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    Everybody gotta run sometime... He's on his...

    Everybody gotta run sometime...

    He's on his way back to where he came from. That's not all bad. Fair winds to you, Coasting.
  2. Hills rule. A ride with hills > flat ride, by a...

    Hills rule. A ride with hills > flat ride, by a wide margin.

    Bike fit is big. Going clipless is big. But honestly for me the answer to the OP's question is "hills hills and more hills!"
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    Have I mentioned lately that pumps are better? ...

    Have I mentioned lately that pumps are better? CO2 is for urban wussies?

    Have I fanned my quanta of flames today? :)

    I do own a chuck and some canisters. I carry them in the bag on my rain...
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    Sheesh. I do long rural rides, solo. Cell...

    Sheesh.

    I do long rural rides, solo. Cell phone doesn't work everywhere out there. A pump is clearly the better choice for what amounts to mission-critical backup gear.

    This isn't THAT hard,...
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    If I'm choosing one- and I am, cause I ain't...

    If I'm choosing one- and I am, cause I ain't carrying both- then pump it is. Really not even debateable for how I roll.
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    I use a compact with 34 front/ 11-32 rear. I use...

    I use a compact with 34 front/ 11-32 rear. I use the granny frequently on my steep hill rides. Ultegra 6800 as well.
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    At least in 2014, another really crucial...

    At least in 2014, another really crucial difference between the Roubaix Expert & Comp is the CG-R seatpost. Expert has it, Comp does not. It does a really good job of mitigating the very stiff rear...
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    Curious, why not the demo Bianchi again? The...

    Curious, why not the demo Bianchi again? The mileage on it is inconsequential. You loved the bike...

    Also, have you written off the Roubaix? I recall that you liked it. I love mine. Very...
  9. Did a nice rural Oregon 40 yesterday with a...

    Did a nice rural Oregon 40 yesterday with a friend. It included enough steep long climbs to get a good burn going but wasn't brutal if that makes sense. Simply pastoral spring scenery and about 62...
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    ^^. this ^^ I use a Gore Windstopper cycling...

    ^^. this ^^

    I use a Gore Windstopper cycling jacket and love it. I use it from the mid-30's to the mid-60's. very versatile garment. The sleeves zip off, leaving a windproof vest, if desired. Mine...
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    As with women and guitars, when you find "the...

    As with women and guitars, when you find "the one" that just knocks you out, you gotta go for it.

    Buy the Bianchi. It'll still at the point of purchase but make you happy for the next...
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    I find that photo offensive.

    I find that photo offensive.
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    I'll add that I'm no daredevil, but my sl4...

    I'll add that I'm no daredevil, but my sl4 Roubaix tracks so well, I have no problem on curvy downhills at 40+ mph. On the up hills the stiffness of the frame is awesome- step on the pedal, move...
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    I have a SL4 Roubaix Expert. All I can tell you...

    I have a SL4 Roubaix Expert. All I can tell you is that it handles superbly and has plenty of pop, for me anyway.
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    Well, here's a pop quiz (see what I did there?) ...

    Well, here's a pop quiz (see what I did there?)

    http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r111/handwired/null_zpseb0364b6.jpg
  16. I do use mine, in a very Fred-like top tube bag....

    I do use mine, in a very Fred-like top tube bag. I like it. Reasons NOT to, since you ask:

    -battery life. Should be fine as long as you start out well-charged. I started a 2.5-hr ride @ 50% charge...
  17. A tough hilly rural Oregon 37 miles with a buddy...

    A tough hilly rural Oregon 37 miles with a buddy today. Like any good ride, there was agony, there was ecstasy. :)
  18. My bike came with 2014 FR3's.... I like them a...

    My bike came with 2014 FR3's.... I like them a lot. They've stayed true through a lot of miles under my 210 lbs, they feel really light, and they are nice and solid on descents.
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    Holly carp. I need to start making those....

    Holly carp. I need to start making those. Seriously.
  20. Thread: Novara bikes

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    I have a 105 Strada from last year. It's a good...

    I have a 105 Strada from last year. It's a good bike and at $875 was a great deal. I like the frame clearance and long-reach Shimano brakes on mine; I can run big tires, and/or fenders, easily. Mine...
  21. Eat a big carb-y breakfast, then start eating...

    Eat a big carb-y breakfast, then start eating (banana, energy bars, cookies, and so on) a couple hours into the ride at the latest. Remember, there's no real fix for it if you neglect eating early....
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    Pinch flats = non issue. I'm a Clyde (barely)......

    Pinch flats = non issue. I'm a Clyde (barely)... I never get one. Ever.

    Wider tires = smoother ride

    iDK about aero drag. Seems that a wider tire has to be a bit heavier, so there's a tad more...
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    I rode 39.8 mi with a buddy yesterday. He was on...

    I rode 39.8 mi with a buddy yesterday. He was on his new Defy; the maiden voyage of his first carbon bike. He's been on a RB-2 for like..... the 2000"s.

    We tacked some miles onto my usual...
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    Ok, that's just weird. Asking what someone...

    Ok, that's just weird.

    Asking what someone paid on this thread is entirely appropriate. Doubly so when they say things like, it was too good a deal to pass up.
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    I bought a buddy a Serfas Thunderbolt taillight...

    I bought a buddy a Serfas Thunderbolt taillight as a gift for his new bike. He's so frugal, he'd never buy a $45 tail light. But it might save his life! So, good gift I think. We did 40 hard miles...
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