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    I'd build this bike...

    I'd build this bike.

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    And then I'd use the remaining $6000 to do some awesome travels with it. (OK, if I didn't have a New World Tourist to take on airplanes, I might have some S&S...
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    I'm no longer a Clyde (now about 170 lbs.) but I...

    I'm no longer a Clyde (now about 170 lbs.) but I like my T-11 rear hub. It's on a 650B wheel with a 9-speed cassette; I ride on rough pavement and gravel, and it hasn't given me any problems. It's...
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    I would suggest a glasses-mounted mirror on the...

    I would suggest a glasses-mounted mirror on the right side of your glasses. The Take-A-Look mirror is my favorite.

    I'm left-handed, and my dominant eye is my left eye. However, I spent several...
  4. Thread: Ketosis

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    No, actually, I don't. I have lost 45 lbs. over...

    No, actually, I don't. I have lost 45 lbs. over the last year eating a diet of about 50% carbs, 20% protein, and 30% fat. After about 3 weeks of unpleasant hunger pangs, I found it easy to turn down...
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    I'm really only qualified to comment on #2...

    I'm really only qualified to comment on #2 and #3 .

    On #2 , I'd say that time is easier to measure, and allows for more variation in terrain (though that may not be an issue in Florida). Where I...
  6. I've been using my TruTrainer rollers most...

    I've been using my TruTrainer rollers most winters since 2008, except when I've been overseas. They have built-in resistance whose energy curve closely matches riding outside on flat terrain with no...
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    2013 was my big weight loss year: from 215 lbs....

    2013 was my big weight loss year: from 215 lbs. to 169 (I'm 5' 10"). It was also the year I rode my first D2R2 (100K version) and Great River Ride 170K populaire. Hills are a lot more fun now that...
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    Welcome to the area! I'm traveling to see family...

    Welcome to the area! I'm traveling to see family at present, but if you'd like recommendations, send me a PM in a couple of weeks, or email ogilvie@pobox.com. And we have many great organized rides...
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    I generally don't trust MFP's exercise calorie...

    I generally don't trust MFP's exercise calorie estimates; for cycling, Nordic skiing, etc., I use my HRM. Similarly, I don't always trust MFP's food database, which is user-contributed; some people...
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    If a cyclist blinds pedestrians or other cyclists...

    If a cyclist blinds pedestrians or other cyclists with lights that are too bright, it's just the same as a driver blinding people by driving with high beams on. The onus is on the cyclist to dim his...
  11. Beyond the excellent advice already given, I...

    Beyond the excellent advice already given, I think a good way to assess a shop is to go in, wait to see if someone offers to help you, and when they do (or when you get someone's attention), say...
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    I'm the same. If I have only one spare tube with...

    I'm the same. If I have only one spare tube with me and it's a long ride, I might patch the old one during a break.
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    Depends on how much whipped cream you put on...

    Depends on how much whipped cream you put on them!

    Personally, I think that eating a little of everything, in moderation, paying attention to total calories and the balance of macronutrients...
  14. Aside from the UJB 10-speed I had in high school...

    Aside from the UJB 10-speed I had in high school and college (until it was stolen from my back porch in Chicago), the first grown-up bike I had was a Trek Multitrack 730 hybrid, purchased in 1997 and...
  15. I agree. I've never ridden longer than 200K, but...

    I agree. I've never ridden longer than 200K, but I find that cycling for a few hours or most of a day is wonderfully restorative. I sometimes use the time to think about things I'm doing off the...
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    That's right, but the calories in the fruit and...

    That's right, but the calories in the fruit and the calories in the cookie are both carbohydrates. The fruit comes with more fiber and a different balance of starches and sugars, but it's not...
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    I love my TruTrainer (http://www.trutrainer.com)...

    I love my TruTrainer rollers. The drums are large, like Kreitlers, but one of them has a concentric flywheel that spins at a different rate than the shell. The result is variable resistance that...
  18. I don't do a lot of winter cycling, though this...

    I don't do a lot of winter cycling, though this year I intend to do more. I find for cycling, the same basic clothing I wear for XC skiing works.

    Layering is key. Below freezing, I'll wear a wool...
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    I think it's realistic, but if your 65-mile ride...

    I think it's realistic, but if your 65-mile ride involved 7 hours of riding time, you might finish the 200K outside the time limit. (If it was total elapsed time, including breaks, you should be...
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    Congratulations!

    Congratulations!
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    If you could get the mounting to work, an Ortlieb...

    If you could get the mounting to work, an Ortlieb Ultimate 5 L Plus might work. It's designed to mount without a rack underneath, but when mine is fully loaded I sometimes wish I had a rack! You can...
  22. If you're not planning on tackling any serious...

    If you're not planning on tackling any serious hills, that Trek Pure Lowstep might be OK. However, there are a few things to note about it:

    It has a feet-forward, "semi-recumbent" riding position....
  23. Tom: best wishes for your recovery! I used to...

    Tom: best wishes for your recovery! I used to donate regularly until BSE was identified; since I lived in England for a year in the late 80s, I'm now disqualified. I encourage others to donate,...
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    Welcome! Cycling can be great fun, and it's an...

    Welcome! Cycling can be great fun, and it's an excellent way to get into shape. Challenge yourself a little bit every week, but don't overdo it.

    In Strava, the elevation gain is the total amount...
  25. Welcome! You should be able to find a decent bike...

    Welcome! You should be able to find a decent bike at or under your maximum price. At 315 lbs. an off the peg bike will be fine as long as you're not doing any rough riding. For example, Trek claims...
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