Spend real money on a rear hub, a Chris King is the best. The tight engagement will do wonders for your learning curve.
Wear shingaurds that cover clear from your ankle over your knee. Ankle protectors can also be good, for when you inevitably land on your front ring with your ankle bone.
Can't help with the forum. Haven't kept up.
ATGATT: When you fall off your motorcycle, you will be wearing what you were when you got on your motorcycle. Dress accordingly.