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  1. With about 5 Kg of crap in the backpack, I...

    With about 5 Kg of crap in the backpack, I couldn't feel any instability. It doesn't ride the same as cargo-less, of course, but it's not bad at all.
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    Low-end vs. high-end components

    My bike has front and dear Shimano Acera derailers. I'm quite happy with them.

    However, I noticed that Acera is near the low end of Shimano's goodies. If I were to replace those components one...
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    It will probably be fine. When you are trying to...

    It will probably be fine. When you are trying to squeeze between cars, upright is the way to go. You can change the handlebar or whatever if you later change your mind. Trade plus 20 bucks sounds...
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    Thank you! I really couldn't be happier.

    Thank you! I really couldn't be happier.
  5. It's too wide. I find that I really need to...

    It's too wide. I find that I really need to compress it down with bungees to make it stable, and then taking anything out of the backpack while riding gets very inconvenient - I carry my...
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    Wow, nice bike! Love the handlebars and the...

    Wow, nice bike! Love the handlebars and the double kickstand.
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    I sweat like a pig, so switching to...

    I sweat like a pig, so switching to cargo-on-the-rack rather than on my back was a huge improvement for me. If you don't mind a backpack on your back while riding, it's OK.

    That said, I've found...
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    I like it. Understated and sleek.

    I like it. Understated and sleek.
  9. Thanks!

    Thanks!
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    374145 My LBS-built beauty. It had flat bars,...

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    My LBS-built beauty. It had flat bars, but I couldn't get really comfortable on them. Switched it to drop bars and the Tektro brake levers that let you use V-brakes, and it's great!
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    I'd invest the weekend in visiting those bikes in...

    I'd invest the weekend in visiting those bikes in person, so you can take a close look and actually weigh them yourself.

    (Personally I think the Schwinn is gooooorgeous, and it already has a...
  12. How I attach my backpack to my rear rack

    A little while ago I asked about how to hang a backpack from a rear rack. The key suggestion by prathmann was to put the backpack's straps on its front, so they don't interfere with the wheel.
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    Thank you! That's exactly what I needed to know!

    Thank you! That's exactly what I needed to know!
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    Worn/broken chainwheel teeth?

    I was cleaning my drivetrain and noticed that on my big chainwheel, two or three non-consecutive teeth are slightly shorter than the others. They don't seem broken (as in snapped), just smoothly...
  15. Lower your tire pressure (use fatter tires if...

    Lower your tire pressure (use fatter tires if needed), and keep your arms flexed at the elbows instead of locking them straight, is excellent advice. You don't need a grip of death if the rest of...
  16. Yes!

    Yes!
  17. Congratulations on your commute! As others said,...

    Congratulations on your commute! As others said, the hill will get easier. And the advice about increasing your cadence is spot-on: my LBS guy told me to do that when I commented about hills being...
  18. I've used bar tape on a MTB's flat bars with bar...

    I've used bar tape on a MTB's flat bars with bar ends. It worked very well for me! It was regular tape, not too fat/squishy, and the result felt firm but not uncomfortably hard.

    I *did* twine...
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    People here who commute regularly with their...

    People here who commute regularly with their children will have a much richer experience to tell you about than the following, but still...

    Last summer my wife, 5-year-old daughter, and myself...
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    Thanks to all! Securing the bike inside the...

    Thanks to all! Securing the bike inside the trunk is definitely interesting, and sounds like a good idea, anyway.

    I don't think I could handle a single-speed with the wheels removed; this is a...
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    Thanks, all. This is looking like a better and...

    Thanks, all. This is looking like a better and better idea all the time :)
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    Folding bike + car

    I posted this in the Living Car Free forum, but let's give it a go here.

    Does anyone keep a folding bike more or less permanently in the trunk of the car? I'm thinking that this would help me a...
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    Folding bike + car

    I'm intentionally not posting this in the "folding bike" forum since they'll just tell me to Do It :)

    Does anyone keep a folding bike more or less permanently in the trunk of a car?

    I'm getting...
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    Michcabby, THANK YOU for trying to reduce the...

    Michcabby, THANK YOU for trying to reduce the number of cars on the road. Try the Commuting forum in this site; there are many people there who can give you advice.
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    My wife and daughter have Kleen Kanteens with the...

    My wife and daughter have Kleen Kanteens with the sports caps. They basically deliver liquid as fast as you can slurp it. There is a valve on the cap that lets the air in when you sip. I've never...
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