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  1. Paraffin Takes Licking, and Keeps on Not Ticking

    Back in May, my paraffin-lubed chain got soaked while on the trunk rack in a rainstorm. I was sure that it would need re-lubing right away, and posted about it here:
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    Shoe Comfort

    I have a pair of Shimano SH-M 120G shoes that look like this:

    http://i.imgur.com/l7l9m3g.jpg

    If I make them nice and tight, my feet get tingly and sometimes painful towards the end of the ride....
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    On the way home today: ...

    On the way home today:

    http://i.imgur.com/UxoKPiO.jpg
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    Amazing photo, but also nice break. I like it...

    Amazing photo, but also nice break. I like it when the waves look bad from my bike, because it means I'm not wasting any.
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    One of you must have been uncomfortable.

    One of you must have been uncomfortable.
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    Practical Physics Problem

    I have a long 15% grade on my standard ride. I always stand up for the entire hill ('cause I'm that macho. jk).

    By standing, I mean that I just put my weight on the high pedal, and let my weight...
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    I have actually worked on this problem for a long...

    I have actually worked on this problem for a long time. I have a standard sixty mile route that I ride at least once a week, so it's been good for experimentation. Here are the factors that I find...
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    Kingfishr, you couldn't have set that up better...

    Kingfishr, you couldn't have set that up better if you'd spent hours arranging it.

    This cow from yesterday's ride seemed unimpressed.

    http://i.imgur.com/0NPhK5e.jpg
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    What do These Road Markings Mean?

    Anyone know what these hatch marks mean?

    http://i.imgur.com/p1ObUBh.jpg
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    Great, as usual. Did you modify the color balance...

    Great, as usual. Did you modify the color balance or saturation in this image?
  11. My daughter moved to Denver yesterday. She's...

    My daughter moved to Denver yesterday. She's unpacking right now. She's going to love it.
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    >>Did you have a rear view mirror? Or just the...

    >>Did you have a rear view mirror? Or just the camera?


    >Camera only...the mirrors have always been a distraction to me...but I think I may try that again.

    I ride in that situation...
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    These photos are brought to you by my new policy:...

    These photos are brought to you by my new policy: Always take the camera.

    http://i.imgur.com/QE9HRIW.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/m0UuW9H.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/1pxSskJ.jpg
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    Yesterday I found it was easy to pack this stuff...

    Yesterday I found it was easy to pack this stuff into gelatin capsules. I took four with me on my ride, and it worked fine to just take one now and then.

    http://i.imgur.com/anZZUNq.jpg

    I'm not...
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    Anyone who says "Pics or it didn't happen" will...

    Anyone who says "Pics or it didn't happen" will be banned.
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    I got one of these: ...

    I got one of these:

    http://www.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/i/m/image_16390.jpg

    Combo Cable Bike Lock

    at Harbor Freight. Not...
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    Communist flag factory? Here's a "No, the...

    Communist flag factory?

    Here's a "No, the horse isn't mistreated" sign from my ride.

    http://i.imgur.com/sXDJnrt.jpg
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    Sticky: Did my 60 miler the other day, but with a rare...

    Did my 60 miler the other day, but with a rare South wind. What a treat to have a push on the last 15 miles. It makes all the difference.
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    Moving time: 4:49 and total elapsed time 5:14....

    Moving time: 4:49 and total elapsed time 5:14. Average moving speed: 12.6 MPH. Elevation 3,884.

    I'm just not very fast, and never was, no matter what I ate.
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    Well, after one drive-and-ride trip, I'm back to...

    Well, after one drive-and-ride trip, I'm back to riding from home. It's just a nicer feel.

    I have two blinkies. I do use a mirror on my helmet that works fine, but I don't check out each...
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    Do-It-Yourself Endurolytes

    I've concluded that maybe my electrolytes get depleted on my five-hour rides. I wasn't convinced enough to spend the big bucks on Endurolyte capsules, but I figured I didn't have anything to lose by...
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    Metric With Only Water, Coffee

    In my continuing experiments to figure out how my body works, and to optimize my riding, I went on my standard 60 mile ride yesterday and only drank water (and had a cup of coffee en route). I also...
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    Yesterday I did the same ride with water only and...

    Yesterday I did the same ride with water only and a cup of coffee. It felt good. Better than normal, in fact. No nausea.
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    Drive a Little and Be Safer

    I really like riding right from home. Get the bike ready, have some coffee, and head off.

    But I realized that I can eliminate the most dangerous part of my ride (dangerous and deadly), if I put...
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    Yes, somewhere around there.

    Yes, somewhere around there.
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