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  1. I have Timbuk2 large messenger bag. Tough and...

    I have Timbuk2 large messenger bag. Tough and comfortable.

    The one place not to go cheap is on a quality messenger bag.
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    If the stock stem is raised to maximum, it still...

    If the stock stem is raised to maximum, it still may not be high enough to reach the bars comfortably. A stem riser raises the height by 3" which is usually sufficient to raise the stem up to where...
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    Or adventure bike. The typical road bike...

    Or adventure bike.

    The typical road bike cannot accept fenders, can't take tires fatter than 30 c and can't carry loads very well. It also is unsuitable for off-road jaunts.

    The new adventure...
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    On today's bikes with threadless stems, one can...

    On today's bikes with threadless stems, one can install a stem riser and put the stock stem on it. That will usually suffice to raise the stock stem to a comfortable riding position.
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    No, its not a road bike. Its more of an...

    No, its not a road bike. Its more of an all-around bike that most people buy as a commuter bike and to run errands. It will never go as a fast as road bike but most people don't ride the Tour de...
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    If I see a bike I like and I can get the right...

    If I see a bike I like and I can get the right size, I usually find it works for me even before I ride it.

    I have had no problems with buying a bike online in the past.
  7. A 29er can run on smooth fat tires on the road....

    A 29er can run on smooth fat tires on the road. The wider tires absorb shock and with a cruiser bar that offers a upright position - makes the bike fast and comfortable. And you can do do dirt trail...
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    No - I would recommend a tire with flat...

    No - I would recommend a tire with flat protection. Adds only a few grams of weight but it beats having to fix a flat by the side of the road.

    I'd recommend the Schwalbe Marathon Racer. Good...
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    I'm guessing it could fit 40 mm tires without...

    I'm guessing it could fit 40 mm tires without fenders. If you run fenders with it, 35 mm is the max and its still plenty big.
  10. It may be one size too small for you. At 5'7,...

    It may be one size too small for you. At 5'7, that 17" bike would fit me like a glove. And I have a 30 inseam and normal proportions.
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    They're NOT cyclocross bikes... which now mainly...

    They're NOT cyclocross bikes... which now mainly cater to hardcore enthusiasts.

    The GT Grade is more of an adventure bike... first popularized by the Salsa Vaya, then Surly Straggler and now every...
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    My Marin Muirwoods 29er runs 29 X 2.0 = 700 X 52...

    My Marin Muirwoods 29er runs 29 X 2.0 = 700 X 52 tires. Its a true monster cross bike.

    If you want a monster cross bike, buy a 29er to fit the larger tires you want.
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    The consensus on here seems to be DS 29ers is a...

    The consensus on here seems to be DS 29ers is a good value for the money.

    They can replace a road bike, mountain bike and hybrid street bike because they offer more.
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    No name China made rims are rather decent....

    No name China made rims are rather decent. There's no great need to upgrade them.

    Lighter and better tires will make a real difference.

    If you want a light bike, its better to spend the money...
  15. Marin also has the Muirwoods - same MTB tough...

    Marin also has the Muirwoods - same MTB tough frame but with a rigid fork and a lower price point.
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    The hybrid market now serves two groups of...

    The hybrid market now serves two groups of riders: riders who are looking for a flat-bar road-style bike and riders who are looking for a 29er bike all around riding experience.

    One can buy a bike...
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    You don't mention your height and that's one of...

    You don't mention your height and that's one of the critical factors that would fit to a bike.

    Today's compact geometry has taken the guesswork out of bike fit and manufacturers list a given size...
  18. Its a size too big. I'm 5'7 so a 17-18" frame...

    Its a size too big. I'm 5'7 so a 17-18" frame works best for me.

    A too big size will never feel right.

    A bike should fit you like a glove.
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    I like a fixie but with my budget buying two...

    I like a fixie but with my budget buying two bikes was out of the question so I wanted a bike that did nearly everything I could do while riding.
  20. A rigid 29er like Marin Muirwoods is comfortable....

    A rigid 29er like Marin Muirwoods is comfortable. You can ride in town, on dirt trails or on fire roads. It doesn't limit your options like a road bike or more pavement-only hybrid does. Where you...
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    Get a pavement bike from Marin - either the...

    Get a pavement bike from Marin - either the Muirwoods if you like flat bars or the Lombard with drop bars.

    If you could buy only one bike, that would be the ticket. Look for the previous year's...
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    On 29ers with rigid forks, front suspension is...

    On 29ers with rigid forks, front suspension is unnecessary. Wider tires provide all the float one needs. And it doesn't rob one of pedaling energy induced by bobbing motion on an asphalt surface.
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    My Marin Muirwoods 29er is marketed as an urban...

    My Marin Muirwoods 29er is marketed as an urban bike but thanks to its mountain bike tough cromoly frame - its a jack of all trades bike - it can go from potholed urban streets to fire roads and to...
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    A little big but they should fit. 2.35 tires...

    A little big but they should fit. 2.35 tires definitely won't fit a Muirwoods frame.
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    A stem riser is a mandatory upgrade on bikes with...

    A stem riser is a mandatory upgrade on bikes with today's threadless stems - even if the bike size is correct.

    The stock stem is usually set too low for comfort even at maximum extension. Adding...
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