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    Stem cap: ...

    Stem cap:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/55553367@N00/15212513436/
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    Ride report: Salsa Colossal (steel)

    After I had to hit the ditch in August, I hung the bike up in the garage and haven't ridden it: I believe it now has bad juju! The local bike shop was clearing out the 2014 floor models, some good...
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    At the 2013 Dairyland Dare. 406782

    At the 2013 Dairyland Dare.
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    Century ride was one of my first big goals, along...

    Century ride was one of my first big goals, along with a weeklong loaded tour. I have done both, several times. But I agree with you, I am riding for fitness and enjoyment so I do not feel the need...
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    healing time, how long?

    Last month when I hit the ditch avoiding the pickup truck, I (apparently) landed with all my weight on my left shoulder. Shoulder hurt for a couple days, but my rib cage has not felt "right" since...
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    The Old Abe Trail follows the Chippewa River from...

    The Old Abe Trail follows the Chippewa River from Chippewa Falls to Cornell. I park in town at Irvine Park, a great city park that has a small zoo in it. Jacob Leinenkugel Brewery (if you're into...
  7. That would be the Warbird! Warbird | Bikes |...

    That would be the Warbird!
    Warbird | Bikes | Salsa Cycles
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  9. Love them! I had a Kona Sutra that sported the...

    Love them! I had a Kona Sutra that sported the disc brakes and I thought they would be standard on them there touring bikes by now. Great feel, easy to feather lightly, they don't wear the rims.
  10. I thought white cages would match the saddle and...

    I thought white cages would match the saddle and bar tape. Now you have me second guessing....
  11. When did water bottles get so expensive!?

    I blew out the seam in an old water bottle, so stopped in the bike shop looking for a replacement. The owner has been riding and raving about the Salsa Colossal, a friend, who is a Salsa "Brand...
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    Labor Day Weekend Event

    This looks like a great way to spend a 3 day weekend!
    Bicycling in the Driftless Region | La Crosse Area Bicycle Festival
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    Coming up soon: La Crosse Bike Fest

    This looks like a good way to spend a weekend: Bicycling in the Driftless Region | La Crosse Area Bicycle Festival
  14. After 11 years and over 35000 miles, my first major scare

    Happened on Tuesdays ride. Heading southbound on new blacktop with a tail wind, looked up to see a pickup truck heading northbound veering into my lane straight towards me! I hit the ditch at about...
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    Had a great ride! Ran into SmokinMiles at the...

    Had a great ride! Ran into SmokinMiles at the rest stop at 40 miles. I see her every year on one of these rides, ever since meeting her at the BFNIC New Glarus ride several years back. Maybe next...
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    Dairyland Dare, are YOU going?

    Just a couple weeks away! I will be there, doing the 100k with some family members. Looks to be a new route this year. Wondering who else will be doing this ride
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    394341 Bridge over the Chippewa River on the...

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    Bridge over the Chippewa River on the Red Cedar State Trail, Menomonie, WI
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    Not sure, but I have bagged a couple Strava PR's!

    Not sure, but I have bagged a couple Strava PR's!
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    Does this make me a "doper?"

    I am fighting off the lingering effects of my summer cold, so I have taken cold medicine before my ride the past couple days. So, does that make me a doper?
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    I could possibly ride with you for a day or 2...

    I could possibly ride with you for a day or 2 when you get to my area, near Minneapolis/St. Paul.
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    There were a lot more short hills than long ones,...

    There were a lot more short hills than long ones, but I did seem to have 1 or 2 LONG ones a day. 6%-8% grades, tough riding loaded, but doable. The county park I stayed in I was in the campground. I...
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    The roads were, for the most part, low traffic....

    The roads were, for the most part, low traffic. But many of the roads lack paved shoulders (even state highways!), not much of a problem since I was given a wide berth by traffic. Some county...
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    The roads were, for the most part, low traffic....

    The roads were, for the most part, low traffic. But many of the roads lack paved shoulders (even state highways!), not much of a problem since I was given a wide berth by traffic. Some county...
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    Shortened the trip to 5 days, as my wife wants to...

    Shortened the trip to 5 days, as my wife wants to take our camper out this weekend. Here are my routes by day:
    Sat: LaC to Decorah - A bike ride in La Crescent, MN
    Sun: Decorah to Arlington -...
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    Back home after 5 days of riding covering over...

    Back home after 5 days of riding covering over 300 miles! I must say, it's one thing to ride hills, quite another on a loaded touring bike! Mostly great weather, although Sunday afternoon was all...
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