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    Depends on where you're leaving your bike, how...

    Depends on where you're leaving your bike, how long you're leaving it for, and how expensive the panniers are.

    I take mine everywhere I go, but I have a pair of Ortliebs that run ~US$75/bag.
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    Nice - very similar to my commute. I ride from...

    Nice - very similar to my commute. I ride from New West; I found a route that runs just north of Edmonds Station; more gradual climb and less up/down. From Royal Oak onwards I'm pretty much on the...
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    Nas - joeyduck tells me that you and I may have a...

    Nas - joeyduck tells me that you and I may have a similar commute. Roughly whereabouts are you coming from? I saw that you work downtown. I'm New West to Kits.
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    Great shopping list; covers the basics :) ...

    Great shopping list; covers the basics :)

    While it's not cheap ($290), I bought the Showers Pass Elite 2.1 rain jacket from MEC last year. It's amazing; breathable, super waterproof... and if...
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    I learned the hard way a month or so into...

    I learned the hard way a month or so into commuting that it sucks to get a flat when you're unprepared. Gotta take your dead-weight bike on the bus or in a taxi or whatever, get it to a shop.. it's...
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    First off, welcome and well done! I started...

    First off, welcome and well done! I started commuting last June (2013); have to say it was easier for me to keep it up through the fall and winter having had a few months of conditioning under my...
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    My first set of clipless were the Shimano A530's;...

    My first set of clipless were the Shimano A530's; flat one side, SPD on the other. Bought them thinking they'd be versatile as I could use them in flip flops or normal shoes. I rode them for nearly...
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    Sticky: It is nice to be back, thanks :) Think I've...

    It is nice to be back, thanks :) Think I've slept in my own bed less than 15 times since July 3.
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    Sticky: I've got the opposite issue; I've only ridden...

    I've got the opposite issue; I've only ridden like 5 days in the last 3 months; was gone all of July & August, rode the 5 days in early September, but then have been in the Yukon since then.
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    If you bring home a 6-pack of this will she take...

    If you bring home a 6-pack of this will she take the hint?
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    i have the same philosophy re helmet light plus...

    i have the same philosophy re helmet light plus bar lights
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    A bit off-course from the OP's intended...

    A bit off-course from the OP's intended direction, I think, but Keen does make an SPD cycling sandal...
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    Sticky: I tried every gaiter and bootie they have at MEC...

    I tried every gaiter and bootie they have at MEC last season; none kept my feet dry longer than 10 minutes. Think water was penetrating through the cleat attachment point in the sole. Ended up...
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    Great advice. Lights are ESSENTIAL. Loads of...

    Great advice. Lights are ESSENTIAL. Loads of lighting posts out there, but I use a bar light, a seat post light, and a L&M Vis 360 Plus helmet light. Even when it's sunny.

    As others have...
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    I live in Vancouver, BC; similar climate to the...

    I live in Vancouver, BC; similar climate to the OP. I generally have the same philosophy for summer rains when it's warm; I just wear quick drying clothes and have an extra set of socks with me in...
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    Because driving 30 miles a day in your car takes...

    Because driving 30 miles a day in your car takes zero effort, your travel time and distance are independent of your fitness level, and your heart rate is probably the same every day you drive?
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    He's 61... all his clothes are vintage.

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    He's 61... all his clothes are vintage.
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    +1. If I'm using 2 panniers, it's my non-drive...

    +1. If I'm using 2 panniers, it's my non-drive side one that always has my essentials (wallet, keys, phone).
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    Sticky: Back in the saddle for the first time in a little...

    Back in the saddle for the first time in a little over 2 months; downtime was due to an extended work trip to Kyrgyzstan. Over there you're taking your life in your hands every time you cross the...
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    Sticky: Great weather (about 20C / 68F), but tempered a...

    Great weather (about 20C / 68F), but tempered a bit by a rare argument with a motorist. Was pulling up at a cyclist/pedestrian controlled light on a designated side-road bike route, and a guy in a...
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    Sticky: ahhh... Makes more sense! you our can...

    ahhh... Makes more sense!



    you our can report segments as "dangerous". For instance, 10th Ave past VGH. I can see my time, but not leaderboards.

    I do enjoy the 10th from Clark to Fraser...
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    Sticky: I'm confused... did you create segments for home...

    I'm confused... did you create segments for home to daycare, daycare to work, and back again? I don't have these longer segments for a couple reasons:

    1. I often vary my route between point A and...
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    Sticky: I'd like to take at least a little of the credit...

    I'd like to take at least a little of the credit for that :) You'll love Strava, I think... maybe not as much as I do though? See my post here about the lengths I'll go to for good Strava data.
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    I am such a data fiend; never ride without my Garmin Edge 510, and ALMOST never ride without the heart rate monitor. This morning I went out to ride to work, and my GPS battery was dead... it turned...
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    Sticky: There's always this option also: Garmin Edge...

    There's always this option also:

    Garmin Edge 200 GPS Bike Computer - Mountain Equipment Co-op. Free Shipping Available

    Great thing about MEC too is their unflappable return policy. Try it for...
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