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    I'm looking at a crack/chip. Doesn't matter the...

    I'm looking at a crack/chip. Doesn't matter the pic... the flaw is below the axle centerline and on a free edge of a member in compression. Whatever the flaw, there is no chance of it affecting the...
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    Doesn't matter if it's a crack or not. It's on an...

    Doesn't matter if it's a crack or not. It's on an unstressed part of the frame.
  3. Yea, once you figure out how to weld it, Aluminum...

    Yea, once you figure out how to weld it, Aluminum is much easier to work with than steel. Works better as a bike frame material too (unless you go around habitually dropping your frame on concrete...
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    Anyone who rides a ton knows that tires don't...

    Anyone who rides a ton knows that tires don't make a huge difference. Rather, it's the overall quality (and quality control) and how you inflate them that dictates how they feel on a bike.

    I've...
  5. Are you saying bikes have gotten dirt cheap and...

    Are you saying bikes have gotten dirt cheap and someone didn't tell me? Cuz that's how Micky-Ds does it. And now that companies like Five Guys are coming up with making relatively inexpensive food at...
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    Pro race 4's are still good tires at 25mm. But...

    Pro race 4's are still good tires at 25mm. But everyone's got a favorite. Just choose something reputable (I tend towards Michelin and Continental, though I'll do Specialized and Bontrager if they...
  7. The horrors! Why should I care that someone's...

    The horrors! Why should I care that someone's rhetorical overstatement "rubs you the wrong way"? Ride what you like! And do it proudly.

    I believe you are the one off topic here given the OP. I'm...
  8. Don't agree with the modern aesthetics. Got it. I...

    Don't agree with the modern aesthetics. Got it. I generally spend more time riding my bikes than looking at them... but each his own.
  9. You are missing the gist of the argument,...

    You are missing the gist of the argument, choosing instead to quibble over a rhetorical over-generalization. 2015 bikes are generally better than bikes 20 years ago. Do you agree?
  10. And we are back to "no true Scotsman". Full...

    And we are back to "no true Scotsman". Full circle.

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    "All Scotsmen are drinkers. Everyone knows that."

    "But Jestin over here, he don't drink, and he's Scottish."

    "Naw,...
  11. Who enforces this responsibility exactly?

    Who enforces this responsibility exactly?
  12. How can it continue if a business has 30+ years...

    How can it continue if a business has 30+ years of parts to support? And where's the cutoff point? When 2000 customers are left? When 10 are left? When 1 is left? How would they even know how many...
  13. You know, you are self minded and simply arguing...

    You know, you are self minded and simply arguing that everyone should bend over backwards to serve your needs. I get that. I like it. Makes you a true capitalist... except for the buying stuff...
  14. Why would I ride a bike purpose built to survive...

    Why would I ride a bike purpose built to survive falling over on the sidewalk? Also, you are comparing middling-to-low quality metal bikes of yore to top end racing machines of modern times. Racing...
  15. Sorry, wait. Are you suggesting nobody should...

    Sorry, wait. Are you suggesting nobody should ever make new stuff? I don't want to ride a 40 year old bike. And 40 years old from when? Present day? 2000? 1990? Where's the line where progress should...
  16. The above shows you are out of touch. Windows 7...

    The above shows you are out of touch. Windows 7 and MacOS is loads better than Windows 95 which was lightyears ahead of Windows 3.1/Dos. You are an order of magnitude off about the power supplies.
    ...
  17. This is a key difference in the motivations...

    This is a key difference in the motivations between the bike part manufacturers and individual consumers. The bike part manufacturers respond to a consumer majority consensus. The consumer consensus...
  18. 1+ This hit me the hardest back when the...

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    This hit me the hardest back when the original iPad came out. Yes, good idea, yada yada and all the naysayers were proven wrong not the point. The biggest thing that hit me was that it had the...
  19. Ah. Way different situation than most bike shops:...

    Ah. Way different situation than most bike shops: your customers are under contract. That changes things drastically. Their motivations are extremely different as well.
  20. But this is just the way of all technology....

    But this is just the way of all technology. Otherwise you get Microsoft (bugs get locked in, designs keep getting less and less ideal, etc.). Arguably, because bike companies aren't using as many...
  21. Why not just price the BYOP service such that it...

    Why not just price the BYOP service such that it is profitable for you? In the worse case, it's the same net result; in the best case, you allow your loyal customers some extra options and maybe you...
  22. When I got a warranty replacement frame for my...

    When I got a warranty replacement frame for my Madone, I was a bit scared of the new BB90 bottom bracket that it came with. After a couple delays getting the bearing parts installed at the shop, I...
  23. Of course, but you can't make an objective...

    Of course, but you can't make an objective statement and then support it with all subjective claims. Change is a constant. Embrace change (just don't forget the past). You'll be a happier person for...
  24. no true Scotsman. Just an assertion that...

    no true Scotsman. Just an assertion that "...serve no purpose...".

    They are lighter.
    They are more aerodynamic.
    They are stiffer.

    Shall I go on?

    If you are claiming "objectivity" you...
  25. Do they improve bike performance? ...to me Are...

    Do they improve bike performance? ...to me
    Are they consumer-friendly? (sure, that's fuzzy, but for example have fun selling your ISP bike used) ...to me
    Are they compatible? ...to me

    To...
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