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    I wear cycling specific clothes on my 8 mile...

    I wear cycling specific clothes on my 8 mile commute. When my commute was only 0.75 mile each way I wore my street clothes.

    I have showers at work.
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    Truly strong wind can kill you, or at least make...

    Truly strong wind can kill you, or at least make riding impossible. When you need to put your foot down every 30 seconds to keep from being blown over it's time to seek alternate transportation.
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  3. Thread: Back at it

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    Back at it

    I haven't posted here in a while, but recently resumed bike commuting, so figured I'd start posting here again as well.

    I started in 2009 commuting 12 miles each way to Boulder, CO every day. In...
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    Be sure to boil the water first if you use a Neti...

    Be sure to boil the water first if you use a Neti pot.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/12/19/143960631/second-neti-pot-death-from-amoeba-prompts-tap-water-warning

    Paul
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    I just learned that this bike is nothing new. ...

    I just learned that this bike is nothing new. According to Simon Rakower on the Icebike e-mail list, this bike has been around for 20 years.

    Paul
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    Put a little Vaseline in your nose before you...

    Put a little Vaseline in your nose before you start. Oh, and don't pick your nose so much :).

    If that doesn't work, you can get a doctor to cauterize it (assuming its bleeding from the same spot...
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    Cycling in Antartica (BBC article)

    Interesting read.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16345232

    Paul
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    When I lived in an apartment, I just leaned them...

    When I lived in an apartment, I just leaned them against the walls. It really depends on how much space you have.

    Paul
  9. Water vapor and liquid water behave differently. ...

    Water vapor and liquid water behave differently. The idea of waterproof/breathable fabric is that it blocks liquid water (rain), but transmits water vapor (evaporated sweat). Transport will be in...
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    I'll add: If the forecast calls for 80 mph winds...

    I'll add: If the forecast calls for 80 mph winds it's probably a good idea to either change your route, or go at a different time.

    Paul
  11. I use the Pearl Izumi Gavia jacket (no longer...

    I use the Pearl Izumi Gavia jacket (no longer made unfortunately). It's a soft shell and works great. I usually wear just a thin smart wool baselayer underneath and I'm comfortable probably...
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    I bought parts for my wheels when they were on...

    I bought parts for my wheels when they were on sale, built them myself, and then had the shop tension them. Came out much less than $500 for the pair.

    Paul
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    Depending on where you will be riding, fenders...

    Depending on where you will be riding, fenders may be a nice addition.

    I also suggest giving careful consideration to the gearing (see calculator below). How much variation in cadence can you...
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    Sure, "you're crazy" or some variant comes up...

    Sure, "you're crazy" or some variant comes up from time to time, but I also get genuine enthusiasm and fist pumps. I remember one morning when it was below zero and snowing I got a "way to go" from...
  15. Agree with others that this is not a big concern....

    Agree with others that this is not a big concern. I've done 10+ mile descents on twisty mountain roads fully loaded and not had issues. Of course the typical touring bike is not very aerodynamic...
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    It's been said before but bears repeating. Loose...

    It's been said before but bears repeating. Loose fitting shoes will keep your feet warmer. Too tight and you compress insulation and reduce circulation.

    I've heard of people wrapping the foot...
  17. Regarding the Surley LHT, if you go that way, I...

    Regarding the Surley LHT, if you go that way, I recommend buying the frame and building up the bike exactly how you want it (doing the work yourself as much as possible). This has two advantages:
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    Was the wind the same?

    As you said, windproof is key. Cycling pants/tights that are not windproof are useless in colder temperatures. If you don't want to spend a lot of money, you could try a...
  19. Agreed. I had some arguments with my wife when I...

    Agreed. I had some arguments with my wife when I first started commuting in snow storms. She eventually came to appreciate that I could do it safely.

    Paul
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    Poll: I checked the fourth option. I laced the wheels...

    I checked the fourth option. I laced the wheels on my bike, but let a pro tension them for me. If I had my own truing stand, I'd probably tension the wheels myself.

    Frankly, bicycle maintenance...
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    Here is a trick for going C --> F that makes it...

    Here is a trick for going C --> F that makes it even easier.

    1) Double the number
    2) Subtract 10%
    3) Add 32

    Example converting 8C:

    8 x 2 = 16
    16 - 1.6 = 14.4
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    +1. Except I just change the tires rather than...

    +1. Except I just change the tires rather than use two wheelsets. It only take 15-20 minutes to change the tires. I probably change them 1-2 times/month during the winter months. I have them on...
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    I'm in my third winter now and must say I really...

    I'm in my third winter now and must say I really enjoy riding in the winter. I got up extra early the other day and went for a two hour ride in the snow before work (only planned an hour, but had to...
  24. Looking for suggestions for 1 or 2 night winter tour from Boulder area

    Last year, I rode up to Rocky Mountain National Park in early January and stayed one night in a tent. I might do that again, but would like to hear other ideas.

    Another idea I'm considering is...
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    Are you flying from China? And flying to where...

    Are you flying from China? And flying to where at the end of the flight? Seems like airfare will be your single largest expense. Let's say flights are $1000 each way, and bike and other gear are...
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