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  1. Again, this thread is not about me or about the...

    Again, this thread is not about me or about the cleaner that was being used. In fact, there's no reason at all to use this particular cleaner in bicycle wrenching. I'm trying to make the point that...
  2. From the OP: 1) I have not mentioned the...

    From the OP:

    1) I have not mentioned the product because I cannot be 100% certain it was the cause. Nobody else who works in the building all day long had a similar reaction. Since it is a...
  3. Just A Note For Anyone Working With Chemicals

    I don't want to get preachy here, but I notice that a lot of bike mechanics lean toward some heavy chemicals for certain tasks.

    Recently, I walked into work and immediately noticed that a new...
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    Not for the hardcore restoration people out...

    Not for the hardcore restoration people out there, but when I had my bicycle recycling program for kids and teenagers, we couldn't use chemicals so we removed surface rust with crumbled aluminum...
  5. From the OP: I'm not a big fan of sarcasm, but...

    From the OP: I'm not a big fan of sarcasm, but in this case, the responses from anklework and fietsbob really gave me a good laugh.

    I realize I over-complicated the question, so I can't complain...
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    Like Steely Dan, my commute is only about 15...

    Like Steely Dan, my commute is only about 15 minutes each way, so to simplify my morning routine, I skip the padded liner. The same goes for recreational rides with my wife, unless they are longer...
  7. The Science Of Frame Pump Vs. Tire Pressure Requirement

    Don't judge me. I've been getting along fine with a certain Schwinn-branded frame pump for quite some time. It takes a little bit of elbow grease to get about 45 psi into a Specialized Nimbus 26"...
  8. ...or you can just let the local bike shop make a...

    ...or you can just let the local bike shop make a couple of bucks so they are around when you need them.
  9. I don't know where the original poster is from,...

    I don't know where the original poster is from, but here in New York, the Highway Departments are all really busy with potholes from the awful winter. Given that the same guys usually drive the...
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    Hey Bill: Congratulations on your upcoming...

    Hey Bill:

    Congratulations on your upcoming meeting with the president. Be sure to get out of bed on time THAT day!

    To answer the question, commuting to work by bike is what makes me WANT to get...
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    And THIS is what cycling is all about. Had you...

    And THIS is what cycling is all about. Had you been in a car, this probably would have been a pissed-off, expletive-filled disaster. Instead, it's a fun story that makes me want to get on my bike...
  12. Thread: Life Paint

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    Great article linked in bmthom.gis post.

    Great article linked in bmthom.gis post.
  13. What interests me most about this thread is how...

    What interests me most about this thread is how many of us (including myself) don't really remember what things cost us, even though we tormented over spending the money in the first place. This...
  14. This is the worst setback in PR for cyclists...

    This is the worst setback in PR for cyclists since Critical Mass!
  15. 1) Crappy Schwinn-branded rear rack...

    1) Crappy Schwinn-branded rear rack trunk/pannier that I bought at Walmart for $25. My first one of these turned out to be defective, so Walmart replaced it after about six months without blinking....
  16. Waking up and getting started is one of the...

    Waking up and getting started is one of the toughest parts of working at home. For the many years I did it, my incentive was waking up early for the pre-business-hour bike ride, rather than for the...
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    To sum that up, a bike commuter on this forum...

    To sum that up, a bike commuter on this forum once brilliantly said, "Work is the thing I do in between bike rides."
  18. jkoby: Just keep in mind that there are lots of...

    jkoby: Just keep in mind that there are lots of different types of riders here and lots of different ideas about what you "need" to ride a bike. Just because you see a long shopping list doesn't...
  19. Hallelujah! Sanity is restored! I don't want...

    Hallelujah! Sanity is restored!

    I don't want to put anybody down for getting hyper-enthused about bike touring or any other hobby, but I'm really happy to see that at least a few people here are...
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    Age 52 here, having commuted by bike (fair...

    Age 52 here, having commuted by bike (fair weather only) for about five years.

    Bike commuting introduces an element of "play" into my often unsatisfying work day. It has replaced the excitement...
  21. Thread: Bells. Again.

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    Saw the video and heard the bell. Nice...but...

    Saw the video and heard the bell. Nice...but FIFTY BUCKS???? For a BELL???? REALLY??????
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    Thank you very much, everyone. I am amazed at...

    Thank you very much, everyone. I am amazed at how common this condition is.

    I am in my 11th day now with no improvement. Even when I've been incapacitated by back spasms for weeks at a time,...
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    tj: Mine is apparently viral, so antibiotics are...

    tj: Mine is apparently viral, so antibiotics are useless. In fact, they tell me there is no treatment at all, except to avoid salt and spices (I am vegetarian and eat Chipotle 4-5 times a week,...
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    >>>>It gets old having mostly people on high end...

    >>>>It gets old having mostly people on high end road bikes dressed in full bike gear thinking they should not have to follow the rules <<<<<<

    I'm not sure that's really the case. Perhaps it's...
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    I had a long-anticipated ride with a neighbor...

    I had a long-anticipated ride with a neighbor fall apart for the same reason a few years back. He was a reckless mountain biker who wanted to come along with me for a road ride, so we planned a...
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