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Old 01-16-14, 12:27 PM   #1526
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Does matching post and stem really matter? Because I hate it when they don't match, but are we really just feeding odd compulsions?
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Wherever C4L lives, winter must have just hit him hard.
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43x16 is the ratio on my fixed gear. Gets me around pretty good.
I stumbled on a Stronglight single speed crankset, but the smallest ring available is 49T. I am wondering if 49x16 will be much worse than the current 47x16, and if my entry to "normal" bmi will offset any climbing disadvantage.

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Okay. Off to NYC for a long weekend. Have fun, folks.
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Does matching post and stem really matter? Because I hate it when they don't match, but are we really just feeding odd compulsions?
Absolutely, but that's OK.
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If I use a Ritchey fork, do I have to use Ritchey stem, seatpost, and bars? Or can I use another brand, like Easton or Cinelli?
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I stumbled on a Stronglight single speed crankset, but the smallest ring available is 49T. I am wondering if 49x16 will be much worse than the current 47x16, and if my entry to "normal" bmi will offset any climbing disadvantage.

Typing this made my left knee throb.
Is it an old Stronglight crank for a square taper BB? They have a slightly different thread for the dustcap/extracter than standard. You need the special Stronglight crank extracter as well.
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Does matching post and stem really matter? Because I hate it when they don't match, but are we really just feeding odd compulsions?
...what gets to me is people who use mismatched quick release skewer springs. That's just wrong on so many levels.
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So, checking in for our flight, we couldn't get contiguous seats. Our toddler is going in a middle seat, though, and we're not going to temper his enthusiasm. We may get those contiguous seats, yet.
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I guess I'll stay away from the Enve fork then. The rest of the bits would blow the budget.
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Is it an old Stronglight crank for a square taper BB? They have a slightly different thread for the dustcap/extracter than standard. You need the special Stronglight crank extracter as well.
I am assuming it is new, so more of a Sugino clone than a French heirloom. But I was happy with my Stronglight 50/36 Sugino clone crank (back in the geared days), so I wouldn't be opposed to new regardless. I am muilling as it is truly a frivolous buy.
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My box of pedals arrived, and looking at the stack of pedals does make it feel excessive. I kind of feel like a Doomsday prepper for the Pedapocalypse. If the overwhelming majority of my unclipping is done with my left foot, and I like the 15° clips action much better than the 20°, would it be wrong to use 15°'s on the left and 20's on the right? It would give me twice as many sets.
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...what gets to me is people who use mismatched quick release skewer springs. That's just wrong on so many levels.
Ti on one side leaves the bike extremely weight biased to the heavier steel side. We just have to be aware, you know.
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In other news, I am starting to suspect that smoking may have negatively impacted my long function. It is just a theory that the two may be linked, as I don't have a peer reviewed medical publication to prove it.
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Only exception is if you have a Thomson post. Otherwise, yes.
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My box of pedals arrived, and looking at the stack of pedals does make it feel excessive. I kind of feel like a Doomsday prepper for the Pedapocalypse. If the overwhelming majority of my unclipping is done with my left foot, and I like the 15° clips action much better than the 20°, would it be wrong to use 15°'s on the left and 20's on the right? It would give me twice as many sets.
that would not be prudent
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So, checking in for our flight, we couldn't get contiguous seats. Our toddler is going in a middle seat, though, and we're not going to temper his enthusiasm. We may get those contiguous seats, yet.
The kid gets a liter of Mt Dew before the flight?
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