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    Congrats, Lady. Congrats to you both. Your...

    Congrats, Lady. Congrats to you both.

    Your selfless, cheerful and non-judgmental help you've given the rest of us over the years bespeaks your grace. Have a great rest and a safe ride!

    -James
  2. ...and your point being, Walter? You know, the...

    ...and your point being, Walter?

    You know, the best thing about being a member of a great forum like this one for quiet people like me is that my infrequent questions and even less frequent...
  3. First Condemn the sin, then get out our checkbooks. Payable: Livestrong Foundation

    This is tragic, but many of us saw it coming, even before allegations pointed to Armstrong several years ago.

    Here's what I'm going to do, and I think we all should do the same.

    I'm going to...
  4. You followed up on it. That's the important...

    You followed up on it. That's the important thing. Their egos acted to protect them, and that's human, but the whole experience the follow up, the cops, your words, the whole thing stayed with...
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    I like my swift a lot. Swallow is narrower,...

    I like my swift a lot. Swallow is narrower, though, and about the same weight but $200 more because it's a limited edition product.
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    Buy used. Seriously. Like cars, let someone...

    Buy used.

    Seriously. Like cars, let someone else take the price hit that comes with having to have new gear. That way, you can get, if you're a careful shopper, twice or three times the quality...
  7. Find someone who's going there personally who...

    Find someone who's going there personally who wouldn't mind (for a fee if necessary) take your frame/fork along as an extra piece of baggage.
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    Do you know the owner and staff of your LBS? If...

    Do you know the owner and staff of your LBS? If so, then it makes a difference. Spending is not just economic, it's a political act. You're telling someone you want them around.
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    Yep. Friday Harbor's New Years' Commitment Ride...

    Yep.
    Friday Harbor's New Years' Commitment Ride garnered 15 die hards. 42 degrees/ Mileage varied.
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    They're not necessarily comfortable, they're...

    They're not necessarily comfortable, they're built for efficiency. And their bodies are tuned, as best as they can be, for riding 130-160+ miles per day for days on end. Their frames are stiff,...
  11. the Death Ride or the Tour's most difficult single stage?

    I'm making a comparison between California's Death Ride and the hardest stage on this year's Tour de France. Anyone out there care to make a comparison? Vertical feet climbed x total distance =??? ...
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    That I don't have to compete on the forums with...

    That I don't have to compete on the forums with everyone else for attention. I can just be gracious, like Machka.
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    What's it worth?

    A friend won a super-duper cool bike and immediately started switching out some parts he prefers. He's got new Ultegra 10 speed shifters & 12-27 (x10) cassette for sale, (never really used). What's...
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    I love mine. Haven't tried others, however. ...

    I love mine. Haven't tried others, however. it's my first compact
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    I once thought I was really fit. I had cycled...

    I once thought I was really fit. I had cycled over a thousand miles, could maintain about 17-18 miles here on my own home, hilly turf, and felt fairly strong. The husband of a friend of mine came...
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    Yes, machka! Happy birthday!!! got the studded...

    Yes, machka! Happy birthday!!! got the studded tires off the bike yet???:bday: :bday: :beer:
  17. Killing Road Buzz. Here's what worked for me.

    Here the short version of the problem: here in rainy San Juan Islands, north of Seattle, our local county works administrator mistakenly took possession of three, count 'em, three barge-loads of...
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    Spin that binder clamp 180 degrees

    Yes, the risk of crushing a seatpost is real. Quite real. This fellow has it exactly wrong. See how the binder clamp and the frame slot line up? Gonna do some damage, that...

    You have to...
  19. Well, after paying once $80 each way on...what...

    Well, after paying once $80 each way on...what was it...Northwest....I must say that airlines routinely discriminate against cyclists even when the box in question isn't over-sized. Check the...
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    This may not apply to your considerations, but...

    This may not apply to your considerations, but it's worth passign along. My bike came with a Selle Italia seat with crome-moly rails. I switched to a Brooks Swift w/Titanium rails. Now I'm not...
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    I ride 23's : Specialized S-Works all road at...

    I ride 23's : Specialized S-Works all road at about 115lbs. I could go up to a 25 and drop the pressure to 90, but that would kill me with the others I ride with. Still, I *could* do it, I know.
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    Well, here's another consideration that I didn't...

    Well, here's another consideration that I didn't mention in my earlier post. The damn roads. They just vibrate me to tears. I ride an all aluminum bike w/Carbon forks, and I just ordered a...
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    But they DO on Guemes Island....big, rainbow...

    But they DO on Guemes Island....big, rainbow gathering, burning man-like festivals every summer solstice. Right across the bay from the Lock-down boys school on Cypress....

    j
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    Um....no. Not like the one pictured. The...

    Um....no.

    Not like the one pictured. The gentrification is far too rapid for any like shenanigans....alas.

    j
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    Weight, mostly. and the fact...

    Weight, mostly. and the fact that...well...there's really no really *good* reason. Like many of us, I'm struck by the bug. I would like an additional set of wheels and a set that could conceivably...
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