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    Depends on the kind of doping. Lance Armstrong's...

    Depends on the kind of doping. Lance Armstrong's favourite method, blood doping, risks death due to excess blood volume and/or blood clots which find their way to the brain or lungs. The risks of...
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    Terribly sorry to hear about the crash. ...

    Terribly sorry to hear about the crash. Hopefully you have a good PI lawyer on board.
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    I'm reminded of what my flight instructor said...

    I'm reminded of what my flight instructor said about getting iced in a Cessna 172.

    "The 172 is not certified for flight into icing conditions. That means it's not tested in those conditions. ...
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    Meaning my wrists are bent at an angle when I'm...

    Meaning my wrists are bent at an angle when I'm on the hoods, where I almost always ride. And while it's not painful, I do get numbness and have to give my hands a good shake every few km.


    ...
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    See, my physio/fitter gave me both 80mm and 90mm...

    See, my physio/fitter gave me both 80mm and 90mm stems after my appointment. She said that at some point in the not-too-distant future I would graduate to the 90mm stem. I figure I'll try it on...
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    Stem length question

    Can too shot a stem cause increased hand pressure? I ask because I notice that when I'm riding, my wrists are bent at almost 90 degrees and they feel like they have a lot of pressure on them. I'm...
  7. Today's Ride (or, All Aboard the Crazy Train!)

    Today's ride began after evicting my two cats, Willie and George from my lap. It was the first test of my 2013 Motobecane Fantom CXX with full Velo Orange fenders, a Blackburn back rack (no, not...
  8. Definitely not high-end. Your fit will change as...

    Definitely not high-end. Your fit will change as your fitness level improves, and you certainly do not want to be in the unenviable position of having bought an expensive bike that you can no longer...
  9. That's not as assplosion, that's a crack. If it...

    That's not as assplosion, that's a crack. If it were carbon, it would not have cracked but would have failed catastrophically without warning of any kind. The only nursing home that would have been...
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    OT, but time to start a geek fistfight: TOS, TNG...

    OT, but time to start a geek fistfight: TOS, TNG or other? Which movie is best?
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    And I thought I was a geek. Takes one to know...

    And I thought I was a geek. Takes one to know one, eh?



    "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
    --Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu

    Good on you, my friend. Most people don't...
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    Keeping knees in

    When I was out on my last ride, a very kindhearted cyclist pulled up next to me and explained that my knees were splaying outward as I was pedalling and that I should focus on keeping them in,...
  13. March is in the books. Per Garmin Connect: ...

    March is in the books. Per Garmin Connect:

    Number of rides: 8
    Distance goal: 160km/100 miles
    Actual distance ridden: 181km/113 miles
    Percent of goal completed: 112%

    (No, this is not an...
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    Personally, I ride by myself. I'm too...

    Personally, I ride by myself. I'm too embarrassed (size and speed, or lack thereof) to ride with anyone else. That might change down the line, though.
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    Done like dinner!

    After ordering aluminum spacers, three trips to Tacoma Screw and having to drill out a stripped nut that was behind the chain stay bridge, here she is.

    I'll be damned if they're not rigid once the...
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    Bingo - that's why they're way better. Park...

    Bingo - that's why they're way better. Park won't exchange jack.
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    I just picked up a set of these

    Way better than Park at less than half the price!

    Sears.com
  18. March synopsis: 3/6: 11.90km/7.44 miles...

    March synopsis:

    3/6: 11.90km/7.44 miles
    3/11: 16.11km/10.07 miles
    3/13: 24.63km/15.39 miles
    3/17: 25.11km/15.69 miles
    3/20: 24.76km/15.47 miles
    3/23: 24.14km/15.08 miles

    Total so...
  19. Hey, don't let facts get in the way of a good...

    Hey, don't let facts get in the way of a good partisan political rant!

    On a more serious note though, yes, I was referring to abominations like Citizens United when I made that statement. See...
  20. I haven't bothered to read the opinion because...

    I haven't bothered to read the opinion because I'm lazy.

    That said, the only people America cares about is the Forbes Four Hundred.

    You must be new here.
  21. How about something like this...

    How about something like this? A tad above your price range, but I think it's rated to 350lbs.

    Frankly, you're not going to find something new at your LBS for less than a grand, and probably...
  22. So far this month: 3/6: 11.9km 3/11: ...

    So far this month:

    3/6: 11.9km
    3/11: 16.11km
    3/13: 24.63km
    3/17: 25.11km

    Total (so far): 77.75km. That's 48.59 miles for you Americans.

    Yeah, put me down for 160km/100m.
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    Carradice Carradura rack bag

    I'm looking for a bag to carry the essentials for randonneuring/light credit card touring. I'm considering this here bag, but I wanted some advice before I pulled the trigger and bought it site...
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    Probably not. You can get a Park home repair...

    Probably not. You can get a Park home repair stand for about $200, or about $50 more than the price of one of those "comprehensive" tune-ups.



    Good for you for learning new skills! And you...
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    Back in the saddle for 2014

    For those of you just tuning in, I'm a 280lb/127kg out-of-shape clyde here in the Great Northwest. Last year, I bought a new bike (a Motobecane Fantom CXX from BikesDirect - go here for my...
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