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  1. Yes, it's accurate: there's little difference...

    Yes, it's accurate: there's little difference between a road triple and a compact double. The only reason to buy a road triple these days is if you plan to swap the 30-tooth inner chainring for...
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    And, unlike aluminum wheels, they also have a...

    And, unlike aluminum wheels, they also have a nice fat profit margin!
  3. Personally, I'd be more worried about going from...

    Personally, I'd be more worried about going from a 10-speed wheel to an 11-speed wheel than going from an 11-34 to an 11-32 cassette. With the increased dish needed by 11-speed drivetrains and the...
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    If you're a professional bicyclist trying to win...

    If you're a professional bicyclist trying to win races, then you should definitely follow this recommendation.

    If you're a recreational cyclist with 25+mm of spacers under your stem and a 2300g...
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    I've been riding on and off for 25 years. The...

    I've been riding on and off for 25 years. The only bikes and components I've seen break were aluminum. I kept my first carbon frame for 20 years, then sold it to someone who still rides it today.

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    Stable and harsh, much like low-profile tires on...

    Stable and harsh, much like low-profile tires on a sports car. Except that your bike doesn't have any suspension to help absorb the bumps...
  7. Yep, I've been telling people for the last 2-3...

    Yep, I've been telling people for the last 2-3 years that this is the only thing that seems to approach the numbers produced by my power meter...
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    I've been hoping to find a year-end close-out...

    I've been hoping to find a year-end close-out model for around $400-500, but even those seem to be $600 if you want Fox or RockShox, which I do.
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    You'll be lucky to find a good rigid fork for...

    You'll be lucky to find a good rigid fork for $40-50. I've been looking for a good suspension fork for my mountain bike, my budget is 10X yours, and I still haven't managed to find anything worth...
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    Define "better". I've never had a single problem...

    Define "better". I've never had a single problem mounting 25mm or 28mm tires to a standard 19mm-wide rim...
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    Eggbeaters require more heel twist in order to...

    Eggbeaters require more heel twist in order to release than SPD pedals do. Eggbeaters are 15 or 20 degrees of twist, IIRC, compared to 4 or 6 degrees that SPDs require. When riding technical off-road...
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    From what I read, the Concord Selecta 12 was a...

    From what I read, the Concord Selecta 12 was a medium or low-end bike. Pictures I've found make the fame look pretty spindly. I'd suggest trying to find newer bike, with a better frame and more...
  13. Thread: wanabe roadie

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    :roflmao2: I doubt I can lean forward far enough...

    :roflmao2: I doubt I can lean forward far enough to compensate for the mountain bike's far more upright geometry, riser bars, and steep stem.
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    No longer own my first bicycle. It was a white...

    No longer own my first bicycle. It was a white Fuji mountain bike that I bought because it looked cool (and it was on sale). Turns out the white paint meant it always looked dirty and I ended up...
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    Riding 4 miles is great training for a 3-mile...

    Riding 4 miles is great training for a 3-mile ride. If you want to ride farther than 3 miles then you should concentrate on longer rides, IMHO.
  16. Thread: wanabe roadie

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    A critical detail. I've recently been forced to...

    A critical detail. I've recently been forced to ride my rigid mountain bike in a windy area near my new office. Sitting bolt upright while pedaling into a 15mph head wind makes the rides decidedly...
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    I use a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine with...

    I use a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine with TrainerRoad and Sufferfest videos.
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    Not to mention having to worry about pedal strike...

    Not to mention having to worry about pedal strike while cornering...
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    The other thing I find works well is tossing the...

    The other thing I find works well is tossing the stock saddle from your bike in the trash. I've yet to buy or test-ride a bike that came from the manufacturer with a decent saddle...
  20. I don't think any of the changes from 10-speed to...

    I don't think any of the changes from 10-speed to 11-speed drivetrains are nearly as large as the manufacturers would like you to believe. I recently upgraded from SRAM Red 10-speed to Shimano...
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    Cadence is a tool, not a goal. Spin the pedals...

    Cadence is a tool, not a goal. Spin the pedals quickly in a "light" gear and you'll put more stress on your cardiovascular system and less stress on your leg muscles. Spin slowly in a "hard" gear and...
  22. How do you know they're accurate?

    How do you know they're accurate?
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    The metal needs to be coated with something so...

    The metal needs to be coated with something so that it doesn't rust, but there's nothing that says the coating must be colored. Clear paints and powder coats are available...
  24. Disc brakes are easier to modulate, provide much...

    Disc brakes are easier to modulate, provide much more consistent stopping distances in bad weather, and are generally easier to set up than cantis. If none of these things matter to you, then you'll...
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    FWIW, I always release at the top of the pedal...

    FWIW, I always release at the top of the pedal stroke. Putting weight on the pedal makes release much more difficult, at least with my Shimano PD-M520 pedals. I generally coast to a stop with all my...
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