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    One drawback - I have been able to stab myself...

    One drawback - I have been able to stab myself just above the knee when stopping and starting at a light/sign depending on the angle of the shift lever.
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    I have barends on my tourer which I also use as...

    I have barends on my tourer which I also use as my commuter. I don't have a concern about letting go of the bar to shift.

    One technique you can try is to hold the sweep of the bar with the...
  3. You will probably be just fine splitting the load...

    You will probably be just fine splitting the load between the two of you with the two panniers, and the trailer is a bonus. For me as a solo traveller, a tent, stove, food, clothes, sleeping bag and...
  4. Thread: Wish a Mile 300

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    17309 Team Buttercup

    17309 Team Buttercup
  5. Thread: Wish a Mile 300

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    Wish a Mile 300

    I rode this last weekend for the first time. What an amazing, awe-inspiring, fantastically supported and fun ride! 100% of the fundraising goes to Make a Wish Michigan, and my team raised $30,000.
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  6. I think your choice is going to come down to size...

    I think your choice is going to come down to size availability first and load carrying capacity second. If you're not going to do fully loaded (as in camping/cooking/multi-day treks), you have a few...
  7. Thread: Help me--Wheels!

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    I was looking for a thread like this last week! ...

    I was looking for a thread like this last week!

    I spent the last couple of weeks researching new wheels for my 2010 Madone 4.5. The hub in my front wheel got pitted, and there's a noticeable...
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    Velo Orange

    I added some orange to my Velo Orange Campeur and visited it at my LBS today. I will get fit on it in a week and bring it home (no point in doing anything earlier as it's not ice-crater worthy!).
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    I'm so envious. We may set record lows here...

    I'm so envious. We may set record lows here tonight, and there's no end in sight!
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    Ann Arbor. I visited the bike at my LBS yesterday...

    Ann Arbor. I visited the bike at my LBS yesterday and ordered new bars and tape. It's also getting frame saver treatment. It'll be a week before I bring it home, but I might need to take it a few...
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    I may have just bought my dream bike, but it'll...

    I may have just bought my dream bike, but it'll be a while before I allow myself to ride it outside. The Michigan roads are more dreadful than usual with all of the snow and freezing, and now...
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    This is not WSD specific, but it may fit your...

    This is not WSD specific, but it may fit your needs. I've been checking it out as a possible loaded touring bike. Unfortunately I don't think it will carry quite enough weight for me, or I'd drop my...
  13. Thread: Rain jacket

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    I've been thinking about the same topic. I'm a...

    I've been thinking about the same topic. I'm a big fan of Marmot's PreCip rain jackets - light weight, fits in its own pocket and can be found for $69-80 on sale. I need to get a new one soon and am...
  14. I have short, very fine hair that needs some gel...

    I have short, very fine hair that needs some gel and spray to do anything. I found if I style it before my ride, all shape is lost (or I get helmet vent head) by the time my helmet comes off. When I...
  15. When I first started commuting (about 3.5 miles),...

    When I first started commuting (about 3.5 miles), I wore my work pants. A couple of unexpected wet mornings with a spray of water and dirt all over my butt changed that quick! Now I ride with fenders...
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    I'm a big fan of one of our local fitters. She's...

    I'm a big fan of one of our local fitters. She's featured in some of the Specialized BG Fit literature. She's fit my family and many friends with great results after the other LBSs sold them bikes...
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    Indy, the NW tour has some good climbs on each...

    Indy, the NW tour has some good climbs on each route. I don't consider myself a good climber by any means, but I was able to struggle up the big ones without getting off and walking (even if i was...
  18. Thread: Century Strategy

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    Congratulations! I also did my first century...

    Congratulations!

    I also did my first century last weekend, and this thread helped me organize my thoughts and develop my packing list. I appreciated everyone's input.
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    I've gotten to the point where I call out...

    I've gotten to the point where I call out "Stopping!" when approaching a stop sign when other riders are behind me. I've been shouted at enough by angry cyclists who had no intention of stopping at...
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    A few more. 1647916480164811648216483

    A few more. 1647916480164811648216483
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    Here are some shots from the North West Tour in...

    Here are some shots from the North West Tour in June. We camped in Empire, MI, and rode 1. Traverse City-Old Mission Peninsula, 2. Empire-Glen Arbor-Leeland-Lake Lelanau-Cedar-Maple-Empire, 3....
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    Thanks, BW. The next section of SBHT will be...

    Thanks, BW. The next section of SBHT will be completed from the Dune Climb to Empire next spring. There's 27 miles planned in all. Fundraising is ongoing: http://sleepingbeartrail.org/
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    I just rode my first multi-day tour, the North...

    I just rode my first multi-day tour, the North West Tour in the Leelanau Peninsula, which is run by the Tri-County Bicycle Association. What an amazing event! I had seriously under trained, but had...
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    My partner's a drummer, and I immediately thought...

    My partner's a drummer, and I immediately thought of the dense felt that's used to dampen the Hi-Hat set. Would this work? http://www.amazon.com/Zildjian-Hi-Hat-Felt-Pack-Standard/dp/B000C5RJZW
  25. Thread: Bike Shows

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    Bike Shows

    My partner and I took a short trip to Madison, WI (while in the Chicago area for another event) to go to a paddling show, Canoecopia. When we pulled into the parking lot, there was a big sales event...
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