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  1. Couldn't you just wrap electrical tape around the...

    Couldn't you just wrap electrical tape around the bottle where it contacts the cage. It should stop any scratching if that is the main concern
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    Whoops, I didn't read your post showing her new...

    Whoops, I didn't read your post showing her new ride. Congrats,
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    Mission Bridge

    I'm planning my next tour which likely will leave from the Sumas ,Washington State side. Would anyone know if it is allowed to ride a bicycle over the Mission Bridge, and for a short distance on the...
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    I noticed you have several nice bikes. I'd...

    I noticed you have several nice bikes. I'd suggest you re think if possible your budget of 400 dollars, find a great LBS and require them to find her a bicycle designed more for ladies, make sure it...
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    I've used clip less for years, but have returned...

    I've used clip less for years, but have returned to large platform pedals, I spin at 80 to 90 rpm. Here is an article thats been around awhile that I have found interesting.Learn About Bikes with...
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    I use a cheap plastic rain jacket under the...

    I use a cheap plastic rain jacket under the belief you get wet from either the inside with sweat or outside from rain. IMO expensive fabrics are not worth it, though they do look nicer. I ride a lot...
  7. Lube the chain regularly, and once a year or so...

    Lube the chain regularly, and once a year or so grease the wheel hub bearings ( it is easier than it sounds )
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    Keeping weight located with a lower center of...

    Keeping weight located with a lower center of gravity is the way to go for most IMO. But if your only carrying light loads such as bread or a book or two, the rear basket may be ok
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    If your back pack weighs in at say 20 pounds,...

    If your back pack weighs in at say 20 pounds, that is 20 more pounds your saddle will need to support. I use panniers.
  10. I've used clipless for several years, but have...

    I've used clipless for several years, but have gone back to large platform pedals. If you wife is not very experienced or as you indicated , has a problem un clipping, it may be worth it to consider...
  11. I use WD 40 to clean my chain if it is...

    I use WD 40 to clean my chain if it is particularly dirty, before applying my chain lube ( Pro Link )
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    You said you have a bad knee. If you have pain...

    You said you have a bad knee. If you have pain for a few weeks that doesn't go away, especially if it persists when going up or down stairs, I'd see a doctor if at all possible.
  13. It's been a long time since I've called a lock...

    It's been a long time since I've called a lock smith, but rather than cutting your lock, it may be cheaper to call one instead.
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    I don't believe it has much to do with size, but...

    I don't believe it has much to do with size, but I just use a cheap plastic jacket. You either get wet from the outside or inside what ever approach one takes. So I don't worry about expensive ,...
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    +1 ^
  16. Tacoma WA. is ok, but not particularly friendly...

    Tacoma WA. is ok, but not particularly friendly to bikes. a few lanes is about it. A couple of MUPS.
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    A Doctor last month demonstrated that everyone...

    A Doctor last month demonstrated that everyone has a blind spot, everyone. It made me even more cautious regarding cars pulling out of an intersection. The blind spot is small, but it does exist.
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    I'm glad your back on your bike once again. I was...

    I'm glad your back on your bike once again. I was off mine for several months due to a menaces tear. The feeling was euphoric during the first ride back. Glad your ok, but why one handed ? A cast on...
  19. My wife is pleased that I cycle what some may...

    My wife is pleased that I cycle what some may consider to be an excessive amount of time, she knows it keeps me out of bars, and is a lot cheaper while healthier than many other activities .
  20. The video surprised me, wow.

    The video surprised me, wow.
  21. I spend many hours planing on where to go on...

    I spend many hours planing on where to go on tour, outside of that, very little
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    I use a large bandanna , it covers my ears and...

    I use a large bandanna , it covers my ears and the back of my neck as well. No need to pay for greasy sun screen.
  23. I use the ( Salsa Anything Gage ) and don't...

    I use the ( Salsa Anything Gage ) and don't really care if my bottle is scratched or not on the outside.
  24. I don't have a real preference for either, but...

    I don't have a real preference for either, but presto seems easier to obtain, so as to avoid having both styles, I'll stay with Presta. I've only had a stem failure when I've allowed the knurled knob...
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    Thanks I'll look into your out of the way...

    Thanks I'll look into your out of the way suggestions. I tore my meniscus, had surgery and am on the mend, so my trip will happen later this year ( 2014 )
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