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    I've never had to make the "call of shame" and...

    I've never had to make the "call of shame" and get someone to fetch me on a commute. However, I did have to walk 3.5 miles in my cycling shoes one day when my rear tire repeatedly flatted and I ran...
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  3. I think you are setting yourself up for health...

    I think you are setting yourself up for health issues long term and possibly short term. Kidney stones are documented risk from low carb/ high protein diets. I didn't realize this when I went on the...
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    Took a day off work yesterday, so I missed a...

    Took a day off work yesterday, so I missed a commute but gained some chill time. Rode with my friends late in the afternoon, and we got caught in a storm and thoroughly soaked. Ironically, I would...
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    Fantastic commute this morning with cooler temps,...

    Fantastic commute this morning with cooler temps, lower humidity AND a tailwind. My average speed was the fastest in quite a while, in direct contrast to yesterday when I battled headwinds and red...
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    If you want to spend some money, a Cage Rocket...

    If you want to spend some money, a Cage Rocket does the same thing.
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    Peanut butter, jam, bananas and granola bars can...

    Peanut butter, jam, bananas and granola bars can go a long way without having to spend much money. However, I would encourage you to eat out at least some of the time. Eating out is a nice reward...
  8. I wouldn't describe the route from Raleigh to...

    I wouldn't describe the route from Raleigh to Kerr Lake as "mostly flat," particularly with a load bike. Although there are some long sections of relatively flat roads, there are also significant...
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    Great ride this morning with warm temperatures...

    Great ride this morning with warm temperatures AND low humidity, a combination we don't see very often in NC. A strong cold front is blowing through the state today, which means much cooler temps and...
  10. Personally, I found Grand Teton NP much more...

    Personally, I found Grand Teton NP much more visually appealing than Yellowstone. Altho Yellowstone is "intellectually" fascinating, it is not the most scenic national park and very crowded. The...
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    Beautiful morning and my fastest commute in a...

    Beautiful morning and my fastest commute in a long time, with cooler temps and lower humidity for a change. A strong cold front moved through our area yesterday, bringing tremendous thunderstorms...
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  13. If you deviate from the route a bit, you might be...

    If you deviate from the route a bit, you might be able to camp at Twin Lakes State Park near Burkeville and Pocahontas SP near Chesterfield. You might do a search for Swift Creek Reservoir, which...
  14. North Carolina has an extension of the USBR 1...

    North Carolina has an extension of the USBR 1 route, and you can find maps here:

    http://www.ncdot.gov/travel/mappubs/bikemaps/default.html

    I have ridden this stretch of USBR 1 from Raleigh to...
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    Never, but I came close to crashing recently when...

    Never, but I came close to crashing recently when my front tire went flat. I rarely ever get front flats, and this might have been my first while actually riding (most seem to happen overnight with...
  16. Some examples of sport touring bikes include the...

    Some examples of sport touring bikes include the Gunnar Sport, Soma ES, All City Space Horse. You might also consider cross bikes, such as the Gunnar Crosshairs, Soma Doublecross, Surly Crosscheck,...
  17. Touring bikes work well as commuter or...

    Touring bikes work well as commuter or around-town bikes, but you might want to use larger tires (at least 28-32 mm) because they tend to have stiff frames for carrying loads. IMHO, a sport touring...
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    Nice ride to work this morning with a temporary...

    Nice ride to work this morning with a temporary lull between showers. Hopefully I will be so lucky this afternoon. We are in a weather pattern where it can basically rain at any time, any day but...
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    You can buy Shimano PD-M520s with a larger...

    You can buy Shimano PD-M520s with a larger plastic pedal that fits around the cleat. That would spread out the contact surface more. Perhaps you can buy the plastic surrounding pedals separately....
  20. I'm 60 and I'm riding more than ever, topping...

    I'm 60 and I'm riding more than ever, topping 9,000 miles in 2013. Although I seldom ride centuries, I commute 30+ miles round-trip 3-4 days/week and ride a metric century most weekends. I haven't...
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    Embrace the black. Consider it a temporary...

    Embrace the black. Consider it a temporary change in appearance, like changing your bar tape. When the black tires wear out, buy some more skin walls if you still dig that look. I've got black and...
  22. Something nobody seems to have mentioned, or I...

    Something nobody seems to have mentioned, or I just missed it, is that I've always heard that it's best to pack your heaviest items toward the bottom of your panniers to lower the center of gravity. ...
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    You could probably find the Campy parts you are...

    You could probably find the Campy parts you are seeking on eBay, but you might have to pay a pretty penny. You could also check the Classic & Vintage forum here, which has a classified ad section,...
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    Coolest morning commute in a while with temps in...

    Coolest morning commute in a while with temps in the low 60s F. I wore knee warmers and could have used arm warmers. The drop in humidity was the biggest factor, however, and should make for a...
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