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    Sounds like they might have been built without...

    Sounds like they might have been built without any spoke prep. It happens, but it's disappointing.
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    Looks like a solid buy. I'm glad you fixed the...

    Looks like a solid buy. I'm glad you fixed the stem -- that was worrying.

    You have several options on rust resistance. You can go the framesaver route, though be careful -- it's very nasty stuff...
  3. Yup. Went for a run in the rain, which I now...

    Yup. Went for a run in the rain, which I now love. Good book going on the headphones, and a kitchen pass. So, I did a half-marathon. Slow, but done, by myself, with virtually no prep. Felt fine the...
  4. Interesting. My wife made a very interesting...

    Interesting.

    My wife made a very interesting observation the other day. She said I changed completely when I went from being reward-focused to being goal-focused. Huh. Never thought of it that...
  5. On crank length, sure, give it a try. I have...

    On crank length, sure, give it a try. I have standard 175s on the road bike, 165s on the fixed gear (I'm almost 6'4). Reason for the 165s is that it's fixed, so you can't stop pedaling and you have...
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    Like so many here, I found Tom on the forum,...

    Like so many here, I found Tom on the forum, offering a firm push towards not just health, but wellness. Tom had a way of reinforcing the physical as a path to emotional well being.

    When I first...
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    I have two friends who had a23s, and got rid of...

    I have two friends who had a23s, and got rid of them. They are apparently very difficult to mount tires on. One friend routinely rolls tires into his rims with no levers -- took him an hour to change...
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    Looked it up. Assuming your Serotta is standard...

    Looked it up. Assuming your Serotta is standard geo, the 63 has a 60 TT. Which is annoying and can lead to errors. I hate it when bike companies do this. That size sounds right for 6'4. For cross I'd...
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    You're 6'4 on a 63? Is it a true 63, or is it...

    You're 6'4 on a 63? Is it a true 63, or is it just whacky sizing?

    I'm a half inch shorter than you. Roadie is a 59, and cross I'd be looking more like a 58.

    Make sure you're comparing TT...
  10. Some of the perceived standover issue is...

    Some of the perceived standover issue is technique. You should come off the saddle completely to stand. And, you can and should lean the bike a little (10 degrees or so) to one side or the other....
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    Sticky: Just came back to have a visit -- nice to see...

    Just came back to have a visit -- nice to see this having so much momentum. Keep it up, all, and I'll see you on the road!
  12. To the original question -- yes. I'm 6.3'5, and...

    To the original question -- yes. I'm 6.3'5, and went from 260 to a steady 210 or so (not going to lose anymore without shedding muscle). At my heaviest, I rode a 58 road bike with a 110 mm stem and a...
  13. AS long as you're sticking with 10-speed (SRAM /...

    AS long as you're sticking with 10-speed (SRAM / Shimano) and you know how to adjust the brakes (sometimes different rims need a little more or less reach), wheelset should be compatible.
  14. I am a fan of steel, thought the Synapse has a...

    I am a fan of steel, thought the Synapse has a solid reputation. My only footnote on the Surly is the tubing -- nothing wrong with it, but it's lower-end and their bikes have a reputation for feeling...
  15. I really wanted Sidis to work for me, but they...

    I really wanted Sidis to work for me, but they just didn't fit right. hen I found some with a big enough toe and heel box, they felt very open and almost like slippers. An alternate for folks with...
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    Oh, wait, are we also talking MTB drivetrains? On...

    Oh, wait, are we also talking MTB drivetrains? On those, yup, I still have a triple.
  17. Disagree. The recommended tape width of 18mm...

    Disagree. The recommended tape width of 18mm suggests to me this is a standard-width road rim, likely 19mm. So if we assume that, then the sweet spot with 25s for this size ride I would say is likely...
  18. How wide are your rims? A wider rim can handle...

    How wide are your rims? A wider rim can handle lower pressure without pinch-flatting.

    I'm 210ish. I ride:
    - on Ambrosio rims (20 mm wide) with 25s: 110 rear and 95 front. 1 pinch flat in 10,000...
  19. I agree on the tube. I would go back for the...

    I agree on the tube. I would go back for the tension check, though. A wheel that pings when new has, in my (limited, but about 60,000 miles on about 8 wheel sets)experience not been properly cycled...
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    I'm a total Luddite when it comes to the...

    I'm a total Luddite when it comes to the electronic stuff. I have enough crap in my life that requires plugging into a USB port, and I like the mechanical purity of a bike. I have ridden both Campy...
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    :-). I love how folks are nice here. My...

    :-). I love how folks are nice here. My experience is completely different from yours. My guess is you're just better and dealing with FDs than I am (lordy, I hate those things).

    Enjoy the rides,...
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    Well, this is fun. I personally find triples...

    Well, this is fun.

    I personally find triples to be a PITA. Front shifting is challenging, parts are much harder to come by and the gear duplication is very high.

    Three things not mentioned on...
  23. A thought -- listen. Wheels that have issues...

    A thought -- listen.

    Wheels that have issues often make noise. If they are new and not bedded in with the right tension, they can ping. If there's a loose spoke or two, they will click.
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    Interesting. I've ridden everything from 53/39...

    Interesting. I've ridden everything from 53/39 with an 11/25 to 50/34 with a 12/32.

    For reference, I'm 6'3, about 210, ride about 3-4k miles a year. Usually just rollers, but this year I did some...
  25. With an older box section rim, build quality...

    With an older box section rim, build quality becomes more important. I personally have not had much luck with open pros or open sports, and PB wheels are usually machine-made. Nothing wrong with...
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