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    A few ideas: Faster rides: Cycleton "FDR"...

    A few ideas:

    Faster rides: Cycleton "FDR" weekend ride, or the midweek PHP (Park Hill Peloton) round Cherry Creek park.
    Longer and hillier rides: RMCC as noted above.
    More sedate rides, often...
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    Six years less a month of bike commuting. 18,755...

    Six years less a month of bike commuting. 18,755 miles. Two cracked elbows - one from failure to unclip, can't remember what caused the other. A broken clavicle and rib from a left hook. And one...
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    I sympathize. This sounds exactly like what I...

    I sympathize. This sounds exactly like what I have had with two bikes on and off for the last few years.

    Good news: it comes and goes. For me, it's a pretty regular cycle of about 1000 miles...
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    Thanks for all the replies. Sounds like there...

    Thanks for all the replies. Sounds like there just isn't the perfect route, but you've given me a better idea of the options.



    Thanks! Yes, 30th-Centennial-Vindicator-Woodmen is just what I was...
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    CO Springs to Denver

    Can anyone suggest a quick and relatively safe/stress-free route from Colorado Springs to Denver? I've googled around and pored over the maps and it seems like the best option is 105 to Sedalia (I'm...
  6. The stretch of I-70 from junction 252 to 254 is...

    The stretch of I-70 from junction 252 to 254 is not much fun at any time, but I doubt it's much worse at rush hour and it's really short. Depending where in Evergreen you are I'd either take Kerr...
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    There is of course some risk with drafting, as...

    There is of course some risk with drafting, as with everything, but in general it's safer to draft with traffic than to gutter out of traffic. And way more fun. I sort of think that's the real reason...
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    Are you kidding? Plenty of people draft vehicles...

    Are you kidding? Plenty of people draft vehicles in the city, including me. It is of course more dangerous than riding in a bike lane - certainly a segregated one - but if there's no lane then it's...
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    In practice there's little if any difference in...

    In practice there's little if any difference in speed between 23's and 25's. I find 25's roll better round corners.

    28 and up are progressively slower, but they don't fit most roadbikes..

    As...
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    Exactly. Maybe because we both have a Trek 4300....

    Exactly. Maybe because we both have a Trek 4300. I only use mine now for snow and ice rides, but it was my main squeeze for a couple years after I got it from BSP in downtown Van.
  11. I run two Magicshines on the bars, one steady and...

    I run two Magicshines on the bars, one steady and one flashing on streets. When I drive, a flashing light gets my attention, and that's what I want on the bike. I don't care if it annoys people. I...
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    I got a pair of Grip Grab Arctic shoe covers this...

    I got a pair of Grip Grab Arctic shoe covers this winter and they've been a revelation, allowing me to stay on the road bike and SPD's way below freezing. Awesome, well-built product. Below 25 or so...
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    Being connected with the world. Seeing the phase...

    Being connected with the world. Seeing the phase of the moon every day, the amount of water in the creek and how much of it is frozen; seeing the yellow eyes of coyotes in the dawn and dusk alongside...
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    I commuted for two years in Vancouver and tracked...

    I commuted for two years in Vancouver and tracked the conditions for each commute. I don't have the data to hand right now but I think it was either heavy, regular, or light rain, or wet roads, on...
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    I have the PI lobster mitts and for me they're no...

    I have the PI lobster mitts and for me they're no good below about 28f. I use full-hand ski/outdoor mitts below that - shifting's a bit awkward but doable, and unlike with poagies at least I can take...
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    Left turns, approaching roundabout/traffic...

    Left turns, approaching roundabout/traffic circle, approaching a red light or stop sign, unsafe surface to the right, or a very narrow lane. Those are the obvious ones. Oh and when I'm drafting a...
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    Yes. You signaled clearly and moved (I assume)...

    Yes. You signaled clearly and moved (I assume) when it was safe. Looks like a tricky turn, maybe less so at 9:30 p.m. Good job. If traffic on your left doesn't let you move across, just suck it up...
  18. Friday afternoon on a hot summer's day,...

    Friday afternoon on a hot summer's day, especially the first really nice day of the season. People are tired, antsy from the heat, and anxious to get home and enjoy the evening/weekend.

    Also, the...
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    This idea is about fifty one times more awesome...

    This idea is about fifty one times more awesome than the original.
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    This. Short sharp hill repeats are great for...

    This. Short sharp hill repeats are great for power, also mental discipline, but won't make you faster on a long ride.
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    In order of occurrence since December '09: -...

    In order of occurrence since December '09:

    - slipped on small ice patch while accelerating, minor bruises, front shifter a bit bent

    - same day, on way home - struck from behind by a car gunning...
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    As hhnngg1 says, it's all about where you live. I...

    As hhnngg1 says, it's all about where you live. I live in an expensive city and our rent is >50% of my after tax income. 1200 sqft, 2 1/2 bedrooms and a family of four. Plus living in Canada,...
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    Totally agree - I love seeing new cyclists on the...

    Totally agree - I love seeing new cyclists on the road. Gives me hope. Just hope the really awkward-looking ones stick with it!
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    Have you emailed the local highway authority...

    Have you emailed the local highway authority about this?
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    "Sprocketorium" is just so much fun!

    "Sprocketorium" is just so much fun!
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