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    Now that the original topic has been sufficiently...

    Now that the original topic has been sufficiently flogged, what bad thing happens when you use a hydration pack? I must say, I have coveted them on hot days when i have to stop a lot to fill up.
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    One of the nice things about a leather saddle is...

    One of the nice things about a leather saddle is that on a hot day, instead of getting clammy and sweaty like a plastic saddle would, it gives moisture a place to wick away and evaporate. Putting a...
  3. Thread: tire cuts

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    1mm is certainly tiny. I wouldn't worry about it...

    1mm is certainly tiny. I wouldn't worry about it too much. But:

    A cut that is a little ways bigger than tiny can cause a sudden blowout, which may be catastrophic if it occurs in the front wheel....
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    Thumbs up!
  5. I like this idea; but just to be a bit critical,...

    I like this idea; but just to be a bit critical, it might be better to keep this kind of letter short and more to the point. Somehow it doesn't seem to me that an unsolicited "consolation/ cheer up"...
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    400 km would be nice : ) The 12 Ensure was half...

    400 km would be nice : ) The 12 Ensure was half the calories i needed for a 600, knocking back one per hour if needed (meaning i would be losing 250 grams per hour) and hopefully finding enough along...
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    That's it, I'm trying homemade powder this year....

    That's it, I'm trying homemade powder this year. Thanks for posting that carbonfiberboy. One dumb question, 2c. equals 2 cups?

    Cdat I have started brevets carrying twelve ensures; three in a...
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    I have heard from a guy i ride with who makes his...

    I have heard from a guy i ride with who makes his own "perpetuem" that home-made powders are significantly cheaper. It might be worth googling for anyone who is curious. Like you im too lazy but i...
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    There is no question that it is possible for some...

    There is no question that it is possible for some people to ride on liquid nutrition alone. I like Perpetuem best but will drink ensure if i am feeling cheap. Besides being easily digestible liquid...
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    If I may contribute to the necromancing: I...

    If I may contribute to the necromancing:

    I have done 10 on 8 Shimergo and did not find it perfect. Some people say they get it to work, I couldn't though.

    An option that I think is really...
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    You can do this yourself. It's very easy to cut a...

    You can do this yourself. It's very easy to cut a few mm off the end of a bolt. You need a hack saw for the messy stuff and a die (m6, Id guess, but do check---or just spring for a cheap metric tap...
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    The Rawlands do look fairly nice, although from...

    The Rawlands do look fairly nice, although from what i hear, Rawland has the same kind of problems as Soma with iffy tolerances on things like brake bridges (basically because the offshore...
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    I would not fool around with one of these if no...

    I would not fool around with one of these if no roller bearing HSs are available. Having the option to install a roller bearing hs is one of the essential anti-shimmy voodoo techniques.

    I'm still...
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    I say this as a five year crosscheck rider and...

    I say this as a five year crosscheck rider and canti user: Cantis offer great clearance but as brakes they just kind of suck compared to v's, short-to-medium reach calipers, or discs. you can make...
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    I have chinese flashlights too, 18650 powered so...

    I have chinese flashlights too, 18650 powered so brighter and heavier. They go in a bike-specific flashlight holder from dealextreme, the one that looks like a microphone holder (just search for it,...
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    I will try and get a good handle on this when I...

    I will try and get a good handle on this when I have my Pika. It took me forever to get good at packing my Acorn, and that's relatively easy. I am moving away from that because like you,rs my brevet...
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    If I may comment on the main thread topic: ...

    If I may comment on the main thread topic:

    Distraction when operating a vehicle is bad, but not every distraction is equally bad. Actuaries, legislators and other people with an interest in risk...
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    I guess that cyclists are able to depend more on...

    I guess that cyclists are able to depend more on their ears than people who are in vehicles with loud engines and enclosed cabs. And I guess that since we're in a narrower lane and on thinner-skinned...
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    So, you're saying that less experienced riders go...

    So, you're saying that less experienced riders go on MUPs and never shoulder check? While experienced riders on the road never shoulder check, but know you are there because they can hear you...
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    I find it weird that everyone is upset about the...

    I find it weird that everyone is upset about the reasonable proposition that headphones at low volume might not kill you; while no one batted an eyelash at this post. Every cyclist i can think of...
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    Sweet, thanks for the update. I'm almost...

    Sweet, thanks for the update. I'm almost definitely getting a Pika. Yes there is a fine art to packing small annoying stuff in a way that prevents having to dig for it. One nice thing about...
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    In this sport we all have our own values but...

    In this sport we all have our own values but getting more aero makes sense for a randonneur IMO.

    Znomit do you think the pika is a bit big? It looked to me like a good sized bag for especially...
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    Just commenting to say, nice post.

    Just commenting to say, nice post.
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    That kind of meditative state is exactly what I...

    That kind of meditative state is exactly what I meant by "let negative feelings wash over you and disperse". It's not like an ability I have to turn off negative feelings; it's this funny state of...
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    I totally agree! Even on a 400, if I let myself...

    I totally agree! Even on a 400, if I let myself think about the total distance at the beginning, say with 350 km to go, it can be depressing. One must consider only the next control. Sometimes, even...
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