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  1. I'm not an expert on vintage bikes, and I tend...

    I'm not an expert on vintage bikes, and I tend not to be sentimental about keeping them in their original state. I've had a few old bikes that I built with modern components that turned out great. ...
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    I, for one, found the review to be interesting...

    I, for one, found the review to be interesting and informative. The biggest short-coming, IMO, is the problem shared by nearly all reviews, particularly those that appear in publications -- namely,...
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    CX races that have a lot of participants pay a...

    CX races that have a lot of participants pay a fee to use the lands the race is on. The destruction brought on by the race is offset by the fee, which can be used for restoration if necessary.

    I...
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    I hate to see someone choose not to bike to work,...

    I hate to see someone choose not to bike to work, but these reasons do kind of point that way. That said, I'll add my voice to the counter-point.

    1. Flats

    Some perspective here: I ride 3000+...
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    How many miles did you put on each of the tires? ...

    How many miles did you put on each of the tires? Did you ride them on roads with bike lanes?
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    If you didn't already have the Fuji I would say...

    If you didn't already have the Fuji I would say this would be an OK bike for all-around riding and trying out CX racing. But the position of the bar end shifters and the tight tire clearance gamby...
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    Redline makes decent CX bikes. They've had...

    Redline makes decent CX bikes. They've had models named Conquest for 15 years or more. A quick poke at Google suggests you're probably looking at a 2000 Conquest.
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    The primary consideration is obviously safety. ...

    The primary consideration is obviously safety. Riding a bike on the road is pretty safe, so don't let what I'm about to say scare you. These are just some general tips.

    1. Get comfortable riding...
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    I don't think I've seen a bike that a thief...

    I don't think I've seen a bike that a thief wouldn't steal, but I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this one.

    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3923/15136480079_59f5abeb04_c.jpg
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    Sounds pretty good. I've got some friends who...

    Sounds pretty good. I've got some friends who live out by some logging land in Washougal. I went out there and rode with them last month and it was great. Some of it was better suited to a...
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    That looks awesome! How much of Still Creek Road...

    That looks awesome! How much of Still Creek Road is gravel? What's the climb like?
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    My commute is mostly flat but with either half a...

    My commute is mostly flat but with either half a mile of 8-15% or a quarter mile of 12-20% grade just before I get home. When I feel like taking the single speed, I just walk the hill at the end. ...
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    You're probably right. Looking at the picture...

    You're probably right.

    Looking at the picture last night (having left the lock at work) I had myself convinced that this was evidence of a tool-based impact:
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    I'm not suggesting this was the work of a...

    I'm not suggesting this was the work of a professional thief. After all, my bike was still there. We haven't even had overnight lows below 25 in two months, so I doubt weather did it. My theory...
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    Did someone try to steal my bike?

    So I came out of the office this evening and my U-lock looked like this:

    https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7602/16682416839_752d8fd72d_b.jpg

    I've had this lock for almost 8 years and most of that...
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    My biggest problem is that the temps were in the...

    My biggest problem is that the temps were in the high 30's when I came in this morning but will be in the mid 60's when I ride home. I guess I'll have to put my jacket in my bag.

    I have had a...
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    Very small pointy things are the Achilles heel of...

    Very small pointy things are the Achilles heel of any tire that uses a fabric-based puncture protection scheme (Kevlar, PolyX, Vectran, etc.). These high tech fabrics have amazing properties in...
  18. This is the tipping point, IMO. When you talk...

    This is the tipping point, IMO.

    When you talk about a "fast commuter" and wanting such a thing is the reason that you are looking at "road" bikes, the construction of most tires wider than 700x32...
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    Yeah, I usually take my Major Jake with 700x35...

    Yeah, I usually take my Major Jake with 700x35 file tread tires out on Leif Erickson. The shifter location with the Gevenalle levers is better than the bar ends, but this setup really didn't give me...
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    I put some 26x1.95" Happy Mediums on the Long...

    I put some 26x1.95" Happy Mediums on the Long Haul Trucker for an assault on Forest Park this weekend.

    https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8737/16643571360_f06e63f8c7_b.jpg

    It didn't see much gravel...
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    That's mostly true, but the combination of the OP...

    That's mostly true, but the combination of the OP (probably long gone by now) being new to biking and living in British Columbia strongly suggests that low gears will be a very good thing.
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    Now you've done it.... That's a new component at...

    Now you've done it.... That's a new component at the top of my wish list!

    I've been looking at mountain compact doubles for a while now, trying unsuccessfully to convince myself that the chainline...
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    "If you want even the nerds to consider you a...

    "If you want even the nerds to consider you a nerd, try getting enthusiastic about bicycle gearing." -Ken Kifer

    I agree that you shouldn't choose a bike based on which crankset it comes with, but...
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    Another vote for 46-34. It's a great combination.

    Another vote for 46-34. It's a great combination.
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    No, it puts the crank spindle off-center in the...

    No, it puts the crank spindle off-center in the bottom bracket shell so that you can adjust chain tension by rotating the bottom bracket. Then when you have it where you want it, you tighten it down...
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