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    On the shoes thing with flats, I also use some...

    On the shoes thing with flats, I also use some old clipless shoes without the cleats attached and they work fine, too.
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    No, have never tried the 510s, but have heard...

    No, have never tried the 510s, but have heard about them and considered giving them a try. Just never had any issues with the wide variety of shoes I use on all my flats. Thanks for the warning.
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    Yeah, no substitute for time in the saddle to...

    Yeah, no substitute for time in the saddle to prepare for a big ride like that. It's part of my bicycling regimen that needs a little work. One hour of trail riding, every day, is a good workout and...
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    Thompson makes a great seat post. Have several....

    Thompson makes a great seat post. Have several. Quality item.
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    Correct, descending, railing around turns at high...

    Correct, descending, railing around turns at high speed, landing after going airborne. Basically, any time you want to get down lower than what a fixed seat allows. Some are activated with button on...
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    Give it a try, Rebecca. It's not better than road...

    Give it a try, Rebecca. It's not better than road biking, just a very different kind of bicycling, not just in terms of technique and equipment, but also the physical conditioning involved. Kind of...
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    Love that color. Looks like a fun ride, too.

    Love that color. Looks like a fun ride, too.
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    Wow! Lots of good questions. Sheila, the way...

    Wow! Lots of good questions.

    Sheila, the way it was explained to me is that the ECR is more of a touring bike with its geometry, designed to carry max loads of gear and has a stiffer frame for...
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    Sheila, wow, nowhere near that 82cm. I usually...

    Sheila, wow, nowhere near that 82cm. I usually run about 70cm on my MTBs (my clothing inseam in 31" or 32"). That's a bit lower than I do for road bikes, but I stay with the low seat height for my...
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    Just got my Surly Krampus back from the bike...

    Just got my Surly Krampus back from the bike shop. Had them switch out the Dirt Wizard tires for the Knards and what a difference that makes! My trails are dry and packed hard, right now, and the...
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    I'm 5'9", but I think the whole fit problem is...

    I'm 5'9", but I think the whole fit problem is complicated with riding style, especially on MTBs and trail bikes, because riding styles differ so much. I tend to be very fluid in my trail riding,...
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    I went with a medium on the Krampus, though I...

    I went with a medium on the Krampus, though I could probably do a large, too, as far as my legs go, because I have a very long 34" bike inseam. The problem for me, though, is at the other end with my...
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    Could be an age thing with the steel, at least in...

    Could be an age thing with the steel, at least in my case. I remember the first mountain bikes and they were all steel. My first road bikes were steel. Aluminum was the new thing, then came carbon...
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    Great minds think alike, Sheila. :) The Warbird...

    Great minds think alike, Sheila. :) The Warbird got sold, so we just ordered a Krampus! I also ordered a set of Surly Knard tires for more all around riding. The Krampus now comes with Surly Dirt...
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    Put my two drop bar bikes on consignment at a...

    Put my two drop bar bikes on consignment at a local bike shop and looks like I already have a nibble on the Salsa Warbird. Not surprised, since gravel specific road bikes are hot products, these...
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    Please do. I really miss that country, so very...

    Please do. I really miss that country, so very different from where I live now. Lived in Boise for a short time back in the 70s.
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    Thanks. The saddle is actually not bad. Has...

    Thanks.

    The saddle is actually not bad. Has enough padding that I could ride comfy in jean shorts or slacks for a quick trip to the grocery store. Worked fine for a grab and go kind of bike....
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    Glad you found the new saddle to work, NY....

    Glad you found the new saddle to work, NY. Hopefully, your search for that just right saddle is over.

    Been in the steel bike mood, of late, so dusted off my old 1996 Kona Kilauea and took it for...
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    Steel remains my fav after all these years....

    Steel remains my fav after all these years. Speaking of touring, people have used a Pugsley to tour up and down and across entire continents with a Pugs. It uses old standard MTB axle and wheel...
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    Based on my September visit to Florida, last...

    Based on my September visit to Florida, last year, going from our northern climate to that Florida climate, cold turkey, almost did me in. Oh, I rented a bike, first thing when we arrived, but it...
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    Don't blame you a bit. That is some very serious...

    Don't blame you a bit. That is some very serious heat. Way out of my league.

    Did 30 plus road miles on the Pugsley, yesterday, plus some trail miles. Pugsley on the road, you ask? Actually makes a...
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    Surprised to hear that on the road comparison,...

    Surprised to hear that on the road comparison, but probably shouldn't be, given the widely held belief that our infrastructure in this country is a mess.

    I do understand the importance of the...
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    I actually replaced the original handlebars with...

    I actually replaced the original handlebars with a slightly narrower Woodchipper. Love them. The bike is a 56cm. Have always been a struggle to get a good fit because I'm all legs and need a 55cm or...
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    Good question. Not one to give up, so tried a few...

    Good question. Not one to give up, so tried a few things on the Warbird, today. I switched to a shorter stem, raised the angle of the handlebars to better reach the hoods and moved the seat forward,...
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    July riding

    Hope those who can ride are still riding, despite the summer heat. That has not been a factor for me, up north, here, but I know it has been for many. Please be careful folks.

    I have been riding,...
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