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    I've thought that about the White House a lot...

    I've thought that about the White House a lot lately. And that has nothing to do with the ability to bike in front of it.

    I'm now taking H Street. It avoids the construction on Pennsylvania...
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    Part of the problem for me is that I tend to work...

    Part of the problem for me is that I tend to work very late. So it's not just the length of the train ride, it's the length of time spent waiting for the train. And it's not just a 20 minute bus...
  3. Last year, I managed Naval Support Activity...

    Last year, I managed Naval Support Activity Bethesda > National Institutes of Health Bldg One > Rockville – Town Center > Rockville – Twinbrook > Bethesda > Friendship Heights > GoldenTriangle –...
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    Whereas I fall into the category of, "after this...

    Whereas I fall into the category of, "after this bike, there is no more room in the shed."
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    My morning commute was a lot more satisfying than...

    My morning commute was a lot more satisfying than last evening's commute. With my knee feeling better, I was able to bike and not have to take Metro again. That was a lot better than last night's...
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    Being neither enthusiastic nor skilled, I'm...

    Being neither enthusiastic nor skilled, I'm perfectly happy to leave this to my local bike shop. Particularly since I've had several experiences of paying more to do something myself than a mechanic...
  7. * Not plowing trails doesn't actually help to...

    * Not plowing trails doesn't actually help to plow roads. The plow used for trails is a specialty one for clearing narrow spaces, which wouldn't work for a road. So the cost of trail clearing is...
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    I suppose I've been lucky. I've had only one...

    I suppose I've been lucky. I've had only one instance in the past several years in which a) the shop needed to order something, and b) I couldn't ride the bike while waiting for the part to come in.
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    Yeah, the CCT on the way home would be...

    Yeah, the CCT on the way home would be impossible. I'd have to take the roads, which means a steep uphill for miles.
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    And regardless of the fact that the nearest...

    And regardless of the fact that the nearest bikeshare to me is a mile from my house? And that at the speed I ride, I'd have to change bikes about three times to get to work while staying within the...
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    I patronize only bike shops that will fix things...

    I patronize only bike shops that will fix things on the spot.
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    My evening commute was not by bike, because I...

    My evening commute was not by bike, because I seem to have injured my knee. So I decided to take Metro. There was single tracking. The platform was so full people were hanging out upstairs...
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    By preference? Or because that's the wheels...

    By preference? Or because that's the wheels available?
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    You know the hours I work. No way would I get up...

    You know the hours I work. No way would I get up a couple of hours early for this.
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    Ah, yes, “multiple wheelsets" would not be my...

    Ah, yes, “multiple wheelsets" would not be my situation. I have exactly one wheelset, and it's attached to the one bicycle.
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    I am always jealous of Virginia for having this....

    I am always jealous of Virginia for having this. Since I bike in DC and Maryland, it would be way out of my way.
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    That is my inclination, barring some reason not...

    That is my inclination, barring some reason not to. But I was wondering why vvil switched, and whether it involved getting whole new wheels.
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    I definitely believe in fenders, given all the...

    I definitely believe in fenders, given all the muck I bike through. It was a tough choice when I discovered my tire chains won't fit under my rear fender, and I had to remove the fender to install...
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    Have you been using Presta tubes with wheels that...

    Have you been using Presta tubes with wheels that have Schrader holds? Or getting wheels with Presta holes? And if the former, are you using grommets with them? I ask because I'm seeing some things...
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    Thanks!

    Thanks!
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    I'm genuinely curious, though--is there a reason...

    I'm genuinely curious, though--is there a reason why someone would want them? My understanding has been that they are mostly of use if you have a road bike with narrow wheels, because a Schrader...
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    Well, a Schrader tube is widely available. And I...

    Well, a Schrader tube is widely available. And I think I got the answer I wanted--that the existing wheel could just be reamed out to allow for a Schrader valve. So I'm trying to figure out whether...
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    I suspect it's not a big deal. (Since I have...

    I suspect it's not a big deal. (Since I have never used one, I have no idea whether it's always simple, or whether they sometimes get jammed or are hard to twist off.) And remember, I'd also be...
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    Why would I want Presta tubes? I'm not aware of...

    Why would I want Presta tubes? I'm not aware of them having any advantage over Schrader ones. And you have to do some weird thing before inflating them, which you don't need to do before inflating a...
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    I used to love coaster brakes. When I got my...

    I used to love coaster brakes. When I got my first "grown-up bike," I chose the kind that had both brakes and gears in the pedals instead of on the handlebars. It was only two-speed, but the most...
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