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  1. Poll: If you are going to change gearing anyway , and...

    If you are going to change gearing anyway , and an 103" or 106" top end is satisfactory, why would it be beneficial to limit your low range to 25-30? Granted, the wider range cassette may widen the...
  2. My Bianchi Volpe CX bike. I have 5 bikes, 2...

    My Bianchi Volpe CX bike.

    I have 5 bikes, 2 touring bikes, 2 light weight road bikes, and the CX bike. The Volpe does not do anything especially well, but it does just about everything...
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    Check out the Amtrak bus from the Portland train...

    Check out the Amtrak bus from the Portland train station to Astoria, or as others have said, take the train south to Albany or Eugene and then head west to the coast.

    I am not saying that you...
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    I am just recovering from shoulder surgery to...

    I am just recovering from shoulder surgery to repair 3 partially torn shoulder ligaments, bone damage and a fully torn bicep ligament. The bicep was obvious, but the other damage was just "shoulder...
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    Many of the small city parks and fairgrounds in...

    Many of the small city parks and fairgrounds in Nebraska, Iowa, and Indiana allow camping, or at least don't run you off.

    Also, if you ask maintenance workers in the parks, or the local police,...
  7. I'm sorry, I did not see the humor in that.

    I'm sorry, I did not see the humor in that.
  8. Velocity Dyad is a good rim. They are a good...

    Velocity Dyad is a good rim. They are a good compromise between weight and durability. We have them on three of our bikes: 2 touring, and a cyclocross/tourer. Between the 3 bikes we have over...
  9. +1 Blowouts are are rare unless there is a...

    +1 Blowouts are are rare unless there is a mounting error. I have only had 2 in over 40 years of riding and they were my fault; too much tire pressure and the tire popped off the rim, and a "heat...
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    Today's ride-- Ten minutes: 6 minutes to change...

    Today's ride-- Ten minutes: 6 minutes to change clothes, put on shoes,helmet and gloves, fill water bottle, check tires, open garage door and pull onto the driveway;4 minutes waiting for my...
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    The OP's list is only 7 items shorter than the...

    The OP's list is only 7 items shorter than the checklist I used to "get out the door" for a 3 month tour, which included camping and cooking gear.
  12. Thread: wheel opinions?

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    When I reduce the tension on my guitar strings...

    When I reduce the tension on my guitar strings the tone gets lower; not because the strings are compressed, but because there is less tension.

    The rubber band is not compressing it just has less...
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    It seems like 90% of the morning ritual could be...

    It seems like 90% of the morning ritual could be taken care the night before. Also, a lot of the gear seems like it should stay with the bike, and not have to rounded up each morning. I have to get...
  14. Thread: First Road Bike

    by Doug64
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    Hopefully, you will enjoy you Volpe as much as I...

    Hopefully, you will enjoy you Volpe as much as I have enjoyed mine. I have a 2007 that has been ridden across the U.S., taken on several shorter tours, used daily to run errands, and goes on many...
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    While I agree with lighter loads and being in...

    While I agree with lighter loads and being in good riding condition, there is nothing wrong with having low gearing when you need/want it.

    Three of us in our family run 44/32/22 cranks with an...
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    That is a change from when we were there in 2012....

    That is a change from when we were there in 2012. The California State Parks seem to be in a state of flux as far as hiker/biker sites go. They were having problems with transient folks, and were...
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    Lime Kiln SP hiker/biker site, Big Sur. It looks...

    Lime Kiln SP hiker/biker site, Big Sur. It looks like a strange site, but it has one of the best views and was as quiet as any we used on the coast. Limekiln SP
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    In my experience the hills in NY are steeper than...

    In my experience the hills in NY are steeper than most of the hills you will find in the Rockies or other western mountain ranges.

    The Pompey Hills, New York are harder than any we encountered in...
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    I think staehp1 nailed it for me. Coming from...

    I think staehp1 nailed it for me. Coming from endurance sports and mountaineering background, I often find that some of the more challenging days are the most enjoyable and satisfying. I consider...
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    You are probably right, the Pacific North West...

    You are probably right, the Pacific North West has a little more temperate climate. It has been awhile, early 1970's. I raced when black shorts and white socks were a requirement.
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    We used to wear lightweight wool jerseys and wool...

    We used to wear lightweight wool jerseys and wool shorts year around. It has been a long time, but I still believe the wool shorts were cooler than lycra. A lot of us did not convert to the...
  22. +1 I had a bike with chrome fork tips and rear...

    +1 I had a bike with chrome fork tips and rear dropouts. While it is more durable than paint, it did chip.

    I've also had a new fork for my 2007 Volpe powder coated. The new fork was a...
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    It is my understanding that the benefit of aero...

    It is my understanding that the benefit of aero rims are not realized at speeds less than 17 mph.
  24. http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy112/Doug64_ph...

    http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy112/Doug64_photos/Europe%202011/16d8ca05-4d02-4fad-99b9-0ea636aa9b30.jpg
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    Lime Kiln Hiker/Biker site Best spot on the...

    Lime Kiln Hiker/Biker site

    Best spot on the coast.
    http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy112/Doug64_photos/Bike%20Trips/Pacific%20Coast/d9c20460-e309-4133-98f7-bb892d26d7f8.jpg
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