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    I live in the Bay Area too. I've used a double on...

    I live in the Bay Area too. I've used a double on a Cross Check for several years, either a 48/36 or a 46/34 with an 11-34 cassette. It's all I need for normal commuting/riding, but I also use it for...
  2. That's a fair point. I misread the OP and assumed...

    That's a fair point. I misread the OP and assumed they were talking about standover height, not reach from the saddle.
  3. I think any experienced cyclist will agree with...

    I think any experienced cyclist will agree with the above responses. If your return to cycling involves riding an ill-fitting bike, you will probably not like it, and you might even hate it. Also...
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    They are VO Milan bars...

    They are VO Milan bars.
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    I think the folder suggestion is a good one. I...

    I think the folder suggestion is a good one. I don't have to commute by rail often, but if I did so on a daily basis, getting a folder would be a first order of business for me. As it is now, I wish...
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    Thanks noglider! Rain is definitely a seasonal...

    Thanks noglider! Rain is definitely a seasonal thing here. Late spring all the way to late autumn is generally pretty dry. The bulk of our rainfall comes in winter/early spring, and we can get a lot...
  7. You're about eight months too late for me, but...

    You're about eight months too late for me, but I'm sure a lot of people will find your guide useful. I've added a link to your guide at the end of my blog post about the tour. Maybe it will help push...
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    New build. :love: ...

    New build. :love:

    http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w92/brenhouli/Bikes/ccn1_zps74623143.jpg
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    Just finished building my Cross Check PMR. I even...

    Just finished building my Cross Check PMR. I even have a nice set of VO aluminum fenders to add. I will install them if we ever get any rain out here in California.
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    As others have already mentioned, theft is a real...

    As others have already mentioned, theft is a real problem round these parts. Unless your daughter has secure parking at both ends of the commute, I wouldn't recommend a $1000+ bike for this purpose....
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    kookaburra, the front basket is a bit large for...

    kookaburra, the front basket is a bit large for my taste, otherwise hot.
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    I think you just answered your own question. If...

    I think you just answered your own question. If you love it, then you did great.
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    Sticky: Great shot. Makes winter riding look downright...

    Great shot. Makes winter riding look downright inviting.
  14. It all happened in my youth (what a shocker). ...

    It all happened in my youth (what a shocker).

    1. Had some of the neighborhood kids lie down in front of a ramp so i could jump over them Evel Knievel style.
    2. Intentionally rode my bike into a...
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    She likes the shifters. They are precise and...

    She likes the shifters. They are precise and reliable, and she much prefers them to the brifters she had before. Those are Soma Sparrow bars, and they are designed to accept bar end shifters.
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    Yup. With the stock drops, she didn't like riding...

    Yup. With the stock drops, she didn't like riding the bike very much. Since the bar conversion, she loooves riding the bike and suggests going for rides more often than I do. So to me, the bars are a...
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    Gonna keep this thread going. Here is my wife's...

    Gonna keep this thread going. Here is my wife's Volpe, modified by me to her preferences.

    http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w92/brenhouli/Bikes/volpeyay1_zps1f16961b.jpg
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    This sums up my thoughts on the subject pretty...

    This sums up my thoughts on the subject pretty well. I think the title of the article is a misnomer. Based on the statistics given, I wouldn't conclude that cycling in the US is inherently more...
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    I'm not sure why you quoted my post since your...

    So.... people like myself LOVE cycling because..... where I live we have easy, convenient, well engineered, and safe cycling infrastructure?!?!?!? Is this a JOKE? Or perhaps you design cycling...
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    There is a beach community in the Bay Area called...

    There is a beach community in the Bay Area called Stinson Beach. In it, there is a development called Seadrift that is built right along the beachfront. It's incredibly baffling to me, but it was...
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    Great point, although I'm sure there are plenty...

    Great point, although I'm sure there are plenty of communities that are not permeable in that way. Also, keep in mind that the article is a book excerpt, so it's possible your point might be covered...
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    As a micro example, Broadway Street is the main...

    As a micro example, Broadway Street is the main street running through the center of Oakland (my hometown). From the base of the hills to the waterfront, the dedicated car lanes and the sidewalk both...
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    I guess that's close to what my point is. I'm not...

    I guess that's close to what my point is. I'm not saying that current bike infrastructures were built incorrectly per se, just that they are being built in the only way they can be at this point, in...
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    The Davis wikipedia page says "from 1990 to 2000,...

    The Davis wikipedia page says "from 1990 to 2000, the US Census Bureau reported a decline in the fraction of commuters traveling by bicycle, from 22 percent to 15 percent." Even with a decline in...
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    Gah! Hate the even-numbered waist sizing. My...

    Gah! Hate the even-numbered waist sizing. My waist has been 33 inches for the longest time. Those do look nice though. I also like the idea of modifying thrift store pants.
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