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Old 08-14-2012, 05:33 PM   #24811
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What brand and size works better on a charging dog?.
I have "Muzzle" brand. But, I think most all of them spray a stream. I've stopped a German Shepherd and 2 out of 3 Great Pyrenees (the 3rd got the message, when it saw the other 2 get sprayed). These dogs all stay well away from me, now.
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:38 PM   #24812
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ebay vendor charged me $65 to ship a bike fedex ground from coast to coast, so I imagine its somewhat cheaper than that.
Nope. Businesses get reduced rates, depending on how much they ship through FedEx.

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In my experience, avoid UPS for the shipping of a complete bike.
Yep. UPS, using a standard bicycle box, will be over $100. I shipped a CF TT bike from IL to MN and it was just under $100, even after reducing the box size. UPS is expensive!
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:37 PM   #24813
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Grayhound has been suggested on other bicycle forums as an inexpensive shipper. You might simply ask a bike shop - most appear to get volumn discounts. If you have a buddy who has a fed ex account from his job, you might be able to use his account number and reimburse him.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:00 AM   #24814
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Read the 'drivetrain efficiency' section

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Old 08-15-2012, 06:20 AM   #24815
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Read the 'drivetrain efficiency' section

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I knew about the sprocket sizes. That's one of the reasons many of the pro tour teams run larger-than-normal idler pulleys. However, I figured cross-chaining would've had more impact.

I read an article, a while back, where one of Cancellara's mechanics said he actually bends normal chainrings. I can't imagine having that much power.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:23 AM   #24816
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:22 AM   #24817
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how is their sizing? I have a several year old pair of Keen Newport sandals, size 12 fit me perfectly, just nice and loose without being sloppy. when I recently got a pair of Keen brand casual shoes ('Bidwell Lace' in black), I had to go up to size 13, the 12's were really tight, which surprised me.
not directed at me but

I have a pair of their coronado sandals in size 9 that fit snugly. When I got the spd sandals I went up 1/2 size so I could wear goretex socks when commuting in the winter. I can wear the spd sandals comfortably with or without socks as they are very adjustable. So as far as I can tell the two different sandals run the same in size.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:54 AM   #24818
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Shop around. Shipping large items is getting pretty expensive.

In my experience, avoid UPS for the shipping of a complete bike.

Try to ship it to a business if you can. It makes it cheaper.
I'll look into this....I know locally owned shops on both ends so maybe it can work out.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:30 AM   #24819
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I'll look into this....I know locally owned shops on both ends so maybe it can work out.

no need to guess.

go to www.ups.com and click on 'calculate time and cost'. ;-)
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:38 AM   #24820
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I'll look into this....I know locally owned shops on both ends so maybe it can work out.
I had many good experiences with Ace/Belmont Wheelworks when I lived in the Boston area. If I wanted to ship a bike cross-country, I'd go ask them, first.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:52 AM   #24821
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I had many good experiences with Ace/Belmont Wheelworks when I lived in the Boston area. If I wanted to ship a bike cross-country, I'd go ask them, first.
They were on the local news last week (IIRC). Some guy walked and brazenly walked out with a Mtn bike. Even more brazenly, he then walked BACK in to the store 2 hours later (he'd changed) to buy a lock

Not sure they apprehended him - the found all this out later when they looked at the 'tape'
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:26 AM   #24822
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how is their sizing? I have a several year old pair of Keen Newport sandals, size 12 fit me perfectly, just nice and loose without being sloppy. when I recently got a pair of Keen brand casual shoes ('Bidwell Lace' in black), I had to go up to size 13, the 12's were really tight, which surprised me.
I wear a size 9 (women's) and that's what I bought. They fit me a little loosely without socks, and there's enough room for thin socks.
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:40 PM   #24823
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Not quite long cat...

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Old 08-15-2012, 03:37 PM   #24824
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Read the 'drivetrain efficiency' section

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Good stuff. I always try to have my bike in the largest chainring I can, I always thought it felt faster. Now I know.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:41 PM   #24825
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Well sonofabitch. I got in a heck of a good bike ride today. But, I noticed that at a couple of spots, there were piles of road construction signs along my route. Seeing how last year they chip sealed one of my favorite east-west roads and made it all but unusable for the remainder of the year, I feared they were doing some more. Well, after dinner, I decided to take a ride on the motorcycle to see what they had done. Sure enough, they chip sealed three of the roads on my typical route. I guess I need to start thinking of alternative routes for awhile.
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