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    That's a good reminder. Maybe you've heard of the...

    That's a good reminder. Maybe you've heard of the "happiness curve." In surveys, many of the very young report being happy because they have fewer responsibilities & more freedom; many of the elderly...
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    Funny about the "burden on society" thing. On my...

    Funny about the "burden on society" thing. On my last tour I had stopped in the parking lot of a car dealership. It was closing time & the owner came out to begin his (car) drive home. He asked me...
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    For me, the best arrangement is: Waterproof...

    For me, the best arrangement is: Waterproof Ortleib panniers on the front, & smaller, non-waterproof, non-water-resistant panniers on the back. I agree that waterproof & non-waterproof panniers each...
  4. Plenty of good stories on this thread. For me as...

    Plenty of good stories on this thread.
    For me as a pre-teen & then a teen in Western New York in the 1970s, bicycling was the easiest way to reach the best fishing spots. Brook, brown & rainbow...
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    Papa Tom, Good Qn. I would say that Christians...

    Papa Tom,
    Good Qn. I would say that Christians have a different kind of reason to act that way…we are thankful for what God has done for us. We’re not trying to get anything else from God by doing...
  6. Good tips, Walter. I think I read somewhere that...

    Good tips, Walter. I think I read somewhere that that's the biggest reason Ortlieb puts so few zippers on several (all?) of their models of panniers.
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    Thanks, Jawalk3r, for the report. I hope you will...

    Thanks, Jawalk3r, for the report. I hope you will carry some good memories of your tour with you for a long time.

    I just completed my major (for me) bike tour for the year…only 857 miles, over 7.5...
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    Sticky: Very difficult to say whether that 10mph is...

    Very difficult to say whether that 10mph is realistic. Here in Coastal North Carolina, everything is really flat, & the roads are fairly smooth so you can get by with 32mm tires, so even if you are...
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    Sticky: Very difficult to say whether that 10mph is...

    Very difficult to say whether that 10mph is realistic. Here in Coastal North Carolina, everything is really flat, & the roads are fairly smooth so you can get by with 32mm tires, so even if you are...
  10. Thread: Jamis Aurora

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    After 6 years of pretty steady commuting on my...

    After 6 years of pretty steady commuting on my 2008 Aurora (maybe 30k km), I’m pretty happy with it still. No major tours. Here are some misc remarks:
    1. The stock rims are quite soft & the rear one...
  11. CHAUSE1, hope you found the group...that's the...

    CHAUSE1,
    hope you found the group...that's the Cape Fear Cyclists. I'm not a member but have heard good things about them.

    I've lived in Wilmington for 7 years, commuting by bike almost every day...
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    Hi, Steven, I saw that you are in Wilmington NC....

    Hi, Steven, I saw that you are in Wilmington NC. I have been here for 7 years. Hope your new bike got built up the way you want it. Feel free to contact me if you want to share ideas or trade parts /...
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    Hope you're feeling more at home in Wilmington,...

    Hope you're feeling more at home in Wilmington, now, MustRide. I've been here for 7 years & feel like I've learned a thing or 2, commuting almost every day from home in Pine Valley to downtown.
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    Right. Thanks again.

    Right. Thanks again.
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    Cool. Would spray-on Rust-oleum primer be as good?

    Cool. Would spray-on Rust-oleum primer be as good?
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    That makes sense. I'll look for bolts like those....

    That makes sense. I'll look for bolts like those. BTW, my fork is steel.
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    Understood about the possibility of adding...

    Understood about the possibility of adding spacers, but I don't see how that would increase the strength of the entire setup. Maybe you're saying that the distance from the bottoms of the rack posts...
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    OK, sorry for not being clear. Each fork tip has...

    OK, sorry for not being clear. Each fork tip has a single eyelet, but the problem is that the eyelets are below the fork arms. This placement makes the eyelets perfect for fender stays, but...
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    attaching front rack to fork

    I am attaching my Cannondale front rack to the braze-on eyelets of my fork on my 2013 Surly Cross-check. Unfortunately, the CC fork has only 1 eyelet on each side, & the eyelets are below the fork...
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    Wilmington, NC to Buffalo, NY, early Fall. I need...

    Wilmington, NC to Buffalo, NY, early Fall. I need to stay in Wilm for the summer, but take care of my mother in Buffalo thruout the winter. Then, in April-ish, I ride back to NC for the summer. This...
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    indyfabz, I appreciate that, esp. the note about...

    indyfabz, I appreciate that, esp. the note about the Pine Cr Trail. I didn't know about it, but a 2001 article in USA Today named the 65-mile (105 km) long trail one of "10 great places to take a...
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    Thank you, dwmckee from Pittsburgh. Seems, then,...

    Thank you, dwmckee from Pittsburgh. Seems, then, that when planning the route I should focus on avoiding traffic rather than looking for any flat roads. Good to know.
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    Question, please, for those who have biked around...

    Question, please, for those who have biked around PA quite a bit. I am planning a trip from North Carolina up to the Buffalo NY area this Fall, & PA will likely be the major challenge of the entire...
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    Sticky: Poll: Hey, great thread! Since moving to Coastal NC...

    Hey, great thread!

    Since moving to Coastal NC Iíve been bicycling to work almost every day, rain or shine, roughly 14 miles round trip. Unfortunately, the main roads in our small city can be...
  25. TransIt Garment Bag

    Best bag I have bought in my 25 years commuting is the TransIt garment bag, sold by both Nashbar & PerformanceBike. It was a little on the pricey range ($50 on sale; $150 MSRP), but the convenience...
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