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  1. Aluminum bikes have oversized tubes for a reason....

    Aluminum bikes have oversized tubes for a reason. I don't think I'd want an aluminum bike with small tubes; if small tubes is a preference, go with steel.
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    Going fast and bike trails sort of don't go...

    Going fast and bike trails sort of don't go together. Most of them have speed limits in the 12-15 mph range. Don't mistake 700 other cyclists going down the path and being timed whether they want to...
  3. I bet they don't have to worry about stopping for...

    I bet they don't have to worry about stopping for that 4-lane business loop at the bottom of the 13% hill. Even with full braking, I only got back down to 18 mph as I made the corner, happily,...
  4. I've seen some tire/rim combinations that simply...

    I've seen some tire/rim combinations that simply didn't work, even though the labeled size said they did. On club member last year blew 3 tubes on the side of the road because the tire was just a...
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    I rode harder than I meant yesterday (Thursday)...

    I rode harder than I meant yesterday (Thursday) and I'm wondering if I'll have any gas in the legs for OHR tomorrow. In the long run, it was a GREAT workout. Tomorrow's ride may suffer a bit, though.
  6. Blowouts aren't usually caused by the tubes,...

    Blowouts aren't usually caused by the tubes, they're usually caused by the tire being incorrectly mounted. After mounting the tire, inflate the tube to 3-4 psi, IOW, just enough for the tube to fill...
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    Compared to a spoked wheel, an Aerospoke will be...

    Compared to a spoked wheel, an Aerospoke will be heavier-than-average. They also aren't as stiff laterally. The advantage is, they won't break spokes, which might make it popular for tandems or...
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    Back-to-back 75-mile days are do-able on a...

    Back-to-back 75-mile days are do-able on a flat-bar bike, but I wouldn't want to be the one doing it. Doing 25-30 miles on my hybrid was about my limit. Upright riding position and lack of extra hand...
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    Can't you loan one to yourself in an emergency? I...

    Can't you loan one to yourself in an emergency? I mean, what are friends for???
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    Only when I'm eating post-ride.

    Only when I'm eating post-ride.
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    Heeey, how come that isn't on Sheldon Brown's...

    Heeey, how come that isn't on Sheldon Brown's site? :)
  12. I think it's a great idea, adding auxillary power...

    I think it's a great idea, adding auxillary power to compensate for cheap equipment and being overweight. Maybe they can handicap the lighter riders in the Tour de France by giving heavier riders...
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    Op is describing a moderately hard, possibly LT...

    Op is describing a moderately hard, possibly LT ride, possibly one every day; but not the full-out sprint to muscle shut-down required to max out the HR. If OP doesn't want to go the the extra effort...
  14. I put a disc on the rear of my V-Rex and have...

    I put a disc on the rear of my V-Rex and have been very happy with the performance. As Retro put it, the front was already strong enough. Now the rear is strong, too.
  15. Schwalbe Durano also comes in 700cx28. Schwalbe...

    Schwalbe Durano also comes in 700cx28.
    Schwalbe Durano RaceGuard Performance Line Clincher Tyre | ProBikeKit.com
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    I've got multiple bikes and I ride all of them....

    I've got multiple bikes and I ride all of them. So if one breaks, I just take that one out of the 'active' list for a while.
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    The point is, your max is your MAX - the most...

    The point is, your max is your MAX - the most you're capable of. There's no such thing as going just a little harder and going over your MHR. It can only be held for seconds, and if you don't put...
  18. Adding power is a slippery slope. If you add 500W...

    Adding power is a slippery slope. If you add 500W or 1000W to your 100W engine, is that really "auxiliary" or "assisted?" Or are the pedals pretty much for show only? OTOH, you can only decrease the...
  19. I'm still puzzling over the pics, so don't count...

    I'm still puzzling over the pics, so don't count on much help from me even though I'll try. That looks like a cassette, but all the cassette hubs I've seen have a bearing on the end of the drive...
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    Oh, but we should??? If your doctor doesn't know,...

    Oh, but we should??? If your doctor doesn't know, a bunch of cyclists aren't going to, either. Maybe you should refer yourself to a specialist. You know, just to see if your blood test is normal?
  21. Steep HILLS (actually, mountains) are out west,...

    Steep HILLS (actually, mountains) are out west, but generally speaking the ROADS out west were mostly built to newer standards and tend to not be as steep as the roads in the eastern mountains.
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    I suspect the low MHR is due to not pushing...

    I suspect the low MHR is due to not pushing enough. Take the bike up to 30 mph and hold it for 2 miles. No fair backing off until your vision starts going gray around the edges. If you're pushing...
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    Does the face fuzz act as a vortex generator and...

    Does the face fuzz act as a vortex generator and break up the turbulent air flow?
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    Hah! And the first president of the United States...

    Hah! And the first president of the United States was NOT George Washington, it was John Hanson. He was the first president under the Articles of Confederation, a position that was otherwise known as...
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    I haven't noticed that light helmets are any...

    I haven't noticed that light helmets are any cooler than dark ones. There's enough foam insulation that it just doesn't matter. What matters more is ventilation.

    The light ones might be more...
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