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    Personally, I recommend eating right from the...

    Personally, I recommend eating right from the very beginning. I don't see any advantage to letting glycogen stores start to be drawn down significantly before starting to replenish them.
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    I think that nice bike bags, well chosen and well...

    I think that nice bike bags, well chosen and well executed, actually improve the appearance of the bike. Racer culture may suggest otherwise, however.
  3. Poll: Level. I still want you to get off my lawn.

    Level. I still want you to get off my lawn.
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    Even with a good dress in layers strategy, choose...

    Even with a good dress in layers strategy, choose clothing with a wide temperature range. Wool is good for this. Think about full length zippers. And think about how items pack down. Some...
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    The StVZO standards place no limitation on beam...

    The StVZO standards place no limitation on beam width. Just because a beam is StVZO compliant doesn't necessarily mean it's narrow.

    Dyno lights have been getting wider each time they are...
  6. A Mach 5 cartridge that I was going to throw away...

    A Mach 5 cartridge that I was going to throw away because it was getting dull. Worked fine on the saddle though. Take your time and don't use a lot of force.
  7. FYI, the newest version of the SA saddles have a...

    FYI, the newest version of the SA saddles have a more traditional turned down skirt.

    I have one of these on one bike, and an older SA on another. I got leg chafing from the sharp edges of the...
  8. I would like to have a traditional rando bike,...

    I would like to have a traditional rando bike, but oddly enough, it's unlikely that I would use it for randonneuring. It would just make for a nice riding bike, methinks. 'N+1' doesn't need an...
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    I think Unter meant it literally when he said his...

    I think Unter meant it literally when he said his goal was to attract a "couple" of riders.

    I have done more RUSA miles this year than any other prior, primarily because of the permanents that...
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    It seems to me that a certain percentage of...

    It seems to me that a certain percentage of randos are quite happy with the size and scale of randonneuring in the USA, and don't particularly want to see it grow any bigger.

    And after hearing the...
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    No, they don't. And your point is well taken...

    No, they don't. And your point is well taken about accuracy issues.

    All it says (near the bottom of the page) is: (my emphasis):
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    Right. If PBP actually only has about 32K of...

    Right. If PBP actually only has about 32K of climbing (as per RUSA: FAQ), then that is only about 43 feet per mile.

    Your easiest perm, HV to BV, is 40.7 feet per mile. Tour of HV is 45.8. SI...
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    Well, both are steel framed stick bikes with...

    Well, both are steel framed stick bikes with 26-20 formats and rim brakes. Both are going to work well for touring and general riding. Both companies are known for providing good support after the...
  14. Thread: Lights

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    I use both dynamo lights and battery lights. When...

    I use both dynamo lights and battery lights. When I am using a battery light, I carry along a backup battery light. :) When I am using my dynamo light, I carry along a back up battery light. :)
    ...
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    Sheesh. How do you control the thrust and/or...

    Sheesh. How do you control the thrust and/or turn it off?

    I'd be less concerned about the tires and more concerned about the ability to slow down or stop quickly when needed. Bike brakes are...
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    Pgh is a hard place to ride a bike. On anything....

    Pgh is a hard place to ride a bike. On anything. Bombed out pavement, narrow roads, yinzer drivers, and absurdly steep ups and downs. Good stuff. I love the Burgh.
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    On a finely crushed stone surface, typical of...

    On a finely crushed stone surface, typical of RTT, the Giro 20 will work just fine.

    As the conditions get rougher, you can move towards fatter and fatter rubber, but at some point (as the...
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    Weird. My neck won't do that. :)

    Weird. My neck won't do that. :)
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    I see it the exact opposite. I have mirrors...

    I see it the exact opposite.

    I have mirrors on all four of my bikes - two bents, two DFs. Mirrors can be effectively installed on any type of machine.

    DFs have the advantage of more easily...
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    Most of the climbs are less than 200 feet. It's...

    Most of the climbs are less than 200 feet. It's death by a thousand tiny cuts.

    Contrast this to this past Saturday, where it was death by fruit pie.
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    Dunno. It's possible that we're just soft from...

    Dunno. It's possible that we're just soft from reclining all the time. Is 2 months enough of adaptation time? Not sure if it is or not.'

    I do think that long rides have some value for...
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    FWIW, I think this is essentially the route: ...

    FWIW, I think this is essentially the route:

    09/08/2012 Sandy lake 200K - McCandless Township, Pennsylvania

    (note: this plot is two years old, and there may be some differences between this...
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    My first 200K was completed with the longest ride...

    My first 200K was completed with the longest ride prior (for the previous 10 years or so, that is) only being 45 miles long.

    I did 203 miles at Calvin's Challenge with longest ride prior being a...
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    heh. that sounds familiar.

    heh. that sounds familiar.
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    Neither seems more appropriate than the other to...

    Neither seems more appropriate than the other to me. Based on what folks actually use for randonneuring, pretty much anything in the general touring / road / franco-rando / cross bike realm is fine....
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