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    Question about disc brakes

    I recently bought a new bike with disc brakes. In fact, I bought it just for the disc brakes. I wanted to avoid having to buy rims every 12-18 months, and I also got tired of squealing rim brakes in...
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    I tend to be a perfectionist in other areas of my...

    I tend to be a perfectionist in other areas of my life, and I'm afraid this leaks into my bicycling life as well. I don't think it's unreasonable to expect bicycle brakes to not make an inordinate...
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    Question about disc brakes

    I recently bought a new bike with disc brakes. In fact, I bought it just for the disc brakes. I wanted to avoid having to buy rims every 12-18 months, and I also got tired of squealing rim brakes in...
  4. I also don't know who Dave Ramsay is, and I find...

    I also don't know who Dave Ramsay is, and I find his voice kind of annoying, but I totally agree with him that if you have to borrow money to buy a car (a well-known depreciating asset), you can't...
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    It's not so much distance as time. I'm a teacher,...

    It's not so much distance as time. I'm a teacher, and when school is in session and I'm putting in 70-hour weeks, I can spend a few months without ever getting more than 10 mi (16 km) from my...
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    Things are mixed here. There are way, way more...

    Things are mixed here. There are way, way more bicyclists than there were ten years ago. It's become downright unremarkable to ride a bike where I live. Sometimes, I even have a really hard time...
  7. This actually sounds pretty fun to me. I think...

    This actually sounds pretty fun to me. I think your plan is an excellent one. The only harassment I can provide is this: Why not stay at the cheaper hotel a little farther away? I mean, you rode 53...
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    For regular trips in town, I always carry...

    For regular trips in town, I always carry high-quality rain gear, extra warm clothes in winter, a bike lock, and that's it. I used to carry a Road Morph pump, extra tubes and repair kit, etc., but...
  9. Thread: Road Kill

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    I actually killed a squirrel on my bike a few...

    I actually killed a squirrel on my bike a few years ago. I was bombing down a hill, having fun, when a squirrel chased another across the road right in front of me. I tried to brake, but it was too...
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    What's the purpose of defining what a car is?

    What's the purpose of defining what a car is?
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    He apparently knew where he was, he was only 20...

    He apparently knew where he was, he was only 20 miles from the nearest village, he had enough water to live on for several days, and he chose to camp out in the desert for 12 days and build a...
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    I don't anticipate any "life after cycling" at...

    I don't anticipate any "life after cycling" at all. That photographer in NYC -Cunningham?- is still riding his bike all over the city well into his 70's. In my daily riding around Seattle, I see...
  13. Thread: Peak Cars

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    This is a pretty persuasive graphic; it's clear...

    This is a pretty persuasive graphic; it's clear that car use is trending slightly downward in virtually every large urban area in the US. But car ownership isn't decreasing at all, so I think it's...
  14. Thread: Peak Cars

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    Driving is not going out of style, as much as I...

    Driving is not going out of style, as much as I hate to say it. People in China and India are jumping to cars as fast as they possibly can, and there are a lot of them. Meanwhile, here in the West,...
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    Wow. I've never been to Toronto, but it seems to...

    Wow. I've never been to Toronto, but it seems to be two completely different mental universes occupying the same physical space...
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    I didn't do any "intentional" riding today, but...

    I didn't do any "intentional" riding today, but still managed to put in a few miles. I went to a diner I like for breakfast. Then I went to the grocery store to buy fruit and a running shoe store to...
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    This looks promising. I sail, and the invisible...

    This looks promising. I sail, and the invisible helmet idea seems to be a hybrid of air bags and auto-inflatable life vests. I like the idea of not having a piece of Styrofoam on my head.I do...
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    This is just about the most insane thing I've...

    This is just about the most insane thing I've seen outside of the Tea Party. Here's a link that may keep things in perspective:
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    -You can eat/drink pretty much whatever you want...

    -You can eat/drink pretty much whatever you want without worrying too much;
    -Parking is very, very easy;
    -Running errands and going to work are actually kind of fun.
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    I don't think it's out of line or "unsafe" to...

    I don't think it's out of line or "unsafe" to discuss larger issues in a forum about getting around primarily on a bike. Income inequality, land use decisions, civil engineering practices, and local...
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    Great article, with some reservations. I've...

    Great article, with some reservations. I've believed for decades that walkable/bike-able, mixed used communities are far more pleasant, healthier places to live than monoculture suburban sprawl....
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    Yes, I do hate driving, with some qualifications....

    Yes, I do hate driving, with some qualifications. Cars are actually useful sometimes, but not nearly as often as most people imagine. After a few years of living car-free, I bought a car in 2009. I...
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    Hi: You're doing 113 mi/week (182 km/week);...

    Hi: You're doing 113 mi/week (182 km/week); that's a very respectable amount of riding... I'm curious: why do you think that riding a bicycle would be cheaper in Britain or the US? $0.04/km would be...
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    I don't know, it's hard to tell, because a lot of...

    I don't know, it's hard to tell, because a lot of my expenditures on bikes are purely discretionary, bike-geek type purchases. I spent $120 on a Brooks saddle I didn't actually need; I have a USB...
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    I use Ashima. I used to use Kool Stops, and the...

    I use Ashima. I used to use Kool Stops, and the Ashima are way better. By far the best brake pads I've ever used. Great stopping power, little to no squealing, even when wet.
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