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    Default Re: What’s made your cycling life easier?

    46 cm c-c bars , shorter cranks , and less drop made riding much easier.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    Reality-based acceptance that I was not fast.
    +1,000,000

    That has made a huge difference...
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    Another terrific thing to boost riding are cycling-specific prescription sunglasses. Love them!
    Better focus, greater clarity, plus protection from dust and bugs enables one to ride faster and further.
     

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    Tubeless tires, I started using them on the road in NE Texas a few years ago. I was getting at least two flats a week previously. Still using them in AZ with all the thorns.

    Prescription sunglasses, I can see my Garmin when I'm out exploring dirt roads.
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    I will play.

    My health and a desire to see over the horizon.

    A properly fitting bicycle.

    walkable bike shoes.

    Fenders.

    A bit of convenient on-bike carrying capacity.

    Generator powered LED lights.

    Cheers,

    Will
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    Quote Originally Posted by WMdeR View Post
    A bit of convenient on-bike carrying capacity.

    Generator powered LED lights.
    Yes to these both. I have a dynamo setup on my road bike and off-road bike now, both using a light that allows me to also charge my phone or Wahoo while I'm riding. I haven't plugged my phone into a wall in 3 months aside from when traveling and I haven't had to remember to charge my lights all winter. A Revelate framebag also goes between my two bikes to carry stuff that used to sit in my pockets and annoy me, like snacks, wallet, keys and stripped items (gloves etc).
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkmother View Post
    Flat, grippy MTB pedals on my commuter road bike.

    THis!!!!!!!^^^^^^^^^^.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robin3mj View Post
    Changing jobs and now working from home meant trading my bike commute (often in the dark and with a laptop/etc on my back) for occasional lunchtime rides on nice days.
    My job change is the reverse of this, and I really miss those lunchtime rides.
     

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    Nobody mentioning e-bikes?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabo View Post
    Nobody mentioning e-bikes?
    I was talked into playing stoker on the back of an e-tandem. The Tandem is nicknamed "Battleship" as it weighs it at a not so svelt 100lbs. The captain/owner of the tandem absolutely loves it's handling and only recently had the surgery performed to add the supplemental power and requisite internals.
    We spun out 70 miles from Scappoose OR up and over the NW Hills out to Forest Grove. First time for me on the back of a tandem let alone a power assisted bike. I had to learn to "work with" whatever power setting the captain had established. Once I figured that out things improved and were
    generally pretty good. I have to say that I enjoy riding hills on my solo bike. That said, 55mph, downhill on a tandem is the nearest thing to a two man bobsled..., what a thrill!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabo View Post
    Nobody mentioning e-bikes?
    My friend has an e-bike for commuting. Might have made his life easier...

    We do a (sort of) monthly breakfast commute. He’s all obsessed with giving us a pull and how much easier he’s making life for us. Which would be true if we normally rode that fast! Nothing easier about it.

    ...And since it’s humid and horrible summer I forgot about the Snek merino cap that makes what passes for our winter plenty toasty.
     

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    Not so much my riding, per se, but my post-ride recovery has been improved by the circa 200mm head tube and short top tube on my still-fairly-new-to-me 12-year-old Parlee - I can now actually properly *rest* on the bar tops (i.e. as opposed to moving my hands slightly) because of the 90mm reach bars that the short top tube enables. That combined with my reduced drop means I no longer get migraines the day after long or hard rides.

    This is even making me consider ‘old’ format 1.125” head tube’d second hand bikes that have similar geometry so that I have more than one bike that follows this setup.

    Otherwise, photochromic Oakleys. Leave the house at any time of the day in any conditions and never feel like you’re wearing the wrong glasses. The only time I reach for anything else is if it’s *really* sunny when I leave the house and doesn’t look like that will change (which is usually only for a lunchtime ride).

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    A thread across the hall had me just thinking how waxing chains has been a small change but has had a surprisingly good benefit on daily life. Especially now that I don’t have to worry about my wife getting greasy chainrings all over our car interior.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by WMdeR View Post
    I will play.

    My health and a desire to see over the horizon.

    A properly fitting bicycle.

    walkable bike shoes.

    Fenders.

    A bit of convenient on-bike carrying capacity.

    Generator powered LED lights.

    Cheers,

    Will
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    IDK about the rest, but fenders are key when it isn't dry out.

    Add Shake Dry to that list too.

    M
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle h View Post
    A thread across the hall had me just thinking how waxing chains has been a small change but has had a surprisingly good benefit on daily life. Especially now that I don’t have to worry about my wife getting greasy chainrings all over our car interior.
    For me it's been eliminating the opportunity for a chainring tattoo on her calf. I'm still a firm believer in NFS for the commuter (I'm just NOT doing anything other than adding more lube if it's raining during the week) but I actually quite enjoy the process of redoing the wax. And, from looking at the chain on a mates' bike recently, it would appear it's made me a little anal about caring for my drivetrain. Which should prove cheaper in the long run...
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    An ever changing route based on social beer stops.
    There have been some hiccups.
     

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    Riding on the flats most of the time. So much better
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobqzz View Post
    Riding on the flats most of the time. So much better
    sounds like you need a shorter stem to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by megapope View Post
    sounds like you need a shorter stem to me.
    Homey, between your Twitter and here you are apparently a living Mad Lib and I am loving the vibe even though I live here on planet Earth. I will certainly reach out to hang out the next time I'm in Baton Rouge hoping to discuss Gnosticism and prog rock. I'll try to bring my triple amputee RC car enthusiast friend who writes Afro-futurist hard sci-fi.

    Love, other living Mad Lib.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by megapope View Post
    sounds like you need a shorter stem to me.
    Or different color bar tape
     

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