition could be set back years, athlete career opportunities might dwindle and cost to the consumer may increase."

This dubious source is setting back entire lives of people who have no say in what's going on. Celebrating anything he does is light-years worse than ignoring some income that could help some race happen or not because the UCI can't afford it.

BTW, that's not actually how the UCI works. Venues put on races and hire the UCI to regulate them. So the UCI going into Turkmenistan is just them trying to open up a new channel for their own profit, nothing more. It doesn't mean more races will happen, in or out of Turkmenistan. It does mean that if races do happen there, the UCI will likely get a cut.

Straight up profiteering with a dictator and known human rights violator. Gross.
  • 4 0
 @just6979: Agreed. I'm not sure if i explained myself well enough regarding the consequences bit you quoted. My general point was these are some of the consequences that consumers might see but, as you say, will make other lives better. When you have it good, it can come at somebody else's expense. What i really wanted to say is that's the convesration that needs to happen - what people are prepared to give up or concede for the benefit of someone else.

And i don't have a clue how the UCI works (nor do the UCI judging by a lot of peoe's thoughts). It was that article that prompted me to post my thoughts but i was thinking of the industry/sport in general rather than this specific incident. And a lot of assumptions were made along the way.

To be clear, i wasn't suggesting that those consequences were a reason not to change for the better. Just pointing out that people (consumers and providers alike) need to be honest about whether they will bear the consequences for somebody else's benefit. It'd be nice to think that everybody would. But perhaps there are some people who would rather pretend it's not happening than have to spend an extra £/€/$2k to buy a new bike.

A conversation about it is at least a start i suppose.
  • 3 0
 "During the many conversations happening over the last few weeks (BLM), one of the common threads is standing up or speaking out when you see something that is clearly wrong."

As they say; the standard you walk past is the standard you accept.
  • 11 0
 Gravel is just dry CX, and CX is just mellow xc.
  • 7 1
 Gravel is just road cycling before proper roads, XC is just CX on ugly bikes with less tats and beer
  • 5 2
 @50Sent: if CX has more beer and tattoos than my local XC scene I'm gonna take a pass.
  • 3 0
 @RonSauce: CX are roadies. They might play dress up but they are roadies. We tried CX and the "scene" was weird.
  • 3 2
 @fruitsd79: CX is for people who want to get muddy but are scared to go fast.

Gravel is road biking for fun people.

the newest e-gravel bikes are so so so so so sick
  • 2 0
 @50Sent: Real Belgian-CX: multiply US beer consumption x 1.333, remove the regrettable tats & sub in 'taters w/ mayonnaise
  • 2 0
 @Veloscente: By only 1.333? I'd say multiply by 3.
  • 7 0
 Are we going to start putting North Korea on the downhill MTB UCI circuit now that the UCI is legitimizing dictators?
  • 9 1
 I'm confused
  • 31 0
 Such is the human condition
  • 4 0
 You're buying new wheels anyway, why not just get a front wheel built at a so with front hub such as a hope pro4 which can be adapted to qr, 12, 15 or 20mm and even some boost conversions?
  • 3 0
 I was thinking the same thing. Do people not buy hubs and rims separately anymore? Especially on a front wheel where the hub is literally just a tube with bearings in it...
  • 1 0
 As the creator of the original product, I can offer up a few good reasons I have heard:

1. Son dynamo hubs only come in centerlock with a 12mm axle
2. Own two bikes, one with a 15mm fork and one with a 12mm, and want to share wheels freely
3. Planning on buying a new bike and don’t want to be limited on wheel choice just because of current fork
4. Test a lot of wheels and don’t feel like sourcing 15mm end caps every time a new wheelset arrives
5. Want the absolute lightest wheels available
  • 5 0
 Who would have thought I'd learn some interesting geopolitical info today via Pinkbike
  • 1 0
 I need to get in some Faux news to put me back on track.
  • 5 0
 Didn't even know the 12mm/15mm change had happened.. Annoyed me more than the dictator stuff
  • 6 0
 I know we all like to say "F**k UCI" but uh, yeah really, "F**K UCI."
  • 5 0
 You can change the wheel size standard every 3 years but one thing that will never change is f*ck The UCI!
  • 2 0
 Turkmenistan.... so basically if Hilter and Stalin were “promoting the sport” the UCI would be on board with them... outstanding!! This is why I let my card expire many years ago... back in the Grundig DH days. I’ll support grassroots racing thank you.
  • 1 0
 Berlin did get the Olympics during the WOII and even in recent years, we've seen the Olympics being organized by questionable regimes. So yeah big sports associations suck. IOC, UCI, FIFA (allowing the prestigious Qatar World Champs soccer stadiums to be built by slaves). I hate the IOC and Olympics with a passion but UCI should f*ck off too.
  • 6 1
 Kinda disappointed that the president wasn’t on a Yeti.
  • 13 0
 I mean he is a dentist....
  • 1 0
 Looks like a MarbleHorse Despot limited edition.
  • 1 0
 I'm a fan of that new Topstone. That whole line really is awesome. It almost makes me want to sell my current gravel rig and pick one up, but I just discovered steel and I'm equally impressed with how comfortable a well made steel frame gravel bike is.
  • 3 0
 Why did 12mm replace 15mm? It was so much better when xc wheels fit on cx bikes.
  • 1 0
 @HB208: Perception. Road bike marketers thought that roadies thought that 15-thru is heavier and overkill. Except it's not heavier, and that means it's not overkill either.
  • 1 0
 Maybe they didn't want to run two similar standards such as 15x100 and the old 15x110 so they came up with 12mm.
  • 1 0
 @IluvRIDING: 15x110mm (Boost 110) is not old... And road bikes didn't get it anyway, they went from QR9x100 to 15x100 for a hot minute then to 12x100mm (mostly because people thought 15 was too bigamd heavy, 'cept it isn't)
  • 1 0
 @just6979: I made a mistake, I meant 110x15 and the old 100x15
  • 1 0
 Want to know more about the villain in Tuirkmenistan? Here's an informative and entertaining podcast:
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 Same country, different dictator! Saparmurat Niyazov, the Turkmenbashi, is the (even more loopy) predecessor to Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who is the guy in the article above.

Berdimuhamedov rose to power through his connection to Niyazov – he was his dentist (nope, not joking).
  • 1 0
 @iaintreloar: my bad! Still a great podcast though.
  • 2 0
 By the way, I'll be renaming the days of the week after myself, just so you all know....
  • 1 0
 I beat ya to it.
I already have a day with my name in the calendar. Torsdag. Or Thursday for the englishspeakers. ????
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 @Tjomball: Nice!! Smile
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 Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov is the Putin of the Turkmen.
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 Just in: 2022 UCI Track World Championship to be held in Pyongyang Mayday arena, under the oversight of our dear leader Kim Jong Un!
  • 4 5
 What category was Rachel McKinnon (Veronica Ivy) put in for that study?

If you read the study, the clear, scientific, unbiased, biological evidence for sexual dimorphism in Homo Sapiens is pretty undeniable.
  • 5 4
 Except biologists don't agree with that
  • 6 1
 @clink83: a biologist that doesn't believe in sexual dimorphism! They would have gotten their degree out of a cracker jack box.
  • 2 1
 @clink83: citation please
  • 3 2
 @Adamrideshisbike: My genetics teacher got his PhD at Cold Springs Harbor, so thats a hell of a cracker jack box. There was 8 Nobel prizes in that box.
  • 4 2
 @clink83: An article about intersex conditions, or attempts to confound sex and gender, don't call into question sexual dimorphism.

They gave Kissinger the Nobel Peace Prize by the way.
  • 3 2
 @Adamrideshisbike: Well, the field of biology doesnt recognize sexual dimorphism. If you cant even scientifically define what a male or female is, then you cant really say there are only two of them. That doesn't even touch on the fact that there are plenty of animals and plants that aren't sexually dimorphic(Three genders! Hell, I have two biology degrees, what the hell do I know. I will just leave it up to the experts on pinkbike. You guys can be the arbiters of what science collectively knows, despite clearly not having any expertise in that field.
  • 4 1
 @clink83: That is the easier question ever.

Male of a species = small gametes
Female of the species = large gametes
  • 2 1
 @Adamrideshisbike: Yes, except that doesn't work in birds. They are kind of an important branch of the evolutionary tree.
  • 2 1
 @clink83: deny the findings in the article listed.

Also we are not talking about birds. We are talking about homo sapiens.

Vertebrates are defined and classified partially by bilateral symmetry. Does that mean an amputee makes this definition invalid ?
  • 2 1
 I legitimately can't tell if that's an epic Photoshop job of Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. I sort of want it to be real.
  • 4 0
 watch the Last Week Tonight episode about him. It's disturbingly very real.
  • 1 0
 Idk but e - race as a name for online racing seems like a bad name as there are also e bike races.
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  • 18 1
 Are days still a thing?
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 Suspension on gravel bikes??!! What’s next a double crown fork.
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 The old lefty gravel fork had dual crowns...
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 @mattg95: doesn't dual half crowns just equal one single crown?
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 Does anyone else hear Katie Perry playing in the background?
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 How about some mountain bike content?
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