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    That one is pretty, and is actually the kind of...

    That one is pretty, and is actually the kind of thing I was thinking about. I didn't know about the ability to use 29er or 700c wheels. Interesting.
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    I think you may be right. I haven't used a triple...

    I think you may be right. I haven't used a triple on a road bike for ten years, but I have one one the Cannondale Mountain Bike. The front shifting is a little hinky, but it definitely gets me the...
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    I only call a pass where the trail is fairly...

    I only call a pass where the trail is fairly narrow (i.e. most of Custis, much of the MVT) or when I'm passing folks who are walking two or more abreast. It's kind of silly to do it on a nice wide...
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    A lot of the new bikes I'm seeing for sale tend...

    A lot of the new bikes I'm seeing for sale tend to come with an 11/30 cassette and what I think is called a "mid-compact" crank with 46/36 teeth. I'm wondering if a 36/30 low gear would cut it? I...
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    Thanks for the advice. I think I could go to a 28...

    Thanks for the advice. I think I could go to a 28 on the back without changing anything else, but I don't think that would buy me too much. Truthfully I'm looking for an excuse to buy a new bike, but...
  6. It's kind of a shame too, since parts of St....

    It's kind of a shame too, since parts of St. Louis are very pretty (and have much sharper hills than you might think.) The last time was on St. Louis, I was chugging up a 12% grade or so, and there...
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    I like just SAYING Tapawingo. Tapawingo....

    I like just SAYING Tapawingo.

    Tapawingo. Tapawingo. Tapawingo!
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    Gravel Inadequacy

    I have a very, very heavy Specialized Tri-Cross, about 8 years old, that I'm trying to adapt for gravel-grinding duties. Besides how heavy it is, the gearing is currently quite inadequate for me any...
  9. I've never even seen the road called "Woodtrail...

    I've never even seen the road called "Woodtrail Road" off of Airmont Road. If it's actually there I don't think it's paved, if that's a concern for you. Same with Unison road. I know Foxcroft Road is...
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    Sorry if I undersold the hillage. When you ride...

    Sorry if I undersold the hillage. When you ride the same hills all the time I guess you get used to the pain. I have a two-block 12% climb right out of my house. Tends to wake you up in the morning :)
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    I've been on worse :) Only problem heading...

    I've been on worse :)

    Only problem heading towards Leesburg is threading your way through the huge rumble strips (but at least they separate you from traffic) and it can be a little dirty so watch...
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    Thanks for the suggestions!

    Thanks for the suggestions!
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    Arlington Loop Bonus Routes

    Like many, my go-to after work ride is the Arlington Loop (W&OD, Custis, MVT, 4MR). There are various ways to extend the ride that involve out-and-backs, like heading towards Alexandria on the MVT,...
  14. I know most of the roads out there, but haven't...

    I know most of the roads out there, but haven't really correlated them wineries. The ones I'm familiar with are off of 522/Hume Rd, and Naked Mountain (although I think that one is defunct.)

    There...
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    It's been a couple of years since I did this, and...

    It's been a couple of years since I did this, and I think I read that they had changed the route this year (or at least the starting point.) If I recall they painted blue whales or something on the...
  16. Narc. But the good kind :)

    Narc.

    But the good kind :)
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    You'll have to give me a bus-loading lesson some...

    You'll have to give me a bus-loading lesson some time :)

    Here's the way I go from (approximately) my neighborhood down through Lake Barcroft, across Rt 7, and down to the W&OD:
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    That's cool with me! Everybody should ride where...

    That's cool with me! Everybody should ride where they have fun and feel comfortable. I just wanted to see if you wanted some route advice. Getting from inside the beltway across Gallows is pretty...
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    Since you appear to be getting pretty comfortable...

    Since you appear to be getting pretty comfortable navigating around away from the bike trail, you might want to think about just biking down to the W&OD from Annandale. There are several quite safe...
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    Sounds like fun. I've ridden that general area of...

    Sounds like fun. I've ridden that general area of the BRP quite a bit. There are some nice parallel side routes on either side of the ridge between Waynesboro south to Buena Vista. There are some...
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    Speaking of toys at Gravelly Point, a year ago in...

    Speaking of toys at Gravelly Point, a year ago in the spring there was a guy on "roller skis" complete with ski poles stopped in the middle of the trail watching a plane take off. As it went by, he...
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    But as soon as you get all trained up, you tend...

    But as soon as you get all trained up, you tend to avoid the trails and hit the roads in preference.
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    If you just want a little extra 30-mile lollipop...

    If you just want a little extra 30-mile lollipop loop at the end of the trail, try this:

    http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4169550

    Country stores available at Airmont, Round Hill and Hillsboro.
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    Mt Weather is mainly for the climbs. It's pretty...

    Mt Weather is mainly for the climbs. It's pretty but you're pretty much in the trees, so you can't really even see down in the valley very much. You do get to be creeped out by riding past the...
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    Tons of options. Here's one I did Saturday that...

    Tons of options. Here's one I did Saturday that went up to Lovettsville, over the river to Point of Rocks, and back in via the ferry to Leesburg:

    http://connect.garmin.com/dashboard?cid=17472988
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