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    After another damn bout of illness (walking...

    After another damn bout of illness (walking pneumonia this time) I had to reluctantly store the bike for a few weeks while the body recuperated. Clean bill of health yesterday morning from the doc...
  2. Its actually too big for me, but a lovely bike.

    Its actually too big for me, but a lovely bike.
  3. The cynic in me says that these are usually part...

    The cynic in me says that these are usually part of the proposal just so they have something they can cut when people whine about cost/environmental impact/etc.
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    Hopefully Showerspass upped their build quality. ...

    Hopefully Showerspass upped their build quality. I had one of their Elite 2.0 jackets several years ago, and while the design was nice, it fell apart in very short order, and the company was...
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    I second the "clipless>platforms" sentiment. I...

    I second the "clipless>platforms" sentiment. I do still run platforms on the DH and DJ bikes (aka bikes I might need to get off of in a hurry), but I can't imagine running platforms for anything I'm...
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    I wouldn't get too hung up on what you've seen. ...

    I wouldn't get too hung up on what you've seen. Decide what works for you. If you prefer platforms and want to wear lycra, then ride platforms and wear lycra. Roadies will sneer at you, but...
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    I also like using a little bit of carbon paste on...

    I also like using a little bit of carbon paste on things like seatposts, because it both prevents seizing and increases friction so you don't need things as tight to prevent slipping.
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    The best thing about browsing the post with...

    The best thing about browsing the post with javascript blocked... the comments don't load. :D
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    I just need a few sections to clear off a bit...

    I just need a few sections to clear off a bit more and I can switch back to the glorious, fast road bike and hang the stud-equipped touring bike back on the ceiling. Just a few more sections...
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    Its probably contamination in the cables. Water...

    Its probably contamination in the cables. Water seeps into the housing over time, and when its super cold, it freezes and prevents the cable from moving. Squeezing the brake lever is doable because...
  11. Its just the same tired "ban cyclists from roads"...

    Its just the same tired "ban cyclists from roads" argument with a new veneer (pretending its about their safety rather than his desire to drive like an asshat). Its utterly infeasible and he knows...
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    I get what you're saying, but road runoff doesn't...

    I get what you're saying, but road runoff doesn't go to treatment plants or anything. It goes straight to the local waterway and eventually to the bay. I just seriously doubt that the tiny amount...
  13. This. At this point he's just deliberately...

    This. At this point he's just deliberately trolling cyclists for pageviews, and the last thing we should do is pay attention to him. He's not misinformed, he's not interested in debate, he's just...
  14. I have the drop bar moose mitts and they do...

    I have the drop bar moose mitts and they do indeed work in the drops as well.
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    I picked a fun day to get back on the bike after...

    I picked a fun day to get back on the bike after my bout with the flu. The roads out in Fairfax were genuinely awful; even major highways were basically unplowed and untreated at 9am. I passed...
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    I was attacked by a dog (my uncles german...

    I was attacked by a dog (my uncles german sheppard) when I was 10. 50 stitches in my head. If my dad hadn't been there to kick it off me I may not have survived. The dog had never attacked anybody...
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    I've never had a dog outright chase me, but I had...

    I've never had a dog outright chase me, but I had several lunge at me while snarling while riding the W&OD. All had owners right there, and were either unleashed or on one of those...
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    I find I get a year or two out of them before...

    I find I get a year or two out of them before they die. The premium soft strap one I got maybe 2 months out of, so I'm back to the old school ones (cheaper, anyway). I'd be happy to pay more for a...
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    I get that a fair bit. :) I first started using...

    I get that a fair bit. :) I first started using it as a forum name in 2003 (and was using it as an online moniker well before that), which long predates the bike though. I like to think vassago is...
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    Jabberwocky is a famous nonsense poem by Lewis...

    Jabberwocky is a famous nonsense poem by Lewis Carroll.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jabberwocky

    My avatar is a piece of the John Tenniel illustration the accompanied the poem.
  21. I missed that you already have a road bike when I...

    I missed that you already have a road bike when I originally read the post. Yeah, you're set. Just grab a pack and start riding to work. It doesn't need to be complicated. On a quick google...
  22. The bottom line is that you'll find a lot of...

    The bottom line is that you'll find a lot of variety to commuting setups. One persons "absolute must have" won't matter at all to someone else. Some people won't even look at a bike that doesn't...
  23. I disagree that discs are "must haves" for bad...

    I disagree that discs are "must haves" for bad weather. My first two commuters were disc equipped CX bikes (a Redline Conquest and a Lemond Poprad), and my current is a carbon roadie with road...
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    http://www.cyclingcartoons.com/12-days-of-christma...

    http://www.cyclingcartoons.com/12-days-of-christmas/
  25. I'd personally recommend either a road bike or a...

    I'd personally recommend either a road bike or a commuting oriented bike that uses mostly road components (wheels/tires/drops bars/etc). Cyclocross bikes can sometimes be good in betweens; they are...
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