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  1. I'd be out trying all kinds of tricks on that...

    I'd be out trying all kinds of tricks on that thing. The bike I definitely "play" with most is my Mercier Nano.
  2. Thread: Record Lows

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    The pawls on your freewheel aren't engaging. ...

    The pawls on your freewheel aren't engaging. It's happened to me too in extreme cold. That and other funny things can start happening when riding at those temperatures.

    I don't have a fixed gear...
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    I wouldn't worry about using winter clipless...

    I wouldn't worry about using winter clipless footwear for a 9 mile r/t commute. I would just go with insulated hikers and platforms. I have winter mtb boots and really like them, but my commute is...
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    I've had my bike locker handle freeze up many...

    I've had my bike locker handle freeze up many times just like the OP. I always carry a small container of WD40 and a flat head screwdriver in the winter. I can work the screwdriver into the gap...
  5. Poll: Various bars on various bikes. Most miles are on...

    Various bars on various bikes. Most miles are on drop bars. Next most are on VO Postino bars (45deg sweep, zero rise). Next most are on brahma bars. Next are risers.
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    Fingers are easier to keep warm than feet in the...

    Fingers are easier to keep warm than feet in the dead of winter. My fingers warm up the longer/harder I ride - the feet, not so much.



    The bold above isn't true for everyone. My bike commute...
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    It's not like you are trying to take on a 35mi rt...

    It's not like you are trying to take on a 35mi rt commute with no experience. It's just more riding than you do now. I'd bet you would get used to the physical effort part of it in a month or so.
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    I never choose not to ride because it is raining.

    I never choose not to ride because it is raining.
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    Are you referring to the Danger Zone here? I...

    Are you referring to the Danger Zone here? I have several 1W Radbots and get at least a couple weeks use between replacing the batteries. The ones that get the most use during that time include...
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    Lezyne's lights use 18650 cells that are easily...

    Lezyne's lights use 18650 cells that are easily removed so they can be replaced with fresh ones if you won't be able to recharge them for a while or will be doing some endurance type ride. You can...
  11. Let's see...plenty of flats in all weather...

    Let's see...plenty of flats in all weather conditions and caused by all kinds of different things, usual loose bolts, lights flying off, broken spokes, etc. Things that are par for the course and...
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    This is the kind of tact I take for my hand...

    This is the kind of tact I take for my hand protection. Maybe a little more technical (read: expensive) at some levels, but still the same principle. I have no less than 5 different levels of...
  13. Weird coincidence. Because of a tire bulge on...

    Weird coincidence. Because of a tire bulge on one of the stock Kendas, I recently switched to Schwalbe Kojaks on my 20"-wheeled Mercier Nano. I love the Kojaks. No wrist discomfort. They seem to...
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    Satellite chainstay length = 415mm in all frame...

    Satellite chainstay length = 415mm in all frame sizes
    Space Horse chainstay length = 440mm in 55cm frame (longer in bigger frames)

    I assume if you are doing some touring with this bike, you will...
  15. To me, fenders are optional (though I recommend...

    To me, fenders are optional (though I recommend them). A rack is not. I carry too much stuff on my 30 mile r/t commute to suffer a backpack. I used to do it a long time ago, but have no desire to...
  16. If you can make it work, I highly recommend a...

    If you can make it work, I highly recommend a backup bike for someone who commutes everyday, particularly if you do not have an alternate mode of transportation readily available. Parts should be...
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    I usually eat after I get to work, not before. I...

    I usually eat after I get to work, not before. I frequently do the big batch of oatmeal, dried fruit, nuts thing in the crockpot over the weekend. I divide it up into several plastic food...
  18. Thread: Folders

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    Not a folder, but most people confuse it with one...

    Not a folder, but most people confuse it with one when they first see it. I picked up a mini velo (Mercier Nano) at the intro price when bikesdirect came out with them a couple years ago. I think...
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    I don't know if the ones I have are pre or post...

    I don't know if the ones I have are pre or post 2009 models (probably pre 2009) but they have one outer pocket that has a simple but effective flap closure. They have a single divided interior...
  20. Thread: bee in bonnet

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    A couple years ago I had a bee get lodged under...

    A couple years ago I had a bee get lodged under the front lip of my helmet. The bee didn't like it and chose to let me know about it *sting*.
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    Alan over at the Ecovelo blog did that conversion...

    Alan over at the Ecovelo blog did that conversion to his Bryant a couple years ago. As I recall, he provided a pretty thorough summary of the steps he went through. Might be worth checking out for...
  22. Thread: Lube ...

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    In order of frequency of what I use: Prolink,...

    In order of frequency of what I use:
    Prolink, T-9, Triflow, the Dupont teflon/wax aerosol stuff, classic WD40 (when something needs lubed and nothing else is around).

    I like Prolink because it...
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    This is my third year with Nashbar sandals. I...

    This is my third year with Nashbar sandals. I love them and for me they are three season footwear unless it is going to be raining and cold. I've thought several times about getting a pair of...
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    The Roll looks cool and is probably fun to ride,...

    The Roll looks cool and is probably fun to ride, but the Linus is a more versatile commuter bike. The Roll has no eyelets for racks/fenders and no brazeons for water bottle cages or other...
  25. Shims come with the pedals. I have eggbeaters on...

    Shims come with the pedals. I have eggbeaters on a couple bikes. Super easy to get in and out. OP - do you have any problem clipping into the pedals? If you can get into them, I'm not sure why...
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