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  1. you never had brutal back pain if you were still...

    you never had brutal back pain if you were still able to ride a bicycle.

    people with brutal back pain can't even roll over in bed without crying tears of pain.


    as for your "meh, ride through...
  2. ^ thanks for the suggestions. i'm hoping that...

    ^ thanks for the suggestions.

    i'm hoping that this is one of those back issues that just disappears on its own as mysteriously as it came on, without the intervention of medical professionals, but...
  3. Back Pain: I don't know what's worse, the pain or the driving.

    since the middle of last week i've had some fairly aggravating and unexplained pain in my lower back. in the interest of allowing it to heal properly, i've driven my wife's car to work for the past 3...
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    i don't take the most direct route because it's a...

    i don't take the most direct route because it's a very busy trafficy street full of angry motorists and bus exhaust and people opening car doors into the traffic lane and people jaywalking out...
  5. i sweat like a mo-fo whether i ride 10 miles or...

    i sweat like a mo-fo whether i ride 10 miles or 10 feet. and i've been doing the bike commuting gig for over 7 years now.

    my body simply ABHORS being even the slightest bit warm, and at the very...
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    my new Motobecane Fantom Cross Disc just came...

    my new Motobecane Fantom Cross Disc just came from UPS! i've only taken it out of the box, but everything looks great, no visual damage apparent upon 1st inspection. I'll get her put together after...
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    strong work! i had a similar transformation...

    strong work!

    i had a similar transformation brought about by daily bike commuting:

    http://s29.postimg.org/c1ydui6qf/me5.jpg http://s2.postimg.org/n33cwilax/me6.jpg




    my motivations for...
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    that's probably true for most shops. however,...

    that's probably true for most shops. however, here in chicago there is a dedicated commuter LBS with a couple locations that deals only Surly, Kona, Jamis, Linus, Fyxation and some folder brands like...
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    ^ Similar with my Ti road biike from BD.com: ...

    ^ Similar with my Ti road biike from BD.com:

    - Ultegra everything - crank, B/B, derailleurs, cassette, chain, brifters, & brakes
    - Mavic Ksyerium Equipe wheel set
    - Vittoria Rubino Pro tires...
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    what BD.com cross bike did you purchase? ...

    what BD.com cross bike did you purchase?






    here's the description of the frame of the CX bike i just purchased from BD.com:
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    rebooting this thread has been very helpful. it...

    rebooting this thread has been very helpful. it reminded me of how much i love my BD.com road bike, and of how much i've really wanted to get a disc brake CX bike to turn into my ultimate all-weather...
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    if you like what you got, then i'd hang tight...

    if you like what you got, then i'd hang tight with it and see how it goes. going from 4 miles to 6 miles is no big deal at all. if your current bike works great for 4 miles, then it should work just...
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    thread back from the dead! i'm still madly in...

    thread back from the dead!

    i'm still madly in love with my BD.com Motobecane Ti road bike that i bought over 4 years ago. she's still riding strong and she's still my go to fair-weather bike to...
  14. there is no "night vision" in a city like chicago...

    there is no "night vision" in a city like chicago where the whole damn city is completely awash in the ubiquitous all-consuming orange glow from the millions of sodium vapor street lights that line...
  15. http://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_lbm...

    http://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_lbmob8vkOd1qzys08o1_1280.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAI6WLSGT7Y3ET7ADQ&Expires=1406305957&Signature=dwjIZEU8NTG7EE9fRHtX%2BQsOSBU%3D#_=_



    living in...
  16. chicago (along with that vast useless expanse of...

    chicago (along with that vast useless expanse of land between the east and west coasts known as "America") is in an entirely different universe of real estate affordability compared against manhattan...
  17. my wife and i moved into our new place on monday....

    my wife and i moved into our new place on monday. today was my first commute into work on my radically shorter route.

    from my new home there's an absolutely straight-as-an-arrow direct route to my...
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    ^ i've looked at both the Ajax and Acme, but...

    ^ i've looked at both the Ajax and Acme, but after owning an IGH bike for 3 years now (alfine 8), i've come to the conclusion that i'm not crazy about IGH's. i found mine to be heavy, slow, and...
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    Right. It's just kind of a shame that it would...

    Right. It's just kind of a shame that it would make such a perfect, if expensive, all weather single-speed belt-drive disc brake commuter for me save for the lack of a seat stay bridge to attach a...
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    ^ but what about the lack of a seat stay bridge? ...

    ^ but what about the lack of a seat stay bridge? Is there a simple and elegant work around for that for installing a rear fender?
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    i believe it retails for ~$3,000 ...

    i believe it retails for ~$3,000



    completely agreed. which is why if i can't attach fenders to it, the Spot Rallye is not the answer i'm looking for.
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    conceptually it seems like a bad idea, though if...

    conceptually it seems like a bad idea, though if there was a way to make it work and manufacturers were adopting such technology into new bikes and riders were liking it, i wouldn't dismiss it out of...
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    i've noticed that as well. i want to hear the...

    i've noticed that as well. i want to hear the negative comments about belt drive from people who have actually owned and extensively ridden a belt drive bike. at least the updated gates center track...
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    4.7 miles. which is what my new one-way...

    4.7 miles.

    which is what my new one-way commute distance will be after we move later this month.

    it will be a welcome change from my current 14.5 mile one-way commute distance. i loved doing...
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    ^ i too am keeping an open mind about belt-drive....

    ^ i too am keeping an open mind about belt-drive. it does seem like it would take some of the nuisance out of maintaining a chain during the wet and sloppy winter/spring seasons. from what i've read...
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