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    I'm a little out of the loop, but I haven't heard...

    I'm a little out of the loop, but I haven't heard much bad about Microshift. I know their bar end shifters are actually superior to current Shimano offerings in some ways. I've also not had any bad...
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    Looks great! Gumwalls will really tie it...

    Looks great! Gumwalls will really tie it together. It looks like a good candidate for the 26x1.75's... might as well take advantage of the tire clearance. And that rear triangle... almost looks like...
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    Yes!!! I have a crazy inseam for my height and...

    Yes!!! I have a crazy inseam for my height and finally settled on a 60mm stem dropped about 20mm below where I normally would just to get a couple of spacers out of the stack... with an 80mm stem I...
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    My new "classic" bike... a Surly Straggler. I...

    My new "classic" bike... a Surly Straggler. I love my C&V rides, but I wanted something a little more modern (its hard to deny disc brakes are awesome) with some "retro" sensibilities (still hard to...
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    https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-insta...

    https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=shimano%20indexing%20washers
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    Indexing washers! I only know this because I just...

    Indexing washers! I only know this because I just ordered some from QBP :p
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    We all do a little bit of everything :p

    We all do a little bit of everything :p
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    For what it's worth, we don't generally clean up...

    For what it's worth, we don't generally clean up the holes prior to building, and it's really not been an issue. As far as tape goes, the only tape we recommend using is a thin plastic tape like our...
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    This is like one of those "Spot the 10...

    This is like one of those "Spot the 10 differences" games!
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    There's 0 tolerance on dish. We actually don't...

    There's 0 tolerance on dish. We actually don't use the stand gauges, just the WAG, but some builders do keep their stands "calibrated"... I've found either way you wind up doing a check with the WAG...
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    So true... if still had my purple Schwinn Criss...

    So true... if still had my purple Schwinn Criss Cross, the Straggler would have a damn-near rim brake twin.
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    You guys are so full of wisdom. I knew I hang...

    You guys are so full of wisdom. I knew I hang around here for a reason.

    All joking aside, it is interesting to me how similar the geometry between the Schwinn and Surly are... despite 20 years...
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    Perfect! That's what I'll tell my s/o when she...

    Perfect! That's what I'll tell my s/o when she inevitably says "aren't those the same thing? do you really need both?"
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    I think I just built the same bike twice...

    I finished rebuilding my drop bar MTB Schwinn High Plains last night, went to take it out of the stand and leaned it against my brand-new Surly Straggler last night. Took a step back and... did I...
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    Excellent! Think I'll give them ago -- appreciate...

    Excellent! Think I'll give them ago -- appreciate the info. The Michelins are just poor quality, heavy, and "dead" feeling... wouldn't mind something to liven up the bike a bit and make it feel a...
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    Are we related!? Here's my 23" Schwinn High...

    Are we related!? Here's my 23" Schwinn High Plains and 60cm Surly Straggler. The Straggler would be a 62cm if the top tube weren't so long! 436046
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    Fisher (and maybe a couple others) used 1 1/4 for...

    Fisher (and maybe a couple others) used 1 1/4 for a few years in the early - mid 90's. Chris King used to make a headset, and there used to be a threadless converter for 1 1/4 but I doubt they are...
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    Shimano Tiagra hubs are a great value for a...

    Shimano Tiagra hubs are a great value for a durable hub for 130 spaced builds. Not sure if the CX series hubs are available in 130, but if they are, those would be a really good option as well.
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    9/10spd road bikes still use 130 spacing, and...

    9/10spd road bikes still use 130 spacing, and steel frames can be easily reset from 126 to 130 or 130 to 135. Most of the time a cold set isn't even totally necessary, the stays can usually be spread...
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    Perfect! Thanks! How have they been overall? I've...

    Perfect! Thanks! How have they been overall? I've got some 800g Michelin 26x1.9's... looking to lighten up the bike a hair and improve ride if I can, but don't want to give up a lot in the way of...
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    Basically all Shimano stuff of a given speed (up...

    Basically all Shimano stuff of a given speed (up to 9spd) is cross compatible. Even then, I've used 7spd derailleurs with 9spd shifters no problem. As long as you're sticking to MTB stuff, you can...
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    That's pretty much the best MTB touring...

    That's pretty much the best MTB touring conversion possible. I'm not sure I've ever seen one with mid fork eyelets AND a third bottle mount... it's almost like they knew what it would be good for,...
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    Derailing (ha ha) the conversation here to ask if...

    Derailing (ha ha) the conversation here to ask if you've got anymore shots with the Pasela 1.75's? I was thinking of trying out the Tserv 1.75 (same thing, basically) but wasn't sure it was enough...
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    I would wager that while you're a bit taller (I'm...

    I would wager that while you're a bit taller (I'm just over 6' and ALL legs), we probably ride about the same size bikes. For reference, I'm throwing in a couple of pics of my 23" Schwinn High Plains...
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    Funny enough I had a Schwinn Crisscross I really...

    Funny enough I had a Schwinn Crisscross I really liked a number of years back. The geometry was weird, but, it worked. It had a really long top tube, short head tube, low BB, etc.

    Now, 5+ years...
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