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    This. Then get a couple of good rides in over...

    This.

    Then get a couple of good rides in over the weekend when you get back, maybe a short, hard ride in Tuesday, and taper until the weekend. Don't try to make up for the "lost" week the week...
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    Twin Bridges has a beautiful facility. If you're...

    Twin Bridges has a beautiful facility. If you're headed toward Ennis, though, leave early in the morning. I think they turn the headwind on about 1:00.
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    One of the road workers in Yellowstone told us,...

    One of the road workers in Yellowstone told us, "The most dangerous animals in the park are the ones driving rental RVs. They drive a Corolla all year and then come up here and rent a 28' RV that's...
  4. Maybe that's what caused my 800's battery life to...

    Maybe that's what caused my 800's battery life to drop from about 15 hours to 8-ish. I recorded an 8-hour ride with maps on for only about an hour, and the battery was down to half. The 400k last...
  5. Now that I have one, I just have to wait for my...

    Now that I have one, I just have to wait for my UN-52 to bite the bullet so I can install it. May be a few more years.

    Is there a reason nobody's suggested a Phil Woods BB (beside the price)?
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    The best time of year to commute is right after...

    The best time of year to commute is right after work.

    The worst time of year to commute is right before work.
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    I wouldn't care if Shimano made sandals (or...

    I wouldn't care if Shimano made sandals (or anything!) larger than 48.
  8. Look carefully at your Ortliebs. If the rollers...

    Look carefully at your Ortliebs. If the rollers are like the packers, you can life up a tab on the back of the hooks and move them forward on the bag, moving the bag back on the rack.

    Make sure...
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    Took out the frame?? What do we have to do to...

    Took out the frame?? What do we have to do to persuade you to tell that story?
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    I think my Ortlieb panniers cost $140 eight years...

    I think my Ortlieb panniers cost $140 eight years ago. That's less than $20 per year. Waterproof (as long as you don't ride through a river) and reliable.
  11. I've got one of each (wrap-around...

    I've got one of each (wrap-around cycling-specific and just plain prescription sunglasses), and there's not a lot of difference up to about 35-40 mph. If you want, you can just get a cheap pair of...
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    OK, I'll bite and give medical advice over the...

    OK, I'll bite and give medical advice over the web:

    Get a second opinion, preferably from a cardiologist who exercises.
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    It really depends on the rail trail. On the C&O...

    It really depends on the rail trail. On the C&O and a couple rail-trails I've been on, I'd go as wide as possible on a road or cross bike. 32 would be preferable to 28, and 25 might be pushing...
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    My Tara isn't quite level, maybe slightly closer...

    My Tara isn't quite level, maybe slightly closer to level than yours, but it works well with Ortlieb SP+. You'll have to fiddle with the lower hook location and angle, but the bags will latch on...
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    I figure any time I buy a new bike it'll cost at...

    I figure any time I buy a new bike it'll cost at least $100 more than the sticker might indicate. Minimum of one blinky light for the back, patch kit, spare tube, saddle bag, and pump for each bike....
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    I used a Road Morph for a long time, until even...

    I used a Road Morph for a long time, until even kneeling down (on gravel! ouch!) and taking my glasses off wasn't enough to read the yellowed gauge. Then I got a new one and retired the old one to...
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    Start off part of the way back through the pack,...

    Start off part of the way back through the pack, not all the way at the back, and start riding at a pace you can sustain for several hours. Your 14-15 mph solo pace is a good starting point.
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  18. If you can find a Campagnolo derailer of similar...

    If you can find a Campagnolo derailer of similar vintage, the Ergo shifter and Campy derailer will work just fine with a Shimano 9-speed cassette.
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    I can't force you to believe anything. I can...

    I can't force you to believe anything. I can only report my observation. Starting with a 24 oz Polar bottle full of ice and topped off with water, the ice will take over an hour to melt when the...
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    +1 Fill the bottle with ice, then top it with...

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    Fill the bottle with ice, then top it with water. An insulated bottle will be cool after two hours in 90F, while an uninsulated bottle will have melted in half an hour. After that the water...
  21. With daily rain, you'll almost certainly need to...

    With daily rain, you'll almost certainly need to re-lube by the end of the second day (probably the first).

    Of the bottles you have, the T9 has a chance of lasting a couple of days. IIRC, you...
  22. It's always a balancing act. YOu have the best...

    It's always a balancing act. YOu have the best selection in May, better prices in September, and best prices in January -- but also the worst selection then.

    Waiting until winter might work OK if...
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    I usually suspect poor hydration whenever I hear...

    I usually suspect poor hydration whenever I hear of cramping. Based on that, it might be a good idea to skip all the dried fruits in the top spots of that list.
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    I like the huckleberry flavor of the Hammer gel. ...

    I like the huckleberry flavor of the Hammer gel. It tastes like blueberry filling of a Dunkin Donut. Since all you're doing with a gel is shooting some sugar into your gut, I don't think it...
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    I took a pair of the "plain" yellow Bikepacker...

    I took a pair of the "plain" yellow Bikepacker Plus across the country. The dome at the top is visible over the black front and back, so it did add some visibility. 4,500 miles later, they're still...
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