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    In a pinch you can just put a plastic Walmart or...

    In a pinch you can just put a plastic Walmart or other kind of plastic bag on the saddle and ride. The bag will keep the water off your shorts, you won't notice any difference in comfort.
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    Actually, a 400% markup is a little on the low...

    Actually, a 400% markup is a little on the low side when it comes to jewellry. When I was a university student I worked in a jewellery manufacturing company as a silversmith, and an item which cost...
  3. More like an ass hat...

    More like an ass hat...
  4. Thread: bike cleaning

    by Sangetsu
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    Turtle wax chrome polish will remove the worst of...

    Turtle wax chrome polish will remove the worst of the rust, and it will also work to polish the dullness off the paint (it is basically a rubbing compound).

    Before getting started, get a brush...
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    It is very important that you eat shortly after...

    It is very important that you eat shortly after your ride. Your food should be heating up in the microwave while you are in the shower. Eating within 30 minutes of the end of your ride will help you...
  6. Looks like a World Traveler, or possibly a Le...

    Looks like a World Traveler, or possibly a Le Tour, likely from around 1980. They are reasonably well-made bikes with good quality components, and are quite comfortable to ride. I had an '81 Le Tour,...
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    I remember buying ten bikes from a distributor,...

    I remember buying ten bikes from a distributor, which I sold at retail. I was looking to add a different line of products to the things I usually sell. The MSRP was $1499, my cost was $650 per bike....
  8. It is muscle memory, and you can develop it. I...

    It is muscle memory, and you can develop it. I have been playing the guitar for some time now, and when I was first learning to make chord shapes, I simply moved my fingers from chord to chord and...
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    Even Pee Wee Herman wouldn't have needed help...

    Even Pee Wee Herman wouldn't have needed help changing a tube on the side of the road...

    Just kidding. But now that you know you can change a tube without much effort, you will have no issue doing...
  10. Thread: Saddle Issues

    by Sangetsu
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    Your problem is simple, you haven't been riding...

    Your problem is simple, you haven't been riding long enough to acclimate your backside to riding. When I have been off the bike for a long time, when I start riding again I will limit myself to three...
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    I got to work as a clerk in a law office after my...

    I got to work as a clerk in a law office after my second year of law school. The firm specialised in personal injury lawsuits, and it was a busy place. A friend of mine worked there as an attorney...
  12. I have done decades of riding, and a few years of...

    I have done decades of riding, and a few years of racing, even spending a year in Europe racing on a team. In all that time I have never used a heart rate monitor. I am quite aware of my heart rate...
  13. Clipless pedals (or clips with straps) will allow...

    Clipless pedals (or clips with straps) will allow you to use your entire leg when peddling. Right now you pedal stroke is not much different than climbing stairs, which builds up the fronts of your...
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    A decent sense of direction will get you to most...

    A decent sense of direction will get you to most places without a map. For riding around the French countryside (one of my favourite places in the world to ride) I can usually get to where I want to...
  15. I like trigger shifters best for mountain or flat...

    I like trigger shifters best for mountain or flat bar bikes, they are quite fast and precise, and I much prefer them over grip shift systems. You can get a set of XTR shifters for under $300. I like...
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    I will argue that drop bars are the best option...

    I will argue that drop bars are the best option for any commuting bike, particularly if your commute is a longer one. But like any thing else bike-related, setting up the bar and brake levers is...
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    Most lawyers will charge 1/3 plus expenses. Every...

    Most lawyers will charge 1/3 plus expenses. Every piece of paper printed (and there will be many), and every copy made (at least 3 of any document) you will pay for. Every meeting you have with your...
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    It has happened to me more than once. Contact the...

    It has happened to me more than once. Contact the driver's insurance company, they will pay you something for the damage, in exchange that you agree not to sue them in the future. They'll likely give...
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    Watch Lance Armstrong's videotaped testimony when...

    Watch Lance Armstrong's videotaped testimony when he sued SCA promotions when they accused him of cheating, you can find it on Youtube. "What part of 'I have never used performance enhancing drugs'...
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    I was racing during Lance's earlier years, when...

    I was racing during Lance's earlier years, when he won his first two tours. The Festina scandal might have opened the public's eyes about doping in cycling, but anyone in the sport knew that it was...
  21. The SL and SLX frames were made by Pinarello, the...

    The SL and SLX frames were made by Pinarello, the Dedacciai bike was a Gios Compact Pro. These three had the same geometry, as all three were custom made for me using the same specifications. The...
  22. Absolutely not. Think about the energy which was...

    Absolutely not. Think about the energy which was consumed to grow and transport the food you ate, and that this food provides the basic energy you expend on the bike.
  23. I have had a few bikes with different types of...

    I have had a few bikes with different types of steel, 531, SL and SLX, Dedacciai, and Tange Prestige. I find that 531 and SL tubes give the most comfortable ride, the SLX and Dedaccia frames were...
  24. Sounds like a standard British-thread bottom...

    Sounds like a standard British-thread bottom bracket. There are three measurements you need to be aware of, first is the type of thread (which is British), the next is the width (measure the width of...
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    "Low-end" is a relative term. Compared to Huffy,...

    "Low-end" is a relative term. Compared to Huffy, Murray, or Free Spirit bikes, the Shogun is worlds better. The frame is good quality steel, with decent geometry. Here in Japan you could get $200 to...
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