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    I am riding a 24/34/48 crankset driving an 11-34...

    I am riding a 24/34/48 crankset driving an 11-34 cassette. If I am on terrain that is flat to slightly uphill then I can stay in the big ring. The steps on the cassette are close enough for the...
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    FWIW, I used to make maltodextrin-based goo, but...

    FWIW, I used to make maltodextrin-based goo, but in the last year I have switched over to pure maple syrup. It tastes great and gives me a nice energy boost without ever (so far) upsetting my...
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    90 hour start. 6pm

    90 hour start. 6pm
  4. Thread: 300 km / day

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    The RUSA average for 300km is 14.9 hours (for...

    The RUSA average for 300km is 14.9 hours (for people who finished in the 20 hour time limit):
    DC Randonneurs: Rando 101: Information About Randonneuring

    25 percent finish in less the 13.5 hours;...
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    Based on your comments here, it sounds like you...

    Based on your comments here, it sounds like you might be the sort of person who would enjoy randonneuring -- long distance, non-competitive, unsupported bike rides. The first two sound up your...
  6. Ironic and absurd it may be, but aerobars are not...

    Ironic and absurd it may be, but aerobars are not allowed on PBP, as ThermionicScott points out. From Article 8 of the PBP Rules "...tri-bars and all forms of extended bars are forbidden"
    ...
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    +1 on roughly-90 minute sleep cycles being best. ...

    +1 on roughly-90 minute sleep cycles being best. But I also find that 15-minute catnaps have tremendous restorative power. And quite often I wake up in 45 minutes if I am taking a longer catnap,...
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    Hey, Scott, If your blood sugar is low, it can...

    Hey, Scott,

    If your blood sugar is low, it can make you feel sleepy since there isn't enough to feed your brain. Eating a gel can be a big help in a circumstance like this. Mint supposedly has...
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    I wonder if it is possible to lock threads once...

    I wonder if it is possible to lock threads once they are over a year old so that dead threads do not get resurrected with advice to OP's who are no longer active or who no longer need the advice. ...
  10. No offense to your friend, but how many thousands...

    No offense to your friend, but how many thousands of brevet miles does he/she have under their belt? How do they know how a bicycle should be set up to be comfortable over distances between 125...
  11. I have had very good luck with various...

    I have had very good luck with various generations of Sigma cycle computers. I've never bought anything fancy enough to have an altimiter because I have a GPS. The Sigma's that I have used have all...
  12. I've had numbness after every 1000km and 1200km...

    I've had numbness after every 1000km and 1200km that I've ridden and it goes away in three to six months. I don't get it until I am roughly 700 to 800km into the ride.

    Basically, all the advice...
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    Last year one of the fleche teams rode down from...

    Last year one of the fleche teams rode down from Manhattan to DC, so they got NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, and VA. I know DC isn't a state; I don't know if it "counts" for one in the American Explorer...
  14. Interesting history. But ... are you going into...

    Interesting history. But ... are you going into the seat post manufacturing business? Currently-available seat posts that I can afford do not allow me to ride a Brooks saddle. The only possibility...
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    I am ever-grateful to whoever it is who suggested...

    I am ever-grateful to whoever it is who suggested that I turn baguettes upside down so that the smooth side is on the roof of your mouth and the rough side is on your tongue. Up until that advice,...
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    Poll: Fenders make miserable days in the saddle a...

    Fenders make miserable days in the saddle a little less miserable. I can't imagine riding a 1200 like PBP without fenders. Not least of the problems without fenders: Water bottles covered with...
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    Not sure where you found it, but in case anyone...

    Not sure where you found it, but in case anyone else is looking, go here:
    Paris-Brest-Paris 2015

    Download the top (12.5 mb) brochure. Bottom left of page 44 it says "Any ACP-sanctioned brevet of...
  18. I agree with the first part of that sentence but...

    I agree with the first part of that sentence but not the second. The transverse saddlebags are usually fairly-well shielded by the riders legs. I'm pretty sure that the wind tunnel studies that Jan...
  19. Between 56 and 58 depending on frame geometry...

    Between 56 and 58 depending on frame geometry etc. I have the largest GB bag and it is still well below handlebar height (which I have set to be exactly the same height above ground as my saddle). ...
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    Your post mis-characterizes Heine's argument. ...

    Your post mis-characterizes Heine's argument. It's clear that you have not ready many issues of Bicycle Quarterly--if you had, you would not say "offers no evidence to prove" his views. The big...
  21. Just install it and give it a try, it's not going...

    Just install it and give it a try, it's not going to be a big time-sink.

    My first five years of rando I rode with a Klick-Fix type handlebar bag (LonePeak H-100):
    Lone Peak H-100 & H-075...
  22. Keep in mind that this is an item that could save...

    Keep in mind that this is an item that could save your life. Cheaping out just isn't worth it!
  23. We need more info since it depends somewhat on...

    We need more info since it depends somewhat on placement. If you will be using a saddlebag then you can't put the light on the centerline of the bike unless you put it on the fender. If you don't...
  24. Selle Anatomica for me. Brooks cannot be set...

    Selle Anatomica for me. Brooks cannot be set back far enough so I end up riding on the frame, which is a recipe for a very bruised butt by the end of 375 miles. Selle Anatomica solves that problem....
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    Jan Heine is probably the strongest proponent...

    Jan Heine is probably the strongest proponent both of 650Bx42 tires and of avoiding disk brakes because of the associated stiffness and harshness of the fork.

    I don't know how much more stiff a...
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