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  1. I bet you'll be fine with temperature. Those mesh-based tops look a lot hotter than they turn out to be once you are moving and you get some air circulation. Just don't wear anything underneath and you'll be fine.
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    "Siri, please call me an Uber."
  3. There are so many people fleeing the country, we might have to build a wall to control emigration!
  4. My S.W.A.G. is that those numbers represent homicide rates in those countries.
  5. These canards about safety equipment somehow making you less safe have been around for at least as long as I've been involved in cycling. They don't make any more sense to me now than they did 50 years ago. I get that people don't like the inconvenience of strapping on gear and would rather ride around unencumbered. But trying to rationalize that behavior as somehow safer seems silly to me. Think about it. Do you drive more aggressively just because you are wearing a seatbelt and driving a car equipped with airbags? Of course not. By the same token, I don't ride my wheels more aggressively just because I'm geared up. If anything, wearing gear is a constant reminder that I'm engaged in an inherently risky activity. As for the effect on pedestrians, I don't mind if they view me with caution and stay clear. Safer for all concerned if they do. Snatch up your toddlers, rein in your dogs, quit hogging more than your fair share of the path. We are trying to have a society here.
  6. Not to totally derail the thread, but if you are curious about this kind of insurance, attorney Andrew Branca a real expert in the field.
  7. Absolutely. If you keep a firearm with the expectation that you might ever need to use it in self-defense, you better buy enough insurance to cover the associated legal expenses. There are a couple of other good options, but I use CCW Safe.
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    First Impressions & Photos of the KS18XL

    Tuesday is going to be clear and sunny. Also breezy, though, so bundle up. Can't wait to hear your first impressions.
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    First Impressions & Photos of the KS18XL

    Great to hear that you are happy with the wheel! My XL is still on a container ship somewhere between China and the Port of Los Angeles. But the weather here in the Washington, D.C. area sucks at the moment. And we've got a lot more winter weather ahead of us. So I'm okay with waiting a bit.
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    DIY WHEELSTAND CHECK IT OUT

    True! I had to tell her the XL would be safer than my other wheels. I'm so going to hell.
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    DIY WHEELSTAND CHECK IT OUT

    This is how I tell my wife she should refer to me.
  12. Lol, I would treat Laila gently at all times even if she wasn't beautiful just to avoid getting my ass kicked!
  13. This is me. People claiming that their health care is "free" are apparently unaware that their governments are picking their pockets through higher taxes. Health care costs money and money doesn't grow on trees. I also have terrific basic health benefits, and I pay more for an overlay of boutique medical care just to make sure my providers are competent and responsive. All the same, I don't see the point of seeking medical care if you aren't pretty sure you need it. 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' is a mantra I've learned to live by.
  14. Ah, memories! As an undergrad, I lived right down the street at 21st and Pennsylvania. One day I leaned my bike up against the wall just outside my apartment house entrance while I was getting the mail. When I turned around, I saw that some random guy had jumped on the bike and was pedaling away toward Washington Circle! Being young and brimming with testosterone, I gave chase. He got snarled up in some traffic so I almost caught up to him in that first block, but he slipped free at the last second. However, it turns out that the diameter of a circle is a lot shorter than half the circumference. While he was pedaling his ass off around the circle, I cut straight across it and whamo! That bike would eventually get stolen, but not on that day.
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