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    Is a used car any good? Any time I see a post...

    Is a used car any good?

    Any time I see a post asking if a used such and such is a good deal, my knee jerk reaction is that it's not. If you have to ask a bunch of strangers if something they (we)...
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    Fig Newtons are good if you've got enough fluids...

    Fig Newtons are good if you've got enough fluids to wash them down with. Snickers bars are pretty good, too.

    Really, for 60 miles, I just need a few hundred calories to keep me going around mile...
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    I'll have to try it this way next time. I've...

    I'll have to try it this way next time. I've always started with the spring engaged at the center, and slipped the spring off the screwdriver onto the post on the edge.

    One of the online sources...
  4. Hills are better than headwinds, IMHO. Ride into...

    Hills are better than headwinds, IMHO. Ride into the wind and then you've got nothing to show for it. Climb a hill, and you get to the top. That's an accomplishment. Maybe there's a view, or...
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    Everybody has their own opinion, of course. My...

    Everybody has their own opinion, of course. My experience is that the wheel weight (and especially the tires) seems to determine the "feel" of a touring bike more than anything else. Put lighter...
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    I would think most any "standard" touring bike...

    I would think most any "standard" touring bike would work for you, and a fair few cross bikes as well. You'll probably end up with a slightly heavier bike to handle the dirt and gravel roads than...
  7. Thread: One More time

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    spdracr39, I'm rooting for you. (Not, by the...

    spdracr39, I'm rooting for you. (Not, by the way, routing for you.) But I don't expect you can win.
  8. You're looking for the right things -- pit zips,...

    You're looking for the right things -- pit zips, back vents, add a two-way zipper if you'd like. I appreciate the fabric collar of my Showers Pass jacket, but there are a lot of similar jackets...
  9. An endurance ride is a distance you've never...

    An endurance ride is a distance you've never ridden before, and can just barely imagine riding.

    An ultra endurance ride is one that other people have to be crazy to try.

    :)
  10. Thread: Big Feet

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    Sidi makes shoes up to European size 52, IIRC. ...

    Sidi makes shoes up to European size 52, IIRC. Unfortunately, unless you live near very large cities with large cycling populations, you may not be able to find them locally.

    In the past I...
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    Watching the microwave and counting seconds...

    Watching the microwave and counting seconds between the last few pops?
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    We had a few pizzas on our TransAm a few years...

    We had a few pizzas on our TransAm a few years back, but never hit the AYCE lunch buffet. The small towns we went through always seemed to have the buffet one day a week, and never the day we were...
  13. Welcome back! Hurray! Yippee! And I love the...

    Welcome back! Hurray! Yippee!

    And I love the "Falling snow!"
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    +1. Redundant redundancy for teh win!

    +1. Redundant redundancy for teh win!
  15. Last guess, make sure the head is securely in its...

    Last guess, make sure the head is securely in its seat. It's possible to lose either cadence or speed if the computer head isn't fully seated, although that's usually after it's some years old.
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    If you want disc brakes, or a new bike, get them....

    If you want disc brakes, or a new bike, get them. I guess I'm cheap, so I'd start by trying new brake pads (Koolstop salmon), straddle cable, and/or cantilevers. You could solve the brake problem...
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    Bingo. I've got "expensive" ($35) Cateyes on...

    Bingo. I've got "expensive" ($35) Cateyes on mine. Each one costs more than a Garmin mount, but less than any per-bike sensor add-ons (e.g., cadence and wheel sensor). A $5 battery lasts about 2...
  18. Or tourists photographing the Golden Gate bridge.

    Or tourists photographing the Golden Gate bridge.
  19. Poll: No more than 3/4 mile (out of 9 miles) of MUP. ...

    No more than 3/4 mile (out of 9 miles) of MUP. It's poorly maintained, between tree limbs and roots, so I've come to prefer an 11 mile alternative that eliminates the MUP.
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    Is there a reason you're not hanging the big bags...

    Is there a reason you're not hanging the big bags off the rear rack? Too much gear for small bags up front sound like you'll be hauling a lot of weight, and a lot of bulk. That's likely to...
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    Wow, you're more than 10 years older than me...

    Wow, you're more than 10 years older than me right now. Does that make you old?

    Hope I can match that kind of profile when I get that young!
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    Spoke wrenches, multi-tool, tire irons. Worst...

    Spoke wrenches, multi-tool, tire irons. Worst was when my badges fell out of my bag; fortunately I had a card in there, and someone found it and called me on my cell. Takes a couple days to get...
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    I'd ask the mechanic just what the tension was on...

    I'd ask the mechanic just what the tension was on those spokes. Some people claim 75-80 kgf is plenty, but as a clyde, I've started breaking spokes within 500 miles with spokes that loose. 100-110...
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    I've ridden 40-50 miles and driven the horthern...

    I've ridden 40-50 miles and driven the horthern third. It's pleasant scenery, though not spectacular. Traffic is pretty light, even on an autumn weekend, except (so I've heard) at rush hour around...
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    Doesn't really matter if you're sick or not!

    Doesn't really matter if you're sick or not!
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