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  1. You could probably find a U.S. retailer who could...

    You could probably find a U.S. retailer who could beat the REI prices. I'm a member and I like REI, but their stuff is priced at list (until it goes on sale).
  2. I'd treat the tour leader's advice like I would...

    I'd treat the tour leader's advice like I would advice from someone at a bike shop, or, for that matter, from the internet. If the rider is close to the advisor's age, weight, experience, strength,...
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    Wasn't Vorlad one of the minor characters in...

    Wasn't Vorlad one of the minor characters in Wagner's Ring cycle?

    I think that's as likely as the possibility you've run into a reputable outfit on the web...
  4. Thread: Dry Skin

    by pdlamb
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    Just about anything works on my (admittedly oily)...

    Just about anything works on my (admittedly oily) skin when it dries out in the winter. Vaseline, hand lotion, etc., but smearing my wife's Ponds cold cream on my face before a ride keeps my face...
  5. Material doesn't tell you very much by itself. ...

    Material doesn't tell you very much by itself. My impression of the two is that the Jamis is slightly lighter and more lively than the Surly. Designers and builders can affect those feelings by...
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    It'll go easier if you think of your first week...

    It'll go easier if you think of your first week as building up. Back off, try 50-60 km daily rides and increase daily mileage (kilometerage?) slowly.

    Try gentle stretching when you get off the...
  7. I worry most about clock time, as in: I need to...

    I worry most about clock time, as in: I need to be at work and clean for an 8:30 meeting. What time do I need to leave to get to work, cool off, shower, and make the meeting? (A: 6:45)

    On the...
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    Before you order the bike, it's worth asking how...

    Before you order the bike, it's worth asking how often you're likely to travel with it and the run a financial analysis.

    You can save $1,000-$2,000 up front with a bike case and ordinary bicycle. ...
  9. What will typical grades be? 6% max? Can you...

    What will typical grades be? 6% max? Can you make that for 10-15 miles at a time on the carbon bike's gearing?

    At about your weight, I'd want something with low gears (maybe 25 gear inches) by...
  10. Thread: First 400km

    by pdlamb
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    And it might be a good idea to see if you can...

    And it might be a good idea to see if you can arrange for a late check-out. Even another hour or two can make a big difference.
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    Both. Get a good load of groceries in some...

    Both. Get a good load of groceries in some panniers and try riding into a headwind, like you did.

    Weight makes the bike handle a little bit different, but unless you've got some pretty stiff...
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    My Tara's bars aren't quite level, either, but...

    My Tara's bars aren't quite level, either, but the bags mount to either side of the struts so they're not going anywhere when mounted.
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    If it's been sitting that long, it's possible the...

    If it's been sitting that long, it's possible the contacts have corroded. Use a pencil eraser to clean the contacts on the mount and the unit's head, then put a dab of dielectric grease on the...
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    I had to laugh at this. I've got a '98 Fuji...

    I had to laugh at this. I've got a '98 Fuji Touring that's my prime commuter, and it's been great. But there's only three stock parts left: the seatpost, fork, and (wait for it!) the brakes.

    New...
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    Consensus? Good luck with that! We really...

    Consensus? Good luck with that!



    We really need more information on what you're thinking. Are you going to ride all night (for example, brevets or 24 hour rides)? Or something less, maybe an...
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    The unspoken benefit of "compact" frames was that...

    The unspoken benefit of "compact" frames was that a retailer didn't have to stock all those sizes of bicycles to fit all those people.

    Now we need another wheel and tire size? Is this to run the...
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    From the sound of the OP, part of his problem was...

    From the sound of the OP, part of his problem was that his LBS didn't have stock bikes with a triple. (How can they sell that stuff without low gears most people need? Well, he bought one, didn't...
  18. Thread: new bike help?

    by pdlamb
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    Do you have experience as a bicycle mechanic, or...

    Do you have experience as a bicycle mechanic, or are you mechanically inclined? If so, flip a coin, If not, buy the one from your local bike shop. The "Local" in LBS means they will (or at least...
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    Within the U.S., you can check an airline bag up...

    Within the U.S., you can check an airline bag up to 50 pounds.

    See if you can ship your stove and any fuel or fuel bottles with the bike.
  20. Visor on a mountain bike helmet does pretty well...

    Visor on a mountain bike helmet does pretty well shielding the specs in light rain. In heavy rain, periodic wipes help, in a downpour, fuggedaboutit.
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    Sun sleeves are OK up to some point, I think my...

    Sun sleeves are OK up to some point, I think my personal limit was around 85 or 90F with typical (75%) humidity. After that, look for gel sunscreens, or ride shorter.
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    I use Linux (actually posting from an Ubuntu...

    I use Linux (actually posting from an Ubuntu box!), but there's too many hills where I ride for a fixed gear.

    OTOH, I've replaced everything but the seatpost and brakes from my formerly stock...
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    The combination isn't as difficult as you make...

    The combination isn't as difficult as you make out. There's enough of a gap around each wheel to let air circulate. No, you can't dry laundry by hanging it over the top tube with the bike cover on...
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    +1. Go look for something with longer...

    +1. Go look for something with longer chainstays.

    How big are your feet?
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    Do you park near the ocean where you'll pick up...

    Do you park near the ocean where you'll pick up salt spray?

    I used a bike cover while I didn't have covered bike parking, and it worked pretty well. It kept the saddle and chain dry, and kept the...
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