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    In Portland we don't usually have rain when it's...

    In Portland we don't usually have rain when it's over 60. It's definitely the case that in temps that warm the rain coat is going to be too warm. I find the showers pass coat works great with temps...
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    I agree with Matimeo. Here in the northwest you...

    I agree with Matimeo. Here in the northwest you are going to have months of cold rain (the coldest I've been was 45 degrees and raining). It's worth investing in rain gear if you plan to commute year...
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    Sugar Wheel Works | Handbuilt Bicycle Wheels...

    Sugar Wheel Works | Handbuilt Bicycle Wheels

    Give em a call. They'll give advice and build whatever you want...
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    Rain Jacket- I love my showers pass. Everyone in...

    Rain Jacket- I love my showers pass. Everyone in Portland is wearing one. Mine is 5 years old and still going strong.
    Rain pants. I have showers pass pants and Novara rain paints. The showers pass...
  5. I had a two year run where I was replacing a...

    I had a two year run where I was replacing a bottom bracket a year (around 2500 miles and a shimano UN type). The current one is going on two years and still fine. It's not clear to me what was...
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    The tricross is a great bike, but if you are...

    The tricross is a great bike, but if you are going to spend $999 on something that could last your lifetime you should get something you think is freaking beautiful.
  7. I've used them both back to back on my bike and...

    I've used them both back to back on my bike and noticed no difference.
  8. 381877The manual shows you how: TEKTRO BRAKE...

    381877The manual shows you how:
    TEKTRO BRAKE SYSTEMS
  9. Good Luck! I have one suggestion. Don't be...

    Good Luck!
    I have one suggestion. Don't be afraid to get off the bike and rest in the beginning. Within two weeks you won't have to stop anymore. I have what's really a pretty small hill on my way...
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    Actual data on helmets is crazy. There's actually...

    Actual data on helmets is crazy. There's actually several studies that essentially argue that bike helmets are a waste of time (the number of wrecks where the helmet makes a difference is really...
  11. I'll echo what tsl said. Rim brakes are great...

    I'll echo what tsl said. Rim brakes are great most of the time and if you don't ride in bad weather probably all you need. For me it only took one time in the pouring rain when no one can really see...
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    I think the Verita is an awesome bike and woud go...

    I think the Verita is an awesome bike and woud go with that if it were me. For you, I would recommend ride them both and by the one that feels better.
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    It's a great light! When it's darker I like the...

    It's a great light! When it's darker I like the steadypulse mode. Gives you the advantages of a solid light and flashing in one.
  14. Thread: Disc Brakes?

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    I do run fenders...

    I do run fenders...
  15. Thread: Disc Brakes?

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    This is what the mechanics always say. I...

    This is what the mechanics always say. I actually clean my rims weekly and still had them wear down in a year. If it really takes daily cleaning I'd rather run disc brakes and not need to clean...
  16. Thread: Disc Brakes?

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    Actually the VA, but same area...

    Actually the VA, but same area...
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    I work on top of a hill and ride in the portland...

    I work on top of a hill and ride in the portland rain which is probably why I burn through rims. I was having to replace rims annually which is what prompted me to get a disc brake (I do the disc in...
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    I've been really happy with the cygolite Metro...

    I've been really happy with the cygolite Metro and hotshot. The metro is very bright (I have the 420 that's now 500 lumens) and the hotshot is crazy bright. I've had people in cars compliment me on...
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    I've been happy with the Tektro HyRd which is a...

    I've been happy with the Tektro HyRd which is a hybrid cable hydro brake.
    http://www.trpbrakes.com/category.php?productid=1198&catid=206
  20. Thread: toe overlap

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    My bike has toe overlap. I pretty quickly have...

    My bike has toe overlap. I pretty quickly have learned to keep my feet out of the way. It's really only an issue at slow speed and you just have to get used to keeping your feet at 12 and 6.
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    I did some hills training for some charity rides...

    I did some hills training for some charity rides I was doing. It made a big difference with my commute. Intervals are often recommended. Sprint for a set distance ride normal for that distance then...
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    Giro's shoes have a similar look. Saw them in a...

    Giro's shoes have a similar look. Saw them in a lbs and they look pretty sharp.

    http://www.giro.com/us_en/products/men/cycling-shoes/republic.html

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    I don't get parking at work. The rigidity of the...

    I don't get parking at work. The rigidity of the bus scheduling means if I'm running slow biking is the easiest way. I'm not sure I would be as motivated if sleeping in and driving were an option....
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    There's two competing issues here: What bikes...

    There's two competing issues here: What bikes work for commuting. What rationalization/justification do you have for spending a lot of money on the bike you want.

    Both are equally true. Any bike...
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    There's an older thread on riding sick where I...

    There's an older thread on riding sick where I posted the link to a journal article. The finding was that exercise actually helps colds. If you have an actual fever exercising wasn't recommended, but...
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