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  1. One fact that you are going to learn very quickly...

    One fact that you are going to learn very quickly is that a 20" wheel rotates more revolutions than a larger diameter wheel at the same speed. The result is that it will throw more water at you than...
  2. Bike theft on campus may be a problem

    If you are going to take it on to a college campus, you don't want to ride a shiny new bike. You want a "beater" which is a bike in decent condition but not nice enough to attract the attention of...
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    To the original OP: You will not need a spacer...

    To the original OP: You will not need a spacer unless you wear shoes the size of canal boats as many brands come in two sizes Sm/Med and Lg/Xlg. The min-toe-clips sold by Nashbar (which I also used...
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    If by rare chance the pedals do not have a...

    If by rare chance the pedals do not have a removable reflector, you can get inexpensive pedals for $10 or less at mail order stores. I never came across a strapless toe clip that wouldn't fit a...
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    vastly different quality but will either bike fit you?

    The Ross bike is a piece of junk in comparison to the first bike. I can't see enough of the bike close enough to see what components are on it but the few I see cry "low end junk". In later years...
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    You are right, except for the weight weenies...

    You are right, except for the weight weenies among us, shedding a few grams off the weight of a bike doesn't make much difference. We get a lot of questions in this sub-forum about buying used bikes...
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    Pretty inexpensive (low end) hydraulic disc brakes

    The fact that you can buy a entire set of the brakes identical to the ones on this bike for $50 is not a good sign. Shimano Hydraulic Disc Brake BL-M355-L | BicycleBuys.com I had a recumbent trike...
  8. It is not surprising you may feel discomfort...

    It is not surprising you may feel discomfort riding your current bike. A quick look at the specifications for one of the $240 Schwinn women's cruiser shows it only comes in one frame size. One...
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    Absolutely not. Stability has a lot more to do...

    Absolutely not. Stability has a lot more to do with the design of the trike. I ride a 33 pound recumbent trike and have had it up to 38 mph on a fairly twisty road. It happens to be built very...
  10. That's not my experience with my 2013 Catrike...

    That's not my experience with my 2013 Catrike 700. It has over 7K miles on it. I made some component changes to it when I bought it but never had a problem with excessive maintenance. I would rate...
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    You can try this which may be available from your...

    You can try this which may be available from your LBS but is easily found online: Amazon.com : Ritchey Quick Disconnect - Derailleur (Pair) : Bike Cables And Cable Housings : Sports & Outdoors It is...
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    Get ready for some sticker shock. Anything...

    Get ready for some sticker shock. Anything beyond 53 teeth gets really pricey. The last time I looked at a replacement 65 tooth 130bcd chainring for my Schlumpf drive at the Hostel Shoppe it cost...
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    Are you sure you got the sizing for a road bike...

    Are you sure you got the sizing for a road bike correct? If you are taking that dimension from a mountain bike it is significantly different.
    I'm quite a bit shorter than you and when I rode a...
  14. Seven of eight hundred dollars is just a couple...

    Seven of eight hundred dollars is just a couple hundred dollars above what now goes for an entry level new bike at a bike store these days. If you choose wisely that amount of money can get a much...
  15. Think of it the way you would a car. If you put...

    Think of it the way you would a car. If you put the average US mileage on a car (13K according to the USDOT) you wouldn't wait for an entire year before changing the oil but if you rarely drive as I...
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    You asked about Motobecane, a brand sold online...

    You asked about Motobecane, a brand sold online by Bikesdirect. It is made by Kinesis, maker of a lot of different brands according to Wikepedia. That doesn't mean they are good or bad, just made...
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    There may be no master link for your chain

    I'm not surprised that your chain did not come with a master link. There may be none. It is an 8 speed chain selling for $6.99 at Chain Reactions Cycle and there is no master link listed. A quick...
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    Component heirarchy for Shimano

    Here's a list of Shimano MTB components in order of quality (and price of course) Sram and Shimano Component Rankings for Mountain Bikers. Alivo is at the very bottom of the list. Schwinn certainly...
  19. If you find the bent over position on the bike...

    If you find the bent over position on the bike you buy is too uncomfortable, you can always insert a handlebar riser costing between $15 and $25 to raise the handlebars 5" so you are more upright...
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    I used to occasionally listen to Dave Ramsey...

    I used to occasionally listen to Dave Ramsey during my evening drives to and from a social meeting. It was pretty shocking to hear how much debt some people had accumulated. My own FPU were my...
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    Buy some simple tools and gain some bike repair knowledge

    If you don't want to be always going to the bike shop, it is time to buy a few bike tools so you can do repairs yourself. The tools are almost always less expensive than one trip to the bike shop...
  22. Don't spend any money on upgrading or fixing the...

    Don't spend any money on upgrading or fixing the bike. You can read reviews dating back to 2003 here: barracuda show down full suspension Mountain Bike Reviews | Mountain Bikes | Review Centre It...
  23. I admit to being an old man. I hope not stinky...

    I admit to being an old man. I hope not stinky though. Old bikes don't have to look like a piece of coprolite (look that one up!). We figured it out last Sunday that I and a cardiologist friend...
  24. Better to spend the money on a bike with no...

    Better to spend the money on a bike with no suspension and conventional brakes (mechanical disc or V) than to buy a bike equipped with cheap suspension and cheap hydraulic brakes. I've owned one...
  25. No warranty on a used bike

    There's a few of these leftovers from the 2014 season lurking in bike shops across the US and that show up on the search engine Ad Hunt'r - Search ALL of Craigslist? and more! which you can use to...
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