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  1. ^ i think it might be a cultural difference. here...

    ^ i think it might be a cultural difference. here in chicago, all of the condo buildings that i have lived in over the years have had secure indoor bike storage rooms in the ground floor/basement of...
  2. how inhumane! i would no sooner...

    <shudders>

    how inhumane! i would no sooner leave one of my bikes outside over night than i would my own child.
  3. and we are still amazed at the european...

    and we are still amazed at the european fascination with 50 lb. boat anchors. :D
  4. to each their own. the ultegra brifters on my...

    to each their own. the ultegra brifters on my road bike have given me well over 15,000 miles of urban shifting, and they're still going strong. we'll see how long the sram apex groupset on my new...
  5. hydro discs are great, but i LOVE drop bar...

    hydro discs are great, but i LOVE drop bar brifters (by far my favorite style of cockpit controls) and hydro compatible brifters are still too pricey for me because the tech is so brand spanking new....
  6. i only have a grand total of 10 miles riding my...

    i only have a grand total of 10 miles riding my new bike, but i already hate the avid BB5 disc brakes that came with my bike. they are a complete pain in the ass to adjust and have stay adjusted....
  7. that has been my experience with reflective...

    that has been my experience with reflective sidewall tires as well. they stay reflective for maybe a week or two, but after one wet ride their ability to function as reflectors becomes greatly...
  8. my road bike has no attachment points for a rack....

    my road bike has no attachment points for a rack. and the chain stays are extremely short so i suspect i would have had heel strike issues even if i had explored jerry-rigging a rack onto the bike.
    ...
  9. ^ i didn't experience any harshness, in fact the...

    ^ i didn't experience any harshness, in fact the 28mm conti grand prix 4-seasons i put on the bike are quite a bit plusher than the 23mm vittoria rubino pro's on my road bike, and even easier riding...
  10. considering that i have a grand total of 5 miles...

    considering that i have a grand total of 5 miles on the bike, i'll have to get back to you on those questions ;)

    but everything worked just fine this morning.
  11. this morning was my first ride into work with the...

    this morning was my first ride into work with the new commuter bike.

    i liked the freedom of having a completely unencumbered back, but with all that extra weight over the rear wheel, the handling...
  12. it's an axiom rack I got from nashbar. my...

    it's an axiom rack I got from nashbar. my disc-brake motobecane CX bike has the rear disc brake mounted inside the rear triangle on the chain stay, so there was no issue with mounting the rack and...
  13. wait for it.... wait for it.... it's a brand...

    wait for it.... wait for it.... it's a brand spanking new bike.





    it already has them. I have forte campus pedals on the bike, they're combo SPD/platform pedals.
  14. After 7 years of bike commuting, I finally have a "proper" commuter bike

    "proper" according to the unwritten rules of bike commuting. after 7 years of being a backpack commuter, I finally broke down and put a rack and panniers on my new motobecane CX bike from...
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    In my 7 years of bike commuting, I've never been...

    In my 7 years of bike commuting, I've never been interested in adding a computer to any of my bikes.

    And I'm only 38, so i don't think it's an age thing. I guess I'm just not a numbers person.
  16. i had to drop my wife's car off at the mechanic...

    i had to drop my wife's car off at the mechanic today for repairs. with my back feeling MUCH better, i threw my folder in the trunk to ride the 3/4 mile from the mechanic's shop to my office.

    i'm...
  17. you never had brutal back pain if you were still...

    you never had brutal back pain if you were still able to ride a bicycle.

    people with brutal back pain can't even roll over in bed without crying tears of pain.


    as for your "meh, ride through...
  18. ^ thanks for the suggestions. i'm hoping that...

    ^ thanks for the suggestions.

    i'm hoping that this is one of those back issues that just disappears on its own as mysteriously as it came on, without the intervention of medical professionals, but...
  19. Back Pain: I don't know what's worse, the pain or the driving.

    since the middle of last week i've had some fairly aggravating and unexplained pain in my lower back. in the interest of allowing it to heal properly, i've driven my wife's car to work for the past 3...
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    i don't take the most direct route because it's a...

    i don't take the most direct route because it's a very busy trafficy street full of angry motorists and bus exhaust and people opening car doors into the traffic lane and people jaywalking out...
  21. i sweat like a mo-fo whether i ride 10 miles or...

    i sweat like a mo-fo whether i ride 10 miles or 10 feet. and i've been doing the bike commuting gig for over 7 years now.

    my body simply ABHORS being even the slightest bit warm, and at the very...
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    my new Motobecane Fantom Cross Disc just came...

    my new Motobecane Fantom Cross Disc just came from UPS! i've only taken it out of the box, but everything looks great, no visual damage apparent upon 1st inspection. I'll get her put together after...
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    strong work! i had a similar transformation...

    strong work!

    i had a similar transformation brought about by daily bike commuting:

    http://s29.postimg.org/c1ydui6qf/me5.jpg http://s2.postimg.org/n33cwilax/me6.jpg




    my motivations for...
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    that's probably true for most shops. however,...

    that's probably true for most shops. however, here in chicago there is a dedicated commuter LBS with a couple locations that deals only Surly, Kona, Jamis, Linus, Fyxation and some folder brands like...
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    ^ Similar with my Ti road biike from BD.com: ...

    ^ Similar with my Ti road biike from BD.com:

    - Ultegra everything - crank, B/B, derailleurs, cassette, chain, brifters, & brakes
    - Mavic Ksyerium Equipe wheel set
    - Vittoria Rubino Pro tires...
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