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  1. Yup. I've printed out all four maps from the NPS,...

    Yup. I've printed out all four maps from the NPS, and we've been talking to the folks at Natchez Trace Travel.

    In addition, just this morning I found some MapMyRide routes for some of the northern...
  2. One of the advantages of doing this at the end of...

    One of the advantages of doing this at the end of the season is that we should all be in pretty good shape. I start back into the spinning classes right after all the new-years-resolution-fatties...
  3. Just starting to make plans with my two younger...

    Just starting to make plans with my two younger sibs (60 and 63) to follow The Trace north-south in October (unless I can persuade them to do it in September - I freeze solid in temps below 70). This...
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    Natchez Trace Parkway

    Anyone had any experience riding this parkway? My two most frequent riding partners - younger bro (age 63) and sis (age 60) - are starting to make plans to do this along the entire length from...
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    NICE bike!! I think bikes are just beautiful as...

    NICE bike!! I think bikes are just beautiful as pieces of kinetic scupture...and with those colors - really nice!!

    just finished my first build too (a light touring road bike), and it is fun....
  6. rancocasrich - as a person who rode a DF for most...

    rancocasrich - as a person who rode a DF for most of my life, switched to recumbents in my late 40's then went back to a DF after about 10 years, I can offer what I think is some good advice:


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    Don't ya just hate when that happens? I too...

    Don't ya just hate when that happens?

    I too keep mine pretty loose so that in an "emergency" I can usually get out of them simply by yanking my foot up, but once you get tilted over more than a...
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    For those who haven't wrenched much on their...

    For those who haven't wrenched much on their bikes, I have to say that going through this process has really improved my knowledge and understanding of how a bike works. It really amazed me as I...
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    Thanks, Bill. Finding a set of fenders that both...

    Thanks, Bill. Finding a set of fenders that both fit and look good is going to be a challenge. It's pretty tight in there! I was going to go over the alloy fenders with a Scotchbrite pad to give them...
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    Ain't that the truth. Third-world roads,...

    Ain't that the truth. Third-world roads, third-world internet service, third-world schools - gonna hafta move to Ohio soon!! :)

    As to the color - I wasn't super enthusiastic about it at first,...
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    My first bike build...

    I started collecting parts for this last spring, and the LOML and my son added a couple of the final touches as Christmas gifts (the Brooks saddle, matching saddle bag & Topeak handlebar bag). Had...
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    FB - yes, it was on the large chainring when that...

    FB - yes, it was on the large chainring when that pic was taken.

    Retro - it works fine in the big/big - that's how I know that everything is shifting well.

    Thanks, folks - as usual, posting a...
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    Is this chain too long...?

    Or do I have something mis-adjusted?

    This is my first bike build, and the chain came with the Shimano 105 group set. I got everything dialed in so it's shifting great, then noticed what you see in...
  14. Power Grips IMO are an excellent alternative to...

    Power Grips IMO are an excellent alternative to clips or clipless pedals. I used them for many years.

    Not sure about the Crocs though...:D
  15. I use Shimano pedals that implement the same...

    I use Shimano pedals that implement the same idea, and I love them for exactly this reason - I can toggle back and forth between clipless and platform as conditions warrant - and can also hop on the...
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    Along with the other comments discouraging this...

    Along with the other comments discouraging this idea, keep in mind that a GoPro running WiFi to connect the display to your smart phone will work, but the GoPro's battery is only good for about 45...
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    Your post was a snarky general attack - I'm glad...

    Your post was a snarky general attack - I'm glad someone called you out on it!
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    That source found the entry I found - but it's...

    That source found the entry I found - but it's not for spoke tension, it's for total load - rider, bike and gear...
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    Thanks for that link, Dan - but I couldn't find...

    Thanks for that link, Dan - but I couldn't find any tension specs for the A119 rims - only a maximum load (105kg). Courtesy of the username and password revealed in that link, I went to the site...
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    Mavic A119s, DT Swiss Champion double-butted...

    Mavic A119s, DT Swiss Champion double-butted (2.0/1.8/2.0) spokes and I'm more fat than fit, but you got the weight right on the money (182 this AM :))

    I'm doing radial on the front (just 'cuz) -...
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    It surprised me that I had so much trouble...

    It surprised me that I had so much trouble finding a chart showing recommended tension ranges for anything, let alone a specific brand. You'd think this would be readily available.

    I'm only...
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    I'm the last person who should be answering this,...

    I'm the last person who should be answering this, but I was curious and found one reference (amazingly, not on Mavic's site) that the recommended spoke tension range for Mavic rims (I'm lacing up...
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    Thanks, guys. After I posted the question, I...

    Thanks, guys.


    After I posted the question, I realized that I could just take the wheel to my LBS and have 'em put a tensionometer on it. If it is too loose, I'll put an additional turn on each...
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    Consequences of low spoke tension?

    I'm working on building my second set of road bike wheels. Tonight I trued up the rear wheel (36-spoke cross-3 lacing) and got it stress-relieved and trued both radiallly and axially to within less...
  25. I had ambitions to do a century last year and...

    I had ambitions to do a century last year and never got to it. This year I've done two metrics, and both times I asked myself "Do another 35-38 miles....right NOW?" and both times I said uh-uh. I've...
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