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    If the riding conditions are wet I need to wipe...

    If the riding conditions are wet I need to wipe my chain down regularly. I once created a concoction of transmission fluid, 3 in 1 oil and a small amount of bar and chain lubricant for viscosity and...
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    Since PF30 bearings are directly molded into...

    Since PF30 bearings are directly molded into nylon sleeves that are also pressed directly into the frame, you need to replace the whole thing. You can do this easily at home with the park tool punch...
  3. Avoid extremes in gears that are opposite each...

    Avoid extremes in gears that are opposite each other. In general, try to keep a straight chain line. Not only does it avoid chain rub, but it will also limit the amount of excessive wear on the cogs...
  4. Shimano systems require you too press the lever...

    Shimano systems require you too press the lever every time to move to a faster gear. I guess the only way to skip many is to use your chain rings if getting ahead of vehicles and muscle it out.
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    Since you have BB30 consider if you want to run...

    Since you have BB30 consider if you want to run Shimano cranksets. If you do, you'll need an adapter. Wheels Mfg makes one that converts BB30 to outboard bearings that doesn't require a pressed in...
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    How much slower did it make you ride? ;)

    How much slower did it make you ride? ;)
  7. Some may like it for style points and that's...

    Some may like it for style points and that's equally acceptable!
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    the ideas of loading body weight instead of...

    the ideas of loading body weight instead of shaving weight off the bike has some merits, just like I'm probably faster when i have no water and bottles versus them being full. However it's much more...
  9. I'm wondering why he's looking down?

    I'm wondering why he's looking down?
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    It is to travel faster, improve handling, and...

    It is to travel faster, improve handling, and conserve energy on rides. Saving two pounds on a frame would be far less noticeable than taking it from the wheels for example and would still provide a...
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    DA c24 have garnered plenty of attention as being...

    DA c24 have garnered plenty of attention as being a good wheel as long as you aren't really heavy or riding the paris roubaix. As for the free hub engaging so far into the pedal stroke, that I've...
  12. Call me lucky, but I've ridden both the GP4KS...

    Call me lucky, but I've ridden both the GP4KS and 2, plus the Michelin pro 4 endurance and had no issues with flats. I have gotten a flat at around 2500 miles but i was going through a construction...
  13. 444690 Found the end of a local trail on a 60...

    444690

    Found the end of a local trail on a 60 mile ride!
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    Perfect for bikes!

    Perfect for bikes!
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    I actually use two torque wrenches on my bicycle...

    I actually use two torque wrenches on my bicycle with Craftsman Hex Sockets. The first is a smaller 3/8" drive that is set in in*lbs for the light stuff. I use my 1/2" that I had laying around when...
  16. First I make sure to eat well before the ride. I...

    First I make sure to eat well before the ride. I like to ensure that I have some stored energy to burn. I snack nearly constantly when riding long distances that amounts to roughly 200 calories per...
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    Continuing on the Novara train, my girlfriend...

    Continuing on the Novara train, my girlfriend bought a Divano with Sora 8speed components a few years back, and we recently upgraded to 105 10 speed, and for the money I say that is a fantastic bike....
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    I personally have used the GP4000S and the...

    I personally have used the GP4000S and the GP4000S II. Both are great tires. I love the suppleness of them along with their puncture resistance. The only reason I had to retire one after only 1200...
  19. My BB30 never really creaked, but I have a nasty...

    My BB30 never really creaked, but I have a nasty clicking problem with mine that I believe I have traced to the crankset. I have replaced the bearings myself, but when reinstalling them I put copper...
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    Part of me in a way wouldn't mind getting a...

    Part of me in a way wouldn't mind getting a ticket on my bike. Sure my insurance would go up, but hey! It makes for an interesting bar story.
  21. 441958 My bike is 19.7lbs without the bottles...

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    My bike is 19.7lbs without the bottles and the saddle bag.
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    Using cheap cables generally is not a great idea....

    Using cheap cables generally is not a great idea. The housings internally do not have very good lubricants if any at all, and the cables themselves are not manufactured to a high standard. Both of...
  23. If you go with a mountain derailleur you're only...

    If you go with a mountain derailleur you're only going to notice poor performance as your shifter's pull ratio won't match up with the gearing and expected movement that the engineers designed into...
  24. You would need to adjust the front derailleur....

    You would need to adjust the front derailleur. Ideally the outer cage of the derailleur should be parallel to the large ring and the bottom part of the outer portion of the cage should be 1 to 3 mm...
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    The barrel adjuster near the shifter works the...

    The barrel adjuster near the shifter works the same way as on the rear derailleur. Typically when you need to replace cables I tend to do it every couple of years as I can get caught in the rain from...
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