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    I don't know what caused it to blow off the first...

    I don't know what caused it to blow off the first time but if a wire bead tire blows off a rim for any reason there's a good chance it was either damaged...over inflated...or is a manufacturers...
  2. Today's tiagra is probably as good as dura ace...

    Today's tiagra is probably as good as dura ace from a couple of years back. Not as light but prob shift nearly as well. Today's tiagra and sora both shift quite well. Nothing cheap about them.
  3. I see this all the time and it's no big thing. ...

    I see this all the time and it's no big thing. Many bikes shift a bit differently with a rider on them than they do on the bike stand. I always tell folks that I have their bike shifting perfectly...
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    We (wife and I ) consider oursleves to be fair...

    We (wife and I ) consider oursleves to be fair weather riders now that we're in our mid sixties. We used to have a cutoff temperature for riding at -30F. We (wife and I ) commuted one winter (about...
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    I can't imagine riding at night without a...

    I can't imagine riding at night without a handlebar light and helmet light. The handlebar light is big and throws the light I need for safety. The helmet lets me look at my computer, whose internal...
  6. Thread: Cadence

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    There's no question that you can up your cadence...

    There's no question that you can up your cadence without a computer but there's also no question that getting a computer and being able to see your actual cadence will be a big help in developing a...
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    Braking - Intermediate skill

    Off road is now on the road with powerful disc brakes on high end racing bikes that are fully capable of catapulting you over the handlebars. I second the earlier admonition to practice. Braking at...
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    I think they aren't a great idea for folks like...

    I think they aren't a great idea for folks like us that are overweight and trying to use cycling as a way to get in better shape but it depends on what you want from a bike. Fatbikes are typically...
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    I used to be a full time hang glider pilot. The...

    I used to be a full time hang glider pilot. The study gives weight to my comments over the years when I'd say, in response to some comment about how dangerous biking was (or other thing), " I used to...
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    As somebody with ADHD I'd like to mention...

    As somebody with ADHD I'd like to mention that..wait..I need to check on something...OK...I'm back. I was saying that ...oh...just a second..phone call. Whew! Like I was saying, I think...what was I...
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    Consider seeing an osteopath. My wife had painful...

    Consider seeing an osteopath. My wife had painful hands that we thought were possibly ending her cycling. She was diagnosed with osteo-arthritis and this went on for nearly a year and brought on...
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    Given that the crack is gone I would have to say...

    Given that the crack is gone I would have to say it was a crack in the paint. Congrats on that. If the crack went into the fork itself I'd guess it would be visible. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.
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    to expand on bogydave's comments, injecting slime...

    to expand on bogydave's comments, injecting slime pro into a tube is one way to help prevent flatting. So is a Mr Tuffy strip and so are Marathon Plus tires. The marathon plus tires are good enough...
  14. Well! That's unexpected ! I just got educated on...

    Well! That's unexpected ! I just got educated on how hilly Texas can be!
  15. Thread: Spin classes

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    I spin a couple of times a week. Up here it gets...

    I spin a couple of times a week. Up here it gets cold enough that I don't really want to work at 100% and get dripping wet sweaty. While spinning we do aerobics as well as high intensity interval...
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    The major issue with tire pressure is the...

    The major issue with tire pressure is the possibility of a "snake bite" puncture where you get two little holes in the tube due to having the pressure too low and bottoming out the rim on the tube....
  17. texas hills :)

    Thanks for the info! I'll admit chuckling at the idea of hills in Texas being a major factor :) and have no doubt the scenery would be great.

    bud
  18. In winter I use a snowboarding helmet that allows...

    In winter I use a snowboarding helmet that allows me to close the vents completely. There's a reason that a lot of Alaskans have a beard. I wear a balaclava but it's more for my forehead than any...
  19. -15F and getting dressed for a ride....

    -15F and getting dressed for a ride....
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    As I watch in back with my mirror I can see if a...

    As I watch in back with my mirror I can see if a car is not giving enough room. In that case, with them well behind me, I'll normally move left a bit and force them to give me more space then as they...
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    What's that front chainring size? Looks huge. Is...

    What's that front chainring size? Looks huge. Is it an optical illusion that the front tire looks smaller than the rear? Sweet looking bike, I must admit.
  22. Thread: Heat packs?

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    No..no safety problems if you don't eat them....

    No..no safety problems if you don't eat them. There is no danger of explosion. I'm not sure what is in the liquid type. It's probably not great for you and I'd clean it up if I ripped the plastic...
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    I recall seeing a test done using various brands...

    I recall seeing a test done using various brands of heat packs. Grabber came out on top and probably by no small coincidence it is the most popular brand up here in Fairbanks. The Heat Wave type is...
  24. check in at America's Bicycle Travel Experts |...

    check in at America's Bicycle Travel Experts | Adventure Cycling Association for advice and take a good look at crazyguyonabike You'll get a lot of experienced people at both sites.
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    My contribution to the thread isn't what I take...

    My contribution to the thread isn't what I take it's what I forgot. My wife and I went on tour and spent considerable time creating our gear list, food list, everything list. Flew to WA to start a...
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