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  1. I'd gear my bike low enough so I could make it up...

    I'd gear my bike low enough so I could make it up route 1 without walking, and then alternate between the two.

    Even if you have trouble at first, you will eventually be strong enough to ride the...
  2. The right gear combination is what ever gear...

    The right gear combination is what ever gear you're going to start off in when riding, no matter the subform. Parking (and photoing) your bike in top gear doesn't make it look any better or faster,...
  3. A trained eye won't tell you everything looking...

    A trained eye won't tell you everything looking at a pic or two.

    I understand some don't want to be bothered listing details/reasons/costs, and I suppose that's ok too. But some of us like to...
  4. I like it. Start a "New and Improved" Commuter...

    I like it. Start a "New and Improved" Commuter Bike Pic thread, with refined guidelines listed based on the OP's thoughts. The first post should have a bike with all the goodies listed, as an example...
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    Hi nm, bm, and Mm, and thank you! Mn: The...

    Hi nm, bm, and Mm, and thank you!

    Mn: The stock Clement X'Plor USH tires get good reviews, but after riding them a bit I've decided they are designed for more serious off roading than I intend to...
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    You don't need anything fancy ($$$) to get...

    You don't need anything fancy ($$$) to get started and do what you want to do. This is why I suggest you look on CL for a Ladies Cruiser with wide 26 inch wheels. These bikes are inexpensive,...
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    Question for everyone. If you're like me, and do...

    Question for everyone. If you're like me, and do all your own maintenance and repairs, do you even bring a bike into the shop for it's free tune up?
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    Upgrades are really going to depend on personal...

    Upgrades are really going to depend on personal preference and how ones bike is set up to begin with. For example, the saddle on a new bike may suit the owner just fine.

    Upgrades being made on my...
  9. It's a drain hole to let any water out. Yes, it...

    It's a drain hole to let any water out. Yes, it is common.
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    I want to look like a commuter that knows what...

    I want to look like a commuter that knows what he's doing, not a homeless person or a kitted racer boy.*

    I think how one rides communicates that better than clothes do. Being assertive and...
  11. Hmmm... Maybe you did that. I've been riding for...

    Hmmm... Maybe you did that. I've been riding for over 45 years and I never did. Instead, I had bikes for many years with plenty of miles that still looked great.
  12. As some have noted, small dents in steel frames...

    As some have noted, small dents in steel frames are not uncommon, and don't usually compromise integrity. Many have said they would just ride it.

    Like another poster above, it would bother me...
  13. Ok, so your fork didn't turn out perfectly like...

    Ok, so your fork didn't turn out perfectly like you had hoped it would. I blame it on the lack of a proper curing oven, certainly nothing to do with your skills.

    On the bright side, look at all...
  14. I wonder if those paintless dent removing guys...

    I wonder if those paintless dent removing guys who work dents out of cars could remove one on a bike frame. I bet they could. I've seen their tools and watched how they work 'em.
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    Hi, fellow commuters!

    The shop swapped out the original 46 tooth chain ring for a more sensible 42. Much nicer, especially since I'll likely be switching out the 32-11 cassette for a close ratio unit with a 26 tooth low...
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    There is variance between different tires of the...

    There is variance between different tires of the same size. Not all 32's will measure the same. I always do the roll out method described by others above, while leaning down on the handle bars to...
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    I put Michelin Country Rock's...

    I put Michelin Country Rock's on two bikes that I built up. No knobs to slow you down on pavement, but enough grip on dirt. Good price too.
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    I feel the same way, but sadly no one likes a...

    I feel the same way, but sadly no one likes a smart ass.
  19. Thread: Fenders

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    I installed a set of "black" SKS Chromo Plastics...

    I installed a set of "black" SKS Chromo Plastics many years ago. If you look at them closely with a bright light they clearly are the silver models (with black stripes down the center) and a dark...
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    Donít listen to the naysayers, Lj. My company does this successfully for our customers all the time. Anything from zero rake to 70 degrees is possible. Some riders are just a little more particular...
  21. What happened to the rims (both?) that they need...

    What happened to the rims (both?) that they need replacing? Maybe they could be repaired.
  22. What size chainrings are on the bike now? Do you...

    What size chainrings are on the bike now? Do you often spin out in top gear? Seems unlikely to me.

    If you do go with bigger chain rings, you'll also need a longer chain. There's no reason you'd...
  23. I'd not do it, front or rear. Your rim brakes...

    I'd not do it, front or rear. Your rim brakes will work just fine, enjoy your new bike!
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    They appear pretty similar to me. The trek has...

    They appear pretty similar to me. The trek has slightly taller gearing, (which I'd prefer but you may not) but either bike should have more than enough gear range to cover you.

    Unless you're...
  25. Riding clipless pedals is the biggest safety...

    Riding clipless pedals is the biggest safety hazard cyclists bring on themselves? :lol: Not a chance.
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