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    it's not something I seek out, but we get...

    it's not something I seek out, but we get thunderstorms regularly in the summer. Therefore, I ride in thunderstorms... I don't really think there is much to be done about it.
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    Poll: It depends strongly on the street. On major...

    It depends strongly on the street. On major streets I see few salmon, but on one-way side streets, it's close to 50% of cyclists (my own street is one of these).

    I should point out, however,...
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    Check out the winter forum... FWIW in the winter...

    Check out the winter forum... FWIW in the winter I run two studded tires. Definitely low flat potential + in icy conditions rear braking is a good idea. Often black ice/freezing rain reduces...
  4. P.S. I was a Ninja in high school - but my...

    P.S. I was a Ninja in high school - but my Kung-Fu is no longer better than an auto's Kung-Fu.
  5. lots 'o drug dealers around here are ninjas. I...

    lots 'o drug dealers around here are ninjas. I don't shed too many tears for them when they get smacked however. I do have more sympathy for the ninja homeless types though.
  6. Occasionally people signal (I do it a lot) - it's...

    Occasionally people signal (I do it a lot) - it's probably a good idea not to get whacked in the face by a right turn or stop signal. If someone signals left before looking left over their shoulder,...
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    I recall that Ray Bradbury doesn't drive or ride...

    I recall that Ray Bradbury doesn't drive or ride in automobiles, but his wikipedia entry does not confirm this. I'm car light, but not famous :-)
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    Thx for the encouragement. I'm pretty light (135...

    Thx for the encouragement. I'm pretty light (135 lbs), but I do have gear (locks, books, etc) in my rear panniers. If I thought the steps were a problem, then I would just walk the bike down.

    So...
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    A couple minutes, probably. When I went mountain...

    A couple minutes, probably. When I went mountain biking, we definitely did much gnarlier stuff with no consequences.

    The road way is a bit of a PITA, plus, I end up cutting through a parking lot...
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    Good fun, good exercise, good value...

    Good fun, good exercise, good value...
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    Four new staff this year, two new riders. At my...

    Four new staff this year, two new riders. At my count we have seven teachers who ride in fair weather, of which four ride all year long, through sleet, snow and ice. Not bad, as our staff this year...
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    riding down stairs - any concerns?

    My new commute involves cutting through a parking lot, which ends in a set of 6 or 7 steps. Total vertical is about 3-4 feet. Lately I've just been plowing down the steps in my unsuspended Marin...
  13. If it's cold or dark (or both) Yes - yellow...

    If it's cold or dark (or both) Yes - yellow jacket with reflective tape. If it's hot and sunny, no.
  14. While I'm not totally supporting these sharrows...

    While I'm not totally supporting these sharrows (they look like the dundas or college ones to me) - it should be pointed out that parking is not permitted in the right lane at rush hour, and that the...
  15. Thread: anyone read...

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    lol

    lol
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    I run a marathon supreme in the front (so far) no...

    I run a marathon supreme in the front (so far) no flat issues. I have had flats on my rear on (variously) marathon plus, and racers. It seems that it takes a vicious piece of shrapnel to puncture...
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    I often (1xweek or so) see cut cables lying...

    I often (1xweek or so) see cut cables lying around bicycle posts. Commonly I see thinner or cheaper cables cut, but also the thicker (15-20 mm) cables too. The cut ends always look like they were...
  18. Thread: anyone read...

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    I read it several years ago. Some of the tips...

    I read it several years ago. Some of the tips were worthwhile, some were not. Overall, I'm glad I read the book. Just because somebody recommends a strategy (courier left) or just describes a...
  19. Poll: I think people in North America ride in order to...

    I think people in North America ride in order to go fast - I think Europeans and Asians (especially Asians) ride to save calories over walking/carrying stuff (think of the Indians hauling coal on...
  20. I've never seen a drive-through ATM. If I...

    I've never seen a drive-through ATM. If I encounter one, I don't think I would feel uncomfortable using it on my bike.
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    +1 but I have had problems with tractor trailers...

    +1 but I have had problems with tractor trailers - the vacuum created by an 18 wheeler at 100 km/h or more creates a substantial cross-wind. Be ready (or far away). Also logging trucks, gravel...
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    Our small high school in toronto has about 30...

    Our small high school in toronto has about 30 teachers. Three teachers cycle to work year 'round - and another three cycle spring and fall. We also have two out of ten caretakers/support staff who...
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    Uh, what's the rated load capacity on your rack? ...

    Uh, what's the rated load capacity on your rack? I'm just worried that it might buckle if you hit a pothole or something. I think the PRC bikes are pretty bombproof and are more or less designed to...
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    Poll: Having lived car-free in Calgary for a couple...

    Having lived car-free in Calgary for a couple years I can testify that not all suburbs are created equal. Calgary's older suburbs are fairly nice for riding, a lot of the time better than downtown...
  25. Depending on context, I do this too. I usually...

    Depending on context, I do this too. I usually ask the driver if they are turning right or going straight, and I will also check the car behind the one I'm planning on letting through to see what...
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