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  2. Aim higher. You will of course be able to find...

    Aim higher. You will of course be able to find work as a bike mechanic because there is a lot of turnover in this field. There's a lot of turnover because the pay is not very good. I worked as a bike...
  3. I bought an old 50's Schwinn, and when repairing...

    I bought an old 50's Schwinn, and when repairing a rear flat, I counted 28 patches of various ages and colours on the tube. I was going to replace the tube, but decided instead to add a 29th patch. ...
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    Gyroscopic effect is not fully responsible for...

    Gyroscopic effect is not fully responsible for keeping a bike stable, but it plays a large part. You can experiment yourself, take a road bike wheel and a smaller wheel, spin it, and hold it at one...
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    Nothing could be more stupid than riding a bike...

    Nothing could be more stupid than riding a bike wearing headphones or ear buds. When riding a bicycle on a roadway with vehicles weighing tons and traveling at high speeds, you need the full use of...
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    When I worked in a bike shop years ago, we sold a...

    When I worked in a bike shop years ago, we sold a fair amount of children's, and low-end bikes. These were bread-and-butter, not expensive, but we made money on them. And we could always sell a few...
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    You also have to take into account the gyroscopic...

    You also have to take into account the gyroscopic effect of a spinning wheel. A larger wheel is more steady as the the increased circumference generates greater leverage. When I switch between my...
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    I would go for the Campione. The down-tube...

    I would go for the Campione. The down-tube shifters should not be an issue, they were used for racers for decades, and here in Japan they have made a comeback in recent years, you can find several...
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    I helped a friend of mine when he was working on...

    I helped a friend of mine when he was working on his dissertation for his PhD at Harvard (yes, I am an alumnus), and during the course of research, I spent a fair amount of time sifting through these...
  10. Keep your eyes open. Roads have cracks, holes,...

    Keep your eyes open. Roads have cracks, holes, tracks, slippery spots, broken glass, potholes, angry dogs, metal debris from cars, road kill, etc. etc. Don't zone out, or get distracted, keep an eye...
  11. Here in Tokyo few things are faster to get around...

    Here in Tokyo few things are faster to get around on than a bicycle. The laws here allow lane splitting, and bikes can go two ways on one-way streets. They are technically not allowed on sidewalks,...
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    Free protein. Out in the Everglades there are...

    Free protein. Out in the Everglades there are literally clouds of gnats. I can usually keep them out of my mouth and eyes, but they get into my helmet and under my jersey, and then wriggle around...
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    I had never been lost in my life until moving to...

    I had never been lost in my life until moving to Paris for a short time. On my second day there I set out on a short ride which became longer than intended. In the district I was located, all the...
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    I installed a new crank set which came with two...

    I installed a new crank set which came with two rings, the original Apex crank set was a surprisngly low-quality piece of "kit"; heavy, slightly out-of-round, and noisy. I now have an adapter for the...
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    I have had a couple of Huffies. My first bike was...

    I have had a couple of Huffies. My first bike was a Schwinn Stingray, which was stolen out of our garage. My parents replaced it with a bicentennial-edition Huffy in red-white-and blue colours. It...
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    One thing I can tell you about science and...

    One thing I can tell you about science and studies is that the results of either may be less accurate than you believe. Over the past decades many of the things we were told by science and scientists...
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    Actually, there was a strong demand for the...

    Actually, there was a strong demand for the straight frame here in Asia. The straight frame is lighter than the monocoque frame, and many buyers here buy these bikes because they have to carry them...
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    It was a demo model, so it was somewhat used, but...

    It was a demo model, so it was somewhat used, but still in good shape.
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    I agree that pain and numbness are obvious signs...

    I agree that pain and numbness are obvious signs that something is wrong, but the seat is only one of five parts where your body contacts the bike. If the other four parts are not in the right...
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    When looking at the pictures above, how is the...

    When looking at the pictures above, how is the person seated on the saddle? Is he upright? Or is he in a lower position? Is the seat level? tilted up? or tilted down? How much does the rider weigh?...
  21. As an economist, I would disagree that the...

    As an economist, I would disagree that the American economy has improved. Your labor participation rate as of this moment is 62.8%, which matches the worst days of the Carter presidency. And looking...
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    It's not a pro race, it's a competitive group...

    It's not a pro race, it's a competitive group ride without teams or teamwork, every person wants to fnish first. I am not at all surprised at the way they are riding, and that the OP crashed. I...
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    I have been riding for a long time, and I can...

    I have been riding for a long time, and I can tell you that sitting on a sofa is far more damaging to your health than sitting on a bicycle seat. Obesity and diabetes are more likely to cause...
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    I haven't made it to the Bianchi store yet, but...

    I haven't made it to the Bianchi store yet, but here is a clean used Fretta at Rakuten ??????????R)BIANCHI FRETTA ???? 18??? 2012???????????????


    >Edit< I went to the Bianchi store after lunch,...
  25. Exactly. If I want a vehicle I don't have to...

    Exactly. If I want a vehicle I don't have to drive, I will take a bus or a taxi. I drive a car because I like driving, I ride a bike because I like riding. Anyone here want a bike that steers,...
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