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    Sticky: A few years ago I lost my job without any...

    A few years ago I lost my job without any warning. My employer filed for bankruptcy in the middle of the night, the day before payday. I learned about the bankruptcy as I was commuting to work. It is...
  2. I wanted to watch it, but our daughter was born...

    I wanted to watch it, but our daughter was born just a few hours before the eclipse here in Japan. We named her 美月, which means "beautiful moon."
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    I recently replaced my old Blackburn mini pump...

    I recently replaced my old Blackburn mini pump with a Road Morph, which is the same pump with a sharper design. The old pump lasted 15 years, I hope the new one does as well. The Road Morph id light,...
  4. My Birdy developed some squeaks and creaks after...

    My Birdy developed some squeaks and creaks after I got it, I tracked the noise down to the brakes (they moved around enough to be noisy) and the metal keeper which keeps that front brake from getting...
  5. They are quite heavy. I was able to get my old...

    They are quite heavy. I was able to get my old Birdy to under 20 pounds, but even a light folding bike is awkward to carry. I am now riding a Brompton, which is a pig compared to the old Birdy, but...
  6. Intervals, as has been recommended. These are...

    Intervals, as has been recommended. These are better done on solo rides at fixed points so you can stay consistent, and measure improvement. A hill is a good place, or a long flat were there are no...
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    I finally got a Briko Twinner helmet. I was a big...

    I finally got a Briko Twinner helmet. I was a big fan of Super Mario, and got to see him win stage 7 in the TDF back in 1999. The helmet won't likely make me any faster, but it is a piece of kit that...
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    I had a brief issue with an enlarged prostate, it...

    I had a brief issue with an enlarged prostate, it happened after I began riding again after a long off-season. I was riding too much, too soon, and hadn't acclimated myself yet. I was using the same...
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    I don't recommend this, for the obvious reasons....

    I don't recommend this, for the obvious reasons. Being able to hear vehicles coming up from behind me is very important, especially if I hear their tires on the rumble strips or reflectors.

    One...
  10. Not to be argumentative, but I have never heard...

    Not to be argumentative, but I have never heard of nor experienced increased rolling resistance as pressure has increased. I have run 120 to 170 psi on the track, pretty much the max possible without...
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    It is important for the group to know the...

    It is important for the group to know the important points of the ride. Before the start, get your group together, tell them about the route, the speed, the distance, and that the ride will regroup...
  12. This reminds me of the old argument between...

    This reminds me of the old argument between tubular vs clincher tires. Having used both for many years, tubulars offered lower rolling resistance, and better response. On the other hand, repairing...
  13. Funny to see so many comments about shorts. For...

    Funny to see so many comments about shorts. For those who have not ridden wearing proper bicycle shorts or bib shorts, you are certainly not as comfortable on your bike as you would otherwise be,...
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    An honorable mention would be the old Schwinn...

    An honorable mention would be the old Schwinn Voyageur 11.8, or whatever it was called. It had a wonderful chrome-moly frame, eyelets for racks, fenders, etc. and later models had cantilever brakes....
  15. Thread: Hot r Not

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    Sadly enough, this is not my bike, it belongs to...

    Sadly enough, this is not my bike, it belongs to a 70-year-old car mechanic. Fixies are still quite popular here in Tokyo, and this old oji-san decided to upgrade his wife's old 24" grocery bike into...
  16. Not eating right before long rides, and bonking...

    Not eating right before long rides, and bonking out far from home. I found my perfect long-ride fuel to be pork fried rice from a local Chinese restaurant. I would buy one quart the day before the...
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    This one has to win a prize of some type... ...

    This one has to win a prize of some type...



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  18. Road cycling, how did you start? Post your stories,

    Looking at the growth of the Road Cycling in Bike Forums in recent years, it seems that road cycling is becoming more and more popular. As a long-time road cyclist, I am happy to see more and more...
  19. Having been in business myself for some time, I...

    Having been in business myself for some time, I have found the old saying "you get what you pay for" to be proven true countless times. If the retail cost of something you buy nowadays is $300, the...
  20. Here in Japan Bromptons seldom show up on...

    Here in Japan Bromptons seldom show up on Craigslist. However, there are always at least 10 available on Yahoo Auction at any time. The usually sell for about $1000 used, in decent shape. Beaters or...
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    Surprisingly enough, it has seldom hit anything,...

    Surprisingly enough, it has seldom hit anything, and on the rare occasion it has, there has been no damage, XT parts are quite tough. I put a few thousand kilometers on this setup commuting around...
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    I bought one at my local bike shop in Akihabara,...

    I bought one at my local bike shop in Akihabara, the cost was 600 yen. It is an excellent strap, and so far the best one I have tried.
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    I put about 60,000 miles on my 9 speed Record...

    I put about 60,000 miles on my 9 speed Record kit, lots of heavy riding and racing in a few different countries. I replaced it mainly because many of the parts were so banged and beat up. Everything...
  24. This thread brings to mind the Leica camera...

    This thread brings to mind the Leica camera company. At the end of the second war, Germany lost all the patents it had previously owned. Prior to the war, the Leica camera was considered to be the...
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    After trying a few tires, I stick with Schwalbe...

    After trying a few tires, I stick with Schwalbe Kojaks. They are more than $25 (here in Tokyo), but I usually get more than a year of daily riding out of them. I got only one puncture on my last set,...
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