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    How tall are you? What's your X-Seam? I would...

    How tall are you? What's your X-Seam? I would only go with a Giro 20 if you were short and couldn't put your feet down with the 26/650c bikes. You will also notice a huge difference in seating...
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    I use the Brain Box and I find that it lets me...

    I use the Brain Box and I find that it lets me pack way more crap than I should be carrying. :) With Bacchetta the dual 26/650c bikes are going to be more aerodynamic. The Giro 20 was aimed more...
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    If you have a roof rack, get some wheel forks and...

    If you have a roof rack, get some wheel forks and store them on top. Also, keep them from spinning when they're up there. Definately if you have a support vehicle, bring spare parts. :)
  4. Thread: San Diego BMX

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    There's a track at Cactus Park in Lakeside. ...

    There's a track at Cactus Park in Lakeside. There's also a skatepark in Santee.
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    The problem with the 508 is that it's become too...

    The problem with the 508 is that it's become too popular. It's a race, and there were people sleeping before Townes Pass last year, treating it like a Brevet or something. They have to limit the...
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    Distance touring, or distance go fast/racing? Go...

    Distance touring, or distance go fast/racing? Go fast/racing I don't think you can touch a performance Bacchetta like an Aero, or Corsa. Last couple centuries I've done, my legs were the _only_...
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    No, it doesn't make you more of a man. It can...

    No, it doesn't make you more of a man. It can save your life. There have been two recent cases down here where it was used in self defense, and both were acquitted. I don't own a ***, but I also...
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    He'd be great on the climbs though. :)

    He'd be great on the climbs though. :)
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    It's not killing someone over an ipod, it's...

    It's not killing someone over an ipod, it's defending your life. Agreed, killing over an ipod is dumb, but staying alive when you're being attacked isn't. He could've been killed, law enforcement...
  10. Thread: Upgrade or New

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    Sell some, raise your budget, and get a Bacchetta...

    Sell some, raise your budget, and get a Bacchetta Corsa, or a dual 26" Giro with the Euromesh seat. IMHO the best bang for the buck recumbents out there. 25lbs or less depending on model. You can...
  11. Thread: Group Etiquette

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    This is where a mirror comes in handy. :) ...

    This is where a mirror comes in handy. :) Wobble a little bit before they get to you a few times, they'll give you more room. :) Otherwise, show them an elbow.
  12. I built up a $139 leader frame for my daughter,...

    I built up a $139 leader frame for my daughter, nice frame, went with their fork and a bunch of swap meet parts. She's running a mix of 105/ultegra 53cm and it weighs in at 18lbs.
  13. Thread: LHT toe overlap.

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    Is this the right size frame for you? I'm asking...

    Is this the right size frame for you? I'm asking because usually everthing is proportional, and if you're feet are big enough for toe overlap to be an issue, then you might be too tall for the frame...
  14. Look for something used on craigslist, sdreader,...

    Look for something used on craigslist, sdreader, etc... If you're going to ride it at school, it needs to be beyond fugly so that you still have it after the 1st day. :) You'll get much more...
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    Here's my buddies neighborhood off of Via Rancho...

    Here's my buddies neighborhood off of Via Rancho Parkway and Via Loma Vista. Some really nice places up there. One of his neighbors was the first to build there in 1972 and had 21 classic cars pre...
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    Or she's like mine and knows that the bicycles...

    Or she's like mine and knows that the bicycles exceed the value of everything else in the whole house. :)
    Pictures, papers, bikes. RV was hooked up with the jeep in tow, and minivan was loaded...
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    We're keeping an eye out. Have all the bikes...

    We're keeping an eye out. Have all the bikes loaded. :) I'm up against the south side of the hills which are south of Sycamore Canyon. They've evacuated Wildcat canyon down to Willow which is...
  18. Poll: Flew last year on Southwest, bike was free. ...

    Flew last year on Southwest, bike was free. They allow 3 checked bags. 1 box was seat/bars/wheels, and a skibag held the frame. :) No extra charge. Check the carrier, but more and more...
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    Ever consider Campy?? Shimano Brifters can't be...

    Ever consider Campy?? Shimano Brifters can't be rebuilt if they die. (I killed the set of DA's on my Paramount). You can still run shimano cassettes, but get better shifting of Campy. Since you...
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    Notice the smileys on my post..... Ever try...

    Notice the smileys on my post..... Ever try keeping with a bent downhill? :)
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    Climbing is about power to weight. You'll want...

    Climbing is about power to weight. You'll want something light. I'd look at the Bacchetta Corsa or Aero's.
    They climb exceptionally well. MW had the 4th fastest time on the Townes Pass leg of...
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    Man, you're looking at the wrong bikes if you...

    Man, you're looking at the wrong bikes if you want to coast down a hill fast. :) It's fun passing Tandems on descents, but you won't do it on a DF. :)
  23. Thread: Competitive Edge

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    If you're just a rec rider with the occasional...

    If you're just a rec rider with the occasional time trial, and brevet, try BentUp Cycles in Encino on Balboa. You shouldn't have any pain (other than your legs) when you're riding a bike.
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    What size you ride? I've got a really nice 59cm...

    What size you ride? I've got a really nice 59cm 9spd DA Paramount that's collecting dust. :)
  25. Thread: 508 updates???

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    Jim who was on the bike told me before his pull...

    Jim who was on the bike told me before his pull to skip that running crap. :) So I was emphasizing the stand still and hold the bottle by the nipple technique. Have to keep the riders spirits up....
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