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  1. I started back riding in Oct. '98 and that next...

    I started back riding in Oct. '98 and that next Sept. I rode almost 500 miles and 48,000' of climbing in 9 days for the whole of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I'd say just start riding and have fun when...
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    I'll b on the Big Island this coming July but...

    I'll b on the Big Island this coming July but without a bike. You can bet I'll be doing some recon for a future loop around.
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    Town for me is Sylva. There is a back road that...

    Town for me is Sylva. There is a back road that takes us up to the BRP, then on to Waterrock Knob.
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    Waterrock Knob is a good climb but we locals...

    Waterrock Knob is a good climb but we locals don't count it unless you start in town or in Cherokee. Both about 18 miles up, one with 3900' the other with 4700'.
  5. Saw the first flurries of the season yesterday. ...

    Saw the first flurries of the season yesterday. It seems cooler temps are here to stay now.
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    Our collective bonk on the AoMM that year was...

    Our collective bonk on the AoMM that year was probably due to not being able to get into our pockets to get food. It was raining hard the first 4+ hours and in traffic there were lots of slowing,...
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    Come on down! Neal and I will show you around.

    Come on down! Neal and I will show you around.
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    It rained for most of those first 80 miles as I...

    It rained for most of those first 80 miles as I recall. I also bonked, though at mile 96. That left a very long 20+ miles of climbing to go. Ah, memories.
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    Hmmm, "climbing above it all" eh? Sounds like...

    Hmmm, "climbing above it all" eh? Sounds like fun to me. Glad you had fun. The BRP is one of the best roads to ride anywhere.
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    Glad I didn't try them. lol Personally, I'd...

    Glad I didn't try them. lol Personally, I'd wait for the next generation of hydraulic brakes. I think they will do some refinements to the system, like level throw adjustments, weight and size. ...
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    I've not done a Carmichael camp but I did use...

    I've not done a Carmichael camp but I did use their coaching service for several years with good results. I talked to my coach about the camps but never attended one. From what I was told, they, at...
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    Sticky: NealH and I attended a Specialized Demo ride in...

    NealH and I attended a Specialized Demo ride in Asheville this morning. I test rode a Venge while Neal tried out a Tarmac SL4, Roubaix disc and a Venge. We had a short spirited group ride of about...
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    Sticky: 66.5 miles today at the Tour de (green) Leaves...

    66.5 miles today at the Tour de (green) Leaves out of Tryon, NC. Not much color down that way yet. NealH and I did the distance under overcast skies but no rain, which had threatened at the start. ...
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    Oh, so it wore out, though I have similar miles...

    Oh, so it wore out, though I have similar miles on wheels without issue. Was it an Open Pro rim? Did you have the same problem with the rear wheel? I would expect that one to fail before the...
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    Sticky: Thanks. We have a some good climbs here. The...

    Thanks. We have a some good climbs here. The approach from the other side starts with a 3240ft climb in 10 miles then a 3 mile descent followed by 1480ft in 4.5 miles. So that's 4720ft in 14.5...
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    Not sure I've ever heard of the spokes on the...

    Not sure I've ever heard of the spokes on the front wheel breaking. Unless something got caught in between the spokes how does that happen?
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    Sticky: NealH and I rode from town this morning up to...

    NealH and I rode from town this morning up to Waterrock Knob about 18.5 miles up with 3750ft of climbing. The road to the parking lot at the top was closed due to the gov't shutdown so we turned...
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    Sticky: NealH and I got out for a summer like ride around...

    NealH and I got out for a summer like ride around the Ring of Fire, a local loop. It's a hard ride with steep grades and I had to take it slow at times given my current fitness level. Beautiful...
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    Remember, the temp on top of Mitchell will be...

    Remember, the temp on top of Mitchell will be very different than down in Asheville. I'd expect towards the end of Oct. the highs on the mountain are in the mid 40s to 50º at best. Climbing in the...
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    Yeah, the Tour de Leaves is a nice ride. One...

    Yeah, the Tour de Leaves is a nice ride. One good steep 2 mile climb and one longer more mellow climb.

    As for weather that time of year, I'd expect near freezing temps in the morning warming...
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    My SWorks Tarmac is plenty comfy. I'd say it is...

    My SWorks Tarmac is plenty comfy. I'd say it is the most comfortable bike I've owned. There is less high frequency vibrations from this frame than my IF Ti. Metal rings, carbon dampens. The...
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    Well, you are right to a point. Carbon does...

    Well, you are right to a point. Carbon does require more diligence in use. There is nothing wrong with a well made Ti frame. If I needed a super durable travel, randonee bike it would be Ti from a...
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    Sounds like carbon to me, only a carbon bike...

    Sounds like carbon to me, only a carbon bike would be lighter, stronger, corrosion proof and under most conditions just about as durable. Ti frames crack too, welds break. For the money, under most...
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    I sold my last Ti frame a couple years ago. I...

    I sold my last Ti frame a couple years ago. I think there is still a market for Ti but it is ever decreasing in scope. For me, I would consider a Ti frame if I valued absolute durability over...
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    I ride 25c tires at 190# (currently). I use...

    I ride 25c tires at 190# (currently). I use about 95-100 psi. When I rode 23c tires I usually inflated them to about 105-110psi. There is no need to ride 23s at 120 psi unless you ride on glass...
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