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    Thanks guys. In fact I hope the ride is not...

    Thanks guys. In fact I hope the ride is not totally free! I just want to get back to how it was before... mild exertion but largely sweat-free.
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    Well, I ended up just buying the pre-fab Public...

    Well, I ended up just buying the pre-fab Public Bionx bike that is based on their D8i frame with a 7-speed derailleur system. It was (seemingly) on sale at $1700.
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    How is a complete overhaul going to make it go...

    How is a complete overhaul going to make it go from being worse than my Windsor on a hill to better? Since granny gear on it is 39T by 28T it makes me question a road bike setup entirely... I think...
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    How about this bike compared to the Dawes? Better...

    How about this bike compared to the Dawes? Better or worse for me, with my hills? I can't figure out how heavy it is.

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    Yes but shouldn't the Schwinn have felt at least...

    Yes but shouldn't the Schwinn have felt at least a little better than the Windsor if a lack of granny gears was really the problem?

    One idea I had was that the granny gear may work the cardio...
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    Any suggestions? Talking winter weather here... I...

    Any suggestions? Talking winter weather here... I use a Levi's Commuter jacket in mid seasons and it is great for those times of year.
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    For me it's not a competition about who is...

    For me it's not a competition about who is fastest (though I love outspeeding a roadie on the Windsor now and then), it's ultimately about having a good commute. And I see the pedal assist as a good...
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    I was just going to mention it... I got it out...

    I was just going to mention it... I got it out tonight and I actually feel faster on the Windsor!! Do the low gears on the Conti just not get that low or something? I was in the granniest of gears on...
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    Well it sounds like the major consensus is...

    Well it sounds like the major consensus is gearing so I will definitely look into that. Better to buy a new bike or mod the Windsor?
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    I've been commuting by bike for years. I think...

    I've been commuting by bike for years. I think whatever extra fitness I'm going to get out of it is already there for the most part, so now I just feel the wear and tear. However the new commute...
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    Commuter fatigue: To zig or zag?

    I do 15 (somewhat hilly) miles a day (round trip) for a commute and it got to the point where after a few months I was pretty exhausted. I currently ride a 35 lb 3-speed Windsor Oxford (weight...
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    I'm pretty convinced now I'd like to put a mid...

    I'm pretty convinced now I'd like to put a mid drive on my Windsor, even though it's a 56 cm frame and I'd really prefer a 54. I've already put thousands of miles on it for some reason, so it must be...
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    Wrong on the Scwinn -- it's 32 lbs. The Oxford is...

    Wrong on the Scwinn -- it's 32 lbs. The Oxford is 35 lbs (with lots of accessories on it). I've done this commute dozens of times and I can tell you it's a sweaty one no matter how you swing it....
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    Well I'm having a lot of trouble coming up with...

    Well I'm having a lot of trouble coming up with any bikes with 135 mm drops and my LBS doesn't seem to want to adjust the drops on any of my bikes. Thoughts?
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    Thank you ALL!! :thumb: I love the feedback. I...

    Thank you ALL!! :thumb: I love the feedback. I guess I need to clarify what I want to do. I want power assist to help me get to work without breaking a sweat. It's nearly 8 miles one way, lots of...
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    The disc brake contingency really limits my...

    The disc brake contingency really limits my choices. Are they fairly easy to retrofit?
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    So disc brakes are needed for the stopping power?...

    So disc brakes are needed for the stopping power? Can I mod one of my existing steel frames to a disc brake system or should I locate a used prefab with disc brakes?

    FWIW, I do a 15 mile round...
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    What to look for in a conversion bike?

    I see lots of threads in the forum about what kits to buy for ebike conversion, but what about the bikes themselves? Are there any bikes that do particularly well or not-so-well as ebike conversions?
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    That'd be my logic exactly, and it's why I have...

    That'd be my logic exactly, and it's why I have been happier without QRs on my Windsor. It makes locking up Sheldon Brown style safe, fast and simple. Nobody's ever messed with my front wheel, as...
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    I know you probably don't mean to but you come...

    I know you probably don't mean to but you come off a bit mean in that post. In any case if you feel like pointing me to "correct" QR adjustment guidelines that somehow make it as hard to loosen as...
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    Anyone know how I can convert the QR axel to a...

    Anyone know how I can convert the QR axel to a regular nut? I hate the relative insecurity of QRs, I always carry a tool. I either need to convert it or I need to get a second lock just to keep the...
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    I'm just trying to find a way to keep from...

    I'm just trying to find a way to keep from getting so exhausted after 2-3 consecutive days of these hills and this mileage. My old commute was shorter and flatter. This one's taking a toll on me -- I...
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    Can anyone tell me how long the crank arms are on...

    Can anyone tell me how long the crank arms are on the Fantom CX? I can't find it on BD or Moto's website. Hoping for 170 mm (54 cm).



    I can't find the IGH 5-speed version. Is it heavy?
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    CX certainly seems like a great deal. How do you...

    CX certainly seems like a great deal. How do you get a bike like that and ride it with a more upright style though? I'm afraid hunching over all the time will start to wear on my back. With my...
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    Thanks -- I guess what I'm looking for primarily...

    Thanks -- I guess what I'm looking for primarily is the kind of advice like, "You want to look for certain kinds of [touring/cyclocross/mountain] bike in that price range," or "You're better off with...
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