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    I file the tabs off my bike forks ... eventually....

    I file the tabs off my bike forks ... eventually. I still haven't gotten around to doing it on my latest acquisition, a Soma Saga touring bike I bought last fall. It takes a while, even with a...
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    Sticky: Today was one of those commutes where things kept...

    Today was one of those commutes where things kept slowing me down. Caught a bunch of red lights, and then got stuck behind a tractor going slower than my usual speed for about a mile. Then, I got...
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    Piece of cake.

    Piece of cake.
  4. Do a Google search for places to purchase, or...

    Do a Google search for places to purchase, or check eBay. However, I have bought them on-line from Ben's Cycles in Milwaukee. Clearance might be tight for a 35 mm Hyper on your Space Horse -- if it...
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    I use my lights year-round while commuting, in...

    I use my lights year-round while commuting, in daylight as well as dark. However, I'm actually starting to see the beam on the pavement again when I set out in the mornings.
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    I can just about tell the dewpoint level from how...

    I can just about tell the dewpoint level from how sweaty and splattered my cycling glasses get. I knew it was humid this morning because my glasses were so splattered that I could hardly see through...
  7. There are lots of paved trails in the DC area. I...

    There are lots of paved trails in the DC area. I would post a message in the Southeast subforum for ideas, but some of them include the Capital Crescent, Washington & Old Dominion and Mount Vernon...
  8. I have ridden the entire GAP trail (and C&O)...

    I have ridden the entire GAP trail (and C&O) twice. Tires are your most important consideration, and I wouldn't try to ride either trail with tires narrower than 28 mm, and 32s would be preferable....
  9. I was thinking the same thing about Ohio. The...

    I was thinking the same thing about Ohio. The Ohio & Erie Canal trail runs about 80 miles from Cleveland to Bolivar, including the Cuyahoga National Park. From there you could ride back to...
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    My bike in college was a POS. I bought it from a...

    My bike in college was a POS. I bought it from a bike shop soon after I started classes and realized how large the campus was. I can't remember the brand name right now, but it had awful nylon...
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    Sticky: You're really doubling-down, mgw4jc. More power...

    You're really doubling-down, mgw4jc. More power to you. I ran one marathon when I was in my 20s and felt so bad for several days afterward that I decided that it couldn't be good for you. Had to...
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    Just curious: What's the dewpoint on a "soupy"...

    Just curious: What's the dewpoint on a "soupy" day in Minnesota? Around here, the dewpoint is typically in the 70-75 range on many summer days. If it dips into the 60s, that considered relatively...
  13. Check out Adventure Cycling Association, which...

    Check out Adventure Cycling Association, which has several mapped routes in the Southeast, including the Alleghany Mountains loop (which includes Greenbrier River trail) and Outer Banks/NC Coast...
  14. For all of you doubters, here is a link to an...

    For all of you doubters, here is a link to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the first cyclists using the new roll-on service for the Amtrak route from Pitt to DC.

    Bicyclists test...
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    I've managed to top 1,000K every month now except...

    I've managed to top 1,000K every month now except for February, which fell victim to snow and ice. In miles, I'm averaging 801 per month through the end of August. My goal for 2015 was to top...
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    Sticky: Great ride this morning after missing a commute...

    Great ride this morning after missing a commute yesterday due to morning thunderstorms. It was humid and warm, but I'm used to that now and pretty soon it will be chilly in the mornings. They finally...
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    Hilarious! When I saw Apocalypse Now at the...

    Hilarious! When I saw Apocalypse Now at the movies, I thought it was just a modern-day remake of Heart of Darkness.
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    Yet, on an iPad paintings and photographs look...

    Yet, on an iPad paintings and photographs look incredible! Probably better than books.
  19. Check out the new Panaracer Gravel Kings. The...

    Check out the new Panaracer Gravel Kings. The 28s weigh only 270 grams and roll very nicely. Unlike many so-called 28s, they actually measure a tree 28 mm or wider.
  20. I've got several sets of Velocity Dyad rims laced...

    I've got several sets of Velocity Dyad rims laced to Shimano hubs (Ultegra, LX) and they have been bulletproof. Dyads are relatively light for such a strong rim, and are often used for touring as...
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    The NC Bike Club website used to have cue sheets...

    The NC Bike Club website used to have cue sheets for all sorts of rides in the Triangle of varying distances, with many in the 60-100+ range.

    Here are some other options to consider:

    - Take...
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    I recommend at least 32s for touring, although...

    I recommend at least 32s for touring, although have ridden loaded tours with 28s (Conti GP 4 Seasons). Lately, I've been using Panaracer Pasela PTs and Vittoria Voyager Hypers, both in 32s. The...
  23. Mavic is very conservative when rating their rims...

    Mavic is very conservative when rating their rims for tire sizes. I think they recommend 28s are the largest for Open Pro rims, but I have run 32-35s with no problems for many years.
  24. When we rode the GAP-C&O trails, we took the...

    When we rode the GAP-C&O trails, we took the train from Washington DC and arrived in Pittsburgh close to midnight. We had made reservations at a hotel on the south side of downtown, which was about...
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    Soma makes excellent frames, particularly for the...

    Soma makes excellent frames, particularly for the money. I doubt if you will find a lugged steel frame for less money. Some other budget brands to consider include All City, Salsa.

    Gunnar makes...
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