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  1. Yes, something thrown 'into a vehicle' is...

    Yes, something thrown 'into a vehicle' is considered much more serious due to the likelihood that the driver might lose control and injure themselves and/or others. That's far less likely with a...
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    The biking conditions in the valley are pretty...

    The biking conditions in the valley are pretty lousy if you're looking for an aerobic training ride, but I found them to be great for being a sight-seeing tourist. Most of the roads have a parallel...
  3. Only you can decide for yourself if having a...

    Only you can decide for yourself if having a backpack on for that length of ride will be comfortable. I know it wouldn't be for me and I'd look into attaching a rack to that bike if it were mine. ...
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    I'd expect option 1 to be somewhat more...

    I'd expect option 1 to be somewhat more aerodynamic for the reasons already given. But I have yet to really notice the supposed aero drag effect of panniers. On our group club rides I sometimes...
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    I've only encountered cougars once - where do you...

    I've only encountered cougars once - where do you find them in such abundance?
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    Or just replace the rim(s) if the hub(s) are in...

    Or just replace the rim(s) if the hub(s) are in decent shape. There are still plenty of 5-speed freewheels available. Sunrace, Falcon, and SunLite are some of the makers.
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    Sugar is only about a tenth as effective at...

    Sugar is only about a tenth as effective at lowering the freezing pt. as salt but you can add much more of it before it becomes objectionable. If it's still too cold for the usual energy drink mix...
  8. Same one I use on all my bikes (and kayaks,...

    Same one I use on all my bikes (and kayaks, hiking packs, etc.) - my 15 year old Garmin eMap GPS.
  9. I think that in both cases some discretion should...

    I think that in both cases some discretion should be applied based on whether the individual is actually posing any threat to safety. For example, there have been several reported cases where an...
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    I use the Shimano SPD sandals with thick wool...

    I use the Shimano SPD sandals with thick wool socks on chilly days and add some Performance full-cover booties when it gets colder.
  11. So when the rider went around the block (say ~.4...

    So when the rider went around the block (say ~.4 miles if each side is about a tenth of a mile) the wheels would have gone around about 300 times. Based on the valve stem location the front wheel...
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    Any particular reason why you want to stick with...

    Any particular reason why you want to stick with 27" rather than 700c? If you're switching rims this seems like it would be a good time to change to the more common tire size as well. Yes, you can...
  13. Agreed. I suspect the message that's received in...

    Agreed. I suspect the message that's received in such cases is to do the quick check of the phone while going 40+ mph when traffic is more spread out instead of waiting until stopped at a traffic...
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    Agreed. The rear wheel of our tandem is a...

    Agreed. The rear wheel of our tandem is a 48-spoke lacing that I did about 38 years ago making the same mistake as the OP. It's marginally harder to put the pump head onto the valve stem but not...
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    One of my Brooks Pros lost one of the side rivets...

    One of my Brooks Pros lost one of the side rivets many years ago and it doesn't seem to have affected its function in any way.
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    My experience with the PBSFs hasn't been quite...

    My experience with the PBSFs hasn't been quite that good. One of mine is mounted on the back of my rear rack where it is directly in line with water spray from the rear tire (no fenders on that...
  17. Can't speak for Clifford, but I was using that...

    Can't speak for Clifford, but I was using that phrase very deliberately since this thread is specifically about the effect of lighter wheels as opposed to all that other mass which is being...
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    In addition to real physical effects, there may...

    In addition to real physical effects, there may also be a psychological cause. If you're getting in indication from the steering feel that the path surface is more slippery than usual that can...
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    I try to get devices that use AA cells as much as...

    I try to get devices that use AA cells as much as possible. That lets me use rechargeable NiMH AA cells whenever I can recharge them but also allows for the option to buy regular cells if necessary....
  20. Whenever I pedal the front wheel turns just as...

    Whenever I pedal the front wheel turns just as fast as the rear one. So from an energy standpoint it shouldn't make any difference since you need to supply enough energy to spin both wheels up to...
  21. Many sections of Hwy. 101 are legal for...

    Many sections of Hwy. 101 are legal for bicyclists to use the shoulder and I've found these to have good pavement for safe and comfortable riding. The CalTrans guide shows exactly which sections are...
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    Unless your bike frame comes apart in a way that...

    Unless your bike frame comes apart in a way that lets you pack the bike very compactly I think you're going to find that it won't fit within Delta's stated limit of 'Length + Width + Height <= 62".' ...
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    I certainly notice an increase in appetite when I...

    I certainly notice an increase in appetite when I bicycle or engage in other strenuous exercise and a corresponding decrease whenever I stop riding for an extended period. And the figure of a little...
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    Most of the physical products may well be gone by...

    Most of the physical products may well be gone by then, although quite a bit of infrastructure survives over 100 years. But the knowledge that was developed to build those products remains and is...
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    Even when shopping at more reasonably priced...

    Even when shopping at more reasonably priced grocery stores and farmer's markets I have not found fuel for myself to be much cheaper overall than fuel for my car. It's hard to beat the price of a...
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