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    Also, what makes someone a "bicyclist"? Would one...

    Also, what makes someone a "bicyclist"? Would one have to purchase insurance per trip? Per mile? Only if one rides more than a certain number of days in a given month? Lots of people go out and...
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    I've found that on a long ride, lots of things...

    I've found that on a long ride, lots of things can manifest as sleepiness when they're really something else. Most notably, you probably need to keep munching while riding, even after a big meal at a...
  3. I've never owned a car, so I've never had to sell...

    I've never owned a car, so I've never had to sell one and can't help you there.

    But it sounds like you actually have a number of good options for getting to work, and you'll probably end up using...
  4. Around here we have a good number of shops that...

    Around here we have a good number of shops that cater more to people who want to bike but aren't interested in the sporty mentality - upright city bikes, cargo bikes, etc.
    But as far as a "slow...
  5. A couple of weeks ago they had a "rush hour race"...

    A couple of weeks ago they had a "rush hour race" event from somewhere or other in downtown Boston to Union Square in Somerville. It's only a one-time (well, I think maybe it's annual?) thing, so not...
  6. I've never had issues with a backpack; or for...

    I've never had issues with a backpack; or for that matter, a shopping bag from another store. If I bought something bulky and I want to go into another store that's small and doesn't have a lot of...
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    Rear racks are generally fairly standard, but I...

    Rear racks are generally fairly standard, but I do have two more specific recommendations: First, get one of the ones that has stays that curve out to the back instead of just going straight down in...
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    If you want simple and high-calorie, you can try...

    If you want simple and high-calorie, you can try chips and guacamole. It's a little harder to carry the chips (or crackers) without crushing them, but you can also find chips closer to your campsite...
  9. Thread: 300 km / day

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    The rest of the story is that she was a classmate...

    The rest of the story is that she was a classmate when I was in grad school in Karlsruhe, Germany. She was graduating and had always wanted to bike home to Bregenz, Austria but hadn't gotten around...
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    :lol: :lol: :lol: The Townies must've taken...

    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    The Townies must've taken the freewheels too...
  11. Thread: 300 km / day

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    For another perspective, one time I took a friend...

    For another perspective, one time I took a friend who had never ridden more than 60km at once on an almost-300km ride. She was a regular around-town cyclist and generally in decent shape, but wasn't...
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    I'm mostly of the opinion that a small change in...

    I'm mostly of the opinion that a small change in gearing makes fairly little difference in randonneuring. You have to get the same body to the top of the same hill either way and a difference of a...
  13. I'm also in the Boston area, and am happy to...

    I'm also in the Boston area, and am happy to answer specific questions via PM or whatever.

    For your left turn question, yes, you can make left turns from the left lane. It is done (I do it, so do...
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    How common are charging stations where you live?...

    How common are charging stations where you live? Could you drive to a charging station somewhere a few miles away from work, then bike in the rest of the way? It can be simple enough to just keep the...
  15. I can trackstand pretty well on any of my bikes...

    I can trackstand pretty well on any of my bikes (although on the geared ones I can't do it downhill much, obviously). I can trackstand no-hands on my fixies, as long as the ground isn't too far off...
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    I'm with you! NOT a morning person, never have...

    I'm with you! NOT a morning person, never have been, have always had a hard time getting to bed on time and getting up on time. If left to my own devices (in other words, without specific things I...
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    One thing to keep in mind about the BQ wind...

    One thing to keep in mind about the BQ wind tunnel test is that Jan Heine is a skinny guy, and IIRC the saddlebag he tested was the Carradice Nelson. The Nelson is quite wide and stuck out a good bit...
  18. Biking 30 mi each way is certainly possible for...

    Biking 30 mi each way is certainly possible for someone who likes riding and is motivated to do it. But to be clear about it, you're talking 2-3 hours each way (and for a new cyclist on whatever bike...
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    Hey, I was gonna post that! :lol:

    Hey, I was gonna post that! :lol:
  20. I've said this other places. But I'm a bit...

    I've said this other places. But I'm a bit skeptical of the motivation here, seeing as it's coming from a car company. Don't get me wrong, it's a cool product with potentially some cool uses. And I'm...
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    I like BDU's, which are made of sturdy material...

    I like BDU's, which are made of sturdy material (in a few choices), and have a reinforced butt. They take a lot longer to wear holes in than other pants, and if the outer layer gets a hole, at least...
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    I'd either stay where you are or move somewhat to...

    I'd either stay where you are or move somewhat to the left. But DO NOT move to the right. Not only do you want to make it clear you are not taking that righthand lane, you also want to discourage...
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    No, it's really not that complicated. You ask on...

    No, it's really not that complicated. You ask on a forum like this, and of course everyone comes up with all the ways it's complicated because that's what we do. ;)

    But it's not complicated. Get...
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    If you aren't used to riding on roads with cars,...

    If you aren't used to riding on roads with cars, that's OK. You will be soon. :) But you should look up the traffic laws in your state and locality that pertain to bicycles, so that you know what...
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    Like ThermionicScott said, look up the guidelines...

    Like ThermionicScott said, look up the guidelines for reflective gear on RUSA: Randonneurs USA. For those who don't know, RUSA sanctions long-distance, minimally-supported rides that often go all...
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