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  1. I second the Louis Garneau Neo Power shorts. I'm...

    I second the Louis Garneau Neo Power shorts. I'm short (5'2"), so I prefer the 7" inseam. They changed the cut last year, so I now wear a size M, which fits exactly the same as the size S from...
  2. Thread: Stp 2016

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    Stp 2016

    I signed up to do STP for the first time this year. We're doing it in a day and a half, stopping in Longview. The weather looks perfect, cool and mostly cloudy. Anyone else doing the ride?
  3. Thread: Ramrod 2015?

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    Wow, RAMROD in 10:40 and in this crazy heat!...

    Wow, RAMROD in 10:40 and in this crazy heat! That's amazing! Congratulations!
  4. Congratulations on the new bike! I'm so glad you...

    Congratulations on the new bike! I'm so glad you found a bike you love. What size did you end up getting?

    If you ride more and enjoy it, you'll definitely get faster.
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    I have a big grocery basket that attaches to my...

    I have a big grocery basket that attaches to my rear rack, so it has a large flat surface. The eggs at our market aren't refrigerated. I usually bring my own cardboard cartons and put the eggs at the...
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    Salsa and Rebecca, thanks for sharing the piano...

    Salsa and Rebecca, thanks for sharing the piano photos and video. That kid was so talented!

    Salsa, that last photo even matches your bike!
  7. If you've only done parking lot test rides on the...

    If you've only done parking lot test rides on the Ruby, Synapse (carbon or Al), and other endurance/sportive bikes, I would take each of them out for a longer ride that involves hills. Assuming the...
  8. I've had Di2 on one of my bikes. You use the same...

    I've had Di2 on one of my bikes. You use the same Ultegra 165 mm crank for Di2 and mechanical. The electronic part only refers to the shifters and front and rear derailleurs. The crank, cassette, and...
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    What about eggs? How do you keep them from...

    What about eggs? How do you keep them from breaking on the ride home? The first few times I bought eggs at the farmers market, half of them were broken by the time I got home.
  10. Jolt, I'm probably only 1-2 mph faster on my...

    Jolt, I'm probably only 1-2 mph faster on my carbon bike than my steel bike. On a typical 100 km (~65 mile) ride I probably average 11-13 mph on my ~20 lb. steel bike (Bianchi Eros Donna) compared to...
  11. No, Oakleaf, I think the bike shops are showing...

    No, Oakleaf, I think the bike shops are showing her WSD carbon bikes that tend to have more relaxed geometries (shorter top tube, taller head tube) compared to men's/unisex carbon bikes. She already...
  12. To be clear, my "heavy steel bike" is a Bianchi...

    To be clear, my "heavy steel bike" is a Bianchi Vigorelli with Reynolds 631 and Ultegra/105 mix, so it weighs in around 20-21 lbs. It's not a tank like a Surly Cross-Check or LHT or Bianchi Volpe...
  13. I'm also 5'2" with a 28" inseam (barefoot), so I...

    I'm also 5'2" with a 28" inseam (barefoot), so I have a short reach. For me (and probably for you) the smallest stock bikes are usually just too big. I wonder if part of what's holding you back may...
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    I put Ultegra Di2 (10 speed) on my carbon bike...

    I put Ultegra Di2 (10 speed) on my carbon bike since I had to order the frame and was able to choose the components. I picked Di2 because the hoods were smaller than Ultegra mechanical, and I have...
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    Blueberry, yes, definitely. It's always much...

    Blueberry, yes, definitely. It's always much easier to think back at those kinds of crazy moments and laugh about them weeks later. At least the photos will remind us of the more enjoyable and scenic...
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    We've had an unusually hot summer here in the...

    We've had an unusually hot summer here in the PNW, so DH and I decided to go to San Juan Island to escape the heat over the July 4th weekend. I also wanted to finally complete the SIR San Juan...
  17. Thread: May Rides

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    We've been lucky with unusually warm and dry...

    We've been lucky with unusually warm and dry weather here in the PNW, so I've been bike commuting and doing more 100 km rides on the weekends. DH and I did my favorite Maltby-Granite Falls 100K ride...
  18. Thread: April Rides

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    Rebecca, that's wonderful! You're like the bike...

    Rebecca, that's wonderful! You're like the bike fairy godmother!

    I finally did my April 100K (SIR Seattle Lakes and Trails around Lake Washington) last weekend. We've been really lucky with...
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    There's a link to the BQ Tire Pressure: Data and...

    There's a link to the BQ Tire Pressure: Data and Details article at the bottom of that BQ page.

    Here's a link to the previous BQ article on Tire Pressure Drop that gives recommended tire...
  20. Thread: february rides

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    Rebecca, absolutely beautiful photos! They remind...

    Rebecca, absolutely beautiful photos! They remind me how much I loved "winters" in San Diego during my childhood, when the hills and valleys would get so green because of the the rain. The mountain...
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    As always, beautiful photos, Rebecca! The red...

    As always, beautiful photos, Rebecca! The red rock formations remind me of Bryce Canyon and Canyon de Chelly.
  22. Since you're 5'3", the number one issue will...

    Since you're 5'3", the number one issue will probably be size and fit. There are definitely carbon road bikes with disc brakes out there in your price range (or a little more), but they may not be...
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    I did my first 100K for 2015 with DH on Jan. 3rd....

    I did my first 100K for 2015 with DH on Jan. 3rd. We mostly rode on the Burke-Gilman and Sammamish River Trails, which were both surprisingly crowded even though it was in the 40s. We saw at least...
  24. Thread: December rides

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    DH and I did the 14-mile loop to Golden Gardens...

    DH and I did the 14-mile loop to Golden Gardens and back on Christmas day. We had beautiful sunny weather although it was pretty chilly. I've managed to do a 100 km permanent every month since...
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    Here are more informative articles by Rodriguez...

    Here are more informative articles by Rodriguez Bikes on 650c vs 700c wheels for smaller bikes:

    Small Problem, Big Compromises

    "Why do you recommend smaller wheels on the smaller size bicycles?"
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