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    Yes there are thermal Camelbaks as well as...

    Yes there are thermal Camelbaks as well as thermal kits for Camelbaks. There are even winter Camelbaks. They aren't perfect and the tubes will freeze eventually but they take longer than a bare...
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    Adding sugar, ethanol or salt does little to...

    Adding sugar, ethanol or salt does little to depress the freezing point in concentrations that you could consume. To depress the melting point -10C would require a solution that is 5 molal for a...
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    So what is your "more fundametal solution"? ...

    So what is your "more fundametal solution"?

    Many of us who have Ortliebs (or similar bags) have tried the other alternatives and haven't found them to be much worse than the Ortlieb system. ...
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    Park Tools Repair help...

    Park Tools Repair help is a good place to start. Click on the bike map for your trouble spot and the directions provided are very clear. You don't necessarily have to follow all of the directions...
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    I hate to confuse poor mohdsalah further but this...

    I hate to confuse poor mohdsalah further but this isn't true. With the exception of Dynasys and Sram which both have different pull ratios, a derailer is a robot. It does what the shifter tells it...
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    I need to add that the attachment system of the...

    I need to add that the attachment system of the Ortleibs is far more important than the waterproofness. It's the easiest and most secure system I've ever used. Just grab ahold of the straps and...
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    Take what Arkel says with a very, very, very...

    Take what Arkel says with a very, very, very large grain of salt. A salt mine might not be big enough:rolleyes: I've toured with coated bags and with Ortlieb bags. I'll take Ortlieb any day. I'll...
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    If your derailer hanger is broken, you need to...

    If your derailer hanger is broken, you need to replace the hanger, if the hanger is replaceable. Some are and some aren't. Got to Derailer Hanger (click on the blue text and it will take you to the...
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    Just gotta say, you live in Colorado. A heavy...

    Just gotta say, you live in Colorado. A heavy three speed boat anchor may work just fine in Amsterdam but they don't have a hill taller than your average kitchen table. Colorado's roads aren't the...
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    No, you don't have to replace the spokes but you...

    No, you don't have to replace the spokes but you do have to relace the wheel. You may not have to remove all the spokes and start again but it can be difficult to find where you have made a mistake.
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    So, um, that's great, Uncle Ken. Um...you want to...

    So, um, that's great, Uncle Ken. Um...you want to pass me the gravy? So...how about those Broncos?
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    I don't find my iPhone to be that onerous to deal...

    I don't find my iPhone to be that onerous to deal with regard to power issues. I do have an external battery with solar charger which comes in handy for those times when I'm not near a plug. Just...
  13. Thread: a glimmer

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    My previous answer was a bit to glib. The tilt...

    My previous answer was a bit to glib. The tilt to our axis as well as our elliptical orbit around the sun and some tricky celestial mechanics are the reason for what I detailed above. The guys at...
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    The times are a little different but the trend is...

    The times are a little different but the trend is the same for similar latitudes. The values are also theoretical, i.e. calculated. Denver's sunset is several minutes before the USNO "sunset". Having...
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    A tilted axis. And you aren't quite right...

    A tilted axis.

    And you aren't quite right about the gain and loss. This is a graph of the sunrise/sunset times around the winter solstice for Denver (it's different depending on your latitude and...
  16. Long ago, I broke a front spoke on a Libertas...

    Long ago, I broke a front spoke on a Libertas tandem which was a 12 or 13 gauge spoke but that's the only front one I've ever broken that I can recall.
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    +1. I would think that they would be ineffective...

    +1. I would think that they would be ineffective on glass but they do a pretty good job of flicking goatheads out of smooth tires. I never really used them, however. Sometimes, keeping the...
  18. I'm not sure. I didn't weigh the wheel alone but...

    I'm not sure. I didn't weigh the wheel alone but only weighed the bike before and after installing the new wheels and the difference was 2 lbs.
  19. 32 hole White Industries T-11 hubs with titanium...

    32 hole White Industries T-11 hubs with titanium free hub, Velocity A-23 rims and Pillar PSR TB2018 spokes. The spoke are the key to strength and the titanium freehub makes a real difference on...
  20. For a front wheel, it hardly matters since front...

    For a front wheel, it hardly matters since front wheels seldom have problems. That said, low spoke count wheels aren't really much lighter...and then can be much heavier... than a more normal spoke...
  21. Be aware that your CX9 has a wishbone seat stay...

    Be aware that your CX9 has a wishbone seat stay which can make mounting fenders or a rack more difficult then normal on a CX bike. If you are lucky, you have a bolt under in the middle of the...
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    I've been commuting and working at the same job...

    I've been commuting and working at the same job long enough that I'm just "that guy". I do get the strange question from people of "are you still riding your bike?"...sometimes while walking towards...
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    Honestly, you don't need anything fancy for a...

    Honestly, you don't need anything fancy for a truing stand. A Park TS-2 is a marvelous tool and owning one is a goal to which most wheel builders aspire. But a bicycle frame will work, although it...
  24. I find the tilt base is enough.

    I find the tilt base is enough.
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    The MagicShine without a doubt. I have a...

    The MagicShine without a doubt. I have a Cygolite Explion 850 which is much brighter then the Metro and it's not quite as bright as the clones I use. It also cost, roughly, 6 times what I paid for...
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