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    Williams is a company with a pretty good...

    Williams is a company with a pretty good reputation, from what I've heard, so the wheels are likely well-built. Still, you're pretty close to 50% over their weight limit. At your weight, I'd probably...
  2. AirBNB seems to be headed for a host of legal...

    AirBNB seems to be headed for a host of legal problems, at least in the U.S., as more and more jurisdictions become concerned about AirBNB hosts not paying hotel taxes, violating short-term rental...
  3. Why bother? The 2-4 ounce difference in weight...

    Why bother? The 2-4 ounce difference in weight isn't large enough to be noticeable. If you're going to buy anything, buy a Thomson seatpost. If you have to be a weight weenie, opt for the expensive...
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    Most seat posts have a minimum insertion line...

    Most seat posts have a minimum insertion line inscribed on them. If not, then a good rule of thumb is to ensure that the seat post extends past the junction of the seat tube and the top tube. I'd...
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    Rigid forks are $50-100, if you can live with...

    Rigid forks are $50-100, if you can live with steel or aluminum. Carbon fiber forks can be considerably more expensive. If you buy a replacement fork, you must make sure that it is approximately the...
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    I can't really envision your setup, but in my...

    I can't really envision your setup, but in my experience knee and muscle pain is frequently caused by having the seat too low.
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    Lookin' good, Chef! Great work...

    Lookin' good, Chef! Great work...
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    But presumably it does require that you adjust...

    But presumably it does require that you adjust the fork preload, because the fork is now responsible for supporting the weight of everything in the panniers, correct?
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    It's the south, not the 1950's! Don't worry:...

    It's the south, not the 1950's! Don't worry: Lynyrd Skynyrd and Billy Ray Cyrus made it OK for guys to have long hair :rolleyes:
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    I definitely believe in having a plan and a goal,...

    I definitely believe in having a plan and a goal, but I don't believe in punishment.

    I think one of the most important things you can realize is that one meal, or even one day, or overeating...
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    At 330lbs, I probably wouldn't buy an inexpensive...

    At 330lbs, I probably wouldn't buy an inexpensive bike with front suspension. If you're not planning to ride off-road on "technical" trails, you probably don't need suspension anyway. If you have to...
  12. I've always wanted to try the Specialized Zee...

    I've always wanted to try the Specialized Zee cage, but they never have the colors I want in stock...

    I'm currently using Zefal's Wiiz cage. These are cheap plastic cages, and they look like it....
  13. If you use a power meter, the rule of thumb is...

    If you use a power meter, the rule of thumb is that kilojoules of work is equal to calories burned. That assumes, I believe, around 25% efficiency. If true, that means the Strava number is slightly...
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    I use pedals and cranks that can be installed...

    I use pedals and cranks that can be installed using an 8mm hex key inserted from the back of the crank. My multi-tool has an 8mm bit, so I don't need a pedal wrench. Carrying a full-sized 8mm hex key...
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    The time to experiment with food is before a...

    The time to experiment with food is before a long, stressful ride. Not during. Don't ask me how I know this...
  16. That estimate sounds pretty high, to me. I can...

    That estimate sounds pretty high, to me. I can burn 35 (power meter-confirmed) calories/mile on my endurance-geometry road bike if I'm riding as hard as I can go. Jump on the touring bike and slow...
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    Perhaps I should have been more explicit: I...

    Perhaps I should have been more explicit: I didn't mean that you needed to carry spares and tools for all of these problems. Rather that you need to be prepared to deal with them. Like you, my goal...
  18. I haven't found a website or app yet that wasn't...

    I haven't found a website or app yet that wasn't 1.5-2X higher than my power meter when estimating calories burned...
  19. If I were riding a 100lb bike, I'd be thinking...

    If I were riding a 100lb bike, I'd be thinking "OMG" every minute of the day, let alone when I see that I have to pedal it over a 15% grade... ;)


    You practice riding up hills on your...
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    You should be prepared to handle: - a...

    You should be prepared to handle:

    - a punctured inner tube
    - a slashed/torn tire
    - a broken chain
    - a chain that needs lubrication
    - a worn chain
    - a loose pedal
    - a handlebar or stem that...
  21. Bent rotors can usually be bent back far enough...

    Bent rotors can usually be bent back far enough to be usable. If not, then you likely have much larger problems on your hands...

    Aside from that, switching from disk brakes to cantilevers isn't as...
  22. My touring wheels are Velocity Synergy OC....

    My touring wheels are Velocity Synergy OC. They're a bit lighter than the Dyad and the off-center drilling has made for a reliable, maintenance-free wheel... so far. I used 32-hole rims mated to...
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    That's what I thought... until I did the math: 30...

    That's what I thought... until I did the math: 30 mile ride * 151 feet/mile = 4,530 feet of elevation gain. For a ride that short, that's quite a bit of climbing!

    For perspective, the Everest...
  24. It's too bad your LBS didn't give you the other...

    It's too bad your LBS didn't give you the other shims that come with their stems. If you buy a stem separately, they typically come with two or three different shims.


    They are not. The...
  25. Those same rumors have been circulating about the...

    Those same rumors have been circulating about the Open Pro for the last couple of years. If I were you, I'd try to get Velocity to replace your A23 under warranty and then keep an eye out for similar...
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