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    Take it from me ... it ain't a great time to be a...

    Take it from me ... it ain't a great time to be a Federal employee. There have been bad times, but nothing like this.
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    I've lived in Vienna for 23 years. Seen it go...

    I've lived in Vienna for 23 years. Seen it go from a sleepy town to a congested town full of wealthy people inching down Route 123 in their over priced cars. I don't think it's the population of...
  3. I was riding home from work with my wife. When I...

    I was riding home from work with my wife. When I got through all but the last barrier, I looked back and saw another guy behind me doing the same thing. Judging from all the tire marks in the mud...
  4. I was riding home last night (6/13) turning west...

    I was riding home last night (6/13) turning west on the W&OD. I noticed several bike tracks next to the orange barrier wall and some of the plastic material pushed onto the ground. It's 6:00, so I...
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    If you can find a good shop/mechanic near where...

    If you can find a good shop/mechanic near where you live, that's ideal. I do a lot of work on my bikes myself, but there's always times when I just say screw it and go to Spokes. Over the years, I've...
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    Spokes in Vienna. Jessy, Ron or Paul are all...

    Spokes in Vienna. Jessy, Ron or Paul are all really good mechanics. Paul's a little grumpy, but most good mechanics are. I've had them build up several bikes for me over the years (I always go the...
  7. Thread: Shops and saddles

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    I cut a small triangular shaped piece of...

    I cut a small triangular shaped piece of electrical tape and stick it on the seat post with one of the edges right where the post meets the frame. I do it on all my bikes and my wife's bike that I do...
  8. OK ... having done both detours, I'd definitely...

    OK ... having done both detours, I'd definitely recommend the posted one rather than bentbike's. The hill on it is worse than Manchester street on the posted detour. Going a block further on the...
  9. I got to enjoy the detour as well. I agree that...

    I got to enjoy the detour as well. I agree that the Manchester hill wasn't that bad. It's pretty short. But I'm trying the other way on the way home. It sure has been a year of detour activity on the...
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    I'd agree that MUTS are commuter routes during...

    I'd agree that MUTS are commuter routes during certain parts of the day (I wish Fairfax Country would do snow removal like Arlington does). I've been a bike commuter in DC (VA into DC) for 26 years....
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    As someone here already mentioned, speed is a...

    As someone here already mentioned, speed is a relative thing. There's sections of the trail where I can hit 35 mph. I could probably get going that fast down the Rosslyn hill, except that there's...
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    I couldn't make the meeting, but I wrote in...

    I couldn't make the meeting, but I wrote in opposing ebikes. I commute from Vienna to DC and see increasing numbers of these things. Some observations:

    1. There are very few cyclists who can keep...
  13. New bike lane on DC side of the 14-th street bridge

    Haven't ridden in since Tuesday December 4. I ride in this morning (Friday the 7-th). They've divided the two lane road in front of the Jefferson Memorial and converted one lane into a bike lane....
  14. Which will, no doubt, involve repaving the ramp...

    Which will, no doubt, involve repaving the ramp ...
  15. Thread: 40 mile days

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    I'm fine with people riding electric bikes. I...

    I'm fine with people riding electric bikes. I think it's lazy, but that's opinion and I'm entitled to one. What bothers me is that electric bikes put a lot of speed into the hands of a lot of...
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    It's a 56 c-c. Corsa 01. I think these are the...

    It's a 56 c-c. Corsa 01. I think these are the nicest frames that came out of Merckx's factory. Made in 1996 with Deda zero uno tubes. I have another one that's built up, but I couldn't resist buying...
  17. Thread: 40 mile days

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    Hey, I commuted 5200 miles last year. How many...

    Hey, I commuted 5200 miles last year. How many tons of coal did you go through? amiwrong?
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    Winter project direct from Belgium 18561

    Winter project direct from Belgium


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    Before kids, my wife and I did a few vacations...

    Before kids, my wife and I did a few vacations that involved shipping out bikes overseas on a plane as luggage. Back then, it was free if it was one of your two checked bags. No idea what the fee is...
  20. Thread: 40 mile days

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    Indeed! There's more of those stupid things on...

    Indeed! There's more of those stupid things on the trail than ever. If they're not allowed, no one is enforcing it. And if they do, expect to hear some noise, because the people who ride them are too...
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    Where do you plan on putting your three other...

    Where do you plan on putting your three other bikes?
  22. I think you guys should just avoid Memorial...

    I think you guys should just avoid Memorial Bridge. I rode across Roosevelt for years. It is a bit narrow and the barrier is a bit low, but it's doable. The job I have now is closer to the Mall so I...
  23. 14-th bridge ramp closure on the DC side --- Done tomorrow 10/26!

    I believe the sign says construction until December 1, but its looking pretty close. I asked one of the construction guys this morning when they expected to be done. He said 'tomorrow'. It'll be a...
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    The 14-th street bridge/stairs were open last...

    The 14-th street bridge/stairs were open last night (10/9) and this morning (10/10).
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    My wife got to the 14-th street bridge right...

    My wife got to the 14-th street bridge right before they closed it around 8:00 this morning. I rode across the Memorial Bridge and down Ohio. I checked the stairs at the 14-th street bridge and they...
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