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  1. Glad the event went well! It sounds like your...

    Glad the event went well!

    It sounds like your boyfriend is quite supportive. Sometimes guys can give more advice than is wanted, though (not that I speak from experience, no sirree...). If his...
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    I didn't set many goals this year. One was to do...

    I didn't set many goals this year. One was to do D2R2 again; that's coming up in a couple weeks. Last year I did the 100K; this time around, I think I'll do 115K. On hilly dirt roads, that's plenty!...
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    Sticky: Lots of people ride centuries on road bikes like...

    Lots of people ride centuries on road bikes like yours. Only you can decide whether your bike is a good century bike for you. The most important questions are:

    Is the saddle comfortable for long...
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    On some of the tours I've done, the difference...

    On some of the tours I've done, the difference between riding and swimming was pretty minimal.
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    How waterproof is the phone+USB battery combo,...

    How waterproof is the phone+USB battery combo, though? I would worry about that. I'd also worry about the phone being smashed in a crash, or the mount breaking off, and losing the way to call for...
  6. Given your aims and your budget, I am going to...

    Given your aims and your budget, I am going to suggest that you consider a touring bike with drop handlebars. A touring bike is built to carry a load and usually comes with a triple chainring in...
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    I'm riding more and more on gravel, and I did the...

    I'm riding more and more on gravel, and I did the 100K version of D2R2 last August, on 42 mm Schwalbe Hetres. I've also done gravel rides on 35 mm Paselas on my 700C bike. At D2R2 I saw everything...
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    As others have said, the Garmin Edge 800 or 810...

    As others have said, the Garmin Edge 800 or 810 will do this. I've had an Edge 800 for about three years now, and I quite like it. A cell phone will work, but the advantages to me of the Edge are...
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    ^ This is true. During distance rides, I aim to...

    ^ This is true. During distance rides, I aim to eat 200-250 calories an hour; I'm expending more than twice that. When I did the Great River Ride 170K last fall, I had a negative calorie balance for...
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    I switch between using my phone and the web...

    I switch between using my phone and the web interface for MyFitnessPal. The web version isn't bad, though it's not as convenient as logging as soon as you eat something.

    I've used MFP for the last...
  11. Thread: Gearing ?

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    I did D2R2 last year (only the 100K, which was...

    I did D2R2 last year (only the 100K, which was plenty), and on some of the climbs I was really happy to have a 28-30 low gear. I would have been even happier to have had a 28-32.
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    That's really sweet. If she cycles, you should...

    That's really sweet. If she cycles, you should buy her a matching bike as a wedding present!
  13. That's because I always look kind of sluggish!

    That's because I always look kind of sluggish!
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    Welcome to the forums! I'm across the river from...

    Welcome to the forums! I'm across the river from you in Hadley.

    I've only done the stretch of NH Route 9 from Brattleboro to Route 63, but I didn't find it terribly attractive. I was wondering...
  15. Yep. Data from three cohort studies of health...

    Yep. Data from three cohort studies of health care professionals show that there's no correlation between amount of exercise and changes in weight. (D. Mozaffarian et al. in the New England Journal...
  16. This is generally true. Firstbeat...

    This is generally true. Firstbeat, a Finnish company, claims to have developed an algorithm that is much more accurate than the traditional HRM equations and that adapts to an athlete's performance...
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    Bouré's Elite bib shorts have a thin pad. For that matter, so do their Pro shorts, though the latter have a synthetic leather substitute that requires a seam down the middle to take its shape....
  18. I haven't done a lot of long distance cycling,...

    I haven't done a lot of long distance cycling, but what I have done has given me a sense of accomplishment. I also enjoy the sense of living in the moment, whether it's on a familiar 15-mile ride...
  19. When I was training for my first (and so far...

    When I was training for my first (and so far only) 200K ride, back in spring 2010, I used the method that I used when training for a 25K run: every weekend I did a long slow ride that was 10 miles...
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    I'd build this bike...

    I'd build this bike.

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    And then I'd use the remaining $6000 to do some awesome travels with it. (OK, if I didn't have a New World Tourist to take on airplanes, I might have some S&S...
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    I'm no longer a Clyde (now about 170 lbs.) but I...

    I'm no longer a Clyde (now about 170 lbs.) but I like my T-11 rear hub. It's on a 650B wheel with a 9-speed cassette; I ride on rough pavement and gravel, and it hasn't given me any problems. It's...
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    I would suggest a glasses-mounted mirror on the...

    I would suggest a glasses-mounted mirror on the right side of your glasses. The Take-A-Look mirror is my favorite.

    I'm left-handed, and my dominant eye is my left eye. However, I spent several...
  23. Thread: Ketosis

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    No, actually, I don't. I have lost 45 lbs. over...

    No, actually, I don't. I have lost 45 lbs. over the last year eating a diet of about 50% carbs, 20% protein, and 30% fat. After about 3 weeks of unpleasant hunger pangs, I found it easy to turn down...
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    I'm really only qualified to comment on #2...

    I'm really only qualified to comment on #2 and #3 .

    On #2 , I'd say that time is easier to measure, and allows for more variation in terrain (though that may not be an issue in Florida). Where I...
  25. I've been using my TruTrainer rollers most...

    I've been using my TruTrainer rollers most winters since 2008, except when I've been overseas. They have built-in resistance whose energy curve closely matches riding outside on flat terrain with no...
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