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  1. I'm not saying you can't get incredibly lucky for...

    I'm not saying you can't get incredibly lucky for one day. (There's not even a pip on the chart at http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/ftpref/downloads/climate/windrose/kansas/wichita/wichita_jun.gif for a...
  2. 32 holes on the front should be fine. But I...

    32 holes on the front should be fine.

    But I gotta ask, what's the point of a 32 hole A719? Why would Mavic build a heavy touring rim to let the rider turn around and save 20 grams on four spokes?...
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    Both could be perfectly calibrated and still give...

    Both could be perfectly calibrated and still give you different answers. (Although I'm happy to get my cyclecomputer to within 1% of a measured roll-down mile.)

    The GPS takes a measurement every...
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    When I read about warm weather commuting, I...

    When I read about warm weather commuting, I figure I'll be soaked by the time I get to the office (rain or sweat, or sometimes both). Bibs, jerseys, shoes for my pedals, and work wear to change into...
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    The chain checker as a pre-screen is a good idea...

    The chain checker as a pre-screen is a good idea as long as you do it frequently enough. If, like me, you let it go another 500 miles at the end of the winter, not so good. :(

    It's quick and...
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    I'm with you. The problem for LBS and consumers,...

    I'm with you. The problem for LBS and consumers, though, is there are a lot of people who will do just that. They're the ones who are shocked when a hardware store in a small town goes out of...
  7. Concern about wind direction is, well, overblown....

    Concern about wind direction is, well, overblown.

    I can't think of anyone who's ridden across Kansas, either westbound or eastbound, who bragged about tailwinds the whole way. Everybody who...
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    Frank might be right, but at 15 years old, it may...

    Frank might be right, but at 15 years old, it may be time to rebuild the shifters. Branford Bikes used to have instructions online and parts, I don't know if they still do (Campagnolo stopped making...
  9. My experience with Adventure Cycling maps is that...

    My experience with Adventure Cycling maps is that they're almost always sufficiently detailed to follow easily, except for that one time in Charlottesville. Urban maps are often easier than rural...
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    +1 Depends on weather forecast, projected...

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    Depends on weather forecast, projected length of ride, etc. For a morning commute I might go with knee warmers around 55F, or if it's an early start for a long ride. If it's evening, or...
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    Steel holds up a bit better than aluminum, but...

    Steel holds up a bit better than aluminum, but the quality beats all. Really cheap, house brand cassettes are made of aluminum cheese and wear out very quickly. High end (think XTR) cassettes with...
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    OP, just ride them. They're plenty good, and...

    OP, just ride them. They're plenty good, and until you've worn out two or three sets of tires you won't understand what the detractors complain about.

    Check the tires, especially the rear tire,...
  13. The first two places to start with this kind of...

    The first two places to start with this kind of problem are with the cables and housings themselves, and the derailer adjustment. Don't touch the shifters! (yet)

    It's likely the cables need to be...
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    Back to the O.P.'s question, I doubt the Ortlieb...

    Back to the O.P.'s question, I doubt the Ortlieb GPS case would work. The map case might work if you could mount it in "landscape" position. It'd probably be necessary to lock the screen...
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    I'd worry more about the P.O. hours than how soon...

    I'd worry more about the P.O. hours than how soon I'd arrive. General Delivery mail is held for 30 days before it bounces, more if you have a nice postmaster and put an appropriate note on the box. ...
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    +1 on the Rainlegs suggestion. I saw a pair in...

    +1 on the Rainlegs suggestion. I saw a pair in use last month on a long rainy ride. Fortunately for me in my tights, it wasn't too cool and my tights dried before the temperature dropped. The guy...
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    I can't remember the exact quote, but didn't some...

    I can't remember the exact quote, but didn't some famous general say, "Plans mean nothing, but planning is everything?"

    IMHO it's worth it to plan attractions (your museums) and re-supply points. ...
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    Panniers for me. Let the bike carry the load,...

    Panniers for me. Let the bike carry the load, instead of my back. Also, give the back a chance to breathe. It's hot enough here in the summer without blocking half my body from cooling breezes!
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    FWIW, the newer Garmin cycling GPS have bluetooth...

    FWIW, the newer Garmin cycling GPS have bluetooth to talk to cell phones. Edge 510, 810, and Touring IIRC. Also FWIW, I don't quite get the need to have that kind of connectivity...
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    I bought a caliper because I'd always wanted one...

    I bought a caliper because I'd always wanted one to measure my seatpost. Then my measurements were off and I bought the wrong size anyway. :(

    I'd have saved a lot of money if I'd just taken it...
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    My SKS fenders have outlasted their original bike...

    My SKS fenders have outlasted their original bike frames, both pairs; they're now about 14 and 8 years old. I tend to stay on the roads, except for a few miles on the occasional MUP, so I avoid most...
  22. Thread: 520 or 750

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    Not knowing the history of either frame, I'd go...

    Not knowing the history of either frame, I'd go with the newer one. It has had less time to rust or fatigue. While there are no guarantees either way, I'd think a 7 year old bike would be less...
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    As Yogi Berra supposedly said, 90% of this game...

    As Yogi Berra supposedly said, 90% of this game is half mental.

    I'd suggest you start focusing on all the good things that happen on a ride. Ride around town, and 99 cars didn't pass you closely,...
  24. I suppose it's possible if you want to play with...

    I suppose it's possible if you want to play with analyticcycling.com. Start by finding a local hill with a known gradient, and figuring out how fast you can sustain climbing it comfortably. Put...
  25. IMHO, standover height can be exceeded on a road...

    IMHO, standover height can be exceeded on a road bike if the rider can get a toe down to stabilize herself while stopped.

    But personal likes and dislikes are more important than any theoretical...
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