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    For you guys in the USA who shop at Performance Bicycle, this looks like a good deal this weekend:

    https://www.performancebike.com/shop...shorts-11-3540

    I have two pairs of the Performance Elite shorts that are probably three years old and have held up well. They remain opaque, most importantly.

    They used to be fifty bucks (well, $49.99, like retailers do) per pair until this summer, when I went to buy another pair and found out they had gone up to sixty dollars and had a different color padding inside. Of course, they're always marked "ON SALE!" but sixty bucks was high enough to make me not grab a pair as I headed to checkout with my brake pads or whatever I was buying that day.

    They're actually on sale at a reduced price this weekend for $29.99. Just thought I'd pass that along in case anyone is looking for reasonably-priced shorts that hopefully are still as well made as the older versions I have.

    Disclaimer: these are the only bike shorts I've ever worn, so I don't know how they compare to Brand X.

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    Their stuff is usually pretty good for the price. They're not going to be as comfortable as nicer shorts, but they're definitely good enough, I've done century rides in their bib shorts.

    We just recently got Jump Bikes in Santa Monica, and they've been offering free rides for the past couple of weeks to get people to use them over the electric scooters. I really hope they take off, they're awesome. Took one to go three miles to lunch, only took me about 14 minutes and didn't break a sweat, even though it was uphill most of the way. Plus they're more stable, you can actually take a hand off the bars to signal (which is really tough on the scooters), and they've got a basket and a cupholder - I've already used them twice to go to another lunch spot that makes awesome sandwiches and brought everything back to the office in the basket. Absolutely brilliant way to get around town.

    On the downside, they're way more expensive than the traditional bikeshare here. I've got an annual plan for those, so I get 90 minutes of free riding time a day for $99 a year, which works out to less than 30 cents a day for them. There are no plans for the Jump bikes, so they'll be $1 for the first five minutes, then $0.15 per minute after that. On the other hand, they're dockless so you can ride them to any destination, and the bikes they use out here for the traditional bikeshare are easily the worst bikeshare bikes I've ever ridden - that shaft drive on them feels like pedaling through mud, and the shifters are pretty crap causing the bikes to drop out of gear all. the. time. For the sandwich shop, though, it's cheaper to take a Jump bike than it is to take the bus, so that seems worth it.
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    This is why you need a Lunch Bike in your office.

    WWOPD?

    I've got an annual plan for [traditional bikeshare], so I get 90 minutes of free riding time a day for $99 a year
    Hey, that's not bad. I should look into that.

    We have red Jump Bikes all over the place in downtown Denver. They look sturdy and well-built from casual glances, and have expensive tires, too - Schwalbe Marathon tires on the ones I've paid that much attention to.

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    The Denver B-Cycle plans are even better. $95 a year and you get unlimited rides as long as each ride is under 30 minutes. If you're looking like you'll go over, just dock and then undock, 30 minutes reset. $135 raises that to 60 minutes per ride. Also, the bikes themselves are way better than our "Social Bicycles" bikeshare bikes. Michele and I did 25 miles on the B-Cycles bikes, and while they were nowhere as good as our own bikes, I wouldn't even dream of doing 25 miles on a Social Bikes bike.
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    Here's a site that lets you compare different kinds of handlebars: http://whatbars.com/

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