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  1. Whoops, this just in. Guess not! "Since the...

    Whoops, this just in. Guess not!

    "Since the announcement of our pending hydraulic brake recall, SRAM has received a number of inquiries related to reported incidents of brake failures in...
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    I'm using the Schwalbe Winter Marathon 700x35s...

    I'm using the Schwalbe Winter Marathon 700x35s with four rows of carbide studs (over 200 total). About the only additional info I can report that others haven't mentioned is that the extra rows do...
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    Schwalbe Marathon Winter studded, 700x35, with...

    Schwalbe Marathon Winter studded, 700x35, with carbide studs. I'd been told the studs would outlast the tread. After three thousand miles, the tread is hardly worn, and the rear's inner rows of...
  4. Winds gusting to that much are too dangerous...

    Winds gusting to that much are too dangerous around here as the risk of getting blown into traffic are greater than I'm comfortable with. I've ridden in crosswind gusts to 55 mph out in the country...
  5. I understand your mentality as I've battled it...

    I understand your mentality as I've battled it for over twenty years here in the Twin Cities. Yesterday's conditions were maybe passable for riding around here, but there were close to 200 vehicle...
  6. I'd give it a shot. I'd think that if you apply...

    I'd give it a shot. I'd think that if you apply the tape correctly (i.e. put the proper tension on it), it'd seal up well. I've put it on cable rub spots in the past without painting and when I...
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    Back in the days of a short 10 mile commute, I'd...

    Back in the days of a short 10 mile commute, I'd go down to -10F, but didn't really enjoy it. :-) The last ten years, it's been 16 miles to the light rail station, or 23 miles all the way to work. ...
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    Jan-May - winter just didn't go away Jun - built...

    Jan-May - winter just didn't go away
    Jun - built up the legs and other body parts a bit

    1257 - July (a lowlander sucked a lot of air on Sunday CO Triple Bypass ride for 10% of the miles)
    1441 -...
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    I get a kick out of many of these "debates" as a...

    I get a kick out of many of these "debates" as a lot of them are based on personalities rather than any right or wrong answer. I usually avoid them and go biking instead.

    I keep track of miles...
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    buzzbee (CA)_______________________7163...

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    Dwayne (GA)________________________6438 (7051 total through 11/12 [187/190])...
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    MNBikeCommuter(MN)____________________9191...

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    dschue5(MN)___________________________7635 (12,530 total)
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    MNBikeCommuter(MN)____________________9191...

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    dschue5(MN)___________________________7635 (12,530 total)
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    2012 was an exceptional year, with "no winter"...

    2012 was an exceptional year, with "no winter" last Jan-Mar, and drought much of the year helping out considerably. Some numbers:

    164 commutes, breaking the record of 121 for my current...
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    MNBikeCommuter(MN)____________________9191...

    MNBikeCommuter(MN)____________________9191 (12733)
    Silk (BC/CAN)_________________________8347
    dschue5(MN)___________________________7635 (12,530 total)
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  15. It certainly beats the alternative of breaking...

    It certainly beats the alternative of breaking the bottle neck and leaving it in the path of the next cyclist.

    But no, it's never occurred to me that it should be an issue. I'm guessing people...
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    Yup, roads and trails around here are pretty...

    Yup, roads and trails around here are pretty quiet bike-wise. I did see a couple of wheel tracks in a light dusting of snow or frost this morning, so it was reassuring to not be the only one out...
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    We got hit with winter a week ago in MN (up to...

    We got hit with winter a week ago in MN (up to 17" of that white stuff) and it's sure hit and miss as to what's cleared and how well. Saturday we got our biggest rain in four months, and yesterday a...
  18. I was finally back in the commuting saddle this...

    I was finally back in the commuting saddle this morning after taking last week off. Roads just don't clear up quickly in Dec. All was fine coming through St. Paul and along the rivers until I got...
  19. I don't know if I'll bother to join the 50+ forum...

    I don't know if I'll bother to join the 50+ forum next year. That'd put me in the same group as my father and I don't know if I'm ready for that realization yet. He's 79 and still going strong. He...
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    You've got a mountain bike so you should have...

    You've got a mountain bike so you should have some decent low gearing. Spin the pedals at 90-100 rpm rather than pushing hard, and there should be a gear that gets you up that hill without killing...
  21. I switched to an aluminum winter bike back in '95...

    I switched to an aluminum winter bike back in '95 here in Minnesota because of the salt. It's handled it much better than the steel bike it replaced. The fork is chromoly however, and as...
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    All right! Good to see there's some softening in...

    All right! Good to see there's some softening in your thinking. :-) But cripes, mid-50s being over the hill? I'm not far behind and I'm cranking out a half century commute up to five times a week....
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    It's not an all or nothing thing. Maybe do it a...

    It's not an all or nothing thing. Maybe do it a couple of times a week?
  24. "Shame it's dark on my way home, it's gorgeous...

    "Shame it's dark on my way home, it's gorgeous out "

    I bet all the neighborhood Xmas lights will make up for the lack-of-sun-prettiness. :-) January's afternoon commutes are the hardest for...
  25. My commute of 23 miles was too long through too...

    My commute of 23 miles was too long through too many municipalities to even consider it without knowing the full-length conditions. I'd have had to walk/carry my bike a quarter mile to get to a...
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