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  1. What a horrible experience! Glad that it was the...

    What a horrible experience! Glad that it was the bike that took the worst of it. Treat yourself to lots of fresh fruit etc. - good nutrition helps healing, and just treating yourself well doesn't...
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    I have sekuclip reflectors on my spokes. They do...

    I have sekuclip reflectors on my spokes. They do a good job of reflecting from a wide range of angles.

    I have dynamo driven LED lights front and back as well, but the reflectors help too.
    ...
  3. Here is a fun way to look at the climbing on a...

    Here is a fun way to look at the climbing on a route. I download the data from mapmyride and then in excel I compute the distance and grade for each little segment and then sort those pairs of values...
  4. I'm 58, got back into biking about three years...

    I'm 58, got back into biking about three years ago. I've put in about 9000 miles of riding in that time. I am seem to be getting very gradually faster, maybe from 10.3 mph to 10.7 mph!

    My 14 mile...
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    I'm wearing Five Ten shoes, like these: Five Ten...

    I'm wearing Five Ten shoes, like these: Five Ten - Impact Low - Team Black with my VP-191 platform pedals. I'll also just wear my Teva sandals when it's hot. The sandals were nice when I forded a...
  6. egads, under $1K??? well here is something...

    egads, under $1K???

    well here is something that might work. Look at the Breezer Greenway...

    Breezer Bikes - Greenway Elite - Bike Details

    the XL size has a virtual top tube of 630mm which is...
  7. A Thorn Nomad size 620L could work for you. ...

    A Thorn Nomad size 620L could work for you.

    http://www.sjscycles.com/thornpdf/ThornRavenNomadBroLoRes.pdf
  8. The Catskills have lots of bears! Here is my...

    The Catskills have lots of bears! Here is my canister on my rear rack:

    http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r6/kukulaj/Nomad/little%20pond%202013/IMG_1770_zps3e2e401d.jpg
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    A perfect start, a proof of concept!

    A perfect start, a proof of concept!
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    One of my fantasy design projects is to figure...

    One of my fantasy design projects is to figure out a way to hook some blades up to a front wheel with a generator hub so when you're not riding the wind can do the work. Maybe the wheel stays in the...
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    Here is my nifty table of suggested tire...

    Here is my nifty table of suggested tire pressures:

    Interdependent Science: Bicycle Tire Pressure

    If you put on 47mm tires and the total weight on the wheels is up around 280, then you might...
  12. Yeah these are very nice and quite expensive...

    Yeah these are very nice and quite expensive bikes, so if you are in that market, it's good to be a bit thorough! They are also not such common bikes so it's hard to get as much information as you...
  13. My bottom gear is more like 17 inches. I find...

    My bottom gear is more like 17 inches. I find myself crawling up hills at 2.2 mph quite regularly! So my cadence down there is probably more like 45! With my mildly corpulent BMI 25 body and my...
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    It's certainly a good idea to get up off the...

    It's certainly a good idea to get up off the saddle to navigate rough patches. But that tactic has its limitations too. If you've got loaded panniers etc., then getting your own weight off the pedals...
  15. I really like the Flyer's springs. Mostly it's...

    I really like the Flyer's springs. Mostly it's the same as riding on a B17. It's just when somehow I get caught hitting something on the road when I was too distracted to get off my rear ahead of...
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    Sticky: A 20 mph headwind really is brutal! Another way...

    A 20 mph headwind really is brutal! Another way of looking at the numbers: my usual level speed in still air is around 12 mph. Into a 20 mph headwind, the same power output would have me going about...
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    Sticky: That doesn't sound quite right. I think power...

    That doesn't sound quite right. I think power goes like s * (s + h)^2, where s is speed and h is headwind. So riding 10 kph into a 32 kph headwind is like riding 26 kph in still air.

    Yeah, you're...
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    SJS carries them, but not sure about their...

    SJS carries them, but not sure about their shipping....

    Rigida Zac 19 R DE Rim - 19.99
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    One thing to watch out for in puzzling through...

    One thing to watch out for in puzzling through these issues: there are two ways to measure the width of a rim. The outer width and the inner width. Usually the inner width is 5 or 6 mm smaller than...
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    Yeah what Mavic says is a bit shocking to me! ...

    Yeah what Mavic says is a bit shocking to me!

    Here is a bit of insight maybe:

    Inner-rim width and affect on handling

    There is some talk there about changing trends in the downhill world....
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    According to Tire Dimensions | Schwalbe North...

    According to Tire Dimensions | Schwalbe North America that Mavic 721 ought to handle tire widths down to 35 mm and up to 62... though maybe 55 or so would be a safer upper limit.
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    Ryde Zac 19 seems to meet your needs.

    Ryde Zac 19 seems to meet your needs.
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    Here is my nifty table of suggest tire pressures,...

    Here is my nifty table of suggest tire pressures, just as starting points:

    Interdependent Science: Bicycle Tire Pressure
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    I don't have tons of experience but it sure does...

    I don't have tons of experience but it sure does seem to me that the equipment does need to fit the situation. My bike from 1996 to 2010 was a Trek 520... I think it had 28mm tires. Hauling down...
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    I did the tour two years ago, with my partner's...

    I did the tour two years ago, with my partner's son who was 18 at the time. We're both novice tourers and not terribly strong riders either. We both had lots of fun!
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