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    I don't have the patience to read all these...

    I don't have the patience to read all these replies, but let me condense what I've learned in 45 years of cycling:
    You WILL have flats. You will. I've had nine on a century and three on my 25-mile...
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    A quick comment, based on your more recent post...

    A quick comment, based on your more recent post on spirituality and meds: I don't mean to question anyone else's beliefs, but "spirituality" (often code for "religion") plays no part in my life. I...
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    One thing I'd add is to keep it fun. I have some...

    One thing I'd add is to keep it fun. I have some family experience with depression, and from what I've observed (which may not apply to you), motivation can be a problem. If you're feeling down and...
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    I'll always go for the fatter tires, for...

    I'll always go for the fatter tires, for stability and comfort. The speed and weight penalties are overrated, I think. I've done the same 25-mile RT commute 75-100 times a year for 30 years, on...
  5. At least for me, blood thinners have been...

    At least for me, blood thinners have been imperceptible--I've been on warfarin for 25 years, ridden up to 4000 mi/yr with no problems. You will bruise amazingly if you fall, but I've never had...
  6. I had a grade 1 sep seven or eight years ago,...

    I had a grade 1 sep seven or eight years ago, also from a crash. Surprisingly there was little pain (except for the crash, which hurt like hell), and I recovered completely without surgery in...two...
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    I've ridden for more than 40 years, up to 4000...

    I've ridden for more than 40 years, up to 4000 miles a year, mostly in T-shirts, whatever cheap shorts I found on sale and old-school touring shoes I bought four pairs of when clipless pedals came in...
  8. Another vote for the doctor. I had similar...

    Another vote for the doctor. I had similar symptoms as a well-conditioned runner many years ago, and an EKG found that I was in atrial fibrillation. It's dangerous if not treated, but I've had no...
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    It's an intelligence test. A lot of you failed.

    It's an intelligence test. A lot of you failed.
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    I'm a pedestrian, a driver and a cyclist for more...

    I'm a pedestrian, a driver and a cyclist for more than 40 years, and this attitude sums up precisely why so many people hate cyclists. If you're riding a bike and NOT watching out for cars,...
  11. This is pretty much it, in my experience. If...

    This is pretty much it, in my experience. If you're going to fret and suffer until you get one, go ahead. But it won't make you faster.
    On a related topic, I'm surprised how many people have...
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    You will feel the difference, I'm sure. But if...

    You will feel the difference, I'm sure. But if you're even a little serious about cycling, don't assume you won't use the crank puller again. There's no substitute for them, and they only cost, what,...
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    Everybody's too fat for this sport. I read...

    Everybody's too fat for this sport. I read recently that nobody in the TdF weighed more than one kilogram (2.2 lbs) per inch of height, and most are at 2 pounds. I'm 6'4", in reasonable shape, and I...
  14. I have 46-36-26 triples on both my road bikes,...

    I have 46-36-26 triples on both my road bikes, and it's perfect for an old slow guy who lives in the Sierra Nevada. If I ever have to replace one, I'll probably try about a 48-34 double, but just...
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    Who doesn't?

    Who doesn't?
  16. Thread: Blow outs

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    It happens. A front blowout is harder to control...

    It happens. A front blowout is harder to control than one in the rear, and if it happens, you might go over the bars. Most of us have probably done it at one time or another. You can reduce the...
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    Jesus Christ....

    Jesus Christ....
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    I'd be embarrassed to ask anyone to fix my flat.

    I'd be embarrassed to ask anyone to fix my flat.
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    As a bonus, you've learned an important lesson...

    As a bonus, you've learned an important lesson about parenting, something my father told me when my son was born in 1980: never give the baby the keys.
  20. Thread: Sugru

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    Duplicate post...sorry

    Duplicate post...sorry
  21. Thread: Sugru

    by Velo Dog
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    Somebody gave me a sample pack of sugru for...

    Somebody gave me a sample pack of sugru for Christmas, and I've used it for several low-stress jobs, little feet and replacing pushbuttons and reinforcing computer cables. Works great for that.
    I...
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    It's pretty hard even to be civil to somebody who...

    It's pretty hard even to be civil to somebody who complains about two flats in a summer. If you lived here in thorn country, you'd have two or three a week/150 miles. Our goatheads laugh at your...
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    I have myasthenia gravis, not PD, but some of the...

    I have myasthenia gravis, not PD, but some of the early symptoms, at least, are similar, and I had similar concerns. I spent three months in the hospital in 2011, and came home in a wheelchair. The...
  24. Those are valid points theoretically. As a...

    Those are valid points theoretically. As a practical matter, though, I rotated tires for years when I was a poor college student and new father, and I never had any trouble. Obviously you don't want...
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    I've been riding since 1970; I've tried about...

    I've been riding since 1970; I've tried about everything there is. I was using Armadillos when I had the nine-flat century. Pasela TGs are probably the best combination of toughness and feel I've had...
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