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    Eroica means heroic in Italian, and very...

    Eroica means heroic in Italian, and very fittingly so. Cappello!
    (I would have said chapeau but, Italian style rules in this photo, and the Italian language is called for.)
  2. It took me one ride with a road bike rider, me on...

    It took me one ride with a road bike rider, me on my hybrid, to see the absolute truth in johnny99's point.
    That hybrid was relegated to wall leaner status soon after and has just 1,700 lifetime...
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    Taken in the spirit it was intended :)

    Taken in the spirit it was intended :)
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    Welcome to Bike Forums. You have long summer...

    Welcome to Bike Forums.

    You have long summer evenings ahead, it gets dark late that far north.
    There must be a long riding season.

    I heard the weather's good there in the fall.
    But those...
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    +1 on the East Bay, all riders above, & me too,...

    +1 on the East Bay, all riders above, & me too, love putting in the East Bay miles.
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    This describes me perfectly. 190 pounds, and I...

    This describes me perfectly. 190 pounds, and I just got well over 35,000 feet in a months time here in Northern California.

    I go through chains at a rapid clip, 1,800 mile wear out has happened...
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    I have found it fairly universal that bike shops...

    I have found it fairly universal that bike shops are all about bikes sales on weekends, not bike fittings.
    This is especially true in the spring, their busiest time when people are buying new bikes....
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    Hi MrCjolson, I live in Concord and I ride...

    Hi MrCjolson,

    I live in Concord and I ride 5,000 - 6,000 miles a year.
    This takes me to, and through Martinez a lot.
    Martinez is a wonderful town for cycling. It is very bike friendly.
    There...
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    Thank you for posting the picture. I love that...

    Thank you for posting the picture.
    I love that it dates to the 1895 era.

    That was the era of the bike boom, when 3 million bicycles a year were being bought by a country with a smaller population...
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    That is the most enlightened and uplifting thing...

    That is the most enlightened and uplifting thing I have read online in a long time.
    Thank you for your example.
  11. I am an adherent to the $400.00 rule. If...

    I am an adherent to the $400.00 rule.

    If someone asks what you paid for your bike at a party or other social setting with non-cyclists, tell them $400.00
    This gets appreciative nods and comments...
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    After more thatn 43,000 miles on several sets of ...

    After more thatn 43,000 miles on several sets of 23 mm gp4000s tires, I just made the switch to the same tire in 25 mm, a scant 120 miles ago.

    I notice no change in speed at all. I do notice what...
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    You guessed correctly, he is practically my...

    You guessed correctly, he is practically my personal photographer. He took the coyote picture too.
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    A Coyote hunting up some lunch. Photo taken from...

    A Coyote hunting up some lunch. Photo taken from the Papa Bear Climb on Bear Creek Road.
    I always enjoy seeing a barb wire fence gauge the grade steepness. (About 9.5% here.)...
  15. Maybe this thread is not stirring folks up...

    Maybe this thread is not stirring folks up because in California most of us wear helmets and reflective gear. It is our normal.
    Helmet wear is now so normal in my Northern California area that...
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    Nobody rocks the Bridal Nook on Mt. Diablo like...

    Nobody rocks the Bridal Nook on Mt. Diablo like Pansy Palmetto.
    http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q250/LanceOldstrong/Pansyonwardandupward.jpg
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    I like your past self photo better than mine. You...

    I like your past self photo better than mine. You look handsome.
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    Mommy, mommy look! Shrek is on top of Mt. Diablo!...

    Mommy, mommy look! Shrek is on top of Mt. Diablo! Take a picture, take a picture!
    http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q250/LanceOldstrong/Shrek_zps468a5322.jpg
    I often look at this pic from right...
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    Poll: The 3 Bears, Wildcat, Pig Farm... it is a zoo out...

    The 3 Bears, Wildcat, Pig Farm... it is a zoo out there.
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    Consider that you may wan't to lock out the...

    Consider that you may wan't to lock out the travel on the front suspension fork. Shift 4 can do this. Not the Verve 3.
    If you ride on good roads you could benefit from being able to lock out the...
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    Avila Road Hill Repeats in Concord on Saturday...

    Avila Road Hill Repeats in Concord on Saturday 3/7 during a short break in the rain.
    7 repeats for 2,600 ft. in 11 miles. https://app.strava.com/activities/251775193...
  22. I liked these quotes from TV studio hairspray...

    I liked these quotes from TV studio hairspray dude:

    "Anne Ruben is at the store now"

    "I didn't even know they made bikes that are worth that much"
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    This question gets put to me a lot at various...

    This question gets put to me a lot at various social events.
    I always say $400.00 and it gets met with an appreciative nod and comments like,
    "well I had heard you were quite a biker, I guess you...
  24. The Davis Double Century 200 Miles and 8,000...

    The Davis Double Century
    200 Miles and 8,000 feet of climbing.
    05/16/2015

    I want this one real bad. I have done 13 Double Centuries but got my first DNF on one last September.
    It was just a...
  25. The secret of hills was revealed to me on a long...

    The secret of hills was revealed to me on a long ride with lots of climbing.
    I got a pat on the back from a volunteer at a rest stop and they said: "Remember, if a pedal pop up, push it back down."...
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