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    Slightly undersized iz no problem. Slightly...

    Slightly undersized iz no problem. Slightly oversized is. I wouldn't sweat - go for it.

    These make all sizes:
    Schwalbe North America | Schwalbe North America
  2. At the same price, I'd still go for 8 speed, over...

    At the same price, I'd still go for 8 speed, over more speeds. More space between sprockets, so less problems in case of bad/dirty cables and housing. Also, 8 speed is easier to shift without index...
  3. For a touring triple I'd go with 3x8. More...

    For a touring triple I'd go with 3x8. More durable, robust, and cheaper.
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    Backpack should be placed on the rear rack, not...

    Backpack should be placed on the rear rack, not on your back. Make the bike carry the uncomfortable weight. No sweating your back, more comfortable. You can also add panniers if you need more luggage...
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    Latex gloves can come in handy in those...

    Latex gloves can come in handy in those conditions. Not much, but they can help.
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    My winters go up to -15 C. Roads are plowed and...

    My winters go up to -15 C. Roads are plowed and salted regularly. In those conditions: old 1996. rigid MTB with Schwalbe Marathon Winter tyres 47-559 works perfectly. I lube cables and shifter pivot...
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    If you like that, it doesn't mean it's everyone's...

    If you like that, it doesn't mean it's everyone's cup of tea. :)
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    If all the people left their U-lockes locked on...

    If all the people left their U-lockes locked on posts, would it be possible to approach and lock your bicycle?
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    Where, how much, how many thieves carry it? Like...

    Where, how much, how many thieves carry it? Like I said, most thieves carry cutters where I live, so those hard locks have helped me so far, while softer chains or cables (even thick ones) have been...
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    Leather needs to be treated to prevent it from...

    Leather needs to be treated to prevent it from dryin out. Also, it prevents it from soaking too much water too often. Both those things are not good for leather.

    I used to put Proofhidewhatever,...
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    I agree. Harder ones are easier to smash....

    I agree. Harder ones are easier to smash. However, it takes an anvil, or somethig acting like one. That means you either leave your chain/Ulock laying on the concrete (not wise for several reasons),...
  12. I love skidding. :) Do it on geared bikes often...

    I love skidding. :) Do it on geared bikes often - it's fun! :)
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    I'll quote a chain producer: "Case hardening...

    I'll quote a chain producer:

    "Case hardening is very inexpensive and provides virtually no protection against bolt cutters. The case hardening process is usually only a few thousandths of an inch...
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    Correct, up to a point. Any chain is as good as...

    Correct, up to a point. Any chain is as good as it's weakest link. One good chain can be harder to break than 2 bad ones. That is also something to have in mind. Good quality core hardened steel that...
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    Coming from Europe. Brooks Flyer cost me around...

    Coming from Europe. Brooks Flyer cost me around 60e, while quality synth saddles are around 50e.
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    Flaws: Heavy (if that worries you, shouldn't be...

    Flaws:
    Heavy (if that worries you, shouldn't be a problem for commuting bicycle)
    Cold (leather is cold in winter/autumn time)
    Gets soaked in the rain - not nice. You need to worry about puting...
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    Bordo Granit X-plus (not the 6000 model) is as...

    Bordo Granit X-plus (not the 6000 model) is as good as you can carry on a bicycle. Any chain can be cut with enough time and good tools.
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    Good choice. I've been using it for years. Only...

    Good choice. I've been using it for years. Only better thing is a good, thick chain, which is more expensive, heavier and more problem to carry on a bicycle (Bordo has that neat carry frame mounted...
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    That's what I do. Same logic.

    That's what I do. Same logic.
  20. I agree, although I don't se a point in going...

    I agree, although I don't se a point in going narrower than 28mm for commuting. In terms of comfort, reliability, puncture resistance, need for pumping daily to maintain tyre pressure, I believe 28...
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    Yup, those will be nice memories - for me they...

    Yup, those will be nice memories - for me they were. It could also help him in the future - I've always been more confident than most my friends when it comes to fixing or building things.

    Though,...
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    I used to do those things with my dad. Cleaning...

    I used to do those things with my dad. Cleaning and greasing chains and bearings on all our family bicycles (sister, parents and I all had one-or two bicycles each :) ). Our family Yugo 55 car did...
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    How does it work with sand and dirt? Does it...

    How does it work with sand and dirt? Does it attract more sand than standard motor oil, or is it the same?
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    How long does that take, how much do you earn per...

    How long does that take, how much do you earn per hour, how much does a new chain last, and, finally, how much more mileage does all this fuss grant you?

    I just wipe chain with an old rag, lube...
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    +1 Fully synthetic motor oil (winter one e.g....

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    Fully synthetic motor oil (winter one e.g. 0w30) is good enough for winter even without any mixing with mineral spirits. The most expensive one is 10 euros per whole litre. Lifetime supply. :)...
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