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    You can fix a basket to the bars or the top of...

    You can fix a basket to the bars or the top of the rear rack, to carry a backpack. Esp useful if you need to carry heavy books. You can bungie them to a plain rack-top, but securing them from wobble...
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    Take a shower before you leave, so the sweat is...

    Take a shower before you leave, so the sweat is clean.
    Wear different clothes for the ride.
    Have a quick sponge or flannel bath in the toilets.
    Backpacks can get sweaty in the heat. Many commuters...
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    Wheels are the weak point of a bike. Tandem...

    Wheels are the weak point of a bike. Tandem wheels are usually built around a wider axle, which you don't find on normal solo bikes. You can build a very strong wheel using standard components of...
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    MKS make a range of pedals in different styles,...

    MKS make a range of pedals in different styles, all of them durable and maintainable. Sylvian touring is my goto model, with or without toe clips.
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    If you cycle to work, that isn't a hobby or even...

    If you cycle to work, that isn't a hobby or even an expense, it is a saving.
    How much would alt transport cost?
    How much would alt fitness programme cost, in money and time?
  6. I could but don't. I built a low cost hack for...

    I could but don't. I built a low cost hack for locking in high theft-risk areas, a nice old steel roadbike with a rattle can paintjob.
    My current commuter is a low maintenance, grab and go machine...
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    I stayed at a large campsite in Spain, out of...

    I stayed at a large campsite in Spain, out of season and almost empty. I left a polite amount of space (2-3 plots) between my tent and a camper van. A Spanish couple roll up in a car and pitch their...
  8. Most xs sized frames use the same tube profile as...

    Most xs sized frames use the same tube profile as med and even large, except in smaller lengths. This makes small bikes much stiffer than large ones of same model, the complete opposite of...
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    I do mine in a microwave. I've tries a couple of...

    I do mine in a microwave. I've tries a couple of brands and one in particular is superior, but it is local to UK.
    I usually mix in some crushed nuts, dried fruit, cinnamon, honey. In summer I add...
  10. The axle or spindle of a leftie is part of the...

    The axle or spindle of a leftie is part of the fork and is massively stiff and strong.
    Lefty hubs are specially designed for this axle, with asymmetric shells. You can't fit a std hub. There are...
  11. Lefty fork, nice concept but check maintenance...

    Lefty fork, nice concept but check maintenance costs.
  12. arm and leg warmers are easy to remove and best...

    arm and leg warmers are easy to remove and best used in situations that require removal. If you are comfortable covered up, you will be more comfortable in full leggings and long-sleeved jersey.
    A...
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    I have been running Alfine 8 since 2008 on my...

    I have been running Alfine 8 since 2008 on my all-weather, commuter/daily utility bike. I did the oil bath after 2 seasons and now annually. No problems with my setup, so you seem to have a...
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    Gedore...

    Gedore cone wrenches are forged in Germany and have a good rep.
  15. How much gear range do you need? I have used an...

    How much gear range do you need?
    I have used an Alfine for 6 years, in gently rolling terrain. For flat terrain use, a 3-speed may be sufficient. For a derailleur system, a 1x8 may simplify things....
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    How would you make a counterfeit aluminium frame?...

    How would you make a counterfeit aluminium frame?
    With carbon, you can use a copy mould, and use cheaper carbon fibre with less sophisticated layup and tube profiles.
    To fake an aluminium frame...
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    In S coastal Norway you can follow the North Sea...

    In S coastal Norway you can follow the North Sea Cycle Route. Few wild camping opportunities until you round the southern tip, but plenty of commercial sites.
    Food and drink is expensive, except for...
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    Try asking. I broke a fibreglass pole on a...

    Try asking.
    I broke a fibreglass pole on a **really cheap** solo tent. I emailed the tent brand, and they send me a new and improved pole.
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    Long presta valves are made for deep rims. Use...

    Long presta valves are made for deep rims. Use short valves in normal rims.
    Place and remove the head on the valve using inline force. I give my pump a sharp tap.
    Keep a pump at 90 degrees to the...
  20. For handlebar mounts, I prefer Rixen and Kaul...

    For handlebar mounts, I prefer Rixen and Kaul (like Ortlieb), which have a weight-bearing cable wrapped around the stem. Other mounts rely on the the force of clamping, so need to be over-sized and...
  21. If you get a bike with threaded eyelets for rack...

    If you get a bike with threaded eyelets for rack and fenders, you will extend the usefulness of the bike to commuting/running errands/shopping and cycle-touring. You are not committed to using...
  22. I carry an old Canon A620. It only has 8mp but...

    I carry an old Canon A620. It only has 8mp but they seem to be quite good ones. I have full control for a "small" camera and fully articulated screen is neat.

    I usually carry a mini tripod and it...
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    I met an old guy at a campsite, trying to retrace...

    I met an old guy at a campsite, trying to retrace a cycle tour he did as a teenager. He showed me a photo of his cycle group at a bridge. Knowing the local geology, stonework and rivers, I was able...
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    How committed is the rain? 38" is a medium...

    How committed is the rain?

    38" is a medium amount of rain. In the UK, the S.E gets 20", the SW: 30-40", and NW, 40-60"
    When does the rain fall?
    In NW, it can rain hard, all day, for days on end....
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    Rixen and Kaul handlebar fittings can be used for...

    Rixen and Kaul handlebar fittings can be used for baskets. In addition to their usual clip-on removable mount, they make a permanent mount that you bolt to any basket.
    The bar fitting has 2 small...
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