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  1. Why is there masking tape on your rims?

    Why is there masking tape on your rims?
  2. It's likely to be latex paint. Since your finish...

    It's likely to be latex paint. Since your finish is smooth, the paint might not stick very well. It might be fairly easy to scrape off. Try a small area with your fingernail. If that pops off, make...
  3. The Park Tool cutter works well for me. I use a...

    The Park Tool cutter works well for me. I use a Dremel with a grinding wheel to get rid of the mangled ends after cutting housing.

    As an experiment, I tried a Dremel with the thin cutoff wheel on...
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    I probably use this 200 feet rule to make a ride...

    I probably use this 200 feet rule to make a ride with big climbs seem "doable", instead of "extreme". My local hills can be steep, but none are over 400 feet high. So the first time I went to do a...
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    I switched GP4000 tires to 25c and dropped about...

    I switched GP4000 tires to 25c and dropped about 15 psi in the front and 5-10 psi in the back. It's a smoother ride, and seems just as fast.

    Now I have HED Ardennes Plus rims, 25 mm wide. The...
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    Day riding without an extra load: I think that...

    Day riding without an extra load:
    I think that 200 feet of elevation gain is roughly the equivalent of another mile on the flats. This assumes the rider is riding the flats at a fast but...
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    I like how the bike rider can clearly hear the...

    I like how the bike rider can clearly hear the shouting from the cars.

    I prefer public transportation. It's much more relaxing:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOxHps6QPMI
  8. In 2007, this Raleigh International was with a...

    In 2007, this Raleigh International was with a half dozen junk bikes by the curb, a couple of blocks from my house. I noticed the Dura Ace crank, and took it home. Then I found out about how good...
  9. Once a rider gets to around 20 mile rides, it's...

    Once a rider gets to around 20 mile rides, it's typical to extend it even farther. With regular weekly rides, they have the fitness to get to 30 or 40 mile rides pretty easily. And then a road bike...
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    In the Asheville NC area (Bring a light for the...

    In the Asheville NC area (Bring a light for the tunnels!)

    The climb from Asheville to Mt Mitchell is good, if the weather is decent. It'll be cold up there in May!

    But my favorite ride near...
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    I did the same thing, pulled the rear brake cable...

    I did the same thing, pulled the rear brake cable out of the top tube of the frame and then found it impossible to get the replacement cable back through from the front. The frame holes are...
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    I actually like MacAskill's small precision...

    I actually like MacAskill's small precision stunts the best, the ones based on trials riding.

    From his first video, at 3:12 mark: (with 35 million views! )

    He bounces off the wall, and sticks...
  13. 11 speed cassettes from Shimano or Campagnolo are...

    11 speed cassettes from Shimano or Campagnolo are very close in spacing. There's many reports of interchanging them with no problems at all. (maybe just a small adjustment of the shifter position to...
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    I posted about smoothing of GPS recordings...

    I posted about smoothing of GPS recordings in another thread. Even the one-per-second recordings of the 705 need to be smoothed. I can see how different methods would report different results.


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    Or you can get this 500GB drive ...

    Or you can get this 500GB drive that's really a 0.128 GB flash drive that fakes it's actual size.
  16. EDIT-- I didn't read your reply earlier. 1500...

    EDIT--

    I didn't read your reply earlier. 1500 miles, but you probably don't need to brake too much. I have 750 miles on my new wheels, and the brake track is just starting to get polished down...
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    Thanks for all the good posts in this thread. ...

    Thanks for all the good posts in this thread.

    I see that Showers Pass has a sale on right now, Nov 30. For instance, the Elite 2.1 jacket for $162 instead of $249.

    It's 35% off everything,...
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    From the link. French cyclist Robert...

    From the link.


    French cyclist Robert Marchand (L), raises a glass of champagne to celebrate his 103rd birthday as he poses near a sign along the Robert Marchand pass, in the Ardeche mountain in...
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    (I'm adding F to your C temps.) I've never...

    (I'm adding F to your C temps.)


    I've never seen manufacturer temperature ratings until this year. The only one I've tried with temperature ratings are some new mid-weight Pearl Izumi tights...
  20. A graphic from his site's "how far...

    A graphic from his site's "how far" pages. It's equivalent to 25 RAAM rides in one year. Two a month. (Well, he is going to avoid hills, so that will make it "easier".)

    Or 820 miles (1300 km)...
  21. I found this set of ridewithgps routes for the...

    I found this set of ridewithgps routes for the full Blue Ridge Parkway north to south in 6 days. 80 mile days have a lot of climbing! I think that lodges on the parkway need reservations well in...
  22. But they were making bikes in the Renaissance,...

    But they were making bikes in the Renaissance, and even earlier. The full report is here.

    http://www.studiolum.com/wang/indrikov/boris-indrikov-chateau-gaillard-medieval-bicycle-17-550.jpg
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    The Prisoner (1967). Patrick McGoohan. Very...

    The Prisoner (1967). Patrick McGoohan. Very weird.

    I never saw the 2009 remake. I'm surprised they even tried.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuf0eLJ7-wk
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    That clicking noise that comes and goes was...

    That clicking noise that comes and goes was pretty common with FSA Gossamer cranks. They attach the left crank to the splined axle with two small bolts that pinch the crank arm onto the axle. My LBS...
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    Yes, stainless steel cages won't get worn down by...

    Yes, stainless steel cages won't get worn down by the bottles, and won't mark up the bottles. They are springy, so they grip the bottles very well and the bottles are still easy to insert. They...
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