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  1. The weight loss *is* the reward. If you try to...

    The weight loss *is* the reward. If you try to make it some kind of game show where you win fabulous prizes by subjecting yourself to systematic torture because of sub-par equipment, you'll have a...
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    Ah, and almost to illustrate the point perfectly-...

    Ah, and almost to illustrate the point perfectly- we just had two people on both extremes of the morality issue.

    Which is rather unfortunate, because I think the vast majority of people would...
  3. This. Even if I do qualify and there is a...

    This.

    Even if I do qualify and there is a Clyde class, I never race in it anymore.

    And it's a trend I've noticed amongst my fellow relatively fit clydes. None of us race clydesdale class...
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    I'd highly recommend trying it. I went vegetarian...

    I'd highly recommend trying it. I went vegetarian a few years ago, and greatly enjoyed the benefits while carrying a training load similar to yours. I've since gotten more in tune with my body and...
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    ..and don't get discouraged if that particular...

    ..and don't get discouraged if that particular club ride doesn't work out. Not all groups work together and ride well together. Try a couple different group rides to find one that fits your riding...
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    So I got a Fargo. Man, this thing will ruin...

    So I got a Fargo.

    Man, this thing will ruin your life.

    Showing up late for work with a mud stripe up your backside. Getting home after dark, covered in cuts after bushwhacking your way out...
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    Yes, 29ers are very good. I have 3 of 'em. :D ...

    Yes, 29ers are very good. I have 3 of 'em. :D

    But be careful around cheap forks if you ride off road aggressively. They are perfectly serviceable, but tend to be pretty flexy. If I ever get a...
  8. Thread: Michigan Touring

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    ACA has a great route that goes from near grand...

    ACA has a great route that goes from near grand rapids to the UP: http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/northlakes.cfm

    I've ridden both the MI side and the WI side. Lots of farm land on the WI...
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    I understand the low tech sentiment, but consider...

    I understand the low tech sentiment, but consider a coil sprung fork. They're dead simple to work on, and in my experience have been very reliable.
  10. Thread: Let's talk tires

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    I'm intrigued by the Ribmos. How would you say...

    I'm intrigued by the Ribmos. How would you say they compare to the Paselas?
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    Do you *need* one? I dunno. Technically, you...

    Do you *need* one? I dunno. Technically, you really only need one gear, front and back.

    But I like triples.

    Keep in mind, it's not just the highest and lowest gears in the range you need to...
  12. Thread: Let's talk tires

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    I'm with Clifton on this one- when it comes to...

    I'm with Clifton on this one- when it comes to road tires- I look for the label on the side that says "Pasela TG". I even had my own gatorskin phase. :D

    It's always a push and pull between feel,...
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    You can, of course, get a lower and more...

    You can, of course, get a lower and more aerodynamic position with *any* bar configuration. It's maybe just more comfortable to stay there with drops.

    I've commuted to work on everything from a...
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    If I was stuck with your budget, I'd go for a 26"...

    If I was stuck with your budget, I'd go for a 26" wheeled mountain bike. Should be able to get it racked and panniered within your budget and have a couple bucks left over for some slick tires.
    ...
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    The bike that hooked me on the concept: ...

    The bike that hooked me on the concept:
    http://www.feep.org/gallery/d/52422-2/SANY0720.JPG

    Got both a Pugsley and a Fargo this winter to do more of such. Fargo for things that sort of resemble...
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    Clyde Torque: Tighten until stripped, back off...

    Clyde Torque: Tighten until stripped, back off one quarter turn. :D


    I just finished building up a bike from a frame. While I've done nearly everything involved in that process, never all at...
  17. Met it halfway and put some salsa woodchippers on...

    Met it halfway and put some salsa woodchippers on my single speed last fall for a gravel road race and cyclocross season.

    http://www.bialas.org/blog/heck.jpg

    Stem is way too long there, but...
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    Blasphemy! I only buy road bikes with pro...

    Blasphemy!

    I only buy road bikes with pro wrestling themed names. :D

    (Currently riding a Jake, considering a Macho Man or a Nature Boy)
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    "First Bike" Stories

    For whatever reason, the internet seems positively abuzz with "What bike should I buy?!"threads. And the internet is usually pretty horrible about giving some kind of coherent answer. Thus, I see...
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    The Porkies ain't flat. That's why they call them...

    The Porkies ain't flat. That's why they call them mountains. :D

    Although, the lake shore *is* pretty flat and south boundary road isn't terribly hilly (by my standards anyway). Tough to make a...
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    Bothung- Not sure where you're at in northern...

    Bothung-

    Not sure where you're at in northern MN, but there's a ton of crazy bike people over towards the Duluth area. And they tend to venture far and wide. Nothing beats finding a good training...
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    I'd keep an eye on anything with bearings- hubs,...

    I'd keep an eye on anything with bearings- hubs, headset, bottom bracket. They don't spec that in the brochure, so it's probably no name stuff. Easy to adjust on your own, but it's probably cheap...
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    Just pack light. ...

    Just pack light.

    http://www.feep.org/gallery/d/52422-2/SANY0720.JPG

    Can usually go 2-3 nights at a time camping out with that setup. Maybe more if the weather is good and I have time to kill...
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    How "Made in the USA" do they want? Really,...

    How "Made in the USA" do they want?

    Really, the best you can hope for is a frame and maybe a component or two. Most of the stuff bolted to the frame (the stuff that takes real manufacturing...
  25. Fargo's a good choice. I picked up a frameset...

    Fargo's a good choice. I picked up a frameset last year for $250. Spent the winter shopping for deals on parts and should have a complete bike for ~$750.

    It gives you a lot of options for tire...
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