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    Yellow or Rose lens work for me at 57. What also...

    Yellow or Rose lens work for me at 57. What also helps a lot is a really wide field of view (i.e. if you can see the frame, you need bigger googles). Smith's fan gizmo for venting also helps.
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    If you've got NNN boots that work for what you...

    If you've got NNN boots that work for what you want and fit your feet, NNN/BC is not an upgrade in any way. Combi/pursuit boots would be a much better investment if you want more control.
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    Umm.... No. NNN/BC is like a 2 wheel Drive SUV....

    Umm.... No. NNN/BC is like a 2 wheel Drive SUV. Doesn't really do anything well and does a lot of things really poorly. I've got a garage full of failed attempts to make NNN/BC either ski or tour...
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    I'm looking to revamp my kick'n'glide gear and I...

    I'm looking to revamp my kick'n'glide gear and I want to start with some Combi boots. I know about Paco's, is there anything else in the Tahoe area worth checking out for quality XC gear?
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    I own both Candy Cane T-Races and Chochise 120...

    I own both Candy Cane T-Races and Chochise 120 boots. My Chochise are the yellow ones from a couple years ago:

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    My impression is that the newer 4 buckle models are a bit stiffer. I like...
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    FWIW, Dri-Down really works. I have a Sierra...

    FWIW, Dri-Down really works. I have a Sierra Designs hoody that has worked really well in wet Sierra storms.

    On the other hand, I've been really impressed by the ThermoBall synthetic vest I picked...
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    Jumping skis are completely straight, no camber,...

    Jumping skis are completely straight, no camber, and they've got very soft tips and tip rocker these days.
    . Short ones are 230cm, long 275cm.

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    Scarpa Alien Plastic can drive ?

    I've got a pair of brand new Scarpa Aliens and since the BSL is so much shorter than my other Dynafit boots, I need to pick a pair of skis to remount.

    What is the biggest ski you think makes...
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    It's way late, but I just got a pair with my REI...

    It's way late, but I just got a pair with my REI refund and I would err on the side of getting larger. I normally do just fine in Scarpa 26 boots, but after searching around I decided to try a 27...
  10. I guess I am old.... Nobody gets my jokes...

    I guess I am old.... Nobody gets my jokes anymore.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fgjfi1DU1mQ
  11. Not quite as light as you're looking for, but I...

    Not quite as light as you're looking for, but I like the Kenda Happy Medium a lot as a rear tire.

    http://www.jensonusa.com/!H7bVb4waWORzGkndqKmomg!/Kenda-Happy-Medium-29-Tire

    Granted I'm using...
  12. A baby's arm holding an apple...

    A baby's arm holding an apple...
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    I've tried those setups and while they give you...

    I've tried those setups and while they give you the right high and low end, they really suck in the middle where you spend most of your time.
    If 50/34 and 12-25 or 12-27 isn't low enough for you,...
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    What I've discovered over the years is that...

    What I've discovered over the years is that shorter stems don't always solve the flexibility problem. Sometimes a longer stem actually works better as it gets the bars higher and further away. This...
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    Ahh.. the light goes on. That actually makes...

    Ahh.. the light goes on. That actually makes sense. Spending $$$ and lbs just to put your weight behind the saddle never made any sense to me.
  16. I had a streak of about 3 this summer of "broken"...

    I had a streak of about 3 this summer of "broken" quick links. I eventually figured out that the derailler was mis-adjusted and the interaction of chain/freewheel and derailler on bouncy descents was...
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    GPS can be wildly inaccurate at times. I would...

    GPS can be wildly inaccurate at times. I would never believe it for top speeds. And of course it's trivial to use "digital epo" on the data before you upload it to strava.
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    I'm pretty slow and there are lot's of hills in...

    I'm pretty slow and there are lot's of hills in the area with gradients well above 12%. What I think would work for me would be
    something like a 48/30. Currently running 55/42/30 and 50/39/26...
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    I've never had a problem mixing and matching...

    I've never had a problem mixing and matching chainrings from various companies. Getting the front derailler with the right cage for the chainring sizes is generally the
    trickiest part, but that...
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    You can easily get 52/36 chainrings for a compact...

    You can easily get 52/36 chainrings for a compact ( 110 BCD ) crankset.
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    Why not just replace rims?

    Why not just replace rims?
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    Moving dirt old guy version... ...

    Moving dirt old guy version...

    http://www.bermstyle.com/sunset-trail-2-hill-reroute-completed/
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    If I have to wear a pack MTB riding ( and I do...

    If I have to wear a pack MTB riding ( and I do everything possible to avoid doing so), I really like the suspended mesh packs like the Mantra or Deuter packs.

    I wonder about the durability of the...
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    You definitely want a warranty with Garmin. I've...

    You definitely want a warranty with Garmin. I've owned 3 of their devices, and two required warranty replacement.
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    Really good explaination of 11 spd. ...

    Really good explaination of 11 spd.

    http://www.slowtwitch.com/Tech/Cassette_How-To_-_Part_2_3257.html
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    Biking should never hurt. And there are no hard...

    Biking should never hurt. And there are no hard and fast rules about bike fit. Just because some it works for some 60 old guy that's been riding for 20 hrs a week most of his life doesn't mean it's...
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    Braking requires gripping the handlebars hard,...

    Braking requires gripping the handlebars hard, which increases the coupling between body mass and frame spring rate that is causing the oscillation in the first place.
    If you can relax the hands,...
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    There isn't just one cause of speed wobbles, but...

    There isn't just one cause of speed wobbles, but if it's mechanical it should happen a lot. Generally, the
    "it never did that before" ones are some combo of rider weight/frame resonance.

    In my...
  29. We could get all nerdy and compare climbing...

    We could get all nerdy and compare climbing times/rates from the doping era. At least Froome looks like a climber...
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    In theory, the viscoelastic stuff like 3do or VPD...

    In theory, the viscoelastic stuff like 3do or VPD could work, but it's really expensive and the few items that came to market for MTB shoulder protection didn't sell well enough to survive.
  31. Thread: Roady question

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    I'll just throw this out there and see what...

    I'll just throw this out there and see what happens..

    Taos New Mexico.

    Although, I think you'd have to extend the definition of "road" to include dirt roads.

    There are very few places out...
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    Just like boot fitting, saddle fitting is an art...

    Just like boot fitting, saddle fitting is an art and it's even harder to find good advice about which saddle to get. And just like ski boots, most riders are on the wrong saddle and just accept the...
  33. Days like today really show exactly how bike...

    Days like today really show exactly how bike racing is a team sport. When you've got a strong cross wind like that, there is simply no way even the strongest rider can match the pace of a strong...
  34. Thread: Cross country

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    google crazyguyonabike . People ride across the...

    google crazyguyonabike . People ride across the country on just about any kind of bike you can imagine. Pick the bike that you are comfortable on for hours at a time day after day.
  35. Gack... I think russian roulette would be safer...

    Gack... I think russian roulette would be safer to the riders.
  36. No it does the exact opposite, a short top tube...

    No it does the exact opposite, a short top tube rotates you forward and the bars need to be higher to move the center of gravity back.

    23 inches sounds a lot more in the ball park. You can...
  37. That top tube sounds way too short for someone...

    That top tube sounds way too short for someone your size. Generally you measure center to center on the tubes.

    If you're committed to this bike ( and it sounds like you are ), look for a...
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    FWIW, my feet/hands eventually recovered from my...

    FWIW, my feet/hands eventually recovered from my poor choices in boots/gloves during my brief ice climbing phase. It took decades though.

    I'd give Vapor Barrier socks a try. Ping Big Steve.
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    Really old side pulls require that you get the...

    Really old side pulls require that you get the caliper centered before adjusting the cable. Often you need a 11mm cone wrench to do this effectively,...
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    Phftt... Biggest lie in the bike world. It takes...

    Phftt... Biggest lie in the bike world. It takes some practice, but even with basic tools you can build a wheel that will stay true and strong for years.

    It's not cost effective since you can buy...
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    I've always had good luck with them. The good...

    I've always had good luck with them. The good bootfitter from Marmot(Paul) now works there as well, so the odds of getting
    somebody really good have gone up.
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    My solution: This ...

    My solution:

    This

    http://www.meijer.com/assets/product_images/styles/xlarge/1000856_2000004960_A_400.jpg

    and this
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  43. But you can adjust everything with a 4 or 5mm...

    But you can adjust everything with a 4 or 5mm allen wrench, no special headset wrenches required. And if you're not totally stupid[1] when you cut the steerer, you generally have some range of...
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    That's great

    That's great
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    I've found that a hood is essential for a soft...

    I've found that a hood is essential for a soft shell. It greatly extends the weather in which you can use it.

    In anything short of a rain storm for day skiing, I use a soft shell.

    Before I...
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    Sounds familiar, most Sierra days I'm skinning in...

    Sounds familiar, most Sierra days I'm skinning in just a t-shirt and I'm still steaming.

    The only way I could wear less would be to go naked. For me the Dri-clime shirt is mostly for descending...
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    You might poke around the WestComb site and see...

    You might poke around the WestComb site and see if there's anything interesting. They all have hoods though, but otherwise most of their stuff is really well thought out and of high quality. It ain't...
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    Generally, my "base layer" is a synth or wool...

    Generally, my "base layer" is a synth or wool T-shirt. I run very hot and pretty much the only garment I've never felt clammy in is this.

    http://www.reliableracing.com/images/lg/01102.jpg
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    DriClime has insulation and will wick moisture...

    DriClime has insulation and will wick moisture out. Ripstop just gets clammy.

    Windbreakers are great, but I think of them more as spring/summer/fall day trip use.

    But you're kind of comparing...
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    Me too, but the OP is kinda asking for something...

    Me too, but the OP is kinda asking for something both

    a) impossible

    b) different from a "real" soft shell garment.

    If it's windproof, it won't be anywhere near as breathable as most "soft...
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