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    Anytime, Casey. Shed is perfect SM100 training! ...

    Anytime, Casey. Shed is perfect SM100 training! Ride the trails and then grind around on the gravel roads, or swap the MTB for the road bike and climb some mountains! :D
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    Entirely within VA? If so, a handgun with a CHL...

    Entirely within VA? If so, a handgun with a CHL is an option. Don't even think about it in DC or MD. As others have said, you'll want to get some training. I've known a few people who carry on...
  3. Thread: Covet

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    Drop me a line when you're ready and I'll show...

    Drop me a line when you're ready and I'll show you around the Shed. I even have a good intro loop that won't have you hating the rigid bike too much! :D
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    Its certainly less maintenance than drivetrains...

    Its certainly less maintenance than drivetrains are. Suspension forks are complicated things, but modern ones use good seals and cartridge dampers and are pretty durable. I think its like hydraulic...
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    Suspension forks aren't that much of a...

    Suspension forks aren't that much of a maintenance issue. On my trail forks I generally send them off every few years for an overhaul. The lyrik on my trail bike is a few years old and has a...
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    I've been volunteered! :D I'll be running...

    I've been volunteered! :D

    I'll be running (er, helping run, because Tania isn't getting totally off the hook for this ;) ) the social ride that coincides with KB. Haven't had time to really...
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    When I've had contaminated pads/squealing, I...

    When I've had contaminated pads/squealing, I generally remove the rotors and hit each face with my 5" random orbit sander with 220 grit paper on it, then clean them with rubbing alcohol. Then remove...
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    FWIW, I really wish I'd spent the money for the...

    FWIW, I really wish I'd spent the money for the Kuat rather than the Yakima I have. The Yakima works ok but has numerous issues and annoyances. If I could go back in time I'd get the Kuat for sure.
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    Well, it may come with mechanical discs but its...

    Well, it may come with mechanical discs but its pretty obvious that even road gear is moving towards hydraulic systems, so it could be seen as a bit of future proofing.

    The issue with hydraulic...
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    Whats wrong with the zip tie? Thats very common...

    Whats wrong with the zip tie? Thats very common for disc lines on MTBs actually, because they are mostly hydraulic, which are continuous and very difficult to cut and reattach. Zip ties are readily...
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    I've not done cannonball, but I've done both...

    I've not done cannonball, but I've done both seagull and backroads. Overall, seagull was the easier (and better supported) of the two. Attendance is ridiculously high, so its always easy to hop...
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    FWIW, most of the better composite decking...

    FWIW, most of the better composite decking products strive to meet ADA compliance for traction, which specifies both a dry and wet coefficient of friction.
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    I don't buy that; the small kerfs routed into...

    I don't buy that; the small kerfs routed into flooring are going to do nothing to help expansion or contraction (life long woodworker here). Wood doesn't work like that. There isn't a constant...
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    Finally back on the bike after a week and a half...

    Finally back on the bike after a week and a half off to battle respiratory demons. Uneventful commute where nobody tried to run me over. It was glorious.
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    I've never examined those bridges closely, but...

    I've never examined those bridges closely, but they are almost certainly some sort of composite decking. The quality varies wildly on that stuff, but the good stuff is almost all plastic and has a...
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    Floorboards are actually scored because flooring...

    Floorboards are actually scored because flooring often only has one good side (meaning clear and free of defects and knots), and manufacturers learned long ago that installers suck at picking it. :) ...
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    The problem isn't the wood per se, its the layer...

    The problem isn't the wood per se, its the layer of scum and algae that builds up on the surface. I know the north shore MTB guys (who build lots of wood structures out of logs and local woods)...
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    It pulls the entire assemble together...

    It pulls the entire assemble together (headset/stem/spacers) so there is no play. The stem actually holds it together once clamped. The bottom one looks like the carbon steerer versions I've seen,...
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    Not to be a downer, but as a veteran of sprained...

    Not to be a downer, but as a veteran of sprained ankles (byproduct of a decade of skateboarding), I sometimes would have preferred to have broken it. Ankle sprains can take forever to fully heal. ...
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    I've commuted long after dark and it never...

    I've commuted long after dark and it never occurred to me to feel unsafe, but I'm a guy, and I know things are a bit different for women. Everyone has their comfort level for what they can tolerate...
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    I was generally home before 9, and certainly not...

    I was generally home before 9, and certainly not out before 5 if I could help it. :)


    I suspect its mostly a remnant of the W&OD being treated as a park rather than commuting infrastructure. ...
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    I commuted 2005-2010 year round on the W&OD,...

    I commuted 2005-2010 year round on the W&OD, which necessitated lots of night riding. I was never hassled (and I rode by police at crossings multiple times after dark). I was an obvious commuter...
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    Good deal. Link for those who want:...

    Good deal. Link for those who want: http://www.bikehubstore.com/category-s/227.htm I figured there were some good budget options out there. :)

    The main argument (for me) for nicer hubs is the...
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    For rims, I'd look at the HED Belgiums, Pacenti...

    For rims, I'd look at the HED Belgiums, Pacenti SL23, Velocity AeroHead or A23. Kinlins (XR270 or XR300) are good budget choices. I put 7k miles on my XR270 rear rim before it needed replacing. ...
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    Temporary halt in the war on cars, time for the...

    Temporary halt in the war on cars, time for the WAR ON BOATS!
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