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    velostickers.com ? veloink.com ?

    velostickers.com ?
    veloink.com ?
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    I did better with cleats than I did with the...

    I did better with cleats than I did with the old-style "clips" (aka, cages for your feet). Fell the first day I was using the clips: needed to put my feet down quickly, and the only way out of the...
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    I had gastric banding, sometimes called "lap...

    I had gastric banding, sometimes called "lap band", done in January 2010. It's a style of bariatric surgery that doesn't get done too often these days -- the adjustable band that goes around the...
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    As with my contributions last year, these may be...

    As with my contributions last year, these may be more Samhain than Halloween:

    Jim's Big Ego, "Everything Must Go":
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  5. Well, maybe the Pope couldn't stop the ride, but...

    Well, maybe the Pope couldn't stop the ride, but something did: for the first time in 30+ years, the City to Shore ride is being cancelled due to weather. With rain already drenching the area and a...
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    So I rode into work around 10AM on Sunday, with...

    So I rode into work around 10AM on Sunday, with the Papal Mass slated for 4 pm.

    The main MUP into downtown had a fraction of the riders usually out on a fine Sunday, and the road it parallels was...
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    Yippee and yahoo!

    Yippee and yahoo!
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    A couple of different ways to deal with that:...

    A couple of different ways to deal with that: stink-resistant clothes, avoiding stink-prone packing, and actually washing clothes from time to time.

    I'll start with the last one first: doing...
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    I have one as well, in red; now about 3 years...

    I have one as well, in red; now about 3 years old. Quite pleased with it so far.
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    Then there's the Wonder Woman cyclist Halloween...

    Then there's the Wonder Woman cyclist Halloween costume, where the cable for the bike lock double as the lasso of truth....
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    The folks I work with tend to be fit, but running...

    The folks I work with tend to be fit, but running and yoga are the big things at my office. The folks who do ride a bike consider "outdoors" to be a weird place for a spin class. Commuting just...
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    The big question is how full of pedestrians the...

    The big question is how full of pedestrians the car-less streets will be.

    I'll keep y'all posted....
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    Congratulations! That's a huge milestone!

    Congratulations! That's a huge milestone!
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    Glad to hear you're mostly OK.

    Glad to hear you're mostly OK.
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    Biking saves the day at work

    Here in Philadelphia, we're getting ready for the Pope to visit it in a few days. Large swaths of downtown (or, as we call it, "Center City") will be closed to cars in preparation for public events...
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    Sweet looking bike... And welcome back!

    Sweet looking bike... And welcome back!
  17. I wouldn't be a Clyde (200 lbs and over) but I...

    I wouldn't be a Clyde (200 lbs and over) but I think I'll always be in the 'Theena category (150 pounds and up).

    Here's the "before" (or, more accurately, "just starting"), September 2009:
    477890...
  18. More fun while I'm doing it? Probably the group...

    More fun while I'm doing it? Probably the group tours. The Bon Ton Roulet and the Ride Around Washington gave me people to chat with who were experiencing the same thing.
    But I find I get more...
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    If you're planning on the Katy Trail, you may...

    If you're planning on the Katy Trail, you may want to use a shuttle service to get you back to your starting point. Some info at Katy Trail Trip Planner
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    I have wide sit bones and ride with more of an...

    I have wide sit bones and ride with more of an upright posture: the Brooks B68 works for me. Unfortunately, it's been discontinued.
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    Ah, temporary tooth filling kit, under $3 at fine...

    Ah, temporary tooth filling kit, under $3 at fine pharmacies everywhere!

    For me, bike socks (at least in summer) are little anklet socks made out of wool and nylon.

    And oh! to be reminded...
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    Packing list & touring tips

    As I was posting my recent bike tour, I had a few folks ask for my packing list. It looks like there are a bunch of Clydes – and maybe a few ‘Theenas, too – who are thinking about going for that...
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  24. If you've enjoyed this report, please consider...

    If you've enjoyed this report, please consider leaving something in the tip-jar, er, making a donation to the MS Society.
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  25. Day 7: Cummington, MA to The Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, NY; 41 miles

    The last day of the ride. It was sunny but not too warm, and I was in a good mood. Breakfast at the B&B was lovely. I heard all about the local agricultural fair, taking place that weekend, as I...
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