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  1. I think the one reason I would take the Five Boro...

    I think the one reason I would take the Five Boro Bike Tour is for the chance to ride over the Verrazano. I just happened to be on my own four borough bike tour on the day of the ride last year. I...
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    Tires for Origami Crane?

    I guess I'll start here, since it involves 20" wheels. I'm asking on behalf of a coworker who bought an Origami Crane (in part with me and my Brompton as inspiration :)) for commuting. She said she...
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    I carry my three speed Brompton up and down four...

    I carry my three speed Brompton up and down four flights of stairs pretty much every day, often more than once, and I don't find it terribly onerous. I'm a slightly built 150 lbs., so I'm no kind of...
  4. As an aside, I had a bad experience at Sids. I...

    As an aside, I had a bad experience at Sids. I had a flat which I fixed at work, but had pumped the tire with a crappy hand pump, and I wanted to pump the tire properly before heading for home. I...
  5. Thread: Record Lows

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    I rode to work yesterday at 7F, which breaks my...

    I rode to work yesterday at 7F, which breaks my previous record of 16F. I rode home at 9F. I rode in today (on my own bike, vs. bike share for the first time this year) at 10F, so things are...
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    Coming late to this game. You can add me too. I...

    Coming late to this game. You can add me too. I live in Manhattan, Lower East Side (and got here before it was hip, hence I can afford the rent). I ride a Brompton, and now that it's winter, bike...
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    Yesterday, was my first completely non-bike...

    Yesterday, was my first completely non-bike commuting day I believe since at least May; I took the train both ways. Today I took a bike share bike. First, it was a trick to find one; it looks like...
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    There was a light snow today. I took bike share...

    There was a light snow today. I took bike share to work, and it worked out rather nicely. It made me a little nervous, as I haven't ridden much in the snow, and this is the first time this year. The...
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    My Edge 500 usually isn't much of a problem, but...

    My Edge 500 usually isn't much of a problem, but it can vary a lot, for reasons I can't discern. Most days it can get a lock in a couple of minutes. However, some days, it can take forever. The...
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    I've decided that bike share was made for winter....

    I've decided that bike share was made for winter. First, the fair weather cyclists have gone away, so it's much easier to find a bike, or a parking space, when I need one. And it's easier to deal...
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    The only chain cleaning I do is an occasional...

    The only chain cleaning I do is an occasional wipe down with paper towels. I apply the lube on bike, a drop at a time. I've got a bit under 3000 miles on this chain, and I think it's just about at...
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    How many miles does Chain-L last for you before...

    How many miles does Chain-L last for you before you have to reapply? It seems to last me about 600 miles +-25 miles or so, at which point I'm getting just a slight squeak and chain rattle. I ride...
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    My commute to work is just under three miles each...

    My commute to work is just under three miles each way. In the warmer months, I would often stretch this out to 20+ miles by making a big loop through three boroughs, but the start point is work, and...
  14. I am not a number, I am a free man! Oh, wait,...

    I am not a number, I am a free man!

    Oh, wait, never mind, carry on...
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    Err, and why exactly would anyone want to own a...

    Err, and why exactly would anyone want to own a Citibike?
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    I'll be there. I'll coming from New York to visit...

    I'll be there. I'll coming from New York to visit a friend in Philly.

    As an aside, I doubt we'll arrive by bike. I find it odd that he rides thousands of miles a year, but has no interest in...
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    Helmet laws are a veiled attempt to kill bike...

    Helmet laws are a veiled attempt to kill bike share, as evidenced by the helmet law introduced by pro car, anti bike lane and safe streets city councilman David Greenfield. Though in Liu's case, I...
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    I have no qualms whatsoever taking the Greenway...

    I have no qualms whatsoever taking the Greenway below 96th St. after dark, and have done it quite a lot. I have reason to go up to 116th St. often enough, and I get off at around 103rd St. (Yes,...
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    I had my first actual, and literal, run in with a...

    I had my first actual, and literal, run in with a fixie dweeb with no brakes. I was going down the bike lane, and started making a left turn when I hear behind me, "Hey, hey! Whoa, whoa!" Before I...
  20. I learned that I've been tying granny knots all...

    I learned that I've been tying granny knots all these years! :o And his Ian secure knot seems a lot better than the double knot I've been doing. So hey, a couple of useful things learned. There are...
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    Weather here doesn't look so pretty: ...

    Weather here doesn't look so pretty:

    http://www.copenhagenize.com/2010/11/copenhagen-cycling-in-snow.html

    Actually, it looks kinda like New York in the winter, minus the bicycles. A perverse...
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    BFold are the ones that told me it costs ~$500....

    BFold are the ones that told me it costs ~$500. I've heard similar elsewhere, so it's not just them. IIRC a new rear wheel and hub gear, derailer, cable, shifter, etc., the price adds up.
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    Upgrade three speed Brompton, or...?

    This question has been on the back burner for a while, but perhaps now is the time to get some insight, so I have the winter to make a decision.

    A bit over a year ago, I got a three speed...
  24. The cutoff for tax on clothing is $110, and I...

    The cutoff for tax on clothing is $110, and I wasn't charged sales tax at REI for an $80 item. Nor was I charged at EMS.
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    Growing up on Long Island, the Bronx was upstate,...

    Growing up on Long Island, the Bronx was upstate, since it's on the mainland. Attached to the continental US=upstate. Then I got to Ithaca, and learned that Westchester, Putnam, and Rockland were...
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