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  1. Another vote for Shimano SPD. Before you even...

    Another vote for Shimano SPD. Before you even start riding, clip each foot in and out at least 10 times, with the other foot on the ground. It helps with the muscle memory. Unlike the Speedplay, they...
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    I stand duly corrected and chastised. There is no...

    I stand duly corrected and chastised. There is no magic button.

    But I still hate riding the trainer.
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    If you find the magic motivation button, please...

    If you find the magic motivation button, please let me know. Even though we're having a milder than usual winter, I'm struggling this year to get out and about (walking, not biking), especially if...
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    Police arrested a notorious Toronto bike thief a...

    Police arrested a notorious Toronto bike thief a few years back, and I persuaded my biking buddy to drive me over to the open house where they were showing some of the 2,000 bikes they recovered --...
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    I hate to tell you this, but the chance of...

    I hate to tell you this, but the chance of getting flats has nothing to do with whether it's a carbon fiber bike or not. It's all about how whether it's raining and hard it is going to be to be to...
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    My I-remember-this overtaking moment was on a...

    My I-remember-this overtaking moment was on a cancer charity ride, when roadie me sailed up to this guy riding a heavy hybrid with a heavy child seat on the back. As I approached, I thought how silly...
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    Spot on. First road bike I bought, maybe 15...

    Spot on.

    First road bike I bought, maybe 15 years ago, came with a regular double (to my surprise, I somehow assumed they would offer a triple). When I questioned this, the snotty salesman just...
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    Presents for my bikes

    The road bike got an excursion up to the trainer in my office, so it can gather dust there for the winter. I am not very good at riding the trainer.

    The city bike is getting a check-up after its...
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    Still freaky. 14C in the sun (57F). Took the Bike...

    Still freaky. 14C in the sun (57F). Took the Bike Friday out for a muddy little adventure (it had been raining all night and the roads/paths were horrible), which gave me a bit of...
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    This weather is freaky

    It's December in Canada. This time last year we had almost a foot of snow, and the bike was firmly locked in the basement with no reprieve expected until the spring.

    Today it was 14C (57F), and...
  11. Thread: Spin classes

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    Spin class is a good workout. It uses some of the...

    Spin class is a good workout. It uses some of the same muscles as riding a bicycle.

    Spin class is not the same as riding a bicycle. Riding a bicycle is fun.

    Nothing more to say, really.
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    I had good experience with the SciCon mostly-soft...

    I had good experience with the SciCon mostly-soft case -- the bike itself becomes the support. Handlebars got dinged a little on the way back, but fixable with an Allen key. Only permanent damage was...
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    I have three road bikes, all for slightly...

    I have three road bikes, all for slightly different uses. I have SPD mountain bike pedals on all three bikes, and I have an embarassingly large number mountain bike shoes, which are the ones where...
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    Yes, nice article, although not everyone over 50...

    Yes, nice article, although not everyone over 50 is retired and it was pretty heavy on the risks of riding when 'old'. I wish people would get away from the idea that bike paths are always safer....
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    I called myself after my first road bike, who is...

    I called myself after my first road bike, who is called Cea. (The Roman name for Boudicca was Boudicea, spelling varies). Word has it her fierce band of Iceni warriers burned London and St Albans to...
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    Yup, been there. I managed a strange...

    Yup, been there. I managed a strange one-and-a-half armed doggy paddle. First time I swam I was proud to manage two widths of a small pool. A month down the road I was counting the lengths.
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    The plate will come out if it's restricting the...

    The plate will come out if it's restricting the joint in any way, which I suspect it is. And I will be glad to see the back of it. I admit I was surprised he wanted to wait a full year before...
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    I took the money and ran almost exactly 2 years...

    I took the money and ran almost exactly 2 years ago, and for me it was the perfect decision. They kept the (supplementary) healthcare up for a bit, and just as it expired, the spouse's contract...
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    Out with the plate

    I know I'm not the only member of the illustrious 50+ broken collarbone club, but I couldn't find references to the joys of taking out the plate, which is what my surgeon says he wants to do,...
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    I was blissfully happy with a Sugoi membrane...

    I was blissfully happy with a Sugoi membrane hacker for a few years/rainstorms, and I liked it so much that inbought a second, better fitting one.

    The first quite literally disintegrated in a...
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    Zefal makes a nice bike mirror that attatches to...

    Zefal makes a nice bike mirror that attatches to the bottom of the drops with a stretchy rubber thingy. I can still ride in the drops, and I can move the mirror from bike to bike. I've tried both...
  22. There's also a canal route out of Paris that...

    There's also a canal route out of Paris that takes you all the way to Meaux, so you may not need to train it to Saarbruecken/Saarlouis/Metz at all, and that's my plan for a July trip. I have 10 days...
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    Check the weather. November/December would...

    Check the weather. November/December would definitely not be my preferred time to travel around the Med -- it could be both cold and rainy. Can you wait until March, when it will be getting much...
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    I've been to much of the area a few thousand...

    I've been to much of the area a few thousand years ago, but never on a bicycle. I want to enjoy the riding, stay in clean hotels (or AirBnB, perhaps), eat plenty of croissants and not kill myself on...
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    Shame we are so far apart. I would volunteer to...

    Shame we are so far apart. I would volunteer to check it out for you.

    Did you ever post a picture of the folded bike inside the case?
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