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    I think the worst was the state trooper with a "3...

    I think the worst was the state trooper with a "3 feet" bumper sticker passing the guy in front of me and almost scraping him into the guard rail with his rear bumper...
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    We have a couple of events (plus graduation!)...

    We have a couple of events (plus graduation!) that narrow my favorite street to one lane home-bound for 3-4 work days at a time. I've got another route I use if I remember about them that adds about...
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    Nobody can really answer that for you. It's a...

    Nobody can really answer that for you. It's a question of how often you plan to swap tires, and what your financial situation is. If your last name is Trump, Gates, or Koch, buy another bike --...
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    I think the only way to make sure you have enough...

    I think the only way to make sure you have enough tubes to fix all the flats on a long ride is to carry N+1 (just like how many bikes you should have!). If you have one tube, Murphy's law says...
  5. Like 400, I suspect the brakes. Have you tried...

    Like 400, I suspect the brakes. Have you tried sanding the brake pad surfaces to get rid of any glazing?
  6. Spoke threading machines are really neat tools,...

    Spoke threading machines are really neat tools, so if you're a toolie, you'll want one.

    They can be very useful.

    They definitely are very expensive.

    If you go to your LBS, you can probably...
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    The biggest reason I can think of to take the...

    The biggest reason I can think of to take the touring bike is that it might have lower gears, and you might be going to a ride with steep, long grades. If you can handle the worst hills on the tour...
  8. Unless you don't like what you're using, go with...

    Unless you don't like what you're using, go with what you know.
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    I'm a little above your weight, but I usually...

    I'm a little above your weight, but I usually pump my 28s up to about 95 psi rear, 90-95 psi front. 32s I'll usually go 85-90 rear, 80-85 front. That's about as low as I can go without noticing...
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    I'd go with the one that fitted my head best. In...

    I'd go with the one that fitted my head best. In most stores, there's only one that really does fit well, and that's if I'm lucky.

    If there are two or more that both fit well, take your pick of...
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    I've got to ask, how heavy is the nurse?

    I've got to ask, how heavy is the nurse?
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    When the chain wears out past a certain point, it...

    When the chain wears out past a certain point, it wears the cogs on the cassette. A new chain then won't mesh smoothly with the cogs, so the chain will jump and skip. At 2000 km, I doubt you'll...
  13. That 10% is about one more gear. It won't...

    That 10% is about one more gear. It won't guarantee you'll never have to get off and walk (there's always steeper hills!), but it'll make it a little easier.

    BTW, I know some IGH have minimum...
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    Pull out a ruler and find out! If 12 links are...

    Pull out a ruler and find out! If 12 links are less than 12 1/16", you're fine; if it's over 12 1/8", you'll probably need to replace the cassette.
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    Well, there is no puncture proof tire on the...

    Well, there is no puncture proof tire on the market that I know of right now. But before Mr. Dunlop invented pneumatic tires (tyres?), you could ride solid rubber tires which were puncture proof. ...
  16. And remember to keep a look out for those clouds...

    And remember to keep a look out for those clouds so you can shut your mouth!
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    There's a big difference between billboard and...

    There's a big difference between billboard and subtle logos, IMHO. As noted, Performance house-brand stuff has subtle logos. Black bike shorts, if you wear them long enough, the logo will often...
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    Interestingly, the feds decided a couple years...

    Interestingly, the feds decided a couple years ago that the "helmets prevent 85% of head injuries" claim was indefensible: Feds Withdraw Claim That Bike Helmets Are 85 Percent Effective | Washington...
  19. It's probably going to be expensive to change to...

    It's probably going to be expensive to change to drop bars, and you're not used to them. Clipless pedals take a little while to get used to, I wouldn't do that right before a tour.

    If you've...
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    tttja, you may as well ask random people on the...

    tttja, you may as well ask random people on the internet (for instance, those at bikeforums.net) what clothes will not make your butt look big.

    You have a saddle that's not comfortable for...
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    The big bugaboo is leaving water in bottles. If...

    The big bugaboo is leaving water in bottles. If you dry them (as best you can) after every use, most bike bottles don't taste like plastic.

    In the summer I prefer insulated bottles (keeps water...
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    Sweating heavily. It pretty much stopped...

    Sweating heavily.

    It pretty much stopped raining here a month ago, and I was a bit disappointed Bill went north. But since the fendered bikes have everything I need on them, I'm still riding them.
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    That's still pretty broad, so I'll toss out some...

    That's still pretty broad, so I'll toss out some general ideas and maybe you can tailor one of them. There aren't may roads over the NC/TN state line.

    This guy has figured out some fairly good...
  24. Is there something similar (maybe electronic)...

    Is there something similar (maybe electronic) that works for most men?

    ;)
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    When I took my commuter to an after work ride, it...

    When I took my commuter to an after work ride, it stood out. But what made it different was what made it functional for commuting: fenders for wet roads, wider/heavier tires for better traction on...
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