Join Date: Sep 2002
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It could be his problem when the bike shop isn't there anyomore and he needs something fixed.... Talk to them and say you found a lower price on it and wanted to see how well they could do. Or even better, and alot of shops repsect this. Tell them you found it online and you'd like to support the LBS, and ask them if they could do any better on a price. If not then get it online, if so then both of you walk away happy. And I'm sure since you let them know you wanted to support them they'll help you out later on if you need things. Just my though on the online thing.
And as it was stated earlier by BikerRyan the medium cage is designed more for someone running only two rings up front, a short cage is designed, for single ring upfront and/or roadbikes(look at their der. they are short cage for the most part). Long cage is the easiest way to go for mountain biking, dont have to worry about gear sizes and all that. A medium cage will give you a little more tension on the chain so you don't get as much chain slap, but it's hardly noticable(spelling?) ha ha. That's about it, hope it helps!