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    When the wind blows hard, its hard to pedal in...

    When the wind blows hard, its hard to pedal in the face of it and exhaustion sets in quickly. Its just easier to walk the bike when the wind blows in your direction... riding the opposite way from it...
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    Leather saddles weigh more than plastic saddles....

    Leather saddles weigh more than plastic saddles. But they have one advantage over them - they are much more comfortable because when your butt presses down, the saddle gradually conforms to your...
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    No. Tubes made for a specific tire size will work...

    No. Tubes made for a specific tire size will work with tires for that size regardless of the width - for instance, if you have a 700 C tire size, your tubes should work as well for your narrow width...
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    The appeal of a mini velo lies in its being able...

    The appeal of a mini velo lies in its being able to zip through urban congestion, smaller wheels roll faster over the ground and it makes taking a bike up and down a multi-story apartment every day a...
  5. I'm 5'7" and I'm at home on a 17" 29er - which is...

    I'm 5'7" and I'm at home on a 17" 29er - which is the sweet spot for this bike.

    If a 29er doesn't work well for you, a 27.5 is certainly the ticket.
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    Its too small. You need a 55 or 56. At 5'7" my...

    Its too small.

    You need a 55 or 56. At 5'7" my sizes are 52,53 or 54 depending on the brand.

    You cannot make a small bike more comfortable while you can sorta work with a too big frame.
  7. Our late guru Sheldon Brown has a good write up...

    Our late guru Sheldon Brown has a good write up on the history of the Raleigh Sports. The top of the line model was the Superbe. In its day, it was the finest utility bicycle money could buy.
  8. I'd install classic block pedals. Its a heresy to...

    I'd install classic block pedals. Its a heresy to use any other kind on a utility bike!
  9. Nice take on the classic Raleigh Superbe utility...

    Nice take on the classic Raleigh Superbe utility bike.

    Its an every day, go everywhere bike.

    And steel is a good ride! :thumb:
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    Its always a good idea to buy new tubes when you...

    Its always a good idea to buy new tubes when you buy the tires or get them installed by your LBS mechanic.
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    They should. Whether you want to run narrow or...

    They should. Whether you want to run narrow or wider tires is a personal preference.
  12. I've used Tenso.com in the past and its the way...

    I've used Tenso.com in the past and its the way to buy from Japanese stores that won't ship abroad.

    Its fast, secure and reliable. Depending on the value of the bike, you may or may not owe a duty...
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    I run Freedom Cruz with Urban Barrier protection...

    I run Freedom Cruz with Urban Barrier protection from WTB that I got for $50. They're 29 X 2.0 which is the perfect 29er size.

    And they run quite well both on pavement and hardpack.
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    I'd recommend Nitto Albatross or Wald cruiser...

    I'd recommend Nitto Albatross or Wald cruiser bars if you're on a budget.

    They make riding feel natural.
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    Schwinn has budget bikes in the box store...

    Schwinn has budget bikes in the box store channel. They're not highly regarded here.

    Schwinn has BDS bikes for distribution to IBD. They're top-notch, legendary Schwinn quality.

    My first bike...
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    Its reasonable. Don't forget the labor - a good...

    Its reasonable. Don't forget the labor - a good mechanic costs you some money on top of the parts.

    If you don't like LBS rates, don't have a bike.

    And please don't troll - its unbecoming!
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    Try eBay. A 1990s double butted 26" MTB can be...

    Try eBay. A 1990s double butted 26" MTB can be had for $300-$400 in good condition.

    They're "old school" but perfect if you're on a budget.

    I scooped up a Marin Muirwoods 29er 2013 model for...
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    Good review! Its decent for an entry level...

    Good review!

    Its decent for an entry level commuter bike.

    Considering even top of the line Dutch bikes are now imported from Asia.
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    The older lugged models are really full-on...

    The older lugged models are really full-on touring bikes since those Trek 750s happen to share the same touring bike geometry as their more famous Trek 520 touring bike sibling!

    Trek 750s acquired...
  20. A Marin Lombard is also worth considering - a...

    A Marin Lombard is also worth considering - a drop bar country/adventure bike companion to the Marin Muirwoods which in the 29er version, is great all-around bike.
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    As I recall, his friend Bill Shatner would steal...

    As I recall, his friend Bill Shatner would steal his bike and hang it from the rafters just to have a joke at his expense.

    When Leonard found out who did it, he was not amused.
  22. I'm familiar with the area when I lived in...

    I'm familiar with the area when I lived in California. The foothills tend to be rugged country. Your main danger is pitch darkness and wild animals that might come down from the mountains.

    I would...
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    Gary Fisher introduced the concept for Trek but...

    Gary Fisher introduced the concept for Trek but every bike manufacturer seems to make their own dual sport bike.

    Basically, people wanted a bike that was as tough as a mountain bike but that could...
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    Cannondale CX2: ...

    Cannondale CX2:

    http://media.cannondale.com/media/catalog/product/cache/3/small_image/725x/17f82f742ffe127f42dca9de82fb58b1/c/1/c15_cm2077_03_gry_2_1.1409192085.jpg

    Diamondback Trace XT:
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    You could get a drop bar bike and swap the bar to...

    You could get a drop bar bike and swap the bar to Nitto's new Albastache moustache bar. That would still give you plenty of hand positions with the comfort of a flat bar bike ride...
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