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    Strip a wheel? You'd better 'splain yourself.

    Strip a wheel? You'd better 'splain yourself.
  2. My bents share a garage bay with my tractor.

    My bents share a garage bay with my tractor.
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    Why don't you NOT do it backwards? Go to the shop...

    Why don't you NOT do it backwards? Go to the shop and determine what the price is of the minimum bike you'd want. It's a sure way to get a bike you're not fully happy with if you set a price first...
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    As one guy in my club put it: "The outer...

    As one guy in my club put it: "The outer chainring is for the first half of the ride. The next one in is for the last half. If you have three chainrings, you can do three halves of a ride."

    In...
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    I don't ride much in the winter either. Yesterday...

    I don't ride much in the winter either. Yesterday was an exception. It got up near 50, and the sun was out too. The club ride was short but it was great for attitude adjustment. Not so much for...
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    My handlebars make a good seat belt.

    My handlebars make a good seat belt.
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    Sorry to hear that! I'm not sure that a bent...

    Sorry to hear that! I'm not sure that a bent would work, even. The seatback might still push on you uncomfortably. Worth a try if you can find a test-ride, though.

    edit: I see you already have the...
  8. BD sells enough bikes to get a volume discount on...

    BD sells enough bikes to get a volume discount on the parts. That can save a big chunk of change.
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    Don't worry about eating prior to the ride. A 10...

    Don't worry about eating prior to the ride. A 10 or 20 minute ride will not deplete your energy stores no matter how hard you go. If you stick with it, your butt should toughen up and it will...
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    I'm not sorry I couldn't watch it.

    I'm not sorry I couldn't watch it.
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    I ride it anywhere I'd ride my other bikes. Most...

    I ride it anywhere I'd ride my other bikes. Most of the miles are out in the country, but the pic was taken at a shopping center with heavy traffic on both frontage roads. It's made to go fast, so I...
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    They were on a military base, and whatever...

    They were on a military base, and whatever California's laws you might think apply, don't.
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    I'm not sure why your bike would do that to you,...

    I'm not sure why your bike would do that to you, unless you're assuming a weird position on it (poor fit?) Definitely look into going more upright -- or more reclined.
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    The highest point on this bike is the top of the...

    The highest point on this bike is the top of the rear tire - 26.4 inches. The seat is at 7.5".

    http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e135/blazingpedals/bike%20pics/Nov%20Nocom_zps1gms7cg6.jpg
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    My take, you're probably using a gear that's too...

    My take, you're probably using a gear that's too high for climbing. And breathing hard in cool weather can irritate the lungs.
  16. There shouldn't be any burn on recovery days....

    There shouldn't be any burn on recovery days. There shouldn't even be any hard breathing. You only get stronger when you're resting. Going too hard on recovery days is one of the most common mistakes...
  17. A 130 pound rider's weight isn't what's...

    A 130 pound rider's weight isn't what's destroying the tubes and tires. I weigh more than that and my tires last for thousands of miles.
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    "Hard" is anything beyond what you're used to. In...

    "Hard" is anything beyond what you're used to. In my book, over 10% is 'challenging' and over 15% is pretty hard. A lot of cyclists here in S. Michigan would say that 5% is terrible.
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    Modern electric-assist bicycles ARE mopeds, but...

    Modern electric-assist bicycles ARE mopeds, but they're much more refined than the old Sachs et al mopeds which would likely kill you if you had to pedal them very far. I see them as filling a niche....
  20. Well, that'll work; but at 14 mph, aero isn't...

    Well, that'll work; but at 14 mph, aero isn't what's holding him back. What he really needs is to get stronger.

    I'd recommend sprint intervals. Go ALL OUT for 30 seconds, then coast/pedal easy...
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    I lay off for several months every winter and...

    I lay off for several months every winter and start almost from scratch every spring. Aspirin is my friend.
  22. This thread is SO last week!

    This thread is SO last week!
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    I have not seen anything like that. You might...

    I have not seen anything like that. You might want to pack a cane, just for getting in and out. If you rigged it right, it could double as a flag pole.
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    I think that bike would be perfectly serviceable,...

    I think that bike would be perfectly serviceable, but maybe not quite up to the demands you're going to place on it. If you get it, you'll be looking to upgrade almost immediately. That's no way to...
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    ... or you can buy the lighter bike AND lose...

    ... or you can buy the lighter bike AND lose weight. The weight loss on the bike will be immediately noticeable. The weight loss, if the diet works, will take longer.
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