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  1. Another vote for the doctor. I had similar...

    Another vote for the doctor. I had similar symptoms as a well-conditioned runner many years ago, and an EKG found that I was in atrial fibrillation. It's dangerous if not treated, but I've had no...
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    It's an intelligence test. A lot of you failed.

    It's an intelligence test. A lot of you failed.
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    I'm a pedestrian, a driver and a cyclist for more...

    I'm a pedestrian, a driver and a cyclist for more than 40 years, and this attitude sums up precisely why so many people hate cyclists. If you're riding a bike and NOT watching out for cars,...
  4. This is pretty much it, in my experience. If...

    This is pretty much it, in my experience. If you're going to fret and suffer until you get one, go ahead. But it won't make you faster.
    On a related topic, I'm surprised how many people have...
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    You will feel the difference, I'm sure. But if...

    You will feel the difference, I'm sure. But if you're even a little serious about cycling, don't assume you won't use the crank puller again. There's no substitute for them, and they only cost, what,...
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    Everybody's too fat for this sport. I read...

    Everybody's too fat for this sport. I read recently that nobody in the TdF weighed more than one kilogram (2.2 lbs) per inch of height, and most are at 2 pounds. I'm 6'4", in reasonable shape, and I...
  7. I have 46-36-26 triples on both my road bikes,...

    I have 46-36-26 triples on both my road bikes, and it's perfect for an old slow guy who lives in the Sierra Nevada. If I ever have to replace one, I'll probably try about a 48-34 double, but just...
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    Who doesn't?

    Who doesn't?
  9. Thread: Blow outs

    by Velo Dog
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    It happens. A front blowout is harder to control...

    It happens. A front blowout is harder to control than one in the rear, and if it happens, you might go over the bars. Most of us have probably done it at one time or another. You can reduce the...
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    Jesus Christ....

    Jesus Christ....
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    I'd be embarrassed to ask anyone to fix my flat.

    I'd be embarrassed to ask anyone to fix my flat.
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    As a bonus, you've learned an important lesson...

    As a bonus, you've learned an important lesson about parenting, something my father told me when my son was born in 1980: never give the baby the keys.
  13. Thread: Sugru

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    Duplicate post...sorry

    Duplicate post...sorry
  14. Thread: Sugru

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    Somebody gave me a sample pack of sugru for...

    Somebody gave me a sample pack of sugru for Christmas, and I've used it for several low-stress jobs, little feet and replacing pushbuttons and reinforcing computer cables. Works great for that.
    I...
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    It's pretty hard even to be civil to somebody who...

    It's pretty hard even to be civil to somebody who complains about two flats in a summer. If you lived here in thorn country, you'd have two or three a week/150 miles. Our goatheads laugh at your...
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    I have myasthenia gravis, not PD, but some of the...

    I have myasthenia gravis, not PD, but some of the early symptoms, at least, are similar, and I had similar concerns. I spent three months in the hospital in 2011, and came home in a wheelchair. The...
  17. Those are valid points theoretically. As a...

    Those are valid points theoretically. As a practical matter, though, I rotated tires for years when I was a poor college student and new father, and I never had any trouble. Obviously you don't want...
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    I've been riding since 1970; I've tried about...

    I've been riding since 1970; I've tried about everything there is. I was using Armadillos when I had the nine-flat century. Pasela TGs are probably the best combination of toughness and feel I've had...
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    Just for the record, here in the Land of Big...

    Just for the record, here in the Land of Big Thorns (western Nevada), I expect a flat every 40 miles or so. I've had nine on a century and three on my 25-mile round trip commute. My lack of sympathy...
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    Aw, come on. Its a piece of outdoor equipment,...

    Aw, come on. Its a piece of outdoor equipment, and you use it. If it DOESN'T get scratches, you're doing it wrong.
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    Well, we're all different. I've been riding since...

    Well, we're all different. I've been riding since college in the '70s, back when only really serious cyclists even used toe clips (they were "too dangerous" because you were "attached to the bike")....
  22. Me, too. I've been retired for six years (got a...

    Me, too. I've been retired for six years (got a great buyout offer at 62), and I stayed in Northern Nevada because we like the area and have roots here. It's pretty cold (for a California guy) in...
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    Learn to fix flats. If you keep riding, you will...

    Learn to fix flats. If you keep riding, you will have dozens of them. I've had nine on a century ride, and when I lived in the desert, I expected (and got) one about every 30 miles. You aren't likely...
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    I'd bet on rolling resistance, too. I've ridden...

    I'd bet on rolling resistance, too. I've ridden several bikes on the same commute for five years using tires from 25mm to 41mm, and from 55 to 110psi. The tires make far more difference than the type...
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    This is true-ish, but changing those factors on a...

    This is true-ish, but changing those factors on a bike takes money and effort. At least for conditions around here (more sand than gravel), I cope by using larger tires, shifting my weight to the...
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