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  1. My coworkers whine about filtering and multi-file...

    My coworkers whine about filtering and multi-file riding all the time. What needs to be demonstrated are the reasons why and how bikes aren't cars and why changing the laws aren't part of a zero-sum...
  2. This is what happens when we follow traffic laws

    Here's a little bit of awesomeness in SF yesterday. As a protest, dozens of cyclists fully conformed to the traffic laws along the Wiggle route. Guess what happened? Gridlock. I can't count the...
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    Reminds me of the famous (perhaps apocryphal)...

    Reminds me of the famous (perhaps apocryphal) story of the dead rat stuck in the Oval Office wall during the Carter administration. The GSA said it was Interior's responsibility since the rat...
  4. Awful. It's not hard to guess where this...

    Awful. It's not hard to guess where this happened. There's a super fast downhill section near the end of the loop. A blown tire in just about the worst possible place. Incredibly bad fortune.
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    Mental illness perhaps or perhaps she had a...

    Mental illness perhaps or perhaps she had a recent bad experience with someone on a CaBi and it was a case of mistaken identity. People on CaBis all look alike, you know. Definitely a disturbing...
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    I did Williamsburg the year of the grizzly swim...

    I did Williamsburg the year of the grizzly swim as well and it's a MUCH better run race now. They also really screwed up logistics that year in a variety of ways (late shuttles, really late bag...
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    Going off on a non-sequitur here, but I'm just...

    Going off on a non-sequitur here, but I'm just amazed at how many major events happened within about 200 miles this past weekend. Aside from you folks at AFC, there were two half-iron triathlons...
  8. Well the Iowa Republican straw poll did...

    Well the Iowa Republican straw poll did foreshadow our last two presidents, President Bachmann and President Huckabee.
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    A small edit to this. H Street dead ends at 20th...

    A small edit to this. H Street dead ends at 20th due to IMF construction (unless you use the sidewalk, which is technically illegal in this part of town). I personally would go TR to New Hampshire....
  10. That floating pavilion thing was just never going...

    That floating pavilion thing was just never going to..er..float. I bet the bridge goes next. Without the pavilion there's less justification for it.
  11. My experience so far this week is exactly what...

    My experience so far this week is exactly what you predict. In fact just this morning about 7.25 I almost got nailed by a car at the front of the line that behaved exactly as you described. Learning...
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    Me: On New Hamphire crossing Virginia You: Two...

    Me: On New Hamphire crossing Virginia

    You: Two NPS employees snow blowing the platform around the Benito Juarez statue

    Me: Now let me get this straight. The MVT requires dogs and a sledge to...
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    So...prank headed to a youtube channel near you...

    So...prank headed to a youtube channel near you or mental illness? Sounds like the soldier handled it like a professional.
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    What do you want to use the bike for? If it's...

    What do you want to use the bike for? If it's mainly for riding on roads or paved trails then those tires and front suspension -- as well the overall bike weight, no doubt -- will waste lots of your...
  15. I think it's telling that Milloy is one of the...

    I think it's telling that Milloy is one of the few remaining really senior people at the Post. My interpretation is that it's because he's a natural at the only thing that really matters at that...
  16. Thread: Forum names

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    Twenty years ago my accent and tendency towards...

    Twenty years ago my accent and tendency towards "creative" pronunciations made me the target of some constant teasing from a grad-school professor. I exacerbated the situation considerably by...
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    He always took a lot of care to not interfere...

    He always took a lot of care to not interfere with the riders. Alas you can't say that about many of his imitators or those engaging in this insipid new fad of taking selfies with oncoming riders.
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    I sometimes practice maintaining three bike...

    I sometimes practice maintaining three bike lengths since that's the rule in most triathlons. It's a surprisingly difficult skill to master, especially on the lumpy Custis.
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    I'll violate my vow to myself to avoid these...

    I'll violate my vow to myself to avoid these threads. Everything you say is quite reasonable and I personally think the solution to this will come with market developments more than anything....
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    Perhaps this has been mentioned elsewhere and I...

    Perhaps this has been mentioned elsewhere and I missed it. The daily counter is stuck on zero.
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    So what's your read on the "beginner" races that...

    So what's your read on the "beginner" races that I see listed on some events. (Most don't have rookie races though as you noted DCCX does.) They're listed as Cat 4/5. Now you couldn't pay me to race...
  22. We live in a federal system. Local governments...

    We live in a federal system. Local governments don't have the power to require automobiles to use the kind of technology you're suggesting. Even if was legal it sure wouldn't be practical. (The...
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    Yes

    Yes
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    I suspect drivers drive onto trails for more...

    I suspect drivers drive onto trails for more often than cyclists get on highways like 66 and 395.
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    And now another at 3rd & E Sts, NW. Crikey.

    And now another at 3rd & E Sts, NW. Crikey.
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