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  1. Thread: Hub upgrade

    by tjspiel
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    If you want to replace the hub for performance...

    If you want to replace the hub for performance reasons, I doubt you'd notice much of a difference.

    Unless you were going to the work yourself, it may end up costing more than a whole new wheel.
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    Enjoy what the surroundings have to offer and be...

    Enjoy what the surroundings have to offer and be present for your family. Your bike will be there when you get back.
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    I think there are actually two separate issues...

    I think there are actually two separate issues here. One has to do with the bike, and the other has to do with expectations. You like your Oxford and the style of riding it lends itself to. Your...
  4. Actually 4. I forgot about the reaction arm. ;)

    Actually 4. I forgot about the reaction arm. ;)
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    3 speeds doesn't give you a lot of options for...

    3 speeds doesn't give you a lot of options for hills. That may be more of a problem than weight. Any bike rental outfits in your area? If so you could rent a road bike (or flat bar road bike) and see...
  6. The only thing I don't like about roller brakes...

    The only thing I don't like about roller brakes is that they weigh a ton and the grease makes it feel like you're pedaling through molasses when it's really cold out. They probably don't have the...
  7. "Pads" last longer, no rotors to bend, they don't...

    "Pads" last longer, no rotors to bend, they don't squeal, and the only adjustment is cable tension so unless you've really messed something up, they don't rub.
  8. I don't know. I've been looking for a bike that...

    I don't know. I've been looking for a bike that wouldn't clash with my gold lame' skin suit.
  9. Thread: Tree carnage

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    Came upon this after a storm on my way home one...

    Came upon this after a storm on my way home one day:

    http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff216/tjspiel/bikeforum/38aca34e.jpg



    After an overnight storm left twigs and branches on the trail,...
  10. Big deal. When I was a kid I did the same thing...

    Big deal. When I was a kid I did the same thing to my huffy with a rattle can. Even the tires on mine were gold plated... at least until after the first ride.
  11. Some carbon wheel manufacturers have recommended...

    Some carbon wheel manufacturers have recommended acetone or goo-gone for getting tubular glue off wheels. I would assume that means those things are OK for carbon. Probably OK for paint but no...
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    I wonder if the term "Ghost Bike" has much...

    I wonder if the term "Ghost Bike" has much meaning in the general bike buying population.

    Google might be tailoring my search results a bit but quite a few of the top results I get in a search of...
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    I have my limits and 4 inches of unplowed snow is...

    I have my limits and 4 inches of unplowed snow is usually it. It depends on the type of snow.

    One thing I have found that helps is to try and keep your weight off the front wheel and avoid going...
  14. Thread: New ride

    by tjspiel
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    There are plenty of threads that end up in...

    There are plenty of threads that end up in discussions that have little to do with commuting. As long as people are enjoying the exchange and the forum as a whole stays mostly focused on commuting,...
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    Very Nice !

    Very Nice !
  16. That's how it goes. I've lived my whole life in...

    That's how it goes. I've lived my whole life in Minnesota and never owned a snowblower until a few years ago. That first year I bought it we had almost no snow at all and it sat unused. Even though I...
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    Not Bad... Is that a motor?

    Not Bad...

    Is that a motor?
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    Sick for me typically is feeling nauseated or...

    Sick for me typically is feeling nauseated or just kind of crappy. It usually falls short of actually needing to hurl. I've found that riding the 6 miles home in that condition isn't awful for me and...
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    Like how the matching bar tape and fenders...

    Like how the matching bar tape and fenders contrast with the blue bike.
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    I have to admit I didn't see the bike at first. I...

    I have to admit I didn't see the bike at first. I will give you credit for creatively incorporating a Christmas tree into a bike picture.
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    I have two different sets of studded tires...

    I have two different sets of studded tires resulting from my experimentation with them. I've had more. ;) I kept two because I thought I could use the lighter duty set in the beginning and ends of...
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    Right. That sounds like a good plan. Just to...

    Right. That sounds like a good plan.

    Just to make things more complicated, wet surface grip is influenced by much more than just tread (or lack of it), tire compound can also make a huge...
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    I get what you're saying, but I do think there's...

    I get what you're saying, but I do think there's a difference in both the amounts and the types of ice you will see most often between one region to another. If rutted or uneven ice is common, you'll...
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    Slicks are best on pavement, wet or dry. Tire...

    Slicks are best on pavement, wet or dry. Tire advertising for cars has convinced people they need tread. At least one bike tire manufacturer has gone as far as to admit that on some of their tires...
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    Cost varies a lot between models and sizes but...

    Cost varies a lot between models and sizes but they aren't cheap. The Kenda Klondike's can sometimes be found for $60 or $70 a pair but it's not uncommon for studded tires to cost from $50 to $100+ a...
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