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    I've been taking transit for the past week. We've...

    I've been taking transit for the past week. We've been hovering between -25 and -30 C (-13 to -22 F) for the past week, accompanied by some pretty ferocious winds. I'm not a big fan of "feels like"...
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    I'm not fat, but I'm not in great shape. I can...

    I'm not fat, but I'm not in great shape. I can either go for a long time, or go fast, but not both. I'm pretty small all around (5'3", 110 lbs ish) and I find I often struggle to keep up with other...
  3. Honestly, my cold-weather cutoff for anything...

    Honestly, my cold-weather cutoff for anything more than half an hour is about -20 C (-4 F). I once biked to an xc ski lesson in that temperature, did hill repeats and various other exercises for 2.5...
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    I'm 5'3", and I used to ride a 70's kids 5-speed...

    I'm 5'3", and I used to ride a 70's kids 5-speed that I converted to an "upright" bike by swapping out the handlebars. It was $10 on kijiji.

    It had super polished 24" steel wheels though, and the...
  5. My clothing choices depend on where I'm going and...

    My clothing choices depend on where I'm going and why.

    If I'm riding short distances or to a social event, I wear whatever. I've recently learned that cycling in pantyhose is not a good idea...
  6. Yup, this happens. My grocery store is 850 m...

    Yup, this happens.

    My grocery store is 850 m (I just looked it up), but it's located on a one-way road such that to drive there it's 1.2 km. Add in traffic and a congested parking lot and I'm...
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    That bike train is a great idea! There was a...

    That bike train is a great idea!

    There was a feature in our local newspaper about a group of kids doing something similar in Calgary:...
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    No problem, I hope something comes of it for you!...

    No problem, I hope something comes of it for you!

    I actually don't have kids (yet!)... I've just heard about it from the news and from teacher friends.
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    I've been hearing a lot about Safe Routes to...

    I've been hearing a lot about Safe Routes to School programs, an organization that funds and helps communities to develop various initiatives to encourage walking and biking to school. It looks like...
  10. I think one of the major ones is sidewalks, in...

    I think one of the major ones is sidewalks, in addition to neighbourhood stores.

    There are suburbs that don't have sidewalks - they assume that everyone drives a car in and out of the community....
  11. Also, I think a distance to work is more...

    Also, I think a distance to work is more tolerable because of two reasons:
    1) You spend a lot more time at work, so the commute is a lower percentage of the total trip
    2) You *have* to go to work
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  12. I fully agree with the "prioritize the grocery...

    I fully agree with the "prioritize the grocery store" thing.

    My last house was short biking distance, but impractical walking distance (around 3 km) from a grocery store. My new place is less than...
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    I think the main part of the poverty problem is...

    I think the main part of the poverty problem is in the image that people feel they're required to uphold. This has come up a bunch in relation to car ownership, but it applies to other areas of life...
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    I wonder how much this will change in the future,...

    I wonder how much this will change in the future, as it seems that people of my generation aren't driving as much. While the cost of car ownership and operation is definitely cited as one cause of...
  15. Thread: What Cranks?

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    Have you tried the 172.5s? I'd be surprised if...

    Have you tried the 172.5s? I'd be surprised if you really noticed a difference.

    I say this because I'm riding on 170s on my road bike and 165s on my touring bike, and my "optimum" is probably even...
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    On the other hand, I don't mind when people tail...

    On the other hand, I don't mind when people tail me for a while, as long as they aren't honking or driving too close. Who am I to tell them they're safe to pass when they don't feel comfortable doing...
  17. I survived! And just like OldTryGuy, I also took...

    I survived! And just like OldTryGuy, I also took it slow and had an awesome time (though I didn't get a "good time" ;))!

    The worst part of the day was forgetting my Garmin in the car, so I had no...
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    I used to have those things, and I sometimes I...

    I used to have those things, and I sometimes I wish I still did.

    Garage: all the dirty sloppy stuff like beer making, bike maintenance, ski waxing, etc. My poor skis went unwaxed many times last...
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    That reminds me of a certain someone who packed...

    That reminds me of a certain someone who packed his family into his SUV so as to run the air conditioning, as his power had gone out in his house (and imagine the horror of being without A/C for a...
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    What kind of road bike do you have? If it's...

    What kind of road bike do you have? If it's halfway decent, I'd just stick with that. Add some clip-on aerobars and you're good to go.
  21. Feeling underprepared for my first 70.3...

    ... in 3 days!

    I'm doing the Calgary half Ironman on Sunday and I'm feeling undertrained and unprepared. I haven't done much in the way of practising nutrition, I haven't done any bike rides over...
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    Averaging 180 doesn't seem out of line for a...

    Averaging 180 doesn't seem out of line for a teenager. I'm 28, and I average around 175 during a 2 hour half marathon. Some of us just have higher heart rates than others.

    I find the important...
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    You know... you don't have to go to college in...

    You know... you don't have to go to college in the US. Come north - even at international rates, my alma mater is currently around $10k a year. We also pay our grad students living wages. Jus'...
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    I'm glad to hear that you support increased...

    I'm glad to hear that you support increased taxation for the benefit of the greater good. Also, if university education were free, we could adopt more stringent entrance requirements and get rid of...
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    1. Surly LHT weighs about 35 lbs with racks and...

    1. Surly LHT weighs about 35 lbs with racks and fenders, and I've taken up to 40 lbs of groceries. Me + bike + groceries = about 185 lbs. 40 lbs is an atypical load though, so a more reasonable...
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