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    This, basically. Its good to actually have...

    This, basically. Its good to actually have someone check your visibility when you first start riding at night. How good is that light/reflective stuff actually in practice? I think people also...
  2. 51cm might be ok at 5'-8". It does depend on top...

    51cm might be ok at 5'-8". It does depend on top tube; At 5'-6", I've ridden anything from 49cm to 53cm depending on the top tube length and exact frame geometry.
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    This is the only bumper sticker I need. Covers...

    This is the only bumper sticker I need. Covers everything.

    http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0149/3544/products/opinions2_1024x1024.jpg?v=1417629423
  4. How tall are you? 51cm is a pretty small road...

    How tall are you? 51cm is a pretty small road bike (I'm 5'-6" and thats around what I ride). A road bike shouldn't fit like a hybrid, and if it does its probably too small.
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    Basic skateboarding shoes (vans, etnies, DC, es,...

    Basic skateboarding shoes (vans, etnies, DC, es, etc.) are perfect. Flat, grippy sole and the shoes are generally comfy and not expensive.

    For fancier with insane levels of grips, a climbing shoe...
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    I like tubeless, but I find that I dislike real...

    I like tubeless, but I find that I dislike real low pressure anyway because the tires squirm too much under hard cornering. I run ~28ish psi on the trail bike (2.4 Maxxis Ardents on flow rims) and...
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    Its a solution in search of a problem. :)

    Its a solution in search of a problem. :)
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    Tubeless is nice, but I wouldn't say its...

    Tubeless is nice, but I wouldn't say its necessary. Especially at Lake Fairfax/Wakefield/similar trails. If you're pinch flatting there regularly you need to evaluate your tire pressure and/or...
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    Mountain bikes are a bit less size sensitive than...

    Mountain bikes are a bit less size sensitive than road bikes and CX bikes, just because the geometry is more relaxed and you're moving around so much when riding anyway. Still, try and test ride and...
  10. I used to ride there occasionally, but after...

    I used to ride there occasionally, but after getting regularly harassed by the security guards on a few occasions I stopped. They clearly don't want bikes there, and I'm happy to patronize...
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    Arguably, the vulnerability of motorcycles is...

    Arguably, the vulnerability of motorcycles is similar to cyclists (at least as far as cars are concerned) but they are treated very differently because their vehicles are heavier and faster. They...
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    The "right on red at speed" is something I've...

    The "right on red at speed" is something I've observed as a longtime issue, and I've had many close calls over the years because of it. I warn new riders to always be careful in crosswalks at...
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    Its definitely a fairly new option. When we last...

    Its definitely a fairly new option. When we last had this discussion a year or two ago I looked at the same page and it simply said basically "rides done on e-bikes shouldn't be uploaded, and if...
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    Strava on e-bikes: ...

    Strava on e-bikes:
    https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/21577916-Uploading-E-bike-motor-assisted-or-non-conventional-bike-data-to-Strava-Guidelines
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    To be fair, I think the VA code is more concerned...

    To be fair, I think the VA code is more concerned with license and registration than exactly where e-bikes should/should not have access. The "under 1000 watts is a bicycle" is probably to make it...
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    I get what the general VA code says, but I'm...

    I get what the general VA code says, but I'm talking about paths like the Mt Vernon and W&OD. They aren't governed by the motor vehicle laws of VA (where e-bikes under 1000 watts are considered...
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    I see nothing else in the NVRPA regs about bikes....

    I see nothing else in the NVRPA regs about bikes. Cite a section?
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    The virginia code just says that e-bikes under...

    The virginia code just says that e-bikes under 1000 watts are considered bicycles when operated on roads. It doesn't say anything about paths, most of which are not roads in the traditional sense...
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    Someone mistakenly put that on there, obviously. ...

    Someone mistakenly put that on there, obviously. Note this isn't DKegs site, he just added his Loudoun database stuff to it since the old google database was dead.
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    Its been discussed several times here, and we do...

    Its been discussed several times here, and we do have some forum regulars who commute (at least part time) on e-bikes. Its technically not allowed (the rules are "no motorized vehicles") but its one...
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    Just to update, DKeg got tired of futzing with...

    Just to update, DKeg got tired of futzing with google maps and moved things over to gravelmap.com:
    http://gravelmap.com/#@39.08262504456289,-77.63853316116331,11,roadmap

    Associated blog post:...
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    The stem I had that slipped like a mofo was a...

    The stem I had that slipped like a mofo was a Thomson X2. IMO while Thomson usually makes great stuff, their X2 stem doesn't work that well because of the 2 bolt clamp. If you want to stick with...
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    For me, I find knee soreness is mostly a...

    For me, I find knee soreness is mostly a flexibility issue. It pops up more when I run, but sometimes is an issue riding as well. For me, 5 minutes of stretching a few times a day helps a lot. My...
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    2 bolt stems suck. I had one on my old commuting...

    2 bolt stems suck. I had one on my old commuting bike and could never get the bars to stop slipping. Carbon paste helps (it increases friction) but the problem never went away. I learned my lesson...
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    SRAM has had the HammerSchmidt around for a while...

    SRAM has had the HammerSchmidt around for a while now. https://www.sram.com/truvativ/family/hammerschmidt

    It achieved some success in the DH/FR world. Never seen one on a trail bike. With the...
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