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  1. If hydraulic brakes had come first, and then...

    If hydraulic brakes had come first, and then caliper brakes were invented, would we be having the same conversation?
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    Miles per week: Probably about 25. Resting...

    Miles per week: Probably about 25.

    Resting heart rate: 44

    That's my resting heart rate right now, after having been up for the past ten minute or so, walking into the kitchen, opening cat and...
  3. You might be right. There's less than a 3 gear...

    You might be right. There's less than a 3 gear inch difference. But I live near some steep hills, not necessarily long, but steep. Like 14% grades and up. They're the kind of hills on which I've...
  4. I'd like the 18T because I'd like close shifting...

    I'd like the 18T because I'd like close shifting for riding on the flats. At the lower end of gearing, I want relief from monster hills, and close-spaced gears in that situation, for me, aren't...
  5. Thanks for the replies. I'll check out the...

    Thanks for the replies. I'll check out the suggestions.
  6. Thread: Bibs ?

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    I have bibs, I like my bibs. Maybe because I'm...

    I have bibs, I like my bibs. Maybe because I'm not overweight shorts work well for me, too. Next time, OP, go for a good pair of shorts. Meanwhile, you'll get used to the bibs.
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    I go back and forth with one of my bikes. It's a...

    I go back and forth with one of my bikes. It's a 1961 Follis (or at least that's when I acquired it, new). I sometimes put toe clips on its, sometimes I go clipless.
  8. 12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-21-24-27: Can I get one outside of Campy?

    Maybe it's just me, but I wish Shimano or Sram had simply added an 18-tooth cog to their wider-range cassettes (traditionally 12-27). From what I've googled, Campy has done this, but I don't want to...
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    Good question. I just the film, "Slaying the...

    Good question. I just the film, "Slaying the Badger." And that made me remember the photos posted here a few years ago. I took a look at them again, saw more than I thought was first there, and...
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    I don't know if you're still around, jjhabbs, but...

    I don't know if you're still around, jjhabbs, but I love your post. Your reflection off the glass happens to be in one of the photos, and it's like you're the omniscient observer, complete with your...
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    Extremely inspirational. Use it and you won't...

    Extremely inspirational. Use it and you won't lose it, not nearly as fast as we might fear when we're younger. Although it would be nice to die surrounded by my loved ones, I think I'd prefer to...
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    "I don't mind spending money for good quality" ...

    "I don't mind spending money for good quality"

    Rapha at the upper end of price and quality. Kucharik for good quality at a very reasonable price.
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    I like Kucharik clothing. USA made, good quality,...

    I like Kucharik clothing. USA made, good quality, lots of choices, some innovative items, too.
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    May you continue to make a speedy recovery, pcad!

    May you continue to make a speedy recovery, pcad!
  15. The OP likes to brag a bit.

    The OP likes to brag a bit.
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    I have a low heart beat rate even when I don't...

    I have a low heart beat rate even when I don't ride.

    Age: 66

    Distance: Less than 20 miles per week the last couple of months.

    Waking this morning: 42

    Sitting at my desk working right now:...
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    Perceived effort doesn't change. If you push...

    Perceived effort doesn't change. If you push hard, you might be slower than before, but working just as much. So if you like to suffer with your cycling, don't worry, you can always suffer.

    Take...
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    Here's my 2 cents worth. Bike riding won't help...

    Here's my 2 cents worth. Bike riding won't help anyone lose weight. It'll make us hungry, just enough to make us want to replace the energy you expended riding your bike. Frankly, we could lose...
  19. If I'm able to return to Europe for another bike...

    If I'm able to return to Europe for another bike ride, that would be one place I'd definitely consider riding.
  20. Thanks for your kind words. The rim brakes...

    Thanks for your kind words.

    The rim brakes were fine. I happened to go first and I'm a fairly careful descender. I didn't really let it go until we reached the long straightway at the bottom of...
  21. " My wife past away 15 months ago. She was great...

    " My wife past away 15 months ago. She was great at encouraging me to ride."

    Damn, no one here can take the place of your wife, at least not when it comes to getting you off your butt.

    Here's...
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    My suggestions among so many good ones, for...

    My suggestions among so many good ones, for riding faster up the hills, based solely on my experiences over the years:

    1) Lose some weight. Specifically, five pounds or more. You have to lose an...
  23. I remember my wife coming home with her sister,...

    I remember my wife coming home with her sister, out from New Jersey, after going to a taping of a new TV show, Mork and Mindy, at Paramount Studios, which was close to our home. My wife told me that...
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    OP - If you're not sure if you can get back on...

    OP - If you're not sure if you can get back on your bike or not, there's one way to find out, isn't there? See what happens when you're physically able to ride.
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    I'd imagine those Alzheimer's are in locked units...

    I'd imagine those Alzheimer's are in locked units for their own protection, and the lack of exercise has to do with the lack of money they've got, or their family has, to hire someone to help them...
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