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    Bike shops *can* suck, but do not always do so. ...

    Bike shops *can* suck, but do not always do so. When my husband and I moved to Boston and began interviewing bike shops, we did so together. If I asked a question, and the salesperson answered to...
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    I'm a huge Ibex wool fan, honest! The moisture...

    I'm a huge Ibex wool fan, honest! The moisture is the main concern, as I can layer all day and night with the all-season wardrobe I've built up.
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    Showers Pass Convertible Pants?

    I'm refusing to acknowledge winter any more and am planning forward to spring.

    My Marmot soft shell pants are unsuitable for warmer weather rain repellence, and I no long have a place to let my...
  4. Thread: Fetish Frames

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    If I recall correctly they're from Taiwan. Same...

    If I recall correctly they're from Taiwan. Same generic aluminum frame that gets rebadged about a million different names.

    Lots of different, quality frames are made there. Even some Rivendell...
  5. Thread: Fetish Frames

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    I built one up for my husband, it lasted for...

    I built one up for my husband, it lasted for years. Perfectly decent aluminum frame, and the decals scrape off with a hair dryer and a credit card.
  6. Peter White says you're fine, as long as you're...

    Peter White says you're fine, as long as you're not completely tear-assing around.

    I've run my Hakka's on similar ground for several seasons. It's the same as running studs on a car; you have...
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    I've got one by Abus zip-tied to the front of my...

    I've got one by Abus zip-tied to the front of my bike; my front wheel is a solid axle so I can't put a Pitlock through it. I'll usually throw the Dutch lock and then put a U-lock through my rear...
  8. Thread: Fitbit

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    I have a Fitbit Flex. It works for me; I need a...

    I have a Fitbit Flex. It works for me; I need a rough calorie estimation to make sure I eat enough, I need to know if I'm sleeping enough, and I want to know how much of a ****** I've been over the...
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    With 35's it might be doable if I dumped psi...

    With 35's it might be doable if I dumped psi out... that nasty postholed section is like 0.25mi of a commute otherwise made on mostly plowed streets. I don't want to deal with squishy tires for one...
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    They are seriously fantastic, and nice people to...

    They are seriously fantastic, and nice people to work with to boot! :)
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    See, this is my argument as to why *I* need a...

    See, this is my argument as to why *I* need a Moonlander, but husband says "nooooo, we can't fit it with the rest of the bikes/Bob trailer/etc." :(
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    Ibex wool cap, Ibex wool hoodie under a regular...

    Ibex wool cap, Ibex wool hoodie under a regular summer bike helmet. I was warm down to 10*F + windchill this past week here in Boston, and I'm usually a freakin' lizard.

    I don't usually say this...
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    Hakkapeliitta W106 700x35's. Fifth season, and...

    Hakkapeliitta W106 700x35's. Fifth season, and they're still going strong. If they can't cut down through it to pavement, I would be portaging the bike regardless.

    They do wander a bit too much...
  14. Thread: Ice! Ice! Baby!

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    My Hakkas do the job on road ice, but they're no...

    My Hakkas do the job on road ice, but they're no contest on postholed, remelted, iced-over paths. Which sucks, because it adds either a 0.25mi portage or a 3mi workaround to my commute (yes,...
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    Just got a Tubus Logo recently myself. Strong,...

    Just got a Tubus Logo recently myself. Strong, decent-looking, and best of all, it doesn't rattle! :D
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    I just scored a pair of 45Nrth Wolvhammers (the...

    I just scored a pair of 45Nrth Wolvhammers (the retail gods have smiled upon me), in time for some rather nasty winter storms here. Absolutely fantastic, and miles above using straps/platforms with...
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    Cable lock to a guy named Tony who wears a pinky...

    Cable lock to a guy named Tony who wears a pinky ring.
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    While I commute with panniers now due to the...

    While I commute with panniers now due to the amount of crap I carry, I swear by my beloved Reload mess bag. 8 years old now, and it has been on my back through all seasons in upstate NY and Boston. ...
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    And just to support the "best to be safe" voices,...

    And just to support the "best to be safe" voices, btw, I also chose to take the T rather than ride through 1"+/hr here in Boston this evening. There's HTFU and then there's "I gotta be able to go to...
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    I just started using a pair of Ortlieb back...

    I just started using a pair of Ortlieb back rollers for commuting myself... the mechanism for attaching to the rack itself Just Works. It's fantastic.

    So far, the snow/salt season has not...
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    I can vouch for Voltaic's awesomeness. Husband...

    I can vouch for Voltaic's awesomeness. Husband got me the 4W charger and the V39 battery pack. Worth the dosh, it's tough and efficient. I start the battery on a full charge from a wall socket and...
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    Chunder, that beat-up floury kind of snow on the...

    Chunder, that beat-up floury kind of snow on the road, is annoying as heck.

    Be zen and trust in your balance. Pilot with your momentum, and don't panic when your bike seems to be moving forward...
  23. I roll W106's on Salsa Delgado's. They stretch...

    I roll W106's on Salsa Delgado's. They stretch out to be more pliable, honest!
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    It's a fun little thing that encourages me to...

    It's a fun little thing that encourages me to ride different parts of the city. People who are ******bags about Strava are probably the same guys sandbagging local races.
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    Surly frames are sturdy and will treat you well. ...

    Surly frames are sturdy and will treat you well. The LHT will be slack and very comfortable for long riding. If you want a little sprightlier still with plenty of rack/fender/whatever eyelets, go...
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