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    I picked up a bunch of new music in Iraq so my...

    I picked up a bunch of new music in Iraq so my IPod is pretty full. Here's a smattering:

    Devil Doll
    The Creepshow
    Reverend Horton Heat
    The Andrews Sisters
    Bad Religion
    Social Distortion...
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    There were porta-potties all over the bases when...

    There were porta-potties all over the bases when I was in Iraq, so we all got used to them. Nothing encourages rapid voiding quite like 120+ degree weather.

    Public facilities were non-existent...
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    All, Thanks for the offers on the spoke. I...

    All,

    Thanks for the offers on the spoke. I think I have a solution in hand. Someone just bought a new-old bike and said I could scavenge what I wanted off his old bike. I've actually worked on...
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    Greetings from Iraq

    Hey all,

    My tour in Iraq is winding down slowly. Definitely on the downhill side now.

    Very much looking forward to getting home to Oregon, SGTiger and the kids. They've been holding out well,...
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    I'm gonna chime in here on behalf of the Kindle. ...

    I'm gonna chime in here on behalf of the Kindle.

    I got one shortly after I got to Iraq so I could have something to read. Selection of books is very limited and at some point, I have to get...
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    A few favorites. Origins generally unknown. ...

    A few favorites. Origins generally unknown.

    -Fortune favors boldness

    -A mediocre plan executed in a timely manner is better than a perfect plan that comes too late (Patton, I think)

    -In...
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    A bit late and a dollar short, but here were my...

    A bit late and a dollar short, but here were my experiences on ANZAC day.

    My Brigade (41st Infantry) developed close ties to the ANZACs out of shared experiences during WWII. Even though the ties...
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    I got kudos in OCS because my nipples started...

    I got kudos in OCS because my nipples started bleeding through my PT shirt during a PT test. They said if I was trying so hard that I made my nipples bleed, I must have been trying really hard.
    ...
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    This happens to me once in a while. Tell him to...

    This happens to me once in a while. Tell him to try a soft base layer like silk or really fine polypro.

    If he sweats at all, the vaseline and bandaid will come right off.
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    It sounds like you were carefully adjusting your...

    It sounds like you were carefully adjusting your brakes as the pads wore down.

    There is a barrel adjuster (knob with a cable going through the middle). Turn that, (direction should be clockwise,...
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    In theory, those numbers say something about the...

    In theory, those numbers say something about the width of the tire. However, a 700x25C Specialized tire may be wider or narrower than a Vittoria 700x25C.

    Tire size is one of those things you have...
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    My choice of appropriate cycling wear has evolved...

    My choice of appropriate cycling wear has evolved over the years.

    Now, I just wear whatever. My preferences is toward high visibility shirts from my days in construction and a few pairs of...
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    States I've ridden bikes: Michigan Florida ...

    States I've ridden bikes:

    Michigan
    Florida
    California
    Virginia
    Oklahoma
    Oregon
    Washington
    Arizona
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    I've learned that lesson the hard way. The...

    I've learned that lesson the hard way. The corollary to that rule is never true wheels when you are in a hurry.

    But once you get the hang of it, it's good meditation. Or just relaxing.
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    Holy freaking monkeys. I did the southern...

    Holy freaking monkeys.

    I did the southern portion of that ride when I was stationed at NAS Alameda and I was totally smoked at the end. I don't remember the northern part of East Bay being any...
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    The science is knowing how they work. The art is...

    The science is knowing how they work. The art is knowing when to quit.

    I love that book. I bought a copy and read it 3 or 4 times before I built SGTigers's wheels and kept referring to it during...
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    I've got similar in concept to the Italian Road...

    I've got similar in concept to the Italian Road mirror. May be the same thing. Pull out the bar plug and put the mirror in. It's slightly convex so you get a pretty good view and adjustable.
    ...
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    Truing a wheel isn't really hard, it just takes...

    Truing a wheel isn't really hard, it just takes patience and a basic understanding of how the things work.


    Park Tool's website has a good primer:...
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    Would a geology-focused bike tour be too nerdy? ...

    Would a geology-focused bike tour be too nerdy?

    Pick a bunch of interesting formations and spend a few days riding from one to the next. Say Bend-Prineville-John Day-Burns-Bend. That's probably...
  20. I think the hybrid technique you've been using is...

    I think the hybrid technique you've been using is a great idea. When I plan tours (and I use the term loosely), I try to arrange it so at the end of the day I'm somewhere there are multiple camping...
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    I'm not sure how they are defining this region,...

    I'm not sure how they are defining this region, but I've spent a lot of time intimately close with most of the Smith Rock Group. I've also hiked around Paulina Lake, Black Butte and ridden my bike...
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    I have a client over in Odell, maybe I can bring...

    I have a client over in Odell, maybe I can bring my bike and we can do a mini-get together. Last time I drove through Hood River (hungry of course) the whole town smelled good to eat.
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    I learned a very important lesson tonight about...

    I learned a very important lesson tonight about using google maps to plan routes.

    The story is a bunch of my friends and I decided to attend a baseball game tonight. More as a social function...
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    Not worried about the Lahars coming off Rainier....

    Not worried about the Lahars coming off Rainier. I don't live anywhere near it. For that matter, I'm not worried about any Lahars coming off anything. Next closest lahar producing place is Mt. Hood...
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    The word sees frequent use in climbing circles....

    The word sees frequent use in climbing circles. Epic usually means a climb where a lot of things went wrong or someone danced where angels fear to tread.

    The word means deeds or stories about...
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