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    Vertical dropout converter

    Here's a pic of my vertical dropout converter that I built and have been using for a week or so now. It cost around $15 and is far cheaper than trying to find a horizontal/track end frame to use.
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    I'm doing the same thing. The only time I have...

    I'm doing the same thing. The only time I have trouble, quite naturally is going quite fast down a hill. There's a couple of spots like that around here. Those times I just rely on the front brake...
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    I'll try to grab a photo tonight of it and post...

    I'll try to grab a photo tonight of it and post it tomorrow. To give you the idea I'm using a 1 1/4" piece of galvy angle iron with a 3/8" hole drilled into it to mount up to the regular vertical...
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    Back pedaling wear

    When you back pedal/pressure to slow or stop what are you wearing down faster than if you were to be using hand brakes to slow down and stop? I'm not talking skidding, just slowing down as you...
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    It is the yellow part. It's just coming unglued...

    It is the yellow part. It's just coming unglued from the main black part of the cleat. I have been using cleat covers all winter long and I guess the taking off of the cleat covers has caused the...
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    Interesting...I didn't know that about superglue.

    Interesting...I didn't know that about superglue.
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    SPD cleat needs 'reglued'

    I have found the yellow front plate on my SPD cleat has partially come lose. Is it possible to reglue it back down? What do you use, superglue, epoxy, what? Given its ?plastic to plastic or is...
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    I've had no trouble using a liter pop bottle in...

    I've had no trouble using a liter pop bottle in my regular water bottle cage. I'm using the water bottle cages that came with my bike...a Specialized Allez Comp. I can only use the down tube cage...
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    Typically I average 14-15 mph on road. I can...

    Typically I average 14-15 mph on road. I can ride anywhere from 40-200 miles in a day. Last year I had 4 days of 150+ miles, including one 200 mile day. Yep, fully loaded, 40 pounds of gear. It...
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    I wouldn't say you can't work hard during the...

    I wouldn't say you can't work hard during the winter months and wear cotton. I ride in cotton during the winter months and have no trouble, I just make sure to have the ventilation set up so I can...
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    One question no one has asked yet...is 0C the...

    One question no one has asked yet...is 0C the overnight low or the lowest daytime high you are expecting? Depending on which would actually change the way I would plan on packing for something like...
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    Remember one thing...how the body operates. When...

    Remember one thing...how the body operates. When your body temp is below 98.6F, roughly...varies person to person, you shiver to warm up. When your body temp gets above 98.6F, you start sweating to...
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    One other option, probably, quite possibly, not...

    One other option, probably, quite possibly, not available down under is Never Wet. It's made by Rustoleum(sp?). It's a spray on coating you can apply to pretty much anything to make it waterproof...
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    I use the handlebar bag as both the handlebar bag...

    I use the handlebar bag as both the handlebar bag and the saddle bag. I keep spare tubes, tools, etc in the handlebar bag. It acts as the map/trip tick bag as well. I modified the mount system...
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    I think you need to get around a different part...

    I think you need to get around a different part of the county. I haven't spent much more than $6.99 for the buffet anywhere east of the MS River. where I live here in NH it's $6 for the buffet, it...
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    I don't ask I just usually get there around 11PM...

    I don't ask I just usually get there around 11PM or so and set up camp. I first look on Google Earth for churches that don't have any house around them and I target those churches first during the...
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    I guess I haven't found anything that I can't...

    I guess I haven't found anything that I can't climb as of yet, that I would want to climb with a singlespeed. I know of a couple climbs around here that I have been up many times in a car and in the...
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    Like I said originally, the way to deal with the...

    Like I said originally, the way to deal with the sooting is to watch the spacing between the top of the stove and the bottom of the pan. That spacing is VERY critical. You have to a 1 inch gap,...
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    Look into rubbing alcohol stoves. I took an old...

    Look into rubbing alcohol stoves. I took an old tin can cut the top off and drilled some holes in it for air intake and I use 70%(I think that is the correct %age) rubbing alcohol for all my cooking...
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    DUH, why route yourself on a 3 miles long 20%...

    DUH, why route yourself on a 3 miles long 20% climb? Just look for different options and avoid the bulk majority of the climb in the first place:)

    Yeah, I guess as the old saying goes its not on...
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    A couple of advantages I can think of between...

    A couple of advantages I can think of between fixed and singlespeed. Fixed has no bearings, single does. No bearings to worry about wearing out on you and forcing you into buying a new gear before...
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    I've been using a Specialized Allez Comp for each...

    I've been using a Specialized Allez Comp for each of the three road trips I've taken thus far, 2700 miles in 2012, 1700 miles in 2013, and 5200 miles this year. When I left for the trip back in 2012...
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    Yes, I would have to agree. I have 50,000 miles...

    Yes, I would have to agree. I have 50,000 miles on my bike right now and it isn't 3 years old. I haven't had much go wrong with other than general maintenance stuff. But as a perfect/imperfect...
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    Wheels move a lot faster than feet so you can go...

    Wheels move a lot faster than feet so you can go more places in a shorter period of time.
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    Simplicity my dear Watson, simplicity. If things...

    Simplicity my dear Watson, simplicity. If things can go wrong, they will go wrong. The less you leave to chance the less chance that can leave you sitting. Singlespeed/fixed is about simplicity. ...
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