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    The thing this year that made me most appreciate...

    The thing this year that made me most appreciate being car free was when a good friend had to buy a new car and was complaining about how much it cost. It made me appreciate all the things I can...
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    I was riding with a friend from the Midwest last...

    I was riding with a friend from the Midwest last year and he had a number of stories like that. He says that several times a year someone pats him on the shoulder and says, "I lost mine too once....
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    It's true that riding 5 mi per day instead of...

    It's true that riding 5 mi per day instead of driving will take you a couple of months to save an entire tank of gas, assuming a 15 gallon tank and 25mph ($45 at $3/gal) and that's a lot of work to...
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    It never ceases to amaze me how much short term...

    It never ceases to amaze me how much short term gas price fluctuations affect car sales. If you're buying a car you presumably figure on keeping it for at LEAST five years and hopefully longer. If...
  5. If I took recreational riding out of the picture,...

    If I took recreational riding out of the picture, I could fill the vast majority of my transportation needs with one bike. Call it one and a half in that my partner and I share a cargo bike, which I...
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    I used to work as a bike mechanic and have done...

    I used to work as a bike mechanic and have done all my own bike work since I was a kid. I have plenty of tools, a repair stand, and can do whatever needs to be done way faster than I could drop it...
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    You can't go wrong with good baselayers. There's...

    You can't go wrong with good baselayers. There's a good amount of margin of error in size, and it's nice to have a lot of them in a variety of styles/fabrics/thicknesses. I always keep an eye out for...
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    To the basic good advice about being polite I...

    To the basic good advice about being polite I would add that you should be sensible about when and where you decide to pass people, accelerate, etc. One reason I've been generally avoiding big...
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    I've had some great sleep in Post Office lobbies...

    I've had some great sleep in Post Office lobbies and ATM booths. I've also slept in all kinds of places by the side of the road, leaning against the wall in gas stations, head on the table in diners...
  10. Thread: Frame bags?

    by Coluber42
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    One reason you might not see them as much on road...

    One reason you might not see them as much on road bikes is that modern road bikes often have much wider, shaped tubes and a sloping top tube, so there's a lot less space inside the main triangle,...
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    You didn't say whether this was pressure, or...

    You didn't say whether this was pressure, or friction. Or both. You've gotten some sound suggestions so far, but here's one more: Encourage your friend to register for the forums and start asking...
  12. Another thing that makes it difficult to compare...

    Another thing that makes it difficult to compare riders' finishing times against their bikes' weights is that the riders with light bikes usually carry less luggage (either because they don't like...
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    For the first few years that I was doing a lot of...

    For the first few years that I was doing a lot of long distance on a fixie, I'd have agreed with you. But over time, descending got more comfortable. Nowadays, I'd much rather spin down 2mi of 8%...
  14. You only need one gear for the FC508... ;)

    You only need one gear for the FC508... ;)
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    Favorite recovery foods?

    Since it's now the time of year when I am pretty much always either recovering from something or doing something that I'll need to recover from afterward, I bet it's that time of year for a lot of...
  16. Poll: I saw a guy on a 600k yesterday riding in...

    I saw a guy on a 600k yesterday riding in sneakers on flat pedals. But he's a fairly rare exception.
    I'm sort of the opposite of Machka - I HATE not having my feet attached to the pedals. I use...
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    Hehehe, I got into making bags in the first place...

    Hehehe, I got into making bags in the first place because I couldn't help sitting around thinking about how to make a better bike bag. :D Or even just a different bag. :D :D
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    I use 165mm cranks, and I am taller than you with...

    I use 165mm cranks, and I am taller than you with a long-ish inseam for my height (I am 5'6"). I started using them on my fixie, but still had 170's on my road bike for awhile. But at a certain...
  19. As long as you don't go around telling people...

    As long as you don't go around telling people it's a walk in the park suitable for a beginner on a fixed gear, what's the problem? If someone doesn't want to ride a route like that, you aren't making...
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    +2. That's why I kept riding brevets fixed,...

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    That's why I kept riding brevets fixed, too. It works and I like it, and I'm a creature of habit.
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    I'd start by assembling all the stuff you imagine...

    I'd start by assembling all the stuff you imagine wanting to carry for rides of various lengths, and making a big pile of it on the floor. Then sort through it and think about what needs to be easily...
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    Could be... would have had to be 2008, since I...

    Could be... would have had to be 2008, since I was in Germany in 2009. I think that was the time I'd just put on a new saddle, and it kept sliding backward on the rails despite my stopping to tighten...
  23. Thread: Custom Bags?

    by Coluber42
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    nah, I got the joke. ;) I keep trying to get...

    nah, I got the joke. ;)

    I keep trying to get people to try it themselves because I think it's fun and rewarding to do stuff yourself. Actually I'm generally happy to do one-off custom jobs...
  24. It can be fun to obsess over the geometry of...

    It can be fun to obsess over the geometry of different bikes and how that affects the handling, but let's face it: unless you've got a wide variety of LBS's specializing in a lot of different styles...
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    Personally I don't like interrupt levers because...

    Personally I don't like interrupt levers because they feel like they're in the way to me, but I've only ever used them on other people's bikes. I'm sure if I really made the effort I could get used...
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