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    As far as aluminum bars and stems. Aluminum...

    As far as aluminum bars and stems. Aluminum alloy has been used on those components for a long time. I think for some period of time when they came out, there were nay-sayers that avoided aluminum,...
  2. Some terms and their meanings in bicycle ads: ...

    Some terms and their meanings in bicycle ads:

    antique = Really ratty

    rare = There are only 2 on my block and/or everyone else has thrown theirs away

    vintage = I haven’t seen it in the stores...
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    I shift the front to get into the right gear...

    I shift the front to get into the right gear range. Climbs on the small ring, cruising in the middle, and downhill or sprinting in the big ring. Since most of my riding is on rail trails, I rarely...
  4. The question I have is more on the gearing. How...

    The question I have is more on the gearing. How does he get 28 speeds? 2x14 (I haven't heard of a 14 speed cassette) or 4x7 (I haven't heard of a quad crank)? Or I guess it could be a 2x7 with a 2...
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    Unless your girlfriend is complaining about...

    Unless your girlfriend is complaining about picking the bike up to put it on her trunk rack, the money would be better spent for a nice lunch, or a rose, or almost anything else.

    The extra weight...
  6. I agree with those that say you should be fine. ...

    I agree with those that say you should be fine. In the Clydesdale forum I have read of some hwo ride fewer than 32 spokes.

    But just to echo what others have said, it depends on how you ride. I...
  7. I agree the Raleigh looks like a better deal. ...

    I agree the Raleigh looks like a better deal.

    However, as food for thought, I would personally look at similarly equipped bikes with rim brakes... which would save money, and shed unnecessary...
  8. In my area (NE PA), some of the rail trails that...

    In my area (NE PA), some of the rail trails that travel through game lands where hunting is allowed have periodic signs urging people to wear orange during hunting season, like the hunters do. ...
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    It was probably an attempt to shorten the...

    It was probably an attempt to shorten the wheelbase of the bike.
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    In New England, many trails seem to be paved. ...

    In New England, many trails seem to be paved. Here in the mid-Atlantic, they seem to be mostly gravel or crushed stone.

    In PA, I like the Black Diamond trail, and the Lehigh Gorge trail (the two...
  11. Each manufacturer will have similar bikes, and...

    Each manufacturer will have similar bikes, and they may make slightly different component mixes to get to the price points they offer, so ride a few and see which bike (and shop) you like best.
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  12. You may want to ask in Classic & Vintage. Some...

    You may want to ask in Classic & Vintage. Some people there ride tubular wheels.
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    I concur. Other than cleaning and lubing a...

    I concur. Other than cleaning and lubing a couple of times a year, my derailleur equipped bike does just fine without any attention. I have to admit that I don't ride in inclement weather (other...
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    Since you don't mention changing cassettes, why...

    Since you don't mention changing cassettes, why has someone told you that you need to change to a mountain RD and shifter? The only time that should be necessary is if you also buy a cassette with...
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    The times when I have injured my hands during a...

    The times when I have injured my hands during a bicycle fall I usually skinned up the palms of my hands...

    I have always assumed that the gloves with protection across the knuckles were for...
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    It is really hard to quantify how much...

    It is really hard to quantify how much improvement you can expect. You can tell quickly if you like the feel of a particular tire, but speed and endurance are harder to be precise.

    For my riding,...
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    I would agree with the above comments. Pressure...

    I would agree with the above comments. Pressure is only part of the equation. Nice tires make a difference. While I enjoy my 700c Kendas, they are higher end (120 tpi casings). They roll better...
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    Too bad about the rim... I doubt that you...

    Too bad about the rim...

    I doubt that you could bend the flimsiest of rims with a plastic tire tool, and the risk would be even lower with the Deep V.
  19. I have a nice Jandd front rack that I would like...

    I have a nice Jandd front rack that I would like to mount on my Trek hybrid, but my car's rack holds the front tire of the bike. It states it isn't compatible with bikes with fenders, and I suspect...
  20. Shifting could have probably been accomplished...

    Shifting could have probably been accomplished with something besides cables. In fact, at least some early front derailleurs were shifted by lever that the rider reached down by the seat tube and...
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    I thought I would never see a helmet I truly...

    I thought I would never see a helmet I truly liked... until now!
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    I have ridden 700x35 at weights up to 340... I...

    I have ridden 700x35 at weights up to 340...

    I have ridden 27 x 1 1/4 (32mm) at similar weights. I wouldn't hesitate to ride 700c in 32s or 28s at my current 310 pounds, but they don't fit my...
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    I have had good fortune with Ebay purchases, but...

    I have had good fortune with Ebay purchases, but this reminded me of an incident I had when I bought from a different source.

    I have everything shipped to my PO Box if possible, and entered my PO...
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    There could be a minor difference between the 52...

    There could be a minor difference between the 52 and 54...

    The 54 is likely to have a slightly longer head tube than the 52, so you will sit a little more upright assuming the same saddle position...
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    I would guess that all helmets are similar in...

    I would guess that all helmets are similar in protection, meeting safety specs. The extra money results in better air flow, lightness and possibly better fitting mechanisms. Each helmet (regardless...
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