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    "Arrrroumphteeeoorr!" Which is to say, I usually...

    "Arrrroumphteeeoorr!" Which is to say, I usually can't tell what the heck they're saying, it all sounds the same.

    FYI, I'm a 54 year old guy that's not exactly perfect fit. Occasionally, I hear...
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    "How do you guys riding 23/25cc tyres do it?" ...

    "How do you guys riding 23/25cc tyres do it?"

    Different riders are different in their tolerances. Your weight, lack thereof, and distribution of weight will affect the roughness. Different bike...
  3. Thread: Recovery Time

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    Three or four years ago, I did the 500-mile...

    Three or four years ago, I did the 500-mile version of the Texas Time Trials. Then I took several days off and then started riding again. Result was that I felt like I had legs of steel, it felt...
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    I ride a fair bit in lines, but quite frequently,...

    I ride a fair bit in lines, but quite frequently, gapped larger than the "inches" that are ideal for drafting. There's a lot that goes into that, and if you're a little more concerned about safety...
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    I've got three bikes with disk brakes, got about...

    I've got three bikes with disk brakes, got about 60,000 miles total on them. With all that, I can't think of much reason to pick them or much reason to avoid them, either. They have advantages and...
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    30 or 40 mile rides in the area- no potty stops...

    30 or 40 mile rides in the area- no potty stops needed, usually.
    200k rides- stops are usually stores in small towns, where leaving a bike outside hasn't been a problem. In a lot of cases, there...
  7. I just always assumed that a major part of the...

    I just always assumed that a major part of the custom-wheelbuilding benefit was in knowing what to build in the first place.

    On the failure issue, good building practice would make the wheel true...
  8. For randonneuring rides, it's pretty normal to...

    For randonneuring rides, it's pretty normal to jump from 200k to a 300k with no intermediate steps. If you're not supposed to be on it at night, I'd just go find a good route that you CAN ride at...
  9. So do you lean forward in a car when you're...

    So do you lean forward in a car when you're trying to go faster?

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    Some tires are noted for flat resistance, some...

    Some tires are noted for flat resistance, some are not, sounds like time to go for more flat resistance. Continental Gatorskins, for example.

    The slickness isn't an issue for flat resistance, but...
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    Canned ravioli, spaghettios, Beanie Wienie, etc.

    Canned ravioli, spaghettios, Beanie Wienie, etc.
  12. A part of it will depend on what alternate routes...

    A part of it will depend on what alternate routes are available. My drive home in the evening gets slow sometimes, but I'm driving on freeways, and there are not very good alternate cycling route. ...
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    My inlaws lived in Grand Junction for several...

    My inlaws lived in Grand Junction for several years, so I got to visit Colorado National Monument a number of times. High point was hiking down one of those exposed trails when it was icy!

    If you...
  14. Sheesh, the dogs chase me bad enough now, if I...

    Sheesh, the dogs chase me bad enough now, if I started lubing stuff with bacon fat, I'd have a parade following me everywhere.
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    Regardless of your budget, riding "to classes"...

    Regardless of your budget, riding "to classes" should involve a cheap crappy unappealing bike and a good lock. That's not the application where you want a fine ride.

    One rule of Craigslist is...
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    It might help to realize that a cheap "mountain"...

    It might help to realize that a cheap "mountain" bike isn't intended for-mountain bike riding, really. Although being 125 lbs will help a lot on that.
    Most of us started at some point on a cheapo...
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    Some of the long-distance races are non-drafting....

    Some of the long-distance races are non-drafting. The main problem is you have to start enforcing rules about how you don't draft. IE, somebody overtakes you, you have to drop back within so many...
  18. I've got a little tub of general purpose grease,...

    I've got a little tub of general purpose grease, maybe a pint of it- and I've had that tub since college, I think, and I'm 54 now. So go buy a tub of good ol' grease of the brown sort, and figure if...
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    Ditto to the above, "biker" is more commonly...

    Ditto to the above, "biker" is more commonly applied to motorcyclists, while "cyclist" is almost exclusively a bicycle rider, so it's not ambiguous.
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    Not really my experience, seems like I run across...

    Not really my experience, seems like I run across all kinds.

    I've read a number of the "stuck up roadie didn't wave at me" threads, but in my experience, people riding 8 mph on the sidewalk are...
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    I ride a steel bike, not sure if that means I...

    I ride a steel bike, not sure if that means I "like" steel bikes or just ride one. Same with cars, I drive a steel car, but I haven't driven any other kind to compare, so not sure what it means. My...
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    If I remember right, the rear cassette on my...

    If I remember right, the rear cassette on my Sojourn is a 12-34, but the smaller cassettes are 11-whatever. So check at your local bike shop, you may can drop down a tooth or two on that smallest...
  23. Recreational and Family or Hybrid?

    Recreational and Family or Hybrid?
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    I think from the standpoint of reliability, you'd...

    I think from the standpoint of reliability, you'd be ahead to get a regular bike with internal geared hub (or single-speed, if you live in a flat place.).
    It's not clear from your post if she has a...
  25. I grew up on the coast where it was flat as a...

    I grew up on the coast where it was flat as a pancake, and never needed gears. I was born in 1960, so as a teen, geared bikes were quite common, I just never had one. The first one I had was...
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