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    The "good legs" part of the year

    I've noticed that every year by about mid-July or so I reach a level of fitness where the legs feel reliably powerful. Longer climbs aren't painful anymore. I can gun it for a 10 km stretch with the...
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    Computing 101 for the second decade of this...

    Computing 101 for the second decade of this century:

    1. Download and install a free torrent program, such as this one: ?Torrent® (uTorrent) - a (very) tiny BitTorrent client.
    2. Go to...
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    Cyclingtorrents.nl.

    Cyclingtorrents.nl.
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    Yep. Since getting into this hobby I've become...

    Yep. Since getting into this hobby I've become impassioned by building bikes, repairs and maintenance almost as much as with the riding itself, and I happily buy whatever tools I feel I need,...
  5. Whoa, this is unbelievable. The idiocy and denial...

    Whoa, this is unbelievable. The idiocy and denial of the slavery apologists in this thread are frankly disgusting. "States' rights"? "Christian nation?" Jesus phaquing Christ, what putrid bilge...
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    Happiness is enjoying the delightful fact that...

    Happiness is enjoying the delightful fact that just 7 km into my ride I (often) reach a place of literal and emotional and/or spiritual harmony.
    ...
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    I download the day's race from cyclingtorrents.nl...

    I download the day's race from cyclingtorrents.nl and watch it in the evenings.
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    This thread starts up every year on this forum,...

    This thread starts up every year on this forum, and every year I wonder why on earth anyone (who speaks English) would watch anything other than Eurosport. It defies logic. I could listen to Carlton...
  9. D'oh! And I like to think of myself as...

    D'oh! And I like to think of myself as language-savvy.

    Let me slink off in embarrassment and shame...
  10. Without a doubt. My uncle Fred is in his sixties....

    Without a doubt. My uncle Fred is in his sixties. I'm quite certain BF wasn't around when he was born.
  11. Is BF starting to influence the culture at large?

    Because I saw this in a local cafe:

    http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/rousseau1901/freddoccino_2015-07-06_zpsqh0l9nax.jpg~original

    If people without accounts on bikeforums.net start using...
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    I know we're a couple days in already, but I...

    I know we're a couple days in already, but I thought this was a well done and very entertaining preview of the race:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0382IniiwI
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    The original pavements/sidewalks were paved with...

    The original pavements/sidewalks were paved with stones. Hence the term "pavement." Wooden sidewalks were a pioneer phenomenon in new villages and towns, and were not as common as pavements,...
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    Pavements were originally along the shopfronts at...

    Pavements were originally along the shopfronts at the side of the roads to allow people to walk along the shop and houses without getting muddy on the roads, which were dirt and reserved for horses...
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    And I must be bored, because I'm responding...

    And I must be bored, because I'm responding to...what? You think I'm "trying" to prove that most English-speaking people in the world use the term "pavement" instead of "sidewalk"?

    First page of...
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    Certainly they might know what they are. But...

    Certainly they might know what they are. But that's not the conventional terminology.

    More googling:

    site:timesofindia.indiatimes.com "sidewalks" -- 1,710 results...
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    Off-topic, but what a bizarre thing to say....

    Off-topic, but what a bizarre thing to say. Canada and the U.S. total about 355 million native English speakers (with most of Quebec the obvious exception).

    The UK, Australia, New Zealand,...
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    Only in American and Canadian English are...

    Only in American and Canadian English are pavements or footpaths called "sidewalks."
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    "There is no excuse for running red lights (or...

    "There is no excuse for running red lights (or riding on pavements)."

    It was merely an aside. People do that all the time.

    "On my honour, I will never eat Mars Bars as long as I live (nor...
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    Huh? Obviously "the pavements" is where people...

    Huh? Obviously "the pavements" is where people walk at the side of the road, i.e. "sidewalks" in North America. Pavement = sidewalk. The first streets were paved on the sides where people walk, and...
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    No negativity for me tonight. Too happy.

    No negativity for me tonight. Too happy.
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    Happiness is...

    ...spending 2 1/2 hours on a bike on a peaceful Friday evening in the summer in the countryside. Not even a spoke breaking ten minutes into the ride, sending me back home to switch to a backup wheel...
  23. All posting on bikeforums.net is a cry for help.

    All posting on bikeforums.net is a cry for help.
  24. Yes. Yes, I do. I do the "kissing noise" with...

    Yes. Yes, I do. I do the "kissing noise" with puckered up lips to the cows and horses. Sometimes it gives them a scare, and they scamper away from the edge of the field where I go past them. I hope...
  25. What the hell? Are you talking about failed...

    What the hell? Are you talking about failed states like Afghanistan or Somalia?
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