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  1. I think strobes are dumb.

    I think strobes are dumb.
  2. Thread: Fat Bike THIS!

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    I still love living in the upper midwest. ...

    I still love living in the upper midwest. Summers are good, spring is wonderful, and lazy fall days are the greatest. A few cold months can be tough, but I'd rather go south for a few months and...
  3. Yup. Unqualified. Right on the front of their...

    Yup. Unqualified. Right on the front of their website. I don't get those electras. Could anyone actually ride one for more than a half hour. Total butt weight. Hmmmm.
  4. I would have no problem with riding a mixte. I...

    I would have no problem with riding a mixte. I think they are kinda cool and old school. I suspect I'll have one when I hit the late seventies or eighties and need to ride to the golf course or...
  5. Thread: Low Blood Sugar?

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    Meters are cheap (often free), test strips are...

    Meters are cheap (often free), test strips are expensive.
    The "nerve damage" is long term cumulative and requires very prolonged numbers higher than 140. Many diabetics would be happy living at...
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    You're right. I still have the dream :)

    You're right. I still have the dream :)
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    GNH - Gross National Happiness, --Very nice. ...

    GNH - Gross National Happiness, --Very nice.

    I have often lamented the damage done to our national psyche by our governmental gridlock. I am an independent but I really cringed when seeing our...
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    Reminds me of a guy on a steep hill at RAGBREI...

    Reminds me of a guy on a steep hill at RAGBREI who casually reached down and pulled a cord --which fired up a well hidden two-stroke engine. He waved goodbye to everyone.

    Forgive my...
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    Finishing up the new primary light tourer. Other...

    Finishing up the new primary light tourer. Other two projects are a little boring but needed: retiring my commuter after 10 yrs of reliability and building up two as replacements --a winter version...
  10. Thread: All Purpose Build

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    Regarding good candidates for donor frames and...

    Regarding good candidates for donor frames and their geometries, those are basically personal preference developed over time with experience and trial-and-error. I solve for wider tires by...
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    I swapped in an ultegra 6750 compact on my...

    I swapped in an ultegra 6750 compact on my DA(7800) equipped superlight. (I'm still not a fan of the 50-34 compact, but I do light touring, not racing)
  12. Thread: All Purpose Build

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    I can't completely disagree with that Trek 520...

    I can't completely disagree with that Trek 520 slam article. I do believe it is a good general purpose tourer and still usable as an all-around bike --but almost everybody eventually zero's in on a...
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    I haven't done routes that long (yet) but I use...

    I haven't done routes that long (yet) but I use ridewithgps to create routes pretty easily
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    If we're still voting: I would NOT tour on an...

    If we're still voting:
    I would NOT tour on an IGH. I've tried it and didn't like it (heavy-ish feel, worry about unservice-ability, gearing range, etc). I do commute on an IGH daily and love it....
  15. Thread: Spoke Calculator?

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    I use these two as well. Spocalc is pretty old...

    I use these two as well. Spocalc is pretty old by now and I don't remember ever seeing updates available for its hub and rim dimension database. I always measure my own anyway --which suggests a...
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    ...another bubble burst. I was hoping that...

    ...another bubble burst. I was hoping that cro-mo really was impervious. Good info.
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    I've observed Chro-moly frames that have lived or...

    I've observed Chro-moly frames that have lived or been left out in the elements for years and acquire only surface rusting that is easily steel-wooled away. Chro-moly is apparently quite resistant...
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    +1 on reflective tape. Once the sun goes down...

    +1 on reflective tape. Once the sun goes down and only man-made light is flashing around, those high viz colors don't really jump out more than non high viz. That's where reflective stripes really...
  19. And to answer your 1st question (what FD works...

    And to answer your 1st question (what FD works with a sub compact crank arrangement?), I like the one below. I use it on two of my sub compact doubles (44-28, 42-28) and one compact triple...
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    Be sure to get the high VIZ clothing and not just...

    Be sure to get the high VIZ clothing and not just plain yellow or orange. There is a big difference. The high viz day-glow yellow actually converts some light from the UV spectrum into visible...
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    I've never noticed any effects and I do nothing...

    I've never noticed any effects and I do nothing for maintenance and cleaning of my commuter beyond a ~yearly chain replacement. It's an old steel specialized mtb frame and looks pretty crappy...
  22. Thread: Bike build

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    I have not tried Paul brakes but I'm a big fan of...

    I have not tried Paul brakes but I'm a big fan of the Avid Shorty Ultimate and its easily adjustable tensioning. I also think it might be possible to have canti posts positioned so that either 26"...
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    Not sure I've found a lower limit (but I'm sure...

    Not sure I've found a lower limit (but I'm sure there is one). Once you cover ALL skin (goggles, total head and face mask, mittens) and layer sufficiently --it doesn't matter. I never use studs and...
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    413175 I have a pretty large preference for...

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    I have a pretty large preference for this style of mirror. It's out of the way and aero. I have one on almost every one of my bikes.

    I always go to my local bike shop first, but here's...
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    Seat type and positioning is such a personal...

    Seat type and positioning is such a personal preference issue --it's hard to give advice. When I find a comfortable position (determined usually on a long ride or multi-day tour), I measure that ...
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