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    Sorry but you can't get light & fast &

    Sorry but you can't get light & fast & <$1000. at least new.

    With recumbents, there is a WIDE variety in cruising speeds for the same rider effort, due to the fact that some recumbents have you...
  2. What tires were these, and when was this? I am...

    What tires were these, and when was this?
    I am curious because now even the cheap bike tires at Wal-Mart come folded up into little boxes, and they have no such warnings on them.
    The beads of...
  3. Are these the Iodine or Cobalt wheels? If so,...

    Are these the Iodine or Cobalt wheels?
    If so, you might want to stick to using either tubeless-only tires, or to using only steel-bead tires then.

    In the cross-section diagram on the page...
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    Or one could email a photo of the damaged tire to...

    Or one could email a photo of the damaged tire to the manufacturer, and ask their opinion--since they would presumably be the technical authority on the matter.

    If bad tires are getting out the...
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    It's not wise. I would be willing to wager that...

    It's not wise.
    I would be willing to wager that no tire company (of any kind!) would tell you to keep using any tire that has casing threads exposed.

    The entire issue of "skinwall" bicycle tires...
  6. Does not sound as if the tires were incorrect for...

    Does not sound as if the tires were incorrect for the rim width.... And the tube size shouldn't matter, being contained inside the tire.
    Exactly what model of Ultremo was it? some have steel beads...
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    Returning it to the manufacturer is more hassle,...

    Returning it to the manufacturer is more hassle, but it depends on how helpful you want to be to the tire manufacturer.
    They may be willing to send you the prepaid shipping label, and they will be...
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    The tire is ruined and should be returned. ...

    The tire is ruined and should be returned.
    Preferably all the way to the manufacturer, since the overprinting indicates that it got out of the factory that way.

    You might contact the...
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    Warning: opinions ahead.... There is three...

    Warning: opinions ahead....

    There is three main problems with department-store bicycles.
    1) the frames usually don't come in a range of sizes, and usually the only size is for an early-teenager....
  10. There is this: these have been around for years...

    There is this: these have been around for years for dirt bikes (the motorcycles, that is). I've never known them to be particularly popular, at least in the US midwest. Maybe in the desert areas...
  11. Thread: My moonsaddle

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    What I find odd about the Moonsaddle is that...

    What I find odd about the Moonsaddle is that there have been more than one version of crescent-shaped bicycle seats over the years--from different companies--and some pointed forwards, while others...
  12. Having a bike the right frame size is most...

    Having a bike the right frame size is most important, and there's not really any way to make a too-small frame work well for you.
    Good shorts can help, changing saddles can help.
    Time will help...
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    I would have said to get a meter and check your...

    I would have said to get a meter and check your blood pressure every ~30 minutes after the ride, until you feel tired. One of the symptoms of high BP is difficulty in falling asleep.
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    Bearings are made in industry-standard standard...

    Bearings are made in industry-standard standard sizes, you just need an accurate way to measure it to find a replacement that will fit.

    There's vernier calipers online for $10 or so, get one and...
  15. I have bells that have a compass in the center,...

    I have bells that have a compass in the center, making them useful for two things--tho you do gotta stop and tilt the bike over a bit to get the compass level so it will work right.
  16. I haven't had them in any bicycles myself. I...

    I haven't had them in any bicycles myself.

    I can say something from the machine-parts end of it: there is two different kinds of "ceramic bearings", with very different prices.
    Full-ceramic...
  17. I tend to be rather skeptical about news stories...

    I tend to be rather skeptical about news stories saying that any company is "bringing back manufacturing jobs to the USA". The economics don't support it, normally.

    When most manufacturing jobs...
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    This is another oddball claim that doesn't hold...

    This is another oddball claim that doesn't hold up (leather conforming to your butt is good, but gel conforming to your butt is bad).

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    If you like the way leather saddles look then...
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    I know you did not originate that argument, but...

    I know you did not originate that argument, but anyway. Whoever did seems to have a rather fanciful perception of reality.

    Do any bicycle saddle companies expressly state NOT to sit on their...
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    A few things to keep in mind: 1--A hundred years...

    A few things to keep in mind:
    1--A hundred years ago there was a lot of companies making leather saddles 'just like Brooks', and eventually all of the others went out of business. For some reason,...
  21. When I would true wheels back before I had real...

    When I would true wheels back before I had real bike tools, what I would do is turn the bike upside down, take the tire, tube and rim strip off the rim, place the rim back in the frame to use the...
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    FYI: I have heard of Euro-peeples say that the...

    FYI: I have heard of Euro-peeples say that the O-locks can get grit in them from the tires and become difficult to get open/closed. It might depend on your fender coverage and local weather I suppose.
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    Paper will work great, sure! Because nobody...

    Paper will work great, sure! Because nobody riding a bike ever sweats much. :|
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    I use a glasses-mounted mirror too, in warm...

    I use a glasses-mounted mirror too, in warm weather. I think it's more important to riding safety than wearing a helmet.

    I don't use the mirror in the winter tho because I have to wear goggles...
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    I have a LWB with the RANS chopper bars on it....

    I have a LWB with the RANS chopper bars on it. They seemed a bit wide so I clamped on some MTB angled bar ends pointing inwards, on the RANS bars just inside the brake lever hoods.
    The MTB bar-end...
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