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  1. I have not raced cross, but I can see how muddy...

    I have not raced cross, but I can see how muddy conditions would burn up some pads quickly. I wrenched on some mountain bikes after a particularly mucky race and some of those guys were about a...
  2. hydro brakes with DOT fluid needs to be bled much...

    hydro brakes with DOT fluid needs to be bled much more often than mineral oil systems, which is why I put Shimano hydros on my mountain bike an not Avid. DOT fluid absorbs water, mineral oil does...
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    DOT fluid has to be bled once a year, corrodes...

    DOT fluid has to be bled once a year, corrodes stuff, and burns your skin. it is a PITA to work with. I have not worked on many of SRAM's newer brakes, but anyone who has pulled brand new bicycles...
  4. the clearance between my Spyres and the spokes...

    the clearance between my Spyres and the spokes coming out of my SRAM hubs is close. I could see how that could be a problem with some hubs.
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    don't worry, we have all experienced That Awkward...

    don't worry, we have all experienced That Awkward Moment when you realize that cycling shorts are basically padded underwear that should be worn commando and you have been doing it wrong. if you are...
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    have the shop check over the usual wear items-...

    have the shop check over the usual wear items- chain, cables, bar tape, brake pads, etc. make sure it is not damaged. ask the owner where he bought the bike. you may or may not want to know if it was...
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    I think he was joking. or just ignorant. what...

    I think he was joking. or just ignorant.

    what kind of duration and distance are you riding? my commute to work is about 10 miles and takes about 45 minutes and I do not wear cycling-specific...
  8. I have TRP Spyres actuated by SRAM Apex levers on...

    I have TRP Spyres actuated by SRAM Apex levers on my Double Cross and they have been fantastic. I have read some bad reviews of them but they work just fine for my application. no, they are not as...
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    PF31 bottom bracket? Please tell me that is a...

    PF31 bottom bracket? Please tell me that is a mistake.
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    I already did get a new frame.

    I already did get a new frame.
  11. Claris is Shimano's bottom-end road group. 8...

    Claris is Shimano's bottom-end road group. 8 speed is very old tech, but it still works and should be pretty smooth. it will not be as smooth, durable, and light as higher road groups though. the DS...
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    I went with the 52cm gold DCD. I see how a 54...

    I went with the 52cm gold DCD. I see how a 54 could have worked with a shorter stem, but this works fine. put on about 30 miles or road, gravel path, and singletrack last night right after I finished...
  13. I saw an Elephant here in Austin the other day....

    I saw an Elephant here in Austin the other day. gorgeous!

    I just ordered a Soma Double Cross Disc frame in 52cm. will be replacing my Vaya, as I wanted something zippier. will report back.

    a...
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    it can work with a smaller mountain bike, but...

    it can work with a smaller mountain bike, but chances are it will look horrible. not that it matters if it works. i know a tall guy who has a small women's hardtail with a rigid fork, a ton of...
  15. there are rules in cyclocross, but I don't know a...

    there are rules in cyclocross, but I don't know a lot about them. I would imagine you would modify a mountain bike or hybrid to fit the rules. depends on who is putting on the race.

    drop bar...
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    indeed, if you use a frame that is already the...

    indeed, if you use a frame that is already the "right" size for you and put a drop bar on it, you are adding 3 inches to the reach. if you start with a frame that is large for you, it will be even...
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    if you wanted to do a drop bar conversion, size...

    if you wanted to do a drop bar conversion, size down! you might need a very tall stem to make it work too. be prepared for a lot of headache and spending cash because drop bar mtb conversions are...
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    I must know: why? what wheel size or A-C...

    I must know: why?

    what wheel size or A-C measurement?
  19. REI/ Novara have the Safari and Mazama bikes that...

    REI/ Novara have the Safari and Mazama bikes that might make good candidates for modification for this kind of bike. If you really want all the features you listed, quadruple that budget.
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    not sure this is 100% accurate, but it is a...

    not sure this is 100% accurate, but it is a start. bikegeo.cc
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    a 54cm Double Cross with a 80mm stem pointed up is pretty darn close to what I have now.
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    this is helpful: Stack and reach calculator...

    this is helpful: Stack and reach calculator
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    Soma Double Cross Disc frame size

    I currently have a 2012 Salsa Vaya in 54cm with a 100mm stem. I am 5'9" with a 85cm "cycling" inseam. with the handlebar set up about the same height as the saddle, it fits me well. It is possible...
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    for the kind of gravel terrain I have ridden in...

    for the kind of gravel terrain I have ridden in central Texas, that sounds miserable. YMMV.
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    indeed, that first spreadsheet was awful, but...

    indeed, that first spreadsheet was awful, but helped me understand the relationship between stack and reach by showing me how those two measurements are not related. my later calculations involved...
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    I am going to have to come back to this stack and...

    I am going to have to come back to this stack and reach argument: reach between two frames with different stack are not the same if you want to get the handlebar at the same hieght on two bikes...
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