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    I've worn Alcheras for years and been in one...

    I've worn Alcheras for years and been in one significant crash during that time.

    It's a good helmet and the ventilation is decent. I'm curious how it compares with the Echelon.
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    There's more to a helmet than simply cushioning a...

    There's more to a helmet than simply cushioning a blow to your noggin. There are significant differences in ventilation, adjustability, and general comfort.
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    Try any of the Shimano RT shoes. I wear RT82...

    Try any of the Shimano RT shoes. I wear RT82 right now, but there are others. They're designed for touring and are smooth rather than having an aggressive sole for climbing dirt hills. Very walkable...
  4. Not necessarily. My first ride that was over 15...

    Not necessarily. My first ride that was over 15 miles was 130. It helped that all the miles were flat in nearly perfect conditions but I felt fine afterwards. My wife's first ride over 5 miles was...
  5. For longer and tougher rides, they're still a...

    For longer and tougher rides, they're still a useful tool even if your goal is to just get by (i.e. maximizing performance isn't important). Doing things by feel doesn't always work. It's easy to...
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    The tape lasts years and its job is to protect...

    The tape lasts years and its job is to protect the tube from sharp edges. It doesn't do anything related to holding air in. BTW, get good quality cloth tape -- don't get the cheapo plastic stuff. It...
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    No worries. One thing I hadn't mentioned was that...

    No worries. One thing I hadn't mentioned was that a big part of my motivation for posting was to figure out how to talk to my bro.

    He's not a particularly cooperative patient, and while I share...
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    The main reason is to wrap his mind around the...

    The main reason is to wrap his mind around the problem. From what I can tell, he suspects his doc might be trying to optimize something that is not in his best interests such as advocating an...
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    Riding with blood thinners

    About a year ago, my little brother was put on blood thinners after a heart attack. He wasn't in particularly good shape, but he was moderately active. His main source of exercise was his commute...
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    What works at 32F doesn't really work at 10F.

    At 32, I typically wear a base layer, long sleeve jersey, wind breaker, midweight tights, balaclava, gloves, wool socks. 10F calls for a thermal...
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    And yes, that was her dinner. This was taken the...

    And yes, that was her dinner. This was taken the night before she had a couple teeth pulled. I figured she'd appreciate it if their last task was worthy of remembrance.
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  12. Except for when bikes are set up identically,...

    Except for when bikes are set up identically, you'll notice that the muscles you use are a bit different. How different is a function of how different the bikes are.
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    Between the challenge to have the OP respond to a...

    Between the challenge to have the OP respond to a zombie thread and the fact that you posted a bunch of stuff in 2003 and 2004 that seemed equally timely today, I just couldn't resist. The...
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    Seems like this...

    Seems like this should count... :D
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    My experience is that you get more sensitive to...

    My experience is that you get more sensitive to stings over time. When I was a kid, I had allergy shots for a wide variety of things -- that really helped with my asthma.

    I had been stung many...
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    I get this from time to time. I "blip" them a...

    I get this from time to time. I "blip" them a couple times to make sure they don't have their high beams on by accident. If they don't respond after two blips, I figure they can't see their light...
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    I've toyed with the idea and used to be a...

    I've toyed with the idea and used to be a distance geek, but managing my body for so long and dealing with nutrition, sleeping by the side of the road, and feeling yucky no longer appeals. More fun...
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    It can take surprisingly long for stuff to heal....

    It can take surprisingly long for stuff to heal. Two weeks out, I'll sometimes still have swelling and the stings can still be open. I've taken more insects in my helmet and jersey than I'll ever...
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    You don't need 1000 lumens to see in areas lit by...

    You don't need 1000 lumens to see in areas lit by street lamps and drivers definitely don't need that much to see you. However, as has already been suggested, the problem is with the aim of your...
  20. Thread: Skid Recovery

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    The main thing is to relax and follow where the...

    The main thing is to relax and follow where the bike wants to go. When you've lost your rear, you'll turn into the skid. Don't use your brakes unless you want to lay the bike down and don't fight...
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    Depends on how far you have to climb. Personally,...

    Depends on how far you have to climb. Personally, I'm not a fan of mating a 12/25 with a compact because there is practically no overlap. If you have a 10 speed cassette, 12/27 is *exactly* the same...
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    Don't you have wind there or ever want to ride a...

    Don't you have wind there or ever want to ride a different cadence than conditions allow you to with one speed? Gears are useful in situations that don't involve hills.
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    If they didn't counter after you suggested $1300,...

    If they didn't counter after you suggested $1300, the answer for your purposes is no. If they did and you were happy with what they offered, the answer is yes.

    In reality, someone's willingness to...
  24. They will, and frankly everyone knows the speed...

    They will, and frankly everyone knows the speed difference isn't that much.

    But there is a big difference between what people believe will be more comfortable before they ride much and what they...
  25. Agreed on all the above points. Fit is very...

    Agreed on all the above points.

    Fit is very personal and it might not be what you expect (7.5cm of drop turned out to be my sweet spot). The best way to find out what you like is to try a bunch of...
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