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I made the mistake years ago, when faced with the same dilemma, of going to the larger frame when I really should have gone down to the smaller size.I did just the opposite when I bought my Litespeed in 1996. The frame came in 55 and 57 cm sizes and, since my previous bike was a 56, I went with the 55. The problem was that my legs are long for my overall height (5' 9") and that required a lot of seatpost extension to get my saddle positioned correctly. So, to get the bars positioned comfortable (~3.5 cm below the saddle) required a long quill stem at first and, later, a lot of spacers when I converted it to a threadless fork and stem. I rode that bike for over 70,000 miles and still have it but always felt it was a bit too small.
That said, I once had a very rare accident in which I would have been better off without a helmet. It was at a spot on a sidewalk/trail where a telephone pole guy wire infringed on the right side. I was used to dodging it but once got distracted dodging glass on the sidewalk. The guy wire snagged my right shoulder and helmet, jerking me backwards and slamming me to the ground. I remember briefly looking up at my bicycle. It shattered the helmet and cut my shoulder. Very embarrassing.Was the helmet at fault or would the wire have snagged your shoulder anyway and caused the accident? Maybe the helmet saved you from being more seriously hurt.
I grew up riding when no one rode with a helmet.....Well, I grew up when no one wore (or even had) seatbelts in a car, steering columns were effective spears, all interior surfaces were hard metal and airbags were the stuff of science fiction. These days we know better.
The glueless patches (Park brand) are not permanent. They work for a week or two and then leak air. So do not count on glueless patches fixing a hole in your tube permanently. They are temporary patches.The first generation Park GP-1 patches certainly were temporary, sometimes lasting only a few miles. I had terrible luck with them and gave up on the idea. The new generation GP-2 parches have gotten mixed but far more favorable reviews. Applied properly many users say they outlast the tube. YMMV.
2 people really need two doors and two vestibules, especially if one door/zipper goes bad and you have to sew it up.Even without considering possible structural failures, two people in a two or three-person tent need separate entrances. Otherwise the person farther from the single door has to crawl over their tent-mate every time they want to go outside or get something from their bike or packs. That will get old fast.
You can divvy up the tent parts between the two of you to equalize the weight, so it's not one person carrying the tent.Or the rider who carries the tent takes less of the other items.
So, in hot weather going up steep hills I remove my helmet and climb 3-8 mph depending on the incline. I always put the helmet back on at the top before the ride back down.That brings up an interesting point. As I posted above, my crash was at a walking speed so going slow isn't protection. Basically you can get a head injury falling from the height your head is above the ground even at zero speed.