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  1. Thread: Shoe covers

    by ratell
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    I like the Pearl Izumi WXB Barrier shoe covers. I...

    I like the Pearl Izumi WXB Barrier shoe covers. I currently have a pair of Endura's which are also good though they don't fit my shoes as well as the Pearl Izumi's did.
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    The PDW basket claims it fits between drop...

    The PDW basket claims it fits between drop bars...
    https://www.ridepdw.com/goods/cargo/takeout-basket
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    Take her to clever cycles on Hawthorne Clever...

    Take her to clever cycles on Hawthorne Clever Cycles | Brompton folding bicycles, cargo bikes, family transport. They carry the Breezer uptown and some similar bikes. If that doesn't catch her fancy...
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    If you have the option of a local builder. Go...

    If you have the option of a local builder. Go with that! It's just cool to sit down with someone and talk about what you want and have them build you a bike versus getting something that rolls off a...
  5. You are, however, probably spraying anybody who...

    You are, however, probably spraying anybody who has the misfortune to ride behind you. You should get fenders...
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    If you really like the Marin talk to the store...

    If you really like the Marin talk to the store and see if they'll tune it up better and have you do another test ride. My guess is it's an adjustment issue (SRAM Apex tends to get good reviews). If...
  7. I've used powergrips and they are pretty good....

    I've used powergrips and they are pretty good. The only downside I had was if your foot doesn't go in right it's very hard to correct by feel, so you have to look down and figure out what the problem...
  8. Thread: Wind gusts :(

    by ratell
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    I tried commuting that day and ended up Hopping...

    I tried commuting that day and ended up Hopping on the Bus Gus... It was too much fun for me.
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    Solar Freaking Roadways Solar Roadways -...

    Solar Freaking Roadways
    Solar Roadways - Introduction
    They drive forklifts on them!:)
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    Knickers are awesome for cycling. I tell people...

    Knickers are awesome for cycling. I tell people that I moved to Portland and now I wear capri pants and carry a purse (because my briefcase is small enough to fit in my pannier). You'll get used to...
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    Changing a tire in the dark cold rain on the side...

    Changing a tire in the dark cold rain on the side of the road is the most miserable I've been commuting to work. I carry all I need to either patch or replace both tubes, but my first thought is any...
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    The being stiff I wouldn't worry about. My...

    The being stiff I wouldn't worry about. My experience is that waterproof zippers are always stiff. Getting stuck or zipper failure is a problem to worry about. Why not just buy it from somewhere that...
  13. I'm a fan of the Novara Headwind pants. The block...

    I'm a fan of the Novara Headwind pants. The block the wind on the front but are breathable on the back. That with some kind of a coat with a wool baselayer should be fine for DC. A wool beanie under...
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    I am also a big fan of the Marathon supremes or...

    I am also a big fan of the Marathon supremes or pluses. If you want a cheaper option the panaracer pasela with tourguard is a great tire. It's faster feeling than the marathons, but not as good flat...
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    Look at the math: Therapy components...

    Look at the math:

    Therapy components conversion package with the converter, two wheels fork and two brakes cost $809.00
    Therapy Components

    Now on clearance you can get a Novara Zealo with disc...
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    My bike needed new wheels, so I took the...

    My bike needed new wheels, so I took the opportunity to get a new fork and put a disc brake on the front. Even doing that was more because I'm attached to my bike. From a purely rational viewpoint I...
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    This is from the FAQ on Helmets.org. Seems...

    This is from the FAQ on Helmets.org. Seems reasonable:

    An honest manufacturer: METThe Italian company MET says in their 2010 catalog:

    "We are often asked 'For how long is a helmet safe?', or...
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    I don't think clipless is silly for four miles. I...

    I don't think clipless is silly for four miles. I actually think if the reason you are clipless is performance it is silly to use them for commuting at all. That said I use spd pedals commuting...
  19. Thread: Tire Mileage ?

    by ratell
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    This is my approach. If I get a second flat in a...

    This is my approach. If I get a second flat in a 2-3 week period I replace the tire.
    Usually works out to about once a year, but a lot of it's dumb luck.
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    In Portland we don't usually have rain when it's...

    In Portland we don't usually have rain when it's over 60. It's definitely the case that in temps that warm the rain coat is going to be too warm. I find the showers pass coat works great with temps...
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    I agree with Matimeo. Here in the northwest you...

    I agree with Matimeo. Here in the northwest you are going to have months of cold rain (the coldest I've been was 45 degrees and raining). It's worth investing in rain gear if you plan to commute year...
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    Sugar Wheel Works | Handbuilt Bicycle Wheels...

    Sugar Wheel Works | Handbuilt Bicycle Wheels

    Give em a call. They'll give advice and build whatever you want...
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    Rain Jacket- I love my showers pass. Everyone in...

    Rain Jacket- I love my showers pass. Everyone in Portland is wearing one. Mine is 5 years old and still going strong.
    Rain pants. I have showers pass pants and Novara rain paints. The showers pass...
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    I had a two year run where I was replacing a...

    I had a two year run where I was replacing a bottom bracket a year (around 2500 miles and a shimano UN type). The current one is going on two years and still fine. It's not clear to me what was...
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    The tricross is a great bike, but if you are...

    The tricross is a great bike, but if you are going to spend $999 on something that could last your lifetime you should get something you think is freaking beautiful.
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