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  1. I find a backpack more comfortable, but I...

    I find a backpack more comfortable, but I generally use a messenger bag for rides to class, since it's more functional for my needs...but when my messenger bag is loaded up, I wouldn't want to ride...
  2. You'd have to ride pretty hard to get...

    You'd have to ride pretty hard to get particularly sweaty after two miles. My ride to class--which has a couple of decent hills I do in regular clothes on a fixed gear-- is 2.5 miles. When it's...
  3. W&OD in Falls Church = Chock full of coney goodness

    I see what you did there.
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    The ride home, with DKel, Kathy, Dismal, and...

    The ride home, with DKel, Kathy, Dismal, and Dickie:

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    After a couple months testing platforms + straps...

    After a couple months testing platforms + straps on one of my fixed gear bikes, I realized I love having the flexibility that setup offers, but hated the cheap-o pedals I chose (bmx-style style...
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    Looks pretty likely that I'll be there...convoy...

    Looks pretty likely that I'll be there...convoy from Arlington?
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    I'm going to try and make it, but my schedule is...

    I'm going to try and make it, but my schedule is a little iffy at this point.
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    For some irritating reason, I always have some...

    For some irritating reason, I always have some sort of commitment that keeps me from doing this...this year I have class on Saturday/Sunday 9am-5pm for the entire month of June. Maybe next year...
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    pit stop tasting notes

    Was actually shooting forward:

    http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/15/ac8ca862e006fb3c869340d61dc1e8d7.jpg
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    Despite living across the street, I won't be able...

    Despite living across the street, I won't be able to make it. Gradyooatin' from the collidge tonight.
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    Like pure gold...the color of my winning ticket.

    Like pure gold...the color of my winning ticket.
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    If you want to try them on, just let me know....

    If you want to try them on, just let me know. They do run a little small.
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    44.5, black/gum color.

    44.5, black/gum color.
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    EFC (where I was registered), didn't get set up...

    EFC (where I was registered), didn't get set up until 7am, so that put me behind in my tour, but I caught up with Dismal there and we hit Ballston and Shirlington, where I won a BikeArlington jersey!
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    I have a pair of Republics, which are the SPD...

    I have a pair of Republics, which are the SPD version. I'm actually going to get rid of them, not because they're uncomfortable, but I just didn't really need them and so don't wear them enough to...
  16. Ride in the drops as much as possible...after a...

    Ride in the drops as much as possible...after a while, riding on the hoods will feel almost too relaxed :cool:
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    And since they don't have a waistband, they...

    And since they don't have a waistband, they smooth over the gut-pelvis transition, giving them a slimming effect as well.
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    In my experience, it's less about the length of...

    In my experience, it's less about the length of the shirt than the flappiness of the shirt.
  19. It helps that there are relatively few lights on...

    It helps that there are relatively few lights on the route, but yeah, people on this ride are pretty good about stopping, particularly given the size of the ride. In fact, I look forward to hitting...
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    Waved as I passed Dismal at the east entrance to...

    Waved as I passed Dismal at the east entrance to the Ballston connector. The wave was not reciprocated. Was it because I wasn't wearing a helment?
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    #waroncars

    #waroncars
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    Lots of thunder in Westover now, but the clouds...

    Lots of thunder in Westover now, but the clouds look to be clustered a bit to the south at the moment.
  23. Makes me wonder if widening 66 or removing HOV...

    Makes me wonder if widening 66 or removing HOV restrictions might actually be worth considering...I hate that feeling.
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    Diamondback provides bikes to a pro team...

    Diamondback provides bikes to a pro team (Optum-Kelly), so they certainly aren't junk. They do (or used to) have a line that sold in big box stores, but they're a pretty mainstream brand. I'd wager...
  25. Yeah, cuz who wants a few hundred people--who...

    Yeah, cuz who wants a few hundred people--who generally have healthy disposable incomes--to come here for a bike ride, see how accommodating the county is, spend a bunch of money at local businesses...
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