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  1. I want the rain to come back. More more moar...

    I want the rain to come back. More more moar Chaos! :D
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    Many years ago there was a UK site offering...

    Many years ago there was a UK site offering Continental GP 4 Seasons at about half the usual price, so I stocked up and have never used any other commuting tire. Nice traction, though they do wear...
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    If it fits you, that's a great commuter. Tough...

    If it fits you, that's a great commuter. Tough and fun. I bombed around town on a similar Trek 820 happily for many years before I moved to a mountain where I need a road bike frame with climbing...
  4. early weather forecasts? ;)

    early weather forecasts? ;)
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    France needs more cobbles and more rain. Hoping...

    France needs more cobbles and more rain. Hoping for heavy snow and some hail in the mountains to weed out the girlie-men. Can we get a tornado, too? :D
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    only thing I can say is you stand a good chance...

    only thing I can say is you stand a good chance of running over a chicken. bwak!
  7. "Chaos...good news!" :D

    "Chaos...good news!" :D
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    Does anyone know how well this streams on 5...

    Does anyone know how well this streams on 5 megabit DSL? We have no problems with the big streaming services, but certain sites with Flash and Javascript players are unwatchably slow.
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    I commuted on the bike 1993-2009, and plan to...

    I commuted on the bike 1993-2009, and plan to start again this month.

    I hit a car once in my wild years, passing on the right in an intersection.
  10. Since you're going for a complete overhaul, have...

    Since you're going for a complete overhaul, have them help you check that your frame and configuration are a good fit to your size. I commuted for about a decade on a mountain bike that was WAY too...
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    A happy commute for me often involves a cool...

    A happy commute for me often involves a cool gentle morning rain that helps me feel a little more connected to nature, despite riding on residential streets. I arrive at work cool and refreshed...
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    I think what I have is the Nashbar Townie or...

    I think what I have is the Nashbar Townie or equivalent, which appear to be very similar to the Arkel, so I'm not sure how the Arkel would avoid the sloshing motion I mentioned. Unless there is a...
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    That's barren depressing windswept cattle...

    That's barren depressing windswept cattle pasture. You might be able to scout out a location to stash some water guerilla-style, but make sure the ranch doesn't see you and the beef don't step on it.
  14. When you are purchasing at a local store you are...

    When you are purchasing at a local store you are buying service and convenience. You have consider how much that service is worth to you, if anything, not just the cost of the individual items.
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    My experience with the fabric "grocery bag...

    My experience with the fabric "grocery bag panniers" is one of frustration. After a few months of use they get loosey-goosey and tend to flop around when the bike is pedalled hard, and I have to...
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    There's plenty of other stuff your wheels can...

    There's plenty of other stuff your wheels can throw up on you besides water.
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    Having been a passenger in many vehicles driven...

    Having been a passenger in many vehicles driven by aggressive (insecure) drivers, that flag causes me a lot of concern. I can think of many drivers I know who would hit that flag on purpose, and...
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    We're assuming he just doesn't know that he needs...

    We're assuming he just doesn't know that he needs them yet.
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    For commuting I personally like the simplest...

    For commuting I personally like the simplest possible "flat-bar road bike" format with V-brakes and either trigger shifters or Grip Shifts. Simple old-style non-suspension mountain bikes are also...
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    The only peice of suspension a bicycle ever needs...

    The only peice of suspension a bicycle ever needs is the pneumatic tire. If you road is rough, just get fatter tougher tires. I've never had a bike "break" on me from bouncing over the terrain.
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    I once had to stop traffic to remove a very large...

    I once had to stop traffic to remove a very large leaf spring leaf which some falling-apart beater truck had somehow dropped in the road.
  22. Some of my soon-to-be-former commute: Lovely...

    Some of my soon-to-be-former commute:

    Lovely (haha) and deadly Puainako Street

    http://www.pbase.com/bkrownd/image/145726416/original.jpg

    Scenic and exhaust fume choked Komohana Street:

    ...
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    Denver is very hit-and-miss, but not a surprise...

    Denver is very hit-and-miss, but not a surprise in such a large city. I loved living in Park Hill, which was an extremely easy neighborhood to bike and walk in.
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    It doesn't even enter the conversation. You...

    It doesn't even enter the conversation. You don't want to bike commute here unless you live pretty close to your job. Terrible infrastructure and nuts drivers.
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    Anywhere you consider will have both good and bad...

    Anywhere you consider will have both good and bad bike routes. Boulder was one of the worst bike towns I ever lived in, due to the high levels of commuter traffic, occasional helllish winds, and the...
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