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  1. Fit will be a little bit of trial and error. ...

    Fit will be a little bit of trial and error. BUT, I'm a big fan of converting older 27's into 700C wheels. New wheels, better clearance, much better options for tire choice. Often the existing...
  2. +1 Bigger tires are hugely more comfortable -and...

    +1 Bigger tires are hugely more comfortable -and not necessarily much slower or heavier.
  3. Thread: New Commuter

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    just noticing those parking racks. I love them. ...

    just noticing those parking racks. I love them. Most racks I encounter (the old playground style, the wavy pipes style, etc) usually don't play well with fenders.
    THOSE in your pict look nice,...
  4. Thread: New Commuter

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    Most excellent. Score yourself 100 points. ...

    Most excellent. Score yourself 100 points.

    (Just thinking about my own kids... my two boys seem to listen to me but then do the opposite of what I say --while my two girls don't listen to a...
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    Driver's License Eye exams (OMG)

    I recently renewed my driver's license and the clerk at the counter suggested I do the eye exam without correction. I don't wear my glasses during normal daily activity and get by fine, but I've...
  6. Thread: tyre sizes.

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    I have to admit almost glee when I point out to...

    I have to admit almost glee when I point out to people that 26x1.5 is not the same as 26x1-1/2.
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    I have a problem with this. I would not put...

    I have a problem with this. I would not put "equal tension" as the first and primary goal. You could have perfect-equal-tension and still have a terrible wheel (not to mention what it implies about...
  8. And the original question was confusing (to me,...

    And the original question was confusing (to me, anyway). The first half seemed to be asking (implying) if an 11 speed cassette would fit on a 10 speed hub. And the second half seemed to be asking...
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    After a few years of building wheels (after 50+...

    After a few years of building wheels (after 50+ wheels) and developing a method I thought was good at getting true wheels, I discovered a couple of my early wheels loosening up. I purchased a...
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    439373 Our annual Wisconsin trip (~650 mi) is...

    439373

    Our annual Wisconsin trip (~650 mi) is mostly lightweight touring (trunk bag maybe --with some of us using panniers). We have vehicles to move big stuff forward each day, but riders are on...
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    Chain stays are repairable and not so...

    Chain stays are repairable and not so catastrophic as a failure while riding. But I'd be worried about the rest of the frame. Every time I exceed 35MPH on a downhill run ...and hit anything...
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    I would say no. And I conclude that based on...

    I would say no.
    And I conclude that based on my experience playing pick-up football games most of my life. I used to be a speedster and could out-run and out-quick most opponents. I started back...
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    Have you gotten picky in your old age?

    I'm close enough to retirement that I find I'm less worried about tactfulness in my work environment. I used to view it as being careful which battles you chose to fight. Lately I'm willing to call...
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    I've always differentiated between "natural"...

    I've always differentiated between "natural" ability and "working" athlete. In my youth people considered me a natural athlete --but they didn't know how hard I worked. I was not a natural -at...
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    Just an observation, but... I have a CF frame...

    Just an observation, but... I have a CF frame that seems to make the clicking much louder. I first noticed how LOUD the clicking was after getting a new rear wheel (bontrager). It sounded like...
  16. 25 years ago, when I used to ski, I found it to...

    25 years ago, when I used to ski, I found it to be less dangerous than other things I did. Other sports irritated my back or knees or shoulders or such. Skiing seemed to fix it all. Back pain went...
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    +1 on chain line being important. And I would...

    +1 on chain line being important. And I would not want to go the "half-link, no-tensioner" route (especially if chain line isn't dead on). I find my commuter (IGH plus horizontal drops) starts...
  18. Thread: favorite footwear

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    +1 on spd and sandals. I love wearing sandals.

    +1 on spd and sandals. I love wearing sandals.
  19. If the course is very smooth, I would expect...

    If the course is very smooth, I would expect skinny, high psi to be faster. But I have been in pace lines on very rough courses where we suddenly cross a county line and the road goes total glass...
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    My stick-on-windshield car unit sometimes gets...

    My stick-on-windshield car unit sometimes gets confused in densely packed tall buildings. I don't remember my etrex20 bike unit ever losing signal --even in dense woods, or rain, or city buildings. ...
  21. Unless you know every road you will ride on very...

    Unless you know every road you will ride on very well (boring?), you should assume some potential rough bumps. I certainly try to avoid holes, but some are hard to avoid.
    I switched my best CF...
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    You are so right, of course. But cell phone...

    You are so right, of course.

    But cell phone batteries are terrible under constant use, while GPS units (especially my tiny little etrex-20's) can last many days of constant use on 2 AA...
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    "Losing contact" is a cell phone based problem...

    "Losing contact" is a cell phone based problem but not a GPS device problem. Cell phone based apps generally need a network to download local maps. Simple GPS devices use preloaded maps and need...
  24. Definitely depends on the frame. 28s are not...

    Definitely depends on the frame. 28s are not necessarily guaranteed. I observe only about a quarter of my various road frames will accommodate 28s (pretty exclusively the older ones). And two of...
  25. Buying used stuff can be problematic. They are...

    Buying used stuff can be problematic. They are often unloaded for a reason, and the buyer has to figure that out.
    I pick up maybe 3 or 4 older frames each year for various pet projects and such. ...
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