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For holding a cuesheet where you can see it, a...

For holding a cuesheet where you can see it, a handlebar bag is not necessary. Some randonneurs around here zip tie an alligator clip or clothespin to their stem, then use it to hold a cuesheet...
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Now that the original topic has been sufficiently...

Now that the original topic has been sufficiently flogged, what bad thing happens when you use a hydration pack? I must say, I have coveted them on hot days when i have to stop a lot to fill up.
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One of the nice things about a leather saddle is...

One of the nice things about a leather saddle is that on a hot day, instead of getting clammy and sweaty like a plastic saddle would, it gives moisture a place to wick away and evaporate. Putting a...
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1mm is certainly tiny. I wouldn't worry about it...

1mm is certainly tiny. I wouldn't worry about it too much. But:

A cut that is a little ways bigger than tiny can cause a sudden blowout, which may be catastrophic if it occurs in the front wheel....
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I like this idea; but just to be a bit critical,...

I like this idea; but just to be a bit critical, it might be better to keep this kind of letter short and more to the point. Somehow it doesn't seem to me that an unsolicited "consolation/ cheer up"...
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400 km would be nice : ) The 12 Ensure was half...

400 km would be nice : ) The 12 Ensure was half the calories i needed for a 600, knocking back one per hour if needed (meaning i would be losing 250 grams per hour) and hopefully finding enough along...
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That's it, I'm trying homemade powder this year....

That's it, I'm trying homemade powder this year. Thanks for posting that carbonfiberboy. One dumb question, 2c. equals 2 cups?

Cdat I have started brevets carrying twelve ensures; three in a...
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I have heard from a guy i ride with who makes his...

I have heard from a guy i ride with who makes his own "perpetuem" that home-made powders are significantly cheaper. It might be worth googling for anyone who is curious. Like you im too lazy but i...
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There is no question that it is possible for some...

There is no question that it is possible for some people to ride on liquid nutrition alone. I like Perpetuem best but will drink ensure if i am feeling cheap. Besides being easily digestible liquid...
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If I may contribute to the necromancing: I...

If I may contribute to the necromancing:

I have done 10 on 8 Shimergo and did not find it perfect. Some people say they get it to work, I couldn't though.

An option that I think is really...
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You can do this yourself. It's very easy to cut a...

You can do this yourself. It's very easy to cut a few mm off the end of a bolt. You need a hack saw for the messy stuff and a die (m6, Id guess, but do check---or just spring for a cheap metric tap...
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The Rawlands do look fairly nice, although from...

The Rawlands do look fairly nice, although from what i hear, Rawland has the same kind of problems as Soma with iffy tolerances on things like brake bridges (basically because the offshore...
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I would not fool around with one of these if no...

I would not fool around with one of these if no roller bearing HSs are available. Having the option to install a roller bearing hs is one of the essential anti-shimmy voodoo techniques.

I'm still...
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I say this as a five year crosscheck rider and...

I say this as a five year crosscheck rider and canti user: Cantis offer great clearance but as brakes they just kind of suck compared to v's, short-to-medium reach calipers, or discs. you can make...
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I have chinese flashlights too, 18650 powered so...

I have chinese flashlights too, 18650 powered so brighter and heavier. They go in a bike-specific flashlight holder from dealextreme, the one that looks like a microphone holder (just search for it,...
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I will try and get a good handle on this when I...

I will try and get a good handle on this when I have my Pika. It took me forever to get good at packing my Acorn, and that's relatively easy. I am moving away from that because like you,rs my brevet...
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If I may comment on the main thread topic: ...

If I may comment on the main thread topic:

Distraction when operating a vehicle is bad, but not every distraction is equally bad. Actuaries, legislators and other people with an interest in risk...
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I guess that cyclists are able to depend more on...

I guess that cyclists are able to depend more on their ears than people who are in vehicles with loud engines and enclosed cabs. And I guess that since we're in a narrower lane and on thinner-skinned...
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So, you're saying that less experienced riders go...

So, you're saying that less experienced riders go on MUPs and never shoulder check? While experienced riders on the road never shoulder check, but know you are there because they can hear you...
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I find it weird that everyone is upset about the...

I find it weird that everyone is upset about the reasonable proposition that headphones at low volume might not kill you; while no one batted an eyelash at this post. Every cyclist i can think of...
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Sweet, thanks for the update. I'm almost...

Sweet, thanks for the update. I'm almost definitely getting a Pika. Yes there is a fine art to packing small annoying stuff in a way that prevents having to dig for it. One nice thing about...
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In this sport we all have our own values but...

In this sport we all have our own values but getting more aero makes sense for a randonneur IMO.

Znomit do you think the pika is a bit big? It looked to me like a good sized bag for especially...
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Just commenting to say, nice post.

Just commenting to say, nice post.
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That kind of meditative state is exactly what I...

That kind of meditative state is exactly what I meant by "let negative feelings wash over you and disperse". It's not like an ability I have to turn off negative feelings; it's this funny state of...
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I totally agree! Even on a 400, if I let myself...

I totally agree! Even on a 400, if I let myself think about the total distance at the beginning, say with 350 km to go, it can be depressing. One must consider only the next control. Sometimes, even...
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I agree with other posters that the two important...

I agree with other posters that the two important issues here are, in order of priority (1) eating well and (2) learning to accept negative thoughts and just let them wash over you and disperse. I am...
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There are 57mm reach road bikes out there... with...

There are 57mm reach road bikes out there... with the caliper reach close to maxed out bikes @ this spec will fit 28's with fenders, or 33's without. The problem is that this often isn't mentioned...
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The old school RAAM guys maybe? Someone told me...

The old school RAAM guys maybe? Someone told me that Lon Haldeman used to oil the living heck out of his B-17's so that they were only good for a few tens of thousands of kms.
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Crud Mk2 Roadracers will work much better....

Crud Mk2 Roadracers will work much better. They'll keep you dry and increase your chances of being allowed in a paceline, since they also keep the rider behind you dry.
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In answer to your question, yes you really don't...

In answer to your question, yes you really don't need as much stuff as you can carry in panniers. I remember using panniers for centuries when I was just learning how to pack, and just basically...
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I ride a not-low-trail crosscheck and have no...

I ride a not-low-trail crosscheck and have no real handling problems carrying enough stuff for a 600 in a bar bag on a nashbar rack. This includes extra bottles of water when needed. I can change...
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A good half measure is to just click your helmet...

A good half measure is to just click your helmet strap through a wheel plus the frame. This means that someone who wants to take your bike for a joy ride must spend some time looking at it and...
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Sounds like you already have it just about right....

Sounds like you already have it just about right. Enjoy!
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Posted By mander

GB, like Brooks, don't offer a lot of setback in...

GB, like Brooks, don't offer a lot of setback in the rails, so assume that having the saddle slammed all the way back on your seat post is a good ballpark beginning point.
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A bit, for sure. It's presented for your...

A bit, for sure. It's presented for your consideration only. But it's certainly bad to compromise rider fit in order to optimize wheel fit, and that's what a lot of little 700c bikes do.
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OP and other shorties, have a look at this. I...

OP and other shorties, have a look at this. I have been looking for it since you started this thread.

http://www.rodbikes.com/blog/?p=355

It's a detailed series of articles on why 700c bikes...
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Now why the heck did they spec 74.5* seat tube...

Now why the heck did they spec 74.5* seat tube angles on those fujis? looks like there's tons of room behind the tubes to slacken it out. short people need to get mad about too-steep seat tubes! IMO...
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Something that small people need to watch out for...

Something that small people need to watch out for is steep seat tubes. Manufacturers do this with their smallest sizes in order to fit 700c wheels in the frame. Both the Pacer and the CC have 75...
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THere is a good article on wikipedia that answers...

THere is a good article on wikipedia that answers this question.
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Don't drill, get a punch. You can drill leather...

Don't drill, get a punch. You can drill leather but the holes are then torn instead of cleanly cut. A punch only costs eight dollars or something at a craft store.
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these are incompatible goals. If you punch...

these are incompatible goals.

If you punch and lace, i would put the holes up high. Otherwise eventually the saddle ovalizes and widens again.

Looks is a bad reason to lace a brooks, but...
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THe schedules around here have you going out (on...

THe schedules around here have you going out (on a series or whatever) about every three weeks. This works well for me... you have room for brevet, rest, training, rest, then another brevet with lots...
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Also, is anyone else seeing google text ads for...

Also, is anyone else seeing google text ads for god damn EPO? they have us pegged I guess
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Oh, for sure. I would even say that at any stage...

Oh, for sure. I would even say that at any stage of a brevet, any form of "deliberate" attack like you'd see in a race, where you are conspicuously trying to get away from a group, would lead people...
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When i started randonneuring a nice guy i was...

When i started randonneuring a nice guy i was riding with made it really clear to me that it was ok to drop him for whatever reason. There is however IMO a complex social thingy where the longer you...
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Hey I should have mentioned, being able to eat...

Hey I should have mentioned, being able to eat and drink correctly while rolling is another big deal. If you can do this you will shave off a tonne of time spent at 0 km/h wolfing down massive...
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Heh, i didn't mean anything too zen or...

Heh, i didn't mean anything too zen or mysterious... just start thinking about all the strategy stuff l mentioned.

Stop times can be huge. skipping a 15 min. break or taking 2 mins instead...
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If you miss the time cut on this ride it won't be...

If you miss the time cut on this ride it won't be because your wheels were too heavy or because your tires werent cushy enough. these things make a difference but not the hours and hours difference...
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Posted By mander

Mavic 650b rim ID

I picked up a small stash (3) of these old Mavic rims. Any idea what the model is or when they came out? Pic isn't mine, it's from a GIS.
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