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    50-48 seems pretty tight even for a half-step...

    50-48 seems pretty tight even for a half-step setup. Do you mind sharing how you came up with that?
    I have a couple of oddball chainring pairings, such as 52-48 (36T granny) and 52-45; but these...
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    ... As I might have mentioned before, the outcome...

    ... As I might have mentioned before, the outcome I was referring to is not the shift itself, only the removal of friction from the upward lever pull. ;)
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    I fully agree, and wasn't challenging your...

    I fully agree, and wasn't challenging your clarification of the terminology. :beer:
    With all due respect to Grand Bois, I don't see a fundamental difference in the outcome, i.e. between a finely...
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    golden boy, I appreciate your explanation, but...

    golden boy,
    I appreciate your explanation, but that adds nothing to my appreciation of the retrofriction concept. I fully understand it is stepless rather than ratcheting, but at the end of the...
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    The elegance of a retrofriction shifter is...

    The elegance of a retrofriction shifter is unquestioned; but I don't see a fundamental difference in outcome between that and a ratcheting shifter: essentially, decoupling the friction element from...
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    I`ve had a simi1ar experience in reverse... my...

    I`ve had a simi1ar experience in reverse... my firs+ s+in+ a+ commu+ing was in Co1orado, wi+h some decen+ hi11s, and my average speed soon reached abou+ +wen+y mph. Since +hen, +errain has been...
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    Nice half-step plus granny gearing! :thumb:

    Nice half-step plus granny gearing! :thumb:
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    fify ;)

    fify ;)
  9. I wouldn't get too bogged down on the gearing. ...

    I wouldn't get too bogged down on the gearing. Get the bike that you judge is the best overall design compromise. You can easily tweak the gear ratios as/if needed based on your riding experience....
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    At least once, and 20 miles per day,...

    At least once, and 20 miles per day, respectively, for optimal results, in my book.


    :roflmao2:

    Though I'm not saint in this department, I like to diagnostically inspect my bikes regularly and...
  11. Jus fix her. I assume somebody before you broke...

    Jus fix her. I assume somebody before you broke her. Sorry, my keyboard doesn ike he ho sun, so is acking some characers.
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    ...I recommend a randonneur style vintage bike ...

    ...I recommend a randonneur style vintage bike :innocent:

    To be serious, lots of beautiful bikes in this thread. :love::thumb:
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    This might be an opportune place to mention that...

    This might be an opportune place to mention that I have 42, 46, and 52T BioPace rings that are surplus to my needs, so anyone in need of same can send me a PM.
    Regarding the OP, I've never ridden...
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    I've been mildly interested in competition...

    I've been mildly interested in competition cycling since my mid-teens/the mid-70s, but never an avid follower; however, it was quite obvious to me at the time that Eddy was "the Man", and I count...
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    While I prefer "touring" geometry bikes for...

    While I prefer "touring" geometry bikes for commuting, there's no reason that a bike with typical road geometry can't be made to do the job [i.e. of carrying cargo], on demand. Regardless of...
  16. Depends what fits. If there's a version that...

    Depends what fits. If there's a version that fits, you can't go wrong with KoolStop Salmons.
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    ...would be interesting to pull it apart and see...

    ...would be interesting to pull it apart and see how closely the innards resemble a Suntour :innocent:
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    Hear, hear! :thumb:

    Hear, hear! :thumb:
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    ...So it's not just me... good to hear ...

    ...So it's not just me... good to hear

    Again, just me here, but I currently have no need to ride more than 20 miles/~1 hour at a stretch, and I have water (not to mention other fluids) available...
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    Quite the looker! Thanks for sharing, and keep...

    Quite the looker! Thanks for sharing, and keep us posted!:thumb:
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    Excellent thread exhumation and first post! ...

    Excellent thread exhumation and first post! Welcome to C&V!! Keep us posted on your project. Looks pretty cool to me. :thumb:
    Let us know if you need any tips or pointers to resources; we have...
  22. The general case is, there is a fixed amount of...

    The general case is, there is a fixed amount of potential energy that needs to be dissipated somehow, during a descent. The higher the allowable maximum speed, the more of this energy can be...
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    :thumb: BTW, over here lately, it's been nice...

    :thumb:

    BTW, over here lately, it's been nice out. I think I'll leave it out. :innocent:
  24. Is a Turing stand anything like a Turing test...

    Is a Turing stand anything like a Turing test? Maybe the wheel is smarter than we credit... ;)
  25. Excellent question; here's how it works,...

    Excellent question; here's how it works, especially if you have them in your emergency roadside repair kit that you carry along all the time: The folded tire will look perfect visually forever, but...
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