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    Setting goals... the disease of modern life,...

    Setting goals... the disease of modern life, successfully brainwashed into us at a young age with plenty of encouragement from the media, religions, education systems, etc. Ignore goals. Just ride...
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    I don't think it can hurt to have the fitting...

    I don't think it can hurt to have the fitting done if you can afford the money. It used to be easy, because we all followed the same rules of thumb, and all the bikes had basically the same points of...
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    To go back to the original question, I rode bikes...

    To go back to the original question, I rode bikes back then already, and the way I remember it, most higher end bikes had centrepulls for the simple reason that people liked not having to keep...
  4. I'll be interested in reading a review after...

    I'll be interested in reading a review after you've done that.
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    If your doctor says it's Ok, then ride and don't...

    If your doctor says it's Ok, then ride and don't worry about it. It can only be good for you. When I was your age, I rode a lot, on a road bike (before they were called road bikes). My only medical...
  6. Thread: Which shoes?

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    You're riding a bike. Who cares what your shoes...

    You're riding a bike. Who cares what your shoes look like if they work for you?
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    This is really hard to answer. Have you tried the...

    This is really hard to answer. Have you tried the road bike? A hybrid will feel more familiar, more like a regular bike at first, and it will be comfortable for shorter rides. A road bike, even a...
  8. There's no definitive answer to your question,...

    There's no definitive answer to your question, because you can play with both height and reach, and then there's also the design of the bars themselves (reach from stem, how deep or shallow the drops...
  9. Thread: clipless?

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    Clipless pedals are to bicycles like digital...

    Clipless pedals are to bicycles like digital cameras are to photography. It's hard to go back, even if you don't particularly like the idea.

    Are they necessary? No. Can you ride without them?...
  10. It ends up the same for the length of your...

    It ends up the same for the length of your cockpit, but it's not the same in terms of overall fit of the bike and how the bike handles. It depends on the kind of bike we're talking about. A modern...
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    Fat definitely *is* fat, as far as weight gain...

    Fat definitely *is* fat, as far as weight gain goes. Of course, in terms of other aspects of health, some fats may be healthier than others. But they are still the same in terms of any weight gain.
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    Fat is fat, and calories are calories. It doesn't...

    Fat is fat, and calories are calories. It doesn't matter at all whether they come from vegetable or meat sources. If you suddenly start eating less sodium salt, you are likely to end up carrying less...
  13. I ride daily but not as a commute. I made it into...

    I ride daily but not as a commute. I made it into December this year, but snow or no snow, once it's around the freezing point, for me, it's just not worth the health risks from the cold weather, the...
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    Don't worry about it. It's totally insignificant....

    Don't worry about it. It's totally insignificant. You don't want your frame to rust, but your chain and cogs are easily replaceable items (plus, they aren't the kind of things that will rust...
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    Make the distances shorter and the weather nicer....

    Make the distances shorter and the weather nicer. Have you ever been to Europe? No matter how many nice pictures and videos get posted on the internet, the amount of bicycle use is insignificant...
  16. Both rims and tires last a long time. Why don't...

    Both rims and tires last a long time. Why don't you just let her ride it. You can still buy 27 inch tires. I have a smooth-rolling touring bike with 27 inch wheels myself. Though I haven't tried it,...
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    Leaving aside the bozos who ride the wrong way on...

    Leaving aside the bozos who ride the wrong way on one way streets, hop on and off sidewalks, etc., I think that if vehicular type cyclists observed every letter of the law at all times under all...
  18. Get a Brooks if that's what you want and you can...

    Get a Brooks if that's what you want and you can afford it, but it's a bit of a misconception that leather saddles last a lifetime. I suppose it would last decades if you don't ride on it much.
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    Are you a travel planner or a travel doer? If...

    Are you a travel planner or a travel doer?

    If the former, it's very important to spend a lot of time thinking about what type of bar tape you need, and once you've decided on the type, you need...
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    Forget about road pedals if you want to use...

    Forget about road pedals if you want to use clipless, unless you really need to see yourself as some kind of "serious" cyclist. Some very serious non-racing road cyclists use "mountain bike" SPD...
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    It depends. What exactly is it that you expect to...

    It depends. What exactly is it that you expect to gain from clipless pedals? I've had various kinds for more than a decade, but I'm always just as happy to ride the bike equipped with ordinary...
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    Any commuting mileage is do-able, given the right...

    Any commuting mileage is do-able, given the right weather and sufficient time. Unfortunately, commuting zeal often meets with the realities of daily life.
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    In terms of modern, higher performance bikes, I...

    In terms of modern, higher performance bikes, I most regret selling my 1997 Peugeot Biarritz. Of course, it was a bright canary yellow, so maybe I was justified in selling it at the time.
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    For the same reason they "upgraded" from 5, 6, 7...

    For the same reason they "upgraded" from 5, 6, 7 and 8 I suppose. I always thought 6 or 7 in back was all I needed, but I do ride 9 now, only because that's what was currently available at the time....
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    You guys remind me of my father's generation and...

    You guys remind me of my father's generation and their yearly new car - and the lifelong progression from owning a Chevy II or Vega to an Oldsmobile or Buick. And I'm 56, so that goes back a long...
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