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  1. I'm finding the Panaracer Ribmo and Vittoria...

    I'm finding the Panaracer Ribmo and Vittoria Randonneur on respective commuters quite confidence inspiring in the toughness department. I'm not very sensitive to ride quality or rolling resistance,...
  2. I've used the folding type shopping bag type...

    I've used the folding type shopping bag type panniers to do exactly that. There are many large size conventional panniers that are quite large enough also to fit a typical backpack.
    This...
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    I've combined new tires with old hookless rims...

    I've combined new tires with old hookless rims fairly brazenly, and only experienced a recurring issue with one particular combo, which happened to be Araya 1-1/4" ally rims and Forte GT2 tires, also...
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    That's kinda what I was thinking. What I would...

    That's kinda what I was thinking. What I would do, if I were paid commensurately that is, is conduct a controlled experiment with both configurations, with careful weighing of the affected parts...
  5. quite so, I'm sure, until the competition catches...

    quite so, I'm sure, until the competition catches up, or the rulebook is modified to eliminate the competitive advantage.
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    You mean Simplex Retrofriction, no, never had the...

    You mean Simplex Retrofriction, no, never had the luck to acquire a bike fitted with them, and a bit too rich for my blood as an upgrade.
  7. From the above I infer that, also at the...

    From the above I infer that, also at the world-class competitive level, it's about the engine, or putting it another way, the bike to bike differentiation is inconsequential (aSSuming each competing...
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    Wha+s more, big jumps, percen+age wise, are more...

    Wha+s more, big jumps, percen+age wise, are more +o1erab1e a+ +he bo++om of the gear range. It is in the cruising range +ha+ you rea11y want the fine steps. Of course, if you`re a racer, +he...
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    :lol::thumb: My preferred half-step plus...

    :lol::thumb:

    My preferred half-step plus granny setup is 52-49-36 (36 is the largest chainring I have found on 74 BCD). My grail cluster is the elegant 13-14-16-19-23-28 (six-speed is the highest...
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    That's fine; in my case, I'd rather get to work...

    That's fine; in my case, I'd rather get to work in 35 min than 52 min, and keep my fitness tuned for a 20mph pace to boot; which is, after all, one of the main reasons I bike commute. The office...
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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 ;)
  19. 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...
  21. 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...
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