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  1. I actually have two bikes with those exact setups...

    I actually have two bikes with those exact setups in the other room. What do you know? :)

    The 10-speed DI2 is very nice. I had it on two bikes. I still have the 10-speed Ultegra Di2 on one of the...
  2. Well, not everybody lives in the same places or...

    Well, not everybody lives in the same places or rides the same terrain. It would be extremely rare for me not to use the 11 cog at least once on a ride. With a 50 large chain ring, I can generally...
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    On Bike Virginia a couple of weeks ago I broke...

    On Bike Virginia a couple of weeks ago I broke the flange of a Zipp rear hub, which left one spoke with nowhere to connect. I had the mechanic zip tie the spoke so it wouldn't wander, and then he...
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    If that's where I think it is, Bike Virginia just...

    If that's where I think it is, Bike Virginia just went through there last week. You might want to check out some of their routes on bikevirginia.org.

    I did the long, steep ride up Whitetop...
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    Sticky: Last day of Bike Virginia was misty and coolish,...

    Last day of Bike Virginia was misty and coolish, but quite pleasant. Finished up with 60 miles or so. Pretty good week of riding. I wish I could figure out the issues with my rear-end pain. On some...
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    Good work!

    Good work!
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    Sticky: Bike Virginia Day 5. 100 miles of moderate...

    Bike Virginia Day 5. 100 miles of moderate rollers with only a few longer hills. Gimpy hub held up. One more day to go.
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    Sticky: Bike Virginia Day 4. 64 miles, only 3K of...

    Bike Virginia Day 4. 64 miles, only 3K of climbing, so relatively flat with a few minor rollers. Beautiful country mostly riding alongside the river.

    Cracked the flange of the rear hub and lost...
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    Many times. The approaches to the Blue Ridge...

    Many times. The approaches to the Blue Ridge Mountains can be very, very steep.
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    Sticky: Bike Virginia, Day 3. I was really beat up after...

    Bike Virginia, Day 3. I was really beat up after yesterday's 108 mile ride, so i skipped the extra route section today, and ended up with 46 miles. In all the years I've done BV I don't think I've...
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    Sticky: Day 2 of Bike Virginia, in Abingdon. Got 108...

    Day 2 of Bike Virginia, in Abingdon. Got 108 miles, probably 7.5K of climbing. Can't tell because my Garmin goes funky in the rain. And we had a lot of rain, on and off mostly for the bulk of the...
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    Sticky: Bike Virginia started on Friday. First day's ride...

    Bike Virginia started on Friday. First day's ride was only 24 miles. Since it was kind of on the way, I detoured over to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and picked up from where I left off a couple of weeks...
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    Sticky: 27 miles on the Diverge trying to stitch together...

    27 miles on the Diverge trying to stitch together a ride on some of the beautiful gravel roads around here. Had to cut the ride sort, as the bike developed a terrible grinding noise from the bottom...
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    Sticky: First day of vacation, and got off to a good...

    First day of vacation, and got off to a good start. Heat and humidity finally backed off, so the day was just about perfect. 70 miles, 5.5k of elevation gain in the usual Shenandoah Valley locations.
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    Sticky: Well, I'm an early riser, and I actually enjoy a...

    Well, I'm an early riser, and I actually enjoy a little road trip listening to podcasts. So it was about a 2 hour drive to the start. I spent about 8 hours on the bike, and about 7.5 of that was...
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    Sticky: 104 miles, 8.9K of climbing on the Blue Ridge...

    104 miles, 8.9K of climbing on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I'm trying to cover more of the parkway further south, but now it's getting a little far to drive in one day, so next time I'll probably need to...
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    Sticky: Hit up the Blue Ridge Parkway an hour before...

    Hit up the Blue Ridge Parkway an hour before first light, and did the Thunder Ridge Climb. Amazing ride in the dark (with lights of course) and absolutely no traffic, watching the sun come up over...
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    Ha, my 80-year-old dad spends the winter in Yuma,...

    Ha, my 80-year-old dad spends the winter in Yuma, then heads back to Idaho for the summer.

    Don't worry though, he's a good driver ;)
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    I don't know about the area around Cherokee, but...

    I don't know about the area around Cherokee, but I've ridden all of the parkway in VA, plus Skyline Drive which has similar traffic. I think the parkway is pretty much the next thing up in the...
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    Sticky: 40 miles in the heat an humidity. But it was all...

    40 miles in the heat an humidity. But it was all before work, so that was nice. Have to ride in the morning to miss the afternoon thunderstorms this time of year. Got soaked on my ride the night...
  21. Depends on where you ride. I did a century in the...

    Depends on where you ride. I did a century in the Allegheny Highlands of VA on Saturday, and as far as I can tell didn't have cell service at all once I got five miles out of town.
  22. You may be interested in the story of David Carr,...

    You may be interested in the story of David Carr, the well-known NY Times writer, who died recently. He battled crack addition, and wrote movingly about his recovery, part of which included cycling:...
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    If it matters to you, sometimes on a subsequent...

    If it matters to you, sometimes on a subsequent event, or even just riding around in "real life", an event jersey can be a conversation starter. "Oh, I did that ride", or "I always wanted to Ride the...
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    Sticky: 99 miles on the inaugural Warm Springs Mountain...

    99 miles on the inaugural Warm Springs Mountain Challenge out of Warm/Hot Springs VA in Bath County. 8.4K of climbing. The turnout was pretty small. I think less than 10 people did the century. That...
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    Sticky: 40 miles in the noonday sun, and I'm neither mad...

    40 miles in the noonday sun, and I'm neither mad nor English.
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