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    I've never heard of a 14mm pedal; they've all...

    I've never heard of a 14mm pedal; they've all used either a 15mm pedal wrench or a 6mm allen key, but then I've only used Shimano and Campag pedals (and the odd Ritchey pedal, or cheap French pedals...
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    I usually set my cleats so that: 1. the ball...

    I usually set my cleats so that:

    1. the ball of my foot is directly over the pedal spindle; however, it is often recommended for "spinners" to have the cleat slight forward (ball of foot behind...
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    A strange thing that happens sometimes with...

    A strange thing that happens sometimes with ridewithgps is that it will sometimes give you the wrong direction on its cue-sheet. I remember one instance where I followed the gps track with no...
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    My understanding is that on old steel frames with...

    My understanding is that on old steel frames with chrome plating, the chrome is OK, but the metal underneath gets eaten away by rust. Old chrome tends to look ratty when it starts to get pitted.
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    Getting tired of doing the same brevets in BC's...

    Getting tired of doing the same brevets in BC's Lower Mainland, so this year I did a couple of the Seattle Intl Randonneur rides. The first was the Big Ring 200, starting in Bellingham, which is...
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    Yes, GPS units have certain disadvantages. My...

    Yes, GPS units have certain disadvantages. My Garmin 500 only shows a breadcrumb track with no underlying map, so if you come to a slight turn, it may not register, or you may set off on the wrong...
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    I only use the front disc when I switch forks for...

    I only use the front disc when I switch forks for the winter commuting season, so I've got all summer for SRAM to get its act together, and for Shimano to start selling its R785 lever/caliper combo...
  8. If you're commuting to school, this implies that...

    If you're commuting to school, this implies that the bike will be locked outside somewhere. So you need to go with something used, and that looks like it's been used. You want to reduce its apparent...
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    I commute on a fixed gear bike. In fact, I do...

    I commute on a fixed gear bike. In fact, I do just about all my riding on the fixie. But if you normally use a geared bike, the fixie (or even a single-speed) is far more useful in the winter, where...
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    Ah, the Snake River greenbelt! My wife & I...

    Ah, the Snake River greenbelt! My wife & I stopped at a motel in Boise on the way back from the Moab Skinny Tire Festival. Before the drive back to Mt. Vernon, WA, and then Vancouver, BC, we rode a...
  11. I am constantly amazed at how much in fluids most...

    I am constantly amazed at how much in fluids most riders go thru. On a typical 3-hour ride here in the Pac NW coast, I usually forget to bring a bottle, and I might have some gummy bears if they...
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    I'm such a cheapskate that I usually stop at 'em...

    I'm such a cheapskate that I usually stop at 'em all just to get my money's worth. Especially if the cost of the Century is higher than the norm.

    I will typically even start with an empty bottle...
  13. Good things to think about. Also, funny you...

    Good things to think about. Also, funny you should mention riding with extra weight. A lot of my riding during the week is just an extension of my commute to work. I'll usually ride 20 km to work,...
  14. For a road bike to be used in mostly good...

    For a road bike to be used in mostly good weather, I would only go with discs if you plan to use carbon rims. And I've heard so many good things about hydraulic discs that I would just forget about...
  15. Good for you, I was going to suggest you play...

    Good for you, I was going to suggest you play with the saddle tilt and setback. I find that my saddle has got to be perfectly level, and when it is, it is significantly more comfortable to sit on.
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  16. The added climbing numbers make a lot of sense....

    The added climbing numbers make a lot of sense. My rule of thumb for estimating how long it will take me to finish a given ride is to assume a 25 kmh average (15 mph), and adding an hour for every...
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    Bullhorns were created for time trial bikes back...

    Bullhorns were created for time trial bikes back in the 80's to give a lower, more aero position.

    Positioning drop bars: the tops should be parallel to the ground, and the top of the brake levers...
  18. Loose chainring bolts will make that noise too....

    Loose chainring bolts will make that noise too. Until they fall out and are lost forever...

    I've used one FSA crankset on my street fixie, the carbon fiber Carbon Pro for track. According to my...
  19. If I had started with the 80-hour (or even...

    If I had started with the 80-hour (or even 90-hour group), my time would NOT have been the same; it would have been reduced by at least five hours because I would have adopted a more aggressive...
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    It's not unusual to wear out a chain in 2,000...

    It's not unusual to wear out a chain in 2,000 miles (3,000 km), especially if you are big and like to climb in big gears. More so if you ride a lot in the rain. Even more so if you ride thru a wet...
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    2014 - March completed. Rodriguez fixed gear on...

    2014 - March completed.
    Rodriguez fixed gear on the road: 2,064 km - 39 of it on the velodrome (1,290 miles)
    Dolan track bike on the Burnaby indoor Velodrome: 304 km (190 miles)
    Cannondale...
  22. You do NOT need to train for 600 km or longer...

    You do NOT need to train for 600 km or longer rides, unless you intend on racing those distances as ultramarathons with minimal sleep. The longest ride you really need to train for is about 350 km,...
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    The main difference between the Garmin 500 and...

    The main difference between the Garmin 500 and 800 is that when you are following a route ("Course"), the 800 gives you a map underlay, while the 500 only gives you the breadcrumb tracks. The map...
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    Getting the rotor into the disc caliper slot can...

    Getting the rotor into the disc caliper slot can be a little twitchy, especially when you've also got to line up the axle in the dropouts at the same time. Otherwise, no, you don't have to release...
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    If you want to do REALLY fast standing starts,...

    If you want to do REALLY fast standing starts, ride the track. Get a track coach to show you how to do a real standing start. There is a definite technique to it. Watch youtube videos of standing...
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