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    The TRP Spyres on my cheap (~1k) Novara bike from...

    The TRP Spyres on my cheap (~1k) Novara bike from REI are pretty solid! They were very well reviewed, and my own impression confirms it. So I don't know that I would automatically exclude anything...
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    I always do. Because everyone has a need for...

    I always do. Because everyone has a need for smart conversation every once in while. No, I'm not schizophrenic. Neither am I. Don't listen to that guy!
  3. Since it was mentioned: yes, I fully agree that...

    Since it was mentioned: yes, I fully agree that other upgrades take priority. Saddle was the first one, of course, and I think that's natural, everyone needs a saddle that fits them. I also replaced...
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    My intro to clipping in was with these pedals...

    My intro to clipping in was with these pedals from Performance: Forté Boulevard Pedals
    They are called Forte Boulevard, Forte is a Performance Bike brand. I like them a lot, and they are really...
  5. Thanks everyone. Lots of useful information. The...

    Thanks everyone. Lots of useful information. The sound decision is probably to hold off. I may go for the 105 crank instead when it comes time to upgrade, Nashbar sells them for 125, which seems like...
  6. FSA Gossamer crank: is it an upgrade over the Omega my bike came with?

    Hi everyone,
    I have a recently purchased entry level road bike, one of REI's own Novara Stradas. I really like it, and I think it was a good deal for the money. Most of the drivetrain is Shimano...
  7. I have a pair of Gyro Grind shoes, bought at REI....

    I have a pair of Gyro Grind shoes, bought at REI. They have been excellent for me, with multi-directional SPD and a pair of cheap but excellent (to me) dual sided pedals. Off the bike they get...
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    I have three. Harold, Muriel and Grease...

    I have three. Harold, Muriel and Grease Lightning. Yep. No shame about it at all.
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    So, it's not clear to me, how do you feel about...

    So, it's not clear to me, how do you feel about squeaky breaks?? :)
    With the re-stated caveat that I'm a noob, I really like them. No squeaking that I could hear. I have not been into outright dirt...
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    I'm thinking I should get a U-lock if I buy this.

    I'm thinking I should get a U-lock if I buy this.
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    Not all LBS are the same. Nothing is uniform. I...

    Not all LBS are the same. Nothing is uniform. I use two local stores, which happen to be local branches of chain stores (REI and Performance, not a secret). There are things I get out of them that I...
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    The first crash always hurts the most, indeed....

    The first crash always hurts the most, indeed. Also, "expensive" is a very subjective term. My first 1k bike was expensive to me, so that first crash was painful. Physically and psychologically. Fell...
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    I never used the warranty either, but I have...

    I never used the warranty either, but I have returned parts, some clearly broken due to user error, and they took them back! Nothing but really positive experiences, and I will keep shopping there....
  14. Thanks guys. I wish I had done a better job...

    Thanks guys. I wish I had done a better job reading up on this. I had not realized how important it was to make sure the tube was clean before putting the post in. I may just go back to aluminum......
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    My low cost REI Novara bike came with TRP Spyres,...

    My low cost REI Novara bike came with TRP Spyres, which I saw someone else already recommended. Note that these are the first disc brakes I've ever had on a road bike, and I'm not very experienced,...
  16. New member of the cracked carbon seatpost club

    Yay, joy....
    Brand new tube, from my local Performance. I put it in, checked the torque recs, it said 3-5NM. I used my Ritchey torque key and I stopped where I thought I was just before the 5NM...
  17. Thanks for the reply. I could put it on the...

    Thanks for the reply. I could put it on the table. I don't mind being close to the ground briefly while I work on it. But should I be worried about torque and forces applied? I am talking about crank...
  18. Can a bicycle trainer double as a repair stand?

    This might be terrible idea, but I'm thinking of getting a trainer, to use for its intended purpose, for fitting when I upgrade something or change adjustments, and, I was wondering, could it also be...
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    I certainly see the value in a supportive...

    I certainly see the value in a supportive community, and I didn't mean to minimize that. I'm just suggesting that you take everything online for what it is, and not a substitute for actual medical...
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    Nice to see this whole thread go on for 4 pages...

    Nice to see this whole thread go on for 4 pages staying helpful and free of personal attacks :)
    I saw a mention about the disc brakes above. Interesting point, and we shouldn't hijack the thread,...
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    Might also be worth keeping in mind that getting...

    Might also be worth keeping in mind that getting medical advice on here is about as wise as getting advice on fixing your bottom bracket from your urologist (unless he happens to also be a bike...
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    Good idea to look at all the options. Since you...

    Good idea to look at all the options. Since you asked about thoughts on the Novara 5D: I actually like mine a lot, but I don't have anything to compare it to for long term use. I test rode this, the...
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    Since I recently asked myself the same question,...

    Since I recently asked myself the same question, and I am happy with the answer I found: I bought the Novara Strada from REI. I got the 2015 Strada 5D, listed at 1200 and got the 20% off (still on!)...
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    Aah, I remember the feeling of first...

    Aah, I remember the feeling of first accomplishing this :thumb:
    Yep, watching the videos, reading the books and trying it out is the way to go. The key for me was also learning the order in which to...
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    I think you already got good answers. I'll throw...

    I think you already got good answers. I'll throw in another opinion for the correct fit and against thinking of padding as a panaceum. I am relatively new to semi-serious biking and for a while I...
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