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    I've owned a few sets of fancy lights over the...

    I've owned a few sets of fancy lights over the years, but eventually the batteries or lights died. These days I just get whatever cheap chinese LED is available on Amazon. Typically systems are ~30...
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    Those fancy VO pedals are very similar to several...

    Those fancy VO pedals are very similar to several of the pedals I've run on DH bikes over the years. You really don't need to go fancy for flats, BMX pedals are usually available in standard...
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    Having done both, I'd certainly have a difficult...

    Having done both, I'd certainly have a difficult time going back to flats on anything but very short distance utility riding. Even on the DH bike I start missing clips on more pedally trails like...
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    I think it depends on what sort of commuting you...

    I think it depends on what sort of commuting you do, and what you use your bike for. Flats have advantages when it comes to convenience (wear whatever shoes you want, don't worry about walking...
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    Do they even let Portland hipsters like yourself...

    Do they even let Portland hipsters like yourself buy geared bikes? ;)
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    Yeah, my understanding is the "jeff the cyclist"...

    Yeah, my understanding is the "jeff the cyclist" character is based on Jef (an avid cyclist), and they have a friendly rivalry (Jefs comic "Frazz" has made fun of Pastis on a few occasions).
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    Oh yeah, there is a path there. :) I've never...

    Oh yeah, there is a path there. :) I've never ridden it. I just cut over from tall oaks. Wiehle isn't as bad as it would seem, especially as you approach the toll road, since traffic is usually...
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    Thats the colvin run mill trail (connects from...

    Thats the colvin run mill trail (connects from Hunters Mill to Carpers Farm Way, where you can join the CCT and head south to the W&OD). Its old unpaved doubletrack and does get mushy though. And...
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    Yes, its all paved. I've ridden it a handful of...

    Yes, its all paved. I've ridden it a handful of times. Its not totally smooth and is a bit narrow in places, and there are some steep climbs/descents (all typical for some of the smaller Reston...
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    Thats my recommended route. I actually rode it...

    Thats my recommended route. I actually rode it this morning. Up Wiehle, right on North Shore drive (up near Baron Cameron), around ring road to Hunt Club, then onto Lake Fairfax drive. Wiehle...
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    Very cool! I have to say, planning the social...

    Very cool! I have to say, planning the social ride was the biggest ride planning challenge I've ever done... just because I was trying to regularly intersect the main ride to cheer (which meant...
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    Meet at same time and place as the main ride. The...

    Meet at same time and place as the main ride. The whole ride will last all day. Plan on 40ish miles with lots of food stops. I'll try and post a loose ridewithgps route tonite. I've had a busy week...
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    Its easy to get a... skewed... view of normal...

    Its easy to get a... skewed... view of normal reading this forum. :) Because we have people who ride 20 miles each way, every day, and to the store, and do long rides on the weekends, and haven't...
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    34 miles a day is a lot of riding, especially if...

    34 miles a day is a lot of riding, especially if you aren't used to it. That would be over 600 miles a month just from commuting if you rode very day! Basically, listen to your body. If you're...
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    Hah! My story isn't a passing story, but a...

    Hah! My story isn't a passing story, but a "someone decided to draft me 3" from my back wheel without saying anything" story. I was rolling along pretty good on the gentle downgrade heading west...
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    Its weird how my attitude towards MUPs have...

    Its weird how my attitude towards MUPs have changed over the years. When I first started bike commuting in 2006, I loved that most of my commute was on the W&OD. Over time I got more comfortable on...
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    I just think its ridiculous to truck along in the...

    I just think its ridiculous to truck along in the left lane expecting people people in front of you to yield when they probably don't even know you're there. The whole point of calling passes is so...
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    If he didn't call his pass, thats on him.

    If he didn't call his pass, thats on him.
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    I've been stung a few times after running into...

    I've been stung a few times after running into insects, and I had a spider drop on my leg and bite me years ago while mountainbiking. My fear has always been swallowing a bee/wasp. :eek:
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    Dear white Prius with driver who was obviously on...

    Dear white Prius with driver who was obviously on a very important phone call at Baron Cameron and Lake Fairfax Drive this morning: You are very lucky I double checked that you were stopping at that...
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    I did notice the reduced traction when I switched...

    I did notice the reduced traction when I switched to the contis. I never went down but there were a few times in those initial weeks where the bike would get squirrelly in corners I knew the Pro3s...
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    I'd be happy to get over 2k miles on them. Thus...

    I'd be happy to get over 2k miles on them. Thus far no contis have made it that far. I used to run Pro3s and get a consistent 2k out of them (the tread would wear out). The contis seem to have a...
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    Latest upgrade: Replacement drivetrain for the...

    Latest upgrade:

    Replacement drivetrain for the big bike. Upgrading to 10-speed finally, so I decided to go 1x10. Start with an 11-36 cassette and add a one-up 42t granny ring kit (replace the...
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    Sidewall blowout about 1.5 miles from home...

    Sidewall blowout about 1.5 miles from home necessitated an in the field dollar-bill boot, then my mini pump decided to give up the ghost (my fault, it was totally dry inside and the o-ring had...
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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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