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  1. It seems like there is a difference between what...

    It seems like there is a difference between what you need and what you want. While you can commute on a mountain bike, something more road oriented is better for commuting. Your son is only 3, so...
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    What was your impression of the mountain bike you...

    What was your impression of the mountain bike you rented?
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    Shimano Acera M360 3x8 Shift Levers...

    Shimano Acera M360 3x8 Shift Levers
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    They are probably Wellgo pedals. Those were my...

    They are probably Wellgo pedals. Those were my first clipless, and I used them up until last spring, when I finally switched to M540s. My only beef with that design is that I smacked my shins a...
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    OK. My advise is to put the front derailleur...

    OK. My advise is to put the front derailleur back on and replace the shifters. Give it a basic tuneup, replace any worn parts (chain, cables, brake pads, tires), and ride it. I see no benefit to...
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    The 7500 was a decent enough bike. If memory...

    The 7500 was a decent enough bike. If memory serves, it was at the upper end of the line for Trek hybrids. Any reason you can't just stick with the stock build, give it a basic tuneup and just...
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    $200? You can get SPD pedals for less than $50...

    $200? You can get SPD pedals for less than $50 online. Shoes might cost a few bucks, but they don't have to cost any more than any other type of athletic shoe. I use 2 sided pedals, but if you...
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    I maintain that this sort of bike, either in...

    I maintain that this sort of bike, either in Steel or Aluminum (or the Salsa Vaya, Kona Rove, Giant Anyroad, etc, etc) might just be the ideal bike for a Clyde looking for an all around bike that can...
  9. Thread: Trek recall

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    I always emphasize to my son to do a quick check...

    I always emphasize to my son to do a quick check of his bike (brakes, shifters, wheels, and chainline) before hitting the mountain biking trails, though his bike is older and doesn't have disc...
  10. Thread: Trek recall

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    Though I am a lawyer, I don't practice products...

    Though I am a lawyer, I don't practice products liability law, so take my comments FWIW. Any injury or death, whether due to defective design or user error is too many, and the number of injuries...
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    Take that with a grain of salt. i hear that sort...

    Take that with a grain of salt. i hear that sort of puffery from Trek and Specialized dealers, and I don't believe it. I suspect big corporate giants like Specialized put pressure on their...
  12. Thread: Trek recall

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    Exactly right. I was talking to an acquaintance...

    Exactly right. I was talking to an acquaintance at the gym last night who is a salesman and bike enthusiast about this. Trek is taking what could be a problem and turning it into an opportunity to...
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    The Jones cut H bar has some of the same...

    The Jones cut H bar has some of the same functionality and hand positions as the Bontrager.
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    This is what frustrates me about Trek. They come...

    This is what frustrates me about Trek. They come up with something cool, then only offer it in carbon fiber and only on one model. How hard would it be to sell an aluminum version, and/or make it an...
  15. When my son was 10, I bought him a used Trek 800,...

    When my son was 10, I bought him a used Trek 800, no suspension. I took the aggressive knobbies off in favor of Geax Street Runners. He used that bike just about every day in the spring and summer...
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    Yes, 15" hybrid is way too small for someone...

    Yes, 15" hybrid is way too small for someone 5'10". Maybe a 19" or 20" frame would be a better fit.
  17. Lower and upright are relative terms but it comes...

    Lower and upright are relative terms but it comes down to this. Your riding position is ultimately going to have to strike a balance between comfort and aerodynamics (and dynamics). Moreover, you...
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    I asked my local Surly dealer if they would let...

    I asked my local Surly dealer if they would let me test ride a Surly with a Jones H Bar, but they don't currently stock the Ogre or the Troll, which are the only Surlys that come stock with an H bar.
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    Right.

    Right.
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    22:28 is plenty small. That is the smallest gear...

    22:28 is plenty small. That is the smallest gear on my old hybrid, and gear inch calculator says that is 21.5 gear inches. Must be a steep hill if 21.5 gear inches won't get you up that hill. Then...
  21. Thread: Giant Anyroad!

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    I use the Salsa Short and Shallow, and it comes...

    I use the Salsa Short and Shallow, and it comes in different widths. I think I have the 44 cm size. When I was helping my friend with his road bike last month, I was shocked how much narrower his...
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    I use Sheldon Brown's calculator. Sheldon Brown's...

    I use Sheldon Brown's calculator. Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Gear Calculator

    As for calculating your old bike's gear ratios, you could count the teeth on the chainrings and cogs and plug it into the...
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    Actually, not better for hills. Better for steep...

    Actually, not better for hills. Better for steep mountain ascents. I have an old Bianchi hybrid with a 22 tooth small chainring and it is frankly unusuable for climbing because in my area, there...
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    You can say that again. 22:34 is 17.7 gear...

    You can say that again. 22:34 is 17.7 gear inches. At 80 rpm, that is 4 mph! Hard to imagine even an extremely out of shape cyclist who would need such a gear for the road. (mountain trails are...
  25. Thread: Giant Anyroad!

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    Drop bars come in different widths. When I was...

    Drop bars come in different widths. When I was getting fitted for my last bike, a Salsa Casseroll, the owner of the shop told me he thought I would benefit from wider drop bars. He didn't even...
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