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    Things you've lost on your commute

    We have the ever-entertaining thread on strange things found on your commute.

    But do we have a thread on things people have *lost* while riding?

    Yesterday I stopped while riding, took off the...
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    Thanks to everyone for the recommendations. I...

    Thanks to everyone for the recommendations. I will try to eat more frequently.

    Since Up North and tarwheel asked - I'm 38 years old, 1.80m tall, and weigh 68 Kg (about 5' 11", 150 pounds, I...
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    Trouble getting past 50 Km

    I live in a hilly area. I've found it very hard to ride past around 50 Km, and I'm suspecting that I'm not eating correctly during my rides.

    Yesterday I did a 48 Km ride, and Strava says it was...
  4. I ride in 35C weather, 100% humidity in the...

    I ride in 35C weather, 100% humidity in the summer. What works for me is water with lemon, sugar, and a little bit of salt - and a long-sleeved shirt, and a hat. The shirt was a revelation - it...
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    I find the rear rack very useful, because I do...

    I find the rear rack very useful, because I do like to hang my (big) backpack from the saddle's rails and have it rest on the rack. Also I like the little wheels on the rack - they make it...
  6. Thanks! So it seems that there shouldn't be...

    Thanks! So it seems that there shouldn't be problems if the tube isn't wrinkled upon itself. I think I managed that :)
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    Go for slick tyres as wide as you can. You can...

    Go for slick tyres as wide as you can. You can then use a lower pressure for a comfortable ride. I have 26x1.5 and they are great for pavement and semi-packed earth; I'd like something a bit wider...
  8. Wider than usual tube - anything to be aware of?

    My Brompton has 16" wheels, and came with 1 3/8" wide tubes. I've been having trouble finding that tube size locally. My original tubes are already quite patched, so I want to replace them.

    I...
  9. This is great, thanks!

    This is great, thanks!
  10. Which wire cage for a 40 oz Klean Kanteen?

    I have a 40 oz Klean Kanteen bottle, and it doesn't fit "normal" bottle cages.

    I know Klean Kanteen themselves sell a suitable cage, but it seems to be velcro-ed around the bike's frame, rather...
  11. Thanks for the replies, everyone. The Sheldon...

    Thanks for the replies, everyone. The Sheldon Brown page on tire tread is certainly interesting.
  12. When to switch from slick tires to knobby ones

    Last year I switched from knobbies to slicks, and it was a revelation. Smooth, quiet ride, feeling like you are on rails, etc.

    Recently, I've been exploring unpaved roads and rural tracks, in...
  13. The commute from home to downtown is just under...

    The commute from home to downtown is just under 10 Km, with 270 meters ascent. It's okay, except for a particularly steep portion about 3 Km from home, which feels harder than it really is because...
  14. Mine gets more scratched from daily use than from...

    Mine gets more scratched from daily use than from folding. I guess most of the scratches are from leaning the bike onto something.

    Such is life - get some fingernail polish in the color of your...
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    Waterproof shoes are nice. Some people swear by...

    Waterproof shoes are nice. Some people swear by tying plastic bags around regular shoes, but I've never tried that :)

    Mudguards, at least a front one, are *very* nice to have. You'll keep your...
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    Well... I don't have the arm strength to...

    Well...

    I don't have the arm strength to really do anything on the bike right now, so I've been only looking at the half-folded bike, wondering how bad things really are.

    It doesn't seem that...
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    Sigh, broken collarbone

    On Saturday evening I was riding on my way back home from a friend's house. I decided to take a different route than usual, one that goes through downtown, as it would be better lit and I knew the...
  18. Based on suggestions from other people, I managed...

    Based on suggestions from other people, I managed to hang my backpack to the bike's rack easily: see this post. Basically it's a carabiner and a bungee. It works very well; even on a 30 Km circuit...
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    Get well, Tom. Strokes are horrible :(

    Get well, Tom. Strokes are horrible :(
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    I lower my seat when I'm about to go into...

    I lower my seat when I'm about to go into dirt/gravel/whatever-non-pavement. I don't care about top speed when I'm riding there, and the lower seat makes me feel safer if I need to put my foot down....
  21. Yes, I meant the Front Carrier Block. What a...

    Yes, I meant the Front Carrier Block. What a clever little thing.

    I'm finding that sewing "little belts" to existing bags makes them work very well with the Brompton's carrier.
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    Video tutorials?

    Does anyone have a good stash of video tutorials for trail-riding skills (on CX bikes)? There seems to be a lot of material about full-suspension mountain bikes and hopping roots and obstacles and...
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    Notes on flying with a Brompton

    I have a M6R that I took on a flight with me recently.

    I put it in a semi-rigid suitcase as mentioned in this post. The bike *just* fits if you struggle with the suitcase a bit. I had to remove...
  24. My neighborhood's streets are terribly broken up....

    My neighborhood's streets are terribly broken up. The stupid land developer built them as cheaply as they could, with thin concrete with a ridiculously narrow wire mesh inside.

    And the local...
  25. I just came back from a trip with the Brompton. ...

    I just came back from a trip with the Brompton. I tried to finish the DIY luggage system before going on the trip, but made a rather bad mistake and would have had to re-do the piece that mates with...
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