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  1. They've improved the practices locally over what...

    They've improved the practices locally over what they used to do in the 90s. The stones are embedded deeper and the initial sweep of excess rock is done the same day after at least 3 passes of a...
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    If you're handy you can put the receiver hitches...

    If you're handy you can put the receiver hitches on yourself without too much trouble. This site: Trailer Hitches & Vehicle Accessories (800)298-8924 sold the receiver hitch we needed and even had a...
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    We got a nice major brand hitch mount rack off of...

    We got a nice major brand hitch mount rack off of craigslist and it's been well worth it. If you have a two inch receiver, it will be more stable but we had a 1 1/4 on another vehicle and it was OK....
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    What makes you think that? The cheap ones...

    What makes you think that?

    The cheap ones definitely are. Lots of quality new ones are made from CroMo. Real Track bikes are made from CF.

    Conversions are made from whatever bikes people can...
  5. Sorry, lots of road bikes come with bosses for a...

    Sorry, lots of road bikes come with bosses for a rack. Specialized alone has two or three models so equipped with them..

    My Allez is a pure road bike, but definitely a low end one. I had a rack...
  6. But the OP "likes to go fast and wants to go...

    But the OP "likes to go fast and wants to go faster". 42-11 for a high gear is going to be pretty limiting and probably much lower than what he's got on his Masi.

    Even a compact double on a...
  7. Nice looking bike. Is it just me or does it seem...

    Nice looking bike. Is it just me or does it seem to be geared really low?
  8. That's always a question. LED lighting systems...

    That's always a question. LED lighting systems have made a welcome impact amongst utility cyclists and commuters, yet I think the lights on the market today will be seen as outdated before long. They...
  9. I think if someone is asking the question whether...

    I think if someone is asking the question whether or not to fix up a 30 year old decent but nothing special road bike or get a fancy new CF road bike, you kinda know what it is they really want. They...
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    Do you work in an office setting where you have a...

    Do you work in an office setting where you have a cubicle or any kind of personal space? I just keep stuff in a duffle bag under my desk. I do have a hook for a towel.
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    I think he meant that the number of teeth are the...

    I think he meant that the number of teeth are the same. I also have a fixie with flip flop hub that's never been flip-flopped. Mine isn't nearly as clean as his but the cogs are the same size (as...
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    Not trying to split hairs or be pedantic but when...

    Not trying to split hairs or be pedantic but when people talk about 3 feet, are they talking about from tire to tire? Your shoulder to their shoulder? Bar end to bar end?

    In most of the bike...
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    There are some pretty bikes in this thread so I...

    There are some pretty bikes in this thread so I won't post my cheap Riv imitation. ;)

    I like the way this thread keeps coming back. It shows that form matters to people along with function....
  14. Thread: Motivate

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    The route does make a difference. Mentally I...

    The route does make a difference. Mentally I divide my commute up into 3 sections that are roughly about 2 miles each. They are distinct from each other and are all pleasant in their own way (at...
  15. Thread: Motivate

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    How far is your commute? Is it a real struggle to...

    How far is your commute? Is it a real struggle to do?

    For me it's become a habit. I've been doing it for years. I value it for the exercise, it's a good choice for the environment, and it...
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    +1 There's some good advice there too. People...

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    There's some good advice there too. People in a paceline are used to responding to signals. Stick your arm out to the left as if you intend to move that way and they should make some space....
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    +1 I don't want to get to the point where we...

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    I don't want to get to the point where we consider the ability to bunny hop a required commuting skill. At the same time drivers, pedestrians, dogs, and other cyclists may put us situations...
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    If you're buying from a shop the you have the...

    If you're buying from a shop the you have the added bonus of being able to try a few bikes out. Then you won't have to rely on the personal opinion/preferences of others. You can form your own.
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    I've never been in a paceline that did feel that...

    I've never been in a paceline that did feel that need. It is very much a follow the leader activity. It sounds like the first rider was courteous and gave lots of room but the following riders...
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    Thank god for that! ;) I know steel has many...

    Thank god for that! ;)

    I know steel has many fans but lots of people are plenty satisfied with aluminum, especially when paired with a carbon fork.

    There are three different bikes I've been...
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    That's unfortunate. I'm not sure what someone in...

    That's unfortunate. I'm not sure what someone in a group would expect yelling at a solo rider to accomplish.
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    In a paceline if you're not in front you're on...

    In a paceline if you're not in front you're on somebody's wheel which means the view is pretty restricted even if you're looking up.

    People will say "Rider Up!" to let the folks behind them know...
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    On my favorite group ride, the leader always gave...

    On my favorite group ride, the leader always gave us the talk about obeying traffic laws and being courteous to other riders. The shop employees that were along and several other riders wore the shop...
  24. You may ultimately want to get a new bike but...

    You may ultimately want to get a new bike but since I like working on old things and don't like to sell something that's not working right, I'd be inclined to fix the old bike regardless.

    I...
  25. XT is good stuff and I don't think there's a lot...

    XT is good stuff and I don't think there's a lot of magic in front derailleurs. I doubt you'd notice much difference between XT and XTR. For full disclosure though I should say that I haven't had...
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