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  1. Spectacular weather here in the PNW. I've had 4-5...

    Spectacular weather here in the PNW. I've had 4-5 good rides in the 30 mile each range in the last 10 days or so. Lots of hills. However I've caught a nasty cold and am currently out of action due to...
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    "Perriferal" isn't a thing. But I give it a big...

    "Perriferal" isn't a thing. But I give it a big thumbs-up for BEST non-word word I've seen in a while.
  3. We are having a very mild winter in the PNW. I...

    We are having a very mild winter in the PNW. I have been able to ride a lot (for winter), and often it's been so dry I ride my good bike! Hammered out 33 miles of hills yesterday. It's nice to be in...
  4. Thread: Pump or CO2?

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    Growler = green

    Growler = green
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    Just listen to your body and adjust accordingly. ...

    Just listen to your body and adjust accordingly. I really like to climb. I've pushed boundaries while sick or recovering. You'll know. :) Sometimes pushing it is the best thing for you, sometimes...
  6. Thread: Pump or CO2?

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    You must flat way, WAY more than I do. It's a...

    You must flat way, WAY more than I do. It's a very rare event for me. Knock on wood, haha.

    A pump and co2 do the same thing. Redundant. No way I'm carrying both.
  7. Thread: Pump or CO2?

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    Cartridges AND a pump? Why? i carry a frame...

    Cartridges AND a pump? Why?

    i carry a frame mount pump (first coice) on my main bike. My winter bike I stuff a co2 cartridge and a inflator thingie into my bag, because I don't want to deal with...
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    As a general rule, one rides to survive. Whether...

    As a general rule, one rides to survive. Whether the letter of the law coincides with best practices for staying alive is debateable sometimes, and varies with municipality.

    Plus that, there's...
  9. Thread: im back

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    Yes, yes, YES! You must open your heart and love...

    Yes, yes, YES! You must open your heart and love again. Lament not the troth you gave and lost at such great cost. Let your taint fly like an eagle, into the future, on wings of love, on the saddle...
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    The test-rides will tell all. Bikes and guitars,...

    The test-rides will tell all. Bikes and guitars, just put forth the effort to ride (play) a bunch of them and the right one will jump out at you. Though it might be the wrong color, lol.
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    Dude. TMI! To the OP: good rim brakes are...

    Dude. TMI!

    To the OP: good rim brakes are pretty awesome. The bar is high here.
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    I've always loved to build things and work on...

    I've always loved to build things and work on stuff. Cars, motorcycles, Jeeps, guitars, tube amps, mic preamps, *****s, and so on. And I'm currently building a house with my own two hands. So I got...
  13. Frank, it's not a "setup". It's a gruppo. Let it...

    Frank, it's not a "setup". It's a gruppo. Let it roll off your tongue in The Italian: gruuuuupppo.

    Use this knowledge wisely. Do not succumb to the Dark Side- using your newfound coolness to...
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    I'm building a house; started in early July....

    I'm building a house; started in early July. That'd be me on the shovel, digging the foundation trenches by hand......... yeah. House is now up, roofed, insulated, and strategically finished in...
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    What brand wheels are you running on that bad boy?

    What brand wheels are you running on that bad boy?
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    I really like the potential of this thread....

    I really like the potential of this thread. Brilliant! I'll take pics tomorrow.
  17. If the fog burns off we'll scare 60F tomorrow in...

    If the fog burns off we'll scare 60F tomorrow in the Eug. If not, it'll be high 40's. Rideable either way.

    All y'all SoCal peeps don't know what you are missing. There's just too damn MANY of...
  18. Thread: Skid Recovery

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    If you're skidding on 2 wheels you've failed. The...

    If you're skidding on 2 wheels you've failed. The win is to avoid the skid pre-emptively.

    But if you're gonna skid on 2 wheels, I concur that it's best to have practiced muchly when you were...
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    Climbing is my passion. That's not to say I'm...

    Climbing is my passion. That's not to say I'm good at it; just that it stirs my soul and rocks my world. My lowest ratio is 34/32 and I love every gear-inch of it.

    That sounded....... pervy.
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    Thats insane. You realize how many lids, VW vans,...

    Thats insane. You realize how many lids, VW vans, Grateful Dead tickets, and mail-order A-frame plans that would've bought?!
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    Per the title, $600 for my first road bike. ...

    Per the title,

    $600 for my first road bike. Used 2007 (?) Spesh Sequoia.

    $3600 for my next bike. 2014 Spesh Roubaix Expert.

    $800 for my town/rain bike. REI Novara Strada w/105.

    Per...
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    Angels weep for your poor sore ass, OP. ...

    Angels weep for your poor sore ass, OP.

    Hammie cramp while in the saddle? Buck up, trooper, and power through it. I find I can kinda blend a manly rhythmic grunt with a bit of a pathetic...
  23. CL is a free market. Americans in 2015 wee...

    CL is a free market.

    Americans in 2015 wee themselves a little if the evil monster "negotiation" rears it's ugly head.

    All the wailing & gnashing over this guy priced too high & that guy...
  24. No offense but MAN you guys parse out every last...

    No offense but MAN you guys parse out every last 50 bucks in the value proposition. I get that, but to the OP: your future is calling! Don't overthink this to the point of paralysis by analysis. ...
  25. Rode them today. Starting temp 43F, finishing...

    Rode them today. Starting temp 43F, finishing ~38F. 30 miles, late in the day, big time hills. I was a bit skeptical at first but they were "warm enough".... but that's about it. I wouldn't want to...
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