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    Rigid Racin'

    Hello! Has anyone here competed in XC with a fully rigid bike? I'm looking for tips, experiences, remembrances. I have a Surly Ogre that I want to race, but I'm nervous about my chances of...
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    Sticky: Here's my parts beast '12 Surly MeanOGREeno. ...

    Here's my parts beast '12 Surly MeanOGREeno. Wearing the commuting pants, but when it finally dries out they'll come off as all pants must. Getting it ready for fire road racing this summer (and...
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    Commute was good: only one driver inexplicably...

    Commute was good: only one driver inexplicably believing that they could share the lane with me. Since I was hugging the center line, this was somewhat baffling, but then the driver did the same...
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    WTB's coming out w/ a 35c tubeless tire...

    WTB's coming out w/ a 35c tubeless tire later this year, but that's pretty much it. I'd look at gravelgrindernews.com, since they usually comment on how well the 40c-ish tires they test set up...
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    The Tire Report

    Hello!
    I thought it would be helpful to have a kind o' tire clearinghouse thread (if one doesn't exist already... I'm quite lazy, you know) where people can look for winter-specific tire reviews.
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    I've got last year's (I think) Pearl Izumi Elite...

    I've got last year's (I think) Pearl Izumi Elite Softshell jacket. My only complaint is that it's almost too warm for 30 degrees F and above. I wear it over an old Bontrager long sleeve jersey and...
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    I smoked for about a decade and my circulation is...

    I smoked for about a decade and my circulation is still recovering, so my hands and feet are perpetually frigid. I've found that XC ski gloves are good for fit, ie, having fingers that'll fit between...
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    You'll have to let me know how they work out....

    You'll have to let me know how they work out. These are falling apart.
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    +1 whoever said that bike Co-ops and shops can...

    +1 whoever said that bike Co-ops and shops can co-exist. I worked at a bike library and a shop for awhile, and what I found was that the bike library not only introduced people to cycling who would...
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    Sticky: Thumbs skyward.

    Thumbs skyward.
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    Durable shoe covers.

    Do they exist? I bought a pair of Pearl Izumi WxB covers last season and - granted - they bore daily use all last winter, but I went to put them on a few weeks ago and lo! they're falling apart. ...
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    Stay in a low gear and pedal at a fairly high...

    Stay in a low gear and pedal at a fairly high cadence. Make sure it's a gear that you like because you might end up stuck in it if the derailleur ices over.
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    My experience has taught me that taking the lane is far and away the safest option if you're in town. If there are more than two lanes I don't even think twice: riding far to the right is an...
  14. Long sleeve jersey, with a base layer of...

    Long sleeve jersey, with a base layer of bad@$$ery.
  15. /bump So the opinion seems to be that wearing...

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    So the opinion seems to be that wearing masks doesn't do anything, but I'm actually a lil' bit worried. It's my first winter in Salt Lake City, and the thermal inversions here can be long...
  16. Thread: Utah Dirt

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    Utah Dirt

    Hello! I've just moved from Iowa to Salt Lake City and I'm (naturally) a wee bit addicted to gravel riding. Any Utahns know where one can get their gravel fix near SLC?
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    South of I-80, near Millcreek and Murray (I...

    South of I-80, near Millcreek and Murray (I think- still getting the hang of it).
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    SLC Group Rides

    So yep, moved to SLC, and I'm looking for some good beginnerish-to-intermediate weekly group rides. Whatcha got?
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    If only I had the time for tubulars... and the...

    If only I had the time for tubulars... and the thumb strength... I‘m willing to give it a shot; anyone tried these specific tires?
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    Ah, thanks for the clarification!

    Ah, thanks for the clarification!
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    Challenge tubeless compatibility

    Howdy! Has anyone tried running Challenge Grifo Pro tires tubeless >>recently<<? I know that, as of a few years ago, the sidewalls were too porous to be able to hold air, but I also know they've...
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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Same thing happened to my...

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Same thing happened to my first Le Tour: ran it into the back of an extended-cab that stopped short. After I climbed out of the truck's bed, I saw that pretty much everything...
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    The article actually hedges its claims a bit...

    The article actually hedges its claims a bit toward the end, pointing out that with a slightly different consistency of mud the advantage shifted back to discs. IMO, I don't think that this means...
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    Out of curiosity, why singlespeed it? I rode a...

    Out of curiosity, why singlespeed it? I rode a geared bike all last winter and only thing I noticed between then and now (riding an SS) is that I spend slightly less time cleaning.
  25. I've got a o' Pearl Izumi Cyclones that I wear...

    I've got a o' Pearl Izumi Cyclones that I wear in that temp range and that I'm really happy with. Surprisingly warm.
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