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  1. So use a measuring cup at home to put 8 oz. of...

    So use a measuring cup at home to put 8 oz. of water in it and then scratch a little line at that level. I've done that with my cooking pot so it has lines at .5, 1, 1.5, 2, and 3 cup levels.
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    If it's getting harder to clip in/out without any...

    If it's getting harder to clip in/out without any change in the tension adjustment I would try a little lubrication of the spring/mechanism. One pair of my SPD pedals does start to get harder...
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    Almost 130 kmiles.

    Almost 130 kmiles.
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    The usual airline limit to avoid overcharges is...

    The usual airline limit to avoid overcharges is that L+W+H is 62" or less. That's pretty hard to meet even with a take-apart frame or a folding bike with 20" wheels. Most such bikes fit in cases...
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    Biking water bottles have never been made with...

    Biking water bottles have never been made with BPA. Only some hard Lexan type plastics had BPA.

    Both the Polar and Camelback insulated bottles taste fine to me. But note that you give up some...
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    I agree both for convenience as stated but also...

    I agree both for convenience as stated but also since it makes the traffic side of the bike look wider and I think passing motorists leave a bit more room.
  7. I used my previous large ring for 60 kmiles until...

    I used my previous large ring for 60 kmiles until it started skipping, then flipped it over for another 35 kmiles. Severely shark-toothed by the end but I never saw any impact on chain life.
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    Once you introduce the physiologic element of...

    Once you introduce the physiologic element of your body with muscle fatigue, circulatory system, and respiratory system it's no longer a simple physics problem. Physics says for a given speed and...
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    My observation has been that less than 10% of...

    My observation has been that less than 10% of motorists come to an actual full stop. I follow that example when cycling and also rarely come to a full stop.
  10. Straight forward in principle but I suspect...

    Straight forward in principle but I suspect you'll end making a series of improving prototypes as you learn the lessons already known by the makers of commercial units. Efficiency and ruggedness are...
  11. There are intercoms for tandem riders so they can...

    There are intercoms for tandem riders so they can hear each other better over wind noise. Not sure of the range, but some types should work for 50'. The tandem team on our last club ride was...
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    The Bike Friday trailer doesn't fold, but it does...

    The Bike Friday trailer doesn't fold, but it does come apart very quickly into small, easily packed components. It's designed that way so you can pack both the trailer parts and the bicycle inside...
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    Yes, figures I've seen on the risk of a fatality...

    Yes, figures I've seen on the risk of a fatality are fairly similar. But bicyclists have far more injury collisions and tend to be involved in a higher percentage of hit-and-run incidents. In injury...
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    Also check with the janitorial staff in your...

    Also check with the janitorial staff in your building. A couple of the office buildings where I worked had a shower facility but hardly anyone knew about it. In both cases it was there so the...
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    When our daughter was little a friend had a...

    When our daughter was little a friend had a trailer that had a pretty large cargo area behind the child seats (don't remember the brand). We modified that to put a seat back there for my daughter...
  16. One thing that cuts way down on condensation...

    One thing that cuts way down on condensation inside tents in cold weather is use of a vapor-barrier liner inside the sleeping bag. I use this to extend the temperature rating of my bag when the...
  17. Thread: Santa Cruz

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    The Santa Cruz bike club has a library of road...

    The Santa Cruz bike club has a library of road routes at:
    Rides Library - Santa Cruz County Cycling Club
    but most of these are longer rides than one could do in an hour.
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    First step is to find the cause of the flats. ...

    First step is to find the cause of the flats. When you install a tube it helps to line up the valve stem with the label on the tire so if you later get a flat you can check the location of the hole...
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    If you can get an allen wrench on the tension...

    If you can get an allen wrench on the tension adjustment of the pedal you could try loosening that as far as possible.
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    You don't understand because you fail to read...

    You don't understand because you fail to read what others write. Dave said nothing about having keys for "different bikes" on the same key ring as the ring-lock key. He did mention having multiple...
  21. Well the quoted material did include: "slammed...

    Well the quoted material did include: "slammed her car into the body of some black kid on a bike."
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    True, but it makes the bike feel strange when...

    True, but it makes the bike feel strange when your relative phase keeps changing. And makes it hard to keep both inside pedals up when going around a sharp turn since the captain won't know the...
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    AIRC on the Viewpoint there's an option so the...

    AIRC on the Viewpoint there's an option so the stoker (person in front on this bike) can coast even if the captain is pedaling, but I think if the stoker is pedaling then the captain must do so as...
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    You sure seem to like to speculate about 'facts...

    You sure seem to like to speculate about 'facts not in evidence.' The only thing we have to go on are the statements by the OP who said: "She doesn't ride by herself and always rides in front or to...
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    I prefer them. Easier to install the pump head...

    I prefer them. Easier to install the pump head and I expect they reduce the wear and tear of the rubber seal in the head.
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