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  1. I'm also in the Boston area, and am happy to...

    I'm also in the Boston area, and am happy to answer specific questions via PM or whatever.

    For your left turn question, yes, you can make left turns from the left lane. It is done (I do it, so do...
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    How common are charging stations where you live?...

    How common are charging stations where you live? Could you drive to a charging station somewhere a few miles away from work, then bike in the rest of the way? It can be simple enough to just keep the...
  3. I can trackstand pretty well on any of my bikes...

    I can trackstand pretty well on any of my bikes (although on the geared ones I can't do it downhill much, obviously). I can trackstand no-hands on my fixies, as long as the ground isn't too far off...
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    I'm with you! NOT a morning person, never have...

    I'm with you! NOT a morning person, never have been, have always had a hard time getting to bed on time and getting up on time. If left to my own devices (in other words, without specific things I...
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    One thing to keep in mind about the BQ wind...

    One thing to keep in mind about the BQ wind tunnel test is that Jan Heine is a skinny guy, and IIRC the saddlebag he tested was the Carradice Nelson. The Nelson is quite wide and stuck out a good bit...
  6. Biking 30 mi each way is certainly possible for...

    Biking 30 mi each way is certainly possible for someone who likes riding and is motivated to do it. But to be clear about it, you're talking 2-3 hours each way (and for a new cyclist on whatever bike...
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    Hey, I was gonna post that! :lol:

    Hey, I was gonna post that! :lol:
  8. I've said this other places. But I'm a bit...

    I've said this other places. But I'm a bit skeptical of the motivation here, seeing as it's coming from a car company. Don't get me wrong, it's a cool product with potentially some cool uses. And I'm...
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    I like BDU's, which are made of sturdy material...

    I like BDU's, which are made of sturdy material (in a few choices), and have a reinforced butt. They take a lot longer to wear holes in than other pants, and if the outer layer gets a hole, at least...
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    I'd either stay where you are or move somewhat to...

    I'd either stay where you are or move somewhat to the left. But DO NOT move to the right. Not only do you want to make it clear you are not taking that righthand lane, you also want to discourage...
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    No, it's really not that complicated. You ask on...

    No, it's really not that complicated. You ask on a forum like this, and of course everyone comes up with all the ways it's complicated because that's what we do. ;)

    But it's not complicated. Get...
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    If you aren't used to riding on roads with cars,...

    If you aren't used to riding on roads with cars, that's OK. You will be soon. :) But you should look up the traffic laws in your state and locality that pertain to bicycles, so that you know what...
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    Like ThermionicScott said, look up the guidelines...

    Like ThermionicScott said, look up the guidelines for reflective gear on RUSA: Randonneurs USA. For those who don't know, RUSA sanctions long-distance, minimally-supported rides that often go all...
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    Rising to the bait won't "teach that person a...

    Rising to the bait won't "teach that person a lesson", it will give them exactly what they were looking for. If you challenge them and they win, they'll just want to challenge the next guy because...
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    I usually take a "minimalist" approach ;) to...

    I usually take a "minimalist" approach ;) to cleaning my bikes, especially the daily commuter. But it does track in quite a bit of crud in the winter because of caked-on snow, salt, sand, etc that...
  16. I'll bring up the Surly CrossCheck again. I...

    I'll bring up the Surly CrossCheck again. I commute year round in the Boston area, and I'd be very surprised if your potholes are like ours right now! FWIW, CrossChecks are extremely common around...
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    Another thing I think is useful, whether you use...

    Another thing I think is useful, whether you use a mirror or not, is looking over your shoulder. Aside from seeing who's behind you, humans respond subconsciously to other humans turning to look at...
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    I'm in the Boston area, and my impression is that...

    I'm in the Boston area, and my impression is that cycling has still been on a steady increase over the last few years. And actually even during this fairly ridiculous winter, I've seen other cyclists...
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    Congratulations on your resolution! I suspect...

    Congratulations on your resolution! I suspect that once you get going and get your system figured out, you may well find that it makes lots of things about city living much more convenient.

    The...
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    Yeah, the sprayer is awesome. Our hose is buried...

    Yeah, the sprayer is awesome. Our hose is buried under waist-deep snow in the back yard, and danged if I'm going to go dig it out. But the quantity of crap that has melted all over the bike room is...
  21. Also, liquid wrench is not chain lube. It's...

    Also, liquid wrench is not chain lube. It's extremely thin (that's why it can penetrate) which means it won't stay on your chain long. Bicycle chain lube or 3-in-1 oil comes in drip bottles, not...
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    I bought a pesticide sprayer for hosing down the...

    I bought a pesticide sprayer for hosing down the bike somewhat if it's covered in caked-on stuff that will just melt all over the bike room. Don't know why I never thought of it before!
    Dahon.Steve...
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    Start at your LBS. Especially if it's your first...

    Start at your LBS. Especially if it's your first bike since childhood, it's really important to test ride and buy a bike that fits and feels good. The only way to do that is to test ride. At a given...
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    I have the Longboards on my touring bike... it's...

    I have the Longboards on my touring bike... it's a bit odd to me that the front is so long and the back isn't.

    I actually shortened the front a little and put a different mudflap on it, because I...
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    The problem with reflective materials is that...

    The problem with reflective materials is that they all function, one way or another, by having some sort of lens or bead that reflects light. The thick, stiff vinyl stuff has it molded into the back...
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