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  1. The real distinction is that road tubeless uses a...

    The real distinction is that road tubeless uses a carbon bead to deal with high pressures. Pretty much any tire that will be used at less than about 40psi does not need carbon beads. 33mm cyclocross...
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    First off, don't spend any money on your current...

    First off, don't spend any money on your current bike. Its one of the worst designs ever and apparently doesn't fit you.

    One thing to consider is that department store bikes hold no value. If you...
  3. I just started using the Kenna slant six sct...

    I just started using the Kenna slant six sct tires. They seem pretty excellent so far. Kenda makes tubeless versions of most of their cross tires. The Stans team taxes on Kendas I'm pretty sure.
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    Sounds like a reasonable plan. If I were you I...

    Sounds like a reasonable plan. If I were you I might consider slightly wider tires with largely smooth tread--maybe 1.5-1.75. The bigger tires will weigh a little more, but won't roll slower and will...
  5. The Trek Crockett is basically designed in large...

    The Trek Crockett is basically designed in large part to reduce toe overlap because Katie Compton has problems with it.Pro bike: Katie Compton's Trek Crockett Disc | Cycling News
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    I don't know what the a3500 is about. My guess is...

    I don't know what the a3500 is about. My guess is that the chinese characters are a previous idea of cool and are stickered chainstay protectors. To the best of my ability your bike is from 2001....
  7. If you could find/install an 11 speed freehub for...

    If you could find/install an 11 speed freehub for you rs10s you would also have respace the axle and redish the wheel. Its probably not worth it. Id recommend getting inexpensive 11 speed alloy...
  8. Thread: Help on hubs

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    First, you are using your qr wrong. It should...

    First, you are using your qr wrong. It should require moderate force at the lever to close. On many its good to set them so they begin to hold the wheel when perpendicular to the dropout.

    But...
  9. Thread: Bridgestone MB

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    Sounds like a good deal to me. Actually, the...

    Sounds like a good deal to me. Actually, the suntour stuff on that bike is pretty good. It's incompatible with Shimano and I think sells well as the supply of 7 speed accushift parts is low,...
  10. A coil fork is only a little lower maintenance...

    A coil fork is only a little lower maintenance than an air fork. Air forks have a few more seals than coil forks, but they both require the same kind of service to the damper. Essentially all...
  11. Thread: New Bike Issues

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    You're welcome! Nothing wrong with upgrading...

    You're welcome! Nothing wrong with upgrading either. Again, Shimano's matching crank/brakes are really nice parts, and it will certainly bring the bike together aesthetically. I am amazed at how good...
  12. Thread: New Bike Issues

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    Nice looking bike. All the components are,...

    Nice looking bike.

    All the components are, frankly, designed to go together. What kind of drivetrains do you think FSA and Tektro are expecting their components to be installed on? This kind of...
  13. I like the threaded look sometimes, too, but I...

    I like the threaded look sometimes, too, but I can't say I'd go about kludging one onto a frame with a 1 1/4 headtube.

    That said, the least horrible solution (the Soma Quill-inator looks so much...
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    You can use 11 speed Shimano cassettes on a...

    You can use 11 speed Shimano cassettes on a compatible hub with your campy drivetrain. An inexpensive option might be a Mavic wheel like a Ksyrium--if you remove the special mavic spacer, you can run...
  15. Thread: Shifting issues

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    Another thing that could make for inconsistent...

    Another thing that could make for inconsistent shifting would be a bent derailleur hanger. Basically, the derailleur should run parallel to the cassette. If it's bent, it won't index correctly with...
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    The cable housing is a little long. If it bothers...

    The cable housing is a little long. If it bothers you at all I'd ask the shop to trim things down--probably while swapping out your stem. It's really a very easy job for them, and at most will...
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    For what it's worth on my '11 SuperSix the stock...

    For what it's worth on my '11 SuperSix the stock Tektro brakes worked kind of poorly, even with Koolstop pads, competent (pretty sure!) setup, cleaned rims, etc. Upgrading to 5700 in the front (which...
  18. Thread: Faster shifting?

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    The adjustments that MAY help some would be...

    The adjustments that MAY help some would be shortening the chain to it's smallest (so that it just long enough for for the big/big combo). Look up articles on how to size a chain. The other is making...
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    I've been rolling with a Genuine Innovations...

    I've been rolling with a Genuine Innovations Airchuck and a Topeak Race Rocket AL lately. The Race Rocket is stupid small/light, a great pump as a CO2 backup, and it WILL get you home (and even to...
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    Basically, you're going to need to post your bike...

    Basically, you're going to need to post your bike to get better advice.

    The easiest, and probably best way, is to sell the fixed gear bike and buy a bike with derailleurs. FG/SS bikes are pretty...
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    I would buy the downtube bike. While I also would...

    I would buy the downtube bike. While I also would personally rather have a good DT setup than a low end brifter setup, my judgement is that the Mirage comes in a much nicer color. The black fork is...
  22. Getting fit right is of course important, and...

    Getting fit right is of course important, and getting the right stem size/handlebar/etc setup is worth it pretty much regardless of the value of the bike. Some of my bikes had exactly the right stem...
  23. If you feel the insufferable need to be a weenie...

    If you feel the insufferable need to be a weenie about it, ditch the bag and use your jersey instead. It'll probably drop more weight than losing the tube. Also it's poor form to patch on group...
  24. One thing to be aware of is that the remaining...

    One thing to be aware of is that the remaining spokes may be fatigued from being detensioned. You might consider having the wheel rebuilt with new spokes, at least on the drive side. You could take...
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    http://www.bicyclebluebook.com/SearchListingDetail...

    http://www.bicyclebluebook.com/SearchListingDetail.aspx?id=3045107&make=683&model=61516&year=2013&priceMin=0&priceMax=20000&type=0

    In my opinion, it's not a terrible call, but I've seen better...
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