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    OK, I'll bite. Which cog is the chain on, and...

    OK, I'll bite. Which cog is the chain on, and why?
  2. Clipless or platform pedals is a personal choice....

    Clipless or platform pedals is a personal choice. I prefer clipless so my feet stay attached to the bike when riding at a high cadence. (The alternative, feet flying off the pedals, can be...
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    I don't know of any rims made in the last 20...

    I don't know of any rims made in the last 20 years that are steel (although there may be some I don't know of!). Aluminum rims won't rust.

    It is really neat, though, to find a long, steep...
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    I've had up to 700Cx37 tires on my Randonee,...

    I've had up to 700Cx37 tires on my Randonee, although over the years I've gradually moved to 32s. It's a bit compromised on deep mud or 2" gravel, but I don't really enjoy riding either of those.
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    Something doesn't add up. Are you sure you don't...

    Something doesn't add up. Are you sure you don't mean your bike with panniers weighs 50 pounds? You can gripe a little bit about that weight, but if you carry a textbook or two and a heavy lock, 17...
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    +1 Is the effective top tube on the...

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    Is the effective top tube on the Crosscheck as stretched as it is on the LHT? I've heard unpleasant things about women trying to ride the LHT because of the fit.
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    I've nicknamed my Garmin "Goofy" for its habit of...

    I've nicknamed my Garmin "Goofy" for its habit of beeping every time there's a dirt road or farm driveway, to warn me not to go that way. (Really? I'm too stupid to follow the yellow line down the...
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    You've said "no" to a computer, but if you were...

    You've said "no" to a computer, but if you were to take a netbook, you could have everything backed up on the netbook drive. Add in a couple thumb drives, and you could mail those back home weekl...
  9. This changes things. You'll want to leave from...

    This changes things. You'll want to leave from the west (SFO) to get out of the Sierras and Rockies while the passes are, well, passable. If you were going southeast from LAX or San Diego, it's a...
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    underhausen the randonneur -- you'd have to...

    underhausen the randonneur -- you'd have to commute to, what, Harrisburg to get a training effect?

    :)
  11. Thread: Back-Up Bike

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    Is it better to get a backup bike that's about as...

    Is it better to get a backup bike that's about as good as the primary bike, or do you want a junker?

    If you have two bikes that are similar, when one needs fixing you'll ride the other one. Until...
  12. Aye. I ride faster than some, slower than many,...

    Aye. I ride faster than some, slower than many, but if there's something I need to stop for, I focus on stopping. Even though I can't do a track stand, there's a second or two after I stop that I...
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    I've slowed down this spring because of work,...

    I've slowed down this spring because of work, other commitments, and a short illness. But overall, I'm not sure my speed has increased much, if at all. Nowadays, I use most of my commutes as...
  14. I'd suggest selling the Fuji (to someone who...

    I'd suggest selling the Fuji (to someone who appreciates it), and buying whatever you think a "city bike" is. By the time you buy new bars and brake levers, you'd be close to breaking even on the...
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    And see if you can get a bike-mounted Hellfire to...

    And see if you can get a bike-mounted Hellfire to take out 007 in front of you.
  16. That's good news; I was worried because I...

    That's good news; I was worried because I couldn't find them on Speedplay's site last week.

    And you're only going to buy the cleats I don't get first!
    :D
  17. I've got one of each (Fuji Touring and...

    I've got one of each (Fuji Touring and Randonnee), and they both work well.

    Plan on retensioning and stress relieving the wheels on either. They'll work fine once they're set up right.
  18. I've used Speedplay Frogs for some 15 years, so...

    I've used Speedplay Frogs for some 15 years, so that would have been my suggestion. But it looks like they're going to be discontinued (and just after I bought $100 of bearings to keep rebuilding...
  19. Thread: hills vs. rpms

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    Get a lower gear on the bike or use the lower...

    Get a lower gear on the bike or use the lower gear on your feet.

    To answer some other posters, yes, 20%. There's a fair few of those on the TransAmerica trail in Kentucky. (Use Shoe-Goo early...
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    Sometimes, all you can do is pray.

    Sometimes, all you can do is pray.
  21. I rode up from Jackson Lake to West Thumb in the...

    I rode up from Jackson Lake to West Thumb in the summer of 2009. They were doing road reconstruction; we rode to the head of the line, "sprinted" (riding loaded bikes uphill??) past the equipment,...
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    You forgot to mention how much fun it is to ride...

    You forgot to mention how much fun it is to ride your bike twice a day.

    OK, you've sunk two car payments (more or less) into bike commuting. Call half of that hobby cost (you could be sitting in...
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    Pull the badge that you need to get through the...

    Pull the badge that you need to get through the gate off the pack of other stuff and put it in the jersey pocket. Choose the one that's not under the messenger bag. The badge is plastic, and doesn't...
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    Bilenky has a package deal with the backpack case...

    Bilenky has a package deal with the backpack case -- case, tube covers, couplers, and wrench for $340, if you need all of those. You might want to add the compression struts (they're useful with the...
  25. These "trails" were generated and are defined by...

    These "trails" were generated and are defined by Adventure Cycling. For the most part there are no markings. You can join ACA and download the .gpx files, but I strongly recommend buying the maps. ...
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