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  1. Some folks do better with pedal systems which...

    Some folks do better with pedal systems which offer float. Others do better with no float. Flats can usually be considered no float. So maybe you are allowing your feet to move into positions which...
  2. I comment from a perspective of wanting to be the...

    I comment from a perspective of wanting to be the strongest road rider I can be, or at least within a few percent of that rider. I don't put on protein very well, so I was never worried about excess...
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    Some sections of 27 have a nice wide shoulder....

    Some sections of 27 have a nice wide shoulder. Other sections have a 1' shoulder with drains, up against a concrete curb.

    I participate in a group ride which frequently runs along just such a...
  4. Looking back at this past (successful) season of...

    Looking back at this past (successful) season of riding, I spent ~2% of my time weight training. Most of that time was November-February when cycling time was lower, so the percentage was a good bit...
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    Here's a series of calves in my cycling group,...

    Here's a series of calves in my cycling group, some male, some female. Took these for laughs one day after a ride.
    http://s878.photobucket.com/user/Carbonfiberboy/library/Calves

    They come in all...
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    I've been using Polar products since ~1997 and...

    I've been using Polar products since ~1997 and have had all good experiences. I've used their basic HRMs and the 625-725 series multi-sport computers. No GPS, so battery life is well over 1 year....
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    I live in Washington, so for Washingtonians and...

    I live in Washington, so for Washingtonians and Coloradans I can recommend vaping a bit of herb. Works like a charm. Many of the rest of you can get a prescription. Indica is reported to be a more...
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    All you need to do is one set of one-legged calf...

    All you need to do is one set of one-legged calf raises on a stair. After you come back from a ride, do a set on each leg until you cry. Only takes a minute or two for most folks. Or just use a...
  9. Expensive crap. 45 years ago, I had a 2-person...

    Expensive crap. 45 years ago, I had a 2-person double wall tent that weighed 1 kilo with poles, but wasn't free-standing. I miss it. It rotted out from being pitched by the Sea of Marmara all summer,...
  10. Poll: Well, yeah! Most rando folks around here use MTB...

    Well, yeah! Most rando folks around here use MTB shoes and SPD pedals, so the shoes are walkable. "Inexpensive" MTB shoes are ~$100. You want a good fit and the stiffest sole you can get for the...
  11. Poll: And that's the thing with clipless: you don't...

    And that's the thing with clipless: you don't mash. You simply rotate your feet smoothly, though slowly, and up you go. I'm not particularly strong, but I can climb 10% seated in a 42 X 17 gear. That...
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    I ride with a bunch of drinkers who have a riding...

    I ride with a bunch of drinkers who have a riding problem. IMO beer is the best. Lots of good stuff in a good microbrew. While it's best to only have one as a reward after a particularly hard ride, I...
  13. ^all true . . .

    ^all true . . .
  14. Most probably the spokes are under-tensioned....

    Most probably the spokes are under-tensioned. Whether that's because the spokes are too long and the nipples ran out of threads or the LBS was incompetent is impossible to determine without examining...
  15. I've used a pair of Lakes through several PNW...

    I've used a pair of Lakes through several PNW winters. Love them. Rain is a larger problem here than pure cold. I use a pair of dry suit leg seals on my ankles to keep water from running down into...
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    Us, on the STP one-day.

    Us, on the STP one-day.
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    I replace my middle ring (Shimano) about every...

    I replace my middle ring (Shimano) about every 3000 miles, big ring maybe every 6000, granny ring is now SS, no more replacing that one. We usually start getting chainsuck from a worn middle ring -...
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    I've found that if I can ride ~60 miles with...

    I've found that if I can ride ~60 miles with ~4000' of climbing, all out, so that I'm still climbing hard at the end, for several weekends in a row, I'll do OK on a 200k. But that's already knowing...
  19. 1, 3, & 5. #6...

    1, 3, & 5. #6 applies, but not really HTFU, just saddle time. #5 - people are just shaped differently, both skeletaly and muscularly, so the surface they present to the saddle differs a lot.
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  20. Poll: Ah, that's right - I was forgetting that you are...

    Ah, that's right - I was forgetting that you are having an aversion to clipless. What I suggested only works with clipless. One needs to be able to disregard the fact of shoe/pedal attachment and...
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    At night, in a group, leave it on steady, no...

    At night, in a group, leave it on steady, no blink. In daylight, blink.
  22. I use the FC-6603 on my 9 and 10 speed bikes. The...

    I use the FC-6603 on my 9 and 10 speed bikes. The "3" indicates it's pinned and ramped for a triple. I don't know the meaning of the FC designation.
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    Nor does it support a lack of said relationship....

    Nor does it support a lack of said relationship. I note that one of the protocols of the foremost study of increasing bone density through weight bearing exercise was that of giving the non-control...
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    Kind of funny to bring science into this...

    Kind of funny to bring science into this discussion, since there is virtually no scientific evidence about any of this. There are a few studies showing increased bone mineral density from doing...
  25. Early this past week, we returned from 12 days of...

    Early this past week, we returned from 12 days of hiking in the Sierras, much of it above 10,000' which took some getting used to since we live at sea level. We went out on the tandem on Thursday for...
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