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    Momentarily plateaued or not, I would expect the...

    Momentarily plateaued or not, I would expect the market for ebooks to continue to contain to grow at the expense of traditional books as the readability, features, and battery life of devices...
  2. Thread: Bells. Again.

    by tjspiel
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    To me this is a natural consequence of mixing...

    To me this is a natural consequence of mixing pedestrians and bicycles and it should be avoided. However, you're not always going to get the ideal and you have to deal with what you have.

    Many of...
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    I've had mild vertigo induced by an ear...

    I've had mild vertigo induced by an ear infection. It hit me during work so I left my bike, took the train to the nearest station to my house and walked the last mile home. Then I spent a couple...
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    Interesting advice to rinse it off. I wonder if...

    Interesting advice to rinse it off. I wonder if the tap water really has significantly less dissolved salts than the rain water. Rain water is where the tap water comes from after all. Granted it's...
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    If it's cool enough and I ride slow enough I...

    If it's cool enough and I ride slow enough I won't sweat that much, but I don't like riding slow.

    Neither of my first two cars had A/C. The second one had vinyl bucket seats. Sitting in stop and...
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    Apparently the other 50% agree with you. A...

    Apparently the other 50% agree with you.

    A backpack works well for me but it has two stabilizing straps along with the shoulder straps. If I didn't have it adjusted fairly snug to make sure it...
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    Take a look at Banjo Bros messenger bags if you...

    Take a look at Banjo Bros messenger bags if you want a stabilizing strap on a bag that won't break the bank. They aren't particularly stylish or flashy. Some people complain that the cinching buckle...
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    Keeping it in the basket sounds like a good...

    Keeping it in the basket sounds like a good solution to me. ;)

    FWIW I wear a backpack my whole commute which can be anywhere from 25 minutes to an hour long depending on a lot of stuff I won't...
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    Agreed. But I think we tend to give advice for...

    Agreed. But I think we tend to give advice for what they would need as dedicated, long term, all-weather commuters rather than beginning ones.

    A first question should be along the lines of "How...
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    I think where we do a disservice at times is when...

    I think where we do a disservice at times is when we make recommendations based on what we need to commute in all the conditions we are likely to encounter.

    Most new commuters stick to nice days...
  11. Thread: Peds

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    Not sure it counts as a pedestrian if it flies.

    Not sure it counts as a pedestrian if it flies.
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    There are also people that come here who very...

    There are also people that come here who very happy to drop significant coin on a new bike. The last thing they want to hear is that their current bike is just fine or that they should save some...
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    Same page as you linked to:

    Same page as you linked to:
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    Bigshot is a much better quality bike, - Chromoly...

    Bigshot is a much better quality bike, - Chromoly vs. Hi-Ten.
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    To me the nervous ones are the least well served...

    To me the nervous ones are the least well served by the large volume of often conflicting advice they're likely to get. If their current bike came from a shop then it likely fits as long as they...
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    Clearly you were doing it wrong. ;) Sometimes...

    Clearly you were doing it wrong. ;)

    Sometimes I think this is the worst place a potential commuter can come for advice. Most people already know how to ride and have a bike that would be suitable...
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    What kind of clipless pedals do you use? If...

    What kind of clipless pedals do you use? If they're SPDs, I'd just go with a set of campus pedals (SPD on one side, platform on the other).

    Then I would find a tire that's a decent trade off...
  18. You might well end up finding something you'll...

    You might well end up finding something you'll like better for your situation but 4 weeks doesn't seem like quite enough to give it a fair shake. Is returning it for something different still an...
  19. I'm sure when most of us hear the term "commuter"...

    I'm sure when most of us hear the term "commuter" in the context of bike commuters we can conjure up a mental image if asked.

    Personally I have multiple images. The first is an image based on what...
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    Target has a bunch of T-shirts and golf shirts in...

    Target has a bunch of T-shirts and golf shirts in wicking material which are pretty inexpensive. Golf shirts aren't my thing but I have a few of the t-shirts. I wear them while cycling and anyplace...
  21. Yeah, "Hybrid" is kind of an overloaded term in...

    Yeah, "Hybrid" is kind of an overloaded term in the bike world. The high end bike in the Trek FX series, the 7.7, is carbon framed which means it will be super light. However, it's about a $1,000...
  22. I don't really buy the premise. A driver may...

    I don't really buy the premise.

    A driver may be more annoyed with a bike commuter because the bike commuter could be driving a car like everyone else and not slowing down traffic.

    A road...
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    Some Observations Advice is often bestowed...

    Some Observations

    Advice is often bestowed whether it was asked for or not.
    Being Car Free in a smaller town presents more challenges
    Having a limited income leads to problems that aren't...
  24. Thread: Next level DIY

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    How much did it cost, if you don't mind my...

    How much did it cost, if you don't mind my asking?

    I wouldn't mind owning my own except that I've heard they are kind of fussy, the "prints" take a long time and often fail part way through. Plus...
  25. I wouldn't be in a hurry to swap them out unless...

    I wouldn't be in a hurry to swap them out unless they had no flat protection or were otherwise not such a great tire, - just to give them a chance.

    To answer your question I commute on 23s quite a...
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