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    I can't say I train specifically for this ride, I...

    I can't say I train specifically for this ride, I just ride. My normal goal is at least 2000 miles by the first weekend in August, and 20 metric centuries. Not even close this year. I was 500 miles...
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    Nope. I used to do it every year. Even did it...

    Nope. I used to do it every year. Even did it three times one year. Nowadays I take the bypass route up S. Advance Rd. There might even be a bit more climbing that way, but none of that steep sh... I...
  3. You can get tool tubes that fit in a bottle cage....

    You can get tool tubes that fit in a bottle cage. So if you put two bottle cages behind your saddle, one can hold your wedge stuff.
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    OldsCOOL, I think that stretch is on my DALMAC...

    OldsCOOL, I think that stretch is on my DALMAC route this year. Park St to Wildwood Harbor. Should be this Saturday (Elk Rapids to Petosky.) I'm taking my Garmin, so we'll see how I do - unless the...
  5. In the Shimano world, "LE" seems to designate a...

    In the Shimano world, "LE" seems to designate a wide shoe. So the M088 is regular width and the M088-LE is the wide.
  6. I will be on the 5-day West route this year. I do...

    I will be on the 5-day West route this year. I do the 5-day not because it's easier but because it's an extra day of riding. First-timers MUST do The Wall; just remember to gear down early so you...
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    I used to ride to work year-around and had...

    I used to ride to work year-around and had studded snow tires for winter. Glare ice was almost as easy to ride on as bare pavement. It's the heavy, sloppy snow that caused the most problems; and...
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    For shoelaces, it's just a matter of tying them...

    For shoelaces, it's just a matter of tying them correctly to stay out of the chainring. Here's what I do:

    Tie a bow normally.
    Gather up both loops and the tag end that's closest to the chain into...
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    Sorry, I over-clipped. Of course ALL trikes...

    Sorry, I over-clipped. Of course ALL trikes aren't slow. I was referring mostly to the old-fashioned single-speed upright delta trikes as being heavy and slow. Modern recumbent tadpoles are, for the...
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    The difference is in weight distribution. A...

    The difference is in weight distribution. A Harley has a lot of weight down low - the engine and tranny. Not so with an old-style upright delta trike. Plus there's the efficiency issue. An old-style...
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    Saddle height is the first thing to check; but...

    Saddle height is the first thing to check; but assuming it's already adjusted properly, mis-adjusting it to compensate is only going to cause other problems. Nope, OP is probably looking at short...
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    Faster or slower really only matters when you're...

    Faster or slower really only matters when you're riding with someone else. Or, to put it another way, as long as you can keep up with yourself and finish in time, you're okay.
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    Where in Oregon, GFish? (Maybe I know them.)

    Where in Oregon, GFish? (Maybe I know them.)
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    I'm going to take a wild guess that your MHR is...

    I'm going to take a wild guess that your MHR is higher than you think it is. Zone 5 is not something you an sustain for long, or without significant cost.
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    My riding style wouldn't tolerate taking a big...

    My riding style wouldn't tolerate taking a big hit on speed; so no trikes in the immediate future. About the only way I'd justify one in the near-term is if I could convince the Good Wife that this...
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    The Nova tale is somewhat of an 'urban legend.'...

    The Nova tale is somewhat of an 'urban legend.'
    snopes.com: Nova Don't Go
  17. Maybe getting snubbed = not getting a wave back?

    Maybe getting snubbed = not getting a wave back?
  18. In the recumbent world(tm), "short cranks" refers...

    In the recumbent world(tm), "short cranks" refers to 153 or even shorter. Yes they can help, but you have to gear down and spin more to properly use them. Which in itself is good for your knees.
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    Lycra = cyclist Leather = biker If you're...

    Lycra = cyclist
    Leather = biker
    If you're somewhere in between, you get to choose!
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    I find that if I drink a recovery drink as soon...

    I find that if I drink a recovery drink as soon as I get home from a hard ride, I can either lessen or completely avoid being sore the next day. Not so if I just have a banana or don't eat at all. By...
  21. Yeah, I know what you mean. I have one anyway,...

    Yeah, I know what you mean. I have one anyway, though.
    http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e135/blazingpedals/bike%20pics/NoCom3_zps008c1395.jpg
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    It aggravates them the most if you use all...

    It aggravates them the most if you use all fingers, and wave at them like the town idiot seeing his very best friend.
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    Here we go again with the derogatory remarks...

    Here we go again with the derogatory remarks about the ones who enjoy going faster than you or wear bike-specific clothes. They don't worry about you; I think you need to examine your own attitudes...
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    Doesn't come stock with Campy, but I'm sure that...

    Doesn't come stock with Campy, but I'm sure that could be arranged.
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    Normally, they're BRAKES; but in your case maybe...

    Normally, they're BRAKES; but in your case maybe you're right. :) Disc brakes should be just as powerful as V-brakes or caliper brakes, whatever you have on the rear. I suspect the cables have just...
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