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  1. OP: Start by asking your friends why they have a...

    OP: Start by asking your friends why they have a carbon fork on their Ti bike.
  2. The two complaints I have about compact cranks is...

    The two complaints I have about compact cranks is that (1) the 34-tooth is a bit too small to handle normal riding, and (2) the gap from 34 to 50 means you have to shift 3 or 4 times on the rear cogs...
  3. I rode a gold standard endurance bike - a carbon...

    I rode a gold standard endurance bike - a carbon fiber Specialized Roubaix Pro, until it was stolen with 55K miles on it. Since I don't want to lock my bike at stops (where it was stolen ;)), I...
  4. Do you always have a box on hand to ship an...

    Do you always have a box on hand to ship an entire bike or frame back?
  5. I have, and will continue buying my bikes at the...

    I have, and will continue buying my bikes at the LBS. Not just because there's no choice for the major brands. The LBS from whom I buy most of my bikes has gone out of its way for warranty help. And...
  6. If $500 is your max, and you want new, you could...

    If $500 is your max, and you want new, you could do worse than something from BikesDirect. Like this one for $499 (free shipping, no taxes):

    Save Up to 60% Off Carbon Fork Shimano Road Bikes -...
  7. Thread: 168miles

    by akansaskid
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    Nah, most of you could do it, too. You had a life...

    Nah, most of you could do it, too. You had a life that year and I had a goal. Ride one or two centuries every weekend, all year, and almost every day of vacations. They add up. After the year, you...
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    OP: You gave yourself away with the Guzzi. ;)...

    OP: You gave yourself away with the Guzzi. ;) Guzzi's are all about character. There's no centerstand on the California to ease maintenance and tire changes, and a simple oil change requires the mess...
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    The Specialized Secteur and Giant Defy are two...

    The Specialized Secteur and Giant Defy are two other aluminum bikes under $1K with relaxed, endurance geometries, too. I'd look at these and that Trek, and pick the one most comfortable. They're all...
  10. Thread: 168miles

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    My bet is he failed - either didn't start or quit...

    My bet is he failed - either didn't start or quit in route. Nevertheless, props for trying! I rode 104 centuries in one year when I was 61 four years ago. That included 7 days in a row, four of which...
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    Even better, I let my LBS handle it. The first...

    Even better, I let my LBS handle it. The first 105 broke on a Monday, midday. They called Shimano, said it wore out at 15K miles in less than a year. Shimano decided I'd miss a few miles if they went...
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    I had three 5600 105 rear shifters each wear out...

    I had three 5600 105 rear shifters each wear out at about 15K miles. The internal detent/rachet was worn so it wouldn't catch on the 5th tooth. You could shift from 4th to 6th and from 6th to 4th,...
  13. OP here. The responses seem to run from "I feel...

    OP here. The responses seem to run from "I feel your pain" to "You can learn to live with them". Not exactly a ringing endorsement of press-fit bottom brackets. I notice that Bikes Direct's...
  14. Ditto, and hence my starting the thread. I'd love...

    Ditto, and hence my starting the thread. I'd love a new mid-range bike, but I can't bring myself to buying one with a press-fit bottom bracket. Perhaps its fans buy new bikes before they ever get to,...
  15. Literally, that means that they can be serviced....

    Literally, that means that they can be serviced. That's not in question. How easily, inexpensively they can be serviced is. Especially compared to external bearing bottom brackets. I won't be flexing...
  16. Am I Wrong to Hate Press-Fit Bottom Brackets?

    My two most recent bikes have had external bearing bottom brackets (spin-on Hollowtech II Shimanos). I replace them annually at 15K miles. Just spin the old off and spin the new on. Simple. I'd love...
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    When I was only 61, I rode my Roubaix Pro over...

    When I was only 61, I rode my Roubaix Pro over 18,000 miles that year, doing 104 centuries. It was stolen two years later. I replaced it with an aluminum Secteur because it had identical geometry,...
  18. I've owned a Roubaix Pro (frame set) and Secteur,...

    I've owned a Roubaix Pro (frame set) and Secteur, which is the Sequoia's replacement. The Secteur and Roubaix have identical geometries. Both have carbon forks, the Roubaix has a carbon frame, the...
  19. Thread: New Bike

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    How well does your Trek 1.2 for now? Were you...

    How well does your Trek 1.2 for now? Were you fitted for it? Reach to bars too long or too short? Height of bars too high or too low? What needs to be changed? Compare the geometry of your 1.2 with...
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    My 2013 Secteur came with Sora 9-speed. At 6000...

    My 2013 Secteur came with Sora 9-speed. At 6000 miles the right shifter totally locked up. Shimano offered an obsolete 9-speed Tiagra as a replacement. My Roubaix went through three 5600 105 right...
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    Probably not what you're looking for, but I had...

    Probably not what you're looking for, but I had three Shimano 10-speed 105 5600 series rear shifters go bad, each at about 15,000 miles. A cog on the ratchet would wear out, so it would skip a gear....
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    Unsaid is the best reason for me to consider...

    Unsaid is the best reason for me to consider going from my 34-50 compact to 36-46 cross bike gearing: less than 3-4 shifts on the cassette when you shift from one chain ring to the other.
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    I have silver Dimension (brand) pedals with...

    I have silver Dimension (brand) pedals with Velo-Orange polished steel "half-clips" on both of my bikes. Based on comments I get, it's a striking combination. Esp. along with a honey Brooks B17 and a...
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    Hills come and go; the wind is there constantly....

    Hills come and go; the wind is there constantly. Hills are tiring; wind is dispiriting.
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    Poll: The one that fits the best (feels natural)....

    The one that fits the best (feels natural). That's a combination of the bike's initial geometry and the shop's willingness and expertise to adjust it to you. If you really feel they all fit well,...
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