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  1. I have acclimated to longer rides for 40-60...

    I have acclimated to longer rides for 40-60 miles. I no longer eat anything on the ride, not even Clif shots or whatever. But I still use an electrolyte tablet in water bottles. If the ride is...
  2. Don't forget to consider the value of the health...

    Don't forget to consider the value of the health benefits of commuting. E-bike kit? Not sure how long/steep your commute is, but the only people I see with e-bikes at work are the ones with plenty...
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    I think you should figure out your budget and...

    I think you should figure out your budget and then go to LBS and see what is in your price range and test ride. Try aluminum and carbon fiber, SRAM and Shimano, 105 and Ultegra. You can also figure...
  4. LAYERS LAYERS LAYERS! As for how many, that is...

    LAYERS LAYERS LAYERS! As for how many, that is personal. My feet got cold today up on Portola Valley :-/ And it was a warm day! Wind jacket on the outer layer. Base layers could be lightweight...
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    Yeah, it's a good deal for $200 since the bike...

    Yeah, it's a good deal for $200 since the bike shop probably cleaned it up, tuned it and made sure it is in decent condition. Transitioning to a road bike will take some time to build up core...
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    It has nice wide tires and should be good on...

    It has nice wide tires and should be good on crushed gravel as well as packed dirt (there are some nice packed dirt roads that run along the bay and 25mm tires don't do well on them). Wider tires...
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    5'6" female. 172.5 cranks work for me. I have...

    5'6" female. 172.5 cranks work for me. I have to admit that I don't have an "everything else equal" comparison to 170s.
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    Cree is not a light, though. It's the...

    Cree is not a light, though. It's the manufacturer of the LED that is in a large fraction of LED lights/flashlights out there. The characteristics of cycling specific lights is about beam shape,...
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    Great video! The guy did the right thing...

    Great video! The guy did the right thing stepping onto the other side of the railing.

    A few weeks ago I had to stop when I saw a coyote in the road up ahead of me. By the time I figured he...
  10. You'll be much happier at cadence of 80! It's...

    You'll be much happier at cadence of 80! It's not clear what a "long hill" means in terms of length and grade, but there's nothing wrong with stopping if you need to. I used to do 9 miles each way...
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    You might also try the Electronics, Lighting, &...

    You might also try the Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets forum.
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    The only time I broke a stem was when I was...

    The only time I broke a stem was when I was inflating tire. The stem was at the bottom and the bike tipped and I snapped the value stem. I now rotate wheels so they are at the top. I think you...
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    Magnets? I think velcro would be a better...

    Magnets? I think velcro would be a better choice. You could buy a neck gaitor and some velcro and make your own for a lot less than the kickstarter gaiter, if you really can't afford to stop to...
  14. I don't really notice the helmet. This one fits...

    I don't really notice the helmet. This one fits my head well and doesn't shift on it's own. I often stop at the Peets 6 miles from home and load up the empty bottle with an iced latte. While not...
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    160 lumens for 2 hours! 40 lumens for 8 hours. ...

    160 lumens for 2 hours! 40 lumens for 8 hours. And this is why I don't like rechargeable lights. I much prefer battery powered lights so that I can carry a spare battery!
  16. 5'6.5" and ride a 51cm Synapse. Men's model. ...

    5'6.5" and ride a 51cm Synapse. Men's model. With relaxed geometry, men's bikes actually fit me. I test ride a WSD Trek Madone and it didn't fit me right at all. Good luck with the Emonda! The...
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    Congrats! Keep up the good work. So..... how...

    Congrats! Keep up the good work. So..... how long before you do it again :-)
  18. This is no different than a car. A car needs...

    This is no different than a car. A car needs insurance, registration, gas, oil changes, maintenance every 15k miles, tires, unexpected repairs. For your bike, tires, tubes and patch kits will be...
  19. This. The road bike has skinnier tires. Also,...

    This. The road bike has skinnier tires. Also, the it has narrower handlebars. It requires smaller hand movement on the narrower bars to effect the same degree of turning. It took me several...
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    Consider finding an LBS that has a demo saddle...

    Consider finding an LBS that has a demo saddle program and she can try a variety of saddles. You might have to call around to find one that has a good variety of women's models.
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    Old La Honda. I am not sure a larger cassette...

    Old La Honda. I am not sure a larger cassette would help. So that means more miles in the saddle and increasing the ratio of elevation to miles. A lot will depend on where I find employment and...
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    And generally you will live through a second...

    And generally you will live through a second crash on a helmet. That is the thing that bothers me. Without the ability to have a good level of confidence that a helmet is still crashworthy, I would...
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    Boyd Vitesse. I don't remember what the width of...

    Boyd Vitesse. I don't remember what the width of them is, but they were one of the newer wider wheels back in 2012 when I purchased them.
  24. This is important to do when comparing test...

    This is important to do when comparing test rides. Also note that putting larger tires on the bike at lower pressure will provide more comfortable ride. You may want to consider the maximum tire...
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    Remove dress shirt, roll it up and carry it. Go...

    Remove dress shirt, roll it up and carry it. Go to mens room, use diaper wipes to clean up and put dress shirt on. This is probably going to be your best bet for feeling clean and presentable.
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