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    I own both a custom steel bike with S&S BTCs and...

    I own both a custom steel bike with S&S BTCs and a Bike Friday (Air Friday). Retrofitting an existing bike with BTCs may be costlier than you anticipate since the frame builder has to cut the frame,...
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    I've bought factory refurbs from NewEgg.com and...

    I've bought factory refurbs from NewEgg.com and DrivenGPS.com. One of them (I forget which vendor it was from) after a few months would no longer establish a data connection with my laptop (even...
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    I install detailed maps (previously Garmin's City...

    I install detailed maps (previously Garmin's City Navigator maps, now OSM maps) on my Edge 705 without a microSD card in the unit. Of course I don't try to load the whole world's worth of maps into...
  4. Got a pair from Niagara Cycle in January. They...

    Got a pair from Niagara Cycle in January. They were easy to put on. I took advantage of the change to swap my OEM Schrader inner tubes for Presta tubes, which I prefer. So far only 2 rides, on good...
  5. FWIW, while I lack experience with SRAM (other...

    FWIW, while I lack experience with SRAM (other than Twist Grip), I use both Shimano and Campagnolo. I find Shimano gives me slightly more wrist strain on the right hand (rear shifts) as the motion to...
  6. I say "exercise equipment", some friends have...

    I say "exercise equipment", some friends have suggested "bike parts" (if the bike is partially disassembled for packing). Both are essentially true descriptions.

    OP, I get your point about gaming...
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    Any relationship to Vyatek's ExoGrid...

    Any relationship to Vyatek's ExoGrid technology? It fuses titanium with carbon fiber for vibration dampening (dissimilar resonant frequencies damp out vibrations). Only manufacturers licensed by...
  8. You could try gpsvisualizer.com...

    You could try gpsvisualizer.com, which does customizable elevation profiles from a variety of data sources including GPS recordings.
  9. I've biked in the Dolomites, the area surrounding...

    I've biked in the Dolomites, the area surrounding Cortina d'Ampezzo, the area around Lago di Caldonazzo (Kalterer See), around Corvara in Badia (Kurfar), as well as Passo dello Stelvio (Stilfserjoch)...
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    It only works for cycling directions in the new...

    It only works for cycling directions in the new Google Maps, the one where the map takes the entire width of the browser window, and turn-by-turn directions appear in a floating dropdown pane instead...
  11. What we cyclists need is a camera-equipped drone...

    What we cyclists need is a camera-equipped drone that will follow us and shoot video of us as we ride.
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    Are you using some specialized mapping app that...

    Are you using some specialized mapping app that only does the US? If you're using something like RideWithGPS or even Google Maps, just trying mapping some obvious route in Italy, like (Lake Como)...
  13. Cool, too bad it can only route where Google Maps...

    Cool, too bad it can only route where Google Maps is able to route, and everything above 16% is one color—there are big differences among 16–20%, 20–25%, 25–30% and 30+%!
  14. The elevation profile also has an option to...

    The elevation profile also has an option to overlay a gradient graph, though it seems to overestimate rather frequently.
  15. Caveat: My Garmin maps are a few years old. I...

    Caveat: My Garmin maps are a few years old.

    I find that the OSM maps have better data regarding bike paths and trails inaccessible to cars. Garmin's maps have better detail about things like...
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    I'm not running the washer/dryer just to launder...

    I'm not running the washer/dryer just to launder cycling kit, I launder the cycling kit with the rest of my laundry. Hence I'm already using the dryer. No reason to exclude the cycling kit when...
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    I have not witnessed any experienced users have...

    I have not witnessed any experienced users have "clipless moments", only newbies, and always because they either completely forgot their feet were attached to their pedals, or they panicked—which is...
  18. Not since I got a Bike Friday, which packs into...

    Not since I got a Bike Friday, which packs into an ordinary suitcase. When I used to travel with my S&S BTC bike (pre-2004) I did get asked once or twice what was in the case, as its 26"x26"x10" size...
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    There are flashing bike lights that attach to...

    There are flashing bike lights that attach to helmets. I use the Blackburn Flea 2.0 combo set: white facing foward, red facing back. They recharge via USB. Rated 5 hours for the front, 12 hours for...
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    I used to get frequent neck pain from biking...

    I used to get frequent neck pain from biking until I realized how much I was tensing my shoulders. Learning to deliberately relax them took care of that. Occasionally I still tense up and start to...
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    I'm not too surprised. It's the charm and the...

    I'm not too surprised. It's the charm and the frustration of Italy: things are loosey-goosey and hard to pin down. You might get a very nice factory tour and meet some friendly people, if you don't...
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    I don't know about biking in Rome other than...

    I don't know about biking in Rome other than urban biking, nor do I know its outskirts. Umbria, however, is similar to Tuscany (with fewer international tourists). There are charming hilltop towns...
  23. It's still not going to be cheap. Back in 2002 a...

    It's still not going to be cheap. Back in 2002 a friend of mine was visiting in N. Italy and got a great deal on a bare frame from the factory, no paint, no fork. He wanted it shipped back to N....
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    Charles Schwab bank (I'm in the US). Rebates ATM...

    Charles Schwab bank (I'm in the US). Rebates ATM fees charged by other banks, worldwide. Allows online check deposits using your smartphone (or iPod Touch 5th gen) camera. No minimum balance...
  25. I don't know about loading a GPX onto Google Maps...

    I don't know about loading a GPX onto Google Maps in a way that you can see "live" where you are, but if you can upload your GPX file where it can be accessed via a standard "http://" URL (obviously...
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