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    I don't think you can eliminate sexism. Why are...

    I don't think you can eliminate sexism. Why are men getting the higher paying jobs? I work in IT. In fact I've been responsible for hiring the occasional programmer for almost 20 years. My first hire...
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    Those are statistics on r a p e. You realize that...

    Those are statistics on r a p e. You realize that 2/3 of rapes were committed by someone known to the victim, right? It's likely not some random guy they're going to encounter on their commute.
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    As soul crushing as the last two Aprils were, in...

    As soul crushing as the last two Aprils were, in between the snow storms we had some pretty easy commuting days. Besides, I just don't see it working out that way this year. Winter just hasn't been...
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    For us temps in the 30s and 40s are typical for...

    For us temps in the 30s and 40s are typical for March. Even though it's often the snowiest month of the year for us, the snow doesn't last as long on the ground. Both March and April are transition...
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    Different perspective. For me any day it gets...

    Different perspective. For me any day it gets above freezing is Spring-like weather.

    Last year we had 50+ days of below 0 weather. So far this year there's only been a handful.
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    I have a 6 mile (one way) commute and a lot of...

    I have a 6 mile (one way) commute and a lot of the year I could ride slow enough not to sweat much. Ironically, it's winter that would be the hardest. I wear a balaclava and almost without fail my...
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    "There will be snow somewhere up North next...

    "There will be snow somewhere up North next weekend."

    Sorry. That's the best I can do.

    I was skiing at Lutsen last weekend and Sunday was the one cool day sandwiched between two warm weeks....
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    So it's been a month since I made the bold...

    So it's been a month since I made the bold statement that winter is practically over. Due to some time off I anticipated about 5 weeks of actual winter riding before mid February when winter starts...
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    Lots of these thrift stores are now run by...

    Lots of these thrift stores are now run by private companies rather than non-profits so donating doesn't necessarily provide the same social benefit that it had in the past. Plus with things like...
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    Before craigslist and before the current...

    Before craigslist and before the current resurgence of bikes as transportation, it was possible to find a pretty nice used bike in a thrift store.

    It's pretty rare now. I do check now and then....
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    I don't think it really says anything. Like a lot...

    I don't think it really says anything. Like a lot of places, bikes are becoming more popular for transportation here and good used bikes can fetch decent money. Hence there is more bike theft....
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    It's not the only thing I commute on anymore but...

    It's not the only thing I commute on anymore but I have plenty of commuting miles on my Specialized Allez. It's as comfortable as anything else I ride, - more so in some ways. Fit is so important....
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    Do you have a sense for how much of problem bike...

    Do you have a sense for how much of problem bike theft is at your school? If it was stolen would insurance pay for most of the replacement cost? How long would the bike be locked up each day?
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  14. This is true but I would really emphasize "could...

    This is true but I would really emphasize "could be" and "a bit". It's a pretty easy problem to solve but could involve some added inconvenience depending on what solution you choose.



    I guess...
  15. How would a city bike be ideal if he also wants...

    How would a city bike be ideal if he also wants to go mountain biking?
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    You should spend your disposable money on what...

    You should spend your disposable money on what you enjoy spending money on. If that's cycling gear, there is nothing wrong with that. However, there are lots of options between the gear you buy and...
  17. It's rare that my afternoon commute is cooler...

    It's rare that my afternoon commute is cooler than the morning one. It's usually the other way around so I don't have to worry about bringing extra clothes for the way home. I ride in some really...
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    Right, and it only applies to a subset of those...

    Right, and it only applies to a subset of those riding 20+ hours a week. Elite triathletes tend to have well developed upper bodies.

    But most of us don't fall into those categories and I'm...
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    Don't shave, and I doubt I'd be confused with a...

    Don't shave, and I doubt I'd be confused with a twink, but even if only 10% of women like men in spandex, well... it's a number I could work with. How many women does one really need? ;)

    Of course...
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    The two jerseys I wear the most (and I don't wear...

    The two jerseys I wear the most (and I don't wear jerseys that much anyway) are solid colored. I do have one design from Primal that I wear now and then. I would wear it more but it get's too warm. ...
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    The most awesome thing about cycling jerseys is...

    The most awesome thing about cycling jerseys is that they are not constrained by the limits of good taste.
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  22. If the seat isn't too low, using shorter cranks...

    If the seat isn't too low, using shorter cranks is a great suggestion. Your knee won't be bent as much at the top of the pedal stroke.
  23. I've used power grips before and they've worked...

    I've used power grips before and they've worked fine. The only reason I quit using them is that my feet would go numb on longer more intense rides. Commuting with them wasn't a problem. I can't...
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    It would depend on the size and frequency of the...

    It would depend on the size and frequency of the ice patches. If there's only a few here and there and they're about a foot in diameter or less, then I'd ride my road bike. I'd still ride carefully,...
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    As an exercise, I tried to recall a single face...

    As an exercise, I tried to recall a single face I'd seen on my morning commute in a car or on a bike.

    At first I couldn't remember anybody, but just as I was about to give up, someone did come to...
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