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  1. Some of the perceived standover issue is...

    Some of the perceived standover issue is technique. You should come off the saddle completely to stand. And, you can and should lean the bike a little (10 degrees or so) to one side or the other....
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    Sticky: Just came back to have a visit -- nice to see...

    Just came back to have a visit -- nice to see this having so much momentum. Keep it up, all, and I'll see you on the road!
  3. To the original question -- yes. I'm 6.3'5, and...

    To the original question -- yes. I'm 6.3'5, and went from 260 to a steady 210 or so (not going to lose anymore without shedding muscle). At my heaviest, I rode a 58 road bike with a 110 mm stem and a...
  4. AS long as you're sticking with 10-speed (SRAM /...

    AS long as you're sticking with 10-speed (SRAM / Shimano) and you know how to adjust the brakes (sometimes different rims need a little more or less reach), wheelset should be compatible.
  5. I am a fan of steel, thought the Synapse has a...

    I am a fan of steel, thought the Synapse has a solid reputation. My only footnote on the Surly is the tubing -- nothing wrong with it, but it's lower-end and their bikes have a reputation for feeling...
  6. I really wanted Sidis to work for me, but they...

    I really wanted Sidis to work for me, but they just didn't fit right. hen I found some with a big enough toe and heel box, they felt very open and almost like slippers. An alternate for folks with...
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    Oh, wait, are we also talking MTB drivetrains? On...

    Oh, wait, are we also talking MTB drivetrains? On those, yup, I still have a triple.
  8. Disagree. The recommended tape width of 18mm...

    Disagree. The recommended tape width of 18mm suggests to me this is a standard-width road rim, likely 19mm. So if we assume that, then the sweet spot with 25s for this size ride I would say is likely...
  9. How wide are your rims? A wider rim can handle...

    How wide are your rims? A wider rim can handle lower pressure without pinch-flatting.

    I'm 210ish. I ride:
    - on Ambrosio rims (20 mm wide) with 25s: 110 rear and 95 front. 1 pinch flat in 10,000...
  10. I agree on the tube. I would go back for the...

    I agree on the tube. I would go back for the tension check, though. A wheel that pings when new has, in my (limited, but about 60,000 miles on about 8 wheel sets)experience not been properly cycled...
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    I'm a total Luddite when it comes to the...

    I'm a total Luddite when it comes to the electronic stuff. I have enough crap in my life that requires plugging into a USB port, and I like the mechanical purity of a bike. I have ridden both Campy...
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    :-). I love how folks are nice here. My...

    :-). I love how folks are nice here. My experience is completely different from yours. My guess is you're just better and dealing with FDs than I am (lordy, I hate those things).

    Enjoy the rides,...
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    Well, this is fun. I personally find triples...

    Well, this is fun.

    I personally find triples to be a PITA. Front shifting is challenging, parts are much harder to come by and the gear duplication is very high.

    Three things not mentioned on...
  14. A thought -- listen. Wheels that have issues...

    A thought -- listen.

    Wheels that have issues often make noise. If they are new and not bedded in with the right tension, they can ping. If there's a loose spoke or two, they will click.
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    Interesting. I've ridden everything from 53/39...

    Interesting. I've ridden everything from 53/39 with an 11/25 to 50/34 with a 12/32.

    For reference, I'm 6'3, about 210, ride about 3-4k miles a year. Usually just rollers, but this year I did some...
  16. With an older box section rim, build quality...

    With an older box section rim, build quality becomes more important. I personally have not had much luck with open pros or open sports, and PB wheels are usually machine-made. Nothing wrong with...
  17. That's a very solid build. Belgiums are really...

    That's a very solid build. Belgiums are really nice. If you want to save some coin, you can go with Archetypes, which are very, very similar.

    To your question on hubs…They can make a big...
  18. So because I'm bored I went to prowheelbuilder. I...

    So because I'm bored I went to prowheelbuilder. I toyed with:

    - H Plus Son Arhetypes
    - Sapim spokes (not CX ray -- though they are very nice)
    - White industries and CK hubs

    Build is netting...
  19. Honestly, these days, I wouldn't go power tap. If...

    Honestly, these days, I wouldn't go power tap. If I were training with power, I'd get a crank arm system so I could use it with multiple wheels.

    I have a summer performance wheel set, and a winter...
  20. Just saw your last post. PM me if you'd like more...

    Just saw your last post. PM me if you'd like more info. Nothing like a good set of reliable wheels.
  21. You have a budget? Handmade, local or mail...

    You have a budget?

    Handmade, local or mail order. Minimum 28, more likely 32 (you can get away with 28 in the front -- I did at 255). 3x. Brass nipples. Quality double butted spokes. Good hubs.
    ...
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    I rode Ultegra and Deep V for years. Killed the...

    I rode Ultegra and Deep V for years. Killed the rims after 14,000 miles, rebuilt with new rims. Solid wheel set; now relegated to second back up which means they will be for sale soon.

    I'd suggest...
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    Boa -- used extensively in cross-country ski...

    Boa -- used extensively in cross-country ski shoes. It's very cool and tightens very quickly and evenly across the foot. Some Lake shoes also tighten the heel at the same time, using the same...
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    That would be me. Not here as often anymore as I...

    That would be me. Not here as often anymore as I tend to hang out more in road forums and over on Velocipede (I have a bit of a handmade bike habit).

    So, some thoughts for you guys on this one,...
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    Sticky: on it; sorry, this work thing gets in the way…

    on it; sorry, this work thing gets in the way…
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