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    There's a MUP near me that I actually use quite a...

    There's a MUP near me that I actually use quite a bit. It's direct, well-maintained, and good chunks of it (not quite all, unfortunately) even get plowed in the winter. At many of the times I use it,...
  2. Thread: Gearing ?

    by Coluber42
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    I believe you that I knew, then! :) My better...

    I believe you that I knew, then! :)

    My better half mostly quit riding brevets on fixed after that ride. He built up a custom brevet bike with gears and never looked back. But I'm still stubbornly...
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    A good steel vintage frame can make an awesome...

    A good steel vintage frame can make an awesome brevet bike. That's what mine is, too.

    You've gotten lots of good suggestions for how to get lower gears by now... your lowest gear currently is...
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    What size did you get? I have two Timbuk2...

    What size did you get? I have two Timbuk2 messenger bags from way back, a large and an extra large, plus a medium-ish sized Pedro's one (that was a prize from something; I didn't buy it). The large...
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    My regularly scheduled weekly activities...

    My regularly scheduled weekly activities excluding weekend bike rides are pretty much all within maybe an 8-10 mi radius of home, which includes my new work space, grocery shopping, restaurants,...
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    I don't know if this is really what you meant or...

    I don't know if this is really what you meant or not, but I think it's worth pointing out. We're used to the assumption that women are more vulnerable in all kinds of situations. Lots of folks think...
  7. Thread: Gearing ?

    by Coluber42
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    Rowan: Did I know you rode fixed on PBP 2007? My...

    Rowan: Did I know you rode fixed on PBP 2007? My best guess at the time was that maybe 20-30 people did...

    TCRoadie: Oh goodness, I just googled the frame you mentioned. All of the images show...
  8. Thread: Gearing ?

    by Coluber42
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    One quote from some friends of mine is that if...

    One quote from some friends of mine is that if you have low gears on your bike, it doesn't mean you're a sissy; it means you know where the good hills are. :)

    My own input is that if you're...
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    I can attest that the Revelate bags are very well...

    I can attest that the Revelate bags are very well made (and I make bike bags too, so I'd know!), and they do not sway even when loaded. I haven't ridden with one myself, but have ridden with others...
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    Just because someone did a study and some news...

    Just because someone did a study and some news (or "news") organization reports on it doesn't mean the results are valid, meaningful, correct, useful, etc. The popular press is notoriously bad at...
  11. My own experience has been that if I sleep 1.5-3...

    My own experience has been that if I sleep 1.5-3 hours per night, and maybe snag a short nap here and there when necessary, I feel pretty good. I'm not saying I spend 20 hours on the bike, then wake...
  12. Could cars be getting partially supplanted as a...

    Could cars be getting partially supplanted as a status symbol? People throughout history have made sacrifices or stretched what they could afford in order to buy one or two particular items of...
  13. I think another aspect may be that a higher...

    I think another aspect may be that a higher percentage of Americans live in cities or near suburbs, and so a higher percentage of the Millennial generation has grown up in areas with other...
  14. A lot of us don't use the "T" word at all. I...

    A lot of us don't use the "T" word at all. I think that after a certain point, if you're in decent general cycling shape, you'll do fine on longer rides. Fitness is only one aspect, but if you are...
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    You're going to want wide-ish tires and possibly...

    You're going to want wide-ish tires and possibly studded tires, for a start. You probably don't need fatbike tires just for commuting; think CX size. So you'll need a frame with clearance for those....
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    Congratulations on the weight loss, and keep it...

    Congratulations on the weight loss, and keep it up. You'll manage the century!

    Our local cycling community just lost a really special guy to cancer who had been over 300lbs in his 40's. He was...
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    I agree that you should get some foot retention....

    I agree that you should get some foot retention.

    But you definitely can "un-weight" on a fixed gear, it just takes a bit more coordination because you have to keep your legs going around while...
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    I wouldn't worry about the fender. They get...

    I wouldn't worry about the fender. They get bumped, knocked, stays get out of adjustment, etc, all the time, and the way to fix it is to just tug the stay back into place. I suspect that what they...
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    Of course you can do it. 70 mi over a few days,...

    Of course you can do it. 70 mi over a few days, or even a few days at 70mi/day is not a lot. It does depend on how much gear you're carrying. I've done some short touring with a fixed gear pulling a...
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    It really depends on what kind of office...

    It really depends on what kind of office environment you work in. If it's a relatively casual environment, you can probably just change your shirt if you need to, and some days you might not even...
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    I have a free radical attachment on another Surly...

    I have a free radical attachment on another Surly frame, and for carrying certain kinds of cargo, I can't imagine doing without it, even though we also have three different trailers in the household,...
  22. Hyperspace capable tachyon rocket bicycle with an...

    Hyperspace capable tachyon rocket bicycle with an on-board espresso machine!
  23. The basics that come on every ride are what you'd...

    The basics that come on every ride are what you'd expect: multi-tool, tube(s), patch kit, pump, etc. For a typical 200k I'll bring a few hundred calories' worth of bike food or maybe a lot more than...
  24. If it helps, I make bike bags for a living and I...

    If it helps, I make bike bags for a living and I have long thought about making a small bag for tools or a spare folding tire to go in exactly that location. For that matter, at various times I've...
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    There are probably as many ideas of what makes a...

    There are probably as many ideas of what makes a good rando bike as there are rando riders, but basically what you've spec'd looks fine in principle.
    I'd tend to agree that a frame built for actual...
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