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    If they didn't counter after you suggested $1300,...

    If they didn't counter after you suggested $1300, the answer for your purposes is no. If they did and you were happy with what they offered, the answer is yes.

    In reality, someone's willingness to...
  2. They will, and frankly everyone knows the speed...

    They will, and frankly everyone knows the speed difference isn't that much.

    But there is a big difference between what people believe will be more comfortable before they ride much and what they...
  3. Agreed on all the above points. Fit is very...

    Agreed on all the above points.

    Fit is very personal and it might not be what you expect (7.5cm of drop turned out to be my sweet spot). The best way to find out what you like is to try a bunch of...
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    In that case, you really need MTB gearing. To...

    In that case, you really need MTB gearing. To return to your original question of whether you can fit smaller chainrings on a road bike, you can't. However, you can mount an MTB crankset on any road...
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    What kind of shape are you in, and do you have...

    What kind of shape are you in, and do you have only this one difficult 3km section or do you frequently encounter really steep extended sections? If this is the only doozy, I'd be tempted to go with...
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    Why can't you just pop in a valid SIM? You should...

    Why can't you just pop in a valid SIM? You should be able to use any unlocked phone on a compatible network though you might need to get networking through wifi. And you'll probably get a much better...
  7. Cats have their issues, but some are quite...

    Cats have their issues, but some are quite decent. I call those ones "honorary dogs"
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    90% of your population has amassed near the US...

    90% of your population has amassed near the US border. You don't fool us -- we know you'll invade any day now...
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    Last line on my RoadID is "SAVE THE BIKE!"

    Last line on my RoadID is "SAVE THE BIKE!"
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    This. Cyclists of every age, weight, physical...

    This.

    Cyclists of every age, weight, physical ability, and interest are out there. Most shops are geared towards a specific segment. If you don't happen to be in that segment, you'll get the wrong...
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    Oil looks OK. But loss rates are low enough that...

    Oil looks OK. But loss rates are low enough that I'm not sure I'd see it yet.



    This was my thinking. I know you can't drive a car when the coolant and oil are mixing, but I was trying to wrap...
  12. Both of you combined probably did burn close to...

    Both of you combined probably did burn close to 3800 calories just like Garmin said.

    But had only one of you been riding, I would expect much lower numbers unless riding circumstances were very...
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    When to worry about losing coolant?

    My beloved Subie with 150K miles is starting to show its age. When I was inspecting it recently, I was noticing a bit of oil leakage around the head gasket area. This is extremely slow. Oil loss is...
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    This is what braking on long steep roads...

    This is what braking on long steep roads ultimately boils down to.

    I don't think there is any inherent problem with light weight disc systems. In fact, they might well have advantages over heavier...
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    Instead of the cotton ball, use your finger and...

    Instead of the cotton ball, use your finger and bend the tire backwards (i.e. do it wrong side out) putting plenty of pressure from the outside. My guess is that you'll find a tiny shard of glass or...
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    It's actually worse than this. At the lower...

    It's actually worse than this.

    At the lower speeds, you simply don't have as much need to slow down so there is less braking to begin with. In addition, any given spot on the wheel takes a longer...
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    Agreed. I live in an area where I get to deal...

    Agreed.

    I live in an area where I get to deal with this exact issue -- we have a wide variety of roads of pretty much any grade you like.

    In practice, I find that for shorter hills, the...
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    First of all, you make time going up hills, not...

    First of all, you make time going up hills, not down. Secondly, at 46x11 (presuming a 26/36/46 MTB triple) spins out at 40mph. 52x11 spins out at 44mph.

    Going down, speed becomes more about aero...
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    It's amazing how useful simple stuff like this...

    It's amazing how useful simple stuff like this can be.

    A buddy and I were in a bad wreck a few years ago (car took us out). Even though he was conscious when the EMT's arrived, he was totally...
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    Gearing is completely irrelevant on the way down...

    Gearing is completely irrelevant on the way down by the time grades are even 1/3 that. You need brakes (disc start making loads of sense) and tall gears are simply not an issue.

    30% is stupid...
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    If you can't get pedals mounted, run, don't walk...

    If you can't get pedals mounted, run, don't walk from the shop. Ignoring that there's no reasonable way to test a bike if you don't bring in pedals unless you have shoes that are compatible with...
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    No, but there's no rule that says you can't get...

    No, but there's no rule that says you can't get an MTB crank for your road bike.

    Get a MTB crank with an 11-34 or 11-36 and you'll be able to climb that 30% grade if you don't spin out.
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    This. People who've ridden a lot of different...

    This.

    People who've ridden a lot of different bikes will know what the experience will be like just by looking at it and by what others say about it. But someone who is new isn't going to know...
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    You could probably put out even more wattage on...

    You could probably put out even more wattage on one of these babies

    http://reddeltaproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/rom.jpg

    Supposedly, you can get a workout in only 4 minutes and they...
  25. They don't count as dogs in my book. I call them...

    They don't count as dogs in my book. I call them cats.
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