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  1. I don't think it's so much planned obsolescence...

    I don't think it's so much planned obsolescence as the prices beginning to reflect the costs: it's a lever and a button, $90 is still wildly overpriced. The only curious thing is that so many people...
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    Depending on your jurisdiction you may not want...

    Depending on your jurisdiction you may not want to contact your member of congress about appropriate behavior on the road!
  3. Of course they do. Getting drivers to change...

    Of course they do. Getting drivers to change behavior by adding signage is inconceivable, but if they put up a sign for pedestrians/cyclists, they get to wash their hands of the matter.
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    Apart from the stupid paternalistic stop signs? ...

    Apart from the stupid paternalistic stop signs?

    Is there a good technical reason that, instead of replacing damaged wooden planks (a repair method used, as far as I know, for thousands of years),...
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    For some strange reason, all of the ridiculously...

    For some strange reason, all of the ridiculously long car-activated lights on my commute were green as I approached and didn't turn yellow just before I got to the intersection. I was a little...
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    links or it didn't happen!

    links or it didn't happen!
  7. At the point you're commuting 10+ miles each way...

    At the point you're commuting 10+ miles each way it's generally no longer a cost/practicality question and more of a hobby. I agree that it's a hell of a lot more comfortable/fun with a better bike...
  8. Good, cheap lighting is probably one of the...

    Good, cheap lighting is probably one of the biggest obstacles to safer low-cost biking. I'd love to see something disruptive in that space; technologically we're about at the point where basic...
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    I suspect that you're not their target audience...

    I suspect that you're not their target audience...
  10. If you're in an area where the pickups will still...

    If you're in an area where the pickups will still pass between you and the oncoming traffic regardless of whether you're in the middle of the lane, you'll find it a bit more harrowing. Because you...
  11. That's why only rich people ride bikes, right?...

    That's why only rich people ride bikes, right? You choose to spend a lot on a bike. That's cool, if that's what you're into. (I don't absolve myself from buying bike toys.) But it's by no means...
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    yikes, I'd just be waiting for a car to jump out...

    yikes, I'd just be waiting for a car to jump out to move up 100 feet
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    But you'd probably actually do that, costing more...

    But you'd probably actually do that, costing more than the average gym customer who just gives them money and doesn't show up.
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    They mostly have: it's in the "easy" category of...

    They mostly have: it's in the "easy" category of LEED points.
  15. So ACPD will have to change its position from...

    So ACPD will have to change its position from "it's unenforceable" to "we're just not going to enforce it"?
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    well, this thread just took a turn to the...

    well, this thread just took a turn to the disturbing
  17. No, nobody will see it. Will Arlington insist on...

    No, nobody will see it. Will Arlington insist on wasting money implementing it before believing that?
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    If you're a serious cyclist, you'll select a...

    If you're a serious cyclist, you'll select a competitive family.
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    Really, can you prove that wasn't caused by...

    Really, can you prove that wasn't caused by bikes? Maybe fat bikes?
  20. I really hope this is a Machiavellian plan to go...

    I really hope this is a Machiavellian plan to go to vdot and say "see we tried everything, even the stupid things, and we'll just have to make this no right turn on red after all".
  21. Thread: Touring Bike!

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    Sounds like you're on the right track with some...

    Sounds like you're on the right track with some of the bikes you started with. Don't look for a touring bike, that doesn't seem like what you're after--a short towpath trip doesn't require much load...
  22. Thread: Touring Bike!

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    It's just about impossible to find an off the...

    It's just about impossible to find an off the shelf loaded touring bike with anything other than bar end shifters not to be cheap but because shimano doesn't have an approved brifter combination with...
  23. Agree, but sora isn't exactly the bottom. It's a...

    Agree, but sora isn't exactly the bottom. It's a well manufactured part from a respectable company and approximately in the middle of their line. The bottom of their index shifting road line is the...
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    The like button was invented to avoid having to...

    The like button was invented to avoid having to come up with something to say in a medium which lacks non verbal cues and often leads to misunderstandings. If something must be said, "let's go for a...
  25. Just on the face of the question with no other...

    Just on the face of the question with no other information I'd say no. For most riders the group doesn't matter. But that's a terrible answer. What kind of riding is the bike for? How experienced is...
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