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    Excellent choice! The black and white is such a...

    Excellent choice! The black and white is such a clean looking bike. The bars do look a bit high, but that might be because you are used to the FX. As you ride more, you may find that you want the...
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    If you asked this question without showing bike...

    If you asked this question without showing bike ownership, the Synapse would probably be one of the recommendations. Is there something you don't like about your Synapse? The main upgrade in 2015...
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    I'm going to look at the gear ratios available...

    I'm going to look at the gear ratios available with that combo and swap out the 11-28 for 12-30. I really need the granny gears.
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    I find the single ding bells to be rather useless...

    I find the single ding bells to be rather useless in windy conditions. The old style bells that go brrrrrrrng-brrrrrrrrng seem much louder to me. And bells seems to come in sizes that don't fit...
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    Test ride the Jamis and the Trek. They are both...

    Test ride the Jamis and the Trek. They are both great bikes. Pick the one that fits. If they both fit, select the bike store that you like better :-)
    Most bike shops will help fit the bike and...
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    But.... your existing bike, while not shiny new,...

    But.... your existing bike, while not shiny new, is a great looking bike! Good call on waiting. I keep lusting over the BD Ti Ultegra.
  7. There's a big variation in features and price...

    There's a big variation in features and price among fitness watches. DC Rainmaker is a good source for in depth product reviews and feature comparison charts.
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    I would try changing the rear cassette, which is...

    I would try changing the rear cassette, which is far less expensive than a second bike. I went from a triple to a compact double and after a while, I adjusted. I suck at hills and keep thinking I...
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    Congrats on the bike! Getting it adjusted to fit...

    Congrats on the bike! Getting it adjusted to fit properly might take a bit of trial and error. And getting used to riding position on a road bike takes a while too. You'll build up muscle core...
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    Part of my winter clothing strategy is based on...

    Part of my winter clothing strategy is based on shot winters and the ability to reuse layers in sprint and fall. Also how often you ride in the winter. Given that I live in wimpy winter land, I...
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    +1 to the Novara thermal skull cap. It keeps...

    +1 to the Novara thermal skull cap. It keeps heat in and works for me down to 37F. I don't like cold weather and fortunately no longer live in the cold.
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    Trying to get back into shape while riding in...

    Trying to get back into shape while riding in winter can be challenging. Sucking in cold air doesn't help warm up your engine. A year is a long time. Be patient. I think you will gain fitness at...
  13. Rechargeable Batteries | BudgetLightForum.com...

    Rechargeable Batteries | BudgetLightForum.com
    Basic to Advanced Battery Information from Battery University

    Batteries are inexpensive for the life of them, say three years, depending on how many...
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    https://www.strava.com/activities/243023654 ...

    https://www.strava.com/activities/243023654 First longer, non-commute ride in a while. I've been slacking, but it was in the 60s today.
  15. Sora is OK, but Tiagra is better. Giant offers...

    Sora is OK, but Tiagra is better. Giant offers good value for the $ compared to the big three (Trek, Cannondale, Specialized). The Defy 2 has Tiagra groupset and is $100 more. Ask the bike stores...
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    You should test ride both bikes. The narrower...

    You should test ride both bikes. The narrower rims and lighter wheels on the FX may make the FX accelerate faster. Don't worry too much about weight; speed is mostly determined by the quality of...
  17. Sorry, I don't have any recommendations, but...

    Sorry, I don't have any recommendations, but would you be open to a touring bike? These bikes are road bikes. What is your budget?

    The Motobecane Fantom Cross seems to get good reviews. It has...
  18. There are wearables and there are wearables. For...

    There are wearables and there are wearables. For cycling/sports appropriate wearables, I like DC Rainmaker 's site. I might consider splurging with my work bonus and try one of the $250 new...
  19. There are many threads on front lights where...

    There are many threads on front lights where people describe inexpensive 18650 solutions, including a $25 magicshine clone on Amazon which gets good reviews. Personally, I worry more about rear...
  20. Ditto used and Craigslist. Your cycling fellow...

    Ditto used and Craigslist. Your cycling fellow students can help you evaluate bikes or you can post links here and get some advice. If you have to leave your bike locked in a public place, a shiny...
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    My view: If your wife plans to ride 1000+ miles...

    My view: If your wife plans to ride 1000+ miles annually, buy the bike with better components. If she is going to ride it, do the metric and then put the bike in the garage, go with the lower end...
  22. So, sometimes you pay for the Brand. When I...

    So, sometimes you pay for the Brand. When I shopped for my last road bike, I found Specialized to have about a 10% higher price for similar bikes. Trek and Cannondale were in the middle and Giant...
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    I changed jobs and my commute went from 9 miles...

    I changed jobs and my commute went from 9 miles to 16 each way, but it's flat except for a couple of overpasses. I took about 8 months off the bike due to personal issues between jobs. I now ride...
  24. If your toes can touch the ground while you are...

    If your toes can touch the ground while you are on the seat, the seat may be too low. Seat height should be adjusted for optimal pedal stroke, and most riders I know can't touch their toes. The...
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    I use Strava on a phone for hikes and after 2...

    I use Strava on a phone for hikes and after 2 hours, the battery is down to 50%. My Garmin 500 battery life is a lot better. How big is the difference in speed and distance and for how many miles? ...
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