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  1. I am not familiar with the RS - does it have...

    I am not familiar with the RS - does it have clearance for wide tires? The Jamis can take 32s, I think.
  2. Here is the one I have been drooling over: ...

    Here is the one I have been drooling over:

    JAMIS BICYCLES
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    Not necessarily shorter if you use a master link...

    Not necessarily shorter if you use a master link instead of a pin.
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    Replacement after breakage is generally not...

    Replacement after breakage is generally not necessary, unless the chain was near the end of its life anyways. Damage leading to a broken chain is almost always localized to one link, and once that...
  5. When working in a shop years ago, I was asked to...

    When working in a shop years ago, I was asked to troubleshoot a bike with a skipping drivetrain. I took it to the back lane and tried my best to stress the drivetrain - successfully, it turns out,...
  6. Why would you take their 'msrp' claims seriously?...

    Why would you take their 'msrp' claims seriously? THey have exactly the same marketing as every discount furniture and appliance store - they compare their regular prices to msrp, even though nobody...
  7. Most cable discs are designed to be used with V...

    Most cable discs are designed to be used with V brake levers, but there are a handful of 'road' disc brakes that work with canti/caliper/U brake levers.

    Avid BB-5 Mechanical Disc Brake - 2011 Road...
  8. It is considered good form to ask to ensure the...

    It is considered good form to ask to ensure the person at the side of the road is not injured, but if you are clearly not injured, many people would be no help whatsoever.

    I was riding with my...
  9. My initial comment about the unavailability of...

    My initial comment about the unavailability of square taper compact cranks was actually only regarding Ultegra and DA cranks, which had abandoned square taper ~10 years before compact cranks became a...
  10. If they aren't telling you that it is 5800 or...

    If they aren't telling you that it is 5800 or whatever, it is not going to be 5800. The likely explanation is that BD got samples built up for promotional reasons and photographed it, but production...
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    Most brands will sell small orders (like one...

    Most brands will sell small orders (like one bike) to a shop even if thy are not an 'authorized dealer', provided there is not already a dealer in your area.

    Edit: Boardman has dealers listed in...
  12. I am not normally hung up on fashion or concerned...

    I am not normally hung up on fashion or concerned about component level, but you initially said you were looking for a Dura Ace or ultegra crank, and that tourney is not in the same league. FSA...
  13. This sounds like good advice. The only problem...

    This sounds like good advice. The only problem is with one point of contact, so experiment with changing that point of contact while leaving the others alone.

    I was trying a new saddle last...
  14. Chances of flying over the bars is the same no...

    Chances of flying over the bars is the same no matter what rear brake you use. At maximum braking, the rear brakes have no function.
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    Mysterious paint and mismatched parts on a bike...

    Mysterious paint and mismatched parts on a bike that was originally very good? Stolen.
  16. It is definitely square taper. Hex head bolts...

    It is definitely square taper. Hex head bolts were never used on octolink - only allen head bolts.
  17. Actually, the amount of change is in the ratio,...

    Actually, the amount of change is in the ratio, not the difference. 39 to 34 teeth is approx. 13% different - the same as changing the 53 to a 45, or a 23 tooth cog to a 26 tooth cog.
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    I once posted a comment about an ad I saw on...

    I once posted a comment about an ad I saw on Kijiji and someone contacted me to inquire about buying the item (I had nothing for sale), including the over-valued Bank Draft or whatever, but as I...
  19. 1. The RD should be fine 2. Yes 3. I believe...

    1. The RD should be fine
    2. Yes
    3. I believe compact road cranksets only (or primarily) come with integrated spindles designed to work with external bearing BBs. You need to remove the square...
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    Shimano CS-HG50 Freehub Cassette - 13-28T,...

    Shimano CS-HG50 Freehub Cassette - 13-28T, 7-Speed, Silver

    The problem is that 7 and 8 speed cassettes have slightly different spacing between gears. Sometimes 7 speed shifters can be made to...
  21. As mentioned above, Trek also makes the 520,...

    As mentioned above, Trek also makes the 520, which is a touring bike. MEC also makes the National, which is a bit heavier-duty than the 1971. If you are planning long rides, the most important...
  22. Has special dispensation to publicly release PMs.

    Has special dispensation to publicly release PMs.
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    I have never heard of trying to turn down a...

    I have never heard of trying to turn down a carbon tube before. I suspect that is because it is such a terrifically bad idea, but maybe you are the smartest person ever to posses a too-large piece...
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    Those are probably people from the Eastern...

    Those are probably people from the Eastern Townships who still pretend they are British. 'Aluminum' is far more common throughout most of Canada.
  25. The Breezer and the Kona are about as close to...

    The Breezer and the Kona are about as close to identical as bikes get - with the exception of included rack, fenders and a (dynamo powered!) light on the Breezer. Get whichever one you like better....
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