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    You didn't barf. You didn't call for a car...

    You didn't barf. You didn't call for a car rescue. You didn't give yourself a heart attack. You didn't manage any impressive leg injuries. Next time, you'll try a different strategy on the hill and...
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    Most of us know some sort of breath control...

    Most of us know some sort of breath control exercise. Part of the natural panic response is changes in your breathing, whether holding your breath or hyperventilation. It doesn't matter which you...
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    Think of panic attacks as your body picking a...

    Think of panic attacks as your body picking a spectacularly ****ty way to react to a stressful situation, using normal and rational responses to common stresses. Keep in mind it's a HEALTHY...
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    Dirt roads vary. I'll be pretty cheery with...

    Dirt roads vary. I'll be pretty cheery with hardpack dirt. Yes, it's a dirt/gravel mix, but it's a bit damp, and it's stayed a bit damp for months, so it's packed down to almost as hard as pavement....
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    I've got 7 gears. Total. My partner does...

    I've got 7 gears. Total. My partner does everything I do hillwise one 1. Madison is pretty flat, on the other hand as a kid who lived on a 15% grade in Central PA, I didn't use more than 3-4 gears. I...
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    For us, it wasn't as bad. My partner had parked...

    For us, it wasn't as bad. My partner had parked the car and switched to bus into work since they were equally convenient, and the bus left him less stressed. Then he lost his job, and was unemployed...
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    *shrug* Food might be, partly. I generally...

    *shrug*

    Food might be, partly. I generally prioritize putting on muscle over losing weight, because I'm female and historically I *haven't* been very strong (110lb weakling, that was me!). And...
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    *nods* The main thing I find is if I'm riding...

    *nods*

    The main thing I find is if I'm riding a lot I do need to actually eat. At 180lbs, I needed around 1800-2000 calories to maintain my weight. It was a lot more important for me to eat...
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    Before you go looking for a new bike, I'd ask...

    Before you go looking for a new bike, I'd ask around. I know we've got extra bikes that we let friends borrow. And I know a lot of other folks who ride daily do the same. The way you set up a bike to...
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    I'm going to bike to Wisconsin Sheep and Wool...

    I'm going to bike to Wisconsin Sheep and Wool again this year, since we're NOT MOVING. Last year the festival and our move were basically scheduled on top of each other, and it just wasn't realistic...
  11. There's approximately a gazillion alcohol stove...

    There's approximately a gazillion alcohol stove options. For myself, I went with a Trangia premade stove partly because if it works out decently, it'll be something my sister and brother will be able...
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    I'm not sure what you're hoping to achieve with...

    I'm not sure what you're hoping to achieve with the extra pockets. You can't conveniently get at stuff in a pannier while it's on the bike, and especially not while you're riding. Panniers are not a...
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    You don't normally need to stand to pedal uphill....

    You don't normally need to stand to pedal uphill. It's a pretty special case thing. As you get to be more comfortable with riding, you may *choose* to stand. Also depending on your size, you may be...
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    For kit... think about how you ride your bikes...

    For kit... think about how you ride your bikes now, and how you tend to pack for trips.

    For example, I'm the sort of woman who can pack clothes for a month of travel, including a nice dress and...
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    Well, electric household stoves can be plenty hot...

    Well, electric household stoves can be plenty hot enough to burn even if the burner is black metal, not red hot. And there's usually some ways to try to electrocute yourself. And household gas stoves...
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    Looks vaguely ok. 17" chainstays, all metal...

    Looks vaguely ok. 17" chainstays, all metal frame, might have front rack mounts. Ride it and see what you think. I know a number of BF regulars use a Tricross as their town bike, but I think most of...
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    When I took the Topeak basket off for the last...

    When I took the Topeak basket off for the last time... I had a nasty surprise. I knew it was rusting, and that the mount wasn't solid. Turns out the entire mount had rusted out, and only habit was...
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    Not likely a problem today, but good to know. I...

    Not likely a problem today, but good to know. I don't think that caused yesterday's flame jet, since the high was about 10C. We might hit 20C today. We've been hitting record highs one day, and...
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    Ok, will reread and try to duplicate all the...

    Ok, will reread and try to duplicate all the stuff they suggest.



    I think maybe more than that here, at least in summer. I know England's summer temperatures are more like 20C than 30C... and...
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    Ye-ah, and Madison has very few days where there...

    Ye-ah, and Madison has very few days where there *isn't* a 10-45mph (no that's not a typo) wind. We get gusting up to 45mph most months. So that says I should make myself a wind screen.

    Not doing...
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    camp cooking merit badge

    Or... I bought myself a Trangia mini and would like to not set myself on fire.

    I've successfully done a proof of concept run, so I can light the thing and boil water. I've got about days and days...
  22. Well, since the OP is carrying a quite large...

    Well, since the OP is carrying a quite large volume of stuff, and the Travoy will not handle as much volume... it seems to me that he'd likely find it quite unsuitable.

    For my uses, the Travoy is...
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    Studded tires make ice riding a lot easier. You...

    Studded tires make ice riding a lot easier. You probably know the way it feels when you lose traction due to ice, and now that I've got snow tires, you couldn't pay me to ride in winter without.
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  24. I think the narrowest snow tires available are...

    I think the narrowest snow tires available are 1.5"/37mm. For a car free bike, that means you want clearance for 47mm of fender, unless you're in a climate where it never snows. (don't quote me on...
  25. Wouldn't buy one. The reason I have a trailer is...

    Wouldn't buy one. The reason I have a trailer is to handle loads that I can't manage with panniers... and with panniers, I can haul in the 50-60lb range. The Travoy has a max weight of 70lbs, and...
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