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Changing the Battery in a SRM PCV Powercontrol

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Words and Images by Kraig Willett

In 2002 I bought a used SRM Pro powermeter.  I’ve had the crank battery replaced once in the past 9 years (less than 20,000 km).  Since day one, the powercontrol (the head unit) battery has been a bit problematic.  First of all, the display that supposedly shows how much battery life was remaining was unreliable.   For example, the PCV display might have said that I had 25 of 29 hours left on the charge, but inevitably, it would run out after only a few hours.  Secondly, and probably related to what is mentioned above, is that the battery just wouldn’t hold a charge for very long.

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Coulda Woulda Shoulda

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Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda Been a Pro?


These days, I don't think I ever had what it took to be a pro.  However, back in '94, '95 I thought I had it all figured out.  I was a whopping 23 years old and the way I saw it, the only thing that was standing between me and living the rock-star life of a U.S.-domestic-pro-bike-racing-bee-yatch was time.  "Just put in the time" I kept telling myself.

Sometimes, though, time ain't enough.  Believe me, I'm not afraid of doing work.  During those years, nothing had come real easy to me - and, for what it's worth, the same thing goes for today...

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Hang or Stand?

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Hang or Stand?

A little known semantic debate revolving around the details of how bicycle wheels structurally support loads has been raging on the usenet newsgroups for quite some time.  And, like any good debate, arguments are made and points of view defended (sometimes irrationally, I might add).  The point of contention in this debate is whether or not a loaded bicycle wheel "stands" on the bottom spokes or "hangs" from the top ones?  So, which one do you think best describes the situation?

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What it Takes to Break into the Pro Ranks

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What It Takes to Break Into the Pro Ranks
From a Team Director's Perspective


Cycling is divided up into multiple racing categories that are designed to create a competitive arena for a wide range of talents, time commitments and age. There is a home for just about everyone who enjoys racing a bike. Professional cycling is quite different though, as only a select few ever reach that level. There are a limited number of pro teams making the competition quite intense for the limited number of spots. Every year there are dozens of athletes hoping to get their big “break." One good thing about racing in the US is that professional competition is quite accessible since Category 1 and 2 riders often race against the pros. To many aspiring riders, how to go about maximizing your chances of breaking into the pro ranks is not too clear. Hopefully I can provide a bit of insight as to what it takes.

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The UCI and Me

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The UCI and Me 

The UCI’s recent publishing of “conforming” bicycle wheels has placed me in a difficult moral position. As is the case with most moral dilemmas, I feel pressure from two sides. For whatever reason, I feel a certain amount of obligation to my former employer in the bicycle wheel industry; they simply want to put the whole UCI wheel decision behind them. This company gave me many opportunities and I don’t really want to cause problems for their business or the relationships I developed there. On the other hand, I feel that the public should be made aware of certain events and facts that led up to and surround the institution of the UCI’s rupture test of bicycle wheels.

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