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  1. Your discussion about exceptions and variations...

    Your discussion about exceptions and variations sounded knowledgeable, but you do seem to note that there is a well known hierarchy of groupsets, and I think that is what the OP wanted to know about....
  2. Great idea. I previously posted to this thread,...

    Great idea. I previously posted to this thread, ”Do you tell strangers how much your bike costs?”

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    I think I have an Ultegra group set, but I would have to look. :o

    PS: I just recalled...
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    Thanks for that verification of my concern; I...

    Thanks for that verification of my concern; I think it is real when riding in metropolitan areas like Boston and Philly, even in exurbia. If I do make an outside stop it certainly would be away from...
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    Hitting the john when on a ride Same here....

    Hitting the john when on a ride

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    Same here. I recently replied to this thread on the General Cycling Discussion Forum, ”Your favorite, lightest weight, least bulky, bike Lock”
  5. Do you listen to music while riding? I...

    Do you listen to music while riding?

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    I recently posted to this thread on the A&S Forum, “Headphones & Cycling”:
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    While most non-cyclists are neutral, I don't...

    While most non-cyclists are neutral, I don't think that "too many cyclists are fishing for compliments." After all, cycle commuting could be considered a pretty dorky activity...funny clothes, funny...
  7. Nicely stated. I do #'s 1 and 2 routinely, but as...

    Nicely stated. I do #'s 1 and 2 routinely, but as I recall, it seems nearly all my falls / crashes happened too fast to react as #3 suggests.
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    Where I work there is a colleague who does...

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    Where I work there is a colleague who does triathalons, including the Hawaiian Ironman, and another who was a racer in college, yet I have the reputation as a “Bicyclist.” Probably it’s...
  9. Rode a lighter, "faster" bike today I have...

    Rode a lighter, "faster" bike today



    I have an apparently ultimate lightweight road cycle, a Specialized S-Works, that I use for my 14 mile one way commute, and longer training rides. I wrote...
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    To add to Coluber42’s comments about Boston we have crazy street patterns which can be circumvented, legally or not on a bike, by walking, or taking the subway (though usually bikes not allowed). If...
  11. Consider also (flashing) lights during the...

    Consider also (flashing) lights during the daytime, especially when riding in shade, and a driver might be upcoming while still facing the sun.
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    As you note, there are a lot of obstacles to...

    As you note, there are a lot of obstacles to cycle-commuting, and I think one has to find a valuable benefit to do so. Just a few minutes ago I posted to the thread, ”Commute too short?”


    Frankly...
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    Since I cycle commute for fitness (in cycling...

    Since I cycle commute for fitness (in cycling clothes and on a road bike), IMO 10 miles is a minimum. My shortest route is 14 miles, and I expand it during the nice weather. I also have the option of...
  14. Thanks for reading my post, and comments. Though...

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    Thanks for reading my post, and comments. Though I ride a carbon fiber road bike, with Spandex and clipless pedals, I’m not a haughty, fully-kitted roadie, and even wrote a “Fred...
  15. The difference though is that the car is...

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    The difference though is that the car is immobilizing whereas the couch promotes inactivity and one is free to move away, especially facilitated by recording devices freeing up the...
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    Thanks for the notice rumrunn6; that’s a chilling photo. I occasionally ride that segment of Rte 27 from Rte 225 southward, and it’s not a favorite, especially down to about Rte 20, even on a...
  17. People who commute by car are less happy and less...

    People who commute by car are less happy and less healthy than the rest of us


    Many years ago, early in my cycling lifestyle, I heard a lecture by a psychiatrist who said that in experimental...
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    +1 This makes the most sense; point where you are...

    +1 This makes the most sense; point where you are going. At a stoplight when I am in the far right lane, I point straight ahead to signal when I'm going straight ahead, to prevent a right hook. Of...
  19. I probably sounded like a Captain Bringdown in my...

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    I probably sounded like a Captain Bringdown in my reply, and wouldn’t want to discourage you. My first reply to anyone even just considering any bike, is to determine what you want to do...
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    Benefits of riding I suffered a fractured...

    Benefits of riding


    I suffered a fractured sacrum from a cycling accident, and now prolonged weight bearing while sitting, standing, and walking is uncomfortable, and gets worse with time, until...
  21. Just my off-the–top-of-my-head opinion, but if...

    Just my off-the–top-of-my-head opinion, but if you seek the riding efficiency of a road bike yet disdain wearing the similarly efficient riding attire, I would question if you are ready.

    For what...
  22. Thanks for that nice comment. For the past year...

    This can't be stated any better. If you can say this, you are a real cyclist, as opposed to one that is motivated by fitness, racing, etc. For example, I ran for a few years for fitness. But I...
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    jmm, you are welcome to use my Bicyclist's Curse...

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    jmm, you are welcome to use my Bicyclist's Curse as referenced above. Just follow the link to learn the secret incantation, and use it wisely. :crash:
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    Thanks for the reply. Perhaps you're right about...

    Thanks for the reply. Perhaps you're right about solid vs blinking red lights, but I don't think I'm followed too often by drivers who have nothing else to fixate on, for long enough periods to...
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    Hi jmm, Thanks for that story; vicarious is a...

    Hi jmm,

    Thanks for that story; vicarious is a more comfortable way to learn, though on this thread I might better say reinforce that lesson. I would add that a recent important lesson I learned on...
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