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  1. Thread: Bike cover advice?

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    Oh. That's your problem right there. It's...

    Oh. That's your problem right there. It's supposed to go "steel is real". :)

    As for fasteners and such, if there are still any old-school hardware stores the didn't get washed away, they're a...
  2. Thread: Bike cover advice?

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    Contrary to popular opinion, bicycles are outdoor...

    Contrary to popular opinion, bicycles are outdoor equipment, intended to be used out in the environment. They don't mind getting a little environment on them.

    Except perhaps the saddle,...
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    Works the same for me. Saw my first mental...

    Works the same for me.

    Saw my first mental health professional at age eight. For the next forty years I enriched several members of that profession, and a few drug companies, and finally, a few...
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    It really depends on you. I've found I like...

    It really depends on you.

    I've found I like having two commuter bikes. IN season, my rides are roughly split evenly between them, without necessarily planning it that way. I just go with what...
  5. Thread: Motivate

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    Speaking here only for myself, staying motivated...

    Speaking here only for myself, staying motivated for bike commuting isn't very much different than staying motivated for anything else.

    It's largely a matter of self-discipline. Once I learned...
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    Your eyes deceive you. I regularly haul gallons...

    Your eyes deceive you. I regularly haul gallons of milk in my commuting panniers, with room to spare. They're Ortleib Sport Packer Plus--the smaller of the two sizes made for the front. Of...
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    This explains why they don't use kitchen sponges...

    This explains why they don't use kitchen sponges in cycling shorts. You have a firm grasp of the obvious. ;)

    I'm not a cycling shorts technologist. If you're looking for someone to explain how...
  8. That's Phillipe Gilbert who wore the rainbow...

    That's Phillipe Gilbert who wore the rainbow jersey in 2013 after wining the world championship in September 2012.
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    No, you're not speaking only for yourself there....

    No, you're not speaking only for yourself there.

    I've often described my Litespeed as a prosthetic. My brain extends my body map to it instantly and instinctively, as if compensating for a birth...
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    We're saying the same thing, but using different...

    We're saying the same thing, but using different meanings of the word stage.

    Yes, Onoda did beat Imaizumi to the top of Minegayama to claim the polka-dot jersey, and he abandoned the race there...
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    N+1 in and of itself isn't a bad thing. I enjoy...

    N+1 in and of itself isn't a bad thing. I enjoy tremendously having a "fast road bike" in addition to my commuters. I can't imagine not having it for the joy and change of pace it brings.

    But,...
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    Back to the OP's question. The difference...

    Back to the OP's question.

    The difference between my heaviest and least aerodynamic bike (especially with full panniers) and my lightest most aerodynamic bike is 5% over an hour at a cost of...
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    I suppose too that it depends on what you call a...

    I suppose too that it depends on what you call a fast group ride.

    I've never been on any group ride of any sort that didn't have to stop at intersections and such. All but the slowest riders in...
  14. Depends on who (or what) I'm drafting. In the...

    Depends on who (or what) I'm drafting. In the best of circumstances, six inches is about the extent of my comfort zone. Drafting vehicles, about six feet.
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    The only complaint I've ever heard from an actual...

    The only complaint I've ever heard from an actual owner of a Surly CrossCheck--or any Surly for that matter--is that they're jam-packed with extra gravity. It's as if Surly thinks extra mass is a...
  16. Thread: Max Heart Rate

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    Wear two HRM straps. Oh wait. That works for...

    Wear two HRM straps.

    Oh wait. That works for spoke magnets. Never mind. ;)
  17. Following up, as for "comfort", that's a matter...

    Following up, as for "comfort", that's a matter of personal preference more than anything else.

    First, the Magic Marketing Machine ginned up the "endurance" category to solve the problem of...
  18. Bear in mind that in cycling, there are a lot of...

    Bear in mind that in cycling, there are a lot of marketing claims that may occasionally apply only to professionals in controlled conditions. And then only when viewed through the Magic Magnifying...
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    There's a guy on my commute who does the same...

    There's a guy on my commute who does the same thing--flashing white on the back(pack). He's from China, so I figured it was a communist thing.

    As for a backwards bike light, wouldn't that be...
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    Drat. I had my hopes up there for a minute that...

    Drat. I had my hopes up there for a minute that maybe we could trade co-workers.

    I have one I'd like to trade, if there are any takers. Odd too.


    As for the actual topic, my default answer...
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    Age does protect you from stupid, but it doesn't...

    Age does protect you from stupid, but it doesn't protect you from hubris.
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    The worst thing is having to stop riding at work....

    The worst thing is having to stop riding at work.

    Second worst is meeting touring riders along the way (Adventure Cycling's Northern Tier route uses much of my route) knowing I can't ride off into...
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    I run the 35mm SKS P-35 Chromoplastics Longboards...

    I run the 35mm SKS P-35 Chromoplastics Longboards over 28mm tires in the three seasons. The 45mm ones go over my 35mm snow tires in winter. I like that the front longboard hangs to so close to the...
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    If you're expecting the bike to do all the work...

    If you're expecting the bike to do all the work for you in evening-out the ride, then don't buy a road bike.

    Road bikes require participation on the part of the rider. You need to lift yourself...
  25. Did someone say NY winters? ;) ...

    Did someone say NY winters? ;)

    http://www.brucew.com/images/portland/me_portland_snow_work-sized.jpg
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