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    Poll: I've been trying to lose the same 30 lbs for the...

    I've been trying to lose the same 30 lbs for the last 30 years.
    My weight has gotten as low as 218, but it is now at 232 lbs.
    My goal is to get it under 200 lbs.
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    6.5 hrs ride time is plenty fast. As you do more...

    6.5 hrs ride time is plenty fast.
    As you do more Rando rides, you'll learn to shorten the breaks.
    I did the Tour de Cure century recently. It was a hilly (5000 ft) century. My ride time was 6...
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    No danger of that. The Europeans don't need no...

    No danger of that. The Europeans don't need no Porta Potties. They just whip it out on the side of the road, in plain view of traffic, and often without getting off of their bikes. It's a cultural...
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    Congratulations. I would have loved to have been...

    Congratulations. I would have loved to have been there, but I was in Texas doing Hell Week. How was the Chilly feed?
  5. The Best: Assos FI Mille Ever since I started...

    The Best: Assos FI Mille
    Ever since I started using these, I have never had a saddle sore or any chafing whatsoever.
    (And I've done a lot of brevets with them, including the PBP).
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    Check out RUSA, which is the national...

    Check out RUSA, which is the national organization:
    http://www.rusa.org/
    There are local clubs all over the country/world. What area of the country/world are you in?
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    The best way to prepare for longer distances is...

    The best way to prepare for longer distances is to start spending some quality saddle time on your bike, and build up gradually to longer and longer distances. I know that that doesn't sound like...
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    There is a women's version of the B-17

    There is a women's version of the B-17
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    I checked them out online, and decided to give...

    I checked them out online, and decided to give the Slipstreamz a try. Thanks for the suggestion. I ordered some.
    I've never even used an Ipod before, but I'm going to give it a try. My wife has...
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    Ah.... a tandem. Yes, you have built in...

    Ah.... a tandem. Yes, you have built in companionship/entertainment for as long as you're both on the same bike.
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    Yup. That was me. I'll be doing the Tour de Cure...

    Yup. That was me. I'll be doing the Tour de Cure again this year. I've signed up for quite a few rides already, and have pretty much filled my calendar.
    And yes I agree: chatting while riding is...
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    Best kind of entertainment on long brevets?

    Boredom is definitely a big problem on long rides. How do you deal with the crushing boredom of pedalling all day and all night?
    My only source of entertainment is my VDO 1.0+ bike computer. It...
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    That would save a few bucks.

    That would save a few bucks.
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    I agree that a good bike fit is the best bet and...

    I agree that a good bike fit is the best bet and pretty essential.
    In the meantime, I do have one suggestion: I've had knee pain in some of the same locations as yours and found that my saddle...
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    Thanks for the tip. I asked for and got the...

    Thanks for the tip. I asked for and got the Randonneur discount and made a reservation at the Best Western.
    It's going to be an expensive week ($$$$) if I stay through the 17th for the whole brevet...
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    I stayed at the Fuller Lake Hotel last time and...

    I stayed at the Fuller Lake Hotel last time and made my reservation there. It's a disgusting little place, but it's more than $50/night cheaper than the Best Western. I'm still considering spending...
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    Eau de Hell Week anyone?

    Are you thinking about giving Eau de Hell week another shot?
    That's April 11th thru the 17th, if one stays for the whole thing. It's a nice drive and ferry ride getting up there, and I already...
  18. Check this out: ...

    Check this out:
    http://estore.websitepros.com/1939518/-strse-45/VDO-Z3-Altimeter-fdsh--Cycle/Detail.bok
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    When I do a long ride with big hills, I really...

    When I do a long ride with big hills, I really appreciate having a triple. The compact crank just doesn't give me enough gearing to spin up a long steep hill after having already done almost 300K of...
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    I would definitely take extra wheels, given you...

    I would definitely take extra wheels, given you have a support vehicle to haul them in. A few spokes and a little knowhow are not going to fix a cracked rim or a broken hub.
    Are your three boys...
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    Nothing says "I love you" more than a bike. Buy...

    Nothing says "I love you" more than a bike. Buy her a $3500 Orbea Onix. Then, she might actually keep up with you.
  22. You might also check out the Selle Anatomica...

    You might also check out the Selle Anatomica saddle, which is like a Brooks but has a slot cut down the center to relieve pressure. People who've tried it say it's very comfortable, almost like a...
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    If you thought the Terry Fly was close to...

    If you thought the Terry Fly was close to Nirvana, you must have a narrow butt. The B17 is pretty wide. Which Brooks have you been using? Where do your sit-bones make contact?
    Numbness is...
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    See you there. I'll be arriving on the 15th and...

    See you there. I'll be arriving on the 15th and staying at the Hotel Campanile.
  25. I would agree that it is of the utmost importance...

    I would agree that it is of the utmost importance to get a bike that FITS! Once you go to the LBS and test ride lots of bikes (for free) and get lots of advice (for free), then it's time to get...
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