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    Again, thanks to all. I was suitably alarmed and...

    Again, thanks to all. I was suitably alarmed and swapped out the 16T for an 18T. That was a very good idea. There are some serious hills around the border between New Hampshire and Vermont, it turns...
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    I think these maps are from the same site. But...

    I think these maps are from the same site. But I'm now alarmed. Maybe I'll pick up an 18T. It's a century; I don't really see myself spinning out madly on the flats, but at the same time, 48x18 is...
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    Palu, thanks. I'm pretty stoic, and I've been...

    Palu, thanks. I'm pretty stoic, and I've been commuting fixed for about 9 years now. I'm fatter these days, but even more stubborn. And Leukybear, I thought of that, but the other cog is a 16, and...
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    Prouty Century Fixed

    Is anybody familiar with the Prouty century in New Hampshire? I've got friends up there who invited me along. They're fit people, but bike novices, I'm pretty sure, and I'm confident I could hang...
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    Prouty Century Fixed

    Is anybody familiar with the Prouty century in New Hampshire? I've got friends up there who are doing the ride, and I was invited along. They're kind of novices, so I have no doubt I can hang with...
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    229152 Good grief. Someone did...

    229152
    Good grief. Someone did.
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    Wow, that's very interesting imi. Thanks for that...

    Wow, that's very interesting imi. Thanks for that insight.
    And it's a fixed gear, so I'm not worried about shifter cables. But I have noticed that the front brake squeals INSANELY. It's like having...
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    Outdoor Storage in Winter OK?

    So I have moved recently. I no longer have access to a basement, but I have a large and secure deck to store my bikes. However! Yesterday I pulled the bike out to ride in to work, and the frame...
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    Can't ... Unclip..! *clatter, clatter*

    It's always safe to assume user error in the no-speed clipless fall. But I've been riding clipless for years now, and I think what I'm dealing with is equipment failure. I'm just not sure where the...
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    This has been proved somewhere (I can't find it),...

    This has been proved somewhere (I can't find it), but from experience I know it to be true:
    A fixed-gear drivetrain has a distinct advantage on hills. Your cranks are coming around behind you,...
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    Try these...

    Try these: Very good for the money. I owned a pair.
    However. If I had to do it again? I'd get a decent set of 700c (and a long-reach front brake); that's the kind of wheel your next frame will take,...
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    Wondering if you have any insight in the...

    Wondering if you have any insight in the differences among the various Mavic rims — Open Pro vs. cxp22 vs. Open Sport.

    I'm willing to spend $150 -$175 for a good rear wheel that will last a few...
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    Thanks very much for the invite. I'm heading out...

    Thanks very much for the invite. I'm heading out a little later, picking up a friend in Manhattan. Maybe we'll cross paths on your way back. I'll be the guy with the 1988 blue steel Atala; my buddy...
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    Hey. I haven't been on these boards for a while,...

    Hey. I haven't been on these boards for a while, but my riding buddy suddenly fell through, and this is a rare weekend when my three kids and my wife are away. Thinking of heading up to Nyack from...
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    I don't know, that saddle looks perfectly good to...

    I don't know, that saddle looks perfectly good to me. Ride it a little and it will look good. Use natural (as in "no color") shoe polish.
    But if you're hoping to make money on eBay, well, they're...
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    I did say, in the PS. They're Ofmega Super...

    I did say, in the PS.
    They're Ofmega Super Competitzione cranks.
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    I have to worry about the thickness of the bottom...

    I have to worry about the thickness of the bottom bracket cups? I didn't buy a Ferrari! It's a bike!

    As for the spindle problem, there doesn't seem to be one. The bb in there now seems to work...
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    Italian Bottom Bracket? (1988 Atala)

    Short story: Will any 70 mm Italian-threaded bottom bracket fit a 1988 Atala? I have two chainrings, and the bb that was in there (a kind of budget Shimano) seemed to keep the chainrings too close to...
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    27" Wheels in a Modern Frame?

    My 80s Fuji frame finally cracked. I had converted it to a fixed gear using 27" wheels. So I'm looking for a replacement frame that will accommodate these slightly larger wheels.
    While I'd love to...
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    Mind if I dredge this thread up again? Chainlove...

    Mind if I dredge this thread up again? Chainlove has been offering the Vega pretty frequently, if you look. And I picked one up for around $80, if I remember. And then last night — kaboom. Launched...
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    For what it's worth, this post is more than two...

    For what it's worth, this post is more than two years old, and I've since abandoned the mustache bars. What people say about drop bars, it turns out, is true: they are completely versatile and offer...
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    All excellent advice. In the interest of easing...

    All excellent advice. In the interest of easing back in, I ran this morning with my 6-year-old. (I know, but he's not your ordinary 6-year-old; we did about 3/4 of a mile.) I was immediately reminded...
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    A five-mile run three days a week was my workout...

    A five-mile run three days a week was my workout before I started commuting three years ago. It's a very good workout, keeps you lean and gives you tons of energy. And it's also a very different sort...
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    Well, I could see why you'd say that, but I...

    Well, I could see why you'd say that, but I actually haul äss all the way to work and back. It's my workout first and foremost. But 40 minutes on a bike does not equal 40 minutes of running — not...
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    Possible to Run AND Commute?

    Heresy, I know, but even riding an hour and a half a day to work and back isn't the same kind of exercise that running is.
    But is it possible to run 5 miles three times a week and still commute...
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