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    Theres a guy in Germantown that has done the MoCo...

    Theres a guy in Germantown that has done the MoCo epic (50 mile MTB ride) on a unicycle several times. I've seen him on the trail and he's pretty badass.
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    From DC to ~Falls church is uphill and a bit...

    From DC to ~Falls church is uphill and a bit slow, but from there out its a pretty easy ride. I know I can hit EFC from my place (which is a few miles further out than Wiehle metro) in about an hour...
  3. Theoretically, women's bikes are designed better...

    Theoretically, women's bikes are designed better for womens different body proportions (longer legs and shorter torso than a man of equal height). I know that while my GF and I are the same height,...
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    Better yet, they should put the beer garden at...

    Better yet, they should put the beer garden at the top of the most difficult climbing wall.
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    My favorite "cross bike offroad" story is the...

    My favorite "cross bike offroad" story is the time I had a last minute client meeting in The Reserve (between Georgetown Pike and Old Dominion Roads sort of between McLean and Great Falls). My bike...
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    I actually rode my old CX bike with 28mm Paselas...

    I actually rode my old CX bike with 28mm Paselas (at ~110psi) through Lake Fairfax many times. Its doable, though I do think people who actually find that fun are mentally ill. :p

    It did teach...
  7. I'd be really tempted to treat those like bowling...

    I'd be really tempted to treat those like bowling pins and go for a strike. If I didn't get them all, I could just tell the officer I'll pick up the spare on the way home.
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    Prior to cycling, I was a skateboarder for over a...

    Prior to cycling, I was a skateboarder for over a decade.

    Pros of cycling:
    -Cops are nicer to me
    -I spend way less time in hospitals
    -Doesn't remind me on a daily basis how quickly I'm...
  9. The fact that this is apparently for shorter...

    The fact that this is apparently for shorter people and yet is like 3 sizes too big for me either amuses me or makes me feel bad. :p
  10. Thread: New here

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    Either "on your left" or a bell are acceptable. ...

    Either "on your left" or a bell are acceptable. Some people just can't be pleased.
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    Nail polish is usually just nitrocellulose...

    Nail polish is usually just nitrocellulose lacquer, which was popular as automobile paint for decades, and is still commonly used on furniture and wood instruments.
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    Regarding countdowns, If I think I can be safely...

    Regarding countdowns, If I think I can be safely across before it reaches zero, I go. I don't know what the specific rule is, but I think its sort of crazy to only go on the walk, since thats such a...
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    FWIW, I had a buddy a few years ago I rode DH...

    FWIW, I had a buddy a few years ago I rode DH with who ran a Diamondback of some sort. I was surprised when I saw it, but it was a high-end build and seemed like a nice enough bike. I think they at...
  14. As someone who dabbles in running in addition to...

    As someone who dabbles in running in addition to cycling a lot, I find them to be pretty different. I think cycling actually hurt my running at first, because I had the cardio to push myself far...
  15. They did a really bad job repaving. They did the...

    They did a really bad job repaving. They did the section north of the W&OD near my house, but they didn't totally repave, they just picked sections (that vary from a few hundred yards to a few dozen...
  16. I do use it a lot (I live right across the street...

    I do use it a lot (I live right across the street from the path north of the W&OD and ride around Reston often). There are only so many places to cross 267 in Reston, and the path is better than...
  17. Pretty much all the fairfax county parkway trail...

    Pretty much all the fairfax county parkway trail crossings suck. Those are especially awful though, as you noted. Sightlines are poor and cars absolutely fly around those ramps.

    Crossing signals...
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    I'm honestly not sure about that; I have lots of...

    I'm honestly not sure about that; I have lots of bikes and lots of hydraulic brakes, but zero experience swapping wheels between them. For alignment I tend to just loosen the caliper bolts slightly,...
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    You may have to adjust the caliper each time you...

    You may have to adjust the caliper each time you swap wheels. Disc hubs and rotors are all slightly different. Whereas wheel one is perfectly aligned, wheel two might rub (which is why the calipers...
  20. I'd get to the C&O/Cap Crescent, cross the river...

    I'd get to the C&O/Cap Crescent, cross the river at Chain Bridge (there is a pedestrian ramp up from the C&O to the sidewalk on the north side) and from there climb 41st (have fun!), then do Glebe to...
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    The secret is to not have kids, and therefore be...

    The secret is to not have kids, and therefore be perfectly fine with leaving a smoldering wasteland to the next generation. ;)
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    My main trail bike (Ibis Mojo HD) is about a 66...

    My main trail bike (Ibis Mojo HD) is about a 66 head angle. Its definitely a handful on tight, twisty trail and takes a bit of work to keep the front end down on steep climbs, but it more than...
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    71 is awful steep for a modern MTB. Even more...

    71 is awful steep for a modern MTB. Even more racy XC oriented bikes are usually under 70 these days.
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    48h on a 26" rim is crazy high. Thats a lot of...

    48h on a 26" rim is crazy high. Thats a lot of holes through the rim. My understanding is that moving beyond 32 on a 26er rim started to compromise the rim strength just because the spokes are so...
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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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