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    I'd say anything over 45-60 minutes each way is a...

    I'd say anything over 45-60 minutes each way is a pretty long commute. If I had to ride more than 60 minutes for a basic commute I'd probably do it a lot less, just because thats a big chunk of the...
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    I do almost no shopping at local shops (not just...

    I do almost no shopping at local shops (not just bikes, but everything; if I need something my default action is to check amazon). But I'm an antisocial shut in. Anything that saves me the horror...
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    Yeah, the fatbike might have been nice when I use...

    Yeah, the fatbike might have been nice when I use to commute on the W&OD, but these days I'm 100% on roads, so packed snow and patchy ice are all I have to deal with. Light fluffy snow I just ride...
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    My winter solution is to put the studs on my...

    My winter solution is to put the studs on my touring bike, and then ride the road bike when there is no ice (which is 98% of the time).
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    The internet is full of mouthy idiots. Best not...

    The internet is full of mouthy idiots. Best not to pay attention to them IME.
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    What jrenaut said. You can be required to...

    What jrenaut said. You can be required to identify yourself (and they can keep you there until they verify your identity) if they catch you doing something against the law, but you don't actually...
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    The bolded part is weird to me. I rode the...

    The bolded part is weird to me. I rode the backroads century in 2012, and most of those roads are of the the narrow out-in-the-boonies with no shoulder variety. Its basically impossible to pass...
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    What did this email say? I did the backroads...

    What did this email say? I did the backroads century a few years ago. It was ok. My experience with PPTC rides mirrors Raymos though.
  9. Recumbents (generally) have a smaller frontal...

    Recumbents (generally) have a smaller frontal area than an upright bike, and therefore a higher potential speed when air resistance/wind is the determining factor. You can't get weight over the...
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    Damage done to asphalt roads by vehicle traffic...

    Damage done to asphalt roads by vehicle traffic goes up at a power to 4 of the vehicle weight (really weight per axle). So doubling the weight does 16 times as much damage.
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    I figured it was only a matter of time before...

    I figured it was only a matter of time before Strava did *something*, since the segments are their bread and butter, and the constant flagging war was making the service considerably less useful for...
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    I ran roof racks on my old Subaru and have a...

    I ran roof racks on my old Subaru and have a hitch rack on the current Explorer. Much prefer the hitch rack. Easier to put bikes on and off. Doesn't generate as much noise on the highway and...
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    You know, I'm fine with groups out there working...

    You know, I'm fine with groups out there working on pacelining and sprints and riding fast and such, but a huge group basically holding an impromptu crit race on a public road frequented by slower...
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    I think large groups could probably do intervals...

    I think large groups could probably do intervals at Hains without being total douchecanoes. They might not get to go 100% full speed 100% of the time, and would need to work on communicating when...
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    To be clear, I don't really have an issue with...

    To be clear, I don't really have an issue with using Hains as a training area, pacelining, sprinting, whatever. I just think the groups doing so need to bear in mind that its not their personal...
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    I'm not arguing that running that stop sign is by...

    I'm not arguing that running that stop sign is by default unsafe (I don't really care if people do), but the case in the OP absolutely was. KLizotte clearly had right of way. There is absolutely...
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    Maybe this is an argument for not riding in giant...

    Maybe this is an argument for not riding in giant pacelines on public roads? If it can't be done safely (and almost hitting someone who was riding on a frigging public road in a completely legal...
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    I think the best route is: -Turn onto Gallows...

    I think the best route is:
    -Turn onto Gallows south. Bike lanes go to a bit before 66.
    -Just past 66, turn right onto Prosperity.
    -Left onto Merillee
    -Cross Lee Highway, turn left on Strawberry...
  19. ...I rode by that fountain every day for half a...

    ...I rode by that fountain every day for half a decade and never knew it was there. :p
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    Weirdly enough, the light timings seem to be...

    Weirdly enough, the light timings seem to be perfect for 65-70mph. If you go the speed limit of 50 you hit every. goddamn. light. Go 65+ and its clear sailing. They patrol the hell out of that road...
  21. I assume she means cantilevers, which pretty much...

    I assume she means cantilevers, which pretty much only come on cyclocross bikes these days (and are generally pretty terrible).
  22. Hit up shops. You should be able to make a...

    Hit up shops. You should be able to make a decent start in an afternoon; make a list of 3-4 local shops and visit each one. Tell them what your intentions are (commuting, rough distance, etc) and a...
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    I've been told that they run larger gearing up...

    I've been told that they run larger gearing up front not because a standard road double isn't enough, but because it keeps the chainline straighter (for less resistance) in the gears they mostly use.
  24. Video footage of unsafe drive in Fairfax?

    Just curious of anyone has experience actually doing anything with video footage of unsafe drivers. I had a driver deliberately buzz me this morning on the way in (like, mirror brushing my shoulder...
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    One of the worst intersections near my house is...

    One of the worst intersections near my house is where the Fairfax County Parkway trail crosses New Dominion right by Reston Hospital. Cars turning right onto New Dominion tend to do so at very high...
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