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    Martinez CA - Any thoughts?

    My wife wants to look for a job in the Bay Area and be closer to her family. I'm a teacher with 21 years in West Sacramento. If I take a job in most Bay Area districts, I'd take a huge pay cut and a...
  2. I'm planning to do some bike repair for charity.

    Has anyone ever done anything like this?

    A nearby bike-themed brewpub has agreed to let me set up a little table and work stand where I can do bike repairs and tune-ups in exchange for donations...
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    Around 26 lbs naked. Surly Crosscheck with zero...

    Around 26 lbs naked. Surly Crosscheck with zero consideration given to the weight of installed components. "Strong, Cheap, or Light" I always pick the first two.

    When I add the rack, fenders,...
  4. Here is the tool you need...

    Here is the tool you need if you want to pull the cranks off the bike yourself and get new ones. There are less expensive ones, but the Park Tool ones work well. You might also need a 14mm socket...
  5. I've found that pedals do not need to be super...

    I've found that pedals do not need to be super tight in terms of torque when you install them. I get mine just a little more than hand-tight and I've never had one back out. So if you tap new...
  6. Well, I tried MMR, Strava, and Cyclemeter. My...

    Well, I tried MMR, Strava, and Cyclemeter. My favorite has been Cyclemeter. It's about 99% compared to my wired computer. And it might be a tad closer as I switched tire brands (same size) and...
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    I teach first grade. I park my bike in the...

    I teach first grade. I park my bike in the classroom. The kids seldom mess with it, but ask many questions about it:

    Why are your tires so skinny? (I run 32mm's)

    Why do you have two water...
  8. Questions about Ride with GPS/Map My Ride/Strava

    I tried a few a while back, and my cheap smartphone bombed out with them. The phone was too slow for Strava and I forget why I didn't use Map My Ride.

    Anyway, I got an Iphone 4S for Christmas and...
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    I bought a barely-rideable used one in 2006 and...

    I bought a barely-rideable used one in 2006 and replaced every part on it over the next three years. Then I crashed it and replaced the frame. Though I built it myself, the specs are actually quite...
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    Parking: The key to motorist acceptance

    We've all been in the conversations, both face to face with friends, family and co-workers and online with complete strangers, where people blame cyclists for a huge swath of inconvenience and...
  11. One very important part of the conversation needs...

    One very important part of the conversation needs to be the percentage of road spending that goes to the construction and maintenance of freeways and to the maintenance and repair of all roads and...
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    So I've been using the onboard charger, and I've...

    So I've been using the onboard charger, and I've been getting around 28 minutes before the first little blue light goes out, and about 55 minutes for the second. I've been using year-old Duracell...
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    I wish they made a light like the Philips but...

    I wish they made a light like the Philips but that came with an external AA pack and an option to use C or D packs. With four rechargeable D batteries strapped to the frame, you could run it on high...
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    I'll admit the cold would be an issue. Where I...

    I'll admit the cold would be an issue. Where I live, the coldest it gets is the mid-20's and that's only a few times a year and always in the morning when light is only an issue the first 20 or 30...
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    I think the whole AA vs proprietary Lithium issue...

    I think the whole AA vs proprietary Lithium issue is clearly a matter of personal preference. With AA batteries, the run times are shorter. But you are only limited by how many spare batteries you...
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    If I accidentally ride my bike into the...

    If I accidentally ride my bike into the Sacramento river, I will probably not be trapped inside it.

    After a long day, it's very unlikely I'll fall asleep while riding. If I do, by the time I...
  17. Four years ago, I rear ended a parked car at...

    Four years ago, I rear ended a parked car at speed.

    I learned:

    1) It's entirely possible for a bicycle to total a 10 year old car.
    2) Homeowners insurance will cover property damage you do on...
  18. I'd like to add to the dictionary what I call the...

    I'd like to add to the dictionary what I call the "Mr. Magoo." That is the iPod wearing, usually younger, adult pedestrian who considers the bike path and/or the street an extension of their...
  19. Of the four or five taillights I use each night,...

    Of the four or five taillights I use each night, only one is flashing, and one is always strapped to my left ankle.
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    I refuse to ride on any lane or path that forces...

    I refuse to ride on any lane or path that forces me to ride opposite traffic.
  21. The problem with flashing lights in front is that...

    The problem with flashing lights in front is that they make really hard to judge speed and distance. When I see a cyclist coming at me with just flasher's on, I can't tell if they are moving or...
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    My came with 2450 mAh AA batteries. They make...

    My came with 2450 mAh AA batteries.

    They make rechargeable lithium AA batteries? The only one's I've seen are 3.7 volts.

    Will regular lithium's work in the light? How long would it run?
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    I wish more cyclists understood the utility of...

    I wish more cyclists understood the utility of having dual front lights. I was running a similar setup until recently. I would have one light on low, aimed somewhat at the ground, and another on...
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    Why would they send me a new light when I just...

    Why would they send me a new light when I just need some good batteries?
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    So I did a couple test runs with good batteries...

    So I did a couple test runs with good batteries after using the onboard charger. Last night I rode home and it took 29 minutes for the first little blue indicator light to go out. When I shut the...
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