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    Add my 2 cents, maybe you will find some value. ...

    Add my 2 cents, maybe you will find some value. For years I taught the cycling merit badge to Boy Scouts, essentially taking kids from couch potato to completing a 50 mile ride by the end of the...
  2. Thread: Back health

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    Avoid the recliner, it's also bad for your...

    Avoid the recliner, it's also bad for your cardiovascular system :)

    I'd say getting to 60 without any significant back problems suggests you're already doing something right - better than most...
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    Maybe Discovery will pick him up for a reality...

    Maybe Discovery will pick him up for a reality show.
  4. Use the claw, mount it on the axle as if the bike...

    Use the claw, mount it on the axle as if the bike didn't have a hanger. With luck the protruding threads from the claw pivot should settle nicely in the hanger drilling. No modification of anything...
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    Can you test ride the Kona? If you can, and you...

    Can you test ride the Kona? If you can, and you love it, buy it. Unless you'll grit your teeth over $70 on every ride....

    How you feel after hours in the saddle trumps all else.
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    The only place you might realize there is drag,...

    The only place you might realize there is drag, is if you coast downhill next to another cyclist. Forget about it.
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    I'd say if you don't have a problem, you don't...

    I'd say if you don't have a problem, you don't need a solution.

    As far as that particular wheel, it's the cheapest dynohub I've seen, not surprisingly with the highest unloaded rolling...
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    +1 on rain bike with full coverage fenders plus...

    +1 on rain bike with full coverage fenders plus front mud flap. Rain cape + helmet cover + shorts/sandals or gaitors/shoe covers. Will keep you dry in all but a downpour, horizontal rain, or nasty...
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    I run a Sanyo dynohub on my commuter, same as...

    I run a Sanyo dynohub on my commuter, same as post 18 above. Very pleased, and would not go back. The light was the cheapest dyno light available at the time, maybe $35. Taillight was about the...
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    I think that Trek is a great buy, assuming it's...

    I think that Trek is a great buy, assuming it's all there. I like old Schwinns, and rode a Continental for years, but that doesn't hold a candle to the Trek IMO.

    If the size is right, and if...
  11. Read these: Brake Squeal, by Jobst Brandt...

    Read these:

    Brake Squeal, by Jobst Brandt

    Adjusting Direct-pull Cantilever Bicycle Brakes ("V-Brakes ")

    I vote for replacing the screw. If you were having trouble balancing the arms, there...
  12. When I started the ultracycling and randonneuring...

    When I started the ultracycling and randonneuring bit, a veteran told me the best after ride routine is to down a quart of chocolate milk and a dozen cookies, then go to bed. I think that's the...
  13. Glad you got the job. Thought I'd share this;...

    Glad you got the job.

    Thought I'd share this; I certainly keep it in mind for myself. The best response I've seen to the "thanks but we've selected someone else" letter was from a lady we...
  14. Not only that, people who buy high-end bikes...

    Not only that, people who buy high-end bikes don't bring them to the co-op. The bikes we see are very skewed to older and/or cheaper than average; that's where the vast majority of my bike wrenching...
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    I think the OP's question is, why don't we have...

    I think the OP's question is, why don't we have sanctioned bike races every weekend with hundreds of entrants, ranging from a few elites to first time, unlicensed hackers? Insurance? How has...
  16. Thread: the oscars

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    We recently watched the Oscar nominated shorts at...

    We recently watched the Oscar nominated shorts at a local Indy theater, so I was interested to see which of those won. But I mostly read while my wife watched. Both winning shorts were quite good...
  17. I've spent the last few years volunteering at the...

    I've spent the last few years volunteering at the bike co-op, and a good percentage of the folks who come in needing help are riding big box bikes. The quality varies from serviceable to scrap. On...
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    There are plenty; quite happy with my Specialized...

    There are plenty; quite happy with my Specialized Hardrock, around MY2000.
  19. If you drop them, it's all about the motor. If...

    If you drop them, it's all about the motor. If they drop you, it's the clunker. Either way, you win!
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    It's colder here than at the North Pole. ...

    It's colder here than at the North Pole. Silliness.
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    The first time I got an EKG, the nurse ran from...

    The first time I got an EKG, the nurse ran from the room and retrieved a doctor. After examining the EKG, he ensured I was not in cardiac arrest, then asked if I was an athlete. "I suppose so", I...
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    To my co-workers, I'm a fanatic, perhaps a...

    To my co-workers, I'm a fanatic, perhaps a lunatic. To my normal recreational cycling friends, I'm some kind of superman. To my racing cycling friends, I'm a fred. What I am is a randonneur. But...
  23. Enough firewood to keep the house above freezing...

    Enough firewood to keep the house above freezing for a couple days. We have coats and blankets, so we're good. Generally enough food in the house to keep us alive for a couple weeks, so no worries.
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    Lots of style points there. Simplex. Fenders. ...

    Lots of style points there. Simplex. Fenders. Integrated generator lighting. Wheel lock. Crosshatched braking surface. Cottered cranks. Love it.

    Functionally, the braking surface isn't so...
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    I had a Shimano dynohub on my first randoneuring...

    I had a Shimano dynohub on my first randoneuring rig. No issues through three seasons of randonneuring with 2 SRs and PBP (1200km), plus two 24-hour races. Plus all the training miles, with plenty...
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