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    You're missing more expense, bulk, weight, and...

    You're missing more expense, bulk, weight, and complexity for a benefit most riders don't care about.

    - Mark
  2. Simple bluetooth earpiece for GPS directions

    Hi, I'm looking for an inexpensive, simple, lightweight, bluetooth, single-ear earpiece for getting GPS directions from my phone while cycling. No music, no stereo, just want to be able to hear the...
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    You're confusing a simple loss of traction due to...

    You're confusing a simple loss of traction due to a slipperly surface with hydroplaning. The key thing about hydroplaning is that you have to be going at a speed where the water between the tire and...
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    Look up hydroplaning. What you're talking about...

    Look up hydroplaning. What you're talking about is not it.

    - Mark
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    Most folks can ride 1:1 gears at around 2-3 mph...

    Most folks can ride 1:1 gears at around 2-3 mph without issue. I'm 62-yo and no poster-child for bike handling and have no difficulty "staying upright" pedaling a 34/36 on 15% grades or so. They...
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    What the previous person said. Screw anyone...

    What the previous person said. Screw anyone telling you that any gearing is "good enough for me so good enough for you". It all comes down to personal preference and you should do whatever makes...
  7. You'll have a blast. You couldn't ask for...

    You'll have a blast. You couldn't ask for something much more different than FL.

    - Mark
  8. I've motorcycled around Lake Tahoe a few times...

    I've motorcycled around Lake Tahoe a few times and the traffic is unreal. I actively avoid this route. I echo the comments that is is very scenic, but the road itself is badly overloaded and...
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    This sounds good, but makes no sense without a...

    This sounds good, but makes no sense without a statistical context. You may be looking at numbers that say that to reduce your risk of dying due to prostate cancer by 10%, you have a 2% risk of...
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    Sorry John, but I don't think you have any data...

    Sorry John, but I don't think you have any data basis whatsoever to say this. If this were true, than why does study after study show no decrease in overall morbidity for populations doing PSA...
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    But the biopsy isn't a benign procedure and it...

    But the biopsy isn't a benign procedure and it also has a high risk of false positives.

    The question of whether to do a PSA test and what to do with the results is not a "one size fits all"...
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    I'm sure you're aware of this, but PSA tests are...

    I'm sure you're aware of this, but PSA tests are extremely controversial. The data is quite clear that for every single aggressive cancer brought to light by a PSA test, many (some data indicates...
  13. What I see as your biggest problems are...

    What I see as your biggest problems are overplanning and undertesting. You've got a lot of interesting ideas of how to do a tour like this, but until you put it all together on the road day after...
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    You probably know this, but just in case, you...

    You probably know this, but just in case, you realize that the right side (which goes on first) is reverse-threaded?

    - Mark
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    True, but I think we're all anticipating that...

    True, but I think we're all anticipating that even when turning in the right direction, common everyday hand tools (such as a big crescent wrench) often don't work very well in this application, so...
  16. We either have a joke or an early candidate for...

    We either have a joke or an early candidate for 2015's Darwin Award.

    - Mark
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    There's one school of thought that unless you're...

    There's one school of thought that unless you're replacing the BB (e.g., just regreasing), leave the fixed cup alone. There are many tricks and a few special tools designed to help remove it - I...
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    Hope you heal well. Get into PT as soon as your...

    Hope you heal well. Get into PT as soon as your doctor and pain allows and stick with it religiously. I think the statistic is that every 4K steps (I think I got this from a Bill Bryson book) of a...
  19. This makes sense, but then multiple sources on...

    This makes sense, but then multiple sources on the net that all say that SRAM road group 10- and 11-speed shifter cable pulls are identical must all be wrong.

    - Mark
  20. That's not what SRAM says. From their own...

    That's not what SRAM says. From their own documents, "Upgrading to CX1 on your existing SRAM-equipped cyclocross bike can be as simple as replacing your chainring and rear derailleur. The chainring...
  21. Well, I come back to my original question. If...

    Well, I come back to my original question. If the cog spacing is different on a 11-sp vs. a 10-, how can the same RD and same shifters work correctly on both? I must be missing something.

    - Mark
  22. Thanks for your reply. I guess I'm confused...

    Thanks for your reply. I guess I'm confused about 10- vs. 11-speed cog spacing. I thought the extra gear was achieved through narrower cog spacing, but it sounds like the extra cog is just stacked...
  23. SRAM Conversion to CX1 - 10 speed vs. 11 speed

    Hi, I'm thinking of converting my CX bike with SRAM Rival 2x10 drivetrain to their new CX1 1x10 or 1x11 drivetrains. SRAM's document on the conversion says that if I keep it as a 10-speed, I can...
  24. I did a little checking and found that the list...

    I did a little checking and found that the list price of your LHT in 2008 was $1048, so apples-to-apples, that's a $252 increase or, if you do the math, about 3.7% per year increase. And Surly bikes...
  25. The first thing to check is, of course, the...

    The first thing to check is, of course, the adjustment of the RD high gear limit screw. If the cable tension is slack, then this screw should allow the RD to move far enough to drop down to the...
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