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    Just to be clear, I don't disagree that cyclists...

    Just to be clear, I don't disagree that cyclists do a lot of really silly things for style. :)
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    95% of your braking ability comes from your front...

    95% of your braking ability comes from your front wheel anyway, the redundant brake on the back wheel of a fixie seems pretty pointless. The only reason I'd bother with a rear brake on a fixie is if...
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    I think thats how motorcycles are usually setup...

    I think thats how motorcycles are usually setup (front brake right), so people with a motorcycle background often prefer that.
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    Right hand straight out. I experimented with...

    Right hand straight out. I experimented with both when I started riding on the roads, but quickly figured out that most people have no idea what the left hand up signal means. The right hand out...
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    I'm probably colored by the fact that I started...

    I'm probably colored by the fact that I started my cyclist life as a mountainbiker. When you're 6 miles (and 2000 feet of vertical) of rugged, rocky singletrack away from your car and you pinch...
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    If I'm out in the woods and need to work on...

    If I'm out in the woods and need to work on something, I usually just find the nearest low branch and hook the nose of the saddle on it. Failing that I flip the bike over. I prefer to lube the...
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    Is removing the wheel difficult (I genuinely...

    Is removing the wheel difficult (I genuinely don't know)? I generally assume patching a tube requires getting it out of the tire anyway, so swapping a tube isn't any more effort. In fact, if I'm...
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    I use the park glueless patches because they are...

    I use the park glueless patches because they are simpler to carry, but they only serve as a backup to the extra tube I don't leave home without. :p
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    Dunno, I don't think modern carbon race forks are...

    Dunno, I don't think modern carbon race forks are especially "springy", are they? Old steel forks, sure, but your average top end carbon fork these days is pretty damn stiff already. The spoke...
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    Why would discs fade in those circumstances? I...

    Why would discs fade in those circumstances? I don't have a tremendous amount of experience dragging brakes for a super long period of time, but (for example) racing the steep side at Snowshoe is a...
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    I've seen several articles recently that said the...

    I've seen several articles recently that said the UCI was pretty close to releasing a decision about them for 2017, and the manufacturers seem to think they'll be allowed. Who knows. The UCI is the...
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    This is patently untrue. Good disc brake pads...

    This is patently untrue. Good disc brake pads can withstand temps far in excess of anything a bike would exert on them. I raced DH mountainbiking for several years, always on discs, and never once...
  13. Obviously they need to give the dogs proper...

    Obviously they need to give the dogs proper equipment.

    http://i.imgur.com/nQrKiOH.jpg
  14. 8/9/10/11 speed? What gear range is the existing...

    8/9/10/11 speed? What gear range is the existing one? Mountain or road cassette?

    I generally get cheaper cassettes and chains, because they all function pretty similar and its a wear part that I...
  15. Those Cabi bikes are freaking tanks. Im...

    Those Cabi bikes are freaking tanks. Im surprised it didn't rip the door off.

    Anything that damages a BMW is a win in my book. ;)
  16. Assuming you have a safe place to store it at...

    Assuming you have a safe place to store it at work, I'd recommend just starting with the road bike and a backpack or messenger bag for stuff-carrying. I personally have been commuting for years...
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    Yup! I'm out in Reston, not far off the W&OD. ...

    Yup! I'm out in Reston, not far off the W&OD. Here is my bike:

    http://imagizer.imageshack.us/a/img34/5807/somasaga.jpg
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    I'm also 5'-6" and have a 50cm Soma Saga built up...

    I'm also 5'-6" and have a 50cm Soma Saga built up as a touring bike. You're welcome to give it a whirl if you want.
  19. I do think that tech has trickled down to the...

    I do think that tech has trickled down to the point where you don't need to go high end (or even mid range) anymore to get good quality parts. I think the functional improvement after mid-range...
  20. To be fair, the big name brands do this too. I...

    To be fair, the big name brands do this too. I had a mid-range Lemond a while back and pretty much all the non-grouppo parts were junk (Bontrager branded junk, but still junk). The wheels imploded...
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    I <3 my 34/28 combo. I don't need it often, but when I need it, I need it. :p
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    I remember reading a thread on another forum a...

    I remember reading a thread on another forum a while back about someone who had ordered something from a place reasonably close by (like 50 miles away or so). It was Fedex so he could track where it...
  23. ...Are the comments there always that stupid? ...

    ...Are the comments there always that stupid? I'm not familiar with that site. :confused:
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    For the record, my best battery life from my 800...

    For the record, my best battery life from my 800 was doing the Kill Bill Century from Reston in 2011. I think I was out for 13 or so hours, and it was just about dead when I got home. Like anything...
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    I download Dirts (and other) road routes often to...

    I download Dirts (and other) road routes often to follow on solo rides. I actually upgraded from my old Edge 305 to the 800 solely for that reason. Note that while Garmin wants to sell you their...
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