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    It's not clear to me if this happens every...

    It's not clear to me if this happens every "riding day" or if OP rides three days in a row every week. If you're doing 2-4 hours each of three successive days, it might be glycogen depletion on days...
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    At the speed of thought: 17.5" is a pretty good...

    At the speed of thought:
    17.5" is a pretty good length. Much longer and you may have to splice two chains on a big chain wheel.
    Go ahead and get fender eyelets -- better to leave them unused,...
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    Are you sure the insulation is melting, and not...

    Are you sure the insulation is melting, and not being abraded? It would seem much more likely for the cable to rub against the head tube than to melt, given the low current and voltage involved.
  4. Not an expert, as I've only touched a few parts...

    Not an expert, as I've only touched a few parts of it myself. But:

    You'd be stealth camping at the Atlanta end. Not sure how often local LEOs patrol after dark; I think it's supposed to be...
  5. Poll: Well, I can see your point about the glasses...

    Well, I can see your point about the glasses because I wear them all the time. I have to put the helmet on and take it off at either end of the ride, so perhaps that should count.

    But what about...
  6. Thread: Spoke tension

    by pdlamb
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    This thread reminds me of "how tight should the...

    This thread reminds me of "how tight should the bolt be?" Tighten it until it strips, and tighten the replacement a quarter turn less.

    The picture looks like the wheel was overly tight, and that...
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    I agree with fietsbob, a trip back to the store...

    I agree with fietsbob, a trip back to the store is in your near future.

    Before you go, you might try downshifting and then push the derailer cage in. If it goes, you need lube on the derailer...
  8. Bright flashing light in their face as I cross in...

    Bright flashing light in their face as I cross in front of them is my favorite solution. With luck they'll be blinking for another two light cycles.
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    "Parking" in the middle of a traffic lane kicks...

    "Parking" in the middle of a traffic lane kicks the system off on most of our lights for me.

    However, there's one light that's problematic (and only half a mile from home). A flashing helmet...
  10. Thread: Commuting tires

    by pdlamb
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    The Ribmo is a nice tire, but its tread isn't...

    The Ribmo is a nice tire, but its tread isn't particularly thick. If you're skidding a lot, I'd guess you'd wear it out fairly quickly.
  11. You have to find the rub before you can fix it. ...

    You have to find the rub before you can fix it. Most of the problems I've had ended up being tire or wheel problems. There can be one bit of tire that isn't seated right or has a slight bulge in it...
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    If it's like my bike shop, the normal repair...

    If it's like my bike shop, the normal repair approach is to call your spouse with the car, haul it to the shop, and leave it for them to fix the flat tire. Only that might be a bit difficult on...
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    Re: the weight, I figure the Fiberfix is lighter...

    Re: the weight, I figure the Fiberfix is lighter than carrying a freewheel removal tool (much less the chain whip and 12" wrench!). The bike shop that can replace it with a real spoke should have...
  14. Thread: What happened??

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    Interesting point, but I think you're missing the...

    Interesting point, but I think you're missing the difference between production and product development. The geeks tend to be the ones who come up with something entirely new, from cloud storage...
  15. Thread: touring bottoms

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    Padded shorts, like almost all my riding. I...

    Padded shorts, like almost all my riding.

    I take a couple extra pairs so I only need to wash every few days. Damp, rainy/foggy days make drying anything difficult, but I'm willing to find a motel...
  16. Thread: Drippy bike

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    You could try a tarp, folded to about 2x6'. ...

    You could try a tarp, folded to about 2x6'. (Where do you keep the bike? Leaned up against a library shelf?)

    You might also try bouncing the bike before bringing it inside, to try to knock as...
  17. Thread: What happened??

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    My kind of tourists! Reminds me of the guy we...

    My kind of tourists! Reminds me of the guy we tagged around, starting the TransAm pulling a trailer loaded with an ice chest. Worst part is that he blew his knee climbing Afton Mtn. the day before...
  18. At a certain age, that might be appreciated!

    At a certain age, that might be appreciated!
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    Where are you flying? I get the feeling European...

    Where are you flying? I get the feeling European airlines tend to have a culture that's more bike-friendly than American airlines. If you're flying back from the continent to Britain, for example,...
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    The Garmin models are good for about one day...

    The Garmin models are good for about one day following a route. If you're going to be out longer, you'll want to get some way to recharge the battery (unless you're staying at a place with...
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    Second paragraph of OP:

    Second paragraph of OP:
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    +1, if that works for you. Not familiar with...

    +1, if that works for you.

    Not familiar with these bags, is there a way to move the attachment point forward on the bag? Ortlieb has such a feature. I shifted my bags back about 1/2" years ago. ...
  23. Thread: What happened??

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    Most interesting part of the last two pages,...

    Most interesting part of the last two pages, IMHO. What does "Ibtl" mean?
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    Give me a plate of pancakes, some sausage for...

    Give me a plate of pancakes, some sausage for protein and to keep my energy up, coffee, and maybe a large orange juice. As slow as I am, I don't have to worry about digestion during the early...
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    I hear the rain is supposed to be ending in...

    I hear the rain is supposed to be ending in SoCal, so you'll be able to get out and ride Real Soon Now!
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