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  1. Congratulations! The speed will come, and...

    Congratulations! The speed will come, and experience will make you quicker at all the things that aren't pure strength (getting through controls, navigating, etc).
  2. This. You can't be overweight and race, unless...

    This. You can't be overweight and race, unless you really enjoy losing. Brevets aren't races, though, and an overweight randonneur can be perfectly successful without losing weight. And randos,...
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    I'm tempted by the new Compass tires, especially...

    I'm tempted by the new Compass tires, especially if they really are easier to get on than Contis. (This would be seeing if I can squeak the 26mm ones under my fenders, which fit Conti GP4000s 23mm...
  4. /fellow Massachusetts Athena hopping in. Like...

    /fellow Massachusetts Athena hopping in.

    Like others have said, a lot of people (esp those who are thinner) dislike triples. A lot of the time they really, truly, don't need those gears, and...
  5. It'd certainly be OK. It may or may not be what...

    It'd certainly be OK. It may or may not be what you end up wanting long term.

    After my first several 200ks, I went to a hybrid 105 + Shimano mountain drivetrain (Deore Shadow XT, works with 105...
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    Look at the comments/Q&A -- they're allowing...

    Look at the comments/Q&A -- they're allowing people to overpledge and then in your "shipping info" ask for the other rear light. Not sure they'll allow an infinite number of different overpledge...
  7. The other advantage to training on your route is...

    The other advantage to training on your route is that you'll be faster navigating. Slowing down to read the cue sheet, even if you don't make any wrong turns, does add up. Plus, you'll know where...
  8. Lots of plans! But first, the story: A little...

    Lots of plans! But first, the story:

    A little under two years ago some health stuff got fixed, so I started seriously riding again. I also spent the summer looking for and finally buying a new...
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    Yep:...

    Yep:
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dynamodirk/magnic-light-ic-intelligent-contactless-bicycle-dy

    This is the new one we've been talking about. Adds a standlight and is aiming to hit the...
  10. Find somewhere that sells men's small enough for...

    Find somewhere that sells men's small enough for her. Men's "normal width" is D, women's "normal width" is B. (Like bra sizes, higher in the alphabet is larger.) I switched to men's shoes a while...
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    The new kickstarter version (rather than the...

    The new kickstarter version (rather than the retail version) has a standlight, though. That's why this has bubbled back up.

    I wish the full set on the new kickstarter was 1 front 2 rear, but I...
  12. There's always commercials intervals -- pick a...

    There's always commercials intervals -- pick a program you like that's on normal broadcast TV, ride normally during the show, sprint the commercial breaks.
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    This is mine, too. Even if I have to travel to...

    This is mine, too. Even if I have to travel to get the 600 -- I'm going to try the local one, but it's very hilly, and I'm not sure I can do that much hill fast enough. If I blow the time limits, I...
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    Zip ties are pretty easy to cut, and pretty light...

    Zip ties are pretty easy to cut, and pretty light to carry more of them. Doesn't make them reusable, though. Long metal-and-plastic twist ties, like come on some electronics, might do the trick too.
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    Do my first SR series (I've done several 200Ks,...

    Do my first SR series (I've done several 200Ks, but all the longer distances will be new). Increase my average speed on long rides (doing a LOT of interval speed work over the winter on the trainer...
  16. When an attractive member of your preferred...

    When an attractive member of your preferred gender goes past on a bike, and your eyes go straight to the frame to see what they're riding. (And your spouse/SO knows exactly why your head has turned...
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    Ditto on the Performance Bike cheapo-ish...

    Ditto on the Performance Bike cheapo-ish interchangeable-lens ones. Get ones with clear/amber/grey, and if you don't like the amber, don't use it. Best if you have a Performance Bike near you and...
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    Fizik Antares Versus (142mm) or Aliante Versus? ...

    Fizik Antares Versus (142mm) or Aliante Versus? Kium rails, not braided. The "versus" versions all have a channel.
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    I only stop when it's icy. Though I commute a...

    I only stop when it's icy. Though I commute a lot less after the time change, because rush hour traffic in the dark is stressful rather than fun. (Especially when I got clipped (uninjured, but...
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    I think it looks like a great idea for certain...

    I think it looks like a great idea for certain riders. (Specifically, professional women who need to arrive at the office without helmet-head hair. One can rail at society for the double...
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    The Luxos is HUGE. My husband has a Luxos B...

    The Luxos is HUGE. My husband has a Luxos B (which avoids some of the issues with water penetration due to not having the USB port) on his (non-folding) bike, and I don't think it'd fit. It is a...
  22. Uh, this is very misleading. You do want your...

    Uh, this is very misleading. You do want your shoes tight enough not to pull out of them, but that's pretty obvious. You want room for your feet to swell, and thus shoes that feel loose around the...
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    +1 to Specialized carbon-soled MTB shoes (I wear...

    +1 to Specialized carbon-soled MTB shoes (I wear the "Experts"). I can walk completely comfortably in them for a half-mile or so, and could walk a lot longer if necessity arose, although they're...
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    I do this, too -- I'm in the same seated/tucked...

    I do this, too -- I'm in the same seated/tucked position, but my weight is almost all on my feet, cushioning potholes and it at least feels to me like I have more control, not less. I don't do it to...
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    If you haven't gotten out on a ride yet today,...

    If you haven't gotten out on a ride yet today, saddle up -- it's the most perfect cycling weather there ever was out there. No pretty pictures, since I forgot even my cell phone, but I headed out to...
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