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    I've had excellent reliability from a half dozen...

    I've had excellent reliability from a half dozen nexus-7 builds (originally used by my kids, now distributed around the neighborhood). I commuted on a nexus-7 for several years until I noticed some...
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    Cut out saddle solved that problem for me. I...

    Cut out saddle solved that problem for me. I think it comes down to finding the right saddle --usually a trial and error process. And recumbents aren't necessarily a universal solution. I had...
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    I have standing bins with various sized slide out...

    I have standing bins with various sized slide out drawers. I frequently engage in this ritual where I pull them open and slide them closed in rapid succession two at a time when I'm scanning for...
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    For RAGBRAI you may want to practice your...

    For RAGBRAI you may want to practice your drinking also ;)
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    Another option that I've done twice now --is to...

    Another option that I've done twice now --is to acquire a Shimano 6503 vintage (or 105 equivalent) triple crank and simply use the inner two cranks. Both of my conversions removed the 52 (replaced...
  6. Not easy to tell. I did a toe overlap calculator...

    Not easy to tell. I did a toe overlap calculator a few years ago and posted it here. You could look it up. It included a lot of elements (shoe extension beyond pedal, crank length, BB height, head...
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    That is the exact technique I used on all four of...

    That is the exact technique I used on all four of my kids. Worked great. Grassy slope in the park across the street was perfect.
  8. :) Not me. Others whose bikes I end up fixing. ;)

    :) Not me. Others whose bikes I end up fixing. ;)
  9. I believe an important element of a tourer is...

    I believe an important element of a tourer is field repairability. I avoid disc brakes largely because I think rim brakes are easier to maintain or fix after a crash on the side of the road. Ditto...
  10. I also dislike toe overlap and I don't listen to...

    I also dislike toe overlap and I don't listen to folks telling me I should just ignore it. There are plenty of times where groups can slow way down and you find yourself meandering through a slowing...
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    Long ago I was not so concerned about brake...

    Long ago I was not so concerned about brake reliability and performance because everything seemed mostly workable in almost any condition. Then one of my trips took me down an incredibly long,...
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    Ditto. I suspect the pads are not centered and...

    Ditto. I suspect the pads are not centered and you are mitigating that by fiddling with how the wheel sits in the drops. Fit the wheel as described above (upright) and then address any pad...
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    And its region dependent... I always remember...

    And its region dependent... I always remember asking for some directions in NYC. The guy looked at me like I had insulted him and said, "What am I --your tour guide? Get out a here"
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    I learned long ago that people can often give...

    I learned long ago that people can often give wrong or unintelligible directions sometimes. Going miles out of your way in a car is not so bad. On a bike it can be bad. I use a GPS.
  15. I like this idea --a lot.

    I like this idea --a lot.
  16. Sort of the definition of hobby, right? ...

    Sort of the definition of hobby, right? Something you obsess over. I enjoy going deep into experimentation and developing an expertise in a topic I like.
    Several friends who have observed the...
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    I like that derailleur a lot --and use it on two...

    I like that derailleur a lot --and use it on two of my bikes (with another in my parts drawer for a future build). Both are currently running 10 speed drive trains (with one still using a "9-speed"...
  18. I think it's best to keep it to yourself. I once...

    I think it's best to keep it to yourself. I once looked into a transmitter /receiver pair that others could use to hear my playlist without blasting it openly. Abandoned that. I do use headphones...
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    My wife once demanded to know what gear I was in...

    My wife once demanded to know what gear I was in because she felt I was having an easier time. I tried to tell her gear numbers on a rapid shift display meant basically nothing. She, being a highly...
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    Fifths per Barn Weekend. (Sorry, just remembering...

    Fifths per Barn Weekend. (Sorry, just remembering a dimensional analysis question on a physics exam. --so bizarre the things we remember.)
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    I've been building up light touring bikes for...

    I've been building up light touring bikes for years (resto-mod style) --too match an annual trip we do in Wisconsin. My favorite donor frames seem to be late 90s LeMond frames. But exact features...
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    If you're really looking to save a mm here and...

    If you're really looking to save a mm here and there (shaving, etc), you could try using a size smaller bearing ball. I once used a size larger bearing ball to raise the threaded elements just...
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    If there's any visible space on the brake arms...

    If there's any visible space on the brake arms beneath the pads it will likely be a simple fit with minimal brake adjustment.
  24. When no other traffic exists I have observed that...

    When no other traffic exists I have observed that cars seldom ever completely stop also. My commute to the train includes a heavy bike and backpack, -- and I'm looking to not get sweaty. So I ride...
  25. Fit will be a little bit of trial and error. ...

    Fit will be a little bit of trial and error. BUT, I'm a big fan of converting older 27's into 700C wheels. New wheels, better clearance, much better options for tire choice. Often the existing...
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