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    Cycling in Boston 1880-1970

    Talk at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation in Waltham on Dec 5th at 7 pm. Historian and author Lorenz Finison will cover more than a century of cycling history, focusing on a few...
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    Yes, it's an organized group of kids with adult...

    Yes, it's an organized group of kids with adult leaders.
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    12 year old nephew going on 3 week tour

    My 12 year old nephew is going on a 3-week bike tour this summer, from Boston into Maine. He's been training, using a trainer through the winter and now outdoors a couple of times. I did a 15 mile...
  4. Thread: Frame pump?

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    The Road Morph is a good pump, and has a built-in...

    The Road Morph is a good pump, and has a built-in gage. Also worth considering is a traditional-style frame-fit pump, the kind where you match the length to your bike frame. These are long enough...
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    That's done to smooth the housing between the...

    That's done to smooth the housing between the shifter and cable stops. Otherwise the housing going from right shifter to right cable stop needs to bend more tightly, resulting in more friction and...
  6. Thread: April Rides

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    I got in a 39 mile ride today. First ride of the...

    I got in a 39 mile ride today. First ride of the season other than commuting to work (6 miles each way) which I've been doing most days now for about 3 weeks. Joined a ride with the Harvard...
  7. Thread: WoolWeenies Club

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    Did you all see the Ibex announcement today?...

    Did you all see the Ibex announcement today? They're introducing a new natural fiber called DFF.
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    I've bike commuted every day this week. I get to...

    I've bike commuted every day this week. I get to work quickly (only 30 min vs 45-60 on the bus), enjoying the weather and exercise. And no walking down icy sidewalk to the bus stop 1.2 miles away. ...
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    Finally, bike commuting again! After 5 weeks of...

    Finally, bike commuting again! After 5 weeks of constant snowstorms, snowy narrow roads, and very cold temperatures here in the Boston area, I was able to bike to work again on dry roads with...
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    I skied a section of the Catamount Trail in...

    I skied a section of the Catamount Trail in Vermont last weekend. Stayed at the Landgrove Inn and skied Section 7. Untracked backcountry snow. Hard work but beautiful.
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    I had a delightful 2 days of skiing at the...

    I had a delightful 2 days of skiing at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Vermont Jan 24-25. Skied 16.7 km Saturday morning, 11 km Saturday afternoon, and 13 km Sunday morning. Came back to a...
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    Your new wheels are ready for tubless tires, if...

    Your new wheels are ready for tubless tires, if you wanted to go that route. They would be more of a pain to mount and inflate, so you may not want to go that route. Did your old and new wheels...
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    Can you use tubeless tires on the new wheels? ...

    Can you use tubeless tires on the new wheels? I've heard that they ride better, but never used them myself. Otherwise you might think about slightly wider tires if they'll work, and go for a supple...
  14. Thread: Yogurt conspiracy

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    I make yogurt in a quart mason jar and set it in...

    I make yogurt in a quart mason jar and set it in a cooler with some jugs of warm water. Store-bought plain yogurt with live bacteria works as the starter. I've recently tried 2 varieties of...
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    Figure out what gear you are most likely to ride...

    Figure out what gear you are most likely to ride on the flats. If that falls on the middle chainring and in the middle of the cassette, I think you are better off. That way you can shift with only...
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    Teaching bike maintenance to women

    Memorial Day weekend I attended the Women Outdoors Annual Gathering. This is a group that I'm a member of, they do various outdoor recreational and stewardship events, and their annual Gathering in...
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    If you can find a hole in the tube (using a bucket of water), then you'll know if it might be a rim or spoke issue based on where the hole is. But sometimes slow leaks (which you have since they...
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    I've been battling winds on my commutes yesterday...

    I've been battling winds on my commutes yesterday and today. Yesterday I was on the Belmont bike path heading towards Alewife when a side-wind was so strong it moved me sideways 4 feet and made me...
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    Seems that my winter bike commutes have finally...

    Seems that my winter bike commutes have finally turned into spring bike commutes -- didn't need the windproof goretex overpants for the first time in months!
  20. Yes, try new cables and housing. Gunk gets in...

    Yes, try new cables and housing. Gunk gets in there and then the spring isn't strong enough to shift crisply to a smaller cog. Or you get a crimp in the cable, or the housing starts to fray. ...
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    Did my (probably last) day of skiing for the...

    Did my (probably last) day of skiing for the season yesterday at Windblown. Went up with 2 friends and met 2 more friends from RI. Conditions were crusty and coarse granular, as you'd expect from...
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    I did a day of skiing at Windblown yesterday. ...

    I did a day of skiing at Windblown yesterday. The snow was excellent packed powder with temps in the 20s and sunny skies. Unfortunately, my leather backcountry 3-pin boots died the day before, so I...
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    LPH, are you kick-and-glide skiing or skate...

    LPH, are you kick-and-glide skiing or skate skiing? Do your ski boots have stiff soles or flex at the ball of the foot? I don't know how these things would affect your foot pain, but seem like...
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    I spent the weekend at Craftsbury Outdoor Center...

    I spent the weekend at Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Vermont. Skiing was great. Skied hard Sat morning til about 1 pm, rested most of the afternoon, then another hour on the trails. Today we did a...
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    16F (-9C) temperature at my house this morning,...

    16F (-9C) temperature at my house this morning, but sunny and no wind. I did my regular 6 mile bike commute, but forgot one important thing. I was bundled in layers and windpants and double...
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