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    Before doing anything else: Carefully measure...

    Before doing anything else: Carefully measure your bike's head tube front-to-back. Now measure it side-to-side. Those measurements should be exactly the same. I'm betting your's aren't. If...
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    I qualify for an LXX which is better than needing...

    I qualify for an LXX which is better than needing to buy an XXL. :)
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    Usually you'll start getting frequent punctures...

    Usually you'll start getting frequent punctures when a tire's time has come. Most of the time I get a sidewall tear before that happens.
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    Yes, and he has aero shaped tubes that won't...

    Yes, and he has aero shaped tubes that won't accept a bracket designed for round tubes so I suggested a couple of alternatives. Any suggestion may or may not help. Offering nothing will never help.
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    Decent used bikes usually have a value to me that...

    Decent used bikes usually have a value to me that far exceeds what I could reasonably sell if for. If it was my bike I'd pop on some smooth tires and love it for what it is.
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    How secure do you need to be? The truth is...

    How secure do you need to be?

    The truth is that the first lock that you use with your bike, however cheezy, is about 90% effective because if forces the thief to bring a tool with him. Going from...
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    Was that the actual injury? No, that's not a...

    Was that the actual injury? No, that's not a laughing matter. In my case that was 5 days in the hospital and maybe 6 weeks of hobbling around with a walker. Had to rent a hospital bed with a...
  8. Tell 'em that anyway. Then just pick whichever...

    Tell 'em that anyway. Then just pick whichever bike you like better for whatever reason including color. That way the guy whose bike wasn't chosen won't be pissed off.
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    It's a chain hanger. If you ever have reason...

    It's a chain hanger.

    If you ever have reason to remove the rear wheel, like maybe to carry your bike in your car trunk, hang your chain on that little knob. It'll keep your chain and derailleur...
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    First flat was a great big nail. Second flat was...

    First flat was a great big nail. Second flat was something tiny.

    Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar and sometimes having 2 flats in a week on the same wheel is just a coincidence.
  11. Piece of cake. Get out your biggest crescent...

    Piece of cake.

    Get out your biggest crescent wrench. Pad the jaws with a shop towel to protect the paint and clamp the jaws around the dropout. Now just bend the dropout until it looks straight....
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    That Jamis is going to be too small for you. ...

    That Jamis is going to be too small for you. That's a tiny bike.
  13. What sizes? How tall are you relative to your...

    What sizes?

    How tall are you relative to your friends? Whichever bike fits you better is the better buy. Ride 'em both and pick whichever one feels better.
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    I question if if they have everything they need. ...

    I question if if they have everything they need. Women have fewer issues asking for help but guys tend to be a little more reluctant.
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    Whenever I get into this stuff I get a feeling...

    Whenever I get into this stuff I get a feeling like when you walk into the middle of a movie with a multi-faceted plot that keeps changing. I'm starting a basic computer class at the local community...
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    Spent an hour or so fooling around with it this...

    Spent an hour or so fooling around with it this morning. I feel like I've made some progress but, in the end, frustration won out yet again. I got the photo transferred from my phone into my desk...
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    I'd say that selling the same bike that has been...

    I'd say that selling the same bike that has been test ridden is the norm. I've also had customers who wanted me to assemble a brand new bike for them and I always did that.

    How badly did you...
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    Do you have any objective data to say recumbents...

    Do you have any objective data to say recumbents are safer? I only ask because my broken hip came while riding a recumbent.
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    An interesting point. Mrs. Grouch and I had...

    An interesting point.

    Mrs. Grouch and I had pretty much decided to buy a pair of delta trikes to link together as a tandem. We went to Stevens Point to the Midwest Recumbent Rally and, while we...
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    I'm assuming one of the grips needs to be rotated...

    I'm assuming one of the grips needs to be rotated a skosh. The quick, dirty way of doing that is to stick a thin screwdriver under the grip and spray a shot of Aqua Net or some other cheap...
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    My general philosophy is, if I already own parts,...

    My general philosophy is, if I already own parts, I'll bolt up most anything and see if I can make it work to my satisfaction. You're operating with the added benefit of a friction front shifter. ...
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    Deege, you are so kind. You totally...

    Deege, you are so kind. You totally underestimate the depth of my technical ineptitude. I got the picture taken OK but now I can't figure out how to transfer it to my desk top computer.
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    Yeah, he's lucky she didn't get a red bike. If...

    Yeah, he's lucky she didn't get a red bike. If she had bought a fast, red bike, that could have been humiilating.
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    Since you're probably in pretty good shape I'd be...

    Since you're probably in pretty good shape I'd be thinking around 20 miles for openers and adjust after you see how that goes. Your tushie may be what dictates the length of your first few rides. ...
  25. "He was flown by medical helicopter to Geneva's...

    "He was flown by medical helicopter to Geneva's main public hospital." I wonder who paid for that. I have friends who had a cycling accident while touring Ireland. Their medical care, including...
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