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    Novara Trenta

    I bought one of these last weekend, and since there's virtually nothing about them online I thought I'd post my impressions so far.

    http://www.rei.com/product/837484/novara-trenta-bike-2013

    I...
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    I've had decent luck repairing similar (though...

    I've had decent luck repairing similar (though smaller) tire problems with duct tape. Definitely the easiest solution...
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    Pannier that looks good off the bike

    My wife had been wanting a pannier that she could use for biking to work, but would also look relatively normal being carried around off the bike during the day, or if she has to go somewhere after...
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    Brilliant! Actually, they finally plowed the...

    Brilliant! Actually, they finally plowed the sidewalk today. It had been cleared by the time I rode home tonight. Yay!
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    As best I can tell, the Route 1 bridge is...

    As best I can tell, the Route 1 bridge is maintained by VDOT, not Arlington or Alexandria, so I emailed them. Hope they respond or at least do something about it...
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    Does anyone know who I can contact regarding the...

    Does anyone know who I can contact regarding the snow and ice on the Route 1 bridge over 4 Mile Run? The only way to get around it on the way to work is to ride or walk with the bike on the roadway...
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    I can't speak for the MVT west of the 14th St....

    I can't speak for the MVT west of the 14th St. bridge, but I had no problems at all with the part from Four Mile Run to the bridge. A few patches of snow/ice, but very easily avoidable. There was...
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    Nevermind, I just ended up taking the bus/metro...

    Nevermind, I just ended up taking the bus/metro instead. Didn't want to risk it. I just hope things are a little better by next Monday when I go back to work.
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    I should mention that I'm talking mostly about...

    I should mention that I'm talking mostly about the portion between Crystal City and the 14th St. Bridge
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    Mount Vernon Trail Status

    Is it safe to assume that the Mt. Vernon trail is still a mess? I'd really like to resume biking to work tomorrow but don't own studded tires and don't want to end up hoofing it halfway. Have any...
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    Sticky: Have: Kalloy silver 90mm stem, 26.0, +-7 degrees...

    Have: Kalloy silver 90mm stem, 26.0, +-7 degrees

    Want: 70-75mm stem, 26.0, at least +-15 degrees or so. Prefer silver, but open to other colors

    Let me know if you're interested
  12. I was really surprised at how cheap I got it for...

    I was really surprised at how cheap I got it for in the first place. I think I paid like $565 originally.
  13. I just sold my 2000 Crosshairs a little over a...

    I just sold my 2000 Crosshairs a little over a month ago. It had a fairly similar spec (Tiagra shifters, 105 RD, FD, and crank, campagnolo rims with ultegra hubs). The paint was in decent, but not...
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    So I guess they do have some in stock after...

    So I guess they do have some in stock after all--just got an email that my order has shipped. Can't wait!
  15. Where in Alexandria? I'm just curious.

    Where in Alexandria? I'm just curious.
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    The confirmation email didn't say anything about...

    The confirmation email didn't say anything about it being out of stock, that's why I was confused. It's not a big deal, I don't mind waiting a couple of days.

    I'm not too worried about a deer...
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    I just ordered mine today--I'm excited to finally...

    I just ordered mine today--I'm excited to finally have a real light. I decided to pull the trigger after a standoff with a deer on my way home last night--I barely saw it in time to stop.

    The...
  18. I made my first nighttime commute on the MVT...

    I made my first nighttime commute on the MVT southbound since moving to the area in Sept. There were so many cars coming north on the GW Parkway with their lights on that I couldn't see a thing. ...
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    I know that, but these aren't mountain shifters. I've searched, but haven't seen any answer better than "try it" or "maybe". I'd rather not buy the shifters for now if there's a good chance I'll...
  20. Regular front derailleur with Shimano r770 shifters

    My wife wants to convert her Fuji Cross Comp to a flatbar to get a more upright position. The bike currently has a full 10-speed 105 drivetrain (with an FSA double crankset). I found a good deal on...
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    Sticky: Have: Kalloy 90mm 26.0 stem (+-7deg) Want:...

    Have: Kalloy 90mm 26.0 stem (+-7deg)

    Want: Platform pedals
  22. I agree that you should really look at the Salsa...

    I agree that you should really look at the Salsa La Cruz if you're interested in something like the Portland. It has better components, weighs about the same, has really durable wheels, and is on...
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    I'm only 5'7" but also have a 32.5in inseam. ...

    I'm only 5'7" but also have a 32.5in inseam. Mine is a 51. I ended up having to get a 80mm stem, 10mm shorter than the stock 90mm. I was a bit worried about the handling being squirrelly with a...
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    Today was my first long-sleeve commuting day this...

    Today was my first long-sleeve commuting day this year. The chill felt quite nice, actually.
  25. A couple of weeks ago I managed to forget my...

    A couple of weeks ago I managed to forget my socks, undershirt, and underwear and there's nowhere near here to go buy new ones. I had to give a presentation that day for some bigwigs, so I was...
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