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  1. I like to recommend older named brand rigid...

    I like to recommend older named brand rigid mountain bikes for people getting started. No point spending a lot of money until you figure out the kind of riding you want to do. Plenty of new riders...
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    Water seems to get into that little loop of...

    Water seems to get into that little loop of housing going into the rear derailleur. Even a few degrees above freezing it can cause the rear derailleur to stop moving to a small cog. When assembling...
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    I put reflective striping on the rims of the one...

    I put reflective striping on the rims of the one bike I have that has disc brakes. Most of my other bikes have tires with reflective sidewall stripes.

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  4. Thread: Strava question

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    Click on the pencil icon on the left to change...

    Click on the pencil icon on the left to change the name. You can also specify a bike there and indicate if it was commute, or a walk, or a snow shoe hike.
  5. Amazon.com pre-processes the tax so there are no...

    Amazon.com pre-processes the tax so there are no brokerage fees regardless of how it gets shipped (I don't think it applies to items from affiliates though). Would be nice if more companies did that.
  6. Yesterday I saw yet another intersection that is...

    Yesterday I saw yet another intersection that is being switched over to only allow left turns with an arrow. This type of intersection is a monument to the irresponsibility of motorists, a tacit...
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    That's Canada for you, 1 year to lay charges. A...

    That's Canada for you, 1 year to lay charges. A person charged with hitting a highway sign person here is only now going to trial 3 years after the collision.
  8. You found it necessary to blow the horn before...

    You found it necessary to blow the horn before slowing down? Doesn't sound like very responsible behaviour for a motorist.
  9. Thread: Speed!

    by gecho
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    The faster I go on a descent the more my mind...

    The faster I go on a descent the more my mind starts to ponder the consequences of a front tire blow out.
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    Sticky: Replaced my old mountain bike with a fat front...

    Replaced my old mountain bike with a fat front capable Troll. I just need to pick up a rear disc wheel to use up front for summer riding.

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    GPS or regular cycling computer? Larger tires...

    GPS or regular cycling computer? Larger tires will make a non-GPS cycling computer read a lower speed. I experienced the opposite when going from knobbies to slicks on my mountain bike years back...
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    With the tendency of many drivers to stop with...

    With the tendency of many drivers to stop with their rear wheels past the stop line it can make turning right on red tricky since you can't see past the vehicle until you are just about in the...
  13. The biggest casualty of winter riding has been...

    The biggest casualty of winter riding has been the external bottom bracket cups on two of my newer bikes. Particularly my Moonlander which lacks a vent hole. The ball bearings get all rusty and...
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    Sticky: I only rode it a few times, but it was pretty...

    I only rode it a few times, but it was pretty fun. Going down roads with soft deep ruts the front end was nice and stable. The back end would kick out a bit but didn't cause much trouble. Less...
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    Stop and go riding is where I really like...

    Stop and go riding is where I really like clipless. Stop, lift left foot, ready to go vs stop, take left foot off pedal, put left foot under pedal, raise pedal, place foot back on pedal.
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    I've observed that front tire size has limited...

    I've observed that front tire size has limited effect on winter rolling resistance while contributing greatly to bike stability. I first noticed this while running a fat bike fork and 4.8" tire on...
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    Because McDonalds food tastes better cold. I...

    Because McDonalds food tastes better cold. I just don't understand fast food drive-throughs.
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    I can't stand riders who sweat in my presence. ...

    I can't stand riders who sweat in my presence. Disgusting.
  19. Thread: 2015 Randonnees

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    I was supposed to do a 400 last weekend but was...

    I was supposed to do a 400 last weekend but was completely wiped after 200. Since we were doing our 200 route twice in opposite directions the half way point was a convenient place to drop out. A...
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    Uh, without sensors just tells time. What kind...

    Uh, without sensors just tells time. What kind of resale value could you expect when someone would need to spend about $40 each for speed / cadence and $80 for a HR monitor.
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    Probably the best bet. Maybe post on your local...

    Probably the best bet. Maybe post on your local cycling facebook pages or craigslist to see if anyone upgraded to a GPS unit and has their old head unit buried in a sock drawer. The Node display is...
  22. Thread: What Went Wrong?

    by gecho
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    I find myself overheating more with a tailwind...

    I find myself overheating more with a tailwind than a headwind. Without wind blowing across the front of me, heat radiating from the asphalt can be brutal. Plus I tend to pedal too hard with a...
  23. Except that is totally not what I was looking...

    Except that is totally not what I was looking for. I already have high quality panniers, but specifically needed the drape over the rack attachment method of the old uber cheap type since the...
  24. Too bad big box stores don't sell pannier shaped objects

    Eons ago my brother owned a flimsy one piece pair of nylon panniers that draped across a rear rack, of a quality that would command all of about $10 today. I really could use something like that to...
  25. Thread: 2015 Randonnees

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    I did my 3rd 300 of the year (4th ever)...

    I did my 3rd 300 of the year (4th ever) yesterday. I didn't noticed that I sweated away much of the sunscreen from my face, so I was fairly red when I got home. Seriously considering wearing a...
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