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    Welcome. Pros: You already know how to suffer...

    Welcome.

    Pros:
    You already know how to suffer
    Your cardio conditioning is probably great
    You've dealt with dogs
    You're accustomed to spending too much money on shoes and special clothing
    ...
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    Congestive heart failure, bike crash, diabetes...

    Congestive heart failure, bike crash, diabetes complications, skydiving mishap, stroke, motorcycle crash, cancer, backpacking fall, suicide, car crash, shot by a jealous spouse, emphysema, and so on....
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    Keep it fun, and it will keep providing benefits.

    Keep it fun, and it will keep providing benefits.
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    Fender and rack ready, stock tires are 32mm wide...

    Fender and rack ready, stock tires are 32mm wide so you have options, 3x9 is beyond sufficient even considering sometimes pulling a trailer. It would certainly work for me. YMMV.
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    In my teens and twenties, my general rule was to...

    In my teens and twenties, my general rule was to turn whatever direction looked least familiar. Being lost was common, and not terribly concerning. I once asked a local which way to the city, and...
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    Riding alone on a dark quiet country road, on a...

    Riding alone on a dark quiet country road, on a cool summer night, is just about my favorite thing. If there happens to be a thunderstorm flashing on the horizon, so much the better.
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    Commute on the Giant and weekend warrier on the...

    Commute on the Giant and weekend warrier on the LeMond. If you're still riding in the fall, take advantage of season ending deals. You'll know more what's important to you by then.
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    I rode sunrise to sunset last weekend, plus some....

    I rode sunrise to sunset last weekend, plus some. Of the hundreds people I encountered, from motorists to farmers to convenience store clerks, exactly one person came across as unfriendly. I won't...
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    I'm going against the crowd and suggest you sit...

    I'm going against the crowd and suggest you sit this one out. Starting a 600k with an issue, knowing your reluctance to DNF, sounds like a formula for a serious problem.
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    To paraphrase from a completely different domain:...

    To paraphrase from a completely different domain: all advice is wrong, some is useful.

    As the rides get longer, care and feeding of the mind and body become increasingly important. In fact,...
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    Add my 2 cents, maybe you will find some value. ...

    Add my 2 cents, maybe you will find some value. For years I taught the cycling merit badge to Boy Scouts, essentially taking kids from couch potato to completing a 50 mile ride by the end of the...
  12. Thread: Back health

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    Avoid the recliner, it's also bad for your...

    Avoid the recliner, it's also bad for your cardiovascular system :)

    I'd say getting to 60 without any significant back problems suggests you're already doing something right - better than most...
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    Maybe Discovery will pick him up for a reality...

    Maybe Discovery will pick him up for a reality show.
  14. Use the claw, mount it on the axle as if the bike...

    Use the claw, mount it on the axle as if the bike didn't have a hanger. With luck the protruding threads from the claw pivot should settle nicely in the hanger drilling. No modification of anything...
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    Can you test ride the Kona? If you can, and you...

    Can you test ride the Kona? If you can, and you love it, buy it. Unless you'll grit your teeth over $70 on every ride....

    How you feel after hours in the saddle trumps all else.
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    The only place you might realize there is drag,...

    The only place you might realize there is drag, is if you coast downhill next to another cyclist. Forget about it.
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    I'd say if you don't have a problem, you don't...

    I'd say if you don't have a problem, you don't need a solution.

    As far as that particular wheel, it's the cheapest dynohub I've seen, not surprisingly with the highest unloaded rolling...
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    +1 on rain bike with full coverage fenders plus...

    +1 on rain bike with full coverage fenders plus front mud flap. Rain cape + helmet cover + shorts/sandals or gaitors/shoe covers. Will keep you dry in all but a downpour, horizontal rain, or nasty...
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    I run a Sanyo dynohub on my commuter, same as...

    I run a Sanyo dynohub on my commuter, same as post 18 above. Very pleased, and would not go back. The light was the cheapest dyno light available at the time, maybe $35. Taillight was about the...
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    I think that Trek is a great buy, assuming it's...

    I think that Trek is a great buy, assuming it's all there. I like old Schwinns, and rode a Continental for years, but that doesn't hold a candle to the Trek IMO.

    If the size is right, and if...
  21. Read these: Brake Squeal, by Jobst Brandt...

    Read these:

    Brake Squeal, by Jobst Brandt

    Adjusting Direct-pull Cantilever Bicycle Brakes ("V-Brakes ")

    I vote for replacing the screw. If you were having trouble balancing the arms, there...
  22. When I started the ultracycling and randonneuring...

    When I started the ultracycling and randonneuring bit, a veteran told me the best after ride routine is to down a quart of chocolate milk and a dozen cookies, then go to bed. I think that's the...
  23. Glad you got the job. Thought I'd share this;...

    Glad you got the job.

    Thought I'd share this; I certainly keep it in mind for myself. The best response I've seen to the "thanks but we've selected someone else" letter was from a lady we...
  24. Not only that, people who buy high-end bikes...

    Not only that, people who buy high-end bikes don't bring them to the co-op. The bikes we see are very skewed to older and/or cheaper than average; that's where the vast majority of my bike wrenching...
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    I think the OP's question is, why don't we have...

    I think the OP's question is, why don't we have sanctioned bike races every weekend with hundreds of entrants, ranging from a few elites to first time, unlicensed hackers? Insurance? How has...
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