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    My first day commuting by bike: 1. Followed...

    My first day commuting by bike:

    1. Followed bike paths on busy streets instead of sidestreets with little or no traffic.
    2. Got a flat.
    3. No spare tube, tire irons, pump, or patch kit.

    My...
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    ^ lol

    ^ lol
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    ^ Yup. I usually carry my camera in my back...

    ^ Yup. I usually carry my camera in my back pocket, but that doesn't work well on hot or cold days, so in the Bento Box it goes.

    My gripe with them is when climbing out of the saddle ... they...
  4. Whoa, Rick! Never used a helmet light? Helmet...

    Whoa, Rick! Never used a helmet light?

    Helmet lights are fab. I like using a flashing one for commuting (very good for getting the attention of drivers approaching perpendicularly to you), and...
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    Hmmm ... interesting point. And you're right! ...

    Hmmm ... interesting point. And you're right! Helmet/eyeglass mirrors don't work so well when you're on aerobars.

    They are also problematic if you wear a backpack (and I do when commuting). I...
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    ^ Nice! The pup in the foreground is a nice...

    ^ Nice!

    The pup in the foreground is a nice touch :thumb:
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    ^ Those reflections are flippin beautiful! ...

    ^ Those reflections are flippin beautiful!

    Just thought I'd brag a little here. I spent YEARS trying to catch the infamous green flash. Flippin YEARS, with no luck. I first saw it a few years...
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    You can scan using a helmet or eyeglass mounted...

    You can scan using a helmet or eyeglass mounted mirror by wagging your head ... there are really no blind spots in the usual sense. I've actually used the mirror to look over my right shoulder to...
  9. Reflective tape aplenty is required for all the...

    Reflective tape aplenty is required for all the long distance races I've done. Once applied, there is no reason to remove it.

    Buuuut ... some of that reflective tape is near impossible to remove...
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    On my crappy commute home last night: ...

    On my crappy commute home last night:

    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/Photo395/IMG_7208Mod_zps3d61f486.jpg

    Best of all ... we got lucky and got the green flash!
    ...
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    Interesting discussion here. I'm really not a...

    Interesting discussion here. I'm really not a fan of handlebar-mounted mirrors, but WTH. I think I might give one a try. It can't hurt!
  12. Thread: Close Call !

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    ^ Cripes man ... no need to apologize. I...

    ^ Cripes man ... no need to apologize.

    I just want you to avoid unnecessary injury ... for my own selfish reasons, of course ... I like your posts (all that youthful enthusiasm and discovery is...
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    Sorry ... I can't give you a recommendation, cuz...

    Sorry ... I can't give you a recommendation, cuz I've never used a handlebar mounted mirror.

    I use this helmet-mounted mirror. I've also recommended it to others who have not liked helmet mounted...
  14. Thread: Close Call !

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    That's essentially it. Advantages of Riding...

    That's essentially it.

    Advantages of Riding Salmon:

    1. You can see traffic coming and can take evasive maneuvers if necessary (a mirror provides the same benefit).

    Disadvantages of Riding...
  15. Thread: Close Call !

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    ^ That is what a rear view mirror is for. You...

    ^ That is what a rear view mirror is for. You can watch the person approach you very easily and take evasive action if necessary.

    Trust me when I tell you this ... you do NOT want to ride against...
  16. Crap. Sorry about that. It's odd how we always...

    Crap. Sorry about that. It's odd how we always get injured when and how we least expect it.
  17. Thread: Close Call !

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    How the hell could he have missed you?!? I think...

    How the hell could he have missed you?!? I think I smell a distracted driver.

    Do you use a rear view mirror? I know it's a hot topic for some, but if you're not already using one, you might want...
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    Strangely enough ... If I lived in a snowy...

    Strangely enough ... If I lived in a snowy climate, I'm pretty sure I'd be outfitting an MTB with studs, chains or whatnot, and myself with lobster claw gloves and all the other accoutrements of cold...
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    ^ Gotta say ... riding in weather like that...

    ^ Gotta say ... riding in weather like that makes about as much sense to me as this does:
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  20. Interesting discussion here. We don't get chased...

    Interesting discussion here. We don't get chased by a lot of hounds hereabouts. It makes complete sense that a silent dog chasing you is the one you probably have to worry most about.

    I stopped...
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    About as cold as I've done is the upper 20s. ...

    About as cold as I've done is the upper 20s. Totally doable with the right equipment. I'd probably prefer skiing at that point, though. lol
  22. Poll: ^ My sentiment exactly. I'm not going to ride a...

    ^ My sentiment exactly. I'm not going to ride a sweet looking bike that doesn't work well for me, but at the same time, I'm not dropping down $2000+ on on a bike I think is ugly. Function first,...
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    Did a 90 miler up from Castaic to the Ridge Route...

    Did a 90 miler up from Castaic to the Ridge Route and back. In 7 hours of saddle time, I think we saw maybe 20 cars at the outside.
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    Really nice job on the build!

    Really nice job on the build!
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    Lol. I only know that because I'm a Bogie fan...

    Lol. I only know that because I'm a Bogie fan and because a lot of my relatives have suffered from esophageal cancer ... the product of heavy drinking.
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