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    I prefer lightweight rims, no rider weight...

    I prefer lightweight rims, no rider weight limits, metal brake tracks and absolute reliability. Found all of it in Dura Ace C24 wheels.......and in spades.
  2. If you have the time, the mountain route will be...

    If you have the time, the mountain route will be far more memorable....and enjoyable. The scenery, vistas and mountain air will put a smile on your face that only the toughest climbs can take off....
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    I think Garmin has been making a few edits or...

    I think Garmin has been making a few edits or adjustments to the website. I dare call them improvements since it doesn't always function to improve things. I just checked the ride that I...
  4. Thread: Bar Tape

    by NealH
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    Lizard Skin is extremely good bar tape. Its a...

    Lizard Skin is extremely good bar tape. Its a little pricier than the others but, it has a near perfect feel to it. I've tried the off brand equivalents and they are decent but, not in quite the...
  5. I was going to mention the SMP TRK. I ride the...

    I was going to mention the SMP TRK. I ride the SMP "Hybrid" and its decent for longer rides, at least for me. I ride fast group rides with it too. The TRK is a little big, but only a...
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    The new XTR M9020 comes in a single chainring (30...

    The new XTR M9020 comes in a single chainring (30 is the lowest of several available), a double (34-24 is the lowest of several available) and a triple (40-30-22).....and an 11-40 rear cassette. I...
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    Do you find the frame bag interferes with your...

    Do you find the frame bag interferes with your legs while pedaling? Do you have to take care in packing the frame bag to mitigate the chance of interference? I like the Revelate bags - but have...
  8. The way to get stronger, and faster, is to ride...

    The way to get stronger, and faster, is to ride with the faster groups. Its far more fun, engaging and beneficial from a fitness standpoint.
  9. Thread: Pissed at my LBS

    by NealH
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    I've never had a pin come out of a Shimano chain...

    I've never had a pin come out of a Shimano chain and I typically ride 11K miles per year.

    When I purchased my Tarmac in 2010, it came with Sram Red. I had nothing but problems - imprecise...
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    There are some interesting options for baggage on...

    There are some interesting options for baggage on a credit card tour with a standard road bike.

    Bontrager makes a lightweight rack that connects to the rear wheel dropouts so no additional...
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    Rode this event several years ago and, as I...

    Rode this event several years ago and, as I remember it rained some then. Adding insult to injury, there was no post ride lunch.

    I'll pass on it.
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    The diatonic 10 hole is a good place to start -...

    The diatonic 10 hole is a good place to start - although if you're musically talented and willing to stick with it the sound from a well played chromatic will stop people in their tracks. Marine...
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    Harmonicas are an easy instrument to carry and...

    Harmonicas are an easy instrument to carry and are very satisfying and relaxing to play. I imagine those small guitars would be too. I worry about the price though, and the fact they need to be...
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    Carbon has too many advantages for the industry...

    Carbon has too many advantages for the industry to "return to metal". There will likely always be metal bikes as they are simple to build, rugged, relatively cheap and make good bike frames. But...
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    I think spinal fusion, or any back surgery for...

    I think spinal fusion, or any back surgery for that matter, has a high rate of customer (or patient) complaints. Its a difficult area to address. My mother had fusion in 1969 and it never bothered...
  16. I suspect you will have plenty of free time since...

    I suspect you will have plenty of free time since that is not a lot of milage per day. I am just getting into some touring and am certainly no expert but, I would think a better idea is to cycle...
  17. Thread: Low ferritin

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    You need to eat more red meat and dark green...

    You need to eat more red meat and dark green vegetables like Spinach, Kale, etc. Eat three hearty meals a day and do not purse any kind of fad diet. They will rob you of minerals like iron. ...
  18. Thread: Exhaustion

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    Sounds to me like you need more calories. Eat...

    Sounds to me like you need more calories. Eat a bowl of spaghetti or pasta with meat sauce for dinner and some chocolate for desert. I'm very leery of fad diets and, when you mention 5 meals a...
  19. I like the AWOL too, though I have not purchased...

    I like the AWOL too, though I have not purchased one yet. And I like the Vaya too. But I will agree that for around town, greenway, a bit of gravel, dirt or otherwise, I like the new Specialized...
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    I have read each and every post, considered the...

    I have read each and every post, considered the comments, and have done some research on the recommendations. I thank all who have responded.

    The target temp range is 70-80+ degrees at night...
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    I like the "liner" approach.....and maybe...

    I like the "liner" approach.....and maybe sleeping in the picnic shelter. These are good ideas. With regards to a sleeping bag, it appears even the lightest at REI are intended for cooler...
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    I'll be cycling VA down through Fl (not all on...

    I'll be cycling VA down through Fl (not all on one trip). So it will be hot. Thanks for the Neo Air and Quarterdome recs (and the sheet). I'll be going to REI this week. If it gets too...
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    Warm weather sleeping bags/pad

    I'm getting ready to do some light touring that involves sleeping in state parks mostly. From reading this forum, most sleeping bag/pad threads focus on cooler weather it seems. Can someone...
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    Agree, its poor value considering the cost and,...

    Agree, its poor value considering the cost and, the fact that for half the price you can get an new S-Works. And the standard S-Works Tarmac is a superb bike in every way. It would be nice to...
  25. Junk science. Eating balanced meals will...

    Junk science. Eating balanced meals will provide all the protein necessary for conversation to amino acids. If unsure about his diet then have your son just drink a glass of whey protein before...
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