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    The highlighted sentences are vague. What...

    The highlighted sentences are vague. What exactly is it not quite doing? And what is it doing?
    Are the dimensions of the new crankset exactly the same other than large chain wheel size?
    If not...
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    As a general rule you can replace old parts with...

    As a general rule you can replace old parts with newer ones. Which ones were you considering swapping and how do you expect they will improve the bike. Also do you have the tools and skill to swap...
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    The highlighted sentence is where my approach...

    The highlighted sentence is where my approach differs from yours. I don't set out to buy upgraded (more expensive) components as a goal. Rather I determine through riding components that are not...
  4. Durable design but 2 speed hub is not a whole lot...

    Durable design but 2 speed hub is not a whole lot better than 1. I had a Schwinn balloon tire bike with a Bendix 2 speed hub and was glad to pass it on for a lighter bike with more gears. Mine was...
  5. There is a difference but it is so minor tbat...

    There is a difference but it is so minor tbat most mortals won't notice it. If the 23's are over inflated that could be uncomfortable.
  6. The most your lbs can do with a telephone...

    The most your lbs can do with a telephone description is guess at the problem and solution. Just let the experts go over your used bike and give you a list of what has to be fixed. Then you can...
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    +1 For a bike at this level I would rely on...

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    For a bike at this level I would rely on someone with the expertise to measure, outfit and fit the bike to me.
  8. I think with experience you will get used to...

    I think with experience you will get used to downtube shifters and their use will become second nature However if you do want to change to something else, take a look at the non-indexed shifters on...
  9. Lol!!

    Lol!!
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    Q: Why are high end bicycles so expensive? A:...

    Q: Why are high end bicycles so expensive?

    A: For the same reason low end bicycles are so inexpensive. The price reflects component quality, attention paid to finishing, details in design,...
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    Just be aware that as with heavy duty tires the...

    Just be aware that as with heavy duty tires the puncture resistant tubes have a cost. They can be harder to pedal. My suggestion would be to get some really good tires like Swalbe Marathon and...
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    If it's an immediate need I just hit the lbs. ...

    If it's an immediate need I just hit the lbs. Otherwise if I'm buying online it's usually at Universal Cycle. Even good quality tubes are one of the least expensive components so I don't think you...
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    Old dried lubricant and dirt probably contributed...

    Old dried lubricant and dirt probably contributed to the drive train and spokes getting all tangled up. You may want to consider a full maintenance. That way all the rotational stuff will turn...
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    Is this a 3 speed Traveller with generator,...

    Is this a 3 speed Traveller with generator, headlight and chain guard?

    Try the old pads and if there is no squeal then you are using the wrong compound pad for those old brakes. Just use the...
  15. +1. Or the 13-26.

    +1. Or the 13-26.
  16. I ride until it gets too cold. Riding this time...

    I ride until it gets too cold. Riding this time of year is great because falling leaves change the scenery and paths completely. Just have to be a little more careful on wet leaves.
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    Nice bike. How did the ride go?

    Nice bike. How did the ride go?
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    If I read your post correctly the mechanic...

    If I read your post correctly the mechanic installed a new tube and a Mr. Tuffy. Presumably that was at his cost but your post is unclear. Are you now asking him to put another tube on for free?
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    Excellent advice.

    Excellent advice.
  20. If you are going to have the work done at at a...

    If you are going to have the work done at at a bike shop have them buy the parts. They should be able to determine if your project is doable.
  21. This is a starting point. Condition and the...

    This is a starting point. Condition and the market for used bikes in your location will impact the price you can get.2005 Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra - New and Used Bike Value
  22. Your delivery bike is going to get banged up and...

    Your delivery bike is going to get banged up and worn out and probably stolen on campus so find a decent quality used MTB that shows a lot of cosmetic wear. Then grunge it up like a messengers bike...
  23. Whether it is "worth it" really depends on what...

    Whether it is "worth it" really depends on what you want and how deep your pockets are. You don't have to spend a lot of money to get a well geared bike. For example an 8 speed 28-11 cassette mated...
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    I've found a few good deals among a lot of...

    I've found a few good deals among a lot of over-priced or really worn stuff. It may take weeks of persistent searching. However, once you spot a good deal inspect it in person now as it will be gone...
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    Good question for which I hope there is an...

    Good question for which I hope there is an answer. On a recent cassette swap I just re-used the old washer.
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