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I don't ordinarily make political statements on social media, but I'm making an exception because this is important.

Please, please, please, American citizens, #VoteForTheSaneOne.
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Hilary is quite sane.
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Is it any wonder that people fall for credit card skimmers, when legitimate readers are just stuck on?
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That is a REALLY bad design if it's legit 
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A serious crime has been committed:  An idiot who cannot recognize an electronic circuit has been allowed to teach children!

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/northwest-dallas-county/headlines/20150915-irving-ninth-grader-arrested-after-taking-homemade-clock-to-school.ece
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One? I read about the teacher, the principal and at least for policemen...
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Downshifting to climb a slope, as I am wont to do, my hub gear shifted harshly under the moderate load, as it is wont to do. By an unfortunate coincidence of timing, my foot was next to the frame lock when the hub skipped, and I kicked the lever of the frame lock right off. :-( Lesson learned: Only buy a hub gear that shifts well under load (I'm sure Rohloff and NuVinci are nodding right now).
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Also, it turns out the slope is not to blame. Later that day, it got me good popping out of first gear on a level start. Guess I'll start saving my pennies: the Rohloff costs half what the bike originally did. 😁
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My daily ride: Nihola Family, made in Denmark and brought back from Germany.
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+Sparky Rhode Hase also makes a "kid-adapter": a smaller crank-set for the front, which is mounted between the seet and the normal front crankset, so also children can pedal comfortably.
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Real princesses can get real dirty.
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One of these adventurers is not like the others...
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None of them are like the others. They are all different.
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Road quality, measured by the candy method. I rode 4 km on bike lanes, trails, and city streets with a cup full of Peanut M&Ms on the child seat, without spilling a single one. :-) The closest I came to having some bounce out was going over patches in the street: Even railroad tracks were not as bad. The biking/walking trail was the best.
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Moments when you undeservingly feel like a mechanical genius: Fixing a hub-gear shifting problem with your bare fingers.

The bike just could not settle on a gear: At any setting, it was popping all over the place. When I pulled over to take a look, the shifty-thingy pictured was angled up (more than usual). "Elementary, dear Watson. The hub shifts according to the length of its control cable. If the angle increases, but both ends remain fixed, then the length of the arc connecting them must also increase, which is the cause of the erratic shifting. What makes a cable grow?"

The obvious answer is, of course, heat. But that wasn't the reason today. The steel wires in the cable sheath had somehow caught on the edge of the collar it's supposed to go into, extending the cable by about 0.5cm. With a bit of tugging and coaxing (pun not intended), the shifter was right as rain.
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I see the single sprocket now like the rear wheel with a 14 speed internal shifter a friend has.    The transition from the seat-stay to what seemed to be a stamped out rear drop-out resembles those on low-end Walmart bikes.

My little town has about one place selling bikes for each 2,000 people, several bespoke bike builders,  two recumbent makers, and the BMC pro racing team.  i see a lot of frames.
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Fellow coffee addicts, this is for you.
There is no science behind a formal, one-size-fits-all requirement of daily water consumption.
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I used this CD to audition portable stereos to buy for my college dorm room. I still have the one I bought.
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Mama mia!!
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Dr. Eidenschink and Dr. Scheuerer have been our kids' doctors for the past 5 years, and we've always received excellent care from them. Highly recommended.
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I bought a Nihola Family trike from Velocompany's old store at Barerstraße 74. This is the review I wrote for that location: Velo Company is the place to go in Munich for several brands of front cargo box utility and child transport cycles. They have a broad selection of bikes and accessories, and the staff really take good care of you.
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Nothing fancy, just a good place for comfort food at comfortable prices.
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The gelato is wonderful, but more importantly, all the allergens are posted on the wall, and every flavor is gluten free. If you tell the server you have an allergy, they wash their hands and serve you from a special ice cream tub using clean implements.
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Rock Creek was the nearest exit when we needed a potty break, and we decided to check the menu while we were there. What a lucky call that was. The place is way less crowded than the better-known midway spot up the road. The service is cheery and attentive, and the food is delicious and arrives piping hot. I'll be on the lookout for the Rock Creek Cafe for my halfway stop between the Twin Cities and Duluth from now on.
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