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  1. I spent my Junior year in Tours, France, in the...

    I spent my Junior year in Tours, France, in the heart of the Loire Valley. Need to put Velo Loire on my bucket list.
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    OK, this is what I would suggest as an upgrade...

    OK, this is what I would suggest as an upgrade bridge to a new bike. If, despite the advice given here, you want to improve your riding experience by lightening your bike, you could always get a new...
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    What is it about your current ride, other than...

    What is it about your current ride, other than rest stop bragging rights, that you don't like? You are only 2 months in. Ride another 2 years and see where you find yourself. 24 lbs is a little...
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    Good point. My go to LBS will usually give me a...

    Good point. My go to LBS will usually give me a break on minor stuff. But once last year, I noticed my wife had a slow leak in her tire. Not enough to lose air immediately, but overnight the tire...
  5. Thread: Patriotic Jerseys

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    It is kind of a silly thing to debate but I will...

    It is kind of a silly thing to debate but I will bite. A representation of the flag on the front of a jersey, or on the sleeve strikes me as fine. An American flag on the seat of the pants, or on...
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    I think that is what I said. More gears don't...

    I think that is what I said. More gears don't necessarily mean less need to use the left shifter as the Specialized and Giant have comparable gear ranges. What more cogs gives you is the...
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    I am not making a federal case about it. Just...

    I am not making a federal case about it. Just saying I wouldn't wear the American flag on my shorts in that way.
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    Or indeed, whether to do a custom build. If you...

    Or indeed, whether to do a custom build. If you have the bike you love riding, just upgrade bits here and there. I am getting to the point where I am reluctant to change anything on my bike beyond...
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    As someone whose weight has fluctuated over the...

    As someone whose weight has fluctuated over the years, I would advise to spec your custom frame conservatively. Just in case.
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    First, you need to decide if hydraulic disc...

    First, you need to decide if hydraulic disc brakes are a priority for you. The Specialized and Giant have them. The Trek does not. If this is a priority, then you should eliminate the Trek from...
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    On paper, the Giant looks like the better bike. ...

    On paper, the Giant looks like the better bike. That said, you need to get the bike that speaks to you. None of your LBS is offering enough of a test ride to tell. Once around the parking lot...
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    I am not much for flags in general, but I would...

    I am not much for flags in general, but I would not sit on an American flag. It just seems disrespectful.
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    Sorry but that just looks wrong.

    Sorry but that just looks wrong.
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    I agree. I have almost no fear when it comes to...

    I agree. I have almost no fear when it comes to cycling, or at least, the kind of cycling I do. There are, however, obstacles both mental and physical and plenty for me to overcome even after...
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    Some clipless are secured with an Allen wrench,...

    Some clipless are secured with an Allen wrench, others require a wrench. I believe the A530 requires a wrench.
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    Do you own a pedal wrench? If you do, you can...

    Do you own a pedal wrench? If you do, you can install the pedals yourself. On the other hand, I am all in favor of supporting your LBS. My last couple of sets of SPD pedals I bought online as I...
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    OK, my mistake.

    OK, my mistake.
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    Exactly. To my knowledge, there are no Defys...

    Exactly. To my knowledge, there are no Defys with disc brakes. OP should check into that before he makes a costly mistake.
  19. Aurora is built for loaded touring and according...

    Aurora is built for loaded touring and according to the Jamis website, weighs 29 lbs. On the other hand, it comes with racks and fenders and is geared lower than the Quest, with 26 - 36 - 48...
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    Not just the rims, but the spokes and the hubs...

    Not just the rims, but the spokes and the hubs are generic. It doesn't say if the hubs are Shimano, Formula, or some other brand. And the spokes are certainly generic because if they were using...
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    That is incredible.

    That is incredible.
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    You didn't have to add air to your tires in a...

    You didn't have to add air to your tires in a year?
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    I agree 100%. :thumb: I am a Clyde whose...

    I agree 100%. :thumb:

    I am a Clyde whose weight has fluctuated over the years between a low of 210 lbs to a high of 285. I rode a late 90s era flat bar hybrid for over a decade, then switched...
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    Schwalbe are the gold standard but if you want...

    Schwalbe are the gold standard but if you want something a little more budget friendly, I would suggest Panaracer. Not a Crosstrail owner but running Panaracer Urban Max 32 c on my hybrid for 7 years...
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    Here you go. This has never happened to me, but...

    Here you go. This has never happened to me, but I have heard of it. Why Did My Rear Derailleur Go Into My Spokes?
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