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    Things you can avoid. add to list at will

    If you own a Hollywood sport rack automobile hitch rack (sold also by performance and Price Point as well as others) with adjustable wheel hoops and adjustable hooks to hold the top tube of your bike........and if you travel with the rack empty............any untightened adjustment knobs will vibrate loose and fall off. Fear not, you can buy more from "Hollywoodracks.com" (yes it takes some nerve to go to a website with a name like that). Save the money, tighten the knobs before you lose them.

    If you think that you might like an aluminium water bottle (or any other metal bottle) be advised that they rattle in most bottle cages like the chains of Christmas Past. (I got mine Christmas Past so this may not be unreasonable)

    Think you might want to try a tinted visor on you helmet? It is amazing how hot it gets in there without wind flow.........

    Tag your it.

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    Big chain rings for going up hill, just got my touring rings today.

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    Avoid getting behind stinky smoke-spewing trash trucks on busy 2-lane streets going uphill where it is unsafe to pass the truck. The lowest gear came in handy today trying to go as slow as possible to stay as far as possible behind the truck. <hack, hack>
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    Colon cancer
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    Chasing and catching the bike in front of you on a 50 mile ride- only to realise the rider is 6ft of sinew and bone and is riding slow because he is eating his Powerbar.
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    You can avoid punctures by not riding over grass clippings that have been slung into the road by mowers. Thorns and other sharp objects like to lurk there.

    Also, when riding through neighborhoods where trash pickup is frequent, watch for broken glass especially near driveways where trash barrels are normally placed.

    If unavoidable...wipe your tires.

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    living a sedinary Lifestyle
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    Speaking for myself: Avoid race-cut jerseys.
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    Riding behind someone using aerobars in a pace line.........

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    Putting new (clipless) pedals on your bike, then going for a ride without first checking the tension setting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jppe View Post
    Riding behind someone using aerobars in a pace line.........
    Confirmed. Avoid at all cost.
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    Sweat Gutr. It doesn't work for roadies because of the angle our bodies ride in.

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    plants... avoid plants... poison ivy plant, sewage treatment plant, egg plant... face plants....

    be,

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    Being the the guy on the front of the paceline into the wind right before the sprint zone.
    The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard and the shallow end is much too large

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    Quote Originally Posted by stonecrd View Post
    Being the the guy on the front of the paceline into the wind right before the sprint zone.
    I used this to my advantage last week. The front guy came off, and I maintained speed just long enough for him to fall behind me and block the others, then I punched it. No contest!

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    Avoid riding with faster people than you early in the morning with no breakfast apart from strong coffee. If you ignore this advice, avoid your bike while, inevitably, reviewing your breakfast

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    Being trapped in the freshly defenestrated skunk zone on a 16% grade, nearly spewed and my quads are still sore from coughing.

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    Avoid telling your wife she is as beautiful as your new Italian bicycle frame--unless you prefer sleeping with your bicycle frame.
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    I could and should have avoided the temptation to ride the TT route that the Branson stage of the Tour of Missouri will be taking this Thursday. It made me all sweaty and out of breath plus I got rained on and thundered at.
    It's all downhill from here. Except the parts that are uphill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddmaxx View Post
    If you own a Hollywood sport rack automobile hitch rack (sold also by performance and Price Point as well as others) with adjustable wheel hoops and adjustable hooks to hold the top tube of your bike........and if you travel with the rack empty............any untightened adjustment knobs will vibrate loose and fall off. Fear not, you can buy more from "Hollywoodracks.com" (yes it takes some nerve to go to a website with a name like that). Save the money, tighten the knobs before you lose them.

    If you think that you might like an aluminium water bottle (or any other metal bottle) be advised that they rattle in most bottle cages like the chains of Christmas Past. (I got mine Christmas Past so this may not be unreasonable)

    Think you might want to try a tinted visor on you helmet? It is amazing how hot it gets in there without wind flow.........

    Tag your it.
    Discussing weight loss with people who are in denial about their problem.

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    Bridges with planks that have gaps a little wider than your 23mm tires. It hurts when you go in and can't get out.

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    Diesel on the road !!!!
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    Avoid small children riding in the road unsupervised. They turn unpredictably.

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    Avoid pedestrians on MUP's. Pedestrians turn unpredictably too!

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