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  1. Both look like real nice bikes. Get the one that...

    Both look like real nice bikes. Get the one that is more comfortable.
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    Gyros can be set up for the brakes to function...

    Gyros can be set up for the brakes to function properly, but you need to know what you are doing. Learning to 'balance' a Gyro was a major personal milestone in my training as a bike mechanic.
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    But then they can't do bar spins!

    But then they can't do bar spins!
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    My experience has been that, when a broken spoke...

    My experience has been that, when a broken spoke is replaced and tightened up, the wheel is almost always 99% true. I have pretty low standards when it comes to truing my own wheels, though.
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    Admittedly, it may not be practical if you are...

    Admittedly, it may not be practical if you are already late for work, but using my technique you can replace a rear drive-side spoke without removing the cassette. And many pliers have a built-in...
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    You can make a temporary replacement spoke with a...

    You can make a temporary replacement spoke with a pair of needlenose pliers and a too-long spoke. Cut the elbow and bend off the long spoke and bend a new elbow (more of a 'hook') that can be fed...
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    I haven't bought a new bike for myself in...

    I haven't bought a new bike for myself in decades, but I have 2 pairs of Sidi cycling shoes and two helmets with combined worth of ~$400. And I will probably be buying a new pair of (probably Sidi)...
  8. You can probably find good synthetic fabric socks...

    You can probably find good synthetic fabric socks at places like WalMart. Our local discount chain store (Giant Tiger) often has clothing that is a reasonable stand-in for performance athletic wear,...
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    Than get a frame made by someone else, if you...

    Than get a frame made by someone else, if you think it feels too small.


    The 130mm stem, turned upwards, looks to me like a decent fit, though.
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    It is most likely a rubber gasket bonded to a...

    It is most likely a rubber gasket bonded to a metal ring, and the metal ring is pressed into the hub. It can be gently pried out with a slot screwdriver, working around the circumference and prying...
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    I have encountered many many many off leash dogs,...

    I have encountered many many many off leash dogs, and been chased many times. The vast majority are 'fence line' dogs, but the majority of the remainder are non-violent dogs that just have a strong...
  12. This is why, just before I go out on any ride, I...

    This is why, just before I go out on any ride, I intentionally crap my pants, to eliminate the guesswork.
  13. I am one of the posters who regularly points out...

    I am one of the posters who regularly points out what I think are ill fitting bikes, but I have never said that there is one correct frame size for anyone... there is a range of sizes in most bikes...
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    You couldn't really use the barrel adjuster to...

    You couldn't really use the barrel adjuster to remove the wheels.
  15. Blasphemy!

    Blasphemy!
  16. I always assumed that statement was referring to...

    I always assumed that statement was referring to the ability of the Aluminum Falcon to take a shorter route - perhaps through a more dangerous part of the galaxy, or cutting a corner close to a black...
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    I thought the same thing - you don't need a brake...

    I thought the same thing - you don't need a brake on your trainer wheel... however, if they are hydraulic discs you should put something between the brake pads in case you absent-mindedly squeeze the...
  18. km is a measure of distance, not speed. Like...

    km is a measure of distance, not speed. Like parsecs.

    We are all lucky to be alive, though.
  19. 27000 km is plenty of life to get from any...

    27000 km is plenty of life to get from any component. I have had rims that took much less mileage (albeit very dirty mileage) before they wore through.

    Replace the rear rim with whatever strikes...
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    I have woodchippers but am not crazy about them. ...

    I have woodchippers but am not crazy about them. On paper they would seem to match what the OP is looking for, but I find they miss the mark, mainly because the bar top position is uncomfortable -...
  21. Yes. Wheels that are 8 speed compatible are also...

    Yes. Wheels that are 8 speed compatible are also 9 speed compatible, and the casette can be swapped over, provided that they both have the same (presumably Shimano/Sram compatible) cassette spline...
  22. Fietsbob has been a little grumpy lately... well,...

    Fietsbob has been a little grumpy lately... well, grumpier. His posts are usually constructive, if you can crack the encryption.
  23. My alfine 8 worked fine in the cold (Eastern...

    My alfine 8 worked fine in the cold (Eastern Ontario, Canada cold - probably more similar to Finland than Iowa), but I believe I could feel increased drag. I did the disassembly and ATF dip (as...
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    That will not happen. The hole is only in the...

    That will not happen. The hole is only in the tread, which is a completely separate part of the tire from the casing, which is what holds the tire together, holds pressure, and keeps you riding. ...
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    I think paying more than about $1000 for a car is...

    I think paying more than about $1000 for a car is crazy, but that's just me. I realize there are lots of sane people that spend tens of thousands of dollars on them - can you imagine how nice a bike...
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