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    Sticky: Good work - keep it up

    Here's a couple of ideas for you:

    Consider Vegetarianism - if you eat a plant based diet, losing weight is almost automatic if you eat thoughtfully.

    Supplement bike riding with spin classes -...
  2. Sticky: Dodge or Chrysler Stow and Go systems the only...

    Dodge or Chrysler Stow and Go systems the only way to go. I've had four sequentially (99 02 05 13) and they will transport our Santana Visa with both wheels on AND THE SEATS STOWED IN THE FLOOR -...
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    Interesting you should mention the wheat thing. ...

    Interesting you should mention the wheat thing. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505269_162-57505149/modern-wheat-a-perfect-chronic-poison-doctor-says/?tag=contentAux%3bmostShared?tag%3Dfacebook

    We...
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    Probably a slight exaggeration, (20mph). One of...

    Probably a slight exaggeration, (20mph). One of our standard rides is 21.5 miles with on fairly severe hill and quite a few rollers. My best on this is about 19.2 on my single with a crew and solid...
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    Senior tandem riding

    We are 68/60 and it's great to hear that we can look forward to many more years of bicycling.
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    Answers to some questions from the thread originator

    There is a wealth of really good information in the kind replies that I have received on this topic.

    My sequentially ordered responses to some of the questions and input:

    Tandems Limited is...
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    Tandems Ltd is where this bike was purchased as a...

    Tandems Ltd is where this bike was purchased as a "demo". It was originally ridden by Jack and Susan, the proprietors.
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    Solo riding, my wife is probably a mid 16 mi./h...

    Solo riding, my wife is probably a mid 16 mi./h rider I can get better than 18 and upwards of 20 on the group rides and therein lies the problem. There is another tandem in the group captained by...
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    I did buy the Bottechia CF 79 in October of 2012....

    I did buy the Bottechia CF 79 in October of 2012. I have owned it for two years now and am generally well satisfied. The frame is very satisfying and gives an excellent ride. Frankly, the wheels...
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    Upgrade my Santana Visa or buy new?

    We have owned our "visa" since around 1996. It has been pretty much bulletproof with no repairs required other than tire replacement and normal maintenance. I don't believe that we have ever even...
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    Shill? SEVENTEEN POUNDS NUMBSKULL

    You're pretty strange. I'm not paid and thought I might be giving out some info. The bike weighs SEVENTEEN POUNDS! Don't know who came up with the 21 number. At any rate, I did a quick 28 miles...
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    Sticky: In January of this year I weighed about 268 at my...

    In January of this year I weighed about 268 at my highest. Here's a pic at a Sierra Club retreat where we were playing some kind of team game...

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    The wife went on a serious weight loss...
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    See a new Bottecchia assembled in 9 minutes flat!

    Got my new Bottecchia CF79 and I videotaped the assembly process, then sped it up by 5x. Youtube video at
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1NIbRgzZoM

    A little fuzzy due to multiple transcodings...
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    MY CF79 Comes Today!

    I ordered one last week and the brown truck comes this afternoon. I'm going to take my time and assemble myself - perhaps I'll let the LBS guy do a final dial in on the brakes and derailleurs but...
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    I'm about to buy a CF79 maybe. I've added up the...

    I'm about to buy a CF79 maybe. I've added up the price of components, mostly Dura Ace, and think the deal is hard to beat. I'm hearing rumbles of criticism of the Bottecchia brand but nothing...
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