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    I use an Excel spreadsheet and gmap-pedometer to...

    I use an Excel spreadsheet and gmap-pedometer to track my mileage. I don't do anything practical with this info like tracking component wear, though My reasons are:

    1) I like numbers; it's fun to...
  2. Thread: City Bike? Why?

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    Well, first of all different people mean...

    Well, first of all different people mean different things by "city bike". Batavus and Cannondale Bad Boy are both marketed as city/urban bikes. In general, though, city bikes are designed to travel...
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    The tide is turning! :D Getting to that...

    The tide is turning! :D

    Getting to that critical mass of cyclists will do far more to improve cycling conditions than angry confrontations with motorists ever will, and that's a much more...
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    I used to quite a bit. I would chase the drivers...

    I used to quite a bit. I would chase the drivers to catch them at lights; I would get into arguments; I once threw my bike in front of a car to block the driver from driving away and so we could...
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    Well, congratulations. It's not the fanciest bike...

    Well, congratulations. It's not the fanciest bike in the world, but you could certainly do a lot worse. It sounds as though you're pleased with it, which is the most important thing. How far is your...
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    My girlfriend had a very similar thing: a viral...

    My girlfriend had a very similar thing: a viral inner ear infection that caused dizziness, vertigo etc. Had to take a week off work, several weeks off biking, and several months off flying (she was...
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    I learned a lot of things about bike commuting by...

    I learned a lot of things about bike commuting by jumping onto the BSO I had and commuting. I did eventually figure things out, but I wish I'd done many things differently. Would have saved my a lot...
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    Some fabrics certainly fare better when rubbed on...

    Some fabrics certainly fare better when rubbed on saddles than others; corduroy does tend wear really fast. Plain cotton is not all that durable either, based on my experience.
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    I will attest to the fact that even with shorter...

    I will attest to the fact that even with shorter commutes, like the OP's, pants can get destroyed in no time. My partner only rides about 20 miles per week, and she recently noticed that a pair of...
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    Luckily, I won't say the same about experienced...

    Luckily, I won't say the same about experienced urban riders I know. But to a large degree it's just that, luck.

    I know some people will make a snide remark about how an "experienced" urban rider...
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    Ouch! Wishing you a speedy recovery! Though you...

    Ouch! Wishing you a speedy recovery! Though you have to be off the bike for three months, you'll still have half a year to ride after that, so your whole year of commuting is not ruined! :)
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    I think many cyclists think of these as two...

    I think many cyclists think of these as two distinct categories: a commuter and a "beater"/errand-running. Commuting is between home and work, and in the OPs case both are secure locations, so the...
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    If you can afford it, and you're going to ride it...

    If you can afford it, and you're going to ride it - then go for it. Bikes are meant to be ridden, and it's better to ride the bike of your dreams rather than only dream about it while you're pedaling...
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    So, an update 8 years later. I have now added New...

    So, an update 8 years later. I have now added New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Florida and Buenos Aires to the list. Not that much, but it's slowly growing. :)
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    I know you're not necessarily looking for CL...

    I know you're not necessarily looking for CL suggestions, but I can't resist the temptation of looking at used bike listings, hence:

    Scott CrossComp Cyclocross Bike 53cm - If this fits, and you...
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    Looking at the specs, I wouldn't call De Sol...

    Looking at the specs, I wouldn't call De Sol Campus that much of an upgrade, exactly...
  17. That's a respectable distance! Through GTA's...

    That's a respectable distance! Through GTA's glorious urban sprawl! :D At least looks like most of it can be done on secondary roads.


    I don't have to deal with motor vehicle traffic. Pedestrian...
  18. A Devinci performance hybrid (no model name,...

    A Devinci performance hybrid (no model name, since I bought it from a bike touring company, so the touring company name is on the frame). That's my primary bike: it's fast enough to make riding fun,...
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    Unfortunately, college campuses are hotbeds of...

    Unfortunately, college campuses are hotbeds of bike theft. I had a beater stolen at a campus myself, though that was overnight and it was locked with a really cheap crap lock.

    Riding a bike to...
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    What are you hoping to get out of the upgrade,...

    What are you hoping to get out of the upgrade, other than smoother travel over bumps? Or are you just looking for a new toy? (Not that that's not a valid reason! :))

    If you are looking for...
  21. We are a helpful bunch. But you realize we are...

    We are a helpful bunch. But you realize we are not doing this for free, right? YOU OWE US PHOTOS. Once you buy the bike, you better show us what you've got! :D
  22. Right now it's temporarily in Charlottetown, PEI,...

    Right now it's temporarily in Charlottetown, PEI, but for the last few years it's been 10 km on the Martin Goodman between south Etobicoke to the foot of Bathurst. Sounds like a commuter's dream, but...
  23. 15 miles a week is a very short commute. You can...

    15 miles a week is a very short commute. You can do it on pretty much any bike. I would recommend getting a bike that would be most suitable for mountain biking, or whatever other type of riding you...
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    Online Course from LAB. Registration required,...

    Online Course from LAB. Registration required, but it's free.

    Traffic Skills 101 .:. Course Introduction .:. League of American Bicycles Online Education
  25. Before bed tends to work well. It subconsciously...

    Before bed tends to work well. It subconsciously prepares your mind for the next day, and at the same time it may help you fall asleep better, since you know the morning will go smoothly, which is a...
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