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  1. Well, technically I suppose one could divvy up...

    Well, technically I suppose one could divvy up non-drop bars into various categories (flat; trekking; cafe racer; city; 'alt bar'; riser; dh riser; etc. etc.) but it seems to me the general category...
  2. Thanks re. the FSA bars; I'm tempted to try them...

    Thanks re. the FSA bars; I'm tempted to try them -- I don't have hand numbness problems at all, I'm thinking more of a different overall position given very severe back issues etc.
    Re. grips ......
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    OP, I'm firmly in the 'ride it a year, then...

    OP,

    I'm firmly in the 'ride it a year, then figure out what you want to change (or 'upgrade') -- if anything' camp.

    That said, there might be some initial/early changes you want to make, but...
  4. It's not a frankenbike at all; it's a flat-bar...

    It's not a frankenbike at all; it's a flat-bar road bike, pure and simple. Falls under the 'hybrid' category simply for that reason; we flat-bar road cyclists are pariahs in the 41!

    That said:...
  5. No snark intended, mate. It's actually...

    No snark intended, mate. It's actually unfortunate; those bars were a good option for someone looking for a kind of 'aerobar/flat bar' set-up in a single bar -- as you said above, they look "clean"...
  6. Errm, I should have thought that was obvious?...

    Errm, I should have thought that was obvious? Little to negligible demand = insufficient sales. No point in producing them.
  7. Try waving to him.

    Try waving to him.
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    The implicit question raised by the OP's...

    The implicit question raised by the OP's thread-starter is whether a bike like the 7.4/5 is even necessary given the stated riding style. I think (just my view, fwiw) that extended comment on/debate...
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    OP, when you say "sidewalks" do you mean what...

    OP, when you say "sidewalks" do you mean what most of us usually mean by 'sidewalk' -- i.e. dedicated surface running beside a road for pedestrian use -- or do you mean some kind of 'bike lane'...
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    OP, The absence of responses is indicative. No...

    OP,
    The absence of responses is indicative. No one can tell you what saddle will work for you -- no one, that is, except 'you'. Simple. The only way you will know is by trying one/them/several out....
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    Actually, Bill, we probably agree on all this...

    Actually, Bill, we probably agree on all this (sort of?)! I'm an old guy (63); in my case, I do ride lousy roads (no choice) and I have pretty severe degenerative osteoarthritis (spine, most...
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    As do I. I've accumulated thousands of kms on our...

    As do I. I've accumulated thousands of kms on our lousy roads on 25s, 28s, and 32s (all equivalent quality).

    My experience bears out the "articles"; 32s at the lower pressures they permit are...
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    Apparently narrower, higher-pressure road tires...

    Apparently narrower, higher-pressure road tires are for those who value (or just like the feeling of) increased rolling resistance and road noise on real-world road surfaces.
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    Tubeless and tubular are entirely different...

    Tubeless and tubular are entirely different things.

    A tubular tire ('tub' or 'sew up') is a tire/tube where the tire casing is sewn up to enclose the inner tube, then glued onto the rim. Because...
  15. Hi Grey, Seems to me there's no right/wrong...

    Hi Grey,

    Seems to me there's no right/wrong here (at least in our discussion) at all -- just different perspectives deriving from different operating assumptions.
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    Clever.

    Clever.
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    I can't imagine anything worse than having a...

    I can't imagine anything worse than having a collection of self-proclaimed cycling "advocates" purporting to speak for me/my interests as a cyclist. The thought of yet another collection of loons...
  18. It wasn't and isn't a disagreement at all, so...

    It wasn't and isn't a disagreement at all, so much as a different perspective.

    If an individual sees no tangible, practical benefit to the difference in frame/fork/headset between the two bikes...
  19. Don't see where 'diminishing returns' come into...

    Don't see where 'diminishing returns' come into it. The fair comparisons are (2015 lineup) 7.3 to Sirrus Sport; 7.4 to Sirrus Elite. Pretty close in price; pretty close in 'features', including...
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    Completely agree; can't see the point myself --...

    Completely agree; can't see the point myself -- just put it out there as a 'halo' version of what the OP has in mind.
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    Mine too ... waaaay beyond. Interesting though,...

    Mine too ... waaaay beyond. Interesting though, in that it shows the possibilities.
  22. Thread: Wheel Upgrade

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    OP, Assuming everything else is of...

    OP,

    Assuming everything else is of more-or-less equivalent quality, and assuming correct fit/positioning of you on both, then the only difference in "speed" between a drop-bar road bike and a...
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    Here you go ... an off-the-shelf option: ...

    Here you go ... an off-the-shelf option:

    Panamericana
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    In re. second question: some might argue that it...

    In re. second question: some might argue that it is apposite given much of what gets posted on BF. Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course.
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    Hmmm ... well, I've had nothing to say about the...

    Hmmm ... well, I've had nothing to say about the Novara simply because I know absolutely nothing about them.
    Perhaps, though, you might change your user name? That would seem to me a nice gesture --...
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