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  1. Well, since helmets only need to meet a standard...

    Well, since helmets only need to meet a standard of surviving a six foot fall, the amount of energy they reduce (for sure) is pretty minimal. Once upon a time we calculated it here and a helmet...
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    Sounds awesome! I can't do 7/25 or 8/8, but will...

    Sounds awesome! I can't do 7/25 or 8/8, but will catch you guys next time if either of those are best for others.

    If I took BART over there, where would be closest? Concord? And roughly how many...
  3. A slowpoke ride sounds like a good idea to me. ...

    A slowpoke ride sounds like a good idea to me.

    And that makes (at least) three Gauchos. '86-91 here (philosophy).
  4. I've read a lot of Grant Petersen essays, viewed...

    I've read a lot of Grant Petersen essays, viewed a lot of pictures of beautiful women in Europe on city bikes, and often ride with friends on their Rivendells, but I'm still personally unconvinced...
  5. I'm still ok with Hannah and her horse, but those...

    I'm still ok with Hannah and her horse, but those obnoxious ladies in the VW jetta commercial are killing me.
  6. So...only 30-40% more than a modern road bike?...

    So...only 30-40% more than a modern road bike? (Seriously, that crankset is like 1800 grams and regular double road cranks are in the 600-700 range so that's between 2 and 3 pounds of extra weight...
  7. Interesting concept but comes with quite a weight...

    Interesting concept but comes with quite a weight penalty!
  8. Enjoyed the report. I plan to do the same route,...

    Enjoyed the report. I plan to do the same route, ending up at friend's house in San luis obispo. How did you return to SF? I was thinking of taking the train back (don't have enough time to ride...
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    I'm 6'0", mostly legs, and ride a 56 Ritchey...

    I'm 6'0", mostly legs, and ride a 56 Ritchey cyclocross bike. 120mm stem. Works for me!
  10. I'd just buy an old 80s mountain bike for $100...

    I'd just buy an old 80s mountain bike for $100 and use that for the kid.
  11. I seem to recall that the smaller frames come...

    I seem to recall that the smaller frames come with 26" wheels and the larger with 700C. Which is your 54 coming with? If you have a choice, it might be nice to get the 26" so the bikes will match and...
  12. I'm not sure if it's a fit issue or just that you...

    I'm not sure if it's a fit issue or just that you don't like the harshness of aluminum frame. But the frame size is probably fine the way most people fit bikes these days - the suggestion of a 58 or...
  13. Thanks for these updates - I look forward to them...

    Thanks for these updates - I look forward to them every day. I'm impressed by Matthews, but kind of hoping Tuft can return to his 2013 form and join the ranks of repeat winners.
  14. Nice! The Norcal part of the forum doesn't seem...

    Nice! The Norcal part of the forum doesn't seem as active as it once was, but glad to see you guys are still meeting up to ride! When it gets warmer and you want to escape to the coast, let me know...
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    No one I know calls the frame a mixte unless it...

    No one I know calls the frame a mixte unless it has double top tubes: i.e. Those Schwinns above wouldn't be called mixte around here (SF, CA).
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    I use the REI 45 degree down bag for summer and...

    I use the REI 45 degree down bag for summer and it packs down insanely small.
  17. Oh FFS yourself. My comments about handling and...

    Oh FFS yourself. My comments about handling and the crash were tongue in cheek, but the fact remains that Cancellara is on the Domane, which is Trek's endurance racing frame and not the regular...
  18. 10-42?! Nice Mark. I run a fairly ridiculous...

    10-42?! Nice Mark.

    I run a fairly ridiculous combination of Campy shifters and front derailleur with Shimano mtb rapid rise rear derailleur. I do so for the aforementioned reason of needing a...
  19. To get back to endurance vs. race geometry, there...

    To get back to endurance vs. race geometry, there are pros who choose to race on the endurance bikes, and not just in the cobbles. Cancellara chose the endurance Trek for Tour de France this year,...
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    Yes, it's the outpost roll. I wanted the...

    Yes, it's the outpost roll. I wanted the Revelate one, but had a trip coming up and it was out of stock. But I'm happy with the Blackburn one. It comes with a dry bag but of a narrower diameter that...
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    Heres another picture. It's a 13L bag by the way,...

    Heres another picture. It's a 13L bag by the way, and folded over like six times to fit between my bars.

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    I use a sea to summit e vent sack, but hold it on...

    I use a sea to summit e vent sack, but hold it on the bike with the new blackburn harness. It keeps the bag off the tops so I still have that riding position, and also doesn't hit any of the cables....
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    Yep! This is the point of the "rules," and...

    Yep! This is the point of the "rules," and conformity in road cycling. It is indeed a secret handshake of sorts for riders to get some information about who they can trust to ride near. It totally...
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    And by all means, sunglasses over helmet straps.

    And by all means, sunglasses over helmet straps.
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    I wouldn't care about those feretin and iron...

    I wouldn't care about those feretin and iron numbers at all unless I was anemic and looking for the cause, but you're not since you've got awesome hematocrit and hemoglobin numbers.
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