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    Salsa Vaya commuter

    I finally got around to outfitting my Salsa Vaya for commuting, including building my first wheel. This morning was its maiden voyage in this configuration. It usually takes me a while to get used...
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    And you'd have venison on the table if only you...

    And you'd have venison on the table if only you had the proper equipment.
    http://www.themarysue.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/bicyclechainsaw.jpg#geekosystem...
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    Fully loaded

    I had to borrow a child for this configuration (the stoker):
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    You'd think with three kids on the bike, at least one would be willing to pedal on the hills.
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    It looks like FastFriendlyGuy paid the winning...

    It looks like FastFriendlyGuy paid the winning bribe :)
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    Winds ahead the storm? Head winds of the storm?...

    Winds ahead the storm?
    Head winds of the storm?
    Storm winds on the head?
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    At 43 miles round-trip, my commute is too long. ...

    At 43 miles round-trip, my commute is too long. It's not that I don't do it (I'm trying for 2-3 trips a week), but that's 3 hours of the day not doing anything 'productive,' instead of the hour a...
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    Disclaimer: I ride all the time with rear...

    Disclaimer: I ride all the time with rear panniers, sometimes loaded and sometimes not. I occasionally ride with a front load, but it's a child (~40lbs with seat), not panniers.

    I can see the...
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    86 Peugeot Mixte

    My wife is selling her beloved (but too large) Peugot mixte (asking $280)
    http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/mld/bik/4651381959.html

    It claims an effective seat tube of 57cm, but that's a size I...
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    That was last month's...

    That was last month's shorts. This month's shorts might be gold.
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    More forum members among the winners - Steve...

    More forum members among the winners - Steve Offutt (bike shorts - gold!) and Brandon Jones (PB bike lights - bronze). Three years, and nuttin'! Three years! Don't they realize I only bike to work...
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    Scenes from the long way home...

    Scenes from the long way home:

    South Cap Bridge
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    Nationals Park...
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    We stopped at the northern-most paved point. ...

    We stopped at the northern-most paved point. Disallowing bikes on the remaining part looked mostly superfluous, as the trail was full of mud, large rocks and standing water.
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    Northwest Branch Trail

    The Northwest Branch trail is quite stunning, although it doesn't really connect to any major attractions. All these photos are from the portion of the trail north of University Blvd.

    A tunnel:...
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    Where'd you get the clamp from?

    Where'd you get the clamp from?
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    Is that West Old Baltimore?

    Is that West Old Baltimore?
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    Here, let me fix that for you:

    Here, let me fix that for you:
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    I got sprinkled by a water devil while riding...

    I got sprinkled by a water devil while riding beside the Potomac. It was almost invisible - I only noticed it because of the thin line of ruffled water it left as it moved.

    The cool mist felt...
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    Wednesday's Commute (pre-bonk)

    Starting out on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail (East side, south of Benning):
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    After some ten thousand miles on downtube shifter bikes, I just started riding one with bar ends (still getting it set up for commuting and kids). Now I keep reaching down to slap the bare tube.
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    Evening commute (first commute since I started...

    Evening commute (first commute since I started the job!) was pleasant for the first half, then my muscles wore out for the last half (total of 20 miles, 40 for the day). Post commute involved...
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    Most of my recent rides are recreational outings...

    Most of my recent rides are recreational outings with the family, including lunch, canoeing, and play ground trips.
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    Today was my first commute since I started my job...

    Today was my first commute since I started my job back in March (21 miles in). We'll see how the trip home goes, but that'll double my weekly average. At one time, I worked myself up to about 100...
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    Ugh, that's less than I expect out of a tire! ...

    Ugh, that's less than I expect out of a tire!


    In my not-a-professional opinion, only purchase the front if you have a burning desire to have a matching wheel set, or if you are starting to wear...
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    I just went ahead and replaced it. I abused this...

    I just went ahead and replaced it. I abused this chain by letting it run low on lube and then leaving it in the shed for month. When I took it out, it was nearly frozen with rust. Before the link...
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    Tried my first commute into work since my new job...

    Tried my first commute into work since my new job (20+ miles). I got off to a late start, and then a mile in, I noticed

    I forgot my rear light
    I forgot my badge
    My chain was skipping


    So...
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